The fifty-kilometre Southarm/Northbank Loop from Urunga to Bellingen and return, is always a great chance to “attack the hills” and strengthen general fitness.  Eight riders forewent a lazy Easter Sunday morning but not the compulsory chocolate intake.  Michele even managed to provide chilled caramello eggs at a catch-up stop enroute TO Bellingen.  In the main we rode as a compact group and were pleased that Liz had travelled down from Woolgoolga to join us.  Alan performed his sweep duties with great commitment; apparently Herb had something else to do…

The enticement of good coffee and chai tea ensured a reasonable pace into Bellingen.  Sadly on the return journey tyre issues slowed Colleen, and Alan was stopped by a puncture.  However, those waiting were regaled by Michele’s insights on the “effect of the angular momentum of turning bicycle wheels on stability as it causes them to behave like gyroscopes”.  There was also talk of the impact of the “torque produced by a rider leaning into a corner and thus causing a counterclockwise precession of the bicycle wheel”.  Of course!!

We all thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful autumn weather and vistas; deciding that there was really nothing better to do on a Sunday morning.  Next week we look forward to ‘Lowana Masochism’ led by Phil.  We have alternate starting points and times:  either 8 at Urunga BP or 9 at Club Coffs on West High.