Seems the AAC has opened for registrations a bit earlier this year, also with a couple of new ride options, of particular interest to the heat affected will be the 4am Buffalo Sunrise route. Details at Audax Alpine Classic
one of these years there will be snow and sleet. i keep saying it, and we get heat waves. but the law of averages will prevail at some point
depends which Audax ride you're planning to do. apparently Fitz's is harder than all of them, but i've done the AAC 200 and 250 and they're both pretty hard, to me after a certain degree of difficulty it's just a matter of maintaining tempo and lasting it out. if you can do one you can do the other.
one difference though is that ACC rides over the last few years have all been in blistering heat - 30-35 degrees. i had a very hard time at this year's ride and almost didn't finish.
I see the new range of AAC clothing has borrowed our club's design theme http://www.bcycling.org/?page_id=825
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How will you go sleeping before that?
I am worried I won't get enough sleep with that start time. Trouble getting to sleep anticipating the next day and a 3 o'clock rise would mean not much sleep for me.
I am a shift worker though, so early nights are a problem getting to sleep sometimes anyway.
I did both the Alpine Classic Extreme and Fitz's Extreme last summer. I think Fitz's felt harder and I was 1 hr 06 m faster on the A.C.E. so, on the figures, I'd have to say Fitz's is a lot harder. To get more technical, I'm 57, so my power to weight ratio is nothing spectacular, and I'm pretty skinny, so my descending speed is slower than average. These two factors are both more significant on the steeper hills of Fitz's than on the generally milder gradients of the A.C.E. If you are young and strong, you might find that Fitz's is only marginally more difficult for you.
I prefer the A.C.E. for the atmosphere of the event and the scenery on the route but I'll still be back for Fitz's this year
Nobody younger than <del>27</del> 28 has experienced a month cooler than the 20th century average.
If you haven't done the ACE250 before, you probably wont get into the 6am start time.
Unless you can prove you're worthy of that time slot you'll probably be asked to start at 4am.
I've signed up for the 200km Buffalo option. The 4:00am start is great as it gets one of the climbs out of the way before the heat sets in. Not to mention finishing (hopefully) not long after lunchtime.
unfortunately i can't offer you one, as our car is small and with my wife + belongings there's no room. hopefully someone else can.
however, have you considered the train? there's one from Melb -> Wangaratta. it's an easy ride from there to Bright. i could look at bringing some of your stuff up for you in the car.
I might be able to help. It will just be me and a bike in the car.
I've registered again for the 4am start of the 250km...now to find accommodation. Perhaps I should have done this the other way around!
Hoping not to have to go up Mt Buffalo three times this year.
registered for the 250 for the 4th time.
hoping to make it up the back of Falls without stopping.
was considering using a 12/30 instead of a 11/27.
what's everyone else using?
I might be able to help you.
I have a mate from Adelaide going for the first time. I've offered him my ute and camper trailer so he can travel from Melb instead of hiring a car and driving from Adl.
If you guys go halves it'll be super cheap travel. I'll get back to you once he confirms if he'll take up my offer.
With what on front? I'm hoping to do it with a 12-25 but I have a 30 tooth chainring, so that's the same as 34x28.3 or 39x32.5. This is my first attempt at the 250 though, after doing the 3 x Buffalo 200km last year.
I have 34/50 in the front atm.
did 3xBuffalo 250 last year with a 11/25 and 34/50 up front.
last time i went up the back of Falls i had a 11/25 and 39/53 up front...almost killed me.
If you have a 30t chainring i assume you're running a triple crank?
You'll be fine with a 12/25.
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