Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Melbourne Australia
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We went well thanks Dilettante. Did the 250 with my girlfriend, started at 5.30 am and rolled in at 6.30pm. Had a long break during lunch and the ferry. Averaged about 26.5km/h on the computer in nearly 10 hours of riding. The road south to Geelong was fairly tough, head wind most of the way. Seemed to be at the front of some of the packs for a fair while. The road up to Port Arlington was hillier than we expected so the three hours rest between arriving at Queenscliff and leaving Portsea was worthwhile. The tailwind on the second half was a dream come true!
We had been told that there would be lots of groups to draft, but on the day there weren't too many. We probably found the ride harder than we had anticipated, but bounced back well on Monday. Had a slow and steady 7km commute to work to ease the lactic acid out. We probably under estimated the cold, could have done with another layer during the day. The southerly seemed to sap a lot of energy as we waited around for the ferry.
With the food we ate loads of pasta the night before and had large bowls of oats in the morning. This served us well, to the point we didn't want to eat too much on the day. Fruit and nut bread with honey sandwiches, snakes and power bars got us through.
Found the group riding skills of some groups lacking. No signals, no calling out and stopping en mass on the road. However, people were pretty friendly and we both had a good time.
Overall a fun day, but next time we will probably just ride to Portsea have a lazy lunch and ride back. Have done round the bay, looking for the next challenge now..!
Thanks for all the tips guys!