Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra Day)

Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby Curoch » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:03 pm

Woo.

My first crash - DNF. Bike's totalled, mostly fine except for scrapes.

Should have passed on the event like most of the people did. :S

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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby mrgolf » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:58 pm

Bugger!!! Where did that happen? What ride were you on? Hope you are OK.

My ride was good. Averaged 34.9 over the 102kms (by GPS). Feel tired now.
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby Curoch » Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:42 pm

68KM, ironically was doing 68KM down the descent somewhere near Stromlo, where we have that little bridge?

Steep descent, right turn at the bottom of it across a bridge? No sure where - but the Marshals and the First aid guys knew exactly where whenever I said "descent" and "bridge".

Was bleeding out speed for the turn and almost made it when i felt the wheels slip. I was almost stopped I reckon when I smashed into the highway protector metal thingy and went over it.

I knew there was a descent coming up - I had seen the online maps, but I think my Odo was out I wasnt expecting it for another 5 kms. :S

Anyway, wrist is sore, probably hyper extended or something, nothing broken, just scrapes. Bike is probably no longer safe to ride - carbon body has a chunk taken out of it, fork is scraped, front wheel out of true, right shifter snapped clean off, wheel and handlebar at 90 degrees.

So pissed off at myself. Am now out 1000AUD for the bike, and didn't finish the ride and on top of that I was doing really well when it happened.. I was in the 5th wave of riders and had managed to catch up with the front firsts when I went down. That'll teach me to be competitive in a casual ride :S No one to blame but myself. To rub salt in the wound, I called a "mate" of mine after I crashed to see if I could get a ride home. I told him I was in a crash and he said he was "busy". Didn't even ask me if I was ok. Gah.

So yeah. My day sucked. And I needed to rant. * sigh *
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby Robdog » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:35 pm

Curoch wrote:68KM, ironically was doing 68KM down the descent somewhere near Stromlo, where we have that little bridge?

Steep descent, right turn at the bottom of it across a bridge? No sure where - but the Marshals and the First aid guys knew exactly where whenever I said "descent" and "bridge".

Sounds like Uriarra Crossing to me, short nasty climb going back out?
Sorry to hear about the crash, was the road a bit greasy?
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby Curoch » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:49 pm

I couldn't see anything, but I definately felt like I was hydroplaning. I thought it wasn't possible at that speed...

Yup. Short nasty climb. All the guys at the event knew of the location but I never rode it before. Blergh, I am idiot.
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby HAKS » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:14 pm

Damn!!! Glad to hear you are ok. And you mate doesn't sound like much of one!

I spent the whole long weekend deck building. Got a nice battle wound today after a straight line got caught around the drill which then ripped the nail holding it down out and launched it into my arm. Ended up about 1.5cm deep just above my elbow so a visit the the walk in clinic was required tonight to get a tetanus shot. Made for a good photo though :lol:
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Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra Day)

Postby twizzle » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:22 pm

Curoch wrote:I couldn't see anything, but I definately felt like I was hydroplaning. I thought it wasn't possible at that speed...

Yup. Short nasty climb. All the guys at the event knew of the location but I never rode it before. Blergh, I am idiot.

Uriarra has a transition from tarmac to concrete just as you turn right, I've locked the rear a couple of times there in races. Not a forgiving corner, lucky it was only the bike that copped it.

And bikes don't aquaplane until you hit about 170kph. They can certainly slide on wet/oily/bumpy surfaces.
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby HAKS » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:26 pm

PS: What was the turnout like?
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby mrgolf » Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:17 pm

My rear slipped out a couple of inches at the T junction at Uriarra Homestead. Scary moment.

On the 105km there must have been about 60-100. There were heaps on the shorter rides. I didnt log back after the ride because the queue was a few hunge long.

Still stoked with 34.9kmh average for today. I still am a little shocked.
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby Curoch » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:11 am

The total turnout appearenty(sp) was 1300 people over the three rides.

Gotta bring the bike corpse in today to the Bike shop for a postmortem to see what I can salvage.
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby Curoch » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:13 am

HAKS wrote:Damn!!! Glad to hear you are ok. And you mate doesn't sound like much of one!

I spent the whole long weekend deck building. Got a nice battle wound today after a straight line got caught around the drill which then ripped the nail holding it down out and launched it into my arm. Ended up about 1.5cm deep just above my elbow so a visit the the walk in clinic was required tonight to get a tetanus shot. Made for a good photo though :lol:


That would make for a cool scar. I've heard chicks totally dig battle scars :P
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby twizzle » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:22 am

mrgolf wrote:Still stoked with 34.9kmh average for today. I still am a little shocked.


'A' grade beckons... Found that coach yet?
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby Ross » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:09 am

mrgolf wrote:My ride was good. Averaged 34.9 over the 102kms (by GPS). Feel tired now.


I was in front of you at the start (the only time I would ever get to be in front of you on a bike!), was going to say hello but you were having a conversation with your friends and I didn't want to interupt. Your new bike looks good. Looks like the bike shop forgot to put the lead down the seat tube as I suggested!

I was with the second bunch of riders (there were a couple solo of the front and then two bunches) until SFP on the first lap, the short steep bit just before SFP always gets me (especially when I've just dragged the bunch up from Cotter). I then continued solo for the rest of the ride, passing lots of slower riders from the 65km event.

Not sure of my speed or time as I forgot to start my Garmin until Parkes Way! :oops: From there it was 3hr 15mins ride time.
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby mrgolf » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:22 pm

twizzle wrote:
mrgolf wrote:Still stoked with 34.9kmh average for today. I still am a little shocked.


'A' grade beckons... Found that coach yet?


You volunteering? I dont want A Grade... I am thankful there is still a gulf between where I am and where they are in terms of outright speed.

Ross, thats my old bike... :lol: Get my new one in a couple of weeks. Bummer we missed each other again. 3hr15 is pretty sharp, though. Good stuff. You going Bilbies tomorrow?
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Re: Amy's Ride - CBR edition - Mon 14th Mar 2011 (Canberra D

Postby mrgolf » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:04 pm

Actually, forgot to mention an incident that occurred to me on the ride.

The road surface was patchy wet in places throughout the course. I had previously had my rear wheel slide out on me on the Uriarra Homestead T junction. I was on the front descending with the front running pack down Mt McDonald into cotter and making sure I had room to move if I needed to, and to offer myself an out if I hit a wet patch on a turn when I cop a mouthful from some older guy on a Cougar bike from the 80's (not anything wrong with the bike, just the rider). He had an issue with me going slower than he wanted to down the descent and using the lane. At worst I was using 2/3 of the lane, and no more. And I was taking a smooth, yet wide line all the way down. No swerves, no unpredictable movement.

When I caught him at the bottom, I let him know I wasnt going to leave myself nowhere to go for him on a charity ride and that he had the responsibility to give me some room if I was on the front. He should have allowed me some room if he was coming through. He harped on about staying parallel to the roadside and that I could really "learn something" from him if I listened.

He refused to listen and carried on giving me an earful, so I bided my time until the climb out of Cotter and put 500m or so on him. Both times through the Cotter. In the end he gave me credit for the climb, but made some comment about me being a mountain bike rider and having compact cranks. Both were unfounded.

Harkened back to last years Fitz, when I believe the same guy gave another rider a hard time for using more than a 50cm ribbon of the lane to avoid gravel on a corner while he was trying to overtake them.

If you ever see this guy on a ride (tall lanky, but the Cougar 80's frame is a give away) give him a wide berth. If he is in the pack with you, try and get him on the front and leave him there. He is also a notorious wheel sucker.
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