28 September 2009

Rotary 5 Peaks Ride

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The weather was a miserable -5 with the wind chill, gusts upto 60kph yesterday and snow falling on the ranges but that didn’t stop 430 people taking on the Rotary Spring Cycle around Canberra and especially the 5 Peaks ride.

I was expecting the number of participants to be down due to the inclement weather but it just proves that Canberra cyclists are nuts as the numbers actually went up from 360 last year.

For those that don’t know, the Rotary Spring Cycle is a leisurely ride around Canberra seeing the sites and suburbs while at the same time riding up 5 bloody steep hills and covering 22-100km depending on how energetic you’re feeling.

The attitude of the riders was very positive and I can’t believe how fast people were going down the hills in the wet and the cold. At the end of the ride I think everyone felt they had put in a good effort.

Well done to Rotary for organising it and keeping everyone going during the day.

And to the lass with one leg who did all the peaks, you rock.

Seeing 2 fire engines on Black Mountain as I rode up was a bit disconcerting, wondering what had happened for them to be called but it was just a fire alarm.

Heading up and down Mount Stromlo was the coldest part of the day.

What I thought was the start of the Cotter Road on-road cycle path, but it ran out 2km later.

Letting them know we’ve survived at the end of day.

The reward at the end of the ride – a sausage inna bun

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