Barrabool Hills Classic: Sunday 21st January 2018

Once again Shane led this ride around the Barrabool Hills.  This year there was a team of seven – Shane, Mike C, David S, John M, Lynton and Helen.  As Shane’s new super-light road bike lives up in the Alps, today he completed the ride on his stainless steel Moulton.

Helen opted to shorten her ride – The Barrabool Classic – Lite.  Click the maps to see the details of the route.

Barrabool Hills Classic – full

Barrabool Hills Classic – Lite

The route headed west along Barrabool Road, then south on Hendy Main Road to coffee at Raven’s Creek Farm.  John gave away his cycling nutrition tip – Cheezels!

From there, Helen returned via a variation on the outwards route, and the remaining 6 headed south on Hendy Main Road, then circled back to Barrabool Road via Larcombes Road, Church Road, Hortips Road and Considines Road.  The hills were not over!

After a quick descent along Pollocksford Road, the route continued east on the Hamilton Highway to Merraward Road, with another ascent to Ceres, then a final coast back down to Balyang Sanctuary.

For the Balyang-Moriac route – distance, 66.44km with 655m ascent and three categorised climbs.  Helen’s ride – 50.83km with 642.1m ascent.  As we know, this wasn’t all – as all riders had ridden to the ride start.  Doug notched up 801m of climbing in his 88km ride, according to Strava.  Helen’s ride was 70.5km with 799m ascent.

Thanks to Shane for this challenging and friendly ride.  For some, it was training for next week’s Cadel Evans People’s ride.  For Shane, a curtain-raiser for the Alpine Classic next Saturday – an Audax ride of 200+ with 4000m ascent.  Good luck to everyone completing these challenges.

We note that this year, Shane becomes a legend of the Alpine Classic – 10 years of completing this tough course.  Congratulations.



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