Today’s ride accidentally got a bit dramatic when we were smashed by this massive storm just as we got back to Brisbane. But more on that later.
So I met the crew at Planet Cycles this morning at 6am and we had accidentally chosen the exact time the shop ride was leaving. There were consequently dozens of riders looking very pro. Bike riders are funny.
On the way to the top of West Mt Cotton road as you briefly dip down the 20% section we passed this poor dude in a polka dot jersey walking his bike up the hill. Lol.
At the top we had a rest. The humidity was evil and I had to wring out the sweat from my gloves — never had to do that before.
Next Tom took us on a cyclocross adventure on German Church Road.
After breakfast in Cleveland we headed back via Wynnum Road and Belmont Road eventually ending up at Crankstar in Camp Hill.
After gushing over the Rapha merch we had some coffee and the owner was like, “Um are you guys riding anymore today?”
And we were like, “Just home.”
And he said, “Cause there’s this huge storm coming. It looks all red on BOM”
So I checked my phone and was like, “Right — let’s get going!”
This is what the storm looked like at that point
Tom peeled off towards his home and Benny, Scott and me plowed on. The lightning in distance got more and more prevalent and the sky turned black. I really thought we’d make it but by the time we got to Milton the rain had started and the thunder and lightning seemed almost directly overhead.
Across Milton Road it just got instantly insane. I headed west and straight into the gale while Benny and Scott headed towards Paddington. I smashed as hard as I could to get home in these cyclonic conditions and eventually made it quite saturated and leaving puddles all through the house.
Benny, I found out later, had to seek shelter in a church doorway until the storm passed.
But – of course – it was a great ride!
The other news from today it that I got my 10,000ks for the year.