There was something very summer about the ride commencing at Urunga BP at 8 am on Sunday, as the temperature was already 30 degrees even before we started. The group wisely decided to split into three separate rides. Those who preferred a relatively flat ride up the highway towards Coffs Harbour for coffee and return, those who thought a potential swim at Glennifer was the go, and those destined to prove that heat and road conditions are irrelevant (the tougher the better) with a circuit tour to Thora via Summersville Road.
Herb, Al, George were keen for coffee near Coffs. Blondie & Kirk were keen for a swim. Mark, Phil & E.D. destined for Thora glory.
It’s great to see that DUBBUG (Dorrigo Urunga Bellingen Users Groups) caters for many levels of riding ability. It’s a pity that some car drivers, particularly on North Bank Road, do not seem to appreciate the many benefits of cycling and show little courtesy to sharing this narrow road. Coming into effect from 1 March, there are sweeping reforms for NSW road rules related to cyclists. They are tough for both drivers and cyclists, however it appears they may well be overdue. Let’s hope that Councils come on board, along with Roads & Maritime Services, to ensure that local roads have adequate signage and shoulders/cycle lanes to enhance users safety.
The trip back from Bellingen along North Bank Road saw the temperature rise to 40 degrees – nearly a record for a club ride (the highest in recent years was 42 degree ride at Macksville).
Next Sunday’s ride is to Coffs Jetty and all are welcome. We depart BP North Urunga at 8 am.
Dave Spears (E.D.)