Hallett Cove felt like July this morning and I was pleasantly surprised to be met by 21 people ready to go for a bike ride to meet Adelaide Cyclists at the Buffalo, which is a good show for us Muddies and SSRC folks. RD6 appeared to have had a lie in and turned up in his thongs just as we were about to leave, not to say I blame him, racing the previous day would render most people useless for all but the shortest of recovery rides.
We set off down the hill and it wasn't long before the technical gremlins started and I don't believe he actually got out of the car park before the spanners were out tweaking something or other.
Pat & Michael go retro
Shav prepares for his trip to the Antarctic
Our resident professional bike models
Martin the tyre fixing god and a bloke on a blue bike
Simon turned up on his new stead, a shiny new Avanti equipped with Dura Ace Di2. I had a quick go on this later on when we returned and I was impressed how smooth shifting was, particularly on the front derailleur, this is definitely something that's going on the 'I want' list.
Simon's new bike
Technical gremlins struck Graham twice within about 3kms of Hallett Cove, our resident tyre fixing god (Martin) was once again on hand and things were fixed reasonably quickly. This was a good thing because I'm pretty sure the temperature hadn't got into double figures at that stage and people were getting a little chilly.
Tyre fixing god in action
We made the meet point in Glenelg, albeit a little late, but they hadn't left without us. I'd estimate there were 30-40 Adelaide Cyclists in the group, all raring to go for the spin-fest to the Outer Harbour.
Everyone at the Buffalo
We remembered Alan Roberts for a short while and contributed to his bench that will appear in Seacliff.
Whilst reading the event description for the AC Winter Ride, I couldn't help noticing the sentence:
"The pace will be a relaxed one with a tail end Charlie"
I don't think I've ever been up to the Outer Harbour so quick - I'd hate to see you guys going really quick!
Most of us at the Outer Harbour
Cycling royalty - Baron
On the way back five of us entered a short time trial race and ended up in the wrong cafe - blame the race organisers for that one! A quick capuchino and a donut later (thanks Noel, we owe you one), we cycled back to the correct cafe where we found the rest of the crew merrily chatting away and catching up.
After having a quick read through the report before I posted it, my wife has pointed out that she should get a mention for organising the meet up of the two groups - so here you go dear, here's your mention :-)
Peter and Gus
Noel and Pat (what have you been up to Pat?)
Shav abandons his Antarctic trip and goes cycling instead (Ellison Junior and Matt K)
After drinking our fill of coffee and donuts the group set off for the Buffalo and our final destinations. It was on this segment of the trip that zippy tried out his giro-inspired corning technique on one of the roundabouts and came a cropper, how no one else came down I have no idea. He was up again fairly quickly and back on the bike, taking advantage of the adrenalin to keep him going - he will be sore tomorrow I bet.
Zippy argues with the road
The roads between the Esplanade at Brighton and the main road continue to confuse us (me in particular) and I think we must have gone up various different roads as six different groups to get back onto the Esplanade. It still amazes me that you lot are happy for me to lead you places when I clearly have no idea where I'm going and I have no idea how fast we're going now thanks to my faulty Garmin (hopefully somewhere in QLD being replaced right now).
Once back at Hallett Cove, RD6 demonstrated the perils of 'helmet hair' and Simon was quite happy for one or two of us to try out his Di2 equipped Avanti - thanks Simon, I'm not sure I'd be so quick to lend it out to relative strangers if it was mine, but it is very much appreciated nonetheless.
Yet again, the Strava gods have been kind to us and we have more PRs than you can shake a stick at between us - some very good efforts by some people and it's good to see the newer guys improving so quickly.
Total distance: 75-103km *
Metres climbed: 129-745m *
Average speed: 27ish
Pun***re Fairy visits: 2
Grin factor: excessive
* figures taken from Strava, so ranging from wildly pessimistic to over exaggeration depending on your recording device and the fact people have started and finished in different places.
The wild man of Borneo
Bike porn 1, Simon's rear derailleur (Di2)
Bike porn 2, Simon's front derailleur (Di2)
Think you all just got carried away with the great weather, nice flat course and a good bunch of riders to ride with...
I reckon setting a pace with a big group can be difficult. Me and Zippy led out from Hallett Cove and my time on the bike path to Marino is the slowest I've had on Strava. We took it pretty steady and weren't aware that Graham had punctured, we then took it fairly slow on the esplanade waiting for the tail enders to catch up.
There seems little point to me everyone waiting and getting cold and all the group being late when someone has a flat. Graham was probably just unlucky getting two but he wasn't left alone. It's hard looking back over your shoulder with 20 riders to see if anyone is missing.
Great write up Phil, and great job all the southerners/muddies for the long coastal ride to Outer Harbour and home.
I hope Geoff doesn't feel too sore tomorrow. Look on the bright side Geoff, you'll have some 'P.R.' scabs to pick off in a couple of weeks!
it was a great day. easily my longest ride at 77.5km(45km previously) and for the ride to the actual stop point, my fastest average too.
thanks for the nice words about my new bike. i enjoyed my first actual ride on it today. i was knackered on the ride from semaphore to the buffalo, and got lost on my way there, due to being a self appointed TEC, but was suprisingly ok from buffalo to riminis.
thanks to David and Shav for keeping me company on the last 15km leg.
i'm happy for anyone to have a play on the bike on our rides. sure it'd suck to have it damaged, but that's what insurance is for! everyone i've met so far have been great people.
So Colin did return it? Last we saw he was headed out of the carpark.
yes but i dont think simon has noticed that it now has ultegra and my bike has dura ace Di2!!!!!
Good report Phil, glad to make it out of bed for this ride, how wrong was I thinking "recovery" ride, couldn't resist riding fast, that's just me and that technical issue I had at the car park was that Garmin magnet was loose as well the sensor was slipping a little the bottom of the chain stay
Well done Gus for planning this ride and looking forward to the next one
Great morning for it.
It was a bit disjointed on the way back.
I distinctly remember the group I was with asking for the easy way back to Hallet Cove....I was pushed to the front....then when I looked back everyone was gone!!!
Some great photos....I cant believe they all tease you about the your pink camera Phil.
Great write up as ever Phil, not sure about those professional bike models though.
It was a fast ride especially after my ride on saturday.
Good to see so many out too.
LOL fair enough!