Nikki Kaye challenged me to beat her in the Taupo Cycle Challenge. It is on the last Saturday in November. I’m sure we have both had lots of advice. Most people have told me I don’t have a chance of beating a woman about half my age who did the Coast to Coast solo last year. The essence of the technical advice is that cycling is a bit parasitic. I should tuck in behind Nikki and let her do most of the work , let her lead out so I can make the last move in a sprint, except if there is a fast bunch that can drag me along.
I’m not very experienced at bunch riding so went in the Wellington Vets Featherston Funride. 80k. Very flat when compared to Taupo.Went in the middle group 10min behind leaders and got in a good bunch which after a while went ok.
Reinforced for me the advice that being in a bunch can save 20+% of effort. Might do another before the big day.