Saturday, 18 July 2015


St Kilda East - Mt Pleasant - Sky High - One Tree Hill - Perrins Creek - St Kilda East:
It's been a while since I've had a big adventure on the bike, and while this was no double Amy Gillet, or Moe to Melbourne via the back of Baw Baw, it certainly ticked a few boxes as well as putting me in one.

The group dynamic was almost perfectly set up to encourage half wheeling and outright attacking, which lead to our numbers dropping significantly between the start and the end as riders decided (or by virtue of the pace had decided for them) to do their own thing.

Dan Pickering had us all on toast when it came to climbing, but the fight for second up each hill was hard fought between Dusty, Ged, Lach and myself. I knew I was in the mix on most climbs, but because I hadn't ridden with these boys too much, I could never read their breathing. I was often left wondering if the sound in my ears was a death rattle, or just the sound of someone tapping at threshold.

By the time we got over the back of Mt Dandenong and turned into Perrins Creek rd, I was ready for a nap. I'd surpassed the vertical of my next climbiest ride of the year somewhere on Sky High or One Tree Hill, and there was still a lumpy roll home to contend with. Thankfully I wasn't the only one to be feeling it, as a bakery stop in Glen Waverly garnered an apply scroll the size of my face and a full fat coke to help get me home to a massive lunch.

Strava link.

D: 137.7km
A: 2,407m

PMPW: 86kg

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