Having two weeks off the bike due to a chest infection, I was a little unsure if I would ride today.
I set out thinking I would just take it easy ( smell the roses ) and see how it goes...
Conditions were almost perfect for riding today, and many of my Gawler Wheeler and AC friends were at Mt Torrens ready to enjoy the day. Before I knew it, we had zoomed around the almost flat course, and were enjoying sitting in the sun chatting about another Grand Slam completed.
How was your ride today ?
I too had a blast it was my first GS as hubby and I are riding them between us I'm doing 2 & 4. I too was cold to start with but soon warmed up, especially on Loop 2 the hills just kept coming. However I still managed do the ride in 3hrs 39min which I am really pleased with that.
Next time I will be doing the 150km on my own bike fingers crossed had to borrow hubbies and it's a tad too big lol
P.S I had the Gopro on the bike and as soon as the video is edited will out it up :-)
Choice riding day, first lap was cruising easy then a few small hills in the run home on the second lap. Great help from the organisers.
Can't wait to do it all again and meet some new riding friends.
Did you see the lads back at the oval giving the trials demo, WOW- how do they ride across the chain?? Amazing stuff :)
Those guys were incredible, so skilled and great to chat with.
Beautiful day for it! First long ride since the end of February due to my annual arts binge of Festival, Fringe and Womadelaide, followed by a week sick and a week taking it easy.
I'm really looking forward to the yankalilla one!
As a new rider and that being my first GS, I loved it…despite running over a bunny rabbit in my car on the way there (not a happy start), despite leaving my lights on when I did finally get there (very unhappy ending if that kind soul had not alerted me to the fact as I walked away from my car) and in spite of dropping my chain (twice!) – inexperienced “hilly” gear changing perhaps…although I will get that chain catcher just in case Grasshopper :-) I did both loops and certainly felt the second was harder and hillier; but not as hard as the full VeloAdelaide loop – which was brutal but brilliant :-)
Volunteers were great and everything seemed to be very well organised with plenty of refreshments and encouragement.
Do each subsequent GS’s in the series get harder or simply longer, or as I suspect...both? I didn’t do GS1…
I thought the first loop of GS#1 was harder. GS#3 map has been released , doesn't look too bad, bit of a climb on the second loop.GS#3 on Bikemap
That climb at Parawa is going to hurt after 70km...
yeah, doesn't look too pretty, luckily I'm only up for the mini-slam. Might drive the car down to there and offer tow-rope rides up the slope.
Nettle Hill Rd looks a little nasty too ;)
I wish my Triple crankset would hurry up and arrive.
@ matt granny gears? there are no hills in adelaide that you need a triple for if you have a compact crank
Colin, its more about getting a better spread of gears. My Compact cranks work OK at 34F:28R , but theres a massive gap (10%) between the 28 and the next gear down , 24. With a Triple front (50/39/30) I can put a 11-25 on the back and keep similar end gearing , but finer steps in the gearing.