Doesn’t look like His Benevolence’s number 2 is going to write a race, ahem, ride report this week; so at the risk of offence, I’ll usurp his prerogative.
With an audible ping, the ride was almost immediately over for the Dictator and his spoke, leaving a dozen or so to complete his chosen course; WaterTower – Back Tea Tree Road. A few regroups on the way out, on a quite breezy but cool sunny day. Incidents unremarkable except for some major surgery on Michaels R’s chain rings at the half way point, as his chain had become very jammed. As fortune would have it there was expert advice and supervision aplenty as we took a decent breather to rehydrate and refuel. On the return leg, the group stayed pretty much together till the intersection with Tea Tree Road. From that point on, apart from the obligatory dig by PMM Man, it was pretty much the Scotty and Stewy show, with Michael R, Red Castelli Man, and self, trying to offer some kind of resistance.
With Stewy practicing some anti-cadence training on WaterTower, Michael did manage to pip him on the sprint climb, but by then, Scotty had shown everyone a clean set of heels. Even with Stew doing the bulk of the work to organise the chase, there was no chance.
Great climate for Bakery consumption post ride.
Another Wednesday, another Richmond ride, another glorious day.
A bit cool to start with but clear sunshine made for a nice start. Off we went heading for Colebrook and the turn towards Tunnack. The early pace was sensible with most probably thinking about the usual melee on the way back on this course. The climb up Cole Hill was kept at the sensible pace until the hair pin where a few surges split the group.
Back together at the top and off to the next climb. The numbers were dwindling by this time and the turn point conversation spread across about seven of us. And then the trip back. Its usually restrained until half way down the hill but not today. A surge at the top spread the field and then another surge at the bottom put ScottyB and me out in front for a while. After he realised I couldn't breathe at his pace we waited for the bunch.
after that the pace was reasonably sensible with riders dropping off every now and then. A big surge at the end had ScottB first over the line and smiling again.
coffee chat was good as always with a couple of extras joining in. For anyone interested Baz's Cornelian Bay Friday Ride will leave from Richmond Bakery at 9 heading to Oatlands and back. Up via Woodsdale and back via Colebrook. About 130km all up.
For that one day per year, when Richmond might get near chilly, I have the answer. On Tuesday, I was motoring through downtown Rosny, and spied PMM Mans personal thermometer, standing tall, announcing 20 degrees C. Marvellous. At that very moment, the car radio announced the temperature in Hobart,,,,,,,......13 degrees C.
I looked around to see whether PMM Man was bending over somewhere nearby, probably touching his toes.
I know where bright warm sunshine comes from
Regular readers of this ra..ride report probably understand that we have come to expect glorious weather in Richmond on a Wednesday morning. No surprises today. If this is what winter has to offer then summer could be scary.
sixteen riders toed the line read for the ra...ride briefing. A retro course today - over water tower along Back Tea Tree andd return with the obligatory "attack at the rail lines on the way home". The pace was sensible to start with. There were some strong legs in the bunch with Stuey doing the brunt of the work into the light breeze. Showing no pain he then surged away to take the first points over water tower.
A regroup and away we went again with the strong boys swapping off at the front and the rest of us chasing wheels. No need to regroup at Back Tea Tree and the light tail breeze helped everyone. It looked like it was going to be a sensible ride for a while but Rossie couldn't help himself and stirred the pot on the farm hill. Points went to SteveBill as he reacted and covered the attacks with ease. The chase was on with Stuey after him, me glued to the wheel and strong man RodH chasing everyone down. Next points on offer were the hill surge which I managed to snag - having just recovered from the last effort!
A regroup and off we went again back into the breeze.
We only let the refined gentlemen ride in their own group Master6!!
Back to the ra..ride report. Christian gave his pedals a slight bit of pressure and left the rest of us behind cleaning up the points on the duck pond. Two sets of points left and an open field of contenders. The train lines came and went with no attack in sight. What happened there?? Up the rise towards Water Tower and the likelies were ready. I wasn't but had a go and almost got to the top before having to take a breath. The pack rolled past. I couldn't see by this stage so couldn't grant points. Down to the last sprint and the contenders were concentrating so the rest of us regrouped for the ride to the finish.
Well of course Rossie was in the bunch so Rossie should have won. Oops. A tyres width win to the fast finishing surge from ScottyB to give everyone equal points. So many winners in a Richmond ra..ride.
Coffee chat included extras and went on for some time. With Clive and Mike coming back to the fold next week and Master6 making a reappearance it should be another great day on a bike.
It seems to be a bit repetitive, but, another glorious day in old Richmond Town Town today. A bit cool to start with but it soon warmed up with glorious sunshine and light breezes to go with it.
Along with that, the course today was a bit of a mix of here and there. A new piece of road - now that's something new - but it was the new entrance to Richmond Bypass/Middle Tea Tree Road entrance. Up Middle Tea Tree, Tea Tree, Back Tea Tree, Grass Tree for the first loop and then into Richmond and then another loop through Prossers Road, Fingerpost, the highway and home via Brinktop.
There was a serious hint of a gentleman's ride out there today. Perhaps an influence of the very influential Master6? The pace was mild from the start. It was sedate. It was gentlemanly - but where was Master6??? The pace was gentlemanly along Middle Tea Tree. the pace was gentlemanly along Tea Tree. The pace was gentlemanly along Back Tea Tree. What was going on??? ScottyB attacked as only he can and the rest maintained a gentlemanly pace Where are you Master6???
A front spoke failure slowed one of our peleton on the way but not for long as we caught up to the gentlemen.
Okay, so a regroup at the usual regroup spot and off to the next part of the ride. We picked up ScottyB at the start of Richmond - maybe he was chatting when the course was laid out?? - and continued on at a gentlemanly pace to Prossers road. A short time for a regroup after the dirt interlude and then off to the highway. It was all too much by this time and half the remaining peleton of twelve split and split again to have half on the front and half split and chasing. No regroup on Brinktop road - a bit ungentlemanly - so the peleton cruised through with the rest amalgamating and providing support as they worked along at a gentlemanly pace. Imagine our surprise as we found the majority of the peleton waiting for us at the top. Woo Hoo.
And then down the hill. That was fun. PMM Man - the irrepressible one - thought it was time to take a sprint win - and tried to - but - there were a couple of riders there before him. So disappointing.
Coffee chat was as good as always.
For those interested in rides. Baz is taking us up to Oatlands again on Friday - leaving Richmond at 9am with about 13okms to cover. RodH is leading a channel ride on the 26th leaving from Salamanca Plaza at 9am with distance around the 130ish as well. Don't forget the Tour De Norfy on the 26th of October. A great ride at the best of times. And to top off those there is a ride at Richmond next Wednesday leaving the car park at 9:00:00.000 which may have Master6 in the peleton.
Yet another glorious day in old Richmond Town greeted the assembled fourteen riders. I made a mistake and told one what the course was going to be. He left! So, at five seconds before kick-off I announced "Baskerville, Grass tree first, lets go" and they followed.
The breeze was more out of the north than I had expected so a cross wind to start with until the first climb. Michael "the hill climber" took out the points at the top with ease. He must have been very impressive as two riders decided to go the other way and skip the hills.
The peleton of thirteen flew down the hill and then attacked the Otago Bay climb. A short regroup and away again into the head wind along the river. We kept plodding along until PMM Man hit a rock and tried to destroy his indestructible Gatorskins. A long delay and a few tubes later he was on his way again in a further reduced peleton of eight as the others succumbed to the smell of coffee and kept going.
another couple of regroups and a very fast entry i to Richmond with a strong tail wind assisting. ScottyB put in a surge and led the peleton in.
coffee chat was all quality as always.
Decided on a hard ColeHill return into the wind. Great for the legs. Had a coffee and a quiche spoke with a lone rider who missed the bunch. Didn't get his name but used to race and recalled you were the handicapper and I was off again.
Well it was a glorious start to the day in old Richmond Town today - if you were sitting in the sun and out of the wind. It was a bit cool and the greyish clouds were getting darker. The amateur and professional weather forecasters amongst the assembled riders were comparing notes on what their favourite website was suggesting in terms of wet stuff falling out of the sky. The general consensus was that it would happen but that thunderstorms were perhaps not likely.
So, at the allotted 9:00:00.000 we were off on the traditional course of water tower and back tea tree. Eleven of us started off at a reasonable pace into a light headwind. The turn onto Tea Tree Road seemed to bring an increase in the strength of the breeze and everyone started looking for wheels to hide behind. The pace picked up at the front. And then it picked up again. The bunch split and split again. Water Tower is only a small hill but a hill it is - which means our resident hill climber Michael had a go. Now obviously a hill sprinter he hit the last rise at speed and looked really good for a few metres. Stuey was blocked in. Easy.
A regroup at the top gave Brian the Elder time to hide his water bottle and tell everyone he would have to go back and get it - yeah - right! So off we went at a frenzied pace into the (again) strengthening wind. The strong men of Stuey, Motorbike Man Rod and ScottyB easily left us behind and disappeared into the distance. The remainder of us made up four groups and slogged our way to the turn.
A regroup and off again on the uphill downwind leg. The same pattern again and the bunch split and splintered with much discussion continuing about black clouds which were now gathering with intent. An early regroup to consider options which were many and varied but the return trip along Middle Tea Tree was the one with traction. Off we went again. The grumbling in the pack continued and when we got to Middle Tea Tree some simply forgot to turn and headed straight for coffee with some of the rest of us saying some nasty things to and about them.
The hard men turned and headed up the road a short distance. Hmm. Rain obvious in the North. Rain obvious coming over Grass Tree. Hmm. We made the call to go as far as we could before the rain arrived and then scamper back for coffee. About ten seconds later we turned and scampered!!
As we put the bikes away the 'weather' arrived. Someone was up there emptying buckets. As the hard men headed for coffee our early presence was noted with some particularly hurtful comments - most of them well deserved. At least we were dry as the rain continued to come down in volume.
Coffee chat was a bit curtailed and we were out of there at around the time we should have been arriving back from the ride. I don't think anyone was too upset about that. Winter wasn't very winter-ish but spring is certainly a typical one so far. Now - next week -
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