After changing into my cycling gear at the lovely swimming hole just below the Bridge near the above roundabout I was disappointed to see that the local council had seen fit to board up the change rooms/ showers that are part of the public toilets.
So onto the bike and a nice leisurely ride out to the mountain to warm the legs up for the main event. Going past the Gatehouse I pressed the log function on my Sigma ROX-9 cycling computer to record the details so I could later check all the nasty details on my computer in the comfort of home. During the first couple of kilometres once you are on the climb it's actually pretty tough and my heart rate was soon hovering around the 174bpm mark. Seeing this initially I thought "shit that is too bloody high already" , but then I had the thought I wonder just how hard I can go for how long.
Roughly 2 km later and it's back to 6% and it's starting to hurt a little. I am still achieving my goal and my heart rate is around 171 bpm. Passing where they have the water stop during the Audax and I reckon it's around 5 km to the top of the Gap. I come to some road works facing a red light but this is not the time for stopping when your on a full on mission and the end is in sight. I did have to sneak past a couple of cars here and they probably thought I was a little naughty but one car had bike racks on top so I hope they understood.
It was starting to become harder to keep my heart rate above 170 bpm now and every time I looked down and saw 168-169 I made an extra effort to speed up. With the Devil's Elbow rounded it was time for one last effort to the top. 176 bpm and I reckon it's around 500 metres to go so lets go a little harder if possible 179 bpm and that is hurting seriously now. All of a sudden I am at the top and remembering in the back of my mind to press the log function of the computer.
Data of the Climb.
Distance. 18.54 km
Av. Speed 14.64 km
Av. Incline 6%
Av heart rate 171 bpm or 91% max
Time 1 hour 15 min 58 sec.
41 seconds better than my previous best time.