Milestones of the Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C)

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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 Haarsma arrives in Clare to be the first Woman to complete the Lavender Cycling Trail End to End - South to North
Kay Haarsma arrives in Clare to be the first Woman to complete the Lavender Cycling Trail End to End – South to North

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.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Milestones - Helen Dominish - Murray Bridge - completing her 5-day ride North to South
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Milestones – Helen Dominish – Murray Bridge – completing her 5-day ride North to South

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.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Milestones - Sue & Peter OBrien Peter and Sue O’Brien on the M2C near Mount Pleasant
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Milestones – Sue & Peter OBrien Peter and Sue O’Brien on the M2C near Mount Pleasant

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.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Milestones - Toni & Eric & assistance dog Hilly
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Milestones – Toni & Eric & assistance dog Hilly

You can read thier full story on the Uncool Cycling Cub Website at
8 Days on the M2C Using our Motorhome as a Base

First E2E Bike Packer N2S

Peter Davis, completed the M2C on the 6 February 2020, over three days by eBike.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Milestones - Peter Davis First Bike Packer -E2E - N2S
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Milestones – Peter Davis First Bike Packer -E2E – N2S

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

James Raison, author of the Australian online cycling blog La Velocita,  with two friends over two days on 11- 12 Sept 2020.
You can read James’s story here

La Velocita - Murray To Clare Cycling Trail Guide (Blog Post Cover)
La Velocita – Murray To Clare Cycling Trail Guide (Blog Post Cover)

They camped at Eden Valley Caravan Park.

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.

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