One of the guys at my work said riding along king street newtown was faster than the route i was taking to work (along harris/botany/mcevoy/ED). I decided to give it a go this morning.... not only was he wrong (to the tune of 25 minutes), but I gave myself a bit of a fright. There's a sharp left hand corner under a railway bridge that opens up into a larger righthander uphill on Pyrmont Bridge Rd. I overcooked it a bit... came in maybe 5km/h too fast for comfort. Back end stepped out on me as I went over a really rough patch (that's got nice smooth tar patches poured all over it). Sure as heck woke me up! Oh well, a couple of lessons re-learned. 1) don't ride unless you're 100% awake 2) always take it nice and easy when you're close to home/work because you're familiar with the area and tend to go faster than you should.