It was my first SSC ride and it was a very pleasant ride indeed. My friends and I aimed for an early start at 7am. This meant I had to get up at 5am to get ready an be in North Sydney on time. The weather was cold and it rained a bit. We warmed up quite quickly though.
Later during the day the sky cleared and it was a beautiful day to ride. I really enjoyed a company of thousands other rides. I rode my old mountain bike and my friends were on road bikes. To my surprise I managed quite well. I was able to keep up with them (I think they just spared me).
50km seemed like a lot. I usually ride 10km to work in Sydney CBD, which takes me half an hour. When we reached the 40km milestone, there was a sign "10km to go." By that time it seemed like nothing.
In fact, we had enough energy for a short sprint to the finish line. It was a great day out. I felt so energized that I also rode home from Homebush, adding few extra kilometers to the count.
At the end I did 70km. Here is the proof.
Thank you all who organized such a great event! I'll be there next year too!