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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Tuesday, 1 February 2005
Vertical Climbs. Tuesday 1 February.










1) Martin falling off

2) Edwin pretending to ride up

3) Houses on the climb

4) Martin on the early part of the climb







Today was a rest day in Dunedin. In the morning we had some retail therapy including some more film and camera batteries and the obligatory browsing of the local bike shops. Elevenses was at the railway cafe and outside we spotted a signpost for various places in the world including Portsmouth 14,502 kilometres away.

In the afternoon rode a short distance into the northern suburbs riding via the University and a walk in the Botanical Gardens to visit Baldwin Street the steepest street in the world.

A rest day in Dunedin was planned in any event to allow for any problems with the bus transfer from Christchurch. It was a bonus to be in Dunedin with bikes and time to spare and chance to visit a street with a gradient of 38%.

We turned into the street and I had no plans to go up any higher than the early slopes having no intention of falling off after recent incidents. Martin however went straight for it,
I took pictures while riding for a short time and then got off and ran behind. Martin rode about 80% of the way up and over most of the steepest part before stopping. When he tried to start again he fell off being unable to get out of his cleats in time.

We visited the tourist shop at the bottom and had a tea stop at the Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms.

Ride distance for the day was only 3 miles but for the first time ever my bike computer registered a gradient of 40%

remote Posted by Edwin at 8:17 PM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 2 February 2005 5:48 AM EADT
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