I went for a ride this morning with Simon, one of the guys from the NE31 Tri Club. It was a long-ish, slow ride along some pretty grotty roads, which allowed us time to try and figure out what’s the most embarrassing thing to do on a bike . . .
- Fall off during a race, in a slow section, in front of lots and lots of witnesses? Yep, done that.
- Fall off in the (thankfully barely moving) traffic on your ever-so-nice tri bike? We all know someone who’s done that, don’t we?
- Forget you’re clipped in, and almost fall off when you stop, only being saved by a handy wall to grab? Oh, Simon did that this morning.
- Coast slowly to a halt at a set of lights, and have Simon overtake on the pavement, causing such surprise that you just pull on the brakes, forgetting that you haven’t yet unclipped, and fall off right there and then. In front of a queue of traffic. Oh, and right outside a bike shop.
Yep, I think I collected the Muppet of The Week award for that last one. But at least I didn’t rip my tights open at the crotch when I fell (you know who you are!)
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 03/16/2008
- Time: 11:30:28
- Total Time: 2:40:00.00
- Distance: 36 miles
- Average Speed: 13.5 mph
- Muppet Awards: One