It’s still dark at 4am when I get on my bike. It’s 38km to the start of the Wet & Woolly Audax ride. I don’t have a car and the trains aren’t running yet. But I don’t mind. I’m content on my bike. My pedals are spinning and the world is quiet. It’s perfect. As I ride, the birds start to sing and the world starts to wake up. As night becomes day, the birds start singing, cars start passing me along the roads and the sun rises quickly into the sky. By the time I arrive at the start of the Wet & Woolly ride it’s bright daylight.
There’s a good turn out for the day. We have two riders doing the 100km, about eight doing the 150km and three of us doing the 200km. We all set off together but when one of the 150km riders gets a flat, we 200km riders continue because our course separated from theirs. Before long, Brian and I are riding alone out front. Peter is cruising along a little way behind us. We will see him arriving at checkpoints as we leave; he seems to be enjoying the scenery. And what delightful scenery it is. We start by riding through the cane fields where the wide open expanse is blocked only by distant mountains.
After checkpoint 1 we leave the cane fields and ride out through the semi-rural areas that make up the Greater Brisbane Area’s southern outskirts. We ride past a pretty church that sits in a small area of green space between the old and new South-East Freeways. We roll down hills passing small herds of cattle grazing on hobby farms. And we work up small hills as we pass big old vegetable farms.
At the 130km mark we stop at checkpoint 2 where I enjoy an Icy Pole and my packed lunch.
From checkpoint 2 we cruised out along the waterfront to Cleveland Point and Wellington Point before heading further north to the Manly and Wynnum foreshores. The sun was shining and the water bright blue. I couldn’t help but feel happy to be out on the bike. And then, before I knew it, we were riding the final 23km through suburban streets with their cars, traffic lights and short sharp climbs.
I made a short video of my ride to share with you.
Total: 38km ride to the start of Wet & Woolly + 200km Audax ride.