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