Robbie’s Gran Fondo - 18th November 2012

Yesterday Adam & I participated in the Robbie McEwen 102km Gran Fondo bike ride. This was a tough morning on the bike. The sky seemed a bit unsure if it should rain or not, but we decided to ride anyway. We left Emerald Lakes (Gold Coast) and made our way out to Mt Tamborine, where we hit our first major climb. We were holding a steady pace, with Adam striding out in front of me as normal until he got a flat tyre on the rear with only 250m to the summit. We changed the tube and were back on the road. At the top of Mt Tamborine we encountered thick fog and chilling winds. We had about 5-10m visibility for the descent to the bottom of the mountain which made for a much slower trip down than normal. From here, we rode towards Canungra to find the back side climb of Beechmont. This climb was a long slog that gradually gets steeper as you go up and spits you out onto the Beechmont plateau. From here we started our long run down the mountain, heading for home back at Emerald lakes. This descent was heaps of fun. Lots of wide sweeping corners to carry speed and link to the next corner. At the bottom we re-grouped and decided to lift our speed and push ourselves a bit harder to the finish. A few others jumped onboard and we formed a pace line and worked together to get to the finish. Little did we know that at the 5km to go mark, Alexander Drive was waiting for us. A 400m leg burning pinch climb. (It was very unexpected) It was a downhill run to the finish from there and we were happy to see the final turn into the finishing straight. With about 100m to the finish line, Adam got another flat on the rear… We rolled over the line slowly as his tyre went down. We were finished. Thanks to Ausenco and Robbie for putting on a great event and looking after us with food and drink after the ride. We had great morning on the bike and I look forward to next year’s event. Robbie's Gran Fondo 102km