Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SAT RIDE - 31st DEC

HILLS RIDE

Hindmarsh Square 7:30am Ride to Hahndorf.

Option 1: Old Freeway, Aldgate Valley Road via Mylor

Option 2: Belair Road Then Upper Sturt or Saddle Hill Road, Aldgate Valley Rd.


If the slower group choose option one then both groups should reach Hahndorf at same time. Return via Aldgate Valley or German Town Hill.

Monday, December 26, 2011

BOXING DAY CRIT

Les Gill Men's Championship Race Results


1st   Andrew Roe
2nd Chris Jongewaard 
3rd  Brett Aitken
4th  Tristen Jones 
5th  Phillip Mundy
6th  Frank Smith

Pretty stoked on this result! Thanks to all for all the support from all around the track!! FS 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

KRUSTY'S XMAS EVE RIDE


Krusty's Christmas Eve Ride was brilliant, about 60 riders attended, plus a handful of professionals including Bobridge, Porte and Roe. Had a great chat with Richie for about 40km's, great bloke, really down to earth, pretty cool talking about this years tour from his perspective as a rider and mine as a tourist and fan in France. Thanks to Kristin Lewis (Krusty) for organising and Michelle Cunningham (pro cycling tours) in the chase car, suppling an added level of safety and free lollies and water along the way. Thanks to SDW and JB for representing the BG's, also to all the other riders, was a great safe organised double pace line almost all the way. FS

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

XMAS/NY RIDE PROGRAM

CHRISTMAS RIDE PROGRAM

Ok, as Frank discussed its all a bit quiet over the Christmas/New Year period due to the two biggest days falling on Sundays. During this period the standard rides will switch to Saturday. However, if you want to go for a ride or are planning one and wouldn't mind having a few others jump on then send an email to Frank, Billsy, Sam or me, and we'll log it here....
 
 Thu 22nd: Nortons Repeats meet at the tower - 6:30pm
Sat 24th: BG Beach run (7:30am at Hindmarsh Sq)
Mon 26th: Lobethal via Nortons - Return via Gorge (Karpy & Andrew) 8am at the tower
(Pretty sure there is a crit race on at Glenelg too.)
Sat 31st: BG Hills Run (7:30am at Hindmarsh Sq)

If I don't see you before, then have a great xmas and new year.
-AW




Monday, December 19, 2011

BG WRAP UP

A brillant year of riding. Thru a tuff winter we enjoyed exceptional numbers  and in the last couple of months the group rides have been impressive in spirit and pace. The BG is a diverse brethren forged in pain, sweat, caffeine, cadence and laughter. The BG seems to ability to inspire and include, while harbouring and encouraging true potential, bring the best out of each other, is its endearing quality. Merry christmas BG's, I personally owe each of you for inspiring me to be a fitter better cyclist and ultimately person.

Last of all, we notched up our first placing in A's last weekend. 3 BG's racing A's. Never dreamed i'd see 3 BG's racing let alone, lined up rolling into the final corner, primed for the sprint, in A's. A true achievement for the BG's at large. KAS 4th in A's followed close by FS after JC's lead out. We may not have sponsored bikes and kits, but we've got the best post race fruit cake and sandwiches!

Enjoy the holidays BG and hope to see you all fit and healthy on the roads in the New year. As always don't back off on the bike, holidays just mean an excuse to ride longer and as always harder!

Keep an eye on the blog for rides during the holidays. As the next two rides fall on Christmas Day and New Years Day i'm bring them forward to the respective Saturdays. FS

Friday, December 16, 2011

KAS WINS





The KAS taking out B Grade Last weekend! Called a dead heat for second. Well done to Sam Webb also taking Second in C Grade from a two man breakaway. FS

Thursday, December 15, 2011

SUNDAY 18 DEC - TDU WARM UP

TDU WARM UP @
7.30 AM   H I N D M A R S H   S Q
8:00 AM TOWER HOTEL

  C R I T   R A C I N G   @ REGENCY   P A R K
S T A R T S   9.30 AM 

Option 1 - Anstey's Hill, Williamstown, Return (140kms)
Option 2 - Anstey's Hill, Kersbrook return via Gorge Rd (80kms)
Option 2 still takes in spring hill, which is the next road North past Checkers so will still be a decent hit out.

-AW

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

QOTW

Paul Sherwen in the 1983 Hell of the North. via PR Flickr  FS
"SPRINTERS HAVE TO BE 
AN EXTRAVERTED CHARACTER, 
THERE LIKE BOXERS, 
YOU GOT TO GET IN THERE 
AND SAY I'M GOING WIN!!"
Paul Sherwen 

Monday, December 12, 2011

CHRISTMAS DRINKS


C H R I S T M A S 
D R I N K S @  6  P M
T H U R S D A Y   1 5 th 
G R I F F I N S   H E A D



Sunday, December 11, 2011

STRAVA

Hey fellow Bastardi...
Further to Sam's previous post on Strava, I've added a widget to the right (i'll drop it down a bit when I work out how).
Anyone using any gps type device can sign up for free, and at the moment only Sam, jon, and myself are signed up for the BG's so if you want to see how well your times add up jump on board.

Check out Strava, here

Cheers
AW.

Friday, December 9, 2011

WHAT YOU MISSED LAST NIGHT

With the Crit Track closed until the end of December I took on the Kensington Road Lookout climb. As one of the few bigger guys left in this bunch I can be honest and say it was bloody hard work but its a super little effort if you're a bit pushed for time but still want a good test.

This view is your reward. Check it out some time if you've not already had a go at it. Just get on Kensington Road and keep riding east. You'll know when you're at the top, just snake past the gate and keep going.

-Billsy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SUN RIDE DEC 11 - BEACH



B E A C H   R I D E @
7.30 AM   H I N D M A R S H   S Q

  C R I T   R A C I N G   @ REGENCY   P A R K
S T A R T S   9.30 AM 

AW                


    

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

BG TT - OLD FREEWAY 01 RESULTS

Thanks all who participated, thanks MT, WK and AM for offering to organise.
Thanks BV for sending thru the times. FS

Friday, December 2, 2011

SUN RIDE - OLD FREEWAY TT



MEET CITY @ 7.30AM
MEET IN COLONIAL CAR PARK @ 8PM
OLD FREEWAY TT - HAHNDORF



Colonial Car park is between intersection of Portrush and bike path. Mike T will organise from there. FS

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

BIKE PORN - PARLEE

Click image to enlarge, found @ bianchista
PARLEE AERO PROTOTYPE!! OFF THE HOOK!, NOTE Brakes hidden in forks front and back. FS

Monday, November 28, 2011

BGTT - BEACH 01 REPORT

Great to have 22 out on Sunday, in brilliant weather! Good times across the board considering the mild head wind. Thanks to BV for organising and running the TT. We will run another one at the end of summer, and compare times. Good to see some close grouping in the times. Look to ride with those around your pace, buddy up, work together and ride together on big rides, maybe hook up for some mid week training. Wether riding in the BG, 'challenge' rides or even racing, it's always better with mates! Read more in full post plus TT times.

Friday, November 25, 2011

SUN RIDE - BEACH TT - NOV 27


Meet 7.30am Hindmarsh Sq.

The trial of truth, the flat TT, man and machine against the clock! 

Ride as usual at a solid pace down to the start in the car park of the North Haven Sports Club on Victoria Road, where we will start. The intent is to start at 30 second intervals - slowest to fastest. Please come with an average speed in mind that you think your capable of over 6km, see table in full post as a guide. We will regather from the finish and ride the rest of our normal beach ride and on to coffee at Evida, in Henley Beach.

Rules are simple:
1. You can wear any kit that improves your aerodynamics and ride with aero bars or a TT bike if you have one, wear a sperm helmet, but you have to cop all the ribbing and ridicule if you act and look like a D*CK!
2. No slip steaming is allowed (the nearest you can get is about 5m).
3. 'Start' is at the car park of the North Haven Sports Club on Victoria Road.
4. 'Finish' for 6km course is the usual round-about at Outer Harbour.
5. This is a personal challenge - rider against the clock - there is no overall winner, but healthy rivalry is encouraged from those BG of similar ability.
6. Riders will need to time themselves, using a stopwatch function on bike computer/watch/mobile. 

Simple, hope every one can come and test them selves against the clock, the key is not to go to hard to early! We will repeat the TT at the end of summer and you can measure your improvement over the season.Thanks BV for organising. FS

"IN CASE OF DOUBT, JUST GO!"


link via BIG RING RIDING.

Inspiring words from the king of rouleurs! Nearly time to get back to the crits fellas.
Now who is gonna go with me...

SDW

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

IMPROVING THE CITY

OK, so by now it should be fairy obvious to all, that the wind down at my current place of employment  has started, with all the extra bits being added to the blog over the last week or so.
Given all the planning and infrastructure related people in our group I thought this may be of interest....

Given Copenhagen and Amsterdam are considered the nirvana of  cycling in the city and London has been trying to improve over the last fifteen years, could Adelaide take a bigger step towards one of these cycling based cities, with the announcement of $2million in funding. If you want to have your say beyond legal graffitti on the various signs around the place at the moment, check this out.

PictureAdelaide



(thanks Mr. Kuss!!)

It allows you the chance to have your say about what improvements you would like to see occur within the city, including improving the cycling networks. Many forums and discussions have already been held, though it looks like there are still opportunities to have your say.




-AW

CATFORD CYCLING CLUB HILL CLIMB

2010 Catford Hill Climb Winner (15 years old!) via BRR

As we head in to the second of our time trials, I thought finding this was timely...AW

Blurb from the Catford website....
'The oldest continuing cycle race in the world'

This prestigious event goes back to 1886 and, with the exception of the war years, has been run ever since. Traditionally on the first Sunday in October. prior to the formation of the RTTC it was considered to be the ‘Championship of All England’ and still attracts the leading 'Hill-Climb' riders from all over the country.

The challenge is Yorks Hill (click for map) a 707yd climb with an average gradient of 12.5%, with two stretches of 25%. Needing an all-out lung bursting effort. The current record of 1min 47.6 was set by Phil Mason (San Fairy Ann CC) in 1983 and despite the inducement of a special prize has not been broken in 19 years!

This is not only a sporting spectacle viewed by hundreds but is also a social occasion providing an opportunity for an annual cyclist's 'get together'.

The Brighton Mitre Hill Climbs on Saturday, together with the Catford CC Hill Climb Classic on Sunday morning and the Bec CC Hill Climb on Sunday afternoon form the ‘4 Hills Competition’ with a prize for the best overall placing in the four events. This guarantees a good weekend's racing and makes it a worthwhile trip.

BTW there is a SA version on Willunga run by Kilkenny Cycling Club. FS

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NORTON'S TT07

Times on the Day.
Great turn out for the TT Sunday with 18 out despite the light rain. Great to see the group strong with mix of new and old members. Thanks to all for turning out. I know allot of BG’s did PB’s, or went close, awesome considering it’s early in the season for most.

Some great times added to the board but ride of the day defiantly goes to the gentle giant, Mike Tilley.  Nearly going sub 20min in his first BGTT. His effort slotted him amongst BG's with what Billsy likes to call ‘mountain goat’ builds. MT producing an estimated 275w in the process, roughly 15-20% more than the BG’s surrounding him. Mike’s efforts, are evident every week, great to see him producing a decent time, but I know he’ll go faster, so look out at the end of summer!

Reports from both the groups on the rest of the ride were positive. In the PLH group we held together for allot of the climbing as well as the flat sections making it an excellent group ride! See full post for the full times board. FS

Monday, November 21, 2011

AMY'S RIDE REPORT

Image via Epsom Road Studios
This was my (MT) first big test since deciding that a ride to the beach and back was not going to make me a cyclist. Last year I did the 60km course and hurt for a week after being beaten home by a bloke dressed in a Gorilla suit (... sadly a true story). This year it was the 100km.

It was exciting to ride to the start and then leave with the BG Group heading off as a pack. Frank, Homburg, Sam and others took off leaving myself, Craig and Karpy to form our own BG train and building some decent momentum on the expressway, which is an awesome ride. Feeling good as we headed along the beach we rotated through the lead and past a number of groups. I hit the base of Willunga Hill feeling strong. Being careful not to blow up, I took my time up the hill. Karpy waited at the top (...many thanks) whilst Craig kept going as he had developed a sore back and was afraid to stop. It was my first time on Willunga Hill. A bit of a grind but not as hard as I was expecting. I was surprised how long we were in the Range going up and down before finally descending and the last 20 or so km’s were tough but manageable.

I was looking to break 4 hrs and came across the line in just under 3hrs and 40 mins doing the distance without a break (.... which was satisfying for me). As a guide, I finished the 100km earlier this year then I finished the 60km last year. Many thanks to the BG (.... particularly those at the front) who have helped me start to develop into a half respectable cyclist. I would have kicked that Gorilla’s ar*e this year. MT

Thanks to Mike for sharing, defiantly worthy of the title cyclist! Heaps more photos in the full post. FS



Sunday, November 20, 2011

TIS THE SEASON TO TIME TRIAL



It appears I was late to the party on this one. A few BG found this site months ago and have already been logging lots of miles. I only just spotted the link on Cycling Tips and thought i would check it out. STRAVA

GO PRO


Video found @ Cycling Tips, full screen HD it, worth the buffer time. FS

Saturday, November 19, 2011

BLOG OF THE WEEK + COOL VIDEO

I came accross a cool blog the other day, called 'in the saddle' this post in particular sparked my interest as I make my shift towards working in the city and begin to commute on the bike daily.

Whilst looking through the rest of the blog, I also managed to find a link to this movie which will be part of the Bicycle Film Festival, in Sydney shortly, reminded me a lot of the scuzzi rides during winter in the dark.

-AW

Thursday, November 17, 2011

SUN RIDE NORTONS TT1 - NOV 20

NORTONS TT
MEET 7.30AM @ HINDMARSH SQ
START 8.00AM @TOWER

Followed by - Pain Lives Here / Harden up / Soft option

I expect a good turnout for the TT. These have been a great ride in our past and with no racing on this weekend it would be good to see majority of the BG’s out. The Norton’s TT, is the first TT of three part series, running consecutive Sundays, to test your fitness at the start of summer. We will do a second round in Feb, giving you an opportunity to compare how you have done over the summer season. Thanks AW & BV for organising. Instructions and maps in full post. FS

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

RACE REPORT - SUN NOV 13


BG represented well again with a couple of of placings, both will be up a grade next race! Well done to SW for another well earned placing in D's getting in a six man breakaway in tricky conditions, and sprinting well to claim third. Noticed also young Walker pulled a second on the weekend also, Steve better watch out Lewis will be all over him in no time! See Track results and photos @ CSA.  I (FS) claimed third in B's, look out A's here i come and JB pulled a 4th first week up in C's, will be good to see him and Sam go toe to toe this summer!

Thanks to Gilly for hooking me up on the day, replacing my rear gear cable after it snapped pre race. Had the bike tuned up, running smoother then ever in minutes. Ever need assistance with anything cycling, Gilly is your man and Supers have always been great to me so get in there and show a local bike store support, tell him Frank sent you and he'll make sure to heckle you! 

You can't buy everything on line - like a gear cable, installed and tuned at 9.00am on a Sunday!!! Results in full post. FS

THUR RIDE CHANGE



THUR NIGHT RIDE 
6.30 PM  @ TOWER NORTON'S
REPEAT CLIMB

Vic Park closed for Horses Crap. Thur Night ride changed to Norton’s ride. Meet 6.30pm @ the Tower, Norton's climb repeat. Slow on the first one, warm it up on the second, option to ride Lofty - Freeway after.  FS

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CHECK THE RIMS YO!

RS80

Deep section wheels apart from shaving seconds off ITT times and helping you sail along in other riders drafts can often add the final touch to an already good looking ride giving it that PRO look. But how much should we be spending for small percentage gains and a bit of BLING.


Monday, November 14, 2011

BG CALENDAR

Hi all
An updated calendar has been posted in the Sunday Ride Program section.
There has been a bit if consultation with a few of the regulars. However, if you have any complaints or suggestions for improvements please send to me.

This week starts the first of three time trials in a row to help measure fitness progress from last year, with a repeat in February to see whether your work through the summer paid off.

-AW

Thursday, November 10, 2011

SUN RIDE - NOV 13



B E A C H   R I D E @
7.30 AM   H I N D M A R S H   S Q

  C R I T   R A C I N G   @ V I C   P A R K
S T A R T S   9.30 AM 

FS                    


    

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ABOUT TIME

Photos via CSA by Chameleon Photography

I expect big things from Sam and it may have been a matter of time but this week every thing went right and Sammy got his win last tue night. From all reports Sam took it out with a healthy margin to second, a good mate of the BG's Jon Blank.  Steve, took out 4th and is finding some sprinting form and consistent results, which is great to see as walker has trained hard and done allot of racing, come back from multiple injuries to earn these placings, it's awesome to see him landing some results.

In B's I (FS) ended up applying shawns mantra 'When in doubt lead out'. Took Shawn into the final corner first with a large pack on his wheel. It turned out to be just to far from the finish but he was stoked with 4th in and be back at the pointy end with a clean finish. Jimmy Clough (Cluff) an adopted kiwi son to the BG's took out the big prize in B's and was just pipped for first outright over A's by the smallest of margins. A great result for the quietly spoken all black who's been showing some good finishing form and was a handy man to follow around Amy's on Sunday.

Interesting side note, both Sam and Jimmy rode Amy's on Sunday in under 3hrs and rode home, so read into it what you like but, that was a hard ride Sunday and a great effort to back it up two days later with wins, well done boys. FS

Read Sam's race report, Photos and results, in the full post....

Friday, November 4, 2011

SUN RIDE - AMYS RIDE


AMY's RIDE
Meet in Hindmarsh Square to ride to flinders @ 7.30am (leave @ 7.30am) will ride at a steady pace to Flinders. Meet @ Flinders around 8ish if you want to ride straight there, meet at the trees behind the goal posts on the oval, see map. If all else fails look out for BG jerseys.

There are a few that will be forming a precession home via Clarendon - 50km to city.

SOFT OPTION
Those just looking for a Sunday roll to the beach also meet @ Hindmarsh 7.30am, if you do cove way you can join use to flinders, note we will leave promptly from Hindmarsh Sq so don’t be late. FS

Thursday, November 3, 2011

RACE REPORT - TUE 01 NOV

Photos via CSA by Chameleon Photography


Congrats to Frank Smith who pulled off an excellent win in B- Grade on Tuesday night, in fact his win was so good that he beat the A-grade boys too. Well done to Steve Walker on a third place in D-grade, and a bit of bad luck to Sam Webb with a stack in the same race after someone went down in front of him
Full story after the break...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

RACE REPORT - SUN 30 OCT


Photos via CSA by Chameleon Photography

Congrats to Andrew Wilson on his WIN on Sunday taking out E grade, collecting his first win! Too modest (believe it or not) to blog it himself, so here's my (FS) write up. I'll start with, in all honesty Andrews's win was awesome to watch,  it was tactically brilliant, a perfect race. See full posting for more on AWs win.

Well done to Sammy cementing himself as a place getter in D's, that first win is with in reach but yet to be earned. Also look out for Jon Blank coming up in D's, good man doing a lot for NCC behind the scenes. Also I believe the youngest BG claimed a second, well done Lewis! FS

Full story and more photos after the break...

Friday, October 28, 2011

SUN RIDE 30th OCT



B E A C H   R I D E @
7.30 AM   H I N D M A R S H   S Q

  C R I T   R A C I N G   @ V I C   P A R K
S T A R T S   9.30 AM 

FS                    


    

Thursday, October 20, 2011

SUN RIDE 23rd OCT - HILLS

7:30 AM   H I N D M A R S H   S Q
or 8:00 AM TOWER HOTEL

Note: Its time to head back to the earlier summer start time of 7:30am as we head in to the warmer weather (27 on Sunday) and a few longer rides.
I'll be putting together a more detailed program shortly, so feel free to email me if you have a route you want to ride. More effort will be made to keep everyone together for as long as possible, along with the addition of TT's, and a few looks at parts of the TDU course.


This week its up Gorge Road....

Everyone rides to Cuddly Creek for Coffee (stops at tower, and kangaroo creek dam) - then range of options for the ride home. 

Easy:  Back down Gorge Road the way we came. 63km

Medium:  Corkscrew Road, descend Montacute Rd. 65km

Hard: Corkscrew Road, Descend Nortons.72km

Harder: Corkscrew Road, Lofty, Descend Old freeway. 80km

apologies to anyone who read my previous attempt at humour. it seemed dfunnier at 11pm last night.
  


View Larger Map





-AW                   


    

SUNDAY IN THE PARK






Mix of photos from the first two crits see BG flickr for more.

Tough conditions to race in today, young Lewis set the bar high opening the day with a win in the junior crits.  He couldn't be matched though, Shawn scored the preme in B's, we just missed out on the placings in the finish. Sam got in the prize money this week with a 5th in D's. Bad luck to Andrew and ryan having a mingle in E's, no broken bones just some hardware that needs repair.

Slow on the upload but the results from the first crits below, well done to AW scoring his first envelope, and shawn sneaking of the pack to collect 4th in B's after the break away collected the major prizes.

Photos after the Break.. FS

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CYCLING TIPS - CRIT TIPS

Photo via CT by Veeral Patel

Great Articles by Cycling tips on Crit Racing. Cover lots of the basics and links to previous articles on the topic. The golden rules are a great for those working there way up the grades.

And another recommended read, the final corner which applies for both the Vic Park and Regency Park crit courses here in adelaide. FS

Golden rules of Crit Racing
The Final Corner



Sunday, October 16, 2011

FIRE UP!

Via Milano Fixed from Bicycling Magazine

E D D Y ' S   D O I N G   I T !
9 0   D A Y ' S   T I L L   T D U !

A R E   U  R E A D Y 
T O   T A K E   O N   T H E 
B E S T   C Y C L I S T   E V E R !
U   B E T T E R   B E !
T H E   C A N N I B A L 
W A I T S   F O R   N O   O N E ! FS



Friday, October 14, 2011

PIC OF THE WEEK


By Mark Gunter via CT

Dude in Blue stays up right, note the front wheel of Bernard Sulzberger (falling) is between the other dudes wheels! See sequence @CT.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

VIC PARK

Vic Park @ BG Flickr
Great to see lots of BG's from varying abilities out on the track this evening, making the most of the balmy conditions, was great to see. FS

BIKE PORN

Yes it is what it looks like C more @MAVIC

AD OF THE WEEK


Post ripped from Milano Fixed. FS

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

SUN RIDE - 16 OCT

8 AM   H I N D M A R S H   S Q

  C R I T   R A C I N G   @ V I C   P A R K
S T A R T S   9.30 AM 

FS                    


    

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

QOTW - TRY ATHLETE

Source
"....if we can't poke fun at our tri cousins, 
what's the point of it all!"

Monday, October 10, 2011