Completed the 210km anti-clockwise which by all accounts was the better direction this year; we thought this year was perhaps the easiest one we have done. It really is the luck of the draw, this year I had 15 Strava PB's to Queenscliff. In 2011(?) we battled a 35kmh+ headwind and hail down to Geelong, later that night ran into a fellow at the hotel who had averaged 45kmh coming back in the opposite direction.
This year, we had a core group of five riders the whole way, with a couple extra riding to Queenscliff with us (thanks for all the hard work guys!). Started with one of us puncturing in City rd about 3-5km from the start. Half our group rode on with four of us left to chase. Had the absolute best time trying to catch them down the Geelong Hwy . Part way down, we got passed by a small group of Michelin Men (BTW great kit!) and jumped on the back, we were sitting well over 40kmh-thanks for the lift fellas.
Our group managed to stay together pretty well as we worked up the Mornington Peninsula; the stronger riders helping out any who were going through a tough patch. Picked up my sister in law and niece who joined us in Frankston. Really enjoyed their company, but the best bit was getting absolutely smashed by my 13 year old niece as we went up Rickett's Point (it didn't help that my mate called the start one hill too early-but she beat me up that as well )
Our group wasn't the fastest (8:40 riding for me, about 12:45 in total) but I bet we were on more drugs than US Postal
Rode Melb - Sorento - Melb. Trip out was pretty ok, think I came in around 3hr 15min. Trip back was a slog against the wind and heat, all up 7hrs 32min moving time. Had to stop a couple of times on the trip back to pick up water refills and just get off the bike for a few minutes. Probably the most difficult of the 4 times I have ridden it, but already planning the next ride at Bass Coast next month.
After checking my times on the website (through fb) my time of 4.05 hours Sorrento-City puts me in the top ten. I know it's not a race but for someone who has only been riding a roadie for 10 months, I'm bloody stoked!
Found it - Mr Unicycle is visible from about 0:15 to 0:20....
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Yep.... thats him!! Crazy.....
The unicyclist looked pretty fit, but very exposed up there catching all the northerlies!
Quite a few tandems- probably the way to do it, essentially with the power of two but the aerodynamic profile of one.
I liked how in the final kilometres after turning in from the beach, people weren't American style fist-pumping, just quietly proud they'd made it. It is possible that a GU gel may have been needed to summon the energy to pump a fist, at this point!
Whilst I failed it looks like I am in the picture as part of the congrats timing emails that went out. On the left out of focus. LOL.
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Like your vid and pics. In fact my 2 mates and I are in the background from 2:49 to 3:07, just setting off after a short break at the Frankston rest stop !!
We did a similar thing ie. rode to start (from Rye) and then home at the end for 120kms. 'Twas a good day despite the conditions.
Thats because I changed from Franga return to Sorrento-City. They havent changed my certificate either although through the blink log in it states Sorrento start. Odd I know. Its listed under the Franga return. I went through the timing gates at Sorrento at the start.
One of my mates entered the Franga return by mistake - but I managed to get it changed OK about 3 weeks ago and he got the right entry kit and his timing worked OK on the day.
You could in theory, just ride any route except the ferry (if they were checking wristbands or plates). At the end at the lunch collecting I didnt show any id re food etc.
Not that I'd condone it of course
I was in the queenscliff 210 loop on Sunday. I was riding a Mongoose kos kruiser 26" BMX with a mate on a MTB, so we were just cruising. Hit the ferry queue at about 11am and were told we'd be on the 2 pm ferry. After mulling it over for about 1/2 hr we rode back the way we came, although we did take the rail-trail back to geelong which is much more pleasurable.
Overall our kms were a bit higher - about 233 back and forth, which took us about 10hrs riding time. I was happy with that considering the BMX with 6'4" 100kg me on it + camleback, baggies, etc, are about as aerodynaimc as a moderately sized parachute. Hot afternoon riding into those headwinds, sucked up plenty of fluids. Felt fine at the end, albeit the BMX put a lot of strain on my butt.
All in all it was an OK day. Certianly nothing like the riding I normally do, but it was good to get out with some workmates and cruise around. All kinds of logistical issues, and the 1st 1/2 hr from the start is a nightmare, but take it all as fun and try and smile
I did Sorrento-Melb-Sorrento in 6:51 with a total elapsed of 7:02. I didn't drink enough on the way up, so I started getting cramping between Mordi & Frankston on the way home - a couple of bidons full of Gatorade sorted that out. Generally pretty happy. I know it's a fundraiser but it's too expensive, IMO.
The short period of minor cramping aside, I was moving well; smooth, comfortable, safe - felt strong. I was able to hold a couple of quick bunches and (inadvertently) dropped a couple of people who jumped on my tail. The 10min I spent stationary was at traffic lights. I put that all down to good housekeeping.
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The only "fundraising" that's part of the entry fee is for Bicycle Network. The Smith Family money relies on the fundraising efforts of individual cyclists.
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