A big weekend of riding this holiday weekend starting with the Mt O'Reilly Challenge. Around 20 or so hopefuls turned up on a chilly morning but as usual the mountain was the big winner with only four exhausted riders making it to the top without a rest stop. However two of the four were newcomers to the Roll of Honour. Liam McCarthy conquered the mount for the first time and led the quartet to the top. He was closely followed by Simon Carlyle and other Honour Roll newcomer, Kevin Butterworth, and not so closely by oldtimer Blair Stockwell, who was particularly distressed at the top. Maybe he will need to use a bit lower gearing to alleviate the ravages of time and diminished riding!
All those who had a go were suitably challenged and all vowed to get a bit further next time. Everyone agreed that photos don't do justice to the 26% climb and a lot of exclamations that cant be repeated were heard as Mt O'Reilly came into view. If you want to try it we will be going again around September so keep watching this site.
After a rest day for some on Sunday we regathered for the Winter Warmer warmup ride.
Some good news for Ian May who had a night with little sleep as he heard the news from the UK that he had become a grandfather. Congratulations! Again around 20 riders left the shop on a glorious morning to ride out through Samford to Mt Mee and return.
The first challenge was the Samford range and most stayed with the leaders. Then down to Samford and heading for Dayboro. A short detour over the hill named the "crucifix" for some of the keen climbers being the only diversion. Soon enough we were on the slopes of Mt Mee and immediately Jason Moore was keen to see if dropping 10kg in the last few weeks was going to help his time. It must have help[ed as he knocke 3min off his previous best......well done Jason! Before long the bunch was strung out like Browns cows as everyone settled into the 6km slog to the top. A couple of keen ones went the Ocean View road way and found out it is aptly named as they struggled up some of the 20% sections. It was good to see Simone and Lisa make it to the top as well, putting some of the guys to shame!
After regathering at the top it was the fun part of the ride as the downhill run to the bakery took place. Once again Jason showed his speed downhill and was never challenged. It was a crowded bakery stop as a similar ride by the Uni club turned up around the same time. Still there was plenty for everyone and we were on our way. "Rockin'" Rod Stewart had left a few minutes earlier and took some catching along the straights before Closeburn. Soon enough we were back together and made it back home in various states of tiredness.
It was a good stamina building exercise with everone doing at least 100km for the day. We hope to repeat this on July 1 for anyone wanting a nice group ride.
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