The R-Ides of March for Kangaroo Island Bicycle Users Group BUG riders

KI BUG March Ride End of the ride: the group back at False Cape Winery entrance (left to right: Manfred, Jean, Wilma, Bruce, Martine, Jane, Ants, Paul, Jenny).
KI BUG March Ride End of the ride: the group back at False Cape Winery entrance (left to right: Manfred, Jean, Wilma, Bruce, Martine, Jane, Ants, Paul, Jenny).

Kangaroo Island Bicycle Users Group (BUG) last ride may have been on the Ides of March on March 15, the day in the Roman calendar for paying off debts.

But there were no debts to pay and definitely no plot against our "Caesar" - just a good ride to be ridden and a sociable lunch to be enjoyed!

Nine cyclists and our sag wagon driver met at False Cape Winery Cellar Door well before opening time. First-time BUG riders Wilma and Bruce impressed us all by cycling 10km to the start and then back again after lunch!

Setting off in cool conditions with a south-easterly wind, riders were rugged up in jackets and beanies. But it wasn't too long before we all warmed up and stripped back to the more usual light-weight tops.

The group headed out north over Willson River bridge, up East West Road and onto North South Road.

Surprisingly, our all-dirt circuit of 30km proved to be a fast ride. Maybe it was the thought of gourmet food and wine at the end that kept the pedaling rate up?

The challenge of negotiating rocky outcrops along North South Road proved to be an easy toddle on the day.

Going over the bumps, mostly in single file, we fondly remembered past member Clive who usually did this section with great enthusiasm.

KI BUG March Ride cycling past the vines to False Cape Cellar Door.

KI BUG March Ride cycling past the vines to False Cape Cellar Door.

Pacing our return to False Cape we took a snack break at the Franks Road-Blue Gums Road corner. Many of us enviously admired the big rear cogs (low gears) on Wilma's mountain bike.

Then Dave tooted the sag wagon horn to say it was time to move on - no doubt he was getting hungry!

Heading up Blue Gums Road we turned on to Jews Highway and did a short out and back to the Willoughby Road before a thrilling, mostly downhill ride back along Willson River Road to the start.

A short sprint over the cattle grid and along the lush vine-flanked driveway completed the circuit to our relaxing lunch in the sunshine at a garden-view table.

KI BUG March Ride the group at North-South Rd turn-off (left to right: Paul, Jean, Bruce, Ants, Jenny, Manfred, Martine, Wilma, Jane).

KI BUG March Ride the group at North-South Rd turn-off (left to right: Paul, Jean, Bruce, Ants, Jenny, Manfred, Martine, Wilma, Jane).

This is a picturesque circuit with an end reward to add to your ride repertoire, probably best on a mountain bike with front suspension.

Subject to the coronavirus situation, the next KI BUG Ride was to have been Sunday, April 5, starting from Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery at 10am. All welcome. For more details contact Martine on 8553 0383, check in The Islander. - Jean Turner

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