I received my first bike when I was 5 years old. It was a red Malvern Star. Needless to say, that bike didn’t clock up too many kilometres but it certainly gave me my first feeling of independence and freedom.
As a teenager my silver five speed and I were joined at the hip. Remember when bikes weren’t complicated? The tyres never needed pumping up, the more scratches it wore the better life it had lived and you could wear any outfit you wanted when riding your bike. Insert lycra joke here! You could hop on your bike to get a loaf of bread at the milk bar, visit your friends, stalk the boys at the footy oval or just escape the family when you wanted.
Image: Bellarine Rail Trail @booperdooper
Then why don’t we all still get around on our bikes? Why do you hit a certain age and stop riding? If you haven’t noticed though, there are a fairly committed group of people that haven't stopped their cycling journey and make the most of the terrains our region offers. We have great mountain biking paths around the You Yangs and awesome views to admire around some of the coastal road circuits. There are also a heap of great events to be involved in if you don't mind a bit of time in the saddle.
Image: You Yangs by @wirbt
Thousands of people will join Australian icon, Cadel Evans, in his own backyard by getting involved in the People’s Ride as part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. To be held on Saturday 28 January 2017, the People’s Ride will offer two spectacular courses of either 111km or 65km. Starting on Geelong’s waterfront, the People’s Ride will travel through some of the most beautiful and iconic areas of The Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast, following the route of the elite women and men races.
Introduced in 2015, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was the first event of its kind in Australia. Our region was so admired that the elite men’s race has recently been elevated by the UCI, and from 2017-2019 will feature on the UCI WorldTour calendar – the pinnacle of world cycling!
If you want to join in the action it’s time to register now. Head here for more info. http://www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au/peoples-ride/enter/
Image: Geelong waterfront by @wirbt
Not quite ready to join the World Tour just yet then slow it down with a ride on the Bellarine Rail Trail, tear it up around the You Yangs on your mountain bike or enjoy a short cruise along Geelong's beautiful waterfront.
Stay safe and have fun!