Thursday, June 29, 2017


It's that time of year. Le Tour is about to start and we all become sleep deprived zombies especially after the mountain stages as well as stacking on some kilos with all the late night snacks.

So it timely that this Sunday is the No Excuses ride and can substitute snacks for a Vanilla slice at Glenelg and argue over the Tour and what may or may not happen to Richie.

Meet Sunday Morning at 8:00 am in the City

As per normal the Route is Port Road, Outer Harbor and then Glenelg for Coffee.

The weather looks good
Min 5 Max 16
Mostly sunny. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 25 to 30 km/h during the evening.


This winter has been the opposite of last winter and so far the weather gods have been kind.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunday Ride, Ride Report and Brian/Mike Update

Sunday Ride

It has been dry so far this June if you call last Sunday mist dry. This coming Sunday looks like it may be wet and hence it will be a Weather Call.

Meet in the City (Hindmarsh Square) at 8:00 am


Brian and Mike Update
 I went into see Brian on Monday morning which was fortunate as he was getting ready to be discharged.  He was in a bit of pain as they having trouble balancing the meds. He has now been released and is going to a rehabilitation centre (details in email broadcast). Mike Lyons was driving him there. He is in good spirits and he and Mike have vowed to get back on the bike. The new rule is they ride down any descents at the back with me.

Interestingly enough his doctor has recently taken up cycling so we had a good chat. 

Mike is back at work so hopefully the Shoulder and the Thigh are getting better. 

As always get well soon guys

Ride Report - BG's in the Mist
As would be expect Sundays ride was a little bit subdued due to the previous weeks prang and the weather. Six BG gathered for a ride best described as atmospheric in a "Hound of the Baskervilles" sort of way. The Mist started out okay but actually got worse as the ride progressed.  All was going well with no giant devil dogs in sight with rider as we were riding to the conditions and maintaining good separation when David H hit something long and sharp on Port road just before Bower road. It ripped a 3 cm gash in his rear tyre. A search of the area revealed nothing on the road except for a used prophylactic we decided that the tyre had just ripped itself apart in disgust when it realised what it had just run over.

Inserting a $20 note didn't work because of the size of the gash and as he didn't have any $50's handy so Phil gave him one of the those Tyre boot repair stickers that has been sitting in his repair kit for about 4 years. That worked an absolute treat and David turned and headed for home. Hopefully he made it home.

Hugh won the sprint and we called it short on account of the visibility with Coffee at the Chocalat at Henley Square. The mist was just sitting on dead calm ocean. All we needed was a fin to break the surface.  
Home was via the Henley Beach road and the Mist was only just showing signs of lifting as we got back to town. So all up a enjoyable ride. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Brian and Mike Update

All

Some updates

Brian

Dan visited today and thankfully the tally of injury and stuff broken was not added too. This from Dan 

Saw Brian this morning: as reported 9 broken ribs, fracture in temporal lobe area, fractured clavicle, dislocated AC joint and punctured lung - other than that he's ok

All his injuries are healing ok-ish.

His lung is improving and once that's better he'll probably be released for home/outpatients.

He's ok and very thankful for his calls/messages.

Mike 

He is back at work after Sportmed gave him a good once over.  Apart from loss of skin and some general soreness, he has,

  •  a bruise from where Brian ran into him (which is still growing but is currently 40cm long)
  •  a small bleed into the muscle but is not serious
  •  a tear in the AC and some Bursitis in the shoulder
It looks like it will only need conservative treatment only. 

Get well soon guys. 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunday Ride - Beach Ride

Despite Men Down life and riding continue

This Sundays ride is a beach ride, Port Road, Outer Harbor and Glenelg for Coffee 

Meet in the City at 8:00 am

Note: it was listed as a Foothills ride but the weather looks good at the moment for beach.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brian Update

All

I went into the RAH to see Brain this afternoon. He is in good spirits, but as its now a couple of days after the accident he is very sore and grateful for the pain management button.

It turns out he has actually broken 9 ribs, which is a true job of work and given himself a mild concussion just to cap things off.  

Brian would like to thank everyone for their assistance and support, especially the BG boys who were there on the day and the lady who kindly stopped to help. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

MEN DOWN - MONDAY UPDATE

So we can probably call this the Brian's f*%$ed himself up good and f*^#ing proper edition... Brian remains in good spirits today, even through the AC separation had been confirmed and a minor fracture of his skull (in his words: 'nothing to worry about') has been discovered this morning. In short, he is being a trooper with some fairly significant injuries causing him a lot of pain.

So a little more on what happened yesterday morning:

A group of six BG donned full finger gloves and, seeing the great weather (cold, but clear and zero wind), set out for what was planned to be an Old Freeway to the Lofty Summit, then Ashton, Cherryville and down Montacute for coffee somewhere around Newton.

Bollards, then Lofty was knocked off at a steady pace, and the group posed for this work of art at the summit...



In retrospect, this should have been seen as a portent of doom, as several years ago, about ten minutes after about 15 of us posed at Outer Harbour in our matching kit, we had the infamous Macolino Stackolino where Aldo and Alf went down with most unfortunate consequences for Alf.

Back to yesterday, after departing the summit, we headed down Mt Lofty Summit Road, to Greenhill Road and then onto Woods Hill Road. About 1.2 kilometres from the Greenhill Road intersection, at one of those innocuous right handers, Mike T was leading out Brian and Steve B.

It would appear that Mike lost traction on either some gravel or a patched longitudinal crack near the apex and went down in the classic front wheel 'low side'. Whilst Mike was sliding along the gravel, it appears that Brian went straight, front wheel first, into Mike's left thigh. Steve B reports a fairly graceful cartwheel, unfortunately ending with a very substantial deceleration.

Steve just managed to miss being third man down. Phil P arrived about 15 seconds later followed by Chris W and myself about 10 seconds after that.

A very helpful motorist who was between Phil and Chris also stopped to assist.

Mike has lost a fair amount of bark, and, on his left thigh now sports a monumental bruise bifurcated by what appears to be the tread pattern of a GP4000. He'll live to fight another day, however his bike is much the worse for wear.

Brian's frame, on first inspection, doesn't show any damage. His rims are another storey, and for the moment we will call it a 1-all draw between rim and Tilley thigh. Seriously though, after seeing the bruise, had it been any thigh other than Mike's, we might have been adding a broken femur to the mix.

Mike reported, on inspecting Brian's bike this morning, finding a small piece of fabric embedded in the rim. On closer inspection, it proved to be a piece of Mike's knicks:



Oh dear...

Seriously though, whilst we can make light, these events are never fun, and, as Aldo said yesterday, we all wish Brian, in particular, and Mike a speedy recovery.

MR

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Men Down

All

Unfortunately today the group had a bad accident in the Hills with both Brian Virgo and Mike Tilley falling on Woods Hill road near the Cold Store.

I wasn't riding so I will let someone who was there give a detailed explanation of the crash. It appears Mike fell first and Brian crashed into him. Brian suspects he may have hit a tree.

Brian
Brian is the most badly hurt and was taken to the RAH. He has suffered 6 broken ribs, a minor puncture to the lung and a broken collar bone. They are also concerned about his AC Joint (shoulder) but will know more tomorrow. He is comfortable and in good spirits. He will be in the RAH for 4-5 days depending upon lungs and shoulder. He didn't lose a lot of skin which is a small mercy. A CT scan has given him the all clear for his head, neck and spine.

Mike
I have far less information on Mike. He didn't go to hospital and from my information he has lost some skin and is bruised and banged up.  

The BG wish both Brian and Mike a speedy recovery.

More information as I have it.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sunday Ride - Winter Call


All

As its winter Sunday's ride will be a weather call.

Meet in the City at 8:00 am


If the weather looks fine one of the near city hills loops will be chosen from:

  • Pain Lives Here
  • BG Hills Face (in either direction) Montecute, Ashton, Mt Lofty,  Crafers, Upper Sturt Rd, Main Rd, Windy Point (Coffee in Unley or Stirling or Parade depending upon direction) approx 75km with multiple escape routes
  • An alternative close hills ride
If the weather is crap for the Hills the a decision will be made for Beach or a Foothills ride

as of posting the weather report is fantastic:

Min 6, Max 17  Sunny. Possible rainfall: 0 mm Chance of any rain: 5%  

Adelaide area
Sunny. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h later.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunday Ride - Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE

The Weather Forecast for Sunday is 
  
 Partly Cloudy, Light Winds



In other words Perfect for a NO Excuse club ride.

Meet in the City at 8:00 am 

The route is our standard Port Road, Outer Harbor and Coffee at Glenelg.

Some Clarifications on BG Etiquette arising from the Giro d'Italia 

BG Etiquette Rule #14

If a rider needs to stop for a Natural Break, the BG group will sit up and wait no matter who is up the road on GC or a sprint point being called. That rider will then be ribbed mercilessly for the remainder of the ride with Jibes such :..didn't you have one of those little black bags" etc .

BG Etiquette Rule #15
Under no circumstances will we photograph or otherwise record a natural break. Its just wrong. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RIDING TO THE SUN

So following on from Aldo's suggestion that I ride the queen stage of the Giro on behalf of BG, I say no, but I did go for a little ride recently. Aldo also asked if I could share the story, so here goes...

Many of you know I have been raising money for, and riding, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Ride for the last few years. This year, for some reason, the ride got moved from January to May and conflicted with taking my daughter to the Disney World. Having already raised money, I needed a substitute ride. So, after some research, I stopped off in Maui on the way home to ride the Haleakala, a dormant volcano that takes you from sea level to an elevation of 10,023 feet (or 3.055 metres for those of us that like metric).

The route is 57 kilometres, at around 5.5% gradient, so it is really just like doing Norton Summit ten times. Or so I thought....

Decked out with a almost brand new Specialized Roubaix with a compact and 32 teeth on the cassette, and having polished off a McMuffin and hash brown, I set out from the town of Paia just after 6 am, when it was 27 degrees and 65 percent humidity. Here's my cocky selfie at the start thinking, well, how hard can it be???


Climbing through fields of sugarcane, past WWII military cemeteries all seemed pretty easy. Shortly, after a stop for food in the town of Makawao about 15km in, I was treated to the entire 28 vertical metres of decent (seriously, that is all the decent for the whole ride) where I managed to crack 40 km/h... Woot!

By 20 km in and at about 900 vm, the view opened up, and was starting to look nice.


Looking down was the best idea, because the summit didn't seem to be getting any closer. At 22 km, a series of somewhere between 20 and 30 switchbacks (I lost count) over 12km, taking you from around 950 metres to around 1800 metres started. The gradient kicked up too, and for some reason unknown to man, the corners were ridiculously over cambered. As I had been warned, it is during this period, it gets hard, and your brain starts to mess with you. Those 'it wouldn't be that bad if I didn't make it to the top' thoughts start... At around 1500 metres, and 30km in, you emerge from the trees, and the summit is right there, only 1500 metres above you.

She is still looking really nice, here at around 1900 metres and 37km in.


It's struggle street by this stage, but at around 40km and 2000 metres two riders catch me. A very talkative Maui local, named Brian, explains to me that today he was only riding to the national park entrance, because he is tight with his money and only rides to the summit once a week (it costs $10 to get in). The other rider, from California, having seen my bulging pockets asks if I have any spare food. I give him a couple of gels and a couple of bars and he offers to sherpa me to at least 2700 metres. He keeps his end of the bargain and I hope he wasn't shooting for a time up the hill, because I clearly slowed him down, a lot.

Riding with someone else helped, and the road flattened out, so getting up to 2700 metres went fairly well. The bad news was that, by then, Hypoxia had well and truly kicked in. From 2700 metres to the summit, a distance of 3.5km, I took 30 minutes at a grand average of 7 km an hour. I had to stop around every 400-500 metres for about 60 seconds to gulp down some air and try and find some oxygen within it.

Just to finish of, with around 1.5 km to go, I'm in fog, and the rain starts. Then, as if that wasn't enough, just to tell you you're almost at the top, there is 300 metres at a cramp inducing 12-15%.

Five hours and fifty-four minutes later, I was there. Mike Woods needn't have worried about his KOM...


No speccy photos from 3055 metres, as visibility was down to around 50 metres, so here's me in lycra again. It's a bit like the moon up there anyway.



I didn't ride back down, as (a) you all know how shite I am at descending, (b) it was raining, and (c) the brake levers were the wrong way around (a bit like the side of the road you drive on, the direction you flick light switches and the direction keys rotate in locks).

It was the most amazing ride I have done, and if you like hills, must be on your bicycle bucket list.

MR