Spring is nearly upon us. And as I mooted in an earlier post, I want to resurrect an historic Wray Avenue tradition – the Ten Mile Well Cycle race – which took place annually on the first Spring weekend prior to World War 1.
Here is the poster which you’ll hopefully see a bit around town.
Or you can find the Facebook event here.
The spring celebration and bike ride will be made up of two parts:
- an option of one of three road rides, setting off from and returning to Moondyne Joe’s Hotel; and
- a community party at Replants, with food and entertainment.
The emphasis on the rides is fun and socialising rather than racing. Three different rides have been planning for different levels of skills and bike.
NB: Please enter your name correctly but feel free to make the rest up if you don’t want to disclose that information. I really just want to know how many people are riding each route and this was the best event management website I found.
The schedule of events for the day is as follows:
- 10:30am – First group of riders set off on the original route, from Moondyne Joe’s to Ten Mile Well and back (roughly 30kms, or 1-1.5 hour return)
- 11:00am – Second group of riders set off on on shorter route to Spearwood Hotel and back (roughly 15km, or 30mins-1hour return)
- 11:30am – Third and final group of rider set off on a family-friendly 4km ride to the old Haymarket hotel and back (roughly 30 minutes return)
- 12:00pm (until 3:00pm) – Post-ride celebration begins at Replants including live music, a slow bike race and an open mic Bike-u (or Bike Haiku).
For an example of Bike Haiku, here’s one I made up quickly inspired by our current weather:
Satellite spokes spinning
throwing dew drops at my course
cold, brisk morning ride
For more Bike Haiku inspiration and explanation, you can visit here.
There will be BBQ facilities available for lunch at Replants, so feel free to BYO bbq food. Alternatively, please bring food to share with others.
Feel free to invite friends and family – anyone who will enjoy the occasion!
We really want this to be as closer to a zero-waste event as possible, so please do not bring any disposable plastic, glass or aluminium. In the event that you do, we ask that you take it away with you at the end of the day. Bins will not be provided for anything other than compostable waste.
If you’re interested in helping out in anyway on the day, please add a comment below and I’ll get back to you.