Thanks Dianne for this report on Riding the Night last Sunday from midnight in Melbourne.
Ride the Night
An event to raise funds and awareness around breaking the cycle of youth disadvantage.
Along with a couple of thousand other cyclists my sister, a friend and myself braved thunder, lightning and torrential rain at the Albert Park start. There was also a second start was at Kevin Bartlett Reserve in Burnley. Luckily it stopped raining just as the starting siren sounded at midnight and with bikes decorated with coloured lights, glow sticks and flags we all gradually progressed through the starting gate.
A circuit around the Albert Park Lake and then down to Luna Park before heading back along Beaconsfield Pde to South Melbourne. Up Dorcas St and Swanston St., past the Art Centre and Flinders St Station and then through Carlton and on up to the Zoo. From here we continued on via North Fitzroy, along the MCG concourse and Alexandra Ave to Kevin Bartlett Reserve in Burnley.
Back along the Monash Freeway cycle/walkway next to the Yarra, into the city again and up La Trobe St. and into the Docklands, along through the docks and under The Westgate Bridge back to The Boulevard and Beaconsfield Pde to the Albert Park finish. It was 5.10 am.
65.17kms past some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks. What a privilege to ride the city streets and cycle paths so devoid of traffic. We were ably assisted by scores of marshals keeping us safe and on the right track. The four rest stops had first aid, mechanics and food and drink and were all individually themed.
A fantastic ride through a fantastic city!