The "Commando"

BarryTas
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The "Commando"

Postby BarryTas » Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:33 pm

So does anyone know the story behind the Commando route? or is it just all here say? i should just ask old man Ray
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Re: The "Commando"

Postby Baldy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:41 pm

It was a convo between a roadie and a mtber years ago when they were totally different species.

Roadie: Did a sweet loop round Ferntree,Sandfly,Howden[replaceable with Tinderbox/Huntingfield] today. My new knicks are great.
MTBer: Do you wear undies under them?
Roadie: No.

A legend was born.

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby fixedlegs2012 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:32 pm

Well here it is.

Macca Graeme McVilly used to train on the commando route....which he coined many years ago. It used to also involve Verrona Sands and the Mtn to be ascended and around 160ks not the 90ks it is today. Who is Graeme McVilly well the best cyclist to come out of Tassie many years ago now. 71,72 Aus Road Champion, Herald Sun Tour 71,73 and 74 Winner, plus a host of other cycling achievements.

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby BarryTas » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:08 am

fixedlegs, could you map out the route on may=my-ride? i would like to see it
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Re: The "Commando"

Postby fixedlegs2012 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:25 pm

Ill have a crack Barry see how I go. The other route he use to make his riders do that he trained was up Proctors down the Outlet and back over Bonnet and repeats at 5am in the morning.

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby possum-magic » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:45 pm

There seems to be as many variations on The Commando Route as there are people riding it. Do a quick search on Strava for "Commando" and you'll see what I mean!

The most commonly accepted version seems to be the Hobart-Kingston-Huntingfield-Margate-Sandfly-Longley-Neika-Fern Tree-Hobart variant, which is about 60km from Hobart. Others seem to throw in the additional section through Blackmans Bay and Howden, and there are even some that add on the loop around Tinderbox as part of their standard Commando loop.

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby BarryTas » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:41 pm

when do we stop for coffee???

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby BarryTas » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:46 pm

when do we stop for coffee???

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby AndyRevill » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:22 am

I've thought about adding in the Tinderbox loop as part of my ride home, what's the condition of the dirt section like for a road bike?

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby BarryTas » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:20 am

AndyRevill wrote:I've thought about adding in the Tinderbox loop as part of my ride home, what's the condition of the dirt section like for a road bike?

Andy



it's fun :) i have lost a biddon on there once though.

but i like gravel
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Re: The "Commando"

Postby BarryTas » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:38 pm

i *might* do the clockwise commando including tinderbox and the channel loop sometime soon just to have a strava record of it :|
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Re: The "Commando"

Postby AndyRevill » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:33 pm

BarryTas wrote:
it's fun :) i have lost a biddon on there once though.

but i like gravel


The Domane is supposed to be for the rough stuff so I'll have to give it a go :D

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby AndyRevill » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:10 pm

Well I added in the Tinderbox loop to my ride home tonight, interesting and mostly fun :D there was one bit of corrugations that caused me grief as I didn't see them due to shadows across the road. I suspect doing it from the Howden end (anticlockwise?) would be a bit easier as the steepest section of dirt would be uphill.

It's now in my list of routes home :)

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby Ryanhyltoncummins » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:00 pm

sorry to bump a prehistoric thread but there is an article in the latest cyclist magazine where they document and photograph this commando loop, apparently there is a short and long version pretty much the only reason i found this thread

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby 2wheels_mond » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:50 pm

Ryanhyltoncummins wrote:sorry to bump a prehistoric thread but there is an article in the latest cyclist magazine where they document and photograph this commando loop, apparently there is a short and long version pretty much the only reason i found this thread


Mind adding a photo or scan of the article? I'd love to read it.

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby Ryanhyltoncummins » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:47 am

yeah too easy, let me sort that out

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Re: The "Commando"

Postby Ryanhyltoncummins » Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:51 am

here's some photos of the article http://imgur.com/a/uckr6

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