As spring transforms into summer, the sunny days are an ideal time for the family to get outdoors.
The Bupa Ride About Events are offering multiple opportunities for families to have fun together over three cycling events travelling on some of Adelaide's scenic cycling trails. During each ride there are fun and interesting challenges and activities happening along the trails including treasure and scavenger hunts, as well as other fun activities for audlts and children. After the ride, you can satisfy that post ride hunger with a healthy picnic pack available from the Ride About Village in Elder Park, where there will be entertainment for all the family between the hours of 9am and 2pm.
Park Lands Ride About Following the Park Lands Trail, the ride passes some of Adelaide's famous locations, including the Adelaide Zoo, the Botanic Gardens and the Old Adelaide Gaol. If you need a break, you can pause at the playgrounds or kiosks are located on the trail. Officially starting and ending at the Ride About Village in Elder Park, the 16km ride might be too challenging for little legs, so you can start anywhere along the route on your way to the Elder Park Village. If the legs get too tired on the long trail, you can always take a shortcut back to the Village from the southern Parklands and head back to Elder Park via King William Road for an 11km ride.
The cycling trail winds through the parklands. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
If your inner pirate enjoys a treasure hunt, look out for the clues leading to locations along the trail where you can collect markers for your treasure map. For just $10 per adult (and half price if you are a Bupa member), you can register online to be part of the fun. Children under 15, who are accompained by an adult, can ride for free. This is the first of three Ride About events and for those who register for all three rides, the last ride is free for the whole family.
Beach Ride About
Commencing from Elder Park, this ride follows the River Torrens to the sand and surf at West Beach. For experienced cyclists, the 26km loop will certainly offer a challenge or you can take the 20km or 10 km options back to the Elder Park Village. A scavenger along the 26km trail, collecting items and taking a few photos will add to the fun on the day.
Pelicans on the Beach Ride About Trail. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Beach Ride About Fast Facts
Date: 13th November 2016
Time: 9am to 2pm
Distance: 26km, 20km or 10km
Approximate Ride Time 3hrs, 2hrs or 1hr
Start/Finish: Elder Park Village (or you can start anywhere on the route)
Cost:$10 per Adult, Free for Children under 15 (accompanied by an Adult)
River Ride About
Travelling a 7.5km route along the River Torrens Linear Park Trail, the River Ride passes some of Adelaide's sporting venues including Adelaide Oval, Memorial Drive, the South Australian Sports Museum. As you cycle along the trail, you might see the rowing teams practicing on the river and a variety of swans, ducks, pelicans and other birds watching your progress. The challenge on this ride, should you choose to accept it, is to participate in the four activity stations on the trail. Brush up on your Bocce and Quoits skills to perform well at the first activity station. Walk tall on stilts and test your team work on the Geeta boards at Station 2. Speed and agility is required for Station 3, where egg and spoon races and sack races are just a couple of the events to conquer before arriving to play the giant boards games at Station 4.
The River Ride About event travels along the River Torrens Linear Park Trail. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
River RideAbout Fast Facts
Date: 4th December 2016
Time: 9am to 2pm
Approximate Ride Time: 45mins
Start/Finish: Elder Park Village
Cost: $10 per adult; children under 15 free when accompanied by an Adult.)
Promising to be a lot of fun for all the family, it's time to dust off your bikes, dig out your helmets and register to be part of a day of healthy activity in our beautiful city. If you don't have a bike, don't despair, you may be able to get a free bike to hire for the day. Bicycle availability is limited, so make sure you contact Bike SA to confirm availability before heading down to 53 Carrington Street with proof of ID to collect your bike on the day.
A potential spectator on the Torrens. Photo: Hazel Cochrane