A cold morning with snow on the hills, but was soon to heat up.
A very good turn out this year for the Thistle, now moved to the larger and warmer Millenium Hall, with about 30 on the long run. There was an attempt to keep it reasonably steady at the start as we rolled towards Tully but the truce didn’t last long and the pace picked up. It seemed to be the Fife Century and Leslie Teams who were doing the damage again.
After Luncarty the pace really picked up as the lumpy stuff started and some were starting to get shelled out the back. As we hit the start of the Little Glenshee road the damage was done and the lead bunch sped up over the rolling road. My legs weren’t working too well this week and a group of 5 or 6 of us were about 20 seconds down with the remainder of the group spread out behind us. There was a truce called at the ford for a “natural break” which let the majority of us regroup and head down the glen. The road is pretty awful, lots of holes and lots of debris, so thankfully weren’t flying too fast.
The climb out of Bankfoot was okay but then the pace picked up again as we sped towards Murthly. We caught the shorter run large group soon after and then very soon after that was disaster for me as the unmistakable bang and hiss of a rear puncture put an end to my fast run. I’m sure nobody was gloating (too much) as all the riders we had just passed cruised past me as I started to change my tube 🙂 There were a fair few who did make sure I was okay as they passed, which is nice to know help is out there if you need it.
As I was putting my wheel back on Iain Anderson came past soon followed by young Calum who had some mechanical issues for the third week in a row and who helped bring me home! Was glad to get back to the hall, with very tired legs. Don’t think I would have made it with the fast bunch up Pitknappy, oh well always next week… Andy Yorke did well getting most of the way with the lead bunch, just at the end 6 or so got a small break with Andy just behind them.
As is the norm for these events now, the post event food and chat was excellent. A very good turn out for the shorter runs, saw more than 90 in total taking part. Great stuff.
No Garmin stats as my legs weren’t the only things playing up and so I don’t have a complete route saved, but reckon the fast boys must have been around 20 mph average for the run (as that’s what my Garmin was staying before it and me stopped). Sounds like the shorter run was more social, difficult to chat on the longer run when you’re struggling to breathe!
Hopefully the weather will be kind for our run next Sunday and we get as good a turn out. Any chance we can set the pace most of the way round and save my legs a bit 🙂
Three down, one to go.