Tour de Khatulistiwa 2014 - Stage 3Stage Three of the Tour De Khatulistiwa was a afternoon start for some reason. Not sure why. It was a 80km stage with the a hill climb coming at 20km into the race.
With narrow, twisting roads and of course the Iranians no one attacked before we got to the climb. It also started to rain which made everybody very nervous with a few running off the road. The rain really cooled the body down after a very hot start to the stage. Once on the climb the Iranians just went hard from the bottom splitting the bunch into many groups.
The descent was very dangerous with some tight switch backs and some fast sections leading into them. Anyone who suffered from the lack of descending ability really struggled.
Eddy found himself in the second group which caught up to the front group making about 50 guys in the bunch. This looked to be the way the stage was going to go as again the Iranians just sat on the front controlling everything.
But with about 20kms to go another group of 17 guys just appeared out of nowhere. As we were to find out after the finish a team car had paced the whole team up who had been dropped on the climb bring everyone else with them. This proved decisive as one of the guys that was in that group ended up winning the stage.
A few off us complained to the commissaire but it was to no avail.
The sprint itself was very sketchy with some guys crashing and many others almost coming to a nasty end. One guy smashed into a massive pothole and flipped over with his bike doing a triple twist before landing.
Poor old Jake was with the stage winner after the climb but when the commissaire told them to remove themselves from the back of the car. He did so and the other guy didn't. This left him at the back by himself and was eventually pulled out of the race. A disappointing way to end his tour after he did the right thing and the other got away with doing the wrong thing.
Eddy finished in the bunch after dodging wheels and people happy to stay upright.
Eddy's Garmin stats, not quite accurate as it went a bit haywire after the rain.
Time: 1hr 50mins
Average Speed: 40km/h
Maximum Speed: 75km/h
Total Ascent: 390m
Average HR: 134bpm
Maximum HR: 174bpm