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The first UAF format ride in SA was held on Saturday 21 May.

 

 

Official Entrants, from left to right around the table:

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Graham Stucley

Andrew Kennedy

Richard Scheer

Lloyd Sampson

Andrew Paine

Matt Rawnsley

David Heard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started with 9 entrants, however only 8 started as one rider missed the start because of punctures while riding to the start.

 

With a weather forecast promising rain in early evening, this ride was going to prove a test of discipline in staying at the regulated pace and getting wet (possibly) rather than riding at our individual speeds and getting home before the change.

 

A casual 7am start and the first 15 kilometres on the northern linear bike path along the Torrens. A pretty good surface to ride, although some of the concrete slabs are a bit uneven. The only group of runners we encountered came just after someone remarked how few people were out on the path. We eventually joined Gorge Road and started the gentle climb.

 

The group stayed together to the start of Kangaroo Creek and regrouped at the top. After that a fairly gently ride into Birdwood (45k) for our first planned stop of the day. The new owners at Cafe Blumberg were finding their feet and in a short time we had eaten them out of most of their stock.

 

We had arrived in Birdwood exactly on time (9:15) and departed on time (9:45). Fantastic when evrything goes like clockwork.

 

A short distance into the second leg to Sedan and David had a flat tyre. It was the only flat in the group for the day. While this cost about 15 minutes on the road, we stayed on the set pace, climbing the gradual rise to Cookes Hill, then hanging on down the other side against some cross winds. We regrouped on the flats at the bottom and completed the leg to Sedan, arriving at the pub at 12:15, just 15minutes behind schedule!

 

{Insert a quick add for Coopers Best Extra Stout here!} A few coldies later, and a hearty pub meal for everyone saw us on our way about 1.30pm. 6hr motorcycle trial was running around Sedan, and at different times Solos/sidecars would cross our path and disappear into the hollowed out creek beds in nearby paddocks. 6hrs on a motorbike, sounds too easy!.

 

Andrew Paine was concerned about getting over Sedan Hill, it is never an easy climb at 7-8% steady for 2.5km. He eventually made it to the top, but was pretty well cooked by then. He wanted to pull out, I said no, we still have plenty of time (which was true). Soldiered on to Keyneton at 120k, and the thought of more hills convinced Andrew to pull out there. It was a pity because we had one more decent climb to go, then it was downhill and downwind all the way to a glorious end.

 

Some steep climbing around the back of Menglers, our state president began making sheep noises. Not a good sign. It was a bizarrely warm day for the middle of May with a max around 26 degrees, and thick storm clouds were a brewin'. A few spots of rain, and we abandoned our photo opp at the Menglers lookout and had our afternoon stop in Tanunda 150k.

 

Spent forever thying to find an Iced Coffee (the real one - farmers union) in the local foodland. Matt Rawnsley and myself wasted about 10 minutes on this. We had a long break spread across various deli's etc, and regrouped at 4.45pm to ride back to Adelaide.

 

70km to go, and a max of about 4 hours to do it. It was really pretty easy from there with a moderate tailwind, and we sailed in through picturesque Elizabeth, avoiding the taunts from yahoos and finishing around 7.30pm. Just beat the rain.

 

So 7 of 8 starters completed, Of the 7 finishers, 6 were regular member riders, and one relatively new rider to Audax, but comfortably within the group pace.

 

We will run a 300 at the end of the Audax year. Not one but two pub meals in a day. What could be better than that!

 

Thanks to everyone for participating in the inaugural UAF 200k in SA.

 

Footnote: Andrew Paine, our newest member, has made a full recovery, and we all look forward to a successful completion of his first 200k brevet

 

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This was the second UAF 200 conducted in SA. We only had a small turnout – 4 starters: Andrew Kennedy, Lloyd Sampson, Graham Stucley and myself. A bit disappointing as it seems those who consider themselves quick riders find the UAF format too slow, and the slow riders find it too fast. The aim of the ride is to finish the 200 inside the Audax limit of 13 hours 20, but not significantly inside. The plan was to have a riding average of 22.5 kmh with substantial stops, and complete in 11h 45. A 7 am start at the 24hr bakery on O’Connell and finish almost 12 hours later at the same spot.

 

The day started well with a hot coffee at the bakery and nice bun. We left on 7 but the Garmin decided that it couldn’t find me, even though I knew where I was. We had a few roadside stops to let it search but it only came good an hour later on top of O’Halloran Hill.

 

We had a very comfortable run down Marion Road to the Veloway. I needed Graham’s help to navigate what is left of the Veloway around the Southern Expressway duplication before emerging at the other end on the rail trail into McLaren Vale. Always a highlight whether you’re only riding to McLaren Vale or it’s the start of a long day.

 

Coffee break at Koffee’n’Snax, taking our allotted 45 minutes. Thought we would be sitting around doing nothing waiting for the clock, but the time went very quickly. Mount the bikes, and Graham has puncture #1 at the coffee shop. 15 minutes spent repairing then back onto the rail trail for the last 6ks to Willunga.

 

Rather than watch the fast guys disappear up the hill, we had a time trial in reverse up Willunga Hill. I predicted a time for myself, Andrew had 6 minutes head start and Graham & Lloyd were to start 5 minutes behind me. This great idea had us all finish together at the top. Unfortunately as Andrew departed Willunga for the climb up old Willunga Hill, Graham had flat #2. While he and Lloyd attended, I ducked into the bakery for an iced coffee. I left Willunga at 6 minutes, the others followed. I stuck with my tempo, finished the climb in 18 minutes. Graham and Andrew sailed past me halfway up and I never saw Andrew. When we regrouped at the top we were about 30 minutes behind plan, but since the plan had 1.5 hours to spare then no problem to still keep rolling at 22.5.

 

The unplanned stops for tyres meant we could speed up on the gentle grades to Myponga via Pages Flat Road and Yankalilla. Crazy drivers into Myponga and I am left wondering about escape plans when Hyundai drivers run out of talent. Smell of brakes burning from the milk truck overtaking on a hill only to (nearly) run over another car sitting in the middle of the road following Graham and Lloyd.

 

Arrived at Normanville about 12pm (=91km in 5 hours). Hotel was almost empty save the three outside tables in the sun. Pity but we found a spot inside. In answer to the question “how long is lunch break on a UAF ride” I reply “1 bottle of red”. It is that sort of day – take it easy. In the end no red, just a pint of beer. Lloyd has his first Stout for the day and the others rehydrate as necessary. Independently all of us selected the King George Whiting off the menu – an inspired choice – the best fish I have had for a long while, fresh from KI. Enough room left for a pint of beer and some almond ice cream. 1 hour 15 passed fairly quickly and we departed about 1.30pm.

 

Carrickalinga Hill waits. Ten+ percent but stop for some photos halfway up. Lloyd missed the turn in to the lookout and kept going find a kitchen seat under a tree until we arrived. Across the spectacular Myponga reservoir wall and a quick rest at the lookout above it. Superb views over valley behind Myponga, the Southern Vales and also Mount Lofty some 60km to the North. This is the longest leg of the day, 58km from Normanville to Meadows. Once we hit South Road, we group together with the hills mostly behind us and finish off at Meadows, 149km. It is just after 4pm. Drinks at the Mini-Mart then cross the road to the Hotel for water and the important pint of stout. The idea of a 200k pub crawl was discussed.

 

The return leg had a few diversions to make up the distance to 200k. We had just under 4 hours to do the last 50k so no doubts about finishing in time, or that we would be finishing after sunset. After a nice run out towards Jupiter Creek we rolled up Aldgate Valley drive. Not quite dark yet, but fading light about 6pm. We were past by, then followed an ambulance around Piccadilly Valley that was looking slightly lost, then past the botanic gardens before the 1km dirt climb up the back of Greenhill Road. It was dark now, and even with only four sets of lights, quite neat seeing a trail of white lights behind on the hairpins through the trees and dust.

 

Finally the run down Greenhill Road, spectacular after a very pink sky sunset and Adelaides lights sparkling. Slowed to a stop in a few spaces to admire and to think “how lucky are we to be doing this?” Lloyd’s lights weren’t quite as strong as the others and while I tried to keep him a respectful distance behind he eventually dropped back and took it easy through the darker sections. An easy run down Kensington Road with stops at every red light and we arrived back at North Adelaide at 7.10pm, finishing just over 12 hours.

 

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Pie floaters for nearly all (three of us) and a perfect day is over. Weather was ideal, mid-high twenties, breeze was light and generally helpful, and at the end of it all I could only think – what does it matter if only four of us do this, I think we’ll go around again next year!

 

In the end we averaged rolling 22.5kmh for the day. The 25 minutes we finished behind the target matched exactly what we lost through the two punctures.

 

The cue/pace sheet for this ride can be found here.

 

We have a UAF300 next month. This targets completion in 18 hours (of maximum available 20) or 7am start and 1am finish. There won’t be as many hills north to Clare, but we will take some in on the return into Adelaide. Lunch at Clare, dinner in Tanunda. And the snake has a sting in the tail…

 

 

RICHARD SCHEER

 

 

 

MOUNT LOFTY CHALLENGE 200/300 18-5-13

13 starters at 6.30am on a cold clear morning for a 200 or 300k brevet through the Adelaide Hills with the penultimate controle 

at the Mount Lofty Summit (185 or 285km).

200km: Scott McCann; Andrew Kennedy; Peter Schulz; William Griggs; John Chappell; David Fairweather; Michael Schell; Graham
Stucley; Oliver Portway

300km: Matt Rawnsley; Richard Scheer; Ben Del Fabbro; Ray Cockram

 

Various minimum temperatures were reported by riders at Hahndorf on the outward journey, the lowest 0.9 degrees. By the

time I reached MurrayBridge about 10am, the layers were starting to be removed, and the afternoon sun was perfect. This ride

again attracted ideal May weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First food break and controle is McCues bakery in MurrayBridge, a great spot for communal break, wide choice of food and

plenty of tables. And important for audaxer's, other facilities on premises! All riders on tour gathered here, except Scott who

left the start at 6.50 and completed the day with a similar deficit to the other 200’s as he had started the day.

From MurrayBridge the 200's split for Palmer Hill, most leaving McCues together. Andrew rode with the pack after MurrayBridge

but knowing he wouldn't stay with them once the climbing began dropped off the back and arrived into Palmer relaxed for a

short stop to consume some fruit he was carrying. He took it equally easy up Palmer hill and through Tungkillo, arriving in

Birdwood at 1:30pm, just as most of the others were leaving.

Andrew enjoyed a hot soup for late lunch and answered the questions of some older tourists about how modern pedals work

(they were not aware of cleats etc). On leaving Birdwood I got a fleeting look at Scott McCann arriving, perhaps the only known

sighting of Scott for the day.

Andrew is a strong determined rider, but after Birdwood continued to take it easy up the climbs to Bridgewater, Crafers and Mt

Lofty then a good run down Greenhill to finish at 5:17pm. All the remaining 200’s had finished about an hour before, and Scott

was a further 30 minutes behind. But all well inside the time limit.

Andrew’s comment after the ride: “The earlier start (6.30am instead of 7) and slower pace meant I could enjoy the day and eat

well so I achieved my objectives. It was also good to see another Baum rider and I hope I didn't put him off by not being very

talkative as we rode along side by side in the group. Perhaps I have gotten too used to riding alone and letting the mind drift as

the miles pass - it is almost meditation.”

 

Meanwhile, from Murray Bridge the 300's crossed the River to Walker Flat before eventually climbing Palmer Hill also.  Leaving

Walker Flat (155k) the road then followed underneath the one mean looking black cloud in view, and a small rain shower

followed - more cold than wet though.

While we rode along Ray was telling us how someone had pointed out that his frame was twisted, but he didn’t know why. A

seemingly innocuous story or a premonition of things to come. We had an impromptu lunch break in Mannum 188km. Cheese,

Chocolate, Iced Coffee. Fuel to go...

Approaching Palmer Hill 10k down the road, and Ray Cockram was talking of abandoning, having forced too quick a pace earlier

in the ride, the mind overriding the body (or perhaps the other way around). I tried various bribes of encouragement, but no

takers. My argument was get over the hill and into Mt Pleasant then make a decision.

Ray was in our rear mirror as we were approaching the summit of Palmer Hill, and I thought this was encouraging that he had

found his own pace, and holding steady rather than dropping back. Unfortunately as soon as we disappeared out of view then

things went pear shaped big time, a moment of fatigue driven inattention saw Ray hit a rock on the edge of the black stuff.

The result of this saw 130 psi of air escape - no big deal.  However the consequence of clipping said rock also caused the already

twisted frame to crack at the junction of the chain stay and bottom bracket. So he spent four hours at the summit awaiting

rescue, using a small lighter from his toolkit to start a comfort fire, then finished the last piece of fruit cake. Meanwhile Ben

and I were surprised Ray didn’t show in Mt Pleasant and figured he had short cut the town to take the direct way home.

It was cold coming out of Mt Pleasant Hotel (Stout #1) 216km, preparing for riding into darkness. Spectacular sunset and even

more spectacular cloud forms over the Murray Plains to the East. Thankfully it warmed up a little, so it seemed. A quick hello

from John Del Fabbro through Birdwood and we continued on our way.

Everyone in the Nairne Miller Arms Hotel 260km welcomed us, however Ben and I were the only ones there so it was easy to

deal with the crowd. Stout #2 and now the psychological part of the ride begins - the climbs of Germantown Hill, Old Mt

Barker Road and Crafers-Mt Lofty.  Took it fairly easy, traffic was good.

Summit restaurant 285km still open 9pm. Collected the somewhat inappropriate Tassie Devil stamp (I see nearly everyone got

one), and had a nice chat with policeman there, who knew of Audax riding, commented on our lights, and generally supportive

of what we were doing (Fortunately he didn't "see" Stout #3, but it was pretty chilly up there).

We had an uneventful but cold run down Greenhill Road, no cars passing on the downtrack (yahoo) and as always the best

night time descent view of the city. (Mental note, the GT series ride might need a slightly delayed start to get most visitors

down here after dark for the same experience).

Finished at BP Stepney 9.53 with Ben in tow 302km. Picked up three ks against the Ride with GPS map between Summit and

finish! Guys behind the counter always happy to see us through final controle, having already processed the 10 finishers ahead

of us.  Then pizza and bed - was looking forward to Giro alas coverage began too late for me!

A challenging course and distance at any time of year, but in May it is the cold that can get you. It is important to have enough

warm gear that is light enough to carry when it is not required.

Congratulations to all finishers, Cold Start, Great Day, Cold finish, even for all 200 riders I suspect. Special thanks to the first
time Audax starters who came along.

And if you’re reading this and wishing you’d done it, the ride will be back again May 2014!

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