Dirty Dozen 2014

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 At last years edition of the Dirty Dozen, I had to hold myself back for the upcoming Three Peaks. This year thankfully I didn’t have anything to hold myself back for and could completely smash myself. I was pumped, and planned to TT the entire course.  Aimig for at least top 3 fastest overall.  Given some of the quality riders who show up to these events, I was setting myself a tall ask.
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When I rocked up, there were a lot of riders in their Hells 500 kits. I saw well over a dozen Everesters, and guess I was just one in the crowd. One of them introduced himself as Clint Woodward.  He had Everested a back street climb in Glen Waverley called Strickland Drive that I was very familiar with. We headed off together, and I wondered what Clint was thinking as I was giving it a fair bit of gas up the climbs. Guess he was either wondering what the hell he was doing or rubbing his hands together loving the racing. One thing I couldn’t believe was his descending. I admit that I’m slow downhill, but no matter how much of a lead I got after a climb.
He would catch me easily on the descent. He is quick.
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Shortly after finishing the Serpentine my Garmin 510 decided to reset itself. This really pissed me off.  I could no longer go for the overall segment time, and wasn’t happy.  I wasn’t going to let this mess up my chi. There were options, and I could still work out what my overall time was, and compare it at least.

The crew threw in a new climb called Talaskia Avenue which would have really screwed up a few riders. It peaks at over 33%, and then at the top you need to carry your bike up a 200 metre incline of close to 20%. I paced myself up this one, and came 5th on the day. Mast Gully was next, and I was seriously getting warmed up.  Flying past a lot of riders, and was looking like having one of those days.

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Dirty Dozen 2014

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That was until my triple puncture.

This cost me a lot of time, and lots of riders that I had easily passed flew on by. Clint pulled over and gave me assistance, and gave up the chance of doing well overall. Half an hour lost, and my day was completely ruined.  Tick, tock, I had to rethink my strategy. I was feeling good, but had already used a fair bit of energy.  I decided that I could go for the KOM on the new climb “Alpine Crescent”.  Then go for PB’s on Invermay & Priors Road.

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Dirty Dozen 2014
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It was a shame as I was really enjoying that TT, but that’s the way things go. I ended up having a fair bit of fun, and got to chat with Clint a lot more. We still got back to the Thompson Reserve before a large part of the field, and overall finished in the top 10 for the day on most of the climbs, as well as several top 5 finishes on a few of the climbs. Not every rides going to be a success, and when you get a bad one, you can tend to appreciate when you get the good one’s more.
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Here is a link to my Strava Activity here:
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Clint ended up doing a lazy 142 km’s.  Here is a link to his Strava Activity here:
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