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The 2014 Ride

The Third Tim’s Ride was held on Saturday 15th of November 2014.

For the first time both routes started at Harvey Field. This allowed Families and friends to enjoy the prestart gathering in perfect weather.

The final briefing and safety instructions for the Peloton were given by Cycling Coordinator Peter Trench and Sergeant Simon Baxter who included a description of the Green Light corridor that would be created and how the riders would be protected by the surrounding Police Cars and Motorcycles. The peloton ride departed soon after with riders passing through a guard of honour and stirring music supplied by the Scotch College Pipe Band as they pass ed under the Bicycling WA Banner before walking around the corner to assemble in Broome Street.

Just after 5pm the start was announced by was Ride Director, Mick Girando, and the whole procession mounted up. Like last year the lead vehicle was a police vehicle with the co-driver in direct communication with road traffic control to trigger the traffic lights and Mick Girando a ccompanying them , 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. The immense peloton stretched over a kilometre and was followed by the support vehicles ( PIHC Medical driver Ian Wee , Parker Cycles Breakd own – Dennis Lightfoot and Budget Sweeper Vehicle driven by Di Beveridge ).

The procession travelled to Stirling Hwy then east to the University of WA, along Hackett Drive around the river to Claremont, down Stirling Highway to Fremantle , along Tydeman Rd to the Beach, then along the coast to Tim’s Memorial.

The family ride was briefed by Basil Georgiou then departed soon after the peloton. Crossing Marine parade before riding south along the coast on cycle paths as far as they wanted – many riding to Rouse Head before returning to Tim’s Memorial shortly before the A Route pelotons began arriving. There were young children and even tagalongs enjoying the fun while Damien Staude & Shane Boyle brought up the rear checking that there were no problems.

They were followed by the support vehicle driven by Glenn and Lea Longmire. Cyclists were directed to Rack bikes by Scotch college students under Jeremey Murray’s guidance. The two groups came together at Tim’s Memorial just before sunset. The weather and sunset was perfect.

The master of ceremonies James Sutherland introduced Ron Norris, 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, the events leading to the construction of the memorial and development of Tim’s Ride.

He thanked the wonderful supporters and riders for their participation . He talked about the aim of the ride to increase cycling safety so other families might not have to suffer. As the sun set Scotch College Pipe Major Dylan Flecker played the beautiful lament “Flowers of the Forest.” Then Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich spoke about difficulties faced by police in their day to day role. He strongly supported their role in promoting increased cycling safety. James Sutherland then invited everyone to resume their cycling journey back to the finish at Harvey Field.

Harvey Field.

Harvey Field was ready and waiting under the guidance of Hazel Frame. The Rotary members had done a wonderful job so the sausage Sizzle was ready for the hungry riders who were joined by the police and support crew. While people enjoyed the snack James Lush interviewed several over 55 members about their adventures riding across Australia. He then thanked all the many sponsors and supporters and invited everyone to stay on and have fun.

On this happy note the event ended and with many hands to help Harvey Field was quickly tidied up to wait for next year.

Photography by Nat Pinkasy and Athena Georgiou.