I started riding in July 2007 and since then have stuck to riding the coastal plains whilst eyeing off them far off hills, the Darling Ranges, and listening to stories of steep climbs and lost of pain.Â Well the time had come to face up to them hills and I ventured forth with a small group of riders from the Bike Force Fremantle Group 3 Saturday morning ride.
We met up at at the Harvey Norman car park in Clayton Road, Midland and headed off at 7:00 AM under the excellent leadership of Mike. Mike soon had us warming up as we climbed slowly to the outskirts of Mundaring.Â Mike ensured we had regular stops to re-group which where handy.Â From Mundaring we descended to the Mundaring Weir.Â Boy that was a cold descent.Â By the bottom I had lost all the warmth in my legs and had to start the climb out very cold.
From Mundaring Weir we continued on to Kalamunda.Â The last 50 metres of the climb to the roundabout at the Northern Terminus to the Bibbulmun Track was the official sprint section of the ride.Â Mike was the worthy winner of the sprint and hence the ride with myself just holding second place and Anna and Shirley fighting out for the third podium position.
From Kalamunda we wondered down to Gooseberry Hill for coffee (in bowls … they are huge!) and excellent cake. From there we took the Zig-Zag down to the foothills and then continued on to finishing point at the Harvey Norman carpark in Clayton Road, Midland.
I personally found the ride easier than I expected and would probably rate this as a good hills ride for an average rider looking to taste the hills.
We climbed 580 metres over 56 km with an average around the 25 km/h mark.Â The winds as recorded at Perth Airport where light.
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