9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:19 pm

I am keen to do a ride following the Fitz's Challenge 105km version out to Tharwa. Looking at on my schedule, it looks like 9th July's the best day for me. Anyone like to come along for a relaxed ride (easy pace :)) in preparation for the Fitz's this year?

Say meeting at Stromlo Forest Park at 8AM.

From Tharwa 105km, you can see the profile of the 105km around Tidbinbilla.

Note that DBR's Junior Tour is happening on the same weekend so on the return leg, we won't actually go down to Uriarra Homestead and Three Sisters, will just come back via Cotter Road.

PS, I am sure there will be a few more rides like this from me in August, September too.

PS#2, Also, there are still heaps of volunteers needed for the DBR Junior Tour, if you are free on the weekend, put your hands up to help our with this great tour.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby Robdog » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:21 pm

May have another commitment that weekend, but if the 9th ends up going unused then I'd be keen
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby HAKS » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:31 pm

Plan to join you baring any unforeseen things popping up :)
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby bpmhigh » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:06 pm

Count me in.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:16 pm

awesome! more more more
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby lappy21 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:55 pm

can I join in :lol:
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:32 pm

for sure. I will roll out from ANU at around 7:30.
so anyone like to meet here we can cruise to SFP together, via bike path mainly.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby Ross » Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:21 pm

bpmhigh wrote:Count me in.


It's only 105km (plus the commute from ANU) not sure if it would be far enough for you! You might have to do it twice! :P
I may come along, won't know until closer to the day for sure.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby bpmhigh » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:37 pm

Ross, I'm still on the donuts so I'll probably struggle.

For me, it's a tough loop - the undulations and false flats really zap your legs. I did the loop a few times before going to Cairns and was alot more fatigued after it than the 140k+ sessions on the Federal Highway.

Are you or Eric doing the ITT this Sunday? I was a 99% starter until being scared off by the "inspections of helmets". I bought my Bell off Wiggle so it's missing the all important sticker.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby Ross » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:47 am

I plan to do the ITT. The helmet checking is pretty random, they never got checked at Canberra Tour and I've only had my TT helmet checked once at a club race but my normal road helmet was checked before the start of a club race a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:10 pm

they checked my helment on the last ITT (which was basically the #1 of the series, this Sunday's #2).
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby lappy21 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:47 am

Hey guys,

I did a cotter - uriarra ride on Sat and noticed signage in the area notifying the closure of Uriarra Rd on Fri, Sat and Sun of that week end due to a cycle race. So I'm not sure this ride will be doable that week end :roll:
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby Ross » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:55 pm

That's because of the DBR Women's and Junior Tour is on, yyeric mentioned that in his first post.

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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby lappy21 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:56 pm

OK. I didn't read that part :roll:
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:33 pm

Yeah it's the DBR tour on the same weekend. We won't go clash with them on Uriarra Road though. Our route travels on Cotter Road. On the return leg, I think skipping Mt MacDonald and Three Sisters will be a wise decision to avoid the peleton (replace it with Mt Stromlo with coffee on Scope).
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:28 pm

Saturday weather looks good at this point. No drizzle, just the chill.
Please may we have a show of hand on the Saturday's ride thanks.

yyeric wrote:I am keen to do a ride following the Fitz's Challenge 105km version out to Tharwa. Looking at on my schedule, it looks like 9th July's the best day for me. Anyone like to come along for a relaxed ride (easy pace :)) in preparation for the Fitz's this year?

Say meeting at Stromlo Forest Park at 8AM.

From Tharwa 105km, you can see the profile of the 105km around Tidbinbilla.

Note that DBR's Junior Tour is happening on the same weekend so on the return leg, we won't actually go down to Uriarra Homestead and Three Sisters, will just come back via Cotter Road.

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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby Robdog » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:38 pm

I might wuss out, had a bike fit on Monday and just don't have enough K's to get used to it yet. Might head out to the tracking station and see you guys along the way
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby bpmhigh » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:55 pm

I'm in Eric - looking forward to it.

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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby HAKS » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:29 pm

I hope to be in although if I am I might not have enough time to do the return leg. Got the landlord coming over Sat late morning to do some repairs on the house. Depending on time we make I might cruise back through Tuggers from Tharwa.

Well let you know tomorrow evening if i'm in :).
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:39 am

Yes 8 (AT) Stromlo
No problems HAKS, let us know :)
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby HAKS » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:15 pm

I'm out. Agent just rang to say Landlord will be over earlier as he needs a full day to get the repairs done :(
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby Ross » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:19 pm

OK I'm in barring any catastrophic weather...

Frosts and windy tomorrow...no rain forecast.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:09 pm

No worries Rohan. Hope the inspection goes OK.
Will see you Ross at SFP
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby HAKS » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:55 pm

Hope the wind dies down for you. Just did 50km and it a struggle into that head wind!

No inspection, just repairs as the house & garage had dropped after all the dry weather then wet stuff last year.
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Re: 9th July 2011 - Tharwa Challenge 105 km reconnaissance

Postby yyeric » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:19 pm

Thanks Ross and Simon for the ride. Pleasant day with very minimal traffic on the whatever road it's called from Pierce Creek to Tharwa.

Did my first ride to Tharwa Bridge and it looks like a awesome TT course to my liking.

Will take on Ross's suggestions to go to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for the 3km circuit next time for sure.

Wind only come to the equation from Tuggers back to City.

Thanks Ross for the tow. Would have popped a lot earlier without you.

Hope Simon you've got home without problems! :)

104km for me today. Tomorrow will be marshalling at the junior/women tour at SPF + photo at arvo crit. :D
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