I’ve decided there’s three classes of riders, from slow to fast: people who walk up hills, me and everyone else.
Danya came over to my place just before 7am – Duncan had left just before him and went straight to the start. At morning tea (Loftus) Danya got a text from him to say he’d got to the end and was waiting for us. There was another text sometime after lunch saying that he was tired of waiting and was catching a train back. That means he rode the route without stopping and took about 3:30 to get to Wollongong. More power to him 🙂 Danya took about 4:10 ride time, I think, and I was just under 5 hours with Danya waiting for me at various places along the way. We finished just about 2pm, had a long wait in a queue for some dodgey nachos, and then caught the train home, arriving at about 4pm.
I rode the whole way, unlike some people who walked up hills, but it was a hot day for it. Across the top of the ridge at Waterfall, it was clear and sunny at 27 degrees, which dropped to 24 in the RNP, but after we hit the coast, it reached 38 on the road, which would have been around Clifton. We both soldiered on and refilled water bottles at all the stops. Also near Clifton, after the final big climb, there was a fresh fruit stand with orange pieces; I took a couple but Danya must have gone through 7 or 8.
Overall we’ve raised $925 for the MS Society, but we’re still open for sponsorship. You can click on the widget on the left of this blog and get there. I’d like to get us to $1000 (in my dreams, of course 🙂 )
regarding duncan, i think he finished at around about 10am and was on the train home by 10:30, well after loftus. speaking to him since, he managed the ride in 3:16, averaging about 25.3km/h. my ride time was about 3:50, owing to the fact that i didn’t reset my trip meter at the starting line and thus included the ride from my place. 😛
it was a fun ride, and i’m looking forward to next year already. 🙂
might as well add them for posterity’s sake. my stats for the whole day from my computer: 98km, 4:39 riding time, average of 21.0 and maximum speed of 61.1.
My stats are:
Distance: 84.3 km
Ride time: 04:53:21
Average: 17.2 kph
Max spd: 68.9 kph
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