It was a dubious start to the morning with rain forecast and overcast skies but nevertheless the intrepid bike riders were there, ready to set off on the inaugural Toodyay Family Cycle.
Rachel Byrne, from the Shire ably led the riders around the leisurely 4.5-kilometre loop, which started and ended at Duidgee Park and wound around the back of the school.
Cliff Simpson from Roadwise was the sweeper at the back of the pack making sure no one got lost, with the keener riders riding the loop twice.
It was wonderful to see both young and old on their bikes.
Some of the youngsters grabbed a ride on the back of mum or dad’s bike, and one young man insisted on doing it his way.
On the return to the park, riders were greeted by Laura Nairn, a dietician from the Wheatbelt Health Network who was ready with her smoothie bike for those with energy left to make smoothies for themselves and others.
They were delicious and Laura had some good nutrition advice as well.
Snacks followed and with lots of smiles and resources from the Cancer Council WA and LiveLighter. The riders finished up for the day, just before the predicted showers hit – perfect timing.
Members of Toodyay RoadWise committee also had a table at the event and were on hand to discuss road safety matters and distribute some “Slow down, consider our kids” bin stickers.
The committee’s message “Slow down and enjoy the ride in Toodyay” was never more appropriate.
A big thank you to Westcycle, Department of Transport, Healthway and the Shire of Toodyay for providing funds to hold this event and to the Cancer Council WA, Roadwise and Wheatbelt Health Network for their support.
Watch this space for next year’s ride, as we have even bigger and better ideas for the event.
Head to http://www.roadwise.asn.au for more information on the Toodyay Roadwise Committee.