Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 12. Walter Burley Griffin

The road network called "Canberra" wasn't the only town planning the man did. In Somers it's actually easy to follow.

All done now. Really.  Time for a drink.

729 #festive500 kilometers complete. 


Rapha #festive500 Part 11. The long way home

Well I have to get home form work. Why go the short way.

723 #festive500 kilometers complete.  


Rapha #festive500 Part 10. All Done. Fully Cooked. Oh! I still have to ride home.

Well that's it. New Years Eve and the challange finishes today. I finished with a variation on the 1 in 20. It may find it's way into the MTS (Mystery Tour Series) in the next week or two.

713 #festive500 kilometers complete.  


Monday, December 30, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 9. Monday Evening Gravel Rash

Wow.  Not very often I get to go for an evening ride.  It's the usual Wednesday Morning Gravel Rash on a Monday night.  Add in a trip to the city.  Convenient,  there are currently track works and closures on both sides of the river.

656 #festive500 kilometers complete.  


Rapha #festive500 Part 8. Track Lesson 5 - Farting without breaking Cadence

The description says it all really.

"Who Dropped the H Bomb"

601 #festive500 kilometers complete.  


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 7. Who goes for a 5 km ride?

I didn't really go for a 5 km ride.
That would have been pointless.
Add 70 more just for Rapha #festive500.

571 #festive500 kilometers complete. 

Rapha #festive500 Part 6. + 5 = 500

500 #festive500 kilometers complete.  


Rapha #festive500 Part 5. Foiled by the Wind

Today's 300 km Epic didn't happen because of the Ferry problems yesterday.  
I was supposed to be at home in Glen Waverley but I'm still in Somers and I have to go and collect the car from Stoney Point.

So It's Arthurs Seat instead. That was on the original ride anyway.
The drive way at home is at 12 % just like Arthurs Seat but only 40 meters long.

495 #festive500 kilometers complete. 


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 4. The Other Bay Ride.

It's gunna be a warm one today so we are off to Cowes on Phillip Island for a swim. It's only a 7 km trip by boat but as usual I go the long way which is actually the shortest way by road. 115 km.

Jess : Girls on Board
Cody had a surfing lesson with Jess from Girl on Board. Highly recommended in lots of ways.

When we went to catch the ferry back to Stoney Point from Cowes it did not turn up. "Cancelled by the Wind" They said. Ever tried getting accommodation on Phillip Island between Christmas and new year. We eventually go home at 10 pm after someone had to drive to Cowes to get us.

417 #festive500 kilometers complete.  


Friday, December 27, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 3. Crop Circle

Santa got a sore head

Rapha Festive 500. Ride 500 kilometers in 8 days.

Part of "The Suburban Explorer" Series.
Find as many ways to climb a hill as possible.
Today it's Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.

11 ways to climb Mt Eliza.
  1. Mountain Av.
  2. Humpheries Rd.
  3. Two Bays Rd.
  4. Station St.
  5. Maughan Rd.
  6. Wooralla Dr.
  7. Tower Rd.
  8. Wooralla Dr.
  9. Canadian Bay Rd.
  10. Humpheries Rd.
  11. Rosedale Gr.

303 #festive500 kilometers complete.    


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 2. Emerald Super Loop

Another early morning.
Up the 1 in 20 on the Felt. Grantalla Rd, Emerald, a two minute stop by the Sylvan Reservoir then back home via Me Evelyn.
The traffic is light as it's Boxing Day. Cars and Bikes.

205 #Festive500 kilometers complete.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 1. The Surburban Explorer

Rapha Festive 500. Ride 500 kilometers in 8 days.

104 km


The Suburban Explorer is just another point less ride close to home.
Sort of like seeing your name written in the sky. Only in reverse.

The ride took me about 1/2 hour to plan and 4 hrs to ride. I'm lucky it's Christmas eve, the traffic was light this morning and the pre-plotted Garmin map created in Strava Route's worked perfectly.

104 #Festive500 kilometers complete.

Friday, December 20, 2013

MTS The Mystery Tour Series

Rather then the usual 1 in 20 twice a week we are on a quest to find some new roads.
Each week a different rider gets to choose where we ride.

There are not to many rules.
  • Start 6.00 am from work.
  • 50-55 km.
  • Back at work 8.15 ish. for the 3 S's. (Shit, shave & shower)

Week 1.
Host: JB 
Where: Selby-Aura Road.
Description: Gently run up to Belgrave, down to the Trestle Bridge then a left turn onto Selby-Aura Rd. Roughly following the Puffing Bills railway line we end up at Cardinia Reservoir. A short bit of dirt and back the way we came. Great views over Western Port Bay.
Originality: 8
Suffer Score: 6
Enjoyment: 8
Overall: 7.3

Week 2.
Host: BP Dave
Where: Mast Gully Road.
Description: We start in the back Streets of East Burwood and Glen Waverley and end up following the bike Track all the way to Upway.  Where are the hills, someones asked.  Coming!  Mast Gully road Goes straight up Maxing at 20 %.  I don't think I have ridden anything steeper on the road bike.
Originality: 8
Suffer Score: 9
Enjoyment: 5
Overall: 7.3

Week 3.
Host: Kate
Where: The Wall? 
Description: That's what we were told in a cryptic way.  Off we go and all of a sudden we are climbing Devils Elbow.  That's a bit of a slog to climb on the way to The Wall. "This is the wall isn't it?"  "No" Up and over and back to work on time.
Originality: 6
Suffer Score: 7
Enjoyment: 7
Overall: 6.7

Week 4.
Host: Brett
Where: Mount Pleasant.
Note: I forgot my Garmin and loaded Warrick's file.
With his Wiper Sniper heart rate against my max it looks like I just busted my pooper.
Description: Not going near the hills today. Where heading North.  Up Blackburn Rd all the way to the top. Then some. I have done a couple of the roads before but WOW! Nice place to live.  Oh! and 1200 m of altitude. 
Originality: 10
Suffer Score: 9.5
Enjoyment: 8
Overall: 9.2

Week 5.
Host: Ian
Where: Perrins Creak Road.
Description: Today we start with the usual ride up the 1 in 20.  At the top we head south for 1/2 a km. then down the Crescent.  It's a very slow and tenuous decent as the fog has reduced viability down to about 30 meters.  Turn left, up Perrins Creak Road.  We stop for coffee/hot chocolate on the way back through The Basin.
Originality: 7
Suffer Score: 7
Enjoyment: 8
Overall: 7.3

Week 6.
Host: Haych
Where: Boo to McDonalds Upway
Description: Reviewed by Warrick
We knew we were in for a hot ride, but the wind was the variable that caught us all out today. Haych led us from our usual rendezvous point at WVA to climb the 1:20, and continue onto the beautiful but rough Sherbrooke Rd. We popped out in Belgrave and for a moment I thought Haych might casually suggest climbing Terry’s Ave but thankfully we rolled past to take Glenfern Rd home. This turned out to be the most unpredictable part of the ride with crazy cross winds catching all of us out. I’d burned all my matches on the 1:20 so the ride back was fast and tough, and eventually we got to work sweaty and exhausted!
Great route Haych

Originality: 8.5
Suffer Score: 9
Enjoyment: 8
Overall: 8.5

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