Every day of the eight days we spent in Bright prior to the Audax ride, the temperatures soared over thirty degrees.  The day of The Ride was no different with a predicted maximum of 36 degrees.  As the wimp of the group, I chose to enter the 70km ride which was simply Bright to the top of Mt Buffalo and return.  That meant that the ascent of Buffalo was done in the cool of the morning, with the mist still rising from the valley below.........

This was the view looking down the creek from the first water stop.  I stopped frequently during the ascent to take in the view as I had all day to do the short distance while the fit people tackled the longer options.  As the sun burnt off the mist, the sight of Mt Buffalo's hide loomed above........

There was another water station before 12 more kilometres of slow ascending.  Boredom set in for me, so I turned on the music player in my phone (in the back pocket of my jersey, set it to "shuffle" and was happily distracted by a variety of music, from Silverchair to Vivaldi to Clannad..... not sure if the "true cyclists" who were overtaking me appreciated my tastes........oh well... I eventually made it Dingo Dell, feasted on bananas and custard, milo and watermelon (not all at once) and enjoyed the best descent of my life so far.  Here's a quick sample of what was ahead for the next 25km.

Crossing the finish line back in Bright was a novelty for me too as there was a large board with my name in lights (I would show you the photo but I am so embarrassed about my slow time.....) as if I was some sort of athlete or something!  Anyway I collected my very enjoyable lunch and sat for an hour or so in the park listening to live music and watching this french acrobat - pity the boys were missing out on this visual feast.  :-)

So there you are Neil, I have written something for once.  I have many more photos, taken over the time we spent in Bright, including the day we went paragliding, but I guess they can't be shown on SC.  Suffice to say, we had a great holiday and have booked again for next year, same time, same place.  Only this time I am going to train for the 140 or even possibly the 200km (don't remind me I just said that!).  :-)

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Comment by DamianM on February 3, 2012 at 9:43pm

Oh we're totally going to remind you!!!!

Well done MB, great photos, looks like a great day out.

Comment by Bill Parker on February 4, 2012 at 6:35am
140 or even 200 km over 8 days does not seem impossible for next time MB, I might even have a go at that!
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on February 4, 2012 at 10:40am

No Bill, ..... much more than that over the prior eight days (as Neil  diligently managed this year, training conscientiously while Mnsr B and I "tapered off" paragliding and sightseeing....).  The 140 or 200km will have to be done on the Sunday.....if I can do it, you can.  We should make this an annual SC event.... there were at least 7 of us there this year .......

Comment by Struggler on February 4, 2012 at 12:02pm

Congrats MB, well done.  And you achieved enjoyment on the day - which many of those overstretching themselves couldn't put claim to.  (The pictures make me wish I had made the effort again this year.)

Comment by Neil Alexander on February 4, 2012 at 1:10pm

you achieved enjoyment on the day

Even those of us "overstretching" ourselves achieved enjoyment, Struggler. It feels so good when you stop!

Comment by Michael S. (Boxhead) on February 5, 2012 at 1:56pm

"which was simply Bright to the top of Mt Buffalo and return"

MB you make it sound like a cruise to the coffee shop and back. I'm sure it wasn't. Well done on the ride and thanks for the photo's. Some inspiration for those of us who didn't make it there this year.

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