Ready, set, ride

Cyclists Graeme Drake and Clint Reid. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Charity. With just over three weeks left until the Dale Walters Memorial Bike Ride, keen cyclists Graeme Drake and Clint Reid have started training, and suggest others do the same.

“Start training now,” Drake said. “[If not] saddle soreness becomes an issue.” For those really keen on doing things right, the pair suggested going to a bike shop for a proper seat fitting.

Last year, about 40 riders took on the longer of the courses, the 85-kilometre ride that leaves Smithton at 9am on Sunday October 6 and goes to Edith Creek, Lileah, Forest, Greenhills in Stanley and back to Smithton.

Reid said it was vital that riders know how to change a tyre. Drake agreed, recalling last year’s ride that saw him changing a punctured tyre just as he made it to the top of a hill.

Riders will encounter two large hills during the ride, Drake said. One is the climb from Edith Creek to Nabageena, and one that follows at the back of Nabageena. Both are over 1.5km and will require some practice before the day. Reid said, “If  you can ride up Robert Street, you’ll be right”.

The men suggested two water bottles, a banana and an energy bar for fuel during the event. “Even if you don’t feel like you need it, make sure you’ve had your fluids,” Reid said.

Last of all, they said to prepare for the weather conditions, and have wet weather clothing ready.

For those unable to take on the longer course, two shorter rides are available.

For more information about the event contact Donna Walters on 0419 500 993.

The Chronicle will interview riders in the weeks leading up to the event.

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