This morning the SSRC meet up with AC Winter Ride #3. Winter is well and truly on us and after yesterdays weather I thought we'd be lucky to have many turn up. As can be seen from the photo below, we had a fairly reasonable showing, despite the cold and windy conditions.
Gus made a guest appearance where he gave a quick media release before buggering off to some swanky party in the city leaving us to attend his son's birthday which he had forgotten about (Epic fail Gus!) and leaving us to our own devices.
Today's route took us south from the Buffalo, down the Esplanade through Brighton and blown along the sea front. We tried out the motorcycle group method of marking junctions, although I'm not sure it worked that well. I don't think many were too keen to sit and wait for the entire group to go past and with a motorcycle it's easy to catch up with the group - not so easy on a push-bike. In future we might be better off with a fast, medium and slow group, at least we gave it a try.
After Brighton, we headed up the hill towards Marino and picked up the bike trail towards Hallett Cove. This mostly runs alongside the railway tracks and offers some good views of the southern coast line. You end up at the shopping centre at Hallett Cove where a few people peeled off for coffee or to head home.
A group of seven of us headed inland to pick up the Coast to Vines bike track that runs south through Reynella, Morphett Vale and Hackam before popping out in Noarlunga Downs at the end of the Expressway.
Everyone look at the camera!
Veloway closed at the end of the Southern Expressway
Shortly after leaving Hallett Cove, I received a called from Matt K, our TEC, saying that we had four Gawler Wheelers in hot pursuit trying to catch us up. They'd had a bit of a mare coming down from up North and picked up a few punctures along the way so had missed the start and had been chasing us since we set off. We slowed down expecting them to come down the Coast to Vines trail, but they'd actually been a bit more intelligent than I'd given them credit for and headed down the Veloway, aiming to bump into us as we came back up. They did exactly that very close to the end of the Veloway and joined our group heading north back to Hallett Cove.
If you ever take the Veloway, don't be deceived by the flattish Expressway running next to it, the Veloway is not flat in that part of the world! We had a couple of re-groups along the way and all eventually ended up back at Riminis in Hallett Cove, where the photos below reveal the real reason we ride.
At this point my part of the ride stopped, but I'm sure others will comment on what happened after this.
Thanks to Matt K for being TEC today and trying to keep us semi-organised. Thanks to Gus for organising the ride in the first place and thanks to the Gawler Wheelers (Lorraine, Mick, Pete and Craig) for making the effort to come down to sample some southern hospitality.
Total distance: various (30-110km)
Metres climbed: 700m (ish)
Average speed: 22.7
Pun***re Fairy visits: 1 + GW punctures
Grin factor: 8/10
SSRC rides run every week, alternating L and P ride routes. Next weeks ride will be an L ride on Saturday. Event details here
We found some stray Gawler Wheelers en route (Sorry about the pole Lorraine!)
Probably the healthiest plate on the table
Finally just catching up, as well as catching up on Downton Abbey (boy does that plot move fast).
Thanks Phil (and Michelle) for curating the route and hosting the ride in my absence. I'm sorry I couldn't join you all on the ride but it was nice to see the group at the Buff. I did sort of forget my son's 5th but more so I forgot I had to mow the lawn and all the other stuff to get ready for kids and jumping castle.
That chow at Riminis looks good. It is also a fact on ride with me there are no p**cture fairies, 'tis true.
As I missed out, and as I wanted to ride the route, I vote we repeat it for Winter Ride #4 on August 19 here.
Downton Abbey's plot move fast. Pfff. I've seen that grass you didn't cut grow faster... :)
There are the edges too, a finishing touch that makes the lawn sumptuous like Downton Abbey.
I had a good chance to chat to Matt.
I mentioned to Matt that with the strava section on Wheatland Street I would probably be 3rd to last.
I must be getting fitter I was equal 4th to last.
It was an interesting day I pulled some glass out of my tires as well.
There is a theory that rubber gets softer when it is wet.
Certainly there is a lot of work going on with the express way duplication.