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from a friend's strava: http://app.strava.com/activities/3690311
if this is the one you're referring to, i have no idea where you heard about it. This was something that a friend of a friend (a triathlete in fact) brought to our group a few years ago, the premise being to hit all the decent climbs on the escarpment around penrith/richmond in a day. we don't have big climbs out here so we make up for that by doing many climbs.
lots of fun and very social. there's some pretty roads out there, especially out towards richmond and the grose. can be done in under 5hrs if you don't mess around.
then it got silly: http://app.strava.com/activities/1339718
and then it got sillier: http://app.strava.com/activities/1491705
haven't done it for a while though...
I would have guessed it as.......Galston, Berowra, Brooklyn, then to Bobbin and Akuna.
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Sorry I am talking 5 gorges ... there's no cols in Sydney .
I have never considered Akuna as one of the 5, has always been Bobbo twice... but there's probably a few variations out there. LOOOONG time since I did a Sydney ride!.
It's the sort of thing you can do just about anywhere, like this charity race http://app.strava.com/segments/2729008 , or my own much smaller version http://app.strava.com/activities/59638805 .
Of course once you get started you want to just push things further and further http://app.strava.com/activities/23672029#
And then eventually things get stupid (I haven't done that one yet so no strava link, but it's going to happen before long ).
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I was thinking of something similar around my area. I would start at Mt. Mellum and then onto Bellthorpe Range then shot across to D'aguilar and hit up the climb to Mt. Mee. From there down and back up Campbell's pocket then across the top and down to Dayboro and back over and home to bed.
I like the dirty dozen:
-crosslands (down the end of somerville in hornsby)
something like 200km with 4000m of climbing.
Yep, I did the 205 km/4000m version last year, which is tough but not a killer ride if you're reasonably fit and can climb. By comparison, some of the guys finishing the 255 km (including A graders and experienced Audax riders, definitely stronger riders than me) looked like squeezed out dishrags by the end.
A digression, but the best bit of Fitz's 205 if you're going well, you can catch a lot of the 105 km and 165 km riders, and fly past them towards the end. It's fun doing that, with them having 90 or 150 km in the legs, and them knowing you have a tough 190 km up already.
Anyway, the 205 is not as tough as 3 Peaks (for me last year 8 hours riding time versus 10 hours). I haven't done the 255, but those who have say the 255 is definitely tougher than 3 Peaks.
As for that dirty dozen, well, it's only steep hills that really hurt, particularly when you are past 100 km and well into the "endurance" phase of a ride. Of those climbs in northern Sydney, only Crosslands is as steep as Fitz's Hill or Apollo Rd. And parts of Boboyan Rd and Corin Forest. Or for that matter, the Back of Falls.
I did the 255 last year with next to no training. DNFéd because I spent to much time at the rest stops. They wouldn't let me through the last checkpoint saying based on my average speed that I wouldn't finish in time. Its not the climbs themselves that are hard its just the constant undulating terrain.
Hmm. Well, if you are doing it with a bunch of mates, and trying to do a good time, getting the most out of yourself, staying in the pack out to Fitz's, yet come home strongly, and so on, it's physical as well!
Whilst it's not a race, it's not a true Audax event either, finish times are published, etc.
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