Stage 2 Ride Report
Male cyclists are funny; every 'training camp' or cycling
holiday I have been on follows the same routine... Day 1 is mental;
loads of testosterone and everyone tries to smash each other.
You go to bed broken, wake up stiff, learn your lesson and then
the rest of the trip calms down.
And so was my experience in Stage 2. After the mad start of Day
1 this was much more civilised!
The start was still feisty; every time you slowed down into a
sharp corner or a roundabout you knew it was going to explode out
the other side. But the attacks were shorter and less savage.
It's almost as if everyone decided to calm it down (it also
helped that Stage 1 had set up the GC positions, so they were
defending their positions now, rather than establishing them).
Because it was slower I got a chance to look at the riders and
the bikes; and there was a LOT of bling on display. Loads of aero
bikes; deep wheels and power meters. I don't think I have ever seen
so many SRM or PC8 head units; very PRO.
One guy was riding the super-rare Continental Pro Ltd tubular
tyres; you cannot buy these - only Pro Teams get them (believe me,
I have tried!!).
Today was a total of 105km, made up of three 35km laps; which
was hard because after the first lap you knew where it was going to
hurt... The first two laps were reasonable - it's amazing how your
perception changes. It was still super quick; but after the shock
of yesterday I felt like I was getting the hang of this.
Then just like in a proper Pro race it got faster and faster on
I set a record 10 min max heart rate in the last 20 km; it was
going mental at the front and we were all desperate to stay on the
wheel in front. Sometimes the wheel in front blew up; and you had
to go round him and accelerate 3 bike lengths to catch the main
group; exhausting when you are on the rivet. At the finish this
Spanish dude shook my hand; we had become pals as we had worked
together to stay in the main group when others fell away. That was
a cool moment; racing brings out alliances.
The last 10km were fun; after the main peleton had been
established we were barrelling along an empty road at 60kmh, with a
police escort, the sun was shining and spectators were taking
pictures of us. I felt like a rock star! I even got a KOM; which I
am very proud of - in Mallorca these are hard to come by!
For the numbers geeks:
- Total time was 2hr 23 and 104km; average speed was 44km/h
- NP was lower than yesterday at 246w; but VI was 1.46; ALOT of
- I spent 15 mins above 400w
I can see why racing is addictive; but I think I am being spoilt
here. I am sure the Surrey League races are not quite as glamorous;
with worse road surfaces and motorists doing their best to clip
you. So I will enjoy this brief sojourn into the racing world
whilst it lasts.
Day three report coming tomorrow...