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Annual Call-To-Arms to Passionate Hill Climbers

This November BUG is holding its 9th Annual King of the Mountain Challenge from the pristine township of Berry in the foothills of the Southern Highlands.  Kangaroo Valley and Kiama access the ‘Bestest Cluster of Tough Climbs’ in NSW with 18.8 km Jamberoo Pass and 5.5km Fountaindale Rd up Saddleback Mountain (with 2 x 17% sections) stand-out ‘Killer Climbs’.

Muggaccinos 1st Commandment is “Hills are your friends and mountains are your mates”.  As there aren’t many masochists amongst them, they cheat by having a triple chain ring or a compact crank on the front and/or a long arm rear derailleur that will take a big cassette.  Invariably their riders have a rear cassette with 27, 28 or even 32 teeth.

There are a few “pain-lovers” amongst Muggaccinos, as five Muggs riders recently returned from scaling ALL the famous ‘Cols’ and ‘Montagnes’ in the Rhone Alps and Mont Ventoux in Provence, averaging over 2,000 vertical metres climbing per day.  Muggs are revisiting the Rhone Alps next September – 16 days climbing for under $5,000 ‘all inclusive’, including food and drink.

Five weeks before the pending 9th Berry KOM Challenge from Saturday 10th November to Sunday 18th November, Organiser, Phil Johnston, has received attendance confirmations from 31 keen climbers, albeit a few are more attracted to the leisurely pace of visiting the pubs and restaurants in Berry ‘After Dark’.  20% are attending for only the final 3 days of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November.

Nearly all cyclists camp at the serene Berry Showground for a veritable pittance of $9 p/n.  However, accommodation is also available in a motels and B&Bs for the toffs.

If you fancy yourself as a hill climber and would like to tackle some of the 11 Climbs in their 9 day rides programme, even if you can only attend for a few days, the upper LHS of home page provides a direct link to the 9th Annual King of the Mountain Challenge invitation. Then you can e-mail from the ‘Contacts’ link on upper LHS of ‘Home Page’ to join the burgeoning throng.


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