April was a crappy month for cycling. They say bad luck occurs in threes, so here’s MMT three reasons for having a generally crap month on the bike.
- Ride the Bellerine 2017 had some really horrible weather that included wind up to 100Km/h and heavy rain. Marv thought better of doing 105km ride in those conditions and chickened out.
- MMT’s darling daughter AJ, contracted enfant syncytial respiratory virus which she gave to her dad, which resulted in 2 weeks of feeling like crap with bronchitis, which
- Wiped out the Easter holidays. MMT had a Canyon booked through RCC Sydney for 4 days and was really looking forward to cruising around the inner west and eastern suburbs beaches. MMT was too sick get on the plane.
All in all, this left MMT about 85km short of his monthly objective as evidenced by the gap between the green and red lines. Boooooo 🙁
Not surprisingly my suffer scores for April were pretty sketchy.
My ride log is found here. Fortunately May is looking like a huge month with at least one week getting close to 250Km.
Until next blog, ride safe.
I’ve been offline for a while, in fact its been pretty close to 6 weeks. Life and work just get in the way of blogging about cycling. The good news is that after a crappy illness stricken April, I’m on track for a great May. However, a couple of need misses on the bike this morning prompted this blog and its direct plagiarism of yesterday’s Age. The article was written by the CEO Craig Richards Bicycle Network and identified a pretty bad loop hole in TAC’s coverage of potential bicycle accidents. You can find the article here online
I’ve included a hastily taken phone camera photo for those of you that are digitally challenged.
This certainly went through my mind as I was nearly clipped by garbage truck on Beach Road this morning.
Until next time, ride safe
PS. I’m really pissed off that SBS isn’t broadcasting the Giro. I gather the price was too steep this time.
I was out having a really enjoyable round trip ride to Mordialloc. Clear skies, almost no wind and crisp conditions, made ideal weather for riding. MMT has finally recovering from a 3 week bout of bronchitis that ruined his Easter riding plans and resulted a couple of visits to his GP. This morning’s ride was sans RCC MEL, mainly due to MMT’s lack of conditioning. Riding solo has its advantages, you listen to music, set your own pace and just enjoy the landscape you are journeying through.
So with that in mind, MMT was feeling fairly zen like until encountering heavy traffic through Brighton and Elwood. It is always tricky threading your way through slow moving or immobile traffic. Motorists tend to become a bit edgy and less observant. The reason the congestion became apparent near the Elwood Canal. There were numerous blue flashing lights. MMT’s initial thoughts were “That’s odd place to put an RBT station. No wonder traffic is banked up”. Crawling along through the traffic, it becomes apparent that it’s not just Police it’s also Paramedics. A small bunch of cyclists is on the footpath. The Police has blocked off half of a lane. I carefully move out of the cycle lane and eyeball the driver behind me.
As I pass the Police car, I see a horrific sight. A cyclist has had a tragic accident. I think the man is covered in blood. The paramedics are administering CPR. I can’t shake the feeling I’ve just witnessed a fatality. I feel the blood drain from my face and I am nauseous. One word appears in my mind…”how?”. How did that happened? It’s a flat piece of road with good visibility. Riding conditions were perfect. I’m shocked and saddened. This man’s loved ones are going to have a terrible morning. I think of my family, my wife, my 10 month old daughter. I’m very jittery and move onto the bike path at the first opportunity. I’m glad to arrive home safe.
I ride to work very carefully. I meet one of daughter’s carer’s on the way. She’s riding a fixie. We have a short chat. I let her and the lady behind her go through first. I’m in no hurry today. I arrive at work, have a long hot shower and try to clear my head. Eventually I walk to my desk and I log on to my PC. I check my email and then decide to Google the accident. Oh no… its exactly as I feared. The Sun Herald reports that the cyclist has crashed into a parked car. He was part of a small group riding along Marine Parade. He was only a few years older than me. I feel sad for the man’s family. I hope that he didn’t suffer.
Please, please, please ride safe.