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Guns and Roses ride report by Deb


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By shumey - Posted on 31 October 2014

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Special Guns & Roses - Ettalong Loop

Guns & Roses Take On Ettalong
After a few weather induced abandonments of special rides over winter, last Saturday the Guns and Roses regulars (and a few extras) were greeted with a beautiful blue sky day for their first Ettalong Loop ride. 12 riders set off up from Hornsby and we collected Sue and Wayne on the way. It was not only the first Ettalong Ferry Loop for most riders but also the first century for a few too.

The ride commenced with a lovely roll and chat and we headed up the highway to Cowan, descending through Brooklyn and climbing back through Mt White to Calga. Jean’s recently serviced bike was travelling well until some unfortunate chain misbehaviour as we commenced the Cowan climb (Pig Hill) but somehow she managed to keep her hands clean.

At the re-group in Kariong, we said goodbye to Sue, Dan and Martine who weren’t able to get full day leave passes and commenced the descent to the coast. Chris, master of claiming the lane, ensured we had a great run ready to turn off the highway but Dave went off the front on the descent and seemingly forgot we were turning right. A yell out at the lights and some wiggling through the traffic ensured he didn’t head to Gosford.

It was then Ed who drove the group through the narrow roads towards Ettalong, keeping up a good speed so we had plenty of time for cake, coffee and even a sneaky burger for Kylie before the ferry departed. The views along Brisbane Water Drive, Ettalong Beach, and the ferry were more than pleasant and enjoyed by all.

On arrival in Palm Beach, it was back onto our bikes to cruise through the Northern Beaches. Everyone enjoyed some more coastal scenery and Nandika and Dave showed how strongly they can climb on their Cervelos up Newport Hill.

By the time we reached the McCarr’s Creek climb, a few riders were starting to think sun wasn’t so friendly and were asking when the southerly change would arrive. No one was brave enough to tell them to be glad they weren’t climbing the up the Gibraltar Range in the Grafton.

Finally, after a much needed water stop in Terrey Hills, it was downhill (except for that Nasty Little Hill) for a while. Mike and Ed were on back on the front until we got back to the highway, when Ed was only too happy to let Peter have his front row position for the final few kilometres back to Hornsby.

All riders had a great day out and we will definitely be doing it (and other special rides) again. Keep an eye on the calendar and sign up if you’d like to join us.

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