I participated in my first MBTC Melbourne Autumn Day Ride on Sunday and as previously posted, would have to agree that the organisation, on course signage, marshals and volunteers were first rate, making for a very good experience.
I had registered for the 120km road ride and arrived at Woodend around 7AM in time to sign in and get the bike ready. While I had anticipated that it may be a cool start to the day and was dressed appropriately, the nip in the air was still a surprise. Saw Hooli at the sign in but did not recognised any other familiar faces and so set off on my own shortly after 8AM.
Fell in with a bunch of guys sporting ‘Le Tour De Lygon’ jerseys and took part in their pace line out to Lancefield. Stopped for a piece of orange, an apple and juice, then set off on my own again as I had cooled down a bit too much after taking off my spray jacket and I needed a head start on the climb out to Baynton. The road signs indicating ‘rough surface’ were as far as I was concerned a gross understatement. I felt every bump and pot hole through my steel framed Shogun.
The TDL guys caught me at the Pastoria refreshment stop, were I topped up with water, some lollies and a few pieces of lovely fruit cake.
The next leg of the course was a bit of a slog for me, passing through Kyneton and taking a break at Lauriston for a quick snack and a chat with the HPV rider about my bike. Then took in all the views and scenery as I rode around the Upper Coliban Reservoir, most enjoyable.
Approaching Woodend, I saw two lovely ladies, splendidly turned out for the Tweed ride for which I congratulated them on their effort as I passed.
Finished back at the sports ground just after 1PM, with an egg & bacon roll and a large flat white. I had a fabulous day and thanks again the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club for holding this event.