Bike North had a good presence at the Bobbo Classic both riders and volunteers. There were 11 of us riding under the IL PIRATA name chosen by our team leader and organiser, Marc de Silva. The event was extremely well organised and, unlike Gear Up Girl two weeks earlier, the only casualties I saw were lots of riders suffering leg cramps from the numerous extreme gradients.
For those who haven’t participated in the classic, the climb out of Bobbo is the easy bit. The nasty pinches came later with the Burns Road shared path being particularly tricky because of its narrowest and badly located power pole at the bottom of a steep descent.
It was great to be part of a fund raising & fun event that challenged the body & the mind.
Paul Rickard (Rotary Turramurra) reported the following highlights of BOBBO:
- 2437 riders 14 less than last year due to the heavy storm on the day before when several cancellations took place
- No major incidents – Traffic flowed smoothly despite a dog-show in St Ives
- Financial outcome expected to be about the same as last year ie around $200,000
- Alistair Henskens started, Tony Abbott was among the riders
- Live broadcast on two community radio stations
- Many congratulations were conveyed for the quality of the ride and the careful management of all aspects.
Congratulations to Paul and all the organising teams, Rotary has every right to be proud of them all.
And thanks to all the volunteers that make the day a safe and friendly event and thanks to Marc for getting us there to support Rotary and Bike North.