SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby black4tress » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:30 pm

Does anyone know if the Olympic Park Bunch ride is on tomorrow morning - need to lose some of the christmas pudding hanging off the side of me ?

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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby Sydguy » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:51 pm

Can't see why not. I plan on being there.

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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby black4tress » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:12 pm

Thanks Sydguy. Cya out there.
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby sb944 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:30 pm

I have no club, no bunch ride experience, but want to get started soon, do I just show up or would I have to organise some things first?
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby Cossie Phil » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:02 pm

The LACC are a welcoming bunch, they say on their website that all are welcome to the SOP training rides. If you dont have any experience, just turn up by 6am at the SOP railway station and jump on with group 5 or 6 to get the hang of the calls and signals. Once your comfortable, move up to the next group.

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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby black4tress » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:19 am

First week of new years and there were 150+ riders out there.
Yeah just turn up. As recommended, group 5 and 6 first as it can get hairy from group 4 onwards. Some bad apples in 4s this morning complaining about gaps and slower riders.
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby sb944 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:49 am

Great! I stayed up too late last night to be bothered with a 5am start this morning, but I hope to check this out next week.
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby Sydguy » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:55 pm

Jump on a slower group and let them know you are new. They will then signal turns and ensure calls are made.

Otherwise enjoy!

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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby Cossie Phil » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:46 pm

black4tress wrote:First week of new years and there were 150+ riders out there.
Yeah just turn up. As recommended, group 5 and 6 first as it can get hairy from group 4 onwards. Some bad apples in 4s this morning complaining about gaps and slower riders.


It was great to be back out there!! The bad apples should have moved up to group 3!!!...it was fast paced from the outset, they would have been working to hard to complain!!...I broke into the 6min/5k bracket this morning with a new PR...set a new PR for the Aquatic Centre sprint then got dropped on lap 4 after feeling myself blowing up on the Aust Ave down hill...I had a blast!!! See you guys there next Tuesday!!
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby sb944 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:18 am

Did my first ride this morning in bunch 6, the only guy sporting a commuting bag if I needed to announce any louder that I'm a noob. There were a couple of little situations that suddenly popped up, and my cornering is horrible, but I enjoyed it, I'll try to get back there next week.
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby black4tress » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:30 pm

Good work. There's always a few with backpacks etc (me included sometimes) so you're not totally alone there.
Group 3 was great. Although cracking on the 2nd last corner of the final lap is not.
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby goneriding » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:47 pm

I was in G3 this morning. It didn't feel like it was very fast but the Garmin said 40.5 kph avg which is quicker than normal. I think it was the good paceline (i.e. very few gaps) that did the trick.

I also PB'd the Aquatic Centre hill this morning!
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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby Sydguy » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:00 pm

You can leave your backpack/commuting bag at the little cafe near the start line - you should see a little bunch of bags left there. This is also mentioned on the Park Bikes website, the bike shop near the start point.

I agree anyone talking in the groups other than to point out hazards should move up to the next group. People try to turn it into a race, these are often the people who don't actually race.

Laps are fantastic to get you better on the corners, follow the wheel in front of you, often the riders in the 'slow' group are very experienced. Plenty to learn from them. Once you nail the corners and rolling over at the front without speeding up, then you just have to get faster!

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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby black4tress » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:21 am

With Aust Ave closed last Thursday for the Easter Show there were still plenty of riders out there.

If anyone has done the ride this morning can you report back on the numbers. Hoping to get out for the Thursday bunch ride so making sure it's still on ?

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Re: SOP Bunch ride on - Thursday ?

Postby sb944 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:55 am

If you subscribe to the newsletter, it comes out weekly on a Wednesday night, and usually confirms the same training days, no mention of downtime in last weeks, but might be worth subsribing now to see if tomorrows mentions anything about Thursday.
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