Distance – 239.85 km
Elapsed time – 11.57
Moving time – 8.49
Ave speed 27.2 kph
Climbing – 1579 m
Min temp – 4 c
Max temp 35 c
24 bags of bones
17 bad smells unrelated to the riders.
1 flat tyre
Jenno's bottom bracket
Judging by the fact that he also changed saddles today I think Jennos rear end may have also been a casualty.
Rowans rear hanger but credit to him for riding back to the group. I guess that's one of the benefits of fresh legs.
Today at the Rollout we were greeted with the now traditional and iconic bag pipes playing to help awaken the weary riders senses for what many feared would be an epic Smiddy Day. The morning safety briefing didn’t allay any of the riders fears as Killer delivered the ominous message. Heat, headwinds, road trains, wide loads and 240kms to Blackwater. However this was far from the riders minds as we rolled out under cool clear skys with barely a breath of wind. The chat was about how good a comfortable bed was to sleep in, we had clicked over the first 30km with relative ease on the quiet back roads to the small hamlet of Jambin before hitting the Highway.
Reaching the small roadside town of Dululu was to be our first stop of the day. The smiddy peloton has been stopping here every year and we were cheerfully greeted by local residents Noel & Gladys Duthie (aka Kevvy’s Parents) who have lived in Dululu their entire lives (over 91 years). They kindly donated $200. The Duthie’s have also been touched by cancer having lost their daughter many years ago, and they look forward to the Smiddy peloton rolling in each year. Morning tea was once again supplied by our trusty road crew and we were treated to a great spread of food .
Immediately on roll out from Dululu it was evident that the ride was now entering the West. Dululu is an intersection point for 2 major transport routes and immediately the traffic increased and our the two Kev’s in our pilot and rear vehicles were immediately in the action guiding the ever present road trains safely past the riders – time to earn your keep now boys. But we are very fortunate to have these towo on board. Kevvy, having followed cyclists all around Australia for the past 8 years and Kev Stemm a QPS traffic officer have a wealth of experience and expertise in this role.
Lunch time could not come quick enough as we rolled into the small out post of Duaringa150kms into the day, which saw a very exhausted Smiddy peleton peel off the road for a well earned break, to the cheers of the road crew who broke out their best fancy dress for the occassions.
Unfortunately the restart was not smooth sailing as 3 time rider Geoff Honey touched a wheel on a slow incline and promptly found himself rubber side up. Fortunately no damage apart from the pride but a rest in the car for Geoff to ensure all was well. The peloton battled on through the winds heading for Dingo and Arvo Tea.
As we rolled into Blackwater the cream of the crop rose to the top with all the girls bringing it home for the boys. The cheers at the end were well deserved for what will go down as one of the epic days in the smiddy peloton.
A massive effort today by all the riders but the biggest thanks go out to the road crew and police for keeping us all safe.
- Spirit – Katja Rex – a softly spoken quiet achiever who just puts the head down and works tirelessly every day
- Pete Buckley – Mateship – Pete continues to lead, help and encourage all in his own quiet manner.