Fiona Elsey Ride for Cancer Research – Ballarat Cycling Classic: Sunday 21st February,2016

This report is from Geoff and Stephanie Andrews who were volunteers supporting the ride.

From all accounts  the  ride was a wonderful success for this local cancer research charity. %100 of the very reasonable entry fee went to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute in Ballarat.

It was heartening to see many riders who live in Geelong ride one of the many road courses 50,60, 85 & 100 km  available.  I spoke with Terry & Paul from Portarlington, some LAC riders, amongst  the 1500  riders who participated.  Some came from as far away as Shepparton, Benalla & the Murrundindi Shire as well as the western districts of Vic.

Stephanie & I welcomed our much liked member Doug Merritt  at the 1st feed & fuel stop on his way to completing the 100 km Ride – Congratulations Doug for doing so well.

The weather was perfect  and I would like to see more Geelong riders entering next year.

Geoff  and Stephanie

Editors Note:  Paul tells us that the 100km route was very challenging.  Not only did the cyclists ride the hilly Mount Bunninyong championship course, but the route then went to Mount Egerton which Paul says was ‘like climbing Pollocksford Road three times on end’.  The riders were glowing about the support from volunteers on the ride (thanks to people like Geoff and Stephanie) and the amazing number of spectators to welcome riders home at Lake Wendouree.

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