francismartevans wrote:Is this about what we as riders learnt? or what we as riders believe the orginisers must learn?
A really good point! but ...
francismartevans wrote:As a rider I learnt:
There is a big difference between descending in a bunch, and descending in the wet in a bunch.
That there are serious cycling clothing requirements to deal with "those conditions".
Hypothermia is NOT fun, and in super cold/wet conditions your willingness for work / power output drops. Stopping is the worst thing to do.
Your fluid intake in the cold is surprisingly low.
The best thing you can do is train in bad weather. It'll teach you mental toughness and the limits of your body and equipment. It can be hazardous though so have a buddy along or a support car! (my girlfriend loves doing this - watching me suffer up Mt Baw-Baw in the sleet whilst she sits in lay-bys and reads her kindle)
francismartevans wrote:What I believe the organizers must learn:
There are no shortcuts on that route; therefore contingencies are a serious thing.
The organizers should supply all the riders’ nutritional requirements (in solid, real food form).
The small rocks road surface into Falls is not acceptable for a road race, full stop, end of story.
The race should be started at Bright.
Uh, well, it's not a race, but anyway ... I don't want to eat BV's food. On the road I live on gels and high-density bars of my choice. And I think they handled the contingency magnificently for a volunteer organisation - conditions could not have been worse, and sure they were at the limit of capability (and Dinner Plain looked like a war zone) but still,
Falls Creek is a great place to start! It's definitely a classier town than Bright and I really enjoyed staying there. Had the weather been fine we'd have been treated to one of the finest descents in Victoria to open.
The back o'Falls road is very new and I hope it'll bed down by next year. Should see fewer flats. But still, wear tough tyres - my Vittoria Rubino Pros are nicked but I didn't flat at all =)