The Grafton to Inverell road race is called one of Australia’s toughest road races. The 228km course climbs the Gibraltar Range from Grafton the Glen Innes, then continues to Inverell, packing in over 2300m of climbing.
Exsight Pilot Terry Wall is preparing himself to tackle the 2015 edition, which will be held Saturday 24th October (that’s this Saturday at time of writing). Here’s what he has to say about his preparations.
After a long time out of racing due to old age, I decided to get back on the bike and have a crack at racing. My main goal for the year is to compete in the Grafton to Inverell cycle classic. This race has been going for years (Ed: It’s been going for 55 years, Cyclingtips have some history) but I never got the chance due to family and work commitments.
To give you a look into the training and preparation for such a hard race, I’ll let you know what I’ve done with my good training partner Barry Buckley over the past 5 weeks. I can tell you there has been thousands of kms traveled prior to this period.
From the 19th-26th September I rode from Campbelltown to Melbourne. A distance of 928 kms and over 7600 metres of climbing. Then I had 2 rest days.
29th September. Rode with exsight in the morning, came home changed bikes and continued up to Otford. 125 kms.
30th September. Rode up Macquarie Pass, Robertson, Shellharbour, Wombarra. 175 kms.
1st October. Rest day.
The rest of my training would continue on a similar path with 2 rides of 120 kms followed by 210 kms. 2 rest days and then again 120 kms followed by over 200 kms of riding.
I’ve now finished all my training and gym work, and will now start to taper off and hopefully be fresh for this coming weekend. This involves a short 1 hour ride in the morning and a 50 minute session on the stationary bike in the afternoon.
What is very important is my food intake, rest and fluids. One of the major problems a lot of athletes have is that they do not rest enough when they suppose too, and training is about quality not quantity. When I finish a long ride I don’t have much left in the tank and recovery is paramount.
Stay tuned for my race report next week.
Best wishes to Terry from all at Exsight, and we look forward to hearing about the race next week.