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One of my passions is cycling, and I’ve been a member of the St Kilda Cycling Club (SKCC) since 2005. I joined because my friends were members, and because I was fast enough and strong enough that my peers suggested I take up competitive club racing, for which you need a race licence and associated club membership.

Club membership is one of those questions people inquire about all the time, and the common refrain is “why should I join a club?” Last Saturday was a perfect example of the sort of rides we organise for club members. I’m biased, naturally, but whether you join SKCC or another club, it’s a brilliant way to meet other cyclists and people who share your passion, not to mention a way to see parts of your world you mightn’t do otherwise, and at a pace that permits you to take it in, rather than passing it by in a blur outside the car windows.

Last Saturday’s (June 13) ride was a 122km Frankston-Sorrento-Frankston ride, led by SKCC Club PRO, Rob Crowe, and his crew from Ridewiser. A group of some 30 women and E Grade men rode from the Frankston shopping mall to Sorrento via the inland route, and back to Frankston, last Saturday, the 13th of June.

The bunch became several through the climbs in the first 60-odd kilometres through the inland road to Red Hill, with the blue and white Ridewiser jerseys riding mark to ensure nobody was left behind. Grimaces became smiles as the bunches became one again at the various regrouping points, and wound their way back along the Sorrento to Mornington foreshore, and eventually onto the high-speed descent of Olivers Hill. The finish in Frankston and waiting coffees was a very welcome sight for many riders!