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    Tour de Tasmanie 1200K

    Anyone else following the Tour de Tasmanie 1200K?

    http://www.tdt1200.com/


    They're on the last leg of the journey back to Hobart.

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    A few DNFs (3, I think) but all the rest are in. We went down to welcome several of them to the finish.

    It's a very tough 1200K.

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    Tour de Tasmanie 2016

    Registration for the Tour de Tasmanie begins August 3, 2015

    *Tour de Tas


    Are any of you planning to come down to Tasmania?

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    I considered goin but too many rules, I can't comply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RR3 View Post
    I considered goin but too many rules, I can't comply.
    Just the usual 1200K randonnee rules.

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    I prefer 1200s that don't mandate helmets and are more likely to have good weather.

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    If you're feeling enthusiastic about 1200s and want a hillier challenge than the PBP, I think they're still accepting registrations for the Tour de Tasmania.

    Yes, you'll have to wear a helmet, but we all do over here so it's no big deal.

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    Or if that isn't quite challenging enough for you ... there's this ...

    *Trans Oz

    Trans Oz
    Audax Australia 4000km Randonnée
    Fremantle to Bondi Beach

    4am 2 August 2017
    $2500+ Register 1 August 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Just the usual 1200K randonnee rules.
    Aer these standard? redundant lighting on the bike? Beenie? Spot Tracker? Space blanket? (seriously) My reflective vest meets EN 1150 but not the special rules imposed and Ido not want to buy another vews. Too many rules. Etc.


    Mandatory Carriage of Clothing & Equipment
    1. SPOT Tracker or mobile phone app eg FollowMee.
    2. Space Blanket (Day 2 and Day 3).
    3. Suitable long sleeved rain jacket.
    4. Woollen vest or equivalent.
    5. Leg & arm warmers, beanie, booties, & long finger gloves.

    The lighting requirements are basically very simplea) two independent front lights and two independent rear lights must be available for
    use (i.e. attached to the bicycle or carried);

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    Quote Originally Posted by RR3 View Post
    Aer these standard? redundant lighting on the bike? Beenie? Spot Tracker? Space blanket? (seriously) My reflective vest meets EN 1150 but not the special rules imposed and Ido not want to buy another vews. Too many rules. Etc.


    Mandatory Carriage of Clothing & Equipment
    1. SPOT Tracker or mobile phone app eg FollowMee.
    2. Space Blanket (Day 2 and Day 3).
    3. Suitable long sleeved rain jacket.
    4. Woollen vest or equivalent.
    5. Leg & arm warmers, beanie, booties, & long finger gloves.

    The lighting requirements are basically very simplea) two independent front lights and two independent rear lights must be available for
    use (i.e. attached to the bicycle or carried);
    These will all be because you are riding across some remote isolated terrain, above the potential year round snow line, on roads that have steep drops with no guard rails, where if you go over the side and get stuck, it might take a day or two to find you. For example it once snowed 1m in the middle of summer in that area. So all the warm stuff is to keep you alive. If you break your leg or are a fair bit incapacitated, the Devils may eat you. At least with a beacon they can find your skull (their jaws don't go wide enough to get a grip on a human skull apparently). The lights are for the log trucks, they are driven by crazed loons as a rule, they run cars off the road, let alone cyclists!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevtassie View Post
    These will all be because you are riding across some remote isolated terrain, above the potential year round snow line, on roads that have steep drops with no guard rails, where if you go over the side and get stuck, it might take a day or two to find you. For example it once snowed 1m in the middle of summer in that area. So all the warm stuff is to keep you alive. If you break your leg or are a fair bit incapacitated, the Devils may eat you. At least with a beacon they can find your skull (their jaws don't go wide enough to get a grip on a human skull apparently). The lights are for the log trucks, they are driven by crazed loons as a rule, they run cars off the road, let alone cyclists!



    We're not talking highly populated France here.

    All that stuff is pretty much what you'd carry on any ride, nevermind a really long one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWaB View Post
    I prefer 1200s that don't mandate helmets and are more likely to have good weather.
    There are abundant reasons to wear a helmet in Australia. Here is one of them.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGGTcYfrEZU

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    the Seattle Randonneurs require a space blanket on their upcoming 1000k. Sounds scary

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    Go away with your helmet scare stories. The facts speak for themselves. Magpie season is over by the Tour of Tassie.

    PBP Randonneur was very enjoyable and a cotton cap was plenty on my head.
    Last edited by LWaB; 08-27-15 at 11:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    There are abundant reasons to wear a helmet in Australia. Here is one of them.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGGTcYfrEZU
    Absolutely!! And it is almost magpie season again here.

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