12th December 2018
Written by David Fell
Team Coorong had an awesome experience at The Bend in the inaugural Revolve24, clocking up 754km. Wayne Richardson, captain of this 8-strong team, couldn't wait to organise another crack at it in 2019.
As the local team, Wayne has also promised that the weather will be fabulous in March 2019, although it might still be a bit windy!
This is how Wayne describes riding The Bend: “Our first experience was a group of riders who had never participated in any form of competition before but who melded well together into a smooth running team. I particularly just loved riding in the night with nothing but the sound of the tyres on the bitumen and the distant clacking of gears and the view of the lit up pitlane building from the back section of the track was just awesome and despite the rather less than ideal weather at the start all the guys were just overwhelmed with the event. No sooner was it all over they were talking about coming back for the next event. We are rapped to being backed by the Coorong District Council once again. Their support is just fantastic.”
Wayne is also rightfully proud of The Coorong: “It is a wonderful place to visit with the Murray River flowing through Tailem Bend, visible from the high cliffs, carrying on down past Wellington into Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert/Yarli. Here’s you’ll find the town of Meningie, a beautiful, inviting place. Not far from Meningie is Narrung and here is the church which is featured on the $50 note, the home of David Unaipon of the Ngarrindjeri people, who is also on flip side $50 note.”
“The Coorong National Park has something for everyone. Besides the serenity there is bird watching, boating, fishing, camping, walking trails and four-wheel driving all within close proximity to Adelaide. The Coorong is also part of the Murray Coorong Trail. When complete, it will run along the Murray and Coorong with a total length of 450km. It will be multi-use, including walking and cycling. Some sections have been completed already, including a section near Tailem Bend on which I have ridden several times.”
Team Coorong have a different line up for 2019 with three of the original members Wayne Richardson (team captain), James McInally and Peter Clarke. The new members are Coorong Council CEO Vincent Cammell, Coorong Facilities Supervisor Stephen Latham, Ian Hunt, Robert Shepherd and David Schubert. Their aim for 2019 is to beat the 754km whilst having as much fun as possible. Just quietly, there are a few members in the team who are very competitive and will be trying their hardest to get some records to boast about, We can’t reveal if Wayne is one of them!!
Make sure you say ‘hi’ to Team Coorong at The Bend.
Team photo from left to right is Vincent Cammell, Ian Hunt, Wayne Richardson, Peter Clarke, Robert Shepherd and Stephen Latham absent is James McInally and David Schubert.Back to R24 CC
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