Bellbird Hill

Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby vosadrian » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:53 am

So Wark is much worse than Bowen? Steeper, Longer? All of the above?

It is hard to get accurate info on the gradient from Strava. It seems to be a very noisy parameter and jump around all over the place. That last km or so of Bowen is steep. Seems to be around 15% and go for a good half a km atleast at one point. How does Wark compare to that?
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:47 pm

vosadrian wrote:So Wark is much worse than Bowen? Steeper, Longer? All of the above?

It is hard to get accurate info on the gradient from Strava. It seems to be a very noisy parameter and jump around all over the place. That last km or so of Bowen is steep. Seems to be around 15% and go for a good half a km atleast at one point. How does Wark compare to that?


I wouldnt say 'col de wark' is steeper, but certainly a couple of bowen like sections and definitely longer..
After climbing Bell Bird for about 4.5+km then you turn left to wark hill rd which is prob the steepest part of 'col de wark', it hurts. :evil:

last little bit @13.3% for 800 meteres
http://app.strava.com/segments/1186126
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:51 pm

SO... the whole area is a slaughterhouse for the willing...

Yep I think 34/32 might be the order of the day... Contador was on the juice and still used that for the big hill days ;)
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby vosadrian » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:05 pm

eon wrote:
vosadrian wrote:So Wark is much worse than Bowen? Steeper, Longer? All of the above?

It is hard to get accurate info on the gradient from Strava. It seems to be a very noisy parameter and jump around all over the place. That last km or so of Bowen is steep. Seems to be around 15% and go for a good half a km atleast at one point. How does Wark compare to that?


I wouldnt say 'col de wark' is steeper, but certainly a couple of bowen like sections and definitely longer..
After climbing Bell Bird for about 4.5+km then you turn left to wark hill rd which is prob the steepest part of 'col de wark', it hurts. :evil:

last little bit @13.3% for 800 meteres
http://app.strava.com/segments/1186126


Last 200m averages 18.5%. That is torture in my books. I recently got some light wheels and 11-28 cassette (39 front), so I'll give it a go when my knee recovers.
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:52 pm

vosadrian wrote:So Wark is much worse than Bowen? Steeper, Longer? All of the above?


I think this sums it up Adrian

http://app.strava.com/activities/64599111
First peak is Wark, second is bowen, third is Springwood lookout.

Wark's a b1tch. :evil:
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby vosadrian » Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:19 pm

That is a great comparison to see them all at once. It really does make Bowen look quite tame in comparison.... Yikes!!

I will add that one to the list some day... might wait for my knee to recover fully first.

Awesome ride by the way. Let me know if you do it again some time. I would like to attempt to tag along.
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:50 am

vosadrian wrote:Awesome ride by the way. Let me know if you do it again some time. I would like to attempt to tag along.


going Bellbird+wark on sunday.
5am start from Baulko. takes about 1.5h to get to the start of the climb.
you keen ?
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby rogan » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:53 am

Hey Ehly, do you mind if I tag along?
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby vosadrian » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:56 am

I am going to try an make it. WIll confirm this evening. Have not done any real climbing in a while, so may do some walking!! :(
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:42 am

It's sounding like a public invitation. Although it just started raining :(
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby vosadrian » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:57 am

You in Xplora? Would be great to meet a few people to put names to faces.

Looks like I am getting wet riding home today... :(
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:16 am

If we were starting at 6am, there is no question I'm there. 5am at Norwest/Windsor, on the northern onramp corner... I'll struggle, that's a 4:30am wakeup which is getting suspiciously like an all nighter to me. I'm all for HTFULADS but my alarm is only so loud :lol:
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:16 pm

rogan wrote:Hey Ehly, do you mind if I tag along?

tag along ? what you mean ? looking at some of your rides you'd be dragging me up that hill. =)
i'll try not to sleep in this time..

all welcome to join as long as your keen at stupid oclock. =) be nice to have some company.

5:10-15 meet at Norwest/Windsor... or Start of NORWESTER section . =)
I leave home at 5 but take me about 10minutes to get there..
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:22 pm

Yeah it's about 20 minutes from home for me to the start point. Fair enough to start rolling at 5:15 sharp, moving around 25kmh until Sunnyholt, and then it's on? I'm assuming we'd be doing 33-34 avg out to Richmond, if my last attempt to chase you on TNFPR indicated anything... shame I am not allowed to buy your Zipps, eon, would help me keep up a lot!
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby rogan » Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:12 pm

OK sounds good. I should be there... if I don't stay up to watch the tour... or the cricket.

Only ever done Bellbird in a downhill direction. (Glebe - Penrith - Mt Victoria - Bilpin - Richmond - Glebe - 260 km at 30 km/h solo with I'm guessing ~3000 m vertical 21 years ago when I was young and silly).
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:19 pm

rogan wrote:Only ever done Bellbird in a downhill direction. (Glebe - Penrith - Mt Victoria - Bilpin - Richmond - Glebe - 260 km at 30 km/h solo with I'm guessing ~3000 m vertical 21 years ago when I was young and silly).

30 avg with 3000m climbing :shock: :shock: :shock:

I stayed up last night till the last 6-8kms.. i just remember contador attacking the downhill then they got to the foot of the climb. then fell asleep.
woke up and they showing the results :twisted: :x
watched highlights in the morn instead... now frieken shattered at work.

Xplora wrote:I'm assuming we'd be doing 33-34 avg out to Richmond, shame I am not allowed to buy your Zipps, eon, would help me keep up a lot!

you'd be fine dude, but if you really want the 606.. :lol:
more like 30-32. I don't want to be smashed before we even get to the start. but if you guys want to Smash/TT the flat, i'm happy to wheel suck :)
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:29 pm

Honestly, I'd rather start at 5:30 and lead the train out at 34 avg. It's pretty easy on the way out :lol:
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:21 am

Xplora wrote:Honestly, I'd rather start at 5:30 and lead the train out at 38+ avg. It's very easy on the way out 8)


alright, alright -> lets start at 5:30am
only because you said you'll lead us out at 38avg on the way there..
cool. :P

another mate is meeting us up at Kellyville Mcrs at 5:40ish.
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:08 am

Hey I'm cool with punishing the late riser :)

Should we just start rolling along Windsor northbound in the small ring (say 25kmh) to allow people to catch up, and then once we've either got everyone, or got to Sunnyholt, we ramp it up? Gives a chance for late risers, and probably a sensible warmup routine because I'm more than happy to TT the group out to Richmond if we roll a couple short turns.
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:23 am

Xplora wrote:Hey I'm cool with punishing the late riser :)

Should we just start rolling along Windsor northbound in the small ring (say 25kmh) to allow people to catch up, and then once we've either got everyone, or got to Sunnyholt, we ramp it up? Gives a chance for late risers, and probably a sensible warmup routine because I'm more than happy to TT the group out to Richmond if we roll a couple short turns.

Lets just start at 530. If noone there will jus roll.. TT to wark. Hurt like a bitch up, wohoooo on the way down, then TT back home:)
N be home bout 930.
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:29 pm

We'll aim for home ASAP; hopefully get a tailwind eh? :D
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby rogan » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:40 pm

OK 5.30 it is, cnr of Windsor Rd and Norwest (nb NOT Old Windsor Rd).

Coming back, depending on time, I will probably turn off at Pitt Town Rd or Annangrove Rd.

Looking fwd to it! :D :D

btw my lowest is a 39x25, so my aim is to avoid the walk of shame!
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby Xplora » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:06 pm

OK I've just checked where the start of the Norwester segment is, and I got the wrong end. I will meet you guys at the Kellyville Maccas at 5:40 as per eon's mate, that's the easiest thing for me. Will be just as fast as mucking around with Bella Vista, save a lot of time because Sunnyholt at 6am is a quick run :D I'm softing out on the M7 climb today though; overcooked it today and ended up on 180bpm HR.

Sorted!!!
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Re: Bellbird Hill

Postby eon » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:36 pm

rogan wrote:OK 5.30 it is, cnr of Windsor Rd and Norwest (nb NOT Old Windsor Rd).

yep =)

A or B
http://goo.gl/maps/Mhgi4

oh i'm trying out a 28, just quietly.
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Re: Bellbird Hill

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