NORTHBANK-SOUTHARM HEATWAVE Sixteen DUBBUG riders found the hills of the Northbank-Southarm Loop particular arduous, in temperatures rising to 39 degrees on Sunday, November 3rd. However chat along the way was typically positive and entertaining. “They should rename this route ‘The…
The summer heat did not deter eighteen riders from enjoying a swift ride up the Pacific Highway to Sawtell on Sunday 16th. We enjoyed the company of some visitors from the Gold Coast and Sydney and caught up with some Coffs Harbour riders.
As it turned out we spent more time on our break for coffee than in riding. It was obviously a very popular venue; hence the service was exceptionally slow. However, bike riders of our ‘kind’ are also very good talkers. But, a two-hour stop, proved a little trying even for the most tolerant. ED, forever enthusiastic alleviated the ‘situation’ as best he could, by waitressing with the support of Dave.
We look forward to next week’s tried and true Northbank/South Arm Loop. We can depend on efficient service and excellent coffee in Bellingen! For further details please refer to the revised ride program by clicking here.
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Ride Report for Sunday 9 November 2014
Even though this ride is a continuous progression of hills and valleys, enough oxygen was still available for the group to enjoy discussions.
Discussion topics en route are a clear indication that other road traffic was minimal for most of the ride. This is to be expected in a 60 kilometre course that commenced with the Upper Warrell Creek Road from Macksville, then southward along Highway One to the recently reconfigured Stuarts Point turn-off, on to Stuarts Point, then to Scotts Head for refreshments and finally back to our starting point in Macksville.
This itinerary mostly follows quiet, forested roads that are conducive to riding in pairs with conversation helping to while away the journey. We all now know to avoid any sodium nitrate cured meats and that milk is not a preventative for osteoporosis.
Ed was the designated photographer, as he was able to establish enough of a lead at will to then snap other riders as they passed him by. As usual Phil and Mike were the pace setters, Dave kept a close watch pushing from behind, Mark rode without raising a sweat appearing not to notice the energy sapping terrain, while BettyAnne kept Kirk under control.
Next Sunday’s ride is a mercifully easy 45km from Urunga to Sawtell Garden Centre and return commencing at 0800 hours from the BP in Urunga.
With almost all of us in our signature black and yellow jerseys (hence wasps), we must have been a sight streaming down the Pacific Highway on our way back from the annual Coffs City Council’s “On Ya Bike” free breakfast.
And like a swarm of wasps we had descended on the breakfast (some of us were in time to snaffle up a free t-shirt) where we enjoyed muesli, fruit, yoghurt, bacon and egg rolls, and the good company of other cyclists.
We started the ride at 7am, an hour early, from Urunga BP so that we would be at the breakfast in good time. There were 10 starters, which was a good turn out as it was, but on the way north we picked up three others and whizzed with a strong southerly at our backs to Coffs Botanical Garden.
Once there it was time for food and coffee and to catch up with a few northern DUBBUG riders who had had a shorter bike ride before brekkie. True cyclists that they are, four of them joined us for part of the ride back toward Urunga into the teeth of the howling southerly.
Thanks to the wind, the trip back seemed to take twice as long as the trip there. Halfway back, the seven northern riders peeled off and got blown back home while the Urunga starters slogged on to the starting point.
The day was a brilliant cycle in good conditions, despite and because of the wind, but that’s cycling, isn’t it?
Next week’s ride begins at the Macksville Memorial Aquatic Centre at 8am for an approximately 70km ride from Macksville, along Upper Warrell Creek Road to the Pacific Highway, then towards Stuarts Point, taking Grassy Head Road to Scotts Head and back to Macksville. Our usual Wednesday and Friday rides will leave from Urunga BP at 8am.
The inaugural Brian Cockbain Ride Around the River (25km and 50km) is being held as part of the Nambucca River Festival on 30 November. Visit the Festival website www.nambuccariverfestival.wordpress.com for more details.