Reports from club members:
115km ride – the whole circuit of the race, including all the hills around Bells Beach, Barrabool Road, and the dreaded Challambra climb and Melville ‘wall’.
From Dave S (ride coordinator)
I had a good day yesterday, managed an overall avg of 24.9 for the 115km, including the Challambra and Melville climbs. I did the ride in 4 and a half hours of active time. I was doing very well, had an avg of 26.6 at Moriac but the climbs at the end reduced that a bit! We had a bit of mixed wind conditions this year but generally the weather was good. I saw David Salamy at the rest stop at Moriac but headed off again as he was waiting for his buddy to turn up.
Am heading out soon to see the peloton whiz by at Boundary Rd but will head home and watch the rest of the race on TV as it will be too hot to hang around outside to wait for them to do the climbs this afternoon. Pity about that but I just went outside and that North wind is already bring the temp up. There’ll be a few sunburned spectators out there today.
From David S (member)
“I started at 6:30am with Mike, a weekend riding ‘buddy’. We didn’t push too hard, in order to conserve energy for the hills in the last 60kms but still averaged 26kph for the 51kms to Jan Juc. It was very humid and misty and visibility was quite poor thru my wet sunglasses 😎. After coffee, a good feed and some stretching at Mike’s house in JJ (how convenient is that 😊) we headed for Bells. Our solid training, combined with a very favourable SSE breeze enabled us to do Bells, Forest Road and the hills to Ceres, and arrive in better shape than previous Cadel rides. Now for Challambra! On the climb to North Valley Road there were some ‘early warning cramp signals’, so we stopped for a stretch and then successfully did Challambra/Westbury/Melville before coasting home to the finish.
It was a very enjoyable ride, in favourable conditions with terrific support from cheering people all around the course. The atmosphere out on the road was very friendly, the volunteer marshalls were very helpful and there were lots of places to top up our water bottles.
Another great day on the bike!”
From Margy M
All I would like to say I had fabulous fun; happy with my time of 3 hours 20 minutes which included rest stops along the way.
My tyre problems started on Friday afternoon when the rear tyre bulged. With the shops shut I could not buy a new tyre. So I borrowed a used tyre from my Son in law. On Saturday morning on my way to the start of the ride that tyre blew out. I then put a patch inside the and fitted a new tube, but I could not put much pressure in the tyre. I made the start ok, but peddling was harder than usual and I could not keep up with Margy. Otherwise the ride was good and the tyre lasted the distance.
Thanks to Dave, David, Margy and Kevin for these reports.
If anyone else has reports or photographs of their experience over the two days of the Cadel Evans GOR ride and races, please send them in to Helen.