The Australia Day long weekend saw the Griffith BiciSport riders travel to the Victorian town of Bright to ride in the Alpine Classic. This event sees riders from across the eastern states travel to ride the challenging climbs of the Victorian high country.
The 2017 Griffith senior sportsperson of the year, Peter Budd was able to swap the Australia Day formalities of last year for the challenge of riding a tandem up Mount Buffalo (18km) and Tawonga Gap (10km). The driving force on the back of the tandem being Melissa Budd.
The BiciSport “B-Double” set a solid tempo on the climbs which was super early season training. The tandem was hard work going up but it flew on the descents with the newly fitted rear disc brake working overtime in setting the bike up for the corners.
The pilot, was reasonably conservative on the descent but still hit 70kph on a nice piece of road. The stoker (on the back) with no brakes or steering could only hold on. Bravely she only closed her eyes once on the fast drop down the mountain.
Frank Signor was riding solo on his light weight racing machine and put in a sensational effort to summit Mount Buffalo in good time. The mountains are not Signors natural environment but he is getting back some good fitness after a few years of struggle through injury. His efforts will set himself up for the coming Riverina Interclub racing season.
The BiciSport B-Double also rode up the challenging Tawonga Gap before calling it a day after getting 2000 metres of climbing into the legs. The first Riverina Interclub event is on 18 February with the Tolland Club hosting the Lockhart Classic.