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Lifecycle

Group for cyclists who took part in the Sydney to Canberra Lifecycle ride

Location: Sydney & Canberra
Members: 12
Latest Activity: Jun 20

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Comment by Alan on May 4, 2009 at 8:39am
Well done to all Lifecycle Sydney to Canberra cyclists! For some it was a bit easier than others. But in the end we all made it - with a little help from our fellow cyclists, Vickie and her teams organisation, and some great weather!

I hope some of you will use this forum to share info, arrange rides and hopefully we'll meet up again before next years Lifecycle ride :)
Comment by Ernest Harrison on May 4, 2009 at 11:04pm
What a great ride it was. It was a pleasure to be a part of it. The riders were all a joy to be with. It would be great to catch up with everyone on another ride at some time.
Congratulation to Vickie and her team on a well run event.
Comment by Lean Too on May 6, 2009 at 9:59am
Le grand Depart

Sunrise saw a motley crew milling around the carpark at the Uni, as morning fog cleared it became evident that the official rego desk was being erected on the grass at the Uni entrance 300meters away so the first pedals were pushed getting to rego.
Where was the tea/coffee urn….

The welcome was warm and as greetings gave way to safety briefing and discussion of group etiquette, the sun had risen sufficiently to burn off the light fog and we rolled out at about 8am….a very rag tag peloton of about 40 riders.

3ks into the 220 the first puncture, all 40 stopped and gathered around…no ( tyre ) pressure, a swift change of inner tube and rolling again in 9mins, but the greyhound group had already made a 1 minute lead on the tail draggers…

As the day progressed it was a clear that the litter/glass and assorted nails self tapper screws wire, bottles and detritus accumulating on the verge were going to make a big dent in the spares trailer. Tyres were shredded by the fangs on expansion joints on bridges, and punctures were even caused by expired wildlife bones at the edges of the carriageway. Many a hare overtaken by the tortoises as they refitted a new "pneu".

Every army marches on its stomach and this army was fed and watered (isotonic) regularly with chicken/ham/cheese/salad/fruit/lollies and as mr kippling would say, "exceedingly good cakes".

The weather was all in our favour, a cool morning of 9C to a comfy 19C for most of the day and a cloudless sky for arrival in Goulburn. Sun lotion needed for those not wanting melanoma retirement.

It was only 148km to the Trappers motel but as we climbed to 2000ft above sea level there was more uphill than down, the last 5 seemed to be the cruellest as a long steady climb was needed to bypass the township. Seeing the maccas arches from the bottom of the last climb made the end of the stage seem closer than it actually was…

Arrive

Trappers have many wonderful facilities, but not a change of clothes, so the early arrivals were parading around the quad in their lycra, which added colour and cheer, until the luggage trailer arrived behind the last of the riders at 4pm. The bar only opened at six, an oversight which will not be repeated. And Dinner was at 8, otherwise as the Aussie cricket team will repeat, whatever happens on tour stays on tour. A welcome and comfortable travellers stop, in site of the Big Merino. ( A missed photo opportunity, but maybe next year)

Day 2

Sunday our sleep in to 5:45 was delicious, as was breakfast at 6am sharp, all hands on deck, spit, polished and champing at the bit to be off at 8am.

Fog on the ground, 5C but an in flight visibility of 300m meant that all lights and reflectors were needed for safety and flashers were seen all through the now expanded peloton of about 100 riders. There was a much more edgy feel about the riders on the run into Canberra, perhaps there were rival teams meeting again but the pace was hot and enough energy expended to clear the fog shortly after the Collector turn off. There was a lot less litter closer to our nation's capital so there were less unscheduled roadside stops due to tyre problems.

WheatlyVC rest area was scheduled for a combined smoko/lunch at 40ks from the finish and all bar a few crumbs of the catering were polished off.

The climb up to Hawks Nest was the last of the open road and by now glorious sunshine and a balmy 15C to 19C. Peeling off cold weather gear and chuffing up the hill for an assault on the capital, we assembled before going over the top and downhill all the way to parliament house the elder. The troops were getting toey before the whistle blew for the final leg of this epic ride, a police escort was arranged to ensure the route was clear for the now enormous lycra tsunami.

And then as all good things end, this adventure ended, with a sausage sizzle and applause on the grass in front of OPH…

Many thanks to all the riders support crew and organisers for a wonderful experience and an achievement to be proud of..

Of course there was a very serious side of this adventure, please now visit http://www.lifecycleaustralia.org.au/ and if you feel the urge put a coin or two in the box for our cause. ( Youth suicide prevention and lifeline )
Comment by Caroline Homburg on July 23, 2009 at 2:50pm
Hey All,

Hope everyone is fit and healthy, Im looking at organising a reunion ride maybe mid August after City to Surf. Rose and I are both entering. Rose has herself a new bike which I cant wait to see. Hopefully together we can make a weekend to suit everyone it maybe best if everyone comments on when it is suitible for them. Would everyone like to make the ride here in the Highlands? iF anyone has other suggestions happy to listen.
Hope we can all ride together soon.
Cheers
Caroline
Comment by Rose on July 23, 2009 at 4:47pm
What about the WWW ride in August?
Comment by Caroline Homburg on July 23, 2009 at 5:49pm
Thanks for the reminder Rose so with the City to Surf and WWW Ride the only weekends in August are the third and last weekend otherwise there is September.
Comment by Rose on July 24, 2009 at 1:02pm
i was meaning that as the reunion ride
Comment by Caroline Homburg on July 24, 2009 at 1:34pm
Good idea, I remember you saying thuogh its a slow pace. Waiting to here from them anybody,somebody to respond. See what the others think.
Comment by Alan on July 24, 2009 at 1:52pm
sorry to be dumb, but what is the www ride? Rose/Caroline can you provide a link to the info?
Comment by Caroline Homburg on July 24, 2009 at 1:54pm
WWW ride is an event in Sydney Cyclists look under events.

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