My apologies for the typos in yesterday’s blog. Not up to the usual standard. Especially egregious was the misspelling of Traralgon, so a special sorry to Max and Madge.
We spent the night at the New Terry Hotel (known to many South Australians as Wirrina Resort). We had a good feed, a couple of drinks and lots of laughs at dinner, and got to meet our newest sponsor, Iress. An early night to bed was slightly ruined by a coordinated mozzie attack in the early hours.
It was still a bit fresh in the morning, but nothing like yesterday. Only 2 layers were needed (plus arm warmers) as we retrieved our bikes from the conference room (in the dark), and packed the trailers (in the dark). There was a lot of chatter and laughs, showing that spirits were high even if muscles were sore.
The opening 12kms to Normanville were undulating, which was a bit rough with used legs, but the run along the coast into Normanville as the sky lightened was a lovely way to start the day. We then turned right towards Yankalilla, and up the climb towards Inman Valley.
Peloton 1 at the lookout over Victor Harbor
The climb was ok. 4-5% at a steady pace meant that everyone got their heart rates up and their blood flowing into legs, so by the time we got to the top we were moving quite well. A quick couple of kms downhill and we were at our first stop with coffee and cake in Inman Valley thanks to the Inman Valley Store. We had a spot of rain, but there are riders here who have never seen Inman Valley when it’s not raining (to be fair, it’s close to the highest average rainfall in SA, though that’s not a high bar).
The next section included Nettle Hill, the hardest climb of the day. Peloton 1 handled this pretty well, and I hear that Peloton 2 (especially the chicks in knicks) blitzed it. Lots of PBs were set up the hill amongst those riders who met it for the first time two years ago.
After a quick drink stop, and daring to cross the busy Victor Harbor Rd, we stopped to enjoy the view of the Murray Mouth from the top of Crows Nest Rd. A quick descent and then we battled with the traffic (and a lovely tailwind), into Goolwa.
After Goolwa, the land turned flat. Very flat. This was nice as long as the wind behaved itself, but got a bit tough when the wind was coming across the road. But we were barrelling along at 30+ kmh having a nice gentle time after the hills of this morning.
Enjoying the first of our vineyard scenery through Langhorne Creek on Day 2.
Lunch at Milang provided by the Milang Bakery was very welcome, with rolls and cake (the apple strudel was particularly nice). A group photo of both pelotons and the support crew will be appearing on social media.
The last 60kms from Milang via Langhorne Creek was very blustery, but we managed to keep it together. The final 20kms were very nice, as we headed north to Murray Bridge with a strong southerly behind us.
We said goodbye to the 2day Iress team this afternoon, thanks to Andrew, Jim, Jeff and Kellie for joining us for the first year!
Dinner tonight at the Imperials Football Club will no doubt include a few beers, as preparation for 142kms to the Barossa Valley tomorrow.