My apologies if I put anybody crook about Sunday’s ride. When DB’s email described ‘a sedate loop of the city’, I envisaged cruising through ‘central’ Auckland, maybe a detour through the Domain or Viaduct with plenty of time to stop and smell the flowers, you know, tweed-run style. I now realize in ‘Roadie-Speak’ this means circumnavigating greater Auckland at breakneck speed – just swathed in wool, leather and steel instead of the usual Lycra®, Kevlar® and carbon-fibre!
It didn’t matter in the end as the riders naturally split into two groups. The retro-roadies rocketing out east towards Glendowie, caffeinating in Onehunga and eventually returning to civilization back at the ferry building.
The BMX crew hit Tamaki Drive on an old skool beach-hop, the pace a great deal more leisurely, before searching-out a brew of some kind… it may have been coffee. I think everyone had a good time, it was good getting out and stretching the legs on a grey Auckland morning instead of moping around home reading the paper. Thanks to everyone who made the effort, let’s do it again.