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I did this last year. I really want to do the 100km with the actual bunch. I started 20 minutes late and spent the whole day overtaking people and it was UTTERLY BRUTAL on a hot day. I've learnt a lot about eating and drinking since then (aka, make sure you eat and drink) and I hope to be able to do the whole ride in under 3 hours doing turns. I managed 3.5 hours with a much heavier bike and much weaker legs.
I would strongly suggest that you be prepared to pace yourself if you haven't done this distance because doing Glenhaven Road then Cattai Ridge Road twice is an absolute nightmare. Being familiar with the route will be extremely helpful for survival. I've been doing the Trek shop rides with the fast group for half the year and familiarity with the route just helps you to avoid blowing up so much. Boundary Road for example should be a relief (downhill) but there are tons of little climbs that rob your speed. That adds up to bonking early and hard on the second time around.
Do the ride, but if the temp is above 25, it will be a tough day in the saddle.
Strongly recommend coming along to the Trek Rouse Hill store rides, if you can come along every week you'll get a good run. Leaves 6:30am Saturday morning in front of the Trek store. The fast ride incorporates part of the route every second week.
My brother and I are registered for the ride. We have not done it before. To prepare I have done the full circuit once in under the 5 hour limit. One question I have is, what are the streets leading up to Old Northern? On the map, there is no mention of Annangrove Rd and Old Northern Rd is really long. But having ridden it, the Old Norther Rd section is not so long and Annangrove Rd seems to go on forever. It is the really rough part of the course as the surface is rough for a lot of it.
I do agree about the eating. It certainly makes a difference before and during the ride. Hey, what's the best thing to eat? I like those brevit biscuits during the ride becasue they have carbohydrates and slow release over 4 hours.
Do a search of Tour De Hills map on Google, you'll get something. You go up Commercial then around to Hazlett then Glenhaven up to Old Northern, follow that to Cattai Ridge Rd and down Boundary. That's pretty much the highlights reel I think? Annangrove definitely isn't part of the course - would be so easy if it was!
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