Following on from the big ride on Saturday, several of the peloton enjoyed another fabulously sunny and windstill day to have a warm-down ride – Mansfield to Tolmie and back.
Again, the meeting and "ride together" philosophy broke down badly – Stef and I arrived in the main street 5 minutes before the agreed time to meet Team Laralatte. After a wait of 10 minutes with the bulk of riders leaving as we watched, we decided Team Laralatte had already left, so headed of on the ride to Tolmie, joining a peloton that travelled nicely at an average speed around 28kmh.
We had a very pleasant ride out to Tolmie in perfect weather and then a very fast ride back down the hill – even though Stef initiated a big attack coming off the Broken River bridge on the uphill (which I found hard), we arrived in town together. Along the way, we crossed paths with various members of the Laralatte group, who had indeed, headed out before us. The ride to Tolmie, up the hill took us around 50 minutes and return was only 30!
Upon our return, we joined the others for a coffee in the main street of Mansfield, before everyone made their own way back to Geelong, after another wonderful weekend of riding.
Details of Ride:
High Country Challenge Day 2 – Mansfield to Tomie and back to Mansfield. Total 56.9 km.