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The 2012 Ride

The First Tim’s Ride was held on Saturday 10th of November 2012.

A Route

From Registration starting at 4pm the large group of riders and support crew assembled on Langley Park and gathered in friendly groups .The afternoon began well but soon clouds appeared and a few drops of rain fell late afternoon as the riders assembled and there were some ominous clouds off to the south-west. The prestart gathering with all riders in Tims Ride Jerseys and the start gantry set up by Jeremy Murry and his Bicycling WA team creating a great ambiance. The final briefing was completed by Ride Director Ian Wee then Ian Anderson ( Tim’s Dad) said a few words about the reason we were gathered together and the aims of the ride.

 
 

At 5pm The riders departed from Langley Park lead by a police vehicle with the Ride Director, Phil Cousins , in radio contact with the support vehicles and team leaders. Following the police vehicle was Ray Hunt in his giant Hummer decorated with Tim’s Ride banners and immediately behind him was the first peloton . Seven more pelotons each lead by a team leader followed at 3 minute intervals then came the support vehicles (PIHC Medical driver Liz Branch, Parker Cycles Breakdown – Dennis Lightfoot and Budget Sweeper Vehicle driven by Marco Dilanzo).

The route ran past the University of WA down Stirling Highway to Fremantle then along Tydeman Rd to the Beach, then along the coast to Tim’s Memorial.

 
 

B Route

The family ride congregated at Rouse Head under the direction of Michael Metcalf then set out in small groups to ride north along the coast mainly on cycle paths. The support vehicle was driven by Tim’s Uncle Bill McKay.

There were young children and even tagalongs enjoying a very social ride to reach Tim’s Memorial shortly before the A Route pelotons began arriving. Cyclists were directed to Rack bikes by Scotch college students.

 
 

Ceremony

Unfortunately as the riders arrived at Tim’s Memorial the heavens opened with torrential rain and gale force winds. Under these trying conditions speakers struggled to be heard and onlookers were frozen. The master of ceremonies James Sutherland introduced Ron Norris, the mayor of the Town of Mosman Park , who welcomed everyone and commented on Mosman Parks commitment to cycling and Tim’s Memorial.

Tim’s dad ,Ian, spoke about the terrible events of Tim’s Death and the impact it has had on his family and friends. He talked about the aim of the ride to increase cycling safety so other families might not have to suffer.

Ron Alexander then spoke of his love and friendship with Tim and the importance of cycling to the community. Ian Wee assembled the riders and under very trying conditions got everyone safely to Harvey Field for the finish.

At the finish at Harvey Field everyone was cold and hungry so the sausage sizzle put on by Rotary was greatly enjoyed.

There were some brief speeches but because of the cold and wind these were much reduced. As the event wound up the sky cleared and the stars came out leaving everyone with some special memories and a desire to take part next year.

 
 

 
 

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