Friday, December 19, 2014

BG Christmas Ride - Sunday 21st

The BG Christmas is Beach Ride Number 1 

Outer Harbour via Port Road – usual sprint points, option to Glenelg and back. (coffee at Evida)

Meet in the city at 7:30am

Numbers have been down in the last half of the year so make an effort to get out for a pre- Christmas Ride and catch up with our friends.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Brian's Annual TDU Challenge Practice ride

It's that time of year and with the TDU fast approaching Brian's annual practice ride is with us.

The TDU route for this year is more uphill than down and its journey along some high traffic corridors down south  and its termination at Mt Barker makes it a difficult to plan a reconnaissance ride.  However Brian has been poring over the maps like Napoleon about to invade Russia and has come up with a workable route.  I wont be able to make it due to family commitments but it looks like a nice day 29 degrees and light winds.
I am convinced I am the one who jinxes the weather on these rides, every time I go it buckets.

Meet in the city at 7:30 am. If you don't want to do the long ride rock up in the City and an alternate route will be decided from there.

I have reviewed the course for the Bupa Challenge Practice ride.

I suggest that we follow this route:

City to the Southern Bike Way 
Hindmarsh Sq - Anzac Highway - left to Brighton Rd (Bupa start)
Left to Diagonal Rd - Left to Sturt Rd - Right to Marion Rd
and then onto Bikeway on Main South Rd intersection

Bikeway to Aldinga
Exit the  Bikeway and left to River Rd - right to Patapinda Rd (Old Noarlunga) - onto Seaford Rd - left to Commercial Rd (I thought it would be better to stay off of Main South Rd as much as possible)  Onto Old Coach Rd - STOP at Aldinga Bakery

Aldinga to Meadows via Pages Flat
Right to Main South Rd - left to Pages Flat Rd - (this is where we divert from Bupa Course)
left to top of Willunga Hill (approx 77km to here) - right to Brookman Rd - right to Dashwood Gully Rd - STOP at Meadows Bakery

Meadows to Home 
Right to Battunga Rd (Meadows) - right to Meadows Rd (Echunga) - left to Strathalbyn Rd - left to Aldgate Valley Rd (Mylor) - Aldgate - Stirling - Crafers (via Pomona Rd and Old Mt Barker Rd past the monument) - Home.

Total distance is approx 135 to 140km



The left hand side of the Pic this week requires no explanation..

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sunday Ride December 7th - Beach Ride Number 3

Sunday is the ride that started it all 

  • Outer Harbor via Anzac Highway – then return same way (coffee at Evida)
  • Meet in the city at 7:30 am

Monday, November 17, 2014

SUNDAY 23rd November - HILLS RIDE 4


Hi folks, its been a while, and unfortunately a while longer before I see you out on the treadly as I'm stuck in the middle of broken ankle and twins madness. enjoy one of the favourites this week....

Pain Lives Here
             a. Easy – Nortons/Basket & Forest Range/Deviation Road/Norwood

             b. Hard – Nortons/Lenswood/Greenhill/Norwood

Meet at 7:30am at Hindmarsh Square or 8am at the tower hotel


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sophie's Ride

This weeks Ride is Sophie's ride in recognition of  Alf and Chris became grandfathers on the same day as each other and both Granddaughters having very similar names Sofie for Alf and Sophie for Chris 

Sophie’s (next year Sofie’s) Ride is always a Beach ride, a celebration of the diversity our Group and shared enjoyment of cycling. It would be great to see some old faces and some new ones. To those who have been thinking of coming out now is a good opportunity.

Meet Hindmarsh SQ @ 7:30

Usual BG Beach Ride 2 to Hallett Cove with Coffee @ Evida (Henley Beach) instead of the cycling Cafe 

The proud Grandfathers have kindly offered to shout coffee and cake!!!

Alf will be in attendance for Coffee only as riding is verboten for him at the moment. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sunday Ride - Hills Ride 3 - Mylor

This weeks ride is more Hills work with Hills Ride Number 3 to Mylor
             a. Easy – Old freeway/Aldgate Valley & Return
             b. Hard – Belair Road/Saddle Hill/Bradbury Loop return via Old freeway

Meeting Times

  • City 7:30 am
  • Toll Gate 8:00 am
  • Bollards 8:30 am

We will stop for Coffee at Mylor and for discuss the return home from there.

We had a great turn out for Amy's Ride so I hope to see everyone out again this weekend.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Amy's Ride - Sunday 2nd of November

Meet up details 

AMY's RIDE Meet in Hindmarsh Square to ride to Flinders University  @ 7.00am

  • Please try to be not to be late as we will leave @ 7.10am sharp 
  • We will ride at a steady pace to Flinders. Meet @ Flinders around 7:40.
  • The "off" for Amy's Ride will be at 8:00am

If you want to ride straight there, meet at trees behind the goal posts on the oval, If all else fails look out for BG jerseys.

BG Beach Ride Those not doing Amy's Ride but looking for a Sunday roll to the beach meet @ Hindmarsh 7:00am (yes its early, but you will be home early) and ride down to Flinders with the group and do a beach ride from there.

Return Trip From Amy's Ride 

We will have a trailer available, which we estimate will take 6-7 bikes. They will have one spare seat in the car. Bikes and car space available on a first come/first served basis and we will need to ride back from Serafino to Seaford Shopping Centre (which should help people get their Strava 130k in a single ride). I should also have a spare bike rack and seat available. I will be able to confirm by Friday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sunday Ride - Cudlee Creek

This Sundays ride is Cudlee Creek and should be a great hit out in preparation for Amy's ride next week.

Cudlee Creek
             a. Easy – Gorge Road & return
             b. Hard – Lobethal or Fox Creek then Greenhil\

Meeting Times are the 
  • City at 7:30 am
  • Tower Hotel car park at 8:00am 
As Amy's ride is the nominated BG community ride for 2014 we will be confirming arrangements for meeting times and the return trips from McLaren vale at coffee on Sunday. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunday Ride - Beach Ride 3

Sundays ride is beach Ride Number 3

Outer Harbor via Anzac Highway – then return same way (coffee at Evida

Meet in the City at 7:30am

The forecast for Sunday is 31 degrees so remember the sun screen.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Winter is Over. Summer is Coming!

Changing over to Summer RIDE Start times 

Sunday Ride: Hills Ride Number 1 Hahndorf 

This week we change over to our summer Riding times. If you haven't' been out for a while now this should be a clear Signal that winter is finally over and we are back to the days of 7:30 am starts, early returns, longer distances and mid-week rides.

This Sundays ride is 
1. Hahndorf
             a. Easy – Old Freeway/Aldgate Valley/River Road & return
             b. Hard – Old Freeway/Piccadilly/Greenhill/Balhannah/ return via german town hill

Meet at 
  • The City 7:30 am
  • The Tollgate 8:00 am
  • The Bollards 8:30 am 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sundays Ride - Daylight Savings

Sundays Ride is beach ride Number 2 - Hallett Cove 

Meeting time is 8:00 am in the City 

The reason its in Large Font Bold is that Sunday is also the start of daylight savings, increasing distance and midweek rides. 

As per long established Bastardi tradition we don't shift to summer riding time until the Sunday a week after daylight savings starts. This means you only miss 60 minutes sleep on Sunday not 90 minutes. That gives us the right to be Bastardi  's the rest of the year. 

Kudos to those who braved the  70 kph winds to ride last Sunday. 


Where is that damm Road Runner!

Seriously this guy is training to attempt the HPV prone 1 hour record of 91 km. This is the machine sans fairing.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sunday Ride for 28th September - Pain Lives Here

Sundays Ride is Pain Lives here

Meeting Times are 8:00 am in the city or 8:30 am at the Tower hotel car park

Francois Gissy rocket-powered bike, rocket-powered bike, hydrogen peroxide fuel, hydrogen peroxide rocket fuel, bike speed records, Exotic Thermo Engineering, Hublot, speed records, green transportation, green vehicles

Now where is that Roadrunner.......

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sundays Ride

Sundays ride is Beach Ride Number 1:

 Outer Harbour via Port Road – usual sprint points, option to Glenelg and back. (coffee at Evida)

Meeting time is 8:00 am in the City

Please be prompt as Sunday is the City-Bay Fun run and we will have to take an alternate route out of the City.

Legs of the Week - only in Brazil

I am not sure who organised this Cyclocross event in Brazil but I am certain the crowds would have been excellent. I note the ladies share Henry's taste in socks.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunday Ride - Mylor - Short Hills - #3

Looks like a great day on Sunday for a short hills ride. 

             a. Easy – Old freeway/Aldgate Valley & Return
             b. Hard – Belair Road/Saddle Hill/Bradbury Loop return via Old freeway

Meeting times
  • 8:00 am in the City (promptly if you want to do the hard option)
  • 8:30 am at the Toll Gate
  • 9:00 am at the Bollards 
The Forecast is 22 degrees and LIGHT WINDS.

After last Sunday's headwind special stage that's a relief.

Big Rides 

Speaking of Big rides. The very Best of Bastardi luck to:
Michael Richardson doing Amy's Gran Fondo on Sunday
Greg Vincent doing the Canberra to Sydney ride for Lymphoma, starting today and ending Sunday. 

The sponsorship link for Greg was in email Billsy sent out Wednesday.  I am sure they will both ride the challenging routes in true Bastardi style taking all the sprint points. 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sunday is the Fathers Day friendly Beach Ride #3

The Sunday ride planners thought about this one and Sundays Ride is the short beach ride

Beach Ride Number 3 
Outer Harbor via Anzac Highway – then return same way (coffee at Evida)

Meeting Time 8am in the City

The return of "LOTW", its been a while

Thank you to the anonymous BG who undertook as we always careful to call it "Research"

We missed her in May so here she is in September 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sunday is the EPIC RIDE (5th Sunday in the month) -


Sunday the 31st is the 5th Sunday of the month and hence its a Epic ride

After extensive period of consultation (with Brian while he was badgering me to catch up) this weeks Epic ride will be the

Combining all 3 beach rides 

Meet in the City at 8am 

The route is as Follows 
1: Outer Harbour via Port Road then to Glenelg
2: Glenelg to Hallett Cove
3:Return to Glenelg
4: Home via Anzac Highway

Coffee will be at LaMusette Siphon Coffee Bar unless number dictate somewhere larger 

The full route is about 100Km

We choose this as with the footy and other commitments its gives people options to bail out early if they have to.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sunday Ride - Hill Ride Number 2 Cudlee Creek - August 24th

The ride for this week is Hills ride number 2 Cudlee Creek and it looks like yet another fantastic Sunday for riding. 

Here is a photo for those who haven't been out for so long and are struggling to remember what the Coffee stop looks like.

Usual meeting times

  • 8:00 AM in the City
  • 8:30 AM at the Tower Hotel  

Disappointing numbers again for last week so lets make an effort to dust of the cobwebs and get out.  This is always one of the most popular rides so there should be a big turnout.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunday Ride - Beach Hallett Cove - 17th of August

Sundays Ride is Hallett Cove - Beach Ride #2

Usual Meeting Time 8:00 am in the city.

Numbers were down last week again and a couple of wheel mechanicals made it a tough day all-round. This week has small hills for those looking to ease back into the vertical metres so I expect to see a turn out in the teens again.

I think we should get some of these for the Bastardi shop. Those Tramps are a real nuisance.

Cycling ads, late 1890s

As per the requests I have enabled moderated comments on the Blog. I won't be able to look at them every day so as long as people are happy to wait a couple of days for a post to appear we will give it a trial run. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hills Ride Sunday the 10th - Hahndorf


The call to bike succeeded and we had a great turnout last Sunday, lets keep it up. It was a another great day for riding.

This week is a hills ride and in renegotiation of the feedback we have made some minor changes to the normal arrangements. Please read below.

The ride is Hahndorf
             a. Easy – Old Freeway/Aldgate Valley/River Road & return
             b. Hard – Old Freeway/Piccadilly/Greenhill/Balhannah/ return via german town hill 

Meeting time at the City is 8:00 am.
Brian will lead the city group.

Meeting Time at the Tollgate is 8:30.
I will be at the bollards by no later than 8:15 am. Brian will text me that the city group has left.

There will be no meeting time at the Bollards.  

Hence if there is a change of plans the group at the toll gate can wait for the city group to join up and we can go from there.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lets make an Effort this Sunday

With all due respect. The  Numbers for the Sunday rides have been bloody abysmal over the last couple of months with only 2 or 3 riders on some weekends. The weather has been cold but  the sun was shining with light winds. In short great riding weather as testified by lots of other groups on the road.  

Lets all make the effort and get out this Sunday; our club is only sustained by participation and the Sunday rides are the regular event around which our group is based. 

We can have a chat over coffee and decide if we should make any changes over winter to keep the numbers up. 

This Sunday is the Venerable beach ride number 1  for those that have forgotten (its been that long)

Outer Harbour via Port Road – usual sprint points, option to Glenelg and back. (coffee at Evida)

Meet 8 am in the city. 

The weather forecast for  Sunday is 5-15 degrees Mostly sunny. Light winds.

So there are no excuses!!!  

As the directeur sportif points out it's only 6 months to the TDU and 3 months to Amy's Ride. Given the lack of  numbers I suspect many of you are feeling (or looking) like the Michelin man at the moment. 

(if you leave it any longer and I might beat you up a hill and then where would you be)

For a little inspiration here is the map and profile for the TDU ride for this year. You will note the 1800 metres of climbing that includes Sellicks hill.