Well, what can be said about this day, it involved an early start, bad weather, crashes and some monster bergs to climb. This was NSCC “Southern Highlands Blinder”. Another early start and the boys arrived down in Bowral for an early morning brew before getting the gear on, it was already cold, overcast and looking like it was gonna be a hard day on the bike taking in Berry Mountain, Canberrwarra Mountain and the climb back out of Kangaroo Valley.
There was a good bunch of us, probably about 8-9 hardcore idiots as we rolled out of Bowral. The pace was fairly cruisy with a stunning decent into Kangaroo Valley, knowing later on we were going to have to climb this 6% average climb on the way home.
The first climb was tough, just under 6km’s for about 25mins of climbing, MapMyRide has it down as only 6%ish I think, I think they are lying cause I cant remember my garmin ever showing 6%, most of the time it was 14% + with some 17% sections in it was, I remember rounding a corner, thinking I must be near the top, alas no, another steep upwards pitch and more climbing. It was after this climb that 3 of the boys decided it would be a good idea to crash into a ditch. However no major damage done.
After the descent we stopped in Berry and had coffee and cake, were asked to sing happy birthday by the Cafe Owner which we did and then we headed out to Canberrewarra Mountain, this climb can only be described as brutal. It had also started to rain during the time we rode on the Princess Highway which was nice, nothing like getting drenched in 12c temperatures.
Again some massive gradients on those climbs, just real hard climbing, the descent was pretty knarly as well and I think disc brakes would of been more suitable then rim brakes on the roadie. On to the final climb out of Kangaroo Valley, nice smooth road this, I managed to hold a steady pace and made it to the top in fairly good condition. We rode back into Bowral, everyone pretty much broken however we had all enjoyed a good day on the bike.
The one thing I will say about climbing like that is, once you have done a few 14%+ climbs, when you hit something which is 8% it feels flat, I can remember towards the top of the climb out of the valley, It was an 8% gradient and it felt easy which was unbelievable. A great ride with the NSCC boys and I am looking forward to doing it again as its great training.
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