Tuesday, December 20, 2016

KIT IS HERE

For all those who ordered kit, it has arrived.

If you want to collect it to put it under the tree, you can pick it up from my office - MasterPlan - 33 Carrington Street, Adelaide - during business hours from now until 11.30am Friday.

Billsy or I will be happy to help you out.

Those at HASSELL get a special delivery service.

If you can't get it before the end of the week, I'll be back in the office on 9 January 2016. Otherwise give me a call to make some other arrangements.

Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year period, see you all on the road soon.

Michael.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sunday XMAS Beach Ride and break up

Due to the way Christmas and New Years day fall this year this will be the last Bastardi Ride for this year 2016. This week is a beach ride for our last ride of the year.

Meet: Hindmarsh Square in the City at 7:30 am

Ride: Port Road - Outer Harbor - Glenelg for coffee.


It's fair to say we have probably lost more Sundays to weather this year than most since the group started. So make the effort to get out and say merry Christmas and farewell 2016.




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunday Ride - TDU Reconnaissance and Ride Report

Sunday Ride - TDU Reconnaissance

This Sundays ride will be Brian's TDU Reconnaissance. Brian hasn't decided on a route but as usual there will be lots of escape options for those that need to be home early.

Meet in the City at 7:30 am

 The full TDU Route is here http://www.strava.com/routes/5684530

Sunday Ride Report - Riders on the Storm
Eight BG made no excuses and arrived for the club ride last Sunday. We had all checked the weather and figured it was slow moving and we would get to coffee at least before anything hit.

Suffice to say what started as Calm winds and Humid  had developed into a significant but not scary headwind and humid by the time we reached Victoria Parade. Brian wasn't there but we didn't need to be told and started a pace line. Our pace line was thing of beauty, no shirkers, smooth and given the wind reasonably rapid. Brian would have dried a tear.

The pace line was functioning perfectly when about a kilometre from the first turn we were hit by a howling gale. The pace slowed but we kept it together working hard trying to get to everyone to the turn through alternate showers and dust. 

We thought the turn would bring some relief, boy was that a mistake. When we took that slight left turn which is basically a turn from North to North West we were hit by 83 kph winds blowing from the NNW.  In one sphincter clenching moment all eight of us shifted sideways and had to hang on to the bikes for dear life. The Pace Line was totally destroyed as everyone tried to get some separation. We know the wind speed because Mike Tilley checked the BOM website. Through some exceptional bike handling we all stayed upright .

However nothing stops the sprint for Outer Harbor glory although this one goes down as the slowest ever recorded with Mike Tilley taking it out while sprinting full pelt at 18 kph. You realise if it was calm he would have been doing 65 kph.

To say our trip back down the beach with the tail wind was rapid is the understatement of the century. I the "Captain Slow" of the BG was touching 50 kph at one point on Military Road while watching the rest of the group pull away.

Discretion is the better part of Valour, so we abandoned at Henley had coffee and rode home.    



Man Down

I am sorry to report that last Saturday Graeme came off his Bianchi and was taken to RAH via ambulance. Scans and XRays showed fractures in his right pelvis – opposite side to previously.

The BG's wish Graeme a Speedy recovery and hope that he has a great Christmas.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

BG NO EXCUSES Club Ride

BG NO EXCUSES Club Ride
This Sunday the No-Excuses ride returns to normal programming. We have lost lot of Sunday’s to weather this year, none the less the numbers have been disappointing. We had a magnificent day and ride in the southern hills last Sunday but only a few BG’s to Enjoy it with.
So with only 8 weeks to go until the TDU stop making excuses and just Ride.
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.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sunday Ride - Cherry Gardens - road less travelled

This Sunday is a Roads less travelled series ride and was suggested by Dan. 
We will head south to Windy Point, regroup at the service station then down main road to Cherry Gardens Rd, Ironbank Rd, Morgan Rd, Woolcook Rd, Longwood Rd, Bradbury Rd  and through to Mylor for Coffee. Home via Lofty and Nortons.

Meet in the City at 7:30 am

These roads are really unfamiliar territory for me so i have made an attempt at mapping the route but will cede to more knowledgeable Bastardi.

Here is the rough route: http://www.strava.com/routes/7072282
I am sure this isn't good for the Derailleur

Thursday, November 17, 2016

SUNDAY RIDE - Corsa Dello Stivale

As communicated earlier this month we have deferred the No Excuses ride until this weekend Sunday the 20th  and will use the Ride to support the St Clair Cup Criterium known as the “Corsa Dello Stivale”. As we know from our rain soaked trial lap the St Clair development has created a fantastic criterium circuit which AV Jenning has offered to host the Cycling SA Super Series – Stage 6.

The BG No Excuses Ride will be on Sunday November 20th we will ride Anzac Hwy, Outer Harbor and then return via Port Road for Coffee at the St Clair village.
It’s called the “Race of the Boot” because the circuit is boot shaped. However on the theory that everything sounds sexier if it’s said in Italian it is known as ….
Corsa Dello Stivale
The Cycling SA Super Series – Stage 6 – AVJennings St Clair Cup Criterium known as the “Corsa Dello Stivale” event will be on Sunday, 20 November 2016 at St Clair on a 1.05km boot shaped course around the central park and waterways on St Clair Avenue.

http://sa.cycling.org.au/Racing/CSA-Super-Series/Stage-Details

Racing starts at 9:00am through to approx. 1:30pm and will include:
·         Masters (9;00am start)
·         Elite men (9:55am start)
·         Elite women (11:05am start), and 
·         Juniors (TBC)

All the major SA teams will be there (including Sam Web’s USG-Bike Station Racing Team) and young Bastardi Lewis and Elliot Walker will probably be racing in the Juniors (if included in the program).

The event is sponsored by AVJennings and we will be there to present prizes to the winners.
It is hoped that all the Bastardi Gruppetto can call in and enjoy some of the racing as part of the Sunday ride.

Sofies Ride

Last Sundays was meant to be Sofie’s ride when we celebrate the birth on the 9 November 2012, Alf Macolino & Chris Withams granddaughters Sophie & Sofie. As you know they shout the group coffee and cake. Unfortunately last Sunday wasn’t fun in the weather department and while we note some BG’s braved the conditions Alf and myself though discretion the better part of valor.

Hence Sofie’s ride will be this weekend.


Cheers Aldo

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sunday Ride - Pain Lives Here



Sundays ride is Pain Lives Here 
  • Meet in the City at 7:30 or
  • Meet at the Tower Hotel at 8:00 am





Are we scared yet....




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Amy's Ride 2016, Man Down and No Excuses Change

Meet up details 
AMY's RIDE

Meet in Hindmarsh Square to ride to Flinders University  @ 7.00am
  • Please try to be not to be late as we will leave @ 7.10am sharp 
  • We will ride at a steady pace to Flinders. Meet @ Flinders around 7:40.
  • The "off" for Amy's Ride will be at 8:00am
If you want to ride straight there, meet at trees behind the goal posts on the oval, If all else fails look out for BG jerseys.

BG Beach Ride: Those not doing Amy's Ride but looking for a Sunday roll to the beach meet @ Hindmarsh 7:00am (yes its early, but you will be home early) and ride down to Flinders with the group and do the Seacliff / Hallett Cove beach ride from there.

Man Down 
Unfortunately Geoff had a fall on the the final leg home Sunday. It was  slow speed so hopefully back on the bike soon. get better soon Geoff.

BG NO EXCUSES Club Ride
I know we promised that the BG Club Ride would always be the first Sunday of the Month, always a beach Ride. Well one out of two isn't bad. As this Sunday is Amy's Ride we will not have the No Excuses beach ride. Instead we will defer that No Excuses ride for November until Sunday the 20th  and use the Ride to support the St Clair Cup Criterium known as the “Corsa Dello Stivale”. As we know from our rain soaked trial lap the St Clair development has created a fantastic criterium circuit which AV Jenning has offered to host the Cycling SA Super Series – Stage 6.

The BG No Excuses Ride will be on Sunday November 20th we will ride Anzac Hwy, Outer Harbor and then return via Port Road for Coffee at the St Clair village.

Corsa Dello Stivale
The Cycling SA Super Series – Stage 6 – AVJennings St Clair Cup Criterium known as the “Corsa Dello Stivale” event will be on Sunday, 20 November 2016 at St Clair on a 1.05km boot shaped course around the central park and waterways on St Clair Avenue. 

http://sa.cycling.org.au/Racing/CSA-Super-Series/Stage-Details

Racing starts at 9:00am through to approx. 1:30pm and will include:

  • Masters (9;00am start)
  • Elite men (9:55am start)
  • Elite women (11:05am start), and 
  • Juniors (TBC)


All the major SA teams will be there (including Sam Web’s USG-Bike Station Racing Team) and young Bastardi Lewis and Elliot Walker will probably be racing in the Juniors (if included in the program).

The event is sponsored by AVJennings and we will be there to present prizes to the winners. 


It is hoped that all the Bastardi Gruppetto can call in and enjoy some of the racing as part of the Sunday ride.




Monday, October 31, 2016

LOTW


As a follow up from the Kit discussion of Sunday as to the lack of skin suits in the kit store. The BG research department has located direct evidence that there are people who actually do look good in a  skin suit. 







We are also fairly sure she has legs

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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 2016.

Champion System have substantially revised their range since the last order, 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/?BastardiGroupetto 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.

Alistair, our account manager, from Champion System came into my office today to run me through the samples of their new range of kit. The range has been split into three levels, and we can order from any level we wish. TECH (which is the base level and has similar kit to that we already have, PERFORMANCE (the mid tier with lighter fabrics, more panels and better grip systems) and APEX (the top tier both in $$$$ and quality). From my review of the kit, the APEX kit it up in quality with my Black Sheep Limited and Curore kit, so is very good. The PERFORMANCE knicks also looked very good value for the $139.00 price.

Michael


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sunday Ride - Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy

All 

Back to the beach this week with some small hills to help get us ready for Amy's Ride.

Meet in the City and 7:30 am 

 https://roadcyclinguk.com/gear/specialized-reinvent-roubaix-endurance-bike-futureshock-suspension.html

A bit of bike porn for those who search around Adelaide for a bit of Pave. King William road??. Clever design of the suspension system.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunday Ride Change - Hahndorf


This Sundays Ride is to Hahndorf 


  • Meet in the City at 7:30 am
  • Meet at the Toll Gate: 8:00 am
  • Meet at the Bollards 8:30 am

Pain is Temporary - 75km
  • Old Freeway - Sterling - Mylor - Algate Valley Rd- River Rd - Hahndorf (coffee at Cafe Assiette) 35km
Return 
  • Verdun - Beaumont Rd - Gum Flat Rd - Carey Gully - Summertown - (Greenhill, Nortons or Lofty home). 30km

Short Cut - 73km
  • Back thru Mylor - Sterling - Old Freeway (-2km with an easier climb)

This was originally slated as a possible club lunch Ride, given the weather we will defer until  the second option in December.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sunday Ride is Heritige Round - Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy

This Sunday is the Heritage Round Beach Ride.  Dig into your bottom draws and find a Jersey that hasn't seen light for day for a few years. See the post below for the rules of the Heritage Round.


  • Wear a jersey other than the BG jersey that invokes interest, envy or humor, or preferably all three
  • Wear some other item of BG kit e.g. knicks, gloves, bandanna if possible. We are still a club


Meet in the City at 7:30 am 

The Run is Outer Harbor via Anzac Hwy and then back to Glenelg for Coffee
This Vintage


Not this Vintage.....

Friday, October 7, 2016

SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2016 IS PAIN LIVES HERE



Our favorite short hills ride this week, pain lives here:

Norton Summit - Ashton - Basket Range - Deviation Road - Uraidla - Mount Lofty - Old Freeway - Home/couch.

MEET IN CITY @ 7.30 am OR 
TOWER HOTEL 8.00 am

Please note the change of time reflecting daylight savings. Don't be late...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Heritage Round will be the Sunday October the 15th


Time to raid the a drawer full of cycling jersey and try to find one that still fits and has a bit on interest. I was criticised last year for not giving enough warning. So this year you have 2 weeks to get ready for the Heritage round. Note its Sunday week not next Sunday.

Heritage Round Rules
  • Wear a jersey other than the BG jersey that invokes interest, envy or humor, or preferably all three
  • Wear some other item of BG kit e.g. knicks, gloves, bandanna if possible. We are still a club
  • Points will be added for  being able to identity what the major sponsor actually does/makes and additional points if they are still in business
  • Points will be deducted for a TDU challenge Jersey (an exception will be made for the rarely sighted 2004/2005 jerseys with double points if they still fit)
  • Points will be added for matching socks
  • Millions of Points will be deducted for muffin tops 
  • What the points means and what they are worth will be called at some random point on the road either by Brian or the road captain. Kinda like the sprints.
Examples of Heritage Jerseys on the right,
heritage LOTW on the left


aero

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SUNDAY OCTOBER THE 2nd IS THE NO EXCUSES BG Club Ride

IS THE NO EXCUSES  BG Club Ride 

Last Night (Wednesday) we all participated in a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Zombie apocalypse. The first rule for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse is Cardio http://www.zombielandrules.com/zombieland-rule-1-cardio/ or more plainly stated as “fatties die first”. To help get your Cardio sorted the BG have organized a No Excuses ride for this weekend that just so happens to coincide with a forecast break in the weather.



Meeting Time is 8:00 am at the City.

The ride is City-Port Road-Outer Harbor-Henley-Glenelg for Coffee. 

And you didn't think I could combine Zombies and LOTW

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LOTW / CENTURY



If your interested in potentially the legs/body of the century, and don't have MTV or live on the Internet check out the video clip to Kanye Wests latest masterpiece 'Fade'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxGvm6btP1A

If your interested in religious symbolism check out the last 20 seconds. Probably not safe for work unless you have a private office/work from home and have showering facilities close by for a rinse off after watching!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sunday Ride - Three Gorges Ride

A longer ride this week as we get deeper into spring so its the Three Gorges Ride out to Birdwood via Cudlee Creek

We will ride the Lower, Second and Upper gorges then onto Birdwood

  • Meet 8:00 am in the City
  • City to the Tower via the parade.
  • Meet 8:30 am at the Tower
  • Tower to the Gorge,  Gorge to Cudlee Creek, 
  • Coffee stop at Cudlee Creek to allow a earlier return if required.
  • Then onto Birdwood and return the same way


Aldi Bike week - Telescopic Repair stand

I like a lot of people have had a quick look around Aldi, especially with the snow equipment stories from Phil and Dan. Michael R noticed this and though he would make the group aware.  

As well as sending private label groceries, each week Aldi have a limited stock of general merchandise items.

From their latest catalogue that bikes are there thing this week.

The one item that may be of significant interest is a telescopic clip bike repair stand for maintenance for $39.99.

https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-buys/special-buys-sat-24-september/saturday-detail-wk38/ps/p/bicycle-repair-stand/

If people want one, I would recommend being at your local store at opening time on Saturday morning, otherwise they will be waiting until next year.

PS there is also a tool kit and a floor pump

Tour of the Barossa


The final race in the 2016 Elite Teams Super Series is around the St Clair criterium course. As a result AV Jennings has a free entry in the Tour of the Barossa for a team of 4-6 riders.

The team is able to enter in all 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or just the Saturday and Sunday using a 2 Day Pass. 

So Brian is looking to see if he can get at least 4 BG's to compete. If your'e interested you will need a CA racing licence or be willing to purchase a 3 race licence.

Please contact Brian or myself if your interested. 

If we get a team together we may do a club pilgrimage to lend support.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1102792576468228/

Stage 1: Barossa Cycle Hub Individual Time Trial
Friday 7 October, Menglers Hill
Race start 9am, 8.5km Individual Time Trial
Categories: Men, Women and Masters

Stage 2: The SA Company Store Team Time Trial
Friday 7 October, Angaston
Race start 2pm, 36.5km Team Time Trial
Categories: Men, Women and Masters

Stage 3: The Vine Inn Classic
Saturday 8 October, Nuriootpa
Race start 9am, 60km Road Race
Categories: Men, Women and Masters

Saturday 8 October is also Family Fun Day! There will be plenty of FREE activities for kids including: watch riders tackle Stage 3 of the Tour of the Barossa and cheer them on, mini cycling course for kids (bikes provided by Cycling SA), colouring in, giant parachute games, soccer, table tennis and much more!

What: Family Fun Day
Date: Saturday 8 October 2016
Time: Activities 10am – 2pm
Where: Coulthard House, Nurioopta

Stage 4: Barossa Region Road Race
Sunday 9 October, Nuriootpa (take in various iconic regional towns)
Race start 9am, 100km Road Race
Categories: Men, Women and Masters

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SUNDAY RIDE - BEACH

Sunday's ride is Hallett Cove via Anzac Hwy. 

First thing the weather looks fine , which is important when you look a what the River Torrens is doing.

It looks like it will be wet again next week so seize the day and ride while its fine.



Meeting Time 8:00 am in the City

We will decide on Ride direction in the morning. This one was planned as Anzac Hwy out and back to avoid the southern road works. City to bay is on Sunday - we go via Port Road! 


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

SUNDAY RIDE PAIN LIVES HERE


Our favorite short hills ride this week, pain lives here:

Norton Summit - Ashton - Basket Range - Deviation Road - Uraidla - Mount Lofty - Old Freeway - Home/couch.

MEET IN CITY @ 8.00 am OR 
TOWER HOTEL 8.30 am

Bastardi Coaching Tip #76
How to use a sparking wine to celebrate a stunning victory in the Outer Harbor Sprint

Incorrect - Alejandro just plain wrong
Much Better Mr Sagan 
Well Done Mr De Marchi


of course Alberto shows us how it's done

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

MISSING





The BG's had three of the four founding 'God Fathers' at last Sundays fathers day beach ride. We were only missing one our Daddy's! Many speculated the circumstances of his absence and what excuse might potentially be offered. Some of the young blood even asked if this God Father really existed, but all agreed it would be great to ride with him again.

If you see this man please place him on a bicycle and point  in the direction of Hindmarsh Sq on any given Sunday morning.

Incoming.....!!


Its that time of the year again 



Still even that suicidal bird on the Norton's decent doesn't mean that cable ties in the Helmet are acceptable.

Do you really want to look like this, nuff said.

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