aboc'ers roar at the Baw Baw
A number of aboc riders raced at Baw Baw on Saturday, and they all finished!
The Baw Baw is a very special beast. It's run by the Warragal cycling club and is one of Australia's premier one day classics. It's only around 100km long, but it contains the only Hors Categorie climb in Australia, Baw Baw itself. Rising from the Tanjil River valley, its final pitch of 6km runs at an average gradient of 13%. The steepest pinch is Winch Corner at 20%. That's awfully steep. Granny gear on a mountainbike sort of steep for most of us.
In the year that Baden Cooke won the green jersey at the Tour de France he also raced the Sun Tour, when it featured a stage that finished up Baw Baw, and he commented that it was too steep to race up after surviving it. That's what Baw Baw is, it's something you survive, not something you ride.
And yet Andrew Jordan, Byron Davy and Wayne Flint did exactly that on Saturday.
Well done lads!