Cath and I ventured south of the border – well almost – to ride the Amy Gillet Foundation ride out of Albury on 28 Feb. The ride was not our normal course: there was only one hill in it and the rest was gently rolling roads around the Hume Reservoir. But it was a terrific ride, for 3fidi went one, two at the finish (kinda, sorta).
How it unfolded: a controlled start had us actually south of the border in no time and on our way around the southern shores of the dam (see image). The pace was very pleasant, leaving enough time to pay a needed call before the climb over Granya Gap, the only climb of the day.
The climb was just the sort of hill I like: longish and moderately angled. With only the escort car for company I went over the top and had the sinuous descent to myself. From there, I went on back to Albury, but suffered in the final kms for all the effort. I finished in 4:01 for the 132kms.
Cath had gone over the top a few riders back. She managed to get on a bunch for the return 60kms. That bunch split, with a handful of riders getting away. But Cath had a cunning plan; a short-cut to second place! In the end she was probably the 6th rider in, but the first sheila.
We have to say, the riding down around Albury looks great. There’s a teams event later in the year: an obvious calling for 3fidi! And don’t forget the next Amy Gillet ride is in Canberra.