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With weeks to go to Gear Up Girl SA – Susan went on a group training ride with the Gear Up Girl SA ambassadors. 

With only weeks away from Adelaide’s biggest bike ride for women, I joined a Gear Up Girl SA group training ride last Sunday. It was a fun morning spent getting acquainted with riding in a small group and sharing cycling stories.

Our group represented a wide range of skills and experience plus we were in the company of champion road and Velodrome cyclists, Carla Franson and Rachel Henderson, Gear Up Girl 2015 ambassadors. Carla and Rachel were riding a handsome bright green Duratec tandem bike with 11 speed Ultegra – I think – at least I could read the name of the bike and it was bright green. On this bike, Carla pilots because Rachel is vision impaired. They provided expert assistance for those of us who had not ridden for many years and had never worked more than three gears.

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We had congregated near the River Torrens and headed west in beautiful spring weather along the Torrens Linear Park, which is the largest hills to coast park in Australia according to a number of sources. The park ride is generally flat and bitumen surfaced. There were a few of tunnels, one under King William Road and also on this route, one under the footbridge to Adelaide Oval featuring a lovely cascade of water to ride beside. There is a narrow bridge over the Torrens Lake Weir and a tunnel under rail tracks emerging to Bonython Park, which has a kiosk.

Loose Caboose Cafe

Loose Caboose Cafe

Our destination was a converted railway station called the Loose Caboose at Hindmarsh. I had hoped for great coffee at the end of a good little ride and the Loose Caboose supplied a goodie. I was only there for coffee but it looked like the food being served from the menu was going to be tasty.

After reaching our destination we parted company with some. I rode back to the start with feelings of positivity.

Now I can’t wait until the big day – and I feel cycling really has changed my life in such a positive way.


Gear Up Girl SA is taking place on Sunday 22 November and is Adelaide’s biggest bike ride for women. Join Susan and hundreds of other women – register today at www.bikesa.asn.au/gearupgirl