Ride Report Ken Dinnerville

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Postby Dougie » 25 May 2014, 20:46

Ride Report – Ken Dinnerville 2014

In life there are things you know you know. Then there are things you know you don’t know. Finally there are things you don’t know that you don’t know. Did you know that “Ken Dinnerville” is actually local dialect for “Waterless, long solo ride in the countryside”?
With this in mind I embarked on 2014’s edition of the Ken Dinnerville Memorial Handicap Road Race. It differed from last year’s race with the additional of another lap and climb of Mount Marshall. I had unfinished business with this race as I came last, last year.

Would this year see an improvement on that placing? Only time would tell. The age old adage of if you do the same thing over and over and expect a different result then you‘re mad! So I did things a bit differently this year.

So I lost a little weight, 9KGs to be precise. I was 80KG last year and 71KG this year. Would this help?

My mates suggested I train as often as I can. I would have thought riding my bike would have been a better choice. However I took the train everywhere. I even did secret training late at night.

I received some wise nutrition advice. When asked where the race was I answered “Dapto”. The home of the Dapto Dogs I was informed. I was told that I should do as they do with the dishlickers as they put Tabasco Sauce on their Dates. I didn’t know Greyhounds liked dried fruit. That’s one of those “unknown unknowns” I was referring to earlier. It’s not very tasty either.

I arrived at the Illawarra Christian School in plenty of time to sign on and warm up. I was greeted by the other DHBC riders, all of whom were charitable enough to acknowledge me in the Club kit. We were certainly well represented, perhaps second only to ICC. I leap on my trainer and started peddling. It was pretty warm. In fact I knocked over a litre of water just on the trainer. I followed this up with a quick spin down the road and we were called to the start line.


I was surprisingly relaxed. I planned on doing what I could do and dealing with the consequences. The Limit Group rolled out containing John H and Andrew M. I figured this was going to be tough. Only 2km up the road was the Mount Marshall Climb. I was under no illusion that this was the point where I would be shelled out the back and my long lonely ride would commence. To my absolute shock I stuck with the bunch and was part of the “shellers” rather than the “shellees”. At least half a dozen riders were detached at that point and they remained gone forever. Clearly I had Unleashed the Furry.

We ripped in taking turns. I tried to do my turns on a downhill section and with a tailwind. Cunning huh? I was a bit of a passenger from time to time but that wasn’t a tactic. I remained in contact although not comfortably so as I noticed my heart rate was hovering at 180bpm. We hit the top of the descent back down and that was it for me and the bunch. I don’t enjoy fast descents so I detached and simply couldn’t get back on as they had about 150 metres on me and into a headwind. I was disappointed as I averaged 34.5kph for the first lap and I knew (a known known) that this would fall away rapidly.

The second lap was pretty lonely until I was caught by the next bunch. The headwind was energy sapping and it was hot. The tailwind was wonderful but only fleeting. By the middle of the second lap I was into the second bottle of water. This certainly caused me some concern.

On the third climb of Mount Marshall I went for my Suitcase of Courage. I had spent considerable time packing in earlier in the week. Unfortunately I seemed to have collected the wrong bag at the airport when I opened it I got that sinking feeling something was missing. It was empty.

Every time I passed one of our riders I got a shout or wave. I didn’t help, but it was nice anyway.

Two thirds of the way through the third lap I ran out of water and started to get cramps in my left leg. I knew at this point my day was done. The Commisaires were very specific that you couldn’t fill up during the race. Knowing that, my race was done at the end of the third lap, 78.2Km of the 104Km. I was disappointed not to finish. However I was very happy with my performance to that point.

Yes, I will be entering next year. I also plan on doing more racing.

Thanks to John Healey and Andrew Mattes for their on road encouragement. Chapeau.

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Postby ratzzzzz » 25 May 2014, 21:18

tears of laughter. Great report and great effort!

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Postby Trouty » 25 May 2014, 21:33

Love reading your race reports Dougy, always entertaining. All I can say is you've still got stuff in that suitcase of courage...well done.

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Postby Anthony K » 25 May 2014, 23:10

Great write up Dougie.
Cheered me up no end.
And by the way, I dream of being 71kg. 9kg drop is another great result.

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Postby mikesbytes » 25 May 2014, 23:22

I caught Dougie on the third lap just before the big downhill and offered to punch a hole thru the air just in front of him with my 80kg body and he declined

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Postby Eleri » 26 May 2014, 06:57

Dougie, huge effort and well done on the report. You've won the race to get the race report posted and blown everyone else out of the water in the process. :-)

There's always next year ...

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Postby adam » 26 May 2014, 07:04

Great report! Will the TTT report be as good? I think we'll be safe on the water front and I reckon we should avoid the Tabasco date combination. So all that training won't have gone to waste. We only have to beat those girls. Um.... Wasn't one of their team the fastest woman in the Dinnerville .... .?

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Postby Stuart » 26 May 2014, 09:59

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Postby jonboy » 26 May 2014, 11:10

Results are out for the Dinnerville. http://nsw.cycling.org.au/Portals/12/20 ... 0order.pdf

There was much discussion about the handicapping on the day and it’s a difficult job to get right. But for the 92 riders that finished there was 15 minutes time difference from first place to last place. For a race of over 100 kms I think that’s not bad.

Well done to all the DHBC riders – James Fowler, Mark and Amy, finishing only seconds behind the winner, James Bernard. Here are the DHBC finishers:

Place Name Division Actual Time Elapsed Time
1 James BERNARD Elite Men 2:48:38 3:05:08
12 James FOWLER MMAS1 2:42:43 3:05:13
18 Mark LACEY MMAS5 2:55:18 3:05:18
19 Amy VESTY WMAS1 2:55:21 3:05:21
31 L O'HALLORAN MMAS1 2:46:42 3:06:12
73 Simon BERRY MMAS2 2:59:07 3:09:07
74 Matt WALLMAN MMAS2 2:46:38 3:09:08
79 John HEALEY MMAS4 3:09:36 3:09:36
84 Andrew MATTES MMAS3 3:11:27 3:11:27

I enjoyed the race – my first Dinnerville. Quite apart from the racing, it’s glorious countryside and even if you’re not gunning for a place, it’s a nice day out on quiet roads with a pleasant mix of easy climbing and undulating hills. The road surface can be a bit dodgy but I didn’t see any of the nasty crashes and scrapes at sometimes happens at other races.

I started in limit with Dougie and Andrew. We all started at a reasonable pace – probably middies pace – and most did their share of the work for the first couple of laps. I was keen to push the pace up but no-one was biting.

A manageable pace ensued. Then on lap three an older chap (John Horsburgh) – maybe the oldest person in the race (Masters 8 ) took off on the Marshall Mountain climb and after I crested I noticed that I’d left the bunch behind so I set out after him.

He got away but I kept him within sight and then after about 10kms I realised that it was a dumb thing to do – I was never going to catch him on my own and punching into the wind I eventually sat up near the turnaround and waited for the bunch to catch up.

Then our bunch caught him - he was on the side of the road changing a flat tyre. He not only managed to catch us again but finished only 2 minutes behind the race leader. I reckon he would have lost 7 or 8 minutes, so he may have won it, we’ll never know… A truly amazing effort.

The last lap and a half turned out to be a bit frustrating with only Andrew, a feisty but strong lady, Virginia, and I doing all the work. The hangers on stayed with us leading the race until the last turnaround on the last lap.

Andrew was really unlucky not to get King of the Mountain. That was awarded for first over Mt Marshall on the last lap. Amazingly an older guy who was sitting on for ages found some hidden energy to take the prize, only to return to his place at the back for the rest of the race.

I ended up running out of water and cramping up near the last turnaround – just when the big bunch caught us. It became a nice country ride at that point…

Some other stats:
170 entered
92 riders finished
48 riders started but did not finish.
30 riders did not start that’s one in six who entered and did not show up in glorious weather conditions. That seems a bit disappointing given that it’s so competitive to enter the race in the first place.
The fastest rider Troy Herfoss from Goulburn (came 32nd place on handicap) averaged 40.8 km/h.

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Postby mikesbytes » 26 May 2014, 11:39

The results are wrong on the number of finishers as they stopped recording results 9 minutes after the win, so there are others who completed the course but are shown as a DNF

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Postby kiwiames » 26 May 2014, 11:45

I think the rule is - If you are dropped and passed by scratch you are officially out of the race - as following scratch is the last car - no more support on the course - you can still complete the course - but you are out of the race.

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Postby mikesbytes » 26 May 2014, 12:49

Well there are riders in the results that were passed by scratch

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Postby andrewm » 26 May 2014, 17:15

KOM was masters8 as well. Beaten up a hill by a 65 to 69 year old. Room for improvement I think.

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Postby Strawburger » 27 May 2014, 10:02

I feel like I'm still dehydrated. Went through 2.3L of fluids during the race and ran out with 5km to go

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Postby mikesbytes » 27 May 2014, 21:39

Hey Dougie, Scratch this year was a lot quicker than last year. You were definitely faster than last year and to prove that point, think about how many more K's you did this year before I caught you

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