Saturday was a scheduled team ride. The weather was poor, cold and raining the first hour and very windy. Some of the team was off cross racing and I guess others decided since it is off season to pass on this ride due to weather so it was a small group of 6 of us. Cinders are not used where I live in poor weather but for some reason we had quite a bit in places on the roads and experienced a few flats including myself but mine decided to not go flat until over night Saturday. So I woke up to a rear flat on my road bike. I always am cleaning my bike and since I had to change the flat I cleaned my bike and pulled my front wheel. I felt something under the crown of my fork so I took a little better look. This is what I found:
The fork is a 7 year old Alpha Q GS30 that I bought from a builder raw. I would hit it pretty frequently with 303 for UV protection but can't say the underside of the crown got hit that often. I'm not sure if that contributed to this kind of deterioration of the carbon. There are two small holes and you can see the fork mounting bolt on the front brake.
The only good things about this is I have a brand new GS30 that is painted as a spare and the other is that with such a windy day we came back at a pretty fast pace hitting speeds up to 61 km and the fork did not fail!
Words of wisdom? Clean your bike often and inspect everything closely. Also the underside of this crown was fine last time I had a look at it a few weeks ago.
Here is a link to the ride:http://app.strava.com/activities/90038993
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I guess my being cocky in my title gave me the next day flat. Karma.