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Published October 23rd 2014
Pizza and Beer beckons at the end of this popular bunch ride
Most cyclists normally organise their rides in the cool of the mornings before traffic has woken. Many other cyclists are contemplating tea and life's other pleasures on a Tuesday evening. But not so the bunch of riders who are affectionately known as the Scuzzi riders. Every Tuesday, rain, hail or shine, these riders arrange a series of bunch rides followed by a meal amidst a large dose of cycling camaraderie.
These bunch rides start from the appropriately named Scuzzi Café in O'Connell Street. Numbers of participants vary from 30-40 during winter, with 70-80 in the summer months, and anything up to 200 during January. There are typically three rides every Tuesday evening :
The rides leave Scuzzi Café and head through North Adelaide towards the Entertainment Centre and Grange Road. The rides continues along the entire length of Grange Road to the beach, before heading north past West Lakes and Semaphore to Outer Harbour. The last kilometre in to Outer Harbour sees a shuffling of positions in the bunch as riders jockey for position in the race to be the first across a notional sprint line just prior to the Outer Harbour roundabout.
Following a short pitstop and re-group at Outer Harbour, the rides continues via Victoria Road across the Birkenhead Bridge and down Port Road to the Entertainment Centre before tackling the final sprint line across the Park Terrace Railway Bridge and slowly crawling back to Scuzzi. Total ride distance is a tad under 50km, and all riders generally arrive back at Scuzzi between 730-745pm.
A cold beer, or a glass of wine, with a pizza or pasta is usually the pre-cursor to many tales. Tales of missing the sprint train get intermingled with solutions to many of the world's first world problems.
The Scuzzi Riders are an informal bunch of riders who get together for a ride and a meal every Tuesday night. There is no entry fee to participate, and courtesy is expected amongst riders when riding in the bunch i.e. do a share of the ride at the front of the pack especially in to the (always) headwind on Victoria Road ! At least once a year the Scuzzi Riders arrange a new production run of cycling kit, with orders taken from anyone who wishes to secure a kit at a discounted prize.
And the owner of Scuzzi Café, Robert Barbaro, is usually on hand to offer discounted drinks and food specials to anybody wearing lycra. Food orders can be left with the café before you start the ride (best bet on busy summer nights), or else can be made when you return from the ride.