After a tease last weekend, a fairly crappy week with rain and wind, mother nature was once again kind to the cycling fraternity turning on a magic Spring day.

Arriving to a balmy 10 degree morning in Mclaren Vale, the 8 confirms soon swelled into a mass of Lycra, garmins and rubber.

Maybe it was the crows poor performance, maybe it was the promise of Crick support at the top of Willunga, maybe it was the sunshine....whatever it was ...they came.

The Early arrivers Steve, Matt, Matt Mike and Stu.

We were also graced by a special appearance we had not seen since the beginning of Autumn

"Is this where I'm meant to be?"

RD6 pretty wrapped once he worked out he was in the right place.

Guess who got new wheels for turning old :)

Scott too had a new ride!!  However he did not want a photo....so this is the best I could manage covertly....apparently the wheels turn nice.

 

So we gathered and waited for the all important ride briefing

Graham the appointed ride leader arriving at 8.05am for the 8.00am briefing

Graham had taken charge for the morning and began to marshall the troops

Guess who wasn't paying attention during the briefing......


We almost got to the call of 'Rolling' when the call came in from Shav.

He had a flat....and that was getting the bike to the car.  But as the SSRC mission statement goes - no man is left behind...unless you are Matt B.

Shav looking resplendid after his new sponsorship deal and making it tothe start a little late.

It was also noted Shav had swapped out his not so reliable groupset during the week...apparently his new sponsor has yet to find out!

So we set off along the bike trail towards Willunga.  It was a good pace through the flat old rail corridor

A Muddy in his natural environment.

We arrived at Willunga to hear disaster had struck.  Continental had not been able to sway Sav with a lucrative enough deal and had supplied him some tainted goods.  Shavs tyre had blown out not 2km into the ride and it was yet another call to the sag wagon for our luckless comrade.

A quick stop at the beautiful Alma Hotel - shnitty night Tuesday - two for one.

Martin decided to take a nature break before the climb....we tried to tell him the main street trees weren't the best to use.


Then it was onward and upward to the 3km average 18% gradient of mighty Willy.

RD6 gave it his best shot to come in second.

And if there was ever proof that carbon works

My self portrait as I waited atop Willy for the rest to arrive.

Happy little Vegemites....although we seem to have lost a few on the way up.

We then headed along the range....a magic ride.  The only hindrance was some road debris and a heard of longhorn.

Steve pulling a Cat 6 in the sunshine.

Then it was the decent.  The twisting downward spiral of Wickhams

Steve using a Jedi mind trick to ensure he captured Strava glory on the way down.

It looked much better with riders on it....

The paceline forms in attempt to pull in P Crick who had just passed.

Scott who did a great job as TEC on a morning that used all his skills.

Then it was time to hit the coffee...some were to hit it bigger than others....

The return to Koffee and Snaks was well received as the service by all accounts trumps that other place with the fancy name.

In a show of manlyness there was much comparing of garmin gizmo holders

Then Mr E arrived with his coffee and made us all feel rather inadequate....

All in all a great morning out with some new faces and great weather.

# of riders at the start - 20

By the end ....about 16

Tyre blow outs - 2

Magpie hits - 1

Grin factor 9.9/10 (as my solar panels are putting themselves to use again)

 

 

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Nice report, but has that camera of yours got a focus button ?

I think people were going too fast for it to focus.

Thank you Mr B your a champ, roll on more perfect weather :-)

Good report Matt. Was a good ride and great to see so many out today.

It was a good couple of minutes - He was off his game today.

I didnt recognize the new steed matt. Sorry mate. It looks tops bloke. I expect u to be knocking off seconds if not minutes off your strava times. Lol

yep it was hard yakka towing everyone up Willunga  LOLOL

Which ones your bike again pat? Lol

Very nice new bike :-)

Happy Birthday to you Mr B - nice present

Its a little early...the big day is about 6 weeks away.

I managed to convince the financial controller to make the most of the bike clearance sales.

There were tears when the news came I wasnt allowed to ride the new steed until the big day....but sanity prevailed so I got to take the cannondale out early.

 

Hey mate, I just noticed the picture you took of a RD on a Focus bike. Thats not my bike. I think it was one of the Matts bikes. He has the dark gray frame and is running SRAM, Im still running Shimano Ultegra. Might need to adjust that heading mate.

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