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Written by Peter Carter

March 30, 2015

CCL cycling leader Bartholomew Lee was in March part of a group of four riders in one of the top 10 toughest one-day cycling events on earth, 3 Peaks Challenge Falls Creek.

This follows his Everest ascent of Mt Coot-tha (45 ascents up the steep side, the requirement altitude gain as Mt Everest in size) over 11 hours in December.

Following a 235km course, 3 Peaks takes riders through some of the world’s most picturesque and challenging terrain over three major climbs; Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and the beast that is the back of Falls Creek.

The event hosts 2,000 registration spots which sold out within days. With an impressive finish time of 9 hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds, Bartholomew qualified for the coveted <10 hours finisher’s jersey.

“Eating lots of sugar and not stopping except for 1-minute breaks to get water and food,” are what Bart describes as the keys to any successful mountain challenge.

“Over the course I drank 500ml of maple syrup, 5 bottles of water, 1 scone, 2 energy bars and stopped 3 times for a total of about 5 minutes,” Bart recalls. The maple syrup is a (not so) secret tip from World Tour Garmin Cannondale rider, Ted King.

“With the temperatures ranging from 4 – 30 degrees, my CCL Castelli kit was perfect,” he explains. “The base layer is just warm enough but doesn’t overheat when climbing in the sun later.”

CCL Cycling (Strava. com/clubs/cclcycling) is open to all Queensland riders. Member benefits include regular rides, monthly awards and subsidised CCL team kits.

Each month Carter Capner Law has three giveaways; photo of the month, Strava Monthly MTS challenger and refer a friend, each with CCL cycling kits to be won.

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