Wonderful event; fabulous weather; tremendous fun.
The 2019 River 2 Reef Ride had a chilly start but the day transformed into glorious blue skies, light breezes and a very comfortable max temperature of 25 degrees.
The front riders of the 1,000 strong entry list set a cracking pace from the start. As always, a good percentage of people, particularly family groups called into the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association rest stop in Dumbleton and made a bit of a social event of it. It was a scene of early morning enjoyment and laughter, backed up by good Aussie rock on the PA.
An outstanding rider on the day was Paralympian Beau Menzies. Beau and Association CEO John Swete Kelly settled in to the 135km ride and found they were wheeling along with a group of 9 ladies from the Activ8 team – a very
capable group of triathletes. John reported that on the hills, Beau was constantly giving the less experienced ladies a helping hand up the hills. A champion effort given Beau had just completed three 12 hour days of sign set up prior to the event.
Sporting Wheelies also had many volunteers helping out on the day. Volunteers stood on many corners directing riders, were at the Dumbleton rest stop and were driving the bus and medic car. Andrew Malayta was the event medic and Mal Porter and Jan Tynan also joined Beau in erecting the 450 signs. This fantastic event is not possible without these selfless, caring volunteers, so a big thank you to all who donated their time to assist.
The number NINE River2Reef Ride was a beauty – bring on number TEN !!!