The ride went well - rode from home to Princes Park for the 7:45am start, then joined the hordes. It was slow going through the city centre (wide as the roads are, 5000 cyclists take up a lot of space !), but I managed to cruise along nicely after that. It was good fun going up and down the Westgate bridge - up because I was mostly passing people, and down because Wheee ! (at up to 62km/h :-) ). The ride took us through Port Melbourne and Williamstown and past Flemington, and then back up to Princes Park for the finish. It was great to see so many cyclists of all shapes and sizes on all sorts of bicyles (and tricycles and recumbents and even one unicycle). Of course, it did make for cautious riding at times - the more casual cyclists tend to stray across the road rather than holding a line, and wobble a bit when trying to look around or behind, and some of the more serious types took a few chances in getting through gaps between riders, but generally things worked out ok.
Anyway, all good fun and for a good cause - I think I'll do it again next year ! And obviously need to set a more ambitious fundraising target.
(my next cycling goal, though, will be Around The Bay in a Day, in October - except I'm only going to do one of the half-Bay rides, about 100km or so, rather than the full 210km - that can wait until next year :-) )