Cazz Clarke from Bike it Better shares her first experience of riding 100km.
As my next challenge, I had been conservative - registering for the 70km loop of the Baw Baw Challenge ride. We had a Velo Fille group dinner leading up to the event, where Kaylene asked for a show of hands of who had registered for the 70km, and for the 120km. She then encouraged those of us who had chosen the 70km to instead attempt the 120km – and as she had been unable to get a babysitter for the day, she offered to be an informal support driver for us, offering on-route encouragement, and even gave us her phone number in case we didn’t make the full 120km and wanted a lift home!
But the real surprise was the affect my achievement had on others. I had a few friends say later that my effort had inspired them to get out for that walk, jog or other activity when the weather wasn’t so great or when they were just feeling flat.
I hope that my passion and energy for cycling in general and my supportive, encouraging approach to leading rides helps to inspire others to get on their bike and achieve their goals - even if that is just to ride around the block. Never underestimate the affect you have on others – your words of encouragement might be just the thing they need to overcome a barrier, and may be the starting point for something big!
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