Ride with Lance

Re: Ride with Lance

Postby steveoc » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:03 pm

Allkai wrote:[wishful thinking] 550 [\wishful thinking] :mrgreen:

Will go for 5,500.

Which source will be the "official" count, given they will all be pure guesses?

Sunday Mail? If so, I revise my entry to 11,500 to take the 'hysteric reporting' factor into account.....


Ill guess - a reported 500 million, with Mike Rann (or 'Ranny' to his close friends) turning up at the start to give an impromptu speech in the best traditions of Al Gore.

Lets just hope that Manbearpig doesnt turn up as well and ruin the day - as if dropbears weren't bad enough.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby Allkai » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:32 pm

Richard.L wrote:So which bit of wigley reserve? Buffalo or the bit next to the "beach house"


Wigley Reserve is the one by the Buffalo.

The Beachouse side is actually Colley Reserve.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby bmxbuds » Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:22 pm

If someone can twitter Lance and Robbie for me the bmx race sunday is at Hallett Cove... love to see Robbie race.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby Richard.L » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:19 pm

Well the TDU offically starts on sunday
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby brauluver » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:31 pm

steveoc wrote:
Allkai wrote:[wishful thinking] 550 [\wishful thinking] :mrgreen:

Will go for 5,500.

Which source will be the "official" count, given they will all be pure guesses?

Sunday Mail? If so, I revise my entry to 11,500 to take the 'hysteric reporting' factor into account.....


Ill guess - a reported 500 million, with Mike Rann (or 'Ranny' to his close friends) turning up at the start to give an impromptu speech in the best traditions of Al Gore.

Lets just hope that Manbearpig doesnt turn up as well and ruin the day - as if dropbears weren't bad enough.
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Might see Johnny there though. :wink:

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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby dirty_harry » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:24 pm

i reckon 9000 for some reason i think there were 8000 sogned up for the mutul community tour (dunno were i got the number from :lol: ) i think most of the utual community will show up plus a few thousand locals or am i optamistic. i wanna ride with loads of people should be fun dangerous but fun.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby gdt » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:37 pm

The TV news said the route is Wigley Reserve to Semaphore and return.

A social ride. Robbie McEwen quoted by AAP saying: "We've [LA and RM] just said anyone who has a bike - it doesn't matter what it is, a racing bike, MTB, BMX, borrow it from the neighbour, just don't steal one."

Robbie declined an entry in the sweep: "Who knows? It could be one, could be 100, could be 1000, could be 10,000".

Turtur, McEwen, and anyone with half a brain is asking for sensible behaviour from cyclists and motorists. The Comments section of The Advertiser is displaying the usual lack of sense and proportion from some motorists.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby shiv » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:04 am

Did anyone see the bit sbout this ride on channel 10 tonight? Just wondering how I looked in the background wearing my CSC gear!! I was sitting down there with my brothers GF when they asked us to stand casually in the background so they werent just filming grass
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby U2adam!!! » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:53 am

Richard.L wrote:So which bit of wigley reserve? Buffalo or the bit next to the "beach house"



Just look for the 5000 people wearing lycra and follow them... :D

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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby planner » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:33 am

What a brilliant spectacle - I'll put the number at 5,000 - pure guess of course. Rode from Glenelg to Semaphore, they turned around at the roundabout at Bower Road and went back to Glenelg, I went to Semaphore Road for coffee. We left at 6 am went up to Norton Summit and then had to quickly ride through town and Anzac Highway to get to the bay in time. The excitement is building there were scores of cyclists riding down Anzac Highway at 8:30 and the mass of cyclists at Wigley Reserve was amazing. Lance had turned around at Semaphore and was on his way back when he passed us near the rowing club at West Lakes. So many cyclists, can't wait for the rest of the week and the Community Challenge on Friday.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby Allkai » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:03 pm

I rode to Glenelg with Robbie, two of his team and only about ten others from Mile End.

Awesome.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby dirty_harry » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:36 pm

that was the coolest thing ever. so many riders and the roads were basically closed so we dodnt really have to worry about cars apart from one idiot who just threw him self into the pack and did skids into his driveway. grrrrrrr. other than that very good fun both mine and my dads bikes broke. dad broke his seat clamp and my pedal absolutely rooted its self about 20 min in. the pedal literally fell off the axel and sorta jammed but i kept riding and it was ridable so im up for some nice new pedals what a shame, lol. was a decent pace and a good ride. highlight though would have been fdj rocking up after the ride and spying out the chopper/ dragster bikes people were riding. they slng there race bikes and started riding around wigley reserve on choppers in full lycra with shoes and cleats. gold.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby Sumichino » Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:45 pm

Damn it, I can't believe I missed that, I left not long after the chopper/lowrider guys got back and they were sitting on the grass right next to me.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby steveoc » Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:59 pm

Well well - wasn't that just insanely good fun ?

Some cool choppers and cruisers - mums with toddlers on the back - guys towing advertising stands on their bikes - having both sides of the road available to ride on - taking roundabouts on either side - and being able to sit on 45km/h with ease. This was no ordinary group ride, just incredible. Sort of like cross between an organised group ride and a well behaved critical mass gathering.

Huge fun. I love the crowds of people out on the sidewalk clapping and cheering too .. :).

Strange thing, and I heard more than one person comment on this ... that once you take cars off the road entirely, riding a bike becomes so much easier, safer, faster, and enjoyable for everyone. hmmmm.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby bionic wombat » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:07 pm

I did the ride this morning and it was an honor to ride with Lance / Robbie , I was in awe with the sheer number of cyclists riding along both lanes most of the way with police escort, easily cruising at 35-45 kms with some effort along the flat route, loved seeing cyclists riding both ways when entering roundabouts - brilliant stuff :)
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby dirty_harry » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:17 pm

yeah the fdj boys on choppers was a spectacle every one missed the pros cause you all left too early probs bout half hour after lance finished i would guess and fdj showed up robbie a garmin fella a high road guy and some other dudes also rocked up, they hid behind the oakley van though talking to the oakley guys. they left pretty quick when people realised they were there lol. there were plenty of teams wizzing round glenelg though i went for a ride after and i reckon i saw 3 teams ag2r fdj and milram and the euskatel boys were probs around as there team van was there i didnt see them though. over all a good day it should happen again even without the pros. couple times a year i reckon. it would be very cool.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby Wild Turkey » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:58 pm

Ahhh The "10 Club" has another 10 under its belt.... 10 000 members!!!

People in lycra...

Riding $10 000 bikes

10 Kms

To drink a $10 latte

Now there is 10 000 of them!
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby Biffidus » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:17 pm

Any photos?
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby steveoc » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:48 pm

Biffidus wrote:Any photos?


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Lol - I called out (half in jest) 'Hey Mike - grab that nice looking pinny over there and give us a photo op'. Amazingly, the crowd cleared, and Mr Rann was more than happy to oblige. Nice bloke, I will have to take back what I said in a few posts back ^^


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The crowd at about 0840hrs, still building up

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About 500m back from the start ... around 0900hrs.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby shiv » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:58 pm

I have a few picks of the radioshack boys, they pulled up right behind us with Big George, but havent worked out how to load pics of the blackberry yet. The radioshack kit looks really good in the flesh, and georges US champs kit and bike are cool. awesome fun ride and would love to do it again
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby U2adam!!! » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:00 pm

steveoc wrote:
Biffidus wrote:Any photos?




Mr Rann was more than happy to oblige. Nice bloke, I will have to take back what I said in a few posts back ^^




Let's not turn this into a political debate... :D

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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby steveoc » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:02 pm

shiv wrote:I have a few picks of the radioshack boys, they pulled up right behind us with Big George, but havent worked out how to load pics of the blackberry yet. The radioshack kit looks really good in the flesh, and georges US champs kit and bike are cool. awesome fun ride and would love to do it again


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The RadioShack jerseys look really good - much better than those crappy preview shots that appeared on the net earlier.
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby martinjs » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:23 pm

I saw it on the ABC news, and was looking for BNA jerseys. :cry: Didn't see any.

Not sure why this is in the SA section, I would have thought it was bigger than that. Best bit of coverage on cycling on TV I've seen in a while.

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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby Richard.L » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:18 am

I was in mine right by the lights (at the back) but i dont think the media showed enough footage

Anyway who was the guy in the flashy suit at that hour :|
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Re: Ride with Lance

Postby robbie d » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:29 am

did anyone see the guy riding with the broken arm, te cast was below his elbow, but he managed to move along pretty well, that shows commitment!!! y arm coolers certainly got a thorough testing, and the results were, arm coolers 1, sun 0 (for arms) sun 1 legs 0 (for legs) :(
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