Oh I have no doubts as to the difficulty in taking on this challenge but that is what is driving my new weight loss (I've lost 5kg since taking up the challenge to do this - now 92.4kg). So there is a strange but worthwhile method to my madness.
For me, its not a race, it's about finishing.
If I can finish great.
If i can finish without walking- fantastic.
If I can finish, without walking and not last- AWESOME!
I have no goals beyond that. OK, well one other- I want to finish the race so I can hunt down Jono at the end so I can punch him in the arm, for it was he who challenged me to do this race. I promised him I would give him a whack for making me do it and I intend to keep my promise. So that will be the one driving force when all i want to do is give up half way up Baw Baw!
Seems fair to me.
He'll be well gone by the time you get up it. I got up the hill riding from Tanjil Bren on a 39/27 when I was a reasonably good B grader on flat courses and about 90kg. It took me 55 minutes to do the last 6km and no, I didn't stop, although at Winch Corner it felt like I had.
I'm not suggesting you don't do it, it's an epic race and just to finish it is a magnificent achievement, but it is a major
undertaking. I think it's harder than the Warny (which I've done twice and finished twice). I strongly suggest you go and do a practice ride up it this summer to get a handle on it.
One of the guys who comes to my spin sessions called me up not long before the Baw Baw this year and asked my thoughts for preparing for it, he's a bit lighter than you and has about a year or so of racing in his legs. I spent 3 hours at Winch Corner photographing riders, rode (motorcycle!) to the top, took more photos and chatted with friends, rode down and met him just as he got to the toll booth! He asked me at the time, 'does it get easier from here?'. The sad part of that is that that's where it gets hard. Which is to say, recce the course before you enter it. Just riding up Baw Baw is hard enough, but riding up it at the end of a very hard road race is another thing altogether.