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Been a while since I've been on the bike for any kind of regular riding or commuting.
Considering doing the Kinglake Genovese 115 this year, just wanna know how tough the climbs really are.
I'm not a climber, and generally avoid hills, but perhaps it's time to face my fears.
Last time I trained for a ride like this was about 6 years ago for around the bay in a day (210km). I finished fine... but it's a fairly flat course (except for Mt Martha, which I remember being a PITA), plus I'd been riding consistently, and on a lighter bike (I now ride a steel frame tourer with triple chainring shimano 105).
I'm not unfit, but not at prime fitness either.
A few months ago, I completed the Geelong half marathon in under two hours, so that's something. But still a bit concerned about Kinglake... I don't like hills. There are hills. I haven't ridden proper for quite a while. I ride a heavy bike.
Hi rogerwilco, from what you've written I think you'll easily be physically capable of tackling Kinglake - the climb should take a bit over half an hour to complete and with your cardio/half marathon stamina it shouldn't present too much of a problem for you!
Regarding the Kinglake ride, the climb to Kinglake isn't the only pinch, there's one towards the end out to Flowerdale which I find more difficult as you've got more km's in your legs, and it seems to go on for longer. I've written a report on my ride experience from last year here: http://laidcycling.blogspot.com.au/2011 ... n-sky.html
Also there's a fantastic write-up on the kinglake climb by the climbing cyclist: http://theclimbingcyclist.com/climbs/kinglake/kinglake/
I say give it a crack! If you're feeling taxed at the top of Kinglake, you've always got the option of taking the 70km shortcut at that point, negating the Flowerdale climb (although you will miss out on same beautiful roads and scenery )
Good luck and let us know how you go!
Rogerwilco, Mt Martha was roughly a 100m climb over about 2.4km.
The Genovese longer event will have the 450m climb to Kinglake and then another 250m or so returning from Flowerdale through Kinglake West ...
Hey rogerwilco, like yourself I will be doing the kinglake 115km distance as well. To get a feel for what the climbs will be like you should hit the 1in20. Im just waiting for a weekend with reasonable weather to start training on there again. With your level of fitness you should be able to complete the ride. I just hope the weather for this years event is far warmer than last (rain, hail, high wind, and very cold).
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Thanks for the feedback and advice. Very helpful.
I'm in! Have just signed up and will definitely hit a few climbs before hand. Thanks for the 1 in 20 link.
Fair point about the triple chainring.
I didn't have that originally, but the touring tyres were killing me!
Since I got slicks for the indoor trainer it's a totally different bike. Probably could climb up anything!
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