As milestones were achieved, Helen Dominish of the Uncool Cycling Club has been faithfully recording them, and now shares them with us here for history.
Congratulations to all who created a milestone for the Lavender Cycling Trail. We wonder if people will find some other milestones over time.
The M2C map was published on 23 December 2019
First person and first woman to complete the trail end to end (E2E) South to North (S2N)
The first person claim the prestigious honour of completing the trail end to end (E2E) was Kay Haarsma, finishing her 3-day ride on 12 January 2020 by riding South to North (S2N). Well done Kay.
Kay stayed overnight at Eudunda and Springton.
Incidentally Kay has been one of the photo contributors for the M2C.
First person and first woman to complete the trail E2E North to South (N2S)
Helen Dominish (Uncool Cycling Club) can claim the honour of first person and first woman to complete the trail End to End (E2E) going North to South (N2S) with her eBike Jan 19th 2020.
Helen has been one of the main instigators of the trail, and built the original web pages on the Uncool Cycling Club website, and taken many of the wonderful photos we now use. She is our M2C champion and spokesperson.
Helen stayed at Manoora, Eudunda, Moculta and Mount Pleasant.
First man, First couple to complete the trail E2E N2S
Peter and Sue O’Brien claim the honour of first man and first couple, to complete the trail End to End (E2E) going North to South (N2S), completed 5 February 2020 over three days.
Sue had this to say about their experience on the M2C:
“Fantastic ride with plenty of variation of scenery and roads. Loved calling in to the towns along the way. We chose to stay in accommodation at the Eudunda Pub and then a small B&B in Springton. If you have the inclination, DO IT!”
First man, first couple to complete the trail E2E S2N
First man and first couple to complete the trail E2E S2N, Eric and Toni completed the trail on 5 March 2020.
Travelling with Toni’s assistance dog, and doing out and back trips from their motorhome base, they rode the M2C south to north over eight days.
First E2E Bike Packer N2S
Peter Davis, completed the M2C on the 6 February 2020, over three days by eBike.
Not only did Peter ride the M2C but he rode from Adelaide, camping overnight in Balaklava and then Clare before commencing his ride on the M2C.
While on the M2C, he stopped at Eudunda and Eden Valley.
The First E2E Bike Packers N2S to complete the M2C in 2 days
They camped at Eden Valley Caravan Park.
The First Group E2E S2N to complete the M2C
Just finished our first bike packing trip from Murray to Clare. Massive shout out to Pat Quick for organising the overnight stay, dinner and brekky at the Manoora Oval. Definitely what we needed after a few days of banging against the 40km/h wind. Would highly recommend! Cheers Alain
They camped at Mount Pleasant Caravan Park, Eudunda Caravan Park and Manoora.
First Recumbent Trike Riders Complete M2C E2E N2S April 2023
Kenny Stephens and Phillip Pearce are the first two recumbent trike riders to complete the Lavender Cycling Trail. They travelled North to South over 6 days, modifying the route slightly near Monarto to avoid the single track sections.
Camping in shelters with only sleeping bags and a groundsheet, they overnighted at Manoora Centenary Oval, a private home in Eudunda, Truro Oval, a private property near Springton and the Old Rockleigh Schoolhouse.
Do you have an M2C Milestone to contribute?
Could you be the first bike packer E2E S2N? Who has the largest “Group” to ride the M2C? (Chances are this category can be challenged many times in the future). There are possibly other unique ways to enjoy riding the M2C.
Let us know about your ride, preferably with a photo and some evidence from a tracking app.