Today we leave the country town of Colac Colac and head for the regional city of Wodonga. 157kms across country to Lake Hume and then following the shore line into Wodonga. There were a couple of big hills, however, for every hill that went up, there was a hill that went down. After the first big hill climb for the day, Jonathan, one of the Team Twenty riders said “I enjoyed that”. The riders are getting stronger. The temperature was warmer, the sky was clear, the sun was shining. Team Captain Paul mentioned that the whole team enjoyed todays ride. Our riders were provided spectacular scenery when they reached Lake Hume. An old disused railway has been converted into a bikeway. The riders were dropped on the opposite side of Lake Hume to ride the bikeway. This included crossing the lake via a long bridge, giving them a 360-degree vista of the lake. What a great way to finish a day’s riding. The riders met up with their road crew for the final ride into town and their accommodation.
This year there are only two girls (ladies) on the ride. Jo and Nat, both in Team Twenty. I asked them if they receive any preferential treatment. They both said no. They are treated as one of the boys. Jo says she has trained hard this year for the ride, especially hill climbing. She says it is good to be able to match the boys on the hills. I asked her what it is like have in her son Hayden in the team. Jo said “he thinks I am weird, but you know what, I think he is proud of me”. Nat also has a family member riding, her father Ian. Does it make any difference having your father on team? Nat says no. Secretly, I do think Ian keeps a special eye on Natalie.