This morning however, it was the turn of the citizens when at 7am, almost 4,000 riders left the Geelong Waterfront on a community ride over a distance of either 65km or 111km. All riders head first to Barwon Heads, with the short course riders heading back to Geelong whilst those on the long course followed a similar route to be taken by the elite riders, heading next to Torquay and Bells Beach before returning via an inland route through Moriac to Geelong to take on the seriously nasty hill-climbs of Challambra Crescent, Melville Ave and "Cementies Hill" on the way back to the Waterfront.
Whilst I wasn't up early enough to watch the riders depart, I did come across the tail end of the bunch making their way across the Barwon at Queen's Park before heading up Melville Ave.
|Riders in the Momentum Energy Community Ride crossing the Queen's Park Bridge|
|Riders heading up "Joey's Hill" to Melville Ave|
|One of four media helicopters covering the race|
In a matter of seconds, the peloton appeared around the corner...
...and then just as quickly, they were gone..
|The peloton sweeping around the corner over the bridge|
|The rear of the peloton crossing the Breakwater Bridge|
|There were several birds in the sky today.|
|One of Cadel's boys sussing out the course|
|Sebastian making his way up "Cementies"|
|Not long to wait now...|
|Orica - AIS rider Amanda Spratt climbing the hill|
|The remains of the peloton heading up|
|Looking past the riders to the Ring Road and the Lewis Bandt Bridge over the|