Well, on Thursday last week we had confirmation that our 3rd team member wouldn’t be riding due to entering the Cape to Cape. Di and I were expecting this a little as it’s a tough ask, asking someone when on their taper week to thrash themselves in a 50 km TT! We had decided what ever would be would be and just to go out there and have fun as we only needed 2 people to cross the line 😉
The Women’s field as always was a little disappointing and lacking in numbers, but that just focused our attention on our own end goal.
We initially missed our start time due to my insistence that I needed to visit the bathroom but the commisaire just started us after everyone else had gone off with no dramas.
3,2,1 we’re off – I was clipped in and off when I hear a yell out that I had in fact taken off without Di as she was having a moment with her pedals and clipping in – she caught up and we were up and running with a focus of catching people if we could!
It was soon very apparent that not having that 3rd person was not helping us one bit, there was nowhere to hide and even less time to recover. Di quickly commented that she was not having fun and I had to agree.
We caught the other SPR team at about the 15-17km mark and initially over took them, after a little conflab we eased up and they came around us.
Di was an absolute champion and pretty much dragged my butt round for about 30km her TT training was clearly paying off as she was gunning it with me sucking her wheel for all it was worth. When I had to put the call out to ease up it was quickly followed by you can’t drop me we need 2 to finish!!!
When crossing the line we knew we had done enough to be on the podium but we weren’t sure where, there was some confusion which was rectified and we were awarded our silver medals for 2nd place.
We were very happy with the result especially only having 2 people and all the rest of the teams having 3 🙂
1st Place – WAIS: 1:25:27
2nd Place – SPR: 1:33:07
3rd Place – SPR Café Chicks: 1:36:57