BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby limetang » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:21 pm

Its that time of year again, IMO the best organized rides out there, and a bargain compared to some (AT) $130 for the series (no jersey) if your a BikeSA member.
Ive signed up for the whole series again this year, hoping to go better than the 2 grand slams / 3 mini slams last year.

Gumeracha - 40km/80km - 20 Feb - looks like a nice loop including some of the ground covered in GS#1 last year, lets hope its not quite as cold as i remember that was!

Map - http://www.bikesa.asn.au/servlet/Web?s= ... =422294140

See you there!
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby mmhbeer » Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:18 am

I only did one grand slam last year after planning. It certainly was the best run event ive been to.

Hopefully will do a few more of them this year, but wont be at the first because its on the same weekend at the Otway Odyssey.
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:37 pm

Looking forward to my first Slam. Hoping to do 4 grand and 1 mini slam (Willunga is the day after my 50th so only half a ride, if anything, that day ). I've only heard good things about these rides froman organisational viewpont, and bad things re the weather.
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby Patdys » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:03 pm

Dammit. I specifically asked them for good weather this year.
Thought it might be a nice change.
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:11 pm

A great ride today, even the weather was good. I didn't see any silly riding today unlike some of the bigger community rides, well done to all.
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby limetang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:01 pm

Yep, was a great ride! Personally I found it better than Mt Torrens last year! You show me yours I will show you mine :lol: Garmin that is!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/69125159
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:48 pm

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/69120314

I did the full 80, honest, the speedo didn't kick in for some reason at the start. according to my calculation ride time should be 2h 50m
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby liamb » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:17 pm

did the 40km loop, brother had his first child this morning so had to cut it short. Liked the loop will be doing it again soon. Got to say though I totally understand why motorists hate us. Had about 4 times where I was blocked by riders riding 3 wide and having a chat about nothing and not making room for other cyclists or cars to pass. Also had riders rding 2 wide and blocking the road. Really frustrating that some riders out there are so ignorant.
Having said that loved the ride and looking foward to the next one

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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby bionic wombat » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:53 pm

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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby davidk » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:02 am

This was my first Grand Slam, and really enjoyed it.
I'd echo Bill's comments about frustrations with some riders riding three wide, or 2 wide but in the middle of the road.
By the 2nd loop either the numbers had thinned out, or the 3-wide stragglers hadnt started yet.
I had a much better run on the 2nd loop, this time NOT forgetting my water bottles!

Ive only been cycling for just on a year now, with 28 years prior of no physical exercise. Looking at all the times posted so far on the Garmin site
Im reasonably pleased my times aren't at the slower end of the bunch.

My times:
Loop 1 - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/69118479 (Avg moving 29.1)
Loop 2 - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/69118464 (Avg moving 28.7)

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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby MichaelB » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:07 am

Great to hear that the ride was good. :D

I am starting to waver about doing some of the bigger group rides for the reasons mentioned by Bill & David. I want to enjoy the rides, but having to dodge wally's that have no idea of road ettiquette etc make it less enjoyable than it should be :(
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby liamb » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:16 am

Micheal

You want to try Norton Summit or Gorge rd on a weekend. All the tools on their $10k bikes riding 3 and 4 wide talking about stock options or exclusive holidays and cars annoy me more than a group ride its just on the weekends the guys give you a mouthful and weave in front of you as you try to pass them over white lines but never pull over.

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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby MichaelB » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:26 pm

liamb wrote:Micheal

You want to try Norton Summit or Gorge rd on a weekend. All the tools on their $10k bikes riding 3 and 4 wide talking about stock options or exclusive holidays and cars annoy me more than a group ride its just on the weekends the guys give you a mouthful and weave in front of you as you try to pass them over white lines but never pull over.

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Yep, the last few times up there have been very very busy. Might have to do the Old Norton Summit instead !!!
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:13 pm

MichaelB wrote:Great to hear that the ride was good. :D

I am starting to waver about doing some of the bigger group rides for the reasons mentioned by Bill & David. I want to enjoy the rides, but having to dodge wally's that have no idea of road ettiquette etc make it less enjoyable than it should be :(

It was my first slam yesterday and my first thoughts after the ride was how good all the other cyclists had been, Sure there was a bit of congestion for the first couple of kms out of Gumeracha but once that settled it was great. Everyone I rode with took turns at the front, indicated correctly, held their line on the fast descents. having seen how it worked yesterday I may never do a MCCT ride again, the two groups were chalk and cheese.
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby rustychisel » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:23 am

liamb wrote:Micheal

You want to try Norton Summit or Gorge rd on a weekend. All the tools on their $10k bikes riding 3 and 4 wide talking about stock options or exclusive holidays and cars annoy me more than a group ride its just on the weekends the guys give you a mouthful and weave in front of you as you try to pass them over white lines but never pull over.

Bill



easy tiger. You might get overstressed with all those evil cyclists on the road and have to resort to measures to show them their place. Then where would you be in the pecking order?

I personally would prefer they be on the roads, doing what they enjoy as best they are able, than not.
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Re: BikeSA Grand Slam 2011 - Round 1

Postby davidk » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:29 am

Pictures seem to be up now on EpsonRd Studios here :http://epsomrdstudios.com.au/new/main.php?g2_itemId=332125

Plus gratuitous snap of me during loop 2
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