Despite the cold, wet and extremely windy conditions, four people – Dave S, Karen, Kevin and Helen (ride leader) rode the annual ride to commemorate the life of Ted Wilson, and his enormous contribution to cycling. All riders received a sprig of rosemary (for remembrance).
Due to the conditions, the route was modified, with the coffee stop early in the ride at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road – welcoming, warm and good coffee. From there it was up Church Street and down the Ted Wilson Trail to Pioneer Road. Leaving the trail, the westerly wind pushed the riders to the Grammar School and Bay Trail for the return trip.
Despite some flurries, there was no rain during the ride. The wind increased as the ride went on – an exhilarating ride home to the peninsula for Dave – but a bit of a battle for Kevin.
Due to the bad conditions, many people who would have liked to do this ride missed out, so the ride will be re-scheduled in a couple of weeks, hopefully on the original route.