Well that's it, the gauntlet has been flung down once more...and to think we both swore never ever again! Don't get me wrong we had a great time last year but felt it probably wasn't something we wanted to make a habit of! Now, well the Campsite is booked, leave confirmed, the assault on the Australian Audax Alpine Challenge event 2013 has started.
It all kicked off when the Audax card came in the post a couple of weeks back and now suddenly we are doing it again!
Training will commence with the H'eroica ride and gradually build from there...been riding through the winter so hopefully coming off a reasonable base. Anyone interested in taking up the challenge should go here for more info:
Very jealous! Did the 3 Peaks this year, but can't justify the cost/time to do the Alpine Challenge (or the 3 Peaks) again next year. It is pencilled in for 2014. Have a ball mate.
No worries Adam, it will all still be there in 2014! We are making more of a family holiday of it this time, taking the camper trailer intending to linger longer. Gets busy in Jan so have to book early, will stay over in Echuca for a couple of days on the river also.
I'm looking at doing the 2-day Alpine RAID instead so I'll see you there.... the Saturday ride is from Bright to Dinner Plain (65km), then the last 185km of the circuit is completed on Sunday with the 250km Alpine Classic riders. I know it's a soft option but the Onsen retreat & spa at Dinner Plain is luxury after riding up Mt Hotham.
185km in that terrain is no soft option Michael! Enjoy it.
Also riding 200km Classic with bike partner as first timers, so we will be missing the TDU Challenge due to date clash. We plan to get busy in mid October, so far a few 100km rides in the last few months plus alternating hill rides up to 130km. Never done 200km during two years on the bike.
Neither had we before last years Classic. In my opinion the distance is a secondary consideration. What you need to train for is the climbs as these go on and on for 4 or 5 times as much as anything you can find around Adelaide. Also be prepared for almost any kind of weather between humid or dry, 35C and 5C, wind, sun or rain!
i'm aiming for the ACE250 in Jan 2013 after doing the 200 this year... great day... as well as getting the k's in your legs spend a bit of time getting used to eating and drinking over long periods, find out what works for you... i did repeats of lofty up greenhill filling up my water bottles up coming over mt osmond... also left a bag of food in a bush at the start of the ride and grabbed a sandwich/banana/muesli bar/etc on every loop... learnt a lot about how and when to eat... magic number for me is at least 2 bottles every 1-1.5 hours and something substantial...
We have been told three repeats is usual, we have no trouble with one. Where do you get water on the Mt Osmond part, I ride and run (chase the bikes) up from the Beaumont side regularly?
We were doing up to 5x Mt Lofty repeats between the Toll gate and the visitor centre at the top. You can refill your bottle at a tap on the wall around behind the cafe entrance.
We did the 3 Peaks 2012, at the end of training we were able to do 3 greenhill repeats, a trip to Balhannah and back, then finished with 2 more greenhill repeats.
On that last day which was a real hot days, I parked the car at the bottom of Greenhill, adjacent the council depot, with an ice filled esky in the car for hydration and refuelling.
Glad we wont be lonely this year then. Good luck to anyone having a go, its a magnificent area and gods country for cycling...if the weather be kind, amen to that.
Last year was kinda warm...
Here's a link to a Blog post on here for anyone who's interested.
it was super hot and humid... better than wet though...