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 http://www.entbook.com.au/9a43413

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. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

BG NO EXCUSES Club Ride and the end of Daylight savings


This Sunday the No-Excuses ride. The weather will be kind this weekend

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

Daylight savings ends this Sunday so remember to set your clocks. As per normal we shift to out later winter start time of 8:00am. Thats 90 minutes extra sleep people  and with a good day there should be No Excuses and we should see everyone there at 8:00am. 

See you Sunday. 

Did I mention that the ride starts at 8:00am 


First Law of BG: The number of riders on any given Sunday is directly proportional to the quality of the most recent LOTW.

Friday, March 24, 2017

1000'ks for kid training ride


There is a 1000'ks for Kids training ride this saturday morning in case anyone is interested in joining. The ride departs the Adelaide Bowls Club at 7:15 and goes to Galwer via the Freeway and Bollards. The Pace is described as Slow as there are many new riders. Distance 105km

Thanks to Phil for the heads up.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunday Ride - Split Bunch Ride

This Sunday is our first experiement with a Split Bunch Hills Ride to 

  • Hahndorf  via Echunga for the slow riders 80km or
  • Strathabyn via Echunga / Maccelsfield 110km for the fast riders
The aim is to let the fast guys put the hammer down without having to sit up and give the slow guys a break from chewing the handlebar leather.

Meeting Times 
  • Meet in the City at 7:30 am
  • Meet at the Bollards 8:30 am

The format of the Ride is as follows. Congregate at the Bollards (talk s**t), regroup after the descent in Mylor (talk some more s**t). A normal BG pace out to Echunga where we will regroup (finalise any s**t we are talking). 

At which point the fast group will go on to Stathalbyn at ungentlemanly pace.  The loop home depends upon who from the fast group I talk too. I am setting the route as return via the same route.

The slow group will then proceed at a slower pace (but still working guys) back to Hahndorf the route home is set for GermanTown hill but we can decide at cofee.  

The weather forecast is for 30 degrees,Cloudy with Light winds

See you Sunday
Fast Group (love the helmet)

Slow Group

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sunday Ride - Outer Harbor via Port Rd

This Sundays Ride is Outer harbor via Port Road. We cant go via Anzac Highway as its the city bay fun run this weekend. We will have to go the City exit less travelled as is normal on this weekend every year.

Meet in the City at 7:30am 

at the time of publishing the Weather looks good.

See you Sunday.   

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunday Ride - Cudlee Creek

The ride for this Sunday in the on the New Ride Guide and is Cudlee Creek

  • Meet in the City at 7:30 am
  • Meet at the Tower Hotel Carpark 8:00 am
Coffee at the Cudlee Creek Cafe, retun options depend on how energetic you feel but its scheduled as a out and back

We had a excellent turn out for the Club Ride on Sunday with 22 riders enjoying a perfect day out. We did turn a few heads when we steamed past the Port Adelaide club time trial start line at 48 kph with a tandem on the back. Excellent to see the numbers out and some new faces.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Proposed 2017/2018 Ride Guide


Here is the 2017/18 Ride guide. Its sort of ontime this year and I would like to thank Michael Richardson for his help in compiling it. I swear scheduling the AFL is easier. I think we have jointly avoided any major clangers this year but a few sets of eyes reviewing it wont go astray. 

We are keeping a few things that worked from last years ride guide:

  • First Sunday of the month is the no excuses Beach Ride
  • Roads Less travelled rides
What we are changing. We have continued to Schedule winter rides as either Beach or Foothills. However we recognise this didnt work all that well. Hence we will formalise our weather driven approach. A call will be made on the Friday before the ride. We will use any window of good weather to go into the hills with the ride selected from the standard close hills loops.  All winter rides will start from the City to allow weather calls to be made on the Sunday Morning. Winter Rides are May 21st through to August the 20th 

Whats new:
  • Two new loops. One pioneered on the Roads less travelled. Stirling via Coromadel valley (minus the wrong turn) and a short sharp and shiny Winter hills loop Corkscrew, Cherry gardens, Norwood 55km
  • 7:30 starts will start on the Fathers day weekend and precede Daylight savings itself starting 
  • We have scheduled Escort duty for the 1000k's for Kids riders on September 24th. We will do some fundraisers as well for Phil and Dan as well TBD.
  • We know when we are defeated and have not scheduled a ride for Mothers day this year
  • We will experiment with a few split bunch rides. A Fast group will head off on a Super Epic and the Slow group doing one of the standard loops with both Groups together for the first part of the ride 
  • We have taken the leads from other groups and pulled our TDU Reconnaissance ride forward into November to avoid the silly season. Depending on what it is we may pull it foward another week 
  • Given our dismal track record at organising lunch or pub crawls (0 from 2) or  frankly anything other than coffee, we decided to go the masochistic route and have scheduled 3 lunch attempts this year (I haven't given up the pub crawl either)

  1. Associated with the KKK - Lobethal loop (Lunch in Norwood) 
  2. Associated with a southerly (anticlockwise Meadows loop) (Lunch in Striling/Crafers Tavern/ Scenic Hotel)
  3. Associated with a standard Xmas beach Ride (Brunch rather than coffee and cake somewhere along the beach)

Comments and Suggestions gratefully recieved


Ride Date  Route  Event 
Sunday, January 29, 2017 Cudlee Creek - return
Sunday, February 5, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, February 12, 2017 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Hahndorf via Freeway return
Sunday, March 5, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, March 12, 2017 Cudlee Creek - return Three Peaks/March Public Holiday 
Sunday, March 19, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd    City Bay Fun Run
Sunday, March 26, 2017 Roads Less Travelled Split Bunch to Hahndorf /Strathabyn proposed
Sunday, April 2, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE Coast to Coast 
Sunday, April 9, 2017 KKK Lobethal - Cudlee loop  BG CLUB LUNCH
Sunday, April 16, 2017 Hallett Cove - Easter Sunday Roll  Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 23, 2017 Hahndorf via Freeway return Anzac Day
Sunday, April 30, 2017 Hills Traverse - Birdwood Coffee at Birdwood
Sunday, May 7, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, May 14, 2017 No Ride  Mothers Day - End of Season Break 
Sunday, May 21, 2017 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, May 28, 2017 Hallett Cove
Sunday, June 4, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, June 11, 2017 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop Queens Birthday
Sunday, June 18, 2017 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Hallett Cove
Sunday, July 2, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, July 9, 2017 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop
Sunday, July 16, 2017 Hallett Cove
Sunday, July 23, 2017 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, July 30, 2017 City, Tower Hotel, Gorge, Corkscrew, Montacute, Down then up Cherryville, Nortons, Norwood for Coffee 
Sunday, August 6, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, August 13, 2017 Extended Foothills Ride - Set by Coffee Stop
Sunday, August 20, 2017 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, August 27, 2017 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, September 3, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE AFL Grand Final/Fathers Day (7:30am Starts) 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Cudlee Creek - Fox Creek  Amys Gran Fondo
Sunday, September 17, 2017 Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, September 24, 2017 1000k's for Kids Escort - Barrosa return
Sunday, October 1, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE BG Time Trial / Labour Day
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, October 15, 2017 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, October 22, 2017 Meadows Loop Southern Direction - BG CLUB LUNCH
Sunday, October 29, 2017 Hahndorf the Hardway (via Belair/National  park)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE Amys Ride
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Stirling/ Lofty via Belair/Coromandel/Cherry Gardens Giro Della Donna 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, November 26, 2017 TDU Reconnaissance 
Sunday, December 3, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Alternate Long Beach Ride to Port Norlunga Possible Split group again
Sunday, December 17, 2017 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE BG CLUB LUNCH
Sunday, December 24, 2017 No Ride  Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 31, 2017 No Ride  New Years Eve
Sunday, January 7, 2018 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, January 14, 2018 Ride Like Crazy or Alternate  Ride Like Crazy / Ride for Juvenile Diabettes 
Friday, January 19, 2018 Coffee Ride  TDU Challenge 
Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Original Anzac Hwy ride
Sunday, January 28, 2018 Cudlee Creek - return
Sunday, February 4, 2018 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, February 18, 2018 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy
Sunday, February 25, 2018 Meadows Loop
Sunday, March 4, 2018 Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE BG Time Trial 
Sunday, March 11, 2018 Pain Lives Here
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sunday No Excuses - Outer Harbor via Port Rd - CLUB RIDE

This Sunday the No-Excuses ride. Finally a summer beach ride 30 degrees and light winds.
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.