Longest ride on the shortest day

Woolgoolga Main BeachWe didn’t plan it that way, but one of the longest rides we’ve done ended up being on the shortest day of the year, and with all the good food provided along the way it was a fine celebration of the solstice.

Five of us had a 7.30am start from Urunga, with the indefatigable Rayner cycling down from Sawtell to sit for a couple of minutes, then turn around and head back north with Rider Leader Phil, Mike, Colleen and Mark. These were the centenary cyclists who were aiming to do the 105km ride.

Those who were after a shorter cycle (55km) met in Coffs Harbour to await the first group, and enjoyed coffee and food at Dave S’s office west of the CBD.

The much larger group of 14 eventually headed north, to eventually end up in Woolgoolga. It was a fast trip up the highway once we had made it to the other side of the hill outside Coffs. The southerly wind was just starting to make a show and pushed us along so that we flew up the smooth tarmac to the Woopi off-ramp, with some of us reaching 42km/hour on the flat.

We took in the sights of Woolgoolga and then turned towards home and into what felt like a 20 knot southerly. After a few kilometres of slogging along with some of our riders struggling a bit, we took advantage of having a big group of riders to form a peloton with the stronger riders in front, which protected the riders in the back from pushing into the wind. Thanks to all you riders at the front who helped us out.

Our coffee stop was at Don and Michele’s house, and everyone collapsed onto their deck in the sun overlooking the ocean and ate and drank for so long they were probably wondering when we would leave.  But the southerly was not getting any weaker and we figured we had better get going sooner rather than later. The returning group broke into two smaller groups, with the Coffs/Sawtell cyclists heading home via Hogbin Drive and the Urunga starters spending the next hour on the highway south.

And even though it was the shortest day of the year, we all managed to make it home before dark. Next week’s ride is an old favourite up to Bellingen and back via North Bank and South Arm. Join us at BP Urunga for an 8am departure. Rides go every Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8am from BP Urunga as well. Everyone’s welcome. For more information, see our website – www.dubbug.org.au

No such thing as bad weather….

DUBBUG SawtellOne of our riders, Don M., says there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Today, we needed a range of clothing to make sure it was appropriate for the range of weather we had. It was cold this morning and most everyone who started at Urunga BP arrived with at least two layers on.

Coffs Creek Walkway/Cycleway

Ride Report 7th June 2015 Ian Scott Nine riders collected at BP North Urunga for an easy ride to Coffs to explore the Coffs Creek Walkway. After the terrible weather of the last couple of days, it was a pleasure…

Lost and Found

Phil discusses ride with GeorgeToday’s ride report is dedicated to Ride Leader Phil, who managed to find and lose more riders than any other ride leader. Well, not lose exactly, but by the end of today’s ride there were only five of us, out of a group of 12 that had started from Urunga BP, and which had swelled to 15 midway through the ride.

Highway Hazards – Bicyclists Beware….

Cycling the Pacific Highway from Urunga to Nambucca Heads and return conjures up daydreams of the new highway being finished and cyclists having all that lovely “old” bitumen to themselves, or at least with greatly reduced traffic. It was a…

Rain or shine, DUBBUG rides on…

Will it or won’t it? Rain on us, that is. And of course it did, but only for a few minutes. Pity that there was a lot of rain in those few minutes…. The planned ride was out to Bellingen,…

NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge

Geoff-Peter-ED

The launch of the NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge was held this week.  The ride is scheduled for Sat 1st and Sun 2nd August.  The Sunday rides will take a similar route as last year with a change of start/end…

Gumma Gladness

MacksvilleThere was a large turnout today for a “southern” ride – generally only four or five venture down towards Macksville when there is a ride in this neck of the woods – so it was good to have 11 riders take off from Nambucca Heads Visitor Centre to cycle to Gumma near Macksville.