On Sunday Mal and I got up at the crack of dawn (well, just before it really) and prepared for our 57Km ride. We met at Turramurra shops and made the short ride to Karuah Oval where the FIIG Bobbin Head Cycle Classic starts and finishes (Green start button on the map). As we rode up at 7:45 we were told to head off. The ride had begun.
We counted the kilometres as we cycled: first 6km (10%), then 12km (20%) as we drove along the Pacific Highway and up the gentle ride over Mt Colah and down the 200m into Bobbin Head. We’d done the 4km ride out several times on our training session so it didn’t seem too hard this time. From Bobbin Head we cut through St Ives to the halfway point and first drink stop (Point 52 on the map).
We were greeted by our families waving flags, balloons and a banner. It was a great surprise to see them – they had been following us online so they knew where we were. Next we headed along Mona Vale Road through the bush to Terry Hills. The killer (and unexpected hill) was in Terry Hills just before another water station (Point 40 on map) – neither of us had to get off and walk!
The final leg back was a long, shallow downhill ride to St Ives and back into Karuah Oval to the finish line – you can see us both crossing it in the photo just three and a half hours after we left (Mal is on the left, I am on the right).
We were lucky with the weather. Not too cold and the sun was gentle when it came out around half way through the ride. Had we been doing it the following day I think we might have drowned!
Half way through the ride I got a text message from the organisers offering me a beer because, thanks to those of you sponsored me, I had raised one of the higher amounts for Lifeline. The record stands at $520. Thank you on behalf of Lifeline.
One last comment: I was very impressed by the organisation of the event. The signs for cyclists were clear, there were lots of friendly martials and the police were out helping us get through the traffic on the more difficult junctions. Congratulations to the organisers for putting together such an excellent event.