Velominati … Rule #9

// If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.

Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.

Today was a very different ride for Jan.

Last week it was beating down heat this week riders caught without gloves, gilets, or warmers and arrived back for coffee shivering

Not much more to say really ... If it doesnt kill you it makes you stronger ROF-LMAO

a few Smurf Pix of some of todays Riders

Checker Hill

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Yes terrible weather but as you said what ever doesent kill you will make you stronger.Thanks for the lift home after the ride.It took a while to thaw out but all good now.Now just to fix that flat i got luckily right at the end of the ride.

Thanks for a great ride again today.  Riding in the light summer rain is invigorating; the air is fresh, the traffic is light and the descents are more interesting. I was on the road at sunrise to squeeze in another hour on the bike (and in the rain) because days like today don't come along very often. 

My third time through snake gully and my 2nd time to Kersbrook via this route in 8 days. I felt a lot better after todays ride than I did on the other 2. I notice that somebody on Facebook has said that long range forecaster predicts 42 degrees for BUPA ride, lets hope it's the same forecaster who said we would have a light shower clearing early today.

Hot weather or not, Snake Gully is going to be a bottle neck on BUPA day

Snake Gully is going to be hectic, lots of people will flash around the left hand turn at the start of the decent and go direct to ' pucker-factor-10'  I think the only thing to do is to try to start 'early'. Is this possible?

If not, we are forewarned having riden it often, and I think I'll be taking it nice and easy through there.

If you go into Snake Gully too slow it's a bit of effort to get out on the other side. I know if you roll down the gully at a fair pace you nearly roll out without effort but on BUPA day if you roll in at 70kph and hidden in the group is a half wheeler that clips a wheel and falls off or if someone stops for a flat tyre .... the next 100 riders will just keep coming down and round the corner till the gully is full.

coming off at the bottom or on the way down to Snake there's a pleasant thought:(

I went for a brief non-GG ride Sunday morning...what was all the white stuff on the roads?
I found it all a bit trecherous and was happy to make it home in one piece to warm up and have a winter Sunday in trackies and uggs watching a movie.

The white stuff was oil mixed with water. Horrible stuff. I did 89km and I had a spray jacket which was more than most and I still froze. Hot shower never felt so  good. I turned off down Ansteys and was descending very cautiously and had some idiot in a ute come flying down the hill and heard the wheels lock up and skidding noises right behind me. Thanks again Roger for organising a great ride.

That white stuff looked like detergent:( …it made the roads treacherous:( 

I only briefly looked at the weather map and assumed that being January, as soon as the sun came up the sprinkling rain would just fade away, so feeling good 10 km into my Sunday ride I decided to chuck in a 20km extra loop(c’mon who hasn’t on a day when you’re feeling strong?) but this meant by the half way mark of my 'new' ride, I was cursing myself and thinking, if I’d just stuck to my plan, I’d be home enjoying a nice hot shower by now…that shower when I did make it home was amazingly good though:) I didn't particularly enjoy my Winter Sunday in January, it reminded me why I dislike riding in winter.


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