Kalamunda 100

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Kalamunda 100

Postby Mububban » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:11 pm

I'm thinking about signing up for this event as a warmup to the 3 Dams in April. To get more hills riding in, as well as get used to riding in a group event. It's right near my birthday too so the entry fee can be my birthday present :)

https://www.bwa.org.au/events/826/


DATE: Sunday, 25 February 2018

CHECK-IN: open from 5:45am

START TIME: from 6:30am

LOCATION: Pickering Brook Sports Club, Weston Road, Pickering Brook

COURSE
A - 97km hilly lap course. Test your legs and condition yourself for the 2017 Dams Challenge

B - 50km through undulating terrain including Pickering Brook and Mundaring Weir
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Re: Kalamunda 100

Postby Mububban » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:20 pm

So this is the profile for Sunday...me and my skinny legs are getting a bit nervous now....

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Family life and a minor injury have prevented me from doing much specific hill training, so I'm hoping to survive on pacing myself and "sit and spin."
That and staying hydrated and regular energy gels (SIS is the event sponsor which is handy)
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Re: Kalamunda 100

Postby Mububban » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:59 am

I survived the Kalamunda 100! That is definitely the hardest I’ve pushed myself on a bike (I am not hardcore).
I joined a couple of random guys doing about my own pace, one stronger than me and one a bit weaker on the climbs, and we tootled along at a comfortable pace. 0-50km for the first lap felt really good. My legs started to feel a bit heavy around 60-70km, and the second climb out of Mundaring Weir around 80-90km in almost made me crack.

I was regularly eating small bites of home made energy bar, as well as SIS gels (they sponsored the event so we each got 3-4 free gels, plus what I'd brought) and I’m sure it helped keep my energy levels up. Interestingly, I almost felt like vomiting near the end of the last climbs. Probably due to having drunk so much, as well as all the gels? That and I was really pushing myself to keep going for the last 20km.
And as much energy as I burned, my stomach felt heavy and I didn't feel like eating anything until 7:30pm. After I did though, I felt back to normal.

The two guys I rode with said this was harder than 3 Dams. We did 1950m of elevation in 100km, whereas 3 Dams is 1400m elevation across 135km. Fingers crossed I survive that one!


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So when I say I’m skinny and slow, I’m not being falsely modest :mrgreen: But I’m quite proud of my skinny legs and my 10kg bike finishing this event. I can even walk today so that’s also a win :)
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Re: Kalamunda 100

Postby owly » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:43 am

Well done.

Thinking about doing the 3 Dams.

I'm slow also. Maybe I'll be sitting behind you!
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Re: Kalamunda 100

Postby novice_101 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:24 pm

Good job. I did this yesterday also, though I only did the B distance, as I've never climbed before.

I was looking at the 3 Dams too....but I think 135km hills is a very big step up from 50km hills. I was hoping for something nearer the 100km mark as my next challenge. There is a Duo Dams, but it includes a run....I do NOT run :lol:

got the 50km done in just under 2 hours yesterday, so I was happy with that for my first hit out, having never done much hills and never been in a "race" before either, so wasn't sure on how to pace myself etc. I actually started a second lap by mistake, having missed the turn off to the finish line ha ha. So I ended up doing 51.5km instead of the offical 49km, as I had to turn around and go back!!

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Re: Kalamunda 100

Postby Mububban » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:40 pm

owly wrote:Well done.

Thinking about doing the 3 Dams.

I'm slow also. Maybe I'll be sitting behind you!


I’ve got no regular riding buddies so I’m probably just be riding on my own and will tag along with anyone my own speed who wants to join up (like I did with some guys at Kalamunda 100). I’ll probably be wearing my R2-D2 jersey so say hi if you see me :)


novice_101 wrote:I was looking at the 3 Dams too....but I think 135km hills is a very big step up from 50km hills.


I’ve been told by several people that the Kala 100 is harder than the 3 Dams. And this year’s route is also easier than previous years.
Looking at the profile map, the first ~45km is fairly flat, and the final ~5km is a descent then flat again.

Kalamunda 100 had almost 2000m elevation in 100km:
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Compare that to the 3 Dams with 1500m elevation across 135km:
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The first climb (category 2) looks rather intimidating, I don’t know the area but looking at google maps, I think we’re riding south, cut east on Fisher Rd, a short ride north on S West Hwy, then as we turn east onto Kingsbury Dve it goes immediately into the climb.


novice_101 wrote:I actually started a second lap by mistake, having missed the turn off to the finish line ha ha. So I ended up doing 51.5km instead of the offical 49km, as I had to turn around and go back!!


I finished at a distance of 99.5km so just so it wouldn’t bug me, I rode one lap of the parking area to tick over 100km :D
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