I have just finished Stage 3 of the Tour of London was another flatter route and one I am more familiar with after using this route a few times in previous rides. Again, joining the B Group for the shorter ride I completed the 4 laps of the Classique Reverse route. The lead into the lap is actually longer than a lap itself.
LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 7.4 km / 4.6 mi
LAP DISTANCE: 5.4 km / 3.4 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: 19 m / 62 ft
TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 29.0 km / 18.2 mi
I started a little more eagerly out of the starting pier this time compared to Stage 1, which meant I found a little group of riders to start with instead of completing the lead-in on my own. But by the time we started the laps the others cranked up the pace and left me somewhat lingering behind.
This particular route I have done a few times before, just not in reverse, but it made a nice change going the other direction. It was a challenge doing the route I reverse as the sprint to the finish line was on an incline instead of the usual decline. Due to this, I never really made a mad dash for the finish line until I was on my final lap, but even then my legs were well past their best.
For the most part the ride was fairly uneventful. Out of 444 riders in B Group I finished around 390th, so I’m happy with that. I wasn’t around any riders for any length of time to really benefit from any drafting, so it was a hard slog. That couple with no music as the wife was out for a meal (listening in case the kids got up) made it hard to push through to the end.
There was a moment half way round lap 2 I had to jump of the bike. I got a new saddle this week, but it was angled slightly too high when I started the ride, so had to make a quick adjustment. it’s still not perfect, it still needs to down ever so slightly and I need to move it forward a fraction, but I’ll get there.
Stage 4 of the Zwift Tour of London is scheduled for Wednesday evening (19th December) at 20:00 GMT. There I will be looking at completing 2 laps of the London Loop route, with a total elevation gain of 722 feet – damn hills!
But before I go – I got an FTP increase, woohoo! I got an increase a little over a week ago. A short FTP test said something around 132 watts, which increased to 180. It’s now showing 192 watts after this ride, so I’m a happy cyclist tonight.