Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce

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Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce
Photo taken by Jason Poon

I had a wedding in the Grampians and had until lunchtime to ride. Waking up at 5:00 am with the aim to hit Mount William just as the sun was rising. I had a tailwind pushing me along and was cruising. Mount William is one of the last great climbs that I wanted to tick off my list. It was pitch black when I hit it and couldn’t see anything.  As the sun rose I could see the outline of all the surrounding peaks and it was surreal. I was conscious of the fact that I was doing a lot of climbing today.  Trying to pace myself.

Of course that’s not always my strong point.

Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce

Mount William is 12 km in length.  It’s all about the final 1.8 km which I knew to average in excess of 10%. The surface was quite course and challenging to climb up to begin with. When I hit it my chain jumped off.  My derailer has been a bit wonky for awhile and was slightly out of whack. To cut a long story short I couldn’t get into my lowest gear, and just couldn’t climb it. I was fuming as I had brought the wrong wheel. The one with the compact on was at home and I had to turn around and head back down.

Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce

I then headed up to Silverband Falls which seemed to be a great little climb. There was a 7 km segment through there, but not many people had done it, and I had high hopes of discovering this amazing little climb. 1.2 km in at the Silverband Falls Car park there was a sign “No entry”. WTF. They had turned this road from there into a one way road. It was still quite early in the morning & I thought screw it. I’ll climb it. If I hear a car coming along I could turn the bike around & pretend to be descending.

The next 4 km I thankfully didn’t see a single car & I got back to a 2-way section.
Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce
Photo by Jason Poon

I took the turnoff to the top of the carp ark, & was feeling pretty flat but happy. At the car park I noticed a sign saying Lake walk 600 metres. The surface was gravel but I thought why not. When the surface turned into sand and was quite slippery. Then it turned to rock & I was unable to ride any further.  Getting off and Cyclocrossing it to the top where there was a mighty impressive view.

Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce

I descended back down to Halls Gap and was feeling pretty crappy. There was just enough time to climb up to the Baroka Lookout. I didn’t know much about the climb except it was 15 or so km @ 4%. The first 4 km barely dipped below 6% and hit 10% in a couple of sections. On flat legs I was working really hard to keep a smooth technique. It was a struggle to get to the turnoff for the Baroka Lookout.  Then there was 5 km left to climb. The road was called Mount Difficult, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if a cyclist named it. The first km was hard, and pushed peaks of 17%. I was stuffed before I hit this climb. I was wrecked after. The last 3 km was more downhill, but had a nice little 18% pinch to finish off the climb.

Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce

Yet another great view at the top to cap off a great ride. My time was up & I had to head back to a wedding. My trip to the Grampians was yet another special ride & I’ve had to pinch myself at times for some of the incredible rides I’ve been able to do.

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Boroka takes away your b-b-bounce

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