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Flinging Single Speed

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By stephen - Posted on 11 November 2013

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.
Re: This ride meeting: 
2013 Highland Fling
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Being 6'5, 95kg riding a SS I struggle with keeping myself cool, hydrated and fed in nearly all the races I do, it was nice to have no problems during this race with the cool weather. Both transitions I headed to the portaloo for a piddle which meant Hydration was fine with less than 3 bottles consumed, still a bit much fluid for the conditions but I'd rather over hydrate than suffer.

It was hard to see through dirty wet glasses, drafting meant eating dirt and it was very cold at times but I stayed positive and really enjoyed a tough day out in the saddle. I had a lot of great riders around me during the race that I was able to work with at times, one guy who happily dragged me into Wingello after we worked together a bit joined me for a sprint across the finish line at the end of the race. I couldn't fault anyone on course, I hope I was just as courteous to everyone I came across.

Second place to a SS World Champ, he was untouchable from when he passed me on the first hill and disappeared in the long paddock. I did thank Huw for personally inviting him from NZ for this years race:-)

I'll be back again next year for another attempt at a sub 5 hour SS fling.

Antsonline's picture

That is bloody fast with just one gear.
I'm astonished.
Well done man. That is seriously awesome riding.

Brian's picture

Well done. A guy on a SS overtook me on the kick. The way you guys ride those hills you must have legs of steel.

Ian_A's picture

Good work Steve.

doc's picture

Fantastic ride and thanks for waking me up on the last rise into the event centre.

ChopStiR's picture

Well, sounds like that newish bike is doing you well.

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