Cycling in Sydney Australia
ride info here now
I'll be on the 300km loop.
I think I'll skip this one as it has sections along the motorway. I avoid any motorway riding on principal: too much rubbish on the shoulder and far too close to fast cars and their noxious fumes for comfort.
A pity as it goes to places I've never been.
which motorway? the M7 section is on a shared path. The very short section (4.3km) of M5 should be completed in a short time and quite early in the morning.
new moon on the 21st, it will be a dark 300 and 400km ride.
Personally, stepping up to 300 was not so much of an issue, it was going beyond that and messing with my circadian rhythm and enduring the cold of the middle of the night when going for 400+ rides that really made a noticeable difference to me. A few times I rode to the start of a 200 to do a 250km day, it didn't really seem to really make a whole lot of difference to my time over 200 as I make a conscious effort to ride within myself.
How do you feel at the end of a 200? Generally I'm pretty tired, but almost without exception I know I could have gone a little further and longer if I had to (I think the day it got into the 40s out on Halcrows Rd and spending 13 hours in the rain on my first ride back after the broken shoulder would be those exceptions).
I haven't left metropolitan Sydney on my bike since last October, though I'm doing a lot of inner city riding... I should probably look to get back out there soon. I think I'm free on April 12 so maybe we could team up to knock off the 300?
You probably wouldn't be holding me up!
The best randonneurs do this as their first 300 ;). Probably the easiest Northern Sydney 300.
Eat something proper at each checkpoint. Pace yourself, you've got 20 hours and you will not need any of that for sleeping. Good lights and spare batteries/lights because Penrith-ish to Hornsby is dark.
FWIW, I found it easier than some 200s, probably because I was not concerned about my time, just completing it and was chatting away to Ron (RIP buddy), who I got to know on the ride, for most of it.
everything Si said.