Saturday, 17 January 2015


St Kilda East - Mt Pleasant - Kruses - Pigeon Bank - Nichols - Ridge - Clintons - School - Christian - Flat Rock - St Kilda East:
While I've been clocking up minimal Kms, Jimmy has been clocking big miles in the mountains, and that made for an interesting ride.

We both talked about not needing/wanting to smash early hills, but inevitably by the top of the first rise, we were both be maxing out, and claiming the other started it.

By the time we hit the end of Mt Pleasant, it was a ridgey didge war, with mixed results from the battles to date. To be honest, the fact that I had a few wins to my name was a pleasant surprise to me. I thought I was in for a day of mental and physical suffering, instead I was (overly) competetive.

I gapped Jim up Kruses, but he cracked me on the repeated kicks of Pigeon Bank/Menzies. He had me easy on Nichols, but I took honours up Ridge and Clintons.

I could see some signs though, and I'm not talking about the ones alerting drivers to kangaroos. No, the signs I saw, were more like the BOM radar, brooding, ominous, and promising events that may lead to property damage. My body was telling me I was drilled.

Still, when we turned up the kicker of Schools rd I kept fighting, narrowly edging my wheel with one final surge at the top, only to pay for it when we hit a new bit of bitumen and gravel just outside of Hurstbridge, Christian Rd.

By this point I was shovelling food into my face, and still felt that a coke at Kangaroo Ground was needed. I knew that twinges of cramp were in my future, it was just a matter of when. I knew this, yet still went after Jim up Flat Rock Rd, getting over the top a few meters before the gradient eased, our official unofficial finish line. I couldn't help myself, we've been riding this way together for so long, that it's neigh on impossible not to.

Strava link.

D: 119.7km
A: 2,301m

PMPW: 86kg

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