Ras de Cymru Stage 1
Stage 1 of the Ras de Cymru done and dusted.
Basil's crisis of the day: Brought the Carbon Wheels, but not the Carbon-Specific Brake Pads. Surprisingly local bike shops in Newport do indeed stock these items!
The local council decided to make things exciting for the organiser by erecting road works on the prologue course the day of the race. An alternte 'flat' course was found (as opposed to the original 6km TT with a 1km hill climb tagged on). Basil was very disappointed.
However, it turns out 'Welsh Flat' is quite different from 'Cambridge Flat', so all was not lost.
1 - Clive Nicholls (High Wycombe CC) 0:10:44
8 - Basil Moss 0:11:12 (Basil is medium-happy)
53 - Tom Vickery 0:11:47 (Tom is devastated, but at least has the excuse of being ill)
71 - Tim Williams 0:12:03 (Tim is, well... Tim. He is glad we don't have to defend any silly jerseys).
82 - Eric Gowland 0:12:13 (Let's not talk about it. Ever).
Tomorrow's stage promises 6 loops of a 9 mile 'hilly' circuit, complete with... (wait for it...) Rain!