On the way back from Falls Creek I went with Chris Cox to Mount Buller. Chris hadn’t climbed Buller before, and it seemed like a great end to such an adventurous week. We were both completely exhausted, and the plan was to cruise up it. I guess those who have ridden with me, know how sporadic I can be It was a surprise on the first section that I was gliding up it in the big dog quite well. I didn’t push off, but knew that I could dish out some pain on the CC rider. Keeping the pace high. Chris didn’t last too long before snapping and dropped off. I wasn’t feeling strong, but stronger than the CC machine. That was inspiration enough to keep a strong tempo.
Chris said later that he expected me to crack at some stage, and was going for it. Expecting to eat a bman carrot at some stage. I kept looking over my shoulder, but never saw him for the whole ride. I had kept it in the big dog the whole way up. With a km to go and it ramps up to 10%, I came upon a couple of riders that I was clearly going to fly past. I had climbed the Reefton Spur & Mount Buffalo just in the big dog. Wanting to add Buller to that list and went for it. That km was a struggle. But was strong enough to push through and got to the entrance of Mount Buller in a time of 54 minutes which I was happy with.
My final push to the very top, was stupid.
I still wanted to do the whole thing in the big dog. The lesson I learned that climbing a gradient which peaks at close to 20% in the Big Dog just really hurts. Your legs feel like cement. I got up it mind you, but it hurt like you could not imagine. CC came through several minutes later, very satisfied with his climb.
I flew down the descent, and overtook a car half way down which was awesome. Somehow I actually got down 5 minutes quicker than the car. I set a record 12,500 vertical metres this week. Although I failed big on my 3 Peaks failure, I sure made up for it over the next three days! I wasn’t in great shape leading into this week, but could take heart from all the hard work I put into getting ready for this week. The last three days was spent having a pissing contest with Chris. At the end of it we were pretty even. Given he had ridden so much further on the 4 Peaks ride, I know the truth of who was stronger. But it was sure as hell fun.