The most hills and the hardest 110km I've done since I started cycling two months ago. Ditto the comments about the climbs out of Bridgewater, they just seemed to keep on coming at every bend in the road... I initially thought I had the hardest bit behind me after I conquered Lofty and those unwelcome headwinds; how wrong I was.
Awesome day though. Well organised, plenty of refreshments and friendly volunteers. The only weeny gripe I have is the jersey sizing. Obviously sized for guys not gals. My XS alas was like a tent on me so ended up not wearing it on the day. It will make a nice soft polishing cloth for my bike.
A perfect and most welcome recovery ride at 5:30 this morning :-)
I thought I was pretty fit after switching from long distance running to traithlons..but nothing prepared me for yesterdays ride, my first ever in a pelaton and probably about my 12th ride out of primary school, not to mention 80kms being the longest ride I've ever done in my life. I thought I was going to expire by the side of the road half way up Germantown Hill and there were plenty of other ones to follow, and my legs were screaming at me twice as badly as the 38km mark of a marathon..I was in so much pain! Having said that I am COMPLETELY addicted to cycling now and can't wait to get out on the bike for my next ride..the hills were absolutely stunning and the event was extremely well organised..
I have one question..I am in a lot of discomfort today, my neck is out and I have found around the 60km mark of my rides I get really uncomfortable in my neck and head. I've had my bike fitted for me, but is this something I will get used to, like a sore bum, or do you think it's the way I am riding? Happy trails..:)
Neck and shoulder pain was the order of the day.
I think it was due to the very steep climbs and almost constant head wind.
I think it makes you sort of hunch over and also, it is not easy to relax your elbows when climbing, all leading to muscle soreness in the shoulder/neck area.
Sore neck - shouldnt be so. Maybe you are riding a bit tense, not bending arms enough or else its in the bike fitting. Re tyre holes - all should carry a small piece of plastic milk/ OJ bottle with spare tube.
Although it was nice to have the roads all closed off I felt for the hills residents who were penned in all day. Perhaps have the same closures for the 50km time period but allow traffic to go one way south up Montacute to Carey Gully after noon. 80 and 110 km riders were quite nicely spread out by then.
This is almost certainly a technique thing and related to tension in your upper body. If you can train yourself to brace your core, flatten your lower back and relax your shoulders you're unlikely to have these issues.
I found it by riding into the city at about 8am. Ha!
I had an absolute blast today. It certainly was my longest and toughest ride yet!! Had a neck/shoulders massage later in the day at TTP; still wearing recovery skins and not feeling too sore today (apart from the glutes - they are still screaming!). I was determined to not walk up any of the hills and am stoked to say that my only stop was when I dropped the chain and had to put it back on. My average speed is still slow but just so stoked to have ridden the whole way! A big thanks to all involved in organising, and I will definitely do it again if it's on next year :)
Riding the VeloAdelaide has encouraged me to stop lurking on here and get involved.
Yesterday was my first proper ride after a few weeks of commuting. I rode the 50km and surprised myself with how well I went - finished feeling reasonably fresh and kinda wished I'd been brave enough to try the 80km. Managed to get into a good rhythm up the hills and made it up without having to stop. I don't have the fancy strava thingo, but my little computer said I made it to the top of Mt Lofty with an avg speed of 12.9km/h and for the total ride it was about 21km/h. I have no idea if that's any good, but it made me happy :-)
Overall the ride seemed well organised and the food was tasty. Not a fan of that wind up the freeway though!! Some of those little arrows on the way back into town were a bit hard to spot too, I saw a few people going the wrong way.
@ kylie thats a good time for your 1st "proper ride" and you are right about the arrows, saw plenty of riders coming into hindmarsh sq from the wrong direction !!! Please let bike sa know as the more people that report the arrow problems the more chance it will get fixed.
I have already raised this with the organisers. We are having a debrief meeting tomorrow night and this issue is on the list.
ALSO, great work on your success with the ride!
Good stuff Kylie, we hope to see you out and joining in some of the many other regular rides offered by members here. Keep an eye on the events page for what's coming up.
I've decided to be brave and make my debut with the Gully Grinders this weekend :-)