How good was getting drenched last weekend? It is officially that time of the year…
giro + tour + winter = pull the ripchord
What pearl of hope can inspire us all to put on those stinking wet riding shoes and get squirted up our backside in the pitch black I hear you say?
Look no further for that missing inspiration than Amy’s Gran Fondo to be held on 16 September 2012. Recommended to me as the mostest enjoyable ride by a number of friends who did it last year, it completely closes all the roads that it travels along including the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. I particularly like the thought of making enemies with 200,000 grey nomads, and not even having to get smacked on the arm by their extended rear view mirrors.
The event starts in Lorne and cruises through Cadel’s favourite parts of….Lorne (and the Otways). The scenery is wonderful (whilst going at low speed in a car), not ridiculously hilly (ok just the one main nasty hill 9km long but at similar gradients to Perth Hills), and not a circuit where you go completely bonkers (unless you do 2 x 120km loops).
There are varying lengths of ride but the Gran Fondo is a 120km timed event, and UCWT qualifier for the 2013 UCWT Final. As the field is 4000 and it maxed out last year, you don’t have to beat Ed Hollands to make it to the UCWT final (this goes out to you Luke, and how many others …ahem….)
I have started an SPR team, the unfortunately named….. SPR Twitchers….( but hey Phil Liggett is a twitcher too) and welcome anyone to join up and come across for a fun-filled flog-fest. You can always ask me stuff that I have no clue about too, like the average rainfall, how many of the 11 apostles are still standing up, and what year the london bridge rock formation fell onto 6,000 penguins posing for a fleet of 17 Winobago mobile mcmansions.
Um…. more info at http://www.amygillett.org.au/amy-s-gran-fondo-2 (just google amys gran fondo)
Thanks for sharing, ride well