I discovered that before the Jayco Herald Sun Tour stage up Arthurs Seat that there was a charity event where you got on the same course as the professionals beforehand. This finishes on Arthurs Seat. I was just getting into climbing, and loved the idea of trying Arthurs Seat for the first time. I called my Uncle who lived in Blairgowrie and was able to crash at his place. It was a short ride out to Portsea from there. There were less than 100 riders going in this event, and there was a fair bit of wind around on the day. I just hoped to be able to keep up with everyone. I was riding well on the day, and ended up spending much of the day riding with a guy named Derek.
It was an enjoyable course, but I was lucky to have Derek with me, as the signage was really poor on the course.
As soon as I hit the climb I cracked like an egg. My legs felt like lead, and I could barely move up there. I was screaming in pain, and couldn’t hide as there were hundreds of people positioned along the climb. In preparation to support the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. I couldn’t believe how steep it was & passing 100’s of spectators was quite embarrassing. Luckily I wasn’t jeered for how slow I was going. But certainly could see the amusement on some of the people’s face for how much I was struggling. A few people even egged me along. I wanted to get off and walk, but to my credit I persevered & made it up to the top.
I hadn’t climbed many Categorised climbs before this ride. Boy was this a learning curve. I got to watch as the Pro’s flew over that climb, and boy were they fast. I was very, very happy that I got the opportunity to participate in this ride.