I think this morning was the coldest start to a tour we have had so far. It was 4 degrees as we rode to breakfast. Rest assured, I had plenty of layers of clothing on. The good thing was, that team Bisley we peloton three, so that meant a later start. Hopefully it was warming up by the time we were to leave.
This was going to be the hardest day for this tour. It was a 180km stage with 2,000m of elevation. The day started with some rolling hills, but this was ok cause we wanted to warm up as quick as possible. We were heading for The Great Ocean Road and I couldn’t wait to ride through this part of the world.
The view as we rolled along the coastline was just amazing. The day had cleared up and the sun was shining. We were even able to remove all our warn garments and let the sun rays hit our skin. (with sunscreen of course)
Our group was moving along nicely and our big climb for the tour was coming up. We also new that Lunch was at the top, so that gave us even more motivation to get there. This was going to be a long run. Its a 15km climb ranging between 5% & 12%. Just when you thought you had reached the top, the road in from t of you continued up! I had a good crack at the climb and was happy with how I rode. It was great to get out of the saddle a bit and not just sit on the bike for 100’s of kilometres.
From lunch, we had about 25kms of up and down terain and then it was an 18km descent into Apollo Bay. This was a pretty big day on the bike and we ended up coming down the mountain in the dark. With 40 people in out peloton, we looked pretty good with flashing lights on all the bikes.
At dinner tonight, we heard from Darren Armstrong. If you have seen the Documentary from last year, you would recognise him from that. He spoke last year about the battles he has gone through with cancer. Tonight Darren spoke about his “team” of support and how much his family & Tour de Cure and its people have helped him be where he is today. I am very proud to be part of that Tour de Cure and be able to be there for people like Darren. He is a very inspirational man and I look forward to catching him on a ride when we return back home.
Well, I have another big day tomorrow before our final stage to our final destination of Melbourne. I am running out of steam and need as much sleep as I can get. Talk to you tomorrow.