One of my favourite Lairs photos, taken in the Community Hotel in Hopetoun at last year's Audax Mallee Routes. There's a ride planned for tomorrow, 8am in Lancefield. Let us know if you are riding. Steve.
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.
Eight o'clock in the usual place, let us know if you can make it. This week's discussion topic - heros of the bicycle tackling the Hepburn Springs 200 against all the odds.....(where the lairs made up over half of the Audax field!) Andy
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.
Since sustailnable living is something that quite a few of us concider pretty important, Bruce has asked if we could let you all know about this. In particular there will be a how to on Bicycle maintenance from 12.00 pm till 4.00 pm.
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