We rode from Whittlesea up to Flowerdale in the rain, up the hills.......
Then at flowerdale the rain stopped! By then I was sodden and had a squelchy butt, but so was all the other
After Flowerdale we headed up to Strath Creek. There is a long climb and all of a sudden... WHAM!
you hit the really nasty bit. There is a short climb with a hairpin bend that you have to do a standing climb or you will fall off (some did). Then as you ride further up you can look down to your left and see the road you just climbed up below you... as pictured below!
One of the girls had to jump in to our own personal sag wagon as she had hit the wall, but considering she was only going to do the short course of 68km with only one hill I think she did a damn fine job.
the final 10kms were really hard, I thought at one point my nether regions were on fire but the saddle I have been testing survived a very rigorous testing and I will be purchasing one this week. I had left the girls behind me and was riding with one of the boys who kept pace with me up Strath creek so I was happy to have some company for the final kms.
So at the end of the day I rode 108km (they always rip me off a few kms!) in 5 hours. Today I woke up with some sore muscles in the glutes and hammies but did 40mins on the treadmill and some long stretches and tonight I'm feeling much better.
I couldn't have done it alone and without the support of my friends and family (who think I'm insane lol) Will I do it again? Most likely!