Tuesday, December 20, 2016


For all those who ordered kit, it has arrived.

If you want to collect it to put it under the tree, you can pick it up from my office - MasterPlan - 33 Carrington Street, Adelaide - during business hours from now until 11.30am Friday.

Billsy or I will be happy to help you out.

Those at HASSELL get a special delivery service.

If you can't get it before the end of the week, I'll be back in the office on 9 January 2016. Otherwise give me a call to make some other arrangements.

Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year period, see you all on the road soon.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sunday XMAS Beach Ride and break up

Due to the way Christmas and New Years day fall this year this will be the last Bastardi Ride for this year 2016. This week is a beach ride for our last ride of the year.

Meet: Hindmarsh Square in the City at 7:30 am

Ride: Port Road - Outer Harbor - Glenelg for coffee.

It's fair to say we have probably lost more Sundays to weather this year than most since the group started. So make the effort to get out and say merry Christmas and farewell 2016.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunday Ride - TDU Reconnaissance and Ride Report

Sunday Ride - TDU Reconnaissance

This Sundays ride will be Brian's TDU Reconnaissance. Brian hasn't decided on a route but as usual there will be lots of escape options for those that need to be home early.

Meet in the City at 7:30 am

 The full TDU Route is here http://www.strava.com/routes/5684530

Sunday Ride Report - Riders on the Storm
Eight BG made no excuses and arrived for the club ride last Sunday. We had all checked the weather and figured it was slow moving and we would get to coffee at least before anything hit.

Suffice to say what started as Calm winds and Humid  had developed into a significant but not scary headwind and humid by the time we reached Victoria Parade. Brian wasn't there but we didn't need to be told and started a pace line. Our pace line was thing of beauty, no shirkers, smooth and given the wind reasonably rapid. Brian would have dried a tear.

The pace line was functioning perfectly when about a kilometre from the first turn we were hit by a howling gale. The pace slowed but we kept it together working hard trying to get to everyone to the turn through alternate showers and dust. 

We thought the turn would bring some relief, boy was that a mistake. When we took that slight left turn which is basically a turn from North to North West we were hit by 83 kph winds blowing from the NNW.  In one sphincter clenching moment all eight of us shifted sideways and had to hang on to the bikes for dear life. The Pace Line was totally destroyed as everyone tried to get some separation. We know the wind speed because Mike Tilley checked the BOM website. Through some exceptional bike handling we all stayed upright .

However nothing stops the sprint for Outer Harbor glory although this one goes down as the slowest ever recorded with Mike Tilley taking it out while sprinting full pelt at 18 kph. You realise if it was calm he would have been doing 65 kph.

To say our trip back down the beach with the tail wind was rapid is the understatement of the century. I the "Captain Slow" of the BG was touching 50 kph at one point on Military Road while watching the rest of the group pull away.

Discretion is the better part of Valour, so we abandoned at Henley had coffee and rode home.    

Man Down

I am sorry to report that last Saturday Graeme came off his Bianchi and was taken to RAH via ambulance. Scans and XRays showed fractures in his right pelvis – opposite side to previously.

The BG's wish Graeme a Speedy recovery and hope that he has a great Christmas.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


This Sunday the No-Excuses ride returns to normal programming. We have lost lot of Sunday’s to weather this year, none the less the numbers have been disappointing. We had a magnificent day and ride in the southern hills last Sunday but only a few BG’s to Enjoy it with.
So with only 8 weeks to go until the TDU stop making excuses and just Ride.
WHEN: 7:30 am Sunday Morning
WHERE: Hindmarsh Square in the City
ROUTE: Port Rd – Outer Harbor – Glenelg – Anzac Hwy – Home
COFFEE: At the Glenelg Marina

See you Sunday.