These riders were not quiet last, but fairly close, arriving at the Newcastle Baths just before 10am.
Jodie & Greg Hill are riders with NWSCC (North Western Sydney Cycling Club), and perhaps encouraged by the number of us doing the ride (a couple of us did it last year before the club existed!), Greg signed up himself and Jodie to tackle the ride…which just happened to be on the day of their 23rd Wedding Anniversary! Jodie was looking a little nervous at the start, and we did think that perhaps Greg might not survive the night, being the one responsible for signing her up.
At various points in the latter half of the ride there was offers to pull the plug and check into a hotel instead, which was more in line with the Anniversary theme. But no, Jodie refused the kind offer to stop (there were no vacancies anyway apparently!), and they both kept the pedals moving, more determined than ever to finish it off and stand triumphant at the finish. Finish they did, after Greg took them on a slight detour around Newcastle, adding an extra 8km!
As the Women’s Liason for our club (which is not even 12 months old yet), this is a massive inspiration for other members, especially the women, who think that taking part in such a ride is impossible. Jodie has set the bar pretty high with this effort. Unfortunately Jodie was denied the full distance being recorded when the battery on her Garmin watch died somewhere out of Budgewoi!
Photo: The Happy Couple, all smiles after arriving after an epic night!