July the 21st marks the national day of Belgium and we thought that we should celebrate the birthplace of such Belgian cycling luminaries as Eddie Merckx, Tom Boonen and the latest Belgian born star, Bradley Wiggins!
Thirteen souls braved cool and cloudy conditions and arrived to take part in the L ride,many for the first time. So to that end, we welcomed Jolie, Michelle, Michelle (yes, there were two), Renata, Trevor and Brett. We also welcomed Mark (Spartacus) back to an L ride all the way from Campbelltown.
The ride started slightly ominously with Jolie confirming a flat front tyre prior to the start. This was quickly changed and after a ride briefing we rolled out along the Shiraz trail. Thanks to Steve Ellison for maintaining a pace that kept the large majority of riders in a group. It was such an evenly paced group that there were occasions where the group almost looked ready to start cycling in a pace-line (needless to say we didn't)!
Overall, there was little drama and an abundance of beautiful vistas ranging from the hills and the vineyards to the sea. Jolie's front wheel let go again with around 3km to go. Steve had a go at changing the wheel this time (it was yours truly previously) and to his credit, found the piece of glass causing the issue in the tyre that was no bigger than a few grains of sand! Kudos to you Steve!
In the struggle to find something even remotely Belgian to eat, we just happened to find ourselves at Bracegirdles at 190 (see pics below)! Belgian chocolate counts, right?
The L Ride crew catching up at Bayliss Road (outbound)
There is something in the sea air!
What are you guilty about Jolie? That QOM on your first group ride deserves a (small) celebration!
Spartacus demonstrating to Michelle and Michelle just how authentically Belgian he is by eating Belgian chocolate!
David proved how Belgian he was by eating the glass as well! His technique critically assessed by Brett and Spartacus. No chocolate was wasted!
Celebrate (Belgian) good times! Come On!
Thanks also to Lynn for catching up with the crew for a post ride pot of tea! I don't think it'll be too much longer then you'll be on this ride too!
It was a real pleasure riding was so many new faces on a superb day and I sincerely hope that you all continue to ride with the SSRC!
Belgium Day a good excuse to waffle on LOL! Thanks to my domestique Wattsy for helping me through the ride. It was my longest ride since recovering from whooping cough!
good turn out - and those waffles look great.
But not a FUIC in sight???
What can I say... except there was a Matt count of zero!
A couple of us copped him had the pleasure of his company today ;-)
and there was plenty of FUIC!
Thanks for Strava info!
Thanks everyone for looking after us so well on our first L ride. I'm really looking forward to doing it all again with you.
(the other) Michelle.
Excellent! Never an excuse to eat waffles.
Did you know there is a new cafe called Pearls in Felixstow (here) just off the Linear Park and it is run by the Belgain Waffle people (who had a mobile trruck) and the Burger truck people. Reports in are it's great and very busy.
Do I detect a new AC winter ride in the making which ends in Felixstow.