Sounds like a good one, count me in...
With the countdown ticking ever louder to the AAC... tomorrow, I will be heading back to experience the awesome Myers Creek Rd. Starting with the Peak bunch @6:30 to St Andrews/Kinglake then on to Healesville from there... All welcome, but I must say that the Myers Ck climb followed by Mt Slide is a tough 30km, there are better places to test out your fitness level if you are not sure. Expect to return by 12:30pm with minimal stopping (Yup, passing the Beechworth bakery takes some willpower
), should be a solid 150km ride.http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/62983874
The Hullster and Jason took up the offer to join me in a return to Myers Ck Rd after the recent "Wednesday in Hell" ride. After missing the start and chasing down the bunch only to cop a pinch flat just before Hurstbridge, Hullster wasn't in a fine mood to take on 150km of serious hills, but took little convincing when posed the option to ride up one of the most 'brutal' climbs this close to Melbourne.
Jason waited for us up at Kinglake where we set off to Healesville. Descending the pristine Chum Ck Rd was once again one of the highlights, super smooth and now clear of branches and obstacles from the recent storms. We took a brief moment in Healesville and topped up the water and Jason had to resist the temptation to duck in to White Rabbit for a pint or two.
Rolled on to St Leonards Rd which marks the start of the 'brutal' Myers Ck Rd. To put it into perspective, think about the 2-3km steep section of The Wall and triple it, 'brutal'. It starts off innocently for the first kilometre then the road kicks up to 10-11 percent and just stays there for turn after soul-searching turn. Just when you think thinks might calm down a bit, you pull through a switchback only to see the road snaking up at the same punishing gradient for another section. The Hullster took off ahead and Jason and I matched pedal stroke for pedal stroke to only just survive. Meeting us at the top the Hullster had just one word to say, 'brutal!'. Just to add to the pain we were still 60k from Heidelberg and there were plenty of lumpy sections on the way back.
The pace didn't let up, apart from the crawl up the gut wrenching Mt Slide Rd, we maintained a flying pace back for iced coffee at Rocket, posting a course average speed of 27.4km/h over the 157km.