Kit Update and Lessons Learned from Saturday Ride

With Peter away, it was great to see a few people step up and lead some of the groups. Thanks especially to Meg and Rob for safely splitting Main 1 and also to Owen for leading the Trannies and ensuring they were overtaken by the other groups safely. I believe Carol had a pretty good turnout for the Development group ride as well. The fast group had about 25 starters, which took some of the pressure off Main 1. There were a lot of smiling faces at Dome after the ride and everyone I spoke to enjoyed themselves. Next week there will be an extra people required to help, as will be explained later.

I have all of the remaining kit orders at my place ready to be picked up. Those who need to collect kit can email the club and it will be forwarded through. I’ll then be in touch to arrange a suitable time. I also have the t-shirts so if anyone has ordered a shirt and still hasn’t collected it, please let me know via the above-mentioned method.

Now for the important lesson from the weekend – don’t try and walk your bike around the edge of a cricket field and attempt to field a ball hit to the boundary at the same time. As usual, after the Saturday ride, I left Dome to watch my son’s cricket game. Having made it safely to Richardson Park I was walking the bike to the club room when I noted the ball rolling toward me. I backed back about 2 metres to collect it and doing so, my foot caught up in one of the pedals. This caused the bike to swing around and me to trip over it, followed be a backward somersault and finally getting back to me feet, retrieving the ball and being very loudly laughed at by the 50 or so spectators at the ground. Very much embarrassed, I made it over to the clubrooms and noted some blood on the back of my legs. Closer inspection revealed several lacerations caused by my legs hitting the big chain ring during the somersault. The final result was 3 hours in RPH and 18 stitches (11 in right leg, 7 in left). I did, however, make sure the accident was recorded as a trip/fall, rather than a bike crash, which the RPH nurse wanted to record.

The upshot is I’m off the bike for 10 days whilst the wounds heal and someone will be required to dish out the instructions for the rides on Saturday morning and also make sure there are enough leaders to go around. I’m sure someone will do it – I’m giving you plenty of notice to volunteer!!

17 thoughts on “Kit Update and Lessons Learned from Saturday Ride”

  1. lesson: bikes don’t like being pushed. I got a chain ring tooth in the back of my ankle while pushing my mountain bike. I only need four stitches though so you still take the cake for bizarre cycling injury.

  2. Sorry to hear about the stitches Jules…but I’m with Stu! 10 days!!?? C’mon; Cadel rode the Col de la Madeleine with a busted elbow!!?? …and sorry, can’t do Saturday…in SYD for the week..

    1. Geez, you’re even less sympathetic than my wife, who also invoked the “Hoogeland clause”. In my defence, 6 of the stitches are directly behind the knee and medical advice is not to stretch them out too much.

  3. That sucks Jules! get well soon..
    another reason to leave the chain in the big ring – Belgium Points and cricket faux pas.

  4. Jules, that sounds awful, i hope you get better soon, rest up and i hope you get lots of pampering (hee hee, i look like the good cop!)
    Sadly (for the group) I will be in rAdelaide on Saturday so cant be Miss Bossy Boots for the ride.

  5. Jules *shaking head* Rookie move 😉
    Well rest up and let us get good mileage from this 🙂
    I’ll be racing sat and sun so won’t be there sorry

  6. Heal fast Jules.
    Putting my hand up for leading the Earlybird Sunday session (only one person last week!!!) 😉
    Oh, and I have a (small) bell on my roadie so I can help get everyones attention for whoever might do the pre-ride briefing at 7am both days. 🙂

    The “Julian Jump” is a field event in which you must jump over a bike rotating at varying heights. Dick Fosbury created the “Fosbury Flop,” a technique used in the high jump. This has been adapted (somewhat unsuccessfully at this point) to the “Julian Jump”. However, with a lot more practice we feel that the “Julian Jump” will prove successful and will become the benchmark technique used by all bike jump athletes during the cricket season.
    How it’s done –
    Preparation – Stand next to your bicycle to the right or left of the top bar adjacent to the head tube. Grip the handlebars and seat in a light grip facing slightly toward the bike.
    Commence your run–up by striding backwards at a reasonable pace. The run-up should not exceed 2 to 3 metres as a longer run-up will be detrimental to your overall technique. Try to focus on the bike launch. Avoid distractions such as rolling cricket balls, wandering dogs and stationary picnic baskets.

    Launching the bike – At the end of the run up you will need to use the swing of the rearward leg to propel the bike into a slow somersault by kicking the nearside pedal in a sharp upward direction. Precision timing is essential to combine the bike launch and takeoff which occur contemporaneously.

    Take off.- The last step, the “ultimate step,” is performed by making a quick step as if you were doing a lay-up in basketball. Point your non-takeoff foot toward the back-left corner of the rear derailleur (righties) or back-right hand corner of the rear wheel skewer (lefties). The short step will allow all that speed you acquired to be transferred into height. Using all your strength, drive your hands forward and up (after releasing your grip on the bike), and jump straight up as high as you can. When jumping, you will drive your take-off knee hard into the air to give you more height.

    Know how to move while airborne – Drive your lead-arm up high; this will guide your body over the bike. Arch the arm so that it is the first part of your body that is over the bike. Simultaneously, you must allow your body to turn- because you have built up so much angular momentum your body will turn as you are in the air. Control this speed and momentum and harness it when your body has turned 180 degrees and you are perpendicular with the bike.
    Once you are perpendicular with the bike, you will continue to rise up until you reach your maximum height over the bike. Once this is accomplished, your body will start to glide into the bike (the momentum will push you forward even though you have only jumped straight up). You will need to match momentum with the rotating speed of the somersaulting bike as well.
    Thrust your hips and tilt your head back. Now your body will be completely perpendicular with the bike and your body will be arched with your hips high in the air above your head and feet. Your head will be over the bike and you will be able to hopefully see a clear landing spot on the ground. Your hips will ideally be at their highest point as they travel over the bike, and your feet will be hanging with your knees locked and evenly spaced over the bike – looking at pictures of this will help (wish we had some)
    Kick your feet up and over the bike. By tucking your chin into your chest and concentrating, you will automatically bring your feet up and they will fly forward over the bike. Sometimes this takes a lot of practice and repetition but it’s the easiest part of the Julian Jump to master.
    Landing – Land on your upper back/shoulders on the ground; your feet will land over your head.
    Scoring – contestants are judged on a scale of 1 to 10 in a similar manner to surfing and snowboarding – with points awarded for style, skill and grace.
    SPR Committee is requested to consider the establishment of a “Julian’s Jump Perpetual Trophy” to be awarded annually to the club member who…………………………..{Suggestions please}

  8. has the worse non riding injury while in control (arguably) of a bike. Trophy to be a large field dressing attached to the underside of the Saddle on the seat post for all to see.

  9. Julian- I have a Small SPR Tshirt, any chance of swapping to a Med??

    I bought two and have only worn one- the other has tags still on…


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