Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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David Blom and I have started talking about a plan for next year's Dirty Dozen and we'd like to get your thoughts. How do you think the previous editions went? Are there things we could have done better?

Here's are links to write-ups from the 2012 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) and 2013 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) editions to help jog your memory.

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You guys have done a great job with these events. I rode DD13 & thought it was a great route. Bolton Batesleigh was the only climb which didn't seem quite tough enough. Could possibly suggest to hit the reverse side of it which is really tough:
http://app.strava.com/segments/3658171

A couple of climbs around the Nong's which are Dirty Dozen worthy that wouldn't mind seeing in a DD ride are:

http://app.strava.com/segments/2085799
http://app.strava.com/segments/2732033

DD13 saw a huge attrition rate for the ride & possibly suggest to have 2 routes planned, one with a lesser difficult ride planned to try and encourage more riders of different abilities to come along.

You've done a great job with getting women into coming for the Domestique series, but from memory only saw about half a dozen at this years DD, and would be great if can do something to get more women coming down to show the guys how its done.

The Adam Gruer award for the recent Baw Baw Domestique ride seemed quite popular & maybe worth having something similar for the DD14?

One last idea I had. It's great to have a contest which you can aim for, but DD13 there was a contest to see who could collect the most KOM's for the day, which given the necessity to pace yourselves, don't think many of the guys knocked off a KOM. If you do a similar route to last year, could possibly suggest to do a Snake challenge, where you challenge riders to go and see how many repeats of the Serpentine that they could do AFTER finishing the DD14. As a prize you could offer a bag of Killer Pythons & of course the prestige of pushing yourself to the limit just for a bag of lollies.

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Hi Matt/David

I really enjoyed this ride, it was fun testing ourselves on the rides you posted prior to the event on FB but I always meant to mention to you that the junction point at the Roundabout in Kallista felt a bit dangerous with Cyclists coming down Sherbrooke Road from both directions and some then heading right towards Belgrave, this mixed with Motor traffic made it a bit dicey imo...Its great to see others riding back from a climb or heading to one so a junction point is great but possibly not mixed with Traffic would be better.

Hope that makes sense

Looking forward to DD14

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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David Blom and I have started talking about a plan for next year's Dirty Dozen and we'd like to get your thoughts. How do you think the previous editions went? Are there things we could have done better?

Here's are links to write-ups from the 2012 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) and 2013 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) editions to help jog your memory.

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You guys have done a great job with these events. I rode DD13 & thought it was a great route. Bolton Batesleigh was the only climb which didn't seem quite tough enough. Could possibly suggest to hit the reverse side of it which is really tough:
http://app.strava.com/segments/3658171

A couple of climbs around the Nong's which are Dirty Dozen worthy that wouldn't mind seeing in a DD ride are:

http://app.strava.com/segments/2085799
http://app.strava.com/segments/2732033

DD13 saw a huge attrition rate for the ride & possibly suggest to have 2 routes planned, one with a lesser difficult ride planned to try and encourage more riders of different abilities to come along.

You've done a great job with getting women into coming for the Domestique series, but from memory only saw about half a dozen at this years DD, and would be great if can do something to get more women coming down to show the guys how its done.

The Adam Gruer award for the recent Baw Baw Domestique ride seemed quite popular & maybe worth having something similar for the DD14?

One last idea I had. It's great to have a contest which you can aim for, but DD13 there was a contest to see who could collect the most KOM's for the day, which given the necessity to pace yourselves, don't think many of the guys knocked off a KOM. If you do a similar route to last year, could possibly suggest to do a Snake challenge, where you challenge riders to go and see how many repeats of the Serpentine that they could do AFTER finishing the DD14. As a prize you could offer a bag of Killer Pythons & of course the prestige of pushing yourself to the limit just for a bag of lollies.

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Hi Matt/David

I really enjoyed this ride, it was fun testing ourselves on the rides you posted prior to the event on FB but I always meant to mention to you that the junction point at the Roundabout in Kallista felt a bit dangerous with Cyclists coming down Sherbrooke Road from both directions and some then heading right towards Belgrave, this mixed with Motor traffic made it a bit dicey imo...Its great to see others riding back from a climb or heading to one so a junction point is great but possibly not mixed with Traffic would be better.

Hope that makes sense

Looking forward to DD14

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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David Blom and I have started talking about a plan for next year's Dirty Dozen and we'd like to get your thoughts. How do you think the previous editions went? Are there things we could have done better?

Here's are links to write-ups from the 2012 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) and 2013 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) editions to help jog your memory.

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You guys have done a great job with these events. I rode DD13 & thought it was a great route. Bolton Batesleigh was the only climb which didn't seem quite tough enough. Could possibly suggest to hit the reverse side of it which is really tough:
http://app.strava.com/segments/3658171

A couple of climbs around the Nong's which are Dirty Dozen worthy that wouldn't mind seeing in a DD ride are:

http://app.strava.com/segments/2085799
http://app.strava.com/segments/2732033

DD13 saw a huge attrition rate for the ride & possibly suggest to have 2 routes planned, one with a lesser difficult ride planned to try and encourage more riders of different abilities to come along.

You've done a great job with getting women into coming for the Domestique series, but from memory only saw about half a dozen at this years DD, and would be great if can do something to get more women coming down to show the guys how its done.

The Adam Gruer award for the recent Baw Baw Domestique ride seemed quite popular & maybe worth having something similar for the DD14?

One last idea I had. It's great to have a contest which you can aim for, but DD13 there was a contest to see who could collect the most KOM's for the day, which given the necessity to pace yourselves, don't think many of the guys knocked off a KOM. If you do a similar route to last year, could possibly suggest to do a Snake challenge, where you challenge riders to go and see how many repeats of the Serpentine that they could do AFTER finishing the DD14. As a prize you could offer a bag of Killer Pythons & of course the prestige of pushing yourself to the limit just for a bag of lollies.

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Hi Matt/David

I really enjoyed this ride, it was fun testing ourselves on the rides you posted prior to the event on FB but I always meant to mention to you that the junction point at the Roundabout in Kallista felt a bit dangerous with Cyclists coming down Sherbrooke Road from both directions and some then heading right towards Belgrave, this mixed with Motor traffic made it a bit dicey imo...Its great to see others riding back from a climb or heading to one so a junction point is great but possibly not mixed with Traffic would be better.

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Looking forward to DD14

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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Here's are links to write-ups from the 2012 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) and 2013 (http://theclimbingcyclist.com/.....rty-dozen/) editions to help jog your memory.

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You guys have done a great job with these events. I rode DD13 & thought it was a great route. Bolton Batesleigh was the only climb which didn't seem quite tough enough. Could possibly suggest to hit the reverse side of it which is really tough:
http://app.strava.com/segments/3658171

A couple of climbs around the Nong's which are Dirty Dozen worthy that wouldn't mind seeing in a DD ride are:

http://app.strava.com/segments/2085799
http://app.strava.com/segments/2732033

DD13 saw a huge attrition rate for the ride & possibly suggest to have 2 routes planned, one with a lesser difficult ride planned to try and encourage more riders of different abilities to come along.

You've done a great job with getting women into coming for the Domestique series, but from memory only saw about half a dozen at this years DD, and would be great if can do something to get more women coming down to show the guys how its done.

The Adam Gruer award for the recent Baw Baw Domestique ride seemed quite popular & maybe worth having something similar for the DD14?

One last idea I had. It's great to have a contest which you can aim for, but DD13 there was a contest to see who could collect the most KOM's for the day, which given the necessity to pace yourselves, don't think many of the guys knocked off a KOM. If you do a similar route to last year, could possibly suggest to do a Snake challenge, where you challenge riders to go and see how many repeats of the Serpentine that they could do AFTER finishing the DD14. As a prize you could offer a bag of Killer Pythons & of course the prestige of pushing yourself to the limit just for a bag of lollies.

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Hi Matt/David

I really enjoyed this ride, it was fun testing ourselves on the rides you posted prior to the event on FB but I always meant to mention to you that the junction point at the Roundabout in Kallista felt a bit dangerous with Cyclists coming down Sherbrooke Road from both directions and some then heading right towards Belgrave, this mixed with Motor traffic made it a bit dicey imo...Its great to see others riding back from a climb or heading to one so a junction point is great but possibly not mixed with Traffic would be better.

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Looking forward to DD14

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You guys have done a great job with these events. I rode DD13 & thought it was a great route. Bolton Batesleigh was the only climb which didn't seem quite tough enough. Could possibly suggest to hit the reverse side of it which is really tough:
http://app.strava.com/segments/3658171

A couple of climbs around the Nong's which are Dirty Dozen worthy that wouldn't mind seeing in a DD ride are:

http://app.strava.com/segments/2085799
http://app.strava.com/segments/2732033

DD13 saw a huge attrition rate for the ride & possibly suggest to have 2 routes planned, one with a lesser difficult ride planned to try and encourage more riders of different abilities to come along.

You've done a great job with getting women into coming for the Domestique series, but from memory only saw about half a dozen at this years DD, and would be great if can do something to get more women coming down to show the guys how its done.

The Adam Gruer award for the recent Baw Baw Domestique ride seemed quite popular & maybe worth having something similar for the DD14?

One last idea I had. It's great to have a contest which you can aim for, but DD13 there was a contest to see who could collect the most KOM's for the day, which given the necessity to pace yourselves, don't think many of the guys knocked off a KOM. If you do a similar route to last year, could possibly suggest to do a Snake challenge, where you challenge riders to go and see how many repeats of the Serpentine that they could do AFTER finishing the DD14. As a prize you could offer a bag of Killer Pythons & of course the prestige of pushing yourself to the limit just for a bag of lollies.

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Is there a tentative date yet?

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Hi Matt/David

I really enjoyed this ride, it was fun testing ourselves on the rides you posted prior to the event on FB but I always meant to mention to you that the junction point at the Roundabout in Kallista felt a bit dangerous with Cyclists coming down Sherbrooke Road from both directions and some then heading right towards Belgrave, this mixed with Motor traffic made it a bit dicey imo...Its great to see others riding back from a climb or heading to one so a junction point is great but possibly not mixed with Traffic would be better.

Hope that makes sense

Looking forward to DD14

Cheers

Chris

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