There is one part of the trail that typifies summer more than any other part. There is no doubt that many a hot and tired cyclist has sought refuge from the water trough at Seville. Although this trough does not warrant a passing glance during the colder months you know that summer is near when you ride past thinking that a cool drink of water would be most welcome.
Although Thursday 8th was not excessively hot, the open sun was certainly warmer than it had been for some time and the clouds of dust kicked up by our flashing wheels gave ample evidence that a hot, dry summer was not far away. The warmer weather had also brought about a significant growth in the peloton. An exact head count was not undertaken but we must have had at least 25 riders in the group. Also pleasing was the fact that an increasing number of these riders had made the decision to complete the entire ride from COGS.
To me it seems a natural progression that as each rider grows in strength and experience they would look for ways to extend their stamina. I would hope that every rider who starts to ride in our Thursday rides would set it as a personal goal to complete the entire length of the trail. It might seem a difficult task at first but it does become easier and easier the more often you do it. I can still remember my first ride up the hill to Mt Evelyn and I vividly recall thinking that the climb went on forever. By the time I reached the top I felt like I had climbed Mt Everest, not Mt Evelyn.
The advent of warmer weather also results in the annual shedding of unsightly arm and leg warmers and the unveiling of large areas of pale white skin. Even more welcome is the end of the perpetually dripping nose. Once the temperature passes 20C the nasal thermostat sends a message to the sinuses and instructs them that it is no longer necessary to produce a continual stream of snot from the nose. Of course this also reduces the risk of getting christened by the rider in front clearing their nose without warning.
With the steadily increasing length of daylight it also means that we don’t need to rush to be back before nightfall. This allows us a few extra minutes at Milgrove to enjoy our lunch. All this means that we are heading into the best cycling months of the year. I trust that we will all have a summer full of cycling and free of bushfires.