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photoblog image Audax Randonneurs #2

Audax Randonneurs #2

At 0500 we are sent on our way, in the dark. This is my first experience of night riding in a group and on unfamiliar roads...initially somewhat alarmed by the experience I ride ultra-carefully but, after 10km or so, I relax and ride confidently with the leading group  at speeds up to 40kph on this pan-flat route with its village dogs, pot-holes and villagers spreading their rice harvest on the road to dry in the anticipated sun. I have 2 small but reasonably bright headlights, purchased specifically for this early start, and am pleased with their performance.

 

At about 40km one of our group gets a puncture in his front wheel, so we all take a 10 minute break while Olie [our group leader and a very capable bike mechanic] replaces the tube.

 

After 45km we come to Prasat Ban Pluang, a lovely Khmer Ruin site just 25 km from my house and which I have shown on SC before, where the first Checkpoint has been set up. Here our Trip Passports are stamped, and rice porridge is served...tastes great, and fills the stomach satisfyingly.

 

2017 Audax

Audax Randonneurs #2

At 0500 we are sent on our way, in the dark. This is my first experience of night riding in a group and on unfamiliar roads...initially somewhat alarmed by the experience I ride ultra-carefully but, after 10km or so, I relax and ride confidently with the leading group  at speeds up to 40kph on this pan-flat route with its village dogs, pot-holes and villagers spreading their rice harvest on the road to dry in the anticipated sun. I have 2 small but reasonably bright headlights, purchased specifically for this early start, and am pleased with their performance.

 

At about 40km one of our group gets a puncture in his front wheel, so we all take a 10 minute break while Olie [our group leader and a very capable bike mechanic] replaces the tube.

 

After 45km we come to Prasat Ban Pluang, a lovely Khmer Ruin site just 25 km from my house and which I have shown on SC before, where the first Checkpoint has been set up. Here our Trip Passports are stamped, and rice porridge is served...tastes great, and fills the stomach satisfyingly.

 

2017 Audax

comments (12)

Glad to see you're keeping up with the youngsters! Impressive! smile
Ray: Most of the youngsters have neither my age nor ...umh...audacity, Elizabeth...I seem to be able to keep up with them.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Dec 2017, 06:52
I'd have been dropped long before this; I can't do 40km/hr on the flat even drafting people. The porridge looks OK too me; a have bowl most days (but made with oats) and that keep me going until I can get to a cake shop.
Ray: Here's the thing, Alan...I asked my experienced friend, Olie, "How fast do folks ride these 200km Audax events?" and he replied "Well, the main objective is to finish the event so you don't ride fast...maybe up to 25kph". So...of we go, and the average speed for the first 40km was probably >30kph and reaching >40kph...in the dark...I am thinking "Strewth...what madness has this bloke got himself into!".

Of course, I was not realising that the participants quickly got strung out, and there were many cruising along at 20kph at the tail end, and having a lovely social outing. I was in the front group , where many of the Boy Wonders on their Works Bianchis and Colnagos thought it was TdF.
I am about to have porridge (oats not rice) but not riding a bike anywhere
Ray: Rice porridge...aka Congee, and Jok...is served with small pork rissoles, shaved raw ginger, something green like shallots, and a little chili powder...it is an excellent meal, whether biking or couching, Bill.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Dec 2017, 06:59
You really do look the part Ray, this picture alone will increase the world consumption of porridge by many percentage points.. Game is what I'd call you.

Bet the Thai gals go crayzee when they see you dressed in this sporty gear!
Ray: No underwear is used when wearing these bike shorts, Chris...you can imagine the faintings and gaspings that occur when I appear at the shop counter with a drink to sustain me while on these rides.
45KMS ....magnifique ..je suis toujurs impressionnée par la capacité des coureurs faire tant de kms sans faiblir
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Près de 25% du trajet terminé à ce stade, Claudine ... il y a un long chemin à parcourir!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Dec 2017, 07:58
Oh, you look very sportive - a bit like Mr. Rolfe Biker.
Ray: Tomorrow there is a picture of me on the bike...you should be certain to be sitting down when it appears on your screen, Philine. smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Dec 2017, 09:52
I remember eating rice porridge in Singa.... Lovely grub Ray. I am enjoying yet another trip by the hardy group of cyclists.
Ray: Yes...rice porridge is good tucker, Chad.

Stay with me, as we enter the exciting and challenging parts of the ride.
I thought you were eating chowder so glad for the explanation. You did a great job on that leg of the race.
Ray: This first section of the ride was memorable, Mary...my state of mind varied between terrified and exhilarated...I was quite pleased with myself by the time we arrived at this first checkpoint.
Already I'm beginning to sense you really enjoyed this event Ray.
Ray: You are right, Brian..an adventure, with the feeling heightened by the commencement in the dark.
I had no idea of this night riding phenomenon...
Ray: Group riding in the dark is not for the faint-hearted, Larry...it certainly engenders a buzz! smile
Rice porridge is a Christmas dish in Sweden - a bowl is left out for the tomte - the elfs that accompany Santa on his travels.
Ray: Something new learned by me today, Tom.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Dec 2017, 05:55
Bet that porridge was welcome after 45km, Ray
Ray: The porridge was a perfect breakfast for me, Lisl.

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