It was wonderful to welcome so many new riders this morning. We were lucky with the weather and the first half of the ride was quite beautiful. The clouds threatened rain on the second half of the ride, from Chain of Ponds back to the bakery, but took pity on us and didn't open up until we were safely tucked-up inside enjoying some warm beverages. We all safely navigated Torrens Hill Rd, and it was a good test of bike handling skills. Although it must be said we did it the easy way, with a large group of cyclists slugging it up the climb on the other side of the road. It was stunning around Gorge Rd, with the babbling creek running along the side of the road - a really pretty area that I'm glad that I've ridden on a bike to fully appreciate it.
Re-grouping at the bottom of Anstey's
Regrouping at the bottom of Anstey's
Regrouping at the top of Anstey's
Back in the warm and dry bakery.
John and Terry!
Had a ball today! Would have been the most scenic ride I have done so far. Anstey's Hill wasn't as bad as I though it would be. The cars seemed to behave themselves. And met some lovely people. Thanks for looking after us all Gemma with your timely pointers at each pit stop. Yes, that last bit at the bottom of Torrens Hill Road was a bit of an OMG moment for me!
And a big thank you to Roger for lending me a water-proof high visibility jacket. The only biking atire I have at the moment is my Gawler Wheelers top. Ideal for summer, but winter . . . . So without that jacket Roger I am sure I wouldn't have enjoyed the views nearly as much! Will be certainly looking out for one before 'heading for the hills' again!
Gemma.. have to go with John also with scenery part FANTASTIC. never in my dreams did I ever think I would be riding around that area on a BIKE ? Soo sooo glad I attended your group ride :) Wasnt all sure if I would have legs to do such a ride but I guess it was my lucky morning. Torrens Hill ?? OMG what a hill and soo glad we didnt have to go up NOO WAAYYYYY.. coming down it was hard enough and I swear I saw steam coming off my front brakes. Dear oh dear that is a hill and half. I was actually laffing coming down it as I could not believe how steep it was and soo glad to see we all made it down with no crashes. Anstey's Hill ??? pffttttt yes it is hard but gosh sooo pleasing when you have beaten it :) Very testing route for me Gemma but thank you and every one else for hanging around at stops just incase any of us got into and trouble.
Oh yes and John next time you want to try and sneak up on me from behind up a hill you need to be a little more QUIET!!!!!!!!!! instead of huffing and groaning in pain on my back wheel mate.. Soo Soooooo funny that was..I was chuckling when I put my foot down knowing that you were trying to get me hahahaha.. Love riding with you John you make the day eventful indeed..
@Gemma.. lmao yer sorry bout that I forgot to change to my name from the Wife's :)
Yes Terry, had to laugh too when I let out a couple of extra loud huffs and puffs after making a dash to catch up with you. I thought that would bring an instant reaction, as it did. The way you wear that bright green jacket mate, its like a red flag to a bull!
Was great to see you enjoying yourself out there today after your off day last Saturday.
Well done all the brave Gully Grinders!! Torrens Hill Road is a terrific descent - smooth, wide and fast - but the ending is truly horrible. Steep, greasy when wet and a blind corner into Gorge Road. Chapeaux to all.
On a personal note - my "worthy-cause-dinner" meant a very late night - too late to get up and ride this morning. Sorry to have missed the ride.
See you on a ride soon. Andrew.
the gels boss! the gels! loaded chock full of caffeine & guarana goodness.
You missed a good ride Andrew
No need to rub it in.... Glad you had a great time Roger, you really seem to be revelling in your riding at the moment... Still gobsmacked by your riding on the Star Cycles ride last monday - awesome strength and speed - AND you did GW yesterday!!
Great ride today..thanks Gemma for organising it and everyone for the company. Nice route through the hills with a few challenging climbs to get the heart started, not to mention the run down Torrens Hill!
Sorry that I could not stay with you for the last leg of the ride back to Golden Grove and enjoy a coffee with you all, but lunch was calling!
It was my first ride with the Gully Grinders, but it won't be my last.