Despite the weather forecast for last Saturday, 5 of the 10 Lairs that had their names down for the Audax Spa country 200 headed across to Hepburn Springs.
A few Lairs weren't the only ones to head the weather warnings as there were only another 4 or 5 riders heading out for the ride which consisted of 2, 100k loops. This one and this one.
It was great to see George Judkins at the start but would be the last I saw him for the rest of the day as he disappeared off into the mist.
Andy, John, Janine, Leo and I hooked up with Heather and rode the rest of the day together.
We had only gone a km or so before the heavens opened and found ourselves on the front veranda of a pub putting on the wet weather gear. Thankfully, though the rain was heavy at times, it was quite warm with very light wind so we were never cold.
The rain stopped after about 45mins and we were able to take off the rain gear and ride in short sleeve jerseys for the rest of the day.
The route had about 2200 metres of climbing but nothing too challenging, Spring Hill being the only longish, steepish climb.
The scenery was beautiful but I was especcially taken by the wonderful old stone homes and buildings we rode past as well as the great towns of Creswick, Daylesford and the wonderfully named Kooroocheang just to name a few.
It was a typical Lancefield lairs ride with no shortage of corny jokes and sometimes good conversation, everyone seemed to think there were king of the mountains points on offer on every hill, a lot of fun.
I will be one of the first to put my name down for this brevet next year, make a note of this ride, you'll love it.