Another Thanksgiving Community challenge entry

Today I cycled the 45k ride in Sally’s Ride, Launceston, Tasmania.  The profits from the ride all go to local charities – so I reckoned it fitted under the banner of community service even if not directly.

Riding a recumbent I was limited to the 45k ride by the ride authorities.  I had set my sights on the 70k but that ride will have to wait.  Anyway – my write up of the ride can be found HERE.

More info about Sally and her ride can be found HERE.

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

7 response to "Another Thanksgiving Community challenge entry"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: November 18, 2018

    Good one Tony. NIce ride and I agree that it does qualify for community service.

    I am perplexed about why you, on a recumbent, were restricted from joining any distance you chose for the ride. Seems a bit discriminatory.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: November 18, 2018

    Wonderful ride and pictures, Tony. I too was wondering why there were restrictions for recumbents. Because you are too slow and get in the way?

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 18, 2018

    Good work Tony — and for a great cause.
    I dont understand the recumbent limitation either — Id be doing 8mph whether on a ‘bent or a DF.
    Well, on second thought, maybe they didnt want you showing everyone else up! 🙂

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 18, 2018

    Hi all. Thanks for your comments.

    The recumbent issue is strange – but then there are so few in Tasmania the “normal” cyclists don’t get it. Actually the 2 wheel recumbents are quick and would be no problem riding with the leaders – except even the two wheels ‘bents are usually slower that diamond=frames on hills. After all in the 1930’s they were banned from all cycling races ‘cos they won everything!!

    My touring trike (and my legs) are slow and yesterday proved that, as a combo, we are the slowest in the field. I don’t think that should matter as it’s not a race and the charities need the entry fees. It does place some strains on the organisers though as they have responsibilities to make sure all in the field get home safely – so if the tail end really drags, it’s a problem. However, agreeing that I was on my own fixed that.

    It will be interesting to see what the rules say for next year!

    • By: tempocyclist Posted: November 21, 2018

      You should definitely lobby them with a few emails outlining how the ‘bents are safe and able to mix it with the “regular” bikes. Will see you at the start line next year! 🙂

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: November 18, 2018

    Great ride, Tony. Glad you had good weather, too. Insurance is such a huge thing in all the charity rides now. I know of one friend who rode in an event where they stipulated that helmets had to meet Aus/NZ standards and could not be modified (which included maggie zip ties, go pro mounts, etc). It seemed a bit overboard, so it doesn’t surprise me about the recumbent ban (though of course, I don’t agree).

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