Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NO EXCUSES Bastardi Club Ride

SUNDAY THE 7th of FEBRUARY 
IS THE NO EXCUSES  BG Club Ride 

Ok, everyone. This is a call to dust off the BG lyrca.. 

Numbers for Sunday rides are ok …. but could be a whole lot better. A number of people are missing in action. We appreciate that not everyone will make it out  every week for various different reasons:

  • Some have become fitter and faster and smash out "training" rides more often
  • Conversely, Some think the BG is too fit and fast and that they are not fit or fast enough
  • Some have other commitments (mainly of the familial variety)
  • Some now turn their wheels in different circles 

So on Sunday 7 February (you  have been given notice) we are launching our first "No Excuses BG Club Ride" ride. If you own a BG kit (new or old) you are expected to be @ Hindmarsh Sq @ 7:30am

We are talking a good old fashion BG ride. By this we mean:

  1. The fast guys up front pushing a solid "Sunday recovery ride for a fit and fast bastard " tempo, with a chance to ride their arse off for glory at the long stranding and highly prestigious town sprint lines. 
  2. The others accepting the fact they are not greyhounds and  - Not pushing a turn at the front - Not trying to mix it with the big boys at the sprints - But using the group environment as an opportunity to push further.
  3. A coffee stop where people give each other shit, discuss the latest developments in bike porn and generally celebrate being a cyclist.
  4. And of course the simple but strictly enforced rule of " No Dicks Allowed" - so feel free to bring along any riding mates who qualify.

As you will see a  New Ride Calendar has been published with an important change. It is proposed that throughout the year the first Sunday in each month will be a "No Excuses BG Club Ride" 

In other words we are only asking you to make an effort to Ride your bike with the BG 12 times a year. It will always be a beach ride - In fact it will always be a City - Port Rd - Outer Harbour  - Glenelg (for coffee) loop. 

This means you could join us go back up Anzac Hwy - ride around 60km -  have  a coffee - and still be home by about 10:30am. Or if you prefer you can leave the slower blokes behind after coffee, launch up into the hills and give yourself a smashing. 

We will also be trying to create a ride programme for the other weeks which gives people the flexibility to either get home early or push on for some serious pain. Hence we are incorporating regular repeats of rides with multiple options such as Cudlee Creek and the Pain series. Please have a look at the ride guide, feedback is welcome.

It is also proposed that at coffee on 7 February we will hold an AGM - with a chance for anyone to voice an opinion on ways to improve and what will help to keep numbers high because the more we have out the more fun we have.

Sunday Ride. January the 31st

Sundays ride is the last of the old calendar and we will be visiting the lady's at Cudlee Creek for some of their excellent cakes. Hopefully this time we wont be sharing the cafe with hordes of motorcycles and squadrons of cyclists. 

Meeting time 


  • 7:30am in the City or
  • 8:00am at the Tower

We will get onto Gorge Rd via St Bernards Rd, Newton Rd for those who normally join en-route.

New Calendar 

I have scheduled the new calendar around the usual fixtures of the cycling year but used these general rules.
  • the BG club ride is the first Sunday of every month
  • the second Sunday ride is the Pain series, unless there is a conflict
  • The third Sunday will alternate the other beaches, unless there is a conflict
  • The forth Sunday will be Cudlee Creek, Hahndorf or other multi-option ride to accommodate a broad spectrum of riders
  • When we have a Fifth Sunday, we will use this for exploring the paths less traveled and in the warmer months this is when the epics are scheduled
  • In winter (June/July) we will avoid the hills and substitute a extended foothills ride where the coffee stop will actually dictate the route followed i.e. a non beach city ride
I have done my best to make sure all the expected rides are there. Its getting to be like scheduling the AFL season.  Please let me know if I missed anything or haven't balanced the rides appropriately.



Cheers AM and MT



2016 Sunday Ride Guide


The Sunday Ride Guide for 2016

BG SUNDAY RIDES 


Ride Date  Route  Event 
Sunday, 31 January 2016 Cudlee Creek - return
Sunday, 7 February 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 14 February 2016 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, 21 February 2016 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 28 February 2016 Hahndorf via Freeway return
Sunday, 6 March 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 13 March 2016 Meadows Loop Three Peaks 
Sunday, 20 March 2016 Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 27 March 2016 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy 
Sunday, 3 April 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE Coast to Coast 
Sunday, 10 April 2016 KKK Lobethal - Cudlee Loop
Sunday, 17 April 2016 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 24 April 2016 Hills Traverse - Birdwood
Sunday, 1 May 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 8 May 2016 Mt Lofty - Greenhill - Back way to Hahndorf
Sunday, 15 May 2016 Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 22 May 2016 Cudlee Creek - return
Sunday, 29 May 2016 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop
Sunday, 5 June 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 12 June 2016 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 19 June 2016 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop
Sunday, 26 June 2016 Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 3 July 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 10 July 2016 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop
Sunday, 17 July 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd   
Sunday, 24 July 2016 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 31 July 2016 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop
Sunday, 7 August 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 14 August 2016 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, 21 August 2016 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 28 August 2016 Cudlee Creek - return    Hahndorf
Sunday, 4 September 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 11 September 2016 Pain Lives Here Amys Gran Fondo
Sunday, 18 September 2016 Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 25 September 2016 Meadows Loop  Three Gorges Ride
Sunday, 2 October 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE BG Time Trial 
Sunday, 9 October 2016 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, 16 October 2016 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 23 October 2016 Meadows Loop BG CLUB LUNCH
Sunday, 30 October 2016 Hallett Cove  via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 6 November 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE Amys Ride
Sunday, 13 November 2016 Pain Lives Here Giro Della Donna 
Sunday, 20 November 2016 Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 27 November 2016 Stirling/ Lofty via Belair/Coromandel/Cherry Gardens
Sunday, 4 December 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 11 December 2016 TDU Reconnaissance  BG CLUB LUNCH
Sunday, 18 December 2016 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 25 December 2016 No Ride 
Sunday, 1 January 2017 No Ride 
Sunday, 8 January 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 15 January 2017 Ride Like Crazy or Alternate  Ride Like Crazy / Ride for Juvenile Diabettes 
Friday, 20 January 2017
TDU Challenge  TDU Challenge 
Sunday, 22 January 2017
 Beach via Anzac Hwy (the Original) TDU Recovery
Sunday, 29 January 2017 Cudlee Creek - return
Sunday, 5 February 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, 12 February 2017 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, 19 February 2017 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, 26 February 2017 Meadows Loop
Sunday, 5 March 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE BG Time Trial 
Sunday, 12 March 2017 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, 19 March 2017 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sunday Ride -TDU Recovery Roll

The TDU challenge ride was more of a challenge than it looked on paper. Legs are sore and we need to recover.

So as tradition and good training practice dictates we will return to the ride that started it all that wet July day for a TDU Recovery Roll so we can debrief from Friday's ride and catch up with a eventful week of cycling gossip.

Meet at the City 7:30 am Genelg, Turn at Bower Road, Coffee at Esca and home.

Its the Australia day long weekend so if your around please make the effort. The pace will be set as recovery.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tour Down Under Challenge Ride


All

The TDU is here and a number of us will be heading out on Friday to collect yet another Challenge tour jersey

The start line is at George St, so we will meet in easy reach of the faster group departure areas. 

The meeting point will be at Caffe Bravo on the corner of the Parade and Edward street from 6:00 am 

The departure is at 6:30 am 

From what I recall from the last time we left from Norwood it was one of the few places serving coffee at the starting time. That isn’t a guarantee of caffeine but let’s wait and see.  

I have a spare roof rack for the return but will be riding out to the bluff to meet my lift home. Extra 8 km from memory.



Being the Bastardi here is an an Italian Phrase that may be helpful on this year's ride. 

Questo maglio รจ particolarmente brutto questo anno – This jersey is particularly ugly this year

The weather looks like fun so remember your jackets.

AM


The Route 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sunday and the Start of TDU Week

All

This Sunday marks the start of the TDU (yes I am master of the bleeding obvious). We have a lot of ride competition with various community rides i.e.


  • Ride Like Crazy 
  • Ride for Juvenile Diabetes 
  • Big Red Ride
  • NCC TDU Series at Uraidla 

The BG Sunday ride is a Beach Ride - Port Road - Glenelg for Coffee - return to the city to collect TDU Jerseys.  Departure is 7:30 from the city.

For those doing the Ride like Crazy the meeting point as usual is by the entrance of the Unley Shopping Centre and Under the trees in the South Eastern corner of the Oval at the finish.

I will put a Bupa Challenge specific post on the blog next week.  If anyone is planning a Ride associated with the TDU and wants me to post it please drop me a note

Good Luck whatever your Ride is over the next week, say safe and enjoy the TDU.


Norton Summit Time Trial 

The TDU has added a time trial up Norton Summit with riders heading off between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. I don't know if any of the BG or BG associates are competing. If they are can someone drop me a note. I will post the start times and I will see if I can get someone up there with a  Vuvuzela 



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sunday Ride - Cudlee Creek and TDU Reminder

Happy New Year 2016

Sundays Ride is the Cudlee Creek ride. The current weather forecast is for 38 degrees and light winds, so please stick to the meeting locations as we may have to alter the route to get us home earlier. 

Meeting times is as usual 7:30 am in the City or 8:00 am at the Tower Hotel carpark.


REMINDER

TDU Challenge Ride registration closes this Wednesday the 13th of January 2016 @ 5pm.