The predicted temperature was 42C! Even so, 12 cyclists arrived at Balyang for the weekly Barwon Circuit, most ably led by Margy M. Karen and Kelly, who had already ridden 10 km from Corio via the Ted Wilson path, opted to leave the ride at Swanson Street due to the hot slog home against a strengthening northerly wind. The riders were joined along the path by Gavin, Doug (on Cruzebike) and Sandra.
Doug mentioned reports in the paper about cyclists on the river path, including negative feedback drummed up by our local media (Murdoch press) and reminded the group to be courteous to other path users. (There were very few due to the heat.)
Several riders opted to shorten the ride at either Shannon Avenue or Queens Park. Andrew (who had wisely chosen to bring the car from Point Lonsdale, instead of his usual ride to the start) had a puncture at Fyansford and was ably assisted in the repair by Doug and Lynton. Eventually the whole group reassembled at Barwon Edge where they were joined by Nancy who had promises to ride next week if the weather is better.
Congratulations to all cyclists. Thanks to Margy for her expert leadership and everyone for an enjoyable friendly morning’s ride.
Note: at 12.41pm the mercury stands at 40.1C at Rippleside.
Tomorrow will be cooler – consider our ‘Little Geelong Tour’ of ~57km leaving Rippleside Park at 8.30am or join Cycling Geelong for Monday’s Melbourne ride (see the Ride Calendar for details).