Thursday Rural Rides

Updated 7-February-2023

Please consider other club members.  If you have COVID symptoms, or believe you might be infectious, please do not attend SARCC rides or events.

Organiser– Sharon Ph 0407 855 220

Normally starting at the Woodside Swimming Pool Car Park except on the first Thursday of every month it will start from various other locations. Riders need to arrange their own transport. Other club members may be able to assist. The telephone number of the ride leader is always provided and it is prudent to check for any change in the meeting place details. If there is a large number of cyclists on a ride the Backup leader will take half the riders on another ride, possibly longer and hillier than the guidelines below for those wanting more of a challenge.

PLEASE NOTE : 10 A.M. START. PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES BEFORE FOR PROMPT START

HOT WEATHER and FIRE DANGER

For all scheduled SARCC Rides, if the Adelaide forecast maximum, as at 6.00 p.m. the evening before the ride is 35 degrees Celsius or over and/or the fire danger warning in the area of the ride is designated “Severe, Extreme, Catastrophic” the leader has the right to cancel the ride without notice. Would all leaders please contact the ride co-ordinator, Sharon on 0407 855 220 before 6pm to discuss, so a decision can be made.

Equipment

All riders should carry a pump, a puncture repair kit and a water bottle, and when necessary an effective raincoat. Bring your own lunch, as there may be nowhere to purchase your lunch. We usually stop for morning coffee, so it may be possible to buy lunch then. Check with the leader before the day of the ride.

Ride Guidelines for Leaders and Participants

  • The main ride to be generally less than 50km, with the target being 40km to 45km
  • The total climb to be between 550m to 800m
  • Try to use the quieter roads but be aware that some tracks become unsuitable in the wet.
  • If possible, the route planned using Ride with GPS or similar to ensure that the ride confirms to the guidelines. David Kemp can help with this.
  • Participants need to be given a clear description of the difficulty of the ride at the ride briefing. Preferably the route has been put onto the SARCC website.
  • Routes be planned that enable shorter options, if possible.
  • Aim to complete rides by 2.30pm
  • Rides to account for weather conditions.
  • Be flexible to account for who turns up.
  • New leaders to submit plans to David or Clive for discussion.
  • See Thursday Ride Library for examples of rides.

If you are leading a ride new to you, it is highly recommended that you actually ride it before leading it

SARCC’s Rides Protocol document is available  for viewing and printing. It outlines the responsibilities of ride leaders and cyclists on club rides.

(Archive and Older Rides moved to bottom of page)

UP-COMING RIDES

February 9th 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/204842-richard-s-thursday-rural-woodside-ride
Richard M 0433 537 762 (Backup: Ros)

February 16th 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/202923-rural-thursday-woodside
Sven 0410 271 717 (Backup: Jo L.)

February 23rd 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads.
David 0413 390 371 (Backup: TBC)

March 2nd 2023 Away Ride from Birdwood Oval
Meet 10 a.m. Birdwood Oval. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/204914-birdwood-thursday-rural-away-ride
Damien 0422 004 544 (Backup: TBC)

March 9th 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads.
Clive 0409 492 621 (Backup: TBC)

March 16th 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads.
Peter B 0412 830 272 (Backup: TBC)

March 23rd 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads.
Robyn 0401 364 019 (Backup: TBC)

March 30th 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads.
Di 0424 957 532 (Backup: TBC)

A typical group of Thursday Rural Riders on a typical rural road. Photograph courtesy of Peter Boult.

A typical group of Thursday Rural Riders on a typical rural road. Photograph courtesy of Peter Boult.

OLDER RIDES

February 2nd 2023 Flaxley
Meet 10 a.m. Flaxley Memorial Hall. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/201344-rural-thursday-flaxley-ride
John A. 0438 523 560 (Backup: TBC)

January 26th 2023 Woodside (Australia Day BBQ dodger)
Sven suggested a ride on Australia day. Then Pete was somehow dobbed in to lead but then someone asked for maximum gravel. So, Pete proposed we try https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41843840
Basically route 34, but with extra gravel (61% as opposed to 48%). Its slightly tougher than the guidelines by 3km and it also has 854m elevation – but with training for NZ in full swing and it being an unscheduled ride Pete would like to do it if others will join him. Weather looks good with a maximum of 26 in Harrogate. Please let Pete know on 0412 830 272 if you are attending. An easier option may be available if someone turns up to lead it.

January 19th 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. With the predicted cooler weather, Ros has decided to lead a more interesting ride. For details, please see https://ridewithgps.com/events/199799-ros-thursday-rural-woodside-ride
Ros 0448 741 556 (Backup: Decide on the day)

January 12th 2023 Woodside
Meet 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads.
Dan 0427 526 846  (Backup: TBC)

January 5th 2023 Tungkillo
Meet at 10 a.m. Tungkillo Soldiers Memorial Hall. Mostly unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/199068-sven-s-tungkillo-thursday-rural-away-rid
Sven 0410 271 717 (Backup: TBC)

December 29th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. 
John G 0435 602 392
(Backup: TBC)

December 22nd 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. 

David 0413 390 371 (Backup: Dan)

December 15th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/200409-richard-s-thursday-rural-woodside-ride
Richard M 0433 537 762 (Backup: Jo)

December 8th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/199462-ros-thursday-rural-woodside-ride
Ros 0448 741 556
(Backup: David)

December 1st 2022 Springton LoopDam1s
Meet at 10 a.m. Graetz Terrace, Springton Cricket Grounds (note change in starting location). Mostly unsealed roads 45km/560m. Coffee at Mt. Pleasant Lovells Bakery. Lunch at Eden Valley Caravan Park. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/198220-springton-loop-thursday-rural-away-ride
Damien 0422 004 544 (Backup: Clive)

November 24th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. 
John G 0435 602 392 (Backup: Paul see 20221124b Paul’s Exploratory Ride)

November 17th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. 
Dan 0427 526 846 (Backup: Robyn 0401 364 019 – all sealed roads, Ride number 12)

November 10th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/196662-woodside-to-bridgewater-via-hahndorf-and
Trevor 0401 717 031 (Backup: Sven)

November 3rd 2022 Echunga, Meadows and Prospect Hill Ride
Meet at 10 a.m. Echunga Oval. Some unsealed roads. See also

https://ridewithgps.com/events/184172-david-s-echunga-meadows-and-prospect-hil
David 0413 390 371 (Backup: TBC)

October 27th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park.
Dianne 0424 957 532

October 20th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/195396-woodside-lobethal-lenswood-ride
David 0413 390 371 (Backup: TBA)

October 13th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Dan 0427 526 846 (Backup: Richard M)

October 6th 2022 Mt Pleasant
Meet at Lovells Bakery (northern end of Mt Pleasant), *please note*, NOT the Oval. Since there are NO facilities or coffee on this ride, those, (like me) who want a coffee, should get to Lovells well before 10am and have a coffee before we leave promptly at 10am. The ride is about 45kms, with around 650M climbing…not any different to a regular Thurs ride. Riders will need to bring lunch (can be purchased at Lovells) and any morning tea they require. Riders should also have spares, tools etc as well. Toilet stops will be ad hoc nature breaks.

There is a tiny amount of main road, the vast majority is on back well-formed gravel, and on roads which will be new to most people. There are some interesting features on the route and some high country which hasn’t been ridden by this group ever, that I’m aware of. Hope you can make it. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/194734-mt-pleasant-thursday-rural-away-ride
Kevin B 8388 1852

September 29th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/194011-thursday-rural-ride-woodside-lobethal-mt
Justin 0466 104 900 (Backup: Rosalind)

September 22nd 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Trevor 0401 717 031 (Backup: Dan)

September 15th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/192820-birdwood-mt-torrens-ride
John G 0435 602 392 (Backup Dan)

September 8th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/188863-woodside-balhanna-and-charleston-ride
David 0413 390 371 (Backup: Ros)

September 1st 2022 Gumeracha Oval
Meet at 10 a.m. Gumeracha Oval. Some unsealed roads. See also

https://ridewithgps.com/events/188862-gumeracha-oval-thursday-rural-away-ride
Robyn 0401 364 019 (Backup: Jo)

August 25th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads and tracks Pool car park. There is a late change as we will be doing Ride 32 instead with coffee at Nairne and lunch at Brukunga. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/188865-di-s-thursday-rural-ride
Dianne 0424 957 532 (Backup: David)

August 18th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/188241-david-and-john-s-thursday-rural-ride
David 0413 390 371 (Backup: John Goddard all bitumen ride)

August 11th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/186007-john-s-thursday-rural-ride
John Glover 0435 602 392 (Backup: Robyn)

August 4th 2022 Echunga, Meadows and Prospect Hill Ride
Meet at 10 a.m. Echunga Oval. Some unsealed roads. See also
https://ridewithgps.com/events/184172-david-s-echunga-meadows-and-prospect-hil
David 0413 390 371 (Backup: Paul)

July 28th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/184167-woodside-to-mt-torrens-via-lobethal
Clive 0409 492 621 (Backup: Dan)

July 21st 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/184166-pete-s-thursday-rural-ride
Peter B 0412 830 272 (Backup: John G)

July 7th 2022 Mt Torrens
Meet at 10 a.m. Mt Torrens Oval. Includes sealed and unsealed roads and tracks

https://ridewithgps.com/events/184169-damien-s-thursday-rural-ride-from-mt-tor
Damien 0422 004 544 (Backup: Clive)

June 30th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/178879-dan-s-thursday-rural-ride
Dan 0427 526 846 (Backup: Clive)

June 23rd 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/178877-richard-s-thursday-rural-ride
Richard 0433 537 762 (Backup: Dan)

June 16th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/178876-clive-s-thursday-rural-ride
Clive 0409 492 621 (Backup: Paul D)

June 9th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/178865-john-s-woodside-warmington-run
John G 0435 602 392 (Backup: Trevor)

June 2nd 2022 Macclesfield
Meet at 10 a.m. at Davenport Square, Macclesfield. Some unsealed roads. See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/178875-robyn-s-macclesfield-to-meadows-via-stra
Robyn 0401 364 019 (Backup: Paul D)

May 26th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads.
See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/178866-jo-s-thursday-rural-ride
Jo 0405 630 785 (Backup:)

May 19th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
David 0413 390 371 (Backup:)

May 12th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Kevin 8388 1852 (Backup: David)

May 5th 2022 Greenwith
Meet at 10 a.m. The Stables (1495 Golden Grove Rd. Greenwith). Includes sealed and unsealed roads and tracks. Members interested in riding should review the SARCC web after 7pm the evening before the ride to determine if the ride has been cancelled, modified or will continue as scheduled.
Do check out the SARCC Website after 7pm, Wednesday 4/5.
Some Ride Information:
            Distance ~ 65k & Elevation ~460m

            Recommend MTB.
            Repeat of 5/11/2020, Away Ride, only slight variations.
No coffee stop, only St. Kilda for a lunch/coffee stop.
There is a beaut St. Kilda restaurant, Tackle & Tucker, ideal for a relatively cheap coffee & lunch. eg I’ll probably have a Chiko Roll & Nippy’s Iced Coffee for about $7.50. There are also other locations, I’ll point out, nicely suitable to stop for your byo.
 Ride To St.Kilda from Stables … 32k & 195m. 
 Ride From St.Kilda to Stables … 33k & 266m. 
 Map … Relatively accurate…Either from RWGPS SARCC, my Strava Away Ride publication 5/11/2020 map, or text me for a gps copy.

See also https://ridewithgps.com/events/174386-damien-s-greenwith-ride
Damien 0422 004 544

April 28th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Richard 0433 537 762 (Backup: )

April 21st 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Dan 0427 526 846 (Backup: Clive)

April 14th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Dianne 0424 957 532 (Backup: David)

April 7th 2022 Mount Crawford Forest
Meet at 10 a.m. The Chalks campground entrance area. Mount Crawford forest. Warren road, Mount Crawford. Unsealed roads and forest tracks
Jo 0405 630 785 (Backup: Justin)

March 31st 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Sven 0410 271 717 (Backup: Kevin)

March 24th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads. For a route description of the backup ride, please see https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38675485
Dan 0427 526 846 (Backup: Paul 0427 537 836)

March 17th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Clive 0409 492 621 (Backup: Trevor)

March 10th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads

Justin 0466 104 900 (Backup: Ros)

March 3rd 2022 Greenwith
Meet at 10 am. at The Stables (1495 Golden Grove Rd. Greenwith).

Includes trails and on road
Damien 0422 004 544

February 24th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads

Trevor 0401 717 031 (Backup: Jo)

February 17th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads

Ros 0448 741 556 (Backup: Dan)

February 10th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads
Kevin 8388 1852 (Backup: Trevor)

February 3rd 2022 Mount Compass to Myponga
Meet at 10am at Harvest The Fleurieu, Victor Harbor Road, Mount Compass
Some unsealed roads. Lunch at Myponga. Includes trails in Myponga Reservoir land.
Please see https://ridewithgps.com/events/168820-mt-compass-to-myponga-rural-ride for a RideWithGPS event of this ride.
Robyn 0401 364 019 (Backup: Paul)

January 27th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. This ride happens to co-incide with the Men’s Road Ride from Stirling to Lobethal. The route of today’s ride, will be designed to view the race at a suitable vantage point or two. For details of the race program, please click here. Some unsealed roads. For Proposed route (subject to change) please click here.

Paul 0427 537 836 (Backup: David)

January 20th 2022 Woodside Cancelled
Meet at 10 a.m. Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads

David 0413 390 371

January 13th 2022 Woodside
Meet at 10am Woodside Pool car park. Some unsealed roads

Clive 0409 492 621

January 6th 2022 Belair
Meet at 10.00am Belair Railway Station. Parking nearby streets. Approx 40-45km.
Some unsealed roads and tracks
Sven 0410 271 717

Thursday Rural Rides Archive