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Postby weiyun » 06 Jul 2009, 09:59

Due to personal commitments this weekend, neither MichaelC nor myself are available this Sun to assist with this group. We apologise for this. So unless some experienced rider can come out to assist, we will have to cancel this ride on Sun 12th July.

Any takers willing to assist?

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Postby Camilla » 06 Jul 2009, 10:42

I had the ride very heavily pencilled in. Not sure if I'm qualified to lead though. I'm sure we can find someone.

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Postby orphic » 06 Jul 2009, 10:43

I'm pretty keen to do RNP this week if anyone can... Or at least extend the Waterfall ride in some form.

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Postby Camilla » 08 Jul 2009, 16:33

I'm there. And loving the extra 15 minutes in bed.

I was under the impression it's easiest to go in at Waterfall and out at Loftus? I've never done it the other way in fact. I did a RNP ride a few weeks ago and there's still a gravel section but it's not too long and fine to ride on. They're doing the road up bit by bit. The new surface is fantastic.

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Postby orphic » 08 Jul 2009, 16:57

Sounds good. Especially the extra 15 minutes sleep ;)

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Count me in. I've done it a couple of times, but it must be a little like childbirth 'cos you forget how much it hurts! - Ian

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Postby AnthonyI » 09 Jul 2009, 15:08

I'm keen on RNP this Sunday too. The 6am start is a better idea for this time of year, especially after the late nights watching the TDF..

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Postby Stuart » 12 Jul 2009, 12:29

Well, today's ride was really a middies RNP and I got dropped on Kings Way (twice). After I got back on got dropped again on the Princes Hwy - we were averaging 26.7 at Sutherland - too fast for slowies! Ron got dropped as well.

I think we need to reiterate that this is supposed to be a SLOWIES ride so that slowies get a chance to do some hills, not a chance for middies to to RNP without the fasties! That means we ride out SLOW, at the pace of a normal slowies group i.e. 22-23kph average. Maybe we need a 3rd RNP group for the middies?

Anyway, I enjoyed my ITT to Waterfall and back.

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Postby micklan » 12 Jul 2009, 14:24

OK I saw Ron (Sutho Park) coming back, then yourself Stuart up on the highway. We had very few riders in 6.30 group today, with two new guys and Alan & James M coming along

How many riders did RNP?

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Postby mikesbytes » 12 Jul 2009, 16:59

[wiggling finger]Hey, its suppose to be a no drop ride[/wiggling finger]

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Postby christian » 12 Jul 2009, 18:37

I know its meant to be a no drop ride, and I was prepared to back everyone off so we didn't drop Ron and Stuart. They both said to leave them behind. As for the speed, what is the average speed of the slow bunch meant to be, I though it was 25-27km/h?

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Postby jimmy » 13 Jul 2009, 13:38

Those times are designed to be a guide, if you aim to get to Waterfall in say 90 minutes from leaving Marrickville, then you are on track, you may have to stop for 5 minutes on the way, and so you are only cycling for 85 of those minutes.

The average of 25km/hr is for if you are always moving, which we know isn't the case. So your real speed will probably have to be higher. If you factor in say 15 minutes total of regroup and stopping time, then your average speed has to be 27km/hr. And that will be your average as per your bike computer.

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Postby MarkG » 12 Sep 2009, 16:22

Sounds good Weiyun, count me in. Hopefully we wont be running over any native fauna, given it's part of my job to protect them.

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Postby AntonyGreen » 13 Sep 2009, 12:06

Here's the happy snap of the jolly band at Stanwell Tops. Note the windsock behind indicating the howling north-wester we're about to ride into up the hill.

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Postby jimmy » 13 Sep 2009, 12:22

I left home at about 5:50am this morning, hoping to pass you along the way.

I never saw you, about half way through the park, I realised that it was highly unlikely that you were still ahead of me. I think that I must have passed you when I went through the big dipper and you must have been in Sutherland.

I ended up averaging 30.96km/hr, I couldn't quite hang onto 31 at the end.

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Postby Trouty » 13 Sep 2009, 12:38

It was a gorgeous day for a ride today, and I think Wieyun, Alan & Mick did a great job controlling the large group of 20 riders (biggest number yet). There were enough middies in the group that certainly pushed the pace up in sections - but generally it was achievable to stay within in reach of them and they slowed down when required. I felt pretty good most of the way, but once I hit Grand Parade on the return, I started to feel a bit spent - and luckily a hit of the hammer gel got me back to normal. Nice day overall, although I am pretty tired now and look forward to a sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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Postby weiyun » 13 Sep 2009, 13:12

Finally made it back home and here's another of our group photo at Stanwell Park. It's Wollongong and Seacliff Br in the distance.



The video clip follows and the wind noise is another good indicator of the strength of the wind there. Glad none of the CF bikes got blown down the cliff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYBUFH3BjQQ

Well, thanks to everyone who turned up at 5:45a and trust it was a fun and sufficiently challenging training ride. At maximum, we had 27 riders on the ride and experienced 4 seasons of weather. The blast of warm air as we climbed towards Stanwell Top was a big relief for the lightly kitted riders.

From an organizational point of view, it was the largest turnout we have ever had and we'll have further discussions in the coming days to address some of the issues we learnt during today's ride.

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Special award to Alan who rode within human strength for once and did not blow the bunch up. :wink:

James, we had a large bunch with a wide variety of abilities and decided not to take the ultra fast big dipper in Sutherland. Further, we had to stop at the 7-11 servo to regroup as the bunch was splitting on the way up and we had to recalibrate our pace. Sorry we missed you or it could have been fun. :wink:
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Postby Julio » 13 Sep 2009, 14:59

Thank you very much for my friendly introduction to the group today guys. Special thanks goes to the pelaton leaders weiyan, mick and alan for keeping the group in check and to the bloke in the cheeky monkey shirt who played sheep dog after waterfall on the way back.

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Postby fenn_paddler » 13 Sep 2009, 15:40

Excellent ride today. I hope Mike C is feeling a bit spent after doing it on a fixie because I certainly am! At Marrickville on I guess the 105km mark, I imagined having to do another 55 kms to match the distance of the Oct 31 Tempetation ride from Bundanoon, and I'm not sure that I would have wanted to.

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Postby mikesbytes » 13 Sep 2009, 17:21

Excellent ride today, we'll have to do that route again sometime.

Alan, that ride fixed is harder than the Oct 31 Temptation ride.

And only one puncture

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Postby Michael Chidgey » 13 Sep 2009, 22:02

i really enjoyed todays ride. I never seen someone spin so fast down a hill till Mike came by me going, was amazing to watch.

thanks again to Mike and Weiyun you guys has it tough with such a large bunch and did a great job of keeping it safe and enjoyable. Im looking forward to the group photos and video should be quite a laugh.

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Postby Karzie » 13 Sep 2009, 22:36

Despite my 'suitcase of pain' including two legs that don't work properly any more, a 1500 watt glow from the sunburn and a blown blood vessel in the eye, I had a great ride with a great bunch of people. Thanks Mike and Weiyun, esp for keeping the young guns in hand early on and leaving some fuel in my tank for the hill climb into the westerly. It could have got ugly otherwise!

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Postby G » 13 Sep 2009, 22:48

Why did two riders broke away and then stopped at a service station? That's very strange thing to do.

Anyways! On my way back I went straight home, left my bike and did a 10km transition run. I tried to catch you guys at marrickville cafe after the run but most of you had left. Peter thought I forgot something - and came back runninng to get it :lol: . Me was so hungry after it that I could eat a dead donkey's arse. W
Nice morning, nice ride, nice job by Weiyun and Buckingham palace :P
We should do it twice a week.

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