Ken’s “Pedal for Prostate” – 2015

Movember 2015 6For the third year running the Omnicycle blokes gathered at Marngrook Oval to begin their 100km sponsored ride in aid of “Movember Men’s Health” –  it probably won’t take over from the ‘Tour Down Under’ though it just looks like becoming an annual event in the Melbourne cycling calendar..Movember 2015 8

8.00am  … kilometer zero, seven riders – Ken, Barry, Bill, Joe (a newbie), Bruce, Nick & Lou placed their wheels on the start line with Norm, now official start photographer, and Lyn (also pressed into wielding the camera for a shot or two) to see the peloton off and running …..well…cycling.

The morning was a cool 16*C, with the promise of an extra couple of degrees later on, sunny breaks and a gentle breeze – a perfect cycling day. The ride took the usual route along the Diamond Creek Trail through Eltham and around Barry’s Bend, across the Yarra bridge into Westerfolds Park making the first stop on the top of ‘the’ hill at Km 11. It should be mentioned here that Joe, the newest member of the team, had only been on 3 previous rides, the longest being about 56Km and, sporting his new bike, had bravely decided to join the KPFP.

From there it was along the Main Yarra Trail through the Yarra Valley Parklands, Heidelberg, Bulleen Park, the Burke Road Billabong Reserve with a noisy and bumpy kilometer along the Eastern Freeway bike path.
There was a brief ‘rehydration’ stop over Belford Road at the top of ‘Cardiac Hill’, in order to catch some needed breaths and allow the heart rates to subside. Then, onward to the top of Yarra Boulevard, down the ‘slalom’ run, over the Yarra pipe bridge and a much-anticipated coffee break at the Fairfield Nursery Cafe.      10.30am.

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IMG_1805Much refreshed the peloton connected with the Capital City Trail, which wends its way all along the lower reaches of our beloved Yarra River passing Dights Falls, the Collingwood children’s Farm, through Abbotsford, Burnley (sporting it’s salubrious housing on the south bank …. $$$$!) and down onto the Burnley Board Walk and along the north bank. Here the boys turned left, crossing the Morell Bridge, right onto Alexandra Avenue to be greeted with a most welcome sight.   12.00pm. ….and on schedule!IMG_1809
There, to meet them, were the support team of Sir Daryl, Lady Flo, Geoff and Lynda who had gone on ahead to prepare a BBQ lunch of bread rolls, snags, bacon, cole slaw, fresh fruit and cool drinks. The riders were most appreciative of their involvement, assistance  and perfect timing. There was at least one of the peloton who really appreciated the purple grapes! A thanks here to Coles for your sponsorship of this important part of the ride.

1.00pm … we were only half way to our goal. So lunch over it was back in the saddle before it became too comfortable and convivial, a wave with grateful thank you s to the lunch team, and it was turn around time for the ride back to our starting point. The return proved to be quite uneventful but maintained a sedate pace with frequent stops (for conversation) and spurred along to the strains of Vivaldi & Mozart.

5.00PM …. after dropping Bruce and Joe off at Eltham, a tired but full crew made it back to the start point at Diamond Creek with 100km (plus) behind them.

7 thoughts on “Ken’s “Pedal for Prostate” – 2015

  1. Most grateful for your support. An enjoyable ride highlighted by the reception at the BBQ’s by the Yarra along Alexandra Avenue. Good News! We’ve made our target – $1,578.001
    An excellent achievement. Well done…….ken r


  2. A fantastic ride on a fantastic day for a fantastic cause with a fantastic bunch of blokes and a fantastic support crew providing a fantastic lunch.
    Guess it was a fantastic day………of course


  3. The support group were happy to see the full team arrive on time Geoff and Sir Daryl were so busy keeping the seagulls from eating the Coles Snags that the organiser Lynda and assistant Lady Flo were preparing for this hungry protrate charity riders.
    It was a hearty and cheerful group gathering, photos taken and the clean up followed.
    The support group smiled as the bikers as the various shaped bottoms nestled into there leather bike seats and headed along the cheerfull banks of the Yarra River to complete the last 50% of the charity ride to help those experiencing prostrate over $ 1,500 was collected to help out.
    Thanks Omni guys for a great achievement
    The girls voted on who had the sexyist bottom. But Geoff and Sir Daryl are sworn to secrecy about the winners name.

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