24 riders were on the rides from Woodend today on a sunny day with a cool southerly breeze. An additional 2 riders, no prize for guessing who, joined the long ride near Lancefield. 12 riders enjoyed the long ride which included the seemingly non-optional extra coffee stop at Lancefield.
There were also 12 riders on the medium ride, with no one opting to do the short route. The group included a couple of new riders to the club – one of whom became separated from the group and found himself riding with the long ride group. The climb up Mount Macedon as far as Straws Lane might have come as a bit of a shock to our newer riders, but one was overheard to say that she felt a sense of achievement after completing the 4k climb. Emma took a spill whilst slowing at the top, experiencing the dreaded failure to instinctively remove one’s feet from cleats, that some say usually becomes automatic after the third fall off your bike.
We tested out the coffee for the second time at the new cafe and celebrated long standing member Lance’s birthday (the long riders followed habit and took their second coffee at the Chambers and so missed raising their cups to Lance). A couple of our newer riders – still finding their feet, (normally positioned below the ankles) – reflected that perhaps their tired limbs should have travelled the short ride after all.
Good spirits all around, and looking forward to the next ride.