I've just managed to download computer data while having a well deserved beer
This is my fifth time doing this ride and I reckon it continues to improve. This year the start seemed to move better, the marshals were better trained, and the water stops (I stopped at) had filtered water. And best of all I didn't see or encounter any appalling behavior worth mentioning, apart from a bit of rubbish on the ground very well behaved participants. Will do it again next year.
I rode with a friend who had done the Mt Buller Challenge last week so wasn't sure how he would go. We started in the orange zone, way down the back and didn't recognise any familiar forum faces. Quickly found a pace group that suited and got into a steady rhythm. We had "isolated showers" which seemed to follow me from just outside Moriac to the top of the Deans Marsh climb
. Felt good all the way around and in particular I thought I climbed Deans marsh very comfortably. The ride down into Lorne was a very cautious one for me due to the wet roads. Interesting observation that this year they had the road closed and I didn't see anyone cross the middle lines, whereas previous years there were people crossing the lines most of the way down (go figure).
Stopped at Lorne for a Iced Coffee & a coffee scroll, which did the job nicely? Hunted down the water stop in Lorne, refilled bottles and headed off towards Torquay. The tail wind was refreshing and we made excellent time. Felt fresh heading into Aireys Inlet so we decided to continue on non stop to the finish. Found a couple of other guys riding at the same pace so we pulled turns. As we arrived at Anglesea we were in a good rhythm and again decided to continue the rest of the way without a break. Bit tight inthe glutes but otherwise felt pretty good at the end.
Ride Time: 5:02 (my best time
Dist: 144.56 km
Deans Marsh to top of climb: 35:44
Food: Breakfast- bowl of porridge & an up&go. Ride-2x bananas, 2x homemade low GI muesli bars, Coffee scroll
Fluids: 3x Endura bottles (500ml), 3x water (750ml)
Looking forward to dinner & bed