2019-03-16 at 11:38 am #51510
Checking interest in a Mornington ride this Sunday (~120km).
Weather looks good (15-27), ideal for a bunch ride to Mornington/Blackbird and return.
0630 start from Ashy station due distance/duration.
Please respond here. Thanks R2019-03-16 at 1:08 pm #51512
I’ll be in that – been quite a while since I’ve been to Mornington.
See you at the ducks.
Elaine2019-03-16 at 4:39 pm #51513
Count me in – could we also stop at the Royal Hotel in Mornington for a few pints of Guinness !!!!
2019-03-16 at 5:43 pm #51516
for sure to be sure
Looks like we have a quorum of sorts. Will travel down with the Mordi group (if there are anyone) then head on into the blue… or rather green R
2019-03-16 at 6:58 pm #51520
- This reply was modified 3 days ago by Russell Ives.
Will join you to Mordi and will continue on if Dom behaves himself
0072019-03-16 at 7:07 pm #51521
Hey Rusty I was going to post ‘Bond Rd’ but since you mentioned the Blackbird in Mornington I am with you.
Hmm.. Toasted Ham & Tomato Sandwiches!
BT2019-03-16 at 8:13 pm #51526
My American collegue Jae and I will join you to Mordi, Jae is returning to Trump world next week so this is his good bye to Melb ride. Ken2019-03-16 at 9:16 pm #51527
Rusty , will be joining you also , however will turn back after Oliver’s Hill.
Neal2019-03-16 at 9:24 pm #51528
Angeline and I will join you from the ducks (will that be 635am or thereabouts?). See you tomorrow.
Cheers, Angeline and Warren2019-03-16 at 10:08 pm #51529
I will be at dux, 6:34. May have company
Will turn at mordi.
Need to get st pats day off and running early.
Tku for posting
Ray…2019-03-16 at 11:10 pm #51530
I’ll join but will see how the time goes for how far I go. Need to get back for a lunch.2019-03-17 at 12:22 pm #51531
Thanks for the organised group ride.
Safety briefing at the start, was very apt and timely.
Great weather – made sure 007 made it back
Good to see Rob back in the saddle
Cheers2019-03-17 at 12:34 pm #51532
Great ride, sorry had to bail and take the short cut home with Dom as my Chaperone!
0072019-03-17 at 1:29 pm #51533
Thanks all for a classic Mornington bunch ride – outstanding Melbourne autumn morning.
Thanks also for your patience and attention at the safety briefing! With a group of 18 or so of mixed experience and abilities it was well worth it and paid off with safe riding through to Mordi and beyond. Rolling over a single rider every couple of minutes ‘speed dating’ worked well. Well done everyone. Couple of supplementary comments at the end. (btw if you are the ride poster/leader don’t be shy about having a safety briefing – esp if it’s a large mixed experience group)
Russel (well done on getting home!), Dom (thanks for looking after 007), Warren, Angeline (congrats on your first 100k!), Rob, Andrew, Elaine (hope the chain break was sorted), Brian and I went all the way through to Mornington for classic Irish breakfast of HC&T toastie (?). Went very well with Dom’s sprinkle of shamrock.
My stats were 121.74km and around about 4hr:20m riding time, just shy of 6 hours elapsed with Mornington and Tailored coffee stops, back a bit after 12.
Overall it was a really enjoyable and safe ride today.
Couple of observations, tips for safer riding (we want everyone to get home in one piece!).
– When passing other riders or groups, firstly call ‘passing’, then as we pass hold our line, stay right until our bunch is past. Cutting across to the left to quickly 1) may cut off the rider 2) squeeze the rider into our bunch.
– When there is a call a ‘single up’ that means move into single file (obvious but didn’t happen today when called today pre Mordi). The rider on the right falls in behind the rider on the left.
– When we come across groups that are about the same pace whoever is on the front needs to determine whether we are going to sit behind (if so the leave some space as with other groups you never know what their road discipline is like), or if we are going to pass. If we are going pass 1) we need to be able to get our entire bunch past – think of fitness/speed etc, 2) call ‘passing’, 3) check the space, call and move to single file if there is not enough space for 2 lines, 4) pass the group quickly (without thrashing everybody), staying right until our bunch is past, then get back into formation.
– ‘the pinch’ at Mentone (https://www.google.com/maps/@-37.9867639,145.0553368,325m/data=!3m1!1e3) moves from dual lane to single going up a slight rise. Standard procedure is switch to single file here. This was further complicated today as we opted to pass a rider at the same time – probably not a wise choice in hindsight. If you are on the front you are the eyes of our bunch. Think about the road conditions, think about our bunch behind you, either slow down and wait until after the pinch, or smoothly and quickly pass to get the whole bunch past and into single file.
Great job out there today, great ride and everyone got home safely!
Thanks R2019-03-17 at 3:17 pm #51537
Thanks Rusty, an excellent summation of today’s ride.
There are a couple of things mentioned that I know I need to brush up on. Will take on board.
I have just one thing to mention (not on safety) When doing Track turns for say 30 seconds each, some riders have no idea how long 30 seconds is. It can range up to 5 minutes in front!..We all have Garmins on our bikes just look at it when going to the front.
Otherwise, it was a great group ride…BT
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