Alpine Classic 2014

Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:35 pm

cyclotaur wrote:I brought the good weather up with me from Melbourne ;)


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If you brought the weather from Melb we are buggered :(
I'll try to bring some from Bendigo tomorrow :P
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:42 pm

Elders weather says the forecast for Sun is 8c - 30c
Wind (AT) 9am NNW 3kmh
(AT) 3pm NW 2 kmh :D

Whats everyone planning to wear clothing wise?
I'm planning bibs, jersey, arm warmers and usual halo bandana. No undershirt, I'm guessing the vest will block a bit of wind chill?
I figure it will warm up pretty quick.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby Eleri » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:04 pm

It's a beautiful evening now. Clear skies and feels just lovely.

warthog1 wrote:Whats everyone planning to wear clothing wise?
I'm planning bibs, jersey, arm warmers and usual halo bandana. No undershirt, I'm guessing the vest will block a bit of wind chill?
I figure it will warm up pretty quick.


I'm wearing my thicker sun arms and a gilet, that's all. I figure even tho I have a 4am start, I'll be climbing until about 7am so won't be too cold at that point. I might wear a bandana because if it gets hot I can use it to cool down as well.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby jimsheedy » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:31 pm

starting at 4am. normal summer kit. it'll be warmer longer than its cold so no need for extra layers i'll just have to end up carrying. might grab a newspaper for the front of the jersey but that'll be it.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:57 pm

I was a bit worried about carrying extra cr@p also given I'll be loaded up with muesli bars, dates and gastrolyte tabs. I might harden up and ditch the arm warmers on the day, though they pack up pretty small. Its just the pain in the A factor of fumbling around for food, whilst riding, with all the other extra stuff in the jersey.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby jimsheedy » Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:49 am

It's my personal preference. I hate carrying clothes with me I'm not wearing.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby grantw » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:20 pm

I took a drive up Hotham at lunch time today, was 8c :-0 on the way back down we stopped to help a rider who had come off and gave him a lift back into town. He seemed a bit concussed, but otherwise OK.

For mine I had a beautiful early ride up to Tawonga gap. Gorgeous morning if a bit cold
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:22 pm

grantw wrote:I took a drive up Hotham at lunch time today, was 8c :-0 on the way back down we stopped to help a rider who had come off and gave him a lift back into town. He seemed a bit concussed, but otherwise OK.

For mine I had a beautiful early ride up to Tawonga gap. Gorgeous morning if a bit cold

Good luck tomorrow.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby gabrielle260 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:33 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:
grantw wrote:
For mine I had a beautiful early ride up to Tawonga gap. Gorgeous morning if a bit cold

Good luck tomorrow.


Yes, it was a bit chilly!
I rode to Beechworth via Stanley. Chatted to some cyclists at the cafe who told me the climb to Stanley is 10% for over 2km. I'm really not a climber but it is a lovely ride.... I don't know why more people don't do it.
Anyway, then the family joined me. I swapped bikes and did a bit of MTB'ing at Beechworth MTB Park.
When I returned the hire MTB to Cycle Path, the guy there told me he had done a 6 hr Enduro around the same course. I have no idea how you could do that!
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby jules21 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:15 pm

rode out to Beechworth today, via Yackandandah after a wrong turn. ended up on a busy road with no shoulder and felt like the city slickers in Deliverance as a procession of local yokels attempted to kill us by driving as close as possible when passing at 100 km/h. not recommended!
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Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:34 pm

Well that was a really well run event I thought :)
Impressed with the number of volunteers giving up their time to run the event.
I'm booking the motel room again for next year.
Hopefully I won't miss the tawonga gap turn off next year.
Porepunkah to porepunkah 302 km :doh.
Oh well probably the only time I'll crack that milestone.

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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby singlespeedscott » Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:53 pm

Well done warthog. How did the dates and miserliness bars go? How was your gearing? Appropriate or could you have of done with a lower gear inch.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby KenGS » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:24 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:How did the dates and miserliness bars go?

I can't imagine miserliness bars would be very satisfying. I'd go with the generosity bars
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:53 pm

The aldi bars were good energy wise but hard to eat half way up a climb. Too chewy. The dates were great. :)
The gearing was spot on. I could have done it with a 39-28 but the 30 made it much more enjoyable. Less standing and more spinning.


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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:55 pm

KenGS wrote:Well done to all who finished.


+1
What a great friendly event.


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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby ausrandoman » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:46 am

warthog1 wrote:Well that was a really well run event I thought :)
Impressed with the number of volunteers giving up their time to run the event.
I'm booking the motel room again for next year.
Hopefully I won't miss the tawonga gap turn off next year.
Porepunkah to porepunkah 302 km :doh.
Oh well probably the only time I'll crack that milestone.

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Where did you go? That's a heck of a detour!
Nobody younger than <del>27</del> 28 has experienced a month cooler than the 20th century average.
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Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:22 am

I sailed on past the tawonga gap turn off and headed towards wodonga. I went 19km before I checked google maps and turned around 19 km back again.
Porepunkah - Bright return is where the other 14 k comes from.

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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby Eleri » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:19 am

I'm pleased with my ride. Beat my ACE time on that course by 1hr 45min and finished strongly. Much cooler this year so that was a good thing really. It certainly helped going up Back of Falls and Tawonga.

It is a well-run event and I chatted to lots of people along the way. Warthog I rode the last few kms into Falls Creek with a guy from Bendigo - was that you?
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Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:59 am

Nice work Eleri that is a massive time gain 8)

I'm not sure, I climbed the back of falls with someone from Bendigo and another bloke I didn't know. Then I caught up with a bloke in BMW riding kit?
I was on a black Cervelo S5 with giordana knicks.


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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby Chuck » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:22 pm

warthog1 wrote:
KenGS wrote:Well done to all who finished.


+1


+2
Fantastic effort peeps 8)
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby sblack » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:50 pm

Well done to all, whether setting a new PB, conquering the ride for the first time or going back for a second, third... time. It was my first crack at the ACE and I paid the price for the lack of training over the last couple of months. The knees where complaining loudly up back of falls and about halfway cramping saw my ambitions of climbing it non stop disappear. Still had a great day though and happy to have completed the ride. Sunrise on Hotham was spectacular as was the variety of scenery along the way.

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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby ausrandoman » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:06 pm

warthog1 wrote:I sailed on past the tawonga gap turn off and headed towards wodonga. I went 19km before I checked google maps and turned around 19 km back again.
Porepunkah - Bright return is where the other 14 k comes from.

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Ah-ha! I guess that was a bit of a disappointment.

I did 315 km but it was deliberate. I finished the ACE just before 3:00 so went straight on up Buffalo to Dingo Dell. The ever-smiling vollies were waiting for the last 20 or so tail-enders doing the Classic 200 and it was great to see that they were looked after every bit as well as the faster riders.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby Eleri » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:29 pm

warthog1 wrote:Nice work Eleri that is a massive time gain :8

I'm not sure, I climbed the back of falls with someone from Bendigo and another bloke I didn't know. Then I caught up with a bloke in BMW riding kit?
I was on a black Cervelo S5 with giordana knicks.



Thanks!
Nope - must have been some other chap from Bendigo. You'd remember me. I'm a woman on a tiny Baum.

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I did 315 km but it was deliberate. I finished the ACE just before 3:00 so went straight on up Buffalo to Dingo Dell. The ever-smiling vollies were waiting for the last 20 or so tail-enders doing the Classic 200 and it was great to see that they were looked after every bit as well as the faster riders.


Struth! That's keen. Well done.
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby cyclotaur » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:37 pm

Eleri wrote:....
Nope - must have been some other chap from Bendigo. You'd remember me. I'm a woman on a tiny Baum.

Then there were (at least) two women on tiny Baums in Bright this weekend ....
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Re: Alpine Classic 2014

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:18 pm

ausrandoman wrote:
Ah-ha! I guess that was a bit of a disappointment.

I did 315 km but it was deliberate. I finished the ACE just before 3:00 so went straight on up Buffalo to Dingo Dell. The ever-smiling vollies were waiting for the last 20 or so tail-enders doing the Classic 200 and it was great to see that they were looked after every bit as well as the faster riders.


I was a bit pissed with myself and was all ready to blame the organisers for not sign posting properly :x , but no it was my own stupid fault and I was equally stupid for taking that long to realise :roll: :oops:

That is a massive effort going up buffalo as well :o . We drove up it the night before and it is a long climb 8)

The vollies were fantastic 8)
We are really lucky there are selfless people like that around.
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