Southern Suburbs Road Cyclists - 4th Birthday Ride


The catch-up at Panatalinga Road intersection

I won't go too much into the story of how the SSRC came about, who has run things over the journey and how many different ride leaders and TECs there have been as it would probably take a while. Needless to say it's has taken many folks to be involved but the collective commitment shown by all concerned has meant that social road riders in the Southern areas had a place to start riding and develop in any way they saw fit.

The 4th birthday had rolled around quite quickly and it just about coincided with the run-up to Amy's Ride SA. So it was decided to have a go at climbing both the veloway from Darlington and Old Willunga Hill with a chance to catch-up for a coffee at McLaren Vale before everyone went their separate ways home.

The starting crew - a few joined along the way.


We had a few folks choose this ride as their first SSRC ride. We welcomed Mick, Mal and Andrew (another one!) for the day. Andrew was the surprise packet of the ride. A man in his mid-sixties who came to ride on a steel hardtail MTB, loaded with a large pack on the rear of his machine and wearing shorts and a shirt. He was up for a challenge and he was SO STRONG! I was lucky enough to spend a fair bit of time with Andrew around the 90-odd km of the ride and I only hope I'm as fit as he is at the same age. 

Andrew spinning Southwards along the Veloway.

The puncture fairy hit twice. Once at the start and then about 800 meters up from the start! Carl and Terry were the unlucky recipients, but we rapidly recovered and the whole gang met-up at the Panatalinga Rd Intersection of the Southern Expressway, meeting even more riders.

Steve Ellison took a few stills from his Fly6 and was kind enough to let me use them.

Mal, Wattsy and Colin W-L 

Colin C and Kevin, still heading South.

Jolie leaving the Expressway behind.

Gillian & Wendy at Kangarilla Road crossing.

Mr Mapei, Richard and Greg.

John starting to head up OWH.

Barry flying down McMurtrie.

Rest-up at McLaren Vale before taking off in all directions.

It was a lot of fun, but my legs were absolutely screaming at me after 90km was done! Thanks to all that took part. I'll end with my comment on my Strava Profile for the day:

"Thanks to everyone who has ever taken a ride out, been TEC, helped a fellow rider with a puncture / mechanical / cramp / broken bones or designed a jersey over the last 4 years. Wattsy"

I'm sure there will be many more.

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Comment by Andrew Watts on November 13, 2015 at 12:19

There are a few more pictures that I will attempt to add in somewhere on this blog.

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