Eleven cyclists rode this morning’s hilly route to Moriac. There were five GTC riders – Ross, Rolf, David I and Noel (from Rippleside Park) joined by Peter J at the intersection of Barrabool Road and the Ring Road. CG was represented by Brigid, Karen, Dave S, John M, Shane and Helen (ride leader).
Several riders were in training for The Cadel Great Ocean Road ride, and Shane was working towards the gruelling Great Alpine Classic (the blue ribbon event in the Australian Audax calendar). The route took in a few of the hills on the Cadel course, before returning from a coffee stop at Moriac via a flatter course to the east (click the map to see more detail in Map My Ride). Going in reverse meant that some of the steep hills on the Cadel became descents (if you’re riding the real thing, we wish you strong legs and good luck on the Melville wall after having ridden more than 100 km in the longer course in the Cadel). However, the gain today was still over 500 metres, with two categorised hills. A very close passing white van on Hendy Main Road, just north of the Princes Highway did not enhance the ride. However, the majority of drivers demonstrated excellent behaviour towards the group.
Coffee was at Raven’s Creek Farm.
Thanks to all riders, especially for allowing the ride leader to lead from the rear up the hills.
Next week, Shane runs his popular Barrabool Hills Classic – see the ride calendar for details.