I always knew it was going to be a big ride, folklore surrounding the K2 ride sounded ominous, tales of broken bikes, broken bodies and broken spirit. After speaking with a seasoned rider I took their advice and entered the EMC150 event which was 1 leg shorter than the full K2 loop.
Feeling a fair bit of nervous excitement as we headed out from Coromandel on Saturday morning. The game plan was to keep a reserved pace for the first half to keep the legs for run home. It was all going to plan for the first 20kms then it turned into a grind into the headwind luckily the bunch worked well together sharing load all the way down to Thames.
Then taking a left turn out of Thames up and over the Kopu-Hikaui Road a 14km hill climb that went on for nearly an hour. A few if the fellow 150’ers got past me at this point as legs began to struggle. Then the charge for home as got in with another great bunch as we picked up the pace made the most of the tail wind. I just had enough time to spot a few cheeky possums on the side of road with placards offering varying degrees on encouragement.
I crossed the finish line in Whitianga in 5 hours 30 minutes and completed one of the most extreme rides I have ever done. It was great ride because it was challenging especially the hill climbs but also enjoyable with great bunch riding and being handed drink bottles around the course( it’s the little things).
As for next year, I’ll be back for sure but will I go for the k2 we’ll see.