Sydney to Gong 2013

Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby vosadrian » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:30 pm

First Gong run for me. We planned to go pretty quick, and we were first in line at the start for the 6am start thinking that we would avoid having to overtake many riders... not!! We get out on the highway, and going past hundreds of riders in goups barely ticking over 20-25 and taking up the whole lane. I know it is not a race, but I just don't get why people not intending to go fast want to jump in front of the group released first because they are going fast? Anyway, first part was a bit frustrating trying to get through the crowds, but getting better all the time, and pretty clear by the time we got to Miranda. Got into a good group rolling turns, and did good pace until Stanwell tops. Dropped lots off the group, and eventually the group is down to 3-4 and I dropped off near the top of Stanwell tops. Then about 10-15kms solo into a strong headwind wishing it would all end (cramps, sugar low, misery!!) until a group of 3 caught me and carried me to the line!

I had a blast and beat my target time. Highly recommended ride, but just expect congestion at the beginning no matter what you do. Raised about $350 for MS, so great to help out a good cause.

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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:34 pm

sogood wrote:
familyguy wrote:That was you guys? I was wondering about that setup. My first thought was "why would anyone do that? are they hoping to sell bacon and egg rolls?" :lol:

Yes, Mike came up with the idea. Free sausages were offered but no one stopped. We had a good and filling time though. Sausage, bacon, salad and you name it! :mrgreen:

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I waved at you guys and yelled out to Mike, but just got blank stares in return. Maybe it was because I was in a red jersey that you didn't notice who it was.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby sogood » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:36 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:I waved at you guys and yelled out to Mike, but just got blank stares in return. Maybe it was because I was in a red jersey that you didn't notice who it was.

You need to stop and receive your serving of a sausage next time! :mrgreen:
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:37 pm

sogood wrote:
bigfriendlyvegan wrote:I waved at you guys and yelled out to Mike, but just got blank stares in return. Maybe it was because I was in a red jersey that you didn't notice who it was.

You need to stop and receive your serving of a sausage next time! :mrgreen:


That's the type of response I would expect from a Dulwich Hill boy.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby sogood » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:38 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:That's the type of response I would expect from a Dulwich Hill boy.

LOL
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby g-boaf » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:56 pm

sogood wrote:
bigfriendlyvegan wrote:I waved at you guys and yelled out to Mike, but just got blank stares in return. Maybe it was because I was in a red jersey that you didn't notice who it was.

You need to stop and receive your serving of a sausage next time! :mrgreen:


Bwahahaha! :lol: :shock: Oh gosh... I think we need an award for that comment! :lol: Oh jeez... :lol:

I doubt that will be topped...
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby sogood » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:06 pm

Gong!
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby familyguy » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:09 pm

There was no sign, so I didn't know what was going on!
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby Mugglechops » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:32 pm

Had a good ride yesterday. Didn't set any records but it was fun.

Until it was time to ride back to Kiama. That headwind wiped us out. 2 guys waited at Dunmore for the train while the other 4 of us battled onto to Kiama for a beer at the pub.

144kms for the day and I was done.

I don't know how you guys can ride there and back again.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby TraversW » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:50 pm

Loved it
Smashed my expectations on time and dollars raised
Left under the start at bang on 6am, arrived at finish at 8:28
Raised $2k
Well run event with lots of closures, lanes and volunteers directing.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby Xplora » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:29 pm

Nice work Travers on both counts.

Muggle, you sure it was headwind? Maybe I'm just pissed, but I swear I was battling headwind most of the way back to the Sydney LOL
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby FatGuts » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:50 pm

sogood wrote:
familyguy wrote:That was you guys? I was wondering about that setup. My first thought was "why would anyone do that? are they hoping to sell bacon and egg rolls?" :lol:

Yes, Mike came up with the idea. Free sausages were offered but no one stopped. We had a good and filling time though. Sausage, bacon, salad and you name it! :mrgreen:

Drop by next time!



It was too early in the ride. I was still full from brekkie.......I may have stopped if it had been later on.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby FatGuts » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:53 pm

Xplora wrote:Nice work Travers on both counts.

Muggle, you sure it was headwind? Maybe I'm just pissed, but I swear I was battling headwind most of the way back to the Sydney LOL


It was weird, we smacked all the way home to Canberra in a headwind until Collector, then it turned around to a NWester until we drove over Gearys Gap.

I think it was just !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !!!
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby schroeds » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:27 pm

So ate you allowed to ride fast off the front?

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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:29 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:I waved at you guys and yelled out to Mike, but just got blank stares in return. Maybe it was because I was in a red jersey that you didn't notice who it was.


Was a bit distracted by something at the time, I heard "Mike" but didn't catch who it was.

Where the BBQ was setup was about 30mtrs from my house. It was great fun, I could repeat the same jokes over and over again;
"88K to go"
"Your nearly there"
[one rider speeds up] "Don't let him get away, come on chase"
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby TraversW » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:36 pm

Thanks Xplora, nice ride yourself and when I say nice I mean epic, wow - to do that pace down and then turn around and do more than just survive home is a credit.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby Johnj » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:38 pm

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Well, I can see Michele on the barbie, you in the Slowies cap and convict t-shirt. But who's that in the hat? Peter T? And who are the other two?

Looks like fun, maybe I should have gone to Tempe, rather than Cronulla. We came back over the Captain Cook Bridge after 9am and there were still some stragglers heading south. No idea when (or if) they got to Wollongong.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:48 pm

I dealt with a lot fewer mechanical incidents this year compared to previous years, though there were quite a few more bio-mechanical problems. I think we only had to change 4 or 5 tyres, though we did pump up quite a few more. There was one guy over the Cpt Cook bridge who had to weigh at least 130kg who was riding 700x23 tyres at 40psi!! We did encounter a missing jockey wheel and a broken axle, both of which we couldn't do anything about, but the rest was quite easy.

The bio-mechanical problems were worrying. One guy who hadn't eaten that morning ended up chucking on himself and collapsing on the side of the road about 25km in. Another guy was walking his bike out of the National Park, helmet unstrapped and staggering over the road, looking for a train station. He had only just left the lunch stop, so we turned him around and sent him back. I'm glad I bought the sugary lollies along and I'm glad I always kept an extra bottle of water with me. Dehydration and bad fuelling, coupled with a hot day and head winds means some people were going to have a bad time. MS HQ was great, though, organising for pick-ups and medical support.

The hills were easier this year and I really wished I was on the normal roady for the flats. With the touring bike gearing I was searching for a better gear on the wide open spaces. When the crowds had thinned a bit it was fun jumping on wheels and getting through the wind with people who knew what they were doing. The last 10kms were wonderfully fast and it was over before I knew it.

Best part: seeing whales playing in the water from the last rest stop.
Most annoying part: getting caught with "regular" folk on the national park descent. In previous years we had been so far back due to repairs that they let us go down the national park without an escort. Going over 70kph on closed roads is wonderful. This year we had a big bunch who decided to sit up and converse on the way down while spread out across the road.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby sogood » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:56 pm

BFV: How many of you were there on the whole ride? How did you guys spread the work to cover this out-stretched group? Someone right at the back?
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:08 pm

There were about 30 mobile support riders. A small group looped over the first 10 km for a while (since that's where quite a few repairs need to be made, our first was < 1km out) and then joined the ride, the majority, however, just rode down with the masses starting at 20 minute intervals. The mobile crews then stop and fix whatever, or hang around until the incident can be handed over, then continue on their way.

We will leap frog each other all the way down to the Gong and support each other's repairs with experience or equipment. Most of the people who do it have done it previously and often volunteer for other big rides as well. It's a great way to support a cause, have a ride, and meet some wonderful people on the way down. It also means we can "share the love" by showing people the nuances of changing tubes, give them advice about bikes, and generally promote the pastime we all enjoy.

Maybe then they'll get faster and stay out of my bloody way on the downhill. (Seriously, as a fat boy it's the only time I have an advantage on a bike).

BTW, time from start to finish was about 6.5 hours. We had one stretch where it took 41 minutes to cover 5km.
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:21 am

Johnj wrote:Well, I can see Michele on the barbie, you in the Slowies cap and convict t-shirt. But who's that in the hat? Peter T? And who are the other two?

Yeh Peter T. The others are Sogood and John S
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby sogood » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:07 am

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:It's a great way to support a cause, have a ride, and meet some wonderful people on the way down. It also means we can "share the love" by showing people the nuances of changing tubes, give them advice about bikes, and generally promote the pastime we all enjoy.

Maybe then they'll get faster and stay out of my bloody way on the downhill...

Great job BFV! All quite altruistic of course. ;)
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby FatGuts » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:52 am

I really cant say what was my favourite bit, here is one on top of the list that I could stop & take a photo of:

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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby Xplora » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:07 am

TraversW wrote:Thanks Xplora, nice ride yourself and when I say nice I mean epic, wow - to do that pace down and then turn around and do more than just survive home is a credit.

The rubberband broke only 500m from the line southbound LOL I think it would have been fine if we could do M1 all the way north, but we climbed 350m over the Bulli segment... the more I look at it the more I am sure it's similar to Bellbird Hill near Kurrajong, as long as you include Wark. 10% average, and I was cruising up a section helping a mate up the hill.

BFV, your issues with rolling roadblocks are part of the reason many racing people I know won't do these things. I didn't get escorted at all, we set a blistering pace, but there is no WAY I'd feel comfortable being on the descent with a few BSOs doing 40-50kmh. The crosswinds were bad enough (I am wondering if my next set of wheels will be 35/50 lol), and I definitely felt at the limit of my confidence on alien roads. It was comforting that the lads were running smooth lines and mostly weren't trying to establish a pattern.

Just as an aside, I found a new experience on the Gong Ride. "GTFO, this is my wheel" was said silently a number of times as guys tried to take my tiedye/VMWare spot at the end. I just gently made it clear that people weren't getting my spot and moved in behind. I knew that it was unlikely that I'd bridge a gap if it slipped away. Good skill for racing , bad place to learn :shock:
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Re: Sydney to Gong 2013

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:07 am

So that was you on the masi. Had a perve at the bike on the way down. Don't know what you look like, though.
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