There was a great turnout for the SKCC Queen’s Birthday Social ride on Monday, with many new members in attendance.  The SKCC girls were out in force too, setting the pace on the way down to Frankston.  Requests for a loo stop at Mordialloc were met with the sort of contempt that was common when asking the same question as a child … You should have gone before we left!  It seems that Rule #5 was invoked in this instance?

Lizzy Georgeson was the ever dutiful ride leader, turning at the Frankston BP and leading a shorter, relaxed ride back to St Kilda at a moderate pace.  Hollywood, sporting his pink socks (available online from Victoria’s Secret), drove the pace through the Mt Eliza Pyrenees for those members up for a harder, longer ride.  The long ride returned back to St Kilda by approximately 11:15am, with the sprinters giving it a lash on the run in to the BP at Elwood.  Results from the sprint finish were inconclusive.

The Great Provider just managed to cope with the coffee and food requirements of all riders, with the pancakes clearly the winner on the day.  As always, the post-ride café stop turned into a chat fest for many folks who hadn’t caught up for a long time, while providing new members an opportunity to meet and greet their fellow SKCC members.
robert_croweWhat do you get when you take 20-25 SKCC club members on a solid Ridewiser winter road course on a perfectly sunny winter day over 2 laps of Arthur's Seat CAT 1? Well 'WOW' doesn't really cover it! There wasn't much change left over from the fully carbo-loaded, D-Grade trained road-rider engines by midday, Saturday June 2nd.

The bunch made it together over Two Bays, along Derril 'Horsepower' Rd to Bentons Rd, and up Tubbarubba CAT 1 through to Red Hill before breaking into 4 groups of 5. The popular 'back-way' route put out some smiles along Arthur's Seat ridge road before meeting on the summit for a descending & climbing 'smarts' talk with Rob Crowe SKCC ClubPRO ride leader. With Matt 'Mental Man' Mentlikowski and Sam 'SRAM' Watson doing great work as support instructors for the day, the Ridewiser team had skills, drills, photos and escort climbing roles covered.

A social coffee re-group in Dromana and then, with all the gusto and passion that normally comes in a D Grade version ride at SKCC, the group made like a 2 x 2 pack and headed back via Mornington to knock over the 92km Ridewiser Two Arthur's road course at an average over 26kph.

Check out the pictures on facebook here.

Last running of 2012 Arthur's Seat rides will be the E Grade / Women's version now scheduled for June 16th - get on it!

ClubPRO Rob Crowe