There’s no better way to describe today’s ride than a Classic 6am-er day in the ‘nongs.
Every ride is good but as I’ve said before, sometimes I just get home thinking, “That was just fantastic!” In-fact usually I’d throw a naughty word in there somewhere but mum and Aunty Jan read this so I have to be good.
This is the first of two re-groupings at the top of Sky High this morning. Mostly still smiling.
Fair enough you might say? At that stage I reckon we’d done at least 1500m of climbing and not at a very relaxed pace.
As for 21 Tooth’s comment as we looped down to pick him up 300 metres from the second Sky High summit – “Did you want us to go to the top or turn around here?” I simply leave you with this…
(It won’t be long and he’ll be first up anyway)
In between Sky High visits I got to check out the descending characteristics of the Lynskey. My first real chance. It’s a lovely bike to ride and I’d say going downhill is a strength. It’s forgiving (like a BMW GS1150) and just screams at you to crank it over further in the twisty bits. At one stage I had Bender and El Mantese listening to my heart beat and my breathing as I tweaked the breaks to stay away from them in a sharp left-hander. Once again, brilliant.
Ok. I’ll shut up about the Lynskey now.
This shot of the group (above) getting back together at the bottom of the descent to Montrose. A couple of us took the opportunity to have a nature break as others observed the local div-van wander past and stop.
I later advised that if they pull us up to chat about it just ask them what the offenders were wearing.
It was a rare day where pure 6am-ers were in attendanence. Not a clean-skin in sight and everyone in blue and yellow. Identity may have been a slight issue, however if required I’m sure those at fault would have fessed.
Reasonable coffee and excellent fellowship at the Black Kettle invigorated a smash down the 1:20 followed by some nice solid turns most of the way back.
As Duke was later heard to Tweet… Fantastic ride in the nong’s. That’s what the #6amers is about, good solid riding, sweat on the brow, no teammates left behind & a coffee 🙂
- Burwood Hwy – Mad Mile (Upper FTG) to Belgrave – Kallista – Perrins – Olinda – Mt. Dandenong – Sky High.
- Down the Tourist Road to Montrose – York Road – Inverness (Slaughterhouse) – Up the Tourist Road – Falls Road – Ridge Road – Sky High.
- 1:20 – Mountain Highway – Burwood Highway to home.
Climbs – one big one or:
- Mad Mile (Upper FTG to Puffing Billy round-a-bout)
- Belgrave to Kallista round-a-bout
- Perrins Creek
- Olinda Crescent – Tourist Road – Ridge Road to Sky High
– then one big one or:
- Slaughterhouse (Inverness Road)
- Tourist Road – Falls Road – Ridge Road to Sky High