BR 26

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Blah, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. Blah

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    Good ride today in mercifully cooler weather. Five of us out: two founders
    in Dutch and DaveB, Gags, B.T. and I. A bit blustery, but the WSW wind did
    give us a nice push down Doncaster Rd and certainly didn't hurt down the
    first big DH. Yay! I clocked a PB of 91.7kph to join the ninety club after
    drafting Gags and then Dutch at the important bits (ie, the steepest). Think
    I may have gone faster (no, seriously) if Dutch wasn't moving out to
    overtake Dave as I came past - three wide was a bit hairy as I couldn't see
    if anyone (car) was coming up towards us. Pulled out of the slipstream early
    and just eased past rather than stayed in and whooshed past. Oh well, plenty
    fast enough, I s'pose.
    Big up was fun... Gags set a pace I struggled to stay with and then after a
    couple of kays said he was sitting up. No arguments from me. Dutch is
    showing the signs of someone who is racing into form, catching our wheel and
    staying on 'til the top, even jumping off the front of a group of tri's we
    caught near the top. Gags and I weren't exactly taking it easy, either, only
    going about ten seconds slower than our last effort @ 14.25ish.
    Dave's also looking fit. I don't think I've seen anyone come to the waiting
    point at KG looking so relaxed on the bike. Did the whole thing out to St A
    as well, no stresses. BT seemed to be having more fun this week also, which
    is good as he's into his second or third week of cycling after a few years
    out. Living proof that the BR's not really as tough as the profile might
    seem to people used to Beach (yawn) Road.
    We wussed out on Burgundy street, though, and cut it a little short by just
    going from Heidleberg straight over the freeway at Burke Rd and up to Balwyn
    then Box Hill for me.
    Totals: 78.53km @ 27.1kph (from and back to my place in BH north) max of
    91.7kph (just like to type it).
    Now... are we doing Boxing Day, or is Monday 27th an alternative? I'll
    happily (sort of) do both, but Monday I'll be there.
    Also, Dutch and I brought up the idea of doing the 1/20 on Mountain Highway
    perhaps for a mid-week ride. Anyone interested? It's a decent climb, but
    nothing too hard. Lot of coffee places up top in Sassafras, too.
     
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  2. flyingdutch

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    Thursday or Fri would suit me better
     
  3. Blah

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    "flyingdutch" <[email protected]> wrote in
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    > Blah Wrote:
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    >> Also, Dutch and I brought up the idea of doing the 1/20 on Mountain
    >> Highway perhaps for a mid-week ride. Anyone interested? It's a decent
    >> climb, but nothing too hard. Lot of coffee places up top in Sassafras,
    >> too.

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    > Thursday or Fri would suit me better
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    Either-or for me. Anyone else for a Thurday or Friday jaunt up a "mountain"?
    The 1/20 is 6.75km @ 4.2 percent gradient. I've done it a few times and it's
    not really that big a deal, but does give you a good sense of satisfaction.
    It's at its steepest at the start, but flattens out in the middle so you can
    get a nice rhythm going before the last slightly steeper bit.
    The base of the climb is only about 18km from my place in Box Hill North, so
    it's not a huge ride there, either.
    So yeah, Thursday or Friday morning. Would Friday be better considering Kew
    Crits about twelve hours before Thursday morning?
     
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    no biggee. find im fresh again the next morning. Seems to be the duration, not the intensity which nails me
     
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    I'm in for boxing day BR... I'm housesitting in hampton these days, hence the multiple no shows for BR rides of late.... count me in boxing day...
    1/20 is not that daunting but does warrant a ride out there b/c of the lush surroundings... enjoy it when you ride it this week gents.
     
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    i woulda gone faster too if i wasnt drooling over BT's bike. honest, I would have. Anyone else try picking it up? light doesnt describe it, and it 'only' had Centaur on it :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't know if it was a sales tactic or not, but a LBS salesman said "Just because I'm not a 'A' Grade rider doesn't mean I don't apprieciated riding a nice bike". I agree. :)

    I felt a lot better this week, not as hot, and had Dave to try to keep up with.

    I'll try to get to the Kew crits on Wednesday for a bit of a look see. Can't wait to see Gags' lap of honour complete with sausage sizzle.

    B.T.

    BTW - I hope everyone didn't think I was being to rude with the headphones, I only turn them on when I fall off the back, helps me keep rhythm and takes my mind off the pain.
     
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    you were wearing headphones?

    dont work for me personally. i sweat way too much
    altho Im getting an iPod soon so that may change
    FD
     
  9. DaveB

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    flyingdutch wrote:
    >> BTW - I hope everyone didn't think I was being to rude with the
    >> headphones, I only turn them on when I fall off the back, helps me
    >> keep rhythm and takes my mind off the pain.

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    > you were wearing headphones?
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    > dont work for me personally. i sweat way too much altho Im getting an
    > iPod soon so that may change FD
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    That was news to me too. Any time there is wind or we get over 25kmh I
    struggle to hear what people are sayign anyway; too many years listening
    to pub bands right up the front.

    DaveB
     
  10. Parbs

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    "flyingdutch" wrote in message ...
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    > you were wearing headphones?
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    > dont work for me personally. i sweat way too much
    > altho Im getting an iPod soon so that may change
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    Wow, I didn't know an iPod could stop perspiration.

    Parbs (do they stop snoring also?)
     
  11. flyingdutch

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    Doesnt stop you sweating. you just cant hear it! :rolleyes:
     
  12. TimC

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    On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 at 22:33 GMT, flyingdutch (aka Bruce)
    was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
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    > Parbs Wrote:
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    >> Wow, I didn't know an iPod could stop perspiration.
    >>
    >> Parbs (do they stop snoring also?)

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    > Doesnt stop you sweating. you just cant hear it! :rolleyes:


    You can't hear sweat normally, can you?

    --
    TimC -- http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/staff/tconnors/
    Never trust a man who can count to 1,023 on his fingers.
     
  13. Blah

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    "TimC" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 at 22:33 GMT, flyingdutch (aka Bruce)
    > was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
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    >> Parbs Wrote:
    >>>
    >>> Wow, I didn't know an iPod could stop perspiration.
    >>>
    >>> Parbs (do they stop snoring also?)

    >>
    >> Doesnt stop you sweating. you just cant hear it! :rolleyes:

    >
    > You can't hear sweat normally, can you?


    Oh dear...
     
  14. flyingdutch

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    Ah. as a kid I always wanted to be 'Batfink' :D :D :D
     
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