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Tandem Talk September 2012

Gerald Moves On
Our good friend Gerald O’Sullivan now works for the Association for the Blind in Bunbury where he will be continuing his good work both on the bike and off.

Hab Rides the Great Bike Hike
“Bloody amazing” is how Hab rated the event. Hab joined the ride at Dongara to pilot Darren to Carnarvon. Apart from riding a bike built for someone 5 foot 2 – which Hab ain’t – it all went well. The organisers, especially Andrew Budge did a great job and the local people turned out in numbers to support the ride. In Geraldton alone, 500 school kids rode their bikes to escort the hikers in. Highlights included many, many, many cakes baked by the ladies in the CWA and for Darren at least, Hab’s scenery updates which came every 10km or so, “scrubby bush to the right, scrubby bush to the left… scrubby bush to the right, scrubby bush to the left…”. Final word to Hab, “it was a hoot.” For more information and photos, see www.facebook.com/greatbikehike.

Club and Recreation Rides
Our program of rides has continued through the winter although some rides were cancelled. Well done to Hab, Adriana, Steve, Justin, Debbie, Kerry, Amanda, Zeliha, Haylee, Trev, Greg, Forrest, Jo, Paul, Jennifer, Deanne, Paul, Margaret, James and Giles for keeping up the good work. It is especially good to see Kerry back on the bike after her Rottnest spill.

Beau Checks Out the View from the Other Side
Having ridden in may Bicycling WA events over the last several years, Beau decided to volunteer as a helper for BWA’s Hell of the North event at Lancelin. With 135km of undulating roads on a warm day it was a tough day on the road, standing in the shade handing out water bottles and sandwiches was a good option. It wasn’t all easy though, with lots of stacking and lugging to pack up the start village after the event. Once again BWA put on a great event. That was the last event in this year’s Cyclo Sportif series but they will be back again next year.

Southwest Tour
Adriana has done a great job organising this event and Trev has been putting a lot of thought into the route. There has been a great response so far with 14 riders confirmed. Can’t wait.