7 peaks done and my passport is now fully stamped
. All thanks to The Climbing Cyclist and Hells 500 crews.
(Victor, sorry I couldn’t give you a lift to Dinner Plain but the car was full of family and bikes. Hope you get there somehow.)
The weather was marvellous for all climbs, topped off by the crew support and many other like minded riders all keen to get to the top. Some big numbers ranging from around 50 to almost 100 riders, depending on the climb. Support included: Briefings with great pre-ride info and tips. Water stations strategically placed along the routes. Energy bars & lollies, gels, drinks – thanks to Winners and Emma & Tom's. Pro riders with us for the Mt Hotham Climb
Without the crew support I probably wouldn’t have ventured into the Vic Alps to complete these climbs, dragging the family along with me. They had a great time too, with one son completing the Mt Buffalo climb with me. Other riders may also have been encouraged to complete more peaks due to the crew support. So the North East Vic Tourism Board probably owes a lot to the crew for bringing more tourists into the area.
In addition to the 7 peaks for the Alpine Ascent Challenge, I also bagged Donna Buang last month and Tawonga Gap (from the Mount Beauty side) getting back to Bright after the Falls Creek climb. But I now realise there are at least two more to do – Falls Creek from the Omeo side and Tawonga Gap from the Bright side. So I’ll be back one day to check these ones out.