I had an excellent time on Sunday and I'd like to thank everybody involved in in the organisation of the ride for their efforts. It really was very memorable and the weather was superb.
I'd like to make a couple of suggestions that might improve the event next year. I've noticed that several other people have been criticised for this, so please be assured this is not intended as sniping but rather as constructive comments.
1. It would be terrific to have some kind of route map for the event which showed start and finish areas, rest areas and other such useful information such as distances between points, cumulative distances, ferry times and Westgate Bridge cut-off times. It's the sort of thing that would fit quite easily on a single A2 sheet and a would have been quite handy to have on the day.
2. Standing in the queue for an hour and a half while waiting for a spot on a ferry was the least enjoyable part of the day. It was time I would much rather have spent having lunch in a shady spot, having a stretch, using the toilet and refilling my water bottles. Someone should give some consideration to handing out numbered ferry tickets to avoid the need for queueing, so that only those people who are actually getting on the next ferry need to line up. It was a also little annoying to queue up for so long only to watch a dozen or so cars drive onto the ferry when space was at such a premium. Surely the ferry operators, given the money Bicycle Victoria is spending, could give priority to cyclists on those few trips on this one day of the year.
3. After all that effort, the finish was a bit of an anticlimax. Perhaps it could be put at the end of a straight. Perhaps people could be given a finishers medallion, or a certificate or something. I wonder how many people whose names appeared in The Age didn't front up at the start! It also be really nice to get a photo rolling across the line. Thanks to all those people who were at the finish clapping. You really made me feel special.
4. Perhaps some consideration could be given to posting jerseys and ride numbers next year. Making a special trip into town, even on the bike, felt like a bit of a waste of time, particularly when the numbers weren't ready.
All in all, these are points sufficiently minor that you had to consider the event pretty close to perfect. Congratulations to everyone involved and I look forward to seeing you next year.