Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sunday Ride - BG Club Lunch


Due to the way that Christmas and New Year’s fall this year, this Sunday is the last BG Ride of 2017 and also the BG Club Lunch day. I have booked a table under the name of Aldo for 11:30 am at the Tower Hotel. Please forward this email onto anyone I have missed on the list and encourage anyone who has ridden with us in the past to drop in and say Merry Christmas. 

There are three options:
1. Non Riders – Just rock up to the Tower Hotel around 11:30 am and have lunch, beer etc
2. Beach Riders – Depart the Tower at 8:00 am Tower – Greenhill Rd – Anzac Hwy and turn back early enough to return to back to the Tower around 11:30 am
3. Hills Riders – Depart the Tower at 8:00 am  - Nortons, Greenhill (or alternate), Hahndorf, River Rd, Aldgate Valley, Piccadilly Rd return back to the Tower around 11:30 am

The City meeting time is 7:30 am for the commute out to the Tower.

We have chosen the Tower as the start and end point as it allows you to drive to the start and park. If anyone is bringing their car to the Tower in the morning and is willing to make it available to lockup footwear etc. that would be much appreciated.

Can I ask that the first person back to the Tower decide if we are sitting outside and if so make the necessary arrangements as they don’t take bookings for outside tables. 
Can I also ask for someone to Volunteer as Road Captain for each group to herd the cats.

The menu is here and offers a fair range of choice $18-35 including some disgustingly healthy salads.

The weather is 36 degrees Partly Cloudy 15kph winds

If you can reply if  you are likely to attend that would be fantastic. 

Looking forward to see you Sunday. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sunday Ride - Long Beach and the Corsa Dello Stivale at St Clair


This Sunday is the Corsa Dello Stivale at St Clair, so lets hed out and show our support as Brian was pivitol in getting the race there and both Frank and Sam will be racing. Hence this weekend is a long Beach Ride followed by a procession to St Clair to get us there prior to the Category 2 men kicking off.

The Route will be 

  • Hallett Cove via ANZAC highway.
  • Return via Glenelg
  • A quick Coffee at at Glenelg
  • Seaview and Military Rd through to West Lakes Blvd
  • West Lakes Blvd to Cheltnam Rd - St Clair 
about 75km return from the city

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sunday - No Excuses

So as Sunday is the last No Excuses Ride for the 2017, it’s the perfect opportunity to come out and get some form prior to a big month of riding in January.

Meeting Time is 7:30 am in the City

The usual route Port Road, Outer Harbor, Glenelg.

The weather looks okay, cool  21 degrees but the rain is forecast to stop on Saturday. 
So, No Excuses. 

Club Lunch 17th of December
We now have two ride options for the Club Lunch on the 17th of December. The Hills ride as discussed out to Hahndorf and a Beach ride for those who don’t want endure the merciless ribbing associated with not riding but want to avoid the Hills as well . Both rides will start at the Tower.
  • ·        The Beach Ride will be Greenhill (yes I know it’s a little climb), Anzac Hwy, Military Rd, Turn somewhere prior to Outer Harbor, return the same way to meet at 11:30am at the Tower.
  • ·        The Hills ride will be out to Hahndorf via Greenhill and return via Aldgate Valley and Piccadilly Valley to meet at the Tower at 11:30.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sunday Ride - TDU Reconnaissance

Gee where did the year go. 

It time for the annual TDU reconnaissance ride. Make an effort to come out because of the double out and back route for the TDU this year there are many shorter options to consider for those after a more standard ride. 

7:30 am in the City
8:00 am at the Tower 

 The actual TDU Route is here.

Our Plan

  • City to the Tower - Pick up the Tower Hotel crew
  • Tower Hotel to Gorge Road
  • Gorge Road to Kangaroo Creek (regroup)
  • Escape Route 1 (Ride through to Cudlee Creek for a coffee and then return 65 km)
  • Left on Tippet Road to Torrens Valley Rd
  • Torrens Valley to Gumeracha 
  • Escape Route 2 (Return via upper gorge, 75km)
  • Torrens Valley Rd to Birdwood - Coffee at Birdwood 
  • Escape Route 3 (Return via upper gorge, 85km)
  • At this point we will deviate from the TDU Route in the interests of a reasonable finish time. Instead of looping out to Mt Pleasant we will ride direct to Mt Torrens (20 km shorter)
  • Onkaparinga Valley Rd to Mt Torrens and then to Charleston. (We will consider the bikeway to avoid the road and maybe ride direct to Lobethal to save 5km)
  • Woodside St to Lobethal
  • Escape Route 4 (Return via Lobethal-Cudlee Creek Rd 100km)
  • Lobethal Rd to Lenswood
  • Not Really an Escape Route 5 (Home via Nortons  95 km)
  • Coldstore Road, Fox Creek Rd, Cuddle Creek rd, 
  • Water stop at Cudlee Creek by consensus
  • Gorge Rd to Maryvale Rd
  • Escape Route 4 (End the ride and go home 110 km)
  • Maryvale, Montecute, Stradbroke, Morialta, Glen Stuart
  • Norton Summit - the Tree
  • Home  120km

Unfortunately Brian is unavailable to lead us so the post of Road captain is open. 

See you Sunday

Quote of the Year. (By the Sunday's drop in)

If this big boy (Mike) looses 10kg you boys are all f@*#$d

This may help those slightly confused on Sunday

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday Ride - Beach Ride

Sunday Ride is a beach ride.

It was Scheduled as Hallett Cove but as we did that ride ride recently we will do the Port Rd - Outer Harbor loop. 

Meet in the City at 7:30 am

Monday, November 13, 2017


EDIT - Kit Store is now open until Sunday 19 November 2017.

So, here are some charts that explain the CS range with less words...

Here is the sizing:

Here is the range:

 Here are the shorts:

We've requested the store to remain open until Sunday night, and will confirm this once Champion System get back to us.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sunday Ride - Southern Hills - Stirling/ Lofty via Coromandel Valley

Thus Sunday's Ride is one the New Hills loops suggested by Dan that we pioneered last year. The exception is that this year we wont get lost and have to climb up a 18% ramp on Red Hill rd to get back to Bradbury.

Meet in in the City at 7:30 am 

The Route  

Unley Rd / Belair Rd to Windy Point - Main Road to Cherry Gardens Rd - Cherry Gardens Rd to Iron Bank Rd, Right hand turn to Morgan Rd, Morgan Rd to Woolcock rd, Woolcock rd to  Bradbury Rd at Bradbury, Bradbury Rd to Mylor

 Coffee at Mylor (40km) (Stirling was packed last time)

Home via Crafers or My Lofty depending upon energy levels

70km if home via the Bike Track, 77km if home via lofty. 1400 m of elevation gain if you go home over lofty.

Monday, November 6, 2017


I few weeks ago, I was at a hotel perusing the the long list of craft beers available for purchase. Clearly I was taking longer than acceptable and occupying to much bar space, as the kind gentleman behind the bar suggested a beer to me. His sales pitch was that his recommended ale was 'sessionable'.

I'm not really sure 'sessionable' is a word, but who gives, we live in interesting times.

Anyway, the Champion System website is certainly sessionable, in that your session will time out many, many times before you have a chance to work out what the f**k you have to do to order some kit. Not to mention it is so ugly that is certainly doesn't befit BG kit.

Anyway, let me break it down.

You select product following the following steps:

1. Select the product Type (kicks, jerseys, gloves etc).
2. Select the product (e.g. short sleeve club cut jersey) and range (Tech, Performance, Apex)
3. Select the size & options

There are three ranges of product:

Tech - base level product
Performance - mid level product
Apex - top level product

Apparently, there is another level called Fantasy which features zips that don't break after about three uses... Seriously, if anyone has had zips fail from the order in 2016 and you still have the product, could you URGENTLY email Aldo with details (the product, size and options and details of when the zip broke) so I can try and get a warranty claim done during this order.

Jerseys are in two cuts:

Race Cut - Suitable for a BMI of 20 or less
Club Cut - More appropriate for human beings

Jerseys also have normal ranges and summer ranges. Summer ranges are lighter weight, however I don't believe they are SPF 50+.

Knicks have two choices of chamois:

Veloce - I get these
Grandfondo - I don't get these, so wont vouch for them - Billsy had one and described it as like wearing a nappy (I can't remember wearing a nappy, so am not quite sure how he made such a comparison)

Tech knicks can be ordered with 1.5 inches of extra length and Performance and Apex knicks can be ordered with 1.5 or 2.5 inches of extra length.

You select the chamois and length AFTER you select the product and range.

Best of luck.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunday No Excuses

Sunday is the No Excuses Ride 

Meeting Time is 7:30 am in the City

The usual route Port Road, Outer Harbor, Glenelg however if we have a set of people doing the Fleurieu Gran Fondo Festival (what was Amy's Ride) we will modify the route to ride South and drop them off prior to heading to the beach.

The change from Amy's ride seems to have left people cold and hence a bit uncertain. Can I please ask you to email me if you intend to Ride the Gran Fondo. We will see if we can co-ordinate the BG group.

We have had good numbers all month so head out on Sunday and catch up with everyone.

The weather looks okay. 

So, No Excuses. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017


New kit is now available to order, but get in quick as orders close on 14 NOVEMBER 2017.

Champion System have substantially revised their range, so we have updated our proofs and have an enhanced range from which you can order. By following these step by step instructions you should have no problems ordering and paying for your order online.
If you've ordered before you can use your existing CS DIRECT account:
  1. Head to and log in using your existing account details
If you are ordering for the first time follow the basic steps below to place your CS DIRECT team order:
  1. Surf to
  2. Top right hand corner click SIGN IN
  3. Select RETURNING CUSTOMER (even though you are not)
  4. You will be presented with a login page. Here you need to enter the username and password (both are "bast")
  5. You will then be presented with a personal login page where you will be required to set up your own individual account
Once you have logged in:
  1. Once this is done you will see the MY ACCOUNT page where your CS DIRECT TEAM order will be listed – simply click ORDER NOW
  2. You will be presented with the MY CUSTOM ORDER PAGE. Here you can order the items you want for your team order. You will see the designs that have been set for your team. Simply select the item you are after, follow the order process, enter size and quantity just like any other online store shopping cart. As you follow the process you will be asked to confirm your order – you can add more items or checkout
  3. Once you finish the order process you will be presented with the payment page. The only payment method accepted is credit card. You will also note at this stage that the CS DIRECT administration fee has been applied to your total. Once you confirm your payment an order summary will be emailed directly to you
  4. Delivery – Your order will be delivered to me 46 weeks after your team CS DIRECT order is closed.
Your order will be individually packed and delivered with all your other team member orders
and freighted to me for distribution.

You’ll need to know what sizes you want, for each bit of kit. I'll put another post up with some links to size guides later this week. I'm also going to see if I can coordinate some sock orders.