A few weeks ago, one half of Team MMT did the 50km version of the 2016 MS Cycle. Back in 2013, Team MMT did the 30km version with a few friends. We also had it in our calendar last year, but untimely bronchitis put this half of the team into bed for a week. Needless to say this was poorly timed and made MMT very grumpy for a few weeks afterwards.
Fortunately, the 2016 version was a really enjoyable experience. Unlike last year’s atrocious conditions, the weather was cool, overcast and relatively windless. The event started and finished at Flemington, which Team MMT had never visited before. Overall, the event was superbly organised, with one exception. The outbound route looped around through the traffic queuing to to use event parking which put many cars and cyclists in close proximity to each other. Really not cool. The course map is shown below:
The 50km route looped through a number of backstreets, lanes and bike paths in Flemington, West Melbourne, Kingsville and Altona that MMT had never ridden before. Given the early start, the route was relatively car free and where the route changed direction or merged with traffic, volunteers were on hand to reduce any road user ‘conflict’. MMT had three highlights for the day:
1. Travelling over the Westgate Bridge and clocking 70 km/h on descent.
2. The volunteers were clearly cycling fans as they came prepared with cow bells and signs.
3. The village with post-event entertainment.
MMT has a few happy snaps to document the event.
Overall, it was great fun and hope to participate in the event next year.
Until next time, ride safe