After a storm rudely interrupted the previous weeks ride to Hahndorf we had a good turnout for Sundays ride to Hallett cove. As always the cove is a good mixture of short climbs and short beach.
The day improved from a frosty start and we didn't encounter any of the feared road work related issues. Dan regaled us with all the trials and tribulations of buying Aldi Ski gear during their special sales event.Short version the prices are great but shopping experience less so. Apparently they do the same special sales with cycling gear. We will keep you posted over when that occurs however given Dan;s description we may have to organize a tag-team to make sure we get in an out unharmed.
We had a excellent run up Unley road and down Springback Rd following a couple of guys who were wearing jerseys that indicating they had Everested with the Hells 500 crew . i.e. climbing 8,848 metres in a single ride. We assume it is true so chapeau to them.
To confirm the intricate mathematical calculations that were flying around among the professional gentlemen riding in BG colors I have accessed the Everesting calculator. Our estimates are from my recollection.
- Norton Summit = 18.13 laps, 198.87 km (Our estimate 20)
- Tollgate to Mt Lofty Summit = 10.21 laps, 255 km (Our estimate 12)
- Tollgate to Bollards = 20.79 laps, 359 km (Our estimate 16)
Our estimation of the elevation gain on the Bollards climb was way off. the climb to the Bollards is not that much in terms of elevation. So if your going to Everest in Adelaide its Norton Summit.
Anyway we rode onto the Cove at good speed with the group relatively together as a couple of guys were not familiar with the route.
Coffee was at Glenelg were we discovered that Esca no longer sells cake!!!!!
This obviously means yet another change of Coffee stop for the beach run. We moved down the boardwalk for now. The Coffee sub-committee will need to reconvene.
Also I have noted down the need to make sure Mothers and Fathers day are short beach rides for next years ride guide. I am beginning to have some sympathy for the AFL schedulers.
Some picks from the day. We aren't sure what special powers Graham used to blur his image.
What do you think about this for our next set of kit?
|Just Kidding but you have to wonder what they were thinking !!!!!|