With Numbers down a little from last year, several riders away, others competing in National Titles and a couple choosing to do their own thing. The 11 riders assembled showed the true grit and determination that inspired this ride in the first place, several of whom had not ridden this ride before.
A few small drops at the before the ride started was in stark contrast to the conditions experienced by the riders this year. The day was warm, bordering on hot, and humid, and while the wind was light to start the day, a Nor’ Easter built up for the rider to slog into for the last 40 km.
The Route takes in Teven, Eltham, Clunes, Lismore, Coraki, Woodburn, Evans Head, Broadwater, Bagotville and Wardell before returning to Ballina for a total distance of just over 160 km (100 Miles). This year the ride started and finished in the Lincraft carpark with the post ride BBQ taking place at Hotel Henry Rous.
Home for a well earned Snag and a Beer. Thanks to Alan Paull and the staff at Hotel Henry Rous for organising the BBQ.
The ride was enjoyed by all a huge thanks has to go to Michael Hanley who drove the “Sag Wagon” keeping the riders safe, fed and hydrated the whole way around the 100 Mile course.
While there will be a few sore legs for the next few days, many can’t wait to do it again next year.