Tour de Khatulistiwa 2014 - Stage 4Stage Four and last for the Tour de Khatulistiwa was a 134km journey down the coast of West Kalimantan back to the city of Pontianiak.
With a 6km netraul section is was a quite relaxed feeling on the start line. When the flag was dropped at kilometre 0 the Itanians resumed position on the front of the bunch riding at a speed of 45km/h+. When guys did did attack all they did is raise the speed to bring them back. It wasn't until 3 guys got away which didn't threaten them that the race settled down.
We raced on very nice roads with no wind to speak off. No rain today which meant for a very hot day again. With Eddy being the only one left in the race from the team, he decided to give the guys in the car something to do and called them up for feeding 4 times in the first 90kms. Most of the time he didn't really need anything it was just for a chat and a refreshing cold water shower.
Eddy tried with about 8kms to go to try and get away after not doing much for the majority of the race. But after sitting on 60km/h for just over a kilometre he took a little look under his arm to see the Iranians bringing him back into the bunch.
It came down to a bunch sprint again, again it was very messy with more than a few guys almost coming to blows. In fact after the race had crossed the line a water bottle was thrown which made for some excitement.
We all rode to the equator monument for a small ceremony. We didn't know if we were on the northern or southern side of the equator.
Big thank you to everyone who made this trip possible. Sarah-Jeanne Fraser for not only organising but also managing the team in the professional manner that she always does. Wendy Yap for being a fantastic assistant. Sebastian, Amir and Jake for not only being part of the team but for the constant entertainment.
To our sponsors, Energy HR, Duratech Security, V Burger, Poyner Racing Systems, KHT. Our Product suppliers Merida Bikes, Bolle Glasses, Ranking Helmets, Bindi Nutrition, Tineli Clothing none of this would be possible with out your support.
Till the next race we attend a race here in Asia. See you all back in Perth.
Eddy's Garmin Stats:
Time: 3hr 4mins
Average Speed: 43.5km/h
Maximum Speed: 67km/h
Total Ascent: 109m
Average HR: 113bpm
Maximum HR: 181bpm