did the 70km ride.
Gave up trying to find the right peloton @ the start. Started way back in the field.
was maybe 2 pelotons behind the woman who fell down @ the start and twisted her ankle. Only heard the announcement call for medical help and then saw the medicos tending to her. Shame she probably never even started. The 70km pelotons weren't in any particular number order.
My peloton - guy on recumberant dropped his iphone maybe 300mtrs into the ride. Never saw him or his phone again.
First 10km along Portarlington road hopped into a tidy group with 2 guys controlling the speed @ 35kmph (thanks Liquigas guy) only to hit the first hill and I was dropped quicker than a cricket ball in an ashes test match. The garmin alarm kept going off during this section - was in the red zone for 7km which took its toll.
So sat on my own for the next 60kms.
Barwon Heads water stop - saw 2 ppl ask the 2 vollies for the rubbish bag - only to be told, they weren't given any so none present.
From Barwon Heads to Breamlea was a cow of a crosswind along the beach and the Right turn @ breamlea was a cow of a headwind all the way to Horseshoe Bend Road. (someone plant some trees along this road before next year please)
Cramped regularly in the calves from Barwon Heads all the way back to Horseshoe Bend Road where it became a tailwind.
Thank god for the jelly beans being handed out at the start as they came in handy.
With the constant wind - nose just kept running and running - was like having an asthma attack as breathing was difficult.
Was regularly tortoising and haring with a few ppl. A father and his 10 year old two boys. Cudos to the 2 kids. Their road manners and road skills were exceptional.
The calling and signalling was very good. Heaps of ppl indicating to turn right or when passing. the message behind the ride was certainly front of mind for many riders.
Was passed by a few 120km riders towards the end. Saw one guy in an orange top go down @ a roundabout maybe 3km from home. Maybe 7 -8 riders stopped to help him so I kept going - nothing I could do.
Saw maybe 10 ppl repairing punctures.
Ride took 3hrs 15 mins. Longest ride I've done since 2009 100km RTB.http://connect.garmin.com/activity/61501355
Went for a wander around the event after and scored 2 free Honda Water bottles. 4 Honda shopping bags (with bananas still inside) and 4 Vicroads picnic blankets (she told me to take the entire lot of 50+ so she didn't have to cart them home).
Robbie McEwan was doing warm up laps during the mens support race.
Nice case of windburn on the arms, neck, face and scalp (helmet vent burn marks - joys of being bald)
Apart from the winds from Barwon Heads to turn into Horseshoe Bend being an absolute cow and the constant cramping in the calves was an enjoyable ride and felt a sense of achievement. Brought back quite a few painful memories of things I've been through over the last 8 years and medically I shouldn't have even been alive to start, let alone complete.
Well done to both the vollies and professional "Go Traffic" marshalls holding up car traffic to give cyclists right of way. Think the vollies appreciated the thanks more so than the professional traffic marshalls but all were equally thanked.
Only pro riders I saw were the female Honda Dream Team riders arriving @ the start and the Jayco Women's team also sitting around after I'd done the ride. Heard Phil Liggett being announced starting the 70km ride but never saw him. No pro riders in my peloton.
Well organised ride - yes coulda been a few more vollies on the 2nd half but that happens.
Will I do it next year? yeah probably will given the well run event, the charity it raises money for and the message it is preaching.