There were many opportunities for me to review the wisdom of both those decisions.lock wrote:Had resigned myself to another lonely ride, but fortunately Ibex put his hand up at the last minute to come along. Literally just rolled out the door and found Ibex waiting at the corner (sorry if I kept you waiting too long). By this stage he already had an extra 12km on me having ridden from home.
I did exactly the same thing it's just that five weeks off the bike (and another 20 years) meant that my pace wasn't quite the same as yourslock wrote:We headed off out Plenty rd and turned off on in South Morang to go through Plenty Gorge. Nice run down, not so nice coming back up out of it.
Rolled along through the undulating hills of Yarrambat, some good views of the Kinglake region to be had. After a little climbing we had a nice roll downhill into Hurstbridge. Noted location of tap I saw a few other cyclists filling up at (always good to know where these are).
Ibex was keeping up quite well at this stage, hard to push yourself when you know the real work is still coming up. Think I find it pretty hard to maintain a constant pace, no speedo .... At this stage I'd look back sometimes and see Ibex right behind me, other times I wouldn't.
After St Andrews the going gets a little tougher. I mentioned the sharp little pitch before the proper Kinglake climb, when we hit it I took off at my own pace. Not sure I'd actually make it up if I tried it slower. My usual strategy is to climb seated up to just before the road bends around to the left, then click it up a few gears and push out the remainder standing. Saw 2-3 other bikes/riders on the side of the road that were overcome by the gradient, good to see them all get back on the bike and make it up in the end. Waited around up top for a little while for Ibex to show up (but not too long ).
There's no elitist crap mate - just do what works for you. Besides with you so far in front I couldn't give up I just had to keep going, I question just how long you were waiting for me though - a lot longer than you admit to I think But then I'm not admitting to how many times I just had to stop and recover.lock wrote:Then came the actual Kinglake climb. From the bottom I did the nasty "see you up the top" move, hope I didn't come across all elitist 'n stuff. A lot of other bikes out on the road at this point, greatly outnumbering the cars by a factor of 4. Found the first half of the climb 'ok going', but higher up the Northerly really kicked in; made for tough going when the road crossed over the other side of the hill. Crested the top of Kinglake with a girl in TFM kit, she would of put many a boy to shame by that stage. I didn't have left enough to go around, besides why would I . Pulled over at the Bakery.
Chatted to a group of guys that had graduated from Beach rd, they all seemed pretty rapt with riding around the Kinglake region. One of them asked if that was the end of the climb, I took a small amount of joy out of explaining that there was still a sharp little uphill section just out of town . I grabbed a coke and walked back outside to find Chris (guy who called ambulance after my last 'incident') pulling up, small world after all. He too was waiting round for a mate to show up.
Must admit by this stage I was just slightly starting to worry if Ibex was going to make it up. I knew he'd be in for a hard effort having explained that this would be his longest ride AND that he'd been of the bike for a few weeks. Willpower prevailed and Ibex rolled down through the roundabout. As I was saying to Chris, everybody hurts coming up, its just that some suffer for 20min and others for 40min . Ibex, you certainly put in a great effort.
lock wrote:After sitting at the bakery for a while we headed off. Wind coming in from the right for the Kinglake -> Kinglake West stretch. Although the ride is really only halfway at this point, there's not a lot going on (apart from the great views). Zoomed down the hill from Kinglake west into Whittlesea. From that point on we had the wind blowing us along at quite a decent speed to both our enjoyment. Arrived back in civilisation in no time. Parted ways with Ibex in South Morang.
Good days ride . 83km total for me, probably 110 or so for Ibex (congratulations on your first century).
Some firsts for me:
1 - My first time to Kinglake - man what a climb that is.
2 - My longest ride ever - only started riding last year and normally it's just the daily commute and some 50-60km weekend rides
3 - My first 100+ km - 105km according to the computer
Loc - thanks for taking it slowly a lot of the time and waiting, it was obvious you could have run it a lot faster than me.