In the same race, the bus passenger gets some advice:
At 8.40 it takes on the Anzac Bridge and we get to Druitt Street by 8.47. Here, the woman in front advises us to hop off and walk up to the QVB. We don't arrive until 8.54; she was right.
Yes! I've only been beaten up that hill twice, when I've walked (OK Dave, jaywalked!).
Yesterday evening I got off the bus at Lyons Rd Drummoyne and jogged back with an 8 kg pack on my back (I weighed it when I got home, out of curiosity). It was slow but, for the first time, not sluggish.
But cycling is what I'd be doing if Fifi let me.