We are now on day 5 of the challenge and i'm off to a solid start, 567 km's in 4 days while resting on day 5, that's 30% of the total 1,788 km's of the challenge. Although the challenge is to ride this, starting on the 23rd of July and to complete it by the 22nd of August I would like to, if it is in me, to finish it on the 11th of August! That's going to be tough! Why the 11th of August you might ask, well, looking back through my Strava account it shows that to be the day in 2011 I rode…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on July 27, 2012 at 12:54 — No Comments
Weather forecast for Saturday the 21st of July was showers clearing with a min of 7C and max of 14C. That was forecast for Noarlunga, the closest forecast to McLaren Vale, the starting location for the latest SSRC L group ride. Not really a forecast to induce people to go for a group ride let alone people who are new to group riding. Its always colder in McLaren Vale by a few degrees too so I knew I would need to rug up for this ride.
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Added by Steven Ellison on July 22, 2012 at 13:48 — No Comments
This morning I decided to ramp up my riding in preparation for the "Every Second Counts" challenge. I set my alarm last night for 4am, the time I am targeting for most of my rides during the challenge. I should be able to rise at 4am and be out the door by 4:30am allowing me to do 100 km and still be home for around 8:30am.
I headed out the door and started North, looking to spin along the Southern Expressway veloway while totally disregarding speed. To get through…Continue
Last week I took the plunge and used the early bird entry to enter the full 127 km 2013 TDU BUPA Challenge along with David and several other SSRC riders. We have decided to enter as team SSRC which will add SSRC printed on our BUPA challenge jerseys.
As a rule I do not collect donations for charities as I prefer to donate to ones I select personally. Having said that the Cancer Council contacted me today to ask if I would "Ride For a Reason" on the TDU BUPA Challenge. As this is an…Continue
After 10,000 km's my chain is starting to show some signs of wear and I have already had one cable failure so I figured it was time to strip the bike and replace all the cables, chain and inspect all components for wear and tear. This was going to introduce a whole new group of maintenance activities I have never done before like removing the crank, replacing cables, splitting and joining a chain and last but not least replacing the bar tape.…Continue
Saturday the 7th of July 2012 saw the introduction of a new, most difficult, route number 5 to the SSRC P ride collection. This route was around 60 km's and included around 700 meters of climbing.
I have been trying to get Trevor out on an SSRC group ride for…Continue
I had no idea those 324 days ago, when I rode a bike for the first time since I was 14 years old, at the age of 52, that I would do so much. It was meant to be an interim measure to keep fit until I could return to running. I tried to return to running in January and only managed to verify that I would no longer run for exercise when my other knee collapsed after only 6 weeks of training.
I have managed to keep fit, I have reduced pain in all my…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on July 3, 2012 at 9:31 — No Comments