Hitchy wrote:Not sure I follow you?....are you saying 3PC is 'harder' than ACE250?. If so, I disagree...they are both 'hard'. At 1st glance the 3PC might appear more difficult as you strike BOF at approx 200km 'in', vs 150 odd Km 'in' for ACE250....but, a simple analysis of the 'extra' 50km shows 40 of 50km to be steep descents (Falls & tawonga) where most are barely expending any energy at all. So that argument doesn't hold weight (if that's what you're arguing)....The weather during ACE is almost certainly going to be hotter vs the liklihood of rain & cold at 3PC. I actually think 3PC might be harder, simply because of the PIA start point & accommodation issues....it would be a far more manageable event if it started & finished in Bright...but I guess BV & it's event partners couldn't monopolize the accommodation on offer then & make even more profit from 'scalping' it to those without other options
Hitchy, My point is that while the geography is the same, the time at which people ride the high plains section is considerably different. This means that being on the road after dark at 1600m (3PC) is very different to being at ~300m (AAC), the risks are significantly higher in the alpine environment.
As an organisation BV need to be careful to ensure they are not negligent, so quite rightly they need to close off the road for riders at an appropriate time (arguable what that is). The alpine areas can have severe weather ANY time of year eg snow in March (I have experience it myself), tracking down lycra clad riders in the dark during a snow storm would not go down well.
This is not about the degree of difficulty, I think they are comparable rides. The point is if you are a slower rider and finishing in the dark on the high plain you are at far more personal risk. As correctly pointed out this supports the conclusion that for slower riders the start point is probably not appropriate. For stronger riders not so much risk they are drinking beer in the bar at 5pm.