DHBC Festive 500 - Steel City Challenge - Tuesday, 29 December 2015

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Postby p_mayson » 07 Dec 2015, 17:30

Over the past few years, cyclists around the world have been taking on the challenge of riding 500km in the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (and providing Strava evidence to earn a commemorative badge)

This year, DHBC is offering you the chance to work towards (and hopefully achieve) that objective, by proposing a ride of monumental proportions, of which you can take part in some (or all)

Steel yourself for the ultimate challenge: a 500km ride which encompasses Australia's two principal steel cities - Wollongong and Newcastle

The route has been carefully considered, and, for convenience, has been split into two discrete legs:

• First Leg (https://www.strava.com/routes/3723338): Marrickville - Waterfall - Helensburgh - Stanwell Park - Thirroul - Wollongong - Thirroul - Bald Hill (Cat 3 climb) - Helensburgh - Waterfall - Inner West / City - Gordon - Mona Vale - Palm Beach

• Second Leg (https://www.strava.com/routes/3723308): Ettalong - Woy Woy - Gosford - The Entrance - Budgewoi - Swansea - Newcastle - Swansea - Budgewoi - The Entrance - Gosford - Kariong (Cat 3 climb) - Mooney Mooney Creek (Cat 4 climb) - Brooklyn (Cat 3 climb) - Hornsby - City - Marrickville

So far, three club members have committed to attempt the whole ride. And whilst the mere idea of this is likely to be abhorrent for many, it would, nevertheless, be wonderful if others were to show their support, and work towards achieving their own Festive 500 objectives, by joining for some (or all) of the adventure

Proposed itinerary as follows (with timings approximate only):

• 04:00: Marrickville
• 08:00: Wollongong
• 13:00: Inner West / City
• 15:30: Palm Beach
• 16:00: Ferry to Ettalong
• 17:00: Gosford
• 18:30: Lake Tuggerah
• 20:30: Swansea
• 22:00: Newcastle
• 23:30: Swansea
• 03:00: Gosford
• 06:00: Hornsby
• 07:30: Marrickville

Notes: We'll stop for food, beverages, mechanicals etc (as required). Please bring spare tubes, pump, water, snacks, money (cash + credit card), phone, portable battery charger, appropriate lights etc

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Dougie (attempting whole ride)
Adam W (attempting whole ride)
Paul M (attempting whole ride)

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Postby Dougie » 07 Dec 2015, 17:40

Huzzah!

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Postby Neilm » 08 Dec 2015, 06:54

Dougie did you start this?

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Postby jcaley » 08 Dec 2015, 07:11

Ride steel for added effect

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Postby Dougie » 08 Dec 2015, 12:05


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Postby Stuart » 08 Dec 2015, 16:55

You people are insane. Really.

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Postby p_mayson » 08 Dec 2015, 18:34


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Postby Neilm » 08 Dec 2015, 19:19

im going to slap you Dougie

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Postby RiderT » 16 Dec 2015, 08:40

This conversation came up in today's ride... I'm keen for the first leg.

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Postby timothy_clifford » 16 Dec 2015, 09:00


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Postby Adam W » 16 Dec 2015, 14:42


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Postby Dougie » 16 Dec 2015, 15:37

The technical term is "Wind Pig"

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Postby DavidM » 16 Dec 2015, 19:46

I'll give the first leg a red hot go

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Postby p_mayson » 16 Dec 2015, 20:06

Onya lads; would love you to join for as much as you can [insert thumbs up emoji]

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Postby RiderT » 16 Dec 2015, 20:37

LOL! Hoping by the first leg, I would have already hit the 500km mark from previous rides but we'll see..... Nevertheless, it'll be a great week on the bike!

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Postby demerson » 20 Dec 2015, 19:25

I would like to do the first leg, however for now I am a tentative as I need to wait till the end of this week once some other obligations pan out.

Cheers,
Dave

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Postby BenDQ » 20 Dec 2015, 21:41

any stops for sleep? That is one crazy, I mean aspirational, ride

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Postby Neilm » 21 Dec 2015, 06:55

I'm up for the the first return

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Postby Diana M » 21 Dec 2015, 07:49

I'm up for the first leg - assuming pace isn't too hectic?

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Postby p_mayson » 21 Dec 2015, 08:28

Awesome guys :-)

Ben DQ - no plans to stop for sleep. But obviously there's an option to check-in to a motel somewhere (e.g. between Gosford & Newcastle) if we run into trouble / can't go on

Diana M - pace won't be hectic, but would be good to stick as close as possible to the proposed timings

List:

Dougie (attempting whole ride)
Adam W (attempting whole ride)
Paul M (attempting whole ride)
RiderT (attempting First Leg)
Dave M (attempting First Leg)
Dave E (attempting First Leg) - TENTATIVE
Neil M (attempting First Leg until return to Inner West / City)
Diana M (attempting First Leg)

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Postby Neilm » 22 Dec 2015, 06:16

So Paul you are saying if you dangle the carrot I may follow

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Postby jhnhtt » 22 Dec 2015, 10:12

fortune favours the bold!

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Postby Phil D » 22 Dec 2015, 10:41

Dougie (attempting whole ride)
Adam W (attempting whole ride)
Paul M (attempting whole ride)
RiderT (attempting First Leg)
Dave M (attempting First Leg)
Dave E (attempting First Leg) - TENTATIVE
Neil M (attempting First Leg until return to Inner West / City)
Diana M (attempting First Leg)
Phil D (attempting First Leg)

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Postby Katie U » 22 Dec 2015, 13:34

you guys are nuts !!.....

Dougie (attempting whole ride)
Adam W (attempting whole ride)
Paul M (attempting whole ride)
RiderT (attempting First Leg)
Dave M (attempting First Leg)
Dave E (attempting First Leg) - TENTATIVE
Neil M (attempting First Leg until return to Inner West / City)
Diana M (attempting First Leg)
Phil D (attempting First Leg)
Katie U (attempting First Leg)

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Postby Jdubs » 26 Dec 2015, 15:09

Dougie (attempting whole ride)
Adam W (attempting whole ride)
Paul M (attempting whole ride)
RiderT (attempting First Leg)
Dave M (attempting First Leg)
Dave E (attempting First Leg) - TENTATIVE
Neil M (attempting First Leg until return to Inner West / City)
Diana M (attempting First Leg)
Phil D (attempting First Leg)
Katie U (attempting First Leg)
Jonathan W (attempting to make it to the Square by 4am)

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Postby adam » 28 Dec 2015, 08:31

Dougie (attempting whole ride)
Adam W (attempting whole ride)
Paul M (attempting whole ride)
RiderT (attempting First Leg)
Dave M (attempting First Leg)
Dave E (attempting First Leg) - TENTATIVE
Neil M (attempting First Leg until return to Inner West / City)
Diana M (attempting First Leg)
Phil D (attempting First Leg)
Katie U (attempting First Leg)
Jonathan W (attempting to make it to the Square by 4am)
Adam F (attempting first leg - don't we need to ride back to M'kville from Palm beach?)

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Postby RiderT » 28 Dec 2015, 12:48

4am start? No whiskey tonight by the looks of it.....


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