This mornings "L" had a distinct lack of Cricks in attendance, hence you're all stuck with my less than creative skills in report writing. Sorry.
The morning started off at a balmy temp of 10 deg......at least its was better than the 7 deg displayed in the car when I left home.
11 intrepid souls braved the brass monkey start to head south on our usual route. I'm not good a remembering names , so we'll just say Steve lead us out of Becks, with Paul McG as TEC
All went well until a little way along the Esplanade, when Blake , who was trying out a new SMP seat, which bears a striking resemblance to two axe blades angled towards the nether regions , decided that the trial was going well and turned back. Down to 10 riders.
We had an encounter with a Bogan of the Hyundai variety at Seaford, but no real issues. I think he may have dropped his Ciggie out the window while screaming at us.
The C2V trial was rather quiet this morning, but was quite chilly, maybe everyone else was tucked up in bed.
We all navigated through the mess that is the McLaren Vale interchange and headed for Strava glory down California Rd. However as of the time of writing this it doesn't appear anyone shook the tree up at all. BTW RD6, the Dogs looked expectantly at the gate for you to roll past, but appeared quite disappointed to have missed their exercise in chasing you.
Regroup at the end of California was as usual accompanied by the sound of yappy white dogs. We then made reasonable pace down Malpas, until Tony noticed out TEC was missing, he was there at Malpas. Check the phone and sure enough , 1 missed call. Paul had got a puncture, but his pump was missing. So I rode back and we used one of my CO2 cannister to pump the retubed tyre back up.
A rather uneventful trip back up the C2V trial to the park for a quick pitstop and refresh , left everyone with strong legs for the trip back up Pedler trail.
Unfortunately Paul's rear tyre must have sustained some sidewall damage and the tube popped out, leading to a split in the group. After a quick re-group the lead pack set off for Becks and coffee, Paul and a few other got going again thanks to a handy piece of plastic.
However the piece of plastic gave up the ghost near Becks with Paul forced to walk from the roundabout , while the rest of us sipped Lattes and nibbled on Scones and Cream.
Back at Becks Gillian, Colin, Anne and Mr Mapei had warmed up the seats for us, as well as broken out the GW jerseys for size testing. Thanks for your efforts in sorting through this Gillian.
So all in all , another great morning rides down South, Mental note to self, wear Booties next time.
For those interested, temperature trace off my Polar is below.
Sounds quite balmy, I'm going to upload my ride to Garmin connect later to check the min temp for the morning, It was so cold going through Clarendon I couldn't feel my fingers
they need temperature in Strava so you can see how miserable you are at any given point.
That is the one thing Garmin Connect has up on it.
Good turn out and glad it went well.
Top work Gillian on dragging out of bed with Jerseys for the masses to try on.
Oh yes, forgot to add, we were joined somewhere along the C2V trail by a Pat, a smattering of Cricks came down to Becks along with two Brennans.
Well done on the report Matt! It was a good ride for most of us but I am not sure Paul would agree ;-) Well done all!
My day is going really good, not, I just added this reply and it vanished, second time lucky.
Thanks to Matt, Pat and others for helping with the fairies.
Thanks to Steve for leading us around.
Just went to bike station, I reckon Noel thinks I am Father Christmas when I come in, here is a list of todays goodies.
Tubes x 2, new tyre, new standing bike pump with guage.
Wife gets for mothers day, new helmet, new scott hybrid, new jersey.
See you all next time.
I just uploaded my strava efferts, some were good, others need a lot of work.
On the SOBR I have the 5th fastest overall return time / average speed, no idea how I have done that. I still have a long way to go to catch Phil Crick on the southern strava's.
So when do we see jenny on an L ride ?
probably spring at the earliest, she can do a few family / rag tag rides and see how she goes from there.
no Colin to fix your puncture?
The dogs were waiting for me? awwww that's sweet LOL, probably missed out on their fat T- bone steaks......
Paul, how are those SRAM 60's rolling ?
Didnt roll very well when flat, the last time it went was when I was flying down weatherall chasing Pat, reached the roundabout at commercial when a huge woosh, not from me but the rear tyre. Down California they rolled while others had to peddle, beautiful feeling. Colin is on the injured list.
"Cold- you cant handle the cold" Up here in Birdwood we started our ride with a downhill to Gumeracha, that was cold. Sounds like you guys had fun despite the setbacks.
Would have been cold at Gumeracha, for sure. I started with a 60kph downhill roll, a good way to wake up Jules.