Riders show mettle on the pedals

Peter Baker, front, with Cycling Geelong members last Thursday. (Louisa Jones) 231954_12

By Luke Voogt

East Geelong grandfather Peter Baker hopes to entice a record 30 cyclists on a weekly ride from Geelong Showgrounds to Drysdale today.

“I’ve put the word out and I’ve promised everyone an Easter egg,” the Cycling Geelong member said yesterday.

“The most riders we’ve ever had is 26, so we want to beat that.”

The 75-year-old began cycling about a decade ago after quitting running due to a knee injury.

The cyclists have hit the peddles together each Thursday including last week, pictured, since restarting the 50-kilometre return ride following Victoria’s snap lockdown last month.

“Most of the people are retired – they’re all grey-haired warriors,” Peter said.

“It’s a good social thing – there’s a lot of people in the group that live by themselves.

“It’s good exercise too – some have got bung knees and stuff but they can still ride a bike.”

He thanked Cycling Geelong’s office bearers for their the work to keep the club going for 21 years.

Details: cyclinggeelong.com.au