Yeah pretty astounding to see what they can do at a local level, and then seeing them mixing it up with the big names in the protour just shows the level they're all at. You can only get those races live streamed off internet here, although some can pick up one of the Aussie sport satelite channels. But always at a ridiculous hour for us.
Our local guy would have been gutted that Cancellara(teammate) couldn't quite pull it off, but have no idea how he himself went in support of Cancellara and sprinter Bennati? Oh well he did finish I suppose, and got some good race training in, that he can bank.
Day started off quite cold, but then warmed up and was scorching( esp when none off us are used to summer weather!). Beautifull day though. Partner had a good race at her "real womans" Duathlon and got a pb, about 4mins faster than last time.
After that I biked off and got my Van and drove close to the square. Was the last day ChCh people got access to the square( we had 2 weekends/4 days) and the Cathedral before it gets demo'd. Quite an icon of the city, and its centrepoint due to its familiarity. Basically its on every single ChCh postcard, or every Sth Island tourism advertisement etc. So weird and quite sad its coming down. If there's any building ChCh people would want saved its that one. Gone
Really strange walking through a city you hardly recognise. Actually if it wasn't for street signs wouldn't have known where I was at times. There's all these holes were building used to be. Skyline is dominated by huge demolition cranes, and centre streets once a hive of activity, are now empty, devoid of any life, weeds growing up through holes in the concrete. Looks like a ghost town. Hard to get ones head around. A lot of the debri/damage has been cleared and sanitised so doesn't neccesarily look that impressive, unless you can remember how it used to be. So was good be one of the last to see it as it was, and to say goodbye.
After that drove out to Little River and did the Le Race last half. Not really that accurate as a training tool as it would be better to start at Akaroa, get fatigued 1st over five tough climbs( 1 big) and then do it. Was doing that seated spinning high revs thing as much as possible as my legs have been "lactic aciding" up too much in past yrs getting off the saddle in the 19/21 at too low a cadence. Some of the bigger/muscular guys seem to be able to do that all day but I can't.
Seemed to be able to keep up a pretty good speed but those gradients, and constant pitch changes, were a real shock to my muscles/system. Tootling around the local Port hills just don't quite cut it! New tyres are so much more comfortable/smooth and nicer to ride than the GP4s's but seem a bit slower. Might just have to wear them in a bit. They had great grip and feel a good allround tyre. So pretty pleased with them even though I should have probably gone with something faster .
My legs were pretty fried by the time I got to Akaroa after 1.5hrs which was a bit of a worry but I was hitting it really hard, so to be expected considering the terrain I've been training on. Got from Hilltop to top of Longbay Rd in just under and hr which was my goal and tells me I'm not far off. Had to stop halfway down LB rd as my magnet had come loose on descent and wasn't reading. Few strokes on the pedals and I was back to over 70kph, but lost a bit of momentum going into the nasty corners. So didn't get the opportunity to test my nerve.
Tried the caffeine H5 today which was ok, made me feel alright but didn't make me go any faster. Needed more carb's for the ride as I only took a banana.
Wasn't too bad for the rest of it and didn't go under 10kph even tho I got close a few times. But hilltop from the other side was just a grovel, and I was hurting all over. Not great wind conditions NE then SW
Start climb 7:33
Hilltop top 30:00
Pigeon Bay 43:46
Little Akaloa 51:40
Top steep hill 59:10
Le Bons bay 1hr22:10
Long B rd 1hr29:55
Bottom Hilltop 2hrs8:04
70.18km 2hrs49:20 24.8Av 77.8Max
15 30 52 152A 178M