Thanks to Margy for this report and photos of her ride with George and Kevin, and her volunteering for the Elite Men’s event on Sunday. .
With the probable confusion of finding each other amidst 3500 riders, George, Kevin and I rendezvoused in Car Park on Yarra Street, and made our way together to mingle with the excited riders at the starting line.
We actually started in a faster group than we had designated, and although it was extremely orderly, I found the pace a tad fast heading into a head wind on way to Barwon Heads. Thanks to my gentlemanly co riders and their support, we made the rest area at Barwon Heads in good time. After skulling a bottle of Lucozade, my legs started turning, adrenaline kicked in and the three of us had a wonderful ride along 13th Beach and home stretch including some fast peddling all along Horseshoe Bend Road.
Another great experience to be involved with fellow Cycle Geelong members.
Sunday I was a Volunteer for the Elite Men’s Race, which was an eye opener to the organizing of the event. First placement was at car park along Eastern Beach. Quite a serious role with erecting a street barracade sign, and stopping groups of tourists quite insistent on carrying their picnic baskets across the road from the car park to the beach.
Next marshall spot was on a quiet stretch of Barwon Blvd, stopping cars from entering from Cedar Grove.
An interesting exercise to observe the amount of police, support vehicles and traffic control to run the event safely.