Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sunday Ride - TDU Reconnaissance

Gee where did the year go. 

It time for the annual TDU reconnaissance ride. Make an effort to come out because of the double out and back route for the TDU this year there are many shorter options to consider for those after a more standard ride. 

Meet: 
7:30 am in the City
8:00 am at the Tower 

 The actual TDU Route is here.
      https://www.strava.com/routes/9478153


Our Plan

  • City to the Tower - Pick up the Tower Hotel crew
  • Tower Hotel to Gorge Road
  • Gorge Road to Kangaroo Creek (regroup)
  • Escape Route 1 (Ride through to Cudlee Creek for a coffee and then return 65 km)
  • Left on Tippet Road to Torrens Valley Rd
  • Torrens Valley to Gumeracha 
  • Escape Route 2 (Return via upper gorge, 75km)
  • Torrens Valley Rd to Birdwood - Coffee at Birdwood 
  • Escape Route 3 (Return via upper gorge, 85km)
  • At this point we will deviate from the TDU Route in the interests of a reasonable finish time. Instead of looping out to Mt Pleasant we will ride direct to Mt Torrens (20 km shorter)
  • Onkaparinga Valley Rd to Mt Torrens and then to Charleston. (We will consider the bikeway to avoid the road and maybe ride direct to Lobethal to save 5km)
  • Woodside St to Lobethal
  • Escape Route 4 (Return via Lobethal-Cudlee Creek Rd 100km)
  • Lobethal Rd to Lenswood
  • Not Really an Escape Route 5 (Home via Nortons  95 km)
  • Coldstore Road, Fox Creek Rd, Cuddle Creek rd, 
  • Water stop at Cudlee Creek by consensus
  • Gorge Rd to Maryvale Rd
  • Escape Route 4 (End the ride and go home 110 km)
  • Maryvale, Montecute, Stradbroke, Morialta, Glen Stuart
  • Norton Summit - the Tree
  • Home  120km

Unfortunately Brian is unavailable to lead us so the post of Road captain is open. 

See you Sunday


Quote of the Year. (By the Sunday's drop in)

If this big boy (Mike) looses 10kg you boys are all f@*#$d

This may help those slightly confused on Sunday

https://www.keepcalmandtravel.com/top-15-italian-gestures-including-the-rude-ones/






Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday Ride - Beach Ride

Sunday Ride is a beach ride.

It was Scheduled as Hallett Cove but as we did that ride ride recently we will do the Port Rd - Outer Harbor loop. 

Meet in the City at 7:30 am


Monday, November 13, 2017

KITSPLAIN

EDIT - Kit Store is now open until Sunday 19 November 2017.

So, here are some charts that explain the CS range with less words...

Here is the sizing:


Here is the range:

 Here are the shorts:


We've requested the store to remain open until Sunday night, and will confirm this once Champion System get back to us.

MR

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sunday Ride - Southern Hills - Stirling/ Lofty via Coromandel Valley


Thus Sunday's Ride is one the New Hills loops suggested by Dan that we pioneered last year. The exception is that this year we wont get lost and have to climb up a 18% ramp on Red Hill rd to get back to Bradbury.

Meet in in the City at 7:30 am 

The Route  

Unley Rd / Belair Rd to Windy Point - Main Road to Cherry Gardens Rd - Cherry Gardens Rd to Iron Bank Rd, Right hand turn to Morgan Rd, Morgan Rd to Woolcock rd, Woolcock rd to  Bradbury Rd at Bradbury, Bradbury Rd to Mylor

 Coffee at Mylor (40km) (Stirling was packed last time)

Home via Crafers or My Lofty depending upon energy levels

70km if home via the Bike Track, 77km if home via lofty. 1400 m of elevation gain if you go home over lofty.

https://www.strava.com/routes/7072282


















Monday, November 6, 2017

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE CHAMP SYS KIT STORE

I few weeks ago, I was at a hotel perusing the the long list of craft beers available for purchase. Clearly I was taking longer than acceptable and occupying to much bar space, as the kind gentleman behind the bar suggested a beer to me. His sales pitch was that his recommended ale was 'sessionable'.

I'm not really sure 'sessionable' is a word, but who gives, we live in interesting times.

Anyway, the Champion System website is certainly sessionable, in that your session will time out many, many times before you have a chance to work out what the f**k you have to do to order some kit. Not to mention it is so ugly that is certainly doesn't befit BG kit.

Anyway, let me break it down.

You select product following the following steps:

1. Select the product Type (kicks, jerseys, gloves etc).
2. Select the product (e.g. short sleeve club cut jersey) and range (Tech, Performance, Apex)
3. Select the size & options

There are three ranges of product:

Tech - base level product
Performance - mid level product
Apex - top level product

Apparently, there is another level called Fantasy which features zips that don't break after about three uses... Seriously, if anyone has had zips fail from the order in 2016 and you still have the product, could you URGENTLY email Aldo with details (the product, size and options and details of when the zip broke) so I can try and get a warranty claim done during this order.

Jerseys are in two cuts:

Race Cut - Suitable for a BMI of 20 or less
Club Cut - More appropriate for human beings

Jerseys also have normal ranges and summer ranges. Summer ranges are lighter weight, however I don't believe they are SPF 50+.

Knicks have two choices of chamois:

Veloce - I get these
Grandfondo - I don't get these, so wont vouch for them - Billsy had one and described it as like wearing a nappy (I can't remember wearing a nappy, so am not quite sure how he made such a comparison)

Tech knicks can be ordered with 1.5 inches of extra length and Performance and Apex knicks can be ordered with 1.5 or 2.5 inches of extra length.

You select the chamois and length AFTER you select the product and range.

Best of luck.

MR

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunday No Excuses

Sunday is the No Excuses Ride 

Meeting Time is 7:30 am in the City

The usual route Port Road, Outer Harbor, Glenelg however if we have a set of people doing the Fleurieu Gran Fondo Festival (what was Amy's Ride) we will modify the route to ride South and drop them off prior to heading to the beach.

The change from Amy's ride seems to have left people cold and hence a bit uncertain. Can I please ask you to email me if you intend to Ride the Gran Fondo. We will see if we can co-ordinate the BG group.

We have had good numbers all month so head out on Sunday and catch up with everyone.

The weather looks okay. 

So, No Excuses. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

KIT STORE IS OPEN AGAIN UNTIL 14 NOVEMBER 2016

New kit is now available to order, but get in quick as orders close on 14 NOVEMBER 2017.

Champion System have substantially revised their range, so we have updated our proofs and have an enhanced range from which you can order. By following these step by step instructions you should have no problems ordering and paying for your order online.
If you've ordered before you can use your existing CS DIRECT account:
  1. Head to https://aucustom.champ-sys.com/teamstore/?BastardiGruppet and log in using your existing account details
If you are ordering for the first time follow the basic steps below to place your CS DIRECT team order:
  1. Surf to https://www.champ-sys.com.au/
  2. Top right hand corner click SIGN IN
  3. Select RETURNING CUSTOMER (even though you are not)
  4. You will be presented with a login page. Here you need to enter the username and password (both are "bast")
  5. You will then be presented with a personal login page where you will be required to set up your own individual account
Once you have logged in:
  1. Once this is done you will see the MY ACCOUNT page where your CS DIRECT TEAM order will be listed – simply click ORDER NOW
  2. You will be presented with the MY CUSTOM ORDER PAGE. Here you can order the items you want for your team order. You will see the designs that have been set for your team. Simply select the item you are after, follow the order process, enter size and quantity just like any other online store shopping cart. As you follow the process you will be asked to confirm your order – you can add more items or checkout
  3. Once you finish the order process you will be presented with the payment page. The only payment method accepted is credit card. You will also note at this stage that the CS DIRECT administration fee has been applied to your total. Once you confirm your payment an order summary will be emailed directly to you
  4. Delivery – Your order will be delivered to me 46 weeks after your team CS DIRECT order is closed.
Your order will be individually packed and delivered with all your other team member orders
and freighted to me for distribution.

You’ll need to know what sizes you want, for each bit of kit. I'll put another post up with some links to size guides later this week. I'm also going to see if I can coordinate some sock orders.

Michael

Friday, October 27, 2017

KIT STORE IS OPEN

Hi All

Get your junk in some sexy new spandex.

Here is the link. More detailed post, with instructions for those who haven't ordered before, to come shortly.

Closing 14 November 2017.

https://aucustom.champ-sys.com/teamstore/?BastardiGruppet


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sunday Ride - Beach Ride - Hallett Cove

The Ride calendar had booked Hahndorf the hard way but as a few people are looking at doing the ride that has replaced Amy's ride we will swap that for Medium hills down to Hallett cove.

Meet in the City at 7:30am

The exact Route will be decided Sunday when we have a bit more info on Road works but given the last few rides I think we will take Anzac Hwy to begin with.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meadows Epic Hills - Ride Report


Eleven BG headed out this Sunday morning to take on the rarely sighted southerly Meadows loop. As promised it wasn't a smash fest and the pace was gentlemeny.  The day was fantastic if a little chilly, no wind to speak of and apart form some "wet air" we encountered out of Kanagarilla the weather kept up its end of the bargain. Special mentions.

  • Mike T who suddenly appeared as we were regrouping at the top of of the climb out of Calrendon. He had heard it wasn't going to be a smash fest. He thought that was a bit wussy so came out after a bucks show, suffered a flat and then chased us down. He did suffer all they way round. Hopefully helped the hangover.
  • Steve B who has been off the bike weeks  longer than he really wanted to be but came out for the big ride anyway. He was in the hurt locker but ground it out.
  • Brian who capped off his return to riding with the Epic. He sent me the note below to post
Great Day
---------


I would like to thank all the Bastardi that came on the ride to Meadows today. You might not realise how much this meant to me and how it reinstated so much of my lost confidence both mentally and physically. There has been times during the last months when I thought I would never again be able to do what we did today. I had a great sense of relief and satisfaction in what I achieved today - as hard as it was!
Thanks to John for keeping the pace sensible on the way home, and Stevo for getting me home.
It was great to see Steve, Dan and especially Big Mike who all gave me a lot of support over the journey, but today was the first day we have been back on the bikes together.
Sorry, I left my great wing-man Aldo behind after he has paced me back into riding over the last 3 weeks - I must be on the mend!!

Cheers
Brian

Photos, thanks to Dan





Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sunday Ride - The Epic - Meadows Loop - Will not be a smash fest

This weeks ride is the Meadows loop southerly direction. Numbers have been down so the consensus on the ride was not to reschedule but make this ride more approachable. We are going to Meadows but it will not be a smash fest. The group will regroup at the top of each climb. As its the Southerly Direction we will meet in the City and ride out as a group

Meet in the City at 7:30 am 

The route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/10934488 

There are escape routes available, either toward the beach via Cement Hill or via Crafers.

See you Sunday. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sunday Ride - Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

This Sundays ride is Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy. 

Meet in the City at 7:30 am

The Route will be Anzac Hwy, Military Rd, Outer Harbor via the Esplanade, Return

Coffee at Glenelg. 

Number have been absolutely shocking so lets make the effort and get out this Friday.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sunday Ride - Pain Series - Brian Returns


Brian Returns 
Last Sunday morning the post Grand Final blues were greatly improved by a familiar sight of Brian  waiting for the ride in the City. He is slightly skinnier ( yes hard to believe) and a bit off his usual game but definitely back on the bike. We held a leisurely pace and Brian was with us to Glenelg and back. Well done mate  great to see you back.

This Sunday - Pain Lives Here

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.

Meet at 
     7:30 am in the City 
     8:00 am at the Tower Hotel 

Sorry for the brief post. Travelling at the moment.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sunday No Excuses Club Ride and Grand Final Hangover relief


Sunday is the No Excuses Ride 

Meeting Time is 8:00 am in the City

Usual route Port Road, Outer Harbor, Glenelg

As daylights saving commences and there will probably be a few post Grand Final hangovers we will leave the meeting time at 8:00 am as it was meant to move to summer time this week.

From next week we will revert to summer starting time.  

The weather looks like it is going to be awesome: 18 degrees, Partly cloudy. Light winds. 

So, No Excuses. 

Even if you just roll up for a Grand Final postmortem and Celebrate, Gloat, Wince, "Make Excuses" or "Refuse to Discuss" depending upon who you follow and what the score is. 

PS: Make sure you follow Phil and Dan on the Camp Quality 1000k's for Kids ride. Hopefully they will be in a country pub somewhere on Saturday Afternoon.






Go The Crows! 

Now I have got that out of my system, apologies to all the Power Supporters 

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

KIT STORE - ADVANCE NOTICE



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.

MR

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sunday Ride - Port Road OH

All

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.

Cheers

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 - http://www.artemisworldcycle.com/live-update/

LOTW

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sunday Ride - Weather Call

Gentlemen
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

SNEAKY GAV


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:
https://www.instagram.com/sneakycycles/

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. 

SNEAKY CU35 WHEELSET SPECS:
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).


REVIEW - OPINION
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. 

OPTIONS
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. 






























EXTRAS
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!  

Contact SNEAKYGAV:
sneakygav@sneakycycles.com



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.

Housekeeping

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

http://tourdownunder.com.au/the-race/tour-details/stages/stage-4 

https://www.strava.com/routes/9478153

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

STAGES PODCAST



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:
https://soundcloud.com/user-411867241

The Cycling Podcast, also very good: https://audioboom.com/channel/thecyclingpodcast

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!
http://www.steephill.tv/tour-de-france/

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

All

Some updates

Brian

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.

Mike 

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.