Warning: This ride report is very verbose and full of half-truths, inaccuracies and fictitious rumours. The identities of those who participated in “The Slog” and mentioned in this ride report have NOT been changed so that they may held accountable for their actions!!!
WOW!!! WHAT A GREAT DAY!!
To all of those that missed it. Too bad. It was a brilliant day. This without a doubt the best organised AND supported ride that I have EVER done.
Ok the weather was our favour but even if it wasn’t it still would’ve been the best.
The day started out with the 5 of us heading off around 7:30 in perfect conditions with it soon to be 6 when a lone rider, Sue, asked if she could accompany us. “No problem” came the universal cry from the “RRR crew” and we motored along the opening flat section somewhere in the low 30’s.
We stayed like this until we picked up more stragglers in the form of Niggle & jayman and they too joined our “petit groupe” of 8. Very uneventful ride until someone’s bidon decided that it didn’t want to come for a nice ride around the Strzeleckis(sp) and promptly jumped out of a perfectly good bidon cage. Oh well, just the ideal excuse to go shopping.
On the way in to Lang Lang “The Prince” of the RRR crew decided to give a sprinting (read: drafting a truck) demonstration however, it would have only been a demonstration if anyone saw it!! After the antics had been stopped by the more responsible members of the RRR crew a re-group and quick break was called for during which arm-warmers were removed and the sunscreen was cracked out!!! That’s right 2nd October and the sunscreen is out!!!
On the road again Team RRR Crew sent a small breakaway of 3 up the road but this self-destructed when “The Slick-legged Specialized Boy” realised that he would be the only one doing the bidding of the “Specialized Princess” and the “Little Giant Lady” and put on a “go slow”
. This let the true RRR domestiques bring them in, upon which there was much banter and song. But soon it was back to work for the hapless RRR domestiques as the “Specialized Princess” was again calling “Boy, front”
. And so on to Nyora which was the last regroup/rest before the climb into the lovely hilltop town of Poowong, with it’s now legendary pub (more on that later).
The climb itself was nice with our RRR crew guest, Sue, recruiting one of the RRR domestiques to pace her up the climb and leaving the RRR Recon crew crawling up at whatever pace they could manage. As for “The Prince”, he wasn’t sighted until the top, outside the closed legendary Poowong Pub, pointing out that there were free pots’o’lager until the first goal was scored!! This left “The Prince” pondering some math (not his strongest talent
) and ethics(clearly lacking
) for some time while the RRR crew regrouped and discussed their tactics for the next stage.
The ride to lunch at Ellinbank was along the Korrumburra-Warragul Rd. This road was known to several of the RRR crew and having never ridden on it we were concerned of the amount of vehicular traffic that we would have to contend with. We need not have worried as it turned out. Passing traffic gave the cyclists a wide berth and the road condition made the climb very enjoyable. The “rolling climbs” allowed “The Prince” of the RRR crew to call upon his domestique to help mount an assault into the lunch rest spot. Arrival time approx 11:45am. The RRR crew was all in at lunch by noon. Well done guys !!
Lunch was spent sunny ourselves on the front apron of the Ellinbank Church and the amount of food thrown at us could’ve fed a small army!! RRR crew departed together at 12:15pm from the lunch spot. But that’s when team dynamics fell apart. “The Prince” sent his domestique up the road again to catch another team that had left the lunch a little ahead of the RRR crew. When the job was done “The Prince” then asked more of his domestique to lead him along the (only) freeway section into Drouin. This left the remaining riders behind who left the route direction to a committee decision which in turn passed a motion to take a several kilometre diversion and turned left a little early. The unexplained action by members of the RRR crew caused the Course Marshalls to recruit some of the locals cattle dogs to round the wayward riders back onto the course proper.
Leaving Drouin behind the "Groupe Prince" sped along nicely causing his domestique to weigh-up the pros & cons of residing in such a rider-friendly part of the countryside. Anyway such thoughts were put aside when “The Prince” asked for a nature break and could the reminder of the route be a little slower. His domestique dutifully complied without comment(ed: I find that hard to believe!!
) and this was the status quo for the remainder of the ride.
Arrival at the finish was at 2:05pm with the remaining RRR crew some rolling in some 15 mins later.
Great to catch up with Niggle and jayman. Nice to meet and ride with, hopefully soon-to-be BV forumite, Sue and just plain disappointing in “having” to ride with the RRR crew (only joking).
Again, this was probably one of the best rides that I have ever been on. Superbly organised and supported along a route that had breath-taking views which kept the rider honest but wanting more.
For those that can be bothered:
Ride time = 5:08 hrs:mins
Elapsed time = 6:35 hrs:mins
Distance = 146 km
Av. Speed = 28.5 km/h
Splits: Distance(km) Av Speed(km/h) Split Time(hrs:mins) Ride Time(hrs:mins)
Start – Lang Lang 41 29.7 1:23 1:23
Lang Lang – Nyora 14 26 0:32 1:55
Nyora – Poowong 9.5 23 0:24 2:20
Poowong - Lunch 30.3 27.8 1:05 3:25
Lunch – Finish 51.4 30 1:42 5:08
Enough of this forum nonsense. I'm going riding!!