Phillip Island Spectacular Time Trial and Strava Classics

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It's Time Trial season! I've registered for a few in the coming months and am looking forward to this format of racing again.

On the weekend we were in for a treat with the Phillip Island Spectacular! It's run as a four lap test against the clock on the world famous Grand Prix circuit. All the twists and turns, that hill, guaranteed headwind sections with the weather rolling in over the bay, it is a good challenge.

You roll up to the pit lane exit for your start, and zoom on out for your hot laps. They set up gates to roll through across the finish line to help count out each lap. In previous years I found this very confusing and stressful, but I was right onto it this year and paced it well.

Rolling up to the start line
Not expecting much or putting any pressure on myself, it was my first Open level event since my crash at Tour of the Southwest. The handicappers were not kind and put me back in the same grade.

Happy with my time and good improvement on the training

My result was a personal best by 2 minutes over the course, but not good enough to get fastest woman even in the grade lower than me! The course was definitely faster than last year with a new smoooooother surface and better conditions. Shane did very well, setting a new course record and coming in first in A-Grade.

Here is the final segement on le Tour Prologue - we had a great time making this. It was good to be a part of it!

This month Strava have released their newest feature "Strava Classics". It's an extension of their website that allows you to browse via world map the awesome segments around the world.

I was approached to add an athlete comment, as last year I had a top 10 time up Alpe d'Huez. All of the latest cyclo-tourists have been up there by now and totally blown me off the leader board by now.

2012: Made it to the top, got a bit lost but it was AWESOME!
Now I want to come back in winter to ski!

2012: Descending I stopped to get a snap of the valley below and you can see some of the switchbacks

2012: Photographers tilt the camera (to make it look steep)
and pop a business card in your jersey pocket to order pics 

This week I've had a delivery from my generous sponsor at Thule. I'm all setup with a rolling kit bag! It has compartments for bike gear and overnight stays at all the races we go to each weekend.

I can finally reorder our bike room with a free standing bike stacker, a basket/organiser for all of my gloves and bike accessories I have scattered around the house and a Thule iPhone case that I'll have to wrestle Shane for.

The snow is settling now and this gear will come in handy to cart all my snowboard kit up the mountain for some good days on the slopes.

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