Slowly turning into a roadie. I did buy one partly with this ride in mind - have a big soft spot for the GOR as I grew up living on it, and to ride it with no cars will be awesome. Bit worried about my fitness but plenty of time still so I have no excuses really.
I did it in 2011. It’s such a good course, and because there’s lots of room on the road you can give anyone who’s being really sketchy a wide berth.
If you ride on the reg, you’ll cruise around it no problem because there’s not any really steep gradients or anything like that. The degree of difficulty comes from properly treating it as a race or aiming to set a certain time.
No requirment for fundraising unless your a front runner or entering in a big team.
$200 hurts a little, but to ride on easily some of the best road in aus with no cars is pretty awesome. And looking at other events the price is good - a mate is trying to drag me onto around the bay. $200 share the road with cars and muppets, a jersey I’ll never wear again and a ferry pass? For roads I can ride any day of the week in peace.
Tip today was to not get caught up in the race off the start line so you don’t pop on the climb.
The ride was amazing, the hill’s only hurt if you tried to hold a high pace. Being my first big road ride, I took it pretty easy as I didnt know what I was in for. Weather was perfect, some of the views were amazing good day out.
The organisation of the event - rego/briefing/start position was as simple as it got.
Will be back to do it again next year and hopefully drop a good chunk off my time.
I did just the Medio to Apollo Bay on my SS 29er, with an old mate who’s not a regular rider on his ebay water pipe single speeder. It was a hoot, 60mm Big Apples were a little bit testing on the longer climbs but descending on them was amazing. I didn’t see any other SS or fixed rigs on the day.
While it was fun and I enjoyed the festive atmosphere, $140 for 90 minutes’ ride was a bit rich and it didn’t carry the same sense of accomplishment that the full circuit did last year. Keen now to shape up and do the full one again in '14 (although the thought crossed my on the way into AB to borrow my mate’s fat bike, do the medio again and for shiggles do the last 5 K on the beach).