On Friday, I joined in with 3,399 other cyclists to take part in the Challenge Tour from Mannum to Strathalbyn. It’s a chance to ride one of the same legs that the Pros do in the Tour Down Under race (though at a considerably slower pace!)
As in 2007, I rode with the “Mud, Sweat and Gears” team. This time we managed all meet up at the end and get some group photos.
I rode with my Dad, and we completed the 134km ride in about 6 hours (about the same as last year). However, unlike last year we did manage to ride under the finishing arch this time!
I think Dad’s regular Saturday morning rides with the other guys from the team paid off, as I found unless we were coasting downhill that I was having to chase him most of the time.
It did get pretty warm towards the end of the ride (33°C with not much breeze) and I was a bit dehydrated after the race.
We did get to watch the Pros come into Strathalbyn, and saw the unfortuntate incident of Matthew Hayman getting head-butted off of his bike in the final 300 metre sprint to the finish. He’s had surgery and should be back on his bike in a week - wow.
Yes, that’s me peddling madly at around 1:16 :-)