A nice sunrise greeted the Muddies this morning with little wind and cool but comfortable conditions for the double Bains ride. Seven riders took up the challenge and with no hijackers in sight and the PUNCTURE (see I'm not scared to mention her name) fairy banished by AVO it was a fairly quick ride and we were back at Riminis just after 9:30.
Climbing Bains Rd twice seemed like a good idea last week when I suggested the ride, it didn't seem quite so good whilst riding it for the first time. I had planned on taking it fairly easy with a race tomorrow in mind but truth be told it was hard work. I just beat the 15min barrier for the climb, my slowest for some time and I'm not sure i could have gone much quicker. AVO and the third Schleck brother (Phil Crick) disappeared out of sight pretty quickly, everyone else disappeared too although at a slightly more sedate pace.
Turning at the top onto Piggott Range Rd the speed increased along the range and it wasn't too long before we were flying along the descent back to Panalatinga Rd, lots of bikes coming the other way too on what was by now a perfect morning.
Turning right into Bains Rd again we faced the climb for a second time, again Mr Schleck and AVO raced there way to the top. I slowed down to ride part of the way with a potential hijacker in Paul McGregor who had just made his way down Bains Rd after climbing it along with Clarendon Rd, well donePaul. After leaving Paul I made my way to the top which surprisingly felt a lot easier second time round.
Regroup. Dirty Dozen, Boz, Baron, Hyphen, AVO and Schleck the 3rd. (Good group to ride with)
This time round we turned left and headed to Clarendon via the big dipper known as Easton Rd, a fast descent followed by a short sharp climb, before turning to descend at crazy speeds into the icebox known as Clarendon. Time for climb number three which is one of my favourites, Clarendon Rd. This is a nice climb as you can spin fairly easily at a nice rythm all the way to the top.
Another fast descent along Main Rd to Black Rd was great fun, then another blast on the big dippers on Black Rd. It went a bit wrong along here, slowing for a roundabout I looked back for cars and misjudged the braking and ended up riding into the back of Adam. We locked wheels for what seemed like an eternity before I ended up sprawled on the road, thankfully I didn't bring Adam down and only suffered a bit of bruising and grazing on my hip and twisted handlebars on the bike.
We made it back to the cafe in record time, we could have added a third climb up Bains Rd to the route (insertevilgrin) in preparation for Adam's Dirty Dozen ride.
Not many photos today, we were too busy riding and Fran refuses to take a photo of my grazed arse.. :)
I must admit I also was questioning myself why I was riding up Bains Road this morning, feel good for it after but at the time it was hard. Clarendon Road has now become a favourite of mine.
Another Great Muddies ride
good report Pat.
Glad you came off lightly from the drop.
Phil Schleck eh? Now there's a thought
just a thought as much as a dream ! PS was far from one of the slowest on this ride as reported to Ann ??
well done muddies.
Pat, good to hear that you are carrying on with the bloody-muddy-bitumen-hugging tradition!
I am not sure I have done the Clarendon road climb yet it will have to be added to the list. Not done any of the big hills on the roadie wither yet..
Nice read, glad everyone had a great ride, think I did the right thing and not coming along. Went out this afternoon to do what would normally be quite an easy ride and am stuffed now.
when the 3rd Schleck brother lets me out again some hijacking may be required to get some hill climbing done :-)
another great muddies ride ,just hard enough to get the" blood boiling" and so quick the cafe couldnt keep up with the orders for brekkie when we arrived early Maybe a willunga double next time? was then joined by my beautiful fiancee who had ridden up from home,well done babe.
Willunga Hill Double not a Pentagon
Great work all.
well done guys.. glad you didn't hurt yourself too much Pat. I really wanted to do this ride and see Bains first hand for the first time but had other commitments which meant I had to be home early.
certainly some pace in the ride with a few PR's unstuck!!. :)