Bikerider wrote:A lot of beginners got more than they bargained for after doing the Orange Ride - then they thought the MAD ride would be a bit more of a challenge - only looking at the distance - they didn't account for the steep hills and bumpy surfaces.
Yep, the MAD Ride certainly is _not_ a suburban street tour! Be prepared for a few hills, but this year the 60km road route is probably flatter and easier than the previous 50km route. It always amazes me how people can come from a mass street ride out to the country ie. Great Dividing Range, and be surprised that the ride is harder
Bikerider wrote:I must say after last years MAD ride I wasn't going to do it again - very poorly organised and the lunch was almost inedible - However, as it's a new location I'll give it another go this year and see how they go.
Glad you'll join us again. The new routes should be much better for low traffic.
What aspects were poorly organised for you? Do tell, as we want to avoid any problems for riders. The lunch does usually get pretty favourable comments though - salad roll, drink, muesli bar, apple is pretty standard fare. How was yours inedible?
The BAD Ride is much more enjoyable and very well arranged.[/quote]
I haven't done the BAD Ride for many years, and must get up there this year.