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Sydney Melbourne Alpine 1200km

Old 12-05-09, 04:34 PM
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Sydney Melbourne Alpine 1200km

Hi guys,

I just completed the Sydney Melbourne Alpine 1200, that obviously went from Sydney, Australia to Melbourne via the Snowy Mountains. https://audax.org.au/public/index.php...344&Itemid=347 Here is the link to the website, where there are links to the actual course.

I meant to post this before the ride, but my preparation in wrapping up work was just so hectic.

It was one tough ride. Most of the climbing was in the first half of the ride and for much of the first half we were facing strong headwinds and rain showers. This lead to a dropout rate of almost 50% by half way. Fortunately the volunteers were well placed to handle this. - Ah the volunteers... what a great job they do on rides like this.

The forcast for the highest pass was for 30% snow showers. Now for Europeans and North Americans, that might be a pretty mnoEveryone's personal goal was to make the cutoff at the 600km mark. Given the weather and the climbing in the first half compared to the second, if you got there in time, you would probably be right. I'm pretty sure that everyone who made it to the Corryong control (680km) within time, made it to the finish. During the last 2 days the sun came out, the wind dropped and there was significantly less climbing, the world was good.

I was really pleased with my own riding. I always seem to struggle on day one until I really get into a rhythm with my eating and get that emotional attachment to the result of the ride. I seem to get stronger as the ride goes on. I hit the sleep controls at 01:30am, 02:00am and 12:15am each night and I did not suffer any tiredness or hallucinations on the bike. Probably because I was working so hard

The route was good, it stayed off major highways and main roads where it could, which sent us through a lot more hills but it made for a more scenic ride.

I rode part of the ride by myself but each day picked up with different people for quite a while. The social aspects of these long rides are also great. I rode for a while with a couple of guys from Seattle (Vincent and Cole). I think there were 7 or 8 international riders out of the 63 riders who started.

The organiser found a great route to bring us right through the heart of Melbourne at the finish and this was quite a buzz after the solitude of the mountain climbs and the back country areas. The finishing point was the Albert Park Sailing club and it coincided with the Victoria Audax Christmas party so there were a hundred or so people there to welcome all the riders in.

This is my 6th 1200km or greater. Would I do another one? You bet ya.
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Congratulations! Rowan and I were at the get-together at the end, but we arrived a bit late and only stayed a little while. Maybe we saw you there??
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Congratulations! on a great ride and thank you for sharing your report.
One day I'll get 'Down Under' for a Grand Randonnee.... Sounds just amazing.
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The Octopus, it would be great to have you visit, always welcome!
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