This year I started riding Audax rides, nothing too major yet, just small steps with my longest ride being 200 km up the hills and out to Toodyay and back, but with longer rides in mind/planned â€¦ 300 km, 400 km, 600 km and now the big one, 1,200 km (750 mi) over around 4 days (90 hours).
Yep, I am talking about the Perth-Albany-Perth 2010 RandonnÃ©e which will be run for the fourth time in 2010, between dawn on Tuesday October 5, 2010 and Friday October 8, 2010 (revised dates as at October 23, 2009) under the auspices of Audax Australia. You can read the full description of the ride and see the route on the ride page at Audax Australia. If you want to talk about the ride you can do so in the Audax Australia forums.
On a personal note, whilst I know I have a long way to go in terms of preparation, I am pencilling this in as my goal for 2010 and probably as a life goal as well. How about you? Care to join other like minded riders on a bit of a challenge?
The idea of riding from Perth, through Mandurah to Bunbury and then into the south-west wine region of Margaret River and then though the karri forests further south before reaching the coastal town of Albany just appeals for some crazy reason. After a short sleep (hopefully) the route continues the loop heading out from Albany to the Stirling Ranges National Park, but thankfully not up Bluff Knoll, before rolling into the farming areas of Gnowangerup, Katanning, Wagin and Williams, before again getting into the forests around Dwellingup and descending to the coastal plain at Pinjarra and and on to Mandurah and finally to Perth and the finish and a damn long rest I suspect.
Sounds easy? Why not start training now and pencil it in your calendar for 2010 and maybe take a life challenge. Hope to see you on the ride.