Friday, 27 September 2013

Stop Press! Special Award for Heyddie

Heyddie Triumphs on Mount Haleakala, Hawaii

Breaking news! Our Club Captain, Heyddie, has just climbed Mount Haleakala on the island of Maui in Hawaii, one of the world's most iconic cycle ascents.
Over 56km he climbed 3,020m (almost 10,000 feet) in 5 hours 35 minutes, an average speed of 10.4kph, a fine performance given that the average gradient is 5.2%. Heyddie used a hired Specialized Roubaix.

One Cat 1, one Cat 2, two Cat 3's, two Cat 4's and two cat 5's = respect!!
In Heyddie's own words, this was not an easy task....

"...up early this morning, left house at 5am for the traditional beach side start point of Paia. I studied the different routes and chose what is regarded as the classic old road route out of Paia joining the Crater road higher up, slightly longer but correct.
I started the climb at dawn my plan being to cruise the first 6000 feet or so and save my legs and energy for the upper levels. 10 days living it up in the Hyatt Regency Kaanapali is not the best pre ride training I have undertaken so my plan was rather conservative...

...I actually finished nearly two hours quicker than I had envisaged.
The climb is a hard relentless slog, as you will notice from the stats but with fantastic vistas and very smooth road surfaces and small cycle shoulders. Temperature at summit 53C at sea level on my return early 90s. 
Rode through all conditions as you would expect from such altitude, cloud/fog and rain with very cold fog at times. Light variable winds and scalding hot cloudless breaks.
My rental Specialised Roubaix performed well, I basically only used two gears the whole day! But I have enjoyed the bike, very smooth and predictable unlike my much loved thoroughbred. 
All in all an enjoyable day but mentally tough on your own. 
Another one in the bag.
Re-hydrated in the proper GRAC fashion with beers in the first place on the descent I could find."

An outstanding achievement, and every member of the Club will be raising a glass or two in recognition of Heyddie's fine example. 

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