Beechworth Bash

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(13/11/2013)

Yesterday I bonked, and screwed up the biggest ride that I had planned for the year. I hadn’t fully recovered, but really wanted to make amends. Chris Cox said that he would take me out to Beechworth to show me some climbs. He was pretty nackered from riding 323km’s the day before & 6,000 vertical metres, and planned to cruise today. We parked the car up around Mount Pilot, and headed towards Beechworth. It was very hot & perfect conditions for me. I smashed it up the 3.6km climb @ 6% up to Beechworth, and Chris didn’t quite have the power to keep up, but we both had fun.

 

Beechworth Bash
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We then descended down the main Highway (Beechworth-Wangaratta Road). There was 9.1km’s of climbing @ 3%. Chris went to do the u-turn, but I went a little further up the road to get that little extra run-up, and flew past him on the first rise.
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Never get the CC rider’s blood going.
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Think he planned on cruising it, but changed his mind, and gave it full gas. I didn’t want to kill myself, but realised that I could dish out some pain on him, and set a fast tempo, and kept the pace high. He wanted it more than me, and it was a cat & mouse struggle on this long and hot straight road. At the end of it I averaged 23.9kmph, and was pipped by 1 second on the climb by Chris. It was a good titanic battle, and we were 1/1 on the climbs today.
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With one climb to go, I wasn’t going to hold back,& gave Mount Pilot everything I had. It’s 2.1km’s with a 4% average, and I averaged 25.7kmph. Unfortunately for me, this was part of the Beechworth Gran Fondo Route, and a lot of other riders also had plans to smash it, and only managed 9th on the leaderboard. Chris was stuffed, and to his credit was only 5 seconds back down the road, and in 14km’s of smashing three climbs together, there was only 20 seconds separating our times.
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Given the ride that we did yesterday, neither of us could believe how fast we were going for the day. I love my climbs, but have to admit that my favourite part of the ride was the descent to Mount Pilot:
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I averaged over 55kmph, and that was easily one of my favourite ever descents.
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Here is a link to my Strava Activity here:
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