Car Pooling to northern road races.

Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby master6 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:58 pm

In my youth we engaged in car pooling to get to race events, due to cost, and the fact that many club members were under 18 years of age and did not have drivers licences.

There is a lot of racing in the north of Tasmania, and car pooling might well provide opportunities for more southern people to participate.

Some factors to consider might include:-

What type of vehicle do you have available?
How much leg room in the back seat? (comfort on way up/ leg cramps on way home)
Do you have a roof rack to carry bikes?
Do you have a towbar?
Do you have a trailer?
Do you have family or a partner to accompany you?
Would you want to do a one day trip, or stay overnight?
If you stay overnight, would you share a cabin etc?
Do you envisage sharing motoring costs?
Would you want to assist some of Hobarts junior riders?
Would you borrow a trailer?


There must be other considerations that I have not thought of. What comes to mind?

How do you share motoring costs?
We had a Ski boat for many years, and we were members of a Ski club that owned a boat. Almost everyone who came for a ski understood the cost of fuel, but many found it hard to believe that the fuel cost of running a boat was less than half the total cost. I don’t have figures for motor cars, however it is obvious that some costs such as registration and insurance are a fixed cost for the owner, regardless of how much the car is used.
Costs that should be considered are things like tyre wear and routine servicing, that are largely accumulated by use, and accrue during car pooling.
In the absence of any estimates of these costs, (no doubt they could be easily obtained, possible from RACT) it might be reasonable that fuel costs are shared between passengers only.

The trailer pictured here is being used this weekend on the East Coast Canter, can carry six bikes in a rack, and might be available.

Well organized car pooling, with every one involved knowing and fairly meeting pre agreed obligations could be of great assistance to many.

If you are one who reads these forums and does not speak, now is the time to register your interest, without any obligation, so that the potential can be assessed. Just come on here, and say “I might be interested in trying this."

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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby RobRollin » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:22 pm

What type of vehicle do you have available? Nissan Murano
How much leg room in the back seat? (comfort on way up/ leg cramps on way home) Lots pending how many race boxes and other stuff I carry
Do you have a roof rack to carry bikes? Yes
Do you have a towbar? Yes
Do you have a trailer? No
Do you have family or a partner to accompany you? Yes
Would you want to do a one day trip, or stay overnight?
If you stay overnight, would you share a cabin etc? Pending the question if my partner comes to the race.
Do you envisage sharing motoring costs? Depending.
Would you want to assist some of Hobarts junior riders? Of course.
Would you borrow a trailer? No.

I will be racing up North throughout the season to various races as I did last year.
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby skull » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:58 pm

Great initiative master6, I too want to attend a few races up Norf. A little bit worried about getting flogged but it is all in good fun.

Details below

What type of vehicle do you have available? Holden Commodore station wagon
How much leg room in the back seat? (comfort on way up/ leg cramps on way home) Lots - it is one of my prereqs when buying a car
Do you have a roof rack to carry bikes? Yes two fork mounted bike holders with the ability to borrow two more when required
Do you have a towbar? No
Do you have a trailer? No
Do you have family or a partner to accompany you? Not always
Would you want to do a one day trip, or stay overnight?
If you stay overnight, would you share a cabin etc? Pending the question if my partner comes to the race. - Same as Rob
Do you envisage sharing motoring costs? Depending.
Would you want to assist some of Hobarts junior riders? Yep
Would you borrow a trailer? No, would be rather difficult to tow with out a tow bar
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby BarryTas » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:12 am

What type of vehicle do you have available? a white care....the wife's....i am hjstill learning how to droive
How much leg room in the back seat? (comfort on way up/ leg cramps on way home) just sir in it
Do you have a roof rack to carry bikes?
Do you have a towbar? yar and a bike carrier that clips onto it
Do you have a trailer? no
Do you have family or a partner to accompany you? maybe.......
Would you want to do a one day trip, or stay overnight? depends...but i would sooner a day trip
If you stay overnight, would you share a cabin etc? yes
Do you envisage sharing motoring costs? yes
Would you want to assist some of Hobarts junior riders? yes
Would you borrow a trailer? NA
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby mcdurdin » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:34 am

What type of vehicle do you have available? Holden Astra or Holden Barina (borrowed)
How much leg room in the back seat? (comfort on way up/ leg cramps on way home) Astra - Reasonable; Barina - Enough for climbers, tight for sprinters
Do you have a roof rack to carry bikes? No, towball rack for up to 3 bikes (but mutually exclusive with trailer)
Do you have a towbar? Yes - on Astra
Do you have a trailer? Yes, normal box trailer
Do you have family or a partner to accompany you? Possibly
Would you want to do a one day trip, or stay overnight? Day trip
If you stay overnight, would you share a cabin etc? N/A
Do you envisage sharing motoring costs? Yes
Would you want to assist some of Hobarts junior riders? Yes, but not Torben. He's mean to me :P .
Would you borrow a trailer? If it would help (6 bikes sounds smart but can only take 5 riders (a bit euro intimate -- i.e. squishy) in the car!)
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby mcdurdin » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:39 am

BarryTas wrote:a white care....the wife's....i am hjstill learning how to droive

Mr BarryTas... hjstill learning how to toype as well? :-)
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby master6 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:45 pm

mcdurdin wrote:
BarryTas wrote:a white care....the wife's....i am hjstill learning how to droive

Mr BarryTas... hjstill learning how to toype as well? :-)

Mmm.......I dont know whether to stick my nose into this one; I learned to swim at 30 , so I have a little empathy with Barry.

Ah, what the hell, is "Barry bashing" illegal?

Back to car pooling............there looks like there could be scope to do some. Hopefully this thread will prompt people who are interested to say gooday here. As they say, no good winking at a girl in the dark! Tell people that you just might be interested. There is no obligation to go beyond that. :D
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby BarryTas » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:08 am

mcdurdin wrote:
BarryTas wrote:a white care....the wife's....i am hjstill learning how to droive

Mr BarryTas... hjstill learning how to toype as well? :-)



hehe.....my learn to list


drive
type
spell
decend
gear tuning
etc :roll: :oops: :roll: :oops: :roll: :oops: :D
i'm a busy boy

oh Barry bashing is your Human Right as I am Ranga :| :wink:
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby BarryTas » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:47 am

is anyone planning on doing the Longford to Campbelltown ride/race?


as i would love a lift.................. if my knee is ok by then :roll:
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby mcdurdin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:09 am

Yes. I can give you a lift. We can stop for coffee in Campbell Town, before and after the race. Plan is to drive to Cressy, meet Phil Z, ride up to Longford for warm up. I take it you'll be riding A grade? :)
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby BarryTas » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:16 am

mcdurdin wrote:Yes. I can give you a lift. We can stop for coffee in Campbell Town, before and after the race. Plan is to drive to Cressy, meet Phil Z, ride up to Longford for warm up. I take it you'll be riding A grade? :)



excellent, and then i take that we ride back to cressy after the race. I will be riding A+ grade :D
what is the course like? marc i will PM you on FB :)
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby mcdurdin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:28 am

BarryTas wrote:excellent, and then i take that we ride back to cressy after the race.


That's the general idea.

BarryTas wrote:what is the course like?


Flat and fast. One little hiccup of a hill near the finish. http://app.strava.com/activities/367086
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby RobRollin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:44 pm

Hey Marc, going back to Cressy may not be the plan atm, Phil is away at Ottways and still working out logistics. Plan maybe riding in from Cressy then picked up from Campbelltown. So we arent giving you a lift...I still nheed to get bke racks.
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby mcdurdin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:52 pm

RobRollin wrote:Hey Marc, going back to Cressy may not be the plan atm, Phil is away at Ottways and still working out logistics. Plan maybe riding in from Cressy then picked up from Campbelltown. So we arent giving you a lift...I still nheed to get bke racks.


OK, that's left me more confused than before. Are you updating me on what you are doing, what Phil is doing, or what?

So here's what I understand the story to be. At this stage, I am assuming that I will be driving my car, picking up Barry in Hobart, and the two of us driving to Cressy (where we may or may not meet Phil) then riding up to Longford for the race as warmup. After the race, Barry and I (and maybe Phil) will ride back to Cressy, hop back into my car, and cruise back to Hobart.
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby RobRollin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:34 pm

1. What Phil is doing.

2. I still need racks as well

3. Aaron an Phil may come back with me at this stage, Phil will let me know later in the week.

4. Aaron hasnt given me a 100% guarantee he will be my domestique yet.
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby BarryTas » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:35 pm

RobRollin wrote:1. What Phil is doing.

2. I still need racks as well

3. Aaron an Phil may come back with me at this stage, Phil will let me know later in the week.

4. Aaron hasnt given me a 100% guarantee he will be my domestique yet.



have spare racks for two bike, if you have a tow ball. it's carbon friendly
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby master6 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:56 pm

This is just hysterical to watch from the sidelines :D :D :D :D :D :D

Has anyone considered throwing the bike over the shoulder and walking to Longford? :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby mcdurdin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:04 pm

master6, I'm considering it. Rob, why do you need a domestique?
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby RobRollin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:07 pm

No Master6 but feel free to! :roll: :D :D :D
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby RobRollin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:37 pm

Aways good to have support of a team....team tactics, training together etc
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby BenevolantDictatorD » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:10 pm

I'm not going to Longford although an ex-girlfriend lived in Cressy 40 years ago. I have a towball but no bike rack. If there is anything that I can help with for this weekend please feel free to ask me next week. :mrgreen:
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby master6 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:13 pm

RobRollin wrote:training together etc


yep, tomorrow at Richmond.
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby master6 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:22 pm

BenevolantDictatorD wrote:I'm not going to Longford although an ex-girlfriend lived in Cressy 40 years ago. I have a towball but no bike rack. If there is anything that I can help with for this weekend please feel free to ask me next week. :mrgreen:


Good. The arrangements are now starting to make sense. I had a girl friend 40 years ago, lets say 45 years ago to avoid "problems". She ran off in a southerly direction, in search of more d irection. Did your girlfriend ever mention my name? :lol:
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby bazsand » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:27 pm

BenevolantDictatorD wrote:I'm not going to Longford although an ex-girlfriend lived in Cressy 40 years ago. I have a towball but no bike rack. If there is anything that I can help with for this weekend please feel free to ask me next week. :mrgreen:


I went up last sunday if you need a lift????
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Re: Car Pooling to northern road races.

Postby master6 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:55 pm

:)
bazsand wrote:
if you need a lift????


Yes, I need a lift. About 12 feet would be good. I'm doing some painting on my sons house, and cant reach the high part of the walls under the gable ends. A loan of some painters trestles would be appreciated.

Perhaps Barry, Mark, and Rob might come round and help with the sanding; looks like they have no chance of getting to Longford.
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