First ATB ride for me. MQSM 210km.
Set of at 5.30 from Hampton to join the route at Graham and Bay Sts at around 6am. Going over Westgate Bridge wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Ride along to Geelong was mostly in packs (I was riding alone so a pack was what i was looking for). Unfortunately saw several riders down and Ambulances in attendance along Geelong Rd/M1. First stop at Geelong. Got to Queenscliffe at 10.10 On the 11am ferry. Lunch and got pooped on by a seagull
Ferry boarding and disembarkation were somewhat of a disaster - they have to organise that bit better (ie stacking and unstacking of bikes). 12.15 by the time I left Sorrento.
Next Stop - Frankston. Mt Martha climb was a killer. Otherwise did not lose steam for the entire ride and kept powering through to the finish at 4.10pm
Could have trained more but what I did seemed OK. Squeeza's tip on nuttella and banana sandwiches kept me going (5 of those plus the lunch plus 2 bananas). Had another lunch at the finish ...... and kept eating for the rest of the day. Fell into bed Sunday night, somewhat sore on Monday and then back to normal on Tuesday.
Got a real sense of achivement having completed it. I was really happy with the bike and the tyres - saw lots of mechanical breakdowns along the way - was sure I would have one, but alas.......