Ride Like Crazy 2013 - Adelaide

Early this year, we joined our friend Ashleigh Moore OAM for Ride Like Crazy in Adelaide, a cycling event helping raise funds to fight cancer with a full distance of 107km.

Ashleigh is the chair of Cancer Voice SA , an organisation to raise a voice for those affected by cancer through advocacy, involvement, awareness and information. As a three times cancer survivor himself, Ashleigh lost half of his lung capacity in his last treatment, which made it difficult for him to enjoy long distance bike ride as much as he did previously.

To support Ashleigh in this long ride, we lent him our eVentura, a racing style electric road bike. We both rode with him on our demo electric bicycles. Steve used his eCODA, a flat bar road bike, and I (Zoe) used eAllegro, a step through urban bike. All 3 bikes are fitted with Niubike Superlite Integrated Power Assist System (IPAS).

We camped at Adelaide Caravan Park beside the River Torrens the day before the ride. An established continuous bike path along the river provides access to both Adelaide Hills to the east and West Beach to the west. The ride route is a big loop starting from Adelaide CBD, first climbs Mt. Lofty through Crafers to the east, then heads north via Woodside, going through some of the most beautiful parts of Adelaide Hills such as Cudlee Creek, before coming back to the city.

Steve accompanied Ashleigh for the whole ride with an official short cut between Balhannah and Woodside, total distance 89km (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/268253179), while I chose a more laid back route. After saying goodbye to them at Crafers (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/267911850), I visited Mt. Lofty Botanic Garden and Mt. Lofty Summit, had a relaxing lunch at Norton Summit before heading back to the city, total distance 50km (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/267911847). See links attached for recorded ride profiles.

So understandably, Steve and Ashleigh had a very different day from mine. We met again back Caravan Park later that day after our separate rides. Here is the comment from Steve, quote:

‘The “Ride Like Crazy” ride was an eye opener for me and a fantastic way for Ashleigh to evaluate the benefits and limitations of using electric bicycles for extended rides. For my part the beautiful countryside and spectacular views made the ride an absolute pleasure. We got to the start of the ride a little late and missed the group that Ashleigh had intended riding with so upped the pace and passed a lot of riders on the climb up to Crafers. Now electric bikes can turn an average rider into an elite road worrier but that will use a lot of battery and we soon realised that to make the 100k distance we would need to conserve power and decided to take the shot cut. Eventually we caught up with Ashleigh’s mates and rode the last section home with them. The ride showed that with conservative use of the IPAS a slow rider can keep up with riders of a much higher level and still complete 100km plus rides.’

And for me, I could show off the beautiful photos I took along the ride, and make them envy with my delicious lunch and a glass of local wine, hehehe...

Overlooking Adelaide CBD and ocean from Mt. Lofty Summit
Overlooking Adelaide CBD and ocean from Mt. Lofty Summit


An interesting cartoon about cycling found in Mt. Lofty Summit café
An interesting cartoon about cycling found in Mt. Lofty Summit café


After a rest and recharge of battery, Steve and I had a casual ride along River Torrens to West beach and came back at twilight, total distance approx. 35km. (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/267911843).

Along River Torrens
Along River Torrens


At West Beach
At West Beach


We both fell in love with Adelaide. It’s such a wonderful place for cyclists, where you can experience a diverse range of landscape from scenic farmlands, quiet mountain roads, cavernous ravines mountains to beach in one day on a bicycle. With an electric bike, you can have a challenging ride and enjoy the view with ease at the same time.

Superlight eRoad racing Style - Jamis eVentura
eVentura with a 11.6Ah lithium bottle battery,
total weight 17.5kg


Super Comfort eUrban Sporty - Jamis eAllegro
eAllegro with a 11Ah lithium battery in carrier box,
total weight 21kg


Superlight eRoad Commuter - Jamis eCoda
eCODA with a 11Ah lithium battery,
total weight 18.5kg


Ride Like Crazy 2013 Map and Profile
Ride Like Crazy 2013 Map and Profile
Ride Like Crazy 2013 Map and Profile
View PDF of Map and Profile

Directions to choose from
Directions to choose from


Heritage church building at Norton Summit
Heritage church building at Norton Summit


Pelican sculpture at river mouth
Pelican sculpture at river mouth