CLC2018 Ride 4: Local loops and meeting new friends

This morning I set out on my ride with two goals: to clock up 100km and to average 30kph over the ride. I had a plan to ride my local “Bakery Loop” training circuit until I had the job done.

I love this loop as it snakes along the coastline offering beautiful views across the bay to Hobart in the distance, before swinging inland, up a punchy little climb and through the countryside back to the start. The roads are rolling and there are only two junctions where you (rarely) have to give way to cars. It’s great when I am on a time limit too as at any point I am never more than 10km from home.

Did I mention the views? But shhhhh! Tassie is our little secret, okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰

About 20km into my ride I spotted another rider up ahead. As I got nearer I saw the giant “Q” on the back of his jersey (for Qhuebeka cycling) and knew it was Quinton, a local guy I only “knew” on Strava but had never actually met. I pulled alongside and introduced myself. We rode side-by-side for about 20km, chatting away and keeping the tempo spot on before he had to turn for home. The power of Strava and the internet – connecting riders in real life!

I am pretty lucky to have this basically on my doorstep!

I carried on with my “Bakery Loops” intent on doing another 60 to hit my 100km target. With each loop the call of the bakery (which does a fantastic caramel slice) got stronger, but there’d be no stopping today! The legs were feeling it and by 80km every little climb was wearing away at me. Completing the last lap and turning for home I was hit with a headwind! Ergh. I was already tired enough and it was a bit of a push to keep the speed up over those final few kilometres. Passing the school fete and smelling the sausages sizzling on the BBQ almost did me in!

A few more km’s and I rolled home with 103km on the clock, 820m of elevation gain and a final average speed of 30.1kph. Job done and a great morning on the bike.

Around and around and around and around…

Afterwards the wife and I went into town for an early lunch at our favourite cafe. It’s got a beautifully secluded “secret garden” style eating area out the back. I got a well deserved cappuccino and a bacon and egg toasted wrap. Happy days.

The sound of a perfectly lubed chain whirring through a fresh drivetrain, slick summer tyres humming across the blacktop as you spin, otherwise silently over country roads early in the morning.

7 response to "CLC2018 Ride 4: Local loops and meeting new friends"

  1. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 7, 2018

    Well done Tempo. Even at my lower level of ambition I know how good it is to achieve the goal!

    What a great area for a ride. When we lived at Lenah Valley we used to explore the area, looking for beach walks.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 8, 2018

    Looks like a beautiful area, and a nice ride before the winter rains. Congrats on achieving your goal – I would have caved at the 80 km mark and gone and eaten the caramel slice (one of my favs). Then, with the sugar rush, I would have done the rest. Well done on resisting the sweets. Em

  3. By: Scooter Posted: April 8, 2018

    Well done, Tempo – you wrote a post that caught Rachaelโ€™s interest. It hit her sweet spot, with the right balance between great scenery, a good workout, and a well-earned caloric reward.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 8, 2018

    Nice ride, Tempo. Having that loop readily available kind of reminds me of my old stand-by, the Greenway, which provides an easily accessible 24 miles, but not nearly as scenic. And I have to admit that my days of averaging 30kph are pretty much behind me except when I have a long downhill and a strong tailwind.

  5. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 8, 2018

    Tempo dearest,

    Achieving those goals is quite inspirational. Well done. We, however, can resist anything but temptation and would have been at that bakery after every lap.

    Thank you too for the beauty shots of Tassie. Can’t get enough of them so please do as many as you please.

    -Yr Goddess

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