mullies wrote:That doesn't sound good - what time does this happen?
About the time catching the train from Werribee looks good. (or even Geelong)
It's not hard...it's just important to be prepared for it and know what to expect. My tips are:
a) Bepanthen is your friend. Sure cycling knicks make the ride more comfy and are quite serviceable on their own for up to 100km...but if you're riding more than 100km...get a handful (yes, a handful) and give that chamois a good even smearing. It feels a bit weird for the first minute or two...but after 200km...you'll be thankful.
b) Drink...drink...drink...drink...water, gatorade is good, but drink it all day and I think urine will glow in the dark...water is best, if you're thirsty at any point, then you haven't been drinking often enough. Carry two bidons (I didn't...but I stopped at most opportunities to refill). I drank about 8 bidons of water, poured another 4 over my head and drank two gatorades last year...and a jug of beer at the end yes.
c) Know your bike. Yeah, there are WARBY's and they do a great job - but it's nice to know that you can get yourself going again because you don't have to wait for yourself to turn up. Mechanical issues that you're most likely to encounter on the road are, (roughly in order) punctures, broken cables, broken spokes - anything after these comes down to plain neglect of basic bike maintenance.
Obviously carry spare tubes and a pump (and spare CO2 if you use it) - the rule of thumb I've seen here is 3 tubes minimum.
Broken Cables can either be brake or gear - gear cable breaks are more common (for me anyway). For a cable break - do stop and make sure the cable is not going to flop into any moving parts and suddenly stop them moving...if it's a brake cable...well, you have two of them, just take it into account when needing to stop and don't ride so fast that you'll be in trouble if the other one fails. Gear cables breaking, well...you can adjust the derailleur adjusters to dial in a gear that you're happy to stay in...limits your choice of gears, yes, but you can keep moving ok.
And if you remove the broken cable from your bike...keep the outer casings, a new inner cable is much cheaper and faster to fit and you know how long each casing needs to be.
d) keep moving - no really - keep moving. Most people hit the ferry and then just flake for an hour...body goes into shutdown mode and it's not easy getting going again. Stretch the muscles, walk around the decks (or if you didn't bring cleat covers) thru the cabin...don't just sit there.
e) suck wheel. If you can gain a better and easier pace by drafting, by all means do it...but don't just jump on as that wheel comes by, check behind and make sure there isn't a massive train of cyclists coming with that wheel...and if there is, let them get a little distance on you before sprinting after them - it's easier to observe them as you approach at a faster speed and adjust your speed down to match as you're already on the brakes...rather than accelerating up to match just as the "elastic" in the group slackens and you find them accelerating backwards towards you. Also, if it's just a single cyclist, it's polite to ask first before sucking wheel - he might be riding alone for a reason.
If the group is doing rolling turns, politely stay out of the way if you're not comfortable with how they work and stay to the left to let anyone else join on and move up the "fast" side (if the turns are going anti-clockwise, or stay right if clockwise). If you are OK in rolling turns, by all means - join in (but if they're all wearing the same kit and appear to be a team...then stay out...unless you're wearing the same kit)