We had a great turnout despite the predicted 40-odd degree temps and opted for a shorter ride and a shady cafe for our coffee stop.
Many thanks to those who made it and for the huge effort put into making themselves, and their bikes, very Christmas'y! The Christmas spirit was truly out in force with some excellent xmas outfits and bike decorations.
Wendy's Rudolph was there to lend a hand with directions and Helen's Riese & Muller Culture provided our sustenance with its Santa lolly bag.
Decking yourself out in a santa suit in this heat was not a good idea but in true Aussie style we had a great showing of xmas shirts, Hawaiian shirts, plenty of tinsel and lots of helmet hats.
Our ride started at Electric Bikes Brisbane at Milton and we headed for St Lucia and Indooroopilly. As per usual it was an 'explorer' route so we all got to see some lovely unexpected views of the city and some of Indooroopilly's hillier residential streets. We then headed to Queensland University with a quick stop to appreciate the view (and shade!) at the ponds and then went over the Eleanor Schonell Bridge for the ride through Highgate Hill, Dutton park and West End.
Southbank was as busy as usual and we got to experience the newly resurfaced Goodwill Bridge before pulling up for cold drinks or coffee at the Botanic Gardens in the cool of the gardens.
Thanks again to the riders who made the effort, and to everyone who has joined in our ride during the year. This ride is our last one for 2018 and we would like to wish everyone a lovely Christmas with your families and hopefully a bit of timeout before 2019 kicks into gear.
Electric Bikes Brisbane will also be taking a break. We will be re-opening for 2019 on Monday 7 January look forward to seeing you at our 2019 rides.
If you are curious about how an ebike works or how they feel to ride then EBB hosts a number of group rides where you can try one. These are small group rides along bike paths and quiet back streets where you can learn about the different drive systems and ask lots of questions of your EBB guide.
The Tweed Valley is stunning. Beautiful beaches. Coastal ranges. Lush green valleys. With the Tweed Valley Rail Trail nearing completion it will soon become a major cycling destination. Don’t wait though. There are many excellent ride routes. Stephen shares one of his favourite day rides with us.
Looking for a weekend away? Bill & Lesley wanted to support our drought stricken rural areas so headed to Murgon for the weekend to ride the Murgon to Kingaroy section of the South Burnett Rail Trail. They share their ride - an easy 82km day ride from Murgon to Kingaroy and back to Murgon.