2000 Meters Is Just A Number
Unless You’re On A Bike
The monthly Gran Fondo (long group ride) for East Coast Cycling Club in April was a doozy.
There were two groups following the same route. The more ambitious group went 20 kilometres longer and added an additional 600 meters of climbing to an already hectic track.
The totals were hefty.
- Long ride: 130 kilometres, 2600 meters climbing.
- Less long ride: 110 kilometres, 2000 meters climbing.
Originally the plan allowed for two follow cars, one for each batch (A and B) but the A batch had a puncture in the first 15 or so kilometres and the B’s carried on, making it senseless to keep both cars in tow.
The A’s did catch the B’s and the group spread out quite a bit but the follow car managed to keep an eye on the riders.
I only got to the 46 kilometre mark before turning back. The climb was just too much and it isn’t over when you turn. From Verulam to Gateway the road travels only up. On tired legs, it’s a killer.
The one drawback – other than climbing – was the sand. It’s rural and a light sprinkling of rain made sand stick to everything. Fortunately, my bike was due for a new chain and cassette so it wasn’t a problem but I think everyone booked a service immediately after.
Following is the route profile and directions. [Read more…]