2012 Audax Alpine Classic

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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby jimsheedy » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:36 am

I was thinking that a bit of rain would be better than 30+ heat. I bet it gets bloody cold on the top of those mountains though.
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby oldnewby » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:33 am

yeah, you're right.. Bright forecast max temp has varied between 29 and 34, Falls Creek has varied between 17 and 22
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby cerb » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:43 pm

Missed out on accom for the ride, so rode falls and mt. beauty last weekend with friends.

Mr. Garmin told me it was 36 degrees riding up mt. beauty on Sunday. The air temperature wasn't as bad as the ~10km of road directly exposed to the sun...

Temps sound nasty for the event - take care and keep hydrated people!
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby feral grasshopper » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:57 pm

I've arrived in Broght, weather is gorgeous, , about 28 as we speak, just did Bright-Buffalo return, awesome views, the best ride! Doesn't get much better, having decent coffee now after registering for the classic :P :D 8)
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby toppity » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:38 pm

did that ride new year's day feral. I love it. Nothing like standing in the water hole to recover the legs afterwards. Hope you all have fun.
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby feral grasshopper » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:50 pm

toppity wrote:did that ride new year's day feral. I love it. Nothing like standing in the water hole to recover the legs afterwards. Hope you all have fun.


thanks Toppity! fun is not an adequate description! :lol: i just improved everything from last time i did Buffalo, speed up by over 4kph, descent 44.9 average over the 18kms and it didn't feel hard! now Hotham on thursday is gonna be HARD! :twisted: :shock: :roll:
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby martinjs » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:46 pm

Not sure I'd could do this sort of ridding. :oops: Being a bit on the large size and having not many hills to train on. Having said that, I did speak to a fellow Leeton cyclist who has done it before and is going down for this one. Must ask him how he trains, mind you I did see him out the other day punt up and down our hills on a folding bike. :lol: His also only smaller and lighter than me.
Maybe that's his secret, anyway good luck to you all. :D

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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby jules21 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:06 pm

well i'm here in dinner plain. will probably climb hotham tomorrow and maybe buffalo on friday if i feel good, then the big one on sunday. my preparation has been pretty solid - 3, 4, 500km weeks for a few months, so i'm cautiously confident.

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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby Daccordi Rider » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:38 pm

We are here too. Hotham tomorrow, Falls Friday. Black Daccordi bike, Norwood Parade Cycles Knicks. Mrs D has. Red/white/black Daccordi. Say hi if you see us. Simon.
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby jules21 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:54 pm

rode up some of hotham today (from dinner plain down to the meg or thereabouts). either i wasn't feeling flash or the altitude and gradient got to me, as i didn't feel great. i was grinding out some sections at 8 km/h. now i'm getting nervous :)
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby feral grasshopper » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:35 pm

jules21 wrote:rode up some of hotham today (from dinner plain down to the meg or thereabouts). either i wasn't feeling flash or the altitude and gradient got to me, as i didn't feel great. i was grinding out some sections at 8 km/h. now i'm getting nervous :)


I drove up it today, gonna have a crack tomorrow, very nervous! Confidently expect to fail, looks damn hard! :roll:
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby jules21 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:46 pm

i noted down the importance of not going into the red on the steep pitches - it's very uneven.
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby ausrandoman » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:02 pm

jules21 wrote:rode up some of hotham today (from dinner plain down to the meg or thereabouts)...


The Meg is hard to miss. If you are not sure if you rode up it, you probably didn't ride up it :)
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby jules21 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:10 pm

ausrandoman wrote:
jules21 wrote:rode up some of hotham today (from dinner plain down to the meg or thereabouts)...


The Meg is hard to miss. If you are not sure if you rode up it, you probably didn't ride up it :)

no i definitely didn't - i rode over the summit from DP down to about the Meg, then back up.
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby ausrandoman » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:19 pm

I've done the ACE 250 twice. My time budget goes something like this:
- there's about 60 km of serious climbing 5 hours
- what goes up must come down 1.25 hours
- that leaves about 120 km of what, in normal circumstances, would be considered hilly terrain 5 hours
- stuffing my face at the five controls and water points - 1.25 hours

Total 12.5 hours. I have grey hair, bifocals and hearing aids. If you have none of these impediments, you will go faster.

When you turn left off the Omeo Highway to go up Whisky Tango Foxtrot Hill, you are 100 km from the finish and 400 metres above it.
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby feral grasshopper » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:27 pm

ausrandoman wrote:I've done the ACE 250 twice. My time budget goes something like this:
- there's about 60 km of serious climbing 5 hours
- what goes up must come down 1.25 hours
- that leaves about 120 km of what, in normal circumstances, would be considered hilly terrain 5 hours
- stuffing my face at the five controls and water points - 1.25 hours

Total 12.5 hours. I have grey hair, bifocals and hearing aids. If you have none of these impediments, you will go faster.

When you turn left off the Omeo Highway to go up Whisky Tango Foxtrot Hill, you are 100 km from the finish and 400 metres above it.


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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby Eleri » Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:47 am

ausrandoman wrote:I've done the ACE 250 twice. My time budget goes something like this:
- there's about 60 km of serious climbing 5 hours
- what goes up must come down 1.25 hours
- that leaves about 120 km of what, in normal circumstances, would be considered hilly terrain 5 hours
- stuffing my face at the five controls and water points - 1.25 hours

Total 12.5 hours. I have grey hair, bifocals and hearing aids. If you have none of these impediments, you will go faster.

When you turn left off the Omeo Highway to go up Whisky Tango Foxtrot Hill, you are 100 km from the finish and 400 metres above it.


Well that's useful! Not sure I can manage 60km at 12kph whilst climbing but we will see on the day!
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby oldnewby » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:36 am

I'm in awe of all you guys & girls doin 200-250... I'll be stoked just to finish the 130, let alone within the time limit! Can't wait though :)
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby Apple » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:43 am

oldnewby wrote:I'm in awe of all you guys & girls doin 200-250... I'll be stoked just to finish the 130, let alone within the time limit! Can't wait though :)

Do they have 130km, I would do that. Not so keen on the 200. :oops:
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby oldnewby » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:16 am

they do Apple, that's what I'm having a crack at.. only been cycling for about 11 weeks, so 130 will do me fine :D
http://www.cyclingprofiles.com.au/HTM/A ... AAC130.htm
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby Apple » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:27 am

oldnewby wrote:yeah, you're right.. Bright forecast max temp has varied between 29 and 34, Falls Creek has varied between 17 and 22

Yes it does look good, I will be happy to do that one next year
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby chucknitro » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:39 am

ausrandoman wrote:I have grey hair, bifocals and hearing aids. If you have none of these impediments, you will go faster.


+1 Looks like I'll be going at the same pace :D








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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby jules21 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:13 pm

oldnewby wrote:I'm in awe of all you guys & girls doin 200-250...

i'm in awe of myself too actually.






for being dumb enough to sign up for it :)
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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby Apple » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:58 pm

chucknitro wrote:
ausrandoman wrote:I have grey hair, bifocals and hearing aids. If you have none of these impediments, you will go faster.


+1 Looks like I'll be going at the same pace :D








...but probably slower


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Re: 2012 Audax Alpine Classic

Postby Daccordi Rider » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:36 pm

Aus, it's fine for you old dudes who ride 5000km per week. Have pity on us young uns.

Drove back of Falls, WT? hill. yesterday :shock:

Much respect to the ACE'rs. 200 is enough for me.
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