Mt Buller: 3 Peaks Climbed, 4 To Go.
On Saturday, as part of my ongoing attempt to meet the 7 Peaks Challenge, I rode my nice shiny new road bike up Mt Buller, and found that the toughest part of the whole event was just getting there and back. Of course, I didn't do the driving, so all credit to Toyopet (Tony) from these forums for that. The ride itself was a bit over 30km, just from Mirimbah to the summit of Mt Buller and then back down. The weather was good to us, particularly so considering the overall pattern for the day, which was very heavy rain showers spaced 30-60 minutes apart. Somehow we avoided the worst of that (at least for the 10am start, not sure that the 4pm starters were so lucky), and the ride up then down was very pleasant, although extremely misty near the top.
When riding down, I had to be very careful, as the mist was so thick that the hairpin bends were upon me almost before I could react, so I took it very slow, until I got lower and the mist faded.
The ride wasn't a difficult one, either: I'd rate it easier than Mt Donna Buang. Although, to compare them properly, I'll probably have to ride up Mt Donna Buang on my road bike, which so far I've only used for 1 Dandenongs ride, Mt Baw Baw and now Mt Buller. My ascent time was just under 70 minutes, so I guess having other riders to pace myself against helped
. I know it's not particularly fast, but I'm happy with it.
Here's the trip summary as shown by SportTracks (it's a bit wide, so just open the image in a new browser tab and you'll see it all):
Now for some happy snaps, just click on the thumbnail images to view the larger ones. Given that most of these are frames extracted from the helmet-camera video, the water drops on the waterproof outer case may make some of the pictures look a tad psychedelic. Enjoy!
At the Mirimbah car park.
Gathered under cover at the Mirimbah toll both, while Andy & Matt (just to the left of the post in the centre of the pic) were vainly trying to tell us the rain wasn't really that
Nobody really wants to start riding into that
Near the start.
Put your best face on, Victor, you're not alone!
Stalked by the paparazzi! (Nice paparazzi, though
The summit, or at least the bit where the main road ends and a paved walking path lies ahead.
[edit 18 Dec] Actually not the real summit (as Dalai pointed out), that's about another 850m further on at the Arlberg Hotel, with another 100m or so of climbing, but the agreed meeting point was the place called Apres, and so I stopped there.
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At Apres, where we all gathered for drinks & nibblies.
My legs weren't really playing the game today, feeling a bit like stone... No, hang on, that's the guys next to me (*facepalm
I feel an attack of the munchies coming on fast...
To finish off, here's a video I took of my descent back down to Mirimbah, where Tony and I then headed off home. The descent took about 27 minutes (partly due to my extremely careful descent of the 1st few km, due to heavy mist and sharp hairpin bends), but I cut bits out to shrink it down to 9 minutes. I haven't got around to uploading the video of the ascent: that takes longer, because I have to compress a 70 minute trip into something more watchable.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAz6kE8FsA
So there you have it: not quite an epic ride report, but it wasn't quite an epic ride, either. My apologies for the inconvenience: normal epic services will resume as soon as possible...(or as soon as my legs are up to it, anyway)