I rode the 2016 200km sunrise Alpine Classic event. I had a great 9 1/2 hours without cramping which is a first for me. 13 salt tablets throughout, water, great Audax food at stations and a few gels. 34 x 30 gears allowed the blood to keep flowing. Next year i'll start my salt intake at least the day prior and see if i can shorten my day as i've recently discovered ordinary plain salt tablets that worked when the marketing machines didn't. I've used sports nutrition supplements in the past and they did jack! Audax puts on a great event.
I've entered the 250, though I'm away on holiday and haven't found any opportunity to train yet, same as every year lately I rode plenty last year including the 1200 in November so I'm hoping I can ramp it up pretty quickly. Else I downgrade to the 200.
I rode Waburton - Lake Mountain return + Donna yesterday for 150km and 3200 vertical. Ouch. Still, two weeks out that makes me think the 250 might just be achievable, except I need some steep hills training for Raspberry Hill...
Will have a ball. Old fashioned gravel ride with a little climbing. No cars. Surely the weather will be nice to us? Southern Tasmania late June, what could possibly go wrong.
I am flying back down on the Thursday evening to help out with the organising. Pre riding the course on the Friday for a bit of fun with the team. Saturday is going to be awesome with the hall booked and barby organised. The chief cider maker from Willie Smiths may also be in attendance and I am assured he has yet again been very generous in his provisioning for this ride. Not that Audax riding is about how much you can eat and drink afterwards.
Have you done Mt Barrow? Some nice pix around last weekend.
I haven't done Mt Barrow. I did see the photos. I believe it is a good double with the climb up Jacobs Ladder. It is just of up the wrong end of the state for me being from south of Hobart. The in laws are only a few kilometres from Evandale so I have no excuses but the guys I enjoy cycling with are all down south with me out in the Huon. There are just so many good places to ride down where we are that it is a bit silly to jump in a car to go ride bikes somewhere else. There is probably some of the Tasmanian North/South divide thing happening as well.
And tomorrow is the day. So looking forward to this one. About to head off to pre-ride the course with the boys. We have 41 riders which is phenomenal for an Audax ride down this way. Riding bikes in the bush.
Fantastic ride. I blame weg for jinxing us by claiming that it was going to be toasty. Two big climbs was one too many for me on the day and it was a very slow pace up the second climb to the best Audax checkpoint ever anywhere. I think that this ride is going to grow in the future and it has certainly stoked a lot of interest among the Tasmanian cycling community.