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)
Fantastic report, thanks Phil. You've put me to shame (thanks Michelle for letting him ride then spend time on the computer as well!).
How come no one told me about the Di2! We could have had a good show-and-tell. Thanks all for coming out, the weather was excellent and no wind is was a bonus. The pace was a little quick which is always really hard to control. We could think about fixing speed groups and sticking together and I'm sorry about the cafe stop. We did end up where I meant but the Outer Harbour trip was good to do as getting to Semaphore was pretty quick and we felt a hunger for more.
The next winter ride is on June 8. the event is up. I hope some of you and some who couldn't make it can come. The city start point might change as Bocelli's plain sucked for not being open for coffee at 0730.
It's not your fault that Phil missed the huge jetty land mark and not read the description of where to stop before he set off :-)
+1 ...I think Phil Rd6 and co were in time trial mode.
Phil was in "zone"
Given that Phil, RD6 and Michael missed the RH turn to head back south towards Brighton I would suggest they really all need to upgrade to Garmin 800's .
That's a shocking pic of me Phil. i don't know what I was up to but I did try and hang on to Noel's wheel on the way back, I bailed out at 40something kph because he was getting faster and I was getting dizzy. Man can he ride.
It was a great day on the bike, a couple of stops on the way to OH (must not drink coffee pre ride) meant I did a bit of a TT out there but the ride back in a great bunch of guys was great fun until Zippys little spill. Hope he's not too sore.
If I'd known there was a Di2 test ride I'd have gone to Riminis after the ride, that is one nice looking bike.
Thanks Gus for putting together a great ride, I don't know how many turned up b ut it was a big group of very different types of rider and I never heard one complaint. Awesome effort AC, well done.
There's a stack of riders with racing licences in that lot Steve!