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Headed out at around 7:30 up 'new' NS, as I wanted to try and beat the Livestrong ride - didn't feel confident merging with a big group on my first time and with limited riding experience.
I had done a bit of recon before - drove up and also a bit of Google Earth - so knew roughly what to expect.
First switchback I was most worried about but that went fine and then I pretty much kept a steady pace and focused on my breathing rhythm all the way - spinning kept my legs in tact but still obviously hard going. I wanted to do the 'time trial' to give myself a gauge as to how well or poorly I had done but I lost track of the time on my basic computer and the markers (other things to concentrate on!) and about 3/4 up fell behind 3 guys taking it relatively easy.
Not confident enough to pass them (and not safe to do so in parts) I hung back about 5 - 10 metres behind them and just kept the same distance for a good 1 or 2kms. I figured not having done it before, if I passed them and then subsequently cracked further on I'd look like a bit of tool so I took it easy and ended up with an average speed around 13.5km/h the whole climb.
Quick breather up near the pub then straight ahead taking the right onto Woods Hill Road . Didn't realise it was so steep - hammered up the first bend just to get through it and when it levelled out I stopped again for a quick drink. At the Greenhill turnoff I went left and into Uraidla before turning back again and home down Greenhill.
Not many cars and no other bikes descending around me. As a bit of a woos I rode the brakes much of the way down, keeping my speed to around 25-30km/h. Absolutely freezing and bloody windy and with minimal pedalling action on the descent I started to get a bit numb but all in all, I survived and made it out of the woods in one piece.
I think I'm well and truly hooked, superb conditions apart from the numbing cold wind coming down Greenhill but descents are definitely going to be my weakness until I overcome the fear and learn better control.
Thanks to all for the tips!
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It will be interesting for you with the new pursuit to see what balance you strike. All the best.
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you cannot be sirrus wrote:Well done jzr, nice ride and nice report.
I did the Livestrong ride with about 250 others, NS was pretty busy, I almost felt sorry for the car drivers.
Due to other committments, didn't get to go for a ride on Sunday till 5pm. Headed up to NS and rode up there in bliss. On mty way up, no one went past (car or bike), saw 2 cars, 1 scooter and two cyclists going down.
It was brilliant, as it was quite as, and no magpie swoop
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