I also enjoyed the ride, however I also remember whinging about cold and wet feet! As discussed during the ride, I'm planning the next UEComm ATB training ride to include part of the World Championships route (including the Geelong circuit).
Details - Sunday 26th Sept. Hoppers Crossing to Geelong return (about 135kms). Meet 6.30am outside Brumbys, Hoppers Crossing shopping centre car park (near Target and station). Largely flat, follows world championships course as per (http://www.melbourne2010.com.au/default.aspx?s=melb-geelong-flash
). Actual route details (135kms) see http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Hoppers-Crossing-to-Geelong-World-Championship-Circuit
Speed: depends who turns up! (similar to today's ride).