Non Fixie Imperial Century day trip 21st August

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Eleri
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Postby Eleri » 20 Aug 2011, 07:13

Anthony K wrote:Alas I have to bail out of this. Gutted I am !!!

:cry:

Weather still uncertain for tomorrow but prognosis looking slightly less dismal for Sydney and Wollongong. We'll make the call at 5am Sunday morning and post here either way.

If we do go, it will be cool but we'll still need to hydrate. I'm taking:
- 2 water bottles (bidons), 1 with water 1 with sports drink
- a small collection of muesli bars and fruit straps an a gel
- money for morning tea, lunch and stuff
- my camera (Stuart see - I do listen to you)
- 2 spare tubes, patch kit and mini-tools, pump
- rain jacket

Don't forget - start is at 6AM and will be at the new meeting place, Marrickville Road Cafe.

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JoTheBuilder
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Postby JoTheBuilder » 20 Aug 2011, 10:34

Thanks Eleri, see you all then...

Money also for the potential train ticket.

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Stuart
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Postby Stuart » 20 Aug 2011, 13:31

We have a small problem - trackwork on the south coast line this weekend with buses replacing trains between Nowra and Wollongong.
Bulky items
Space is sometimes limited aboard train replacement bus services. Be aware that bicycles, surfboards, luggage trolleys and other large items are carried at the driver's discretion - you may have to wait for a bus with space available.

http://www.cityrail.info/service_update ... outh_coast

I'll be bailing at the 'gong as planned :)

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Postby michele » 20 Aug 2011, 13:37

Hi Non Fixie Imperialists. Time poor tomorrow so won't be joining. Enjoy the epic

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Postby skyer » 20 Aug 2011, 16:08

I came and rode a fortnight ago with you guys... thought i'd come for the imperial tomorrow too --- so count me in (C25+?)
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Postby mikesbytes » 20 Aug 2011, 16:48

See you tomorrow Skye.

The track repairs aren't of concern to us.

Past Wollongong on the way out, there is only one significant hill.

I'll have some carrying capacity, so you want to take an extra jacket but can't carry it, then I can.
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Postby Eleri » 21 Aug 2011, 05:00

Weather looks OK. See you at 6am

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Postby geoffs » 21 Aug 2011, 05:13

Cu there @6
I'll be bailing at the gong with stuart

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Postby mikesbytes » 21 Aug 2011, 16:14

Mission accomplished, we are on the train. Eta to arrive at German club 5.10pm come and join us for beer and strudel. And to celebrate Jo's win.

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Postby Eleri » 21 Aug 2011, 19:23

We had a great ride now nicely finished off with a beer at the Concordia Club. Sadly the band was not playing :( but a nice lady was delighted to see that I had pockets in the back of my shirt and how handy is that?!!

Our ride started at the cafe at 6am and we found a few extras were tagging along for part of the way - 12 in all. Some people we expected didn't appear (Hales, Richard) but we set of shortly after 6 and caught up with Mark L and Amy at the end of Bestic Street into the expected southeasterly head wind. This seemed scary to me as Mark and Amy appeared to be on the front of our bunch. Fortunately Geoff got a mechanical and we got dropped immediately.

At Waterfall we set good bye to Pete T who headed back to Marrickville and we got ready for the descent into the park with a few RNP first timers and a wet road, we took it gently. At Stanwell Tops we regrouped. When I arrived (after a wait for a flat to be fixed) and despite a cold wind we discovered Adam had already eaten an icecream. As you would. At that point, Pat and Will turned back to Marrickville.

Breakfast at Austinmer and Mark and Amy were patiently waiting for us in the cafe. Given we had no real cafe plan, it was excellent that we met up for a really good breakfast. We went through to Wollongong where Mike flatted. Stuart, Geoff and Jo the Builder headed off to the train and 6 of us continued on determined to do the full ride. By then there was Mike, me, Camilla, Adam, Andrew and Skye.

Still no rain and pretty much ideal conditions as we headed off to Jamberoo and suddenly there were cows everywhere and Camilla had to take a picture because that's what you do when you see cows. We headed up the climb to Jamberoo and found ourselves at the pub. It was a pretty rowdy affair near where we were seated in the garden, right near what looked like Johnny Warren's grave or memorial in the garden. 2 football clubs, one a fine example of how to run a family event and the other out on a mission to get terribly drunk and create havoc. The bad boys, from Bowral, were just nasty and got chucked out so the let the hose loose into the dining area. Nice.

Our coldest part of the day was sitting in this beer garden I think. Soon we were on our way and back through more bucolic countryside until we crossed the highway and found ourselves first in Stepford Wives country before traversing the best of industrial Australia in Port Kembla and back to Wollongong just in time to run onto the train (literally). Mike amused us with some stretching, we ate interesting new energy things that Skye had. Wolli Creek and off to the Concordia Club.

Top marks to Adam and Andrew, neither of whom had done the distance before and who rode strongly all day.

There are pix to come ... I hope.

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 21 Aug 2011, 22:11

Just before I bailed at the Gong... But a great day out! Thanks for organising Eleri and Mike!

I felt I deserved an afternoon nap but I ended up sleeping for 4 hours...!

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Postby andrewb » 21 Aug 2011, 22:15

Thanks & congratulations to all today's Imperial Century-ists for a fabulous day in great company. And to those who joined us for some of the way.

Big respect for the expert navigation & bunch wrangling by Eleri & Mike.

and to top it off the barman at the Concordia club could recommend exactly what beer to have after riding a century.

I had a great day (but I need a lie down now).
Andrew

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Postby Richard » 22 Aug 2011, 11:59

Eleri

Completely forgot. Turned up for Waterfall yesterday and Michelle said "Aren't you meant to be on the Adventure ride??"
Oops - sorry. Would have been much more fun than a day painting the house.

Hope the wind and weather was kind for you all.

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Postby PatW » 22 Aug 2011, 13:24

A great ride, in fine company indeed. A quick thank you, Eleri & Mike for organising the ride, assistance with mechanicals, and Mike for suggesting the abridged return route from Stanwell Tops via the Old H'way rather than the return climb back out through RNP. As it was the 120k door-to-door, a hearty feed and a couple of pinots was enough to induce a very solid 8-hour coma. Cheers.

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Postby Stuart » 22 Aug 2011, 13:24

had a fun ride too and admire those who can keep up the peddling for 160k's. Thanks to Eleri & Mike for the organising and to Camilla for the fine breakfast cafe knowledge. I was glad to be on the train at the 'gong, although I did stuff up the timetable so we waited till 11:50 for the train - only 20 mins out. (oh & Jo the builder I owe you $10 - get it off Jo at RAW this week).

Here's some more pics, possibly showing that the iPhone4 camera is better than a Blackberry Bold 9700 camera.

we were waiting for those who were helping with Pat's flat - perfectly compose to show the seabridge .. kinda
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Breakfast 1
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Breakfast 2
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Postby Trouty » 22 Aug 2011, 14:41

Stuart wrote: (oh & Jo the builder I owe you $10 - get it off Jo at RAW this week)


Well Stu, you better pay me the $10 bucks first, not sure I can trust you to pay it back to me?

Jo the builder: Never trust a man wearing a DHBC jersey they say!!

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 22 Aug 2011, 15:10

Haha. The alternative was to leave Stuart on the platform until the rest of the group came along at 5pm. :lol:

And it was only $7.80.

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Postby andrewb » 22 Aug 2011, 16:39

JoSwans wrote:Haha. The alternative was to leave Stuart on the platform until the rest of the group came along at 5pm. :lol:

And it was only $7.80.



Wouldn't have been that bad -ended up being circa 4pm, and (cough) somewhat less than $7.80
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Postby mikesbytes » 24 Aug 2011, 11:25

Have to say the ride was a stunning success. I was concerned about my core fitness and to be honest I couldn't of done it the previous week, but it held up.

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Breakie

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One rider is no longer a velodrome virgin

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Victory lap

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Camilla returns to the hill that is never to be spoken of (2009)

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Postby Eleri » 24 Aug 2011, 20:02

Have to say the ride was a stunning success. I was concerned about my core fitness and to be honest I couldn't of done it the previous week, but it held up.


Mike, you looked pretty good on the bike. I know it hurts but it didn't look like you were hurting. It was a good ride.


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