A hardy bunch of twelve riders braved the cold conditions this morning for the latest muddies ride. Clear skies and no wind made for fresh but ideal winter riding for the climb up chandlers Hill and through Clarendon and Blewiitt Springs.
Two minutes into the ride and Richard S had a visit from the fairy, he hadn't even had chance to warm up as the start of the ride was all downhill.
So after a false start we set off again and headed for the 3km climb up Chandlers Hill Rd where it was my turn for a flat tyre, about halfway up the hill, so after replacing the tube and clicking through the gears for a dreaded hill start it was off again, my prediction of a quick ride and back by 10am was looking a bit dodgy by now.
Clarendon is down there, somewhere.
It's always cold descending into Clarendon, this morning was no exception, might be time for some Adelaide Cyclist winter kit I think.
After stopping for a couple of photos on Clarendon Rd i rejoin the tail end of the group for the gentle climb towards the Blewitt Springs Rd where the rest were waiting, and no doubt getting cold.
With the sun trying to poke it's head through the light clouds the pace warmed up a bit through some great scenery as we headed towards McLaren Vale, once again chasing down the back of the group after a nature stop I spotted Boz coming the other way, Richard had picked up another flat and Boz was returning to help him.
This meant another delay and another regroup beore we hit McLaren Vale and the bike path back towards Hallett Cove. The early finish was definitely blown now aznd the group stretched out as the young bucks set off in search of Strava gold and the old farts made there way back for coffee and the best looking pancakes I've ever seen
Who was the lucky rider to choose those ?
Paul M also turned up at the cafe on a crappy old bike with no pedals, not sure how he rode it there. :P
Whilst having coffee the subject of Willunga Hill was mentioned with a couple of Willunga virgins in the group. I might do a Willunga ride in a fortnight, leaving Hallett Cove a little earlier than usual and picking up along the way at Becks and Seaford/Aldinga for those who live down that way.
Looking at the Strava files of some of today's riders I've never seen so many PBs and medals. I even scored one myself riding as TEC, the pace must have been on up ahead of me. Who needs RD6???
Cheeky Pat :P
Day 2 bed ridden with tonsillitis and 39.0 fever, it has really floored me big time
Another Willunga virgin here - definitely interested in tackling it soon :-)
With the cold and punctures - thought Strava would have been rested today - apparently not - apparently the challenge of trying to chase down Baron and some young bucks does the trick :-)
nNce report and nice photos
well done lads. Looks like a great ride...and great pancakes.
The little fellas footy team polished off their first game with a 111 to 26 point win so glad I didn't miss it :)
Great to see "Mr Skippy" Arnold out there bounding around with the young bucks.
Any chance of naming the rear aspect shots so I know who's ass I am watching go by when I return? ;-)
don't know why you need names, you obviously know my ass -:)
I recognised the animal in on you!
Nice report. Richard must me special having two visits, must be those lightweight tubes he is usung ;-) Sounds like you had a great time regardless.
Could do a Lofty ride next week Trent if you fancy it.
Excuse my ignorance but who runs the lofty ride?