That smell on Yarra boulevard

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  1. monkeymagic

    monkeymagic New Member

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    Hi all,

    Does anyone know what that hideous smell is that wofts over onto yarra boulevard sometimes? I'm just curious as it makes me want to throw up and I find it REALLY hard to hold my breath whilst riding! :)

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  2. parawolf

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    Bats, 1000's of them. So the smell of them, and all their droppings from their nestings.

    I pity the people that have their 'million dollar houses' in that section of Melbourne only to be stunk out when the wind blows the wrong way. :D
     
  3. monkeymagic

    monkeymagic New Member

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    Oh my. I really wish you had said its like a brewery smell or something. I'm going to have great visuals now!

    Imagine laying down several million dollars. Sitting out on your super expensive verandah and being hit by the smell for the first time. That'd hurt!



     
  4. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    HA! Bats? Really? :)

    I also thought it was something coming up from one of the businesses down there.

    It smells ok the first time 'round, although strong, then it gets worse and worse each lap :)
     
  5. monkeymagic

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    LAPS?! You must be one of those freaks who fly straight past me! hehe

    Just out of curiousity, how long does it take you to go from the entrance near amcor to the end? I actually start after that hill on the top - I come in via the narrow suspension bridge and up the windy hill.
     
  6. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    ^ never timed it. Actually, I don't think I could even give a rough time. :p

    I think it's just under 7km???? So,....well....nah, I dunno :)

    I don't go there much coz I'm in the south east, only 8km from Beach Rd, plus the surface is horrible -- at least it was the last time I was there.
     
  7. monkeymagic

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    yer surface is still very average but i love the hills! Can't deny my love for beach rd though!!! :) If anyone else reading has an approximate time I'd love to know :)
     
  8. Wilchemy

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    Umm, there is a brewery on the on the side of the river near the Walmer St end.
     
  9. Jono L

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    hmmm I never knew bat droppings smelt like fermenting yeast...
     
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    Yeah - dunno what sort of beer parawolf drinks :eek: :D
     
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    So the general consensus is drunken bats peeing everywhere? Back to the bike track for me! :eek:
     
  12. parawolf

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    Well its either the bats (if you are talking about the part near the golf course) or its the brewery up near... well the brewery.

    I never found the brewery smell that bad, strong but not bad.
     
  13. Jono L

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    BatWeiser? :D




    oh that's just terrible (the joke and the beer)
     
  14. 531Aussie

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    hmmm, I just remembered they have heaps of time-trials around there, both pro and amateur, so it wouldn't be too hard to figure out average speeds.

    Jono should know :D
     
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    Jono L Well-Known Member

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    Brief memory is that in an 11k tt round there i ave'd a tick under 41 whereas in the suntour TT that was a bit lengthier with another turnaround Ben Day av'ed more like 43 (??)
     
  16. 531Aussie

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    then I guess that's about 10 mins for one 6.8km run-through, at 41kph ave, for good riders.
     
  17. Jono L

    Jono L Well-Known Member

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    Bingo
    http://www.blackburncycling.org.au/
    Go to 'results' then click on the Kew Boulevard TT results to get an idea of the times some people do.

    The timing is from the yellow line near walmer street to the roundabout at the first freeway crossing and back. Some of the times are for two of those loops;)
     
  18. monkeymagic

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    Thanks :) I'm not as bad as I thought! Though not yet at those times :)

    How do I get involved in friendly (organised) competition in Melbourne anyway?
     
  19. Wilchemy

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    To race on the road or track http://www.vic.cycling.org.au/ and find a local club. You must have a licence to compete & these are arranged via the clubs.

    Or http://www.atta.asn.au/ if you want to do time trials only. (look for the ATTA Victoria section for info.

    Or http://www.mtba.asn.au/ if you want to race offroad on an MTB

    and finally http://www.veterancycling.com.au/ is another road racing option (but for 35yrs +) Don't know if you fit this profile or not...

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  20. monkeymagic

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    helps immensely thank you! - I'm not quite 35 though for the last one still a few years off! :)
     
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