- Glen O’Rouke – Skipper
- Glenn Landers
- Scott Thomas
- Dylan Newall
- Drew Ginn
- Troy O’Callaghan
- Simon Spence
- Jesse Carrlson _ Curve Cycles
- Andy Pike _ Rapha Australia
- Mike Boudrie _ La Velocita
- Andrew Clifforth _ Freelance Photographer
- Andy Pikey _ Rapha Australia (Clothes)
- Anthony de Leo _ Full Beam Australia (Lights)
- Ange Wiegard _ Hale Energy Bars (Fuel)
This is just a brief update on out team performance in the 24hr Oppy on the weekend.
What an awesome team. To have 12 people functioning for a full 24hrs as we traveled from Warnambool to Wagga Wagga was an amazing thing and just surreal at times. Our team of 5 rides all contributed to the record being set. To cover 800km and still have 10min spare was really satisfying. Plenty of tough times out on the road and moments of questioning but to have the group pull through the toughest periods from midnight until the sun cam up near Wagga was extraordinary. Having done the event last year and imploding somewhat and finding courage to go on it was that learning and knowledge which helped this year. Conditions were pretty ideal with good tail wind for the first 10hrs and only as we turned east did we experience a slight cross and head breeze. Being ahead of schedule really does help as the night is so tough to hold speed any where near mid to high 30’s with fear of kangaroo’s and potholes on the road. The temperature dropped a lot and this too really hits hard once you are exhausted and the time in the saddle is past 14hrs.
Having been in many great team in rowing I would rate this right up there as a team performance and effort. Much of the 24hr Oppy is about keep momentum and keeping the spirits up and when the clock ticks so slowly it is hard to maintain the connection with each other and the energy levels can hit rock bottom. Helping each other when and where possible is key and to do all this as we all are watching the av speed, the check points, the distance covered and to complete. Its all about staying together yet keeping the drive with progress forward. Everything magnifies the further you go and its due to all this that I believe this guys and our support crew are all legends.
Below are some images from Jesse Carrlson from his phone and some strava data.
From more images check out:
Team Brevet: An Awesome Team Effort & Experience
Offical Team Brevet Card .. Signed off with 800km completed for a new record – what an awseome team
Same Stava Data my file first section before Garmin crapped out .. Interesting 75% of ride speed put us well ahead of target and gave us wiggle room for the tough night time section
Second section of file and moving time is still good but the darkness, animals, slight head breeze and accumulated fatigue takes its toll
Glenn Landers full file .. WWLD (What would landers do?) Has become legendary with his staying power.
8.30am As we roll out of house at Warnambool
All together and all smiles
Team Trial dialled in gets very quiet and really does challenge everyone to manage self and group as speeds in excess of 40km are held for long periods.
Skipper Glen O’Rouke has been a key person in our Oppy attempts and this years lead up and 24hr effort was awesome
New member this year Dylan Newall was amazing and from start to finish in tip top form.
Team formation was tricky as we contended with fast cross and tail, cross winds and slight cross head breezes. Tough concentrating for 24hrs on positions in the group and really hard at night.
Straight line speed had us enjoying some great section of country victorian roads before crossing into NSW.
Support was amazing on the road from our crews. Potato Cakes (PC’s) become a big hit from Jesse & Pikey.
Having Andrew Cliffford & Mike Boudrie ‘La Velocita’ taking images over the whole 24hrs and lending a helping hand at key check points. Many awesome shots.
Night time was help by Anthony De Leo from Full Beam Australia. Still scary when those kangaroo’s jump across the road and the heart rate hits a high note with some adrenaline. Kept us awake though.
Choc milk all the way. Landers getting into it at last stop. Some 16 Big M’s and extra 2lt bottles consumed.
Dylan just taking a moment at the last stop. Huge ride by a guy who had never ridden more than 300km, had some pedigree though from his years in the NRS.
Looks of being lost, its just amazing how the mind and body can keep going.
I love a sausage roll and at 5am and when you’ve ridden that far this one tasted like the best ever.
Add to the food on route we were also fuelled by Hale Energy Bars from Ange Wiegard. So much consumption in 24hrs.
It gets so dark in the country on the roads and the head games are extraordinary. Staying away is a battle too.
Finally we arrive and Wagga Wagga community with another 17 teams turned out and turned on a great arrive breakfast.
Landers being interview after a record of 800km.
The breakfast was awesome and some beers really tasted quiet amazing at 9am. Only after a 24hrs of riding.