Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton – 24th January 2016
26 riders assembled this morning with threatening conditions and a very strong South Westerly Wind blowing and as would have it the uphill climbs of the ride on both options were into the wind, but the added bonus was that the ride started with a nice tailwind section and a good tailwind section at the end. We were also joined by a first time rider with the club and it is good to see the large numbers riding each weekend as 6 regular riders were either in Sth Aust for the TDU or riding the Audax ride this weekend.
Only 5 riders opted for the longer ride and the remainder rode the shorter option. Of the 21 riders on the shorter ride 6 elected to the ride the extra short version to cut out the climb up Shepherds Hill plus some riders had to be back early and members accompanied them for company and rode back to Kyneton from the end of Youngs Road. There was also mass confusion on the longer ride when 3 riders appeared to disappear from view due to one rider stopping to remove an extra layer of clothing and so the other 2 rode the shorter route back to Kyneton, so at the end only 3 rode the published longer route. As Dave was part of the longer ride and when anything goes wrong we always manage to blame him for it as we need someone to pick on and then have a good laugh and blame him anyway whether he was the cause or not. Back at the coffee stop there was a lot of fun made at the deviants who did not ride the published routes. All in good fun.
Everyone did agree that even with the head wind up the climbs it was a great ride and a good time was had by all.