rob99 wrote: Wise or folly? I don't mind a chilly morning start - I warm up pretty quickly & easily.
Is it worth bringing a spray jacket? I'm thinking with these full days rides, if it rains you're just gonna get soaked no matter what.
Of course a weather forecast is out of the question, just curious if the coastal weather is that different from the city this time of year....
The ride last went through there in 2004.
I didn't drink enough on Day 2 and got the dehydration headache.
Day 3 - warm with a good chunk of climbing.
Day 4 - finished damply
Day 5 - The Lavers hill climb started out clear and turned bad.
At the top of the climb we donned our wet weather gear and long fingered gloves, others got rather cold, some managed hypothermia thingking a tee shirt was sufficient.
By the end of the day we had stripped off again to enjoy a warmish descent into Apollo Bay. A good four seasons that day.
Listen to the weather report in the morning over breakfast - choose wisely.
The spray jacket will make you wet with sweat even in the rain but at least it'll keep you warm.
Getting wet isn't the problem - its when you can't feel your hands and operate the brakes that accidents happen.
So you're likely to encounter a good range of weather- have fun and stay safe.