Continuing the cycle theme from another blog on this portal, I attended the World Road Cycling Championships nearby (in Geelong) yesterday. I joined a ride around the course (as a fundraiser) before the men arrived from their start back in Melbourne. It was massive being able to go around the course that later on was ridden 11 times by the world's best cyclists. I did 2 3/4 laps in just over two hours. They went around (11 times) in about 22 minutes each lap!
There were 2 hiils in the course. The longest was about 1.2km with an average gradient of 10% with a max gradient nearer to 20%...Second time around it was mind over matter fetting to the top. That was one of the hardest things I've ever done! Third time I had to walk it.
The mens race was great to watch live, particularly when the 2009 champion, Cadel Evans who lives near the course challenged for the lead, especially on the last lap. Unfortunately for the crowd it went down to a bunch sprint with Thor Hushovd winning the sprint .. a worthy winner though.
A great day!
There is nothing like an endurance sport to humble one self. My favorite moto (taken from Planet Ultra, a cycling club) is "Fortudine Vincimus", by endurance we conquer!