Due to my lack of training and wind, that was the hardest
ride I've ever completed!!
Met up with the usual BV crowd (Ian, Oz, Katie, Rod, Richard & Squeazabro) at Pakenham, the Organisers have things running like a well oilled machine. Signed in, handed in donation money, collected showbag of goodies and then finally pick up the Slog to sale Jersey.
When dad heard that I was planning to do this ride, he wanted in as well and was waiting for me when I arrived at 6:30am.
I rode with dad for most of the day after we got going as 7:45. The first hour or two were ok, then the wind started picking up! It gradually got stronger during the ride, gusting between 20-40km/h all the way to Sale.
Felt a thwack on my helmet at one point, dad tells me I was dive bombed buy an unhappy magpie! The helmet didn't save my life but it did saved me from the birds beak/claws!!
We regrouped with everyone at the lunch stop in Traralgon, it was tempting to call it quits then as my dad live in town. We would have been satisfied with a 100km ride but the job would have been incomplete.
So after finishing lunch and refilling the water bottles we hit the road again. We road with Ian, Rod, James and Squeasabro for a bit but were soon dropped.
Dad got a cramp at about the 125km mark so we stopped for a rest and I gave him some Staminade powder that I had with me. His cramp eased and we continued on into the #$%* headwind. Most of the way from Traralgon to Sale we were only averaging around 16km/h!
The mile markers slowly appeared, each one telling us were were inching closer to our destination.
It was a big relief to reach the finish line and stop pedalling!
My stats were:
Ride Time: 7 hours 37 minutes
Distance: 157.1 km's
Ave speed: 20.6 km'h
I take my hat off to anyone (especially my Dad!!) who did this ride on a MTB or Hybrid.
There all nominees for the HAF
I'm glad I left mine at home and took the roadie as I don't think I would have made it otherwise.
A big thumbs up to the organisers for putting on a very well supported ride, the slice's of orange waiting at each rest stop were very motovating!