Monday, December 21, 2009
We made it!
After we left the main group at the top of Fox Creek Rd we made good time to Woodside and straight on toward Inverbrackie which appears flat but is gently uphill. The last 5 km into Nairne was very quick with Steve Walker (Duracell Lithium) powering at the front at over 40kph.
We stopped at Mt Barker for coffee and buns for about 10mins then headed out of town up Wellington Road to Wistow. It is about 18km from Wistow to Strathalbyn and it is a great section of road - very fast and you do not really notice the long uphill sections because you hit them at good speed.
In our enthusiasm Steve and I got a bit ahead of Mike and Chris so we re-grouped at Strath for the remaining very flat 60km section to Goolwa via Langhorne Creek and Milang. The run to Langhorne Creek was steady at 30kph + then we turned south toward Lake Alexandrina where the wind picked up a bit. Just before we got to the Lake the Course Director embarrassingly 'hit the wall' and dropped off (he will be re-appraising his preparation and ride strategy for the TDU!!). Thankfully the others slowed down and Steve 'carried' him to Milang for a brief stop.
The next 20 km was backed by a gentle tail wind which we did not really take advantage of because the Course Director was still suffering - pace was only high 20's. After Finniss, Mike and Chris went ahead and Steve supported the ailing and slowing Course Director through Currency Creek (where Chris met his wife and loaded his bike on the car because he had to get to Cape Jarvis for the ferry). The final run into Goolwa probably had the strongest head wind and Mike stayed in front battling alone and finished a minute or two ahead of the relieved Course Director and fresh Steve.
Overall the weather and wind conditions were near perfect with a slight SE breeze - hardly noticeable until we got close to Lake Alexandrina
Average speed 27.8kph (should have been over 30 if we 'all' went at full speed) and ride time of about 5.45 from Norwood - elapsed time of just under 7 hours arriving at Goolwa at about 2.40pm. Three pints in the Goolwa pub were welcome.
Lessons from the ride -
- The first part is definitely the hardest (as expected) but the long flat riding is still a challenge
- Some of the roads are a bit rough - particularly near Nairne and between Langhorne Creek and Milang
- Very quick from Wistow to Strathalbyn - but save some energy
- The wind will play a significant factor on the day so try and get into a large group from Strathalbyn to the finish (we were lucky with perfect wind conditions)
- Make sure that you prepare well and have a lot of food and water - particularly early in the ride
I think we all got benefit from the ride in various ways and it should contribute to a much improved performance on the TDU day.
The Assistant Course Director (demoted for poor performance!)
Look forward to the next ride, have a great Christmas !
Martin (the pom) Rawley
Friday, December 18, 2009
We doing a 'practice' run of the full TDU course to Goolwa on 20 December 2009. Those not interested in doing the full route there are the following alternatives back to Adelaide:
Full TDU Route map
Back thru the Gorge from Lenswood : 70 km (less climbing)
Lenswood – Lobethal Rd to Norton’s : 60 km (highly recommend)
LENSWOOD - NORWOOD ROUTE MAP
Balhannah – Greenhill Rd Thru Uraidla / Summertown : 85 km (takes in more of the TDU ride, big climb out on Greenhill)
BALHANNAH - GREEN HILL MAP
Hahndorf - Mylor - Aldgate - Crafers : 100km (easier climb then greenhill - longer ride)
same route from Handorf used on th 6th 2 weeks ago.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Proposed ride for this Sunday - Crafers Hahndorf Loop (+ Glenelg option).
Practice climb for Old Freeway for next Time Trail Couple of great long fast downhills into Uraidla and Balhannah Easy but long climbs into Aldgate, Stirling and Crafers (including Aldgate Valley Rd which is a gem!) Fast run to Glenelg (for those who choose the extra distance)
Start at 7.30am at Hindmarsh Square - Pirie St - Hutt St - Glen Osmond Rd - Tollgate - Old Freeway to Crafers (practice run for the next official Time Trail) - Crafters Bus Station - L onto Piccadilly Rd - R onto Swap Rd - Uraidla - R onto Greenhill Rd - Carey Gully - Balhannah - R onto Onkaparinga Valley Rd - L onto Ambleside Rd - Hahndorf - R onto Mt Barker Rd (back toward Verdun) - L onto River Road - R onto Aldgate Rd - Mylor - L onto Stock Rd - R onto Aldgate Valley Rd - Aldgate - Stirling - R onto Pomona Rd - L onto Old Mt Barker Rd - L onto Piccadilly Rd (at the monument) - Crafers - Old Freeway - Tollgate - Home (OR if inclined for more distance - Cross Rd - Anzac Highway - Glenelg - Patawalonga Pde - Military Rd - Seaview Rd - R onto Henley Beach Rd - City - Home)
Distance - approx 60-65km - (+ 32km with extra beach run)
SHORT ROUTE FROM BALHANNAH:
Balhannah - Verdun - German Town Hill - Bridgewater - Aldgate - Stirling - R onto Pomona Rd - L onto Old Mt Barker Rd - L onto Piccadilly Rd (at the monument) - Crafers - Old Freeway - Tollgate - Home
Probably about 5-10km shorter but a big climb up German Town Hill + no beach ride.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Good ride yesterday but unfortunately Geoff S had an 'off' on Seaview Rd only a few hundred metres from Evida. He came together with a parked car - side swiping and ending up on the road.
Diagnosis - bumps and bruises, a sore knee and a reasonably serious dislocation of his right AC joint ('acromioclavicular joint separation'). We will probably get an update later this week but it could be 4-6 week recovery.
We wish him all the best as his commitment is evident, being a solid regular rider and he has really stepped up to be consistently in the lead bunch on the flat rides (his specialty).
Friday, November 27, 2009
Long Ride: Port Rd - Outer harbour - Henley
Short Ride: Port Rd - Bower Rd - Henley
Both routes are the same for the first 20km meet at Evida's in Henley for coffee then two routes to the city.
Short: Henley Beach Rd
Long: Anzac Hwy
LONG RIDE MAP 60-70km
SHORT RIDE MAP 40-50km
(Stop at Henly not down to Glenelg)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I think the ride is best summed up by the initial shake of the head as each cyclist turned up to Hassell's as the rain began to set in. However, some extensive work on the meteorology website from the course director, backed up myself, suggested the rain would not last, so off we went.
The climb up Belair Road was a good tough start, with the group not waiting long at the top (well not from when I finished anyway) before heading of towards Clarendon. The ride from Clarendon to Meadows was without a doubt, my least favourite portion of riding this year. It was a long hard slog, never really climbing. However, with a head wind for the majority and no downhill relief it was genuinely tough.
The meadows bakery won some points back with good old country flavour and service, and certainly scored a few extra points for the eye candy! After the break we headed on towards Echunga then Mylor, safe in the knowledge that a tailwind would carry us home. We then turned off on to Aldgate Valley Road. If the road from Clarendon to Meadows is one of the worst sections of road I have ridden on, then Aldgate Valley would be one of the best.
We took it pretty easy (did I mention I was stuffed) and the scenery was nothing short of fantastic. At the end of this section we were met with a choice from the course director, short and tough or longer and a little bit easier. We chose short and tough, straight up Ayers Hill Road. Now if you met this road at the start of your ride, you'd probably cruise up it. Sadly it was our last climb for the day, and even sadder I walked the last 50m.
Needless to say the rain kicked back in for the ride down the freeway, just to ensure every last sap of energy was drained from my body.
Well done to everyone who made it out. I'd comment on king of the mountain. However, I was never close enough to notice. That said honorable mentions to Karpy, (his new frame must be making all the difference) Geoff and in particular Aldo who continued to provide nowhere near enough rest for those of us slightly in front.
Cheers - Andrew
Don't be fooled Victoria Pendleton will kick your ass on the bike!! See her recent track record:
2008 Sprint World Champion, Manchester
2008 Team Sprint World Champion, Manchester
2008 2nd Keirin World Championship, Manchester
2008 Olympic Champion Beijing
2008/9 World Cup Manchester 1st Sprint
2008/9 World Cup Manchester 1st 500mTT
2008/9 World Cup Manchester 1st Keirin
2008/9 World Cup Copenhagen 1st Sprint
2009 Sprint World Champion, Pruszkow
2009 2nd Team sprint World Championships, Pruszkow
2009 3rd 500mTT World Championships, Pruszkow
2006 Commonwealth Record, Melbourne 200mTT 11.275
2007 National Record, Manchester 500m TT 34.0702008
National Record, Manchester 200mTT 10.9042008
Olympic Record, Beijing 200mTT 10.963
Friday, November 20, 2009
Start 7.30am at Hindmarsh Square - Unley Road - Windy Point - Main Rd, Belair - Coromandel Pde, Blackwood - Murrays Hill Rd, Coromandel Valley - Main Rd, Chandlers Hill - Clarendon Rd - Clarendon - Kangarilla Rd - Kangarilla - Dashwood Gully Rd - Meadows (coffee and cake at Bakery) - Battunga Rd - Echunga - Aldgate/Strath Rd - Mylor - L onto Stock Rd then Aldgate Valley Rd to Aldgate - Mt Barker Rd, Stirling - R onto Pomona Rd - L onto Old Mt Barker Road - L at monument onto Piccadilly Rd, Crafers - thru roundabout onto Old Freeway course back to City.
Approximate distance: 100km subject to where you live.
Sunday ride map link
This is a great ride with some challenging long climbs and long flat sections. It is a good practice for the TDU and it would be beneficial for all to participate. See you all on Sunday morning.
The Course Director
Monday, November 16, 2009
All rode well with the Macolino brothers continuing to improve to bridge the performance gap with commendable persistence in their riding commitment. Aldo is looking to take on the new 'lead out man' role very soon!
The real pressure was at the front of the field where the team leaders (noted above) demonstrated just how close their capabilities are in this discipline. Gav H should be commended for setting recording breaking split times at the start only to fade, and Geoff S has to remember to set his timer in timed events! Good to see David F out after just missing us last Sunday.
See you all on Tuesday night for the Norton Summit midweek ride or Thursday on the usual Foothills ride.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Animal -- Unhuman rider. Someone who rides up mountains in a 100 inch gear.
Balls are in the purse - When your buddy either won't ride with you or he is exceptionally weak and timid. "Get your balls back from your girlfriends purse!" "You must have left your balls in your purse!".
Bus stop flop -- that humiliating experience when you fail to click out fast enough at a stop sign or intersection and flop over on your side.
Dine off the big plate -- Use the big ring.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Perth's cyclists are guns on the flat, rode in a club training ride with the south perth rouleurs who were real good sports and welcomed me with ou hesitation. Ride was about 30 - 40 strong taking up a lane of the HWY through town, sliting into fast and slow groups. The pace was nuts and didn't help that found my self in the break away of about 6 men off the front of the fast group! Compounding issues is the fact that if i dropped off i had no idea where i was and had no oreintation! See map for the ride i did, was hard yards. Was on the rivet for the last 30km and was in dificullties a couple of times gettign back on board. - nice guys and girls and well organised! See photos on Flickr Set
Rode an easier ride Sun morning with Dirk from the Perth HASSELL office showing me the common perth loop around the river, which was awesome of him. Real nice views and pretty much no traffic to worry about. This is like the military rode route with lots of cyclists and groups.
Will keep you posted, and hope your all keeping the hammer down in my absense! - FS
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
For those who have participated in Amy's Ride last Sunday - I hope you have all recovered and are ready to hit the road again.
It appears that the Bastardi did well in all respects particularly with our 'lead' riders of Frank S, David H and Steve 'Duracell' W finishing very near the front with some serious riders and Team Macolino pushing to the finish under trying circumstances.
Some of us (Mike 'I got lost' L, Gavin H and myself) were crazy enough to ride home as well - even though we thought it was a bad idea at the Amy's Ride finish - only to end up completely spent - but completing approx 165km which is a good test for the TDU ride.
I hope all other Bastardi enjoyed the challenge and finished well - no doubt we will catch-up on all the anecdotes at the next ride.
Tuesday 3 November - 6.15pm at the Tower Hotel for a ride up Norton Summit (for those who can make it after the Melbourne Cup - I will be unavailable tonight).
Thursday 5 November - 6.15pm at cnr of The Parade and Osmond Terrace for Foothills Ride.
Monday, November 2, 2009
If anyone is interested, or knows someone in the market for a 2008 TCR C0 Giant (identical bike to mine) – FULL Dura Ace Group set + upgraded Token Carbon 50mm deep Wheels (clincher - ALU braking surface) – $3500 ono see below.
I’ve seen the bike many times and for all intensive purposes looks well maintained and cared for + I can vouch for Ben - I know he takes good care of his bikes. - Frank Smith
My contract with Giant has come to an end and it's time to sell on this wonderful road bike. If you know of anyone that might be interested in purchasing a Giant TCR C0 feel free to forward this email onto them. Details as follows:
Giant TCR C0
Full Shimano Dura Ace drive train
Token C50A deep dish carbon race wheels
Size: Large – fit someone around 6 foot or above.
Full specs available at the giant website (**Please note the wheelset listed on this website is the Mavic Ksyrium SL. I have upgraded the wheelset to the Token C50A's and will be selling the bike with these**):
Price = $3500 ono
Please contact Ben Hogarth:
p- 0401 767 469
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sh!t wind was the theme of the day, and a large group tackled the southerly after staying together down Port Road at a recreational pace. Once on Military Road AW attacked early and creating an unfimilar figure at the front down Military Rd and pushed the pace early. Wind ripped us apart and small groups formed. MG won the KOM from four with a dominating effort riding over FS who went from a longway out. The front group regathered and picked up a small bunch at shores including AM x 2 and DB who came along for the sprint which was initiated by DH and chased down by MG and FS who claimed the line with nothing to seperate the pair in a 63Km - wind assited sprint. Thank to all who came out, and lets hope no southerly winds for Amys Ride next Sun. -FS
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Plan is to head up the gorge, through Cudlee Creek (for an early coffee while the group is still together), then up Fox Creek and on to Woodside and back through Crafers.
Map route is here.
Some escape routes exist - I'm thinking of bailing at the top of Fox Creek and heading back the way we came - or you could head back up through Basket Range, which I might consider if I'm still alive after the Fox Creek climb.
Meeting time is 7.30 in city or 8 at the tower.
Hope to see you there.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Handicap times taken from last TT, If you didn’t ride in the last TT; nominate on the morning or email me a time.
See Blog for SUN ride program
TUE + THUR Rides
Brian hosting rides with a TUE hills climb and THUR foothills ride.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
This week’s SUN RIDE is the standard BEACH RIDE: City – Glenelg – Henley – Bower Rd roundabout – back to Henley for coffee at Evida – back to city via Henley beach Rd or Anzac HWY. About 60 km
Ps. I’ll be in Clare riding between wineries – not @ 8am. F Smith
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Here is an awesome demostration of group riding - @avg 45km+!! http://vimeo.com/6807033
Massive teams race around phillip island
Thanks 2 Cycling Tips for some insane video. Check out the Cycling Tips blog for great tips and tricks.
Final KM's of cadels Victory:
Mute this one - but best demonstration of cadels explosive attack.
Even Americans - know class when they see it
Phil's call - last TT 2 home, misses the attack
Monday, September 28, 2009
PS your bike still looks shit - switch it up - how about a rainbow bike you earnt it!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Will be an easier flat ride 60km City-Henley coffee and back lead by Bills-e.
Brian’s Hills ride which is for those more vertically inclined.
Jerseys will be availible for trying on for size before the ride - this will be your last oppurtunity after which you'll have to go to JAX to try one on.
VIC Park Crititerium Races
I'll be raceing at Vic Park with my race starting at 10am so will join the start of the beach ride (if the weather is decent). Those interested should swing by and check out the crit racing with races on from 10-12.
If you’re interested in coming out to race the summer crit series I'd highly recommend it, and you can get your 2010 licence in Oct to score a free 3 months of licence allowing you to race the whole summer series. - FS
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