On Sunday morning, 22nd July, a small tight team of type 1 cycists, accompanied by a loose gathering of friends and family, left Paradise Point and rode 30 km at a good pace down to the Currumbin estuary. It was the ride back, however, that saw the type 1's drop the hammer and leave the non-type 1's trailing far behind.
A mixed and friendly group rode at a sprited but relaxed speed all the way down the quiet backroads that run parallel to the Gold Coast's long golden beaches. All seemed harmonious as riders refuelled at the Dune Cafe overlooking the attractive waters at the mouth of the Currumbin River. It was great to have type 1 Adrian join us - shame he couldn't complete the ride, as the second stage was where wheels spun and the those taking insulin also took the lead.
Once back in their saddles, without any planning, the type 1 cyclists found themselves ahead of the rest of the group by a fair step. Stopping at a set of lights, Gavin summed up the situation: 'We've got all the type 1's here. Forget the rest - let's go!'
The first leg was led by Ken on his very smart, very fast new bike. Ken, tragically, had his road bike stolen recently, but on finding his insurance enabled him to achieve a pretty major upgrade with only a tiny expense, his old bike is long forgotten and he's been spending an unprecedented amount of time riding his lovely new bicycle. At the first hint of a hill, Gavin stole the lead and the race was on. The small group of riders hunted down and passed all other bikes on the road. Sam Webb, our celebrated young type 1 racer, speaker and author, wasn't expecting a strong pace and beamed all the way back to the bbq's. Sam's mate Jack, the only non-type 1 present, proved to be a strong cyclist and excellent company.
At the final test, Gavin weighed in at 3.1, Sam was just a little higher and Ken had a very sensible reading indeed. It was a fantastic ride and we'll certainly be getting together for more of these in the future.
Thanks to everyone who joined us on the day and most especially to Ken, who organised the ride.