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WATCAC first recreation ride for 2021 welcomes new riders

Last Sunday 29 riders comprising 10 tandems and nine single bikes met up in Lathlain for the first rec ride for 2021, an open invitation ride. In addition to our regular members, riding numbers were swelled with prospective members and visitors from Perth’s cycling community who came along to see what WATCAC is all about. For many this was a chance to experience tandem group riding first-hand.

To accommodate the numbers the group was split into two with a staggered departure, first running south down the Armadale Rail Principal Shared Path (PSP). Turning left on to the Roe Highway PSP the groups eventually looped back via Tonkin Highway and Leach Highway, before exiting into Kewdale for the return to Lathlain and the mandatory coffee and chat. Two other WATCAC tandem teams, out on their own morning regimes, joined us for coffee.

Among our first timers were participants from January’s pilot clinic. Their enthusiasm and energy was evident out on the road. Included in our visiting riders were special guests Bas and Nga (AKA Sloth Cycling Team) who are training for their Perth to Adelaide Gutsy 3000km adventure to raise funds for research into upper gastrointestinal cancer. We’ll be featuring Bas and Nga in a future article and supporting their send off in late March. To find out more and help them meet their fund-raising target visit The Gutsy 3000.

WATCAC’s monthly recreational ride is a steady 25-30km jaunt, moderately paced at around 22 km/h and suitable for a range of fitness levels. They are part of our regular riding program to support blind and vision impaired cycling. For more riding program and related details check out our events page.

A big thanks to our ride marshals who kept an eye out for traffic conditions and did a great job helping to keep our riders safe.

Twenty nine riders, including 7 blind or vision impaired riders and their tandem riding buddies, are preparing to depart on last Sunday's 25km ride group ride south along the freeway bike paths.
A cheery group of 29 riders comprising members, prospective members and friends, set out from Lathlain for WATCAC’s first group ride for 2021.