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Tue, 26 Oct 2004
24 Hour Race Solo report - 17:04
I finally put my report
online of my experience riding in the 24 hour race solo this year. Fun was
had. No photos yet, I may add some later.
Event season is upon us once more. - 11:34
Every year in October/November/December the number of cycling events and other
events that are fun to compete in ramps up and I suddenly find every weekend I
have to choose which events I want to do.
My schedule for the next 4 weekends in a row is as follows.
There are more events I could do on into December also, though I may feel like
taking it a bit easier by then.
- Sunday 31st October:
Every year Pedal Power host the Fitz Challenge and the easier ride
options. This year they introduced the new, longer, more difficult,
hillier Fitz Epic. 215 KM up all the biggest climbs that can be found
on bitumen in the ACT. The time limit they set is 12.5 hours, many of
us who have entered doubt we can complete the ride under that
From Tharwa, Out to the end of the bitumen up Fitz and up from Glendale
crossing, back down and then up to the Orroral Valley road. Over Fitz
in the reverse direction and up to Honey Suckle creek, which is
arguably the toughest climb in the ACT. Back through Tharwa and out to
Cotter, back up Pierces creek roll through to the Corin Dam turn off
and do that 12 KM climb, on down to the dam, turn around and head back
- Saturday 6th November:
Gravity 12 Hour
I competed in this event
(good photos, race report) with Sam and Ben, I made the mistake of not
consuming enough liquids and suffered pretty bad dehydration. (35
degree heat all day) Upon my return to Canberra I went to the hospital
and was finally able to eat food again after having 3 bags of saline
pumped into me.
This year I am competing with Ben and
Mikey, I will definitely be
drinking as much as I can all day to avoid the same mistake as last year.
- Sunday 14th November:
I have competed in this event the last two years
2003) since it moved to
Canberra. Like a mini Polaris in the city, not particularly
challenging on the navigation front, but a lot of fun no matter
what. I hope to compete with Richard Bontjer this year.
- Sunday 21st November:
Again I have competed in his event, doing all three bikes legs, the last
two years (2002,
2003)). Though there
is no technical challenge to the riding I really enjoy the event,
getting huge numbers of people out there competing in different
disciplines all over Canberra is simply a lot of fun. I just hope it is
not as wet/muddy as last year.