Marx wrote:There are a lot of people out there who reckon the clockwise 210km direction is pox & would rather ‘miss out’ (enter another distance entirely) than do 210kms clockwise.
Doing the event for the first time, ‘Around the bay in a day’ should involve you riding ‘around the bay’ I reckon. The ferry wait is an element in that experience.
Riding Melb-Sorrento-Melb is a good ride, but it’s not Around the bay.
Also it’s good to be prepared & not to rely on friends or event staff for support if things go wrong, I think that is only polite if nothing else.
PS: the bit about entering 210km & doing the 250kms. It is actually that easy to ‘make the mistake’ & take the wrong route. Not sure if it actually makes a difference anywhere else (ie: more expensive to enter??)
Just to check: prepared in what way? Do you mean food, water, spare tyres, warm clothes etc?
I think more: be able to fix minor mechanicals and definitely quickly change tubes, have the fitness to not require rescuing, get used to eating and drinking on the bike and make sure that you take enough water/sports drinks/gels etc. to get you through 'x' hours of riding. Obviously major mechanical issues just require you to sit there and wait for the sag wagon, but making sure you cover every other eventuality is a good idea. Definitely having appropriate clothing - good knicks, warmers or wind vest if necessary, wet weather gear if forecast. Personally, if there is ever a forecast like the 2007 ride again I won't be doing it. (36 degrees and strong northerly winds). Challenge or no challenge, I suffered migraines and nausea for half my 100km ride and spent more time putting on sunscreen than riding
It was good to do and it was what got me seriously into riding, but never again.
Marx - I think it's a bit rough to suggest that only those who actually go around are doing the proper ride
There are only 6000 tickets available for the routes that go around, and there are about 10,000 at least who do 210kms+ I know it's good to do it at least once with the ferry and Westgate etc., but it's still the same mileage (give or take 10kms) and similar terrain wherever you do it.
Still a cyclist, albeit one who never rides any more....