Cool Riding

A dozen riders gathered for the 65km ride from Urunga to the Coffs Jetty and return.  A sparkling, sunny morning with light winds and not as chilly as the past few weeks augered well for a pleasant cycle.
Our ride leader did not show, caught in bed with a wog. A new rider Tamsin was a welcome addition showing great strength throughout the hilly but medium paced ride to stay with the leaders on her not so speedy steed. 
Herb's unfailing exuberance meant he found himself out of his usual position as the tail end charlie.  The oldest rider in the group is not supposed to challenge the egos of the faster cyclists but Herb obviously forgot his place and was seen near the front of the bunch on more than one occasion.
Leigh (pictured) was kind enough to get the only flat tyre and he timed it so that it could be repaired at the coffee stop in Coffs. The slog home to Urunga into the strengthing headwind was ameliorated by Dave and Phil's willingness to spend the whole time at the front of the bunch breaking wind.
With the fast approach of the Coffs 100km Challenge some riders are indulging in secret training. This week's additional 100km ride around the Challenge course on Tuesday will commence at 0900 hours from the University end of Stadium Drive in Coffs. The scheduled rides will be from the BP in Urunga at 0800 hours on Wednesday and Friday. Next Sunday's ride at the same start time is a 77km hilly ride from Urunga to Bowraville and return. All riders are most welcome.
Mike Flood