Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sunday Ride - weather call and 1000k's for kids

1000k's for Kids

This Sundays ride was originally planned as a Escort ride for the 1000k's for kids riders in support of  Dan and Phil as they head off a 8 day tour of the state. The BG were going to try to keep them out of the wind for the first 50km or so as we suspect Dan and Phil are going to spend a bit of time of the front. Unfortunately escort duties are a non starter. However lets see if we can get a couple of BG's down to the 

Adelaide Bowls Club on Dequetteville Tce (Rymill park) at 7:15am to see them off.

Sunday Ride

The weather is looking dodgy for Sunday. As we have no set ride for this week we will meet in the city and  decide on options from there.

            Meet in the City at 8:00 am

Monday, September 18, 2017


The kit store will be opening again in the next week or so, with orders through to late October and kit (hopefully) arriving by Christmas. What an excellent stocking filler to go with the bike you haven't told your dearly beloved that you have purchased yet...

Assos tB.laalaLai Bib Shorts Piton

We are looking into a bulk sock order also to avoid minimum purchases on some of the sock lines.

Further details will be posted shortly.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Sunday Ride - Port Road OH


Sorry for the very late post this week. This Sunday we have the first clanger in the Ride Guide. It was meant to be Hallett Cove but we would have a route clash with the City-Bay fun run.

Hence a late change to Outer Harbor via Port Road

Meet in the city at 8:00am 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sunday Ride - Cudlee Creek

It looks like the foul weather will finally break for the weekend. So time to get out and enjoy the Hills.

The planned route for Sunday is  Cudlee Creek via the Gorge, Coffee at the Cudlee Cafe and then a return via Fox Creek, Lenswood, Forrest Range.

For those feeling their fitness levels are down a return down the Gorge is a option.

              Meet 8:00am in the City 
              or      8:30am at the Tower Hotel

I have been watching a bit of the La Vuelta, while getting over this flu. Brutal stages as usual. Stage 20 looks like fun.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunday is the No Excuses Ride

This Sunday is the No Excuses club ride.

   Meet Sunday Morning at 8:00 am in the City

As per normal the Route is Port Road, Outer Harbor and then Glenelg for Coffee.

Contact List

Can I also remind everyone to send me their contact details if you haven't done so already.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sunday Ride - Winter is Over - Pain Lives Here

Meet @ Hindmarsh Sq @ 8:00am
or @ Tower Hotel @ 8.30am

The Winter Ride Calendar is Over!! and we are back into the Hills. Note I have resisted any references to a certain Dragon based fantasy TV series. 

So a gentle start to Spring riding  with an old favorite. Pain Lives Here has plenty of options for everyone, so time to crawl out from under the doona
Pain lives here or Hard'n Up or Soft Option. As always all options have the added short cut of going down Greenhill Rd or Nortons to cut out Mt Lofty. Coffee spot nominated on the morning.

Pain lives here - 72km : Norton’s – Ashton – Basket Range – Forest Range – Lenswood - Swamp Rd – Greenhill Rd – Carey Gully – Uraidla – Greenhill Rd – Lofty - Norwood.
Harden up - 58km :  Norton’s – Ashton – Basket Range – Forest Range (climb) – Deviation Rd (shortcut) – Carey Gully – Uraidla – Greenhill Rd – Lofty - Norwood.
Soft option - 49km : Norton’s – Ashton – Basket Range – Range Rd (shortcut) – Uraidla – Greenhill Rd – Lofty - Norwood.

Bike Tech - Power2Max NG ECO

Power meters are starting to get a tiny bit cheaper. This is the first one well under a grand it works out at around $750 AUD. 

My Garmin already tells me precisely how crap I am in 500 different metrics, so not one for me.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sunday Ride - Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

This Sunday the Ride - Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

The weather looks okay so

Meet in the City at 8:00 am

For those of you that think 1000'ks for kids is a really long ride. Spare a thought for this guy.

Round the World in 80 days -


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sunday Ride - Weather Call

The weather report looks okay for Sunday but as it is winter 

Meet in the City at 8:00 am for a Sunday Ride that is a weather call.

The Rides
Good Weather 

  • Cuddle Creek - Coffee and maybe some pie at the Cudlee Cafe. As per normal multiple options home depending on how people feel.
Poor Weather
  • Extended Foothills Loop coffee in Norwood 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Gavin has set up SNEAKY cycles - he's got wheels, a nice kit, plus stems and bits by Extralite. Frame-sets are in the pipeline. Check out insta for some pics of SNEAKY wares:

He's got a set of the SNEAKY CU35 full carbon wheels as a test pilot. Initial testing is in... and results are good. The CU35 test pilot wheel set is available for loan in ADL so let me know if you're interested in a test ride or two. 

Height – 35mm
Width – 25mm outer, 19mm inner
Shape – U Shape aero
Tubeless compatible
Spoke count 20/24
Weight 1365g

BG pricing $999 for wheels only inclusive of rim tape – based on US exchange rate of .70 (basically sharing the love should this be different on a pro rata basis).

Out the box - neat, nice sneaky black decals, carbon weave brake surface with nude body, white logo on the hub, neat, very sneaky. First thing you note is they are light! The wide U shaped rim looks and feels nice in hand.

On the bike, the CU35's feel great in the wind, make quick adjustments to line and the lean is very responsive thanks to the mid depth 35mm U section rim. They don't grab gusts of wind like my 45 or 50mm traditional 'V' profile shaped rims. I'm no wind tunnel but they feel just as quick as my 45mm deep rims, holding 50kms swapping off, while training on the flats has not been a problem. Power climbing and sprints feel responsive, quick engaging sprawl in the hub picks up the power quick off the mark or out the corner. 

Noteworthy smooth ride, with wide rim body matched up to a 25mm tyre, just squeezed into the Propel. Little bit of flex in the wheelset, gives it a snap and smoothes out the bumps. If you have never ridden carbon rims, these will feel buttery smooth! Breaking surface inspires confidence and it has that nice Zipp hum under breaking.

The 35mm deep rim is great if you want to run one set of wheels and not think about swapping for crosswinds etc. A one-stop wheelset for a BG. Deep enough to get aero benefits, without catching the crosswind, and light for the climbing effort. 

Two Rim sizes:
35mm for all purpose set 
55mm for getting committed to aero or 
Mullet combo 35/55 best of both worlds!

The CU35+ or CU55+ option Extralite hubs, wider spoke arrangement and Stainless Steel or Sapim CXray spokes, weighing in about 1250g. 

Tubular available
Disk options available
Can do a CX wheel or 29er also.

Custom options available no problems, if you're after a set for the larger man, with extra spokes added for bigger, taller and or stronger riders, or just if you like em stiff. 24/28 spoke count options available. Anything else special Gav is happy to discuss. 

Extralite gear is available, SNEAKY will be stocking stems, stem plugs etc.
Brake Pads, Rim tape, skewers & tubeless valves also available at BG rates.

This is one upgrade worth doing, the wheel set is doing so much of the work in converting all the forces in the bicycle in to motion. So next time you're spoiling yourself with a new wheels hit up GAV for a BG special! Hit him up for a kit (tested, also great) if you're after an option to give the BG kit a rest during your mid week secret sneaky training sessions!  


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This Sunday is the No Excuses club ride.

This Sunday is the No Excuses club ride.

Meet Sunday Morning at 8:00 am in the City

As per normal the Route is Port Road, Outer Harbor and then Glenelg for Coffee.


Last Sunday we took to the hills and we realised that we didn’t have a good set of contact phone numbers in case people get separated. It’s been about 5 years since we did an exchange. 

I don’t want to do google docs as it’s hard to restrict access. So this time we will use email and I will consolidate the contact list. Can you also forward this to any regular or semi-regular BG who aren’t on the mailing list.

Please provide 
Name Contact Phone Number Emergency Contact Emergency Contact Number

I will consolidate and distribute.

BG Club Lunch

We have had a proposal for changing the club lunch to an outbound ride finishing in the Barossa or McLaren vale, with a return via pickup or mini-bus. It has the advantage of not having to ride home post lunch and gets us out into places we normally wouldn’t go. I will scope out a couple of possible target destinations. Suggestions welcome.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunday Ride - Hills Face Loop - maybe

The set Ride for Sunday is the Hills Face loop. However at the time of writing the weather is looking dodgy. So as the is always the rule in winter 

Meet in the City at 8:00 am for a Weather call.

If the Hills are out then the Ride will be: Port Road - Outer Harbor - Coffee at Glenelg

If the weather smiles on us we will do the short winter Hills Route that was suggested when we were planning the calendar. 

The Route is 

  • City-The Parade- Tower Hotel - St Bernard's rd
  • Then 
  • Slow Group - Montacute Rd or Fast Group - Gorge Rd - CorkScrew Rd
  • Regroup at the top of Corkscrew
  • Then
  • Montacute to Cherryville rd. Down to Cherryville and back up
  • Marble Hill Rd to Ashton 
  • Ashton to Woods Hill Rd
  • Woods Hill rd to Norton Summit
  • Norton Summit to the Parade
  • Coffee at Caffe Buongiorno

 Approx 55km/45km and 800 vertical meters .

If it doesn't work out this week I will schedule this ride over the top of the next foothills ride. Weather permitting.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunday Ride - Long Beach - Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

This Sunday is the long beach ride Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy.

Meet in the City at 8:00 am 

The weather looks reasonable at this point in time. 

Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h turning westerly during the morning then becoming light during the evening.

Not Cold in France 

On a community note who would want to be the poor bugger that has to fix this mess.

When Bike Sharing schemes go bad. These are all broken.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sunday Ride - Hallett Cove

This Sundays Ride is Hallett Cove via the Beach

Meet in the City at 8:00 am

Watching Richie Porte crash on the 9th stage was unpleasant to watch given our recent history but he appears to have been really lucky injury wise. It was great racing up to that point. Oh well there is next year and still lots of racing to watch.

See you Sunday.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sunday Ride and Stuff

Sunday Ride report

We had 14 who made no excuses and made the most of the good weather. John took the Outer Harbor sprint. I completely failed to follow any of Brian's instructions re pace line and calling non attendee's SAWFT,

It was a beautiful morning for a ride so we did tempt fate and try a few photos

Sunday Ride

This Sundays ride is planned as an Extended Foothills ride but as always in Winter its a weather call and if it looks good we may do a short hills ride or revert to a beach ride.

Meet in the City at 8 am

Tour Down Under

The Routes for the Tour Down Under have been released. The Bupa Challenge is a set of interesting and familiar choices. 

In BG speak the ride consists of a Three Gorges with a twist then a quick crazy Brian out to Mt Pleasant, a alley-oop back to Charleston, setting up an inverted Foxy, leading into a  reverse Foothills, followed by a SAWFT Pain Lives Here with no return on investment and ending with a Billsy Roller Coaster. 

138 km and 2,268 m of ascending

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Lance...shudder. Yes hes a dick, but a dick that knows allot about the TDF and cycling. He has an interesting perspective on the TDF, and a Texan no bull (chicken) shit attitude to commentary on the race. If like me this intrigues you check out his daily podcast:

The Cycling Podcast, also very good:

Found via SteephillTV. A great reference for all things TDF, with great links to interviews and daily highlights from Eurosport if like me SBS's coverage misses the mark (you could for stage 1-2, I bet they close the back door on this soon). Also a simpler way to get to SBS content then there own webpage. Other bonus you can navigate to watch highlights with out being told the result of a stage - non spolier mode, genius!

Opinion / Clarification: Lance was at his peak when my interest in cycling peaked as a teenager. His history in a way is my cycling history. In no way does my interest in this podcast forgive or condone Lances historical indiscretions! But if your not prepared to interact with any dopers in your coverage of the TDF, then you might have a pretty silent TDF. His podcast is at worst interesting, something to discuss over coffee post ride or around the water cooler at work. Hopefully I'll be out on the bike soon. FS

Friday, June 30, 2017

Message from Brian

Message from Brian
I went to see Brian yesterday and while he officially has an excuse and a doctors certificate to miss the No Excuses Ride on Sunday he says no one else does and that he expects everyone to be out. He also gave  me detailed instructions on when and how fast to form a pace line as well as what I need to do to keep everyone together down Victoria Parade. 

Brian is looking better but still having trouble with the lung not clearing up. That is delaying him getting the broken bones especially his shoulder seen to.

I caught him in Physiotherapy being told off by the Physio for going too hard on the bike. That doesn't sound like Brian at all...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sunday Ride - No Excuses

It's that time of year. Le Tour is about to start and we all become sleep deprived zombies especially after the mountain stages, as well as stacking on some kilos with all the late night snacks.

So it timely that this Sunday is the No Excuses ride and can substitute snacks for a Vanilla slice at Glenelg and argue over the Tour and what may or may not happen to Richie.

Meet Sunday Morning at 8:00 am in the City

As per normal the Route is Port Road, Outer Harbor and then Glenelg for Coffee.

The weather looks good
Min 5 Max 16
Mostly sunny. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 25 to 30 km/h during the evening.

This winter has been the opposite of last winter and so far the weather gods have been kind.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunday Ride, Ride Report and Brian/Mike Update

Sunday Ride

It has been dry so far this June if you call last Sunday mist dry. This coming Sunday looks like it may be wet and hence it will be a Weather Call.

Meet in the City (Hindmarsh Square) at 8:00 am

Brian and Mike Update
 I went into see Brian on Monday morning which was fortunate as he was getting ready to be discharged.  He was in a bit of pain as they having trouble balancing the meds. He has now been released and is going to a rehabilitation centre (details in email broadcast). Mike Lyons was driving him there. He is in good spirits and he and Mike have vowed to get back on the bike. The new rule is they ride down any descents at the back with me.

Interestingly enough his doctor has recently taken up cycling so we had a good chat. 

Mike is back at work so hopefully the Shoulder and the Thigh are getting better. 

As always get well soon guys

Ride Report - BG's in the Mist
As would be expect Sundays ride was a little bit subdued due to the previous weeks prang and the weather. Six BG gathered for a ride best described as atmospheric in a "Hound of the Baskervilles" sort of way. The Mist started out okay but actually got worse as the ride progressed.  All was going well with no giant devil dogs in sight with rider as we were riding to the conditions and maintaining good separation when David H hit something long and sharp on Port road just before Bower road. It ripped a 3 cm gash in his rear tyre. A search of the area revealed nothing on the road except for a used prophylactic we decided that the tyre had just ripped itself apart in disgust when it realised what it had just run over.

Inserting a $20 note didn't work because of the size of the gash and as he didn't have any $50's handy so Phil gave him one of the those Tyre boot repair stickers that has been sitting in his repair kit for about 4 years. That worked an absolute treat and David turned and headed for home. Hopefully he made it home.

Hugh won the sprint and we called it short on account of the visibility with Coffee at the Chocalat at Henley Square. The mist was just sitting on dead calm ocean. All we needed was a fin to break the surface.  
Home was via the Henley Beach road and the Mist was only just showing signs of lifting as we got back to town. So all up a enjoyable ride. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Brian and Mike Update


Some updates


Dan visited today and thankfully the tally of injury and stuff broken was not added too. This from Dan 

Saw Brian this morning: as reported 9 broken ribs, fracture in temporal lobe area, fractured clavicle, dislocated AC joint and punctured lung - other than that he's ok

All his injuries are healing ok-ish.

His lung is improving and once that's better he'll probably be released for home/outpatients.

He's ok and very thankful for his calls/messages.


He is back at work after Sportmed gave him a good once over.  Apart from loss of skin and some general soreness, he has,

  •  a bruise from where Brian ran into him (which is still growing but is currently 40cm long)
  •  a small bleed into the muscle but is not serious
  •  a tear in the AC and some Bursitis in the shoulder
It looks like it will only need conservative treatment only. 

Get well soon guys. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunday Ride - Beach Ride

Despite Men Down life and riding continue

This Sundays ride is a beach ride, Port Road, Outer Harbor and Glenelg for Coffee 

Meet in the City at 8:00 am

Note: it was listed as a Foothills ride but the weather looks good at the moment for beach.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brian Update


I went into the RAH to see Brain this afternoon. He is in good spirits, but as its now a couple of days after the accident he is very sore and grateful for the pain management button.

It turns out he has actually broken 9 ribs, which is a true job of work and given himself a mild concussion just to cap things off.  

Brian would like to thank everyone for their assistance and support, especially the BG boys who were there on the day and the lady who kindly stopped to help. 

Monday, June 12, 2017


So we can probably call this the Brian's f*%$ed himself up good and f*^#ing proper edition... Brian remains in good spirits today, even through the AC separation had been confirmed and a minor fracture of his skull (in his words: 'nothing to worry about') has been discovered this morning. In short, he is being a trooper with some fairly significant injuries causing him a lot of pain.

So a little more on what happened yesterday morning:

A group of six BG donned full finger gloves and, seeing the great weather (cold, but clear and zero wind), set out for what was planned to be an Old Freeway to the Lofty Summit, then Ashton, Cherryville and down Montacute for coffee somewhere around Newton.

Bollards, then Lofty was knocked off at a steady pace, and the group posed for this work of art at the summit...

In retrospect, this should have been seen as a portent of doom, as several years ago, about ten minutes after about 15 of us posed at Outer Harbour in our matching kit, we had the infamous Macolino Stackolino where Aldo and Alf went down with most unfortunate consequences for Alf.

Back to yesterday, after departing the summit, we headed down Mt Lofty Summit Road, to Greenhill Road and then onto Woods Hill Road. About 1.2 kilometres from the Greenhill Road intersection, at one of those innocuous right handers, Mike T was leading out Brian and Steve B.

It would appear that Mike lost traction on either some gravel or a patched longitudinal crack near the apex and went down in the classic front wheel 'low side'. Whilst Mike was sliding along the gravel, it appears that Brian went straight, front wheel first, into Mike's left thigh. Steve B reports a fairly graceful cartwheel, unfortunately ending with a very substantial deceleration.

Steve just managed to miss being third man down. Phil P arrived about 15 seconds later followed by Chris W and myself about 10 seconds after that.

A very helpful motorist who was between Phil and Chris also stopped to assist.

Mike has lost a fair amount of bark, and, on his left thigh now sports a monumental bruise bifurcated by what appears to be the tread pattern of a GP4000. He'll live to fight another day, however his bike is much the worse for wear.

Brian's frame, on first inspection, doesn't show any damage. His rims are another storey, and for the moment we will call it a 1-all draw between rim and Tilley thigh. Seriously though, after seeing the bruise, had it been any thigh other than Mike's, we might have been adding a broken femur to the mix.

Mike reported, on inspecting Brian's bike this morning, finding a small piece of fabric embedded in the rim. On closer inspection, it proved to be a piece of Mike's knicks:

Oh dear...

Seriously though, whilst we can make light, these events are never fun, and, as Aldo said yesterday, we all wish Brian, in particular, and Mike a speedy recovery.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Men Down


Unfortunately today the group had a bad accident in the Hills with both Brian Virgo and Mike Tilley falling on Woods Hill road near the Cold Store.

I wasn't riding so I will let someone who was there give a detailed explanation of the crash. It appears Mike fell first and Brian crashed into him. Brian suspects he may have hit a tree.

Brian is the most badly hurt and was taken to the RAH. He has suffered 6 broken ribs, a minor puncture to the lung and a broken collar bone. They are also concerned about his AC Joint (shoulder) but will know more tomorrow. He is comfortable and in good spirits. He will be in the RAH for 4-5 days depending upon lungs and shoulder. He didn't lose a lot of skin which is a small mercy. A CT scan has given him the all clear for his head, neck and spine.

I have far less information on Mike. He didn't go to hospital and from my information he has lost some skin and is bruised and banged up.  

The BG wish both Brian and Mike a speedy recovery.

More information as I have it.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sunday Ride - Winter Call


As its winter Sunday's ride will be a weather call.

Meet in the City at 8:00 am

If the weather looks fine one of the near city hills loops will be chosen from:

  • Pain Lives Here
  • BG Hills Face (in either direction) Montecute, Ashton, Mt Lofty,  Crafers, Upper Sturt Rd, Main Rd, Windy Point (Coffee in Unley or Stirling or Parade depending upon direction) approx 75km with multiple escape routes
  • An alternative close hills ride
If the weather is crap for the Hills the a decision will be made for Beach or a Foothills ride

as of posting the weather report is fantastic:

Min 6, Max 17  Sunny. Possible rainfall: 0 mm Chance of any rain: 5%  

Adelaide area
Sunny. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h later.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunday Ride - Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE

The Weather Forecast for Sunday is 
 Partly Cloudy, Light Winds

In other words Perfect for a NO Excuse club ride.

Meet in the City at 8:00 am 

The route is our standard Port Road, Outer Harbor and Coffee at Glenelg.

Some Clarifications on BG Etiquette arising from the Giro d'Italia 

BG Etiquette Rule #14

If a rider needs to stop for a Natural Break, the BG group will sit up and wait no matter who is up the road on GC or a sprint point being called. That rider will then be ribbed mercilessly for the remainder of the ride with Jibes such :..didn't you have one of those little black bags" etc .

BG Etiquette Rule #15
Under no circumstances will we photograph or otherwise record a natural break. Its just wrong. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


So following on from Aldo's suggestion that I ride the queen stage of the Giro on behalf of BG, I say no, but I did go for a little ride recently. Aldo also asked if I could share the story, so here goes...

Many of you know I have been raising money for, and riding, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Ride for the last few years. This year, for some reason, the ride got moved from January to May and conflicted with taking my daughter to the Disney World. Having already raised money, I needed a substitute ride. So, after some research, I stopped off in Maui on the way home to ride the Haleakala, a dormant volcano that takes you from sea level to an elevation of 10,023 feet (or 3.055 metres for those of us that like metric).

The route is 57 kilometres, at around 5.5% gradient, so it is really just like doing Norton Summit ten times. Or so I thought....

Decked out with a almost brand new Specialized Roubaix with a compact and 32 teeth on the cassette, and having polished off a McMuffin and hash brown, I set out from the town of Paia just after 6 am, when it was 27 degrees and 65 percent humidity. Here's my cocky selfie at the start thinking, well, how hard can it be???

Climbing through fields of sugarcane, past WWII military cemeteries all seemed pretty easy. Shortly, after a stop for food in the town of Makawao about 15km in, I was treated to the entire 28 vertical metres of decent (seriously, that is all the decent for the whole ride) where I managed to crack 40 km/h... Woot!

By 20 km in and at about 900 vm, the view opened up, and was starting to look nice.

Looking down was the best idea, because the summit didn't seem to be getting any closer. At 22 km, a series of somewhere between 20 and 30 switchbacks (I lost count) over 12km, taking you from around 950 metres to around 1800 metres started. The gradient kicked up too, and for some reason unknown to man, the corners were ridiculously over cambered. As I had been warned, it is during this period, it gets hard, and your brain starts to mess with you. Those 'it wouldn't be that bad if I didn't make it to the top' thoughts start... At around 1500 metres, and 30km in, you emerge from the trees, and the summit is right there, only 1500 metres above you.

She is still looking really nice, here at around 1900 metres and 37km in.

It's struggle street by this stage, but at around 40km and 2000 metres two riders catch me. A very talkative Maui local, named Brian, explains to me that today he was only riding to the national park entrance, because he is tight with his money and only rides to the summit once a week (it costs $10 to get in). The other rider, from California, having seen my bulging pockets asks if I have any spare food. I give him a couple of gels and a couple of bars and he offers to sherpa me to at least 2700 metres. He keeps his end of the bargain and I hope he wasn't shooting for a time up the hill, because I clearly slowed him down, a lot.

Riding with someone else helped, and the road flattened out, so getting up to 2700 metres went fairly well. The bad news was that, by then, Hypoxia had well and truly kicked in. From 2700 metres to the summit, a distance of 3.5km, I took 30 minutes at a grand average of 7 km an hour. I had to stop around every 400-500 metres for about 60 seconds to gulp down some air and try and find some oxygen within it.

Just to finish of, with around 1.5 km to go, I'm in fog, and the rain starts. Then, as if that wasn't enough, just to tell you you're almost at the top, there is 300 metres at a cramp inducing 12-15%.

Five hours and fifty-four minutes later, I was there. Mike Woods needn't have worried about his KOM...

No speccy photos from 3055 metres, as visibility was down to around 50 metres, so here's me in lycra again. It's a bit like the moon up there anyway.

I didn't ride back down, as (a) you all know how shite I am at descending, (b) it was raining, and (c) the brake levers were the wrong way around (a bit like the side of the road you drive on, the direction you flick light switches and the direction keys rotate in locks).

It was the most amazing ride I have done, and if you like hills, must be on your bicycle bucket list.


Monday, May 22, 2017


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Sunday Ride is Hallett Cove

We are now officially into our Winter Ride pattern. Rides will be scheduled as either Beach or Foothills. All Rides will meet in the city and a weather call will be made. If the weather is really good we will either extend or change the ride to do some hills work 

This weeks ride is Hallett Cove which we haven't visited in quite a while. Given the extent of road works we will take a alternative route down to the Cove way.

Meet in the City at 8:00 am

If the weather is good we will look at one of the small extensions to the normal ride that a few people have discussed

The Queen Stage of the Giro Tuesday night, twice up the Stelvio. 

We should send Michael R who rode this climb while on Holidays 

Haleakala "World's Longest Paved Climb 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunday Ride - Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

This Sunday's ride is Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy. 

Meet in the City at 8:00 am 

Got to love the Giro. Unashamedly Politically incorrect. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sunday is Mothers Day - No Ride this weekend


When planning this years Ride Calendar we have bowed to the inevitable and accepted that on Mothers day everyone has somewhere to be and something to do. Hence we have taken the opportunity for a end of season break and scheduled NO RIDE for this Sunday Mothers day. 

We have learned that no matter how short you make the ride anyone who braves the wrath and shows up usually needs to cut it short.

Enjoy Mothers Day

Where's Lunch again dad.........

Thursday, May 4, 2017

This Sunday the No-Excuses ride and LOTW


This Sunday the No-Excuses ride. The weather will be kind this weekend, the distance a doodle, the coffee hot and the hills non-existent so there are No Excuses

WHEN: 8:00 am Sunday Morning

WHERE: Hindmarsh Square in the City
ROUTE: Port Rd – Outer Harbor – Glenelg – Anzac Hwy – Home
COFFEE: At the Glenelg Marina

and as numbers seem to be dependent of the quality of the LOTW this should do the trick


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sunday Ride - Hills Less Travelled - Three Gorges + LOTW + Beach Ride alternate

This Sundays Ride is the Hills Traverse or Three Gorges Ride

The Route is 

Outbound: City to the Parade, Parade to Tower Hotel, Gorge Road to Cudlee Creek, Gorge Road to Torrens Valley Road, Torrens Valley Road to Birdwood

Coffee at the Birdwood 

Return: There are various return journeys possible to be discussed at coffee. 

  • Out and Back
  • Via Mt Torrens /Lobethal
  • Via Burfords Hill Rd - Gumeracha
  • Full traverse via Amy Gillet Bike way 
The Weather forecast  for Sunday is Slight chance of showers with light winds

Meeting times 8:00 am in the city 8:30 am at the Tower Hotel 

Beach Ride 
In regognition that we have a extra hills ride in April, there will also be a beach ride leaving from the city at 8:00am for anyone not keen on the vertical metres.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sunday Ride - Hahndorf

This Sundays ride is to Hahndorf via the freeway and Algate valley road in order to get our fix of baked goods. Like we havent had enough of those over easter.

  • Meet in the City at 8:00am
  • or the Tollgate at 8:30 am
  • or the Bollards at 9:00

Return routes will be discussed with mouths full of Strudel.....or beer.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Sunday Roll is Hallett Cove

For those of you looking for  Ride this Easter Sunday to burn off that hot cross bun induced carb loading.

The BG Easter Sunday Roll will be Hallet Cove 

Meeting Time is 8am in the City

Happy Easter

Monday, April 10, 2017

1000 k's For Kids Entertainment Book

The ENTERTAINMENT books for 1000k's for Kids have arrived  

If you want one come and see Dan with cash!

Or……same thing……go to

There you can pay by card and either go for the book version or the mobile APP version.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sunday Ride is the Kat Killer Klassic

Kat Killer Klassic
We are not a bunch of racists. More pet lovers with a twisted streak.
Meet Hindmarsh Sq @ 8:00 am or the Tower Hotel Car park @ 8.30 am

KKK Lobethal loop - Norton's - Forest Range - Lenswood - Lobethal
Cudlee Creek - Gorge - Adelaide - Approx 76km

Short cut : From Lenswood - Fox Creek (Coldstore Rd) - Cudlee Creek - Gorge - ADL. 69km
Long Cut : (need more training?) Gorge - Corkscrew Rd - Montacute Rd - Adelaide

Cudlee Creek cafe for coffee.

The Kat Killer Klassic honors the anniversary of one cats tragic death and Dave C spectacular fall. For those not in the know early 2009 David C, an original BG and mad cyclist took a bad fall when his paths crossed with a suicidal kitty that resulted in the cat ending up in Dave’s front wheel and subsequently jamming into his fork effectively stopping his front wheel ‘dead’ and ejecting him at speed into the bitumen. The cat survived the ordeal but passed later that night.

As always the BG can’t thank the owner of the cat enough for her assistance with an unconscious David and we respectfully hope the cats death was not to traumatic – R.I.P.P.

As always we will pause briefly at the crash site so that those who were there can recount the events of that fateful day.

BG Lunch
I was going to try and organise a BG Lunch for this ride. It hasnt happened again however we can see who is keen for up for second breakfast once we hit town.