Tour de Khatulistiwa 2014 - Stage 1Stage one of the Tour de Khatulistiwa in Kalimantan Indonesia was a 171km journey. It also included a 14km neutral section which made for a very long day in the saddle. Today is the longest stage of the tour with the next 3 stages being between 100-140kms.
The stage started at 8.30 which meant a 6am breakfast then we had to pack bags as we are staying in the finishing town. After the opening ceremony last night an early start is the last thing everyone wanted.
Once we got finally got to kilometre 0 the flag was dropped and it was on. Attack after attack was the order of the day. It was very hot and humid up here on the equator which meant feeding was very important. Amir did the first few feeds once we got past the 30km mark which signalled a frenzy of feeding for nearly every team.
It took nearly 80km before the move of the day went clear. After averaging over 50km/h for the first hour and a bit everyone was cooked and winning move really just rolled off the front.
Unfortunately for team EHBS, Amir was involved in a crash and ended up in a muddy ditch. This was the end of his race, he is ok but the his bike will need some attention. Sebastian was not having any fun and eventually stepped off with 70km to go. Jake and a Eddy were suffering from a lingering bug picked up in China and finished in the second group on the road. Hopefully we can recover and have a better day tomorrow,
The Iranian team proved their strength today by team trailing of the front of the breakaway with 4 of them getting 1,2,3,4 on the stage. Setting themselves up for the overall and teams prize already.
At the finish of course Jake was swamped by all the locals wanting photos. Which he did with a smile on his face.
We rode to the hotel which is supposedly the best hotel in town, if this case I would not to see the other hotels.
Jake's Garmin Stats:
Time: 4hr 5mins
Average Speed: 42km/h
Maximum Speed: 75km/h
Average HR: 177bpm
Maximum Speed: 197bpm
Total Ascent: 637m