Really windy today but nowhere near the 140kph winds forcast! More like 35kph gusting to 60
Put my race tyres on as wanted to post a good time up Gebbies pass(far side). Immediately saved 300g as the stock bullet-proof steal-plated training tyres weighed 360g ea!
Headwind up Gebbies (2.23km and 139m) so was well pleased to get 6min05 in those conditions. Then riding round the bays to Lyttelton to do my next climb was hard going in the wind so quite difficult to keep the HR down and recover. Got passed by this local sponsored teamguy halfway around up this hard pinch-climb. Probably tired from yesterdays Scratch race, so he didn't put much time on me to Lyttelton.
I was going to go for another seasons pb up there so knew he would probably think I was trying to race him(I'm not that stupid!) if I caught him up. Anyway it was really hard down the bottom in the wind so I wasn't sure if I'd bother going for a good time, but got a bit more sheltered up a bit so decided to go for it. Passed quite a few average cyclists up there and then nearing the top saw the "sponsored guy" slacking off and sheltering behind 2 slow old codgers up ahead. He looked behind him and saw me coming up fast, then when I was about 15m away launched and went as hard as he could -leaving me in his dust in quite an impressive display of power!
At the top of Evans headed for Mt Pleasant and back along the summit Rd(opposite way to last couple of weeks). Really blustery at times and half way along there were these Police and a tow truck blocking the road as a local "Boy Racer" had gone off the edge. Extremely steep- couldn't see the car, only debri everywhere- a flash chrome exhaust pipe lying on the grass at the top... Hope it was't fatal, but you would be very lucky to survive going off there at speed
Going down "the Bastard" is a challenging descent. Cattlestops- 2 of which are on sharp corners, the blustery wind and gravel put down on corners for the cars when its icy made it a little hairy at times. The big 2bladed windturbine down the bottom was going for it- would have earned its keep on a day like today!
Home to Gebbies pass(far side) back to wheatsheaf Evans, Big B and home
Gebbies(Mot) 139m 2.23km 6:05 (big nor easter)
Evans 256m 3.4km 10:41
Last Hill 4min50
Oh yeah... Av HR 150 Max 182 In time 2hr16 Over time 27min Cal 1675