And I guess the good news is that I've still got that to look forward to, as the idea of riding up and down the gorge between Cethana and Moina - twice - was a bridge (well actually a chasm) too far.
So this year I did the Mini Challenge instead - a 66km ride from Moina to Cradle Mountain and back again.
|The start line.|
Of course, as normal and despite being concerned over whether I could even ride the required distance, I couldn't just sit back and enjoy the ride, but instead found myself constantly trying to chase people down, or sit in front and shelter the group I was in from the wind, or in some cases just get to the top of the hill without stopping ... (which is another really good reason why I am glad I only did the 66km version).
But I made it out, and I made it back again, albeit I ended up riding by myself for over two-thirds of the route. It really is a gorgeous place to ride and I can see why so many events follow this route
So next year ... maybe the full challenge? I'd like to think so, but I've got to get some serious riding in between now and then if I'm going to do that ... and maybe I need a new road bike ... one with more smaller gears :)