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I had a smile all the way down and back
It was just really nice to see so many people on bikes for a good cause (MTB, Road bikes, hybrid, and unicycle (!!!Impressive to see those guys going down the hill....respect really!! ...so many other “transgenic” bikes) yes it was not a day for PB, yes it was crowded, and yes you had some really really silly people on the road but man it was great fun!! I had a smile stuck on my face all the way (maybe not when cars were around …..)
I saw 4 girls dressed up as green fairies with small wings,

Gong & Back

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Great day out although it nearly ended before it started,I was riding to Epping station to get an express train to Redfern at around 5am with no front headlight when taking a sharp corner hit a patch of gravel that I couldn't see cause headlights are just extra weight lost it big time went down like a lead balloon pick myself up then my bike thought I had buckled both wheels badly as they wouldn't turn so undone the quick realize on the brakes and to my joy wheels turned again so on my way again .Rode to a street light and checked out the damage to the bike the brake levers had both been hit a

The Delicious Perspective

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This is my third gong ride in a row and each year I've used a different bike, and this is the first time I've used a true road bike. Conveniently, my girlfriend is of a similiar height to me and I succesfully obtained permission to use her road bike for the day, a rather nice 09 model Giant Defy Alliance Comp.

Gong ride

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Second road event was totally enjoyable. The spring cycle was ok but this was a ride! Maybe it was the unkown element that made it so enjoyable but then maybe it was those long twisting downhill runs, the scenery, the fact I had no speedo (stolen recently) or could count the hundreds of witches hats to pass the time.....heck it was all of them.

I rode with an organisation who consults to us at work who make this a big fundraiser, we raised something like $15K, tremendous! Some seasoned roadies through to a girl who had never riden a bike!!

Sydney to Gong 2008

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Proudly wore my NobMob gear while myself and three 'scummy' mates aimed for a time of ~ 3.5 hours. After starting at around 7am, we finished in approx 3 hours 15 minutes. Not bad, i thought really. Knee seems to have held up well so far - and so i'm well looking forward to the Fling next weekend. I have physio on Wednesday, so she'll fix me up anyway... Smiling

Was good to see/pass all the other NobMobbers as they were making their way back north - i must try to start a little earlier next year... but i was up at 4:30am this time, so buggered if i know how i'll do that!!

Cheers,
Lance.

To the Gong and back

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hmm super early start to get to the start line at 6am, ended up going through the start at 6.20ish, fought through the traffic for the first few km's, hooked onto one of the front few bunches, hammered for a while in a nice group with lots of people taking turns at the front, seemed to be going at speeds we usually go at in a 45min crit race, got dropped going up a climb towards waterfall, found some new best friends and worked well with them for the rest of the journey, ended up with 2hrs 35mins at an average of 33km/h.

Sydney to the Gong & 1/2 Way Back

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All in all a great ride. I was happy to come in at 3 hours and 5 minutes. This time I set the screen to only show, speed, heart rate and cadence as I normally end up focusing on distance to go. Next year I would like try to make the very front for the start as the hold ups from the other cyclists was a bit annoying.

Had a go at riding home but could only make Waterfall due to unforseen issues Eye-wink

Also, previous to today I had only ridden 80km before.

Silly Scumming Idea

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I won't make a habit of the type of riding we did today, but have to admit that it was a bl00dy good workout! Hey - I'll even go so far as to say it was probably more enjoyable that sitting on a wind trainer for 7 hours might have been Eye-wink

It's also quiet satisfying to complete a 170Km ride after DNF'ing a couple enduro events (MTB naturally) in the last year. I don't know what this says about the relative demands the two disciplines place on the body but I really was not prepared for today's return and finished feeling pretty good (yeah, the ouchie kind of good) so am really quiet happy with that.

Around The Bend?

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This weekend was the Around the Bay in Melbourne and after much anticipation and hype (maybe evoked by my own predisposition), I felt that I was left wanting...

A part of the Melbourne Cycling Festival, the 16 year old event seemed like it had the makings of something quite spectacular but I would have to say that it's was rather disappointing for an event of this magnitude...
Was I expecting too much? Maybe... but when compared to other events I've done (or been a spectator at) both here and abroad, I feel that my expectations aren't that wild or unreasonable.

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