First day in Luderitz
My first day in Luderitz was a little hectic. Last year, I could enjoy a couple of nice days with moderate winds before the stronger winds arrived, today was brutal in comparison. The combination of a very broad angle and strong, gusty winds made the ride very difficult, from start to finish.
Getting started in gusts of 40-50 knots was difficult in itself. Then, after slingshotting into the course, the wind was very uneven because of the broad angle, and at the end the chop became quite big.
Going down the course the strong gusts tried to lift me up. Normally I would sheet out, but because of the broad angle I had no more to give, so the ride was quite scary, like almost catapulting two, three times every run. Today was the first day I felt I could use some more lead than the 5 kilos I had in my west.
This year two other Norwegians also came to Luderitz, Morten and Rudolf. Its both nice and cool to see more Norwegians down here.
Today was a little scary, but also a very fast day for many riders. I must admit I didnt feel like going for more runs that I did, instead I hope that tomorrows big forecast bring less gusty winds from a better angle. And if not, I'm mentally prepared to charge harder than I did today.
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