ian_sydney wrote:Hi there,
Last year I rode the 210 via Queenscliff as my first ATB.
I found the second half of the ride pretty hard going despite the fantastic riding conditions. I’d lay the blame for this purely with my fitness (or lack of) – my riding buddies and I had been doing about 130 kms / week regularly in the buildup. This was split into a 85+ on a Sunday (on the M4 cycle path here in Sydney) and a secondary 40+ km ride on the Saturday. This simply wasn’t enough and I didn’t get as much out of the ride as I could have done as a result. It was a more a case of “survival” than enjoyment. Those kind of training rides are good enough for rides like the Sydney to the ‘Gong, but in my opinion 210 deserves a bit more “respect” than I gave it.
The profile of the ride is really nice and there is only one climb to speak of. I think this led us into a false sense that it was going to be easy. Sitting in the saddle for the better part of 10 hours without adequate build up took it out of my legs, shoulders, neck and especially lower back. The drive back to Sydney the next day wasn’t fun…
This year a mate and me are driving down again and will be riding the 250km. I’m already stepping up the time in the saddle this time around. I’m currently riding around an hour every morning before work, with longer rides on both days of the weekends. My weekly km count is now around 240-260 and over the coming weeks I’ll be gradually increasing the weekday morning rides and pushing at least one of the weekend rides up to around 150km. By early September I’m aiming to be riding 420-450km per week.
In terms of equipment my only recommendation would be if at all possible to also pack a folding spare tyre into your jersey, or bungee one to the top tube. I had a puncture last year, swapped the tube, re-inflated and about a kilometre down the road managed to blow the Kevlar sidewall on the tyre. There wasn’t much in the way of mobile mechanics so I followed the old advice of putting a $20 note around the replaced inner tube where the hole in the sidewall was and rode the 35km down to the ferry terminal really gingerly where I was able to buy a new tyre. It would be unlucky to say the least to have the same happen again this time around but I’m going to be prepared anyway!
peterlip wrote:ian_sydney wrote:I managed to put the chain back together.
yeah been thinking the same but it's crunch time now. Every weekend is going to be a 100km minimum with boulie road training thrown in on weekdays.One look out the window at the white cold sky, the thought of the icy wind and the sporadic droplets of rain that has consistently been around this winter
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