The forecast didn't look great for Sunday's ride but we were all keen to do a few extra k's this weekend, it didn't take us long to decide on heading toward Pyalong then Tallarook. The route of the 100km (114km by my computer) Lancefield Lazy Legs, an Audax ride that Andy runs once a year. It's a hilly ride which is no surprise around this neck of the woods, but nothing too challenging and made for some great ups and downs for the eleven of us. The hilite for me is always the long descent into the valley not long after you take the right turn toward High Camp, hitting speeds of around 70kph the bunch was stretched out over a long area so we re grouped for a quick chat before the next climb. After about 25km we hit the highway at High Camp then rode single file for about 8km till the Seymour turn off at Pyalong and only a short way to the wonderful old trestle bridge just out of town, where we always stop for a bit of a look.
We crossed the Sunday creek on this leg and the hills continued all the way to Tallarook where we stopped for a rest and a bite to eat under the awning outside the store. The ride home was warm and of lots of chat-as per usual with the up coming “Oppy” a main topic of conversation. The hills meant that we were often broken into smaller groups but always regrouping after a short distance. It was good to see paddocks green and the Sunday Creek still flowing strongly at this time of year . Most of us were able to ride in short sleeves and it held out to be a warm day, with a light change only hitting us when we were almost back in Lancefield. It was a great ride, through beautiful country side and well worth keeping an eye on the Audax calendar for, or you could just come out and suggest we do it again. Our teams and route are settled for the Oppy and we are busy making plans for support stops and assigning jobs for catering and stuff. At $6.99kg we will have to draw straws to see who will be buying the 30 or so bananas. Steve.