1-Day Bintan Training Camp (04-10-2014) Pt. 2
"PUNCTURE!", I yelled as the group caught up with me. Jacq stopped to assist me. It was a typical change of inner tube: took out the old one, checked the tyre for debris, new tube, inflate. 5 minutes later, I was back on chasing the group.
When I reach the U-turn point, I could hear a hissing sound the moment I stopped. I immediately look down and I saw a deflated tyre. My thought at that moment? "Luckily I brought 2 tubes". When I saw the tyre had a 5mm cut, Jacq gave me a $2 plastic note to put between the tyre and the inner tube. Same procedure as before and I thought I was good. I even poked around to make sure nothing was in the tyre.
I waited for the sweeper support vehicle to arrive so I can use the track pump to inflate the wheel to an optimal pressure. As I was pumping, the driver of the support vehicle tap on my shoulder and pointed at the cut. Since it was wet, I could see air bubbles forming.
I walked over to Jacq and told her my ride was over. Disappointed I was, but I can't do much. The other riders in the group offered me an inner tube but I declined and explained that if it puncture 3 tubes, it will puncture the 4th.
I hung my bike onto the Car Of Shame and that was the end of my ride but the start of my sightseeing session as some of the guys joked.
I tried to make myself useful on the support vehicle. Helping to refill bottles for the other riders and encourage them. The driver was very happy to have me on board. He even went to buy me some local delicacies at one of the stops while we waited for the group to catch up.
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