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Bowral & Kangaloon ride with the new kit!

It seems like we’d been talking about getting a TMCC kit for years. The first steps towards designing a kit and getting it made were made some time ago. Design done, order made, the months passed by. Finally a big box from Italy arrived! What better way to show it off than a big ride up in the Southern Highlands?

As is often the case, the meet up for the ride had a lot of people hanging about in the dark at 5:30am. Saturday mornings there are multiple rides leaving from the same spot so the numbers weren’t a surprise – not until we left and noticed most of the crowd was coming with us! It turns out some of the guys had talked other mates about our plans to go up to the Highlands, and some of them had told mates, so we had a decent crew of 15 or so heading south out of Wollongong.

Heading out towards Macquarie Pass, the sun now creeping up, it was looking like we had all the makings of a cracking day. Coupled with minimal traffic it was fantastic group riding.

Owie and Andrew motor up the Macquarie Pass. It’s 8km long but doesn’t get too steep.
One of the famous switchbacks near the top. Bit easier to whip around it on a bike than it is for trucks and buses.

A quick headcount at the top of the Pass, some heads harder to find than others (slumped over their bars) and it was time to continue up on to the Tourist Rd heading towards Bowral. By now it was about 8:15am, somehow almost 3 hours since we left!

Easily one of the most picturesque and peaceful roads around.
Autumn looked underway up in the Highlands, orange and crimson leaves lined much of the road into Bowral.

After being passed by countless Range Rovers and BMW X6’s, it’s clear we’re almost in Bowral. Coming in from the south we pass the famous Bong Bong Picnic Race Club, then minutes later Bowral Golf Club – that’s where all those Range Rovers got to!

Being the Easter long weekend, finding an open cafe for a quick coffee and something to eat could have been a nightmare. Our first option was closed, but thankfully right on the main straight was a fantastic looking place with great coffee and an impressive selection of cakes.

Strawberry Thief Patisserie, a perfect place to sit around and rest up while sipping good coffee. It’s often hard to leave cafes in Bowral once you get comfortable – it’s so cold outside, but today was different, sun out, nice and warm, all smiles.

Leaving the comfort of the cafe we started our trip home, this time going through Kangaloon into Roberston instead of on the Tourist Rd which by-passes Roberston, like we did on the way in. Kangaloon itself is more an area than a town, though there is a school, old hall, and a bunch of farms.

Looking back down the valley, the fuller than usual Wingecarribee Reservoir
The view from Kangaloon Rd. It all looks quite peaceful, until you have to climb out of it to Roberston, and haul your way up “Cardiac Climb”. Steep but not terribly long – climb data here: http://app.strava.com/segments/611599
“Love your thinking mate! We can’t buy and bring flowers home, but we can sure tell the girls we were thinking of them and wanted to buy flowers!! Proof with the photo too mate!”. These flowers, plus “Rocky Rd For Easter” were being sold on the roadside of the main street in Robertson.
Even though it seemed like we’d only stopped an hour ago at Bowral, of course, there was no choice but to stop at the famous Roberston Pie shop, just outside of Robo. Last big fuel up before the 60km ride home.

Pies eaten, and the hours ticking by, we started the trip home. Instead of going down the Pass, we rode across the top of the ridge past Knights Hill then descended down Jamerboo Mountain. The descent is pretty steep, but there’s typically far less traffic on it than Macquarie Pass.

The jersey on the right is from the famous Tour de Cure ride. We were privileged enough to have 2 of the Tour de Cure guys riding with us all day.
Heading into Shellharbour, we’d dropped off all our guests for the ride, and were down to less than half the size, now just TMCC remained.

Having almost clocked up 150km there were definitely a couple of thousand yard stares in the group. Those blank looks turned to smiles when we felt a roaring tailwind at our backs pretty much all the way home. A nice way to finish of yet another epic ride with the team.

David’s ride data is all here on Strava – http://app.strava.com/rides/6319566

A big thank you goes to Zannox for the TMCC kit, really nice quality Italian made gear, and very patient guys! The way the weather’s going, we may need to expand the range to arms, vests and maybe even a long sleeve jersey.

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  1. Ms Tarra Soigneur says: April 24, 201212:15 pm

    Maybe bringing flowers home wouldn’t have worked but you could have stuffed something from that patisserie in a back pocket!

  2. Ms Tarra Soigneur says: April 24, 201211:15 pm

    Maybe bringing flowers home wouldn’t have worked but you could have stuffed something from that patisserie in a back pocket!

  3. Ian Robinson - Robbo says: April 27, 201212:27 am

    A huge thanks to the TMCC for a fantastic ride and accepting us into the group as guests. A solid hit out.
    Ian Robinson – Tour de Cure rider 2012 – starting on May 3rd.

  4. Ian Robinson - Robbo says: April 27, 201211:27 am

    A huge thanks to the TMCC for a fantastic ride and accepting us into the group as guests. A solid hit out.
    Ian Robinson – Tour de Cure rider 2012 – starting on May 3rd.

  5. Joel L says: May 25, 201212:51 pm

    Big thanks to TMCC for having me along as a guest for the ride. What a top bunch to ride with on a perfect Autumn day. You guys have a great thing going. As a former ‘gong resident I kick myself most days for only taking up cycling after I left.

    Great photos also …..and the kit goes alright too!

    Cheers,
    Joel (Sydney Uni Velo Club)

  6. Joel L says: May 25, 201211:51 pm

    Big thanks to TMCC for having me along as a guest for the ride. What a top bunch to ride with on a perfect Autumn day. You guys have a great thing going. As a former ‘gong resident I kick myself most days for only taking up cycling after I left.

    Great photos also …..and the kit goes alright too!

    Cheers,
    Joel (Sydney Uni Velo Club)

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