brit_in_oz wrote:That was fu**** up weather wise from start to finish, after the first hour I could not feel anything below the knee and for some stupid reason didnt quit at Kinglake. The last 25km were a killer, just too cold to pedal well, even on the descent i hardly got over 50kph due to the cross wind nearly blowing me into the cars. Only highlight is knocking another minute off my climb PB - and on a warmer day i could have gone a lot harder.
i didnt think it could get any worse until stopping at the last checkpoint and seeing some Malaysian guy looking like he has hyperthemia and then just for laughs it started to hail......
Boy am I sooooooooooo glad I didn't do this in the end.
I had "signs" telling me not to do this ride... no matter what.
I typically ignored my gut feelings and had the alarm set at 5.30am. Woke up at 5am and started getting ready. Everything in order - check! As I drive off 10kms into the drive, I realised I have little fuel and left my wallet at my parents the night before. No cash, so I turned around, drove back cursing I will be late and picked up some cash from the missus... I set off still in good time around 6.30am with a scheduled 1hr drive straight to the start... but hang on... where was the start? I thought this was a Kinglake ride and so I thought the start was at Kinglake, not Whittlesea (I just didn't read the brochure at all unfortunately for me!). I arrived at Kinglake at almost 7.20am and realise from a friend's SMS - where the hell are ya!!! that I was meant to be at Whittlesea. DOGH!!!!
A further 17km drive back and when I arrive it's nearly 8am. Most of the 120km riders have set off and so has my crew. I then quickly unpack, pump up the tyres, and ride through a bog hole to the start - already wet - already full of mud on the drive train! Grrr...
At the Official tent, I had to swap over my jersey (for some reason I thought I joined to get a KIT - not just a jersey! Double grrrrr) as the zip went on it two weeks ago. Finally get all the gear and start dressing over again, getting my snacks ready, etc etc etc. Oh and I had to join the 70km starters at 9am as I missed the boat for sure.
Come 9am, I then get a blast of wind and rain from the west that basically said in no uncertain terms - GET THE F*&*K HOME!!!
So I quit! I just packed it and said - F this and F that.. stuff it, etc and I am sooo glad I did.
Weeee: sorry about the seat... I'll keep it aside for you another time. A sunnier time I hope.
I should have done the Whittlesea Challenge knowing what this wet mess was going to be like. But for safety and comfort I am glad I skipped it. Nice jersey though.
ps: congrats to those that pushed on and did it! It was a great achievement and I think SuperSprint should give you all those that finished it a discount next year.