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Adelaide's legendary bike ride returns in 2015
In every city there is one ride that people would cycle. One ride that that every cyclist would train for. There is one ride that gets the masses on two wheels. Sydney has the 'gong, Brisbane has the Gold Coast Challenge and Melbourne goes the full way with a complete trip around the bay. But what about Adelaide ? Which annual bike ride in Adelaide is the iconic event that features in the majority of conversations in the peloton and later at the coffee shops ?
After a three year absence, it's back and its bigger and better than ever before with one of the biggest and most beautiful rides you'll get your wheels into. Popular demand has seen the return of the legendary Coast to Coast bike ride from the seaside suburb of Glenelg to the South coast town of Victor Harbor. With a new sponsor in Boileau, this event is sure to return to its proper mantle as THE peoples cycling event of Adelaide.
On 22 March 2015 the Boileau Velo Coast to Coast will see riders head to Victor Harbour with 4 ride distances depending upon your ability or desires. The big one, the Grande, commences at Glenelg, and travels 120km through Crafers, Aldgate, Mylor, Echunga, Meadows, Willunga Hill and Hindmarsh Valley before dropping down in to Victor Harbor. The route features some of the most spectacular cycling territory that South Australia has on offer
For riders wishing to avoid the uphill to Crafers, two additional ride distances may suit. An interim start line at Crafers means a total distance of around 100km, while a start line at Meadows Oval will mean that riders will travel 65km to Victor Harbor, both along the same route as the Grande riders.
And for families with kids, a mini coast to coast along the Encounter Bikeway provides a choice of either 10km or 20km, with the finish line again at Victor Harbor providing kids and families with a chance to cross the same finishing line.
Willunga Hill Food Stop
Food and drink stops along the route at Crafers, Meadows, Willunga Hill and Hindmarsh Valley ensure that all riders will have sufficient opportunities to rest, revive and replenish. There are also some great sponsors like Baker's Delight on board to provide their delicious high-carb and low GI fruit bars, ideal eating for long distance riders.
Finish at Victor Harbor
And for those who have done the ride previously, and have still not gotten over the ignominy associated with the hill on Hutchinson Road, it is still there and it is just as steep as it always was. So if you wish to avoid walking the bike up the hill again, or cursing under your breath as you tackle the hill, or being passed by another rider then perhaps some training up some of the steeper hills around Adelaide is in order before the 22nd March.
Massage tent at finish line
At the finish line will be lunch for all riders (except those on the mini-tour) as well as coffee, ice creams and other drink vans. There will also be live music, massages, bike stalls and much more entertainment for the whole family.