Lilyroo Ride Reconnaissance

On Friday 24th October, the Lilyroo Fund travelled to Adelaide performing a course reconnaissance for the 2015 Lilyroo Ride. The purpose of this trip was to assess all aspects of the Lilyroo Ride course, including safety, traffic conditions, food and rest stops, topography, contingency routes, community engagement opportunities, accommodation options, relevant local organisations, and much more.

Pat, Pete, Mark and Michael

Pat, Pete, Mark and Michael

Michael, Pat and Pete flew early on Friday morning and had really productive meetings with Bicyle SA, Mega Bike, Adelaide City Council and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation. In the afternoon they explored the Adelaide Hills to find the safest route out of the CBD towards Port Elliot. Mark arrived later that night, and on Saturday morning the team set off to drive the first half of the ride course from Adelaide to Warrnambool.

Panorama of the salt lake we will pass on Day 2.  Click to see a bigger version.

Panorama of the salt lake we will pass on Day 2. Click to see a bigger version.

Saturday was a very long but really productive day. Our team met so many fantastic people on their way to Warrnambool. On Sunday, the team then drove the second half of the Lilyroo Ride from Warrnambool to Melbourne which included the full length of the Great Ocean Road. Everyone the team met was incredibly welcoming, generous, proud of their local community and really excited about the Lilyroo Ride.

The Great Ocean Road will provide a stunning backdrop for Day 5 of the Lilyroo Ride.  Click to see a bigger version.

The Great Ocean Road will provide a stunning backdrop for Day 5 of the Lilyroo Ride. Click to see a bigger version.

Lilyroo Ride Director Mark Watkin commented: “The Lilyroo Ride course takes in some wonderful scenery and communities through SA and VIC. The recce has given us some great insights in preparation for the ride next year. While the most important aims for the Lilyroo Ride are to raise over $200,000 for the Royal Women’s NISC Unit and to raise awareness of Premature birth care, we know the ride will also provide a huge accomplishment and strong team bonding for those completing the route.”

We cannot wait to return in April 2015.

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