madmarsupial wrote:It was a mixed ride for me this year.
I completed the 250 in 2012 and did the nasty 3 x MtBuffalo ride last year.
Work was a problem in October and November, so my preparation was less than ideal. However, I was hoping to at least equal my 2012 moving time and pick up overall with quicker stops.
On track to Harrietville and only 3 mins behind at The Meg. About 15 mins behind 2012 at Dargo Road. Then I was about 1.5km from the top of the climb when my adductor muscles went all spasmo on me and I had to walk for a bit. Result was 30 mins down at Dinner Plain.
Managed to sneak 5 mins back by Omeo and another 5 mins by Angler's Rest, so I was thinking I might be ok.
Up the back of Falls Creek is the nasty spot and after successfully riding out of the 'OMGosh' or 'WT?' corner I thought I was hanging on ok.
However, a couple of clicks past the Shannonvale water stop it hit me. I was alone (riders a few mins ahead and behind) and I started to struggle. I calculated that I had 10-12km to ride of this 9-12% road and that I'd be about another 1.75 hours before getting to Raspberry Hill. This was not a fun calculation and I ended up in the back of a ute and then the Broom Van.
In hindsight I should have been able to do it - but I think that being alone at the worst point of the course was critical. That and being 5kg too heavy and probably 5% under prepared.
Maybe next year...
On a positive note: Volunteering for a few hours on Saturday was fun.
Why did did you get in the van? Was it a time thing in regard to finishing within the maximum time limit or because you wouldn't beat last years time?