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Announcing - the 2014 version of the annual February training ride - The Sheffield Shimmy.
After the seven day ride around Tassie of this February gone the February Ride returns to the three day format for 2014. The southern Regatta Day long weekend covers Saturday the 8th to Monday the 10th. For those in the category school starts back on the Tuesday beforehand - good for quieter roads and not so good for our teacher riders.
For those a bit tired of the same roads in the South we have something for everyone this year. The base camp will be centered around Sheffield in the North of the state. The basic plan is to drive up either Friday night or Saturday morning with two shortish legs on Saturday and two longer rides on the Sunday and Monday. For those who know about the terrain - either salivate or cringe at the thoughts of the Gog, Cethana, Wilmot Hill, the Lake Highway and any number of other sources of leg pain in near vicinity to Sheffield.
The standard set of information for all: -
Why? - Why not! Some of these roads were used in "Rod's Ride" back in 2001 when he took us from Launnie to Hobart via the West Coast. We have had a training ride ever since and still going strong. For those who like the Fondo format - this is basically the same at a fraction of the cost.
How much? - No charge this year. With the format of driving up and back and staying in one spot there is no need for a support vehicle so each rider is responsible for only their own costs this year. The rider picks their location and their daily menu so it is an organisational dream this time - for a change.
How many? - We have been turning out around twenty riders each year and we could do a bit better for this one. That will give us a lot of options on speeds, distances and routes so that riders can get into a bunch of their choice.
How fast? - The "norm" for the February ride is bunches ticking along at around the 26-28kph mark depending on distance and elevation. The format for this ride will make it easier to vary that bracket to allow everyone to ride at their own pace and distance. Obviously the more we turn out the more likely the bunches will be bigger rather than smaller.
Who can join in? - We haven't knocked anyone back yet so everyone is invited as long as they abide by the normal safety rules of riding in a training bunch. If you are interested all you have to do is get there. We'll set a few of the basic courses as we work them out to give everyone a bit to think about. If you haven't been on one of our rides before - don't worry - we're a friendly lot and this is all about enjoying the bike and finding good cafes.
What about the family? - Bring them along. Sheffield is a great place to visit with lots of things to do in a short radius so while you are out huffing and puffing if they aren't there with you then they will have plenty to do to keep them busy.
Off the bike activity? - Usually we find a pub or the like to have a cyclist's meal, down a few beers or wines, and swap stories of the day. This is always my favourite part of the day.
What else? - That's about it - I'll keep the updates coming as we work out some options. For now all you need to do is start planning on being able to get there and how that suits you and your training needs. If you have any specific questions that need answering this far out just send me a PM and I'll catch up with you.
Be careful out there.
I've been looking at the maps a bit to check out the choices for rides for the Shimmy. We'll have a couple of rides on Saturday - a short one in the morning for those who get there on Friday night and a medium one starting around 12ish for those driving up Saturday morning. Sunday is likely to incorporate a climb over the Gog and then out to the Moina cafe - needing to negotiate the Cethana Dam climb - and back to Sheffield - needing to negotiate the Cethana dam climb again. Monday looks like a ride through Golden Valley towards Liawenee until the bitumen runs out. That should just about do us for the weekend. With the Regatta on in Hobart on that weekend accommodation should be plentiful in Sheffield and surrounds.
I have an email update list going so if you want to be included in that send me a personal message. Email addresses won't be given out.
The Gog and Cethana Gorge (both ways) all in a day - that will be fun.
Here's a pic I took on the Gog when I crossed on my loaded touring bike back in 2009. The grade was 18% as I recall, but don't worry, it's not a long walk to the top...
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For anyone interested The Gog actual climb is only 1.5kms long Avg 7.6%. according to Strava anyway
This ride maybe good training for the Southern Valleys Tour 2014 in February 22-23
Can I suggest that you map out on Strava all the courses so we can look them over?
Hmmm. Strava. I've heard people talking about that.
The climb of the Gog is affectionately known as "Heartbreak Hill" as it has made many appearances in Tours of Tasmania in years gone by. I can understand the sentiment behind the name. Towards the end of a long day an 8% climb for more than a click does tend to test the legs and the heart strings. After both sides of Cethana it might seem a bit longer and steeper!!
If you give me the route I will map it on Strava and post it here includes elevation etc which will be useful.
I haven't settled on the courses as yet. That will come after a "scouting" trip some time soon. We can start worrying about the intensity after that. That said, the courses already noted are likely and a few alternatives with less climbing will also be added in for a variety of options. At this stage I am thinking we will get 25 - 35 riders along so there should be plenty of choices of riders to ride with.
For those who already have enough training in their legs to cope with the three days in Sheffield there is a couple of options to extend the pain for a bit longer. We are looking at a two day ride from Hobart up to Sheffield via Miena on the Thursday and Friday. I reckon we'll go via Melton Mowbray on the Thursday and backtrack and through Poatina on Friday.
Same bunch rules apply as for the rest of the "Shimmy". Everyone organises their own food and accommodation. The pub at Miena has plenty of accommodation and does good food. We will have a tail/support car along to carry gear (with petrol contributions expected).
And the trip back - oh! - that would hurt too much - wouldn't it?
No need to let me know just yet - I'll start getting numbers estimations some time in November.
Be careful out there.
Yep, it is a fantastic toothpaste
This is a nice loop our group does a couple of times a year. We usually start/finish in Sheffield.
The view from Mt Claude is fantastic.
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What is the latest on this?
Much interest from members of RBWR and DFBTR. Looking like a large gathering.
Will the exact routes will be published? Need to look at my schedule at least a month before hand.
December update as below.
Two months to go - nine weeks to go - 65 sleeps! How's the training going!!
If you are interested and haven't received an email as part of the normal mailing list then send me off a PM with your email and I'll add you on. All updates are sent BCC so your address is safe. Whilst I don't do much admin for this ride as it is a bunch ride and riders are responsible for themselves I can do some organising if you need help with transport or shared accommodation. The other admin bit is to be able to answer the main question on "how many are coming this year?"
Below is the basic itinerary for the ride. It hasn't changed since the last update so it is looking like settled for now. We'll add in the assembly point as being the center of town at the intersection of Main Street (B14) and High Street (C150). It has a bakery on one corner and a service station opposite. Toilets are nearby.
So, the courses look something like as follows:-
Saturday 8th Feb: 8:30a.m. Sheffield – Devonport - Sheffield 70km
Saturday 8th Feb: 1:00p.m. Sheffield – Harford - Sheffield 70km
Sunday 9th Feb: Sheffield – Moina – Mole Creek - Sheffield 57 or 108km
Monday 10th Feb: Sheffield – Breona - Sheffield 95 or 150km
Max = 400km
Saturday morning will be out to Devonport for coffee via Nook and Forth, and back via Spreyton and Railton.
Saturday afternoon will be out to Harford via Railton and Sassafras, Latrobe for coffee, and then back via Barrington. We have split Saturday so you can use the morning to get to Sheffield if that suits you.
Sunday is out to Moina for coffee via Promised Land. On the return the choice is to head straight back via Gowrie Park for 57 kms or turn right and head to Mole Creek for another coffee. Back to Sheffield from there. There are some serious hills to traverse here. Cethana is a 5km climb up to Moina and a 4km climb on the way back. The road from Mole Creek to Sheffield traverses the Gog Range and “Heartbreak Hill”. There should be some tired legs Sunday night.
Monday takes us to Kimberley, Elizabeth Town and Deloraine for coffee. Then up through Golden Valley to the lookout over the Great Lake. Back the same way will give us 150km for the day. The shorter route for the day would be back from Deloraine over the Gog for 95km for the day.
Don't forget that this isn't a race - for most - and the ride is for all levels of rider. I would like to think it is more a Challenge ride as being a bit harder than your normal weekday/weekend bunch ride and it certainly gives you some incentive to train a bit harder. For those lining up for the various Fondos and charity rides - this is similar except more of a bunch (regrouping) format. It is also, hopefully, a good social ride as good friendships have been created over our many iterations over the years.
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