Barwon River Circuit: 27th January, 2018

Alex led 20+ cyclists on the circuit.  We had two new riders – Roman and his daughter Lily.  Lily is probably our youngest rider ever and did the ride from the comfort of dad’s small-wheeled trike, which converts into a stroller.

There was a rowing regatta so a dismount was needed near Moorabool Street.  Otherwise, the path as reasonably quiet.  The ride strung out with lots of gaps to allow other path users plenty of space.  Passing under the Queen’s Park Bridge, the first bunch of Cadel Evans People’s riders came through.  David estimated that, to have made this point before 10am, these riders must have averaged around 40kph.  They were riding very strongly and looked as if the Aphrasia climb and Melville Avenue ‘wall’ would be no problem.

As usual, the coffee break was at Barwon Edge.  While sitting there, resting and enjoying refreshments, it was enjoyable to watch the later people’s riders on the lower slopes of the Challambra climb on the other side of the river.  By this time (around 11am), it was the average recreational cyclists making the climb.  The distance and hills were beginning to take their toll on some riders. 

Thanks to Alex for leading this most enjoyable ride.

Congratulations to all our Cycling Geelong members who rode in the Cadel Evans GOR People’s ride this morning – Margy, Kevin, Doug, David S, and any others.  It’s a wonderful achievement whichever ride you chose.  Thanks also to Stephanie and Geoff who were marshalling.  (I think I spotted a glimpse of Stephanie on the lower part of the Chalambra climb – directing the riders past a central road island – they were moving too quickly to be sure.)

On my ride back home, I enjoyed a spin down Church Street.  There were still riders completing the Cadel Evans People’s Ride 110km course at that time (around 12am).

Later, after watching the women’s event live, I cruised down to Steampacket Gardens for the presentations.  With the roads still closed to motor traffic, it was an easy quiet ride.

Congratulations to Chloe Hoskins (who also won the Tour Down Under last week).  Chloe also won the sprint jersey.  Congratulations also to the other place getters, Gracie Elvin (2nd) and Georgia Bronzini, and to Katrin Garfoot (Queen of the Mountains), and Sabrina Stultiens who staged an amazing breakaway on the Chalambra climb and was only caught in the last few hundred metres along the waterfront.

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