This race happened today, so any reports from those who raced - lama, Jono. L and Atomic Kitten ???
Hope the race was over before the downpour, which hit Melbourne during the afternoon.
Weather was literally perfect. Didn't start raining til I and most of the racers were home across the finish line. First time up there, could c/p my race report hrm hrm.... Just had an afternoon Grandpa nap and seem to have misplaced my mind... Word has it Jono L did 8th or 9th in A grade. Don't think the Llama raced at all??
You'll have to forgive the name dropping, this was written for people I regularly train / race with:
Bawbaw batters me bloody.
[No cyclists were harmed in the making of this race report]
Not only did JayWoo essentially set the tempo for most of the ride to the base, but he also left with the Suffer
train up Vesper's hill... I was 250m (3kg?) off Tom C's wheel, who was 250m off James' wheel, who looked to be 250m from the tete de la course (from my vantage point). I got to the crest of Vesper's hill and pedalled down the other side but they were gone. Completely. Bvgger.
Rode a bit at tempo and then resigned myself to a training ride. Bunch caught me a little while later.
At one point, as we crested a hill, long after the feed station, a few riders received additional assistance in the form of water bottles. Jealous, annoyed and somewhat thirsty, I spat the dummy and attacked down the other side, got a gap and stayed away till the road went upwards again. Was much more gooder being off the front on the descents anyway. Stayed in the bunch, third wheel, until the guy in front of me stood up, very nearly taking me down in the process. I shared my dislike for this action, commenting that he had scared the sh!t out of me. "Sounded like it" was the response. Hey, it's a training ride, so I attacked 'em.
Got into a rhythm and stayed away till the climb. Tried to ride a bigger gear (slower cadence) to prepare myself for the Bawbaw climb. I was wrong. Nothing prepares you for the Bawbaw climb.
Again, wth!? The road is all cushy and friendly, 500m to the tollgates, then you get around that final corner and there it is. Slapping you in the face. Proof that someone, somewhere, has a very sick sense of humour.
Got passed by some Masters 4/5 riders, that was ego-checking. It helped 1km into the climb proper to find one of them standing on the side of the road. He got back on later and finished the climb. Hope to be that fit when I am that age.
First 2km are killer, wow, that's hardcore. Last 3 were relatively easier, I honestly did not think I'd make it around 5 - 4km to go, but at 2km to go was feeling fine. Very slow, but fine. Was passed by a couple from my group around mid-climb, finished 8 or 9th out of combined M1/M2/M3.
Legs, mind and me in general felt very strange at the finish - not sure where I was or what was going on. Walking and moving legs / bending down to pick bags up / standing up in general was difficult.
Feeling good now, recovery ride Sunday then a week of swimming and the cycle starts again - endurance, SE, cadence drills. Well actually, I hammered Patterson River return today, contesting the "sprints" at Black Rock, Mordialloc and St Kilda BP. Oops! Cruisy week of swimming this week though. Promise.
Suffer finished 3rd, Jaywoo 1st, don't think you guys know the others.
Suffer is one of those guys who doesn't fall into the "watch him, he looks ripped" category of riders. Quiet, friendly, gentle kind of guy. But when he puts the hammer down, hang on and pray it doesn't last, because he makes the race when he goes.
See you on ya bike.
Time: 3:57 (24.6 km/hr)
Avg HR: 150bpm
Avg cadence: 80rpm (woo hoo finally got cadence to work on the R3)
Bawbaw climb time: 44:09
Gearing: 34/50 12-25. Rode the climb seated 34x25 and 1/2 of my out of saddle efforts up Bawbaw were in the 34x23. Any smaller gear and I think you would pedal the same cadence and simply go slower.