Archive for October, 2009

Beni Suef Ride Review!!!! TERRIFIC‏

Today the 6 pack of Sherif, Sherif, Hisham, Yasser, David and I ventured off into unknown territory on the toll road to Beni Suef!

Ala-tool to Beni Seuf

Ala-tool to Beni Seuf

Well it turned out to be a fantastic 100+km ride through the desert beginning at the toll road entrance in Helwan. We had a wide open road with smooth surface and little to no traffic. our ride was hindered slightly with two quick flats by Yasser then one by Sherif (not the same Sherif as last week). Other than that it was smooth sailing through the desert sand dunes with nothing for miles around. It was beautiful and you wanted to just keep going with long flats, rolling hills, and long gradual descents, this ride had everything you want in a ride.

We discovered a gas station carrying great canned coffee drinks which we stocked up on and are trying to find someone to carry here in Maadi.
Sherif and Sherif were flying away from the pack and we decided to work as a team and incorporate some technical riding with rotational streamlining to try and catch up to them. Well i guess we got too technical and that is when we had our HICK-UP, at around 75km Hisham and Yasser touched wheels and Hisham got the bad end of that deal and went down quite hard at high speed. Thankfully he slid well and survived with a bad left hip contusion, severe road burn on his left elbow and a deep gash on his right hand. We tended to him quite rapidly with Sherif (Maadi) taking the reins with his recent first aid training. Hisham unfortunately had to get back in the car and head home following this and went right to the hospital for some x-rays and bandaging. thankfully he had no fractures and will recover fully and quickly and be back on his bike this coming weekend! what a trooper!

We continued on our ride to the end, but on the way found a side road at around 75km that headed east through the mountains and ended up in Zafarana (Red Sea south of Ein Sukhna)! it was an extra 165km to do so. are you reading my mind……..(TWO DAY CAMP OUT RIDE HEADED RIGHT FOR THE BEACH!!!!!!!!!) any takers?????

Another wonderful ride completed with great friends and some action and drama to boot.  Looking forward to riding with all of you this coming Friday the 23rd for our inaugural CCC1, CCC2, and CCC3 group classification rides. Please invite anyone you know to come and join our group and get a feel for cycling with us!!

Ciao
Roberto

CCC is inviting YOU to join us on Friday 23rd October 7:00am in front of CAC

New: we have a group for beginners, amateurs and riders who just want to enjoy a slow ride on a Friday morning

Check out our regular rides page

Organized Road rides occur every Friday morning at 7:00 AM leaving from the front gate of CAC. A typical road ride will consist of 5 to 15 riders and cover distances of 40 to 100 km. Skill level is divided to three groups CCC1 CCC2 and CCC3.

CCC1 (race group) ride would be the full length long ride at heart busting pace.  there will be designated stop points for regrouping that everyone will be made aware of and you will make sure everyone has made it.  you may decide as a group on the day of what route you will take or may post an idea ahead of time for a route. race your asses off, you deserve it!! EGO’s, in full effect and recommended. (30-45 km/hr average)

CCC2 (tour group) ride would consist of the long or medium length ride done at a more leisurely pace with no drops and a sweeper to keep the group together and help out lagging riders. also having designated stop points which everyone will be aware of.  group leader will decide the route taken. EGO’s, allowed but kept in check (20-30 km/hr average)

CCC3 (casual group) ride would be the shorter beginner ride with no drops and the group remains together for the entire ride.  this group will encourage new riders to join and know they will have support and guidance as they build up their abilities to progress to the next group.  we will have a policy that if even one new rider shows up then the leader will be responsible for riding with that person at whatever ability level they may be at. this is the only way to grow the group and get the word of mouth out that we are inclusive of anyone wanting to take up cycling.  EGO’s, left at the front gate of CAC and can be reclaimed post ride!

Fayoum Ride Review

all that ends well does not necessarily start well. ROBERTO, HISHAM, MICHAEL, DAVID, SHERIF(helwan) AND SHERIF(maadi-the one referred to in this review)

we began our morning with a flat before the ride (sherif), then one of our drivers never showed up so we had to scramble to find someone on the street to drive one of our cars. we finally left at 7am and then within 30 seconds while still on road 213 we had another flat (sherif). on our way once again we had another delay on korniche when someone lost their water bottle (dave). all was looking well as we hit ring road crossed the bridge and then yet again another flat (sherif). we came to the conclusion as a group that this would be the end of our misfortune, so we continued on and made it to the new section of ring road and sure enough another flat (sherif). if you have not been counting that is number 4. so, as we took the ramp or cairo-alex road exit guess who got another flat (sherif). at this point he wanted to hop in a taxi and go home but in an amazing display of group camaraderie we urged him on and assured him it could not possibly happen again. well, we were wrong because 1 minute later another flat (sherif). we checked tires, rims and cleaned everything and continued on once again. everything was going smoothly with no flats but we had still not reached the actually cairo-fayoum road when we had a small accident and someone fell hard on the climb to cairo-alex road (you guessed it SHERIF).  he was scrapped up but wanted to continue, nothing was going to stop him today. until at the entrance of the cairo-fayoum road there was of course another flat (sherif). at this point we cursed him, removed his bike from him and left him at the side of the road!! we felt bad so we allowed him to ride in the car for the rest of the trip.
so now our trip begins, once entering the cairo-fayoum road it was clear sailing in the desert with the wind at our backs and a car blocking for us. we worked as a group and made great time getting to our destination. a couple of us wanted to drop but we stuck together and encouraged one another. HISHAM gets recognition for holding the group together. upon arrival to the hotel Auberge we were parking our cars and bikes but had to actually mount our bikes onto the bike racks before enjoying our lunch because the hotel wanted to charge us 5 LE per bike if the wheels were touching the ground (CAN YOU ^%$#$$## BELIEVE IT!!!!!).  but when we the left the cost for the car to park was only 4 LE (don’t ask).
lunch on the lake was great and relaxing as we discussed our excellent adventure.
definitely a ride to do again, but possibly without SHERIF.

Sherif doing what he does best while other riders being very patient about it

Sherif doing what he does best while other riders being very patient about it

next friday, we may try to go further on the beni suef toll road if anyone is interested in joining us.

Roberto

New Ride (we’ll call it Korymat Road)

Chilling

just chilling

Today Sherif, Sherif, Yasser and I completed a new 100km ride from Maadi to Helwan along the Autostrad then from there we took the Beni Suef toll road to god knows where. Could have been cut down to an 80km for anyone in a rush to get back. The first part of the ride on the Autostrad was decent with decent roads and moderate traffic which is even lighter on a Friday. there was nice climb once you pass Helwan. from there we headed to the toll road which was great, clean, smooth roads and little to no traffic. Good rest stop for water and snacks at the 38km mark. The road takes you really out into the middle of the desert with nothing around. You wanted to just keep riding and riding, but realize you must get back somehow. The way back was nice as well with a moderate headwind but definitely workable. Cverall a good option for an alternative Friday ride. Fantastic descent back into Helwan with a view of Sakara, Dashur and Bent pyramids.

Reminder: this Friday we will be doing the Fayoum ride for anyone interested, we have 6 riders so far and two cars. We will meet at 6:15 and leave at 6:30 at CAC. Let us know if you will be joining us.

Roberto