Pollie Pedal 2016 – Day 8: Goulburn to Canberra
The last overnight stop for the 2016 Pollie Pedal for Carer’s Australia was in Goulburn. The historic town was Australia’s first inland city, and still retains many charming buildings from more than a century ago.
A number of spouses and families gathered with the cyclists for the final celebratory dinner at the Sporting Club. Also joining us for the final 130 kilometre leg was colleague, Zed Sesjelja.
One of the original Pollie Peddlers from 19 years ago, Wendell Rosewarne, joined us for the ride out of town. Wendell, now 79, is a Goulburn institution. The former footballer, was the town postman for many years. In the early Pollie Pedals, he rode hundreds of kilometres on his fixed wheeled postie bike, complete with his dog in the front basket!
Wendell has a new dog, which he carried in the basket as he led the peloton to the outskirts of the town.
Four young riders from the Goulburn Cycling Club also rode with us to Gunning.
Soon we were heading west across the dry rolling slopes towards Gurrundah. On the hills we climbed were rows of wind turbines, whirring in the strong headwind. Eventually we wound our way back to the old Hume Highway for a fast downhill chase into Gunning.
After a coffee with some local residents at the Merino Cafe, we were back on the road, racing through Gundaroo and Sutton before we stopped at Eaglehawk. There all the groups formed into one peloton for the final 15 kilometres into Canberra. A number of spouses also joined in at various places for the final ride.
The view of the Black Mountain tower was a welcome sight as we crested the final climb into the national capital. Soon after the peloton rode up Federation Mall from where it had started 8 days ago.
1,000 kilometres later, Pollie Pedal 2016 was over.
In the last five years, the ride has raised over $2.5 million for Carer’s Australia. Hopefully, we have also raised the profile of the 2.8 million Australians who care for a loved-one.
A special thanks to the sponsors of this year’s ride: Australia Post, the NAB, Visy, AHA NSW, Hillbrick Cycles, GrainCorp, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Macquarie Bank, and the Manildra Group.
Thanks again to all the volunteers and the Rapid Relief Team.
Thanks to the many people who came to talk to us along the route.
And a particular thanks to the motorists, especially the truckies, who truly ‘shared the road’.
Finally, thanks to all the riders who participated in the 19th annual Pollie Pedal.