With just one week to go until the Grand Challenge, I've been sorting out my gear and making final preparations. I washed my corduras and retreated them, brought a map and supply of nut bars, I've been looking at helmets to get a new one that will be a bit quieter than the HJC and the bike is booked in for a pre-GC check tomorrow. So I'm pretty much ready.
I haven't done much in the way of duration or night riding lately but I should be OK there and today's ride was totally at the other end of the ride spectrum being the Pink Ribbon, Breast Cancer Charity Ride.
We were up a bit after 0815 to get ready and have a cup of tea before getting away about 0920, get a bit of cash on the way and roll up to the top carpark at the old Winter Show Buildings by 0935 to find there were already 20-30 bikes there. (A good sign as I believe there were only about 40 last year when it clashed with the GC and I couldn't attend). We mingled around chatting as the numbers built up and there were just over 100 bikes by the time we had a briefing and started the ride at 1030. The route took us down to Adelaide Road, out to Island Bay, then around the bays in the opposite direction to our last ride a couple of weeks ago.
We had three police bikes assisting at the intersections which was great to keep the ride together and there was a lot of interaction with the public with cars tooting support, and pedestrians and homeowners waving. It was great and wasn't long before we were heading up Courtenay Place and Adelaide Road to get back to the start point where the WIMA ladies had it well organised for a sausage sizzle, more mingling, a display by some Trials riders, prize giving and raffle draws.
From there it was off for a hard afternoon watching Bathurst.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.