Scuzzi Skippys

A group of friendly cyclist who ride every tuesday night all year round ...first group slows leave at 6:10pm the fast group leave at 6:30pm we do outback ride for about 48km and finish with beer/wine and pizza

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Stolen De Rosa King3 and Focus Raven - Prospect

Started by Michael Townsend Jun 18, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi everyone! Sorry to gatecrash your 'Scuzzi group' group and make my first post about a theft but two of my bikes, including my pride and joy De Rosa were stolen recently from our place in Prospect.…Continue

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Comment by Ronny on December 22, 2011 at 7:57

A agree with Slammin. Why have the 3 groups if guys just stuff a good ride by joining a group that is too slow for them... I thought it was meant to be a group ride until the final straight and then sprint to the big roundabout. Safety begins to go down when guys are forced to ride at their limit to stay with a group because one or two guys push the envelope. Sugar.

Comment by Torsten Bunge on November 23, 2011 at 19:11

I have to agree with you Frank, last nights ride was great. A huge group started out from Scuzzi's but all appeared to be well behaved. All in all a very enjoyable ride with a glass or two of wine once we got back.

Comment by Slammin on November 3, 2011 at 10:40

I just checked my computer for that ride - we max'd out at 55.4Km/h, while consistently going above 50km/h along the coast. I kept up till about 2k out from the roundabout.

Could a rider moving up from the slow group ever have a chance at joining in? Or is this too fast for them?

Comment by Slammin on November 3, 2011 at 10:16

Don't take my rant too personally Frank, I'm also to blame sometimes for getting carried away on that ride. Its in our nature to want to go hard.

Last Tuesday there were maybe one or two riders that had no regard for the group at all, they rode off the front and stayed there, while one by one the true medium group riders were dropped. I thought it was pretty rude of them personally. They were obviously far too strong for the medium group and should have left with the 6:30pm fast group.


I think the medium group plays an importnt part in this ride, everyone should have the opportunity to improve and progress through the different groups as their fitness improves. But whats happening is those riders that could hold on to a 40Km/h speed are being pushed back into the slow group by excessive speeds in the medium group. This then has the knock on effect of riders who are obviously too fast for the slow group pushing up the speeds in the slow group.


I ride the Mega bike ride and in the early days we had alot of crashes. We now have 5 groups that (in general) are well controlled, with the occasional sprint to make it fun. But when we are on pace we expect every one to maintain the correct speed and work together. The crashes in this ride have dropped signifcantly.


I'm not sure if the majority of Scuzzi riders would agree with me or not. Or worse are we all suffering in silence when its only a few riders spoiling it??




Comment by Brad-lee Bennett on November 3, 2011 at 10:12

The speed when we left and all the way to the turn off at Grand Junction road was as slow as I can remember for a long time with medium group.  Along the beach front to the round about was always going to be fast with that tail wind - this would be noted by the 30kph heading back to Port Adelaide.  Also we didnt have to wait long at the round about, sometimes we are there for quite a while so the pace couldnt have been that bad.

Id be more concerned about the riders who dont sit on the wheel in front and yo-yo off wheels.

The fast bunch is much faster and more intense.  I think this week the medium bunch done fine. 

Comment by Slammin on November 3, 2011 at 9:03

@Torsten - But who would be prepared to lay down these rules. Not having been on this ride for a while I don't think its my place to be telling long term riders of Scuzzi what the rules are. Would Ray be prepared (as godfather of Scuzzi) to say something?? 

Comment by Torsten Bunge on November 2, 2011 at 18:18

You are certainly not alone Slammin, I have recently joined the middle group and find the same as you especially last week. Perhaps it is time to have a group talk before the ride with some basic ground rules laid out before we leave eg 40kph max speed & no more than 2 abreast. Those who wish to turn it into a race can join the fast group.

Comment by Julia on November 2, 2011 at 17:10

This might inform people about the general concept!

Comment by Slammin on November 2, 2011 at 16:31

I was on the Scuzzi ride last night for the first time in months. There had been a few accidents in winter and so I thought I'd wait until daylight savings to give it another go. I normally sit in the middle pace group, with the occasional jump into the fast group if I'm fit enough.


We head out from Scuzzi, the pace is going well (in the middle group) until we turn into the roaring tail wind along the coast, now I don't mind picking up the speed a bit into a tail wind but hitting 55km/h + in the middle group is ridiculous. Most of the group couldn't keep up this pace and it turned into a free-for-all. This is where accidents happen and Scuzzi has had some big ones in the past.


My message to Scuzzi riders is why have a slow, medium and fast group if you get the occasional "hero" who thinks being a big fish in a small pond is fun and destroying what should be a group ride. If you want to go faster than the medium pace then go into the fast group. If you want to go faster than the slower group then go with the medium group - its not rocket science.


Am I alone here, or do other Scuzzi riders want to see more control in the different groups, instead of this "no rules" riding?


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