Sunday Social Ride – Woodend – 7th February 2016
A record number of 32 riders assembled this morning in Woodend in excellent conditions for a ride. It is great to see the club continue to expand and newer members enjoying their riding with us. As was advertised via email etc. we commenced our ride with a short session of practice riding in a group lo learn how to safely ride with other riders around. Club members who take part in racing are used to riding in bunches but for members not used to bunch riding it takes practice to be comfortable in close proximity to others. The main reason for the practice is for the safety of our members and others who are on the road at the same time. All riders enjoyed the experience and apart from a few minor issues to be sorted out we will endeavor to have sessions incorporated into some of our rides in future where routes are suitable for practice.
After the practice was completed 17 riders rode the longer route and the remaining 15 the shorter route. Both rides followed the same route to the end of Chases Lane where the longer route continued on to Newham via 3 Chain Road and the shorter route rode back to Woodend via Cobb & Co Road. The weather was beginning to get warm by the time the rides were finished but a nice tail wind back to Woodend made for an good finish to the ride and both groups were back together in Woodend at the end for coffee and a chat.
A great time was had by all.