Starting off with just a few riders, the numbers grew as we passed regular stopping points heading towards Lyons Rd on the new highway. Aptly called “the conveyer” due to the consistent high speeds that can be achieved along this smooth undulating stretch of road, it has become increasing popular for “pelotons” of cyclists to enjoy testing their skills and fitness levels. “Bello Don” used this section to catch up with the group and Steve & “ED” paved the way at the front. The return section along the old highway gave Mark a puncture, however with the threat of rain there was no holding back as we descended alongside Repton railway and a sprint to Mylestom for coffee & cake.
Mylestom has grown significantly as a preferred biking destination for folks from Coffs Harbour and there was plenty of activity. The locals were very patient and kindly gave all cyclists wide berth on the narrow roads. Maybe the new road rules had something to do with it, however it was all very civilised and a perfect way to unwind after a busy week. The staff at Mylestom general store coped beautifully and we welcomed Celia, who joined us on the ride.
Next Sunday’s cycle (13 March) is to Woolgoolga. You are invited to meet at Homebase in Coffs Harbour at 8 am, though if keen, a few may ride from Urunga a tad earlier.
Some of us are in training for Tour de Rocks cancer charity ride in April from Armidale to South West Rocks. In preparation, we are conducting a local mountain bike training ride on Sunday 27 March and would love to have some keen mountain bikers join and show us the ropes. Please check the website at www.dubbug.org.au for all the details.