Audax Alpine Classic (Victoria, Australia) 2015 - part 2

Shut Up Legs

Down Under Member
The St Bernard Snow Clearing Depot, which is immediately followed by a section of road that plunges downwards at about -20% grade, which makes it a tough little interruption to the descent on the way back to Harrietville.
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Immediately after the above depot, another Mt Hotham challenge awaits: CRB Hill, a 10% grade over 1.1km (0.7mls).
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Here's the view of the top of the same hill.
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About 25km (15.5mls) from the Harrietville start of the climb, a saddle provides panoramic views on both sides of the road. On this day, sunlight broke through the clouds intermittently, colouring the hill sides with a mixture of light and shade.
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Getting near the Mt Hotham village, you can see it from nearby hills.
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The view from Dannys Lookout, a spectacular (and very windy) part of Mt Hotham. I was starting to have trouble holding the camera steady, due to the incessant strong wind.
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When almost there, another cyclist noticed me clicking away with my camera, and offered to take a photo of me. So here I am, with my Specialized Roubaix Expert SL4 road bike, a perfect mountain-climbing bike. I think I'll switch to a smaller saddle-bag, though, because that one just looks ridiculously big. :rolleyes:
Behind me is The Diamantina, another part of The Great Alpine Rd given its own name. Again, I don't know the origin of the name, despite searching for it.
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The Diamantina, closer this time, with some mist closing in on the Mt Hotham summit. While I was approaching the summit, the temperature dropped down to about 14°C, even though it was about 30°C down in the valleys.
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The Diamantina, looking down hill this time, at some other cyclists grinding their way to the top.
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The entrance to the Mt Hotham Alpine Village, also known as The Hull Skier Bridge.
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The view from the village, a nice reward for 30km (18.5mls) and 1300m (4260ft) of climbing. :smile:
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After a brief water-stop in the village, I then reversed my course and rode (mostly) down to Harrietville, then on to Bright, arriving in Bright just before 1pm. So the total elapsed time was about 7 hours, as I stuck to my plan of taking it easy and saving my legs for the even bigger day ahead, the Audax Alpine Classic 200km ride.

(To be continued in part 3... )
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
Nice!

I never think of Australia as having proper mountains, but obviously it does ... Wikipedia article.
 
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