Eastern suburbs group training rides: Maling Room Ride (MRR)

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Re: Eastern suburbs group training rides: Maling Room Ride (MRR)

Postby sdotjames » Thu 25 Feb 2016, 10:12 pm

Hey folks, the Hawthorn Roller Champs are on March 6 at the Glenferrie Festival.
If you remember Sunday morning World of Sport, Ballantyne's chocs, white shoes and slacks, and headbands (not in the same outfit) then you may want to head down to cheer on the crazies on the rollers, raising money for Hawthorn Community Chest. You can have a crack on the rollers too, if you're game.

Check out this trip down memory lane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ek-_Y05VCg

This is the link to the Hawthorn Roller Champs FB page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q= ... mpionships
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Re: Eastern suburbs group training rides: Maling Room Ride (MRR)

Postby AngMac » Fri 26 Feb 2016, 3:16 pm

Hey Marcus. Thanks for posting link for MOSH kit. I've ordered mine now. I just got it shipped to my address as it was free anyway given the size of the order - hope that is okay. I got one of each jersey, gilet, arm and knee warmers (just in case there are any discounts given the size of the order you get). Hope the men's sizing isn't too odd on a small woman like my good self. We'll see. Will see you tomorrow at start of MOSH -only part way though as have repeats to do on the Crescent. :o
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Postby HarryHills » Fri 04 Mar 2016, 9:45 am

Perfect morning to ride, many others thought so too! Bowie did some sort of short warm up before Belmore, my legs were dead after 3 hard sets of tennis last night,we got half way up and he pulled up next to me "that's all I got" I informed him. Clearly he didn't believe me and spun away maniacly laughing..... Fontina however I found my timing of the lights was impeccable....
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Postby .d. » Fri 04 Mar 2016, 6:49 pm

Riding along Doncaster road this morning next to Fraggle he remarked to me that there had been a dearth for a quite a while of lengthy, tedious, boring, overly wordy what-a-waste-of-time-spent-reading-that-I'll-never-get-that-part-of-my-life-back-again posts to this thread, and wasn't it time I stepped up and filled that void, a comment which made me metaphorically (but fortuitously not actually) stop and reflect on the time it is since I last did the MRR (well, actually it was two days ago, but before then it was...well, it was the day before then, but I didn't quite get to the start because at the tunnel on the bike path under Canterbury Road at Avenue Athol I found an MRR rider down, and after resuscitating him escorted him home rather than doing the ride...) but before then it had been quite some months since I had voyaged around the MRR route and therefore a long time between posts; a time in which I have rediscovered capital letters, or more correctly given the preponderance of iOS devices in my life have become sick and tired of correcting their auto correction of lower case sentence commencement, and a time spent concentrating on my daily commute at the expense of hills, group etiquette and flat tyres, an occurrence of which I experienced on the Wednesday MRR ride, at which Markhor commented that it seems that flat tyres and I go hand in hand, which appears to emanate from a Dandenongs ride with the Sunday Rides bunch a couple of years ago where I had a flat going up 1:20, and then inexplicably another in the same location going down the same hill, but since then despite that reputation I haven't had too many on the MRR; however the commute isn't as fecund a source for writing as the MRR, so having opportunity to ride the MRR a few times over the next month perhaps I will try take up Fraggle's suggestion and write something next time I ride.
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Postby Bobm » Sun 06 Mar 2016, 4:19 pm

Team FlexorCranks kit order


Hi Roshea,

About time for a new run on the good old stuff? Mines looking a little tired.

Cheers,
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Postby Ness » Mon 07 Mar 2016, 9:25 am

Well it seems the road to recovery has begun and an MRR was enjoyed this morning.

I left a little early and passed a waiting rider at the top of Canterbury Hill and did see some blinking red lights ahead until Springy 1. Then the slowness of pace was apparent and no riders sighted until two (including the one waiting on Canterbury Rd) passed me at Balwyn and Whitehorse.

Kelvin was waiting at the MR.

Coffee was brilliantly good.

Teena turned up before we finished and I was able to have a second coffee.

It was great to be able to congratulate Kelvin on his work award for 2015 in person.

Enjoy the day and your riding

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Re: Eastern suburbs group training rides: Maling Room Ride (MRR)

Postby Kaz » Tue 08 Mar 2016, 9:49 am

After a few weeks off the bike I was somewhat concerned about MRRing this morning.
My legs are weary and didn't think riding was a good idea, but I am afraid that if I miss to many weeks I wont get back out there.
So I dragged myself out, and had a lovely time :D :D :D :D .
Legs were spinning away nicely, and I did remember how to do it.

Boyd the superstar even bought me out my coffee before I got around to ordering it, which made me feel special.
Only ruined by having to head off to work.

I will try REALLY hard to get out again next week.

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Postby killinit » Tue 08 Mar 2016, 10:08 am

Hi all,

To help unravel the 6:10am mystery, I took a detour today and had a quick chat with the salvo riders. They seem like a reasonable bunch of guys. It seems they go about 30kph av and have taken to leaving just in front of the mice at the service station just after the Whitehorse rd. right hand turn at about 6:10am.

We chatted about the situation and agreed that as they are faster than the mice pace (I don't think they realised it was a set pace of 26kph-28kph av), they will try and leave a few minutes earlier from the spot so the groups don’t collide, something that has been happening a bit lately as they get up to speed.

I think it a good idea that if the salvo group is a bit close after the Whitehorse turn, those on the front of the mice ease off a bit and let them go, I believe this will prevent the mice collide and make things a bit smoother and safer for everyone.

Apologies if I've stepped on any toes here but I've been in some very messy rides when the 2 groups have come together in the past couple of months and just thought it was a good idea bring up the subject.

Anyway, Nice Mice ride today with Mikey and Nick on the front doing setting an even mice pace. Enjoying testing high cadence, managed to hold a 94 av up the Belmore KOM so was happy with that. Good to stop and chat at the cafe with a large group. Thanks for the ride all.

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Postby roshea » Tue 08 Mar 2016, 11:38 am

Bobm wrote:Team FlexorCranks kit order


Hi Roshea,

About time for a new run on the good old stuff? Mines looking a little tired.

Are there any / many other folks interested in ordering more of the current design?
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Postby Kaz » Tue 08 Mar 2016, 12:45 pm

I would rather something fresh and sassy.
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Postby .d. » Tue 08 Mar 2016, 6:43 pm

The ride started at AA this morning with three of us, but quickly grew so that by Whitehorse Road we were ten. The trouble was that with so few at the start, on a muggy morning this mug found himself as one of the leaders. Back in the good ‘ole days that would have been fine, but at the moment when I am restarting my MRR career, that fine-tuned innate sense of MRR pace is missing- as a result I kept worrying that I was going too fast…no, too slow…no,…

Luckily Mikeya and another rider (Nick?) took control at the turn into Middleborough Road and I was able to relax behind Mikeya and be towed around for the rest of the ride. And a fantastic pace it was too! Both of them kept us going along at a good speed, but one which allowed the group to keep together, so that no regroup was required at Westfield, and only a small one the top of Belmore.

Wheelpower found the pace so wonderful that she found herself needing to let the leaders know that along Doncaster Road. Amusingly the speed was such that her voice didn’t carry all the way to the front and so the leaders just heard something like “…the pace…pace…” and slowed down immediately, albeit with a bit of a groan which conveyed beautifully the unstated question of why someone would be questioning our speed. Quickly we all shouted out “she is saying the pace is perfect!” and with that the beauty of the kinetics resumed.

And so the overwhelming impression of the ride this morning is of a seemingly effortless roll over hill and through valley, a great run of green lights along Doncaster Road allowing us to keep a consistent momentum, the other traffic behaving itself, and the bus lane refreshingly free of the vehicles for which it is intended.

I found myself at the front at the turn into Belmore but soon the natural hegemony reasserted itself with the speedsters (ie, just about everyone else on the ride) quickly overtaking me, although I was pleased that I didn’t simply give up like I usually do on this hill, and kept plugging away. Perhaps a good sign for the future?

My favourite uphill (the stretch from the Belmore KOV to Balwyn Road soon appeared, and another lovely high speed high gear ascent, for once rewarded by a green light at the top.

Another first for me: I managed to climb Fintona without being overtaken by another rider, and then was able to jam the bike back onto the big ring and accelerate to get the forthcoming green light. That meant I was able to arrive at Canty at a time the lights were green. Trouble is, big bank of cars. Thinking too quickly, I decided to go onto the footpath. Immediately decided that was a bad decision- not a good look- and so when I got to Canty I decided to wait for all the cars turning left- which meant that when I finally ventured back on to the road, there was Mikeya again. I could have simply waited, which is what I normally do. Last time I make a decision like that…

Arrived at the cafe to find quite a few there already, and so immediately found myself enveloped in the flowing conversations, which was a great end to a great ride.

Thanks again to BobM, who pointed out at the turn into Whitehorse Road after Deadmans that my rear light wasn’t working (guess who forgot to charge it…) and immediately offered me his spare- much appreciated.
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Postby Bowi » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 9:34 am

roshea wrote:
Bobm wrote:Team FlexorCranks kit order


Hi Roshea,

About time for a new run on the good old stuff? Mines looking a little tired.

Are there any / many other folks interested in ordering more of the current design?

Yes, I am interested. Yes, I like the current design. :)

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Postby Bowi » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 9:41 am

Gorilla is King today with a smashing 1:07s up Belmore at 710w.
I was mucking around at the base, actually attempting to pull a Sagan-esque wheelie, when someone said I should go for it. So for some reason I went for it. Pulled in a 1:15s PR at 472w.
Oh what could have been.
HH was lazing around at 1:29 and was never really sighted, or something something something about it being recovery day, and a mystery truck…

Well done, Gorilla.
Gorilla 2, Bowi 0, HH 0

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Postby killinit » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 10:03 am

Bowi wrote:Gorilla is King today with a smashing 1:07s up Belmore at 710w.
I was mucking around at the base, actually attempting to pull a Sagan-esque wheelie, when someone said I should go for it. So for some reason I went for it. Pulled in a 1:15s PR at 472w.
Oh what could have been.
HH was lazing around at 1:29 and was never really sighted, or something something something about it being recovery day, and a mystery truck…

Well done, Gorilla.
Gorilla 2, Bowi 0, HH 0



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Postby HarryHills » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 11:41 am

Update to results, I was riding next to the course referee who suggested as I had correctly stopped at the lights then Belmore was neutral, I was first over Fintona with Bianchi just behind me.. So technically it was HH 1 Bowie 0 and Gorilla 0 ( but it was a great effort up Belmore)!!!
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