Tour de Ten Lives: Stage 15

Sunday, 13th September

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6am Start: Orford > Richmond > Lauderdale > Leslie Vale > Mt Wellington (175kms)

No. of Cats surrendered from suburbs on route: 1,381
No. of Cats adopted to suburbs on route: 1,098

Start at the IGA Supermarket at Orford, then do a lap out Charles Street, left at Walpole Street, back into Orford, then the Tasman Highway all the way towards to the Richmond Campania turn off. Then into Richmond, over Brinktop Hill, turn right at Penna Road and into Midway Point. From Midway Point across the causeway and continue to turn left into Pittwater Road, then down to Seven Mile Beach by Axiom Way, Acton Road and turn left on Roaches Beach Road, then down Bangalee, left on to Balook Street and back on Bangalee, and turn left then right and go out around the end of the canal, before returning back on South Terrace to the highway. Once on the Highway turn right back to Rokeby, a detour by going left at Burtonia Road, right on Tollard Drive and back over the hill past Howrah Gardens along the bike track to Oceania Drive. Out to the end of Tranmere and return by Tranmere Road, and then back into town. Once into town out to Ten Lives in Cornelian Bay via Government House, return on the bike track and through Battery Point, down to Taroona and over the Bonnet to Kingston. From the main road in Kingston you go through the roundabouts to get to Summerleas Road. Go up the hill and under the Highway and after another 1 km turn left into Leslie Road. Go up Leslie Road which is firm packed gravel for about 1.5 kms, before reaching the Highway. Go straight across the Highway and down into Leslie Vale (remembering to observe the sign that Leslie Vale welcomes safe drivers). After you go through Leslie Vale U-turn right on Huon Road, and go up the hill through Neika and down the incline to Ferntree. DO NOT BE FOOLED. That is the easy bit. Continue down another 300 metres to the Mt Wellington/Kunanyi Pinnacle Road turn off on your left and head up the mountain. Grab a drink
at the Springs and then the real work starts. Finish at the look out, fall over AND GRAB A BEER!

DID YOU KNOW: Mount Wellington, officially kunanyi/Mount Wellington, rises to 1,271 metres (4,170 ft) above sea level and is frequently covered by snow, sometimes even in summer, and the lower slopes are thickly forested, but crisscrossed by many walking tracks and a few fire trails. There is also a sealed narrow road to the summit, about 22 kilometres from Hobart central business district. An enclosed lookout near the summit has views of the city below and to the east, the Derwent estuary, and also glimpses of the World Heritage Area nearly 100 kilometres west. From Hobart, the most distinctive feature of Mount Wellington is the cliff of dolerite columns known as the Organ Pipes. (Wikipedia)

Stage 15 Gallery

David’s Day 15 debrief: Stage 15 – Orford to the top of Mount Wellington (175kms & 2,662m of elevation).
What can I say – that was an epic stage! We started in fog, then beautiful sunshine, then gale force winds, and finished at the start of a snow storm on Mount Wellington. I think we might just have gained some credibility. I was watching the “other tour” this morning and the commentators were talking about the stage 15 finish up the Grand Colombier Hill, and saying how much it was like the Mount Wellington climb! We must have brought some luck – Richie Porte finishing 3rd in last nights stage. Fantastic effort. If our stage did anything, it gave a tiny insight of what the pros (Richie Porte) do day in day out. They can have it. The Stage started 6am in Orford in the fog, with the road nice and quiet down to Buckland. The sun came up and we had a few hills before passing through Runnymead. It was so pretty with the newly born calves in the paddocks next to the highway. A nice fast stage down through finger post, and then into Richmond. The Richmond bakery is a cycling Mecca on a Sunday. Micheal McIntyre & Tim Jones & I meet up with Chappy, Rowan & Marcus who did the stage starting from Hobart. Simon was still out in front with Dave, and Baxy also joined in.
From there the wind picked up and we went through Midway Point, Lauderdale and Rokeby before heading out with the wind out Oceania Drive to the end of Tranmere. Different story coming back to the bridge into the wind! The bridge was uneventful but Chappy got a flat. Lunch he owns a bike shop! A quick trip out to Ten Lives with a huge send off by the staff, and then up to Government House (Tasmania’s castle). The Governor and Mr Warner were very welcoming, and very interested in the Tour (they are actually doing the last stage in Orford). After a photo opportunity in the Government House forecourt, it was down to Sandy Bay bakery for a fuel up. Then the real stuff started! The Mountain was looking scary and wet. Legs were sore – over the Bonnet, down to Kingston, and up the dirt road to Leslie Vale. Feeling hungry, tired, sore legs, and that was the start of a 8 km climb to Neika and then down to Ferntree, and then the 11 km up the Mountain. The mountain just gets harder. It was so steep and windy past the spring, with literally hours passing for each km. Lots of times on this brutal climb I felt like walking, but at 2.5kms to go you could see the finish, and even better, gale force wind behind us for the last 1 & 1/2kms!! Finally at the finished – one word. Relief. Michael McIntyre was superhuman beating Bones, Rowan, Marcus, Chappy, Myself and Simon up the hill. Jacqui did a lazy 1/2 marathon Point to Pinnacle run and met us at top. Just as we were getting the bikes in the car, it was sleeting, snow by the road, hurricane winds and generally unpleasant. But it was worth it with the mystery donor donating $2,000. Rest day today. Please continue your donations.
The taste of the tour was the potato chips and Doritos at the wonderful warm Ferntree tavern. The cat of the stage was Courageous Cat (and his minute mouse).