Saturday, 30 November 2013


St Kilda East - Mt Pleasant - Morilla - Stony Creek - Pigeon Bank - Nicholas - Alma - School - Mine - Flat Rock - St Kilda East:
Steve has got himself a spot on the next Chain Reaction Victoria ride... which ironically will be in Tasmania. Anyway it's a pretty big week with a bunch of climbing and it's putting the fear of John Claxton into him and is thus keen to clock up some decent rides both horizontally and vertically. Queue me. My job is to suggest routes that combine a lack of cars, gorgeous scenery, and gradients that mean all you see is your stem. Today I came along, quite literally, for the ride.

I didn't want to destroy my legs, and thus my race tomorrow, but there was also no point in me sitting in the saddle for 5-6 hours an not exerting myself. So I picked a couple of solid roads to go full noise on, and for the rest I ensured Steve and Craig Peacock (who'd obviously joined us) stayed honest.

The two roads I chose in advance were Alma and Flat Rock.

On Alma I took over a minute off my PB (7:01 vs 8:04), which I set on a ride with the Stay True guys, and a further 16 seconds off one I did against Mat Gray, which until I checked Strava, I had assumed was the fastest I'd been up it.

On Flat Rock I went a bit hard to begin with, which I think cost me at the end. I started the first ramp at 800W, looking to dispatch Craig early. I stopped the clock 1 second after / slower than my previous best, set in November last year when Will Geor and I went hammer and tongs against each other.

A few bonus efforts, on Morilla/Kreuss and the final hill of Mt Pleasant saw me set not only PBs but put all bar a few other riders time to the sword, that's bloody satisfying.

6 paragraphs ago, I claimed I was the one setting the route, but we took a deviation to try a road Dave Collins had suggested to Steve. I believe it's been recently paved, and it includes a brutal kick 2/3 of the way up. School Rd near St Andrews climbs idyllically through the landscape, but around a corner, hidden by some trees it has a ramp that peaks over 20% lying in wait. This one has got to be done again with a bit of fire in the legs, hitting it at ITT speeds might just be enough to break me and make me cry.

Strava link.

D: 123.7km
A: 2,178m

PMPW: 94kg

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