It was a dark and stormy night… The BAD ride, Ballarat

Thanks to Mike Currie for this report.

After a wild and stormy night, I was feeling somewhat doubtful about the wisdom of braving the elements on the BAD ride.  This is the annual Ballarat Autumn Day ride hosted by the Ballarat Bushwalking Club. However, thinking the weather might improve, I headed off towards Ballarat.  A wrong turn on the way meant that I arrived as the first peloton was being waved off but by 9:20, I was on my way.  On  physio’s advice I had decided to do the 50km ride and the conditions gave me no cause to change my mind.  After a short ride around the lake, we headed north -easterly into the teeth of a gale (37km/hr) with many falling by the wayside.  Mythoughts went out to the many volunteer marshals who endured the weather standing on lonely corners.  At Miners Rest we turned west and the wind seemed to alter direction accordingly, remaining in our faces.  At Avenue Rd the 50k riders turned south to skirt Lake Burrumbeet (the wind now coming from the right meant riding at a 45 degree angle), passing the lunch stop at Cardigan Village.  By this time it was raining as we made our way south east towards Smythes Creek, before finally returning to the starting point at 11:50 for a welcome coffee.  Unfortunately I didn’t see any other Cycling Geelong members but they were probably there somewhere.  Despite the conditions, an enjoyable ride on lovely country roads with the added bonus of the nice certificate provided by the Bushwalking Club.

The start of a BAD ride – better conditions than 2016. Photo: BAD ride website. http://www.badrideballarat.com.au/uploads/3/8/6/0/38606013/1973503_orig.jpg

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One thought on “It was a dark and stormy night… The BAD ride, Ballarat

  1. Dear Cycling Geelong,

    Thank you for Mike Currie’s report on the BAD Ride.

    It was indeed a hard ride and the BAD Ride committee and the other volunteers from the Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club were most grateful that our loyal supporters still came along to enjoy the Sunday outing that had been made available.

    I have attached a couple of snaps taken of your members. There will be others posted on our BAD Ride Facebook website after they have been collated from the various keen photographers.

    Keep upright and Happy,

    Gary

    Gary Bunn BAD Ride Co-ordinator

    On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 10:02 AM, Cycling Geelong wrote:

    > hlyth2013 posted: “Thanks to Mike Currie for this report. After a wild and > stormy night, I was feeling somewhat doubtful about the wisdom of braving > the elements on the BAD ride. This is the annual Ballarat Autumn Day ride > hosted by the Ballarat Bushwalking Club. Howeve” >

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