H'eroica 2016, gravel, pizza and vintage bikes

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H'eroica 2016, gravel, pizza and vintage bikes

Time: October 9, 2016 from 9am to 2pm
Location: Lenswood, SA
Website or Map: http://www.adelaidecyclists.c…
Event Type: ride, community
Organised By: Gus K & Easy Tiger
Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2016

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Event Description

Note: meet at Tower Hotel carpark at 8am for 8.10 ride up to Norton Summit or just 9am at the Resoury Centre

The Adelaide Hills have so many hidden unsealed roads, and the ever-opening vistas of hills and car-less roads provide a sublime experience, that need to be shared. On the same day in Italy the famous L'Eroica ride is being held that take on the dirt roads of Tuscany through the wine region of Chianti. Logically the Adelaide Hills are an ideal region to have it's own L'Eroica on these mostly unsealed roads.

This year celebrates Adelaide Cyclists' H’Eroica ride's 6th anniversary. While it has been successful and fun in the past, we are going to tweak the format a bit. The original intent was to introduce cyclists to the gravel roads around the Adelaide Hills that they may not have been aware of. Back in 2010 when this ride was in its conception, gravel was a bit of an unknown because Strava wasn’t as incredibly popular as it is now and you only heard of these roads word of mouth, or if you accidentally got lost! But now gravel has become the new black, adventure bikes are everywhere and all the cool kids are riding 'cross.

So the plan is to return to the spirit of the Italian L’Eroica, that this ride was always an homage to, and try to get everyone out on their vintage Bianchis, dressed like Fausto Coppi and slow it down a bit to enjoy and savour all the Adelaide Hills and the gravel roads have to offer.

Setting off in one group we will ride out to Anderson Hill winery where there will be yummy pizza and burgers to eat, and drink some great wine, have a look at some retro 'Show ’n’ Shine' bikes and maybe a little swap meet, and return (as much as possible) as one group to Norton Summit.

It won’t be mandatory, but we would like everyone to make an effort to get into the spirit - so preferably steel road bikes (no mountain bikes, unless you ask very nicely), or if you can’t manage that, your cross bike. Wear a retro jersey, and woollen knicks (only joking), wrap a spare tyre around your neck and bring your spirit of adventure!

The date to remember is Sunday October 9 leaving the Natural Resource Centre carpark, Norton Summit, at 9 am for 9.15 start. We leave Norton Summit at 9.15 am (If you are riding up meet at the Tower Hotel carpark Magill at 8.30 am).

For those new to it, this event's aim is to be fun, inspiring, eye opening, and a bit of a challenge, for those returning you know why you've come back! Non-riding family and friends are welcome to drive up for the get together - there is plenty of parking available at the winery.

We stop at Anderson Hill winery, Lenswood, at around 11 am where they will be offering food, wine, beer and coffee.

We will leave at around 2pm to return to Norton Summit along the same roads. Again, not mandatory, but the aim is to return with as big as group as possible. There are various shortcuts along the way, both gravel and bitumen back to the main roads if you are in a hurry.

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Comment by Gus on October 8, 2016 at 21:29
Ok everyone. The BOM has updated their severe weather alert to indicate strong winds in the early morning, showers turning to rain mid morning, and more yuk stuff. The radar already shows heavy rain over the gulf.

With this we feel it's best to make everyone aware of this and say to watch the next report but it's most likely we won't go ahead and reschedule for a better time soon.

Adam and I will be at the Tower at 8 and ride up to Norton Summit to catch anyone who does come. If it's patchy we might ride the first bit around Norton Summit.

So again, don't feel like you're letting anyone down by not turning up. The roads are already in a bad way and wind is a real threat.

Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. I'll send this message to you by email too.

Thanks everyone, Gus and Adam.
Comment by Greg McConnell on October 8, 2016 at 21:21

The weather is starting to look dodgy ... will see what the morning brings ... is there a GPX file for the route?

Comment by Gus on October 7, 2016 at 22:20
The weather is looking ok for Sunday with rain coming in after lunch, which is a good thing we eat at around 11 after meandering to Anderson Hill. They are expecting us but please be patient with your food ordering, they're not Maccas and do their best with one pizza oven.

Also be aware that the Gorge Rd is closed. You need to ride back the same way or via Deviation Rd and Uraidla.

With the recent rain, and now warm weather, come some hazards. The roads might be worse than in previous years so riders need to be careful, carry spares, know the route and watch out for snakes (yes, snakes).

A reminder that this is a nod to L'eroica in Italy. If you can't ride something retro, think about wearing some retro kit or at least some Ray Bans Iike Merckx or Persols like Coppie.

Other things, if you like taking photos please ask riders if they want to be photographed. Not everyone wants their every ride pictured. That's feedback from previous years.

Did we mention it has some steep pinches? It's also got some great views.

There will be a full briefing at 9am at the Norton Summit Resources Centre car park.

#itsnotarace #nostrava #hatesnakes
Comment by easytiger on October 4, 2016 at 22:38

There has been photos posted of Gorge Rd blocked (I think east of Tippett Rd) and Fox Creek Rd is closed indefinitely between Croft and Cudlee Creek Rd, so that will make it impossible to get to Anderson Hill winery for people driving up that way.

So best thing is for people to keep checking road closures via Traffic SA - http://traffic.sa.gov.au - to make sure they can get there via their proposed route.

Comment by easytiger on October 2, 2016 at 13:28

So ... I did a recognizione (reconnaissance) of the H'Eroica route from the Tower Hotel to the top of Blockers Rd (corner of Mawson Rd).

Norton Summit road has a stop/go around a bit of road that has washed away, and a number of places where water is running across the road; Colonial Dr has a few potholes; Moores Rd is fine, if not a bit more gravelly than normal; Marble Hill Rd has a bit of soil/sticks strewn across it in places; Pound Rd has a few potholes, and a few places with water running across the road; Knotts Hill Rd is similar, if not a bit worse; Blockers Rd has a few potholes, and quite gravelly.

I have it on good authority that Mawson & Croft Rds from the top of Blockers to Anderson Hill is currently "lovely". (source: James Raison | LaVelocita.cc)

So, all-in-all, quite rideable, with a bit of caution shown on the descents, everything will be molto bene!

Comment by Michael Fraser on September 17, 2016 at 16:50

Hello Gus and Adam Regret to advise that I will now be unable to attend. Shane's wedding is the night before and I will be not at home early enough on Sunday morning. :-(

Comment by Philip Darbyshire on September 14, 2016 at 17:24

Sad one this.  The last ride :-(  Sad to say that I'll miss it as it clashes with Highland Games at Mt Barker.  I well remember bringing up the rear a year or two ago and the kindness of the guy who kept 'waiting for me' :-)  Plus Alex and Jeff shepherding me back home.  What a great day out on the hybrid it was.  

Comment by rossmg on August 4, 2016 at 22:20

Sunday 9am - Gotta update my boss as to my preferred time of morning starts that week!

Comment by Michelle on July 31, 2016 at 12:07

No it clashes with CSA Tour of the Barossa so not sure now...

Comment by Gus on June 21, 2016 at 15:21

Note change of date to Sunday October 9.

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