Extreme again for me this year. Will definitely not DNF this year. I have actually done a bit more riding this year. And I plan to spend less time stopped at the check points.
I have not participated since it took on its new format so it has probably changed a far bit.
The last year I did I was in the top third and they ran out of water by the time that I hit the end of the tar, none at the top of Fitz's, honeysuckle or Corin.
Was left with using rain water tanks till tharwa in 25-30C temps.
Never been back
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That was what I was lead to believe last year but it proved to be far from it.
I was the last through a lot of the check points near the end and they were virtually throwing food at me to get rid of it.
same I was offered more food than I knew what to do with.
And well I cracked and told the check point I was giving up and going home, they got me to stay there and fed me up then got a support vehicle to collect me and take me back to SFP.
Same here. Best value and organised ride I've done. Lots of great smiling volunteers (really helps to keep going through the hilly kms!), food, energy drinks, and the bbq at the end was a God-send! Snag sanger really hit the spot. I'll be back this year
With your training regime to date, I may well spend the day trying to hold your wheel. :thumb up:
I will be hitting Ainslie repeats and BM repeats starting tomorrow... actually probably around September...
There is a group of us from Sydney heading down for the Extreme this year. I did the Epic last year with only 5 weeks of climbing before hand...learnt my lesson and will be happy going in much stronger this year!! See you all there:)
They sent me an email tempting me back.
I also have unfinished business with the Extreme froma couple years ago...
And I haven't ridden any real distance for several months.
So tempted to sign up again...
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Just thought I'd mention that Pedal Power ACT has recently put up on the internet a note on the history of Fitz’s Challenge, ahead of the 25th edition of the event this year. Go to http://www.fitzs.com.au and then click on “Useful stuff” near the bottom of the menu on the left hand side of the page and select “History of Fitz's Challenge” in the menu that comes up.
(who was the event director for 3 years in the early 2000s)
Last year it was about 4C at the 6am start, but fine, and it was fine all day with a max of ~21C. The 6am starters with summer gloves or no gloves suffered for the first hour or so, but were OK after that. If you were doing a 7am or later start you'd probably be fine.
IIRC on the 205 km Epic, I used arm warmers and summer gloves (my hands were very cold on the descent to Cotter Dam, but warmed up on the 9% heartstarter after that) but I had no shoe covers or leg warmers, I had a merino base layer, and shoved two bits of newspaper down my jersey, which I took out at the top of Apollo/Honeysuckle.
A cold snap or wet weather would obviously change this.
To build on mrgolf's post, it's referring to a 10% discount for members of Pedal Power ACT, which organises the event ( http://pedalpower.org.au/ ). This is stated near the top of the page that comes up when you click on "Registration now open" near the top of the RHS column of the event home page http://www.fitzs.com.au/ (direct links can't be given for other pages on this site).
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