I've been mapping out a few routes that I've either done solo or would like to do but am not sure about putting them up as Muddy rides so I am looking for suggestions.
50km (approx rides) are fairly easy through Clarendon, Blewiitt Springs and slightly longer 80km rides can be done using Willunga, Penneys Hill and Wickhams Hill. The first dilemma I face a tad selfish in that I'd rather do the longer rides on a weekend when I am not racing the next day (which are few and far between as races are most weekends). The second dilemma is some of the routes are on roads that I'm happy to ride on (albeit cautiously) Main Rd Coro Valley, Cherry Gdns Rd, Ironbank Rd, Upper Sturt Rd for example but I know some riders are wary of those roads. While I'm happy to ride on them I'm not so sure I would want to organise a ride for others on those roads. I've also kept away from Education and Oakridge due to the steep inclines but these could be included. So I need some route suggestions please..
Next weeks ride will probably be Chandlers Hill, Clarendon, Blewiitt Springs, McLaren Vale, C2V approx 60 kms.
I'm generally less concerned about the busier roads if we are well grouped so motorists can't help but be cyclist aware. Main Rd is easy to bypass with Coro Pde/Murray's Hill Rd. Upper Sturt's top third descent can be substituted with Sturt Valley Rd (woohoo!). That also eliminates Ayers Hill climb (woohoo!). Early Saturday morning starts help to minimise traffic. It's the longer rides that return later on "problem" roads that could be of concern. That's when I favour a T&F down the Old Freeway if we are in the vicinity :)
T&F - tuck and fang - for those that don't know me ;-)
tuck and fang?
After slogging up to the top of a hill (preferably a big one), select your aerodynamic position of choice (Tuck), engage top gear and Fang it downhill as fast as possible (a la Juan Fangio) leaving Patrick wallowing in your wake :-)
Just in case: http://f1-grandprix.com/?page_id=1095
the thought of Patrick wallowing in my wake is highly appealing, but equally highly unlikely.
Me and gravity don't get on well David.
Happy with all those options - we have quite a few different routes - so no problems repeating some of them :-)
If people are keen - maybe we could meet near the city one day and do a Norton or Bollards climb to mix things up a bit.
well after popping my OWH cherry I would like to have a go at popping some more hills, if you guys will give me ten minuets to catch you up, but for next week Chandlers Hill would be good.
You did brilliant on OWH with a puncture to boot! I need some new hills too, although happy to revisit the old ones to set some PR's :-)
Bangor Road Pat...........I know its steep
hahahaha - Don't let RD6 choose the routes!!!
I think some of the 'wary' roads you mention would be better on a group ride.
I would personally be more comfortable on some of those roads as a group rather than solo. Its harder for a driver not to see 10+ peoples.
My muddies attendance will be patchy so I will plan my suggestions for spring :)
oakridge is a good hill to put your climbing legs to the test 20% at the top !!