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What experiences/advice do you guys have of riding this?
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i think the MCC route tackles the mountain counter clockwise - the longest and hardest way up. It also includes a shortish but steep pitch up from the botanical gardens which will sap your strength for the climb proper if you go nuts here.
After that bit you have about 1 kms of downhill and a bit of flat. When the road turns to the left and you see simpsons road on the right you are at the start. There is a spray painted line on the road - but i imagine there will be other stuff there on the day to make sure you know this is it.
The spray paint on the road indicates other milestones. the total climb is 2.3kms (i think).
For the first 1000 metres the slope ain't so bad except for short steeper bits around some corners. When you see some iron rope fencing on your left things get a bit tougher.
Soon you will see TV towers and this means you are almost there and you can start going harder. luckily just a little bit beyond this point the gradient drops a bit too.
the last 50-100 metres is a bit steeper and will hurt!
My best time is 10mins 30seconds.
One day I will get under the 10min mark and can strike that off my list of goals.
TIP for the day: Do not go so hard you need to stop. On the news last year they singled out some poor dude who had obviously taken on more than he could chew and wow - he would have got a ribbing from his pals on monday morning. yep.
To get around the rest of the mountain there are up and down sections and only one bit of hill that may require dropping to the smaller front chainring.
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I did it last year and loved it, and no I didnt spew at the top, although I did see a couple of people do so.
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