Sunday Social Ride – Woodend – 1st May 2016
6 riders braved the conditions this morning, very cold with extremely strong winds and the ever present threat of rain. One of our lady members car was spotted at the coffee shop with bike on board but obviously decided not to ride. Names will not be mentioned. We also had a first time rider Ben with the club so he had a baptism under fire with the conditions.
Due to the hazardous conditions, strong winds, wet roads, trees down across the road in many places plus debris washed onto roads as well I changed the published route to a safer circuit away from the trees. We rode a 52k circuit up to Kyneton into the head wind to Batters Lane, Chases Lane, Dons Road, and back along Boundary Road. Once we turned into Pipers Creek road we basically had the wind at our backs for the remainder of the ride. We had a light sprinkle of rain for only a few minutes and a good portion of the ride was in sunshine. We managed to wear Ben out on the ride but seeing as he had not been on the bike for some time he coped well with the conditions.
The break at the cafe at the finish of the ride was very welcome, warm and out of the wind. Unfortunately after the coffee stop 4 riders had to ride various distances in Woodend back home but as they had survived the conditions earlier I am sure they managed to cope well.