With Peter away, it was great to see a few people step up and lead some of the groups. Thanks especially to Meg and Rob for safely splitting Main 1 and also to Owen for leading the Trannies and ensuring they were overtaken by the other groups safely. I believe Carol had a pretty good turnout for the Development group ride as well. The fast group had about 25 starters, which took some of the pressure off Main 1. There were a lot of smiling faces at Dome after the ride and everyone I spoke to enjoyed themselves. Next week there will be an extra people required to help, as will be explained later.
I have all of the remaining kit orders at my place ready to be picked up. Those who need to collect kit can email the club and it will be forwarded through. I’ll then be in touch to arrange a suitable time. I also have the t-shirts so if anyone has ordered a shirt and still hasn’t collected it, please let me know via the above-mentioned method.
Now for the important lesson from the weekend – don’t try and walk your bike around the edge of a cricket field and attempt to field a ball hit to the boundary at the same time. As usual, after the Saturday ride, I left Dome to watch my son’s cricket game. Having made it safely to Richardson Park I was walking the bike to the club room when I noted the ball rolling toward me. I backed back about 2 metres to collect it and doing so, my foot caught up in one of the pedals. This caused the bike to swing around and me to trip over it, followed be a backward somersault and finally getting back to me feet, retrieving the ball and being very loudly laughed at by the 50 or so spectators at the ground. Very much embarrassed, I made it over to the clubrooms and noted some blood on the back of my legs. Closer inspection revealed several lacerations caused by my legs hitting the big chain ring during the somersault. The final result was 3 hours in RPH and 18 stitches (11 in right leg, 7 in left). I did, however, make sure the accident was recorded as a trip/fall, rather than a bike crash, which the RPH nurse wanted to record.
The upshot is I’m off the bike for 10 days whilst the wounds heal and someone will be required to dish out the instructions for the rides on Saturday morning and also make sure there are enough leaders to go around. I’m sure someone will do it – I’m giving you plenty of notice to volunteer!!