The weather gods smiled on ‘always sunny’ Pt. Noarlunga, the Southern Vales and the 17 riders that turned up for the scenic trundle that is The ’L’ Ride. We welcomed some riders new to this particular group so welcome to Michelle, Jason (from Largs) Matt, Greg, Zippy and the Dark Horse (Richard).
The first half of the ride was into a fresh headwind, especially along the coast. It was strong enough to cause some discomfort for a few riders. Fortunately all riders maintained their stomach contents!
The highlight of the day was when the cry of “Strava Sector” went up along California Road going past Tatachilla School. Steve Ellison set off like a man possessed, not so closely followed by Wattsy in an attempt to perform something very remotely resembling a breakaway and chase. It was all over after 300 meters (of a 750 meter stretch of road) where RD6 gently passed the wheezing Wattsy and caught up with ‘sore legs’ Steve (sore after his initial conquering of Old Willunga Hill yesterday).
The return trip was with the wind and Spartacus’ ascent of the Coast to Vines from Victor Harbour Road to Seaford surprised even him (pushing upwards of 30kph – I’m sure he won’t mind me saying).
As always, a safe ride is a good ride and everyone made it back to Beck’s to fight the crowds for a coffee (we may have to rethink our finish point folks). Thanks Colin for making it down for the coffee. I guess as Trent was unable to ride today your puncture repair services were not going to be required on the ride!
Lastly, it is pleasing to see how well the experienced riders are welcoming and encouraging the newer riders. For mine it’s what a social ride is all about.
Gathering for the start
Zippy patiently waiting for the birth ofhis first child (due TODAY) by hopping on his first 'L' Ride!
Stand over tactics employed by the group to get their coffees!
The FUIC flowed freely post-ride.
Heading down California Road (Video)
I bet it goes for a walk over the fence for some hard stuff ;-)
Wattsy, your bottle looked lonely this morning so I took it for a ride, in my spare carrier, to Seacliff this morning. It looked much happeir afterwards ;-) I went to the trouble of taking it then forgot to get the photo while I was there....
Must have slowed you down! It all makes sense now! ;-)
Thanks for the ride all, looking forward to the next one
Great to have you along Matt. We may have to give you a nickname though... too many Matt's. In fact, when you Matts all left together on Saturday we could have been forgiven for thinking that there had just been a 'Matt Exodus' <GROAN>
that was bad Steve and Wattsy.
at least if anyone forgot a name they had about a 20% chance of getting it right with a Matt!
make sure you get out this week. Sounds like the muddies are going to be...muddy!