PORT EL­IZ­A­BETH

Bicycling WOW Rides - - Wow Rides -

This group ride is renowned for its speed – and the scenery along the way. The route is flat and fast, and fol­lows the coast­line for about 20km on Marine Drive, which is won­der­fully scenic. Then you cruise back into town along the beach­front, and then head past the air­port and back to the start.

The level of rider abil­ity varies vastly. On most days you’ll see riders of all lev­els, from cof­fee cruis­ers to se­ri­ous cy­clists. But Wed­nes­day is re­served for rac­ing, and this is when the fastest riders steal the show. This is the windy city, and the gusts play a huge role in this ride, es­pe­cially on rac­ing Wed­nes­day; and if a west­erly is blow­ing, the ride gets re­ally fast along Marine Drive un­til you hit the beach­front.

There is one short sharp climb, up a sec­tion of La Roche Drive (1km at 3%) – this of­ten re­sults in a straight shootout for the top of the hill.

GEES FAC­TOR

“The group is very so­cial and friendly – which­ever day you ride. On Wed­nes­days though, or when a strong west­erly is blow­ing, the se­ri­ous­ness ramps up, as you need to be ready for speed. But peo­ple are very friendly in the windy city, and any­one is wel­come to come along for a ride and a good chat.

“It’s es­pe­cially pop­u­lar for its speed and good-na­tured com­pet­i­tive­ness on fast days. Ev­ery­one loves cruis­ing along at 45-50km/h with­out go­ing into the red.”

– Jarred Sal­szwedel, Cy­cling coach

GET IN­VOLVED

Rock up at the start, and be ready to roll. Es­pe­cially if the west­erly is blow­ing!

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