Ballarat Cycle Classic: February 16th 2014

Ride report from Stella Groves

Who said Ballarat was cold ??  Well yes it was at 8am in the morning ! (ed. 6.1 Celsius – the coldest morning this month!)

Three members  from Cycling Geelong decided to join this really great ride –  Rosemary Michael and Myself (Stella).    Steph and Geoff were going BUT…  more about that later!!

The Ballarat Cycle Classic is a fundraiser for cancer research.

About 1500 cyclists participated in the ride  to raise funds for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute (FECRI).   The ride started at 8:30 and very soon the fast ones sped past and the slow ones crept on behind.  We decided to try the 50k ride.  That was  very sensible decision!  The country roads meandered towards Buningyong with some small hills and beautiful countryside.  I must say  most cyclists whizzed past but it was very pleasant to cycle at a slow speed and observe the unfamiliarity of Ballarat surroundings.

We had two stops were we gobbled Bananas and delicious fruit cake  and arrived back in  Ballarat at noon.

It was really like a holiday!  There were new people to meet and new places to visit.

But where were Steph and Geoff ??? We searched  and looked but no sighting.  Unfortunately, it transpired that  Geoff  was unwell so they missed the event sadly.

Next year this is a must for me  and I hope others will join to enjoy the day and raise funds!

Stella

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