These guys couldn't hold a predictable straight line if the bike was attached to a rail.
Today's course.. 4 laps of this thing as the bike leg of a team relay, olympic distance triathlon:
Be careful to look at the two 140+ degree turns around kilometers 4 and 6. Yeah, those were fun x 4. Taking it @ kilometer 4, you got to follow the 140+ degree turn with a left hand 90 degree turn 10 meters later.
So... I YELLED at all sorts of people today. Our local community services running the triathlon doesn't consider cycling a sport to pay attention to, so when they told me there'd be 300 participants today, I had visions of people riding bikes everywhere (I won't call them cyclists.. I refuse to). These people took turns in all sorts of ways, from all points on the curve. One chick looked back at me as I was coming by on lap 3, we made eye contact, and she proceeded to dive from the far left at my front wheel taking a right hand turn. You had folks riding 2, 3+ abreast where I had to get on the other side of the road to get around them. Then, you'd have someone riding down the middle of the road, and I'm left wondering - do I go left or right? Bah.. And, to make it all that much better, since it's laps of the course, you have to come almost to a complete stop to get your arm "swiped" with a marker because with 300 people, there's no other way to count laps. That's also real fun x4.
Last year I rode the 40 km in 1 hr 5 min 45 sec. Respectable enough. I do my 2x20's on this course now and on a good day I could get around 14 minute laps, so I was hoping for a total time of sub 1-hour. It was not to be. Between loads of people on the course, causing all sorts of havoc (and at times a 10-15 second wait to get your arm swiped), I squeezed it out in 1 hr 2 min 2 sec. Power numbers are so abysmally low that I won't even post them. It was a sad, sad effort.
If TT's are gay (which I'm beginning to think they are), the only thing gayer is TT's as part of a triathlon team.
On the up note, I was still the fastest bike on the course today out of all the teams and individual participants. Our team overall crushed all of the other teams, so we got first place with a trophy and a new pair of sunglasses to walk away with.
And how wrong is it that as I'm passing someone I have to come by them and get an eyefull of a speedo'd, non-leg-shaved *****? *shudder*