Ipswich

Ipswich

Postby winona_rider » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:05 pm

I was born in Ipswich, the same town that spawned Pauline Hanson and Craig McDermott and Alfred Langer and a bunch of Walters. Maybe some other peeps - I dunno. Probs.

So I can't help feeling a bit of a "bond" with the place - though my better judgment might think otherwise. maybe. :)

Anyway - there are two awesome rides happening there rather soon:

The Ipswich 100 (which doesn't involve much Ipswich but the country areas west). This ride looks amazing. It will be my first time. (APRIL 5)

The mall 2 mall ride (APRIL 26) from Brisbane to Ipswich - a fantastic 50k ride that is FAST! (departs Brisbane square and ends up at Queens park. This ride leaves room for a blistering pace for the first 50 and a slow recovery-ride back 2 bris after a decent feed and rest. How crazy-awesome is that?)

So yeah - just thought I'd put it down. Anyone keen?
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Postby tomns » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:58 pm

Bris to Ippy sounds good. Just having a look at their website.

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Postby elantra » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:42 pm

Thanks for these dates for Ipswich 100 and the Mall to Mall. Can i enquire about the route for the Ipswich 100, is it being organised by any particular bike club or community group?
Some of the country roads out past Ipswich would be fine for such an event, Harrisville in this region is a quite charming town to visit, has a few pubs and a winery and was the setting for a TV series some yrs ago called "fat cow hotel" or something like that.
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Postby winona_rider » Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:20 pm

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Postby soc » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:11 pm

winona_rider wrote:there's a map here:
[url]
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/2009-Ipswich-100 [/url]


This link is taking me to a map for Bristol to Cardiff :shock: :?:
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Postby winona_rider » Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:53 pm

link fixed.
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Postby MountGower » Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:47 pm

How about a tour of Ipswich, or to Ipswich and surrounds, Saturday morning.
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Postby elantra » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:16 pm

Thanks for the info that looks like a bonzer route (Ipswich 100/50/10)
Take note of the organizing committee asking readers of the website to pass the word around and get bums on saddles, and best to register by the end of march.
On another note anybody heading south this saturday there is annual Grafton -to -Inverell (non-competitive) ride, which is a bl@#dy long way with some bl@#dy big hills but something to dream of doing one day.
The A grade and International racers do the competitive ride, which i think happens much later in the year
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Postby winona_rider » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:50 pm

i'm registered fr the 100!
MG and i went out to the 'switch this morn. good ride.
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Postby beanspropulsion » Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:24 pm

I'm keen, going to drive out in the next couple of weeks and do the route
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Postby Pax » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:53 pm

Anyone interested in riding back to Brisbane after the Ipswich 100 ride instead of catching the train back?

I'm not 100% that I can do the ride yet, but will know inthe next few days.
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Postby winona_rider » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:55 am

pax! was gonna see if you wanted to do this ride.
yeah - i'll have a crack at it. i'm not 100% either.
but i would love my first imperial century.
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Postby Pax » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:06 pm

winona_rider wrote:pax! was gonna see if you wanted to do this ride.
yeah - i'll have a crack at it. i'm not 100% either.
but i would love my first imperial century.


Will riding back from Ipswich make the imperial century or will we need to go a bit further for that? Sounds like fun :D

OK I'm definitely in, will register tonight.
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Postby Pax » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:05 pm

Registered :lol:
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Postby winona_rider » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:05 am

Pax wrote:Registered :lol:


i figure this:

5 kms from home to Roma Street train station.
1.5kms from Ipswich train station to ride start.
101 kms - ipswich 100
50kms to windsor

that leaves roughly an extra 4 kms which i can pick up around downey park.
swt.

but now i'm thinking: does the 161 count if you do it in separate bits like above?
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Postby Pax » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:49 pm

Absolutely...its about what you do in the day
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Postby Pax » Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:05 am

Got my ride info and wrist band etc in the mail on Friday.

Has anyone else actually registered yet?? It is only 2 weeks away.

Coincidentally I was talking to a volunteer from last year's event on the weekend, she said it is a great ride and beautiful countryside.
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Postby Moz » Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:08 am

Have any of you guys done this before? Is it anything like the BNE to Gold Coast? What sort of pace is it?

Pretty keen to do it.
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Postby winona_rider » Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:42 pm

i got my wrist band too!

i haven't done it before but know someone who has. i think it will be just like the briz to gold coast - in the sense that there will be groups formed at a bunch of different riding levels. so if you get dropped by one group just try and keep up with the next group that comes by.

the roads look pretty quiet...the scenery will be awesome... not too hilly either.
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Postby Pax » Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:26 pm

winona_rider wrote:i got my wrist band too!


Excellent!!

I'll be catching the train out...I'll have the mobile (of course) so we can hopefully hook up from the start.

Moz...maybe we will meet up too.
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Re: Ipswich

Postby RepcoMonaco » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:10 am

Registered today!

Now guys are you still going to ride back to Brisbane after the ride?
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Re: Ipswich

Postby ilc » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:37 am

I did this ride last year and absolutely loved it, very friendly and relaxed. It was very foggy at the start, didn't really know where I was going, so I just followed everyone else, and when the fog lifted we were out in the country. Not too much in the way of hills, and the road surface is pretty good. Most of it is on back roads with very little traffic. The only busy part is from Peaks crossing on, (Boonah Ipswich road I think,) but they have changed the course this year to avoid as much of this road as possible.

Incidentally, there is a great series of social rides coming up in SEQ over the next 12 months;
    Ipswich (100k) in April
    Tweed Gran Fondo (120k) or Brisbane Noosa (160k) in June
    Byron Bay Currumbin (160k) in November
    and Grafton Inverell (228k) in Feb (assuming its on next year, and, OK, it is NSW)

Its a very tempting progression!
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Re: Ipswich

Postby winona_rider » Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:44 pm

RepcoMonaco wrote:Registered today!

Now guys are you still going to ride back to Brisbane after the ride?



that's the plan.
there might be some tears on my part - but that's the plan

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Re: Ipswich

Postby Moz » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:17 pm

Registered. Even talked the father in law into it!
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Re: Ipswich

Postby Pax » Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:21 pm

winona_rider wrote:
RepcoMonaco wrote:Registered today!

Now guys are you still going to ride back to Brisbane after the ride?



that's the plan.
there might be some tears on my part - but that's the plan

:shock:


Yes Yes Yes can't wait :D
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