Its been nearly 6 months since MMT last wrote a blog. MMT is not sure how that time slipped past…so fast. So a quick catch up is in order. MMT rode 11,000+ km in 2021, which is awesome. COVID enforced work from home agrees with MMT. MMT is not looking forward back to the office. Booooo……
So the other big news was that MMT’s oldest bundle of joy is now riding her bike to and from school and is off training wheels. MMT is a very, very proud dad and is looking forward to short rides to the park and school for the next 12 months.
There are two other cycling events that caught MMT’s eye in the past 6 months. The first was the classic underdog victory of Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer in the 2021 Olympic Women’s Road Race.
The Austrian attacked from the gun as part of a five-rider break that managed to build a lead of 11 minutes before she dropped her breakaway companions on the Kagosaka Pass with 41km to go and held off the entire bunch to take gold. For further details about how the race was won and in the case of the Dutch women’s team, lost read the following Cycling News article.
The second was an astonishing piece of daredevilry from the forgotten Slovenian Matej Mohoric who won the 2022 Milan-San Remo. Mohoric attacked on the descent from the Poggio with a winning combination of his impressive (bordering suicidal 🙂 descending skills and a mountain bike dropper seatpost.
It is well worth watching the last ten minutes of that race on replay on SBS or GCN. If not you can read about on Cycling News here.
So that’s it from MMT. Enjoy the spring classics and ride safe until next time.
The thing that I do in working hours to pay for all things bicycle-related is interfering with my ability to write blogs…Boo. How dare my employer expect me to work, while at work 😉 I have to say how much I enjoyed the recent Paris-Nice 6 tour, particularly days 4, 5 and 6.
Not the least of which being that 3 of the 6 stages were won by Australians and the Jeune Malliot was won by Richie Porte. Porte managed his second overall title in three years in the Paris-Nice ‘Race to the Sun’.
When he crashed on the descent off the Cote de Peille…I really though he was done for. That landing must have hurt. Hats off to Frenchman Tony Gallopin who showed some enterprise to win stage 5.
Congratulations should also go to Michael Matthews who won Stage 3 and doubled up for a 3rd place in last night’s Milan-San Remo. I’m annoyed that I missed the Milan-San Remo Classic last night. I’ll have to read the news on SBS Bicycling Central to see how the race unfolded. Unfortunately my personal time is being consumed by moving house which meant that I forgot to timeshift the event…damn. I won’t make that mistake again.
Speaking of riding I’m really enjoying the cool, sunny Autumn mornings. The last two Saturday mornings have been fantastic. I’ve been wheel sucking on local club pelotons and this has really helped my times and average speeds.
Last Saturday was my fastest 40km round trip to Blackrock in a time of 80 minutes. This makes me only 20km/h slower than the pros. I was pretty chuffed about that, particularly as meant passing a large number of fellow MAMILS with bikes to two three times the cost of my 2010 Villier…chuckle 😉