DHBC Adventure Ride - The "Dirty Dozen" - Sunday, 6 December 2015

Road cycling & upcoming rides
User avatar
p_mayson
Posts: 147
Joined: 10 Nov 2013, 16:46
Location: Sydney

Postby p_mayson » 07 Oct 2015, 09:55

Mark this one down in your calendars…

Inspired by the annual event held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…

Featuring 13 of the steepest hills in the Sydney metropolitan area…

The "Dirty Dozen" - a 126 km ride around Sydney, including the following (in ride order):


1. Ahearn Avenue (South Coogee)

2. Alexander Street (Coogee)

3. Arden Street (Coogee)

4. Carrington Road (Coogee)

5. Attunga Street (Double Bay)

6. Awaba Street (Mosman)

7. Waiwera Avenue (North Manly)

8. Alexander Street (Collaroy)

9. Anzac Avenue (West Ryde)

10. Tarrants Avenue (Denistone)

11. Bayview Avenue (Earlwood)

12. Premier Street (Marrickville)

13. Wallace Street (Marrickville)


A few simple guidelines:

• Neutral "café pace" ride between hills

• We'll wait for everyone at the top of each hill

• If you make it to the top of a hill by riding only, you get 3 points

• If you stop, roll backwards or put a foot down, but still make it to the top of a hill by riding, you get 2 points

• If you get off and push your bike up a hill, you get 1 point

• Points will be recorded via honour system at the top of each hill


Further details as follows:

Start: Marrickville (post office square) at 6:00am

Finish: Marrickville by lunchtime

Suitable for: Anyone with a spirit of challenge and adventure

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3390086

Distance: ~126 km

Elevation gain: +2,400m

Notes: We'll stop for food, beverages etc as required. Please bring spare tube(s), pump, water, snacks + money for food & beverages

Neilm
Posts: 228
Joined: 06 Apr 2015, 13:08
Location: newtown

Postby Neilm » 07 Oct 2015, 15:56

Neilm

Timich
Posts: 41
Joined: 21 May 2014, 20:37

Postby Timich » 22 Oct 2015, 18:24

Anyone keen to guinea pig this over the next 2 Saturdays (most likely 31st)? I'm looking for a strong riding partner to come check out the route with me. Wouldn't be trying to set any PR's on the hills but I would be keen to try to get between them quickly.

The route has been adjusted from the one in the post above slightly to avoid roads that could be too busy.
https://www.strava.com/routes/3471400


Tim

Neilm
Posts: 228
Joined: 06 Apr 2015, 13:08
Location: newtown

Postby Neilm » 22 Oct 2015, 19:20

Sorry mate in Tassie riding up some big hill

Dave_Ranx
Posts: 103
Joined: 19 Dec 2014, 20:09

Postby Dave_Ranx » 22 Oct 2015, 20:31

Tim i keen but i can't guarantee it would be saturday though. Can you do anything mid week?

dave

Timich
Posts: 41
Joined: 21 May 2014, 20:37

Postby Timich » 22 Oct 2015, 20:34

Yeah easily, just not sure about traffic mid week. Especially coming back from Collaroy.
I think apart from Tuesday I'm free every day.

Dave_Ranx
Posts: 103
Joined: 19 Dec 2014, 20:09

Postby Dave_Ranx » 24 Oct 2015, 09:44

nice one timmy. lets look at the week after next.

dave r

Neilm
Posts: 228
Joined: 06 Apr 2015, 13:08
Location: newtown

Postby Neilm » 15 Nov 2015, 14:28

I don't see Peter on the list

User avatar
p_mayson
Posts: 147
Joined: 10 Nov 2013, 16:46
Location: Sydney

Postby p_mayson » 15 Nov 2015, 15:25

Sorry Neil - forgot about the list

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M

p.s. a couple of us are planning to recce the route next Sunday (22 Nov) if you're free / interested

Neilm
Posts: 228
Joined: 06 Apr 2015, 13:08
Location: newtown

Postby Neilm » 15 Nov 2015, 19:31

Hmm yep I can show you one in Kingsford as well if you like

BenDQ
Posts: 43
Joined: 02 Jul 2015, 14:08

Postby BenDQ » 15 Nov 2015, 21:34

Dyson st around Putney isn't bad too. 17%....but only for 160m. Surprises a few people as it ends that side of parrra river bike path
Last edited by BenDQ on 16 Nov 2015, 16:37, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
JoTheBuilder
Posts: 1500
Joined: 19 Feb 2011, 15:32

Postby JoTheBuilder » 16 Nov 2015, 10:57

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L (might need to bring my runners so I don't wear out my cleats!)

User avatar
Dougie
Posts: 754
Joined: 11 Jan 2008, 16:39
Location: Dulwich Hill

Postby Dougie » 19 Nov 2015, 09:30

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L (might need to bring my runners so I don't wear out my cleats!)
Dougie

Jdubs
Posts: 121
Joined: 09 Oct 2013, 11:47

Postby Jdubs » 21 Nov 2015, 09:14

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L (might need to bring my runners so I don't wear out my cleats!)
Dougie
Jonathan W

User avatar
p_mayson
Posts: 147
Joined: 10 Nov 2013, 16:46
Location: Sydney

Postby p_mayson » 23 Nov 2015, 20:06

Who's up for the challenge?

Club male model (Dave Rankin) and I have optimised the route (after a reconnaissance ride on Sunday). In summary, we've swapped out a couple of hills, with a view to including 13 of Sydney's steepest - not necessarily the longest - but ones which will give you a proper slap in the face. We've also created Strava segments to record our efforts for posterity

Revised details as follows:

Start: Marrickville (post office square) at 6:00am

Finish: Marrickville by lunchtime

Suitable for: Anyone with a spirit of challenge and adventure

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3390086

Distance: ~116 km

Elevation gain: ~2,000m

Dirty Dozen climbs:

1. Pearce Street (South Coogee): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921937

2. Carrington Road (Coogee): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921913

3. Alexander Street (Coogee): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921883

4. Arden Street (Coogee): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921898

5. Attunga Street (Woollahra): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921824

6. Montpelier Street (Neutral Bay): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921794

7. Awaba Street (Mosman): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921717

8. Waiwera Avenue (North Manly): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921749

9. Alexander Street (Collaroy): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921700

10. Anzac Avenue (West Ryde): http://www.strava.com/segments/10922649

11. Tarrants Avenue (Eastwood): http://www.strava.com/segments/10921845

12. Wallace Street (Marrickville): http://www.strava.com/segments/10922062

13. Livingstone Road (Marrickville): http://www.strava.com/segments/10922091

Notes: We'll stop for food, beverages etc as required. The Boathouse at Balmoral Beach (http://www.theboathousebb.com.au), Upper Crust Pies at Collaroy, as well as the cafe precincts at Crows Nest and Concord, are all en-route. Please bring spare tube(s), pump, water, snacks + money for food & beverages

List:

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L
Dougie
Jonathan W

User avatar
JoTheBuilder
Posts: 1500
Joined: 19 Feb 2011, 15:32

Postby JoTheBuilder » 24 Nov 2015, 10:29

I love the effort involved! Thanks guys...

Incidentally, I struggle to see how 'Steve Kokkinis' can have the QOM up Livingstone Rd. :lol:

Dave_Ranx
Posts: 103
Joined: 19 Dec 2014, 20:09

Postby Dave_Ranx » 27 Nov 2015, 07:58

List:

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L
Dougie
Jonathan W
ranx.

Anthony K
Posts: 316
Joined: 30 May 2011, 23:17

Postby Anthony K » 28 Nov 2015, 10:52

List:

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L
Dougie
Jonathan W
ranx
Anthony K - climbs like a brick

Jenny and Bob W
Posts: 28
Joined: 25 Oct 2012, 11:59

Postby Jenny and Bob W » 28 Nov 2015, 18:49


bnej
Posts: 36
Joined: 05 Jul 2010, 20:28

Postby bnej » 03 Dec 2015, 20:11

Why not?

list:

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L
Dougie
Jonathan W
ranx
Anthony K - climbs like a brick
Bob W
Ben L

User avatar
p_mayson
Posts: 147
Joined: 10 Nov 2013, 16:46
Location: Sydney

Postby p_mayson » 05 Dec 2015, 17:21

Hi guys,

A couple of additional points in advance of the ride:

- It would be great if you could record your ride on Strava, as we've created Strava segments for each climb (and that will enable us to record and compare times)

- If you're happy to disclose your weight, then I can calculate (and we can compare) our times for each climb on a handicap basis in accordance with the following formulae:

Handicap Time (male) = Actual Time x ( 85 / Weight )
Handicap Time (female) = Actual Time x ( 70 / Weight )


List:

Peter B
Paul M
Neil M
Jo L
Dougie
Jonathan W
ranx
Anthony K
Bob W
Ben L
Renee

Dave_Ranx
Posts: 103
Joined: 19 Dec 2014, 20:09

Postby Dave_Ranx » 05 Dec 2015, 17:50

My weights 95kg and i'll be crack'n out the big guns an riding with a 32 on the back cassette but i'll just be happy to finish the bloody thing in one piece to be honest ;)

Anthony K
Posts: 316
Joined: 30 May 2011, 23:17

Postby Anthony K » 06 Dec 2015, 19:49

Paul and Dave, great job. Many thanks.

User avatar
p_mayson
Posts: 147
Joined: 10 Nov 2013, 16:46
Location: Sydney

Postby p_mayson » 07 Dec 2015, 17:27

This was a memorable day in the saddle

Sydney was at its glorious best. We had almost 20 starters, and it was great (in particular) to see so many riders clearly prepared to step outside their comfort zones

The idea was to seek out 13 of Sydney's steepest hills - not necessarily the longest - but ones which would give you a proper slap in the face - and incorporate them into a 'tour' of Sydney

First up: the Alps of Coogee. The mood was cautious - particularly after Mayson and Rankin led the bunch down an erroneous incline, thereby damaging their navigational credibility before the first climb. Pearce Street was a mere hors d'oeuvre; Carrington Road and Alexander Street (on the southern Alps) and Arden Street (on the northern Alps) a more fitting entrée

Next up: the menacing Attunga Street - statistically, the steepest road in Sydney (with an average gradient of ~ 25%). I now understand why this suburb is called Edgecliff. Strong riding by all to get up this hill: it's basically most of Bellevue Road (on our normal Eastern Hills route) compressed into something about a tenth as long

We then took the scenic route through the City - along Macquarie Street, Circular Quay, The Rocks, under and then over the Harbour Bridge

Montpelier Street (Neutral Bay) took many by surprise: it starts gently enough, but then twists, turns and finishes with a couple of nasty switchbacks. If you listen carefully, you can still hear the echo of expletives that Andrew Harvey unleashed when he tackled this climb several months ago

Breakfast at The Boathouse at Balmoral Beach was a real highlight: excellent food and coffee, and glorious sunshine, at one of Sydney's most picturesque locations. It was always going to be interesting to see if anyone dropped any weight on Awaba Street (Mosman) straight after. But thankfully, everyone managed to keep their breakfast down, and there were some impressive efforts

Waiwera Avenue (North Manly) was a short, sharp pinch. Special mention to Andrew Parker, who took out the KOM on this yesterday

But everyone, at this point, was thinking about Alexander Street (Collaroy). Terrifying to look at from any angle, it basically goes from Collaroy beach, straight up a cliff, to the Plateau. You need a strategy for this: it's long enough that you can't just sprint. And because the steepest part is in the middle, if you lactate too early, and don't leave something for the back end, you're gone. Outstanding efforts from everyone on this climb: the general consensus was that this is the dirtiest of the dozen

We then turned west and rode over Allambie Hill, which, on any other day, would be a climb in itself, but on this day, was just a means to get to the Ryde area. The main purpose of coming here was to tackle Tarrants Avenue (Eastwood). Several road signs on approach warn of its steepness. And, whilst not very long, it strikes out a gradient of ~ 30% in parts, meaning that, if you concentrate too much weight on your rear, you can fall backwards

With the most challenging climbs behind us, we then returned to Marrickville - via Moorebank, Concord, Burwood and the Cooks River Cycleway - for a couple of pinches closer to home to give the ride a local flavour

In total, ~ 125km of distance and ~ 2,000m of (quality) elevation, for a ~ 2pm finish

Everyone who participated deserves special praise. And chapeau (in particular) to the club's strongest climbers on the day: Bob Wallace, Dave Rankin and Renee Heinrich

Thanks to Dougie for conceiving the idea, and to Peter Bownes and Dave Rankin for their leadership on the road

Hopefully we can make this a regular event (and any feedback or further ideas for the next instalment would be most welcome)

Cheers

Paul M

User avatar
Dougie
Posts: 754
Joined: 11 Jan 2008, 16:39
Location: Dulwich Hill

Postby Dougie » 08 Dec 2015, 12:02

Well done Paul.

Neilm
Posts: 228
Joined: 06 Apr 2015, 13:08
Location: newtown

Postby Neilm » 08 Dec 2015, 19:21

my garmin sucks


Return to “Road”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests