Monday, February 21, 2011

Cycling over the Westgate Bridge with 3 speeds & a 12kg bike.

As many of you may know, yesterday was the annual Melbourne Summer Cycle, which is run by MS Australia.

I have been cycling in this event for a number of years with a close friend who has a family member that suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.

Sadly this year I was cycling solo. But cycling solo isn't a bad thing, infact it allowed for an interesting opportunity; Why not take one of the Melbourne Bike Share bikes and do the 40k try cycling over the Westgate Bridge on that?

And thats exactly what I did.

Waking up at 5 and having a quick breakfast I drove into the city and parked near Melbourne Uni (which has a bike share station on Tin Alley). Getting the bike is easy enough, test the bell, check the gears and lights, attach my MSC entrent number (#5) and use my membership key to undock the bike.

After that, it was just a matter of cycling to the starting point and waiting until the ride started.

Below are a few photos from the event:

6:30AM, waiting to be called to the starting point.

6:50, Getting ready.

7:10, You can see the Hot Air Balloon's in the sky.

They never cover that sign up!

The travel log from the ride.

Video of going over the Westgate.

All in all, the ride went well - granted I did need to take longer stops then usual at 2 of the rest points. It was great talking to other cyclists who were stuned by someone cycling on a bike with only 3 gears and on the home stretch where people were shaking their heads in disbelief!

But I've proved it can be done and next year, I may take up the challange of it again. If you're interested, let me know!

Also, you can still donate to MS Australia, the donation page is here.