Day 1 completed, but not without casualties! Bad luck struck early as the first day of the Tour de Chance was blown off course by gale force winds and three metre swell
On the road before 6am and 5 kms after starting, in rain and near dark, we had our first casualty when one of the cyclists crashed to the ground from his bike smashing his head into the asphalt
He was taken to the nearby Mornington Hospital severely concussed and through safety protocols was later required to retire from riding for a week and out of the Tour De Chance
The remainder of the team restarted and headed cautiously for destination one, the Phillip Island ferry at Cribb Point.
Ten minutes into the crossing the skipper called off the journey because of high seas threatening the ferry and after smashing into one of the docks during a half way drop off
Back on terra firma the sun opened one eye and, peeping through a blanket of clouds decided it was too wet and cold, rolled back over and went back to sleep leaving the remaining cyclists to battle the elements
Time for plan B, which was now plan C, when what was supposed to be a fast ride along the beautiful sun drenched Victorian coastline was severely challenged as we were continuously smashed by a driving wind, intermittent showers and a grey and threatening sea to our right
One of the lighter riders (65kgs) even got lifted of the ground as they rode along but maintained their composure long enough to avoid another accident
A large part of todays ride was on a traffic-free trail and the risks posed by the high winds were carefully measured before riders completed the run from Wonthaggi to Inverloch, cold and wet but with an enthusiasm that defied the weather and the day’s setbacks.
Day 2 promises less wind, further rain, a challenging 188kms of cycling and an accumulated 823m of climbing, and I can’t wait!
Tour fact. Should we raise our target of $500,000 from our 23 riders, that works out at just over $17 per km per rider.
Based on today’s performance, that’s great value so please either meet us with a hot cup of tea, or better still donate to this great charity at https://tourdechance2016.raisely.com/glenndobson
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