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Cold, wet and windy (24 MPH) sums up this year’s Easter Classic, an annual 112 KM drag though the lanes of Essex. 300+ had signed up for the ride; only 150 actually started.
Caught onto a couple of strong riders for the first 60 KM, looking for a fast time. Sitting on wheel in that weather was tough given the amount of water and grit being kicked up off the road but we pushed on well, averaging 30 KPH against a tough head wind.
Made the mistake of stopping at the feed station to refill bottles rather than stick with them. That meant riding alone for the last 50 KM and time traiing to the end, pulling along a couple of riders who I caught later on. There was no let up in the rain and wind - hard going.
Despite getting a bit lost (route signage has been tampered with) I still managed to get back in under four hours as the 7th fastest rider. Not a bad effort considering the conditions and getting lost.
The best part of the day was a post-ride refuel of roast beef dinner and cheesecake. Not a gel or energy bar in sight.