When your boss is in town and he tells you he needs to do a 3-4 hour ride as part of his training program, what do you do? Well you make damn sure you take him out for a ripper of a ride, that’s what! Getting paid to ride my bike? Don’t mind if I do!
Once the morning chill had burned off, we met up in Sorell and headed South. Mike had the GoPro mounted to his bike and we switched the camera on to capture a scenic section for the upcoming Tour of Australia on FulGaz.
Together we cruised out of Sorell and down the South Arm Peninsula averaging north of 20mph to keep the video speed up. It was great to roll turns with Mike (okay so Mike did most of the work), chatting all things cycling and FulGaz. The Tasmanian weather absolutely turned it on for us with perfectly sunny skies, a slight cooling breeze and summer-like temperatures. It quite literally was THE most perfect cycling weather day of the year. I totally planned that…
The classic “Hook Spin” is a rolling ride that can be pretty tough if ridden hard. The wind direction really plays a part too. Luckily today it was only a gentle breeze at our backs on the return. It’s actually been a while since I’ve done the full ride, usually turning for home before the “hook” part. The road surface, like much of Tasmania, is quite rough and does sap a lot of power, something Mike and I both commented on during the ride. When you hit the odd smooth patch of bitumen, you really notice the difference.
Soon you’ll be able to “chase” me down the road in FulGaz!
There’s only one real climb in Gellibrand Road (on the way back) which while short can truly sting if you’ve gone out too hard over the first half of the ride. After hauling ourselves up Gellibrand and with the filming all done, we backed off the gas a little for the return journey to soak in the classic Tassie scenery. We ended up rolling back into Sorell with around 104km on the clock, smiles all round. Certainly not a bad way to spend a morning!
Distance: 103.5 km / 64.4 miles
Total elevation gain: 880 m / 2890 feet
Average speed: 30.1 kph / 18.7 mph