Saturday, 13 April 2013

13/04/2013

Warburton - Reefton Spur - Lake Mountain - Mt Donna Buang - Warburton:
Jim organised another lap of the Rapha loop I did with DK, Skinny, Bones, Craig and Pip a couple of weeks ago. The weather was a little off, but it's such a nice loop I rsvp'd and packed a few clothing options. That was probably the toughest thing about the day, clothing choice. I was fully unzipped up the climbs, and bitterly cold on the long descent off of Lake Mountain.

After a bit of joking around at the start of the Reefton Spur I decided to set my own pace and see what time I could set. It wasn't earth shattering, but it was a heap better than last time.

Then, up Lake Mountain, I rode with Caddy, chatting until we hit the strong headwinds near the top, where I took to the front and told him to yell if I started riding away. The rain wasn't making it terribly fun, but I took to spotting up and avoiding the scores of hairy, soggy caterpillars that were making pilgrimages across the road.

The descent, as I said earlier, was cold. The temperature was above last time, but the wet conditions made it fair miserable. Like last time, the bakery at Marysville was a welcome break, letting us stuff hot pies and milky coffees in before the push on to Mt Donna Buang.

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Just before we hit the dirt of Acheron Way, I realised the others weren't loving the pace. I didn't think it was too hard, but sensing weakness I pushed hard as soon as my front tyre hit gravel. A minute ot two later I looked back to see Mario trying to cover the move... so I pushed even harder. It was a heap of fun, my legs felt strong as I kept scanning the damp gravel for the best lines/

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After 3 flats at the end of the gravel, I made the call for everyone, we'd skip the summit of Donna Buang and head back to the cars. After looking at their watches, no one argued. With or without the extra climb, it had been a solid day.

Strava link.

D: 150.1km
A: 3,029m

PMPW: 93kg

2 comments:

Steve Caddy said...

Those caterpillars were silly.

Neil Robinson said...

they didn't even have rain booties on!