Monday, December 24, 2012

Rapha 500: Stage One


Stage one we'll call the Planning Stage - Zulu would be proud.  So our first ever credit card trip around Tassie on Trek FX's has been extended somewhat to get us up to the 500k's required for the Rapha Festive 500.

Dun! Christmas Day will be spent travelling from Gladstone to Melbourne and across the Bass Straight on Hef's favorite ship - The Spirit of Tasmania.  After a short bus trip Boxing day morning, our 500 will begin......

Dun!! Day 1 (26th):  Launceston to Scottsdale via Pipers River and Bridgeport.  Our first day will see us head North and we'll cover around 96k's. Day 1 Updates here...  and here
Dun, Dun. Day 2 (27th):  Scottsdale to St Helens on the coast.  We'll be in uncharted territory on Day 2 - with all our trips to Tassie, we haven't yet covered this part of Van Diemens land.  I fear our 98k's may be on some what lumpy roads. Updates here... and here
Dun. Day 3 (28th):  St Helens to Bicheno - we're now heading down the coast and hopefully we've got a tailwind behind us!  Thankfully its an easier day of 76k's - perhaps it's something to do with it being my birthday.  Perhaps not. Updates here...
Phew Dunnnnnnnnn! Day 4 (29th):  Bicheno to Orford.  Yes, we're still in Tasmania, not Europe - although you wouldn't think so with towns named as Bicheno and Orford.  Our 98k's today will again be in uncharted Hef and Blogmistress territory. Updates here... here... and here....  
Done, dun. Day 5 (30th):  Orford to beautiful Richmond.  A (hopefully) leisurely 55k roll southwest to our most favorite and the most gorgeous town in Tassie.
Day 6 (New Years Eve):  Richmond to Hobart - the lonnnnnnnnng way.  The short way from Richmond to Hobart is about 25 - 30k, however we've managed to turn our last day into about 85k's which will finish on the bike paths along the Derwent River that will take us to our final stop - the Casino.

Let the riding begin..... Link to a live interactive map; as it happens...