After a tease last weekend, a fairly crappy week with rain and wind, mother nature was once again kind to the cycling fraternity turning on a magic Spring day.
Arriving to a balmy 10 degree morning in Mclaren Vale, the 8 confirms soon swelled into a mass of Lycra, garmins and rubber.
Maybe it was the crows poor performance, maybe it was the promise of Crick support at the top of Willunga, maybe it was the sunshine....whatever it was ...they came.
The Early arrivers Steve, Matt, Matt Mike and Stu.
We were also graced by a special appearance we had not seen since the beginning of Autumn
So we gathered and waited for the all important ride briefing
Graham had taken charge for the morning and began to marshall the troops
We almost got to the call of 'Rolling' when the call came in from Shav.
He had a flat....and that was getting the bike to the car. But as the SSRC mission statement goes - no man is left behind...unless you are Matt B.
We arrived at Willunga to hear disaster had struck. Continental had not been able to sway Sav with a lucrative enough deal and had supplied him some tainted goods. Shavs tyre had blown out not 2km into the ride and it was yet another call to the sag wagon for our luckless comrade.
A quick stop at the beautiful Alma Hotel - shnitty night Tuesday - two for one.
Then it was onward and upward to the 3km average 18% gradient of mighty Willy.
And if there was ever proof that carbon works
We then headed along the range....a magic ride. The only hindrance was some road debris and a heard of longhorn.
Then it was the decent. The twisting downward spiral of Wickhams
Then it was time to hit the coffee...some were to hit it bigger than others....
The return to Koffee and Snaks was well received as the service by all accounts trumps that other place with the fancy name.
All in all a great morning out with some new faces and great weather.
# of riders at the start - 20
By the end ....about 16
Tyre blow outs - 2
Magpie hits - 1
Grin factor 9.9/10 (as my solar panels are putting themselves to use again)
Nice report, but has that camera of yours got a focus button ?
I think people were going too fast for it to focus.
Thank you Mr B your a champ, roll on more perfect weather :-)
It was a good couple of minutes - He was off his game today.
yep it was hard yakka towing everyone up Willunga LOLOL
Very nice new bike :-)
Happy Birthday to you Mr B - nice present
Its a little early...the big day is about 6 weeks away.
I managed to convince the financial controller to make the most of the bike clearance sales.
There were tears when the news came I wasnt allowed to ride the new steed until the big day....but sanity prevailed so I got to take the cannondale out early.
Hey mate, I just noticed the picture you took of a RD on a Focus bike. Thats not my bike. I think it was one of the Matts bikes. He has the dark gray frame and is running SRAM, Im still running Shimano Ultegra. Might need to adjust that heading mate.