Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Crawf » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:03 pm

Here is my planned route for anyone heading out to the East a little...
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/51136416
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Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Comedian » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:07 pm

So for the returners- where do you put your tshirt? Short of putting it in the velomobile my only idea is the back of the bib?
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:42 pm

Comedian wrote:So for the returners- where do you put your tshirt? Short of putting it in the velomobile my only idea is the back of the bib?


Padding in your nicks? :)
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby brades68 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:49 pm

Comedian wrote:So for the returners- where do you put your tshirt? Short of putting it in the velomobile my only idea is the back of the bib?

I'll be carrying a little backpack, that'll keep any goodies away from my body which will not be exactly be bystander friendly :shock:
I've got a few extras goodies to pick up thanks to going for sponsorship and raising just over $2k for the Heart Foundation.

hopefully my number turns up today, but i'll be on a black Scott CR1 Pro with a pink reflective strip on the back of my helmet (for when you are coming up to pass me, not me passing you :D)

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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby bprb » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:39 pm

Comedian wrote:So for the returners- where do you put your tshirt? Short of putting it in the velomobile my only idea is the back of the bib?

Last year I thought I'd just wear it under my jersey for the return leg — bad move, I really underestimated how much extra heat it'd keep in. So half way back I stopped and took off the t-shirt, and just stuffed it in a jersey pocket. The main difficulty I found riding back last year was finding places to refill my bidons. This time I'll be more vigilant, even if it means buying something, because it's no fun running out.
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby brades68 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:36 am

bprb wrote:The main difficulty I found riding back last year was finding places to refill my bidons. This time I'll be more vigilant, even if it means buying something, because it's no fun running out.

Good reminder!

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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Stoo » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:21 am

not that im going to instinctive know who will be riding back some of you smarter fellows have been throwing up a description of yourselves which is a good idea.

i think it would be good to add to that list too.

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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:25 pm

Stoo wrote:not that im going to instinctive know who will be riding back some of you smarter fellows have been throwing up a description of yourselves which is a good idea.

i think it would be good to add to that list too.

Stu - 25-30kmh (orange group). White and naked carbon Argon Gallium pro, clip-on's and seat mounted bottle holders - Will be wearing black / red & white pretty much all over.


I'll be in the velomobile. :)
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Unfortunately my carbon fibre racing hood won't be ready... but it's not a race so it doesn't matter ;)
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Crawf » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:54 pm

nitramluap wrote:I'll be in the velomobile. :)
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Unfortunately my carbon fibre racing hood won't be ready... but it's not a race so it doesn't matter ;)


Just in case I can't recognise you, will you have a helmet on? :twisted:
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:58 pm

Crawf wrote:
Just in case I can't recognise you, will you have a helmet on? :twisted:


Sure will.
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Comedian » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:04 pm

Well I just had my last ride before the big event. Hopefully I'll be fresh enough. :o
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby marinmomma » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:18 pm

bprb wrote: The main difficulty I found riding back last year was finding places to refill my bidons. This time I'll be more vigilant, even if it means buying something, because it's no fun running out.



There are heaps of places to buy drinks, a mix of servo's and corner shops...with the odd pub thrown in as well :wink:

If anyone wants a list of places let me know and I'll list them here.
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:21 pm

marinmomma wrote:
bprb wrote: The main difficulty I found riding back last year was finding places to refill my bidons. This time I'll be more vigilant, even if it means buying something, because it's no fun running out.



There are heaps of places to buy drinks, a mix of servo's and corner shops...with the odd pub thrown in as well :wink:

If anyone wants a list of places let me know and I'll list them here.


...and most parks you'll pass on the way have drinking fountains.
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby bprb » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:28 pm

nitramluap wrote:
marinmomma wrote:
bprb wrote: The main difficulty I found riding back last year was finding places to refill my bidons. This time I'll be more vigilant, even if it means buying something, because it's no fun running out.



There are heaps of places to buy drinks, a mix of servo's and corner shops...with the odd pub thrown in as well :wink:

If anyone wants a list of places let me know and I'll list them here.


...and most parks you'll pass on the way have drinking fountains.


I'm sure you're right, I just fell into the trap of thinking I'd come across a drinking fountain right beside the path or road, and kept going until I was out of water, and then rode a bit further! I eventually stopped at a servo (around the bottom of Logan Rd I think), but was a touch dehydrated by then and it took maybe another 30 km to work myself back into shape.

Should be fun on Sunday. Make sure you keep the cadence up (i.e. don't grind), drink and eat plenty, and play nice with the other kids!
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:23 am

bprb wrote:I'm sure you're right, I just fell into the trap of thinking I'd come across a drinking fountain right beside the path or road, and kept going until I was out of water, and then rode a bit further! I eventually stopped at a servo (around the bottom of Logan Rd I think), but was a touch dehydrated by then and it took maybe another 30 km to work myself back into shape.

Should be fun on Sunday. Make sure you keep the cadence up (i.e. don't grind), drink and eat plenty, and play nice with the other kids!


There is certainly water at the following locations on the way back
- Albert River Park (Beenleigh)
- Logan River Parkland (Loganholme)

Just keep half an eye out for parks with facilities (BBQs, Shelter, etc) as they almost always have drinking water available.

As for cadence... everyone's sweet spot is different so don't sweat it. :wink:
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Stoo » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:29 am

nitramluap wrote:
I'll be in the velomobile. :)
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Unfortunately my carbon fibre racing hood won't be ready... but it's not a race so it doesn't matter ;)


I've seen you about. I'm guessing that your in the red group because that thing flys
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:39 am

Stoo wrote:
nitramluap wrote:
I've seen you about. I'm guessing that your in the red group because that thing flys


Yes, I'm in the red group.

I'll probably show up to the start at about 4:30. I'm aiming for a modest 3 hours down as I HAVE to ride home - I don't have a choice there. If I fang it on the way down and injure myself (or just bonk) then the ride home will be very unpleasant. It weighs 30kg so it takes a bit of effort to get it up to speed and up hills. Downhill is a different story but I'm worried that I'm not going to be given room to pass on the busway... my horn might get a workout :)

I'm also still trying to work out where to attach my number! Hmm...
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby brades68 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:48 am

marinmomma wrote:...with the odd pub thrown in as well :wink:

and you'll be waving at us as we go past :lol:

My number turned up yesterday - 205 - a grey/silver "plate" but i'll be starting with the Orange Bunch

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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Stoo » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:03 pm

nitramluap wrote:I'm also still trying to work out where to attach my number! Hmm...


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I'm guessing anywhere.
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:20 pm

Stoo wrote:I'm guessing anywhere.


Haha :)

Yes, well... I'll just pin it to my shirt I think.
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Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby Comedian » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:48 pm

nitramluap wrote:
Stoo wrote:I'm guessing anywhere.


Haha :)

Yes, well... I'll just pin it to my shirt I think.

You won't be in the photos if you do that. ;)
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Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:59 pm

Comedian wrote: You won't be in the photos if you do that. ;)


I'm not too fussed about photos. If I stick it to the top it won't be seen, same goes for on the side (50% visible) and the front is too curve-y... I could put it on my helmet. We'll see. Besides, it might not stick to the body as I'm waxing her up for the day - it's going to be super slippery! :D
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby winstonw » Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:00 pm

If anyone is looking for a group to hop on, we have 12 at the moment (8 guys, 4 girls) who'll be starting in the 30+ group. All are experienced at drafting and calling conditions so safety should be enhanced, in addition to speed.

We're meeting 4.50a-5.00a at the north end of the Goodwill Bridge. Most of us will be wearing blue and black Ascot Catering kit.

We will try to stay together or break into two smaller groups (depending on safety and conditions) til the end of the busway. The fastest will push on with no stops (encouraged to carry 3 bottles electrolyte and 1x30-35g muesli bar/hr or 1.5-2xgels /hr or 1 banana/hr or a mix of similar). The rest of us will sort ourselves out.
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby bprb » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:18 pm

nitramluap wrote:it might not stick to the body as I'm waxing her up for the day


It took me a moment to remember you were talking about the velomobile!

Thanks for the tips about water locations. And you're quite right that everyone has their own cadence; my experience has just invariably been that if I let myself grind too much early I regret it later in the day, so it's something I try to be mindful of myself.
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Re: Brisbane to Gold Coast (and back again)

Postby nitramluap » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:36 pm

bprb wrote:It took me a moment to remember you were talking about the velomobile!


:lol: :lol:
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