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Adelaide, South Australia
28C / 82F
Total Time = 6h 24m
Overall Rank = /7100
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

The alarm went off ridiculously early (3 had been set just in case). We dressed quickly and headed down to Burnside Village to register and pick up our jerseys. To my delight I was able to swap a M for a S and thus I'd be riding in a jersey that fit.

Walked back to our motel (best possible location) and had some breakfast and got a bit nervous.
Event warmup:

I'm not sure the 100m ride to the start constitutes a warm up. Then we had to scan in to start the ride and unfortunately missed out by 10 riders to start with the 6:00am group. We were let off at 6:20.
  • 6h 24m
  • 155 kms
  • 24.22 km/hr

Holy Mother, the IMOZ course was easier!
It's all relative I suppose, I was fitter back then.
By all means it was as hard/challenging as we both thought it would be. A 3km climb about 120km into the ride was hard enough, but no one told us it was going to be undulating for the rest of the ride!!

The boy and I went in fits and starts in terms of how we were feeling. It took me a good hour to warm up. I felt pretty good with 15km to go and wanted to power home, but had to pull back because he was doing it hard. That said he had plenty of rest breaks on top of hills waiting for me!

Yes it would have been interesting for us to ride this alone, but we achieved what we set out to do which was finish before the pros.
What would you do differently?:

Train on more hills. Here in lies the problem, riding the tour was a Christmas present, had I known I was going to be riding I would have started training seriously with far more than a month to go!
Post race
Warm down:

There were a few more hills to contend with after the finish. But then there was plentiful amounts of powerade (I'd only had water during the ride + powerbars) and lunch. Feed me!

We sat around trying to down as much fluid as we could and then headed down to the stretch were we could see the peleton come through. That was pretty freakin' exciting!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of balanced leg strength. Fitness & being over my ideal playing weight!

Event comments:

The organisers need to consider Interstate/OS entrants, we were unable to pre-register the day beforehand, which would have given us extra sleep. We found we were ill informed about the race start (only getting an email the night before the start).

That said, there were plenty of volunteers, the Police escort along the course meant we had no trouble with traffic when riding and really it was a great homour to be riding exactly the same course as the pros. I'd go back for sure!

Last updated: 2009-01-08 12:00 AM
06:24:00 | 155 kms | 24.22 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/7100
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Burnside Village to Angaston.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-02-01 8:40 PM

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2009-02-01 9:24 PM
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Perth, Oz
Subject: RE: Mutual Community Challenge Tour (STAGE 4 TOUR DOWN UNDER)

I am insanely jealous about this ride!  I would love to do that one day.  sounds like it was a tough ride.  Good stuff for getting through and I love that you and the boy did it together!

I'm definitely going to put this on my list of stuff I want to do one day.   pretty awesome time for a hills ride!

How was the actual stage that you watched?

2009-02-03 7:44 PM
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Perth, Australia
Subject: RE: Mutual Community Challenge Tour (STAGE 4 TOUR DOWN UNDER)

Nice ride! What a great Christmas present


2009-02-04 1:17 AM
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Fantastic Christmas present!!!

Sounds like you had a good day too... great you could do it together! Now youve made me want to do it one year....

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