It was Geelong’s coldest morning for years – -2C at Rippleside Park. The grass was white with frost. Thirteen hardy riders turned up to celebrate the life of Ted Wilson, and to ride a 45 km circuit including the northern section of the Ted Wilson Trail. Maree Burn once again set the scene with a memory sprig of rosemary for each rider.
The circuit took the cyclists north along the waterfront, to School Road, and north along the Melbourne Road service Road to the start of the Ted Wilson Trail on Broderick Road. Cold was the operative word! Riders warmed a little on the ascent to Ballarat Road. However, the coffee stop at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road was most welcome.
The ride continued along the Cement Works Rail trail to McCurdy Road, and down the steep descent of Hyland Street. There were still patches of white on the grass at Fyansford. With the sun low in mid-winter, this area is in shadow until around mid-day.
The river path was much less busy than on the club’s Saturday rides, so a good pace was kept until Landy Field, where a rest stop was held (during which there was an excellent demonstration of puncture repair on Barbara’s flat tyre – thanks to those who stepped in to accomplish this). From the Breakwater the return to Rippleside Park was via the Waterfront, which was busy as people enjoyed the cold winter sunshine.
Thanks to Maree for once again running this ride.