I woke up thankful for a slightly later start after riding yesterday, I was not really looking forward to riding this morning. A look out the window to see wet roads and clouds in the sky and I nearly sent the third Schleck brother out instead, but no I had to get back out there and HTFU!
I was greeted at Becks by a group that had grown from four to 15 - great stuff despite the weather. We were all wrapped up with rain jackets and longs and we set off along River road to the Coast to Vines trail.
The bunch all prepared for the start (except Mr Ellison jnr who thought the weather was positively barmey!)
Regroup at the lights (first jacket removal)
We were soon at the bottom of today's target and all feeling a little warmer, several began removing jackets to head up Cox's Hill. Today saw a few people attempt the climb for the first time, Greg, Paul and Matt J to name a few, so glad you could enjoy one of my favourite hills looking out across the southern coast. It was also good to see many achieving PRs up the climb Cox Hill to Bains Rd climb, great work guys :-)
View of the bunch heading up the climb
The lovely sunny view
Paul doing all the hard work, Geoff drafting behind.
At the top the temperature dropped and the jackets were quickly put back on as the rain closed in..
Group gathered at the top of the climb with special guest appearance by Mr Brennan who joined us for approximately 100m of the climb to then whisk off for football...
A very tentative decent by me, but looking at strava some of you let loose and flew down there, sorry I literally don't have the balls for that!
The pace picked up back along the veloway leaving me and a few others with not much left in the tank to attack the other segments to be had on the way back but again a few gaining PR's on The ESSES.
Upon joining River road I abandoned my post as TEC and tried to fly down there and get back for my much need hot chocolate. As although everyone else blew hot and cold the whole time I was still freezing! :-)
See the route here
Total distance: 45.77km
Metres climbed: 345m *
Average speed: 20.8 (a tad slower than the rest)
Pun***re Fairy visits: 0
Grin factor: 8/10
The P ride runs every 2 weeks on a Sunday morning 8.15 for an 8.30 start and is organised by the SSRC group the next event will be held on Sunday 17th June route yet to be posted. The next SSRC event is the event is Saturday 9th June
glad the turn out was quite good. sorry i wussed out, but feeling rubbish and looking out the window at 7am, my motivation waned. i'll be out for saturdays rides (i'm assuming the main ride is early and the rag tag later)
Great rode by the sound of it. No rain on my ride this morning just cold and damp but it poured down all the way home in the car. I reckon if you'd ridden the usual L ride route you would have all stayed dry but the fact that so many turned up despite the conditions is awesome.
Great report Michelle, thoroughly enjoyed, the numbers present show we are on a winner. See you all in two weeks.
Sounds like another great ride
Great report Michelle... Looks like all had a great time - sorry to hear of Steven's oops!
Thanks! Such is life. All part of the learning experiance. It didn't stop me attending the ride so it couldn't be too bad ;-) I will hobble around for a few days before I get back on the bike and then it will be over ;-)
Fantastic to see such a turn out. Just as well you got out of bed Michelle!!
I struggled....hence my poor timing for the rendevous at Becks.....I think I was about 20 minutes out.
Caught the group about 200m from the top of Cox Hill so it was a very brief hello then onto the football. Bye this weekend so I can get a big ride in Saturday.
Fantastic to see Martin supporting FUIC sales at ride end. Disappointing the non Belgians went for hot drinks.
Lowlight of the day - getting a puncture about 500m from home
A great ride, very happy to have got up Cox's without stoppping :)
What I do need explained to me though , is WTF are you people down south feeding your dogs. The sheer amount and calibre of dog crap on the C2V trail was astounding. It was almost like they have ponies rather than dogs.
Maybe they were, there are horse riders use the trail as well!
Great report Michelle. Im glad it was well supported. Good on all you guys for making the effort.
Good effort guys and gal for tackling Coxs Hill :) hope you all got some nice strava PB's
Glad to see no dogs chasing after me hehehe
was a great turn out and loved the route,a great bunch to ride with,well done michelle.