Join us for a weekend spring ride in October

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Social Ride 15 Feb 2017 From Jon McRae

Spring has sprung and it’s time to dust the bike off and enjoy some of Canberra’s excellent bike paths and quiet roads.

If you have ever considered joining a Pedal Power ACT ride on Sundays, then First Wanderers are holding an introductory ride on October 8.

First Wanderers as a group generally ride for distances of 40 – 60kms with an average speed of between 18 and 22kms an hour, including hills. Rides vary in difficulty / length, can incorporate roads and bike paths and are suitable for all types of bikes.

There is always the all-important coffee shop stop, usually towards the end of the ride. There is a no-one left behind policy and a ‘tail end Charlie’ to make sure no-one gets lost. We don’t ride in bunch formation and provide advice and support on how to safely and effectively ride with others.

The proposed introductory ride is ideal if you are thinking of joining us for the first time, with the ride being mostly on bike paths and relatively short at 42kms.

The planned route is following bike paths from Dickson to Lake Ginninderra, then along Benjamin Way to the bike path for a fun (mostly) downhill run to Lake Burley Griffen before heading up to the War Memorial for the all-important coffee stop. This ride will incorporate a few toilet and water refill stops whilst taking in the beauty of two lakes.

This is an ideal opportunity to give the First Wanderers group a go if you have been considering joining us.

Requirements for the ride are:

–          A Standards Australia approved helmet

–          A roadworthy bike (check tyres, brakes, chain and gears)

–          A spare tube and pump in the event of a puncture (don’t worry, someone will always be around to offer assistance if you aren’t experienced with punctures)

–          At least one water bottle (preferably two)

–          Some snacks to help keep blood sugar levels up and the legs spinning

Pedal Power ACT membership is not necessary but is encouraged.

Meeting place is 09:00 on Sunday morning at Dickson College carpark. Please arrive at 08:45 at the latest for a safety briefing and sign on.

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