Unfortunately, I only ended up doing the 50k (65k inc. ride to & from our accomodation), since my riding partner decided that with very little time on the bike leading up to the day, that 50k would be the ideal lead-in distance to the start of our training for the 210k ATB.
I couldn't really argue his point, given that this would only be my second time on a road bike (the previous occasion being the weekend prior when I picked up the 'loaner' from Grand Prix' and I took it for a run down to Mordy and back)
Saw a few of the fellow forumers, but only as the offical was making the final PA announcements out on Mair Rd. We were about to roll, so a bit late for intro's now I thought
Things started off pretty well and we set a reasonable pace, passing a number of people on the early hills. Not far from the first 'snake' stop, just before the turnoff for the 50k riders, I sat up to wait for my riding buddy to catch up, when I notice craigd shoot past me, looking like he was on a mission!
Once we reached the round-about, the marshall waved me on through. But we quickly executed a 'U' turn when it turned out the 50k riders had to hang a right at said round-about (I was watching an on coming car rather than the pretty colored arrows as it turned out)
Anyway, on to the first official rest stop where we were informed that we were their first customers for the day (no probs with plenty of food / drink on offer then). But we weren't there for the mars bars, oranges and bananas, just a quick 'comfort' stop and we were off again.
Reaching Buninyong around 10.30 after some enjoyable downhill runs (with me coming to grips with an unfamiliar bike with full slicks on road that was still damp), we decided that since it was too early for a lunch break, to just down a gel and head off for the return for run for Ballarat.
Some of those enjoyable downhill runs now became hill climbs - another new roadie experience. After concluding that without compact cranks, there was to be no spinning up hills for me, I changed up a few gears and proceeded to mash it instead - most enjoyable
The run back to Ballarat was a blast, managing to average around the 37km/h mark.
Finished back at the start point just after 11am, just in time to meet up with our families at the Lakeside (:lol:
) Cafe for brunch. I can higly recomend the Eggs Florentine
Finally rolled out of the cafe, only to see craigd riding on past, apparently on a circuit of the lake. Still on that mission as it turns out!
Handed the Trek Madone 'loaner' back today, to find out that my bike has finally been shipped from Teschner in Queensland. All going to plan, I should pick it up this week. I really enjoyed the whole roady thing...but I think I'll enjoy it even more when I have my own steed
Me and my riding buddy, ready to B.A.D...