Not much happening in the training stakes, although a number of people have offered their opinions on my ability to complete the ride (thanks for all the positive support you guys!). 70kms on a mostly flat ride last Sat morning (up Belair Rd, down Shepherds Hill, then down past Hallets Cove and back home via Henley Beach). I saw a bunch of the CVSA guys heading out of Glenelg and waved madly at them. I think AVO spotted me, but everyone else had the look of "Who the hell is that waving at us???" I'm guessing the bunch was out training for the Square to Square ride which is also on soon. If you havent heard about it, head over to Square2Square and donate some money to a good cause while supporting the riders in their attempt to ride from Melbourne to Adelaide against the prevailing winds.
Tuesday - 40km round trip to Mt Lofty with the TMMLM group - Zimm Zamm, easytiger and me this week. Absolutley freezing cold up on Mt Lofty. This La Nina weather pattern is really messing with "summer" riding. Its also getting close to daylight saving change over so its dark all the way to the bollards and pretty dim all the way to Mt Lofty. I even put my winter front light on my road bike (a big old Nite Stick with extra heavy NiCad batteries) to light the way.
I've been having some email discussions with Bicycle Victoria about the food provisions for the 3 Peaks. The entry fee is $250 so you might expect to get the royal treatment in the food department. Instead they are planning on only providing energy bars and gels (the now infamous Cadel Whinger Bars and Gels) at a few rest stops, plus lunch at the half way mark. The problem I have with this is a. the food stops should be much more regular and b. they should offer food other than bars and gels which many people (like me) will either have never tried or will dislike so much they wont eat at all. So that leaves some people (like me) with having to send food on ahead to the two designated food pick-up areas. I dont mind doing this (and will send off dates, museli bars, those liquid brekkie things and some snakes/jelly beans) but it seems strange to **have** to do it when you are already paying $250. I suggested to BV that for relatively little cost they could also provide fruit cake, sweet biscuits (Arnotts Assorted or similar), those tetra packs of juice (apple and orange being good ones) and maybe bananas if they havent reached $15 a kilo. This is the kind of stuff you get on all the BikeSA rides that everyone raves about and the Ride Like Crazy and is much more palatable to non-pro-riders like me. The last email I got from them suggests that they are at least thinking about it "Thanks for your email. We are currently looking into additional food options as per your suggestion and hope we can cater for you on the day." which is good news.
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