Paul Courtney, from Coffs Harbour Community Cycle Group (Saturday mornings at 6.30 am if you want to come along) has let us know that he is taking part in the Ride 4 KIDS (Coffs to Noosa 680 km) and that the “kick off” event is their charity ball with the ride commencing the next day, Sunday morning. If you would like to attend or organise a table, the details can be downloaded by clicking here. Alternatively, Paul would very much appreciate a donation by clicking here.
Paul tells us that all the riders will be at the charity ball, no doubt dancing the night away!
On Sunday, a quick check of the weather radar indicated no rain so apparently a perfect day to venture towards Thora as a practise lead up to the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge in August. However, the Bellinger Valley was shrouded in something not quite a mist and not quite a drizzle – Mark coined it a “mizzle”.
The advertised ride for today was from Urunga to Macksville along the Pacific highway. The club has the uncanny knack of always scheduling this ride during school holidays. Not sure who has the death wish in the group but it’s not me!
So flouting the club’s constitution, an executive decision (I don’t think 4 people is a quorum and Herb the only committee member!) was made at Friday’s coffee session to change the ride route. The chosen route is new highway to Lyons Rd, old highway to Williams Rd, detour to Bongil Bongil NP picnic area, old highway to Perrys Rd then Mylestom for coffee. Credit goes to Kirk for proposing it.
Next Sunday’s ride starts from Urunga BP at 8 am. There are separate rides for both road bikes and mtb, cyclocross, flat bar etc. We’ll finish at Mylestom for coffee & hot cross buns (supplied by DUBBUG). If you aren’t a member (yes, we know who you are) and want a “free” coffee, then head over our membership page and make our Treasurer happy. Otherwise, a small donation on Sunday would be in order.
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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.
We 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.
One 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.
Today’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.
There 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.