I should be training. I've committed to nine days of the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride and I would not call myself "touring fit". I'm 55, I ride a hybrid Malvern Star (... yes, really, and it's usually weighed down with library books) and I cannot pretend comfy rides of 15km around town twice a week constitute serious preparation.

I did the ride last year and loved the freedom of the road, the up close and personal connection with the landscape (all those giant skies over Murray Valley wheat fields). I loved the welcoming towns, the conversations struck up en route, the chill in the early morning air as I scrabbled around my tent trying to find knickers.

This week I get mobile.

I'm open to all advice, all tips and all support. Ride on.
  

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Comment by PeterT on October 30, 2012 at 11:04pm
I haven't done the ride, but there does seem to be some climbing involved.
There's a link with appropriate info : https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/great-rides/94352/
Although since you did the ride last year, you should know what you are getting into...
Either way, it sounds seriously fun!
Comment by Pauline Webber on October 31, 2012 at 7:03am

Thanks PeterT, Last year was long distances each day through essentially flat country. Hills will be the challenge.

Comment by PeterT on October 31, 2012 at 7:29am

Apologies, I wasn't aware they had changed the route from previous editions.

Ah my old enemy... hills.

Here are some tips, and *cough* I consider myself quite an expert 

1/ Gearing , make sure you have a wall-scaling gear on your bike and it's tuned perfectly, and you know how to smoothly change it when climbing up a slope (ie most of the time you need to, accelerate a fraction, ease off, change the gear, and roll through the change before continuing) 

2/ Comfortable contact points, that's saddle, pedals and handlebars - don't grip too hard. And make sure you get close to optimum seat height

3/ Plan to avoid cramps at all cost, and carry recovery options, or that will pretty much ruin your ride.

4/ Ride at your own pace.

5/ offload as much as possible , carrying a 1.2245kg of extra stuff tends to mysteriously change the decimal placing during the climbs.

6/ Err...  start today!

I'm sure there are other wise(r) words from others.

Comment by Pauline Webber on October 31, 2012 at 9:27am

Hey Kylie tell your mum I lost 3 kilos on last years ride and still ate cake most every day.

PeterT, Here I go ... 20km training with hills as we speak....

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