After a lovely sleep in and rest day yesterday, I was fanging for a ride today. I was so keen that I pretty much leaped out of bed at 4:30am and was on my bike before 5am rolling down the road.
My plan was to head out along the bay to Wellington Point and back. That would have been a nice flat route. But, as I rode towards the turn off to the bay, I saw Mt Cotton beckoning in front of me. A quick decision was made. Instead of the flat bayside roads, I would ride the only hilly route in my area: West Mount Cotton Road.
I had a solid climb up the mountain. It’s a 1.2km stretch of road with an average 7.2% grade. I managed a 13.3kph average speed up the climb, which I am quite pleased about. I rolled down the other side and over another climb until I reached The Wall.
I’ve never made it up The Wall before; walking on each attempt. The Wall is a short sharp 150m climb with a 20.9% average grade. I am proud to say that today I got up it. It was a slow 9kph effort but at least that’s faster than walking and I made it.
From there I rolled down to Mount Cotton Road and took a circuitous route home, seeking out as many hills as I could. The sun was shining, a light breeze was blowing and life was good.
Total: 44.5km road ride – Strava details