Randwick Botany Cycling Club

Located in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Everyone is welcome to join our Friday Coffee Ride!

Month – May 2014

Week 3 – RBCC Waterfall “B” group Waterfall ride

It was great to see approximately 30 safety conscious RBCC members on the Waterfall “B” vehicle escorted ride today.  Thanks to Anna Fortuna for being the tail safety car driver for us complete with Track pump, spare tubes etc.  A very solid, safe, well behaved and much enjoyed ride.    The ride will only get better but can I make these observations which will I hope will assist in that regard:

Nothing causes more dummy spits than delays from multiple punctures.  Riders will start saying, “I have to get home – I have a such and such appointment to get to”, etc etc and ride off and leave the bunch.  This happened on our inaugural outing  plagued with 4 punctures.  Punctures are inevitable but they can be significantly decreased if certain procedures are adopted.  Firstly DO NOT use patched tubes.  If you are doing a 90km ride with your mates, make sure you have new tubes in your tyres.  Our sponsor Bike Bug has them from about $5.  Surely that is not going to break the bank.  Secondly, studies have shown that 80% of punctures happen in the final 20% wear of a tyre.  It is false economy riding your tyres to the canvas.  You will spend more on tubes than if you had thrown the tyre away and bought a new one.  Leave your old scrubber tyres at home too and buy a couple of decent tyres for the Waterfall ride.  Again Rocky has decent tyres under $50, perhaps even $40??    Waterfall is a fast ride, especially the sprint at the end.  Think about your own safety and that of your club mates.  You don’t want to be having blow outs at 70kph down the highway.  Finally, check your tyre pressure before you go.  You are going to get “Snake eye” punctures from underinflated tyres.cronulla_bunch30mar14

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RBCC Junior Charity Ride 31St May 2014

heading-charityChildrens_WheelchairRBCC Juniors are bravely attempting to raise over $1,000 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Charity.  Each $1,000 will help buy a much needed wheel chair for kids that need them to get around.  What a great donation for cyclists to give.

On Saturday 31st May 2014 the Juniors will attempt to ride as many laps as possible in 30 minutes.  They are all looking for sponsors so if you can see them before this Saturday’s Senior race, or come along on the day, they will have their sponsor sheets ready and waiting.  As most will achieve 5 laps within the 30 minutes, a pledge of $2 per lap will mean a $10 donation to the hospital.

Also, there are charity tins at the tuck shop counter in the club house which we hope you will drop your loose change into.  If any of the A, B, C and D grade winners feel their winnings burning a hole in their pocket, we would gladly accept these as donations also….   We will have a tin ready at the prize giving after the senior race for exhausted race goers to share the love.

Any RBCC member is welcome to join in with 30 minute ride on 31/5/14.  Grab sponsors and do the ride as a warm up.

We also welcome other Clubs and their juniors to join in and help donate or participate.

Andrew Logan

RBCC juniors Co-ordinator

 

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