Tuesday 5 November 2013

Such a perfect day - Amy's Ride SA 2013

Amy's Ride SA 2013 was nothing short of spectacular. Sun, smiles and whirring pedals, the Southern Expressway was transformed into a sea of cyclists as young and old rode all the way from Adelaide to McLaren Vale. 

The youngest participant was just 2 and the oldest was 82 with every bike tribe possible out there from roadies, to mountain bikers, to families and recumbents out to make the most of perfect weather and ride from Adelaide to McLaren Vale.

Jo (82 years old) with Alex (8 years old) at the finish line. 
All in all an epic 3,000 riders cruising down the expressway calling out for safer conditions. Riders had the choice of six distances, ranging from 18km to 120km.  (Some took more than five hours to complete with a bit of a headwind)
Riders on the Southern Expressway

There were heaving groaning and sweaty folk making there way up Willunga Hill, with some brave (or stupid?) enough to try it twice. (Check out the video below.)

There were kids getting out on their bikes. 

And there were adults laughing on their bikes. The atmosphere was electric. 

There are surely hundreds of stories to be told... our only hope is  that some of the photos below capture but a fraction of a perfect day. Enjoy! 

Simon Gillett cruising up the expressway

Who needs a road bike when you've got a recumbent? 
Cruising along the beach. 
The rest-stop massage...

Only 30 kilometres to go.... yikes! 

Having a quick breather. 

The 'I made it up the hill' pose. 

Some glorious countryside around McLaren Vale
The last leg...

Cheering people on at the finish.
Alex and his dad Austin celebrating a 65 kilometre ride.

Bike SA and The Amy Gillett Foundation would like to thank everybody for participating in Amy's Ride SA. Keep your calendar free for the first Sunday in November 2014. 

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