Managed to complete two of the climbs today.
First full day of sunshine with some heat. The morning saw me hit Mount Buffalo, a climb of 23km with gradients up to 11% and reaching an elevation of 1,258 Metres. Not too many other cyclists up there today so a psychological struggle at times. It’s amazing what thoughts can go through your head when you’re isolated and fighting the elements and the elevation.
My cousin Michael was waiting patiently at the summit to drive me to the start of the afternoon climb of Falls Creek. After a quick lunch I commenced the 32km climb with an elavation of 1,331m. I found the afternoon very tough and struggled with the heat at times.
For any of my fellow Irish cyclists, to put it all into perspective my morning climb was comparable to the Healy Pass, i,e. 5% average gradient and 11% maximum gradient. However the Healy Pass is just 7 kilometres. Multiply that by 3 plus 2km, that’s it. The afternoon was pretty similar but multiplied by 4.5. We do get the gradients but they are not quite as long, thankfully 😀
Because of the afternoon temperature increases tomorrow I will just complete Dinner Plain which is the longest of all seven peaks at 43km. The scenery today was just spectacular with snow still on the top of Falls Creek. I’m imagining tomorrow will be more of the same.
So must catch up on the rest and recovery… bedtime here.