This year HypoActive once more formed a team of 15 riders to take the major challenge of the famous 520 km, 24-hour cycle relay across western Victoria, Woody's Murray to Moyne. The long ride proved to eventful and exhausting, but a brilliant experience for all those involved.
Although riders battled strong Saturday headwinds and12 km from the Sunday morning finish met with a nasty accident, the team ploughed on and stuck together for a historic, type 1 triumphant finish. As I write, the team's fundraising efforts for camps for children and young people with type 1 diabetes are getting close to $10,000 - and still rising - yet another year of major succeess for this brilliant cause.
This was our 10th year of riding as a type 1 team in the Murray to Moyne and although as always new riders were welcomed, HypoActive cyclists showed a professionalism and panache that put most other teams in the shade. Insulin Injected Engines ®, in their striking team colours, showed skill and diligence in staying in formation, passing in single file, communicating with other riders and regrouping when necessary.
Our two tandems, ridden by Chris, Tony, Spike and Trevor, made a big impression. Our team was split into three groups, each taking turns on the road, and the tandems were placed in different groups, which made for double the splash and twice the cheering every time we rolled past a group of spectators. Our first group was the fasties: team captain Ben led newcomers Liam and Nick and returning rider Macca at high speeds across long stretches of open road, each turn taking us big steps towards our goal.
Our second group was led by Sam, whose strength and determination in recovery after breaking bones only a few months ago was inspirational. This group included Elaine and John, both back for yet amother brave stint and cyclibg better than ever, me and our stalwart treasurer Craig. Craig is generally quite conservative, but arrived with an incredible display of masculinity with his Malvern Star road bike. The little plastic basket and the blue tassels were a big hit.
New riders Steve and Danielle cycled in the third group and both were coaxed into achieving longer and stronger sessions on the road. The whole team was elated to witness the success of these two important riders. Danielle's professional skills were a vital tool as we closed down on Port Fairy and experienced an unpleasant bike stack. A moment of distraction drew John's wheel forward and into contact with someone's rear, and in an instant he was down. Our heavy black tandem swerved to avoid him, but couldn't miss and John lay injured on the road. Although John was whisked away in an ambulence, I am delighted to say that he was not seriously injured. He is now back out on his bike with a new helmet and his usual charming smile, although I can't imagine how sore those bumps and bruises must be.
Our crew this year worked harder than ever. Lyndal pestered and badgered riders for test readings like a type 1 possessed, as well as trying to manage a bus full of hungry, tired diabetic cyclists. Caro, Johnty and Matt each did a superb job of the endless slow drive and the slick, efficient handling of bikes and swapovers. I'd like to give a very special mention to Caro, who has now donated her professional driving skills to the Hypoctive M2M cycling team for 9 consecutive years. Well done Caro. And let's not forget Devo the Wonderdog.
A very special mention should also go to our sponsors, whose generosity this year was extraordinary. Sanofi, Abbott Diabetes Care and Medtronic fund us annually and the loyalty of their support is deeply appreciated. But this year both JAYCO and Diabetes Australia - Victoria had a major input to our Murray to Moyne efforts and their considered and open-handed help has been a significant factor in this year's epic success. Thanks guys!
The Murray to Moyne is a big challenge to any cyclist. For a rider living with type 1 diabetes it's a complicated and difficult thing, quite apart from the physical trial. For a whole team of type 1 cycists, this is a logistical and medical nightmare, so to achieve success for 10 consecutive years is an absolute phenomenon. Well done to each of this year's riders, as well as every other cyclist living with type 1 diabetes who has taken a place in any one of our 10 heroic teams over the years. Good on you.