Jervis Bay Santa Ride

The Jervis Bay Santa Ride

The Santa Ride is now an annual event in Jervis Bay. Running from the boat ramp in Vincentia to the Huskisson Hotel the route covers about 5 kilometres. Not exactly a huge task but there were all ages taking part; some of them very young. We actually had to cycle from the other side of  the “finish” line to get to the start. So Dani and myself did this route twice. Once in each direction. We arrived early at the starting area, although we were not quite the first…

Dani and me before the start
Getting in the ‘zone’…
Dani is an early arrival for the Santa Ride

Safety helmets were (so we were informed) compulsory , hence the sewn on Santa hats. But there were plenty who did the ride without.

Some of the riders amassing at the start
The Grinch before the start of the ride
Other Christmas themed costumes

For anyone interested here is a video of the full roll out of cyclists at the start of the ride. It goes on for 6 minutes. Daniel and myself appear at about 2 minutes 10 seconds just in front of The Grinch.

Video: All the Riders heading off at the start.

And here we are approaching the finish line – the Huskisson Hotel. Where we had a well earned drink (or two)…

Close to the finish line
And a cold beer (or coca cola) almost in sight

After The Ride…

As part of the ride entry fee you get a “free” beer and hot dog at the finish in the Huskisson Hotel. As you can imagine it was fairly busy in and around the hotel.

One area outside the hotel…

Dani checks out one of the firetrucks
Post ride pose with a Grinch

A little later we changed out of the Santa suits and visited a cocktail bar where it was ‘happy hour’ (or 3). Dani insisted on trying one so we ordered a mocktail. It was the ‘Lost at Sea’ cocktail without the alcohol (rum). It still tasted great and he lapped it up.

Happy Hour in a cocktail bar. Dani had a mocktail
He says he blinked but maybe there was some rum in that “mocktail”??

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