Tour de Khatulistiwa 2014 - Stage 2Stage two of the Tour De Khatulistiwa was a 104km journey through some very nice country side of Kalimantan. The course started on wide roads but after 22kms we turned left onto a narrow road which made for a nervous bunch leading into it.
It was another very hot and humid day and after a short 4km neutral section the race started in full flight with the Iranians showing their intentions early by setting a steady tempo of 45-50km/h. They didn't let anything get more than a few seconds of the front until after about 30kms when they let 2 guys have their glory but never let the gap to go out more than 1 minute.
When others tried to attack they just simply lifted the pace and closed the gap.
This meant the stage was very controlled but this did allow Eddy to teach Jake how to ride and stay near the front of the bunch and not to be pushed around by the other riders. Jake also did the feeding keeping the guys and girls in the car from dying from boredom.
On what looked like a flat on the profile proved to not quite right as we continuously were going up and down for most of the day, even encountering some short steep climbs.
It came down to bunch sprint but with the narrow roads continuing all the way to the finish positioning was all important. Eddy tried to get involved in the sprint but on a sharp bend he was squeezed out and had to brake heavily. This meant he ended up at the rear of the field and with the high speed and narrow road could not move up again.
Jake rolled in safely in the bunch which was lead by an Iranian who despite working all day on the front he still had the speed to win the bunch sprint.
Eddy's Garmin Stats:
Time: 2hr 29mins
Average Speed: 41.5km/h
Maximum Speed: 71.3km/h
Total Ascent: 551m
Average HR: 133bpm
Maximum HR: 175bpm