That was the comment my business partner made to me today, he lives in the hills and whilst not affected by the closure couldn't see the point of it. I'm inclined to agree with him. We strive week in and week out to co-exist on the roads with motorists, but when we (or Bike SA) want a special bike ride, they close off the road, Highway 1 no less, to the vast majority of the travelling public. How to win friends and influence people. How many motorists were inconvenienced yesterday, and what will their ongoing opinion of cyclists be, as a result?
I discussed the Amy's Gran Fondo ride with my g/f over the weekend as I might do that this year (call me a hypocrite) and her reaction was "What if you are an overseas tourist and that day you planned to drive the GOR and can't because it's closed for a bunch of wannabe Cadel's" (subtlety is not her strong suit).
If we want to be taken seriously as legitimate road users, maybe we just need to "suck it up" and ride with the cars.
Could add a degree of difficulty by doing the ride when the tide is in. :)
I hate to burst your bubble on this one. I've heard the reef can be kind of slippery in parts, akin to riding on wet train tracks. You don't want to break a collar bone or any bone really.
When you get too close to the edge, sometimes the barnacles can break away, causing the rider to plop into the ocean. Worst case scenario is when it is hard to un-clip underwater and you go to Davy Jones' locker.
Maybe you could do your Strava section with SCUBA gear on the wreck of the Star of Greece!
'hard to unclip underwater'
that's funny, nice one Katrina!
As for the Star of Greece, brilliant thinking, but my phone will get too wet. I wonder if there is a 'waterproof my phone' app?
@Peter. So join critical mass. I was thinking the Easter Sunday ride could use the main runway, just for something differant.
You'll need to clear that with Mike W first Clive, he works at the airport in air traffic control, or a similar role.
Gawler wheelers could ride around Edinburgh RAAF base, Pete Roberts chasing an F1-11
The F-111s don't go very fast 6 feet under, incase you missed the news article about them being scrapped. Riding behind a taxiing P-3 Orion would be good headwind training.
,,a 24 hour ride on the Terminal travellator...
perhaps there an be a downhill in the stairs of one of the tall multistory car parks in town.
The Travellator in relay format, sounds like a good fundraiser for charity.
Other States of Australia close roads for bike rides with out all this fuss. Eastlink in Melbourne is closed for a morning once a year to allow for a family fun ride. Westgate bridge had lane closures for the Superrun for about ten years. The Great Train Race has road closures in the Dandenong Ranges and the event is thirty years old. It is about time South Australian road users of all varieties learn to share the road with other users rather than believe they own the road. We have some of the most discourteous and inconsiderate road users in the whole of Australia living in Adelaide.
There is just No pleasing people!
Road gets closed and thats it, those that don't like it, Tough.
I am not a mass participation rider cause too many week end heros out but for those that do, enjoy it.