A 65km race that attracted many top riders from around Thailand. There was a big crowd of enthusiastic on-lookers at each of the many villages on the route...there were pretty "pit girls"...the organisation was very professional.
Rode to Prachon Chai, then Prasat, then out the Surin highway to an interesting shrine, then home via Ole's coffee shop.
Met a Prachon Chai rider 15 km East of his city, and towed him home...resulted in more effort than I was intending to put in at this stage of the ride, but enjoyed the task.
Quite a tough 60km into a stiff breeze, but the return trip was easy.
At Surin I did 2 laps of the Bike Track...I was going the really push the pedals on the second lap to see if I could improve on yesterday's PB on the Airport Sprint...unfortunately, just as I hit the start of the sprint a small truck appeared on the path and right in my way...I slowed to less than 20kph to get safely around the truck and then accelerated...time equal to PB but I think the truck cost me 2 or 3 seconds.
Still feeling the effects of the flu and asthma.
This morning I rode a gentle 113km on my MTB. I stopped a couple of times to make pictures, once to greet Na who was shopping in a town I passed through, also stopped for a coffee at my favourite Prasat Bike shop which also has the best coffee in town.
It was a mostly uneventful ride except that I was struck by a motorcycle, who clearly mis-calculated how fast I was travelling when he passed me at speed and then stopped on the shoulder of the road, tried to make a U-turn from the shoulder right across my path, and without looking or using turning lights...I was struck fairly hard on the left knee but managed to stay upright by grabbing the shirt the young rider was wearing...I said some fairly harsh words to him, and he wai'd me while scrambling out a string of "Sorry"'s.
Here is a 1 minute vid of the ride:
And here is how Strava has analysed it:
Olie Lim, proprietor of the best cycling/coffee shop in Prasat City is working on setting up a social cycling club. He invited me to participate in the first group ride.
So. today, a ride in 3 parts:
#1 Ride in the dark from home to Prasat [23km]
#2 Meet about 40 friends for a gentle Group Ride [30km]
#3 Ride from Prasat to home [23km]
Plenty of pictures were taken by two guys who did not ride bikes but accompanied the group in a support vehicle...
I participated in my first Audax event today...commenced at 0500 in the dark, and it was a eerie feeling in a tight peleton of strangers, on a road that was in fair to poor condition and shared with drying rice from the farms, with only fairly weak lighting from bike headlights.
My picture is of the first stop at Prasat Ban Pluang (Khmer ruin site) after riding for 45km...very enjoyable breakfast of rice porridge with the sun just risen.
The ride covered 211km total...the longest ride I have ever done. Organisation by Audax was excellent, and my fellow riders were friendly...I cannot blame organisers for me taking a wrong turn and riding at least 10km extra, or for a motorcyclist riding off his farm without looking and knocking me off my bike at about 190km from the start! I have a bit of skin off both legs and feels like the right shoulder AC joint is separated again...bike needs some work and helmet is wrecked.
Anyway, I finished in a respectable time...now feeling satisfied, but knackered!
Here is a slideshow of some images made by the Official Photographer for the event...
Here is an image of an 8 years old but still perfectly functional MTB saddle, after it has been modified by a family dog...
And, here is an image of a saddle that had to be purchased and fitted before the bike could be ridden again...
Dogs are very helpful critters!
Here is something you don't encounter every day...
While putting away the bike I have just been riding, I noticed something a little odd about the appearance of my Giant TT Bike on the next rack. Closer examination revealed it was being claimed by a 70cm Green Tree Snake...a common, aggressive, poisonous, but not very dangerous snake in these parts:
A race was held not far from where we live...too good an opportunity to ignore, so I entered the long race, which was advertised as 80km but turned out to be 90km. The race takes in hilly routes to both Ta Kwai and Ta Meung Khmer Antiquity sites right on the border with Cambodia.
There were 300+ competitors, and about 200+ of them were serious riders. Many had advanced kit, such as carbon fibre frames and electronic gear shifters. I was the oldest competitor and also the only foreigner...consequently I found myself being pressed into many group photo opportunities, and felt like a bit of a celebrity.
It was a tough race for me, but I was finally quite pleased with the results...10th place overall [which was good enough for a trophy and a podium presentation]...2nd in the 40+ category, and would have been 1st in the 50+ category if there was one.
Mostly I just ride about in my own World...a place where there are no other Strava Users. This morning I took my car to Prasat for its 10k service...had a couple of idle hours while waiting, so took my road bike and made the most of an opportunity to measure my cycling performance against the many regular Strava Users who record their efforts on the 30km North:South highway between Prasat and Surin cities.
I was quite pleased with my first outing on this route...averaged 32.6km over 60km and recorded the 8th fastest All Comers time for one segment of 23km.
Don't all laugh at once...this all important data when you are in training for the...you know...Big One!
I love cycling, whether rolling about in Bangkok or on country lanes. Recently I have also been attracted to bike racing as a means of challenging myself as I mature into that category known as The Elderly.