Tuesday, 6 November 2012

6/11/2012

St Kilda East - Park Orchards - Mt Dandenong - St Kilda East:
My first taste of hills in a while and the taste was partly digested breakfast.

We had a diverse group for a roll out through Park Orchards, over Mt Dandenong and home, and it soon became obvious just how diverse it was. The climb up Doncaster Road left our slowest rider gasping, so for the rollers between it and Park Orchards I dropped back to ensure I'd be close in case he needed a hand in the back. He did.

The Park Orchards climb started easy, DK flitting around the front, throwing in little attacks that we ignored for a while, but eventually I bit and it was full noise to the top. I reckon it could be a good one to learn as an extended route to get out to the nongs.

Due to time restrictions we only did one climb up the mountain itself. Due to being a bunch of jerks, the only climb we did was the one Skinny begged for us not to do. Inverness Rd. Early on DK set the pace, and just looked so much stronger than the rest of us. When he started to open a gap the catch and release of random rabbits kept me entertained and my mind off the signals my legs were furiously sending to it. A heaving mess, I crested the top to the main road junction and turned around to get our last rider. Extras on hills are always worth it. Once regrouped we continued up to Sky High then over to Sass and down the 1:20.

I would have liked a bit more riding, but given how much of the afternoon I napped through, it probably wasn't a bad use of a holiday Tuesday.

Strava link.

D: 78.8km
A: 1,305m

PMPW: 92kg

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