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photoblog image Audax Randonneurs #6

Audax Randonneurs #6

Arrived! My cycling computer tells me I have travelled 212km in  7.5 hours of cycling.

 

The last 70km were challenging, for a few reasons:

 

* I was riding on my own, on unfamiliar roads, as I had outpaced my group and was also a bit embarrassed by the awful screaming sound my bike was making.

 

* I couldn't find the second last checkpoint so spent at least 20 minutes riding in circles in Si Khoraphum village while looking for it.

 

* I was tired, as this was the longest ride I have ever undertaken, and my body was therefore operating in unfamiliar conditions.

 

* About 20km from the finish I was stuck by a motorcycle that came barrelling out of trees at the side of the road, and the driver was clearly not bothering to see if he had a clear ride...I was knocked off, hitting the blacktop quite hard with my right shoulder, and head [fortunately well protected by the helmet I was wearing]...my left knee took a direct hit and was painful...my right shoulder joint was separated, and extremely painful...my bike was bent up a bit but still, barely, ridable.

 

I completed the ride...even finished in the first 10% of participants...but was not in great shape. The last picture in this post might reveal to you that I was in a lot of pain at the finish, so struggled to give the photographer a dazzling smile.

 

Nevertheless...after 24 hours of recuperation, I was able to tell people that the ride was fun, and I would definitely be doing more Audax rides. [In fact, I am nearly at the point of registering for a 300km ride in February 2018]. The ride was well organised...the participants were sociable and good fun. I felt challenged and, ultimately, satisfied with my performance.

 

2017 Audax

 Let's see if I can get off this thing without falling over...

2017 Audax

 Get my Passport stamped for the last time...

2017 Audax

Summons my best cheesy grin for the nice photographer...

Audax Randonneurs #6

Arrived! My cycling computer tells me I have travelled 212km in  7.5 hours of cycling.

 

The last 70km were challenging, for a few reasons:

 

* I was riding on my own, on unfamiliar roads, as I had outpaced my group and was also a bit embarrassed by the awful screaming sound my bike was making.

 

* I couldn't find the second last checkpoint so spent at least 20 minutes riding in circles in Si Khoraphum village while looking for it.

 

* I was tired, as this was the longest ride I have ever undertaken, and my body was therefore operating in unfamiliar conditions.

 

* About 20km from the finish I was stuck by a motorcycle that came barrelling out of trees at the side of the road, and the driver was clearly not bothering to see if he had a clear ride...I was knocked off, hitting the blacktop quite hard with my right shoulder, and head [fortunately well protected by the helmet I was wearing]...my left knee took a direct hit and was painful...my right shoulder joint was separated, and extremely painful...my bike was bent up a bit but still, barely, ridable.

 

I completed the ride...even finished in the first 10% of participants...but was not in great shape. The last picture in this post might reveal to you that I was in a lot of pain at the finish, so struggled to give the photographer a dazzling smile.

 

Nevertheless...after 24 hours of recuperation, I was able to tell people that the ride was fun, and I would definitely be doing more Audax rides. [In fact, I am nearly at the point of registering for a 300km ride in February 2018]. The ride was well organised...the participants were sociable and good fun. I felt challenged and, ultimately, satisfied with my performance.

 

2017 Audax

 Let's see if I can get off this thing without falling over...

2017 Audax

 Get my Passport stamped for the last time...

2017 Audax

Summons my best cheesy grin for the nice photographer...

comments (15)

results to be proud of, Ray. i think sustaining that speed for 7.5 hours is very decent even without the collision!
Ray: On reflection, Ayush, I was quite pleased with the Outing.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Jan 2018, 05:38
So this is when you got damaged, Ray. (My Yoga teacher used to say "listen to your body".) I am amazed you finished this, and up are for another soon. WELL DONE!!
Ray: I pretty much subscribe to the rule "Tell your body to shut up and keep going", Lisl.
212 km, c'est énorme. Bravo !
Ray: C'est ma plus longue course, jusqu'ici, Martine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 1 Jan 2018, 06:49
My HERO!
Ray: Oh, good!

[Na thinks I am stark raving bonkers!]
After all of that, Ray, I'm just glad you're ALIVE! But congratulations are also in order.
Ray: Bits break, but don't fall off, Ginnie! smile
Well done Ray! Pleased you were OK
Ray: OK is a bit of a relative term, Bill...certain ok compared with dead&cremated! smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jan 2018, 08:18
Does the arrow show you where to aim for the photographer? Can you get any compensation from the motorbike rider? It looks like you you wee snarling at the photographer; mind you. I'm not surprised after that epic ride and the trauma a of the fall. (Nice bike to your right; it even has proper brakes).
Ray: I think the arrow is a clever trick devised by the experienced photographer for getting riders to do all the hard work of getting into frame, Alan...I am thinking of acquiring a set of these arrows to help with my images of insects and little stuff!

The motorcycle rider did a runner as soon as he noticed I was not dead, and my expression told him I would tear his head off if I could reach him when I stood up.

That bike was ridden by a very small 40 year old bloke who was built like a miniature Hercules. I was riding behind him at one point, and calculated his cadence at 130+RPM.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 Jan 2018, 08:32
You sound indestructible Ray. At least all you had to do was follow those arrows that someone kindly marked out.
Ray: I seem to be quite durable, Chad...having the brain of a cockroach probably helps.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jan 2018, 08:32
You can be proud of yourself, What an achievement and what a will power. I salut you!!! Happy New Year.
Ray: I am quite pleased with the ride, Astrid, and will now probably look for an Audax 300 in 2018...perhaps in February. Next time I will try to ride a bit more sensibly.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jan 2018, 10:16
Oh, I am glad that you finished the ride in a rather good shape despite the accident. Take care of you in the new year and don't exaggerate your fitness!
Ray: Despite some pains, Philine, I finished the event with a strong frame of mind. There will be more Audax adventures.
If you want to live to an old age it might be a good idea not to get hit by moving vehicles anymore. You have managed a great accomplishment in danger sports and lived to tell the tale.
Ray: Thank you, Mary...I'll try to adopt your good advice.
I can only say well done Ray, fortunately you survived the nutter on his motorbike, I'm not surprised he scarpered very quickly, after all that effort to even reach that point I bet your blood was boiling at him.
Ray: The crash added an additional and un-wanted level of difficulty to the ride, Brian, but I got there in the end.
You did well, Ray! Mind you, that 'cheesy grin' looks more like 'one comment from you and you get a bunch of fives, matey' smile
Ray: The final 20km of the ride was a significant challenge, Tom...I expect the fierce expression reflects the resolve I had to summon to complete the ride, and it hadn't dissolved yet.

I hope my next Audax experience does not include this [accidental] challenge.
Good Heaven's, Ray! What an achievement, and experience! I hope you're feeling tip top by now!
Ray: I am generally fine, but shoulder is at about 60% and I think it will eventually get back to somewhere near 100%.

Bike is fine!


Nearly time to try something a bit longer...
The main thing is you made it!

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