The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby ian » Fri 28 Mar 2014, 12:24 pm

barefoot wrote:
ian wrote:Heading up tonight on the train.
Dinner, Motel, Drink, Sleep, Breakfast (hungover), Ride. :D


FTFY


I am not going anywhere near that brewery again :oops:

Besides, the arrival time this evening will probably limit the alcohol intake.
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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby Canuck » Fri 28 Mar 2014, 12:26 pm

ian wrote:
barefoot wrote:
ian wrote:Heading up tonight on the train.
Dinner, Motel, Drink, Sleep, Breakfast (hungover), Ride. :D


FTFY


I am not going anywhere near that brewery again :oops:

Besides, the arrival time this evening will probably limit the alcohol intake.

I sure hope so; I don't think I can live up to the tales I've heard about last year's 'preparations'. I can't even recall the last time I rode 160km in one go!

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby HughieP » Fri 28 Mar 2014, 12:32 pm

ian wrote:I am not going anywhere near that brewery again

Let's just say, beer needs gluten, end of story.

Stuck at work till at least 1.00. At hotel by 7.30. Souvlaki on the walk to The Mallow by 8. Souvlaki MkII on walk back to the hotel by 11. What could possibly go wrong.

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby ian » Fri 28 Mar 2014, 12:44 pm

HughieP wrote:
ian wrote:I am not going anywhere near that brewery again

Let's just say, beer needs gluten, end of story.

Stuck at work till at least 1.00. At hotel by 7.30. Souvlaki on the walk to The Mallow by 8. Souvlaki MkII on walk back to the hotel by 11. What could possibly go wrong.


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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby cyclotaur » Sat 29 Mar 2014, 11:03 pm

Clearly all too drunk or buggered for any ride reports tonight.... ?
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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby HughieP » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 8:46 am

Great ride again this year. Can't believe we had to cycle into that howling gale of an easterly.
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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby pcbx » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 12:55 pm

Epic ride - great company, great weather, great food, mostly great roads, great scenery. Mostly quiet gently undulating country back-roads through rolling hills and dry paddocks, quaint old towns, roadside blackberries, sweeping vistas. Then just as it was all starting to get too hard the city came into view and we had the beautiful glistening bay for company for most of the last 40 km. Melbourne never looked so good. Thanks Tim and Bec and everyone else.
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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby Canuck » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 2:59 pm

Thanks to the barefeets for this great ride, the support vehicle drivers bearing lollies en route, and to the welcoming venues participating in feeding us over the day.

Thanks to the gentlemen riders who dragged me around in that headwind, esp those last 30km or so into Werribee :shock: and pulling up when I got my first flat tire. Rode it down to the rim as it slowly leaked. The team then helped change the tube, but we found no cause for the puncture. Later, stopping near Sanctuary Lakes with the second flat, bingo! found the little piece of staple responsible for the sssssssssssssss.... While stopped, we had a car with bikes on top (not any of our group riders that I know of) slow, window down, and ask if we needed a tube :D

We got lost and/or confused on a few occasions, so racked up some extra kms while meeting the locals.

Some great scenery and company. Good stuff!

Things I took away from the event:
1) it costs 12 bucks and change on myki to get a train to Ballarat
2) don't tease Heather when her team is losing
3) atham has very nice feet
4) I covet HughieP's Salsa!
5) cyclists can be a cooperative bunch
6) peanut butter Gu is not bad if you must have a gel
7) I still need new road shoes
8) most drivers up that way will pass you by a country mile... except that one red minivan...
9) new subdivisions with the word 'Lake' as part of their name are inevitably built on paddocks, no lakes in sight, possibly some flooded salt marsh....

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby UJ1 » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 3:26 pm

+1 A well run event with a good number of riders. Thanks very much to the organisers.

The type of ride you can do successfully if you don't go out too hard, pace yourself, maybe even if you haven't ridden over 130 kms for some years and if the wind isn't up too much. Otherwise like its reverse namesake you'll be found wanting esp on old legs.

Things I took away from the ride:
the bus and esp the unique trailer were appreciated;
signing on I realised just why this event was important as I met Tim and his girls;
the support was constant and cheery;
even though I may ride a bespoke bike, don't kid yourself that you can keep up with anyone under 50; (nice to see not one but two other Gellies too)
most drivers gave us the correct passing distance apart from a tosser coming into Ballan. My grandfather with his cut throat razor never shaved as close. :x
Heather is a diminutive powerhouse and got me to Werribee on the boring Ballan road. The wind while not nearly as strong as it can be out there, was just enough to sap your will at that stage of the ride; Thank you H and cafedenaro.
Strangely enough I rode home feeling strongish but that soon evaporated as I sank into the armchair with the first of several scotches. I'm rather fatigued today. :lol:

A ride through mostly rolling country which I'd recommend to anyone for a very worthwhile cause.

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby Toyopet » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 4:42 pm

+1 to all the above. This ride is on the "Do Again" list. Loved it :D

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby baudman » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 5:23 pm

Canuck wrote:4) I covet HughieP's Salsa!


Hellzyeah!
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Lots of smiles with people rolling in to finish line. Well done to organisers, helpers and of course, riders! Sorry I couldn't do it this year (although I'm not as gutted with the epic 'tailwind stage' of last year being a headwind).

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby Dcyclist » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 6:27 pm

Great ride. As others have said, many thanks to the Barefeets, and friends, really well done. Not sure whose bike it was, but I definitely covet the carbon (but not as you know it) bike I spotted at greendale.
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Well done to all those who made the optional detour,
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Sign me up for next year too.
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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby Canuck » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 8:55 pm

Speaking of Gellies- who was I talking to on the red one with the shiny shiny King hubs? We discussed running; never properly introduced.

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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby cyclotaur » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 9:22 pm

Canuck wrote:Speaking of Gellies- who was I talking to on the red one with the shiny shiny King hubs? We discussed running; never properly introduced.

Was he wearing a mask ? Red helmet... ? Re-glued Rudy Projects ? Smooth economical style .. ?

Sorry - Don't know him. 8) :lol:
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Re: The Ballaarat to Melbourne Classic 2014

Postby roshea » Sun 30 Mar 2014, 10:13 pm

Canuck wrote:Speaking of Gellies- who was I talking to on the red one with the shiny shiny King hubs? We discussed running; never properly introduced.

This one?

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