R.I.P. - Coast to Coast, you are sadly missed by all who loved you ..........
I thought it was good hard but good. Also just did my single biggest ride 167.7 totally spent!!!
Good day out with a few adventures.
Went to the toilet at Verdun and on the way out used the hand basin only to then realise that I still had my gloves on.
Quick look around, no one saw me do it, use the hand dryer to dry them out - easy, bugger, hand dryer doesn't work.
Walk sheepishly back to bike and get on and ride off, nice cool hands for a while :)
Somewhere I picked up a bit of gravel in the rear brake pad, bloody thing squealed like a banshee every time I applied the rear brake, eventually it dropped out but left a little score in the rim.
Over the last week or so I have been making minor cable adjustments to the front sprocket change, it sometimes drops the chain when changing down from the big ring. It did it to me yesterday at the start of the Bains Rd climb.
I made a few more minor adjustments but thought that today I would just drop back to the small ring early on the approach to any hills in case it did it again. It worked fine all day so I thought I had it sorted, took on one of the short hills in the last 20km, going past two riders on my left and someone going past me on the right, dropped to the smaller ring and yes, off comes the bloody chain, nearly caused a stack but just unclipped in time and stopped in the middle of the road - Murphy's law after St Pats day !
A while after we got back to Hindmarsh Square I decided to head for home and was in a line of 10 to 15 riders in the Pulteney St bike lane approaching South Terrace when a delightful little creature decided to put her indicator on and just pull out of her parked position just far enough to completely block the bike lane and nearly caused a pile up while she waited for a break in the rest of the traffic before she tootled off oblivious of what was going on around her - oxygen thief !
That was my day out :)
@ Frank, she probably couldn't see the cars because of all the bikes - its amazing what idiots are capable of (says I after I tried to wash my hands with my gloves on ;) )
Mike, it is perfectly natural for a cyclist to become accustomed to wearing all their cycling gear: lycra, gloves, sunglasses, helmet, etc. Feel naked without it. Today I stepped out quickly without the usual gear for a quick trip to the main street. Took some AC & BUG flyers -- whenever I go without the flyers, see about 3 bicycles / cyclists. Walked up to a cyclist parking his bike and offered him a flyer. Like to introduce myself as a cyclist so the flyer is an invitation not junk mail. Start with "I am a cyclist, oh yes, I have my helmet on". Anyway, he does not usually cycle in my locale but lives in Gawler and has heard of GW although yet to join AC.
Superb ride today. Rode in with Michael Wetherley from Elizabeth, so our total for the day 166.5-km. Not too bad an effort, when you throw in a couple of Adelaide hills...
I had a quick break at 98-km to change a flat in the front. Lucky I caught it before we hit the switch backs on the way back down. That could have been nasty!
I thought those Chicken Wraps were delightful that we were offered back at Vic Square. Much better than the bread roll of previous years.
How about that wind going up the freeway ! Who ordered that ???
Loved the ride today. Roll on next year :)
Couldnt have said it better myself Pete.
I thought the freeway was going to be the hardest part of the ride, but managed it easy, cant say the same for some of the other climbs tho, there were a few that had some bite.
Great company too, we had a lovely young lady ride a big chunk of the ride with us. Great to have a chat :)
All in all great ride.
That's TDF standard, well done Pete and Michael.
@ pete great work into woodside but were did you go on germantown hill ??