I have done the Bike Hike many times since it’s first roll up the freeway in 2005. This year it was organised by a different mob, and sponsored by the RAC. Apparently the City of Joondalup did not want the ride to finish in Joondalup as it has for all previous years, so they decided to make the Perth Esplanade the finish.
There has been a lot of criticism of the ride from cyclists, calling it a ‘demolition derby’ and ‘dangerous’. While I have seen a few crashes over the years (and there are a couple of videos on Youtube), I don’t think there is anything inherently dangerous about the ride. If you don’t treat it as a time trial then not much is going to happen!
I decided that the best way to do the Bike Hike was to get a group together, do it in fancy dress, and just have fun. The idea of prison jumpsuits came from someone who ultimately piked out on riding with us.
There was a choice of 2 start locations if you wanted to ride the 30k – we decided to start at Currambine as it was then a possibility for our team members to ride to the start. We decided to catch the train to the start, though some of the team rode. We didn’t arrive until after 8am, which was when the marshalling was supposed to be finished and the ride was starting. As we were in the ‘middle of the pack’ some of the faster riders had left by the time we got to the marshalling area.
It was a great ride, and we got our free icecream and cup of powerade at the end. The stalls were a bit dull. Neither of the RAC members in the group wanted their free massage, so we sat in the shade for a while, and then head up to the William Street Festival in Northbridge. It was too hot, and we were hungry, so we went to the Moon Cafe for lunch, then parted ways and rode home.
Total kilometres for me and the Bike Friday: 48.