Friday, December 28, 2012


Meet @ Hindmarsh Sq @ 7:30am
          @ Tower Hotel @ 8.00am

Pain lives here - 72km : MAP HERE Norton’s – Ashton – Basket Range – Forest Range – Lenswood - Swamp Rd – Greenhill Rd – Carey Gully – Uraidla – Greenhill Rd – Lofty - Norwood.

Harden up - 58km : MAP HERE Norton’s – Ashton – Basket Range – Forest Range– Deviation Rd  – Carey Gully – Uraidla – Greenhill Rd – Lofty - Norwood.

Soft option - 49km : MAP HERE Norton’s – Ashton – Basket Range – Range Rd  – Uraidla – Greenhill Rd – Lofty - Norwood.

Shortcut : down Greenhill Rd rather then over Lofty

Coffee @ Norwood Parade


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012


WED 20.12.2012 5:30pm

Usual spot at the Griffins head, make your way there after work.
Earliest there to try and get an outside spot.

a few usually hang around for dinner aswell.



Each year late in December, myself and a number of other keen BG riders do a practice run of all or part of the Tour Downunder Challenge course.
The BG Sunday Ride program identifies this weekend for the ride.
For those who are interested, we will meet as usual at Hindmarsh Square and ride to the course start at Modbury via Payneham Rd - Lower North East Rd - Awoonga Rd - Grand Junction Rd - Reservoir Rd To Tea Tree Plaza. Total distance about 18km.
The Tour Ride course that we will ride is as follows:
Golden Grove Rd - One Tree Hill Rd - Cross Hill Rd - Black Top Rd (One Tree Hill) - Cornishmans Hill Rd - Uley Rd - Gawler One Tree Hill Rd - One Tree Hill Kersbrook Rd (incl KOM) - Little South Para Rd (Kersbrook) - South Para Rd  to Williamstown (coffee & bakery) - Warren Rd to Birdwood - Torrens Valley Rd via Gumeracha - Gorge Rd - Home
Total Distance from Hindmarsh Sq to Home approx. 130km, but if keen we can add the easy loop to Mount Pleasant and back to Birdwood which will add 22km.
There is a number of short cuts if anyone chooses to opt out early, particularly by heading home from Kersbrook which would reduce the ride to 85km.
For those who plan to do the Tour ride and have not done much riding over 70-80km, I strongly suggest that you take advantage of this opportunity to get some long miles in your legs in a team environment. Last year we stayed together and rode as a group and always re-grouped at hilltops, so non-one was left to ride on their own or pushed at an 'unreasonable' rate.
Brian Virgo ('Tour' Guide)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012


Check out Tour of Bright Video Cameo @ 8mins with the Veneziano Boys.

This is the most beautiful part of the country to ride your bike, and offers many of the qualities I enjoyed in the French Alps and Pyrenees. A must do for any Australian cycling tragic. Don't underestimate these Mountains they are a hard place to ride a bike but also a rewarding place! As for racing there - Brutal!

Riding in the Tour of Bright in  a composite team of SA boys for the Team Veneziano Blefari I was a hired gun there for my ability to put a hole in the wind over flat and rolling terrain. I went to Bright with one goal, do what ever I could to get Karl Evans (usually rides for SASI in Nation Road Series - NRS) the best finish possible, that meant burring myself to deliver him to the mountain climbs, and disregarding any personal potential in the race, as low as that potential may have been, simply  finishing was the only ambition I was able to afford myself.

Read on for more on the tour and my experience! FS