The 33 kilometers took me just 1:39:32. It was an easy ride with
some sharp short climbs and nice descents - a "rolling"
course. I hit 59 km/h down a couple of hills and probably could
have done faster but for the bunching of riders from the
start. The following image is one of the start photos taken by
the offical photographers. I was browsing later in the week and
just happened to see this one which has me in it and shows the
crowd at the start.
My average speed was 19.9 km/h with an average RPM of 71
which is a bit low. I'll have to keep that higher to save my knees.
Lunch was a bit iffy - barely unfrozen quiche, an apple and a
juice tetrapack. I hope that the meals improve.
There was a lot of general rush and confusion at the start as
rider kits were handed out, bikes unpacked from the trucks and
re-assembled,luggage was double-checked and loaded onto the
trucks and last minute preparations were made. We left
Warragamba at about 11:15. My pack was about 22kg - just over
the limit - but it was passed with a comment to make a gold coin
donation to MS. It's now 2:11 and I've got up the tent and moved
the heavyish kitchen stuff onto the bike which should take care
of the weight issue.
The send-off at Warragamba was nice with a rock band at
All sorts of local craft stalls were set up and I got some
nice pancakes for breakfast. The weather was good but a bit
muggy and storm clouds are now gathering over the
It's amazing how quickly an oval can be transformed from an
empty space to a collection of tents. The official count it
about 1040 cyclists and about 200 volunteers, I think, as the
highest rider number is in the 1200s
The luggage queue
After setting up I wandered over to the main street of Camden
and had a browse. I found a nice cafe with decent coffee and
apple pie. It's a nice looking place - picturesque. About 4'ish
it started to rain. It rained on and off all night. A nice start
to a camping holiday. Dinner was nice - baked potato and
corn. Breakfast was a hard boiled egg, toast and porridge (or
cereal) orange juice and tea. There's a big basket of assorted
spreads in equal amount - honey, peanut butter, vegemite,
marmalade. It seems that honey is popular choice as a sweetener