Seven hardy souls turned up under the worst rain cloud of the winter and looked in desperate hope for gaps in the cloud that may suggest that things were going to clear up! It didn't take long to decide that the rain, bad as it was, had passed and that there was a great chance to get a few kms under the wheels. Kudos to Tony and Daniel for riding to the start through the rain and also to Alison (disclosure: my sister-in-law) on rocking up to her very first group ride without kids (she has been on a previous Rag-Tag ride).
As all of you know who were out and about on Sunday, the wind continued to gather pace through the morning and just about did for Alison on the final few kilometres of the Shiraz trail. To her credit she completed the ride but was ripped away from Bracegirdles before a hot chocolate could be ordered due to the needs of her 8 and half month old lad (or the needs of his Dad more likely)!
We were very lucky with the weather rain-wise, only encountering the briefest of showers as we ate a multitude of chocolate greedily! That wind was a killer though
Thanks to David Ellison for leading the way back to Bracegirdles once again!
A NOTE FOR FUTURE RIDES ON THIS ROUTE: Please refrain from using the Almond Train car park to park your cars. This has not been appreciated by the owners of the business and notes saying so have been left on the cars left there. Please use the road to park your car.
Also, the average speed for the rear of this ride was 16kph and no one was left behind. So if you are worried about joining these L rides due to your lack of speed, don't be.
Now... for the obligatory ride photos. Ride photos are outnumbered by food photos, which is not unusual for this route!
Renata, David and Jolie beaming at the start with very dark clouds behind them!
On the way back to the start, getting tired now! Thank goodness for the tailwind!
Food, glorious food!
Thanks all for your company.
Enough said, but well said. Nice brief report Wattsy and good to hear the ride was completed by all, by the sounds of it, without a visit from the puncture fairy ;-) Well done guys!
I counted them all out and I counted them all back :-). One dropped chain was the only issue. No biggie.
great effort by all regardless of weather. Well done Wattsy
Shav. To quote a Bingle-ism, where the bloody-hell were you? ;-)
Nice one all of you... How far was the ride? I'm trying to encourage my other half to join, but I'm losing the battle in spectacular fashion so far. She'd be around that kind of average speed.
That was a 45km ride Adam. We have had a good take-up by women on this particular ride. Not due to Bracegirdles I'm sure (although I reckon it doesn't hurt)!
Thanks Andrew. That distance will still challenge her and any hill over 5m vertical ascent scares her silly....**sigh**
Maybe you can convince her into trying half the ride? Out to South Road and back. It would take in Bayliss Road, which has a small hill, and we always wait at the top for those that need to walk up (as happened Sunday and in the previous route 2 ride). Alternatively the Shiraz Trail would be a good starter. Not pancake flat by any means, but will start to get strength in the legs.
Yeah, that is pretty much my strategy. Thanks heaps.
Earned it I reckon! :-)
Well done Andrew and all who were out on the bike sorry I missed Bracgirdles it's now one of my favourite places but I spent over 6hrs riding Sunday :-)