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
I could just eat one now..
sorry me and ann could not make it maybe next time.
Looks like it was fun, I was planning on attending , but a late night watching the tdf and forgetting to set the alarm made me sleep in.
poor excuse Mr J :-)
Big Kudos to the GWs, that's a good ride, hope the Eggs were worth it. The P fairy has been a bit of a b!tch this weekend, next weekend should be good, the law of averages says so.
LOL Pat. Like your theory. Lets put it into practice and see what happens.
Our ride today was a very Start Stop affair. At one point we had 5 blow-outs in about 2km of riding !
We missed the assembly meeting point at Glenelg, so we enjoyed playing "Catch Up" all the way to Hackham !
I was advised to try the Eggs Benedict, and I must admit, they were the best I have ever had... ( ok, it was the first time I tried them :)
How was your race today Pat ?
Very average Pete, dropped about halfway in and rode solo for the rest of the way in windy conditions.
Unfortunately one of the Div 1 riders broke a collarbone so my day was much better than his, at least i got around in one piece.
Lets all stay safe out there.
Always hapy to help out Phil! Glad to see the GW crew caught up/ran into you and that Don made it home again (saw it on Strava)
Matt we caught up with Don just before the tunnels and I asked him if he was the TEC for the day. He mentioned that he was happy to get 50 kms in and was heading home.