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10th September 2021
Mt. Biking: Ipswich area
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: 6
Surf / Sea State: n/a
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: n/a
Weather: Sunny / cloud
Max Speed: 30.1 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 30 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Hook up with 4 ex-gym buddies for a social ride. All of us are waiting for
covid to disappear before going back to the gym. These guys were very
competitive on the weight bench so I knew they would turn it into a
competition, however decided not to bite! I donít normally ride with
others, due to my slow pace of average 13mph over 20 nonstop miles and
possibly 14mph if all flat.
All were average 15+ and 17/18mph on flat so, I told them to go if they
want to. However it was my turn to choose course, so picked one from my
Garmin edge explore computer, that had 4 stiff climbs to take the sting out
of the keen ones, Sproughton, Burstall, Somersham, Claydon, Westerfield,
Tuddenham, Nacton and loop, 30 miles.
Fortunately they didn't know the route so I led off a steady 14mph until
the climbs. The boys behaved until they saw a mile flat when they let rip
dropping me decisively. I really donít like riding formation at speed thru
country lanes, and after waiting for me, we swopped the pole spot every 2
minutes, but I felt the guy behind wheel was way too close, so had to tell
them to back off! Pleasant ride thru the countryside. The course involved
off road 4 times on dirt/gravel for probably 8 miles in total. My gravel
bike came into its own, as 3 had road bikes and the struggled big time,
trying to not smash their expensive carbon frames. Luving it as my diverge
gravel ate the ground up following the guy on a hybrid mountain bike. On
the level tarmac, heading to Bucklesham/Levington the mountain bike really
struggled to keep the 15mph pace, as we were really cracking on! Really
glad I now have a gravel bike that really works well on both surfaces as
the tyre is not too wide at 37mm with a road slick smooth top deck.
We all agreed after 20 miles to chill the pace, as I had set a PB 14mph
average on 20 miles and wouldn't make 30 miles.
Turned into a nice ride back as it is either level on downhill most of the
way. I ride 60/70 average cadence, choosing gears to suit and it worked
well to keep the guy with the MTB behind, so when he led I had a breather.
On the last 5 miles the 3 fast guys had a burn up and disappeared on the
long Sproughton section, with 20 mph averages whilst the MTB and I stayed
at 12mph. Great ride but was knackered after, and not sure if I will repeat
the group ride anytime soon. They are just too quick for me. HR average was
high at 122 peaking 179, even though I stuck to my normal cadence, but I
was riding harder gears as the pace rose. Thought calories burnt would be
higher @ 960 according to my Garmin pro chest monitor. Watch said 1300+
calories. Good ride, but pace a bit hot and tyre to tyre riding at pace
makes me very nervous. Got thru 3 bars and 2 bottles of water and was still
thirsty! We all dreamt we were back in the gym sauna to warm down.
Interesting riding with others because they all ride a harder gear than I
do. Their cadence is about the same but they do pump one or 2 harder
smaller gear. I did try on the flat sections and yes once you get the
rhythm going, it does make you faster.
30 miles in 2hrs 20 mins average 13mph.
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