Today was the last stage and it was the Queen stage that started
and ended in Pollenca and went up the Sa Batalla climb.
I was a bit worried about today; I knew the climb would be
mental but thought I would be able to hang with some of the guys.
But the descent is so quick off the top that I had real fears I'd
be dropped, and then have a 20km solo ride of shame on the way
What about Stage 3?
Before I go into Day 4 I should mention there was a Day
3, but it was an 8km TT and it was a 2 hour round trip to go and do
it. We were told we could miss that out and still do Stage 4, so I
took advantage of the sun and rode with mates instead!
So, back to Stage 4...
Stage 4 started off reasonably; I was getting the hang of this
now and because there was a major climb all the GC leaders knew
that that was where the fireworks would go off; so there was no
need to burn any matches too early.
I was looking forward to the climb; it's 8km at 5% and on great
roads. I hoped to set a Strava PB on it, boosted by a group to work
with. What I had not factored in was the lead up to the climb would
be manic; I pretended it was the Tour and Ineos were ramping it up
to the base!
At this stage we had turned off main roads and were on really
small ones, and getting 60 riders though back roads led to
bottlenecks, and that lead to huge surges out of each corner. My HR
was 170 before we even hit the climb, this racing malarkey is very
different than sportive rides!
There were some real whippets; I saw a guy who had a Pas Normal
Mechanism jersey (which is a super race-cut fit) and he was so
skinny the arms of the jersey looked baggy on him. I have never
seen that before on a Mechanism jersey before (mine is super