was Ros' inaugural attempt at the arduous 200km Audax
Alpine Classic. It was the hottest Audax day on record and Rocket was one of
the few finishers. To get ya arse up Mt Buffalo on a steamy, searing
40+ degree afternoon, after having already climbed to Falls Creek and two
ascents of Tawonga Gap, took enormous mental toughness.
The mind games
that you have to overcome to continue on when the -
(i) cupboard is bare,
(ii) can is on empty; and
(iii) motor is over-cooken',
something that only a few can conquer.
The drop-out rate, i.e. the DNFs in the 2006
Audax Alpine Classic set new records. But there was no shame in a DNF
as the temp was in the early 40s and parts of the roadway on Falls Creek and
Mt. Buffalo had melted, which itself proved a dangerous obstacle on the
descents. One of
the leaders left part of his elbow on the road and got carted off in an
ambulance in considerable pain.