July 1, 2013
With the Donna Done Dirty coming up. I was wondering how I could come up with a good solid training session for it. Wanting to come up with something truly big. In the Dandenong’s, I had previously Mountain biked up Basin Olinda Road, & Silvan Road (Olinda). Knowing that they would make a good training ride. I was looking for something a little more epic than that. Maybe cover all of the big dirt climbs in the Dandenong’s in the one ride. It got me thinking & I consulted with a mate Jordan. We came up with a route that covered most of the Dandenong’s major dirt climbs. But without needing to descend any dirt.
The climbs we chose were:
- Basin Olinda Road: 6km’s @ 6%
- Coonara Road (Kallista): 5.2km’s @ 4%
- Silvan Road (Olinda): 4.7km’s @ 6%
- Old Coach Road (Montrose): 5.5km’s @ 8%
- Dougherty’s Road: 2km’s @ 11% /Falls Road (Olinda): 2km’s @ 8%
We had a nice little posse with Chris Cox, Brad Kester, Jordan Di Liuzo & myself keen for a bit of dirt. It was winter time, but the tracks were in fairly good shape. I had recently been hit by the flu, and hadn’t recovered by the ride. That wasn’t going to let a little thing like not being able to breath properly stop me from riding.
Unfortunately needed to watch the road so intently that we didn’t see much of the scenery.
This just left the old guys.
I had to ask that we go slow as I was really cooked at this stage. Yet still wanted to go for a PB on Dougherty’s, which is 2 km’s @ 10%, and very hard. We turned off on Olinda Creek Road, which is one of the greatest roads you can ride in the Dandy’s. It’s a dirt road which is a nice hidden gem. I had ridden Dougherty’s on the MTB once, and we tried to smash it. But were beaten by the surface.
It was gravel, but there was no racing line. We had to ride through hundreds of tiny stones which on a 10% gradient constantly caused our wheels to spin and was hell to get up. We never gave up, but were in shock at how hard it was to get up, and even the mighty Chris was struggling. At Falls Road we turned left for the final climb of the day Falls Road. Which is 2 km’s @ 8%, and a tough little climb in its own right.