By Melinda Rollinson
Cycling at sixty-five
12 months ago, Macedon Ranges local Trish approached the Woodend Neighbourhood House in the hope that they would help her master a new skill before her 65th birthday. Trish, who had neither ridden nor owned a bike as a child, wanted to learn to cycle confidently. Hubert Weisrock, the coordinator for the cycling course, agreed not only to teach her to cycle but also to lend her a bike and helmet.
“Hubert gave me a few one-on-one lessons to get me on the bike. At first I couldn’t even get around the trees at the back of the Neighbourhood House,” she says.
Once Trish was up and riding, she joined the Woodend Neighbourhood House weekly ‘easy ride’ group with Hubert. “We rode around the old horse racecourse and slowly started to ride a bit further with her,” Hubert explains. After eight months of weekly rides with the group, Trish felt that she could achieve her goal of cycling to Hanging Rock to celebrate her 65th birthday.
And she was right. Along with Hubert and two members of her cycling group, Trish completed the 23.5 km route on the morning of her birthday. She describes the ride as both beautiful and eventful. At one point, Trish was paced by a kangaroo and at another, she stopped to chat to a man walking his llamas. Trish took a break after her birthday but confirms that she has recently returned to cycling regularly. “Luckily I was able to have another one-on-one lesson with Hubert and now I’m back on the bike again,” she says.
Further information on Woodend Neighbourhood House cycling groups is available here or call the House on 5427 1845.