Day 5 dawned in Marion Bay to rain and wind – good thing it was the cyclists’ rest day. There was a little worry over whether or not the kid’s ride was going ahead, but as the weather cleared up, they set of for a fun mini-ride. Mini compared to what the cyclists do daily, that is.
The kids all decked out in their cycling gear, and gathered with their bikes near Cabin One – coincidentally occupied by the Jamie a.k.a. “Dutchy” Holland and family, who was leading the ride.
Other cyclists, including Gus, Johnny Pops, Roxanne and Tom followed in cars. Also accompanying the children was Jim in the CFS truck and Marty and Michelle in the bus/van.
Andreas snuck in some extra mid-ride training, coming along under the pretence of giving his daughter, Molly, a ride, while Liz and Bob came along for the scenery.
Jamie led the group, consisting of 13 kids; Alanna and Ben Melville, Maddy and Connor O’Brien, Izzy and Adele Czechowicz, Lucy and Charlie Roberts, Jack, Chloe and Emily Holland and Jack and Henry Clark.
Everyone stopped at the Rhinos Tavern to prep for the King and Queen of the Mountain race with some good advice from Dutchy – “Pain is weakness leaving the body”.
It was a tough ride, but in the end Ben Melville took out King of the Mountain, followed by Connor O’Brien, while Maddy O’Brien took out Queen, with Izzy Czechowicz coming a close second.
Sue Czechowicz kept everyone entertained, riding up at the back on a very retro bike, complete with basket but disappointingly lacking in the fluffy dog we all expected to be balanced up the front.
Upon return, the group headed to the Marion Bay Tavern for after-ride drinks and a quick lunch for some. The afternoon was quiet and relaxing, and some cyclists even opted for a lazy afternoon fishing – especially lazy because the only fish caught was a small rock cod by Mick Warley (who isn’t riding).
The CFS provided a barbecue at the local community centre and the kids all enjoyed rides on the big fire truck. A hearty rendition of Happy Birthday was sung for Mark, who was 48 (or 84 if you looked at the number-sparklers from the back).
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and everyone agreed that it would be best to leave early the next morning so that we would make it to Ardrossan in time for the footy grand final!