If you had your eye on claiming some Strava KoMs in the Ribble Valley region in the coming weeks you may have to put those ideas firmly back on the shelf after the professional peloton steamed through on stage two of the Tour of Britain.
Winner of the stage between Clitheroe and Colne, Petr Vakoc, was one of many riders to upload their ride to Strava, claiming 11 KoMs over the 159km route where he sped off the front with around 20km to go.
The profile of the stage was pretty ridiculous: up hill and down dale all day long but Vakoc and co still averaged nearly 25mph for the entire stage.
After countless hills the route had one more sting in the tail, a climb into the town of Colne which features the excellently named ‘Old Farts Lung Buster’ segment – less than half a kilometre in length but at six per cent. JLT-Condor’s Graham Briggs set the fastest time up that segment, powering up at 24mph in chase of the winner.
Most stage winners upload their rides to Strava with hyped-up names, but Vakoc stuck with the traditionally understated ‘Lunch Ride’. Others, like Tao Geoghegan Hart were slightly more keen to express how difficult it was by naming his ride ‘Tour of Britain day 2 – up and down and up and down…‘
Stage three features more hills as the race passes into Scotland, with a stage finish at Kelso.