I was heading home from the 2013 Three Peaks. I decided to do a stop-off at Glenrowan on the way home, as this has been high on my wish list to ride around there. Glenrowan is a town located 184 km’s north east of Melbourne, and famous for Ned Kelly’s last stand on 27/06/1880. I had picked up a brochure in Wangaratta and there was a loop recommended through Taminck Gap from Glenrowan. I had a look through Strava, and there didn’t seem to be many segments through there, so I decided to smash out a loop and set-up a segment.
It was really hot, and nearing 34 degrees when I pushed off. As soon as I left the town, I moved into very arid type outback conditions. It was hard work pushing through the heat. I turned off onto Taminick Gap Road, and passed several Wineries. The views here were stunning. Taminick Gap is 3.2 km’s @ 5%, and the road surface is packed rock, and was a real grind getting up it.
Some climbs just appeal to you and this was one of them. It was easy to instantly fell in love with this climb. I worked really hard, and was cooked, and felt I’d done a pretty good time. Then I picked up the pace after the descent, and really enjoyed the second half of this loop. I was in Ned Kelly territory, and kept thinking of a clever title for my new segment.
I called it Ned Kelly’s Last Loop.
Although this ride was really short, this was easily my favourite loop I’ve ever done this year.