Event Details

Willunga Hill

Time: March 12, 2011 from 7:30am to 11:30am
Location: New India Market
Street: Cnr Marion and South Rds
City/Suburb: Darlington.
Phone: 0408775969
Event Type: training, hill, climb
Organised By: Muddies
Latest Activity: Mar 13, 2011

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Time to re-aquaint a few with Willunga Hill ahead of Grand Slam 2. Meet at New India market 7-30, coffee in Willunga after the climb. Speed up the hill isn't important, just about getting up there.

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Comment by Muddies on March 13, 2011 at 7:40

@ Baron, Good observation, Colin 1 person, the bike 3 people.

I agree with Peter that it was all a bit surreal. I rounded the corner a little while after hit had happened and saw a rider on the floor in the recovery position and assumed it was someone climbing the hill who had a heart attack. After stopping and turning around it took me a while to recognise Baron and Colin despite having ridden behind them all morning.

The injuries could have been so much worse, the response from everyone was great, warning oncoming cars, first aid, getting Colin back on his feet and home again. One of the benefits of riding in a group I suppose, you always have someone watching out for you.

Colin's an experienced rider (bikes and motorbikes), conditions were perfect, and things like this can still happen. With winter on it's way just try and stay safe out there.

Comment by Clive Palfrey on March 12, 2011 at 23:08
Diana You beat my 19.3 ave, though that did include that hill. Sorry to have missed you
Comment by Diana Tebneff on March 12, 2011 at 20:58
Really, really glad Colin is OK. Not the sort of ride you'd hoped for today. I rode on to Willunga and waited at Cristinas, looked for riders coming down the hill, but obviously you were all busy up there! I will try again next week. I did 50ks with a pb of 22.3 av (yes I know it's pathetic, but I'm improving!) so didn't have the energy for the hill. See you all at the Grand Slam??
Comment by Clive Palfrey on March 12, 2011 at 17:14
Good photos there Peter. If they are to be believed I lost about 20kg going up that hill.
Comment by Baron Von Thierry on March 12, 2011 at 17:05
Good to see the bike getting the proper amount of attention! LOL
Comment by Peter Hill on March 12, 2011 at 16:58

It is a freakin' shock seeing someone on the ground.  Came around a corner and saw a body on the ground wedged under the rail, then realised the possible horror of the situation.

I am so glad Colin is OK. 

Comment by Baron Von Thierry on March 12, 2011 at 16:37

I was just behind Colin as he went round a bend, not even 10 sec back. By the time I rounded it he was already lying under the guard-rail, bike a few meters up. It took a second or 2 to actually register what I was seeing - but not wanting to believe. Then I had to sort my own affairs out, brake sharply on the bend and get back to him without becoming a casualty myself.

Anyway, he was more badly winded than anything else when I got to him, a quick check to see there were no other injuries. From what we can work out, as Colin can't remember, is that somehow the back wheel slid, bit, then kicked him over and onto his back onto the road where he then hit the guard rail post, helmet 1st.

Having had time now to think about it, the injuries could have been so much more serious, Colin thank your helmet, mount it on a pedestal, whatever, it saved your bacon today!!!

Thanks to Pat for taking care of Colin & bike... and to the rest of us, no matter how well you think you know a road, it can allways bite.


Comment by Muddies on March 12, 2011 at 16:17

You were like a spring chicken Clive.

Colin's been checked out and is all OK.

Further to the discussion with Maz re p*******s, he just phoned and had two on the way home. I'me NEVER discussing them again, EVER.

Comment by Clive Palfrey on March 12, 2011 at 16:02
Despite Driving to Darlington and only doing an 80km Veloway ride( instead of my usual 125) i was doing it tough today, mind you I don't usuall do that hill and i did a 103km yesterday. But thanks to all the fellow riders who stopped and waited several times. Note to self, must revert to plan A and start 10-15 mins earlier than the pack.
Comment by RD6 on March 12, 2011 at 14:19

Sorry that I couldn't make it - ended up doing that track try out last last with AC and quick spin with Tailwind mob this morning, now I am truly spent !

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