Wed ride to Arthurs Seat – 70km hilly (7/12/16)

Yesterday we did our version of Chris Froome winning the Herald Sun Tour climbing the Arthurs Seat. He’ll be back in February to defend his title and we now know how hard it is. Caught the 8 o’clock Ferry from Queenscliff, 10 of us. Unfortunately our joint leaders Helen Lyth and John Hagan couldn’t come so our Ride Co-ordinator Dave Simpson led the group. Perfect weather, sunny mild and not windy. Very quiet boat trip not many customers. Rode from Sorrento to Red Hill. Beautiful county side and hilly. We stopped at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm for our morning strawberry and iced coffee. Then onto Arthurs Seat. Dave won the King of Mountain jersey by reaching the summit first followed by me. The new Eagle gondolier lifts were opened officially last weekend. The new massive Eagle Restaurant looked almost finished. We rode down the steep and windy road  to Nepean Highway and  back to Sorrento. Reached the terminal 18 minutes before our 2 o’clock Ferry – boat was full this time with cars and school groups and quite a few other cyclists. The 3 “D”s – Doug, Dirk and Dave stayed back in Sorrento for lunch and must have caught a later Ferry.

Thanks to Dave for leading us so well. Well done to 2 relatively new riders on Wednesday – Dirk and Lynton, they both rode very well. Thanks also to John Hagan for choosing such a great route as Dave emailed him: “Sorry that you couldn’t make the ride today. Congratulations on your choice of route, there were some really nice roads leading up to the final climb to the top. Everyone had a great day out in the sun. We will definitely do that ride again! ”  You too can join us next time.

John M

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