GTC Ride Reports - from January 2014 through to January 2023

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Portarlington & St Leonards - 7.1.23
Twelve riders were at the start: Lovro and Meri joined us at Drysdale and Lindy, Peter J and Leo turned back at Drysdale. Jennie volunteered to be the TEC - thank you Jennie. We did not have any punctures- it was great having her warning us as vehicles came up to us from behind. The rail trail did have many bikes and walkers , and during a chat with Lindt before the ride it had been suggested by the safety Committee that we ride in small groups, a safe distance apart, to reduce the chance of a collision with on coming bikes and walkers. This we endeavoured to do. As expected Portarlington had many people and it did take a little longer at Daniels Donuts but it was worth the wait. The ride home was via Indented Heads and St Leonards were  there was a Fete on the shore and there some impatient drivers sounding their car horns at us other wise we enjoyed the ride. Thank you to Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John M, Julia, Lindy, Lovro, Meri, Peter C, Peter J, Steve and Leo.
Ken Smith.

GRAVEL & Bitumen Rides to Torquay - Thursday 5.1.23

1/ Chris Halpin Leads the Gravel Ride:
Ten gravel riders this morning - maybe a new record? 2x Chris, 2 Mark's, 1 Mike, 1x Nick & Sarah, Craig, Janet and Peter K left the Hotel pretty much on time. Overcast skies, a cold wind, a touch of drizzle - perfect weather for gravelling. We headed south through Armstrong Ck, past the Mt Duneed Primary to Dickins, Anglesea Rd and off on the glorious Loutit Bay Rd. Corrugations were a challenge but the quiet gravel roads and the kangaroos were worth it. We soon turned east on Hendy Main to enjoy a free coffee at Maple Bakery - thanks Steve.
Home via Surf Coast Hwy and Horseshoebend back to Grovedale. Approx 50 Km and special thanks to Nick for providing 'Kelpie' duties. an enjoyable ride and I trust those new to gravel riding will join us in future
Chris H.

2/ Steve McDonald Leads the Bitumen Ride:
Whilst we were expecting a head wind to Torquay we did not anticipate rain which stuck with us until the Black Rock Wind Turbine. A small and hardy  group of 12 comprising: Doug, Gary, Geoff, Julia, Ken G & S, Meri and Lovro, Peter J & Trudi and Leo (TEC) plus me, made the way to Maple Bakery. Thanks to Maple Bakery for donating 20 free coffee vouchers which was spread amongst this group and the Gravellers, who arrived as we were departing. A trouble free ride assisted with a tailwind on the way home.
Cheers, Steve Mc.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Winchelsea - 3.1.23
The weather forecast promised cooler conditions. Would we finally have a good ride to Winchelsea? No wind. No rain. No punctures. No turning back. Well, we did have a very light shower at the beginning of our trip along Ghazeepore but after that the conditions were like Baby Bear’s porridge: not too cold, not too hot, just right. We set out in two groups and made good progress along Blackgate, Larcombes, Layards, Cape Otway, the delightful Mathiesons and into Winchelsea were we enjoyed great coffee and pastries at Cafe La Hoot. Fortified, we traced our steps back on a slightly alternative route. The long straight roads allowed a variety of speeds. At Moriac half the group stayed on for more coffee and lunch whilst the rest of us headed home on via Reservoir and WP drive.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride: Doug, Janet, Jennie, Ken G &S, Mark K. Meri, Lovro, Peter J & O, Ray, Sarah, Trudi and ever reliable TEC Leo. (Only one slight mechanical for Leo to sort out so I’d call that a win!) Gary, Peter N and Chris Hu went home early along the route.  Cheers (a much relieved) Nick. About 80kms.

Ted Reeve's Ride to Curlewis and Drysdale on New Year's Day - Sunday 1.1.23
Nine members shrugged off the after effects of the previous night’s celebrations to join me at the Showgrounds for today’s easy ride to Drysdale. We took the ride description seriously and made our way leisurely to the Curlewis Golf Driving Range for coffee as we were unsure if Drysdale coffee outlets would be open for business. Of course the shorter than normal pre coffee ride had to be paid for by a longer than normal ride home where the pace picked up considerably and the peloton commander was left behind. Fortunately, traffic lights were in my favour and we regrouped at Bunnings before rejoining the BRT to our start/finish line. Thanks to new member Brian and Chris Hu, Craig, Jennie, Mark L, Peter C, Peter J and Leo (our faithful tail end Charles) for joining me today.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Saturday Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie in Bellbrae - 31.12.22:
This morning seventeen riders participated in a ride to the Chocolaterie in Belbrae.  Being the last day of 2022, we were fortunate to have perfect riding conditions.  In attendance today were Doug, Greg, Jennie, John M, Ken S, Leo, Lindy, Lovro, Mark J, Meri, Paul, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Phil, Trudi and myself. Wishing all GTC members a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year, and in 2023 keep on peddling.
 Peter O.

Ted's Thursday Loop to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara - 29.12.22:
An embarrassing start to the ride saw me five minutes away from the start line at 8.30 am. A quick call to PJ and a big peloton of 18 riders set off down the Ted Wilson with Big Pete in the lead. Pete followed my instructions to take the group up the nasty Bluestone Bridge Road hill and Tower Hill Drive while I took an “accidental” short cut straight through to Bacchus Marsh Road. At Houston Road I caught sight of the peloton ahead but couldn’t quite catch them. At Elcho Road they took a sneaky left at Links Road which I again “accidently” missed and arrived at the Xpresso Lounge ahead of the mob by five minutes. At this point Jennie and Chris Hu left us and we filled the two big tables for refreshments. The trip home via Hovells Creek Trail was uneventful but quite hard with a brisk southerly head wind slowing some down a bit. Others raced ahead and the peloton was totally out of (my) control for the remainder of the trip. Pretty much the story of the day really. Thanks to Chris Hu, Gary, Geoff, Jennie, John M, Julia, Ken S, Leo, Lovro, Meri, Mike C (welcome back), Nick, Peter C, Peter K, Peter J, Sarah, Steve and Trudi for surviving the ride without much help from me. I’ll try harder next time.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Moriac General Store for Coffee - 27.12.22:
I was surprised to have such a large group to ride to Moriac. Eighteen riders: Alison, Brendan, Janet, Jennie, Jo, John M, Julia, Ken G, Mark J, Meri, Lovro, Peters K, J, O, Richard, Sarah, Nick and Steve fronted Fyansford pub early to beat the heat. Clearly, the 7.30 start didn’t deter riders and from the positive comments has much to recommend it. Please consider as we may need to do it more often. 
We headed up Ham Hwy at a moderate pace in two groups enjoying the hazy vistas with less truck traffic but plenty of 4x4 holiday makers. Pollocksford was tough but the  Barrabool/ Considines / Church loop into Moriac was most pleasant. At Moriac a number of riders headed off for coffee elsewhere but 10 of us stayed on for a secret coffee out the back in the cool garden. My group of seven headed back along Mt Duneed and Ghazepore finally encountering significant holiday traffic. I trust everyone got home safely into the cool. Thanks to TEC Mark and all who rode.

John Hagan Leads the Pre-Christmas Ride to Curlewis - 24.12.22:
For our Saturday ride we had 15 starters: Leo, Paul, Mark , Peter J, Kim, Ken S, Ray, Lovro, Jennie, Peter C, Arno (guest rider & friend of Ray's), Meri, Jo, Julia & John H. We were joined after coffee by John M. I had planned to keep mainly on the Bellarine Rail Trail because I expected pre-Christmas traffic to be heavy - it wasn't as hevy as I thought! We were fortunate at Brown Shugar to have all the tables outside vacant after we had ordered. After enjoying our coffee and cake we followed the trail down Grigg's Creek to the Bay before coming back via Clifton Springs and Drysdale. Thanks to all for your company this morining.
John Hagan.

Kim's Thursday Ride to Moriac General Store - 22.12.22:
A morning of indecision as 15 fools, I mean riders, met at Bunnings. Leo was there before heading off to work. He was doing shady deals out of the back of his ute. After referring to the radar it was decided the rain had passed us by. So off we went up WPD, then Ken S punctured, PJ was very pleased he was able to assist by using his new tyre remover successfully, thanks Leo. After catching up to the others and travelling along Reservoir Rd the rain started, (obviously the radar is totally unreliable). Now we are approaching Hendy and I decided to shorten the ride by going straight to Moriac for coffee. A decision that was welcomed by everyone. We had already lost 1 rider and another left us at Moriac. While enjoying our beverage and chit chat the rain really came down but Lovro insisted his radar said the rain would end in 10 minutes, what did I say about the radar earlier. Before leaving Moriac Ken checked his punctured tyre which required a top up of air. Again, we made the decision to shorten the ride more by going home via Mt Duneed Rd. This turned into the wettest section of our ride this morning with a big dumping of rain and spray from the tyres in front.
A stop at the regular spot just over Anglesea Rd roundabout gave us the opportunity to regroup. Fingers like prunes and shoes full of water we were all making light of the situation because we were nearly home. But wait, Ken required more air in his tyre and asked if anyone had a better pump. Sarah, always willing to assist, pumped up Ken’s tyre when we realised that all us strong masculine blokes were standing around watching. So sorry Sarah, the rain got to our brains, I think. Those who braved todays ride were: David S, Geoff, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Nick, Norm, PJ, Peter N, Richard W, Ross, Sarah and Steve. Thank you everyone for enduring such a wet ride but at least it wasn’t cold and windy. Special thanks to PJ for being TEC.
We travelled a distance of 34k which was well short of the expected 55k.

Doug Leads the Bitumen ride and Janet the Gravel ride to Queenscliff - 20.12.22:
Joining me today, for the bitumen ride to Queenscliff were: David S, Jennie, Julia, John M, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lovro, Mark K, Meri, Paul B, Peter N, Ray (joined us on the BRT due to a puncture on the way in), Richard W and Steve. With about a kilometre under our belt, there was a mishap which resulted in one rider being on the ground. Assistance was provided and eventually the ride recommenced with those involved in the incident opting for a different route to Queenscliff. During this occurrence, the communication was superb and sincere thanks to Kim, Mark, Nick and Steve who all provided intel of what was going on. The outward trip to Queenscliff was into a stiff breeze which saw everybody bunch-up and make it easier to push into the wind. At the Rolling Pin we reunited as one group. The inward trip saw Paul peel-off at Point Lonsdale, as he had ridden in and Ray took a detour to Ocean Grove then headed home. Reaching the corner of Wallington Road and Thatcher Street saw Lovro and Meri turn right to head back to Geelong on a marginally shorter route whilst the remaining riders turned left and headed to 13th Beach Road. Our next stop was at the corner of Warralily Boulevard and Barwon Heads Road where the riders partaking in a second stop, dined at the Cockatoo Café, whilst the rest of the riders proceeded along Warralily Boulevard and then home. Perfect weather for this long ride of 89 kilometres. The tailwind most of the way back was bliss. Thank you to ‘TailEnd Charlie’ Peter N. The lack of photography skills via a mobile phone continues as a patron of the Rolling Pin Cafe kindly offered to take our photos BUT no photos of such on the phone. Back to the safe and sure method of a camera, for the future!!
Safe Riding and safe driving, particularly over the holiday period and a Very Merry Christmas to All.

Alison's Sunday Ride to Lara - 18.12.22:
We met this morning at Rippleside for our ride to Lara via Hovell’s Creek trail. There did seem to be a proliferation of Peters today with Peters O’B, J, N and C in attendance along with Chris Hu, John H, Jennie, Craig and myself. We set off on our sunny albeit windy trek to Lara via Hovell’s Creek trail. I managed to find my way with my trusty GPS (Peter O’B). Another helpful Peter (Peter J) had self-selected as TEC given I had completely forgotten about organising this role! The ride proceeded uneventfully which was wonderful. You could hear the water pumps working overtime as we traversed the highway underpass at the end of the trail which was very close to being quite dry. We had coffee at the Xpresso Lounge in Lara with some managing to only look longingly at the cake display and some partaking less virtually (it’s tempting). Chris Hu returned via HC trail to check out the new Ferry terminal. The rest of us returned home via the Ted Wilson trail with the leader requiring frequent direction through the Lara leg (thanks again Peter O’B!). The group split at the end of Ted Wilson with some going back via the river track and the rest of us heading down Church St. We had managed to pick up a stray dog at this point which seemed to be intent on accompanying us but thought better of his decision when he realised the pace was a little more hectic than what he was used to! Thankfully we all managed to survive my first attempt at leading a ride including me! A very big thank you to all who assisted me (especially the extra-helpful-Peters) and for everyone’s patience. All very much appreciated! Alison.

Greg Allerton's Fast 50 to Dog Rocks & Waurn Ponds - 17.12.22:
This was a 're-ride 'of an interesting  course used on 15 October. We rode via Batesford, Dog Rocks, Ceres and Waurn Ponds. Highlights included 2 good descents : north side service road into Batesford and Cochranes Rd. Thanks to my companions John C, Peter O'B and Steve McD for an enjoyable and testing  51 km ride, av. 21 kph. I was home by 10:30am.  Greg Allerton.

Doug's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 17.12.22:
Participating in today’s ride were: Alison, Doug, Gary, Jennie, John H, Julia, Ken S, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Mark K, Nick, Peter J, Phil, Sarah and Trudi. The Ride Leader did some homework for today’s ride in as much as the route was in a clockwise direction for the following reasons, the wind would be in our face on the outward journey and not at its strongest so early in the morning, the hills along Curlewis and Wallington Roads would be done with before our coffee break, making the trip home with two piddly hills to climb and the wind mostly behind us (brilliant strategy even if I do say so). On the Bellarine Rail Trail, we met the Leopold crew and wished them a Merry Christmas. Joining us for coffee at The Groove were John M and Phil. I am always amazed at the very quick service at The Groove, today was no exception, despite our large numbers. On reaching 13th Beach Road, John M experienced a mechanical problem which we were unable to remedy, so John opted to leave us at that point. Stationary photos by John H and moving photos by Peter with thanks. As usual for a weekend ride, the Tail End Charlie was Leo, with my thanks. Nice to have some semblance of a summer’s day for a ride to the seaside.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Thursday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery Cafe in Gnarwarre - 15.12.22:
On an overcast and windy day ten riders fronted-up at Fyansford to ride to Gnarwarre. The ride to Gnarwarre was via the Hamilton Highway and Pollocksford Road and after conquering the climb we cruised our way to the Cottage Farm Nursery for coffee.
The ride back to Geelong was via the Colac Highway, Anderson Road, Barrabool Road and Merrawarp Road.  John Miro joined the group along this section of the ride.   When we turned into Merrawarp Road we were favoured by a very strong tail wind and this provided the riders with the opportunity to free wheel up to the Hamilton Highway.  We were brought back to reality by riding into a cross wind back to Fyansford. Thanks to David S, Janet, Julia, John M, Ken S, Lovro, Meri, Peter C, Peter J and Peter N for joining in today’s ride.
Note: It was a pleasure to see the four P’s riding today.
Regards, Peter O.

Ken Smith's Ride to Drysdale on Tuesday - 13.12.22:
First I will thank all the riders who took a risk with the forecast weather conditions and came to be part of the ride, and especially those who rode to the start after only limited notice that I would be the leader. Alison, Chris Hu, David S, Janet, Kim, Paul Ba, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Sarah, Nick, Ted, Jennie and myself. We went along the B.R.T. to Curlewis Road and along the road to the Bellarine H.W.Y. and up Swan Bay to Princes Street and into the Bungalow Cafe. After joining us for coffee and a chat Chris and Peter J headed to Queenscliff, the rest of us headed home via Jetty Road bike path and the B.R.T. Now we had a side head wind but we had some shelter from the trees and most of the riders would have made it home before the rain commenced.
Ken Smith.

Doug's Sunday Loop to Eastern Gardens, Breakwater, Armstrong Ck, Mt Duneed & Deakin - 11.12.22:
For the second Sunday in a row, we were treated to a hot summer’s day (over 30 degrees) and joining me for today’s ride were: Janet, Jennie, John H, Julia, Kim, Leo, Paul and Peter C. It was very peaceful riding through the suburbs of Newcombe, Whittington, St Albans Park, Breakwater, Grovedale and eventually our coffee stop at 9 Grams Café. A long stop ensued due to very slow service. The chit chat filled the time in most adequately. From there it was mostly downhill till we went through the Uni and then faced our only real hill for the ride, up past the Epworth on Pigdons Road. Turning right onto Burdekin Road it was downhill again, into the stiff headwind to Highton. We then took the bike path on south bank of the Barwon River. A lot of clean-up work has been undertaken along the path however a big broom sweep is still required to bring the path back to just bitumen. Today’s ride was easy paced on a course which is mostly flat with Mother Nature providing a hot strong North wind. Taking all things into account, it was still an enjoyable ride. Distance: 42 Kilometres.

Nick's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre, Modewarre and Moriac - 10.12.22:
On a lovely sunny day thirteen riders completed a rolling Barrabool hills circuit to Moriac.  Our group consisted of Greg, Jennie, John H & M, Ken S, Paul, Peter J & O, Phil, Sarah, Trudi, leader Nick and TEC Leo. We made good progress to coffee at Moriac via Merrawarp, Barrabool, Considines and the CO. We enjoyed the usual good conversation and coffee before heading home along CO and Mt Duneed. Ride conditions don’t get much better. And no punctures! Thank you riders it was a pleasure!

Doug Leads the Thursday Ride to Annie's Provodore in Barwon Heads - 8.12.22:
Braving the elements today were: David S, Doug, Janet, John M, Julia, Kim, Lovro, Mark J, Meri, Peter J, Peter O’B, Ray, Steve and Trudi. Making our way to Barwon Heads we endured a short shower of rain followed by sunshine. Our coffee stop at Barwon Heads was to be the Beach House café because we could put our bikes undercover. The early bird catches the worm however that wasn’t the case for the Beach House because they were not opening till 10.00am so we settled on Annie’s Provedore for coffee, instead. Coffee done, it was back in the saddle and along a very windy 13th Beach Road. Hitting Horseshoe Bend Road, the wind was now at our backs, blowing us along. Summing-up today’s ride, I would call it the three seasons ride as we only needed summer to appear to complete the four seasons in one day. I am pleased to report I had NO punctures today and no other rider had any issues which made TEC (Peter J’s) job a soda. Thank you, Peter, for being TEC. Distance: 54 Kilometres.

TWO Rides on Tuesday 6.12.22:
1/ Peter O'Brien's Ride from Rippleside to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne:
‘Murphy’s Law’ applied to today’s ride. We encounter rain followed by a puncture, another puncture, another puncture, another puncture and one more puncture! Then, we experience the good old V-Line run-around at Spencer Street where we alternated from train to bus to train.
Home at 5:15pm. Otherwise, a great day was had by all.
Thanks to Alison, David S, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jenny, Julia, Ken S, Nick (our puncture repair specialist - sorry Leo you’ve lost your star billing), Peter C, Peter F, Phil, Ray, Sarah, Steve, Trudi and guest rider David B for joining us today.
Peter O.

2/ Peter Jones' Loop to Queenscliff via Drysdale & Return via Pt Lonsdale & Barwon Heads:
A most enjoyable ride on the Bellarine. Chris Hu, Lovro and Kim joined me on a cracker of a ride on a cracker of a a day. Coffee at Cafe in the Park before the Chris Hu tour of lookouts and Point Lonsdale. Excellent day, thanks for coming along.
Cheers, Peter J.

TWO Rides on Sunday 4.12.22:
1/ Greg's Hard Ride to Lethbridge:
Today proved to be a hot, hard and hilly ride - the first 33 max day since May. I was pleased to find John C, Steve M and John H at the start, though JH was unable to ride needing to meet a colleague at Lethbridge. Our group of three rode out TWT to Creamery Rd overpass where JC turned off. Steve and I soon warmed up on Bluestone Bridge Rd hill then took Lower Anakie Rd and felt a NW wind in our faces. Robbs Rd led us to Sutherlands Creek then it was a strengthening head wind out to Bunjil Lookout for the obligatory stop. Perdrisat Rd offered a tempting shortcut to Lethbridge but the strong valley wind would have made for a dangerous descent and a hard climb up out of the Moorabool valley. Instead Steve and I rode on to Sheoaks, with its new town sign more than 1 km before the road junction. It was a safer descent over the river going this way but still a hard climb on the other side. The old river gums provided a good wind break as we headed to Midland Hwy where we turned left. There was a reasonable sealed shoulder and a great tail wind as we cruised along  doing 46 kph. We then turned off into Lethbridge and met John H at the only shop.. After a welcome break, Steve and I enjoyed more tail wind as we sped down English Rd with very little traffic. We then took Masons/Spring Ck and Brislanes onto Hamilton Hwy. Steve had a rear puncture at Murgheboluc but a new tube was soon fitted and we resumed our side/tail wind run back to Fyansford. The now reopened N river path provided an easy way to finish the ride. Great riding by Steve, who was very strong on the climbs. Thanks for your company, as it would have been a tough solo ride otherwise.  Greg Allerton    Ride Leader. 

2/ Doug's Dead End Ride to Pt Henry - then to Curlewis and Leopold:
Joining me today were: Chris Hu, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, Leo, Peter C, Peter N and Trudi. With the early December start time, we were underway at 8.30am in a perfect temperature for cycling, of around 22 degrees and a not so pleasant forecast of the 33 degrees later in the day. Due to the expected hot temperature, the planned course was changed and we only went down one dead-end road, that being the Point Henry Road. To take advantage of any shade that would be available en route, we joined the Rail Trail off Melaluka Road all the way to Curlewis Road were we had a tail-wind and a fair amount of shade to the Bellarine Highway. Reaching Leopold, it was a smooth downhill run to our coffee shop, the Rolling Pin Bakery. On the way back to Geelong we again used the BRT enjoying the limited shade it provided and by now the temperature was in the low 30’s with a hot dry northerly wind. The earlier start and the resulting earlier finish (before noon) was certainly appreciated by me (not a hot weather person) and hopefully by the majority of riders. Distance was 44 kilometres which was just 4 kms over the advertised distance. Today we had the luxury of two tailenders, that being Leo and Peter N and thankfully they were not required to deal with any issues.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Moriac & Torquay - 3.12.22:
Todays ride started and finished in warm weather and this had the riders happy as they chattered more so as we rode along Alison, Chris H, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, John H, John M, Julia, Kim, Lindy, Peter J, Peter OB, Philip, Trudi, Leo and myself. As we rode along Hendy Main toward Torquay coming towards us were riders in the Great Victoria Bike Ride and in the ride were three members of our Club all wearing the Club colours: Ian B, Jesse H and Mark L. At the Maple Bakery Cafe we enjoyed the conversations and coffee and eats. When it was time to go it was decided to go along the highway to Geelong as Horseshoe Bend had traffic lights on it because part of the road had washed away. Nearing Grovedale the riders went their own way home. Thank you to Leo for taking on the task as the rear rider although we did not need his skill as there were no punctures. To all riders thank you for taking part.

An additional note - on Cape Otway Rd club cyclists blocked the roadway in both directions to allow a very heavy vehicle to manouver into a driveway - the driver was grateful for their assistance - see 2nd photo below. JH.

GTC CHRISTMAS BBQ at Eastern Park - 1.12.22:
We had 17 participants for the Christmas BBQ with our Kris Kringle and plenty of conversation. Leo demonstrated the use of the Tyre Glider which is a different type of tyre lever and a number of the women tried it out on a tyre that would normally be very hard to get on and off the rim.
John Hagan.

Ted Leads the Thursday Ride to Lara - 1.12.22:
Neither the weather gods nor The Bureau appear to be reading our GTC WhatsApp group messages otherwise we would not have had a continuation of the miserable weather we have experienced in G-Town over the past few months. Fortunately most of the attendees did take note of my request to wear club apparel so we were able to get a very impressive picture of 100% in uniform at the Xpresso Lounge. PJ, Peter O, Steve, Ken S, Jennie, Gary and myself remembered to set our alarms a half hour early for the 8:30 start. Unfortunately the miserable mizzle had already soaked Gary to the skin having arrived sans jacket so he headed home to warm up by the fire. The slippery roads and increased traffic convinced me that the safest route would be via shared paths which we stayed on for most of the trip out to Lara. The rain didn’t get serious and we had dried out by the time we arrived for coffee which was the usual high standard. Much discussion ensued regarding the best way home until a captain’s call decided we would try out the new path from Curlett’s Road to Station Lake Road (excellent) then onward up Patullos to Bacchus Marsh Road. At the Ted Wilson the group split with a couple heading off via that path and the rest continued along BM Road to the new path outside Hird’s Abattoirs. Unfortunately that path is still under construction so another detour took us down Plantation Road to home. Thanks to everyone who braved the summer freeze.

Doug Leads the Tuesday Ride to Little River - 29.11.22:
Joining me for today’s ride were: Gary, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Peter N, Peter J, Steve (having left Steve out of last Tuesday’s write-up, I thought he deserved prominence in today’s write-up (with my apology for last week’s omission)) and Trudi. Further, the Patron Saint of Cycling (La Madonna del Ghisallo) was also with us as she provided us with a tailwind all the way too Little River, resulting in a very enjoyable ride to our coffee break. Having declared a mystery outward course, I managed to take a wrong turn resulting in riding the entire length of Tower Hill Road (great downhill section) rather than joining it near the Ring Road. Thanks to Trudi and Ken for getting me back on the planned course.
The Little River General Store again provided us with a biscuit with our coffee, a small gesture but greatly appreciated. The major discussion over coffee was about the head wind we will have to put up all the way back. Our Patron Saint came through again, by shifting the direction of the wind a little to the right and the wind was now hitting our right cheek rather than head-on. This made the journey back much more pleasurable. Road works on Farrars Road continue, which forced us to use You Yangs and Flinders Roads yet again. At Lara, Peter J turned off to have lunch in Lara and the peloton continued to Canterbury Road where half the riders turned right onto Canterbury West Road and Ted Wilson Trail back to Church Street. The other half turned left onto Canterbury Road East then along the Geelong waterfront and eventually to the top of Church Street. Thanks to TEC and one of three photographers, Peter J. The other photographers were a patron of the servo (elegantly dressed gent with a bow-tie) and me, armed with a digital camera. Distance was 71 Kilometres. A great course in great company. Thanks everyone. Doug

Doug's Sunday Ride to Cafe El Nido in Torquay - 27.11.22:
Arriving at the South Geelong Railway Station this morning I found a big slice of the car-park fenced-off for building alterations to the station however as it was Sunday there was no issue with carparking or our new start location in Verner Street. Joining me were: Jennie, Julia, Leo, Peter J, Peter O’B, Paul and Trudi. With a strong westerly wind blowing it was smooth riding until we were a couple of hundred metres along Charlemont Road where we were confronted with a ROAD CLOSED sign. Plan B was enacted and we went the shortest possible way to Torquay. Just a couple of hundred metres from our coffee stop (El Nido Café) a large black cloud was about to drop its load on us and to avoid the rain our speed increased threefold enabling us to get undercover with seconds to spare. During coffee the black rain clouds passed and it was fine weather from then on.
Our course back to the station saw us ride on roads we don’t usually use and these included Breamlea Road and Bluestone School Road (heading in a North Westerly direction). Positives from today’s ride included all riders using lots of hand signals, combined with loud voices relative to those signals. As today’s ride requested riders to wear the GTC jersey it was impressive as we almost had a full house, re club jerseys, well done. At the finish, Leo gave a demonstration of removing a tyre from the rim with the new red whizz bang lever in record time (thanks for the demonstration, Leo). As usual T.E.C. was Leo, so another thanks to Leo. Distance was 52 kilometres.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 26.11.22:
As we gathered at the start of the ride, the riders were thankful that they would not have to be riding in the rain. The riders were Chris Hu, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, John M, Peter J, Philip, Ray, Steve, Trudi, Leo, and myself. The roads had plenty of traffic on them especially thirteenth beach as the the surf was ideal for surfing. We enjoyed our ride with out any incident . The Groove Cafe was very busy and the good system they have meant the wait was not that long and we were on our way again riding into a North East wind giving us a tail wind along the B.R.T. Thank you to all who participated.
Ken Smith.

TWO Rides to Moriac - Gravel & Bitumen on - 24.11.22:
1/ Sarah Leads the GRAVEL Ride to Moriac:
Today six riders opted for a gravel ride from Bunnings, namely Chris Hu, Janet, Mark K, PJ, Nick and Sarah. With cool but dry, calm weather prevailing (Hooray!) we headed south along Ghazeepore Road, encountering road grading machinery en route. Turned at Blackgate, then left along Loutitt’s Bay Rd. (Fun fact:  Prior to its current name, Lorne was known as Loutitt’s Bay) Although there were many potholes on the gravel roads we traversed, there were no water crossings and few corrugations. We continued on incident free enjoying the rural scenes in between watching out for the aforementioned potholes and stopping briefly at Drol Kar Buddhist corner for a drink before continuing on to Moriac for coffee. The road cyclists arrived there simultaneously so we all had coffee together. We continued back to Bunnings via Erwin’s, Reservoir and the ever enjoyable down hill run along Waurn Ponds Drive. Overall a very pleasant and safe ride, notwithstanding the potholes.

2/ Lovro Leads the Bitumen Ride to Moriac:
Riders on this ride were: Trudi, Lovro & Meri, David S, Peter F, Gary B, Ray and Ken.

Doug's Tuesday Ride to Winchelsea - 22.11.22:

With a reasonable weather forecast for today's ride I was joined by Chris Hu, David S, Janet, Jennie, John M, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Mark J, Peter J and Ray. We headed along the Baanip bike path and received a free tyre wash on a low spot just near Sovereign Drive. Mother Nature provided us with a howling head-wind all the way to Buckley South Road. Before then, a small group decided to break-off at the end of Reservoir Road and go to Moriac (a wise decision). The rest of us continued on the Princes Highway where Ken S had a puncture and thanks to Mark for assisting Ken. Just a short distance on, Jennie’s back tyre stated oozing a white fluid, which indicated she had punctured and the goo in the tyre did its thing enabling Jennie to ride on without any issues. Arriving at the corner of Aitkins Road and Buckley South Road, I informed the group that I had an afternoon Club meeting and in order to ensure I was not late, I opted to go to Moriac rather than Winchelsea. The group wanted the challenge and kept riding into the wind to Winchelsea (great effort by those riders). Chris joined me and we rode along Cape Otway Road at nearly 30 kph with a tail wind. Riding along was euphoric and I didn’t keep an eye on Chris and when I discovered he wasn’t there, a U turn followed and a few kilometres later I found Chris repairing a puncture (the 3rd for the day). Jennie and Julia arrived back at the hotel in a short downpour, had they been 5 minutes earlier, they would have missed the shower. Ray was riding back to Leopold and became the 4th rider to have a puncture today. Summary of today’s ride: Because of the strong wind, a most challenging ride and with four punctures, this topped off a very forgettable ride. Well done to all for accepting the challenge. Thank you to ‘Tail End Charlie” Peter.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Sunday Ride to Lara - 20.11.22:
This morning nine enthusiastic cyclists met for the planned ride from Rippleside to Lara.  Despite the BOM indicating misty rain, the sky told a different story with rain appearing to be imminent. Due to the heavy rain last night, we encountered several sections where water was across the Hovells Creek Trail, forcing riders to take care to prevent getting their shoes and socks wet.  As has frequently been the case, the downpour meant that Hovells Creek was flooded and the road closed yet again. We verged off the path onto Cummins Road and from there to Rennie Street where we wove our way through Lara to the Expresso Café for a break. 
The return ride to Geelong was by the shortest possible route that included Shell Parade.  Just before School Road we again encountered water, and as there was quite a bit of traffic along this stretch we all had to be particularly vigilant. We concluded the ride at Rippleside. Thanks to all riders for a pleasant Sunday outing - Craig, Hugh, Ian, Jennie, Joanne, John H, Julia, Paul and myself.
 Peter O.

Greg Allerton's FAST 50 through Sutherlands Creek on Saturday - 19.11.22:
I was pleased to be joined by Sarah and Nick T and also Peter O'B at the new starting location on the city side of South Geelong Station near Yarra Street. The grim forecast of 100% chance of showers might have deterred some people. We made our way along backstreets to TW Trail at Church St. It was a pleasant ride via Bluestone Bridge with no problems. Along Lower Anakie Rd there was little traffic but a few potholes. It was a warm but overcast morning and luckily the north wind was quite light. Robbs Rd was quiet and at Sutherlands Creek we turned left and headed for home via Hopes Bridge and Moorabool. TWT had a few more people than earlier and from Church St people made their own way home. Thanks to my good companions for a very enjoyable dry ride. I was home by 12-30pm after 54 km.   Greg Allerton 

Ken Smith Leads the Saturday Ride to The General Store at Moriac - 19.11.22:
With the sky overcast all the doom and gloom about the weather did not deter David L, Doug,Geoff, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John H, John M, Kim, Peter J, Leo, and myself, from the ride. For most of the riders the rain did not start until they would be nearly home. John M and I were riding the bike path on Moorabool Street when the rain started. As we rode up W.P.D we were confronted by the road being blocked and a traffic controller telling us that we could not ride up the road because there would be cars parking along it due to the paddocks at the music festival at the vineyard being too wet for cars to park. As there was not any cars parked we were allowed to ride on. At the corner of Reservoir and Hendy Main Jennie said she had to go home early and Hugh and Jo did not stop at Moriac to ride back to beat the rain. All the other riders rode the advertised course and going their way home as we came into Waurn Ponds. Thank you to all who participated and thanks to John H for taking the photos.
Ken Smith.

Steve McDonald's Thuraday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 17.11.22:
Joining me today on a ride to Ocean Grove was Chris Hu, David L , David S, Doug, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Mark J, Paul B, Peter F (TEC). Peter J, Nick and Sarah. Weather was overcast but fined up for the ride with a southerly wind with only a brief shower on way home. Unfortunately the puncture gods are still not looking after David S so the group split just after Barwon Heads Rd. Team leader got his roads mixed up during initial instructions and continued on Barwon Heads Rd turning at Blackrock whilst some at the back took Bluestone. Thirteenth Beach Rd  was enjoyable and we all met up at Groove, with ride to Collendina changed given Cheeky Cow being closed.
Ride home up Wallington, across to Curlewis and back via BRT. Group split heading into Geelong with peloton heading along High St and Francis St in Belmont before heading down Torquay Rd back to Grovedale.
Cheers, Steve Mc.

Doug Leads the Tuesday Ride to Torquay - 15.11.22:
Early this morning, I interrogated the Bureau of Meteorology web page data and radar image in order to assist me to make a call as to whether to cancel today’s ride. My assessment was that we would get a shower or two but not severe, therefore the ride should proceed. Riding to the start I had misgivings about my decision as rain fell from North Torquay to Sovereign Drive. Along the Baanip bike path I had contrary conditions in that I was showered with sunshine and a blue sky. Arriving at Bunnings I was surprised to see a good roll-up for the ride despite the forecast. With the possibility of the creek/bridge being flooded at the end of Vickerys Road, combined with deteriorating weather conditions between 11.00am and 2.00pm it was decided to shorten the course and head for the Maple Bakery via Anglesea Road and Grossmans Road. Risking getting wet were: Ben, David S, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Nick, Paul B, Peter J, Ray and Steve (13 riders). Along Dickins Road we received our first lot of rain, which soon passed. Along Coombes Road I punctured and were more than ably assisted by Lovro and Ray. Ray produced his big tool which made light work of getting the last bit of the tyre back onto the rim.
We were almost at the Maple Bakery when more rain descended on us. In the comfort of the upstairs part of the bakery we watched the black rain laden clouds pass us by. When we were about to leave the bakery, David discovered he had a flat tyre. With the tyre repaired we were ready to push off but alas, his tyre went flat again. Rather than risk another tube, David opted to call home and solicit a car ride home. Leaving David behind the peloton made it back without further incident although a spot of rain fell around Whites Road area. Not exactly the best day for cycling. We had a team effort today and thanks to the following: Lovro and Ray for puncture repair assistance, Kim and Peter for photographs and Nick who performed the important function of “TEC” and everybody should give themselves a pat on the back for enduring such unpleasant riding conditions. When the going gets tough, the tough get going (is that a Chinses proverb?). Distance was just over 50 kilometres.

John Hagan Leads the Easy Ride to Armstrong Creek & Around Deakin on Sunday 13.11.22:
The weather turned out well for our ride to Armstrong Creek this morning despite predictions of possible showers during the morning. We had 7 riders for our easy ride: myself, David L, Jennie, Lindy, Peter K, Craig & Paul Ba. Fortunately Geoff C had alerted me yesterday evening to the area around Eastern Park being blocked off for the Run 4 Geelong event so we avoided the Park by going to the end of Myers St and then headed south on Boundary Rd. We negotiated the ovals at South Barwon and crossed Barwon Heads Rd at the temporary pedestrian/bike lights taking Bailey St south. David took us on some interesting back streets close to his home and the Grovedale CFA Fire Station. We were seeking out coffee at the Armstrong Creek Town Centre on the Surfcoast Highway and the first cafe we tried was booked out so we settled for Overtime Expresso just near the entrance to Coles.
Our return trip was via Sovereign Drive, the bike path along Baanip Bvd, the Hams Rd tunnell and we crossed Waurn Ponds Creek near the archery range to get into the back of Deakin. Alternatives were given for those who were not comfortable with gravel and we met that group again after travelling on the dirt path around the back of the lakes at Deakin. In all we covered about 37km but some had a distance to get home such as Paul who pedalled back to Pt Lonsdale! Thank you all for an enjoyable short loop around the south of Geelong. Thanks also to Leo for taking the group photo and Lindy for looking after the tail of the ride.
Keep riding, John Hagan.

TWO Rides to Moriac GRAVEL & BITUMEN on Saturday 12.11.22:

1/ Lindy leads the Bitumen Ride -
14 riders set out this very pleasant morning on the bitumen course to Moriac with a slight breeze. After navigating roadworks and lane closures at Baanip, we continued on through to Ghazeepore, Anglesea and Blackgate Roads to Paraparap where riders made a decision to head straight to coffee, or take a longer option along Larcombes, Church and CO.  Four could smell the coffee and were surprised to find PJ already there despite taking the long option. The others soon arrived followed by the gravel riders. The ride leader was so engrossed in the wonderful social chit chat, that it took some time to read the cues that others were waiting for the call to depart. We left one group of three behind, who eventually caught us on Mt Duneed, whilst the breakaway took longer to catch. After that, my 2 IC Peter J took charge and guided us back through closed roads and busy traffic to the pub, with riders peeling off left, right and centre, with Leo and I being the only ones left.  
A very pleasant ride of approx 50 kms (my computer stopped working). Thank you riders: Doug, Gary,Geoff, Greg, Jennie John H, John M, Ken S, Kim, Peter J, Ray, Trudi and TEC Leo for providing great company.

2/ Nick leads the GRAVEL Ride -
Joining me today on a little gravel adventure were, Alison, Ross (welcome back!) Sarah and Chris Hume whom we collected on the first gravel section. We rode with the bitumeers until Whites Road where we then zig zagged our way on lovely quiet gravel roads  to coffee at Moriac arriving at the same time as the other group. Our return journey added a southern loop along Flaxbourne, Nortons and then north on Ghazeepore back into Geelong. Very few cars, lovely scenery on quiet roads in good company. About 50% gravel, 430metres ascended and about 60km travelled but I feels longer which indicates how tired you get gravelling. But it’s well worth it.
Cheers Nick .

Peter Jones Leads the Thursday Ride to Moriac on Thursday 10.11.22:
Ride Report, warm and humid, riders were, David S, Ken S, John M, Ray, Brendan, Lovro, Meri, Trudi and myself. As it is difficult to get to the start for most of those attending and to get back suggested Moriac was a better option so that's where we went. Enjoyable ride out there, had a little bit of light showers but as it was warm and humid it was just enough to keep us cool. Met up with Alison at the General Store with a friend, Jack. Had a good chat and headed home, Lovro, Meri, David and Brendan did Cochran's, the rest were more sensible. Good morning out on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

Nick's Ride from Aireys Inlet to Kennett River & Return on Tuesday 8.11.22:
After so much cold, windy, wet and downright miserable spring weather it was an absolute delight to ride the GOR from Aireys to Kennett River. Seventeen riders turned up today, a GTC GOR record: Alison, Ben K, David L, David S, Geoff, Jennie, Ken G, Kim, Lovro, Mark J, Marl K, Meri, Peter J, Sarah, Steve and Trudi. Although we encountered some road works we made good progress  in small groups with Peter J as TEC.  After enjoying the rolling hills and fine views we reached the Koala Cafe at  Kennett for elevenses. We sat outside drinking our coffee with several pesky King Parrots who insisted that we share our carrot cake with them. It certainly made for a different coffee experience. Ask Kim the bird’s favourite. Our return journey was more of the same excellent cycling, especially the Lorne to Kennett section. Gary and Mark J looked after the tail. The photos don’t do it justice compared to cycling through the magnificent vistas. Put simply It was a cracker ride. My thanks to all riders today for the  way we rode safely and looked out for each other. 
Cheers Nick.

Peter Chilver Leads the Alternate Ride to Curlewis - Tuesday 8.11.22:
Well I was first to arrive at the Showgrounds (for GTC) however there where about 30 riders from the other club there. Chris Hume arrived next minus his helmet and returned home. Ted was next to arrive so at 9-00am we set off, me as leader, Ted as TEC. Gentle ride down BRT with a coffee stop at Brown Shugar. Then a leisurely roll down Princess St to Swan Bay. Surprisingly the lights were flashing and the gates down at the rail crossing (doing some track work) down banks to Bellarine and parted ways at Ryrie St. Thanks Ted for your company, conversation and taking it easy on me.
Peter Chilver.

Greg Allerton's Outer 100km Loop of Geelong - 6.11.22:
South Geelong Station was slightly chaotic with temporary fence barriers blocking our normal starting point. I was pleased to be joined by Ray C, John H, Mark J and Jesse H, while John C came to take the start photo.  Today's route was a new version of the Great Circle route we have ridden many times. It was a great day for cycling with sunny sky, light winds and a  forecast of 24 c. After an easy ride along TW Trail an offroad path and a few back streets kept us off Bacchus Marsh Rd.  Alas for Jesse an unfixable frayed gear cable on his recumbent prevented him changing gears and he had to head home. The long climb up Staceys Rd saw Ray draw well ahead.  We soon regrouped and Robbs Rd provided a good descent before a short climb. We made our way via Bakers Bridge (the easiest climb of the Moorabool Valley) to Bannockburn. It was a real hunt to find anywhere open for coffee, but luckily Apco servo had self serve takeaway coffee, though it was hard to stop the paper cup from overflowing. We then headed to Pollocksford Rd for the day's toughest climb. Andersons Rd led us to Princes Hwy and then Waurn Ponds Drive. Mark turned off and the others followed WP creek path to Belmont from where we parted ways. Good riding guys and commiserations to Jesse who had been really looking forward to this ride. I was home by 2 pm after around 100 km of enjoyable riding with good company.   
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

Ted's Sunday Ride to Lara - 6.11.22:
Nine members and one guest turned up at Rippleside on a beautiful Geelong spring morning. No, that's not a typo, it WAS a perfect day for riding. Having reconnoitred the route a couple of days earlier I advised the group that we would be riding mainly on roads as the Hovells Creek path was under water at the highway and I wanted to try a new route home via Norlane.
A short detour at the new Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal for a photo opportunity and we were off to Millars for coffee.
We haven't had a GTC coffee stop at Millars for some time due to a disappointing experience during Covid when they didn't want to serve us in house unless we ordered a meal. I thought they had served their penance and it was time we gave them another chance particularly as it was such a nice day and I know Scott, the owner, is a good bloke and is struggling to get staff so he is working flat out to keep the place open. The service and coffee was excellent but the food was a bit slow coming.
We rode home via Bacchus Marsh Rd and the group split up at the Ted Wilson where half returned to Geelong via that route and the rest headed further along BM Rd to the highway and back to Rippleside.
Thanks to Andrew, Geoff, Jennie, John M, Julia, Leo (our reliable TEC), Noel, Peter C and guest rider Lloyd.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Groove at Ocean Grove - 5.11.22:
A large group of riders assembled at the Showgrounds for the ride to Ocean Grove this morning.  The riders split into two groups, with Chris Ha leading the first peloton and Nick taking lead of the second.  The route to Ocean Grove was via the Bellarine Rail Trail, Curlewis Road and Wallington Road onto Ocean Grove and coffee at the Groove. On the return ride Peter O led the first group whilst Nick brought the second group home.  The return trip was via 13th Beach and Lake Road back into Geelong. 
All up, it was a great day for a ride with Alison, Chris Ha, Hugh, John H, John M, Julia, Ken S, Kim, Janet, Jennie, Jo,  Sarah, Leo, Lindy, Mark K, Nick, Peter J, Peter K, Peter O, Ray, Richard, Ron, Steve M. 

Darren Baum Addresses the Club Night on Thursday 3.11.22:
Darren gave us a wonderful insight into just how he designs and makes bikes to fit all shapes and sizes for cyclists around the world at BAUM CYCLES in North Shore.

Kim's Thursday Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 3.11.22:
Because the gravel ride had been cancelled there was a large group assembled at the Grovey, all ready to ride in overcast conditions but very hopeful that we would stay dry, and fortunately we did. The participants on today’s ride were Alison, Chris Ha, David L, David S ,Doug, Gary, Julia, Ken S, myself, Kim, Mark J, Nick, Peter J. Peter O, Sarah and Steve. Along the way we collected Geoff, Trudi and Chris Hu was waiting for us at the Chocolaterie. Weaving our way through the suburb of Mt Duneed was pleasant until we encountered a head wind along Mt Duneed Rd. This was soon forgotten once we hit Forest Rd and the pace picked up. At the coffee stop there was lots of confusion with our orders but it eventually got sorted. I was a little concerned at how some riders were going to make it home after the large amount of sugar that was consumed by so many. Soon after hitting the GOR Alison punctured, fortunately the 2 Peter’s were able to assist. Further up the line we heard of the delay and while we waited at Bellbrae it was decided that the group would continue on while Nick and I waited to make sure everything was ok. We had a good tail breeze all the way home along the GOR and Horseshoe Bend Rd which made for a very fast ride home. Thank you everyone for your company today and thank you to Peter O’B for being the TEC.          
This was the second 70k ride in 3 days, so well done to those who did both rides.                                     
Distance travelled 72k, Elevation 504 mt, Ave speed 23.4 kph.

Nick's Melbourne Cup Day Ride to Winchelsea - Tuesday 1.11.22:
My WhatsApp forecast was optimistic at best and downright misleading at worst. I’ve not had a lot of luck with Winch rides.  My apologies! In my defence it is after all, Geelong, nough said. Thirteen riders turned up to battle with elements and hoping for a good ride to Winchelsea: Alison, Chris Hu, David S, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Mark K, Peter J, Ray, Sarah, Steve and yours truly. WPD was hard work into a strong headwind made worse with showers.
I made an executive decision to go west along the bumpy, gravel detritus strewn Hwy to cut some distance and hills falsely believing that it would be easier.  First puncture to Ray. After a quick fix the tail group caught up to the rest at Buckley south Rd where there was another split. Some riders fed up with the atrocious conditions went straight onto Winch, the rest proceeded on the quiet longer route. Unfortunately just as we moved off Alison had a flat that TEC Mark fixed promptly. Again in the last group (who says you can’t lead from the rear!) we made good progress to Winch where we took shelter and enjoyed a hot cuppa. Our spirits much improved we enjoyed the rollers and great views on Mathieson's. We made rapid progress on CO assisted by a strong tailwind. After a brief stop at Moriac we headed back on Mt Duneed again making excellent progress and cruising in the big gears. Good riding everyone!  As Mark commented ‘it wasn’t that bad’ to my retort ‘it wasn’t  good’. These are often the rides we remember for good reason.

John Hagan Leads the Sunday Ride to Ocean Grove & Chris Hume leads the Extension Ride to Pt Lonsdale - 30.10.22:
A good Sunday peleton of 14 riders for our ride today to Ocean Grove and beyond for those who wanted the longer ride. All came for the stop at Groove and then Chris Hume and David L went on to Pt Lonsdale. Our riders were: Ray, Peter O'B, Leo, Jennie, Hugh, Ian, Lindy, Trudi, David L, Doug, Chris Hu, Nick, Sarah, and John H. The trip down was via Lake Rd and 13th Beach Rd and the return trip was through Wallington and the Bellarine Highway. We were surprised at how good the weather was and took full advantage of it.
Thanks to all for your company.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery in Gnarwarre - 29.10.22:
Twelve riders met for this morning’s ride to Gnarwarre.  Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John H, John M, Julie, Lovro, Meri, Phil, Steve McD and myself departed Fyansford riding into strong head winds that persisted all the way to Gnarwarre.  Along the way we were joined by Ken S, Kim and Peter J, swelling the peloton to fifteen, as we continued on to the Gnarwarre Nursery for coffee.
 The ride back to Geelong was via the Colac Highway to Anderson Road where the group split up.  A number of riders continued on the highway, this being the most direct route back to Geelong, while the remaining riders headed along Anderson Road and onto Barrabool Road.  At Merrawarp Road the peloton split again with four riders taking Merrawarp Road back to Fyansford and four riders electing to ride back through Ceres to Geelong.
 Hopefully everyone got home safely. Distance travelled: 55kms.
 Regards, Peter O.

Steve McDonald Leads the Thursday Ride to Moriac - 27.10.22:
On an overcast morning we had 12 riders join me at Bunnings. Chris Ha, David S, Doug, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S (welcome back!!), Meri, Lovro, Norm, Phil, Ray, Trudi and myself headed up Ghazeepore Rd in good conditions only for the sky to open up before we had even reached Dickins Rd. After a couple of stops to put on wet weather gear we headed towards Moriac with gusty head winds all of the way, at least the rain had stopped. Unfortunately David S had another puncture today and whist the peloton kept on going along Blackgate, Ken G stayed back and accompanied David to catch us at Moriac. We dropped off Doug, Jennie and then Chris before stopping at Moriac.
It was nice to get out of the wind and have a cuppa and we decided to head straight to Reservoir Rd and take advantage of the tail winds. During the break, someone must have let the air out of Lovro’s rear tyre! He and Meri decided to take a longer and hillier route home and Ken G headed down to Mt Duneed Rd to have the clear air to himself. A reduced 40km today in inclement conditions but a fun ride in any case.
Happy 80th to Doug and welcome back to Ken S – great to see you back on the bike.
Cheers, Steve Mc.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Nine - Sorrento to Home (Geelong) - Wednesday - 26.10.22:
At least we didn't need to worry about the final ferry. Had a final little HH finishing off what ever wine was left then all walked up to town and did Indian, lovely. Sarah and Nick, with help from Lindy composed a wonderful Ode to Peter and Chris. I'd publish here but you all know that "What happens on Tour, stays on Tour". Uneventful trip across the Bay, took the BRT, after the heavy rain it is a bit of mess in multiple places, a lot of work and money required. At Drysdale some headed for home others to The Bungalow for lunch. The BRT had been flooded the previous day but no problem today. Home by 1:00 pm, after an easy run, a few spots of rain to finish. Thanks everyone for your good humour and support.
Cheers Peter J.

Doug's Tuesday Ride to Little River - 25.10.22:
Joining me at Rippleside Park under threatening rain clouds were: Chris Ha, David L, David S, Gary, Jennie, Julia, Kim and Steve. Having researched roads closed in the Geelong area, due to flooding, we needed to avoid the Hovells Creek Trail and Rennie Street. We opted for School Road, Plantation Road and the Ted Wilson Trail (with lots of puddles on it - free tyre wash) in order to avoid the flooded roads. We had water free roads from Lara to Little River. The Little River General Store and Servo was the only place for coffee. The proprietor welcomed us with open arms and also provided free biscuits for us. Back to Lara saw us take Farrars Road until we reached an unexpected ROAD CLOSED sign forcing us to turn right on Branch Road to get to Lara, almost. Cruising along Forest Road North we almost made it to Fiveways but no, in our way was another ROAD CLOSED sign and at this point David S punctured splitting the peloton. David was assisted by Kim and Steve and it was decided we would regroup at the Fiveways. Some time passed and it was necessary to contact David and co however they appeared to have gone a different way so it was agreed that we would all keep going on our present course. Not long after resuming, the Ride Leader missed a left-hand turn at Canterbury Road resulting in a few more extra kilometres being added to the ride. We eventually got back on track and heading past the Shell Service Station on Princes Highway North Geelong I had the misfortune to have a vicious magpie attack me three times. Today’s ride was listed as 60 kilometres and with detours we managed 73.5 kilometres in warm sunny and very humid conditions with no rain.
Tail End Charlie duties shared and photos by our competent photographer, Kim. Despite all the hiccups it was an enjoyable ride and there were a few participants who had never cycled to Little River. Well done all.
The peloton sends a big HELLO and BEST WISHES to Mrs Chris Ha.
Scribe: Doug.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Eight - Cowes to Sorrento - Tuesday - 25.10.22:
We seem to be cursed with Ferries on this trip. First of all our trip up the Bay is cancelled then we find that the big ferry is in Dry Dock and the little ferry across Western Port can't take very many bikes. We negotiated 6 with 15 passengers luckily we are able to load up the trailer and truck the rest around to Stony Point. After the Ferry trip, coffee at Crib Point before heading up and over the Mornington Penn to Dromana. Solid climb but rewarded by a great down hill through the hills.
Stopped at Mcrae for a bit of lunch then on to Sorrento for the night, last day tomorrow and I home.
Cheers Peter J.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Seven - Inverloch to Cowes - Monday - 24.10.22:
After being blown into camp the night before the Easterly continued to build overnight rattling the windows and doors of the cabin. The morning dawned grey with a low cloud blowing an absolute gale, thank goodness in the right direction.
Took the scenic route via Cape Paterson, a lovely ride, good road surface, beautiful views, a roaring trailwind, what could be better. Rolled into the outskirts of Wonthaggi and took the East Area Trail which became the Bass Coast Rail Trail.
Coffee at Connells Bakery then along the Rail Trail to Kilcunda, Anderson, then the San Remo Path and on to Phillip Island and the Chocolate Factory for lunch. Everyone had a good laugh when Oo we realised they use Robots to deliver the food and coffee. During all this Lindy went to the bike shop, Wheel Heat, and had her Brake Pads replaced and a new back Tyre.
After lunch it was the final run along the path to Cowes and Anchor Belle Caravan Park
Peter J.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Six - Foster to Inverloch - Sunday - 23.10.22:
After yesterday's showers Sunday dawned quite clear, some high cloud which quickly burned off to Bright Sunshine. First issue, Lindy's front brake noise, discovered no brake pad left, terminal for the time being until we can get a new set of pads.
Bike on the trailer Lindy was driver for the day. Lovely rolling run out the Prom Rd to Soldiers Rd and mainly down hill with a tail wind. A bit of a climb and it was Morning Tea time, lovely views over towards Walkerville. Rolled into Walkerville and downhill to Walkerville North and along the waterfront to the end of the road to take in the views before climbing out to continue on to Tarwin Lower fire lunch. Sharp climb out of Walkerville where the grade got up to 15% for a short period.
Lunch at the Bird and Wolf Cafe Lower Tarwin. Last push, 20 klm into Inverloch, lovely road, strong wind, mainly behind us saw us hooting along easily. Another great day on the bike.
Peter J.

Doug Wyatt Leads the Sunday Ride to Pt Henry, Leopold and St Alban's Park - 23.10.22:
For today’s easy ride we had Doug, Geoff, Greg, Hugh, Ian B, Jennie, Joanne, John H, Julia, Kim, Leo and Mark L. With several red traffic lights interrupting our riding along Garden Street, we eventually made it to the Eastern Gardens then along Portarlington Road followed by Point Henry Road and free of red traffic lights till Melaluka Road where we encountered another red light followed by a puncture to Mark’s back tyre shortly there-after. Leo got to use his special red tyre lever to ensure a speedy puncture repair. Next stop was the Rolling Pin Café for cakes, coffee and conversation. The trip back to the station was trouble free. A truly relaxing Sunday ride with a distance of 40 kilometres on mostly flat roads. Hope you enjoyed the relaxed ride. Thanks to: our resident photographer John and ‘Tail end Charlie’ who also doubled as our puncture repair master, Leo.
Scribe: Doug

John Hagan Leads the Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 22.10.22:
Well this was an extraordinary ride - expecting rain but not a drop - it was all on the roads. Lake road well and truly lived up to its name with water flowing over the road in about 10 places and roads such as Grubb Rd and Wallington-OG Rds under water as well! Fortunately we were were heading west on the Bellarine Highway as the cars were ploughing through water on the eastbound lanes as we approached Moolap Station Rd. The photo below shows Jo, Hugh, Lovro & Meri, Chris Ha and John H at the start at Grovedale. Just up the road John M and Phil joined us. Because of the threat of rain I had chosen the Donut King off Shell Rd as our coffee spot as there is good indoor seating. Meri and Lovro left us just before coffee. It certainly was a morning of adventure traversing all of those flooded roads and the riders expressed their enthusiasm for such a different ride.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Free Day - Foster to Welshpool and Return - Saturday - 22.10.22:
Free Day Capers
Misty moisty morning but 8 riders were not to be put off. Starting with jackets we headed out the Great Southern Rail Trail to Welshpool. It was quite humid, not raining so jackets were soon off. A very pleasant ride, the trail is excellent, quite flat, but not uninteresting as it passes through farm lands and bush. Took our coffee and lovely home made Carrot Cake at the Oliver Branch. Heavy shower came through and when it eased it was on with wet gear and home, the light rain eased all the way back and was gone before we were home.
Peter J.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Five - Leongatha to Foster - Friday - 21.10.22:
Pretty easy day today down the Great Southern Rail Trail. Set off as usual at 9.00 am, the trend from this direction is generally down, paused at Meeniyan for a photo op with locals, just after attacked by a very angry Maggie, swooped me at least 10 times and had a go at some others as well. Took coffee and some sustenance at Fish Creek, stopped at the look out at Hoddle Range Lookout views out over Corner Inlet, Sandy Point and the Prom. Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy but lovely just the same.
Lindy says this is Lester country with Don's family farming this area for many years past. From the lookout is all down hill into Foster where we are staying for a couple of nights. Dinner at the Foster Echange Hotel.
Cheers Peter J

Gary Broughton Leads the Ride to the You Yangs on Thursday - 20.10.22:
Joining me for Today’s ride, which was held in great mild sunny weather, except that is for the gentle head wind all the way back home, was Lovro, Meri, Paul, Peter O’B, Steve, David L, David S, Janet, Ken G and guest rider Linda Campbell from WA who is doing some travelling with her husband. The advertised rout along Hovells Creek was changed to riding along Shell Pde and from there onto Rennie St. We then continued along Rennie to Branch, and after climbing to the Turntable car park we rode via Flinders to enjoy our coffee break at Lara. After coffee retraced our ride rout back to Rippleside where riders went their separate way home. Thank you to all riders for a good ride and great company.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Four - Warragul to Leongatha - Thursday - 20.10.22:
Warragul to Leongatha Another magic route and day on the bike, the countryside is looking absolutely stunning. A shorter distance and less climbing was easily handled by the bunch. Coming down the Main Sth Rd a local let us know that there had been a subsidence and the road was closed, we had no trouble getting around the concrete barriers but we had to run the gauntlet of a very angry Butcher Bird to get across the gap.
We continued to climb until we were able to get a good run down into Korumburra for lunch. From there were on the Great Southern Rail Trail, almost all down hill to Leongatha and our Motel.
Peter J.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Three - Warburton to Warragul - Wednesday - 19.10.22:
Today could be called "A tough day at the office" - 81 klm, 1090 mtrs of climbing but the stunning views and glorious forests and farmlands were a great compensation. From Warburton we took the Rail Trail back towards Launching Place before turning left and heading towards Poweltown where we had morning tea. The road was undulating to there but after that there was serious climbing before a nice downhill with a kick up to our lunch stop at the Nayook turn off. At this point we were almost at our max altitude with the final climb to Neerim Junction. From here it was pretty well all down hill into Warragul. Happy hour moved into a Pizza night and then early to bed.
No great mechanicals so far Peter T K had a flat over night and Chris Hu had a plug pop out of his tyre. Everyone is having a great time and can't believe how green and lush the country is.
Peter J.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day Two - Warrandyte to Warburton - Tuesday - 18.10.22:
Got away at about 9.00am taking the Mullum Mullem Trail, lovely ride through a beautiful Linear Park, lots of bird life, grazing kangaroos, many bridges and suspended walk ways. Did a little of the East Link Trail and a lot of the Carrum to Warburton Trail.
Coffee at Ringwood East and Lunch at Mt Evelyn on the Lillydale Warburton Trail Trail. As usual there were a few hills but we overcame them arrived at our Motel about 4.00pm. Just off to Symphony 36 for dinner.
Cheers Peter J.

Doug's Tour of the Bellarine Peninsula on Tuesday - 18.10.22:
With the Weather Bureau forecasting a fine sunny day, it was no wonder we ended-up with a good-sized peloton made up of: Ben, David L, David S, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, John M, Julia, Kim, Paul B and Steve for today’s ride. Ken S joined us at the start and gave us the starting flag to begin the ride. At the traffic lights near Ken’s (disastrous) corner, we said hello to the Leopold group who were riding to Drysdale. It was great riding conditions all the way to Queenscliff. The planned coffee stop was at a café that had a garden area out the back. Entering the café, I asked if they could open the side-gate so that we could get our bikes in the area. I got a very unfriendly response (it was the tone of the reply) that would not open the gate due to renovations. Given that there was no evidence of any building activities whatsoever, it was hard to believe that the gate could not be opened. We took our business to the very friendly Rolling Pin Café several doors down.
During coffee, the riders who were on last Tuesday’s Rural Ride, received their well-earned prize for participating in the quiz. The most traffic we struck today was along Thirteenth Beach possibly due to the reasonable surfing conditions as they may have been heading there to catch a wave. Arriving at the corner of Warralily Boulevard and Barwon Heads Road saw the peloton slit into three groups with one group heading directly to the Showgrounds, another group taking Warralily Boulevard to Grovedale and beyond and the third group stopping for lunch at the Cockatoo Cafe at the Warralily Village shopping centre. The Saint of cycling, La Madonna del Ghisallo looked after us today as we had no punctures or mechanical issues. Thanks to our ‘Tail End Charlie’ Gary. It was good Gary had a quiet day as TEC. Today’s distance was 88 kilometres of pleasant riding.
Scribe: Doug.

GIPPSLAND TOUR - Day One - Footscray to Warrandyte - Monday - 17.10.22:
After getting our Ferry cancelled because the Yarra was closed we pivoted on to the train, the bikes and luggage met our riders at Footscray where the bikes were unloaded and we set out for Warrandyte. Parks Vic also closed the Yarra Trail so we had to take a route away from the river which entailed a lot more climbing than the river route. It was an opportunity to take some other trails such as The Capital City Trail. After a coffee stop along the trail we pushed on through the most hilly part of Melb arriving at our CP in time for a late lunch at Beasley Nursery Cafe. Happy hour is coming up and a BBQ for tea. Cheers Peter J.

Sunday Ride to Armstrong Creek - 16.10.22:
1/ With all the rain last week we had to alter today’s course due to several flooded and closed roads on our proposed course. Taking up the flooded roads challenge were: Andrew, Craig, David L, Doug, Ian B, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Kim, Leo, Mark L, Paul B (who rode in from Pt Lonsdale), Peter J and Trudi. My pet name for this course is the Three Hills Ride as there are only three real hills to scale, they being up to Wandana Heights, the second on the bike path heading for the Uni and the third being the bike path parrell to Anglesea Road, heading to Hams Road. The small rise in the circuit of the Uni doesn’t count. As we would have needed a canoe to use the bike path along the Barwon River to Highton, we opted for Fyans Street West to Shannon Avenue and then across the bridge resuming the original course. At the Epworth Hospital corner, we were joined by Geoff C.
Riding along the bike path near the Waurn Ponds railway station we heard a noise of ppssff (or something similar) indicating a puncture and it was Janet’s back tyre. Leo got galvanised into action and had the tyre off in no time at all with his super beaut triangle shaped tyre remover. Janet is having a bad run with punctures, having had a front wheel puncture last Tuesday. Puncture repaired; we resumed our ride heading for Sullies Café at Armstrong Village. At the corner of White’s Road and the Surf Coast Highway we all waved to Ross, heading towards Geelong, who we have not seen in a while. The coffee stop was bit longer than usual as Sullies hasn’t mastered the art of quick service however there is a positive as it gave us more time for further chatter. The café was the dividing point as the 40 kilometres ride was the turn point returning to South Geelong and the longer ride of 60 kilometres was heading to Breamlea. The only taker for the long ride was David (also the ride leader). In order to avoid the flooded road near the RSL and Kmart, we rode the back streets of Belmont before riding across the bridge at High Street. Two sackings occurred on today’s ride (1) The Green Traffic Light Monitor (we mostly got red lights). (2) The photographer. The photographer got the trifecta, sacked, heavily fined and banned from using a mobile phone as a camera. To finish on a positive note, thanks to ‘Tail End Charlie’ Leo who is also holds the title of Master Puncture Repairer. Todays distance was 39.7 kilometres.
Scribe: Doug

2/ 60km Report:
David L was the sole rider for the extra distance from Armstrong Creek but met floodwaters over Lake Rd so turned around and rode home.

TWO Rides on Saturday - 15.10.22:
1/ Greg Allerton's Fast 50:
Seven riders met at 8 am South Geelong  Station on a cool morning. I was explaining the intended route when Sarah mentioned that Bluestone Bridge Rd was closed due to flooding. Luckily there was a Plan B. We took many backstreets to Ted Wilson Trail then made our way to Batesford, using the old north side service road. There was a great view from the old bridge of the flooded Moorabool River, where an SES unit was busy at work. It was then through the quiet Dog Rocks Estate  before the good climb past the rocky outcrop. Friend In Hand Rd led us down to Hamilton Highway, which was closed at this point to the west.This was no bother as we took Merrawarp Rd on our way to Ceres, with a stop on the bridge above the gushing Barwon River. Cochranes Rd gave us a fast route down to Waurn Ponds Drive. It was then back to Pigdon Rd lights from where people made their own way home. Thanks to David L, Richard W, Ken G, Peter O, Nick and Sarah T. This was the best attendance yet for the Fast  50 rides. Well done Sarah for checking on road closures. I was home just before noon after 51 km.     Greg Allerton  Ride Leader.

2/ Peter Jones Leads the Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove:
As it was my suggestion I felt should lead today's ride to Ocean Grove. I was joined by Julie, Trudi, Philip, John H, Chris Ha, Lovro, Kim, Leo, Ray, and Mark J.
A simple course, Warralily, Lake Rd, Sheep Wash and around to The Groove for an excellent coffee supplied as usual at their usual fast pace. After a lot of chit chat Lovro departed to head home via Wallington to go sailing and we all returned via 13th Beach, Mt Duneed Rd, HSB Rd and the Surf Coast Hwy. Not a bad day for a ride, a trail wind down and a fairly stiff head wind back but the Sun was shining, the Ocean looked lovely, thanks everyone for your company.
Peter J.

TWO Rides on Tuesday - 11.10.22:
1/ Rural Ride from Inverleigh to Teesdale & Lethbridge & Return to Inverleigh
With an ideal weather forecast for today’s ride, we had a fantastic turn-out of 14 riders. Riders were: Alison, Barry, Ben, David L, David S (welcome back after a few months away), Doug, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Kim, Lyn P, Ray and Steve. Our first scheduled stop was the Teesdale Cemetery where we conducted a mini-quiz based on the inhabitants with a prize for all participants and a magnificent prize for the quiz winner. Back on the bikes we headed to the Teesdale-Meredith Road and our next turn-off some 20 kilometres away. Almost reaching our turn-off point, the front riders found the road closed and had to do a U-turn thus saving the slower riders a kilometres or two. At this point Plan B was enacted and we used Lower Plains Road (about the same width as Lake Road) to almost get us to Lethbridge. Not far along LPR Janet experienced a front wheel puncture. Whilst the rest of us rode on, Janet was assisted by Ben, Ken and Steve (apologies, I think I have missed someone).

Nearing Lethbridge we split into three groups with the purpose of not overwhelming the only coffee place in town, the Lethbridge General Store. This strategy worked well. Coffee done, we had a very speedy trip back to Inverleigh as the wind was now at our back and was a just reward for the 30 kilometres or so, we had to push into it on the outward journey. Thanks to Ben who headed up some slower riders, into the wind. Back in Inverleigh at The Bakehouse for lunch, just about everybody was complimentary about the course. It’s good to know when a course is very enjoyable for the majority of riders. Good riding everyone. Thank you to our photographer, Kim and our Tail End Charlie, Steve, who made sure nobody was left behind.
PRIZE WINNERS: The person who selected the only RED INK PEN in the bag, was Ben and he won the red ink prize (he got to keep the pen!!). Out of ten entries in the mini-quiz, I have to award a prize to every one of you. Initially, I planned to award an e-bike to the winner (just joking) and will now award a smaller prize to the ten winners. Thanks for participating in the quiz.
About 90% of the ride was on quiet, traffic wise, rural roads and such a delight to ride on despite the odd pothole. The distance forecast was 72 kilometres and with a diversion we managed 71 kilometres.
Scribe: Doug.

2/ Lindy's Easy Tour to Torquay
My status as a ride leader can only go up from here. I arrived at the Grovey just in time, having met every dead end and closed road possible on the way. I was met by Chris Ha and Hu, Peter J and O and Ted who all gave me heaps when I produced my paper list to tick them off. Little did everyone know that I had been onto Doug in the early hours of the morning to procure such list. Mine was well and truly lost amongst my emails.
Moving on, we had a pleasurable ride that led us through Paraparap and along Hendy Main and Coombes till the Torquay Hwy from where we made our way to Maple Bakery. I led admirably from the rear!! After huge donuts we all went our own way home with Peter O and Ted who were time poor heading straight back up the Hwy: Peter J and Chris Hu heading to Barwon Heads from Blackgate, and me leaving Chris Ha to his own devices at McCanns. Thank you all for your company. We rivalled Greg’a fast 50 with no rest until the bakery.

THREE Rides Involving GTC Riders on Sunday - 9.10.22:
1/ Around the Bay in a Day -
I rode from home as usual and met Trudi at the Eastern Cemetery at 5.00 am. Commiserations to Jo who hurt her back during the week and couldn't make it. It was really cold, dropped to 2 deg on the way, got into C Queenscliff about 6.10, very happy to see an open Cafe for a coffee. Lindy, Jenni, Leo and Peter joined us on the Ferry. Lindy was riding her Kennedy Bike to get a good long ride in before she heads off on her Alltrails Tour next Sat. Off the Ferry we rolled along to Mcrae for our first coffee. Peter O flatted but quickly repaired and onwards we went. Lovely riding, lovely views, stopped at the top of Oliver's Hill to take in the view before rolling along the flat country to lunch at Mordialloc.
Lunch over it was up the road to Blackrock for a coffee. More cyclists on the road from Mordialloc to the finish. With a bit of Sun out it was lovely riding. Then it was just a matter of getting home. Usually we get a train but Lindy let us know the day before that there were no trains. Luckily Don was able to drive my car and Bike Trailer up and pick us up. Peter and Jenni took the Metro Train to Werribee and Marcia picked them up. All in all a lovely days ride.
Thanks everyone for your company.
Cheers Peter J.

2/ To Moriac via the Bitumen -
It was a cold but fine 6 degrees when I arrived at South Geelong Station and met John H doing laps of the eastern end car park to keep warm. I offered to lead the ride and we set off out and across Moorabool St bridge getting a good view of the flooded Barwon River. We then made our way through the busy Sunday Market taking care as there was a slow oncoming car on the narrow bike path. Waurn Ponds creek path was safer, then it was out Waurn Ponds Drive and Reservoir Rd as we made our way to Moriac store. It took a while to get served as three very young kids carefully chose what lollies to spend their precious pocket money on. We were enjoying our coffees when the club gravelleur riders arrived to join us. On leaving we took Hendy Main Rd then Reservoir Rd and back the way we came. We had a good group of 7 riders : John H, Peter Ch, Ian B, Mark L, Craig R, Richard and myself. I enjoyed meeting three of our newer members. We rode 54 km , average 20.2  kph. Thanks for your great company guys.     Greg Allerton.

3/ To Moriac via the GRAVEL -
On a beautiful spring day I was joined by Barry, Chris Hu and Noel for a gravel ride to Moriac.  Lead by Barry, navigated by a collaborative effort and ride report by me. We enjoyed Bogans, Petteval, Norton's and Flaxbournes Roads and caught up with the roadies over coffee.  Great riding conditions were thoroughly enjoyed.

TWO Rides from Geelong Showgrounds on Saturday - 8.10.22 - Both Rides to Drysdale & Ride 2 Extended to Portarlington:
1/ Shorter Ride led by John Hagan - broke off from the total group at Curlewis to stop for coffee at The Bungalow. Before this the total group met with the Leopold group of mostly past and present members of the GTC who had another ride planned. On Jetty Rd Greg A headed home before coffee and Chris Hu moved off for a different ride and the coffee club consisted of: Meri & Lovro, Peter J, Nick & Sarah, Trudi & Leo, Janet, Kim, Chris Ha, Doug, Lindy and myself. I had intended going back on the Bellarine Rail Trail but most of the group were keen to go home via Wallington so we adopted this plan. We were fortunate to have the sun out to counteract the effects of the cool breeze. It was also enjoyable to be able to sit outside in reasonable comfort in the sunshine and being protected from the wind as we sipped our coffee.
John Hagan.

2/ The Longer Ride to Portarlington led by Steve McDonald -
After leaving John and his riders at Curlewis, David L, Jennie P, John M, Julia Mc, Peter O and myself (plus Alison until the Drysdale turnoff), headed down Portarlington Rd free of the heavy traffic on the BRT. A great ride with the sun and wind on our backs saw us stop at Daniels Donuts for a break. We headed home via Queenscliff Rd, Murradoc Rd and Portarlington Rd into a strong head wind that did not abate and we split up based on departures home and ability to fight the wind. No dramas except for yours truly having a puncture at Newcomb, thanks Peter for your help and support. Unfortunately had another puncture along the river only a couple of kms from home. Luckily a quick phone call got me a lift from there!!
Thanks to everyone for a good group ride.
Steve McDonald.

Kim's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 6.10.22
After a very wet night I was pleased to see the rain disappearing and the roads drying out. Leaving from Bunnings car park were Chris Ha, Doug, Gary, Julia, Kim (ride leader), Mark J, Peter O’B, Phil, Sarah and Nick. We were joined at the top of Waurn Ponds Drive by Lovro and Mari which made an even dozen for our ride. We proceeded along Reservoir and for a change turned at Ervins Rd where we made a short stop to view the Arthur Streaton memorial. Then we made our way to Moriac via the Highway and Considines. There was plenty of chatter along the way with perfect conditions and a tail wind. After refreshments we headed for home via Blackgate and Ghazeepore. There were some complaints at this stage due to the head wind, but I can only do so much as I had used my wish for the day that it wouldn’t rain.                              
Congratulations goes to Doug for today’s ride which was his 250th ride with the GTC, and no talk of retirement. It was great to see Mark and Peter return from their travels, I thought they were new members it’s been so long. Thank you to all of todays riders for a most enjoyable day out.                                                              
Distance 49.5k   Ave speed 21.7kph    Elevation 433m   Ride time 2hrs 20 min
Kim Gorell.

TWO Rides from Grovedale Hotel on Tuesday - 4.10.22:
1/ Doug's Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Torquay
The ride calendar indicated today’s ride was 75 kilometres and with road closures there was a need to modify the course to ensure we didn’t exceed that distance. In essence it was the scheduled outward course however the Chocolaterie was our turning point, rather than Anglesea. Partaking in today’s bitumen ride were: Ben, Doug, Gary, Jennie, Lovro, Ken G, Kim, Merri and Steve. The number of riders increased along Ghazeepore Road when Trudi, Lindy and John M joined the group. It was pleasant riding on the country roads except for a very stinking dead animal smell on Anglesea Road, just before Blackgate Road. Arriving at the Chocolaterie, Ken rode on whilst the rest of us indulged in coffee and cakes. Jennie’s scones were so big, she shared them with two others. Heading to Torquay along the Great Ocean Road we had the wind coming across our right shoulder assisting us to zoom along at a speed near 30kph (delightful). Reaching Horseshoe Bend Road, the group split into two with one group going to the Maple Bakery for lunch and the other group heading directly to Grovedale, led by Gary (with thanks). The lunch group enjoyed pastries etc. and as usual, the food at the Maple was scrumptious. With tummies full, it was back on the bike to Grovedale, led by Kim (with thanks). Distance was a smidgeon under 75 kilometres.

2/ Mark Kelly's GRAVEL Ride to Bellbrae & Moriac
Six gravelleurs for today’s ride on the dirt - Sarah, Nick, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ray and myself. I had to shorten the ride from the original plan to go to Anglesea and so we headed out Pettavel to Nortons and back along Flaxbournes to Moriac for coffee. The riding was very enjoyable with the roads in good condition, only a light wind and no traffic. It was a little cold in parts but our good pace helped keep us all warm. Nick had a flattening rear tyre but managed to get to Moriac where he changed it while the rest of us helped by staying out of his hair and taking our coffees inside. We ran into Mark J (on a secret training run) who joined us for coffee. Thanks to all for your good company and strong riding.

TWO Rides from Sth Geelong Station - 2.10.22:
1/ Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Lethbridge, She Oaks & Maude on Sunday 2.10.22
It was a cold 6 degrees, foggy and the start of Daylight Saving so I was unsure if anyone would turn up for this 8 am start. I was expecting Ray C as he was collecting his repaired road bike from me. We arrived at South Geelong Station to see John H pedalling around the car park to stay warm. Also there was Steve M. We pedalled off along the north river path seeing a surprising number of walkers and runners given the cold start. Thick fog persisted as we pedalled out Hamilton Hwy through Murgheboluc, glad that we all had good lights and bright jackets. After turning off the highway and heading north the fog slowly began to clear as we rode towards  Lethbridge. On arrival we were the only customers at the shop and sat outside in the sun enjoying hot drinks. Back on the bikes we had 5 km  along the Highway grateful for the good road shoulder. We then crossed Moorabool River where Ray and Steve rode strongly up the steep climb to Sheoaks, with Steve appreciating his new SPD pedals and shoes. We had a short stop at Bunjil Lookout near Maude then made our way through Sutherlands Creek into a slight head wind. I was home by 1-30 pm after a hard 103 km ride. Thanks to John , Ray and Steve for your good company.      Greg A.  

2/ Ted's Loop to Lara on Sunday 2.10.22
Nine members remembered the start of daylight saving and the correct start point of South Geelong Station. They were Doug, Hugh, Ian, Janet, Jo, Kim, Lindy, Richard S and your trusty ride leader/photographer/correspondent. A further five strays were picked up along the way being Meri & Lovro, Noel (who assumed the start was Rippleside), Trudi & Leo. Leo immediately took up his usual position as Tail End Charlie and we had a relatively uneventful ride along the Hovells Creek trail to Anna’s Cafe at Lara. Quick service and good coffee saw us on our way again through Lara to the Ted Wilson. As an added adventure Noel offered to lead us up the new Elcho Drain Path which was a wonderful flat piece of concrete of about 2 kilometres after a kilometre of dry mud with one metre diameter x half metre deep potholes at the start and 20 metres of grassy jungle at the end. The general consensus was that it was worth the effort although Doug may have had a dissenting opinion as he misjudged the route around one of the larger potholes and came a cropper (no injury reported other than his pride).


Nick's Leads the Saturday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery Cafe in Gnarwarre - 1.10.22
A lucky thirteen riders met at Fyansford to enjoy the delights of the Barrabool hills in lovely spring weather. We travelled along the Hwy aided by a gentle breeze, made solid pace down Merrawarp, slogged away up to Ceres before enjoying the high speed descent down Cochranes to WPD. By this time we had collected Kim but farewelled Peter J, Chris Hu and Ha. We made steady progress to the nursery having just missed Ken G, Peter and Chris Hu. Coffee and cake were enjoyed in the lovely garden surroundings. Our return journey saw the group split with the leadership baton handed to Trudi who headed home via Pollocksford whilst Sarah, Kim and I chose Barrabool, Devon and WPD. Fantastic ride and no magpies!!!
Thankyou to Chris Hu and Ha, Janet, Jennie, John H and M, Julia, Kim, Paul, Peter J, Sarah, Trudi and ever faithful TEC Leo. Cheers Nick.


Nick's Leads the Thursday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 29.9.22 After Tuesday's wet day I ordered good weather and was heartened that my wish was fulfilled. A large contingent of riders turned up on a beautiful Geelong day to complete the Ocean Grove - Wallington - Bellarine circuit. Although we seemed to get every traffic light and the even the train on Torquay Rd after this it was smooth riding to coffee and good conversation in the sunshine at Groove. After the fastest coffee service in the Bellarine and now back in china cups we headed off on Wallington Rd and the Bellarine Highway. The light breezes made today’s ride relatively easy. My thanks to TEC Chris Hu, sweeper Mark K and Alison, Chris Ha, Doug, Jennie, John M, Julia, Lindy, Meri, Lovro, Norm, Peter J, Ray, Richard S, Sarah and Trudi for a great ride in great company.
Cheers Nick.

Nick's Shower Dodging Tuesday Ride to Moriac - 27.9.22
We had eight intrepid riders front up this morning at Bunnings for the Nick Tarnay dodge-the-showers-ride-from-Bunnings; Nick, Peter J, Ray, Chris Hu, Jennie, Kim, Gary and myself. The route was decided upon – Ghazeepore, Dickens, Anglesea Rd, loop around Moriac via Church back along Reserve Rd with coffee scheduled at The Groove Train Waurn Ponds. The idea was to delay coffee in order to beat the rain. This didn’t actually go to plan with the first drops pattering before we left Bunnings. Our 8 riders became 7 as we headed up Ghazeepore with Kim deciding he was heading home. The 7 became 6 as we soldiered on with Chris Hu responding to the call of the gravel and heading off along Whites Rd. The rain continued persistently and we journeyed on displaying a certain sodden determination. We stopped in Moriac for a loo break with Jennie and I seriously considering deserting ranks in the direction of the General Store. We continued on towards Waurn Ponds as did the blinking rain. Both Jennie and Gary headed off to dryness when we returned to Bunnings and Nick raced off to go to Melbourne. Peter J, Ray and I continued on to a well deserved coffee at The Groove Train. Thanks Nick for our dodge-the-showers-ride even though we didn’t! It was still fun!
Cheers, Alison.

Doug's Easy Ride of 40km to Corio & Herne Hill on Sunday - 25.9.22
Lining-up for today’s ride were: Craig, Doug, Jennie, Julia, John H, John M, Kim, Leo, Noel, Peter J, Paul B, Ray, Steve, Ted, Nick and Sarah. At the start, Ted showed us, with glee, his Geelong F.C. jumper under his GTC jersey (closet supporter – maybe). Sarah was experiencing a slow loss of tyre pressure and decided to abort the ride as did Nick. Making our way along Eastern Beach, we noted a large number of cars displaying the Geelong Football Club mini flag, much to Ted’s delight. The scheduled coffee stop was the Soft Café in Herne Hill and following yesterday’s ride to Bannockburn where all the cafes were closed, the discussion was ‘Are they open and if yes, can they fit us in, being fourteen of us.’ Peter’s organising skills to the rescue and he found out they were open and also booked a table for us. Well done, Peter. With a large area at the back of the café, we enjoyed the food and coffee with lots of chat. Only hiccup was the slow delivery of scones. With an expected large crowd at Kardinia Park (St Mary's Oval) I wanted to avoid going near the ground so I solicited Ted to lead us through West Geelong and Geelong’s CBD, to avoid what turned out to be a very large crowd at the footy ground. Today’s ride was truly a team effort. Also, thanks to our resident photographer, John H and ever reliable TEC Leo. Nobody undertook the 60kms ride. Our distance: 40 Kilometres

Chris Halpin Leads the Saturday Ride to Bannockburn - 24.9.22
Nine riders this fine sunny morning in Fyansford. Greg, Jennie, John H, John M, Peter, Phil, Trudi & Leo and myself headed up the Hamilton Hwy, enjoying the newly finished repairs. Used to be one of the most dangerous roads we ride but now one of the best. Maintaining a good pace we turned into Burnside with the Southerly helping us easily reach Bannockburn.
Alas, this is where disaster struck - no open coffee shops. After much searching Peter eventually found an open bakery with a coffee machine and a mutiny was narrowly avoided. Home via Parkers and Steiglitz Rds to Fyansford in good time. Around 60km round trip
Thanks everyone , Chris

Nick Leads the GRAVEL Ride to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 22.9.22
Today’s small gravelleur group of Alison, Sarah, Chris Ha, Ray and Nick travelled along beautiful, quiet and smooth gravel roads of Whites, Bogans Lane, Dickens, Pettavel, Vickerys and Ellington to the Chocolaterie. Chris turned back early and missed out on coffee. We encountered a very, very busy cafe but still managed to get a table, enjoy good coffee and very good croissants. No sign of the bitumeers. Had they got lost? Were they late leaving trying to decide on a leader? Punctures?  Only Mark and Ken turned up as we were leaving. I did warn riders on WhatsApp that Greys road was closed due to road works. Our return journey on Forest, Flaxbourne and  Willowite before zooming down WPD was delightful. Fantastic gravel riding. Thank you riders for the great company.

Doug Leads the Ride to the Maple Bakery in Torquay on Thursday - 22.9.22
Another great spring day for a bike ride and the following fourteen riders made up the peloton: Doug, Gary, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, Julia, Ken G, Lindy, Mark K, Noel, Paul B, Peter J, Steve and Trudi. With no designated ride leader and nobody nominating I declared I would lead the ride which turned out to be a stop-start (non fluid) ride. Firstly, the Waurn Ponds train service severed the peloton as not everybody got through the crossing before the train. Our next stop at Ghazeepore Road was twofold, firstly to allow the peloton to reunite and secondly to collect a rider who nominated that meeting point, earlier. At this point Lindy, unannounced, joined us. We waited patiently for a period, for the rider who had arranged the meeting point. With time ticking away a telephone call was made to that person and the call went to message bank. The ride leader finally declared that we had waited long enough for the rider and we resumed our journey. Due to a very busy Anglesea Road, our next stop was to make a safe hook turn into Blackgate Road. We eventually got across the road in two waves. At the end of Grassdale Road, we made another stop as two riders thought that Grays Road was closed for road repairs. The peloton decided to risk it for a biscuit. On reaching Grays Road, we stopped again as Grays Road was shut to traffic (no biscuit). Three options were suggested, 1. Use Vickerys (hills) 2. Ride to Anglesea Road then all the way to the Chocolaterie or 3. Ride to the Maple Bakery at Torquay. Torquay proved to be the destination of the majority. At this point Ken and Mark decided to take a longer route and left us. Our next stop was the Maple Bakery and we found three empty tables which saw us all together. At coffee I had a dummy spit and declared I was not going to ride back to Grovedale, so I asked Gary to lead the peloton back to Grovedale. After financial negotiations whereby Gary’s stipend was doubled plus public holiday rates, he agreed. Gary must have made a fortune out of today’s ride (triple rates being a public holiday) as he was TEC to Torquay, the ride leader and TEC back to Grovedale. Thank you, Gary, for your efforts. Approximate distance 60 Kilometres.
Scribe: Doug

THREE Rides on Tuesday 20.9.22:

1/2/ Two Bitumen Rides to Drysdale & Pt Lonsdale
A real spring day for a bike ride with the sun shining brightly and a floral display of colourful spring flowers giving us something to look at along the way. The bitumen riders had a delayed start as Ben had moved his bike 15 metres from the car and got a puncture. An impromptu shorter ride to Drysdale was undertaken by Alison, Kim and Mark. It was Mark’s first ride for some time – welcome back. The riders to Pt Lonsdale included: Ben, David L, Doug, Gary, Jennie, John M, Paul B, Ray, Steve and Trudi. We negotiated the Rail Trail without encountering a cyclist coming in the opposite direction and crashing into anyone. On the outskirts of Point Lonsdale, we encountered Lindy and the non-thinking ride leader (Doug) didn’t stop to assess the situation re Lindy. My apologies Lindy, for not stopping. Coffee was had at The Plated Café. Post coffee we rode to the lighthouse for the view and photos. Paul had ridden to the start so he dropped off after photos and Ray, who had also cycled in, rode with us to Ocean Grove where he was visiting his nearest bike shop. At the end of Thacker Street O.G. Ben and Trudi turned right onto Wallington Road and the back to Geelong whilst the rest of us took a longer route through Barwon Heads and Lake Road to Geelong. Thank you, Gary, for being TEC. Distance: 80 plus kilometres.
Scribe: Doug.

3/ GRAVEL Ride to Queenscliff
The best day in a long time greeted 5 gravelleurs for a trip out the Bellarine Rail Trail to Queenscliff. It was good to see a couple of faces (Mark J and Noel) that we haven’t seen for a while as well as Peter J and Chris Ha. With the sun shining and light winds the ride out to Drysdale was a nice cruise. Mark J and Noel decided that Drysdale was far enough while Peter, Chris and myself pushed onto Queenscliff. A highlight of the ride was the steam train all fired up and about to head out of Queenscliff station. Quite a sight! After enjoyable coffee and conversation in the sun, Peter headed home on a different route involving a bacon and egg muffin while Chris and I headed back along the rail trail. A very enjoyable ride - thanks to all for the good company.
Mark K

TWO Rides on Sunday 18.9.22

1/ Easy Ride to Torquay Led by Doug and Return Trip by Kim
At 8.59am this morning, the designated ride leader had not appeared at the Grovedale Hotel car park and as the show must go, hasty arrangements were made whereby Doug led the ride to the Torquay and Kim led the riders back to Grovedale. Riders for the sealed roads were: David L, Doug, Jennie, John H, John M, Julia, Leo, Kim and Peter J. Today’s ride was a designated Wear Your Club Jersey Ride however one rider came out of the closet and wore an AFL jumper of the team he supports. For the record it was a Geelong jumper – Are they in a Grand Final or like? Heading to Horseshoe Bend Road we took the infrequently used Barwarre Road (sealed section) to Burvilles Road, which has been closed for some-time and I expected it to be as smooth as Warralily Boulevard. Unfortunately, the only new bitumen on Burvilles was the bit near the Surf Coast Highway. Due to the rains, we have had over the past few months, Burvilles Road like so many others had developed several big holes. Reaching North Torquay, we detoured through the smooth roads of the Sands Golf Estate to reach the Maple Bakery. Possibly due to the strong North Westerly wind, nobody opted to ride the longer course back which would have meant riding into it all the way to Grassdale Road. The return journey was via Horseshoe Bend Road. Thanks to Kim leading the group back to Grovedale and John H for photos and also thanks to Leo for TEC duties. Distance:45 kms.

2/ GRAVEL Ride to Torquay via Bellbrae led by Chris Halpin

Just two Chris's for the gravel option. We headed over Mt Duneed and down to Dickens, Loutit Bay Rd, Pettavel, Nortons and thence along Hendy Main to the Maple Cafe to share coffee with the roadies. However they'd been and gone. I guess it took longer than we thought to plough into that awful westerly. Suitably refreshed we returned along HSB with a couple of side trips covering approx 60Km. Thanks Chris.

TWO Rides on Saturday 17.9.22
1/ Greg Allerton's Speed Ride

Only Greg turned up for this ride from Sth Geelong. He rode through Batesford, Dog Rocks, Merrawarp Rd, Ceres , Waurn Ponds and back along the WP Creek to Breakwater.

2/ "Unofficial" Ride to Gnarwarre
The official ride had been cancelled but a number turned up wanting to ride to coffee. Peter J was keen to go to the Nursery Cafe in Gnarwarre and he had 4 other riders at Fyansford who were keen (or semi-keen!!) to go. Peter led off at 9am with Jennie, Paul, Richard and John H in tow with the intention of meeting Allison at the corner of Pollocksford & Barrabool Rds - the timing was so good that we almost collided at the corner! Chris, dressed in her Geelong Club footy top, and her husband gave us great service as we enjoyed the coffee, scones and rhubarb slices with extra dollops of yoghurt. We were ready for rain but only got a small amount as the great bulk of the rain fell during our coffee break. The wind was strong and gusty and kept us honest in terms of work rate on the bikes. Our return was through Mt Moriac and Waurn Ponds. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride.
John H.

TWO Rides on Thursday 15.9.22
1/ Doug's Circuit to Maple Bakery in Torquay

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicted a dry morning and the weather radar showed no sign of rain, therefore I was surprised to see only four other riders show-up for this morning’s bitumen ride. Riders were: Alison, David L, Doug (outward ride leader), Kim (inward ride leader) and Steve. The route listed in the ride calendar was followed until we got to the round-a-bout at the corner of Anglesea and Coombes Road. Instead of proceeding along Coombes Road and risk an attack from the resident magpie, we took Grossmans Road, safely arriving at the Maple Bakery for coffee and cakes. Post coffee, Kim led us back to Bunnings via Horseshoe Bend Road. Photos taken by Kim with thanks. Distance:60 kms. Congratulations to BOM for a very accurate weather forecast.

2/ Mark Kelly's GRAVEL Ride to the South-West
Only two gravelleurs today - Chris Ha and myself. The plan was essentially out Pettavel Rd and back via Flaxbournes Rd. With his rocket powered machine Chris led me on a new route to Pettavel Rd by heading up Ghazeepore Rd and onto White’s Rd and then Bogans La and Dickens Rd. Chris had to head back so left me at Pettavel Rd and I returned via the original route. It has been a while since I was on the gravel bike and I had forgotten how nice it can be to ride along a country road with virtually no traffic. The road surfaces were a bit heavy due to the rain but in generally quite good condition. A very enjoyable ride and thanks to Chris for showing me some nice new roads and good company.

TWO Rides on Tuesday 13.9.22
1/ Ken's Hard Ride from Anakie to Meredith

My thanks to the 3 intrepid women who joined me on today's ride. They, unlike our male members, were not deterred by the cold nor the description "HARD".

2/ Steven McDonald's Ride to Drysdale
With a sunny start at the Showgrounds we had Barry, Chris Hu, Gary, Janet, Lindy, Paul Ba, Peter J, Sarah and Nick ready to go. Julia turned up after photos and we met Ron on the way. The weather turned a bit bleak but we could see some sunshine poking through. Heading along the BRT, Chris Ha caught up but Barry took off so he could get home early. We turned off at what I thought was Jetty Rd but that was one intersection too early but it gave a chance to check out some of the new Clifton Springs developments!
Morning tea at The Bungalow in the “boardroom” allowed us to miss the next wave of showers.
 On the ride home some saw the group split with the 2 Chris’s, Paul, Peter and Julia heading to Pt Lonsdale – the rest of us had a nice calm ride along Princess St, Swan Bay Rd and Bellarine Hway.
 Thanks for everyone’s support in my first go at Ride Leader.

Doug Wyatt's Sunday Loop to the BeachHouse Cafe in Barwon Heads - 11.9.22
Prior to the start of today’s ride, I thought I would summon the Patron Saint of Cycling, that being La Madonna del Ghisallo, requesting that she gives us her full attention and protection for today’s ride. We had a bigger than normal roll-up for a Sunday ride and the participants were: Chris Hu, Craig, David L, Doug, Greg, Hugh, Ian B, Jennie, Joanne, John H, Julia, Leo, Lindy, Nick, Paul B, Peter J and Trudi. It was John and Peter’s first Sunday ride in some time (John has been converlessing and Peter has had a winter spell in Port Macquarie – welcome back guys). Mother Nature provided us with a strong tailwind to Barwon Heads. Heading along Breamlea Road our Saint must have gone for a coffee as she allowed Lindy to puncture. Lindy decided to get the sag-wagon home. Arriving at the BeachHouse Café for coffee, we had Hugh and Joanne do a U-turn heading back to Grovedale and Chris headed further afield for a longer ride. The coffee was excellent and the service reasonably good for such a large number of riders, with an exception in that they must have lost Julia’s and John’s order because it was more than ten minutes after everybody else had been served before, they got their coffee. Back on the bike we headed along 13th Beach Road and found that Mother Nature had increased the velocity of the wind except it was now in our face. David and Peter provided wind relief for the split peloton all the way back to Horseshoe Bend Road. There, we turned right and the wind was now a sidewind. Having earlier summoned the Patron Saint of Cycling, I have to assess her performance as good because the puncture was the only hiccup of the ride and there were no magpie attacks and that’s certainly a blessing. Thanks to John for photographs and Leo for being T.E.C. Distance: 52 Kilometres.
Scribe: Doug

Chris Halpin's Planned Ride to Portarlington on Saturday 10.9.22
Popular ride this morning with 16 members gathered at the Showgrounds starting point including Alison, Chris, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jesse, John H and John M, Jo, Ken, Mark, Peter, Sarah and Nick, Trudi and myself.
Overnight rain had cleared and we took off promptly at 9am in bright sunshine with a gathering tail wind. There was steady traffic on the Rail Trail, walkers, dogs and riders. Unfortunately when we reached the newly upgraded Curlewis Rd crossing Ken had a nasty collision with an oncoming cyclist on the corner, and fell heavily. We were able to make Ken comfortable and called an ambulance, which arrived quite quickly and took Ken off to hospital. Mark Kelly left to retrieve his car from the Showgrounds carpark and collect Ken's bike. 
I asked Greg Allerton to assume Ride Leader duties and I'm not sure how the rest of the ride went, as Nick and I made our way home together having secured Ken's bike.
Wishing Ken all the best for a rapid recovery.
Greg Allerton led John M, Jennie and Jesse to Daniel's Donuts in Portarlington. John M had a puncture on the way and on the return Greg took them through the main part of Drysdale through to Jetty Rd and the Rail Trail. Trudi and accompanying riders went to the Bungalow for coffee and returned to Geelong via Barwon Heads and John H joined the Leopold group (mainly GTC Riders) for coffee and enjoyable conversations at Caesars (just off the northern end of Jetty Rd). This cafe was a new discovery for me!
John H.

TWO Rides on Tuesday - 6.9.22

Mark Kelly Leads the Long Tuesday Ride to Winchelsea - 6.9.22
With the weather looking better than it has for some time, a total of 19 turned up to ride today (Phil, Steve, Chris Hu, Gary, Ken S, Ken G, Richard, Lindy, Doug, Jenny, Julia, Alison , Janet, Lyn, Trudi, Nick, David, John and myself). We all started together with the first stop at the Moriac Sports Ground where Doug and four others headed off on a separate route to Moriac. The rest of us headed out the Cape Otway Rd and along Atkins to Winchelsea. With fine weather and light wind the riding was very enjoyable but we were in for a little more than planned. There were two punctures (Steve and Janet) before we got to Winchelsea. With Nick looking after the rear he helped tidy up the punctures with the assistance of John while the main peloton headed to Cafe La Hoot with the rest coming in soon after. On the way back the good news was no punctures but there was one more surprise in store for us. We broke into a couple of groups with different speeds. Nick looked after the back but with Janet (I’m sure she won’t mind me saying this) struggling somewhat Nick, Janet and myself took it slowly into Moriac. Janet decided go with the option of a lift home and that’s when we found the source of her problems. As we loaded her bike into the car Janet noticed that the rear brake was stopping the wheel from turning and it must have been that way since she punctured. No wonder she was struggling, she had been riding with strong resistance while we had been coasting! Oh well, cycling can do that to you but all’s well that ends well. And is was a very enjoyable ride, despite the surprises.
Mark Kelly

Doug Leads the Short Ride to Moriac on Tuesday 6.9.22
I rode from home (Jan Juc) to the start at Bunnings and having been attacked by a magpie on Sunday, I resurrected my magpie deterrent stick (telescope selfie-stick) to take with me, in preparation for the local magpie at the round-a-bout at the corner of Surf Coast Highway and Mt Duneed Road. Just before the round-a-bout I actioned the stick and thankfully didn’t encounter the magpie. There were two rides from Bunnings today, a long one to Winchelsea and a shorter one of 48 kilometres to Moriac with a good roll-up of nearly 20 riders with an Alfred Hitchcock appearance from Kim. We rode as one peloton to the Mt Moriac Recreation Reserve where we divided into two groups with the majority of riders heading to Winchelsea.
The Moriac riders were: Chris Hu, Doug (me), Lindy, Lyn P and Richard S. We left Reservoir Road and turned onto Ervins Road with the intention to visit the near-by Sir Arthur Streeton Memorial and a bonus of avoiding the last steep hill at the end of Reservoir Road. We avoided the hill but didn’t find the memorial. At the Moriac General Store, we enjoyed the coffee, each other’s company as well as the open fire.
The route back to Bunning was the well-worn Grassdale (Chris left us at Grassdale heading for Vickerys Road and beyond), Blackgate, Ghazeepore etc. At the corner of Blackgate and Anglesea Road Lindy took over as Ride Leader (with thanks) as I turned right heading back to JJ. Cruising along Coombes Road I had just hit the uphill section only to be confronted with the sound of flapping wings and beak snapping, YES another magpie attack and it came at me four times without any injury. You might ask “Why didn’t I use my magpie deterrent stick.” The answer is simple, you need to know where the magpies are, as the stick needs to be put into action prior to the attack area. I did ride Coombes Road last Thursday and there was no sign of magpies. NOTE: The ride on Thursday 15th September is scheduled to go along Coombes Road. Consider taking Grossmans Road!!!

Greg Allerton's Long Sunday Ride to Lethbridge - 4.9.22
I left South Geelong Station at 8:03 accompanied only by my shadow, which at least meant it was sunny, but was going to be a quiet ride. I rode out Hamilton Highway and was near Pollocksford Rd when an oncoming cyclist slowed down and asked if he could join me. It was 70 year old Supervet  Kiwi Ross from Bannockburn, who some of us had met several times when we have stopped there for coffee, as he lives close to the main road and loves to have a chat with fellow cyclists. We rode along quiet English Rd to Lethbridge for a coffee stop. I then decided to change the route as we had both separately ridden to Maude recently and Ross mentioned that nearby Tall Tree Rd, which I had not ridden for many years and used to be very rough gravel was now sealed all the way to Shelford/ Meredith Rd. It was a very quiet road through flat open country with no tall trees. We pedalled back through Teesdale along the 8 km offroad path, which Ross had never ridden. We parted ways when I turned off at Masons Rd while Ross headed back home to Bannockburn. I returned home via Hamilton Hwy into a slight head wind by 2:10 pm feeling quite weary after 120 km.   
Greg Allerton - ride leader.

Doug Wyatt Leads the Sunday Dead End Ride to Pt Henry and Leopold on FATHERS' DAY - 4.9.22
The Club schedules easy rides of a Sunday and today fitted that bill to a T, despite the hiccup of Paul having a flat tyre before we had left the start line. With Leo’s assistance the repair was swiftly dealt with. Today’s riders were Craig, Ian, Jennie, Julia, Leo, Lindy and Paul. Along Point Henry Road was the club’s resident photographer, John Hagan, who was snapping our photos as we went by. John also joined us for coffee at the Rolling Pin Bakery. The warm sunshine at our coffee stop resulted in a longer than usual stop with plenty of chitter chatter abounding. Post coffee, Paul headed in a easterly direction (to home) whilst the peloton headed west towards Geelong, by an indirect route through Breakwater. Our short travel distance along Townsend Road saw a magpie attack me three times, fortunately without injury. I certainly took one (3) for my fellow cyclists. Safely back at the South Geelong Railway Station we had cycled a few metres short 40 Kilometres on a course with only a few very minor uphills. Today’s ride certainly fitted the Club’s philosophy of an easy Sunday ride. Thank you to: John – photographs, Leo – TEC and Mr Fixit, Craig and Ian for street sign spotting. Happy Father’s Day and thank you for your company on a very pleasurable ride.
Scribe: Doug

Ken Smith Leads the Saturday Ride to Lara and David L Does the Loop to the You Yangs - 3.9.22
The ride was to be to the You Yangs but with light rain talling before we started the ride we changed our minds and the riders decided to go only as far as the Xpresso Cafe in Lara. The exception was David L who kept going to the You Yangs. After leaving Rippleside we continued around the foreshore through the Industrail area, and along the Spirit of Tasmania Quay bike path and viewed the progress of the work taking place for the Tasmania Ferry Terminal. John Hagan is still not able to ride and he met us at the cafe and enjoyed the social time with us. When it was time to go the rain came again and followed us home. Thank you to Alison, Barry T, Chris Ha, David L, Jennie, Jo, John M, Paul Ba and Trudi for your company.
Ken Smith.

TWO Rides to Moriac - Gravel Ride led by Chris Halpin and Bitumen Ride led by Ken Smith - Thursday 1.9.22

Bitumen Ride Report:
The first day of spring and rain was forecast later in the day, the riders David L, Gary, Kim, Mark K, Peter F,Steve, Trudi and myself made our way up Ghazeepore Road heading for Anglesea Road, as we turned into Blackgate Road, waiting there were David Rae and Doug. They did not ride with us but it was good to meet David again and after a short chat we were on our way into a head wind coming from the west. It was good to have the wind behind us on the way back.  We had finished our drinks and cakes, when the gravel riders Chris Ha, and Janet arrived. After a brief  chat we were on our way home. Thank you to Gary for taking on being the tail end Charlie and to all the riders who participated.
Ken Smith .

Gravel Ride Report:
Janet and I trailed the road crew up Ghazeepore and turned onto the gravel at Whites Rd. next turn was south on Bogans, all the way to Nortons. From there we headed to Flaxbournes and met the road crew at The Store. The warm fire was welcome after a cold morning. A short stop for coffee then back along Cape Otway to Ervins, Reservoir, Drayton's and home along WPD. All up about 50km and finished in warm sunshine.
Thanks Janet for the great company.

Chris Halpin's Tuesday Ride to Drysdale - 30.8.22
Facing rain, icy winds and a severe weather warning, five bravehearts gathered this morning to tackle Nick's HARD ride. Plan B was adopted and Chris, Jennie, Ken, Steve and myself headed along the BRT to Drysdale to reconsider. Consensus over coffee was that we'd tempted fate enough and a return path up Princess, Swan Bay Rd and home on the Bellarine Hwy was enough. Thanks team for an enjoyable 50km, great company and no punctures.

Kim's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 28.8.22
Including myself there were 14 riders taking part in today's easy/medium ride. Leaving from Bunnings there was Andrew, David L, Doug, Geoff, Hugh, Ian, Janet, Jennie, Jo, John M, Kim, Leo, Paul B and Trudi. We proceeded to Moriac with the Ghazeepore hill sorting us out into 2 groups with the lead group getting further away until later along Mt Duneed Rd we regroup. Going past the Moriac Store was too tempting for 3 riders who took the shorter option while the rest of us proceeded to follow the designated route and arriving back at the store a bit later. After rewarding ourselves with some treats we took HM and Reservoir Rd back to Bunnings. At the start we were unsure about some threatening clouds but the morning turned out to be just perfect for our ride. Many thanks to everyone for an enjoyable morning ride and special mention to the reliable TEC, Leo. Thankfully Leo’s services were not required today.      Distance travelled was 47km.

To Pt Lonsdale - Greg Led the Bitumen Ride & Chris Halpin Led the Gravel Ride - Saturday 27.8.22
Greg's Bitumen Report:
With a forecast of fine weather it was not surprising that there were 14 riders who set off from the Showgrounds. I volunteered to be ride leader, though it was a much bigger group than I usually lead. The rail trail led us to Drysdale, then along the bypass bike path to Princess St, Swan Bay Rd, Banks Rd, before Shell Rd led us to Point Lonsdale past the Lighthouse. The coffee stop was most welcome, and we met the 2 Gravelleurs Chris Ha and Chris Hu. Alas the fine sunny day was replaced by a thick, chilly sea mist drifting in off the bay. We rode out Portarlington Rd and were passed by a large group of loud motorcyclists. Swan Bay Rd was much quieter and the gradual climb helped to warm us up.The mist began to clear and it was a pleasant ride back taking backstreets down Leopold hill, which was new to some people. Thanks to my companions for a very enjoyable ride: Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David L, Hugh P( thanks as tail end charlie) Jennie P, Jo F, John M, Julia M, Ken S, Kim G, Richard S, Steve M and Trudie B. I was home by 1-10 pm . It was great that Lindy Lester rode down from Horseshoe Bend and John Hagan drove down to have coffee with us.                           
Greg .
Chris Halpin's Gravel Report:
Just Chris and I for the gravel option this morning, following the roadies down the BRT. We separated at Jetty Rd continuing all the way to Pt Lonsdale in bright sunshine - a lovely quiet ride. Arriving first we were greeted by Lindy and John, and enjoyed a coffee waiting for the roadies. Unfortunately the sunshine disappeared behind a rolling fog bank so we decided to head off before we got too cold. Lindy lead us back along Shell Rd, 13th Beach followed by tea and toasties at Charlemont. Back home to Geelong we chalked up 90km. Thanks Lindy and Chris for a big very enjoyable ride.

Ken's Smith Leads the Thursday Ride to the You Yangs and Lara - 25.8.22
With no one to lead Ken volunteered with a forecast of rain that did not happen. While we were on the ride I was accompanied by Brenden, Chris Hu, Gary, Janet, Paul Ba, Steve and Trudi. We rode along the foreshore through the industrial estate and on the bike paths to Lara and along Mills road on the way to ascend the You Yangs. Here all the riders took the challenge. We then rode to the Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara where we enjoyed our social time. Some of the group went home the quickest way, others returned with me back to Rippleside. Thankyou to all who rode.
Ken Smith.

Ken's Ride to Lara on Tuesday - 23.8.22
Today was a collaborative effort with Ken navigating and myself reporting. 
With a forecast of rain no one was keen on the advertised longer ride opting instead to head to Lara via the TWTrail, Anakie Rd, Tower Hill, Bacchus Marsh and Windemere Rds. Lovely coffee and catch up at Xpresso before heading back via Hovells Creek keen to have a look at how the ferry terminal is progressing. 
Thanks to Chris Ha, David L, Ken, Jennie, Julia, Norm, Steve for a lovely ride. 

Doug Leads the Sunday Ride to Torquay - 21.8.22
Today was a great day for cycling in that there was little wind and warm sunshine, which made it one of the better August days for cycling. Riders were: Chris Hu, Doug, Geoff C, Ian, Janet, Jennie, Ken G, Kim, Leo, Paul B, Richard S, Steve and Trudi. There was a deviation in today’s route whereby we took a left-turn off Horseshoe Bend Road and explored the smooth quiet streets of the Sands Estate/golf course area. At coffee, riders expressed their joy of the Sands area because they have never cycled the area before. Joining us for coffee were Lindy (morning bike troubles and therefore opted to ride to the Maple Bakery from home) and John H. Over coffee, the decision was made to ride the longer route back to Grovedale via the Breamlea bike path and Lake Road in order to maximise the pleasant weather conditions. There were with two exceptions being Chris who opted to go through Moriac on the way home and Doug who kept Chris company to Ocean Acres. Thanks to: Kim (Deputy Ride Leader) who took the peloton back to Grovedale, Leo for performing Tail End Charlie duties and last but not least, our resident photographer John. Hope every body enjoyed a slightly different course and thanks for your company. Note: There has been a run of punctures on most rides recently and it was good to have a ride with no punctures. May it continue.
Scribe: Doug

TWO RIDES on Saturday - 20.8.22
1/ Greg's Fast 50km Ride
There were 4 riders on this the second Fast 50 Ride : Jo F, Hugh P, Steve M and myself. We rode a similar route to the first Fast 50 on 16 July, but this time we did the circuit clockwise. After TW Trail, we went out Steiglitz Rd to Sutherlands Creek. It was then along the quiet Robbs Rd and up the steeper climb heading east.There was a light but cold south wind as we returned via Lovely Banks then Bluestone bridge and back onto TW Trail to Church St where we parted ways. I was home by 10:30 after 53 km average 22 kph. The weather was fine, though there were many puddles. I was glad to be on my mudguard bike.Thanks to my companions for an enjoyable bunch ride.The eventual goal of the Fast 50 is to complete a 50 km circuit in 2 hours without any stops.       Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

2/ Chris Halpin's Hilly Ride to Moriac
Only two this morning at the Fyansford start. Jennie and I did a quick vote and elected me ride leader. A tough task seeing as she left me behind on every hill. In bright sunshine we headed straight up the Hwy, through the roadworks and left into Merrawarp, then Barrabool to Hendy Main. John M joined us to make three. Coffee and the open fire at Moriac were very welcome. The Store was busy with a visiting military mob having a quick break from these enormous amphibious machines parked along Cape Otway Rd. A photo was permitted as long as I didn't show his face!! The other Chris joined us for coffee and then David to make five. Things were improving. Plus a tail wind home on Cape Otway, Devon, Barrabool and Merrawarp into the Hwy again back to Fyansford made for a quick return. No rain, lots of sunshine, about 50km, no punctures and very rewarding. Thanks Jennie and John. 

Gary Broughton's Circuit to Ocean Grove - Thursday 18.8.22
I Woke up this morning thinking will I or won't I ride today, but thinking, or rather hoping, with the forecast of strong winds and the possibility of rain, that probably no one will turn up and I can just turn around again and go home. But, not to be, as I was joined for the ride by Brendan, Janet, Ken S, Peter F, Philip and Steve. The advertised ride was down the BRT, Curlewis, Wallington to Ocean Grove but we decided to do the ride in reverse, in this way, taking advantage of the wind down 13th Beach Rd. This worked a treat as we had a tail wind along 13th Beach and the trees along the BRT provided some welcome relief from the relentless wind as we rode home. The only slight blemish on an otherwise good ride was that Philip punctured on 13th Beach Rd. Thank you to all riders for a good ride and great company.

Chris Halpin's Hard Ride (via the Barrabool Hills!) to Bannockburn on Tuesday 16.8.22
Eight hardy riders at the Fyansford this morning - the cream of the GTC pitting themselves against the elements for a Nick Tarnay special. Hard it was. Ben, Janet, Jenny, John M, Peter N and Ray followed me through the Papermill, out the Hwy, up Merrawarp and into Barrabool for a few extra hills into the westerly. A beautiful wind assisted descent of Pollocksford and back to the Hamilton Hwy. A second puncture experience forced us to prune the course slightly, turning north up Burnside to a welcome coffee in Bannockburn. Perhaps we lingered a bit long over coffee as the rain finally caught up with us on Parkers and then Steiglitz Roads, but on we pushed to the Ted Wilson Trail and back to Fyansford. Just on 75km and a tough ride in the conditions. Special mention to Ray for saving us with his amazing Bikehand tyre leaver gizmo that managed to reseat Peter's tyre and complete the first puncture repair. A great ride in better company. Thanks everyone.

Lindy Lester Leads the Sunday Ride to Armstrong Creek - 14.8.22
We had a very relaxed start at the station. Our usual ride leader for the Deakin route Doug was absent and thus with the threat of rain, we mutually decided to change and shorten the route and head to Cockatoo at Warrilily for coffee. Through Breakwater, down through the ovals, crossing the BH road without the lights that we have become accustomed to, and up through Belmont back streets to Grovedale and Reserve Road. We continued onto Horseshoebend Road, weaving our way to the BH road once we reached the detour on that road. Passing coffee the first time, we decided that we needed a few more KMs, so down to the next lights and onto Warrilily Bvd back to HSB Road where we continued on the paths back to coffee. Barry led the group admirably. We met John H who had booked the table and Don at coffee. I don’t know what happened after that, because my bike went in the car at that point!!!!
It was a fun and relaxed ride. Thank you to my fellow riders: Barry T, Geoff C, Hugh, Jennie, Joe, Richard, Leo and myself.

Chris Halpin Leads the Saturday GRAVEL Ride to Bellbrae & Moriac - 13.8.22
Only 2 Gravelleurs this morning. Chris and I teamed up to enjoy the peace and quiet of the back roads over Mt Duneed to Moriac. The fire at the General Store was most welcome and we enjoyed coffee and treats. Home via Cape Otway and Waurn Ponds Dve, through Deakin Uni. Just over 50km in mostly bright sunshine.
Chris Halpin.

Doug Leads the Saturday Ride to Torquay (not Jan Juc) - 13.8.22
With no Ride Leader appointed for today’s ride I volunteered to lead the ride on two conditions. Firstly, we avoid Swell at Jan Juc because of it being Saturday morning, it is so busy and suggested we take our coffee (and cakes etc.) break at the Maple Bakery (my favourite coffee place in Torquay). Secondly, as rain was forecast for around 11.00am we shortened the course marginally, in the hope of finishing before the rain comes. The peloton consisted of: Doug, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, Ken S, Kim and John M. With all riders happy with the changed arrangements off we went. Along Whites Road we had a minor disruption in that Hugh took a work-related telephone call that took some time to deal with, so Plan B was actioned whereby Jo and Hugh would join us at the Maple Bakery. Proceeding along Willowite Road I managed to strike a diamond shaped rock which pierced the front wheel tyre into the tube resulting in a flat tyre. This ensued seeing poetry at work whereby Greg removed the tyre and tube before I even got my tyre levers out of the bag. Just as quickly, Greg had the new tube and tyre back on the wheel. The CO2 cylinder, provided by Kim, had the tyre pumped-up again and off we went. A great team effort in tyre changing with Greg leading the charge. Arriving at the Maple Bakery, Jo and Hugh were already there and were done with coffee. The chatter over coffee saw us take a bit longer than usual which indicated we were all up for a chat, enjoying each other’s company. Thanks to Ken for taking the photos and taking the peloton back to Grovedale. Thanks also to Lindy for being TEC. Distance 64 kms and no rain.
Scribe: Doug

Janet Leads the Thursday Ride to Lara - 11.8.22
With wind and rain forecast we were a small group today. Brendan, Ken S, Paul, Ray, Trudi and I.  Out to Lara via Hovells Creek we headed straight for coffee before returning along the Ted Wilson. Very slight rain on our return didn't spoil a lovely ride. Thanks for your company, Janet.

TWO Rides to Moriac - Gravel & Bitumen - on Tuesday 9.8.22

Gravel Ride Led by Chris Halpin
Chris Hu navigated the Gravelleurs, Chris Ha, Janet and Lindy, on a magic tour of the Moriac back roads in bright sunshine. We pedalled slowly to help Lindy gather her fitness and thoroughly enjoyed various turns to reach Flaxbourne Rd and into Moriac for coffee with the 'Roadies'. Home via Waurn Ponds Drive with a few more variations, totally around 50km. Thanks all, a great ride.
Chris Halpin.

Bitumen Ride Led by Ken Smith
Today’s weather forecast was to be zero degrees in the morning with fog. We were spared both as it was cold but when the sun shone, it was good to be on our bikes as we anticipated pedalling up those hills. We had an early coffee stop at Moriac. The ride leader took the wrong turn and instead of turning right off the M1 on to Hendy Main he turned left down Hendy Main to Moriac. All is forgiven - he was assured that this would not stop him being the ride leader again. The social time as usual was friendly with lots of chatter and fun. At its conclusion it was decided to back track up Hendy Main, Barrabool, Considines, Cape Otway, Mt Duneed, and Ghazeepore. There were only five riders left to complete the ride. Julia and Steve punctured on the way and turned back, Gary helped Julia and Steve was helped by the other men. Ray was having mechanical problems so he decided he had enough so he turned around and headed to Gregs.The bitumen riders were David L, Gary, Geoff, Jennie, Julia, Kim, Mark K, Ray, Steve,Trudi and Paul Ba and myself. Thank you to all who rode.
Ken Smith.

Greg Leads the 8am Sunday Ride to Gnarwarre - 7.8.22
On a fine but cool morning I was pleased to find Peter C, David L and Steve McD waiting at South Geelong Station. At 8 am we set off for TW Trail and then out Midland Hwy, using the service road to give us a speedy descent into  Batesford. Daruna Way led us through Dog Rocks Estate before the long climb passed the granite outcrop. I was pleased the group  was happy to use Merrawarp Rd rather than the long hard climb up Pollocksford Rd. We were soon at Cottage Farm Nursery and were the only visitors. Chris offered a new dish on the menu, Lumberjack Cake, which was delicious. It was then down to Princes Hwy where 3 of us turned left but Peter took Considines Rd wanting a longer ride. It was easy pedalling but we did pass a few groups of riders stopped repairing punctures caused by smashed glass. We then parted ways at Pigdons Rd.
Thanks to my companions for an enjoyable ride and to Peter for the photos.                                           
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

Kim Leads the 9am Sunday Ride to Drysdale via Curlewis - 7.8.22
It was a perfect morning for a ride and although a bit chilly there wasn’t any wind but lots of sunshine to brighten the day. When I arrived at the normal meeting point at South Geelong Station, with minutes to spare, there wasn’t a fellow rider insight. Surely they didn’t leave early I thought to my self. I was about to leave when I investigated some chatter I was hearing further along the platform, ah I was not alone after all. A quick election was held and an involuntary leader, being me, was elected. A couple of late riders then arrived from the showgrounds, wrong starting point. This made 8 of us, Craig, Gary, Jennie, myself Kim, Paul B, Ray, Ron and Leo.
We rode the BRT, which was very sparse with walkers, down to Curlewis shopping centre and around the back of Drysdale to the Bungalow Cafe. It was great to see John Hagan was there waiting for us with a reserved table. Once we were refuelled for the return trip we said good bye to John and headed to Swan Bay Rd and back home through Leopold. A very pleasant morning's ride with a great group of people. Special thanks to assistant ride leader Gary for his navigation skills, photographer John and to Leo and Craig for the TEC duties.

Jennie Leads the Saturday Ride to Portarlington and Ken Smith Writes the Report - 6.8.22
Jennie offered to lead the ride, and Ken would do the report, and John Hagan although not riding took the photos on the way. The morning was very cold with a north west wind. As we rode the wind assisted us most of the time on the way to Daniel's Donuts Cafe. The riders were: Alison, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Jennie, John M, Julia, Lindy, Mark S,Paul Ba, Ray, Leo, and myself. Chris Hu and Lindy rode to Drysdale, Mark joined us on the Drysdale By Pass. On the way back the wind had strengthened and on Swan Bay Road we rode into a head wind making the ride difficult at times. The good thing we did not have any rain. Jennie thanks all who rode and helped make her first ride as leader easier.
Ken Smith.

Gary Leads the Bitumen Ride to Moriac and Janet the Gravel Ride - 4.8.22

Bitumen Report
After the weather over the last couple of days it was great to be able to ride on such a good day. Joining me for today’s ride to Moriac was Alison, Brendan McC, David L, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Peter C, Peter F, Steve McD and Trudy while Janet and Chris H opted for the gravel ride. Unfortunately Brendan forgot his helmet and after returning home he met us at Moriac for coffee and the ride home. Also meeting us at Moriac was Kim who was delayed due to issues with his home renos. Today’s ride saw us travel to Moriac via Ghazeepore, Dickens, Blackgate, Grassdale, Hendy Main, Larcombes, Layards and CO Rd., with the return ride along CO Rd, Mt Duneed, and Ghazeepore. After mostly head winds on the outward ride we were blessed by the wind gods with a mostly tail wind coming home. Thank you all riders for a great ride and to Trudy and Julia who shared the duties of TEC.

Gravel Report
Quite a few road riders today but only Chris Hu and I were keen to take on some dirt roads. These included Whites, Petteval, Dickins and Hunts before we hit the road at Hendy Main and made our way to coffee at Moriac  where the road crew were settled in already. We found some dirt on the way home along Ervins and Drayton. They were all in good condition and and enjoyed by us both. Thanks Chris for sharing your knowledge. 

Ken Smith Leads the Tuesday Ride to Pt Lonsdale - 2.8.22
There were twelve riders including myself ready to take on the strong wind that had been forcasted. Fortunatley we only experienced the strong wind on the way back near Leopold. We enjoyed our social time at the Cafe, Chris and Alison joined us at the Cafe, and rode different ways to each other and the Peloton on the way home.Thank you to Alison, Chris, Jennie, John M, Mark J, Paul Ba, Peters C+N, Ray, Steve, and Trudi.
Ken Smith.

Greg Allerton Leads the Sunday Ride to Lara - 31.7.22
I was at Rippleside Park before 9 am  but as the last to arrive the 7 other participants decided I must lead the ride to Lara. This was a risky move on their part as I am well known for leading rides of 100 km. However I took pity on them and followed the usual Hovells Creek route to Lara into a moderate but cold NW wind. It was great to find John Hagan waiting for us near Xpresso Cafe, as he took a group photo. Xpresso was very crowded with two other cycling groups. Tail wind helped us on the return trip along TWT back to Church St, from where riders made their own way home.  Thanks to Leo and Trudie, Jennie, Paul B,  Peter C, and Lyn P for riding and John H for meeting us at Xpresso.         
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

The GTC Breaks into at least 4 Groups for the Ride to Moriac - Saturday 30.7.22
Pretty much a self-directed ride today. Ken and I were recovering from lurgies and had decided to take an easy option. We were met by a big group at Bunnings including Geoff, Hugh, Jennie and Jo, Julia, Kim, Ray, Peter C & Peter N, Phil, Richard and Trudi. A small group followed to Moriac the easy way. Others turned up Devon, some came down Anderson's, others through to Considines. Lindy, Mark Kelly and another Richard were sipping coffees at the General Store.  Alison and John drove to coffee to meet the cyclists. It was all happening. The run home down through Paraparap was magic in the beautiful sunshine. I hope everyone made it home safely - me and Ken did.
Cheers, Chris Halpin.

Peter Chilver extended his ride - "I left the group at Grassdale Rd continued along Hendy Main, through Ocean Acres to Grossmans into Darian, along the Esplanade to Horseshoe Bend right into Blackgate along 13th beach through to Grubb road in Ocean Grove then home along the Bellarine. Rounding out my 100km on a beautiful morning." Peter C.

Gary Broughton Leads the Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads & Curlewis - 28.7.22
As no ride leader had been designated for today’s ride I became the self-appointed leader for the ride to Ocean Grove. Riding with me were Chris H, Janet, Jennie (who left early to go to work), Peter C, Peter F, Peter N, Steve McD and Trudy. After considering the weather forecast of 80% rain and possible small hail, I decided to make a change to the advertised route and ride to Barwon Heads via Warrally, Lake, BH Road and return via 13th Beach. All went according to plan until Chris H punctured and I return to lend a hand while the rest of the peloton rode on slowly, and for us to rondevu at BH Road. However, upon our arrival, a mutiny had taken place and the mutineers decided to give BH Rd a miss and, taking advantage of the wind, wanted to use 13th Beach instead. All good, and after a great ride down 13th, we stopped for coffee at the Ebb and Flow Café to enjoy great coffee and cake and to solve some worldly problems. After coffee, and given consideration to the weather gods, it was a group decision that we abandon the return ride along 13th Beach for the original publicized script of returning via Wallington, Curlewis Rd and the BRT, which, considering that the bad weather never eventuated, was a great way to ride home. Just as we were leaving the Ebb and Flow Mark K rolled up for his first ride in six weeks. Mark rode with us for a few kilometers before returning home. Welcome back Mark. Thank you all for a great ride, good company and lots of laughs.

Janet Leads the Sunday Ride on a Circuit of Geelong - 24.7.22
Today's ride was definately a collaborative effort with navigation. A few wrong turns were taken along the way and I saw some areas I had not ridden through before.  Those starting the ride at the South Geelong Station were: Craig, David L, Geoff, Greg, Hugh, Ian, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Kim, Mark L, Peter C,  Ray and Richard S. We set off along the waterfront, through Norlane and Corio to the TWTrail which took us to our lovely coffee stop at the Fyansford Paper Mills. From there several riders departed beginning the great attrition. Next up were the hills of Wandana Heights over to Bunnings by which stage there was only Greg, Peter and myself.  From here we headed over to Armstrong Creek and the adventure began including a dirt road which looked fine at the start but ended up a honeycomb of water filled potholes. Luckily the sun was out and we were enjoying ourselves.  When Greg left us it was just the ride leader and Tail End Charli Peter left to finish the ride. Fun ride in great company.
Thanks everyone, Janet.

Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Drysdale on a Soggy Saturday -23.7.22
"Wettest ever" said John Miro - who am I to argue. Only 2 others, Chris Hu and Peter C, waiting in light rainfall at the Showgrounds starting point this morning. We quickly agreed to shorten the ride and enjoy coffee at Bungalow instead of toughing it out all the way to Portarlington. John joined us on the BRT as we sailed on to Drysdale. John Hagan had reserved a table for us inside, which was much appreciated. Also chatting at Bungalow were Pam, Butch, Mick and families. So, back on our soggy bikes to 'enjoy' uninterrupted rain all the way home. Thanks Peter, John and Chris for your company and endurance.
Cheers, Chris Ha.

Gary Leads the Thursday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery Cafe in Gnarwarre - 21.7.22
I’m sure if we all cast our mind back we can remember the song Daydream by The Lovin Spoonfull where the first line is “What a day for a daydream”, well today was “What a day for a bike ride”. With the peloton of Brenden M, Chris Hu and HA, David L, Janet R, Jennie P, Ken S, Peter C, Steve McD and myself assembled and ready to go at 9.00am, we were confronted with thick fog, and after deciding it was too dangerous to ride up the hill from the Hotel, we opted for the safer route to the Hamilton Hwy via Upper Paper Mills Rd. From there we were blanketed in thick fog which only started to clear near the corner of Pollocksfrod Rd and Barrabool Rd, where we were joined by Kim. Setting off again after coffee at the Cottage Farm Nursery Café, we found ourselves bathed in sunshine with no wind, no rain and no punctures, for rest of the ride home. The ride home saw us riding Barrabool Rd., Considines Rd., Hortips Rd., CO Rd., Mount Duneed Rd., Ghazeepore Rd. and Pigdons Rd. at which point, after dropping of riders along the way, the remainder of the peloton parted for our own way home.
By the way Trudy I think your crown of being the last to arrive at the start and your ability to arrive with only minutes to spare might be under serious threat from David L as he arrived just as we were leaving.
Thank you riders for a great mornings ride and great company. Gary.

TWO Ride to Queenscliff - Gravel & Bitumen Versions on Tuesday - 19.7.22
Gravel Version Led by Janet Roussety
Joining me in my gravel ride today to Queenscliff were Chris Hu, David L,  Ken G and Mark J. We road with the road group to Drysdale along the BRT then continued on the trail. The Drysdale lake was very full and there was a large amount of water along the trail around the lake. I'm not sure I convinced the others than it was part of the fun! Coffee at Rolling Pin then David and I joined the road group back along the highway as the others had gone their own ways searching for some more K's. Thanks to Steve and Chris Ha for assisting me with my first puncture on my gravel bike and also Peter for coming back to find us. 
Happy and safe riding, Janet

Bitumen Version Reported on By Peter Chilver
Today’s fine weather brought out the riders in force and at the start we had Trudi, Julie, Janet, Dave, Steve, Ken S, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ken G, Paul, yours truly and a big welcome back to Ray who rode in with Paul. All together for a leisurely ride along BRT to Jetty road where the dirt people separated leaving 8 roadies. We made quick time along Princess St then turned into a head wind along Swan Bay Road. At Banks Road Ken went right to go home causing a slight disruption as a few riders followed him around the corner. We all regrouped at the ambulance station and continued along Queenscliff Rd to the rail trail. Planning to coffee at the marina we had scenic ride along the rail trail only to find our destination closed. After a visit to the ferry terminal to inspect work progress we reevaluated and went to Rolling Pin catching up with the dirt tribe. A shuffle of groups saw Chris Hu and Ken G head off back to ocean Grove while the rest of us headed out with a good tail wind along the Bellarine. Ray came as far as Wallington roundabout to get his 80kms. Janet punctured near Flying Brick Cider. Dave, Trudi and Julie kept going and then there were 4. We got back to the Showgrounds together after a wonderful DRY ride.
Peter C

Peter Chilver Reports on the Sunday Ride to Lara - 17.7.22
Two brave souls joined me this morning Jo and Hugh were waiting when I arrived. After a short discussion “Where is everyone?” We set off to Lara into a gusting head wind. First stop was the end of the Hovells trail so far so good quick discussion determined Hugh needed to get home quickly so coffee was off the menu as we continued on through a couple of annoying showers along forest to Heales rd where we spotted black clouds ahead. Some people had rain jackets with them on the skies opened up with a ride into a head wind. The Ted Wilson started in dappled sunshine with Jo declaring the theory the wind would keep the rain away. Wrong another downpour had yours truly totally saturated. The ride was declared finished at Church st where we parted company for a quick ride home. Apart from the wind and rain it was enjoyable ride in good company..
Peter C.

Greg Allerton's Speed Ride - 16.7.22
I left from South Geelong Station at 8-03 am thinking I was in for a solitary ride but after just crossing Yarra St heard a yell in the distance and was very pleased to see the late arrival of Jo and Hugh with their half finished cups of coffee in hand after tardy service at a nearby cafe. There was a light north wind as we made our way out to TW Trail. Bluestone Bridge hill warmed us up as we pushed into  a strengthening head wind. Robbs Rd led us to Sutherlands Creek (26 km) and it was then back via Moorabool and again onto TWT and we parted ways atop Church St. I was home by 10-30 after 52 km in 2h23m av  22 kph, which was quite good given the strong wind. Jo and Hugh liked the concept of the early start and to get back home in quick time. I hope there will be more riders on the next Fast 50  to be held on Saturday 20 August starting 8 am SG Station.          Greg Allerton.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Le Due Sorelle in Bannockburn - 16.7.22
Three riders joined me: Jennie, John M and Leo. The weather forecast was for the rain to come about 4pm but unfortunately for us it started about 9/45am and the winds strength from the North West increased. Leo turned back and the three of us continued on to Bannockburn.The ride distance was reduced, and we returned back to Fyansford the way we had ridden. When we arrived at the Cafe, the sky was clear and the rain had cleared. John Hagan was driving again and had arranged to meet us there. Although only a small number we enjoyed each other's company.
Ken Smith.

Janet Leads the Thursday Ride to Ocean Grove - 14.7.22
A cracker of a day for a winters ride to Ocean Grove. We took the usual suspects of Lake Rd, 13th Beach, coffee at the Groove then home via Wallington and the BRT. Thanks to the following for your company:
Brendon, Chris Hu, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Mark J, (TEC) Peter F, Phil and Trudi. 
Happy riding everyone,  Janet.

Janet Leads the Sunday Ride to Portarlington - 10.7.22
A very cold morning saw the following meet at South Geelong Station: Chris Hu, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, Julia, Ken G, Leo, Lindy, Paul B, Peter C and myself. We took the BRT to Drysdale with Jennie puncturing along the way. From there some headed to the caravan for coffee while Jennie, Julia and Ken joined me to head to Portarlington.  The biggest of thanks goes to Leo who came to our rescue along the bypass when Ken had a puncture and we couldn't get the tyre off. A phone call to Leo, interrupting his coffee, was very generously answered and he came to find us. 
From there we took Mooradoc Road then around into lunch at the bakery in Portarlington.  Great food and service sitting in the sun. The roller-coaster on the way home where Ken left us to go on an extended ride, leaving the 3 ladies to finish the ride along the BRT.  Thank you all for your company and a big shout out to Leo 

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Cheeky Cow in Collendina - 9.7.22
Almost needed extra suntan lotion today! T'was beautiful sunshine for the 9 bravehearts waiting patiently at the Grovedale - but still biting cold and ominous cloud formations. We had Hugh, Ken & Kim, Janet, Jennie, Jo & Julia, Leo and yours truly. We set off down Torquay Rd, turning into Warralilly Rd. John Miro joined us on Lake Rd just in time to help fix Jo's puncture. Hugh, and of course Leo, stayed to assist. The rest of us sped on to 13th Beach and around the foreshore to the Cheeky Cow. Still dry - amazing. Nice and warm inside. However, coffee prices have hit 'unprecedented' levels ($6.50), so be warned. Jo and the mechanics arrived soon after just as a heavy shower washed our bikes hanging outside. Soon the sun came out again and we decided to race the weather back the way we came. Made it most of the way back to Grovedale before a light shower caught us, and no more punctures. Thanks everyone for the company. About 60km all up.


Ken Smith Leads the Thursday Ride to Lara - 7.7.22
On a very cold morning four riders were at Rippleside: Steve, Trudi, new member Brenden Macauley, myself, and Julia caught up to us as we rode along the beach front. As the Corio Quay had only one lane open, the safest way was along the bike path through the on going building work for the Tasmanian Ferry. Trudi turned back at Lara due to an appointment. A strong south west wind had sprung up making the ride heading to the You Yangs difficult and the ride leader made the decision not to ascend the You Yangs, but to ride toLara and the Xpresso Lounge Cafe along Flinders Ave, where we enjoyed the social time. Thank you to those who came to the ride.
Ken Smith.

Ken Smith Leads the Tuesday Ride to Jan Juc via Paraparap - 5.7.22
John M, Trudi, Leo, Steve, and myself.The temperature was nine degrees at the start and warmed slightly. We rode into a strong south east wind, but we enjoyed having the wind assist on the way back. Gary had to leave us as he had mechanical problems with his gears and had to ride the Gundry hills on his highest gear. We did not have any more bike issues. We enjoyed our social time at the Swell Cafe. Thank you to all who participated.
Ken Smith .

Doug's Sunday Loop to Armstrong Creek and Highton - 3.7.22
Today’s participants were: Chris Hu, Doug, Gary, Geoff, Jennie, Julia, Leo, Lindy, Paul, Peter C, Steve and Trudi. We welcomed guest rider Cheryl, for today’s ride. With a wet road and overcast skies we made it to Breakwater where Julia punctured and Leo got into his cycle mechanic mode and remedied the problem. Heading southwards on Horseshoe Bend Road we encountered a ROAD CLOSED sign requiring us to detour to Barwon Heads Road and upon reaching the shopping centre, Chris got a puncture. To fill in the delay, some of us were entertained by an un-named person who was telling us about last night’s candlelight supper. Several of us immediately related this story to the character, Mrs Bucket (phonetically pronounced as Boo k), from the tv series “Keeping Up Appearances.” It was almost word for word in that she prepared a special dinner for the invited guests (2) only to have them cancel at the last minute. Thank you to the story teller, it was very entertaining and the time to repair the puncture went fast.
Onward to the path that passes the Waurn Ponds railway station only to find the gates were locked requiring us to ride over the new ramps that got us to the north side of the station. For the record, the gates are open on weekdays and closed of a weekend. Arrangements were made prior to the ride to meet several members at the café in Highton and with all the delays we abandoned the section through the Uni. Arriving at the coffee shop, we were warmly greeted by the smiling faces of John H, Lyn and Nick. They graciously accepted our apologies for being late. A lengthy coffee stop was taken, due the café being busy (yet again). When next I take this ride, I will be scheduling a coffee shop with faster service and a modified route back to the Geelong Sth Station.
Thank you everyone for your presence and patience this morning on this fragmented ride. Special mention to: ‘Tail End Charlie” Leo. ‘Bike Maintenance’ Leo. ‘Photographers’ John and Peter. Mrs Bucket (entertaining story – albeit true).
Scribe: Doug

Nick's Saturday Loop to Moriac and Gnarwarre - 2.7.22
Today’s lasso loop course via Merrawarp, Cochranes, Cape Otway and Considines to the nursery started in cold but fine conditions. I thought that the cold might  deter riders but Jesse, Julia, Jennie, Ken S,  Peter C and yours truly turned up ready for action. The roadside verge out onto the Hamilton Hwy was  a dirty mess but after this despite roadworks it was good roll along. No speed records were set today but hill climbing  honours go to Jesse on his sleek new aero recumbent. Good effort mate! At the top of the Ceres hill at Cochranes we were joined by Chris Ha and John M, then a bit later by Lindy and Kim on WPD. Lindy stopped at Moriac whilst we rode steadily to the Nursery where Jennie kept going to make a grandchild’s birthday party. I hope you ate plenty of cake too! Chris provided her usual wonderful cakes and coffee in beautiful surroundings of her nursery garden. Our return was suitably rapid along Barrabool with great views  in the cold clear conditions. Kim and I departed at Devon whilst the rest headed onto Merrawarp to return to Fyansford. Thank you riders! See you in a few months. Cheers Nick.

Sarah Leads the Thursday Ride to Ocean Grove & Drysdale - 30.6.22
I had two wishes today, to stay dry and finish the ride without a puncture. Both were granted, not only for myself but for all other GTC members who rode today. Hooray! Gathered at the start were Chris Hu, Jennie, Ken, Kim, Nick, Peter F , Richard W, Sarah plus a warm welcome to new member Richard S. Being sunny with little breeze we soon warmed up and collected Doug along Lake Road. At 13th Beach the sun continued to shine on the surfers enjoying the waves and on us too! After admiring the view at Ocean Grove we pressed on to Drysdale via Banks, Swan Bay and Princess Roads. Kim, Doug, Chris Hu and Jennie all needed to depart the ride before we arrived at The Bungalow for conversation and refreshments in the sunny(!) courtyard. From there it was a pleasant ride back along the BRT where we were also joined for a time by Ron L., and near the Showgrounds the six remaining riders split to return to their respective homes. A great way to spend Thursday morning, thank you to all.

Nick Leads theTuesday Ride to Winchelsea - 28.6.22
Today’s Winchelsea ride started off well enough. On the girl’steam today Janet, Jenni, Julia, Sarah and Trudi. The guys included Ken, Chris Hu, Peter C and your truly Nick T with Chris Ha and Kim deciding  to ride short but join us for some of the way. We pedalled along in the cold trying to warm up. Ken S unfortunately punctured before Andersons and then Sarah’s repaired tubeless tyre semi punctured.  Not again! Sarah had a not to be missed hair appointment so I accompanied her back to Grovey leaving the group in Chris Hu’s capable hands  to ride on to coffee. Poor  Ken had the misfortune to puncture again. The photos at Cafe La Hoot show the happy group enjoying a well earned coffee out of the cold.  Meanwhile, I pedalled back fast enough to meet the group on Atkins rd now with extras John M and Doug. The Return  journey with a slight tailwind went smoothly enough along CO and we stopped for a light lunch in Moriac before heading back to Bunnings. Thanks to all your help but especially Peter C for TEC duties and Chris Hu for leading the group into Winch for Coffee. Cheers Nick

John Hagan Leads the Sunday Ride to Curlewis - 26.6.22
We were all ready for wet weather and forecast strong winds when we turned up for today's ride. However, we were not disappointed when neither of those conditions eventuated. We probably did need the waterproofing for the water that sprayed up from the track. Lindy was at the start to greet us and take the group photo of Jo, Hugh, Jennie, Peter K and John H. Peter rode with us to Lara on the day we met all the trucks and is keen to join and ride with us. We took the Bellarine Rail Trail out to Curlewis and back. Our coffee stop was at Brown Shugar at the Curlewis Shopping Centre and we were fortunate to obtain a big table to accommodate us all. Thanks for an enjoyable ride.

Trudi's Saturday Ride to Moriac and Gnarwarre - 25.6.22
A small group of eight gathered in Fyansford for my ride to Moriac. Today’s ride out was quite a challenge in the strong wind. But once turned away from the noise and roadworks on Hamilton Highway we made the ride on Merrawarp pleasant. It was here that Nick and Sarah joined us, having had to return home for a forgotten water bottle. A mistake that Sarah won’t make again anytime soon, meant that they had the delight of riding up Cochranes to catch us. With a headwind along Barrabool Road seemed to make Hendy Main a little easier. It’s always a lovely run down into Moriac once we cross the highway. On our arrival at the General Store we were joined by Lindy and Chris Ha. Coffee was enjoyed inside by the fire, all managing to get around one table for hearty conversation. The group split here with half going their own way home the other half came with me via Cape Otway and Pollocksford Rd’s. I must say that we struggled for most of the Journey back, but we all enjoyed the downhill off Pollocksford and Hamilton Highway with a tailwind was a delight. Thanks Chris Ha, David L, Greg, Janet, Jennie, John H and M, Leo, Lindy, Nick and Sarah for braving the wind today. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride and hope that you all did too.

Chris Halpin's Loop to Curlewis, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads on Thursday 23.6.22
Quite mild weather this morning but a forecast strong NW wind was a worry for the return journey - and so it turned out. At the Showgrounds starting point we welcomed back Lindy after a winter break, and new member Peter, Alison, Doug, Gary, Ken, Jenny, Nick & Sarah, Peter C, Trudi with Chris Hu the volunteer Kelpie. The Rail Trail was quiet and we all appreciated not seeing Ken's 'Trolley monster'. Sarah punctured not long after the start, with Nick & Chris to the rescue. Lindy turned back at Curlewis Rd and the rest of us enjoyed a helpful tail wind all the way to Groove. Jenny headed off to work and the rest enjoyed coffee and cakes. The surf along 13th Beach was inviting as we headed into the wind and home along Horseshoe Bend Rd. All up about 60km and great exercise again. Thanks everyone.

Nick's Tuesday Loop to Moriac & Jan Juc - 21.6.22
A good turn out ten riders for one of my favourite rides. This time the inclement weather held out  Instead to reward us with  a delightful cool but sunny ride. May we have more! Our small group made steady progress into a headwind without ever having to wait long for the tail to catch up. WP Drive, CO, HM and onto Vickerys we’re all pretty quiet and the cars courteous. The run to the Bells lookout was fantastic as were the views out to the deep blue sea. The only down side was Sarah having a puncture that sprayed gloop all over her bike and poor Janet. The tyre stayed up temporarily. Coffee and conversation at Swell we’re both good as usual. We even got to sit inside, a rare treat. The return journey home was incident free and a very pleasant roll home only marred by Sarah’s tyre going down on Warralilly and my ineptitude fixing the problem. Here’s what I learnt: if you pump it up remember to also rescrew the valve. If tubeless runs flat then the seals break and a small pump won’t work. You need a gas cylinder inflator. Or walk - Subaru sag wagon to the rescue Anyway at home its all easily fixed but it’s a learning process.  Thanks to Chris Ha and Hu (TEC), Janet, Jennie, late arrival John M, Julia, Ken S, Sarah and Trudi.
Cheers Nick. 

TWO RIDES from Sth Geelong Station on Sunday - 19.6.22

Doug's Shorter Circuit South of Geelong
Participants for today’s short ride were: Chris Hu, Craig, Doug, Geoff, Hugh, Joanne, Kim, Leo, Peter C and Trudi. By starting time, the sunshine had overtaken the fog however the cold breeze still prevailed. Today’s course took us through the suburbs of Breakwater, Grovedale, Armstrong Creek, Mt Duneed, Waurn Ponds, Uni and Highton. Of note was the tempory traffic lights which enabled us to cross Barwon Heads Road, at the sports grounds, safely. At this point we were joined by Kim who was waiting to join us at the lights. Coffee was taken at the Gusto Café in Highton and due to a staff shortage, there was a delay for coffee. The delay was acceptable because they advised us of their situation. Whilst waiting for coffee, we enjoyed sitting in the warm sunshine. The journey back was along the path on the southern side of the Barwon River, which was extremely busy this morning and extra care was required. The advertised distance for today’s ride was 45 kms however we managed only 39 kms. It was still a nice easy Sunday ride with minimum hills in good company. Special mention to TEC Leo – great job. In addition, it was good to have Peter back cycling, after a short-enforced break.

John Hagan's Longer Circuit of Geelong
One of our riders commented that a group of 5 riders is ideal - especially if you are following a leader on a circuitous route as ours was today. Our group of 5 consisted of Jennie, Janet, Greg, Julia and John H. We followed the Bay Trail out to Geelong Grammar then headed on School Rd over to the Ted Wilson Path near the Greyhound Track. The TW Path took us to Fyansford where we enjoyed a warm wood fire and great coffee, tea and scones at the Door Gallery Cafe. The hard work started after this (check the profile below the map) when we headed up the path past Buckley's Falls and took the long, long, hill up Grantham Drive to join the TW Path on the other side of the Ring Road. We safely negotiated the dirt section of Wandana Drive, then past Deakin and up to the Hams Rd tunnell with the intention of checking out the Baanip Cycle Path as the graveleurs had reported that it was now open all the way. However, we encountered a high fence across the road blocking our access (see photo) and had to retreat. It is probably open when they are working on the station but closed on the weekends!! Our return to Geelong was via Horseshoe Bend Rd and Bailey Street for a total of about 62km. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride.
John Hagan.

Ken Gawne's Saturday Ride to Bannockburn & Over to Waurn Ponds - 18.6.22
Thirteen at the start for the ride to Bannockburn via the Hamilton Hwy, Brislane and Harvey roads. Alison, Sarah and Nick, Greg, David L, Johns H & M, Trudi and Leo, Chris Ha, Jennie, Kens G & S enjoyed the improved weather,  rural environment and moderate pace. Refreshments at Le Due Sorelle.
A favourable light breeze aided us in a fast traverse of Burnside and the Hamilton Hwy as far as Pollocksford Rd where Trudi, Leo, Jennie and Chris continued on towards Fyansford whilst the rest opted for the delight of ascending the long climb to Barrabool Rd. Fast passage to Andersons with its exciting downhills and easy climbs. We went our separate ways at the end of Waurn Ponds Drive.
Ken G.

Nick's Thursday Ride to the Maple Bakery in Torquay - 16.6.22
When Doug rang early this morning to ask whether my ride was still going ahead I  looked out the window and replied ‘yes of course’. Wrong call! I predicted a shower or two, maybe a westerly. At least it wasn’t too cold.
Alison, Chris Hu, Doug, Gary, Julia, Janet, Sarah, Steve, Trudi and yours truly set off with ominous spits of rain falling as we left the car park and it started to pick up. The group decision was cut the ride short, avoid Barwon Heads road  and Thirteenth beach and head to coffee. Sarah spotted a rainbow and decided it to be a good omen. Not so.
Doug led us through the upmarket Streets of a new Torquay estate to the Maple Leaf Cafe. In the rain I had fantasised about eating a delicious chocolate almond croissant. Sold out! I mean really? Didn’t they know I was coming? Luckily, Trudi found the vegan croissant very much to her liking. We sat upstairs hoping the rain would ease up to no avail. Back into the rain the group decision was to take the shortest way home along the Torquay road. We survived the noise and  the very wet, filthy, debris strewn  verge to get home without a puncture or incident. Thank you riders for your fortitude and  let’s hope for better conditions next time. Enjoy the bike cleaning!
Cheers Nick.

Doug's Rural Ride from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Deans Marsh on Tuesday 14.6.22
HISTORIC RIDE TODAY. Long-time members on today’s ride tell me that today’s ride made history in that the females outnumbered the males for the first time, ever, on a Club ride. The peloton consisted of: Alison, Ben, Chris Hu, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Nick, Sarah, Steve and Trudi. A good roll-up for today’s Rural Ride with two members undertaking their inaugural rural ride, that being Alison and very new club member Steve. Apart from Trudi’s chain wanting to leave her bike (twice) we had no punctures and minimal disruption with Trudi’s errant chain.
Our first coffee stop was at Birregurra General Store and with no inside seating, we sat outside on the limited number of chairs. At the 42kms mark we turned onto Division Road which would take us nearly to Deans Marsh. Division Road was a great road to ride with only two vehicles passing us in 10 kms of cycling. Unfortunately, from a safety point of view, one of those vehicles passed us doing at least 100 kph on the narrowest part of the road. The driver was an accident waiting to happen by the speed he was travelling and the fact that the right-hand wheels left the bitumen and into the soft verge. Ben was part of a survey whereby his bike had been fitted with two cameras’ (front and back) to record motorists’ behaviour as part of a study. Unfortunately, the batteries on the cameras wet dead and we were unable to record this dangerous driving (a pity).
Our next stop for refreshments was the Deans Marsh General Store where we did sit inside and partook in hot drinks with many riders eating the award-winning pies they sell. Onward upwards on the biggest hill on the course (just after eating) then mostly downhill back to Winchelsea. Special mention to: Front wheel – Sarah, Nick for his vigilance over the journey, Nick and Trudi for photos and to Chris Hu who had the task of being “Tail End Charlie” and he admirably discharged his TEC duty. Vehicles were in the minority, including the usually busy Cape Otway Road and all roads had a good cycling surface. Distance: 77 Kilometres
Congratulations to Alison, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Sarah and Trudi for creating history and for the males for being part of this history making ride. GO GIRL POWER.
Scribe: Doug

Ken Smith's Tuesday Loop to Drysdale & Ocean Grove - 14.6.22
The morning was mild in comparison to previous mornings and no rain forecast, only four riders came to the start, Chris Ha, Gary, Ken G and myself. John M met us at the Cheeky Cow Cafe which was closed for the day, we rode to the Ebb and Flow at Barwon Heads where we enjoyed our drinks and cakes. AS we rode along B.R.T we came across a very irate pedestrian who had two empty shopping trolleys, as we approached Coppards Road he blocked one part of the path with trolley and pulled the basket of the other one and threw it at us. Fortunately I was able to deflect it from hitting us. After that excitement the ride was uneventful. We did encounter a strong head/side wind on the way back along Lake Road. Thank you to the riders who joined me.
Ken Smith.

Doug Leads the Ride to Lara & John Hagan Leads the Extension to Little River on Sunday 12.6.22

Doug's Report :
Braving today’s icy conditions were: Chris Hu, Doug, Greg, Hugh, Joanne, Leo and Trudi, all headed for Lara whilst Jennie, John H and Julia opted for the longer Little River destination. The road in front of the new Tassie Terminal was a mess with only the north bound lane opened, which we used as there was little traffic, possibly due to the public holiday tomorrow. At the rail crossing past the Lara station, on the Melbourne side saw the Lara peloton turn left whilst the Little River mini peloton turned right heading for Little River. Arriving at the Xpresso Lounge Café we found that there were very few customers and we had a choice of several tables. Good hot coffee, quick service and tasty cakes along with good conversation, were the order of our stop. The advertised route back to the start was altered by popular demand and we used the Ted Wilson Path. The peloton grew smaller the further we cycled along the path with Trudi and Leo exiting at Ballarat Road followed by Chris, Greg, Hugh and Jo leaving at the end of the path. I had a solo ride back to Rippleside and enjoyed the downhill along Church Street.
A blast from the past, former Club member, Steve Cartin received a right royal welcome from the Club’s long time members (old time member). Steve left us before we reached Lara.
Well done to all for turning-up on such a miserable day, for bike riding. Thanks to John, photos, Leo “Tail End Charlie” as always. Distance: 43 Kilometres in round figures for the Lara peloton.
Scribe: Doug.

John's Report:
The "J" Trio of Julie, Jennie & John headed up the Old Melbourne Rd with a stop at the Rothwell Bridge, which was built in 1866, for a photo. We then moved to the Little River General Store for coffee. Recently we had coffee there and sat outside but this time I asked if there was any indoor seating because of the cold and was surprised to find that there was a table with seats in a cosy nook which turned out to be a treasure trove of old games and displays - see photo. We certainly enjoyed our coffee stop before we headed into the strong wind on the way back. We returned to Lara on Mill Rd and took the same route as Doug's group on our return to Geelong. Thanks to the ladies for your company on a worthwhile extension to the Lara trip.
Keep Riding, John.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Paraparap & Moriac on Saturday - 11.6.22
Female participation excelled this morning with Alison, Janet, Jenny, Jo, Julia & Trudi patiently waiting at the Bunnings starting point. Then a couple of odd blokes struggled in - Ian,  John H, myself, Phil, Hugh and Leo of course and just in time John Miro. After a reminder about taking it easy along Anglesea Rd in a strong crosswind we headed up Ghazepore, Dickens into Blackgate, HendyMain and a welcome warm fire at the Moriac Store. Lots of chatter, coffee and treats, then back on the bikes for a wind charged return via Reservoir, Pettavel and Waurn Ponds Dve. Great morning ride of about 45Km, no rain to speak of, no punctures, warm company but an eye watering cold wind. Thanks everyone especially Leo for looking after us all.

Nick's GRAVEL Ride to Bellbrae & Moriac on Thursday 9.6.22
Jackets on, 4 intrepid gravelleurs, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Sarah and yours truly departed Grovedale Hotel fully expecting the odd shower or two whilst exploring the quiet roads around Moriac. On Ghazepore we picked up Alison, who had gone to Bunnings, before heading up to Whites and south on Willowite for some nice gravel which although bit soft, maybe a bit slow was in good condition. Nary a drop on us despite the dramatic clouds in the distance highlighting the peaceful rolling landscape. Nortons and Flaxbourne were also very good riding. We enjoyed coffee and chat by the fire before heading back to Bunnings via north Willowite and Draytons. And still no rain despite some wet roads. About 52kms, 40% gravel, a small mob of kangas, 8 friendly Alpacas and a few frisky horses.
Great company and a super circuit. Cheers Nick.

Janet's Thursday Ride to Connewarre & Torquay - 9.6.22
A very fresh morning saw Doug, Jennie, Steve and myself meet at the Grovedale Pub for a ride to Torquay via Lake Rd.  The gravelleurs were heading in a different direction.  A lovely ride until we hit the head wind of Blackgate road which slowed us down. Jennie left us to go to work, Doug left us after coffee at El Nino so it was just Steve and myself who headed home via Horseshoe Bend Rd.
Thanks for the company, Janet.

Doug's Easy Ride to Curlewis & Drysdale on Sunday 5.6.22
Today I was joined by four members of the Polar Bear Bike Club and they were: Chris Hu, Jennie, John H and Leo. You just had to be a member of the Polar Bear Club to want to ride in such cold miserable conditions as today was. Riding along Portarligton Road, our only concern was not being splashed by passing vehicles and fortunately we didn’t encounter a vehicle and a pool of water at the same time. Coffee was taken at the Brown Shugar and a mention of the good service, coffee and eats. Eventually we were back on the windy Rail Trail, heading home and there, I had to yell out a once in a life-time warning “TIGER ON THE LEFT” as there was a tiger sitting on the edge of the path, looking very smug and I assumed from his look that he had just eaten a cyclist or a walker. Not taking any chances of being dessert, I kept pedalling rather than stop for a photo of this unusual event. We all got past the tiger safely, thankfully. For the record, Jennie took all points on offer for the title “King Queen of the Mountain.” The only hot thing about today’s ride was the excellent company. Thanks everyone. Distance: 44.65 kilometres.
Scribe: Doug

Greg's Modified Ride (because of the weather) to Breakwater, Waurn Ponds & Belmont - Sunday 5.6.22
After a fairly grim weather forecast the morning proved to be fine but with a very chilly and strong NW wind. Given the tough conditions I had amended the planned 100 km course to a shorter around town loop. John C and I set off from  South Geelong Station out through Breakwater and along the fairly quiet Waurn Ponds Creek path, meeting only a few brave walkers. The climb past Deakin warmed us up and we then cruised down Bellevue Ave before stopping for coffee at Bon Appetit, where we met a few other cyclists. The river path then led us home after a cold 24 km ride. Sincere apologies to Jesse, who we somehow missed at the start.  Thanks John C for your great company.           
Greg Allerton. 

Nick Tarnay Leads the Saturday Ride to Pt Lonsdale via Barwon Heads - 4.6.22
What a difference wind makes to the humble cyclist. Despite travelling the same roads out and back to Pt Lonsdale the contrasts were striking. In cool, almost sunny conditions, 17 cyclists set off in two groups assisted by a gentle breeze. Lovely! A good coffee and conversation was had at Point Lonsdale. Things were looking good until we realised the weather was changing, the wind was getting up and we would have a hefty headwind to test our resolve. And so it proved to be a tough, slow slog. Mark K got a puncture, not from the many shards of bottle glass littering the road verge but a pesky, tiny piece of wire. Hopefully, everyone made it home before the showers set in. Thank you Alison, Chris Ha, David L, Greg, Hugh, Janet, Jesse, Jennie, Jo, John H, John M, Julia, Mark K, Mark J, Sarah and Leo. Special thanks to TEC extraordinaire Leo and second group leader Chris.
Cheers Nick.

Doug leads the Thursday Ride to the You Yangs & Lara - 2.6.22
Winter was just two days old and we experienced very cool conditions (a single digit temperature) and I had asked Mother Nature to provide sunshine and a not too cold temperature for today’s ride. She delivered on the sunshine. For today’s ride, I was joined by: Alison, Chris Ha, David S, Jennie (who rode to the start from Lara), Julia, Kim, Nick, Peter N and Sarah. The cycle path in the area of the new Tassie shipping terminal has been altered again with more twists and turns and additional fencing between the bike path and the road. Nearing the path underneath the Princes Highway, Jennie informed me that there was water under the bridges and she rode through deep water, earlier this morning. Fortunately for us the water had been pumped out by the time we arrived at that point. Arriving near the You Yangs entrance, it was decided not to ride to the top of the You Yangs for the fear of snow at the top and a dangerous slippery road as a consequence (that’s our take as to why we didn’t go there). Coffee was at Xpresso Lounge Café where we were joined by Noel. Noel gave us an update on the new walk/cycle path being laid between Canterbury Road and the Baccus Marsh -Geelong Road. When finished, it will be a very safe way to get back to Ted Wilson Trail. Noel also joined us for the trip back to Rippleside. Due to the imbroglio at the new Tassie terminal, the consensus over coffee was to ride back via the Ted Wilson Trail. Thanks to: Nick for photos and Peter for being ‘Tail End Charlie.’ Distance: 58 Kilometres
Scribe: Doug

Doug leads the Sunday MYSTERY RIDE to Armstrong Creek - 29.5.22
Arriving at the South Geelong Railway Station I was greeted with three Police vehicles and several cars with their doors wide open without any occupants. From this I deduced thieves had rifled many cars overnight. Not a nice feeling. Onto the ride itself. Participants were Barry C, Barry T (he gave up playing a round this morning for a bike ride (golf that is)), Craig, Doug, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, John H, Kim, Leo, Mark L, Peter N, Trudi and new rider Geraldine, who received our customary friendly GTC welcome. The aim of today’s Mystery Ride, was to traverse some roads and streets we don’t usually ride on as well as have a bit of fun along the way. The fun part was to nominate where our coffee stop would be. A wide variety of our regular coffee stops were selected. Wending our way southwards it was unclear as to where the coffee destination would be and participants were offered the chance to alter their original selection at various stages of the ride.
Riding along Horseshoe Bend Road the group were informed that we were crossing over Warralily Boulevard and a possible coffee at El Nido or the Maple Bakery. Both spurious hints of course. After crossing Mt Duneed Road, it looked like El Nido was the destination however we took a left turn onto Kestrel Court (U shaped road) then a left back onto HSB Road then an immediate right onto Kalkarra Road (another U-shaped Road). In Kalkarra Road we stopped for a photo outside Dr Who’s blue phone box. Must be where he parks it when not needed. Back onto HSB Road towards Armstrong Creek and the Sullies Kiosk. Three riders predicted our coffee stop and they were: Jennie, Kim and Leo and they received a chocolate bar of appropriate size for their correct prognostications. In addition, all riders received a small gift which will assist in keeping their teeth pearly and white. As you will see from the Course Map we weaved in and around several suburbs, on some roads we have never traversed before. A special mention to Church Street Waurn Ponds as it was of the same high standard as Warralily Boulevard, for cyclists. The object of today’s Mystery Ride was to cycle on some roads we have never ridden on before. A big tick as this was achieved. The other important thing was to have some fun along the way and by the laughter enroute, this was also achieved. Thank you to: Our regular Tail End Charlie, Leo and our regular photographer John H and a big THANK YOU to everybody for joining in and making it a great fun ride. Distance: 43 Kilometres
Scribe: Doug

Trudi's Saturday Ride to Moriac & Gnarwarre - 28.5.22
Thirteen cheery cyclists on a cool but delightful morning for my ride to Moriac: Alison, Chris Ha, Greg, Jennie, John H and M, Julie, Ken, Leo, Nick, Peter, Sarah, and Trudi. As always when I get a choice to choose which route to ride out to Moriac, I would always choose this route. It’s one that I’ve ridden many a time in all conditions but it never disappoints me with the stunning views over the valleys in all seasons, and today was no different. Roadworks on Hamilton Highway slowed us down for a bit but it was nice to be able to turn off onto Merrawarp with little traffic. Barrabool Rd tested out our legs, Hendy Main saw us rolling along with cows and sheep grazing in green paddocks. We were rewarded for our efforts as we speed down into Moriac for coffee. It was here that I found Chris Hu sitting inside by the open fire enjoying his coffee and croissant. Service was extremely slow today due to staff shortages but we all managed to get our drinks and food eventually. Kim popped his head in too and joined in for a chat in the sunshine on the deck. After coffee six riders decided to take a shorter option back home. The rest of us headed for Hortips, Considines, Barrabool and Pollocksford for a delightful downhill roll. Now back onto the Hamilton Highway the traffic was very light probably due to the roadworks further along the road. Everyone headed in different directions once we descend back at the Fyansford pub.
Thanks everyone for joining me today “ life’s better on your bike “.

Thursday - 26.5.22 - TWO Rides:
1/ GRAVEL Ride led by Mark Kelly to Bellbrae.
After some heavy rain overnight five hardy gravelleurs turned up at Waurn Ponds this morning - Peter J, Nick, Chris Ha, Chris Hu and myself. Despite threatening skies we were not troubled by rain and the conditions were mild with virtually no wind. We enjoyed the ride out Willowite Rd with the road a little soft but relatively smooth. Turning onto Grassdale Rd it wasn’t long before Peter J stopped with a puncture. After repairs we headed out to Paraparap via Flaxbournes Rd. After a quick meditative stop outside Drol Kar we headed for the rolling hills of Portreath Rd. At the end of Vickery’s Rd we decided to cut the ride a bit short and headed for more rolling hills along Gundrys Rd to the Bowside Cafe where the coffee, food and conversation were revitalising. We then headed home through Torquay with Peter J and Nick leading us into a light northerly back along Horseshoe Bend Rd. A great day for riding. Thanks to all for a very enjoyable adventure.

2/ Bitumen Ride led by Ken Gawne to Jan Juc
The overnight rain failed to deter 8 hardy souls who gathered at Bunnings. They were rewarded with not a drop of precipitation over the duration of the ride. There was an even split between graveleurs and roadies. I led David S and Peters F & N on a route which combined a number of rollercoaster descents and ascents (Vickerys, Gundrys and the northern section of Bells Blvd) and some roads less travelled (Grange Park, the whole length of Reservoir, Bells Blvd as above and the Kalkarra/Kestrel loop). Refreshment was taken at Swell Cafe in Jan Juc. The return journey included Horseshoe Bend and Whites. 
Ken G.

Doug Leads the Tuesday Ride to Portarlington, Indented Head & St Leonards - 24.5.22
On a very cold and foggy morning, (5 degrees), it was a surprise to see two Peters plus me on the start line at arond 8.40am. To while the time away the conversation was about the Peters as we had a pair of Peters and were then joined by another Peter making three Peters out of four starters. Some suggestions we could call a multiple of Peters were a plethora of Peters, a pod of Peters, a pool of Peters and parade of Peters. The conversation was cut short due to the arrival of more riders and no final decision was made. Assembled in both fog and sunshine the peloton consisted of: Alison, David S, Doug, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Jennie, Julia, John M (who joined us on the BRT), Ken S, Kim, Mark K, Nick, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Sarah and Trudi and a GTC hot welcome to Steve who is only waiting on the paperwork to formally be a member. In addition, it was good to see Trudi back in the saddle after a short absence with that dreaded thing that’s called covid.
We started in sunshine and a light fog however about 15 minutes into the ride, we needed fog lights on our bikes in order to see through the dense fog. A cheery hello was exchanged at Leopold as the Leopold crew were on the bike path waiting for a late comer. Conditions improved at Drysdale as we were now in glorious sunshine. At this point Jennie and Kim made a U turn as they were time poor today. Coffee at Portarlington was taken at the Bakery and Daniel's Donuts. Resuming our trek, we rode along the Esplanade all the way to Indented Heads in perfect conditions save the low temperature. The Esplanade is such a great road to ride on, no matter what the conditions are. Because of a few late comers, they missed the mandatory start line photo so we stopped for a group photo at the anchor of the SS Ozone in Indented Head for a second try at a group photo. Unfortunately, not everybody featured. Having conquered the long hill on Swan Bay Road we shortly after, had to have a stop as Alison had the misfortune to puncture. At this point the peloton split as some riders intended to lunch at the Rolling Pin Bakery and were encourage to continue rather than wait for the puncture repair. Today’s ride was a team effort in every way and thanks to Julia and Nick for assisting with photos. The nong behind my camera stuffed-up (again). Peter’s C and J plus Nick for assisting with puncture duties. Chris Ha for security duties. Last but just as important as any other matter, was ‘Tail End Charlie’ Peter J who put in a Gold Star/Medal performance. A great day’s ride in excellent company. Thanks everybody.
Distance: 77 kilometres
Scribe: Doug.

Sunday Ride to Lara with one group extending to the base of the You Yangs - 22.5.22
No-one really putting their hand up to lead this ride on a still, foggy morning. The group consisted of John, Craig, Mark L, Jennie, Paul, Kim, Geoff, Peter J, Leo, Doug, Jo, Lovro and Peter C. Lovro decided to give a few instructions at the start about a possible route and we followed him out along the Hovell Trail, past the Lara Station to the McIntyre Rd Railway Crossing. At this poing all those wanting to do an extension before coffee (Lovro, Paul and Peter C) headed right at Mill Rd and the others did a left turn to come into the Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara for a warming cup of tea or coffee. The early coffee group decided to head home via the Ted Wilson Path and most riders dispersed when we came to Church St. Thanks all for an enjoyable morning in the mist!
John Hagan.

Peter C Reports on the Extension Group
With Lovro and Paul looking after me we continued up Mills rd onto Farrars then left into Branch rd along to Flinders and down to Xpresso for a quick catch up with the (short) group. Most of our journey powering along in the 30’s. Refreshed with coffee and cake we returned via Rennie St and Shell parade, Lovro pulled into his place on the way past, Paul departed from Rippleside, I had a refreshment and said hello/goodbye to Doug.
The sun finally came out going through Moolap. Thanks to Lovro and Paul for their company
Peter C

TWO Rides to Queenscliff - Gravel & Bitumen on Saturday 21.5.22

Nick's Gravel Ride -
A small group of gravelleurs rode the BRT to Queenscliff. Mark J, Chris Ha and guest gravelleur Leo left us for coffee at the Bungalow leaving Nick, Sarah, Chris Hu and Peter J to continue on to Q. Riding the smooth fast gravel on such a glorious sunny day was a joy. After coffee we headed off around to Point Lonsdale taking in the sights before going home via OG, Lake Rd and Warralilly. A fantastic day out and about  as good as it gets. Cheers Nick

Ken Smith's Bitumen Ride -
With the air temperature about 2Degrees C the ten road riders were all warmly dressed and ready to go. They were: Alison, Barry C, Butch, and his friend Les C, Jennie, John H, and M, and me,Peter C, Mark J, Chris Ha and Leo. John H only rode to Leopold due to the on going effects of Covid. Alison, Chris Ha and Leo, rode to Drysdale, due to recovering from surgery and illness. Apart from Ken having difficulty, changing from his small ring gear to the big one, there were not any other mechanical problems. Peter C helped Ken manually changed the ring gear to the big one and there it stayed for the completion of the ride. At Queenscliff, Butch and Les decided to ride the hills at Portarlington, and that meant that Barry, Peter,Jennie, and myself, made our way to Geelong via the Bellarine Hwy. Thank you to all the riders for braving the cold conditions and making the ride enjoyable.
Ken Smith.

Sarah Leads the Thursday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 19.5.22
With a benign weather forecast we had eighteen riders assembled at Grovedale Hotel, namely Alison, Chris Ha and Hu, David S, Doug, Jennie, Kens G & S, Lyn L, Meri and Lovro, Norm, Peters C, F, J& N, Sarah and Nick. I supervised ( really can’t say led) the first group while Nick took charge of a second group with PJ doing the important role of staying at the back. Easy riding and a tail breeze along 13th Beach led us together to Groove for refreshments, where the staff do a magnificent job of matching the coffee to its rightful purchaser. From there it was home via the dippy Wallington Road and quiet BRT. People headed home via various routes on the way back to the Grovedale Pub so only Peter C, Norm and I returned to the start point. I’m told it was a 57 km ride by someone who remembered to start their bike computer. All in all a very pleasant ride, thank you to all.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Wandana Heights then Through the Barrabool Hills to Moriac & Gnarwarre - 17.5.22
What makes a hard ride: The distance, the terrain or the weather? Take your pick ! No rain, but today’s riders battled very windy conditions and some steep hills to make my shortened course to the Nursery a very challenging ride. Alison, Ben, Chris Ha (TEC) David S, Geoff, Jennie, John, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Peter N, Sarah and I rode through Highton to the Wandana Heights lookout before heading to Ceres and down Cochranes to head for Moriac. A small group rode all of Reservoir whilst Sarah led the others down a windy swept Cape Otway Road. We all rejoined into one group along Considines before a welcome break at the Nursery. We sang ‘happy birthday’ to Alison and enjoyed coffee, cake and conversation. Our wind assisted high speed roll along Barrabool was a highlight before the group split up at Devon road. After the big Devon hill it was good pedalling back on Mt Duneed. Thank you and well done riders!

Elcho Drain Path to link Lara with the Ted Wilson Path - Progress Report from Noel Pownall - 15.5.22
Took a ride down the path today, thought you might be interested in the progress. At the moment it finishes at Mc Manus Rd but you can travel north on McManus and connect to O'Hallorans/Canterbury West Rds.

1. From Baccus Marsh Rd looking east

2. The path then turns north

3. Then turns East again

Having put my hand-up only a few days ago, to lead this ride (below), the positive from this gave members a contact person regarding the ride. Several members made contact as a result of knowing who the Ride Leader was.
There are still dates on the May-June Ride Calendar where we need a Ride Leader. Please consider putting you hand-up and give it a go. One of the Ride Committee members would only be too pleased to assist you with this task.

Doug Wyatt Leads the Sunday Ride to Moriac - 15.5.22
It is unusual to have a ride to Moriac start at the South Geelong Railway Station and given it was a Sunday Ride, it was listed as an easy ride. Given several hills along the route, this ride should have been listed as a medium ride. Apologies for the error. The following riders made-up the peloton and they were: Alison (joining us near the Epworth), Chris Hu, Craig, David L, Doug, Geoff (also joining us near the Epworth), Jennie, Julia, Paul Ban, Peter J and Ted. Traversing the southern path along the Barwon River we encountered a Fun Run underway and fortunately the small number of participants did not cause any issues for us. A strong headwind made tough going along Reservoir Road to Cape Otway Road. Jennie and Peter were time poor for the ride and elected to skip coffee and head back via Mt Duneed Road. Having arrived at the Moriac Store, it took some time to get served and for two reasons, many customers and very slow service. Post coffee our ‘Tail end Charlie’ Chris (thanks for being TEC) opted for a longer course whilst our diminishing numbers headed to Mt Duneed Road. It was payback time from Mother Nature and she obligingly blew us all along Mt Duneed Road at a healthy rate of knots. All riders handled the hills and wind with aplomb.
Distance: 48.5 kilometres
Thank you, riders, for your company. Doug.

Chris Halpin Leads the Saturday Ride Maple Bakery in Torquay - 14.5.22
Twelve stoics waiting under gathering storm clouds at the Grovedale Hotel this morning. Alison, David, Greg, Ken, John and Jenny, Mark, Nick and Sarah, PJ, POB and myself headed off to Torquay with a helpful Northerly assisting. Torquay Rd to Warralily then to HSB, right into South Beach Rd. Waved to Mark Kelly exiting Bunnings clutching a sausage. We opted for a healthy coffee break at the Maple Leaf cafe where Mark S and I shared a 'Beavers Tail' - a highly recommended Canadian specialty. Enjoyable chatter was shared but it was about now the rain decided to test us. Undaunted we continued on into Torquay to enjoy a wet run along the Esplanade back to HSB Rd and back home. All up about 45km, 0.8mm rain and great exercise. Thanks to all for the company and especially Sarah for the 'tailend Charlene' duties. Only one photo sorry - twas wet!

Lovro Leads the Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 12.5.22
Eleven members of us took off in perfect weather for riding, on a gazzetted "medium hard 75km ride", well we fell well short of the objective. The ride included only 2 moderate hills and some fast descents for the brave all up approx 50km + ride to start.
The ride took PJ, Peter, Phil, DS, KS,Trudi, Julia, NT, ST, ML and my self out along Hamilton Hwy, right into Brislane Rd for a  coffee break at Bannockburn. 
Then Nth to the descent in Clyde Rd and the right to the hill up Parker's Rd to a fast ride along Stiglitz Rd to Lovely Banks Rd, nobody was struggling at this point clearly the regular riders fitness is improving from the rides, so without a rest  down to the bike path for people to make there respective ways home.
For future ride leaders this ride should go up Russels bridge Rd nth to Steiglitz Rd then right this would only add the 5km. Happy riding  soon a number of riders are heading either Nth or Nth hemisphere so will not be seen during the winter, bleak, wet, cold and miserable, toughen up and enjoy. 

Ken Gawne Leads the Tuesday Ride from Buninyong to Ballan & Return - 10.5.22
On a magnificent Autumn day Ben, David S, Jennie, Nick and Sarah joined me in Buninyong for arguably the best out-of-town ride for the year. The climb up Mt. Buninyong Rd warmed us up and then the long downhill to Yendon demanded adjustments to our clothing to keep out the cold.
A resolute Sarah led me up the ascent to Mt.Egerton before we all enjoyed an approx 5km descent on the E-Ballan Rd. At the cafe in Ballan, all enjoyed tasty food and a variety of hot drinks.
There were no steep climbs on the return journey via Gordon and Dunnstown. The group made good time with several competitive uphill sprints generated by Ben. We rejoined the National Championship course on turning onto Gear off Yankee Flats. Followed the old course down Fiskens - I thought Ben and I really burned down the twisting road but the group were close behind when we turned onto the main road back to Buninyong where further refreshment was taken along with lively chatter.
A terrific ride on a superb day. With only 6 in the group it was easy to keep together. Distance 77.9, average speed 21.9, with 862 m of climbing.
Ken G

Gary Broughton's Tuesday Ride to Gnarwarre & Moriac - 10.5.22
After all the confusion about the starting point for today’s ride, first it was Fyansford, then Moriac before we finally settled on Bunnings. It was no surprise that one rider went to the Grovedale Hotel for the start. After all the confusion it was a wonderful day for a ride. The seven riders who joined me at the start were Alison, who was warmly welcomed back after her op., Chris Ha, David L, Meri, Lovro, Peter C and Peter N. The ride took us up Waurn Ponds drive to the Colac road and then on to Hendy Main road where Alison decide she would go straight to Moriac as it was her ride after her illness. Peter N decided it was not safe for Alison to ride alone so he volunteered to accompany her for the ride. We were now down to six riders. We proceeded down Hendy Main to Barabool Road and from there to Hortips and on to Moriac.
We parted company with David L at the Colac Rd. as he had been away from home for the past eighteen days and thought it was a wise marital move that he cut the ride short. So it was five riders who then arrived at Moriac, to be joined by Peter N and Alison from the original starting group and also Peter J and Trudy who had gone on their own ride. The return trip, this time with a group of nine riders, was back to Bunning via Cape Otway Rd, Mt Duneed Rd., Ghazeepore Rd. I think I enjoyed a rear moment of success cos it’s not very often a ride ends with around 12% more riders than at the start. Thank you all for a great ride in perfect conditions and to Chris Ha for being TEC.

TWO Rides from Geelong Showgrounds on Sunday - 8.5.22 - Sarah leads the ride to Drysdale & Peter Chilver takes the Extension to Portarlington.

Sarah's Report on Ride to Drysdale & Curlewis:
Following the BRT I was not sure who would be doing the shorter Drysdale ride but as Chris Hu continued on the BRT we then had a crew of nine, namely  Barry C, Hugh, Ian B, Jennie, Leo and Trudi, Nick , Peter J and myself.  Refreshments and conversation were had at the Bungalow Cafe and Leo (aka Mr Fixit) showed us his new tyre lever tool (picture).

But fortunately he had no opportunity to test it out. Hugh headed home on the BRT after coffee, while the rest of us toured  by the bay and back roads of Clifton Springs and Curlewis before rejoining Jetty Road via Griggs Creek pathway. From there we farewelled P.J. Leo and Trudi, who headed home via an alternative route to the BRT which led the rest of us back to the Showgrounds. All in all a social, safe and pleasant Sunday ride for Mothers’  Day. 

Peter Chilver's Report on 'Sunday Extended':
On another cold autumn day (but no rain) we set off from the Showgrounds with a slight tail wind and cruised down the BRT with Sarah leading the main group that was going to Drysdale. I have figured out that 2 is company and threes a crowd so there was a crowd of us going to Portarlington. At Jetty Road I was joined by John H (our resident paparazzo) and Jesse who was back with us after a long hiatus. Stopped for coffee and donuts at you know where then along Queenscliff road to Swan Bay road. After spoiling the crowd with a picturesque and quiet country ride we hit Bellarine Hwy which was anything but quiet with the whole peninsula on the road going to Mother’s Day lunches.
Back at the Showgrounds we parted ways until the next time.
Thanks to the crowd for your company.
Peter C

TWO Rides to Moriac on Saturday - 7.5.22 - Nick Leads the Gravel Ride & John Hagan the Bitumen Ride

Nick's Report:
Chris Hu, Peter J, Nick and Sarah headed out to Moriac to enjoy some gravel goodness. In cold windy conditions we departed with the bitumeers but left them as we headed further west on Whites before Bogans Lane, Mt Duneed and south onto the recently graded Willowite. Despite the wind and soft gravel making pedalling hard work we made good progress. We saw some bounding kangaroos and a much harried wedge tailed eagle. Chris took the short cut to coffee whilst we continued onto Nortons, Flaxbourne and then into Moriac. Apparently, we had just missed the bitumeers. A welcome coffee and cake fortified us for the road home. This time Sarah went direct route to the beckoning hot shower and we did the Hunts road and Willowite loop only to find that Mt Duneed is now fully open to traffic. The run back to town was super fast assisted by a strong tail wind. Despite less than ideal conditions we remained warm, dodged most of the showers and had a very scenic ride on quiet roads. Thank you riders!
Cheers Nick.

John's Bitumen Report:
We had 11 bitumen riders at the start at Grovedale Hotel along with the gravel riders who rode with us until the corner of Whites & Ghazeepore Rds. The hard road crew were: Doug, Greg, Jennie, Jo, John H & M, Ken S, Meri & Lovro, Peter O'B and Philip. Our intention was to ride to the GOR Chocolaterie in Bellbrae but on reaching Paraparap Doug suffered a puncture and his shoulder was giving him trouble so he opted to get a lift home. At this stage the wind was very strong and cold and along with a few showers we made the decision to shorten the ride and go to Moriac General Store for coffee. Peter O'B was keen on the longer ride and he left us to pursue that end. Chris Ha had done a shortened version of the gravel ride and joined us soon after our arrival. Beside a roaring wood fire we enjoyed coffee/tea, cakes and conversation. The return trip was via Waurn Ponds Drive and the Waurn Ponds Trail for a total distance of approximately 50km. Thanks to Ken and Jo who looked after the tail end of the ride.
Keep Riding, John H.

Peter Nice Leads the Thursday Ride to Lara & the You Yangs - 5.5.22
The 'magnificent seven' left Rippleside in bright sunshine after a dubious election of a newbie ride leader. Ken S, David S, Trudi, Janet , PJ, Chris H and Peter N. cruised the bayside path, then Hovells Trail to Lara for an early coffee. The five dedicated athletes, then continued on a loop, out Mill road, Flinders Ave, Windermere road, Bacchus Marsh road and returned with the sun on our backs, along the Ted Wilson trail. Thanks to my navigators, PJ on the way out, and Janet on the way home, without whom I would still be wandering the You Yangs. A very pleasant ride of 60ish km, in fine weather and good company.
Peter N.

Janet Leads the Gravel Ride and Julia the Bitumen ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday - 3.5.22
Janet's Report:
A beautiful day for riding saw members gather at the show grounds for a ride to Queenscliff. The gravel riders ( Chris Ha and Hu, Ron and myself) left the others at Drysdale and enjoyed the downhill to Queenscliff with a lovely trail wind to enhance the trip. Ron had a puncture soon after Drysdale which was quickly attended to by Chris Hu, the other Chris and I being to busy talking to notice that they were gone for a while! Coffee was at the Rolling Pin where the roadies were already ensconced then a detour to Point Lonsdale light house before rejoining the BRT. Making the most of the day we had stop for lunch at Drysdale on the way back. 
Thanks for your company, Janet.
Julia's Report:
We had a beautiful morning to  ride today with the wind behind us, not so easy on our return trip. Queenscliff was our destination via  BRT, Jetty Rd, Drysdale By Pass , Princes St, Swan Bay Rd, Banks Rd and Bellarine Highway. Nine riders took on the challenge: Ben, David, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Meri & Lovro, Trudy, & Paul.  I had the pleasure of leading the ride with my 2 valuable helpers  Ken & Trudy, most of my time spent either in the middle or Tail end  Charlie. Lunch was at the bakery which gave us many choices. Returned home down the Bellarine Highway. Julia.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Lethbridge & She Oaks on Sunday - 1.5.22
This was a really good ride in a big loop covering over 100 km and including some of  my favourite roads. We rode along the quiet north side river path to Fyansford and out Hamilton Highway. It was a cool overcast morning  with a light WNW wind. Just beyond Pollocksford Rd there were road works traffic lights but we were soon cruising down through Murgheboluc then turning up quiet Brislane , Harvey, Spring Creek/Masons rds. There was only 3km along Shelford Rd dodging several potholes before turning into the quiet English Rd up to Lethbridge. The General Store (only shop) had been recently sold but still provided us with hot drinks and cake.
Heading out the misnamed Tall Tree Rd we passed a big new subdivision as we now battled the now stronger head wind through very open country. There was about 5 km along the Midland hwy before we turned right into the tranquil Sharps Rd, through a nice bushy area. There was a winding descent to Moorabool River then a stiff climb up to She Oaks junction (locality only). Then followed a good descent on smooth hot mix bitumen past the sand quarries and on to Bunjil Lookout at Maude. It was a tail wind through Sutherland Creek, Lovely Banks and onto TW Trail where parted ways at Church St. Big thanks to John Hagan for your great company.     
Greg Allerton.

Peter O'Brien's Sunday Ride to Torquay - 1.5.22
Having aborted yesterday’s ride due to a puncture on the way to the start line, I thought I’d join today’s group for a little pedal. 
Five riders met at the South Geelong Railway Station and together we worked out the best route to take to Torquay.  Our intention was to ride across to Barwarre Road and onto Horseshoe Bend Road, however, at the corner of Barwarre Road and Reserve Road our path was blocked.  An alternative route was found whereby we rode along Boundary Road so that we could reconnect with the original route at Horseshoe Bend Road.  It seems that Sunday is the preferred day for road workers because at every turn we encountered roadworks of some description!  With the aid of a tail wind we cruised our way to the outskirts of Torquay where we had coffee at Café El Nido.  The café ambience was warm and cosy making it difficult to leave and get back onto our bikes for the return trip to Geelong via Ocean Acres, Freshwater Creek and Grovedale. Today’s riders were Chris Hu, Jennie, Leo, Ted and Trudi.
Distance 58kms.
Peter O.


GTC Ride to Moriac & Gnarwarre on Saturday - 30.4.22
As 6 riders assembled in Fyansford the message came through that the scheduled ride leader, Peter O'Brien, had suffered a puncture on the way to the start and it had proved difficult to fix and he would not make it in time to lead the ride. Although we did not elect a ride leader Lovro suggested a route and we all agreed. At the start was Leo, Ken S, Greg, Lovro, Julia and John H. We rode out along the Hamilton Highway into a very strong wind and we noticed another cyclist shadowing us in the distance - this turned out to be John M who caught us by Barrabool Rd. On reaching the corner of Barrabool and Devon Roads Chris Ha was waiting for us to bring the group size up to 8.
We had decided to go down the Cape Otway Rd for coffee at the Moriac General Store. On arrival we saw big groups of cyclists going past the store. This was the Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride which had morphed out of the ride that the GTC used to run. There were a few participants there for coffee and Wilfred Laing agreed to have his photo taken so that we would have an idea of the event clothing he was wearing. After coffee we travelled 3km down the Cape Otway Rd and passed participants in the Classic Ride. We took Hortips and Considines Rds through to Barrabool Rd. Our descent from the Barrabool Hills was on Pollocksford Rd and it was here that we started to get the full effect of having that roaring wind behind us - all the way along the Hamilton Highway to the finish. Thanks for a good morning's ride.
John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien's Thursday Ride to Portarlington - 28.4.22
Thirteen riders participated in today’s ride to Portarlington.  The ride was not without incident, with a puncture just after Drysdale and a bee sting on the return ride.  Notwithstanding this, it was a great day to be on your bike. The route encompassed the Bellarine Rail Tail, the Drysdale bypass, the Portarlington hills and Point Richard Road.  At Point Richard Road we deviated from our normal route and rode along the bay path taking in the many attractions on offer.  The Bayside Miniature Railway takes pride of place and it was agreed it would be a great spot to take your grandchildren.  Further along the path are the new environmentally focused cabins that are located within the Portarlington Caravan Park and we lucky enough to be treated to an inspection of these facilities.  Add to this the stunning views and ambience of the bay where you can clearly see to Port Philip Bay and Melbourne. 
We had our coffee break at Daniel’s Donuts in Portarlington where the riders settled-in and had to be coaxed back onto their bikes. The return route to Geelong was via Queenscliff Road, Murradoc Road and the Bellarine Rail Trail.  Attending today were Barry, Chris Ha, David S (No1), Gary, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Lovro, Meri and the three Peters  C, N & O.  A most enjoyable ride. Distance 69 kms.
Peter O.

Nick Leads the Tuesday Ride to Maude, Anakie & Lara - 26.4.22
With bright sunshine breaking up the cool misty haze we rode to Maude on the scenic undulating Stieglitz Road. After a brief rest at the Bunjil lookout to take in the valley view we then headed east, zig zagging on mostly quiet hill roads toward Anakie. The fantastic descents were countered by some very steep, sharp climbs that suitably tested the legs. Luckily today, the gravel trucks we encountered were mostly very courteous.
Our group of Ben, Jennie, Ken G & S, Peter C, OB & J, Nick, Sarah and Trudi enjoyed a well earned coffee and food at the general store before climbing the hill and turning onto the Granite Rd with fantastic views as we rolled along. After a few kms of gravel (which Ken G avoided only to flat on the Hwy) near the Ford proving ground we enjoyed a mostly downhill run to Lara. Peter OB, Nick And Sarah (important hair appointment) left the group early to head on back via the Hovells Creek trail. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic ride: Peter OB and Doug who planned the route, Peter OB (TEC) and J for helping me navigate and not get lost and finally to Trudi who was right all along about how good the Anakie area is to ride. Namaste Trudi.

DOUG'S UNOFFICIAL RIDE TO BARWON HEADS - 6 Riders - click here for a report.

Chris Halpin Leads the Sunday Ride to Barwon Heads & Peter Chilver Leads part of the group to Pt Lonsdale -24.4.22
Chris' Report:
Twelve happy riders at the start point this morning in pleasant riding weather - overcast and little wind. We welcomed Andrew back to riding after a long siesta - then there was Doug, Greg, Jenni, Jo, John, Paul, Paul & 2 Peters, Leo and yours truly. At 9.01 we set off down Torquay Rd, left into Warralilly, then Lake Rd to 13th Beach. At the Barwon Heads roundabout Greg, John, Paul and Peter C 'raced' off to Pt Lonsdale and the sensible ones headed to The Beach House for coffee and a break. It seemed the B team was personning the coffee machine but everything went smoothly and Jo kept the conversation lively. 13th Beach was so good we decided to retrace our route to HSB Rd, where we farewelled Doug and headed for home. All up a tad over 50km and 2.5 hrs in the saddle. A great way to spend Sunday morning. Thanks to all, PJ for photo and a special mention to Leo again for his TEC duties.
Chris .

Peter's Report:
Well that was another perfect morning for a ride. We all started from Grovedale hotel and rode as one group to Barwon Heads where Greg, John, Paul Br, and myself parted with Chris’s group and continued via Shell road to Pt Lonsdale. With Greg and Paul setting the pace we made it to Plated in really good time, with John doing well to keep up. There was a table waiting for us and we soon had our refreshments and proceeded to Swan Bay road up to Princess street then straight down to the BRT. The trail was relatively quiet for a leisurely ride back to the show grounds where we declared the ride finished. A small group who were all supportive made leading and managing the ride easy.
Well done and thanks, Peter C.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride to Curlewis & Ocean Grove - 23.4.22
The proposed route for today’s ride was modified due to the closure of Banks Road at the Shell Road end.  Sometimes the best laid plans can come unstuck, as was the case today, so an alternate plan was implemented.  We commenced at the Showgrounds, rode along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Curlewis Road and from there onto Wallington and eventually Ocean Grove.  We gathered for a coffee break at the Stoked Café on Grubb Road, a new spot for us, where the service was friendly and efficient.
The return ride to Geelong was along Thirteenth Beach, where the Scarlet Pimpernel materialised, and then along Lake Road and Warralily Blvd (where the group split), with one group heading towards Grovedale and the remainder riding back to Geelong along Horseshoe Bend Road and Barwarre Road. Today’s riders were Chris Hu, Janet, Jennie, Jo, John H, John M, Ken G, Ken S, Leo, Nick, Paul, Peter C, Peter J, Richard, Sarah and myself. Distance travelled 60kms.
 Regards, Peter O.

TWO Rides to Torquay on Thursday 21.4.22

1/ GRAVEL Ride led by Nick Tarnay
After a damp, cold start from Grovedale Janet , Peter J, Chris Hu and Nick cycled  toward Torquay via a mixture of gravel and bitumen. Scenic Willowite was very quiet, and the gravel not too badly corrugated before riding HM. After our coffee and excellent pastries at the Maple Leaf Bakery the gravelleurs headed to the esplanade (smooth) and Pt impossible (really bumpy in places) and we then zig zagged our way on Fishers, HSB, McCanns  and Charlemont to Waralilly  where we did a little urban gravel, single track and cross country along the Armstrong Creek. Thank you riders for an enjoyable ride.

2/ BITUMEN Ride led by Kim Gorell
I was just leaving home when the rain came down and I got wetter in the 3km trip to the Grovedale pub than for the rest of the day. Upon my arrival at the car park there was a collection of gravel riders and those following me on the bitumen route. The roadies were a small but dedicated mob consisting of Doug, Gary, Ken (good to see you back Ken), Kim, Lovro and Peter C. We lost Trudi and Meri before we even got underway as Trudi decided it was too wet to get out of the car. We could see the rain clearing by the time we were going along Heyers Rd. Ghazeepore was wet and dirty due to the graders going along the edges and spilling onto the bitumen. Doug was having some discomfort from his shoulder so he decided to continue along Anglesea Rd when the rest of us turned into Blackgate. By this stage the rain was well behind us so when we got to Hendy Main the jackets came off. Along Ocean Acres we realised that we had lost Peter, we waited for a while but there was no sign of him. We then decided to peddle back and we found him at the Ocean Acres turn off repairing a puncture. The gravelers had caught up to him first so they were there overseeing the repairs. Two replacement tubes later our desire for hot coffee was stronger than the need to follow the planned course so from here the two groups combined and we rode to the Maple Bakery where we met up with Doug who had been waiting for us to arrive. A hot drink and some nourishment went down pretty well, but we had lost a bit of time, so again we made the decision to head straight back home along Horseshoe Bend Rd and leave out the extended loop along Fischer St. Although the start was not looking very encouraging this morning it turned into a nice ride.
This morning we travelled 54km which was only 4km shorter than the planned ride.Thank you to all the riders who braved the conditions and kept me company along the way.

Peter Chilver Leads the Easter Sunday Ride to Curlewis - 17.4.22
Surprisingly eight riders joined me for an Easter Sunday saunter to Curlewis. Chris Hu, Doug, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, John H, Kim, and Peter J self nominating as TEC, thanks Peter. Was good to see Doug back in the saddle as we set of down the BRT with a gradually increasing cross wind. Jennie and John were the first to depart in Leopold to meet previous deadlines. On to Brown Shugar for coffee (closed) so the driving range was elected as the replacement. We were blown along Curlewis road after Hugh and Chris left us to return on the BRT. An enjoyable quick ride back along the Bellarine Hwy with the wind in our sales. Arrived back at the station with Doug after the others had peeled off for their preferred rides home. Thank you all for an enjoyable morning.
Sorry I forgot the coffee photos.

Trudi Leads the Saturday Ride to Moriac and Gnarwarre - 16.4.22
Seventeen riders for my ride out to Moriac on a beautiful Easter Saturday: Chris Hu, David, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John H & M, Leo, Lovro, Meri, Nick, Peter C & J, Richard, Ross, Sarah and Trudi. Today I decided to ride my favourite way to get to Moriac, which never disappoints. It’s such a breathtakingly beautiful ride through the Barrabool hills.  Hendy  Main Rd is always a delight with a few ups and a few downs, but our reward for our effort is a lovely long downhill run into Moriac. As the general store was closed for the Easter break we had to pedal onward for our coffee fix. As always the Cottage Nursery was a welcome site as coffee was certainly on my mind and I’m quite sure it was on everyone’s else’s mind too. Chris’s homemade cakes were delicious as ever with a good assortment to choose from. It was here that we caught up with Alison & Peter, it was so lovely to see that Alison is well on her way back to good health. From here we rode down Pollocksford Rd and back onto the Hamilton Highway to Fyansford. I hope that you all enjoyed your ride today, I pretty sure that you all earned a few chocolate Easter eggs. 

Janet Roussety's Thursday Ride to the You Yangs & Lara - 14.4.22
A glorious morning saw us gather at Rippleside for a ride to the You Yangs. Joining me were Barry C, Butch, Chris Ha, David S, Ken G, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Norm, Peter C, PJ, Ted & Trudi. Hovells Creek was a treat today with calm waters and little wind. At the You Yangs we split into those who wanted up and those who wanted coffee. We did manage to catch up at Xpresso before the earlier group left. They had made a new friend during coffee, Bob. Back along the way we had come to finish a lovely ride. 
Thanks everyone for joining me,  Happy Easter and safe riding. 

Nick Tarnay Leads the Ride from Aireys Inlet to Kennett River & Return - Tuesday 12.4.22
Davids L & S, Janet, Jenny, Ken G,  Nick, Sarah, Peter J, Trudi  set off from Aireys to enjoy the cycling delights of the GOR  to Kennett  River.  While we tended to ride at different speeds over the undulating terrain the group made good progress to Kennett R where we enjoyed coffee and a chance to chat. The tailwind assisted return trip with different vistas was lots of fun to ride. Peter, Trudi and Jenny stopped for an early lunch in busy Lorne, while the rest of us rode back to Aireys where David and Ken kept pedalling to Anglesea. A great ride in great company. Thanks to Peter J for riding TEC.

Kim Gorell Leads the GTC on a Loop to Barwon Heads - Tuesday 12.4.22
It was a bit cooler this morning with a slight breeze as 6 riders congregated at the Grovedale hotel car park. They were Barry C, Chris Hu, Julia, Kim (ride leader), Peter C and Ron with Chris Ha to wave us off. The designated ride was to Barwon Heads and as there was not a leader nominated I volunteered for the job while Chris took on the role of TEC, thanks Chris. The course was mostly as per the map given on the Web site and we covered about 57km. Coffee was taken at the Barwon Ebb & Flow Café at the bridge. They were very busy due to school holidays but the service was quick. I think everyone enjoyed the ride although Barry had a screw loose, ha ha, see photo. The only cause for concern today was quite a few wheelie bins were out for collection in the bike lane along Warralily Blvd. Thank you to everyone for a most enjoyable mornings ride with great company.

John Hagan's Sunday Loop from Werribee - 10.4.22
A beautiful sunny morning as we set out from beside Churnside Park in Werribee to travel via the bike paths along the various watercourses in the district. Our 6 riders were (in the photo below): John H, Noel, Sarah, Kim, Nick and Lyn P. We headed north on the Werribee River Path then on Hoppers Crossing Linear Reserve ( following Sayers Drain - quite a nice looking channel actually) to Skeleton Waterholes Creek. As this latter creek does not have a bike path under the railway line or the Princes Highway there is a bit of manouvering to get back on the trail. We then followed it to the sea and went around Sanctuary Lakes to coffee at Alamanda Cafe & Bistro in Point Cook. Coffee, cakes and conversation ensued. The return trip was over to the Federation Trail and back along the Werribee River where I had to suddenly move to avoid a snake crossing the path - both of us took evasive action! We were tested by the wind at times but all came through with flying colours! Thank you all for an enjoyable morning's ride.
John H.

Peter Chilver Leads the Sunday Ride to Lara - 10.4.22
On a lazy Sunday morning I was joined by 10 riders Chris Hu, Greg, Hugh, Ian Bu, Jennie, Jo, Lindy, Trudi, Leo, and first time for a long time rider Rowan. Riding out along the Hovell Trail into a head wind promised an easy ride home. After coffee and multiple conversations we headed off intending to take Putullos and Links but Links was deemed a mountain bike trek by Greg, so back to Elcho where we observed some of the worst behaviour by motorists imaginable then back along Ted Wilson for a leisurely ride home. Thanks to everyone for making my first lead easy.

Trudi's Saturday Ride to Curlewis & Ocean Grove - 9.4.22
On a magnificent autumn’s day saw thirteen riders at the start for my ride to Ocean Grove. Riders were: Chris Hu, John H & M, Julia, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Mark, Paul, Peter, Ray, Ron and Trudi. Today’s route saw us on the Bellarine Rail Trail, Curlewis Rd, Swan Bay Rd riding Grub Rd through to the Groove Cafe. Coffee and treats were quickly consumed while we enjoyed plenty of conversation. Our return route was along Thirteenth Beach, how could we not, on such a awesome day. You never get sick of seeing the beautiful blue water with surfers sitting on boards awaiting some action. Onto Lake Rd turning at Warralily Boulevard the group split. Some thought that sticking with me would be a good idea were in for a interesting route back, twisting and turning around the streets making our way around the Barwon Heads Rd roadworks. Made for an interesting sometimes confusing ride back to the Showgrounds. Thanks everyone for joining me today for a very pleasant ride.

GTC Social Evening at Sth Barwon Community Centre - Guest Speakers - 7.4.22
We had an interesting pizza night for our monthly GTC social evening with two police officers talking about road safety for cyclists and answering a series of questions club members had. They promoted quite interesting discussions amongst the group and drew from their own experience of riding locally. Then Barbara and Dirk Vanderburg from Cycling Geelong discussed the CWA (Cycling Without Age) program to take the elderly out on electrically assisted TrioBikes - a program that is now operating worldwide. Click here for an interesting video of the program in the US. We are hoping that some of our cyclists may join as pilots for a program which operates from Cultura Residential Aged Care in North Geelong and take out four residents at a time on a predetermined route with twin bikes carrying 2 residents each. If you would like to find out more about the program or wish to volunteer please contact Barbara at: Phone: 0422 631 476 or Dirk at:  Phone: 0422 631 176.
John Hagan.

Gary Broughton Leads the Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 7.4.22
Seven riders joined me at the Fyansford Hotel for today’s ride to Bannockburn. They were David S, Janet, Ken G, Meri, Lovro, Ray, Sarah and Nick. The ride down the Hamilton Hwy was surprisingly good, not too much traffic and a bit of a tail wind. We then rode along Brislane and then Harveys roads which is always a great way to ride into Bannockburn. After good conversation and refueled with coffee and cake we headed for home along Geelong Rd, onto Midland Hwy and thru Batesford. Unfortunately into a stiff head wind which made the riding a bit tough. Geelong Rd. had a couple of patches where the road shoulder disappeared, likewise on the bridge over the train line, but these were only very short and posed no problems. Thanks to everyone for a great ride and to Nick who acted as TEC.

TWO Rides to Queenscliff on Tuesday 5.4.22

Gary Broughton Leads the Bitumen Ride - 5.4.22
Seven Bitumen riders assembled at the Showgrounds for today’s ride to Queenscliff. They were: Peter C, Jennie, Julia, Kim, Trudi, David S, and myself. The weather for today’s ride was just about perfect, cool with very little wind, which was a major contrast to our rainy and windy attempted ride to Queencliffe last Thursday. We arrived in Queenscliff via the BRT, Lake, Princess, Swan Bay, Queenscliff Roads only to find most café’s closed. We eventually found one open and settled in for coffee, cake and a good chat. The return trip was more direct riding along the Bellarine Hwy, the BRT back to our starting point where riders went separate routs home. Thanks to everyone for a great ride and to Kim who acted as TEC and also to Mark K and Peter C for assisting with photos when my phone refused to fire.

Mark Kelly Leads the Gravel Ride - 5.4.22
A mild day greeted 7 gravelleurs to start the ride out to Queenscliff on the rail trail - Sarah, Nick, Janet, Ray, Chris Hu, Mark J and myself. Not far up the track we were joined by Ron. We also had special guest appearances from Dr Mike and Rolf who started before us and we caught around Drysdale where they headed off. The riding was very enjoyable as the sun came out and the run into Queenscliff was very pleasant with Swan Bay looking magnificent. As we came into Queenscliff we found Lindy heading back having started a bit earlier. It didn’t take much to convince her to join us for coffee. After I went AWOL on the back roads of Queenscliff we were led by Ray to his favourite coffee shop on the promise of excellent pies, but unfortunately it was closed! So we headed back to the Beaches Cafe. After re-fuelling Mark J and Chris Ha headed off for some additional touring, Ray headed home and the rest of us took the rail trail back. We broke up along the way as we travelled at different speeds. Again the riding conditions were excellent. Thanks all for a very enjoyable ride.

Greg Allerton Leads the Sunday Ride to St Leonards - 3.4.22
The forecast was 70% chance of showers so I came on my mudguard bike and was very pleased to have 5 companions for today's ride : Peter C, Ray Cl, John H, Mark J, and Nick T.   With Portarlington as the destination I had planned to ride this circuit anticlockwise having ridden it the opposite way last  Saturday led by Ken Smith. We rode out through St Albans Park  then on  backroads up Leopold hill and along the highway before turning down Swan Bay Rd where we split up into 2 groups. Pedalling north to Murradoc roundabout it was nice to have a sealed shoulder to ride on. After veering right into Bluff Rd we turned down Edwards Point Rd then gravel Beach Rd led us through tea trees to the waterfront. From there a narrow track took us to Lower Bluff Rd  and we were soon at the Fig Tree Cafe for coffee and cakes. It was then a fast tail wind section along the Esplanade into busy Portarlington. The hills were more challenging riding in this direction but it was not long before we were on the Drysdale bypass and soon on the familiar Rail Trail, which was very quiet at this early afternoon time. I was home just before 1 pm  after 90 km riding  average 22.9 kmh. Good riding by everyone. Thanks for coming.   
Greg Allerton  Ride Leader.

The owner of this dog kindly volunteered to take the photo of the whole group for us.

Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 3.4.22
Ride started well if a bit damp, Doug was there when I arrived at the station, it was drizzling and we weren’t too confident of many riders. Paul B turned up, then Chris Hu, never a man to be put off by a little rain, and finally Jennie got out of her car and joined us. At 9-00 am off we went but unfortunately didn’t get far before Doug had a moment of distraction and rode full tilt into a post on the BRT just coming up to the big Round a Bout at the Rail Line. Doug did a somersault over the handlebars and in the process took down Paul who couldn’t avoid a crash. A kind motorist, Harry, ex nurse and a cyclist, stopped to assist and offered to take Doug back to his car at the Station while we waited with Harry’s bike and sister Rose. Harry returned in a few minutes and the rest of us continued on to The Bungalow for a coffee and returned via Princess and the Bellarine Hwy.  
Luckily the drizzle stopped just out of Geelong and it was mainly dry for the rest of the ride.
Cheers Peter J.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Saturday Ride to Moriac & Gnarwarre - 2.4.22
On an overcast day, eleven riders fronted-up at Fyansford to ride to Gnarwarre. We began by riding out to Merrawarp Road, through the Barrabool hills and then onto Moriac.  Moriac is generally a great spot for a coffee break, however, today we continued riding to the Gnarwarre Nursery where Chris delivered her usual high standard of culinary delights.  It was at the Gnarwarre Nursery that we came upon Lyn who had be waiting for us to arrive. 
The return ride was via Pollocksford Road and onto the Hamilton Highway where the riding was a little bit tougher as we encountered a headwind all the way back to Fyansford.   Thanks to Ken G, John M, Jennie, Peter J, Lyn, Meri, Lovro, John H, David L, Mark S and Jo for joining in today’s ride.
 Distance travelled: 70kms. Ascent = 603 metres. Descent = 625 metres.
 Regards, Peter O.


Doug Leads the Thursday Ride from Sorrento to Arthur's Seat - 31.3.22
Boarding the ferry at Queenscliff for today’s ride were: David L, Doug, Jennie, Mark J, Nick, Peter C, Ray, Ross and Sarah. During our sea voyage rain was intermittent and when we neared Sorrento the rain abated. In grey skies we were off and about 15 minutes into our ride Nick punctured. A swift repair saw us on our way again with a stiff South Easterly wind into our faces which was just what we didn’t need as we had a constant climb along Browns Road. Reaching the round-a-bout we turned left onto Purves Road which took us to Arthurs Seat and 95% of it was uphill. The Eagle Café at Arthurs seat was a welcomed coffee stop. From there it was a steep down-hill to the Nepean Highway. On reaching the highway, Ray headed to the Frankston Railway Station for a trip by train and cycle paths to the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The rest of us headed to Sorrento and with the wind now blowing at our backs we easily maintained a speed of 31kms per hour. Just after Rosebud, Peter became the second rider to puncture. The two punctures impacted on our schedule so we abandoned Portsea and headed straight to Baked in Portsea for their delicious pies, pastries and other excellent foods. This was the third year in a row that we had lunch at Baked in Portsea and there are always compliments about their food.
Back on the ferry we had a slow crossing due a passenger at the Queenscliff terminal having a medical episode which required an ambulance, hence there was nowhere for our ferry to dock until that ferry got underway. Thank you to a couple of Tail End Charlies (Ross and sometimes Mark). Also thank you to my two minders, Peter and Mark. A hard ride in good company – thanks everyone. Distance: 59 Kilometres Ascending: 493 Metres

Gary Leads the Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 31.3.22
Today’s ride report is as brief as the number of riders, with only Julia turning up to accompany me for the ride to Queenscliff. After a brief discussion about the possibility of a wet ride, we decided to truncate the advertised ride and only go as far as Drysdale, thank goodness as although the ride to Drysdale was relatively dry, we both got very wet on the return to home. Thank you Julia for a good ride and great discussion at coffee.


Janet Leads the GTC to a Guided Tour of the You Yangs on Tuesday 29.3.22
Another lovely day riding saw us heading to the You Yangs from Rippleside where we met up with Park Ranger Vanessa for a fabulous walk to Big Rock. A really interesting commentary and fabulous view from the top made for a great morning. 
The riders were Chris Hu, Doug, Gary, Kim, Lindy, Mark K, Paul, Ray and myself. We were met by Nick & Sarah and Jean for the walk. Coffee and a bite to eat at Xpresso before heading back the same way we had come. 
Thank you all for your company and especially thank you to Peter O'B who organised the tour and was in charge of logistics for our footwear. 
Happy riding, Janet

John Hagan is Elected Leader for the Sunday Ride to Lara - 27.3.22
On arriving at Rippleside I asked who was leading today's ride as the Ride Calendar had "volunteer needed". I was immediately unanimously elected for the job - possibly because I had brought with me a Ride Attendance Form just in case. At the starting line we had John H, Jennie, Ian, Peter C, Paul Ba, and Julia. It was a beautiful morning for riding and we stopped at Limeburners Lagoon to see the reflections of the yachts on the still, blue water. On arrival at Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara we wondered if we would get a table as the cafe seemed to be packed with cyclists. However, we found a table for 4 and managed to get a few extra chairs. A rider from Cycling Geelong volunteered to take our group photo at the table. As we waited for our coffees we noticed a rider come into the bikepark outside - so we waived energetically as it was Noel. We did find another chair and he had coffee with us and joined the group for the return trip. The way back to Rippleside was via the Ted Wilson Path and Church St. Thanks all for an enjoyable Sunday morning's ride.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Adelaide Tour Led by Peter Jones - Day 6 - Henly Beach - & Group 2 - Willunga on Saturday 26.3.22
Two groups today for our final day's riding, 10 riders to Willunga, 10 riders to Henly Beach along the Torrens River. Lovely ride, in glorious weather. Plenty of walkers and riders out and about enjoying the day. Very enjoyable morning's ride
Cheers Peter.

Willunga Photos

Final night's Dinner after a wonderful week of riding

Ken Smith Leads the Ride to Portarlington - Saturday 26.3.22
A coolish morning - twelve degrees was the temperature as we assembled for todays ride. Chris Halpen volunteered to lead the advertised ride to Drysdale, thanks Chris. All the riders who took part in the rides were: Barry T, Chris Ha, David L, Greg, Jennie, Julia, Kim, Mark S, Paul, Peter C, Ron, Barry's friend Bruce and myself. We separated at Jettey Rd and nine riders continued the ride to Portarlington: David, Greg, Jennie who went part way as she had family commitments, Julia, Kim, Mark, Paul, Ron, and Ken. On the way Mark, Ron and Julia collided and fell on to to the road with all losing some skin, but were able to complete the ride. As Mark was involved he is writing the incident report. We had a pleasant surprise awaiting us when we came to the cafe - Peter Ob and Marcia are in the caravan park and Peter had come to have a coffee and chat. At the completion of the social time we proceeded to ride along the Portarlington Queenscliff Rd, Swan Bay Rd, Bellarine Hwy and at Moolap we rode along the B.R.T.
Thank you to all who rode apart from the crash,it was an enjoyable ride. Ken Smith.

Chris Halpin Leads the Ride as they Diverge from the Main Group at Drysdale to go Back through Wallington - Saturday 26.3.22
Peter Chilvers and I left the group at Drysdale and headed to the station caravan for a coffee. We were soon joined by Pam, Marie & Mick Gregg and enjoyed a hot coffee in the sunshine. We said our goodbyes and headed up Grubb Rd where Peter showed me into Ket Bakery, doing a busy trade in sourdough bread, coffee & cakes. We agreed this is a useful alternative coffee stop. Home along the Bellarine Hwy with a lovely tail wind. Thanks Peter.
Chris Halpin.

Adelaide Tour Led by Peter Jones - Day 5 - Glenelg - Brighton Circuit - & Group 2 - The Corkscrew on Friday 25.3.22
Two rides today, those that are done with hills, and those that aren't. Ray, Lovro, David, Mark and Nick tackled the conquered The Corkscrew while the rest, apart from a few sightseers came with me to Glenelg and Brighton along the waterfront. Took various bike paths to Glenelg where Meri had a punctture so we had coffee and cake while Leo fixed it. Enjoyed a lovely ride along the water admiring the magnificent old and new homes before heading inland and home again. Adelaide is the great city for bike infrastructure.
Another great time on the bike. Cheers, Peter.

Janet Leads the Thursday Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina -24.3.22
A beautiful morning saw us head out from the Grovedale to Cheeky Cow in Collendina. Joining me were a guest rider Brenden, Gary, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S and Mark K. Upon arrival at coffee we found Chris Ha enjoying a  coffee and treat having mistaken the start point.  Everyone gradually dropped off on the way back to make their preferred way home after enjoying what was perfect riding weather. 
Thanks for joining me everyone,  Janet

Adelaide Tour Led by Peter Jones - Day 4 - Mylor, Tirling, Crafters Circuit - Thursday 24.3.22
Back to the hills today, across to Crafters Bikeway and up again. Bypassed Stirling with a few good downhills followed by the usual ups. Finally a long downhill into Mylor for a well earned refreshemets Break. The Cafe at Mylor is unually lovely on hot day but today being only about 21 deg with a fresh Southerly it was a bit cool under the shade of a big Oak tree. Luckily the Cafe supplies blankets to keep the oldies warm. After coffee it was back up a lovely road called Aldgate Valley Rd through Aldgate, Stirling and Crafters, flying down the hills all the way home. Fantastic!
Cheers, Peter.

Adelaide Tour Led by Peter Jones - Day 3 - Westlakes & Glenelg Circuit - Wednesday 23.3.22
A flat ride today to ease some aging legs. Headed out at 9am dodging most of the traffic by taking roads through the burbs. Reminded me a bit of Geelong West. Following the old we were soon into the new glitz and glamour of West Lakes, with multi story high rise town houses and units. A short stint along military Rd, Adelaide's version of Melbourne Beach Rd. Followed by a long run along the beach front to coffee at Glenelg. Meet up with the camp followers for coffee and then returned home via various paths and roads. Another great morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

Coffee at Glenelg

West Lakes - Lovro rowed here in 1978

After the Pizza Night

TWO Rides from Waurn Ponds on Tuesday 22.3.22

1/ GRAVEL Ride to Paraparap & Moriac led by Mark Kelly
Only two gravelleurs for today’s ride - Janet (on her brand new gravel bike) and myself. We headed up Waurn Ponds Drive and across to Pettavel Rd. The early part of Pettavel was quite corrugated due, I think, to some trucks using the road but once we got a bit further down it was much smoother. While we came across some quite thick gravel in parts, the lack of wind and quiet roads made for very enjoyable riding. We reached Loutitt Bay Rd and followed that up to Hendy Main Rd where we caught the roadies heading up Vickery’s Rd. After a short time on Hendy Main we headed back to the gravel along Willowite Rd. Again the riding was most enjoyable. We headed to Moriac for a coffee and after seeking out some more gravel along Ervins Rd headed for home along Resevoir Rd and the nice run back down Waurn Ponds Drive. All in all a great ride with Janet’s new bike handling the gravel extremely well - no doubt also due to the skilled rider!

2/ Bitumen Ride to Jan Juc led by Gary Broughton
Eight riders assembled at Bunnings for today’s ride to The Swell Cafe in Jan Juc, they were Doug, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Peter C and myself. The earlier weather report for Geelong indicated that we might have been in for a bit of rain but it turned out to be a great day for riding. Cool conditions and just a gentle southerly breeze to assist us on the homeward journey. After going along Ghazeepore Rd, we rode along Dickens, Anglesea, Grassdale, Hendy Main, Vickerys, Gundrys, Bones, and Sunset Strip to arrive at The Swell for a well-earned coffee and cake. The ride down Vickerys and Gundrys was just amazing and enjoyed by all. After coffee we decided to depart from the program, which was to ride along Horseshoe Bend, and decided to ride home along the Surfcoast Hwy in an endeavor to beat any expected rain. Entering the Armstrong Creek area the peloton began to break up as riders began selecting their best way home. Thank you to all riders for a great day of riding and conversation.

Adelaide Tour Led by Peter Jones - Day 2 - Norton's Summit - Corkscrew Rd Circuit - Tuesday 22.3.22
We headed for the hills again this morning - up Old Norton's Summit Rd - a steady climb of approx 5km climb at around 5/6%. Regrouping at Norton's Summit PO before heading across the hills to Corkscrew Rd, then plunging down to Gorge Rd and heading to the Bakery for a well earned coffee and cake, or pie of Danish. Coffee over we made our way to the Torrens Linear Trail and back home to Levi Park.
Another excellent day's riding. Cheers, Peter.

Adelaide Tour Led by Peter Jones - Day 1 - Crafters Mt Lofty Circuit - Monday 21.3.22
Just a short note - everyone was ready to go at 9:00am - headed across to Crafters Bikeway - 8km up - and most made it up in good time. We regrouped at the top before tackling the 3km climb up to Mt Lofty Summit and the Cafe for a well earned coffee and cake. After out break it was time to take our reward - 22km downhill to the Caravan Park.
Great fun. Cheers Peter.

Greg Allerton Leads the 100km Ride to Lara, Around Avalon Airport to Little River on Sunday 20.3.22
With so many club members away in Adelaide I was unsure who would be on this long ride.  I was very pleased to find fellow  GTC Life Member John Hagan  waiting for me at South Geelong station for our 8 am ride. We rode to the Ted Wilson Trail at Church St and followed it out to Beckley Park Corio before taking Rennie St into Lara.We then had about 15 km of very quiet flat roads around the perimeter of Avalon Airport. It was a perfect autumn day with only very light wind and a comfortable temperature. We pedalled along at a good pace and crossed the impressive bluestone Rothwell Bridge (built in 1866) into Little River  where the General Store provided a welcome coffee break. It was then back towards the You Yangs and down Flinders Avenue into Lara. Hovells Creek path and along the foreshore soon saw us back into Geelong after a very enjoyable 100 km.  Thank you John Hagan for your great company, someone I have ridden several thousands of kilometers with over many years.   
Greg Allerton   Ride Leader.

Watched the race of the remotely controlled small petrol cars at Avalon

Mark Shying leads the Easy Ride to Moriac on Sunday 20.3.22
Jennie and Paul B cycled out with me from South Geelong Station for an easy ride to Moriac in clear, still and sunny conditions.  Crossing the river, the Belmont shops were soon behind us and shortly we were at Waurn Ponds Drive.  One hour after setting off we were greeted  by Chris Ha at the Moriac General Store having ridden Pettavel, Reservoir and Cape Otway Roads.  Good conversation was had and enjoyed by all.  The return route for the grup of four was Henley Main, Grassdale, Blackgate, Anglesea, Dickins and Ghazepore Roads to Bunning Warun Ponds.  Chris Ha cycled on to Highton, with Jennie, Paul B riding with me back to South Geelong.  Thanks all for a great morning with 54kms travelled. 
Mark S.  

Doug Leads the Saturday Ride to Torquay via Paraparap - 19.3.22
Today’s peloton consisted of Barry C, David L, Doug, Greg, Jennie, John H, Julia, Ken S and Peter C. At the start, I received an updated road report (from a reliable source) that White’s Road had reopened, hence a small change to the route that included White’s Road. Can guess what comes next? If you guessed that White’s Road was not open, you would be correct. Completing a U turn at the barrier in White’s Road, we headed to the Surf Coast Highway and along to the round-a-bout at Mount Duneed Road, turning onto it and headed for Ghazeepore Road. This detour added a couple of hills and a couple of extra kilometres. Reaching Ghazeepore Road we turned left and back on course. With the easterly wind behind us we reach Paraparap in quick time and were greeted by the sweet smell of the pine trees in that area. A left turn onto Hendy Main Road meant we were now heading into the easterly all the way to Torquay. Coffee was taken at the Maple Bakery. At this point, with my thanks, John H led the riders back to Grovedale via Horseshoe Bend Road. Thanks to TEC Ken and sometimes Julia as well as John for taking the peloton back to Grovedale. Distance was just under 60 kilometres. Thanks everyone, for your company.

Doug's St Patrick's Day Ride to the You Yangs & Lara on Thursday - 17.3.22
At 8.59am we had 12 participants for today’s ride and by 9.02am we had 18 riders. The riders were: Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David S, Doug, Gary, Janet, Julia, Ken S, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Nick, Norm, Peter C, Peter J, Ray, Sarah and Trudi. The early part of the course was via the Port of Geelong where the new Tassie Ferry terminal is being constructed. A part road closure saw us halted for a few minutes, as there was only one lane available for all traffic. It was then smooth progress to Lara, where the peloton was greatly reduced in size as a number of riders opted for a shorter course and made Lara their destination. Of note, most of those who exited at Lara, were participants in Trudi’s hard ride on Tuesday!!! Onward rode the rest of us to the You Yangs on roads with hardly a vehicle on them.
When we arrived at the Xpresso Lounge, we found that the other group had finished their coffee and were long gone. Not long after our arrival, we were joined by Ted for a sales pitch re GTC cycling gear and also partake in a coffee with us. A special mention to Xpresso Lounge for reserving two tables for the group (as the result of an earlier phone call). Always good coffee and service at this café. Heading out of Lara we took Patullos Road and along this stretch there was a modern version of the big house in Gone With The Wind (no sign of Rhet Butler). Along Ted Wilson Trail we opted to keep to a flat ride, so we took the Cowie’s Creek Trail, thus avoiding the biggest hill on the Ted Wilson Trail. On entering the Cowie Creek Trail, a team effort was required to ensure we got back to Rippleside as we were unsure of the correct paths to take. Janet ably guided us along the trail and Kim stepped-up for the last few road kilometres. We entered the Port of Geelong area again and this time we found the new cycle path which got us past the terminal and road works area, without delay. A very smooth new bitumen cycle path with one unavoidable annoyance, that of crossing several train lines (very rough path) and a zig-zag at each end of the train crossing. Whilst the crossing was a bit of a nuisance, it was most certainly much safer to take the new cycle path rather than use the road. Thanks to TEC Gary and tour navigators along Cowie’s Creek Trail and beyond. To all participants, thank you for your company. In closing, only two riders wore a dab of green for St Patricks and Meri’s green jersey was the best at hand.
Ride Safe. Doug

Trudi's Tuesday Ride to Anakie, Maude & Steiglitz - 15.3.22
Today’s ride was advertised as a hard ride - my definition of a hard ride means either hills and distance, this ride had both. Twelve brave souls fronted up for a hard ride out to Steiglitz: David, Janet, Jo, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Nick, Peter C & J, Ray, Sarah and Trudi. Today’s route saw us head out on the Ted Wilson, Lovely Banks Rd onto Stieglitz Road heading to Maude and our first break at Bunjil's Lookout. As we arrived a lightish shower opened up on us but lucky for us we didn’t get wet as there is quite a large structure to shelter under as we enjoyed the outlook on the Moorabool Valley below. With the rain now passed, we were eager to get to coffee and the only way across to Anakie is on Pringles road. Only one hill here 15% at its worst - was over in no time so then we could settle in for the nice ride across to the Ballan road and into the Anakie Store for a well earned rest and refuel on carbs and caffeine.. De Motts road was awaiting us after coffee, another 15% climb but such a beautiful road to ride along. You feel as though you could be deep in the bush as you ride through. With the rustling of wildlife moving through the undergrowth, parrots screeching, wattle trees lining the road just stunning. With the hills now done it was time to enjoy the downhill run on Steiglitz Road and back through Maude. Once on the Lovely Banks Road the group split as some had appointments to make while the rest of us took a short break before making our way back to Ted Wilson Path and home. Thanks everyone for your company today, it certainly was my pleasure to lead you around this beautiful area, one that I’m very familiar with and one of my favourite rides to lead.

Doug's Course Assessment Rural Ride from Colac on Sunday - 13.3.22
A magnificent autumn morning greeted the following riders, in Colac this morning: David S, Doug, Jennie, Peter C, Peter O’B and guest Rider Robin Sloan from the Mt Macedon Cycling Club. The outward course saw us reach the highest point on the course after 12 kilometres of riding. At the top of the climb, we had a great view of the surrounds which were green paddocks and tree lined roads that gave us shade along much of the course. About 20 kilometres from Cobden, we struggled up a hill which was 10% plus steep and a couple of kilometres long. One of us didn’t ride all the way up (old age). Entering the CBD area of Coben we only found 3 businesses open (ruddy holiday weekends) and they were the fish & chip shop, the pub which only served instant coffee and our salvation, the BP service station. We were warmly welcomed at the servo. Heading back to Colac we managed to find a couple of challenging hills and all but me scaled them with ease. With the hills done we had long stretches of flat road. The only busy road we found on the route was the 8 or so kilometres back to Colac from Pirron Yallock. A challenging but very picturesque course on very good roads which had little traffic on them.
710 metres of climbing and the total distance was 116.8 kilometres. Congratulations on great riding and a special mention to Jennie, as it was her longest ride ever.
No wind to speak of in the outward journey and a 19 kph easterly for the trip back.
A very challenging ride, but worth it on a nice day.
Ride Leader and scribe: Doug

John Hagan Leads the Sunday Ride to Portarlington & One Group goes as far as Drysdale - 13.3.22
Beautiful weather for the start of our ride with 12 riders at the starting line and 2 joining us on the Bellarine Rail Trail - they were Paul Ba, Jo, Leo, John H, Ian Bu, Craig, Mark L, Julia, Geoff Ca, Trudi, Peter J, Barry C, Kim Gorell and Chris Hu. There were 2 options available for this ride: 1/ to Drysdale & return and 2/ to Portarlington. Eight riders got the sniff of coffee as we approached The Bungalow in Drysdale and made this their destination. Six riders pushed on to Portarlington where, on the long weekend holiday, the streets were awash with people. The long queue at Daniel's Donuts snaked out the door and onto the footpath so there was still a bit of a wait for our coffee after we got to the front of the queue! The return trip for Peter J, Jo, Barry, Trudi, Leo and John was along the Queenscliff Rd, Swan Bay Rd, the Bellarine Highway and the BRT at the end. Thanks all for joining me for some good exercise on those hills.
Keep Riding, John.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride to Moriac and Back via the Barrabool Hills - 12.3.22
This morning my granddaughter informed me that on 12th March 1957 Dr Seuss published The Cat In The Hat
And so, as we pedalled off today I was thinking:

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
And we did.  Fourteen riders fronted-up at Fyansford this morning for the ride to Moriac.  We formed two groups, rode out to Merrawarp Road and crisscrossed the Barrabool hills on our way to Moriac.   The return ride was via Gnarwarre and Pollocksford Road and then onto the Hamilton Highway back to Fyansford.   Just 6 km before the finish at Fyansford, the Scarlet Pimpernel struck again when John M appeared suddenly from nowhere. Today’s riders were David S (No1), Greg, Jennie, John H, John M, Ken S, Kim, Leo, Lovro, Meri, Peter C, Peter J, Phil, Trudi and myself.
 Distance travelled: 72kms. Ascent: 545 metres. Descent: 562 metres.
 Peter O.

Ken's Thursday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 10.3.22
Before the start of the ride the morning was overcast with rain falling. This did not deter the keen thirteen riders ready to go: David S No1, Doug, Gary, Geoff, KenG, Kim, PeterC, J , O'B , Nick, Sarah, Trudi, and my self. Two teams of riders was formed and Sarah was the T.N.C for me and Nick lead the second group with PJ the T.N.C. The second group had a puncture to fix on the way, and when they arrived at the Groove Cafe, the first group was enjoying their drinks and desserts. At the finish of the social time that had lots of conversation, the first group decided to ride home on the Bellarine HWY, followed by the second group who caught us up as we turned on to the B.R.T at Moolap .Thank you to Trudi for the photos, and to all who rode.
Ken Smith.

Doug’s GTC Bitumen Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 8.3.22
As an old timer, I remember that March used to be the premium month of the year for cycling with blue skies, a mild temperature and at worst, a zephyr of a wind. Today’s experience was the exact opposite and a special mention to the ferocity of the wind which blew over dozens of wheelie bins onto the verge of the Bellarine Highway. Today’s peloton consisted of David S, Gary, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Paul, Peter N, Ray and Trudi. We were entertained along the way with a few updates of the peloton’s ablutions activities. We didn’t really need to know despite it being entertaining. Arriving at Queenscliff, the nominated café was closed so we opted for the Ocean Bar and Café. Although the inside was a squeezy, it had a great outdoors area at the back and room for our bikes. We opted for the inside to get out of the wind. On a nice day, the outdoor area would ideal. On the way back, Ray and Paul left us at the turn-off to Point Lonsdale as they had earlier cycled to the start from there. The rest of us enjoyed the wind mostly at our backs all the way to Geelong. A BIG THANK YOU to ‘Tail End Charlie’ Peter N for keeping the rebellious riders in check. To a couple of recalcitrant riders, remember, we start the ride at 9.00am sharp. Distance: 65 kilometres.

Mark Kelly's GRAVEL Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday - 8.3.22
There were six riders for the gravel path out to Queenscliff: Peter J, Ron, Nick, Sarah, Chris Ha and myself. It was great to see Chris back on the bike and going well. Chris left us at Drysdale and the rest of us headed out the well worn but always enjoyable path to Queenscliff. The wind kept us honest on the way out and provided some assistance on the way back after coffee. As usual a very enjoyable ride with great company. Apologies for the somewhat late report (I forgot!)

Doug's Sunday Ride to Maple Bakery in Torquay - 6.3.22
At the start of today’s ride, I promised the peloton, who were Jennie, Kim, Leo, Lyn, John H, Peter J, Phil (recently joined the Club – welcome) and Trudi, that the course would take in some roads/paths that they had not cycled on before. Further, I designated the group as the Spartans. Like the Spartans of old, we were also fearless when going into battle. Our enemy today was Mother Nature as she threw a very strong headwind at us all the way to Torquay. For good measure she really tested our resolve by adding drizzle to the mix, for the entire journey. On reaching the outskirts of Torquay an executive decision was made to cut the course short and head straight to the Maple Bakery where we were joined by Lindy for delicious cakes and coffee. Post coffee we returned to the start via the Surf Coast Highway with a howling gale behind us – such bliss as we didn’t need to pedal that often. By the time we got to Waurn Ponds there were only two of us remaining, the other rider was Leo, who was also Tail End Charlie. Leo did such a great job as TEC, I doubled his stipend. Thanks Leo. In closing, we defeated Mother Nature and did take in some never-ridden-roads. Thanks everyone for your fighting spirit and company. Distance: 42 kilometres (instead of 50 kms).

Greg Allerton's Shortened Ride (because of the weather) to Drysdale - 6.3.22
It was quite cool as I waited in hope at South Geelong Station. I was pleased when Ken Gawne arrived wearing a very bright Fluoro orange rain jacket. Soon after John C came to take the start photo. He rode with us briefly out the rail trail ,which was nearly deserted.There was misty drizzle ahead as we approached Drysdale so we decided to shorten the ride and did a loop down through Clifton Springs before heading to The Bungalow for a much needed hot coffee. Drizzle had set in as we left so it was straight back on the Rail Trail to home. Thanks Ken for your company, and John C for the photo.   
Greg Allerton. 

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Loop to Moriac - 5.3.22
After having one red too many with Ted last night, and afterwards hearing the pelting rain, I thought it mightn’t be a bad idea to cancel today’s ride.  Alas, I woke at 6.30am and the BOM informed me the weather was clearing so I had no excuse to stay in bed. To be on the safe side I decided to take my new swanky rain coat (thanks for the tip PJ) and it proved to be a good decision. En route to Waurn Ponds I happened upon Ken S so together we proceeded to Bunnings where we met Peter J, Alison, Sarah, Nick, David S (No1) and John H.  We rode along Waurn Ponds Drive and as we neared the end of the road the heavens opened so our rain jackets were quickly donned.  On Pettavel Road there was a lot of activity being carried out in preparation for tonight’s concert at the Mt Duneed Estate where Midnight Oil will be playing.   
A coffee break was taken at Moriac and it was here we met up with the Scarlet Pimpernel, aka John Miro, who comes and goes, and we never know where or when he might next appear! The return ride to Bunnings was via Paraparap and Ghazeepore Road.  Thanks to Peter J for being the tail-end Charlie. The total distance covered 58kms.
 Peter O.

Janet's Thursday Ride to the You Yangs and Lara - 3.3.22
Our ride today was to Lara and the vicinity of the You Yangs. This saw us head out along the TW, Bacchus Marsh Rd, West Gateway Rd, Windemere, Forest then past the You Yangs to Farrars Rd and into coffee at Lara where we found Trudi waiting for us.  I have to say the surface of Bacchus Marsh road between Elcho and Windemere was shocking and I was pleased to get off it.  
Home along Hovells Creek and the Port area where another challenge was around where they are building the new ferry terminal. Peter N was the only one who noticed and took the advised cyclists route. I totally missed the signage! Thank you to Chris Hu, David S, Doug, Gary, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Lyn P, Norm, PJ, Peter N, Ron and Trudi for joining me and to Chris for staying at the rear.
Happy riding,  Janet

Nick's Otway Tour from Moriac to Lorne via Anglesea & Return via Deans Marsh - Tuesday 1.3.22
This years clockwise direction Otway Tour began with an unpromising weather outlook: would the small group of David S, Ken G, Peter J, Ray, Sarah and Nick dodge the showers and remain dry? Riding along Forest and GOR toward Aireys it was overcast, hazy, misty and very still, making for good riding. The scenery is dramatic regardless. After a good coffee at Onda we headed to Lorne and then turned north up the Deans Marsh road. While a long climb of 10 km it is ‘doable’ climb and the light drizzle stopped us overheating. The reward on the other side of Ben Werrin is a series of rolling downhills punctuated by short climbs with some great panoramas of the plains. Lunch at the DM Store featured pies and more coffee. Unfortunately, the easterly breeze with light rain now awaited our homeward journey back to Moriac through the lovely Bambara countryside. Turning east to Moriac brought proper rain, a headwind and very wet roads. Jackets on! We worked turns to catch up with Ken and David on the bumpy CO road. Everyone felt relieved to be back just as the rain started to ease. Thank you riders for a super but demanding ride. Congrats to Sarah for her first Otway loop. And chapeau to Dave and Ken for riding in, then riding back home from Moriac. 111kms was enough for me!

Kim's Tuesday Ride to Torquay via Freshwater Creek - 1.3.22
Today’s ride was a bit different as it was divided into two groups, the 8.30 group and the 9am group. The early group consisted of Doug, Gary, Kim and Peter N. Gary and Peter were under time restraints and looking at the weather we voted to shorten the ride by going down Anglesea Rd thus eliminating the Hendy Main option. While travelling Dickens I got a call from the second mob and decided we would meet up at the Maple Bakery. Just as Peter and Gary were heading off from there we were joined by Alison, Barry Clay, Jennie, Ken S, Paul Ba, Ron and Trudi. After being united at the coffee stop and catching up, we rode over to Fisher St, Zeally Bay Rd and the Esplanade, which took us to Horseshoe Bend Rd for the ride home. It was only along Horseshoe Bend Rd that we encountered a shower or two, but being so warm we were not uncomfortable. Thank you to Ken for leading the second group, my apologies for the mix up, and thanks to all riders for being so understanding. Apart from all the drama it was a nice mornings ride of 50k.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Lara via Cowies Creek on Sunday - 27.2.22
On a rather dull Sunday we had 14 keen riders turn up at Rippleside: Jo, Peter C, Noel, Hugh, Peter J, Greg, Trudi, Paul Ba, Julia, Alison, Peter O'B, Leo and a friend of Alison & Paul's - Peter K as well as your photographer and leader John H. For our ride to Lara I took the group up Cowies Creek, as many had not been on this series of linked paths before, and then along the Ted Wilson Path.
On reaching Bacchus Marsh Rd we were intrigued to find many groups of people sitting or standing besides their cars parked at the side of the road waiting for something to happen. On enquiring from bystanders we found that the event known as Convoy Geelong was about to take place. Over 100 trucks (prime movers) and some motor bikes were going to be travelling in convoy to raise money for Camp Quality which provides services and programs specifically to support children aged up to 15 years, who are dealing with their own cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum, dad or carer. We met the trucks just after we turned into Elcho Rd in Lara. As we went to move off Jo discovered she had a puncture in the back tyre. Leo assisted her in changing the tube and getting her back on the road. Meanwhile, the main part of the group had gone on to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara where we had tables booked. Our return trip was along Hovells Creek Path and the Bay Trail. The Port was busy with 6 large ships in dock and we made our way around the barricades at Corio Quay where the work to accommodate the Tasmanian Ferries is well under way.
Thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride. Keep riding - John Hagan.

Trudi's Saturday to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina - 26.2.22
Grey skies and a gentle breeze didn’t deter ?twenty two riders from my ride to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina. Alison, Barry, Chris, Craig, David L & S, Doug, Gary, Ian, Jennie, Jo, John H & M, Ken G & S, Leo, Lindy, Lyn, Nick, Peter, Sarah and Trudi. Not much to report today thankfully !!! except to say that today’s ride was a very enjoyable social ride to Collendina. The cafe looked to be very busy but really wasn’t, with all tables inside empty and the tables outside soon became vacant just at the right time for us too move onto. Service was quite quick which saw us all enjoying our coffee and treats in between hearty conversation. The highlight of today’s ride for me at least was that magnificent run along Thirteenth Beach on our way home. No surfers very little traffic and a tailwind to boot made for perfect riding conditions. Thanks to Nick for leading the first group out and for Leo taking up his usual position down the back. Another fantastic day out on our bikes in the fresh air with friends. A special mention goes to Sarah, Doug and John H for their time and effort this morning before our ride for a photo shoot in their GTC kit displaying road traffic signals for cyclists.
Thanks everyone great ride: Trudi.

Nick's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills on Thursday 24.2.22
In fine but humid, hazy conditions eleven riders: Chris Hu, David S, Doug, Janet, Ken G, Kim, Lindy, Peter N, Peter O, Nick and Sarah departed for a Moriac circuit via Andersons and Barrabool. We rode along in a spread out group, with little traffic to annoy us and made good progress along WPD, the delightful Andersons, Barrabool and Considines. Coffee and conversation at Moriac were very good. On the way home the wind picked up but it was often in our favour. I’m still waiting for a tailwind out and a tailwind home. Thank you to Sarah who acquitted herself well as TEC and all the crew for such a pleasant ride. Cheers Nick .

Chris Hume's Gravel Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday - 22.2.22
Half a dozen riders for today's gravel ride: Ross, Ron, Nick, Sarah, Mark J and Chris Hu. We followed the Rail Trail to Drysdale where we detoured around Lake Lorne then onto Queenscliff Stn, bit of a moderate SE, coolish, wind, pleasant riding conditions though. Called into Nelley's At The Pier for coffee and cake. From here we toured around Queenscliff at a leisurely pace with numerous stops to admire the views. Back to the Rail Trail then onto Drysdale where four of us lunched at the Bungalow. Finally returning to the Show Grounds then home. 78 km Trip.
Chris Hu.

Peter O'Brien's Circuit of the Bellarine Peninsula on Tuesday - 22.2.22
Eight riders participated in today’s ride around the Bellarine.  The GTC peloton departed the Showgrounds, rode along the Bellarine Rail Tail to Tivili Road, wove our way through Curlewis and Clifton Springs and then headed over the hills to Portarlington.  A coffee break was taken at Daniel’s Donuts enabling riders to catch their breath and take in the sites of the bay.  Following the break we continued riding to Barwon Heads via the Point and Ocean Grove as I’d arranged for us to have our lunch at the Beach House in Barwon Heads.  Regrettably, when we arrived it was closed (which was most disappointing) so we proceeded to Barwon Ebb and Flow where a couple of riders (no names) ordered meals fit for a King or Queen.  There was enough food to feed the entire peloton!
The return route was via Thirteenth Beach through to BlackRock Road and onto Horseshoe Bend Road.  From there we returned to Geelong and the Showgrounds. Thanks to Jennie, Janet, David S (No1), Ken S, Ken G, Peters J,N, and O for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 105 kms.
 Peter O.

Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Teesdale & Inverleigh on Sunday 20.2.22
John H, Ken G, Peter O and Ray C set off with me headed for Teesdale via a scenic route. Due to an appointment in Melbourne John left us at Midland Hwy as we took Creamery Rd then the short gravel Ross Rd before using the service road on the RH side down the fast descent into Batesford. We then explored the Riverdance Estate on the North side of Hwy enjoying the fast descents on smooth quiet roads and admiring the many large mansions. We crossed back over the Hwy and wound our way through the older but more established Dog Rock Estates. After a steady climb we cruised down to Hamilton Hwy and set a good pace to Inverleigh.Here Ken decided on an early coffee stop and to make his own way home via Winchelsea, while the rest of us took the old Teesdale Rd through Inverleigh Common. Teesdale shop provided a welcome stop. Ray enjoyed the section back to Inverleigh as he had not ridden here before. We then had a fast ride back home aided by a light tail wind. Thanks to my companions for an enjoyable day.      We rode 110 km in 4 h 39 m  av  23.6                               
Greg Allerton - Ride  leader.

Doug's Ride through Mt Duneed – Deakin University – Highton and Breakwater on Sunday 20.2.22
Today’s ride marked a milestone for me as far as Club Rides are concerned, as this was my 200th Club Ride. Joining me for this milestone ride was: Alison, Jennie, Jo, Kim, Leo, Peter J, Trudi and guest rider, Robin from the Macedon Rangers Cycle Club. Today’s course was mostly on very smooth roads, bike paths and only one hill of any substance (Pigdons Road). There was little traffic making the course even more pleasurable. With the hill conquered, it was all downhill to the café at Highton. As a result of the extremely slow service at the café, we had an extremely long break (not impressed). Trudi baked me a cake to mark the milestone however she forgot to bring it along (??????). As usual, for weekend rides, Leo was the TEC with my thanks. Thanks everyone for helping me celebrate this event. Distance was 40.5 kilometres.

Trudi's Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove & Leopold - 19.2.22
At 8.28 this morning, the girls had out numbered the gentleman “YAY” then along came two more fellas at the last minute. Never mind still very pleasing to have a good showing of ladies on our ride today. Our riders were Alison, David, Janet, Jennie, John H & M, Julie, Ken, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Peter, Richard, Sue and me. We rode our usual route down to the Groove in Ocean Grove, which saw us taking in the stunning view’s along Thirteenth Beach. Not much action in the water today which meant that there was little traffic on the road. Having broken up into a few smaller groups for this section of our ride worked well. After arranging the outdoor seating to accommodate our group of cyclists, we all quickly found our seats and enjoyed our break. Our route home was through the estate off Grub Rd that meanders around lovely big sprawling housing estates. Popping out on the Wallington Rd then the Bellarine Hwy through Leopold and turning off on the rail trail at Moolap. Thanks everyone for another great ride with everyone riding safely. Was also great to see Ken back on his bike and the return to good health.

Doug's Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 17.2.22
Earlier this week there was no appointed Ride Leader for today’s ride, so on Tuesday I made the decision to lead the ride which took-in one of my least preferred roads to cycle on, that being the Hamilton Highway. Joining me were: David S, Gary, Julia, Kim, Lindy and Norm. Leaving Fyansford saw the small peloton in automatic pilot mode so I took on the roll of Tail End Charlie as well. Mother Nature threw an 11 kilometres wind into our face and the score of big trucks increased the wind disturbance. In particular, the noisy trucks ensured the Hamilton Highway was not going to be a joy to ride on. On reaching Burnside Road, the riders ahead of me made a right-hand turn (except Gary who was on the ball and knew the course included Brislane Road). We made a strategic stop and took the view that we all had had enough of the noisy Highway and opted to ride Burnside Road to our coffee stop at Le Due Sorelle café in Bannockburn. A most delightful break in sunshine and great company and chit chat a plenty. The kind soul who took our photo during coffee did not bear any fruit - sorry. Leaving Bannockburn, it was freewheeling down Clive Hill Road with most riders hitting 60 KPH. Post the Hamilton Highway, all roads on this course are a delight to cycle on. Thank you one and all for your company. Distance: 57 kilometres. Climbing: 489 metres. Scribe: Doug.

Nick's Ride from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea - Tuesday 15.2.22
A good turnout of riders today for a not too hilly course to Winchelsea in very mild conditions. Nick led a smaller group of David S, Ken G, Kim, Mark J, Peter N and Rae. Sarah led a second group of Alison, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Lindy and Trudi with Peter J and Chris Hu doing the TEC duties. The two group split was very successful and allowed riders to mostly travel at their preferred pace with the two groups never being too far apart. We all managed to roll into Winch and Cafe La Hoot at pretty much the same time which allowed everyone to enjoy a good chat. The ride home had more tailwind than headwind which was most welcome in the now sunny conditions. As a reflection, I’ve ridden various versions of this course and when the wind and rain get up on the open roads it can be very tough indeed. Today was just lovely riding. Roads travelled today: WPD, Reservoir, CO, Mathiesons, Atkins, Winchelsea, back on Atkins, Buckley Sth, Layards, Church, Larcombes, Blackgate, Anglesea, Dickens and Ghazeepore. About 80kms on Sarah’s computer.
Thank you riders for a most enjoyable ride. Nick.

Peter Jones' Sunday Ride to Ocean Grove - 13.2.22
13 riders for my ride to Groove today: Alison, Ian B, Jennie, Jo, John H, John M, Kim, Lyn L, Paul Ba, Peter O, Trudi, Leo and myself. The forecast was for 35 deg but not until about 3-00pm and the “Feels Like” Temp was in the mid 20’s until well after lunch, probably courtesy of the Nth Easterly wind. We were away at 8-30ish and met Lindy at Lake Rd. for a minute or two it was even steven, boys and girls but then Lindy’s bike chucked a wobbly, well a flashing red light anyway and Lindy decided to head home.
After Lake Rd. we headed down Barwon Heads Rd. and did the Sheep Wash before making our way to Groove. A very enjoyable break, before heading home via 13th Beach, seemed like hundreds of Surfers out enjoying the off shore wind which was producing some very good waves. Had a selection of winds, side back, side front, head and tail but we perservered and everyone should have been home about 12-00 o’clock after a most enjoyable ride with great company. Thanks for joining me.
Cheers Peter.

TWO RIDES From Grovedale Hotel on Saturday 12.2.22 - Photo Below of Combined Groups

1/ John Hagan's Bitumen Ride to Torquay via Paraparap
Our Group today consisted of: Janet, John H, John M, Peter C, Doug, Lovro & Meri, Peter O'B, Peter J, Jennie, Julia, Leo & Trudi, Greg, David S and Hugh joined us later. Your ride leader issued instructions for the group to STOP at clearly defined locations on our route so tha the faster riders could put their heads down to get to that spot and we would all gather before heading for the next location. Well.... the front riders missed the first two spots and then I thought all was under control. However, on Coombes Rd, the mid part of the peleton did not see the front riders heading through Ocean Acres and went straight ahead with the smell of coffee in their nostrils - heading for the El Nido Cafe in the northern part of Torquay. This turned out to be good as they managed to allocate a few tables for us. The rest of us turned up a bit later and we all enjoyed the coffee and cakes and some good conversation. The return trip was via Horseshoe Bend Rd, Warralily Blvd and the Surf Coast Highway. We were fortunate with good temperatures and a cooling breeze from the east. Thanks to all who came.

2/ Nick's GRAVEL Trip to Moriac.
Alison, David L, Sarah and yours truly rolled up for my ‘shorter Moriac gravel course’ on deserted, quiet, rural backroads to Moriac. It was Alison’s first proper gravel ride, the medium distance slash difficulty a good introduction to the ‘delights’ of gravel. We went via Baanip and Ghazepore to begin our gravel on Whites, Bogans Lane, Dickens and Willowite. As Alison found out, you have to concentrate hard to find the smooth sans corrugations, then avoid the loose gravel, all the while maintaining good progress. Reaching the welcome smooth bitumen of HM we waved passed John H’s Torquay group, continued onto Grays, turning north at Flaxbourne and Mcphees before a short bitumen run to Moriac. It was was quite cool so we sat inside to enjoy our coffee and conversation.
The run home saw our little group diverging. The girls chose a smooth, non corrugated bitumen route; note the emphasis on the word smooth, whilst David and I made a gravel detour south on Hunts, east on Dickens and north on Willowite before WPD. Unfortunately, we faced a stiff easterly - thank you David for towing me back home.
Cheers Nick


Death of John Tonkin
Sad news this morning that former GTC member John Tonkin passed away after a long illness. He joined the club in 1994 and two years later became President, leading the club from 1996 to 1998. He was a very popular club member with a good sense of humour. Amongst his rides were Around the Bay  in a Day, 2 South Australia Easter Rides, Pyrenees Magic Audax rides, West Aust. Rides, 4 Bellarine 100s, and the Ragbrai Mass Ride across Iowa USA (similar to the Great Vic ).
He will be sadly missed.          Greg Allerton.

Janet's Thursday Ride to Moriac
A cooler day saw the following gather at Bunnings. Davis S (1), Gary, Geoff, Jennie,  Kim, Lindy, Mark K, Paul B, Peter J, Trudi and myself.  After WPD we took the highway to Anderson's Rd and up to Barrabool Rd.  Such a beautiful road to enjoy. Here Jennie left us for work.  From there it was the well travelled roads of Considines, Hortips and Cape Otway to coffee at Moriac. Here we met up with Peter O who had taken the long way to Moriac. A mechanics workshop was set up to attend to Lindys bike prior to us heading back via Hendy Main, Blackgate and over to Ghazeepore and back to Bunnings. 
A great ride, thank you for your company everyone and thank you to TEC Gary.

TWO RIDES on Tuesday - 8.2.22
1/ Peter O'Brien's Ride from Aireys Inlet to Kennett River & Return
Riding the Great Ocean Road in perfect weather conditions today can only be described as a being wonderful experience.  It would be hard to find a better cycling environment than the rugged natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road and as such it would have to be one of the better rides on the GTC calendar. Thanks to Trudi, David Smith (No 1), Jennie, Peter J, Ken G and Janet, AKA the ‘magnificent seven’, who joined me today.
Distance 80kms. Ascent 788 metres.
 Peter O.

2/ Doug's Ride From the Showgrounds to Pt Lonsdale
On a glorious morning for a bike ride, twelve cyclists assembled at the Showgrounds and they were: Alison, Ben, Chris Hu, Doug (Ride Leader), Gary, Lindy, Lovro, Lyn L, Meri, Peter C, Peter N and Ron. Not far along the Rail Trail we were joined by Paul Ba and Ray who were riding from Point Lonsdale to the start and were way-laid by a puncture to Ray’s bike. Magnificent shady conditions prevailed along the Rail Trail. A special mention to all riders regarding passing messages along the peloton with warnings of walkers and cyclists coming in the opposite direction. Great team work from the peloton. At Swan Bay Road, we had a re-hydration stop coupled with a minor issue with a cleat. Ray to the rescue and in minutes, the issue was resolved. During the short stop discussion took place about today’s course and I informed those who raised the subject, that I attach a Course Map to the ride details which everybody can view. By now the easterly wind had sprung up which had a cooling effect on riders. We arrived at Point Lonsdale via the Lighthouse with little traffic and our coffee stop was the busy Plated Café. Post coffee saw our route back to the showgrounds via Shell Road, Banks Road, Bellarine Highway and back onto the shady Rail Trail. When travelling along the Highway ‘She who must be obeyed” (the President) informed the Ride Leader that she was docking half of his pay because he did not organise a tailwind for the trip home. The Pres. is always trying to improve the member’s lot. We finished the ride in warm conditions. It’s a nice ride to Point Lonsdale, made even better with great company. Thank you one and all, plus a special THANK YOU to the two “TAIL-END CHARLIES” Messer’s Chris Hu and Peter N. Distance: 70 kilometres.

TWO RIDES from Sth Geelong Station on Sunday - 6.2.22
1/ Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Lara, Bannockburn, Mt Moriac
It was nice to have a group of 7 riders on a pleasant sunny morning with only a light south east breeze. Today's course was a variation of the great circle ride where we ride in a big arc never being  more than 25 km from central Geelong. This allows for lots of possible short cuts if riders get fatigued or the weather deteriorates. We had an early coffee stop at Bannockburn due to Cottage Farm being booked out.  Le Due Sorelle was again closed but the Bannockburn Bakehouse was a good alternative. Pollocksford was a tough climb as the day had warmed up. On reaching Princes Highway it was decided to follow it back to Waurn Ponds Drive from where riders began to head off home. Thanks to Peter C, Ray, Ken G, John H and well done  Meri and Lovro doing their first club long ride. Lindy L kindly took the start photo as she waited for the later club ride. Meri and Lovro joined the ride at Church St.         
Greg A    Ride Leader

1/ Ted Reeve Leads the CAP (Club Apparel Preferred) to Lara
What a great morning for a ride! Eleven of us gathered at South Geelong station for the trip north and we picked up two more at Rippleside. After the excellent Ride Leaders' Seminar held on Thursday I was determined to follow the Ride Leaders Guide to the letter and threatened to read it out word for word to ensure everyone was up to speed. Common sense prevailed, however, and I decided to focus on one element which, for this ride, was “communication”. After delegating Peter J to navigate and Peter O as TEC we set off on the most indirect route I could think of which was through the carpark, down Swanston Street to Moorabool, through the “Green Spine” to Mercer then Rippleside, Corio Quay and the Hovells Creek path to Anna’s Cafe at Lara.
After a very pleasant coffee break with excellent service we paused for a brief feedback session with our Safety Officer who informed us that he was very pleased with our performance except for riding two abreast beside double lines. Mostly positive feedback though. The return journey started with a scenic cruise through Lara to O’Hallorans where we stopped for a potted history of Buckingham Street as vaguely remembered by your trusty correspondent. Buckingham Street being my childhood home from 1956 till I was kicked out in the late sixties. Onward to the Ted Wilson and riders started to go their separate ways from Church Street. As this was a designated “Club Apparel Preferred” ride I was pleased to see over half of the riders decked out in yellow (or pink in one case) and hope to see this improve further as Peter J distributed the latest order. Just need to get a couple of sizes sorted. Riders were: Andrew, Craig, Janet, Jennie, Kim, Leo (Deputy TEC), Lindy, Mark L, Peter J, Peter O, Ron, Trudi and myself.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Saturday Ride to Modewarre & Moriac - 5.2.22
Well, what a magnificent day for cycling. Today’s riders were Trudi, Peter J, David S (No 2), John M, John H, Paul, Lindy, Leo, Lyn L, Meri, Kim, Jennie, Mark S, Doug, Geoff and myself.  The actual number of riders fluctuated along the way and the only way I can summarise their comings and goings is by the following formula: 13 + 2 + 1 – 1 + 1.  Who would want to be a ride leader?
The ride route skirted around Moriac taking in Anglesea, Hendy Main, Larcombes  and Layards Roads.  The coffee break was taken at the Moriac General Store which today was particularly busy.   
The return ride to Bunnings was via Reservoir Road and Waurn Ponds Drive.  Prior to Reservoir Road Geoff had a Show and Tell session, powering up the hill on his eBike, leaving the rest of us in his wake and wondering if it’s time for an upgrade! Thanks to Peter J and Leo for sharing the tail-end charlie role and Peter J for sharing the ride leading duties. The total distance covered 55kms.
 Peter O.

Janet Leads the Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove - 3.2.22
An overcast cool morning for our ride to Ocean Grove today with a short sprinkling of rain. At the Grovedale Hotel were  Chris Hu, Doug, Gary, Geoff, John H, Julia, Ken G, Kim, Mark K, Norm, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Trudi, and myself. We met up with Lindy at Lake Rd then a bit further on Nick, Sarah and Richard joined us. We then met Meri and Lovro in Ocean Grove. The wind  and drizzle saw us change our coffee destination to the Garage with a few going along to the Groove. A couple of seperate groups going back by different routes divided us up. Great riding along 13th Beach with small groups allowing space for cars to overtake safely. Thanks everyone for a lovely morning and thanks to TEC Gary.

TWO Rides to Jan Juc - Tuesday 1.2.22

1/ GRAVEL - led by Chris Hume
Two riders for today's ride Nick and Chris Hu - no group management problems today!! Heading to Jan Juc we traveled along the following gravel roads: Draytons, Willowite, Elkington, Minter Dr, Jarosite Tr and Surf Coast Walk. As a result of the recent heavy rain there were sections of deep sand and some channels cut across the road which made the ride more "interesting". We finished off the ride into Jan Juc along the Jarosite and the Surf Coast Walk was very pleasant, see photos. At Swell we met up with the bitumen group and enjoyed the break there. From here into Torquay and home via Horseshoe Bend  Road.
Some stats from the ride: Ride Time: 4:12:02 / Stopped Time: 1:45:31 / Distance: 80.00 km / Average Speed: 19.05 km/h / Fastest Speed: 57.77 km/h / Ascent: 419 metres / Descent: 422 metres / Energy Burn: 9919 kj.
Chris Hu.

2/ BITUMEN - led by Kim Gorell
As our numbers grew at Bunnings this morning the sky was looking a bit threatening but as we proceeded along the clouds moved around us and apart from some occasional periods of head winds the day was perfect riding weather with lower temperatures than over the past week. Leaving from Bunnings were: Ben, David Smith 1st, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, ride leader Kim, Lovro, Meri, Peter C, Peter N, Peter O’B, Ray, Sarah and Trudi, plus Chris Hu and Nick who opted for the gravel ride. The course took the normal route of Ghazeepore, Dickens, Blackgate, HM, and onto the infamous Vickerys/Grundrys roller coaster, which I think most riders secretly enjoy. Then onto Bells for a photo opportunity and while there we took a vote whether to stop for coffee or not, are you crazy was the response, guys I was only joking. So onto Swell we went when the ride leader missed the turn and took a complaining group of riders up another hill, sorry. After the well earned rest and refreshments we went into Torquay and along the Esplanade, which was tourists free, and home via Horseshoe Bend then Warralilly after which some of us worked our way through the Mount Duneed Estate back to Bunnings while others went in different directions home. Fortunately today was uneventful but had Peter O’B following up at the tail end just in case assistance was needed, thanks Peter. Thank you everyone for you company today, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Distance for the ride was 66k   Elevation of 734m.

John Hagan's Scenic Ride to View Corio Bay & Lake Connewarre - 30.1.22
We had 13 riders at the start of our ride at the Showgrounds: John C (who left us early in the ride), Paul Ba, Meri, Leo, Trudi, Jennie, Peter J, Peter C, Lindy, Geoff C, Kim, Greg A and your ride leader John. Our first stop was at Pt Henry for a view across towards Geelong which was not all that exciting with the dull weather conditions - see photo below of Geelong waterfront with Mt Moriac in the Background. On our way to the next vantage point Geoff suffered a back wheel puncture at the intersection of Hermsley Rd/Portarlington Rd. This required quite a bit of knowledge to repair as the electric hub had to be removed for the first time! Peter Jones is the expert with this manouver and he was ably assisted by Leo and other members of the group. We moved on to Grigg Creek Reserve where we were able to view the You Yangs across Corio Bay. We travelled through Clifton Springs and Drysdale to coffee at The Range @ Curlewis where we had plenty of space good and conversation.
Our next port of call was the observation platform for Lake Connewarre at the end of Ash Rd in Leopold. There were some good bird sightings and your ride leader took a few photos. As we left this location - another puncture - this time it was Jennie's front wheel which required 2 attempts as the first tube failed. Our return from Ash Rd was via a beautiful cycle/walk concrete trail which started on Bunjil Drive and skipped past the dead end streets to take us down to Melaluka Rd and we travelled home via the Bellarine Highway and the BRT. Thaks all for an enjoyable morning and particular thanks for the puncture repairers and our tail end man, Leo.
Keep Riding - John H.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 29.1.22
We started with a large turn-out of riders that split into two groups prior to riding to Lakes Road.  At Thirteen Beach, in the interests of safety of for all road users, the second group split again. With three riding groups we had three differing coffee locations.  Thanks to Kim for leading the first group and Leo for being the tail-end charlie for the entire group. There were 19 riders in total today: John H, Andrew, Chris Hu, David Smith, David Smith v2, Jennie, Peter J, Peter C, Lovro, Meri, David L, Kim, Trudi, Julia, Ray, Lindy, John M, Leo and myself. Distance travelled 56kms.
 Regards, Peter O.

Janet's Thursday Ride to the You Yangs & Lara - 27.1.22
The ride from Rippleside today saw us head up to the Ted Wilson Trail, facing a strong headwind up Forest Rd to the You Yangs then we deviated from the planned route and headed straight into Lara instead of Little River to make the most of the strong tail wind. Riders popped up then dropped off at an alarming rate.  Starting with Gary, Ken G, Peter C, Peter O and Ted we soon met up with David S, then Peter's J & N. Gary left us at Lara followed shortly by Peter J and Ted. We met up with Nick and Sarah at coffee then Peter and Ted rejoined us for the ride home along Hovells Creek. A lovely morning with fun company. Thank you.

Nick Leads the Tuesday Ride from Waurn Ponds to Bannockburn - 25.1.22
Ten riders arrived at Bunnings prepared to battle the hills and heat on the way to Bannockburn. Both proved to be entirely manageable on a shortened route with an early start. Chris Hu, Peters C, J & N, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Trudi were later joined on the road by Ray and John M. We made good progress, with only very short stops and riders were able to enjoy the hazy countryside at their own pace. On reaching Le Due Sorelle we briefly caught up with Ken G, Lyn and David S. We enjoyed the opportunity to chat, recaffeinate and eat cake.  Water bottles replenished, we set off for Geelong via the Clyde Hill  and Stegleitz road. Definitely my favourite  direction. It always seems harder the other way! After Lovely Banks and Ted Hill there was only Sarah and I left to get back to Bunnings. All up a very good ride indeed. Thank you riders! Special thanks to my lovely wife in her new role as Tail End Charlie. Sarah wishes to add that she is most happy. There were no mechanicals and she will not be applying for Leo’s position.
Cheers Nick.

TWO Rides on Sunday - 23.1.22

1/ Doug's Mystery & Cryptic Quiz Ride Around Geelong
Five participants for today’s 8.00am start and they were: Doug (Ride Leader), Geoff C, Jennie, Ted and Scott (Geoff’s son). We headed west along the northern bank of the Barwon River for a couple of K’s and then encountered the shortest and steepest hill for the course, being Bridge Street Newtown. It was then onto Eastern Park followed by the suburban streets of Newcomb. A special mention to Solar Drive with its cycle verge and very smooth road making it pleasing to ride on. We then joined the Rail Trail for a few kilometres exiting at Christies Road then crossing the Bellarine Highway and using the back streets of Leopold, which were down-hill all the way to our coffee stop at the Rolling Pin Café. We had a minor hiccup at the café as two members did not have the necessary documentation to sit inside, so we all sat outside in the cool refreshing air. Nice coffee shop and stop. Post coffee was back along the Bellarine Highway then Earls Rd and through the back streets of St Albans Park and Breakwater to the finish. The suburban roads were smooth and several new roads for most of us. Distance was 40 kilometres. For the record, Geoff C won the Cryptic Quiz with all questions answered correctly. Well done Geoff.
Scribe: Doug .

2/ Greg's Ride to St Albans Park & Drysdale
Given the forecast of 34 C I was pleased to have a group of seven riders as we set off  at 8 am from South Geelong station on this now shortened ride. Instead of heading straight out along the Rail Trail we took the busy river path out to Breakwater and then wound our way through St Albans Park to Coppards Rd and then onto the Rail Trail. It was a pleasant ride, apart from an aggressive motorist as we  turned into Jetty Rd. We followed the off road path beside the Bypass along to Portarlington Rd from where we rode back through Drysdale admiring the beautiful flowering trees before stopping at the old train station for coffee at the caravan. Here we were joined by Peter O who had earlier ridden to Torquay. It was then an easy ride along the Rail Trail back to Geelong. Attendees included David L, Ian B, John H, Julia McK, Peter C, Ron L  and Peter O.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

Pam & Lindy Volunteer to Help on the Alpine Classic & Explore the newly opened Great Valley Trail from Bright to Harrietville - click here to see the photos.

Nick Leads the Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre - 22.1.22
A good turnout of fifteen riders today: Davids L & S, Jennie, Jo, John H, Kim, Mark S, Meri, Peters C & J, Ray, Sarah, Trudi, Leo (ever reliable TEC) and yours truly for a lumpy Barrabool and Gnarwarre roads jaunt to the Nursery. It was an easy ride to navigate and allow riders to proceed at their own pace especially along the scenic Gnarwarre Road. At the Nursery, Jo and Sarah decided to proceed on and beat the heat. I’m not sure that really worked. The rest of us enjoyed the banter with great coffee and cake. Most of us returned at a brisk pace on now hot roads via CO, HM, Reservoir and WPD. If only we could have had more shade! Thank you riders! I hope you enjoyed the views along Gnarwarre! Enjoy a well earned rest in the cool.
Cheers Nick.

Kim Leads the Thursday Ride to Moriac - 20.1.22
A very pleasant morning for a short ride to Moriac with most favourable conditions of sunshine, a light breeze and temperature in the low to mid 20’s. The gathering at Bunnings consisted of Chris H, David S, Doug, Gary, Geoff, Janet, Kim (ride leader), Nick, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Ray, Sarah, Trudi, and we were joined by Meri and Lovro along Waurn Ponds Dr. which gave us a total of 16 riders. If the Waurn Ponds hill didn’t sort a few out, the Reservoir Rd hill did. After catching our breath and a swig from the water bottle we proceeded along the Hwy to Considines and down hill onto Cape Otway Rd and our stop at the Moriac Store. After a chat and some coffee and cake we lost five riders with more pressing matters so the rest of us took Hendy Main, Grassdale, Blackgate, Dickens and home along Ghazeepore. Peter J put his hand up to be the TEC, thanks Peter and thank you to everyone for your company on a most enjoyable and casual mornings ride of 50K.

TWO RIDES on the Bellarine Peninsula - 18.1.22
1/ Peter O'Brien Leads the Road Ride to Pt Lonsdale
A large group of gravel and road riders meet at the Showgrounds this morning to ride to Point Lonsdale.   The ‘gravellers’ headed off towards Queenscliff while the road riders delayed a few minutes to have a short chat relating to ‘communications within the riding group’ prior to their departure. 
There were thirteen road riders, Jennie, John M, Trudi, Julie, Janet, Doug, David S, Ray, Paul, Kim, Lovro and Meri, who elected to ride as one group along the BRT and Swan Bay Road through to Point Lonsdale.  At Point Lonsdale we had coffee on the foreshore whilst taking-in the fabulous ocean view.  We returned to Geelong via Ocean Grove and Wallington and all up had a most pleasant ride. Distance 73kms.
 Peter O.

2/ Mark Kelly Leads the GRAVEL Alternative Ride to Queenscliff
Six gravelleurs lined up for the ride to Queenscliff today - Nick, Sarah, Peter J, Ron, Chris Hu and myself. The rail trail is always a great ride and today was no exception with relatively few people on the path, a nice temperature and generally benign wind conditions, with even a bit of help on the way back. Our original plan for coffee on the wharf was thwarted by a crowded cafe so we went to the Rolling Pin which was relatively quiet. I had to get back early so left the group there with Nick taking over ride leader duties. Thanks Nick and thanks to all for your company today. Nick, Sarah and Ron took the rail trail back while Peter J and Chris Hu went exploring.

Trudi's Sunday circuit to Lara - 16.1.22
A beautiful summer’s morning brought Alison, Blazenka, Geoff, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Leo, Lovro, Kim, Meri, Noel, Paul, Peter, Zac and Trudi to the starting point at Rippleside, for a social easy ride out to Lara. With the sun shinning on the shimmering water and with very little movement made it the perfect opportunity to hug the shore line when we could. At one of the many entrances to the Geelong Grammar School I decided to take the group through the school grounds. Once in the grounds you quickly discover the private little community of houses for the teachers, with beautifully tree line street is very tranquil as there are no student’s at the moment. The tidiness is what stands out and what you would imagine and expect from a private school of such calibre. Back onto the Hovell’s Creek path, Canterbury Rd and into Lara from a different direction. Coffee in The Centreway Cafe Xpresso Lounge, and as usual service was excellent. Our return route was the Ted Wilson Path all the way to Church St with a lovely run back to the starting point. Thanks everyone for your company. It’s always a pleasure to be out riding on such a stunningly summer’s day.

Nick Tarnay Leads the Saturday Ride to Moriac & Gnarwarre - 15.1.22
Two groups headed out from Bunnings to ride to the nursery. My group of David L & S, Kim, Mark J, Lovro, Sue and Richard completed a slightly longer course of WPD, Reservoir, HM, Greys, Forest, Layard, Church, Hortips, Considines. Both groups stayed in touch, meeting at key intersections until Hendy Main. Peter Jones led the second group of Alison, Ian B, Jennie, John M, Meri, Sarah, Trudi and TEC Leo and arrived first at the nursery by cutting off the Greys road section. I’m interested to have feedback about the success of the two group, faster / slower, alternative course idea. It’s easy to do on such a circuit. As usual, we had excellent coffee and cake with entertaining conversation.
The fast tail wind assisted return journey along Barrabool, Devon, Hwy and WPD strung out group with some fast descending, especially along WPD. Lots of fun! Thank you riders! Special thanks to Peter J and Leo. Hope everyone had a good ride and let me know your thoughts. Cheers Nick T

2 RIDES ON THURSDAY to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 13.1.22
1/ Peter O'Brien Leads the Asphalt Ride:
This morning fourteen riders turned up for the planned ride down to the Chocolaterie.  Mark and Chris Ha had their gravel bikes and headed off into the unknown.  Key highlights of our road ride were: Crossing at the traffic lights on Surf Coast Highway Road onto the Baanip Bvd path (from a safety Perspective this proved a success);  The Ride Leader leading the group up the well-known path on the Baanip Bvd path;  Ride route included taking in the sights on Blackgate and Grays Roads:  Lovro’s slow leak puncture; Ideal weather for riding; Good coffee provided at the Chocolaterie; Lovro puncture fixed;  A predominately downhill ride along Surf Coast Highway back to Geelong.  Thanks to Ray, Meri, Lovro, Lyn L, Ken G, David S, Gary, Arno (Special Guest from Melbourne), Doug, Janet, Julie and myself. Distance 82 kms.
 Peter O.

2/ Mark Kelly Leads the GRAVEL Ride:
Only two gravelleurs this morning. Chris Ha and myself. We left the Grovedale Hotel following the roadies but left them at Warralily where Chris led me astray up to the Mt Duneed water tower. What a wonderful view, apart from the burnt out Ford. We then wound our way back to the original route with a nice ride up Ghazepore Rd to Blackgate Rd and onto Flaxbourne’s Rd. The riding was very pleasant although the roads were pretty corrugated. We decided to give the Chocolaterie a miss in favour of coffee at Chez Kelly and after Portreith and Vickery’s Rd headed west along Gundry’s road. We joined Forest Rd up to the Anglesea roundabout where we took the gravel track parallel to the Great Ocean Rd towards Torquay. The decision not to stop for coffee and the Chocolaterie proved fateful as Chris hit a large piece of wood on the track and was thrown off his bike. The Strava crowd will see where the ride comes to an abrupt end! Chris was OK but at bit bruised and battered so we called for back up and Annette picked us up and we got Chris home safe if not entirely sound. A somewhat inglorious end to what was otherwise a very enjoyable ride. Thanks Chris, hope you mend quickly!
Cheers, Mark.

2 RIDES ON TUESDAY - 11.1.22
1/ Peter Jones leads the Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows & Return

Nine riders for my Westmeadows Ride today, eight at the start and Ron joining us at the Moonee Ponds Trail. Riders were Janet, Jennie, Chris Ha, David S, Andrew, Noel, Clint, Ron and myself.
Strange weather to start, quite mild with plenty of grey cloud but no rain. Took the usual path to the Moonee Ponds Trail, pausing at the West Gate Bridge Memorial. Ron wasn’t at the agreed meeting point so Chris Ha volunteered to wait while the rest of us pushed on to the coffee shop at Essendon. Very pleasant riding, quite a few others out making good use of the trail. Very enjoyable coffee break with the two wanderers turning up in time to join in the coffee and discussions.
Rolled on our way enjoying the riding and scenery, some beautiful homes out that way. Arrived at the Tavern just after 12-00 O’clock and enjoyed a very good meal before heading back by the M80 Ring Rd Path joining the Maribyrnong River Path and making our way towards the Bay Trail. Lovely riding out there, very peaceful, lots of bird life, the river slowly meandering along, it is a gravel path but very good and very smooth. Closer in the path has been sealed and took a brief stop at the lookout over looking the old Ammunition Factory. Burnt out sections from last week’s fire very obvious.
A final push against a bit of a sea breeze and we were back to the cars and heading home.  A good ride in good company, thanks everyone for joining me.
 Cheers Peter J.

2/ Doug Wyatt leads the Easy Ride on a Zig Zag Course to Drysdale
In nice weather conditions for a bike ride, the following joined me for the zig zag ride to Drysdale and they were: Chris Hu, Gary, Ian, Lindy, Julia, Lyn and Peter N. At the round-a-bout we got off to a rocky start as the ride leader said straight ahead, but not everyone was facing the same way. Within less than a minute we recovered the errant rider and proceeded towards the Eastern Gardens. The course took us along streets some of us had never traversed and included the suburban streets of Newcomb, Moolap, Leopold and Curlewis to Drysdale. A special mention to Leopold because we made a right-hand turn from Portarlington Road onto Melaluka Road in order to avoid the long hill past Melaluka Road. In essence, we didn’t avoid the hill, only delayed it because we encountered a similar hill along Warrawee Road Leopold. Reaching the top of the hill we were presented with a problem in as much as the road ahead was closed for road repair. Fortunately, we were able to ride on the footpath to get through the roadworks and keep to the planned route. Our coffee stop was the Bungalow. Post coffee, Chris headed eastwards for a longer ride whilst the rest of us sought the sanctuary of the shaded Bellarine Rail Trail back to the Showgrounds. In summing up, a nice course, with nice people and thanks to “Tail End Peter Nice”. Distance was 43 kilometres.
Scribe: Doug.

1/ Greg Allerton's 103km Loop to Bannockburn, Gnarwarre and Moriac

Zac and I enjoyed perfect cycling conditions as we pedalled through Lovely Banks then Bakers Bridge (which gives the easiest crossing of the Moorabool Valley) on our way to Bannockburn. It was then via Pollocksford before a welcome stop at the picturesque Cottage Farm Nursery where we were the only guests. Zac managed to catch a small bird that was trapped inside the cafe.The return was through Moriac and Waurn Ponds. I was home by 1-30 pm after 103 km in 4h 38 m av 22.3  Thanks Zac, I enjoyed your company.        Greg Allerton.


2/ Chris Halpin's Ride to Moriac
Very social ride to Moriac this morning. Perfect riding weather, 18 starters, 2 groups and strict instructions for an 'easy flattish ride to Moriac' - from Bunnings??? For Andrew, Chris Hu, 2xDavid, Doug, Ian, Janet, Jenny, Jo, Ken & Lyn, Kim, Lovro and Meri, Lindy, Norm, PJ and myself the only way was up - so we chose Waurn Ponds Dve, Reservoir and Cape Otway Rds. Nick and Sarah joined us to make a round 20 for a coffee. Sadly no sign of Greg Allerton and his Spartans.
Back on the bikes most of us headed into a chilly Southerly along Hendy Main before turning off to Blackgate, Anglesea and then into Ghazeepore Rd and home. A mostly easy 40km round trip and special thanks to PJ for assuming Asst Ride Leader duties, and of course Leo for TEC.

Ted’s Portarlington Hills' Ride  - Saturday 8.1.22
Grey skies and mizzle greeted 11 riders at the Showgrounds for my medium/hard ride to Portarlington. Alison, Geoff and his son Scott, Jennie, Ken, Leo, Lovro, Meri, Peter J, Peter O and I set off on the BRT and were soon joined by John M. Three riders signalled their intentions to turn at Drysdale and left us after an artistic photo op on the Curlewis foreshore. The peloton spread out on Portarlington Road with some enjoying the thrill of a super fast downhill after the hard grind up. Coffee and cake at Edina was great – once the initial issues of ordering and delivery were overcome. Perhaps it was a case of staff shortage as the waiter was clearly inexperienced and told us sheepishly that it was his first day on the job. The misty rain returned during the coffee break and our order of cheesecake with mixed berries was renamed cheesecake with mist berries (thanks Alison). A slightly longer return via Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway made for a 70k plus round trip. No punctures or other incidents and clearing weather on the return leg made for a very enjoyable Saturday morning. Thanks once again to Leo for his TEC duties and Peter O for rounding up the stragglers.

Peter O'Brien's Loop to Anakie & Lara on Thrsday 6.1.22
Five riders: Leo, Doug, David S, Peter J & myself.
An early start.  Drizzle.  Sunshine.  Hills.  Long stretches.  3km gravel.  One 18% ascent.  Fast descents.  Favourable winds.  Quiet roads.  Native animals.  90km ridden.  In the words of Peter Jones, “What a cracker of a ride.” 
Peter O. 

Nick's Tuesday Loop to Moriac - 4.1.22
After last week's clockwise loop it was pleasing to see even more riders arrive for today’s anticlockwise ride in overcast temperate conditions. Given the size of the group we split in a slightly faster group of Ben, David, Ken G & S, Lovro, Peter C & N, led by Nick. The second group of Chris Hu, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Meri, Trudi and Leo led by Peter J were never far behind. Hamilton Hwy wasn’t too busy but the trucks are back. Pollocksford tested the legs and unfortunately there was no sign of the front light that bounced off on the bridge last Tuesday. We met Lyn along Barrabool Rd. After a mostly down hill run into Moriac we found Chris Ha, Lindy and John M were waiting for us at the store looking surprisingly fresh. Coffee and the usual conversation followed. Today’s featured topic was Sarah’s new super vacuum cleaner. Who would have thought so much banter can be had from such a common household item. I digress. As we were leaving Kim arrived, but too late to join us without foregoing a coffee.
The trip back in two groups again in intermittent light mizzle was uneventful with riders taking alternative paths home. I enjoyed the lumps and bumps of Andersons and the fast run down Merrawarp toward Fyansford. Thankyou riders; Peter J and Ken S for leading the second group on the way in, and a big thanks to tail end Charlie Leo whose mr fixit mechanical skills were not required today. Cheers! Thankyou riders; Peter J and Ken S for leading the second group on the way in, and a big thanks to tail end Charlie Leo whose mr fixit mechanical skills were not required today.
Cheers! Nick.

Ron Little's Easy Ride to Drysdale - Sunday 2.1.22
A group of 16 riders gathered on a beautiful mild morning at Sth Geelong Station for a ride to Drysdale. The trail we found to be fairly busy but the crowd filtered out before we got to Curlews. On reaching the Bungalow the staff were kept busy apparently glad to see us as I only counted 6 diners there when we arrived. Our riders for the morning were: Peter J, Jennie, Jo, Chris Ha, Lovro, Meri, Kim, Trudi, Paul, Ted, Leo, Alison, Hugh and myself. Lindy, Chris Hu and Mark J joined us for a short period.
Happy New Year, Ron.

Ken Smith Leads the New Year's Day Ride for 2022 to Barwon Heads
The first club ride for the new year had the planned ride to Moriac changed as the Moriac Store would not be open to the general public. As eleven enthusiastic riders had come to the early start time of 8am to beat the heat it was decided to proceed to Barwon Heads. The riders were: Ian B, Jennie, John M, Julia, Peter C, Peter J, Peter O, Nick, Trudi, Leo, and myself. Ken punctured before the ride started and was assisted by Peter O and Leo in the repair while the other riders were told to go on and we would meet up at the Beach House Cafe in the main street of Barwon Heads. On the 13th bBeach Road Ian punctured and was helped by Peter C. There did not appear to be many people moving around the main street. We enjoyed our drinks and cake and when it was time to leave riders decided the way they would return to Geelong. Most chose to ride along the 13th Beach Road and enjoyed the cool south west wind which lasted  until we reached Lake Road where the wind remained in the same direction but became hot. Thankfully all riders made it safely to their homes.
Thank you to all who participated, Ken Smith.

Lovro & Meri Lead the Thursday Ride to the You Yangs & Lara - 30.12.21
An 8.30 start at the top of Church Street saw 18 riders turn up. Some came from Leopold, and other far away places. So ready to go on a superb morning were: Chris Ha and Hu, Gary B, Geoff C, Jennie P, John M, Ken S, Lindy, Ian B, Mark L, Peter C, Peter Ob, Peter N, Ray C, Sarah and  Nick, Lovro and Meri. We went out the Bike path and got onto Ballarat Road, then turned onto Ballan Road. Thankfully this road was not that busy  and we rode in single file. Great burst of speed down Stacey's Road and onto the great surface of Windemere Road. Out Forest Road and onto the You Yangs.  Most decided to ride up to the turntable, others rode into Lara for an early  coffee. Great break at Xpresso for refreshments.  Home via Hovels Creek path or along the Old Melbourne Road. Thanks for the ride everyone. A good morning for a bike ride. Lovro said his ride report would be "we rode to Lara then back". So I added a  marginally more comprehensive paragraph or two.

Nick's Loop to Gnarwarre & Moriac on Tuesday 28.12.21
What a beautiful day for a bike ride! Fourteen riders turned up at Fyansford prepared to savour the views, the delightful downhills and the heart pumping uphills: Hugh, Jo, John M, Julia, Ken S, Meri, Lovro, Peter C, Peter N, Ray, Nick, Sarah, Trudi and Leo. We travelled along the Hwy where Ray punctured, down Merrawarp, where we met Ross, up Ceres hill where we met Chris Ha and up WPD. At this juncture we broke into to groups, a faster group doing a longer loop out the back of Moriac to the Nursery and a shorter loop taking the Cape Otway Rd option  around to Hortlips. This gave  Chris and Graham at the Nursery, at bit more time to get coffee and cake out to the now hungry tired riders. Certainly the beautiful  nursery gardens are one the best coffee spots in the district. It was here we met Ken Gawne who had caught us up. After rest and conversation we proceeded in two groups back along Pollocksford Rd taking in the fantastic views and then enjoying a  sensational downhill run. Back along the Hwy we had a stiff breeze to work into. Now, with tired sore legs I was relieved to get  get back home to take it easy. Thank you riders!  Thank you tail end Charlie Leo, now with the prettiest bike in the bunch. Thank you to Sarah who took leadership of the short course group.

John Hagan Leads the Boxing Day Ride to Drysdale - Sunday 26.12.21
A good turnup of 14 riders under grey skies and the slightest hint of drizzle for our Boxing Day ride to Drysdale. Our riders were: Ray, Leo, Trudi, Janet, Lovro, Chris Ha, Meri, Ken S, Barry, Jennie, Jo, Peter C, John H and Hugh. The highlight of the start of the ride was Leo's new Baum bicycle - see photo below as it was displayed to the group by Lovro.
Would you believe that not even a single place was open for coffee in Drysdale - we checked the coffee caravan at the station and it was missing, then to the Bungalow, the Zoo, the small coffee shop next to Coles and then Ground Zero - but alas, NO COFFEE!! Heading home we experienced cold drizzle and were desperate for coffee - why else do we go riding! Fortunately Peter C when passing the Golf Range at Curlewis poked the nose of his bike around the track and found they were offering coffee - also, Hugh & Jo were already there having left us earlier. A number of riders headed back at this stage but the remainder enjoyed coffee/tea, cake and conversation. Thanks to all for a pleasant ride.
Keep riding, John.

Ken Gawne's Thursday Loop to Moriac - 23.12.21
Ray, David L, David S, Geoff, Chris Ha, Doug, Ken S, Julia, Sarah, Noel, Kim, Peter N, Lovro and leader Ken G comprised the group of 14 that set off from Bunnings for Moriac. Up Waurn Ponds Drive then along the Princes Highway to Andersons. Some had not ridden this quiet, scenic road before, others not in the northerly direction. Along Barrabool to Hendy Main which took us to the refreshment stop at Moriac. Waiting for us there was Chris whose need for caffeine was such that he had taken a short cut which eliminated the ups and downs of both Andersons and Hendy Main. Lyn arrived near the end of our break and chatted with several before we resumed our journey. Hendy Main, Grassdale, Blackgate, Dickins and Ghazeepore got us back to Waurn Ponds. Sugargum into Rossack,where several riders turned off at Heyers. Noel and I turned left onto the path back to Bunnings whilst the remainder turned right towards Belmont.  The distance covered was 49.3kms.
A happy and relaxed festive season to all. Ken G.


Two Rides from Geelong Showgrounds on Tuesday 21.12.21
1/ Bellarine Rail Trail to Queenscliff and return - led by Chris Hume.
Fourteen riders started from the Show Grounds, Doug leading and Noel and myself performing tail end Charlie duties. Headed to Jetty Rd Drysdale where we split into two groups. The Gravel group consisted of Ben, Chris x 2, John M, Julia, Mark J, Noel and Lindy came with us to Drysdale Station and returned from there. Heading onto the good bit, the gravel, we cruised onward to Queenscliff aided by a westerly breeze meeting up with the other at Banks Rd. Here Peter O'B joined us. At the Queenscliff- Portarlington Rd Mark and Peter headed right to join the road riders. We continued on to have coffee at the Rolling Pin. After coffee we did a tour of the Borough of Queenscliffe which included a visit to a nesting colony of Little Egrets, thanks to John M! and many lookouts. After visiting the Pt Lonsdale Light House it was back to the BRT and home. At Drysdale four of us headed to the Bungalow for lunch.
An enjoyable ride was had by all!! Chris Hu.

2/ Bitumen Circuit to Drysdale, Pt Lonsdale & Barwon Heads led by Doug Wyatt
We started as a single peloton along the Bellarine Rail Trail and the further we went along the trail, the more our numbers kept increasing. At Jetty Road the peloton split into two with the bitumen riders turning off the trail and heading to Point Lonsdale by road. A westerly wind blew David L, David S, Doug, Jennie, Kim, Lovro, Lindy (Drysdale) Lyn, Mark J, Mark S, Meri, Peter C and Peter O’B at a great rate of knots. At the rail crossing on Banks Road, we had an unplanned coming together of the two pelotons. After a photo or two we were on our way again. On a personal note, I love riding along the tree lined Banks Road save the uphill just after the train crossing. When nearing the retail area of Point Lonsdale extra care was required as the holiday crowd were there in force. The Plated coffee shop had sufficient tables for us to group together. As with most coffee stops, the cakes looked delicious.
Post coffee saw Lovro, Meri and Peter O’B take the direct route home along the Highway whilst the rest of us tackled the headwind along Shell Road. Nearing Ocean Grove, Peter C had a wheel problem and with Hendry Cycles nearby, Peter made an unscheduled stop to have a new tyre and tube fitted to the bike. Meanwhile the peloton continued on, into the wind. At Barwon Heads, Jennie and Lyn opted for the Barwon Heads Road whilst the rest of us took 13th Beach Road. Having reached the corner of Warralily Boulevard and Horseshoe Bend Road we were unexpectedly reunited with Jennie and Lyn. The new section on Horseshoe Bend Road has a cycle lane (hooray) but needs the road sweeper over it to get rid of the loose stones. The wind, despite its strength, when riding into it, was cooling and that made the ride enjoyable temperature wise. There was no dedicated Tail End Charlie today resulting in the duties shared by several, with thanks. Even the Ride Leader had a turn (due to his slowness!!). Thank you for your company and I wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas.
Doug Wyatt.

Easy Ride of 34km to Lara on Sunday - 19.12.21
Some rumblings could be heard in the distance and a sprinkling of light rain as we assembled for our easy ride to Lara. Just 5 participants: Meri & Lovro, Jennie, Alison and John H. We didn't decide on a ride leader but Lovro took the reigns at the front and led most of the way. The trail was dry after we passed the refinery and we chose Xpresso Lounge Cafe for our coffee/or tea and cake. There was quite a large group of cyclists already there and they expressed surprise that any other group would be silly enough to ride in this threatening weather.
On the return trip there was a big surprise in store for us - Meri and Lovro invited us into their Art Gallery/Home to view their work. Meri has been commissioned by people all over Australia to do work for their homes and Lovro does the sometimes intricate framing. Their home is a work of art which Lovro has been building. It was a joy to see - thank you Meri and Lovro. Our short ride of 34km finished just as the rain was coming down again.
Thanks all for a very enjoyable morning.
John H.

John Hagan's Saturday Ride to Bowside Cafe in Bellbrae - 18.12.21
We had seventeen starters for our ride from Grovedale Pub: Andrew, Peter C, David BS, Julia, Doug, Ken S, Jennie, Jo, Alison, Trudi, Kim, Noel, Janet, John M, Leo, Chris Hu, and your photographer, John H. While the temperature got to 34.5 deg in Geelong we were rather favoured with the wind direction with a tail wind all the way to Bellbrae. Here we enjoyed the cakes and we particularly enjoyed our coffees at Bowside Cafe as Leo shouted all the coffees on his birthday. We then sang "Happy Birthday" loudly in his honour. As we hopped on the bikes and began to pedal SW for a short distance on the Anglesea Rd we noticed we were into a cooler SW wind which meant after Addiscott Rd and turning into Bones Rd we had a tail wind the whole way home. Not too often you have a tail wind both ways!! Ken got a puncture and he was ably assisted by Leo (looking after the rear of the peloton) and Chris Hu. Doug had done the ride the hard way by battling into the wind as he rode from Jan Juc to the start. Andrew left us at Freshwater Creek as he was feeling the heat and he enjoyed a coffee at Freshwater Creek Cakes. Our return trip was via Jan Juc, the back streets of Torquay and along Horseshoe Bend Rd for a total of approx. 50km. Thanks to all for an enjoyable experience.

Trudi's Thursday Loop to Bannockburn - 16.12.21
Six starters today for my ride out to Bannockburn: David, Gary, Jennie, Peter C and J and Trudi. A good run out to Brisbane Rd, such a lovely tree lined road to ride along. Coffee as usual was at Cafe Le Due Sorelle enjoying our break in the sunshine outside. Clyde Rd was a fast and thrilling downhill run, Parker is as always a pleasure to ride through. Stieglitz Rd was lacking its usual tailwind today but still stunning view’s to be seen. Lovely Banks Rd saw us back onto the Ted Wilson. Today I was the first to drop off as the rest of the group headed back down to Fyansford and home.
Thanks everyone for your company today (life is better on your bike) - Trudi.

Janet's Tuesday Loop from Winchelsea to Wingeel, Shelford & Inverleigh - 14.12.21
A requirement for a tube change before I even got the bike in my car saw me racing to the start line to find the following all waiting for their leader to arrive: Ben, Doug, David S, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lyn L, Nick, Noel, Peter C, Peter O'B & Trudi. We had a lovely ride through Wingeel (still not sure where that actually is as certainly no congregation of houses or shops there) crossing over the Hamilton Hgw and heading towards Shelford before turning off to Inverleigh where a very welcome coffee and snacks were enjoyed. We then only had a short 20 something k to finish the ride back at Winchelsea for a distance of 83k. More coffee and snacks were enjoyed there.
Congratulations to Peter C for riding from and back to Leopold, Kim for rescuing a sheep caught in wire, Peter O'B for fixing a puncture and then chasing us down, Doug for planning such a fabulous route and Noel for TEC duties. 
Happy and safe riding everyone, Janet.

Sarah Leads the Alternate Ride to Drysdale on Tuesday - 14.12.21
Seven riders gathered at Geelong Showgrounds heading for coffee at the Bungalow in Drysdale. Present at the start were Chris Hu, Gary, Lovro and Meri, Paul, P.J., and Sarah .  Pleasant conditions prevailed along the BRT, followed by  social coffee and conversation at the ever reliable Bungalow cafe. After this we made our way home via different routes, four of us returning for the most part via Portarlington Rd . Thanks to all for good company.

Greg Allerton's 104km Ride Around Avalon and over to Sutherland's Creek - Sunday 12.12.21
It was a great cycling day- sunny, warm and light fluky winds. I was surprised to see Lindy L at the start but she was there a bit early for the 8-30 ride led by John H. John C kindly came to take the start photo and rode with us along the new Gheringhap St bike path before turning off. Mark J, Peter O'B and I made our way towards Lara via Hovells Creek path which pleasingly was almost dry under the Freeway. We took the Old Melbourne Rd  then over the freeway and past the entrance to Avalon Airport. We continued around its perimeter along Pousties then right into Dandos Rd, where we sped along with a tail wind and a gradual downhill. It was not long before we arrived at Cafe Xpresso for a welcome coffee break after 46 km. Peter O had a message from Noel P who had arrived late at the start and had messaged me but I had forgot to turn my phone on and he had been trying to catch up to us - sorry about that oversight! He soon arrived and enjoyed coffee with us. We did a loop past the front of You Yangs then took Windemere, Staceys and Robbs Rd to Sutherlands Creek.  Noel left us before we took TW Trail from where people headed home, where I arrived at 1-15 pm after 104 km in 4h 18m, average 24.2kph. Noel must have ridden 120 km - sorry about missing you at the start.  Great riding guys. This was my 52nd century for the year. I have now ridden 100km + over 2000 times.     
Greg Allerton.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Armstrong Creek - 12.12.21
This was a good morning for riding with enough breeze to keep us at the right temperature. We had 13 riders for our ride to Armstrong Creek with 11 starters at Sth Geelong: Jennie, Doug, Trudi, Peter J, Lindy, Leo, Paul B, Julia, John H, Alison and Ted and with Barry and Geoff Cam joining us later. One participant described the event as lining up for the 'most circuitous route' prize as we went around the back of Deakin on the gravel paths and down past the Archery Range to come out on Waurn Ponds Drive. On the way home we took a path that no-one had been on before from Horseshoe Bend Rd to Drews Rd - this can be seen in the last 5 photos from our ride below. Our coffee stop was at Sullies Kiosk at Armstrong Creek and we arrived there within 2 minutes of our 10am booking! We did a count of e-Bikes on the ride today and came up with the number FIVE - see photo below and note that this was Geoff C's first ride on the new e-bike with the club. On the return we carefully avoided the roadworks on Barwon Heads Rd by taking Bailey St, Settlement Rd Service Rd and then coming past the Barwon Valley Golf Course before enjoying the view over the Bay at Eastern Gardens. Our trip was 46km.
Thanks for coming,
John Hagan.

Trudi's Saturday Ride to Lara - 11.12.21
Fifteen riders today for my ride to Lara: Alison, Clint, David, Jennie, Jo, John H and M, Julia, Ken G and S, Mark, Noel, Paul (possible new member) Peter and Trudi.  Today’s route saw us on the Ted Wilson path, Anakie Rd with a lovely downhill on Tower Hill Rd. Bacchus Marsh Rd then the full length of Windermere Rd which changes to McIntyre Rd. Perkins Rd brought us back into Lara for our refreshments at Xpresso Lounge Cafe. As usual the service was fantastic as we took up our usual tables. Quite a bit of chatter around the tables today. I did hear a muffled discussion about the hope of a new Pinarello for Christmas, I hope that you’ve been a good girl Jo Santa will be listening.. I must also mention, that it was nice to see Noel sitting amongst us all and not sitting outside the premises on the bitumen to have his coffee and cake. Our return route was on the Hovels Creek path, hugging the bay when we could. It wasn’t long before we were back at Rippleside Park breaking off into two groups one heading for home the other back to Church St. Thank you everyone for a very enjoyable morning’s ride. See you all next time.

GTC Annual General Meeting Report - 2.12.21:
The AGM held on December 2nd was a successful event attracting 24 members who were entertained by “The Wheel Thing” and enjoyed pizzas before getting down to the business of wrapping up the year. Lindy summarised the club’s activities in her Presidents Report and Ted reported on the financial and membership status. The adoption of a new mission statement was carried unanimously by those present. ie “GTC is an inclusive community based recreational cycling club for members of all ages, sharing a wide variety of single and multi-day rides”. Membership fees for non Bicycle Network annual payment members was kept the same as last year and is payable by February 28, 2022.
Congratulations to the following members who were elected to lead our Club:
President - Lindy Lester
Vice President - Ted Reeve
Secretary - Janet Roussety
Treasurer - Mark Shying
Committee - Trudi Bellia, Peter O'Brien, Nick Tarnay

Photos from our GTC Christmas Party at Eastern Gardens on Thursday 9.12.21

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac (also wet!) on Thursday 9.12.21
On a damp, overcast morning Ray, Peter J and myself departed Fyansford for a ride through the hills to Moriac.  We rode out to Merrawarp Road and waiting for us at Barrabool Road was Nick.  From there we continued along Barrabool Road and Devon Road where we encountered more hills. The shortest route to Moriac was via the Cape Otway Road and along this section the downhill ride was much appreciated. A coffee break was taken at the Moriac General Store and it was here that we met up with Chris Ha. As were about to leave Moriac Chris Hu arrived and after a brief chat Chris decided to take a rest break so the remainder of the group headed back to Geelong via the usual Reservoir Road-Waurn Ponds drive route. Distance travelled: 54km. Ascent: 466 metres. Descent: 550 metres.
Regards, Peter O.

Nick’s wet ride without coffee - Tuesday 7.12.21
Sometimes the Geelong weather gods are kind to us, sometimes not. Today was one of the unlucky days where it starts a little wet and just gets worse. David S, Gary, Janet, Jesse, Jennie, Mark, Noel (tail end Charlie), Peter J & O, Ray and Sarah and yours truly donned wet weather gear in light drizzle and rode forth. By the top of WPD there were four abandonments David, Gary, Sarah and Mark turned around and headed home. All things considered, a wise decision. It didn t improve as our  bedraggled and increasingly cold riders rode Devon and Barrabool hoping for some improvement and perhaps a coffee at Moriac rather than Winchelsea. At the highway intersection the group decision was to hightail it back to Bunnings by the shortest possible route. The irony being that to the west it was clearing. Too late, too wet, too cold. Only Peter J, hardy soul that he is,  turned off for a coffee at Moriac.
No photos today. But I bet you can picture the scenes. And we don’t need reminding. It’s been a very long time since I got both wet and cold. Especially, considering the fact that it’s supposed to be summer. Go figure!   Better luck next time riders!
Cheers, Nick.

John Hagan's Ride to Drysdale - Checking Out a few Interesting Dead Ends on the Way - Sunday 5.12.21
A good turnout for our ride this morning with 13 riders at the start: John H, Jo, Leo, Peter J, Jennie, Chris Hu, Ron (welcome back), Craig, Mark L, David L, Janet, Ted and Andrew arrived after the photo. We rode into a reasonably brisk SE breeze on the way out with out first dead end turnaround at Pt Henry and the second was in Curlewis at the end of Hermsley/Avila Rds. Here we were able to view the beautiful mansions in this region and wonder at how much time they must spend riding a motor mower! Our next detour was past the Curlewis Shopping Centre and down the beautiful path beside Griggs Creek to Corio Bay where we posed beside the impressive art work with the You Yangs in the background. We took the back streets up to The Bungalow Restaurant for our morning coffee. Paul T had arranged through a WhatsApp message to meet us there and we were right on time. Here Janet decided to share her large coffee muffin with PJ taking the choc bits off the top (see photo below) and yours truly devouring the coffee cream on the top! The vanilla slices were a highlight for one unnamed rider in our group!!
For our return trip there was a delay when Mark L had to pump his rear tyre so the front group, led by Peter J, took the larger group back along the Rail Trail and John H led the second group not too long after. Thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride in the breeze and sunshine.
Keep Riding, John.

Kim Gorell's Saturday Ride to Moriac & Torquay - 4.12.21
The sky was a bit grey at the Bunnings start but as we got going the blue sky appeared which made for pleasant cycling. Those who took part were, Alison who turned back after Moriac due to commitments, David L, Doug, Janet, Jennie, John H, John M, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim the ride leader, Leo, Peter J, Peter O’B, Ray, Sue & Richard. We were also joined by a prospective new member Paul Broughton, Gary’s nephew. Being a gathering of 18 cyclists we split into 2 groups with Janet leading the second group and Leo took up his usual position on the tail end, thank you both for your assistance. The route took WP Dr, Reservoir, Cape Otway and onto Hendy Main through to Ocean Acres, Grossmans, and S C Hwy to the Maple Bakery. This was a most enjoyable stop in the sun and sheltered area, it must be said we all added a few calories just by looking at the selection that was on offer. Mark S met us here and Doug, Sue & Richard made their own way home while the rest of us took Horseshoe Bend, Warralily and from there riders gradually broke away to head for home. Thanks to everyone for a good ride with good company, a most enjoyable morning with the only down side being we got a bit wet in the last 6 ks, but that’s cycling. Distance 56k and elevation 423m.
Cheers, Kim.

Trudi Bellia Leads the Ride to Lara & 3 go on to Top of You Yanfa - Thursday 2.12.21
With the start to the summer earlier starting time, it was good to see that nine members didn’t miss the opportunity for a short easy spin to Lara. Alison, David S, Jesse, Jennie, Ken S, Peter J, Peter O, Ted and Trudi. I’ll keep it short and sweet just like the ride. Three takers for the longer option of riding up the You Yangs, David, Jesse and Ken. The rest of us headed back to Xpresso Lounge Cafe for our refreshments, enjoying our coffee inside in the air conditioned cafe. Hovels Creek quickly saw us back in Geelong everyone dropping off at different locations. Thanks everyone for joining me today for a nice social ride in the beautiful sunshine.

Peter O'Brien's Tour de Bellarine - Tuesday 30.11.21
Last night when I heard the forecast of the mid-30s I was of two minds as to whether I should shorten the route and/or have an earlier start.  Due to the late notification, I decided to keep the start time at 9am and let the group decide the distance they felt they could manage. It was already warming up when we met at Showgrounds and from there we rode onto Portarlington.  At Drysdale Doug and Barry departed the group as they only wanted a short ride.  After Portarlington, the rest of the riders continued to Queenscliff and then to Point Lonsdale for lunch. By now it was about 2pm so with the temperature still rising we all decided to take the most direct route back to Geelong. Thanks to Jennie, Mark J, John M, Trudi, Julie, Janet, Doug, Barry, David S, Ken S and Ray for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 101 kms.
Peter O.

Greg Allerton's Dead End Roads Ride to Moriac and the South West - Sunday 28.11.21
A select group of four keen riders set off from South Geelong station at 8 am on a pleasant morning. We were pedalling along the south side river path when John C caught up to us for a belated start photo. Ian B, Peter C, David L and I rode out Bellevue Avenue and Pigdons Road then Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Rd then Reservoir Rd before enjoying the downhill on Cape Otway Road. We turned left into Mt Duneed Rd then immediately right into Hunts Rd for our first out and back (O&B) leg.  After 2 km at the T junction with the gravel end of Dickins Rd we turned back and rode down to Moriac then south to Larcombes Rd where we met the Vets racing around their usual course. It was then Forest Rd,Grays Rd and right into Flaxbournes Rd for 4 km where the road became gravel and we turned back.It was then along to Nobles Rd where Peter turned R being a bit tired after 95 km in the strong wind yesterday and was going to wait for us at Moriac shop.
David, Ian and I took Layard Rd then Cape Otway Rd to Gherang Rd. I always enjoy this section through the hamlet of Gherang as the road rises gently up into the bush. We turned back before the road became gravel and returned to Cape Otway Rd. There was a stiff head wind back to Moriac shop for a much needed refreshment break. It was then along Cape Otway Rd, Reservoir Rd, Pettavel Rd then into Waurn Ponds Dve and more head wind back to Pigdons Rd where we parted ways.  I was home by 1-15 pm after riding 101 km in 4h 27m  average 22.7 Thanks to Ian B, Peter C and David L for your company and to John C for our belated start photo.     
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader .

Chris Halpin's Sunday Ride to Torquay - 28.11.21
Seven riders at the revised starting point, the Grovey, this fine morning - Andrew, Barry, Chris Hu, David BS, Jennie and Peter J fresh back from conquering the Mountains. Lindy met us at Warralilly Bvd, but battery troubles forced her home again to return and join us for coffee at Mejavos in Torquay.  This was an easy ride, very easy, which left lots of time for coffee and extended chatter. Headed for home thru the centre of Torquay and back onto Horseshoe Bend Rd, this time with a lovely tail wind. Just on 40km and back in time for an early lunch. Thanks everyone for a relaxing ride.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 27.11.21
These are the ten riders who assembled at the Grovedale start: Doug, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Julia, Kim, Mark S, Peter C, and  myself and John M, met us along the road. We rode into a strong wind coming from the south east direction along the Surf Coast Hwy, Blackgate and Thirteenth Beach Roads, and we were looking to our refreshment break at the Groove Cafe. Their service and coffee and cake were of the usual high standard. After our stop we made our way toward Curlewis Road and onto the B.R.T with the assistance of a tail wind, as we rode along towards Wallington where trees had been felled and left on the shoulder of the road putting riders at risk as they swerved out on to the road. A BIG thank you to Kim for taking the photos and as there was not an official  tail end Charlie I thank all who took part in this important safety role.
Ken Smith .

Kim Gorell's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 25.11.21
With the bulk of regular riders being in Bright there was a small but exclusive turnout of 7 participants for today’s ride. They were Barry, Chris Ha, Doug, Jennie, Kim (leader), Peter C and Nick. The forecast was mild but cloudy however at the starting point there were layers being added as we were colder than we had expected. Leaving Bunnings we climbed up Ghazeepore and made our way over to Blackgate then down to Greys and Forrest roads eventually finding ourselves at Moriac for a very timely coffee. After a lot of deep discussion about electric vehicles it was time to continue so we ventured up Hendy Main to tackle the ups and downs of Reservoir Rd which lead us to the sweet down hill ride of Warn Ponds Dr to home. Thank you to the magnificent 7 for your company on a very enjoyable and casual ride. I must say well done to Doug as this was the longest ride he has done since his comeback. Good to have you back Doug. Distance - 50km, average speed - 22.5kph, elevation 416m.

Nick Tarnay Leads the Ride to Jan Juc - Tuesday 23.11.21
A small group of riders; Chris H, Barry, Janet, John M, Julia, Ken S, Kim and yours truly met at Bunnings to ride the ‘big dippers’ to Bells and Jan Juc. The warm, humid conditions with only a whisper of breeze made pedalling along WPD, Reservoir and Hendy M pretty easy. Turning on to Vickery the fun started. Unfortunately, Julia punctured at the Gundry intersection which split the group temporarily until we all met up to ride the second set of dippers along Bells and into Jan Juc where we enjoyed coffee and conversation at Swell cafe. I met a young tradie there who knew what the blues music on PA (Taj Mahal - The Rising Sons circa 68) was and we had a short but interesting chat. Young people continue to surprise me what they listen to.
The way back along the esplanade and Horseshoe Bend was accomplished without incident and good time before we headed in different directions after Warralily. There is no doubt that a slightly smaller group can cover ground a bit more quickly. Thank you riders! Cheers Nick T.

John Hagan Leads the Sunday Ride to Lara - 21.11.21
The big news of today's ride was the return of Doug Wyatt to riding with the GTC after a long recovery from a painful injury. Well done to Doug who completed the whole course today. We had 16 starters: Jennie, Doug, Mark L & S, Geoff C, Noel, Jo, Craig R, Hugh, Janet, Julia, Peter R, Paul B, Ian, Lindy and your ride leader John H. Our first task on arrival was to select a ride leader and I got the job as I had brought along a ride attendance form. Janet took on the job of booking our seats at Cafe Xpresso in lara and Noel was assigned to the task of tail end Charlie to make sure we didn't lose anyone (and he was successful!). On the early part of the ride we were careful not to take Doug through any difficult nagivational squeeze points so to make the journey a little easier on his braced right arm. We were booked in for 10:15 and as we looked like arriving early we rode past the Lara Station up to cross the railway line at the Mcintyre Rd crossing, along Windemere Rd and Flinders Ave to arrive at Cafe Expresso right on time. The staff at the cafe are very obliging in the way they look after us. Noel is waiting for his second needle so Julia joined him just ouside our glassed-in area to enjoy their morning coffees.
Our return trip was via the usual Bacchus Marsh Rd, Ted Wilson Path and Church St for a total distance of 44km on a good morning for riding - mostly sunny with a bit of a breeze. Thanks all for coming.
John .

Nick's "Lassoo Loop" to Moriac on Saturday 20.11.21
Fifteen riders turned up today for a shortish but   hard hilly lasso loop ride to Moriac: Greg, Janet, Jo, Jennie, John H &M, Julia, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Noel, Peter C &J, Ray and yours truly.
We made light work of the Ham Hwy, turning south into the breeze on  Merrawarp before climbing up to Ceres to enjoy the fast downhill of Cochrane, along Reservoir and down into Moriac where we enjoyed coffee and good conversation. The return journey, now with  a smaller group sans Jennie, Jo, John H, Greg and Peter J we cruised up to Hortlips along Considines, then a stretch on the Hwy to enjoy Anderson’s,  the prettiest little back road in the district. Barrabool Rd offered views to Melbourne before we enjoyed the mainly downhill run of Merrawarp and a short stretch of highway to complete the lasso. Merrawarp rides and looks completely different in each direction. I much prefer the faster northern journey! Thank you riders! As a side note, my legs are tired today. Bon voyage to the Bright riders and happy climbing.
Nick T.

Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - Thursday 18.11.21
Will it rain was the first burning question. Then it moved to 'Who's Eric'? But that was at coffee. So 15 odd riders gathered at The Grovey at 9am - Alison, Barry, 2 Chris', David, Janet, Jennie, Julie, Kim, Ken S (Asst Leader),  Lovro, Nick, 2 Peter's with Trudi volunteering as Tail Ender. We soon had to don our rain jackets heading up Surf Coast Hwy to Warralilly, and it seemed to have set in by the time we reached Lake Rd. Here we lost Jennie to work?, gained Lindy and pretty much left the rain behind. 13th Beach Rd was busy with surfers, sorry Tradies! The surf did look inviting on a light northerly.
On to Groove for coffee and a few laughs as 'Eric' refused to own up to a mocha latte. Eventually a sheepish Barry admitted to an alias. This was greeted with lots of laughter  - I think the new moniker will stick! Got a bit of class about it. Back on the road thru Wallington then Curlewis Rd to the BRT and more rain, plus a sighting of Ross riding counter clockwise. Arriving at the Showgrounds the group pretty much went home as quickly as possible - most of us quite wet by now. About 60km all up and a very enjoyable ride. Thanks everyone.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Anglesea to Wye River on the GOR and Return - Tuesday - 16.11.21
Thirteen riders left Anglesea at 9:30 this morning in overcast conditions.  The riders were Nick, Ken G, Gary, Mark K, Mark J, Trudi, Noel, David L, Richard, Lyn P, David Smith, John M and myself. We’d barely departed Anglesea when Ken G encountered a problem with his derailleur resulting in him aborting the ride. At Aireys Inlet we were joined by Peter J, Alison, Julie, Chris Ha and Kim. We had a short rest stop at Lorne where Gary left the group and returned to Geelong and Mark K and Nick headed off to ride up to Benwerrin.  The remaining riders continued to Wye River where we enjoyed a well-earned lunch break at the local café.
On the return trip Nick and Mark re-joined the group at Lorne having successfully conquered Benwerrin.  Well done Nick and Mark. The total distance covered was 91km and an elevation of 1052m. Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Barry Tippett Leads the Ride to Drysdale - 16.11.21
Four GTC riders rode to Drysdale this cool morning. The ride advertised effectively as a “Mixed Pace” ride drew Peter C, Chris H, Paul T and myself to the showgrounds. The ride to The Bungalow Cafe was pleasantly down breeze and full of musical conversation ranging from 6-12 string guitars through to Cat Stevens through to the best pitch for bagpipes (usually off a cliff apparently). At the cafe we were joined by President Lindy where engaging conversation was enjoyed by all. The return route via Swan Bay Rd and Curlewis Rd was enjoyed on quiet roads.
And then it went BANG!!!!!!!!! Chris H left us at Princess St Drysdale and took the rail trail to Queenscliff. Luckily for Chris he took a rest break at Wallington only hear an almighty bang and the damage done to the bike's 40c gravel tyre (see photo below).
Thank you to all for making this ride such an enjoyable event. 45kms with 252 m elevation gain at the advertised speed of 18.9 km/hr.

Greg Allerton's Shortened Ride Around Geelong - Sunday 14.11.21
It was a grim forecast: 80% chance showers, possible hail, wind increasing  to 45 kph. Hence I had shortened this event to a city ride instead of the usual 100 km. John Hagan and I set off at 8 am on a meandering tour through Eastern Gardens, the waterfront ,then Geelong West. We enjoyed the gradual downhill along the Gabrielle Blythe / Tom McKean Linear path following the old Cementworks railway line to North Geelong. The Pickers Union Cafe provided a welcome break sheltered from the cold strong wind. We pedalled around the back of the Refinery then it was a tough head wind section across to join the Ted Wilson Trail. We followed this to the top of Church St where we parted ways. Thank you John for your great company. It was a tough but dry ride. I was home by 11 am after 50 km in 2 h 30 m riding with an average speed  of 20.3kph.

Janet Roussety's Sunday Ride to Wandana Heights, Mt Duneed & Armstrong Creek - 14.11.21
I wasn't sure anyone was going to turn up today after looking at the weather report. However we had 11 hardy souls in total.  Chris Hu, Jennie, Ken G, Leo, Noel, Paul, Peter C, Peter J, Trudi and myself.  We met Julia 2 minutes away from the start. Our route took us through Highton,  Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds, Armstrong Creek and Warralily to coffee at Cockatoo. We found a table available outside and very quickly realised why it was vacant,  copping the cold wind throughout our stop.  Not to be deterred we got back on our bikes to make our way to Eastern Gardens.  After riding into very heavy wind along Reserve Rd we stopped in Barwarre Rd and decided to just make our way back to the station. As usual riders departed as we went along and the official ride finished without us getting wet.  Those with much further to go would not have been so lucky though.  For myself the rain started 1 second after turning into my carport!
Thanks all for your company, Janet.

Peter Jones Leads the Saturday Ride to Moriac General Store for Coffee - 13.11.21
Thirteen riders this morning on a blustery but fairly dry morning. Jo, Jennie, Julie, Janet, Chris Ha, Peter C, Ken S, Hugh, Ian B, Mark J, John H, Barry and myself. John M joined at Moriac as is his want. Took a fairly direct route to Moriac, across Heyers Rd to Ghazapore to Hams and the cycle path beside the Anglesea Rd turning right into Reservoir Rd. We had some direct head wind sections but the bulk of the time we were riding across wind. At Cape Otway Rd it was all down hill pretty much but into the head wind we had to keep working. Hugh had to get to work so he and Jo headed back before coffee and should have had a great run back. Reached the Store and enjoyed our refreshments before continuing on Hendy Main Rd into the wind for a few Ks before we gained relief as we turned East and flew on home along Grassmere, Willowite and Blackgate to Anglesea Rd. There was a bit of traffic about but not too bad and the tailwind was very enjoyable. Heading up Ghazapore Jennie suffered a puncture which was soon fixed and we headed home across Baanip Blvd  with a splitting of the ranks the closer we got to home.
Thanks for your company everyone. Cheers Peter J.

Ken Smith's Loop to Le Due Sorelle Cafe in Bannockburn on Thursday - 11.11.21
The Morning was pleasant for a ride to Bannockburn. Six riders met at the start at Graylee Ave: Peter C, J, O, Ray, Trudi and myself. Barry, David S, Jennie, John M, and Kim joined us at Fyansford. Nick became part  of the  group along  the Hamilton Hwy. We were delayed  along the Hwy due to road side trees being removed. Once on our way it felt like a south east wind  was assisting us  to Bannockburn. At the Le Due Sorell Cafe the friendliness of the staff show us how  our custom is appreciated. Once we were refreshed we made our way down Clyde Road and up Parker  and when we came to Steiglitz Road we stopped for one minutes silence for Remembrance Day even though it was nine minutes late it did not matter. We rode down Lovely Banks and  along  the Ted Wilson Path to Graylee Ave from there we all went our different ways home.
Thank you to all who rode. Ken Smith

Ken's Ride from Lethbridge to Meredith, Morrisons & Elaine on Tuesday - 9.11.21
Great weather for our ride along mainly quiet country roads. Jenni, Ken & David Smith, Nick, Noel, Peters Nice & O'Brien and myself met in the carpark of the Lethbridge Public Hall. We passed through Meredith, after riding 16 kms up the Midland Hwy, before turning onto  Ballan Rd. Enjoyed a great downhill before having to brake and turn onto the challenging climb to Morrisons.
Passed through scenic farmland enroute to Elaine. A short distance along the Mt. Mercer road I stopped with a back wheel puncture. A group effort soon had me mobile. A section of the course used for a Master's road race took us back to Meredith where, after 58 kms, the Back Creek Cafe made us very welcome.
A very fast run along Shelford, Lower Plains, Laird anf Tall Tree roads resulted in a great average speed. The distance of 82kms, with around 550m of climbing, was covered in 3h 22m at 24.0 kph. I enjoyed the experience immensely and hope everyone in the group did too.

Tuesday Ride to Bean Cravin' Coffee Van at Drysdale and on to Pt Lonsdale & Barwon Heads - 9.11.21
A small group of 6 riders meet at the showgrounds for the alternative ride this morning. They were: Chris Hu, Julia, Kim, Lindy, Peter J, and Ray. While I (Kim) was distracted, I was elected to lead the group to Drysdale via the BRT. The weather was perfect for such a casual ride with plenty of chatter along the way. We arrived at the caravan for our coffee hit and were fortunate enough to take custody of a table for us all to sit at. A bit more chatter, then Chris, Julia, Peter and Ray decided they would proceed to Point Lonsdale but Lindy and myself had other commitments so we made the return trip via the BRT. Thank you everyone for your company.

Trudi's Ride to Lara on Sunday 7.11.21
With a grey start to the day this didn’t discourage fourteen riders to Rippleside for an easy ride to Lara: Alison, Chris Hu, Janet, Jennie, Joanne, John H, Leo, Lindy, Mark L, Noel, Peter J, Ray with visitor Paul and Trudi. I was very excited to see so many ladies out riding this morning six girls to eight men excellent numbers.. Today I decided to ride the nearest route to hug the Bay shore line all the way to Shell Refinery, then onto the  Hovells Creek path. Turning left after Ted’s no longer puddle saw us meandering a little longer to Cafe Xpresso. As usual service was excellent, everyone enjoyed their coffee while they chatted among themselves. Ted Wilson path was my choice for our return route with a little detour off the usual route home. Had us puffing up Bluestone Bridge Rd rejoining the path further along. Everyone dropping off at different locations along the way, thanks for your company today on a pleasant morning’s ride.

John Hagan Leads the Saturday Ride to Cafe El Nido in Torquay - 6.11.21
As you can see from the photos we had a sunny morning for our ride to Cafe El Nido in the northern part of Torquay. We started with 12 riders: Hugh, Leo, Trudi, John H, David S, Peter O'B, Jennie, Ken S, Mark J, Peter C, Jo and Alison and picked up John M, Geoff C, Kim and Lindy along the way for a total of 16 riders. On the way out we navigated our way around the South Barwon ovals in a clockwise direction past the covid testing and through the roadworks. On the return trip we bypassed the heavy traffic by taking Bailey St through to its end, crossing at the lights at Breakwater Rd and going over the Breakwater Bridge. We had no mishaps or punctures and the service at Cafe El Nido was fast and well organized. Thanks to Leo who kept the tail end in order.
Keep Riding - John.

Kim Gorell's Thursday Ride to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 4.11.21
The weather this morning was very pleasant for the 17 -2 +2 riders who took part in today’s ride. Meeting at Bunnings for the start were Alison, David S, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Peter’s C, J, N and O’B, Nick, Trudi and Mark K being the leader and sole gravel rider. He started with us to Pettavel Rd and we meet up with him again at the coffee stop. Apparently he had a few words with the gravel ride leader on route, but it was like water off a ducks back. Janet and Jennie both had to turn around at Moriac but we caught up with Lyn on the way. From there we went down Cape Otway Rd and found our way onto Forest Rd, a long stretch and still with a slight head wind until we arrived at the Chocolaterie. Lindy was there waiting for us and we all enjoyed the offerings to replenish the energy level. There was another large cycling group there and several of us made the mistake of going to the wrong table, well these things happen when we are getting older. No photo’s were taken here as they could have been used as incriminating evidence, that’s my story, or I forgot. It was a slow bunch leaving the midway stop, not sure why, leave that to your imagination. We ventured along the GOR and turned onto Jarosite Rd through to Bells for a photo opportunity, Jan Juc and onto the Surf Coast Hwy home. An enjoyable morning with great company. Thank you to everyone for coming and thank you to Nick for following up the rear. Distance travelled 71km.

Peter O'Brien's Tuesday Ride from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea - 2.11.21
Well, what began with foggy conditions turned out to be a magnificent day for cycling. The first stage of today’s ride was similar to last week’s route from Waurn Ponds to Moriac via Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Road, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road.  Coffee was taken at the Moriac General Store and following the break Nick, Kim, Julie, Ian and Chris Ha left the group and headed back to Geelong.
For the second stage we ventured from Moriac to Winchelsea incorporating a section of the Cape Otway Road followed by some back roads to Winchelsea. These back roads were relatively quiet and enjoyable to cycle with the down-hill section along Atkins Road into Winchelsea being the highlight of the day.  A lunch break was taken at Café La Hoot  abutting the Barwon River where the outstanding facilities enabled all riders to refresh prior to the return trip. 
The third stage was from Winchelsea to Geelong, along Deans Marsh-Winchelsea Road then back to Cape Otway Road.  The ride along Cape Otway Road back to Layards Road required riders to ride in single file due to the increased holiday traffic along this route.  We again ventured onto back roads as we weaved our way across to Blackgate Road and The Great Ocean Road and from there onto Dickens Road and Ghazeepore Road back to Bunnings. Riders who completed the Winchelsea route were:  Trudi, Jenni, Ken S, Peter J, Peter N, David S, David L, Ray, Mark K, John M,  Allison, Janet, Garry, Noel,  John H and myself. The total distance covered (from my start point) was 100kms. Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Bannockburn and Environs on Sunday - 31.10.21
Today was a very enjoyable ride with 4 companions: John H, Ken G, Noel P and Peter Ch. We rode out TW Trail in fine sunny conditions to Bacchus Marsh Rd. We only had about 2 km on this busy road by using Houston Drive and Links Rd. After climbing the long hill in Staceys Rd a large kangaroo leaped onto the road ahead of us and continued for over 100 m before bounding over the fence into safer territory. Robbs Rd  is now much wider and more pleasant when cars pass. Russells Bridge Rd gave us a better descent than the usual Parkers Rd with its rough blind corner. Clyde Hill was tough but we knew Bannockburn and hence coffee was very close. Alas we had to try 2 different places  which were closed before finding the bakery had coffee, though the sign "Enter by other door" had us confused. We then took Masons / Spring Creek Rd which was new to Ken. He turned off soon after wanting to return via Pollocksford. Harvey Rd led us back to Bannockburn then down Midland Hwy before turning into Bakers Bridge Rd. From there we returned through Moorabool and used TW Trail from where we all headed home. I did 105 km in 4h 48 m average 21.8    Good riding my fellow centurions - thanks for your company.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Sunday Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Ocean Grove - 31.10.21 and Ted Reeve Reports
Todays ride from South Geelong Railway Station was leaderless until Peter O stepped up to the plate after having been “volunteered” to be leader. Peter immediately responded by “volunteering” me as ride reporter. We set off down the BRT to Curlewis where we farewelled Julia who was having mechanical issues. Onward to Wallington where Jennie called it a day in order to get home in time for a family get together. A left turn at Orchard Ave took us through the Wallington five acre block estate where we marvelled at the impressive homes and immaculate gardens. Grubb Road was busy with locals and long weekenders heading into Ocean Grove and the Cheeky Cow at Collendina was chock a block but the coffee and cake was excellent, if a bit slow. Peter and Marion J joined us there for a catch up with Peter assuring us that he would be back on the iron horse very soon after his “recharge”. The group split for the return trip with about half heading through Ocean Grove and the rest on to the Bellarine Highway and home. The mayhem caused by the mid week’s storms was evident with many fallen trees and lots of branches on the bike lane. Thanks to Chris Hu, Geoff and his son Scott, Ian B, Jennie, Julia, Lindy, Mike C, Peter O, Nick, Leo, Trudi for their excellent company on a perfect day for riding.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery in Gnarwarre - 30.10.21
Twelve riders came to the start of the ride at Fyansford: David L, Hugh P, Janet R, Jennie P, Joanne F, John H, John M, Julia Mc, Ray C, Trudi B, Leo B, and myself, Kim G meet us on the Barabool Hills, Alison G, did not ride but drove to the Cottage Farm Nursery to meet us and introduce her friend Peter to us. We started the ride into a strengthening head wind along the Hamilton Hwy and remained this way until we reached our refreshment stop. As we rode towards Moriac, the rain clouds were threatening but with the strong wind assist we made it to the Hwy at Pettavel Road when the rain commenced . Thanks to all who rode, and to John H for the Photos.
Regards Ken Smith.

Chris Halpin's Thursday Ride to Lara - 28.10.21
A bit of everything today. A SEVERE weather warning on the 7am news threatened mayhem, but still 10 hardy members meeting at Rippleside plus a lost LAC member, Ian, who decided to join us. So off we rode towards Lara in bright sunshine but soon enough the weather turned and we were donning our wet gear in North Shore, then sheltering under trees on the Hovell Trail. Loud thunder claps nearby had Jenny heading back for a work commitment and some others questioning going on. But the clouds then blew away and more bright sunshine took us to Lara. Coffee and some large cakes improved our spirits for the return leg up Staceys and Anakie Rd to the Ted Wilson Trail and home. Thanks to Alison, Garry, David, Jenny, Julia (tail end keeper), Ken S, Peter S, John M, Ted and Ian of course, around 60km and we beat the elements.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Tuesday Group to Moriac & Jan Juc - 26.10.21
Due to the large number of riders, today’s ride was split into two groups.  Thanks to Mark K for leading the second group.  The first stage of today’s ride was from Waurn Ponds to Moriac with the route incorporating Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Road, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road. The downhill ride into Moriac provided splendid views of the countryside.  A coffee break was held at the Moriac General Store where we were met by Lindy who had ridden in from home.
The second stage was from Moriac to Jan Juc and John Miro joined the group as we were departing.  This route took us along Forest Road, which is relatively flat, and covered a distance of about 15 kms.  When you think of Jan Juc you also think of hills. The ride along Jarosite, Bells Beach Road, Bells Boulevarde and Sunset Strip provided ample opportunities for riders to display their descending and climbing skills. With the sun shining the views over the bay were spectacular.  A lunch break was taken at the Swell Café in Jan Juc and it was great to catch up with Doug Wyatt who is still recovering from his broken wrist. It was a day for catch-ups as Lyn L had ridden to the Café directly from her home and Nick arrived on four wheels.  The second group arrived a bit later than expected as Allison had a puncture along the way.
The third stage was from Jan Juc to Geelong.  The route taken was through Ocean Acres, Coombes Road, Dickens Road and Ghazeepore Road back to Bunnings. Riders who participated were: Kim, Trudi, Jenni, Ken S, Peter J, David S, Ray, Mark K, John M, Chris Ha, Peter N, Ken G, Allison, Janet, Garry, Noel, Greg and Andrew. The total distance covered was 67kms.
Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride. Peter O.

Janet's Sunday Ride to Pt Henry, Curlewis & Leopold - 24.10.21
We had quite a crowd at the showgrounds this morning for an easy ride to coffee at Leopold.  They were Alison, Barry, Chris Hu, Craig, Geoff,  Hugh, Ian, Jennie, Jo, John H, Leo, Lindy, Mark L, Noel, Peter C, PJ, Peter R, Ray, Sarah, Trudi,  guest rider Paul and myself. The weather covered all bases with a little rain, sunshine, strong headwind, lovely tail wind and everything in between. Our route took us through the Eastern Gardens, Point Henry, Portarlington Rd, Curlewis Rd, Bellarine Hgw, coffee at the Rolling Pin in Leopold and back to the showgrounds via the back streets of St Albans Park and Breakwater. Thank you to John for leading the second group and to tail end charli's Barry, Geoff and Leo. 

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove & Drysdale - 23.10.21

After a night where some suburbs of Geelong had been battered with a storm that included hail during Friday evening , it was a surprise to awake to a still morning with out rain. Although there was some drizzle on the way to Grovedale, and I was amazed to have twelve riders come to enjoy the the ride: Chris H, Hugh P, Jennie P, Joanne F, John H, John M (met us at the Groove), Julia M, Mark S, PeterC, Peter J, Trudi B, Leo B, and myself . The first part of the ride was to the Groove Cafe , and we went via the Surf Coast Hwy, Blackgate and Thirteenth Beach Roads, and we arrived  without any rain. After we were refreshed we rode to Drysdale, on the Wallington, Swan Bay, and Grubb Roads. It was here we had the rain start and kept falling until we reached the B.R.T at Curlewis Road. Thank you to all who participated and to Leo for being Tail End Charlie and to John H for the photos .
Ken Smith.

Barry Tippett's Thursday Ride to The You Yangs - 21.10.21
16 riders turned up on a warm and overcast day for the ride and potential ascent of the You Yangs summit. The riders included Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Clint P, David Sm, Gary Br, Ken S, Kim G, Lyn P, Lovro  L, Noel P, Norm L, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Trudi Be. Both Chris Hu and Gary B had indicated at the the start of their ride their intention to break off from the group part way through the course and complete their own individual rides. Two groups were created with Ken Sm and Gary B opting for second leader and tail end Charlie roles. Thank you for volunteering. Chris Ha had a tyre puncture near Geelong Grammar which was quickly repaired and the two groups proceeded to the You Yangs.
With a tail wind and a slight downhill gradient assisting riders a nice rhythm was created on the Flinders Avenue 4.8km section. Our coffee stop was again located at Xpresso Lara. After our coffee the group divided into two groups with Peter J leading the group of 4 riders returning on the Ted Wilson trail. The now remaining 10 riders ventured back to Rippleside via Rennie St and Shell Pde where again we enjoyed a tailwind back to the start. Thank you to all riders for turning up. 64km covered at 23kms/hr with 381m of climbing.

Trudi Leads the Asphalt Ride & Chris Hume the Gravel Ride to Queenscliff - Thursday 19.10.21
Quite a crowd today for Chris’s ride to Queenscliff and return. 15 riders: Chris Hu and Ha, David S, Gary, Janet, Jennie, John M, Ken G and S, Kim, Peter J and C, Ray, Sarah and Trudi. Pretty easy riding along the rail trail saying bye to Janet at Drysdale, while the two Chris’s headed for the gravel option. Having released Chris of his leadership  duties I took over the rest of the ride. Out onto the road up and down some lumps we arrived at Portarlington for coffee. Today I had to race over and retrieve some eager, thirsty, hungry cyclists from Daniels Donuts premises. (Lucky for me they came quietly) Because today I wanted to go back to a old favourite coffee stop the Bakery. Plenty of seating outside under umbrellas, service was quick and was a very pleasant setting. Well refreshed and refuelled time to get on the move, the esplanade was stunning as ever. Unfortunately we had a shower come through while riding in St Leonard’s, lucky for us it didn’t last long but long enough to wet us.  Murradoc Rd, Queenscliff Rd saw us sailing along, three turned off at Swan Bay Rd. The rest of us headed into Queenscliff  for our second stop of the day lunch at the Bakery. Our return route was straight back down the Highway rejoining the rail trail at Moolap.  Thanks everyone for your company today for what was our first longer ride since the lockdowns started, most of us reaching the 100 km mark or over.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Shelford & Inverleigh on Sunday 17.10.21
I was pleased to be joined by regular Sunday Long rider John Hagan and Mark Jones doing his first Sunday Long Ride with me. We took an indirect route to Fyansford with an exciting descent down Monier Way. There was brief drizzle as we rode out Hamilton Highway into a slight head wind. After Murgheboluc we took the quieter Brislane and Spring Creek Roads. Then came a less enjoyable section along busy Shelford road though there were only two big trucks. A pleasant off road path led us into Teesdale where coffee and cake awaited us, though we should of course have had tea in Teesdale! The offroad path continued for a long way and then we enjoyed the great downhill into Shelford. It was a pleasant ride along the valley road following Leigh River. Quiet backroads led us into Inverleigh for a brief stop.There was steady traffic back along Hamilton Highway and at Fyansford the river path lead us home. Distance was 104 km in 4 h 34 min  av 22.8   I was home by 1-15 pm. Thank you John and Mark for joining me.

Janet's Circuit of Geelong on Sunday 17.10.21
An easy ride around Geelong attracted the following riders to South Geelong Station: Alison, Hugh, Ian, Jennie, Julia, Leo, Mark L, Noel, PJ,Trudi and myself.  We broke into two groups with PJ and Julia leading the second group and Leo taking tail end. It felt a bit like a train along Barrabool Rd as we picked up Kim, Jo and Mike C at various points and then Geoff in Pigdons Rd.  We rode through Highton, Wandana Heights, Armstrong Creek, Breakwater to our coffee stop at Mercy Cafe in the Eastern Gardens.  Excellent coffee and nibbles (as long as the weather is ok for outdoor seating). Just a short journey back to the station to finish.
Thanks everyone for a lovely morning.  Janet.

Trudi's Saturday Ride to Bannockburn - 16.10.21
This morning I wasn’t expecting to be riding due to the rain that poured down from the skies above yesterday. And I was certainly not expecting to find ten cycling friends at the top of Church St ready to ride. Lucky for us all we didn’t encounter any rain on our ride to Bannockburn or the return. Today riders were Barry, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John M, Julie, Ken S, Leo, Nick and Sarah, Trudi. Heading out on the Hamilton Hwy into a head wind saw Barry, Ken, Nick and John taking turns out the front to protect the rest of us (thank you fellas). Brislane Rd was a delight with some assistance from the wind. Cafe of choice as always was Cafe Le Due Sorelle, having our beverages outside on the sidewalk, service was excellent. Today we helped celebrated Nick’s birthday so Sarah kindly offered to pick up the tab. Our return route saw us descending quite fast down and through Clyde and Parker Rd’s. Once on Steiglitz Rd we had a great tailwind to blow us homeward. Crossing the Ballan Rd and along Lovely Banks Rd we rejoined the Ted Wilson Path, before we knew it we were soon back at Church St.. Thanks everyone for coming out on a very grey morning to join me on what turned out to be a fantastic ride. Thanks again Sarah for the refreshments it was so nice to be able to share in Nick’s birthday celebrations. 

Janet's Loop to Ocean Grove on Thursday 14.10.21
We had a beautiful ride to Ocean Grove today via Lake Rd and 13th Beach. Coffee at The Groove was good and quick as usual. Heading back via Wallington and Curlewis Rd to the BRT we came across a turtle in the middle of the road which Chris kindly picked up and moved to the side. Hopefully the turtle was happy with the side of the road he chose!  With dark clouds looming we all went our shortest route home. Today's riders were: Alison, Barry (tail end Charli thank you), Chris Ha & Hu, Jennie (who left us early to go to work), Ken S, Kim, Nick, Noel, Peter O'B, Sarah and myself.
Thank you all for a fun ride, Janet.

Tuesday 12th Oct - TWO RIDES:
1/  Loop from Colac to Beeac & Red Rock led by Ken Gawne
11 members (see photos) made their way to Colac to experience one of the top rides on the GTC calendar. The group had travelled less than 3 kms when Ken Smith was halted by a broken chain and had to abandon. We battled a fresh crosswind to Beeac where, even though barely 18 kms had been covered, a coffee break was taken as there would not be another opportunity before arriving back in Colac. Around Lake Cundare and on through Dreeite and Alvie before the climb of Red Rock. Our reward, panoramic views over lakes and craters. Down the hill past Alvie, along the edge of Lake Corangamite and then back onto roads leading to the Princes Hwy. Thanks to all for supporting a unique out-of-town ride.

2/  Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Jan Juc & Moriac
Six starters - Chris Hu, Julia, Lindy, PJ, Ray and Trudi met me at the Grovey this beautiful morning. We quickly decided to try our favourite Vickerys/ Gundries ride in reverse, so headed for Horseshoe Bend Rd via Warralily to Torquay. Around the Esplanade with a pleasant easterly to Swell for coffee and chat with Doug. Doug is making progress with his broken arm but would like it to be mending a bit quicker - a familiar story. Back on our bikes we headed for Bones Rd, across the Hwy to Gundries, Vickerys, then Hendy Main and more refreshments at Moriac. Just short of town Ray punctured after hitting a pothole. Luckily it was only a puncture - easily fixed. I needed to be home so I left the happy group hopping into lunch at the store. A great ride of just on 70km for me, great company and even better weather.

Jesse does a GRAVEL Ride to Torquay - 10.10.21
Jesse was the only one to turn up and here is a short description of where he went. Cycled from Bunnings down Ghazeepore on to Whites Rd then on to Pettavel then down Loutitt Bay Rd on to Vickerys then Elkington Rd then down the Great Ocean Rd riding around the foreshore to Safeway at Merrijig Drive. Back around the foreshore up the Great Ocean Rd stopping at Elkington Rd. Much of it gravel - total 68km.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Moriac - 10.10.21
A good turnout for our ride to Moriac. At the starting line: Ken, Jennie, Trudi, Julia, Ray, Leo, Ian, Peter C, Noel, Janet and your ride leader, John H. The breeze was nippy but the sun was out when we started. The first part of our ride was on bike trails - first the Barwon Trail to Breakwater, then the Waurn Ponds Trail, where Kim joined us, then to Ghazeepore Rd. The next trail was up the side of the Princes Highway, through the Hams Rd underpass and up to the Anglesea Rd/Princes Highway roundabouts. Lindy joined us and Jennie left us at the intersection with Mt Duneed Rd which we took through to Cape Otway Rd. Half way along it started raining and persisted almost through to Moriac Store. As you can see from the photo below we were fortunate to have the sun out for most of our coffee break. The return trip was via Paraparap and Freshwater Creek. Thanks to Leo who kept the end of the line in order and thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Portarlington - 9.10.21
A timely COVID negative text message at 7am released me to lead today's ride and join 14 GTC riders enjoying the sunshine at the Showgrounds meeting point. So 2 groups, with Janet kindly offering to lead the 2nd, and John Miro providing 'tail end' duties. It was great to welcome Ray back from an extended break - also riding were David BS, Geoff, Jenny, Ken S, Kim, Mark S, Peter C, John H, Trudi & Leo. Traffic on the Rail Trail was quite light thru to Jetty Rd. Kim and Geoff headed back from Drysdale, while the rest of us tackled the Bypass and the rolling hills into Portarlington. Daniels Donuts was a popular choice for coffee and treats and the brilliant sunshine was very welcome. We tracked back to Drysdale the same way and headed south on Princess St to Swan Bay Rd. Here Peter punctured and the groups split with Leo and myself assisting Peter and the remaining riders racing to the Bellarine Hwy and home. There and back was just on 70Km - a pretty and challenging ride. Thanks everyone especially John H for the photos.

TWO Rides on Thursday to Moriac and Beyond - 7.10.21
1/ Kim's Ride to Ashphalt Loop to Moriac:
The numbers kept growing at the Bunnings starting point so we decided to split into 2 groups. My group of 6 were,  Gary, Janet, Jennie, Kim, Peter N and Trudi. Ken S was kind enough the take the second group of 7 being, Geoff (back from FNQ), Ken, Lindy, Noel, Norm, Peter C and Barry as Tail end Charlie. We took WP Drive and Pettavel and onto Moriac via Reservoir and Cape Otway. Lindy and Geoff stopped for refreshments while the rest of us continued down Church, Larcombes and up Hendy to meet at the coffee stop. Ken’s group rolled in soon after so we were just one big happy group. After lots of chatter and a beverage to top us up we headed back down Hendy, over to Blackgate, Dickens and Ghazeepore to home. The wind had become stronger and quite cold and rain was threatening all the way home from Moriac. Fortunately we kept dry but Ghazeepore Road was very wet from the railway line to Bunnings so a shower had just gone through. Thanks to Ken and Barry for your assistance today, and to all the participants for a very enjoyable ride. We travelled 50k with 410m elevation. A great mornings ride. 

2/ Mark Kelly's GRAVEL Ride through to Gherang and Back to Moriac for Coffee:
Only three Graveleurs today for a loop out the back of Moriac - Chris Ha, David L and Mark K. We took Willowite Rd then headed across to Hendy Main Rd and Larcombs Rd where we passed the roadies doing it easy with a nice tailwind heading into Moriac for coffee. After turning onto Layard Rd we took a left at Dangers Rd to get into the good gravel. Heading up Wombete Station Rd we enjoyed the lush looking country side. The weather cooled down somewhat and it looked like we might get some rain but only a few drops eventuated. After a quick stop at the Tanners campground with some brief orchid spotting and with the sun returning we headed back along Tanners Rd to Forest Rd and into Moriac for coffee. We then enjoyed a tailwind assisted ride back to Waurn Ponds. Thanks David and Chris for your company and special thanks to David for keep us honest on the pace. A very enjoyable gravel ride of just on 70kms and not as muddy as we thought it might be.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to The GOR Chocolaterie - Tuesday 5.10.21
This morning eight enthusiastic riders turned up for the planned ride down to Anglesea.  Strong prevailing winds meant we had to keep our heads down along the first part of the ride that incorporated Gazeepore, Dickins,  Blackgate, Hendy Main and Larcombes Roads.  When we turned into Forest Road there was some relief from the wind allowing riders to enjoy a relatively quick ride to the Great Ocean Road.  It was at this point we decided not to go to Anglesea but rather succumb to the allure of a coffee at the Chocolaterie.  Surprisingly, the Chocolaterie was practically empty, a good thing for us given these Covid times.
On the return ride we forewent the hills on Gundry and Vickery Roads in favour of the more direct route back to Geelong via Torquay and with the aid of strong tail wind we were home in no time at all. The total distance covered today was 82kms. Participating riders were: Peter J, Peter C, David, Mark K, Kim, Ken S, Ken G and myself.
Peter O.

Sunday 3rd October - TWO RIDES:
1/ Greg Allerton's Hard Ride.
I was pleased to be joined by John C, Peter C, Jesse H and Noel P at South Geelong station for the early 8 a.m. Summer Time start. We rode out TW Trail to Midland Highway where it was a bit foggy. We then  took the service road down through Batesford expecting bad fog but it was clear. Daruma Way lead us through the quiet estates then over Dog Rocks and down to Hamilton Highway.John C left us as we headed out Pollocksford Rd through more light fog. We explored the dead end Nobles Rd,which ended at the elaborate security gates of Rosemont horse stud. It was a tough climb back up to rejoin the main road.It was then out  Gnarwarre Rd for 4 km before we turned back and made our way to Cottage Farm Nursery for much needed refreshments.Fog had cleared as we cruised down over Princes Highway and along Considines and Hortips Roads.It was an easy ride on Church, Larcombes,and Hendy Main Road before pedalling through Moriac up to Reservoir Rd. Pettavel Rd ,Waurn Ponds Drive and the creek path took us back into South Geelong. I was home at 2 pm having ridden 100.5 km , average 22.2. Both Peter and Noel  rode over 120 km having ridden from home. Good pedalling everyone!   
Greg Allerton,  Ride Leader. 

2/ John Hagan's Easy Ride to Lara.
Our riders today were: Ted, John H, Trudi, Kim, Jennie, Janet, Lindy, Peter J, Leo, Barry and Chris Hu. As we headed off on the Bay Trail to Lara we encountered light fog which eventually lifted to give us some beautiful sunshine. Along the Hovell Path we had to skirt around a burnt out car on the middle of the path with broken glass strewn in all directions. Coming under the Princes Freeway we found that the pump was working well to take any excess water away - Ted had been a great campaigner to see that this formerly flooded path was trafficable in wet weather. When we arrived in Lara we did a loop up to the next level crossing on the railway line to make sure we were arriving at the booked time of 10:15am at Xpresso Lounge Cafe. Service was at a reasonable pace for the majority but Leo and Chris quite a wait as there was a big birthday party group there. Our return trip was via the Ted Wilson Path and Church St. Thanks to Leo for being our 'tail end Charlie'.
Keep Riding, John.

Nick's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre - 2.10.21
Its a well known truism that Peter J can pick the weather and then choose the right garb to wear for the conditions. He was right on Thursday where Tarnay’s predicted a  ‘wet ride’  that was not to be and that today would be showers. Right Again. Chris Ha, David L, Jennie, Jo, John H &M, Julia, Ken S, Leo, Nick,  Peter J, Sarah, Ted and Trudi turned up expecting the odd shower or two and weren’t disappointed. 400 metres up the road it was jackets on ! Peter, Ted and Chris continued up the Hwy to Pollocksford  whilst my group turned at Merrawarp before puffing up the steep hills of Barrabool. The group  split again when Jo punctured requiring team mechanic ‘Mr fixit’ Leo to expertly do the repair whilst the rest of us had a chat. One very small piece of hard to find glass. Gnarwarre  road extension was abandoned in favour of catching the rest of the group for coffee and cake at the nursery. The return route via  Moriac  and then along Mt Dunneed was pleasantly tailwind assisted  and certainly much easier than the trip out.  Most riders stayed together up Pigdons Rd before branching off for home. Thankyou to all riders and tail end Charlie Leo.

Chris Halpin leads the ride to Barwon Heads on Thursday 30.9.21
Six warmly dressed riders, 2x Chris, Jesse, Noel, PJ and Peter C, met at the Grovedale this morning. Ride Leader Sarah and Nick were there to see us safely on our way, as was Trudi - too wet for them. The weather was very kind to us actually and we were soon complaining about being "too hot". Off we pedalled along Surf Coast Hwy to Warralilly, into a light easterly to Lake & Barwon Heads Rd, around Sheepwash and into the Beach House for coffee and treats. Lots of lively discussion before we headed back along 13th Beach to HSB Rd and back in to Geelong and a little more misty rain. You can be lucky! All up about 55km  little wind and pleasant company.
Thanks all, Chris.

Tuesday 28th Sept - TWO RIDES:
1/ Nick Leads the Ride from Anglesea to Wye River on the Great Ocean Road
Delightful spring weather at Anglesea welcomed Ken S, Janet, Jenny, John M, Nick, Sarah, Peter C & J and Trudi back from lockdown to test the legs on  the iconic GOR. In spite of the school holidays, traffic was relatively light and drivers were courteous. We had a lovely run into Lorne  where we had coffee and conversation before deciding to ride at least to the Mt Defiant Lookout. Once there the group thought at least the outskirts of Wye River would be achievable and so we pressed on and made it within sight of Separation Creek before turning around. Only Peter C completed the listed course into Wye itself.  Chapeau Peter! Cycling is hungry work so we stopped again in Lorne for excellent toasted Sangas.  Fortified, we headed back; however despite the balmy conditions, Big Hill and Aireys were now more challenging with tired legs and bodies unused to the longer distance and saddle time. After all the hard work the downhill into Anglesea was fantastic and a fitting finish to one of the best rides on the calendar.
Thank you riders and Well Done! Special thanks to tail end Charlie’s Peter J and Peter C.
Cheers, Nick T.

2/ Kim's Loop to Moriac
My request in triplicate for a nice day was answered with perfect conditions for the 11 riders gathering at Bunnings. We decided that one group spread out was the best option with Alison, Chris’s x2, David L, Gary, Ken G, Kim, Lindy, Lyn L, Noel and Peter N, all eager to get out on the bike following yet another lockdown. We headed up Ghazeepore to Dickens and over to Blackgate, Hendy Main and Church then finding our way to the Moriac Store for coffee. Here we were greeted by another group of riders who filled the deck table area so most of us went out to the back yard which was very pleasant with ample tables and seating. It was here, in front of everyone, that Lindy asked if she could feel me. We had been discussing the club jersey at the time so I think that’s what she meant. Once we were refreshed we headed back up Hendy Main to Reservoir, Pettavel and down Waurn Ponds Drive, then everyone made their way home. An uneventful but a very pleasant mornings ride with a great group for company. Distance 44km.
Cheers, Kim.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Moriac & Bannockburn - Sunday 19.9.21
I was pleased to have 4 other club members (Peter C, John H, Peter O'B and John C at the start for my GTC Long ride,though John C only came to take the start photo - he probably thought I  would have no other takers given the grim weather forecast. We were to ride the Great Circle circuit clockwise instead of the usual opposite way. Conditions  were OK until we reached Reservoir Rd when the NW wind began to strengthen. We took the short cut on Cape Otway Rd to Moriac as there was little traffic. Along Hortips Rd the resident magpie took exception to our presence.
Cottage Farm Nursery
was a welcome stop with hot coffee and a choice of home made slices. Soon we were descending Pollocksford Rd. The 6 km west along Hamilton Hwy was very tough into a gale force head wind. Brislanes then Harvey Rd took us to Bannockburn. After a short stop we went through the new roundabout and down Clyde Hill. Peter O'B powered up the climb to Steiglitz Rd. Peter C then relished the great tail wind and got well ahead. We regrouped at Ballan Rd and had an easy ride back to Geelong. I was home by 1-30 pm after exactly 100 km in 4 h 33 m, av 21.9  Thanks to my companions and well ridden Peter C who did 120 km.

Janet's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 19.9.21
Today's 6 riders abandoned the proposed ride to Torquay and opted for Drysdale with the thought that the BRT would shelter us a bit on the way back.  A lovely ride down the Bellarine Hgw, Swan Bay, Princess and coffee at the Bungalow. The maggie at the Drysdale station took a persistant liking to Trudi on our way to the BRT.
Thanks to David L, Kim, Leo, PJ, and Trudi for your company. Janet.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Lara on a very WINDY Saturday - 18.9.21
At the 9.00am start point we had 10 hardy GTC riders sheltering in the Rippleside pavilion. Straight out of 3 Little Pigs - with the wolf threatening to blow the house down. Lots of discussion about safety and options before the call was made to proceed up the sheltered back streets to Lara and abandon the You Yangs summit option. Those present included David L, Greg, Janet, Ken S, POB, Peter C & PJ,  Trudi & Leo. By this time we had been joined by Johns M & H, plus a windblown Jenny. Peter O’Brien lead us past the old Powerhouse and the port, and onto Station St all the way to the Princes Hwy. All good so far. A handy bike friendly path alongside the Hwy took us into School Rd then left into Shell Pde and on to our booking at Xpresso Coffee Lounge in Lara. Of course we were now 30min early for the booking but all were happy to accept takeaways and gather in the sunshine out the back. The homeward option was out to Windermere Rd into the wind to Bacchus Marsh Rd and down to the relative shelter of the Ted Wilson path along the freeway. All up a bit over 40km and a very challenging ride. Thanks everyone for the company and assistance, and a special mention to Leo for his tail end support role.
Chris Halpin.

1/ GRAVEL RIDE from Torquay to Anglesea led by Chris Halpin - Thursday 16.9.21
Only 3 eager gravelleurs today. Chris Hu and I welcomed Peter J back from his Northern holidays and we set off from Torquay heading along the Surf Coast track to Anglesea. Beautiful sunny morning with a chilly easterly wind to help us along the way. It was a bonus to meet up with Doug out walking in Jan Juc. Track conditions were pretty good, a smattering of joggers, walkers, dogs and prams. A gorgeous Wallaby in the Ironbark forest was another bonus, and then a Brown snake enjoying the sunshine certainly caught our attention.  Pleased to report no Magpies! The track gets quite difficult closer to Anglesea but we managed easily enough. Toasties and coffee in Anglesea were much appreciated before tackling the return leg. All up just on 40km of most enjoyable traffic free cycling.
Chris Halpin.

2/ Ken Smith's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 16.9.21
The day started with a 5 degree morning and as the Sun appeared the temperature rose making the ride pleasant,with only a slight breeze. As there were fifteen riders two groups formed so as to comply with the Covid requirements. Ken G volunteered to lead the second lot and oversee their safety. Barry was my tail end charlie, thank you both. We rode on Ghazeepore, Dickens, Anglesea, Blackgate, Larcombes, Church, and Cape Otway Roads to the Mt Moriac Store. There we enjoyed  coffee and cake and good service. On the homeward route we rode Hendy Main. Reservoir, Waurne Ponds Drive. Good ride, no punctures, thank you to those who participated: Alison, Barry, David L, David S, Gary, Ian B, Janet, Ken G, Kim, Lyn, Norm, Peter C,Ted,Trudi.
Regards, Ken Smith.

Janet Roussety's Tuesday Ride to Bannockburn - 14.9.21
A lovely morning saw 9 riders meet at Church Street for a ride to Bannockburn. We were Jennie, John M, Julia, Ken S (tail end), Kim, Peter C, Ted, Trudi and myself. Kim had his lovely new shiny bike to show off. With a sight tail or cross wind we enjoyed the run along Ballan Rd, Stiglitz Rd, Parker Rd (where there was a very large pot hole down the bottom of the hill) and then the climb up Clyde Hill. Coffee, munchies and chatter in Bannockburn before heading down the busy Midland Hwy, Dog Rocks and coming into Geelong along the Hamilton.
A lovely morning thanks to all,  Janet.

Janet Roussety's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday - 12.9.21
Today saw 9 riders head from the Sth Geelong Station to Drysdale. We had a terrific run all the way down the Bellarine Hgw with a fabulous tail wind before turning at Swan Bay and making our way to the coffee van at the station. Excellent coffee served at lightening speed.  Home was via the BRT. Thanks to Barry, Chris Hu, Jennie, John H, Leo (tail end) Peter C, Ted and Trudi.
Happy riding, Janet.

Ted's anti magpie gear below.

John Hagan's Saturday Ride to Portarlington - 11.9.21
Sixteen riders turned up for the GTC ride today and were divided into 2 separate groups to meet the covid standards. On top of that number Julia arrived without her water bottle so headed back to get it and do her own ride. Janet volunteered to lead the second group (top photo below). It was sunny and later cloudy but very windy. In the first group were Mark S, Nick, Peter O'B, Jesse, John H, Ken S, and Jo and in the second group Ian B, John M, Mark L (a new member - welcome Mark), Peter C, Chris Hu, Janet, Chris Ha, Mark J and Jennie. We made good progress under a NW wind out on the Rail Trail, Bellarine Highway, Swan Bay Rd, the Queenscliff Rd to Portarlington. Mark J and Chris Ha left the group at Princess St to head for coffee at Drysdale. On arrival at Portarlington the rest of the 2 groups called at Daniel's Donuts to get coffee and donuts. We copped a bit more of the wind on the way back but the Bellarine Rail Trail is reasonably well protected and this was very much appreciated. The total distance for our ride was just over 70km. Well done all for a good morning's exercise. It was good to be back on the saddle and able to do that sort of distance after our last lockdown.
Keep riding, John Hagan.

Ken Smith's Thursday Ride to Drysdale, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads - 19.8.21
The air was cold about 5 degrees as we gathered for the ride to commence, we warmed up once we got under way. As there were fifteen riders two groups were formed Barry volunteered to lead one with Noel as the tail end charlie. Peter N undertook that role with me thank you. The B.R.T was very busy with walkers and cyclists, the other cycling club [not sure of their name] started at the same time on their ride to Drysdale. When we reached the pedestrian lights at Jetty Road we waived to Ross as he rode towards Geelong. We rode along the bypass to Princess Street to Swan Bay Road, crossing Grubb Road down the Swan Bay extension through Wallington to the Groove Cafe . There we enjoyed their fast service and refreshments and then we were on our bikes to stop at the car park above the Golf Links to watch the waves coming on to shore, and to be thankful that we have this scenery to enjoy. Thank you to the riders who participated. Barry, Chris HU, David L, David S,Gary, Jennie, John M, Julia, Marge, Mike C, Peter C, Peter N, Noel, and Trudi.
Regards, Ken Smith.

Chris Halpin's Tuesday Ride to Jan Juc - 17.8.21
Only 15 riders today for the best ride in Australia to Bells Beach via Vickerys and Gundrys. At the Bunnings start we had Ben, 2x Davids, 2x Chris', Doug, Janet, Jenny, 2x Kens, Noel, Peter and Trudi. Lyn rang in from the Grovey Hotel and organised to meet us, and then John M arrived for the coffee break. Ken Smith gallantly volunteered to lead the required group 2, and Chris Hume assumed Kelpie duties.
Traffic was hectic in Geelong but quiet on our back roads - Ghazeepore, Dickens, Anglesea, Blackgate to Hendy Main, Vickerys, Gundrys to Addiscott and on to Bells Beach. Little wind, lovely scenery, a couple of light misty showers - great riding weather really. Coffee at Swell was very enjoyable as we regrouped for a chat, and a banana bread fix of course. Back on our bikes we enjoyed a gathering tail wind thru Torquay to Horseshoe Bend Rd and home in a little under 70km.
Thanks all for a very enjoyable morning. Chris.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Brown Shugar in Curlewis - 15.8.21
Beautiful sunshine greeted eight riders at Sth Geelong Station this morning: Trudi, Leo, Jennie, Lindy, Noel, Chris Hu, Peter C and your ride leader, John H. We took the Bellarine Rail Trail as far as Bawtree Rd before heading on about 50 metres of gravel to join the Portarlington Rd to avoid some of the roadworks on the Curlewis Rd intersection. At this point riders were asked to make a decision as to whether they would go via Hermsley and Coriyule Rds with 2.5km of dirt road and some great scenery across the bay or stay on the bitumen along the BRT and Tivoli Rd to coffee at Brown Shugar in the Curlewis Shopping Centre. Three of us took the gravel option and Peter C led the others who arrivived at the cafe first. There were some beautiful cakes on display and 3 of us tucked into giant carrot cake laced with thickened cream! We perhaps had not ridden far enough to deserve such a treat but couldn't resist. Your ride leader pulled out of the ride to take a person in care for their covid jab so Trudi took over the leadership at Princess St and led the group back via Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. They were battered by the strong wind from the north when joined the Highway. Thanks to Chris Hu for guarding the tail end and all for a very pleasant ride.
Keep riding, John Hagan.

Kim Gorell's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - Divided into THREE separate groups for the ride - 14.8.21
Nick's Group -
With so many riders today my little group of Ken,Ian, Mark K, Richard, Peter and Sarah took an alternative route to coffee at The Dunes. At the end of Lake Rd we had a sightseeing stop at Lake Connewarre before proceeding on to 13th aided by a tailwind. The Dunes was delightful in the sunshine,  lots of surfers out enjoying the little waves. On the return journey we took turns into the wind along 13th, back on Horseshoe Bend, home on the Hwy.  We even missed the shower!  Thankyou riders! Nick T.

Kim's Report -
I don’t know if it is just my good looks or the excellent weather conditions for a ride that saw 26 riders take part in todays ride to Collendina. Those who met at the Grovedale Hotel car park were Alison, Andrew, Barry, Chris Ha, Doug, Greg, Hugh, Ian, Jennie, Jo, John H, Ken S, Kim, Leo, Mark J, Mark K, Nick, Peter C, Richard, Sarah, Trudi and new member David Smith (the 2nd). Having so many riders we split into 3 groups with Chris and Nick leading a group each. Nick took a slightly alternative route to create some separation. We proceeded along Reserve Rd and took a scenic tour through Charlemont which enabled us to cross Barwon Heads Rd safely with the traffic lights. At Lake Rd we picked up Lindy and Lyn and somewhere along the way John M joined us as well. We had a good tail wind as we turned into Barwon Heads Rd so the pace was good and the traffic was very light. Avoiding the Barwon Heads Village we turned at Apco and rode on to Ocean Grove where we did a right at the roundabout and another right at the lights into the Terrace which took us down to the Cheeky Cow. On arrival I thought it was closed as there was hardly anyone there. We were quick placing our orders and checking ID’s. As it was so quiet we had plenty of room both inside and out. Unfortunately though the coffee was slow coming out, but this gave us more time for a chat before heading back along the beach trail.  Andrew had a mishap along this track but fortunately he is ok. Back over the bridge and onto 13th where we found the head wind which slowed the pace until we turned at Horseshoe Bend Rd. We had the opportunity to try the recommended hook turn coming out of Warralilly Blvd which worked well and was very safe. On the home stretch we were surprised to find the Surf Coast Hwy wet from a previous shower which we managed to avoid.
An enjoyable mornings ride with great company. Thank you to everyone for your attendance and to the group leaders and tail end kelpies for your help. 
Cheers, Kim.

Trudi's Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 12.8.21
Ten riders today for my ride to Bannockburn: Chris Ha, David, Jennie, Ken S, Lindy, Nick,  Peter C, Peter N, Sarah and Trudi. Pushing into a stiff wind, we made steady progress up and along Anakie Rd when David stopped to change his deflating rear tyre. Robbs Rd wasn’t any better as we were buffeted by the wind. Parker Rd was quite pleasant as always, it’s such a lovely area to ride through. Clyde Rd had us grinding up in low slow mode. Coffee at Cafe Le Duo Sorell was very pleasant as we sat inside out off the wind. Our return route was back the way we came but staying on Stieglitz Rd with a strong tailwind as our reward. Lovely Banks Rd was glorious as we continued to be blown homeward. Once on Ted Wilson path it wasn’t long before we were all going our own way back home. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable but hard ride today in the wind, see you all next time.

Doug's Tuesday Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills and Modewarre - 10.8.21
With the great news around noon yesterday, that Regional Victoria would no longer be on lockdown from midnight, the Club recommenced Club Rides (as per Ride Calander) and 13 riders rolled-up for today’s ride and they were: Chris Hu, David L, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, John M, Ken S, Nick, Noel, Peter C, Sarah and Trudi. Today’s course had a few alterations whereby we eliminated the hill climbing along the Barrabool Road and opted for only one big hill in that area, that being Pollocksford Road. Joining the Barabool Road from Pollocksford Road, we had about another kilometre with a slight incline, however once we veered right it was all downhill, which included Buckley Road South all the way to the Cape Otway Road, some 10 kms. The three kilometres along Larcombes Road turned to disaster as there was a magpie attack followed by Gary getting wire tangled in his spokes and as we all know, when things go wrong, they usually come in three’s. Not to disappoint we got to three because Doug punctured in an unusual circumstance whereby the inner part of the valve blew out. With the wire untangled and a new tube put into the tyre in quick time, thanks to Peter’s efforts aided by a CO2 cartridge, we were soon on our way to the coffee stop at Moriac.
Due to the numbers, we had two groups to Moriac and post coffee we were able to ride as one because several riders opted for a different course to home. Google Maps was used to keep the course distance to around the advertised distance of 75 kms. In fact, Google declared it was 72.1 kms. Garmin came up with 80.89 kms and yes there was a minor detour whereby we used Hams Road and the bike path to Waurn Ponds. This should have added only 1 km. A discrepancy of 7 kms. Is not the end of the earth however I shall investigate further in order to see why was it so. We were blessed with mostly traffic free minor roads and sunshine, at times. The head wind home was challenging to say the least. Well cycled everybody and it was great to be able to ride together again. Noel and Peter rode to the start resulting in them doing 100 plus kms. – Well done guys.
THANKS TO: Nick ‘Photos’. Gary ‘Tail End Charlie’.

Nick's Thursday Ride to Moriac with a Loop through the Barrabool Hills - 5.8.21
A good contingent of riders fronted at Bunnings to ride a “Moriac circuit with one good hill”.  Thirteen riders started and eight finished my designated route. We steadily worked our way in cold blustery conditions in two groups up WPD, Reservoir and down Cape Otway to Moriac. It was there that Chris Hu & Ha, Lindy and a late arriving Trudi could not resist the warmth of the general store and left us for coffee. Kim had already turned off early. The rest of us proceeded on to complete the circuit working steadily toward Gnarwarre in a light drizzle and cold wind, thankful for windbreaks lining the road. Gary turned off early for home. Turning onto Barrabool resulted in a welcome tailwind which blew us along the hills of  Hendy Main and onto Moriac where we enjoyed coffee by the fire. Our wind assisted trip along Mt Duneed made the homeward journey quite easy. And the finishers were Alison, the two Smiths, Janet, Marge (welcome back!), Nick and Sarah, Lanterne rouge Noel who had to ride back to Lara. Noel wins the tough nut rider award. Rule number 5, respect.

Tuesday Ride to Queenscliff on Bellarine Rail Trail - Bitumen Version led by Doug - 3.8.21
This morning the sun was shining brightly, blue skies with puffy white clouds, the wattle was displaying its colourful yellow flowers, the thieving magpies were stealing the liner of the hanging baskets at my place, making nests with their ill-gotten gain. With all these indicators one could be forgiven for thinking that it was spring. Alas, the chilly wind and a temperature of 8.9 degrees reminded us it was still winter and for today’s duel ride the following riders took up the challenge to ride to Queenscliff: Alison (new member), Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Doug, Jennie, Ken S, Mark K, Nick, Noel, Peter C, Sarah and Trudi. Cycling along the BRT John M joined us and shortly after we met Butch going in the opposite direction and greetings were briefly exchanged. Reaching Jetty Road, the bitumen riders turned right and they were: Doug, Jennie, Ken, Noel, Peter and Trudi. The other riders continued on the BRT.
The bitumen course to Queenscliff had a couple of different roads imbedded in it in as much as we turned right off Swan Bay Road into Banks Road all the way to Shell Road then left into Shell Road to Queenscliff. We reached our new Queenscliff coffee stop in under 1 hour and 45 minutes (40 k’s) thanks to a mostly tail wind. A new coffee venue was required because RoRo Café at the ferry terminal is no longer there as the result of the terminal area being upgraded. We had just ordered coffee at Beaches Café in Hesse Street, when the gravel riders arrived. The coffee was excellent and the service very satisfactory.
With a hot drink and food under our belt, it was time to head back. There were three things that was going to stop me getting back to the start in the same time as it took to get to Queenscliff. 1/ old age, 2/ the long uphill to Drysdale on Murradoc Road (infrequently used road by GTC, thank goodness), 3/ The head wind, particularly along the BRT. Being the slowest rider in the peloton, on the way back, by default, I took on the duties of Tail-end Charlie. Special thanks to Peter who led me along the BRT for the last 10 or so kms. Good riding and good company, well done everybody. Distance: 80.33 Kilometres.
Scribe: Doug.

Gravel Version led by Nick
The prospect of riding the BRT in sunshine attracted seven riders: Alison, Chris Hu and Ha, John M, Mark K, Nick and Sarah. Graveleurs and Bitumeers ride  together until Curlewis Rd where we kept going along the now quiet BRT enjoying the scenery with a tailwind.  Sarah scored a flat tyre which was quickly fixed. Who said that gravel fat tyres don’t get punctures? We met up with the Bitumeers at coffee but being a little mud splashed we sat outside Our return journey was equally lovely riding  however much more difficult with a persistent cold headwind proving a challenge. We were all very glad to get back home for hot shower and late lunch. Thank you riders!

John Hagan's Circuit from Werribee to Hoppers Crossing, Altona Meadows & Sanctuary Lakes - Sunday 1.8.21
Today we were blessed with sunny weather for most of our ride from Werribee. Doug, Jennie and Kim joined me on a gentle ride out the Werribee River to the west and then down Skeleton Creek through Hoppers Crossing and Altona Meadows to the wetlands near the Bay. With all the rain I feared we might not get through all sections of the various paths but we were fortunate with only small amounts of water on the path. We stopped at Amanda Cafe & Bistro at Point Cook for coffee and Jennie shouted us all to nibbles. We came back along the Federation Bike Trail and the Werribee River Path for a total of 42.56 km and arrived back near the Werribee Swimming Pool just after midday.
Thank you all for a very enjoyable ride.
Keep Riding - John.

Trudi's Saturday Ride Across the Barrabool Hills to Moriac - 31.7.21
With the sun shining and a high temperature of 19 saw the perfect number of ten riders to the meeting place at Fyansford for my ride out to Moriac.. Janet, Jesse, Jennie, John H, John M, Julia, Ken, Mark S, Peter O and Trudi.  All was going well until Jesse came to a halt on the first rise on Pollocksford. Thanks to John H who assisted Jesse with his mechanical repairs. At the intersection on Barrabool road we found Kim waiting to join us.  At the Moriac General Store we were greeted by Alison (new member), Chris Ha, Mark K, Nick, Sarah and Richard. A quick hello and they were off again having just finished their coffee they headed back out to free up some tables. On such a beautiful winter's day our coffee and refreshments were enjoyed while sitting on the deck bathed in the warm sunshine. The group broke up into two groups for our return trip, one taking the option of Cape Otway Rd the rest rode on up Hendy Main Rd. It was here that Jesse experienced some more mechanical issues and stopped to make a phone call for a pickup. Thanks to Julie and Chris who stopped with Jesse to lend a hand. Thank you everyone for a very enjoyable ride on a lovely morning. “Life is better on your bike”. Trudi.

Nick's Ride to Ocean Grove and Return via Wallington on Thursday 29.7.21
I was very glad to be out of lockdown and out riding on a sunny day. Even better, nine riders met at the Grovey ; Chris Ha, David, Doug, Gary, Janet, Peter C, Sarah and yours truly. We set off aided by a cool tailwind, surviving the traffic and roadworks along the Hwy, before enjoying the smooth tarmac along Warralilly. At Lake Rd, Mark J and Ken S were waiting for us, making the group the max number allowed to exercise together. Unfortunately, Doug suffered a puncture  and despite  Ken and Peter’s help, tubes kept going down and Doug was forced to abandon.
The lead group kept going and enjoyed a lovely run along Thirteenth after which Mark and Gary headed home and the remnant headed onto coffee and chat at Groove.  This establishment has the fastest service and surprisingly good coffee to boot. The way home was uneventful although we chose to avoid the  muddy road works around Curlewis Rd and use Christie’s to get onto the BRT.  As usual in the late morning the BRT was quiet and protected allowing relaxed group riding in pairs.  Thank you riders for such a pleasant morning’s jaunt! Cheers Nick T.

Ken Smith's Bannockburn Loop on Thursday 15.7.21
Geelong had rain over night, we did not have any during the day. Nine riders were at the start: David, Gary, Julia, Mark J, Noel, Peter C, Ted, Trudi, and myself, Jennie, and John M, waited at Fyansford. We rode off into a strong head side wind all the way to Le Due Sorell Cafe in Bannockburn. There we enjoyed our social time. We then rode to Clyde Hill and what a relief to be going down and not up. As we rode up Parker Hill a lady parked her car in her driveway and asked me to stop and have a talk. She said she was very concerned for cyclists as it was not a quiet country road any more, and many vehicles sped  along the road. I thanked her for her concern and assured her our Club had a high regard for road safety. When we reached Steiglitz Road a tail wind assisted us home. Thank you for participation.
Regards Ken Smith

Doug's Ride from Birregurra to Colac & Barqon Downs - Tuesday 13.7.21
In very overcast and cool conditions, six riders turned-up for today’s Rural Ride and they were: Doug, Ken S, Mark J, Nick, Noel and Sarah. Just 7 kilometres into the ride Doug punctured and the puncture repair team got the job done in no time at all with a special mention to Nick’s skills in replacing the tyre on the rim without any tools. The Co2 cylinder also aided with a quick tube inflation. Onward to Colac for coffee and cake at Richo’s Bakery. Leaving Colac we headed south along the Colac-Forrest Road until we reached the Seven Bridges Road, turning left onto it. The question on everybody’s lips, are there seven bridges on this road? Another question before the answer, are there 12 Apostles? The answer is the same in both cases NO. There are not 12 Apostles and there are not 7 bridges on the road. We only found two bridges. At the end of 7 Bridges Road, we turned left onto the Forrest – Birregurra Road soon reaching Barwon Downs only to find the General Store is no longer in operation, so we had to wait till we were back in Birregurra for another coffee fix. Despite the overcast cold conditions, it did not distract from the fact that this was a very picturesque course and a sunny day would make it even better. There are very few flat spots along the course as it is mainly rolling hills with three very long down-hills which, surprisingly, were not matched by three big uphills. All the uphills were easily managed by all riders (even me). Thank you to all for your company and thanks for spending some money in the Colac and Birregurra cafés.
Photo’s courtesy of the Tarnay’s and Noel (with thanks). Distance: 71.5 Kilometres. Elevation gained: 486 metres (Garmin) and 605 metres (Strava).
Scribe: Doug.

Chris Halpin leads the Local Ride to Drysdale & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 13.7.21
Six riders at the Showgrounds this morning for a local ride. Barry, 2x Chris, Gary, Peter C & Trudi headed off just after 9am. Drysdale was the first stop and Barry headed for a cafe, whilst the rest of us continued on to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina. Back to Barwon Heads on the waterfront with a scenic 4 side trip to the bluff overlooking the river, and of course the Heads. The surf on 13th Beach looked very inviting  - except that it was wet! Waved to Mark K also enjoying a morning ride. Back into a stiff breeze to Horseshoe Bend Rd and then home. I covered 76km all up. Thanks to everyone for a great ride.

Greg Allerton's 100km Around the Bellarine Peninsula on Sunday 11.7.21
I was uneasy riding through thick fog to South Geelong Station but was very pleased to have four other starters : John H, Mark J, Noel P and Peter M. Due to poor visibility we used the quiet Bellarine Rail Trail out to Drysdale. The fog began to lift after Leopold. The off road bike path gave us a pleasant run but its poorly designed sudden ending was a bit annoying. The hills to Portarlington gave us a good workout, and we then had an easy flat road to St Leonards where the Fig Tree Cafe provided good hot coffee and tasty cakes. Bluff Rd kept us off the main road for a while. When we  turned left at Murradoc roundabout we had a slight tail wind. We were briefly on Bellarine Hwy before riding through Lakes Estate to reach Shell Rd with its tough hill. After speeding down Bonnyvale Rd  the gravel foreshore path kept us away from Ocean Grove traffic. It was then through 13th Beach to Black Rock and up to Lake Rd. Barwon Heads Rd led us back to South Geelong from where riders turned off. I was home by 1-15 pm. I rode 103 km in 4 h 25 m av 23.4. Thanks to my companions for an enjoyable ride.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove7.21
Very cold this morning at the start point. Beautiful sunny day but little warmth for a poor cyclist. 14 of us at the Grovey - 2x Chris, Doug, Gary, Greg, Ian, Ken, Jo, 2x John, Sarah & Nick, Trudi & Leo. Headed up Surf Coast Hwy and east on Warralilly hoping to pick up Mark and Lindy but no luck there. Waved to Sue & Rich on Lake Rd before turning into Barwon Heads Rd.  A diversion around Sheepwash to take in the flash real estate and across the bridge to coffee at Groove. Good timing as the sun was just touching the garden furniture outside. A happy coffee break, then a spectacular return ride along 13th Beach to Horseshoe bend and home. Thanks Chris & Leo for sharing the Kelpie role, and riders for the safe ride and great company.  About 65km back to the Grovey.

Trudi's Thursday Ride Across the Barrabool Hills to Moriac - 8.7.21
Twelve riders today for my ride out to Moriac on a bitterly cold but beautiful morning: Chris Hu, David S, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Lindy, Noel, Nick, Sarah and Trudi. With lots of glass on the road and a rock in my way I quickly came to a halt with my rear tyre puncturing.  Unfortunately for Lindy who was behind me she didn’t have much time to react but very successfully manoeuvred herself around me trying very hard not to cause an accident. I also tried very hard to stay upright and ended up over the other side of the road facing an oncoming car in the distance.  Don’t really know how we both ended up safely stopping but boy oh boy we were lucky. I think we both need to buy ourselves a Tattslotto ticket. Thanks to Sarah and Nick for helping me with a tube change. I was soon back on the move and heading for Pollocksford Rd. catching up with everyone at the top of the climb. Now back together as a group we made steady progress to the Moriac Store for our coffee break in the glorious sunshine out on the deck. Once everyone had refuelled it was time once again to tackle the hills. Well that’s what I thought, but half of the group split up at Reservoir Rd. The rest of us rolled up and down the Barrabool hills enjoying the peaceful surrounds of the countryside. Thank you everyone for your company today it was a pleasure to have you out riding on one of my favourite places to ride.
Just a side note: please let the ride leader know beforehand what your intentions are if you are going to ride a different route home.
Thank you, Trudi.

Mark Kelly's Gravel Ride from Torquay to Anglesea on Tuesday - 6.7.21
Five graveleurs headed out from Torquay this morning to tackle the coastal pathways to Anglesea - Mark K, Chris Ha, Mark J, Nick and Sarah. The weather was a bit grey and drizzly at the beginning but with no wind we made good progress and enjoyed watching the surfers at Bell’s Beach. Chris left us at Southside as he was suffering somewhat with the remains of a "non-Covid" flu. From there, with the recent rain, parts of the track were a little difficult to negotiate but we all made it safely to Anglesea. After a well-deserved coffee we headed back up the Anglesea hill on the gravel. A somewhat different experience with the new fire break. Again, there were some challenging sections to negotiate but we all made it. We then enjoyed a nice coast back from Point Addis to Torquay taking in the surfers at Bells again and enjoying the lack of wind. Our bikes were all in need of a good wash by the end. Thanks to my fellow riders for a great ride and enjoyable company. 

Doug's Tuesday Ride to Moriac, Bellbrae, Jan Juc & Torquay - 6.7.21
Assembling at Grovedale this morning for the bitumen ride were: David, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Noel, Peter N and Trudi. We made our way to the corner of Baanip Boulevard and Sovereign Drive where we met Lyn L. Lyn informed us that White’s Road was still closed however Kim knew a way around the closure so we headed along Unity Drive towards Ghazeepore Road and this detour did involve a short distance on an unsealed road. Having got to the unsealed road (which was a very smooth unmade road) we saw that there was a ROAD CLOSED sign and a high wire fence across the road. Undeterred, Doug informed the group that there is a short-cut back to Baanip Blvd via Boundary Road although we will have to dismount and get under a road barrier. We reach the end of Boundary Road only to find another ROAD CLOSED sign and more wire fences. At this stage we split into two groups with one group heading back to Sovereign Drive and onto Baanip Blvd. The other group opted to walk some 50 metres across the paddock to Baanip Blvd. Were those taking the short-cut trying to save energy or tyre wear or looking for mushrooms? Maybe all three reasons. We reassembled and without any further distraction/detour, successfully made our way to Moric.
Moriac turned out to be a disaster because our pre-arranged mobile coffee van passed us and then missed the Church Street turn-off hence no coffee. Not long after, whilst passing the Brown Magpie winery on Larcombes Road, Gary’s well-being deteriorated (nothing to do with the winery) and Lindy kindly offered to accompany Gary back to Grovedale (a BIG THANKS Lindy). Forest Road was a delight to ride today as there were few vehicles on it (only two trucks – one each way). With no coffee van the deprived coffeeholics were relentlessly lambasting the poor old innocent ride leader. With a quick stop at Bell’s Beach for a photo shoot we were on our way to the not-too-distant coffee stop. Nearing the 60 kilometres mark we arrived at a new coffee stop in Torquay North, that being the Maple Bakery. Once again there was a split as some wanted to get to a warm inside spot and dined in upstairs area of the café whilst the more hardy used the reasonably sheltered area outside. Thanks to the hardy riders who kept an eye on our bikes. All agreed that the coffee and cakes etc. was worth the wait as they were of excellent quality. Back to Grovedale on Horseshoe bend Road was without any issues save that many riders peeled off along the way. Thanks to Peter N who was our ‘Tail End Charlie’ and was kept busy through-out the Ride. To the rider who put his shorts on inside-out (no names but lives out Lara way) please check your attire before leaving home. Thank you for your enjoyable company and to the one or two giving me grief, I send you a raspberry (all in good fun). In closing I will leave you with an old Chinese proverb – Rider who stays behind Ride Leader never takes a wrong turn.
Distance: 78.2 kilometres. Scribe: Doug.

Doug's Ride - Wanda Heights – Armstrong Creek – Breakwater (AKA The 3 Hills Ride) on Sunday 4.7.21
The clock was nearing 9.00am and I was sitting in the shelter shed of the South Geelong Railway Station, feeing very cold, looking at the black clouds overhead and despite sitting in the shelter, was being buffered by the very strong North Westerly wind. Secretly, I was hoping that nobody would turn-up and I could head for home and enjoy a warm fire. Instantly after those thoughts Ted arrived, then Ian, followed by Jennie, Chris Hu, John H and Noel (who had been blown in by the strong wind, all the way from Lara). Heading west along the bike path on the south side of the river was not an easy task as we were buffeted by that head wind which registered 24 kms per hour. Despite the icy cold wind, we soon found ourselves warming-up as we encountered the hills on Roslyn Road, Wandana Drive. By the time we hit Hams Road we were done with the three big(ish) hills enroute and now had that wind behind us. However, not all was smooth pedalling as Ted unfortunately found a large piece of sharp glass on Baanip Boulevard which caused the tyre to go BANG and cutting the tyre so badly, that the only remedy was a new tyre. This meant ‘Ring a Friend’ (the better half) and travel home by limousine for Ted. Leaving Ted behind, we enjoyed the tailwind all the way to our coffee stop which was the Warralily Cockatoo Café. The only vacant tables at the café were located in the outside area and despite the glass panels, there was no protection from the cold wind. Shortly after ordering a table around the corner, by the gas heater, became available and we rapidly changed tables. The waiter service was excellent however the delivery time did not match the order time. Coffee done we pushed into the wind for most of the journey back to the railway station. For Noel, having had a tailwind on the way in, it was now pay-back time (into the wind) for his trip back home. Praise to the cycleholics who decided to take-on the not-so-friendly elements for today’s ride. At least there was no rain encountered during the ride. Photographs: John H. Course Distance: 39.32 kilometres.
Scribe: Doug.

Nick's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre & Moriac - 3.7.21
On a cold morning 12 riders turned up up to be joined by two more en route: Chris Hu, John H & M, Jo, Julia, Kim, Mark, guest rider Tim, Peter N, Richard, Sarah, Trudi, Leader Nick and tail end Charlie Leo (thanks!).  We rode steadily together along WPD, Reservoir and Devon before splitting into two groups. Nick’s troops continued ahead at faster pace up  Barrabool to enjoy the views and extra kms along Gnawarre. Sarah’s group continued along Barrabool and made it to Moriac before the rain hit. Unfortunately, I punctured right at the turnaround point on Gnawarre meaning that Mark, Tim and I caught the showers as we worked turns back to coffee. When we arrived the others were dry, warm and had the all the seats. No matter, the hot coffee was most welcome. We waited out the showers and although the roads were wet and wind cold, we had a quickish ride back to town. Jo and Kim led the way and soon outdistanced us, no doubt spurred on by the  prospect of a hot shower. Thank you riders! I hope everyone had a enjoyable ride despite the conditions.
Cheers Nick T.

GTC Social Night at Belmont Hotel - 1.7.21
A very successful night at the Belmont Hotel with 34 participants. Janet organized the procedings and Mike C led the quiz. The meals were delightful and some were enormous in size - see photo below.
John H.

Ken Gawne's Thursday Ride to Portarlington - 1.7.21
Gary, Mark J, Doug, Sarah, Nick, Kim, Noel, Janet, Dave S, Julia, Chris Hu, Jennie, Trudi, Lyn and Ken made up the group of 15 who assembled at the Showgrounds for the ride out East. After leaving the rail trail at the traffic lights at the intersection with the Bellarine Hwy, we followed this main road, which has a generous shoulder, out to Banks Rd. A short spell on Swan Bay Rd before turning onto Queenscliff-Portarlington Rd and heading to the charming bayside town for refreshments. Noel, whom I thought had turned back prior to reaching Curlewis Rd, cycled into Portarlington many minutes in arrears having had a puncture. John Miro appeared out of nowhere and accompanied us on the return journey. The Port Hills put no riders into difficulty and the smooth seal of the Drysdale  by-pass was a real pleasure. Then the group split - the diehard, rail-trail enthusiasts opting to mix it with walkers, prams, dogs and errant brethren, whilst the dedicated roadies travelled the Port Rd all the way to Boundary Rd. The two groups came together again just a km from the Showgrounds. A co-operative group and warm sun made for a very enjoyable 4h turning the pedals.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Bannockburn via the Barrabool Hills - 29.6.21
Eleven riders turned up at the Fyansford pub on a frosty morning with the promise of blue skies over the green hills. Despite the cold we soon warmed up on sunny roads along Merrawarp and uphill along Barrabool. Ken G turned up to make ita dozen. The far reaching  views  while zooming along Pollockford were cycling at its best. Even the Ham Hwy was a good ride this morning. Three roads lead into Bannockburn; we  decided to take the quiet, scenic and safe option along Brislane. Coffee, conversation and a well earned break at Due Sorelle was very enjoyable. The way home down the Clyde hill, Stieglitz and Lovely Banks was faster and easier then the morning’s efforts.  My thanks to Barry, David, Ken G & S, Jennie, Lovro, Mark  K (and K for Kelpie, cheers!), Noel, Peter, Sarah and Trudi. A lovely group to lead on a sensational winter’s day.
Cheers Nick .

Greg Allerton's100km Sunday Ride to Sutherlands Creek, Dog Rocks & Moriac - 27.6.21
John C , John H and I  set off from South Geelong at 8 am just after a few earlier brief spits of drizzle. I was complimented on getting lights to change green on our approach and also across main roads without waiting. The usual backstreets took us to Ted Wilson Trail and out to Midland Hwy where J.C. left us. The hill in Bluestone Bridge Rd warmed us up before the fast descent from Lovely Banks. There was only a short section along Bacchus Marsh Rd before we pedalled up the long climb in Staceys Rd. There was only  a very slight wind as we headed to Sutherlands Creek and turned left. After rejoining  Midland Hwy we decided the Batesford Roadhouse was the coffee stop, which neither of us had ever visited. It was a real truckies stop, but provided a welcome warm break as it began to drizzle again. Resuming, we sped down into Batesford and then explored Riverdance Estate to the north of the highway. We crossed over to the south and meandered through the older and more bushy Dog Rocks Estate. There was another climb before Friend In Hand Rd got us to Hamilton Hwy. Merrawarp Rd led us to Barrabool Rd  with another climb up to Anderson Rd. We made a guess how many cars would pass us on this local traffic only Rd - John said 3, I guessed 5. There was only 1 car, though it did tow a horse float. We briefly went right at Princes Hwy then left into Irwins Rd and stopped at the Arthur Streeton memorial. I thought the tall stone obelisk with its fading gold lettering was a bit underwhelming for one of our great artists. Reservoir Rd, Waurn Ponds Dve then WP Creek path  took us back to busy Barwon Heads Rd where our good timing continued as we got straight across and onto Gundog Rd. We  parted ways at the Breakwater. I was home just after 1-30 pm after 104 km in 4h53 m av 21.3. It was great to do another long ride with John  H - I enjoyed his company. Thanks to John C for organising the start Photo and  riding the first section with us.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

Ted Reeve's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 27.6.21
The light rain on the window at 7 am didn’t bode well for a dry Drysdale but by 9 the clouds had cleared and we had a beautiful crisp morning with a light sou-westerly breeze to help us on our way down the Bellarine Highway. To change things up a bit we rode anti-clockwise today and, although the ride out through the hills was a bit harder than the BRT route, everyone seemed to enjoy the slightly different view and arrived at the Bungalow ready for a refreshing coffee. The ride leader’s internal GPS wasn’t quite up to scratch on the way home and we missed the left turn at Jetty Road. This turned out to be a great leader’s decision however, as the alternate route along Greenvale Drive was another pleasant variation to the norm. Thanks to the five ladies and three gentlemen who joined me today Chris Ha, Ian B, Jennie, Jo, Julia, Ron, Susannah and Trudi with special thanks to Ian for keeping us on the right track.

Sarah's Saturday Ride to Moriac & Beyond - 26.6.21
Today saw 17 riders at the start at Bunnings; namely a welcome  new member Andrew, Barry, Janet, Jennie, both Johns, Julia, Ken, Kim, Lindy, Mark J, Mark K, Richard, Ross, Sarah and Nick and Trudi. Thank you to Mark K for leading out the first group, while I decided to lead from behind with the second group. This worked well until Ken punctured on Cape Otway road but he was soon on the road again with a little help from his friends and they all met us for coffee at Moriac, together with the third Mark (S)  who had missed the start and caught up en route. After a sociable time at coffee we  started off with a tail breeze in two groups and with Lyn L and Chris Hu, who joined at Moriac.  However we left Lindy,  who found her front tyre flat, and Nick, who stayed back to help her repair it. In summary:  50 kms riding, 20 participating riders, two punctures, no rain( Hooray!) and everyone safely back. Thanks to all for good company and support.

Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Curlewis, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads on Thursday 24.6.21
A beautiful sunny morning - most unexpected but appreciated by 17 GTC members at the Showgrounds. Doug, Ted, Chris x2, Peter x2, Trudi, Janet, Kim, Ken x2, Sarah & Nick, Gary, John M, David and Lovro followed the Rail Trail. Very few walkers, dogs and prams this morning and very little traffic on Curlewis Rd. Easily on to Wallington Rd and Groove for a coffee. Home via 13th Beach for a surf inspection, Lake Rd to Warralily into a now blustery northerly.  About here we started to lose riders heading straight home. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable morning and approx 55km of easy riding.

Mark Kelly's GRAVEL Ride to Torquay on Tuesday 22.6.21
Seven graveleurs (Lyn, Sarah, Nick, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ross and Mark K) set out from Grovedale in cold but mild conditions. We took the back roads from Grovedale out to Point Impossible and then onto Torquay. On the way out Lindy was waiting for us at the end of Charlemont Drive to shepherd us through her magnificent property, which was a real highlight, and she joined us for the rest of the ride out to Torquay. After coffee at the The Salty Dog, which lived up to its name, we headed back following pretty much the same route as on the way out with a bit of added gravel along Barwarre Rd. The return ride was around 40kms so not too challenging but very enjoyable. Thanks to all of our riders for a great ride today and special thanks to Lindy for allowing access to her property.
Cheers, Mark.

Peter O'Brien's Tuesday Ride to Torquay & Moriac - 22.6.21
Eleven riders gathered at the Grovedale Hotel car park this morning for the ride to Moriac.  As we have ridden this particular route many times, to maintain interest I decided to ride the route in reverse direction. We headed-off down the highway to Torquay and from there onto Jan Juc.  Jan Juc is our usual coffee stop but as we hadn’t been on our bikes long we bypassed the Swell and continued riding. As we rode along Bones, Grundys and Vickerys Roads there were plenty of rolling hills to climb.  Two hills on Vickerys Road were particularly testing with an ascent of 11%+ that certainly challenged the riders.  Happily everyone made it! Riders were able to recharge their batteries on the rather flat section along Handy Main Road.  At the Moriac General Store we gathered for a coffee break where we appreciated the open fire before heading for home. The riders who participated in the ride today included Julia, Kim, Trudi, Jenni, Ken S, Peter M, Peter C, Janet, Doug, Gary and Mark J.  The total distance covered was 75kms.
Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride. Peter O.

Trudi's Sunday Ride to the You Yangs & Lara - 20.6.21
With the sun up early and with the fading memory of yesterday cold wet ride, brought out 13 riders to the start, for my ride to the You Yangs and Lara. Today’s route was Ted Wilson path, Anakie Rd and a very short section of the Ballan Rd then down Staceys Rd. It was here that Ted found himself in an bit of a predicament, a puncture.. His tyre was off and checked quite quickly but, Ted’s repair kit seemed to be missing something very important.. that important thing was not having the right size tube for his bike tyre, nope that won’t work. A phone call was made to Jo to come and rescue Ted…
Today five riders took up the opportunity to ride up to the turntable, the rest of us headed back for coffee at Cafe Xpresso in The Centreway of Lara. After a lovely longish break we were off again heading for Hovels Creek path. Riders today were Andrew, Barry, Janet, Jennie, John H, Julia, Leo, Lindy, Mark S, Noel, Peter O, Ted and Trudi. Thanks to everyone for joining me this morning on what turned out to be a perfect riding day to be out enjoying some exercise with friends.

Sarah's Saturday Ride to Torquay - 19.6.21
A large turnout of 26 riders gathered in the watery sunshine at Grovedale Hotel this morning. Being such a large group, we split into two. In the first group were Ian B, Jesse on his recumbent, John M, Mark J and Mark K, Peter C, Peter N, Richard W, Sarah and Nick  plus Sue and Richard on their tandem. Julia and Ken S kindly volunteered to take the second group, which also included Chris Hu and Ha, visitor David S from Mildura, Doug, Jennie, John H, Kim, Lindy, Peter O, Ross and Trudy and Leo.
Contrary to weather forecasts, the ride quickly became much more watery than sunshine-y, with showers continuing all the way to Torquay.  As a small consolation we were also treated to some lovely rainbows over green pastures. We all made our way along Ghazeepore, Dickens and Anglesea roads. Due to rain part of the second group continued along Anglesea Road to take a more direct route to El Nido in Torquay for coffee. The second group had already separated once again and Ken had a puncture which Leo repaired. That group went to Paraparap and through to El Nido, although some turned back and a couple went to enjoy the open fire at Moriac, which seems a good bet.  Our lot did a loop into Paraparap via Blackgate, Hendy Main, Larcombes, Forest, Grays and Hendy Main (again), then into Torquay via Grossmans  Road.  After a very welcome hot coffee and refreshments at The Coffee Club in Torquay we had a quick trip home via Horseshoe Bend Road with a tail wind push and a modicum of sunshine ( At last !)

Nick's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 17.6.21
Nineteen riders turned up today for a ride to Moriac. We left as one large group up WP Drive and onto Devon but Tarnay’s troopers (Barry, Dave S, Gary, Ken S, Kim, Mark K, Peter Ch, Sarah and Nick) continued on Barrabool and  Gnawarre Rd whilst Ted’s Troop (Chris Ha and Hu, Doug, Janet, Lovro, Mike, Noel, Ross, Ted and Trudi) headed south on Hendy Main to coffee. My group had a lovely gently undulating ride, enjoyed the views out west, before turning tail and retracing our steps. It seemed to get colder,  but with a gentle tail breeze along Barrabool  and a mostly downhill run we made good time on quiet roads to Moriac. It was probably a good thing we just missed Ted’s Troop because we got to sit inside and enjoy the coffee and conversation out of the cold. The chairs were still warm! The home run along Mt Duneed Rd was equally rapid with the tail breeze.  Thank you to all riders in both groups. Cheers to tail end kelpie Barry!

Chris Hume's 95km Ride to Portarlington, St Leonards & Queenscliff on Tuesday 15.6.21
Plenty of riders at the Showgrounds this morning!! Looked like about twenty LAC riders as well as our nineteen: Mark J, Lyn L, Trudi, Ted, Sarah, Ken G & Ken S, Chris Ha (kelpie) & Chris Hu, Julia, Nick, Ross, Peter C & Peter O’B, Noel, David, Gary, Janet and Jenny. Headed off along the BRT right on 9:00 to get a break on the others and cruised onto Drysdale, here three left us. Now we headed along the bypass and onto Portarlington Rd, spreading out heading for Daniels Donuts – morning tea. First puncture in this section - Noel. Onto St Leonards thence to Queenscliff Rd stopping at the Tomato Farm turn off to regroup. Jenny continuing to Geelong. Here received a phone call - Trudi’s turn to have a puncture!! Chris Ha, delaminating tyre and Noel tyre losing pressure headed home via Swan Bay Rd. Four riders headed off from here to return via Ocean Grove and the rest to RoRo Café in Queenscliff for lunch, in two groups about 15 min apart. Finished off with Bellarine Hwy to Geelong. I ended up as Kelpie and arrived at the showgrounds at 3:00, a long day! The loop itself was 95km but most riders did well over 100km with riding to and from the Showgrounds and back.
Chris Hume.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Lethbridge & Maude on Sunday - 13.6.21
On today's century I was joined by Mark Jones and John Miro both of whom had done this ride  before. It was fine but overcast with only very light wind at first. Once we turned off Hamilton Highway there was very little traffic apart from 2 km along Teesdale Rd. We arrived at Lethbridge after 42 km and were glad of a hot drink. After a few more quiet backroads we pedalled 5 km along Midland Highway before taking Sharps Rd to Sheoaks, giving us the hardest climb of the ride. We had the usual stop to admire the view from Bunjil Lookout ,where there was only a gentle breeze. This gave us some assistance as we headed home through Sutherlands Creek. I was home by 1-15 pm after 102 km in 4 h 33 m Av 22.2 . Thanks to Mark and John for joining me.
Greg Allerton.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara - 13.6.21
A good turnup for our ride to Lara on fine but cool morning. We set off from Sth Geelong Station and took the Barwon River path to Fyansford. The river level had risen after recent rains and we were forced to go cross country briefly at the boat ramp at the end of West Fyans St. From Fyansford there were 3 alternatives (depending on the slope!) to get to Church St. Nick led one group up Hyland St and the other 2 groups took either Monier Way or the Bike Path from Sailsbury Circuit. We gathered a few more riders at Church St to bring our final number to 18 - in the photo below from L to R: Ross, Susannah, Janet, Noel, Jennie, Peter M, Lindy, Nick, Sarah, Hugh, Peter R, Ted, Kim, Trudi, Leo, Jo, Julia & John H. The next major climb was on Bluestone Bridge Rd and it was successfully completed by all riders before our coffee stop at Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara for coffee/tea and cakes. As the orders were taken at the table some of us almost forgot to pay at the end but there was a long session of enjoyable conversation. On the return trip under the freeway at Hovells Creek we were pleasantly surprised to see that the path was not flooded - Ted's work on prompting the council had paid dividends and the pumps had been working beautifully. We followed the Bay path and Swanston St back to the Station. Thanks all for an enjoyable morning.
Keep Riding - John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Ride from Grovedale to Ocean Grove on Saturday 12.6.21
Following the recent poor weather conditions, it felt good to be back in the saddle today.  With the sun shining and a favourable westerly wind, the ride conditions to Ocean Grove were ideal. The ride incorporated the normal outward route along Lake Road and along Thirteen Beach.  The views on Thirteenth Beach were simply stunning and the rolling waves presented a picture perfect opportunity.  A coffee break was taken at the Cheeky Cow with the ordering process being slower than usual due to all riders showing identification as a Covid compliance requirement.  The return ride to Geelong followed the same route as the outward ride.  Given the number of riders today we decided to split into two groups.  Riders included Ken S, Nick, Sarah, Jennie, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Julie, John M, John Ha, Jo, Hugh, Trudi, Lindy, Ross, Kim, Doug, Lindy and Mark K.  Thanks to Nick for leading the second group. Distance travelled 60kms.
Regards, Peter O.

Chris Ha, Noel & Chris Hu Ride to Lara on Tuesday - 8.6.21
Only two hardy riders (Noel & Chris Hu) waiting patiently for me at the 'top of Church' this morning, relishing a chance to test our wet weather gear.  The last to arrive was soon elected ride leader and we made a group decision to aim for Lara and forget Steiglitz! Soft rain set in pretty quickly as we headed up the trail to the Anakie Rd, Lovelybanks and on to Stacey's. The wind now at our backs and the sun peeping thru some fantastic storm clouds made for a great run down into Lara. Xpresso is now requiring photo ID but we were allowed in to order coffees etc as a take-away. Sat across the car park and chatted in the sun till it disappeared. Noel headed for home and Chris & I took the Hovell trail back. Very pleased to note that Lake Ted is but a memory - almost dry under the Hwy bridges. Home after ~ 65km and great company.
Thanks gents, Chris Halpin.

Janet's Sunday ride to Eastern Gardens, Pt Lonsdale & Drysdale - 6.6.21
Divided into two groups we head off from the showgrounds to Drysdale. The first group consisted of Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Kim and PJ. The second were John H, Julia, Leo, Lindy, Mark J, Noel and Trudi. We had a varied ride through the Eastern Gardens, Point Henry, Curlewis with some lovely views over the bay and through to coffee at the Bungalow. Return was via the BRT with everyone pedaling off as required. Thank you all for your company and John for taking the second group and trying to follow my directions. A lovely ride.   Janet.

Chris Halpin & Doug Wyatt lead the Rides to Pt Lonsdale on Saturday 5.6.21
Chris Halpin's Report:
Barry, Doug, Hugh, Ian, Janet, Jesse, Jennie, Jo, Johns H&M, Ken S, Mark K, PJ, Sarah, Nick and myself gathered at the Grovie at 9am for the compulsory photo session. Doug promptly volunteered to lead the A team, and Nick & Sarah managed the Kelpie role behind Team B. Keeping a sensible separation we headed down to Warralilly and across to Lake Rd. A lovely tail wind spirited us to 13th Beach. Lots of surfers enjoying light waves. Ocean Grove seemed to be hosting lots of visitors (?) The beach front car parks were overflowing as we made our way thru to Collendina and on towards Pt Lonsdale. Lindy and Mark headed back, and PJ too, at some stage. Hugh commented he loves Pt Lonsdale because he feels young! The rest of us blended in nicely and enjoyed coffee and cakes. Back on the bikes the returnn journey took us thru The Point and on to Swan Bay Rd and home. Great ride of around 80km in pleasant company.
Thanks everyone, Chris.

Doug Wyatt's Report
With a big gathering at the Grovedale Hotel this morning for the ride to Pt Lonsdale it was necessary to have two groups, to meet Covid requirements (no more than ten riders in a group). It was also necessary to have two volunteer ride leaders for the day, Chris Ha led the second group and I led the first group who consisted of: Barry T, Jennie, John M, Ken S, Mark K and Peter J. The magnificent seven paved the way for the second group. At Lake Road our numbers increased to nine as we were joined by Lindy and Trudi. Overcast skies and a cold wind escorted us all the way. Having made it to Barwon Heads we had Lindy take a different direction. The rest of us cycled on and reaching Collendina where two riders elected for a coffee stop dwindling our numbers to six. Coffee was taken by both groups at The Plate in Point Lonsdale and I am pleased to say it was one of the better coffees I have had in a while. Leaving Pt Lonsdale, the number of riders in the first group was now only four and there was worse to come because when we neared the Rail Trail at Moolap our numbers reduced to three. At the Showground s the number went to two, being me (Ride Leader) and Barry (Tail End Charlie -with thanks) In essence we lost every one in between the Leader and Tail End Charlie. Hope I don’t have to provide an explanation to the powers that be, of the loss of seven riders!!! Even though it was a cold day, it was great not being restricted to a 5kms radius with only one other person. Distance: About 75 kilometres. Thanks to all, for your company.

What Our Riders are Doing - Pam M is in Uluru - 29.5.21 - Click here for photos

Nick's Ride to Torquay via Moriac on Thursday 27.5.21
A good turnout of fourteen riders left Bunnings today for coffee in Torquay: Barry, Chris Ha and Hu, David S, Jennie, Ken G and S, Noel, Peter J, Ross, Sarah, Ted, Trudi and yours truly Nick. Susannah met us at the top of WP Drive. Despite the wind and occasional shower making our progress a little more variable as a group we made reasonable time up WP Drive, Reservoir, Cape Otway, Church and Larcombes. Traffic was light and courteous. At the Hendy Main T intersection 4 riders peeled off to head back to Moriac. At the Anglesea Rd Susannah then turned back to Geelong. I was losing riders fast! The remaining ten riders rode on to a well earned coffee and victuals in the warmth of the Coffee Club. Our cruise back on Horseshoe Bend Rd with a tailwind and finally some welcome sunshine was very pleasant. At Warralily riders split up taking varied routes home. I hope everyone had a good ride, thanks for the company. A special thanks to Barry for doing a tip top job as tailend Charlie.

TWO Rides from Grovedale to Jan Juc on Tuesday 25.5.21
1/ GRAVEL Ride led by Mark Jones
Five hardy riders took to the gravel today (Mark K, Peter J, Nick, Chris Ha and Ross). We out numbered the road riders by 250%. We endured varied conditions including some nice tail winds when we headed south, some challenging cross winds and some pretty heavy headwinds. After an enjoyable and well-earned break at the Chocolaterie we headed along the Surfcoast track with a final run back along Horseshoe Bend Rd. Luckily Peter J had enough juice left in his battery to lead into the wind as well as challenge us to keep up with him along Horseshoe Bend Rd. Topping off a very enjoyable ride, we got back just in time to beat the rain. We covered around 75km (no more data as my computer lost the ride details). Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride and good company.
Cheers, Mark.

2/ ASPHALT Ride led by Peter O'Brien
It’s not often there are more gravel riders than road riders at the start line for a club ride but today this was the case.  This morning David Smith and myself were out-numbered by the tough riders of the club!   I assume the predicted forecast for high winds and rain meant many riders rolled over in bed and said, “bugger it”!  David and myself decided to stick to the planned ride route that incorporated Freshwater Creek, Blackgate Road, the downhill ride on Vickerys Road and the rolling hills on Gundrys Road.  From there we stayed on the Great Ocean Road and rode to Jasosite Road, Bells Beach and onto the Swell Café in Jan Juc for a coffee break. The return ride to Geelong was into a fairly strong headwind with a light sprinkling of rain.   Happily though, the heavy serious rain and strong wind didn’t impact us as we were safely home before the heavens opened. The total distance I covered today was 76kms.
Thanks for the company David. Peter O.

Janet's Sunday Ride to Lara - 23.5.21
Gathered on a glorious morning at Rippleside were Chris Hu, Ian, Jennie, John H, tail end Leo, Peter J, Trudi and two friends of Ian's Mark and Craig. We were joined by Noel just as we departed having ridden in from Lara. It was the sort of day that makes you glad you are a cyclist with clear skies and little wind. We had a lovely ride through the ports and Hovells Creek to coffee at Xpresso before returning along the Ted Wilson trail.
Thanks all for your company, Janet

Peter Jones' Ride to Portarlington on Saturday 22.5.21
Fifteen Riders this morning on a cold and crisp morning: Chris Hu, Mark J, Doug, Mark S, John H, Ross, Trudi, Jenni, Leo, Ken S, Jo, Chris Ha, Hugh and myself. Later in the day we were joined by John M. We took the BRT out to Curlewis where we took the Northern route to the Port Road beyond Drysdale. Wended our way through the houses and down a nice concrete path to Bayshore Ave. We were almost taken out by a charging dog trying to get to a couple of other dogs on the median strip. A few more seconds and at least one of us would have cleaned up. Good run out to Portarlington on the rollers well rewarded by donuts and coffee before we headed home via the Queenscliff Rd, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Hwy. A most enjoyable mornings ride on a cracker of a day, thanks everyone for your company.
Cheers, Peter J.

Ross Leads the Ride to Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove & Wallington on Tuesday 20.5.21
Perfect riding conditions for today's ride via Barwon Heads and Wallington with mild temperatures and light winds. 19 riders fronted at the Grovedale Hotel for the start  with a couple more joining us along the way. Too many to name names but most are there in the starters photo if you want to check. We followed the usual route via Warrallily, Lake Road and 13th Beach where an attempt to break the group into two was akin to trying to herd cats, resulting in groups of 16 and 5. We regrouped at Barwon Heads before continuing on to Ocean Grove for refreshments. Half stopped at the Garage and the rest continued on to Groove. Service at the Garage was slow but the hot chocolate was hot. So not all bad. Had a few head back via Barwon Heads from here with the rest continuing through Wallington and back along the highway. More dropouts as we continued until just 2 arrived back at the "Grovey". A nice ride with good company and good weather. Thanks to all participants.

TWO Rides to Queenscliff on Tuesday 18.5.21
1/ GRAVEL Ride led by Nick Tarnay
In a new first for the club today: gravel grinders outnumbered black top roadies. Let’s face it the full  BRT is a fantastic out and back ride; scenic, quiet, traffic free and smooth. Did I mention mostly protected from the wind? We had great ride down in cool sunny conditions, arriving before the roadies to enjoy the coffee and conversation at Roro’s before retracing our steps. The scenery and ride always seems different in the opposite direction. Thanks to Chris Ha and Hu, John M, Mark K, Dr Mike, Peter J, Sarah and Ron (riding just fine on 28mm tyres) for providing great company.
Cheers, Nick.

2/ ASPHALT Ride led by Gary Broughton
Eight enthusiastic Bitumeneers set off from the Geelong Showgrounds bound for the RORO Café at the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal.  They were Ben, David, Jennie, Ken S, Norm, Peter O’B, Trudi and myself.  We rode along the BRT with the Gravolites as far as Jetty Road before parting company.  We then road along Princess Street to Swan Bay Road where we said farewell to Norm.  We were around 5-6km along Swan Bay Road when a call came from the back, “Where is Ron L”.  We stopped to wait, but after a short time, and no sign of Ron, Gary went back in search, only to find, after a phone call, that the missing Ron was not missing at all, he had ridden with the Gravolites.  After a good bit of friendly ribbing we set off again for the RORO Café.  After a well-earned coffee break the Bitumeneers set off for home via Shell Rd, Banks Rd, where we said goodbye to Trudy who went home via Barwon Heads, and the Bellarine Highway. Thank you to all riders for a great day of riding and conversation.  Thanks also to Ken S who acted as kelpie.

Greg's 100km Ride to Bannockburn, Gnarwarre, Modewarre & Freshwater Ck on Sunday - 16.5.21
Saturday was the coldest day this year so I dragged out warm clothing I had not used since last winter.The forecast was 70 % chance of morning showers  and 35 kmh west winds so I was not confident of many other riders. Mark J was the only other starter, recently back from the Mawson Trail and enjoying a lightweight  unloaded bike again. There was lots of hard head wind sections and quite a few hills. Cottage Farm Cafe at Gnarwarre provided a welcome rest where we enjoyed coffee and delicious warm rhubarb slice with yoghurt. Resuming with a good downhill we soon  were rewarded with sections of tail wind as we made our way back to Geelong. Thanks for your company Mark. I enjoyed hearing stories of the Mawson Trail Tour.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

Janet's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 16.5.21
14 riders ventured out this morning for a blustery ride to Drysdale. The wind was behind us as we went along Carr St, Boundary Rd, Bellarine Hwy, Swan and Princess St to the Bungalow.  It was a bit different on the way home but we were well protected on the BRT.  Thank you to Barry,  Chris Ha and Hu, Hugh, Jennie, Jo,  John H, Kim, Mike T, Peters J and R, Trudi and tail end Leo. Lovely morning thank you, 

Chris Halpin's Thursday Ride to The You Yangs & Lara - 13.5.21
Accurate weather forecast today - too accurate! Ten eager riders at 'top of Church' including Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken, PJ, POB, Sarah & Nick and myself. Trudi met us on the Trail and Noel caught us a bit later. The idea was a pleasant ride out Bluestone Ridge Rd to Anakie Rd, into Staceys, across to Forest and up to the Youies entrance. Trouble was we were running out of time. "Rain expected from late morning" was dead accurate. The two Peters and Doug baled out early, headed straight to coffee at Xpresso and got home dry. The rest of us got wet, but only a little bit. Great to see Ted's Lake has disappeared on the Hovell Trail.  The new solar pumps seem to be working. 75km by the time I got home and great riding in even better company.

Doug's Circuit from Meredity to Elaine & Morrisons on Tuesday 11.5.21
Tuesday of last week (4/5/2021) was extremely windy and lots of pelting rain resulting in the rides being cancelled. Today was marginally better as the wind was only 31 kilometres an hour and the rain persistent rather than a downpour, however this did not deter four hardy souls who drove to Meredith with great expectations of having a ride and they were: Doug, Janet, Jenny and Peter O. At 8.55am the decision was made to ride, albeit a shortened course and we consequently opted for a slightly shortened version of the Masters' Course. We headed-off with the rain still falling and the wind behind us. We dodged puddles on the road for about 30 or so minutes and then rain eased to a point of just being a nuisance although the air temperature was around 10 degrees. Being in the greater Ballarat area, a low temperature should have been expected. On reaching Elaine the rain stopped falling. From Elaine, immediately after the train line we turned left onto Orrells Road. This was new territory for three of us with only Peter having cycled in this area before. The shortest route back to Meredith was taken (because of the cold) however, on a good day the roads and scenery would be most enjoyable. The hot coffee at the Back Creek Café was most welcomed as was the warmth inside. Distance 35.63 kilometres. All things equal, the decision to ride was not that a bad one as the ride was enjoyable despite the poor conditions. Thank you to my three tenacious companions who rode with me.

Mark Kelly's Cancelled Ride on the Bellarine - 11.5.21
Ride cancelled - the picture says it all. We resisted the deck chairs as well as riding.
Cheers, Mark.

Trudi's Mothers' Day Ride to Bannockburn on Sunday 9.5.21
A crisp Mothers' Day morning brought out a huge number of riders for my ride to Bannockburn. Arriving at Church St I couldn’t believe my eyes at just how many riders had turned up on what was to be a beautiful day for a ride. After taking a photo of the group we headed down to Fyansford to find another quiet large group awaiting me. Another photo and we were off, riding along the Hamilton Highway till Burnside Rd. Cafe of choice today was Cafe Le Due Sorelle, which was quite busy with mothers enjoying special treats from their loved ones. It was here that we were joined by another rider who had missed the start. Looking around it was hard to find a suitable spot for us all to sit and enjoy our refreshments. Lucky for us there were a few tables out the back of the cafe that were bathed in glorious sunshine. Our return route today was Clyde Rd, Parker Rd and onto Stieglitz Rd with a lovely tailwind to blow us homeward. Once on Lovely Banks Rd  it wasn’t long before we were back on the Ted Wilson path and back to where it all began. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful Mothers' Day ride. Hope that all the lovely mums enjoyed their special day with loved ones. In Alphabetical order riders today, if I can remember them all, were: Ian B, John H, Leo, Nick, Sarah and Trudi.

Kim's Saturday Ride to Mt Duneed & Armstrong Creek - 8.5.21
A pleasant morning had 12 riders assemble at the South Geelong Station for an easy ride through Wandana Heights and Warralily. Those who took on the not so challenging circuit were Andrew, Barry, Doug, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, John H, Peter J, Trudi and Leo, plus ride leader Kim. We were joined on route by John M. Once the ride leader was reminded it was 9am we set off down Swanston St to the river and along the shared path to the old breakwater where we crossed over to the opposite side of the river following the path until Barrabool Rd. At the Belmont roundabout Jo had her personal cheer squad giving her encouragement, meanwhile Barry was feeling a bit poorly so he headed for home. From here we turned at South Valley Rd and again at Roslyn Rd and this took us into Wandana Dr.  We followed Wandana to the end and under the ring road then up the bike path turning into Deakin Uni. We rode around the Deakin circuit and exited at the main gate then followed the path down Pigdons Rd to Waurn Ponds Drive and up the path to Hams Rd. We then took Ghazeepore Rd. with a right at Baanip Blvd (which had a lot of glass hazards) and right into Sovereign Dr. Once we reached Unity Dr it was decided to take refreshments at 9 Grams, not a great choice as it turned out with average coffee and slow disorganised service. After the coffee stop we set off along the Surf Coast Hwy and onto Warralily Blvd heading home via Barwon Heads Rd. Thanks to everyone for your company and to the ever reliable tail end charlie Leo.

GTC Members Night at South Barwon Community Centre 7pm 6.5.21
This was an excellent night with conversation and pizza for the 20 participants. Barry, Dr Mike and Paul gave us great musical entertainment, Greg told us of the history of the GTC and Simon regaled us with his experiences of Audax and the Paris-Brest-Paris Event. This famous Audax event has 5,000 participants, covers 1,300km, climbs 10,000 metres and has to be completed in under 90 hours. Thanks to Lindy and the Committee for this chance to meet when we are not on our bikes.
John H.

The MAWAON Trail - On their way Home - 6.5.21 - & Final Day - Wilpena Pound to Blinman 5.5.21
Greetings from Parachilna on the Outback Highway. We are on our way home. Yesterday ’s ride from Wilpena Pound to Blinman and Angorichna was the last and best day’s riding for the whole trip. Some fantastic scenery and very challenging tracks. We arrived at our destination substantially intact, no major bike issues and not a single puncture! Dinner at the Blinman Pub to celebrate. Now looking forward to getting home. Thanks to all for their great company. Special thanks to Peter and Mark for all the car shuffling that allowed some very enjoyable luggage free riding days and a speedy trip home.
Cheers, Ross.

Doug's Ride (filling in for Ted) to Moriac on Thursday - 6.5.21
With last Tuesday’s ride cancelled due to a howling gale interspersed with driving rain, it was a much nicer day for cycling today and the following cyclists shared my enthusiasm for a ride and they were: David S, Gary, Jennie, Ken G, Leo, Mark K, Mike C, Peter O’B and Trudi. On the hilly part of Waurn Ponds Drive (Old Princes Highway) we had to avoid a lot of dirt/mud covering the road as a result of trucks using the paddocks and then exiting onto the road, dropping mud everywhere. Turning onto Pettavel Road we encountered our second lot of mud across the road. Back onto the asphalt we were in need of some water on the road to clean the mud off the tyres, alias, no puddles, however the mud did wear or fall off after a few kilometres. With very few vehicles encountered we enjoyed the quite countryside for our ride. We arrived at the Moriac General Store to be greeted by Lyn L who had just missed the 9.00am start and unbeknown to us, followed our route to Moriac. Post coffee we returned to Bunnings via Cape Otway Road, Mt Duneed Road and then Ghazeepore Road. Thank you for joining me on a pleasant day for cycling and thank you Leo for being the taillight. Distance: 42.7 kilometres.

Single lane on Ghazeepore Road between Mt Duneed and Whites Roads.
Closure of Whites Road between Ghazeepore Road and the Surf Coast Highway from 10th May for several weeks.
Single lane on Anglesea Road between Baanip Boulevard and Whites Road.

The MAWSON Trail - Day 5 - Rawnsley Park Station to Wilpena Pound - 4.5.21
A short day today, from Rawnsley Park to Wilpena Pound. Brilliant scenery and some challenging riding. Caught up with Mark J who did the same ride in the wet and with declining light last night. Quite an effort. Some Spare hours for housekeeping and some walks around home base. Last effective riding day tomorrow. This trip has gone very quickly.
Cheers, Ross.
p.s. thank you to Peter J for his ride report yesterday. No phone reception but his more up-market accomodation had wifi.

The MAWSON Trail - Day 4 - Mt Little Station to Rawnsley Park Station - 3.5.21
After a lovely three course meal including roast lamb the night before and a great egg and Bacon breakfast we left our hosts Kelli and Peter and headed along the Mawson Trail which travels across Mt Little Station land for 18 klms. The road is a graded track through a rocky landscape so lots of rocks on the track a well as plenty bull dust. Once out the back gate we had a good run along the Outback Hwy until we reached the Moralana Scenic Route 28 klm of gravel road which connects to the Flinders Ranges Way and Rawnsley Park Station where we are staying the night. Wilpena Pound tomorrow.
Cheers, Ross.

The MAWSON Trail - Day 3 - Cradock to Mt Little Station - 2.5.21

Doug's Sunday Ride to Curlewis, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads - 2.5.21
On a windy sunny morning eight riders participated in today’s ride and they were: Barry T, Doug, Jennie, Jo, Leo, Peter R (the Club’s newest member) Ted and Trudi. We had a minor delay due to one front tyre being on the soft side (lack of air) and our Mr Fixit (Leo) got his bike pump in motion, quickly inflating the tyre to an acceptable pressure and then we were on our way. From the bike path we turned right onto Curlewis Road and enjoyed the tail-wind all the way to the Groove. This course has only two hills of any consequence (along Wallington Road) and once over them it’s downhill all the way to the Groove. The Groove Café was not on song this morning as the service was slow and the cappuccinos were that hot, they burnt your mouth. Maybe time for a change of a coffee venue when next down that way. By consensus, we elected not to use Barwon Heads Road to the Barwon Heads Airport and came along 13th Beach Road to take in the delightful sun-drenched seascape even though it added another 2 kilometres to the advertised course distance. The downside of this route was we had a strong head wind along Blackrock and Staceys Roads. Thanks to the riders who took turns leading the peloton along this northern stretch. At the round-a-bout at the corner of Marshalltown Road and Barwon Heads Road, the peloton spilt into two with (Deputy Ride leader) Ted leading the group that were returning to the station (thanks Ted) and the others heading west along Marshalltown Road. Leo was the kelpie/guards van/last rider and a role Leo seems to fulfill on most of his rides. Thank you, Leo. Thanks to all for joining me on today’s ride. Distance was approximately 53 kilometres.
PS. Leo’s bike repair rates for a Sunday are very reasonable and the bill is in the mail (just joking)!!!

Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Inverleigh & Teesdale on Sunday 2.5.21
Peter O'Brien and I were the only riders  today, though John Carleton very kindly came down to take the start photo. We rode at a good pace out Hamilton Highway though I had a rear puncture near Murgheboluc. On the outskirts of Inverleigh we turned right at Common Rd then pedalled through some of the new semi rural  estates north of the town. We also visited a lookout with sweeping views down over the bush surrounding Inverleigh. It was an enjoyable section through the bush on the way to Teesdale, where we rode in a big loop around the hilly outskirts of the town, passing the large cemetery. After a brief stop to consume snack bars we returned down the Inverleigh Rd with a good tail wind and entered the town beside the rail line. Hamilton Highway led us back to Fyansford then the river bike path was the easiest way back.We were home before 1 pm  having ridden 103 km in 4h 11 min average 24.6 kph. Thanks to Peter O for his great company.

The MAWSON Trail - Quorn to Cradock Saturday 1.5.21
A big day today. Quorn to Cradock turned out to be around 94 k’s with a couple of side trips. We started out with a forecast of 35 to 40 kph head winds for later in the morning. They arrived exactly as scheduled but the twists and turns of the Mawson meant it wasn’t all bad. Some Interesting interludes along the way included a spectacular gorge, a lesson in the dangers of land speculation and some extensive ruins. The highlight of the day for most of us was arriving at our destination, the Cradock Hotel. Cheers, Ross

Nick's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre & Moriac - 1.5.21
Eight riders turned up at Bunnings for a ride to the Cottage Farm nursery: Jennie, John, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Nick, Sarah and Trudi. Note the gender balance! (Rob McGlade joined us for the first half hour before doing his own thing). We had a lovely rolling  ride along WP Drive and onto the hilly Devon, where we found John Miro waiting for us, before cruising along Barrabool. When offered the choice of the delightful views and some extra kms along Gnawarre Rd or the culinary delights of the nursery all riders took the easy option. The gardens were abundant with flowers and the cake and coffee as good as usual. The trip back with mostly a tailwind made for pleasurable riding  along Barrabool, Considines  and Mt Duneed. Thank you riders for a most pleasant roll in the hills. 

The MAWSON Trail - Greetings from Quorn - 30.4.21
The official “Best of the Mawson” got underway from Melrose this morning. Peter J, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Mark J, his support crew Ida and Nettie plus nominal ride leader Ross lined up for the customary departure photo. The first part of the ride was along the Melrose-Wilmington rail trail where we parted company with Ida and Nettie. After brunch in Wilmington we started on a reasonable gravel road that took us most of the way to Melrose. A burst of exuberance  from a couple of riders saw them miss a turn on a long downhill and some lucky phone reception was needed to re-form the group and the miscreants avoided the front for the remainder of the ride. The turn once taken led to a very rough, very steep but highly picturesque gap through the hills and out on to the flats near our destination. So, in summary, a good ride over just about every kind of road surface you could imagine. A good introduction to the Mawson.
Cheers, Ross.

For link to Mawson Map - click here. For Itinerary - click here.

Gary's Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads & Torquay - 29.4.21
WOW, what a magnificent day for a bike ride.  The morning was a bit crisp but that faded into a glorious sunny day.  There were 19 riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel for today’s ride to Barwon Heads for our coffee stop at the Beachhouse Café.  As the number of riders was a bit large we broke into two groups, one led by myself and the other by Janet.  The riders were, apart from myself, David S, Doug W, Janet R, Jenny P, Julia McK, Ken G, Kim G, Lindy L (who joined the group at Lake Rd.) Lyn L, Norm L, Peter C, Peter O’B, Ray C, Sarah T, Nick T, Ted R and Trudy B.   I was also proud to have my son Joel, who is on work leave from Melbourne, to join us for this ride.  We had a glorious ride to Barwon Heads, sunshine and virtually no wind,  via Lake Road, Bluestone School Rd and Barwon Heads Road.  After coffee we returned via 13 Beach, Horsehoe Bend Rd to The Esplanade in Torque, then through to the Surfcoast Hwy via Bell St.  Unfortunately Joel had a puncture at Cozy Corner, so after getting him mobile again we set of for home.  If you are going to get a puncture then Cozy Corner is a pretty good place to stop. Thank you to Janet for leading the second group and to Kim and Nick for being the kelpies.

TWO RIDES on Tuesday 27.4.21:
1/ Nick's Ride from Anglesea (or Aireys Inlet) to Wye River and Return:
Six riders turned up for the GOR ride: David, Nick Peter C, Peter O’B, Sarah and Trudi. The superb six left the car park in the drizzle but by the Anglesea hill the skies were clear with a light headwind and light traffic. Jackets on and jackets off. We made good pace to Lorne  where we had our first coffee. A few minutes into coffee and chat John Miro rolled in to make us the magnificent seven. This stretch of road has some of the best scenery and was a delight to ride out and then back with a tail breeze. John opined it was the best conditions on the GOR he had experienced and I would have to agree. Not too many choices for light lunch in Lorne with only one bakery open but the pies were delicious. Fortified and rested we enjoyed a top ride back to Anglesea. Even the Aireys hill wasn’t too bad today. Special mention to Peter C for doing a warm up from Aireys to Anglesea first thing and to Peter OB (answers to tough nut or hard man) who rode from Geelong and then home to get the 100 - miles in the old language. Thank you riders for a great ride and good company.
Cheers Nick T

2/ Doug's Ride to Drysdale
With constant light rain falling this morning and a competing Club ride from Anglesea/Aireys Inlet, I didn’t expect to be joined by many others. To my surprise, we ended up with the magnificent seven who were: Chris Ha, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Lindy and two Peter’s (J and N). Persistent drizzle and sometimes mizzle, followed us all the way along the Rail Trail. As our windscreen wipers were not functioning on our sunnies, this made it difficult to see through them so a few us removed our glasses in order to see any vehicles at the cross-roads. We were held-up for a few minutes at the Geelong – Portarlington Road Rail Trail traffic light crossing because the planned roadworks were now underway. Next stop was the Bungalow for refreshments. The stop allowed us to wipe the glasses clean ready for the next lot of precipitation. With clean dry glasses we were back in the saddle to enjoy three minutes of almost sunshine before more drizzle. By the time we were reunited with the Rail Trail the sun finally broke through the clouds much to our enjoyment. With the absence of vehicular traffic there was no noise along the Trail allowing conversation to easily take place across the small peloton. Well done to all participants. Distance: 47 Kilometres.
NOTE: The vehicles we encountered along Princes Street, Swan Bay Road and Curlewis Road certainly observed the new Road Law requiring drivers to be at least one metre from cyclists at under 60kph and 1.5m for over 60kph. Let’s hope it’s a new beginning for cyclists and motorists alike.
FOOTNOTE: The new One Metre/One point five Law came into being on Monday 26th April 2021.

Janet's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 25.4.21
A beautiful sunny morning saw quite a few riders gathered at the showgrounds. These were Doug, Greg, Heather (Geoff was also there but preceded us riding with another group which included Dr Mike), Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John H, Kim, Leo & Trudi, Peter J and Ted. We set off on an easy ride to Drysdale taking St Albans Rd, Townsend Rd, then Earl's Rd which took us to the rail trail at Bellarine Hgw. We stumbled upon Ron on Earl's Rd who joined our group. Lovely coffee and sustenance at the Bungalow was enjoyed before returning via Jetty Rd and the BRT. A sight to be seen at Bungalow was Mark J who called in for coffee during a training ride for the Mawson Trail complete with bricks in his panniers.
Thanks for your company everyone. Janet.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Moriac via Paraparap - 24.4.21
15 riders for my ride to Moriac this morning: Peter C, John H, Barry, Greg, Kim, Ken S, Jennie, Trudi, Leo, Rob, Lindy and late inclusions, Mark J, Hugh and John M. The route to Moriac is pretty tried and true. I did change the initial bit to avoid a difficult transition from Bannip Path to Sovereign Dve by heading out the Torquay Rd turning right into Unity Dve. Once we were on Ghazapore Rd it was full steam ahead as usual, had a bit of a headwind in parts as we headed West. It was nice to have Hendy Main Rd car free as it was closed for the Otway Classic, lots of riders, (60 klm group I think) making their way to Moriac. Enjoyed our coffee and rolled on home via Hendy Main, Reservoir and Waurn Ponds Dve. Lovely tailwind all the way.
Thanks for your company on a pleasant morning's ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross Reports in from Riverton on the MAWSON TRAIL in SA - Friday 23.4.21
Caught up with Chis at Nuriootpa, a few days along the trail. Have had some cool weather and rain and this has made some sections of the trail a bit difficult. Have already had to make a few small detours. Having an easy day today, basically just two short rail trails to Clare. Cheers, Ross.
p.s. A question for the home mechanics out there. Any idea why my front derailleur is not shifting as smoothly as previously?

Trudi's Loop to Lara on Thursday 22.4.21
With plenty of wind around again today I decided not to ride my usual preferred route out to Lara. Today we rode the Ted Wilson path all the way to the end, before turning left onto Broderick Rd, Heales Rd, Bacchus Marsh Rd and straight along Elcho Rd. Cafe of choice today was Cafe Xpresso in the Lara. Having rung earlier to book tables the transition from bike to seats was very smooth and seamless. Service as always was quick and served with a smile, nothing is ever a bother. Well refreshed and refuelled it was time to see how Ted’s puddle was doing. To everyone’s amazement except for Chris, who was concentrating on what was in front of him missed the two huge poles to the left that held the solar panels. Yay progress finally, still some water on the path but hopefully once the pumps are turned on, there will be no more Ted’s Puddle to be seen. Riders today in Alphabetical order were Chris Ha, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Mike, Noel, Norm, Peter’s C J and O, Ted and Trudi. Thanks everyone for your company today.

TWO RIDES - Both Groups to Drysdale and Gravel Riders on to Barwon Heads - Tuesday 20.4.2
Gravel Ride by Chris Halpin
Only 3 trusty gravelleurs today. PJ, John M and myself headed off after the road runners. A nice tail wind pushed us down the BRT to Drysdale. Here we parted company with Doug's group and pushed on down the Trail. Persistent rain and cross winds forced a route reassessment and we decided to turn down Banks Rd to Collendina before finding more gravel on the beach path through to Barwon Heads. Coffee and a tasty muffin at Barwon Ebb & Flow revived our soggy spirits and we set off for home along 13th Beach and on to Blackgate. Minya Lane and Fishers Rd gave us another gravel taste and then home on Horseshoe Bend as the rain tapered. Approx 70km and 10mm of rain but great company a lively ride. Thanks John and Peter.

Ashphalt Ride to Drysdale by Doug
With a weather forecast of lots of rain from 10.00am this morning, it was pleasing to be joined by 11 other cycleholics. Attendees were: Barry T, Chris Hal (Ride Leader for the fat tyre peloton aka the gravel riders) David S, Doug (Ride leader for the skinny tyre peloton aka the asphalt riders), Jennie, John M, Ken S, Kim, the 3 Peter’s (C, J and O’B) and Ted. A short discussion at the start, by the skinny tyre riders decided to make Drysdale our turn-around point. Along the Bellarine Rail Trail with the rain just starting, Ken opted for a U-turn in favour of getting wet under a warm shower at home rather than nature’s cold shower. Arriving on the outskirts of Drysdale, with rain just spitting, Jennie opted for a U-turn plus the fat tyres peloton peeled-off heading for Queenscliff, possibly. The skinny tyres peloton, of six riders, opted for a short coffee stop at the Bungalow. Waterproof jackets were now necessary as we headed back to the Showgrounds. With rain still falling, the speed increased in the hope that we would be back to Geelong before the heavy stuff. Due to the increased speed (above 25 kph) the e-bike (and rider) was not in favour of that speed so we eased off to a more manageable speed. If we were to get drenched, as a result of going slower, we had a scape-goat!!! We had just crossed Kensington Road Leopold when Peter C unfortunately punctured. Peter insisted we continue without him, informing us he will repair the puncture and head for home (nearby). There were no dissenters and we all wished Peter a safe trip home as we sped off. Not long after getting back to the Showgrounds the rain became heavier much to the detriment of those cycling to home, from the Showgrounds. We completed the 36 kilometres round trip and were still reasonably dry, which was a minor miracle, if you factor in the forecast.
Thank you all, for voting for, and joining me on a shortened ride.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Torquay - 18.4.21
Eleven starters for our ride to Torquay via Paraparap & Jan Juc: (from L to R below) John, Peter, Leo, Lindy, Trudi, Mike, Ian, Kim, Lovro, Doug and Jenny. If a leader can keep all of the starters right through to the finish line the ride leader usually gets top marks for the ride. However, on today's ride the attrition rate was high and we ended up with just five riders coming back to the Grovedale Pub. Our first incident was a fall on Ghazeepore Rd and assistance had to be called in, then others had to leave because of time constraints and Mike had a bike all primed up for the gravel ride which had been cancelled so he and PJ headed for coffee at Moriac. Ian told me that he had not been on Vickerys/Gundrys Rds before so we were all able to appreciate the scenery along this beautiful but hilly part of Bellbrae. After assisting at our first incident Doug and Lindy had gone directly to our coffee spot at Surfcoast Wholefoods and they had a bit of a wait for us to come through from Jan Juc. We consumed some delicious cakes and other food with our coffee and were wondering about the "wholefood" content of these beautiful morsels! Thanks to all for your assistance along the way and particular thanks to Leo for following up the tail of the ride.
Keep Riding - John.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Curlewis, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads - 17.4.21
Twenty keen riders this morning, so 2 groups. In order we had Andrew, myself, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Johnx2, Ken, Lindy, Lovro,  PJ, Sarah & Nick, Ted, Trudi & Leo. We also welcomed back Sue, Richard on the Tandem, and Ron after long absences. Sarah bravely volunteered to lead the 2nd group and I just appointed Leo as 'tail-ender', cause that's what he does so well! A tail wind on the BRT to Curlewis was handy. Interesting that we were overtaken by not one but two other keen groups of cyclists, manoeuvring between dogs and walkers, and one very speedy lady rider. Time for cycling speed limits on the BRT maybe? We soon turned into Curlewis Rd, still with a favourable wind and little traffic, down to Bellarine Hwy, across to Wallington Rd and on to Groove. Very busy here too. So many cyclists about. After a noisy coffee break it was again time to hit the road.  The usual confusion about toilet arrangements, who was in which group and who was missing - but somehow we seemed to get everyone back to Geelong in good time via 13th Beach and HorseshoeBend Rds. No punctures to report. I enjoyed just over 60km of great riding, even better company and special thanks to Sarah and Leo for their help.

Trudi's Loop to Bannockburn on Thursday 15.4.21
With strong winds whipping around the streets of Geelong meant that we were in for a wild ride to Bannockburn. Today’s riders in alphabetical order were: Barry, David S, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Nick, Peter C, Peter J, Sarah, Ted, Zac and ride leader Trudi. 
Riding into a strong headwind on the Hamilton Highway made progress slow and challenging. On turning right into Burnside Rd we found it ever so slightly easier going. Cafe of choice today was Cafe Le Due Sorelle. With plenty of seating inside we didn’t have to think twice about taking our coffee inside the cafe out of the wind. It was so nice to catch up with an old member Ange while enjoying our coffee. I would love to see Paul and Ange back riding with us again soon. Our return route was a lovely run down Clyde Rd and along the beautifully stunning valley below. Once on Stieglitz Rd and now with the wind on our backs it was a pleasure to let the wind blow us homeward. Lovely Banks Rd soon had us back on the Ted Wilson path, everyone finding their way home. Thanks for your company today, see you all next ride.

Doug's Rural Ride from Winchelsea to Eurack and Birregurra - Tuesday 13.4.21
Rain had been falling on the previous 3 days and it was pleasing to see dry roads for today’s 96.44 kilometres ride. Attendees were: Barry, David, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lyn L, Mark J, Nick, Peter J, Sarah and Trudi. Leaving Winchelsea, we headed north into a mild wind hitting our right cheekbone. Our first scheduled stop was the Eurack Avenue of Honour (AOH) some 30 kilometres away. Although the wind intensified as the morning wore on, it didn’t hinder us too much with a steady pace all along the way. Arriving at AOH Trudi wanted to know where the mobile coffee van was located. As we could not see it one rider asked the repair crew were they also the mobile coffee van? The reply was “no” as they were there to do some repairs to WW1 crosses as two of them had been broken as the result of a road accident. They added that they had passed the coffee van a few kilometres back and it had broken-down (Pinocchio, your nose is getting bigger). With no coffee the peloton had to settle for jelly beans for a fix. Leaving the AOH it was only a couple of K’s to our right-hand turn and the wind would be at our back. For nearly 30 kilometres we were cruising in the high 20’s kilometres per hour with very little effort. There was a small interruption to our progress due to a road sign being absent. A quick check of the Ride Leaders map got us underway again. In Birregurra, our planned coffee stop was closed however the general store was Plan B and the food and coffee there was very good.
Shortly after leaving Birregurra, we turned left onto the Cape Otway Road. The strong wind that was previously behind us was not at our side trying to blow us across the road. The last 6 kilometres to Winchelsea was into the head wind. Thanks to Peter for going to the front, making it easier for those behind. Note: Ken G and Lyn elected to return to Winchelsea before we reached the AOH. Thank you to Nick and Barry who alternatively shared the ‘Tail-end Charlie’ duties. In summary, this was a great course, excellent roads, the wind in our favour most of the way. Thank you to all who participated and for your most enjoyable company. If there is anybody wanting to know more about the ride and or the course, please contact me. In closing, thank you to those who sent What’s App messages saying how much you enjoyed the ride.

Gary Leads the Tuesday Ride to Moriac - 13.4.21
Five members assembled at Bunnings for the ride to Moriac.  Gary B was elected unopposed as ride leader, the others in the group were Chris Ha, Lindy L, Peter N and Peter R.  All riders were keen to get started to try and outsmart the onset of a potentially windy day.  We decided to do the reverse ride to Moriac by going up Ghazeepore Rd to Dickens, Angelsea Rd, Blackgate, Hendy Main, Larcombes, Church, Cape Otway then through to Moriac.  After a great coffee at the general store and solving the problems of the world, we returned via Hendy Main, Reserve, Pettavel, Waurn Ponds Drive back to Bunnings.  We left Lindy there as she Had her car and the rest of us proceeded up Pigdons where we the departed company to individually find our home.  Thanks to all who rode for your great company and chatter.

Ted’s Magical History Tour that didn’t happen – Sunday 11.4.21
A BOM weather forecast at 7.00 am predicting gale force winds and significant rain caused the cancellation of today’s ride around Geelong but 21 members and family turned up to the Heritage Victoria site at The Heights and enjoyed an informative tour led by HV volunteers. One intrepid rider, John, did in fact hop on the bike and joined five others at the scheduled coffee stop at The Door Gallery Cafe at the Fyansford Mill. John’s decision turned out to be a good one as the morning was windy but stayed relatively dry. The non-riders didn’t seem too disappointed though. Thanks to those who supported this initiative. We’ll do it again but let’s hope for better weather next time.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Drysdale & Ocean Grove - 10.4.21
Another 16 riders were willing to ignore the weather reports and join me on my ride to Groove Ocean Grove this morning, Peter O, Trudi and Leo, Jennie, Mark S, Mark J, Ken S, John M, John H, Nick, Peter C, Barry, Doug, Chris Ha, Ian B, Kim, thanks for keeping me company. My route today was out the BRT to Jetty Rd, to the Bypass, down Princess, a short traverse on Swan Bay Rd and down Grubb Rd to Thacker. The air had been a bit moist for most of the ride until we were heading into Ocean Grove when it became very damp, looking ahead I thought I could see a faint blue tinge behind the grey and gambled that the shower would all be over by the time we arrived at Groove, I was lucky this time and the rain had stopped as we arrived.
Enjoyed our coffee, mounted our trusty steeds and headed home via 13th Beach, not many surfers around, the water was very chopped up. There was a parting of the ways as riders took their decisions as to which way to get home. By this time there was no showers but there was a strong and blustery South Westerly. There is a basic sailing rule, do not give away a windward position, ie do not run downwind unless you really have to because to come back into the wind will be a lot harder. My route was across the wind with the maximum protection from the side wind, minimal headwind and maximum tailwind, as usual it worked a treat and topped off a pleasant morning on the bike.
Thanks again for coming along everyone.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross Leads the GRAVEL Ride & Kim the ASHPHALT Ride to Torquay on Thursday 8.4.21
The Ashphalt Ride:
Fortunately the fog had cleared well before our 9am start from the Grovedale Pub and from there the day just got better with a light breeze and sunshine to warm us up. With 18 riders for the road option of todays days ride it made sense to split into 2 groups. Those who participated today were: David S, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie (who had a short ride due to work commitments), Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Lyn, Mike C, Nick, Paul T, Peter O’B, Ron, Trudi, and a warm welcome to new member Richard White.
We headed off along Bannip Blvd and onto Anglesea Rd with a right into Coombes Rd, then the very pleasant ride through the beautiful Ocean Acres, Grossmans Rd, SC Hwy up Bell St and along The Esplanade, which allowed us to admire the very blue ocean and perfect beach conditions. Then up Darian and into Fischer St where we encountered some unplanned road works on our side of the road so using the footpath (carefully past the driveways, from my experience) we then arrived at our coffee stop, Cafe El Nido. Here a few over heated riders removed some un wanted layers and we all had a good chat while enjoying our beverage of choice. Refreshed and ready to go we headed along Horseshoe Bend Rd from where a few riders made there own way home along the way. The rest of us turned right into Warralily Blvd and onto Barwon Heads Rd making our way back to Grovedale. I stopped and waited at Marshalltown Rd as I thought there were some riders missing, I then decided to back track only to find Richard had a puncture with Ron and David giving assistance. Fortunately I arrived at the right time as they had just completed the job. There was a bit more traffic about today than I expected and it just seemed to follow us no matter which way we went but I must say everyone was very respectful.
Thank you to all riders today for making this outing such an enjoyable one. Special thanks to Peter O’B for leading the second group and to Leo and Gary for being the 2 follow up back riders.

The Gravel Ride:
In contrast to the horde setting off on today's bitumen ride, the group for the gravel adventure was small but select. The two Chris's, Ha and Hu, PJ, Mark, Barry and Ross set off from the Grovedale Hotel in search of dirt roads. The variety of equipment in use was only matched by the variety of riding surfaces we would encounter - everything from an electric mountain bike to a brave rider using smooth road tyres. There was far too much bitumen early on but eventually, we found some nice quiet country lanes with nice country views and only the occasional corrugation and pot hole to distract us. There are limited unsealed roads in this area so it was good to find some new gems as well as the usual suspects. A wide loop brought us in to Torquay via some small gravel paths and even some green gravel (a grass field). Refreshments were taken at El Nido before a last dirt section via Point Impossible and back on Horseshoe Bend Road. The ride leader displayed his usual cavalier approach to ride leading duties and abandoned the group at Mt Duneed. Hope they all made it home safely.
Cheers, Ross.

On the way home Trudi almost ran over a snake on the Barwon Path & Peter O'B was just behind her - photo PO'B.

Peter O'Brien's Ride Through the Barrabool Hills - Tuesday 6.4.21
It was pleasing that twelve riders fronted-up at Fyansford this morning for the ride through the hills to Moriac. We rode out to Merrawarp Road and then onto Barrabool Road, where we turned left instead of the usual right, and climbed the Ceres hill.  The reward for the climb was an exhilarating ride down Cochranes Road to Waurn Ponds Drive.  At this point, we met up with Doug who had ridden in from Torquay.  Not to be forgotten, Ross also rode in from Torquay and started from Fyansford.  Sorry Doug but you’ve been gazumped! We continued onto Reservoir Road and again enjoyed the down-hill ride along the Cape Otway Road to Moriac for coffee at the General Store.  Here we met up with Lyn. 
The return ride was via Gnarwarre, Pollocksford Road and onto the Hamilton Highway.  The number of B-double trucks on this highway means we all need to be very mindful of the need to ride to the extreme left-hand side of the shoulder. Back at Fyansford a number of the riders who were still looking for hills to climb rode up Hyland Hill and then dispersed and headed off for their respective homes. Thanks to Ken G, Leo, Trudi, John M, Sarah, Janet, Ross, David S, Peters x 3 (not Jones), Doug, Lyn and Chris Ha.
Distance travelled: 74kms. Ascent: 553 metres. Descent: 587 metres.
Regards, Peter O.

GTC EasterSunday Ride (AKA the Easter Bunny Ride) led by Doug 4.4.21
On another glorious autumn morning the following cyclists assembled at the South Geelong Railway Station and they were: Doug, Jennie, John H, Kim, Marie, Mick G, Pam, Ross and guest rider Robin (Macedon Rangers Cycle Club). With the petrol prices rocketing up for the Easter Weekend, it was no surprise that everybody rode to the Station, in order to save themselves lots of petrol dollars by not using the car. Geoff C, met us outside the Epworth Hospital and at this time a small mishap occurred which resulted in a rider falling onto the grass verge. Fortunately, the Emergency Department of the hospital was not required and we rode on. Today’s course is not frequently used yet it is a very pleasant course for a Sunday ride (not much traffic). If it had not been for the Easter Bunny claiming naming rights, I would call this ride the Three Pinnacles Ride, because there are only three hills in forty kilometres of cycling. Hill One was up Roslyn Road, Hill Two on the bike path (short sharp hill) and Hill Three was the path on the western side of the Ring Road/Anglesea Road to Hams Road. Having reached Hams Road, the rest of the course is mostly flat. Our coffee stop at the Cockatoo Café saw the Easter Bunny appear and he/she generously distributed Easter Eggs to those present. The payback was to call today’s ride ‘The Easter Bunny Ride.’ Hence the title of today’s ride. Riding along Lake Road it was good to see Julia back on the bike. Thank you everybody for such wonderful company on a magnificent day for cycling. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks to John H for the photos. Distance of Course 1: 39.1 kilometres. Distance of Course Two: 63 kilometres.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Moriac - 3.4.21
A warm & beautiful morning and 14 riders- PJ, Andrew, Trudi & Leo, Johns M&H, Hugh, Jo, Ken S, Ian, Chris Hu, myself and Barry as our trusty Kelpie. We all agreed busy Easter traffic was best avoided so we took mainly quiet roads (Waurn Ponds Dve,  Pettavel, Reservoir & Hendy Main) to Moriac. Lots of other riders waving cheerily.  Morning coffee in the shade on the back lawn at the Store was very social - hard to leave. Hugh punctured on Hendy Main soon after we left and Leo excelled on the repair, removing lots of glass fragments from the tyre. A gathering north westerly hurried us down to Blackgate and back into the wind on Anglesea and Ghazeepore Rd made for a challenging ride of ~ 45km. Thanks everyone for joining us.
Chris Ha.

Ted's Thursday Ride to Lara - 1.4.21
On a perfect autumn morning ten riders turned up at the Top o’ Church for the ride to Lara. In alphabetical order they were: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, David S, Doug, Gary, Jennie, Ken S, Peter C, Peter J and Ted. Trudi joined us along the TW trail. The ride to Lara was uneventful except for a few events. A lovely cruise down Bluestone Bridge Road was followed by a moment of confusion while we worked out if Anakie Road was closed or not. Being assured that it was not, we proceeded onto to what only could be described as the best bit of gravel in Geelong. Not being a regular “gravelleur” I was a bit concerned but we survived the ordeal and carried on to our next challenge which was crossing Bacchus Marsh Road in peak period. Again we prevailed and continued undaunted down Windermere to Kees Road and the new Manzeene Estate. An unfortunate navigation failure resulted in another gravel experience, this time not quite so pleasant but at least it was short. The final insult was to arrive at my (previously) favourite coffee shop to be told we weren’t welcome inside because they were fully booked and we hadn’t made a reservation. Needless to say, some of our more volatile members were “not happy Jan” but we submitted to the demand to buy takeaway and found a pleasant spot in the children’s playground – bad luck kids, move over. The trip home was, at last, uneventful and most members of the group complied with my recommendation to use the paths (you know who you are). Thank you for your company on an enjoyable morning on the bike.

Doug's Mornington Peninsular Ride From Sorrento – Flinders – Main Ridge - Arthurs Seat and back to Sorrento - 30.3.21
A great turn-out for today’s Ride. Nineteen GTC riders and they were: Chris Hu, David, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Lyn L, Lyn P (new member), Mark J, Nick, the 3 Peters (J N O’B), Sarah, Trudi and guest rider Lyn. On board the ferry, there were more bikes than cars and we outnumbered all other passengers. On a glorious morning with the sun overhead we were on our way, on some very quiet roads. Just before our first big downhill, we were cheered on by Barry T (sitting in his car). As always, a downhill is followed by an uphill and this was a beauty as one section of the uphill had an incline of 18 degrees. Not long after, we turned onto Meakins Road and unexpectedly found it to be unmade. This wasn’t part of the plan. About two kilometres along the gravel, we finally struck the sealed part of the road. The sealed part of Meakins Road to the corner of Flinders – Mornington Road was (by my reckoning) the best part of the whole course. No cars, scenic views both sides of the road, tree lined and the sun overhead, no wind, just perfect. Leaving Meakins Road it was mostly uphill to Arthurs Seat. The Eagle Café at Arthurs Seat was a most welcome coffee stop and the thought of no more hills to traverse was a winner. Coffee never tasted so good. A record pace was set all the way downhill to the Nepean Highway. The flat Nepean Highway required little effort. Having reached Sorrento, it was only few extra kilometres to Baked In Portsea for one of their delicious pies. With the ferry only two kilometres away, it was an easy ride, with full tummies. As we arrived at the terminal, we were greeted with the loud sound of about 20 Harley Davidson motorbikes waiting to board the ferry. Smooth sailing back to Queenscliff saw the completion of a great day’s cycling, despite a couple of nasty hills. Good cycling and good company by all riders. Thanks to: Chris Hu who led the second group, Kim and Peter J for taking photos, Nick for doing several U turns to check on riders and several “Tail End Charlies” (team effort). Distance: 75.16 kilometres. Elevation Gain: 732 metres (Strava).
PS. Peter J, Ken S , David S and Ken G also rode from Geelong to the Ferry at Queenscliff (see map) - and you can see from the last photo that they were arriving back at sunset after covering 115km.

Alternate Ride to Drysdale & Barwon Heads on Tuesday 30.3.21
Report soon.

Nick Leads the GRAVEL Ride & Doug the ASHPHALT Ride to Moriac on Sunday 28.3.21
The Ashphalt Ride:
There was a choice of roads to Moriac today, gravel or asphalt. Of those present, 11 riders took the sealed roads to Moriac and they were: Barry, Doug, Geoff C, Jenny, Jo, John H, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Sarah and Trudi. The steeper hills enroute were done with by the time we turned onto Mt Duneed Road only to have to deal with a headwind all the way to Moriac. The gravel riders crossed our path near the end of Mt Duneed Road. The Cape Otway Road down-hill section made it an easy ride to coffee. Shortly after arriving at the general store, we were joined by Marie and Pam who had taken a different route. With coffees ordered, it wasn’t long before the gravel peloton arrived. John H ordered a large cup of coffee and it must have taken the milk from at least two cows to fill it (see photo). Leaving the general store, we proceeded south along Cape Otway Road and then we struck the resurfaced section with the very small loose stones, pushed to the edge of the road by vehicles and making it a bit hazardous. Somebody with a sense of humour declared that they had joined the gravel ride by mistake. Fortunately, we soon turned onto Church Road and left the loose stones behind us. Larcombes Road saw us on the same course as a bike race and we had many super quick cyclists whizzing by. Barry gave chase and was about to catch them when they turned right onto Forest Road - good effort Barry. With the wind behind us it was a pleasant trip back to Bunnings. Thanks to “Tail End Charlie (s) John H and deputy Lindy.” Photos by John H (with thanks). A good team ride, well done to all. Distance 40.1 kilometres.

The Gravel Ride:
A small contingent of six graveleurs, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Greg A, Jesse, Nick and Peter J set  off from Bunnings to ride the undulations of  Willowite Rd. This is one of the prettiest and quietest north south gravel roads  to ride along with the  least corrugations compared to busier Ghazeepore or Pettavel.  At Blackgate Rd a group decision was made to head into Moriac to meet the roadies for coffee. Before we headed out again  we had to reinflate Chris Hu’s persistently leaky tubeless tyre. We rode around Hendy Main to the south end of Willowite to ride the section we missed and then continued back up to Reservoir Rd and then  home along WP Dr. Jesse on the recumbent was unbeatable  downhill on bitumen, PJ on his electric MTB beast was fastest up hill with rest of us somewhere in between pedalling an assortment of fat tyres steeds. Thank you guys for an enjoyable morning’s gravelling.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 27.3.21
Big bunch for my ride to The Cheeky Cow this morning, 16 riders: Janet, Jennie, Jo, Lindy, Trudi, Barry, Chris Ha, Hugh, John H, John M, Ken S, Leo, Mark S, Peter O, Ted and myself. Lindy was riding her new Trek eRoad Bike, looks very smart and travels along very nicely. Took the BRT to Curlewis Rd., thence to Wallington Rd where we were first visited by the puncture gods. Ken S was first to be attacked, once that was repaired we were on our way and they struck again, this time Janet was the victim. At this point some of our crew who had time constraints took off to get back to Geelong in good time, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, Mark S and Ted departed our bunch. Four continued to The Cheeky Cow while the rest helped Janet and met up with us at coffee. After coffee we took the view that the roads were very busy so took the quietist way home via Banks Rd, Swan Bay Rd, Drysdale Bypass Trail, Jetty Rd and back on the BRT. Almost home and Ken S was attacked again with a slow leak but decided to pump it up and limp home. A very enjoyable ride in good company, thanks for coming.
Cheers, Peter J.

Ken Smith's Easy Ride to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara on Thursday 25.3.21
As the starting time was coming close and rain had been falling over Geelong and more was threatening only three riders were ready to go. Then like pigeons returning to their loft more riders appeared making a total of ten. They were Chris Hu, Doug W, Gary B, Janet R, Jennie P, Ken S, Peter J, Sarah and Nick, and Ted R. We rode from Rippleside over the Margaret Street Bridge to Victoria St, Roseneath St and on to the Tom McKean Path to Church St then  on to the Ted  Wilson path to the Bacchus Marsh Rd. We continued along to Elcho Rd and with a strong tail wind we pedalled our way to the Xpresso Lounge Cafe. After we had a chat and were nourished we moved on to Rennie St and to Ted's project, the build up of water and there was a lot on the path under the Freeway. Interestingly there were approximately ten people dressed in Viva Energy work clothing looking at the depth of the water. At  North Geelong we made our way to our homes.
Thank you to all  who participated, Ken Smith.

The Three Musketeers GTC Ride to Jan Juc on Tuesday 23.3.21
At 6.00am this morning, steady rain was falling in the Torquay area and consequently I was resigned to the fact that I was not going to get a ride-in today. Daylight came and the sky was very dark although it was not raining. A quick check of the weather radar revealed that most of the rain coming, would not fall in the Geelong area, so hastily I donned the lycra, loaded the bike into the boot of the car and headed to Bunnings. With light rain falling, enroute and if it continued, I was unlikely to start the ride in raining conditions. Having arrived at Bunning’s, with now no rain falling, the only other rider who I thought may-turn-up could be Jennie. My gut feeling was right as Jennie arrived shortly after me. After a discussion, we decided to risk undertaking the ride, despite the grey skies. As we were about to depart, Peter N joined us and the three of us headed-off to Jan Juc. The roads were wet, humidity was high and the temperature near 20 degrees. Best of all, the traffic was very light and the non-main roads had almost no traffic on them. The country air, the smell of the eucalypt gum trees along the way, made it a delight to be cycling. With the big hills behind us (on Grundys and Addiscot Roads) we were looking forward to a coffee fix however as Swell only had standing room, we opted for the Coffee Club in Torquay. Torquay provided us sunshine whilst drinking our coffee and also with dry roads which continued all the way back to Bunnings. An above average pace on Horseshoe Bend Road was a reflection of the perfect conditions for cycling. There was roadworks aplenty along the way although we didn’t encounter any hold-ups. The risk of riding today and not getting wet, was well rewarded with a most enjoyable ride and company. With only three riders we adopted the Three Musketeers philosophy for today’s ride.
“All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall”.
Ride distance – 65.4 kilometres.
Scribe: Doug.

Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Bannockburn on Sunday - 21.3.21
I was glad to be joined by Ian Busch and Mark Shying for today's ride as many members were not yet back from Adelaide. There were a few light spits of drizzle as we headed out Ted Wilson Trail and along Ballan Rd  before turning into Steiglitz Rd. Bakers Bridge Rd provided the easiest climb out of the Moorabool valley. We were soon on the outskirts of Bannockburn and just after the big roundabout took a short gravel path on the left and into Lemalker Court. Many new homes were under construction all on sizeable allotments. It is well worth taking a few of the quiet sealed roads  next time you are in the area. Probably the highlight was the undulating Bruce's Creek concrete bike path which can be accessed from near the modern secondary college. Coffee was at Le Due Sorelle. The return trip was via Clyde Hill and Parker Rds and Sutherlands Creek, with a brief heavy shower and small hail just before Midland Highway. I got home around 2-15pm after riding 4 laps of Eastern gardens to achieve my century. Big thanks to Ian and Mark for riding with me.  101 km in 4 hours 51 minutes average 20.7      Greg Allerton.

Janet Roussety's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 21.3.21
A small group consisting of Doug,  Jeannie, John H, Lindy and myself met at the station for a ride into the headwind down the BRT to Drysdale. Lindy was enjoying her new e bike on its first GTC outing. After a lovely coffee break at the Bungalow we flew home via Princess, Swan Bay and the highway. 
Happy riding,  Janet.

John Hagan's Saturday Ride to Torquay - 20.3.21
Ten participants for today's ride to Torquay: Hugh, John H, Peter C, Janet, Jo, Jennie, Doug, Chris Ha, Lyn L and John M. We travelled a few roads that some of our riders had not been on before - the first being Odyssey Drive which has recently opened through to Whites Rd and after going through Freshwater Ck and Bellbrae to Torquay we skirted down behind Torquay College to join the Surf Coast Highway at Beach Rd. We went to The Coffee Club for our morning tea/coffee. The first big surprise to me was they appeared to have no cakes or biscuits to go with the coffee. On enquiring I was told that there was only one muffin left and it was a double choc one - I ordered it straight away! We did enjoy the coffee stop and as you can see from the last photo of Chris Ha there were other things to order. As we were about to mount our bikes for the return trip Jennie discovered that her back tyre had gone down during our break. A team of us, led by Hugh, tackeled the task of repair which was difficult due to the tubeless rims which make it hard to get the tyre off. On completion we headed north along Horseshoe Bend Rd with some assistance from the wind.
Thanks all for an enjoyable morning. John.

Day 6 of our TDU catch up rides in Adelaide - 20.3.21
Final days ride today, some took the Old Willunga Hill option, others took my easy ride to Henley Beach for a coffee. Took the Torrens Linnear Trail to the sea and along to Henley Beach where we joined many, many, cyclists and others enjoying a lovely morning. Managed to get a spot in one of the many cafes and enjoyed a really good coffee and a great outlook. Rode back along the trail and were home by about 11.30am, time to chill out before happy hour at 5.00pm and our final dinner at the Sussex Hotel at 6.30pm, so our TDU Catch Up comes to an end, it has been a wonderful weeks weather and riding in great company. Thanks everyone for joining me.
Cheers, Peter.

Day 5 of our TDU catch up rides in Adelaide - 19.3.21
Today’s ride is one of my favourites of the TDU. A ride out to Mylor a little village in the Adelaide Hills which loves the TDU, when we ride out there the whole town is involved, Strawberries and Ice Cream, Sausage Sizzle, Egg and bacon rolls, it is great, nothing there today except for the Harvest Café. Lots of goodies to eat but very slow on the coffee front. A good climb up Crafers Bikeway, up and down hill across to Mylor, great roll down Stock Rd into Mylor. After coffee a lovely climb up the Aldgate Valley Rd to Aldgate then to Stirling, all generally uphill and a few stiff climbs to Crafers before a flying 8 to 9 klms down into Adelaide. From the Tollgate at the bottom of the Expressway it is still all downhill pretty well to the caravan park. A tough day on the bike but well worth it.
Cheers, Peter.

Ken Gawne's Ride through the Barrabool Hills to Modewarre & Moriac on Thursday 18.3.21
Six riders came out on a perfect Autumn day: Gary, Ian, Lyn, Peter C, Rob and myself. I told the group that under an inane provision, approved by the Club Committee, ride leaders could proceed from start to destination by any route they fancied. Hence I suggested we head from Fyansford to Moriac via Bannockburn, Teesdale, Inverleigh, Winchelsea, Marjorie Lawrence Drive and Cape Otway rd. Upon hearing objetions from 2 of the group concerning a hard Thursday ride following a tough Tuesday, I relented and we pedalled to our coffee stop at Moriac along Merrawarp, Barrabool, Andersons and Hendy Main. The pace was moderate and no one was isolated. Road works on Cape Otway Rd caused us to approach Considines via a roundabout route - Larcombes, Layard, and then Cape Otway. Travelled Barrabbool as far as Pollocksford then all flew down the descent to the 1-way bridge before steaming up the short climb. The ride ended on Lower Paper Mills Road.
Well done all, Ken.

Day 4 of our TDU catch up rides in Adelaide - 18.3.21
Another flat ride today down to Glenelg and south along the Beach Front to Brighton. Glorious weather and the scenery is just beautiful, amazing blue water with hardly a ripple lovely sandy beaches. We have some great beaches but these along this coastline are just stunning. Pulled up for a coffee at Brighton overlooking the beach for pushing on and heading inland for the run home. The bunch split at this point with David S, Ray, Murray and Rob heading back searching for Kudos in climbing The Corkscrew, we’ve all done it in previous years so have no inclination to do it again. Took Marion Rd and Anzac Hwy home, through part of the CBD and on to The Torrens Linear Trail home, great riding in good company on a cracker of a day.
Cheers, Peter.

Day 3 of our TDU catch up rides in Adelaide - 17.3.21
Today was a flat ride after two days in the hills. We headed out through Port Adelaide to North Haven where we commenced riding Adelaide’s version of Melbourne’s Beach Rd which runs along the coast. Lots of big homes overlooking the water which hardly had a ripple on it apart from a few puffs of breeze. Took coffee and cake/egg and bacon pie at the Bakery Café before heading home via the Mike Turtur Bikeway, except for Chris, Ross, Mark and Ida who took the Linnear Trail back. Ran into a tall guy looking for a friend. Rolled on through Adelaide, over the bridge and home via Melbourne St and Walkerville Tce.
Cheers, Peter.

Doug's Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - Tuesday 16.3.21
Eight riders assembled at Bunnings for the chocoholic’s ride to the Chocolaterie. Participants were: Chris Ha, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Jesse, Ken G, Kim and Peter C. With road works at the top of the hill in Ghazeepore Road there was a minor change to the route and we went on the western side of the Geelong By-Pass and through the tunnel onto Hams Road then into Ghazeepore Road, clear of the roadworks. Lyn was waiting for the peloton on the corner of Whites Road. It was a delight to be riding this morning on such a nice autumn day and the added pleasure of listening to nature aided by very little traffic, which was reminiscent of covid lock-down. Along Forest Road Jesse experienced a minor mechanical problem which was quickly resolved. At the Chocolaterie, the nine of us outnumbered all other patrons. Some riders enjoyed the large helpings of slices (with cream). With most riders having had their carbohydrate loading, it was back on the bike and only the hill to Grossmans Road to burn off those calories, previously consumed. At Grovedale our numbers dwindled with riders taking the most direct route home. A great day for riding as well as good company. Thanks to Kim for being ‘Tail End Charlie’ and also thanks to Janet for filling in as the photographer. I had camera troubles whereby the message on my camera screen was ‘Memory Card is Locked’ and as this message is beyond my capabilities to fix, can anybody HELP please. PS. No samples/tastings available at the Chocolaterie today.

Day 2 of our TDU catch up rides in Adelaide - 16.3.21
Ride today was up Norton Summit Rd to Norton Summit where we expected to have a nice coffee at the Scenic Hotel which is what we do in January at the TDU, always been there but not today, off season so the Hotel is only open on Wednesdays, darn, bother and blast. So when we got over our disappointment we pushed on across the hills to The Corkscrew which is a lot more fun going down than what the pros do racing up. Ted had a bit of trouble with a bad connection on his bike so headed back but had a bit of luck finding an Orbea bike shop who fixed it so he is ready to go tomorrow. Excellent ride up Norton’s Summit, steady grade of about 4 to 5 % and great views across Adelaide. The Corkscrew is a twisty windy road with several switch backs. Of about 15% so everyone took it at their own pace and we regrouped at Gorge Rd. A short trip down Gorge Rd and we transferred to the Torrens Linnear Trail and rolled on home. Another excellent morning’s riding.
Cheers, Peter.

Day 1 of our TDU catch up rides in Adelaide - 15.3.21
Brief report on todays activities, started from Levi Park at 9-00 am heading for Mt Lofty, avoided as much traffic as possible by taking secondary roads through some of Adelaide’s better suburbs with some lovely homes. On this ride the trend is always generally uphill until we reach the start of the Crafers Bikeway when it becomes really uphill but varies between 2 to 3 % up to 11 % in a couple of very short sections. Mainly the grade is around 5 to 6 % with a few 7 to 8 % bits thrown in.
After about 8 klm we regrouped, everyone got up in reasonable shape before a short run to Crafers where we turned left to Mt Lofty, another short climb of around 3 klm. Views from Mt Lofty are great and the café serves good coffee and cakes, met up with some of our non riders who joined us for coffee. From Mt Lofty we took the downhill run to Greenhill Rd for a fast and furious, (not too much furious) downhill run back into Adelaide and home to our park. For those that had time the views of Adelaide on the way down are fantastic. Time for Happy Hour, report in tomorrow after we tackle Norton’s Summit.
Cheers Peter .

Happy Hour on Arrival for the Adelaide Tour - a few photos from Trudi - and one from Peter J on the way over - 14.3.21
The Adelaide riders and partners have converged on the Levi Park Caravan Park ready to tackle the Adelaide Hills. Numbers have settled on 24 eager participants, with 16 riders. Had a short Happy Half Hour to welcome everyone and lay out our plans for Monday’s ride which is up to the Mt Lofty Lookout, always a good starter ride when we here in January for the TDU. Will report on the ride on Monday afternoon.
Cheers, Peter J.

Janet Roussety leads the ride to Drysdale - then takes the group of 5 to Portarlington & Doug brings the 6 who had coffee at The Bungalow back to Geelong - Sunday 14.3.21
Janet's Report:

A chilly start to the morning saw 11 of us gather at the station. Doug, Jennie,  Jo, John H, Kim, Lindy, Marie, Mike C, Pam and Paul A. We headed off down the BRT which was quite busy with cyclists and walkers.  At Jetty Rd our group split with myself, Jennie, John, Jo and Mike continuing on whilst the others went into Drysdale for coffee. After an unintended diversion to the road going to the Potato Shed (sorry was not paying attention to where we were going) we went along the bypass then along Murrodoc Rd enjoying the lovely views and continued at a fast pace along Queenscliff Rd to coffee at Daniel's Donuts at Portarlington.  Head wind slowed us down over the roller-coaster to Drysdale where we took Princess, Swan Bay and the highway back home.
Thanks all for a lovely ride, Janet.

Doug's Report:
Today was a two in one ride. All participants rode under Janet’s banner to Drysdale and at Jetty Road, those going to Portarlington, turned right whilst the rest of us formed a second peloton and headed to The Bungalow Café for a caffeine fix. The second peloton consisted of Doug, Kim, Lindy, Marie, Pam and new member Paul. From The Bungalow, we did a loop back to the Rail Trail where Marie left us for a shorter route home. Further along the Trail Pam turned off for the same reason. The Rail Trail was extremely busy this morning and along the way, we had the pleasure to wave and say hello to two (always wanted to use two to’s in a row) GTC members who were Butch, heading in the opposite direction and Ian B who passed us. The warmth and humour of the peloton members more than made up for the cold wind.
Distance: Approximately 40 kilometres             Scribe: Doug                 Photo’s: John H.

John Hagan Leads the Saturday Ride to Modewarre & Moriac - 13.3.21
Considering that a big group of our GTC riders have headed for a ride in SA a turn up of 9 riders for our jaunt to the west was a good result. The riders were (in the photo below from L to R): Hugh, Jo, Kim, Barry, Chris Ha, Jennie, Jesse, and not in the photo, the two Johns H & M. At the start we made the decision not to take on all the undulations in the scheduled route and cut out the excursion into the Moorabool Hills.
We took Waurn Ponds Drive and the Princes Highway heading west and at Mt Moriac Chris and Barry decided that they were desperately in need of an early coffee so escaped down Hendy Main Rd to the Moriac General Store. The rest of us continued on to Considines Rd, Hortips Rd and straight over the Cape Otway Rd, as it had road works in progress and a difficult surface to ride on, then Church, Larcombes & Hendy Main Rds back to join Chris and Barry 30 minutes later - they had finished their coffee by the time we arrived! At the back of our minds was the impending rain storm and with the aid of a beautiful tail wind we flew back to Waurn Ponds to beat the rain. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride. Regards, John H.

Ken Smith's Loop to Ocean Grove on Thursday 11.3.21
Before most of the riders had assembled at the start Jennie had  a puncture and Chris Hu helped with the repair. With nineteen riders at the start, and Lyn Loudon to collect  on the way, two groups formed and my kelpie was Chris Ha. Gary lead the second group and Nick and Chris Hu shared the kelpie duties - thanks. The riders were: Chris Ha & Hu, David S, Doug W, Gary B, Jennie P, Ken G, Ken S, Kim G, Lyn L, Lovro, Norm L, Peter C, Peter J, Ross G, Nick and  Sarah, Ted R, and  Trudi.   Our ride along the Surf Coast Highway, Warrilily, Barwon Heads, Lake, Blackrock and Thirteen Beach Road was into a slight south east wind. Jennie turned back due to time restraint at the Thirteen Beach Road and the groups continued on enjoying the ocean views as we rode toward the Groove Cafe. A good time of  chatter and enjoying the coffee and cake was had. Nine riders continued to Wallington and the Bellerine Rail Trail where the other riders chose other ways home.
Thank you to all who participated, Ken Smith.

TWO Rides to Queenscliff: 1/ GRAVEL & 2/ ASPHALT on Tuesday 9.3.21

1/ Chris Hume's Gravel Ride
There were nine riders for the trip today: Sarah, Ross, Ron, Mark J and K, PJ, Chris Hu and Ha along with Barry who was "kelpie" today. We headed out along the Rail Trail to Drysdale where we started the good part of the ride, the gravel, heading around Lake Lorne. Onwards to Suma Park where we had a photo shoot.  There was a bit of drizzle about but not enough for the rain jacket. Continued along to the the end of the RT and to Roro Cafe where we met up with the asphalt crew, everyone inside as it was a bit damp now. After coffee the gravel team continued on with their circumnavigation of the Borough of Queenscliffe, the highlight being the Pt Lonsdale Promenade and Lighthouse. From here back to Drysdale where the group split up - six heading straight for home and three going for lunch at the Bungalow before returning to Geelong. All in all a great ride, which would have been even better if I hadn't fallen off!!
Chris Hu.

2/ Doug Wyatt's Ashphalt Ride
At the start of the ride, we were blessed with an autumn day perfect for cycling, moderate temperature, sunshine and a light breeze coming over our right shoulder. The cyclists taking the asphalt all the way to Queenscliff went on their way first and they were: David S, Doug, Gary, Ian B, Janet, Jennie, Lovro, Meri and Peter C. The Rail Trail did not have many walkers or riders on it making the journey along it very pleasant. Having passed through Drysdale in sunshine we were about to get back to the unpredictable weather we have experienced this year. At the corner of Princess Street and Swan Bay Road a stop was undertaken to don the rain jackets. At this point, due to work commitments, Janet took a right-hand turn taking her back to Geelong whilst the rest of us endured the drizzle all the way to Queenscliff. Our arrival at the ferry terminal was perfect as the ferry was about to sail and we almost had the café to ourselves. Having our caffeine fix, it was back in the saddle and a very light drizzle for a few minutes. At the round-a-bout on the outskirts of Queenscliff, Lovro and Meri opted for the highway back to Geelong whilst the rest of us headed to Collendina, Ocean Grove, 13th Beach Road, Breamlea Road, Lake Road then Barwon Heads Road. When we reached The Village Warralily Shopping Centre, two riders opted to have bacon and egg rolls (highly recommended) at the Cockatoo café. The others continued on to their home destination. Ian was an unexpected rider and as he had the day-off, he joined us for his training for the Otway Classic 145 K ride being held next month. Thanks to Gary for being ‘Tail End Charlie.’ Distance 84 kilometres with 454 metres elevation. Thank you to everybody for your great company.
Scribe: Doug.

Greg Allerton's 110km Ride to Meredith on Sunday 7.3.21
I was joined at the South Geelong Station on a cool 12 degree morning by Ken Gawne, Ray Clifford and John Miro. We left just after 8 am taking a slightly different route via Skene St to Ted Wilson Trail  and had a close view of a colourful hot air balloon low over Manifold Heights. We made our way out to Steiglitz Rd in near perfect cycling conditions with no wind. There was very little traffic as we pedalled to Maude for the usual stop at Bunjil Lookout. This was Ray's first visit and he was quite impressed and happy not to be riding Perdrisat Rd with its steep climb.John enjoyed reading the history and the old photos of Maude. Then followed several testing climbs as we rode out through Steiglitz and up the long hill up from the bridge. Next came the crossing of Moorabool River and a few undulations before our well deserved  lunch stop at Meredith Store around 11-45 am. Sitting outside we watched several groups of motor bikes pass by and then a long procession of historic restored old cars drove by.
We pedalled off back along Steiglitz Rd taking care down the winding descent over Moorabool River. Another long climb followed before we turned into Sheoaks Rd. This was a very enjoyable section especially the smooth hot mix descent before the quarries as there was almost no other traffic. We were soon riding through Maude, then Sutherlands Creek and made our way back to Ted Wilson Trail. At Church St we parted ways. I was home just after 2 pm  having ridden 110 km in 4 hours  51 minutes  average 22.6 kmh. Thanks to my companions for a very enjoyable ride.
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

Kim Gorell's Easy Ride to Torquay on Sunday 7.3.21
Everyone was waiting when I arrived and they were all eager for an easy ride to the coast on the most perfect day we have had in some time. The 13 riders starting from South Geelong Station were Barry, Chris Hu, Doug, Jennie, John H (happy birthday John), Lindy, Paul T, Peter J, Ted, Trudi, Leo, guest rider Robin and myself. We proceeded at a leisurely pace along the river path and onto Barwarre Rd and then Horseshoe Bend Rd where we were joined by Lyn. Right onto the Esplanade and then along the foreshore we slowed to 15kph due to the long weekend traffic. Up Bell St around the roundabout and the pace increased as we climbed the small hill after which we took a right into Beach Rd then left at Fischer St. We then stopped at Cafe El Nido were we were joined by Peter C. We were told coffee would be about 20 minutes but with the crowds in Torquay there was no other option. We were able to get a couple of tables so the time passed quickly with lots of conversation. Once we had refuelled ourselves the Surf Coast Hwy took us back towards Grovedale and while some riders left us at various stages to make their way home the rest of us took Bailey St and onto the bike path to return to our starting point. Thanks to birthday boy John for being the Kelpie and thank you to everyone for a very pleasant ride on a most magnificent day.
Cheers, Kim Gorell.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Moriac - 6.3.21
Twenty three riders for my easy ride today, not all from Bunnings but we caught up with Lyn L at Whites Rd and Lovro and Meri, Trudi and Leo, and John M at Moriac. Those at the start were, Janet, Jesse, Ray, Chris Hu and Ha, Andrew, Jennie, John H, Jo, Hugh, Ken S, Ross, Kim, Geoff, Peter C and myself. Took the traditional way out Ghazapore to Dickens, Anglesea Rd, Blackgate, Willowite, Hendy Main Rd. Enjoyed a very nice coffee at the Store before heading home via Hendy Main Rd, Reservoir, Pettavel, Highway and Waurn Ponds Dve. Ray had a puncture at the top of Waurn Ponds Dve so the bunch broke up and made their ways home. A most enjoyable mornings riding, thanks everyone for joining me.
Cheers, Peter.

Trudi's Thursday Ride to The You Yangs & Lara - 4.3.21
On a grey and windy morning attracted 20 rides for my ride out to the You Yangs / Lara. Chris Ha, Peter C, Gary, Barry, Peter O, Ken S, David S, Meri and Lovro, Jennie, Jesse, Peter J, Doug, Kim, Sarah and Nick, Rob, Ted, potential new member Paul and myself. Taking my usual preferred route out and away from suburbia out into the open landscape and fresh air. After pushing into the wind it was fantastic to finally have the wind behind us once we turned onto Staceys Rd. On the Bacchus Marsh Rd we regrouped after David had had a puncture on Lovely Banks Rd. With lots of trucks using Forest Rd we took Flinders Rd instead.  A brief discussion at the base of the You Yangs saw thirteen riders keen to ride on and up to the turntable at the top of the Youies. Four turned back and headed for coffee at Cafe Xpresso in Lara. After a photo opportunity at the turntable we quickly descend back into Lara for a well earned and well overdue coffee. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ted’s puddle was nowhere to be seen on our return route on the Hovells Creek path. Once back in town everyone headed in different directions to find their way home. Thanks everyone for your company today for what was a very pleasant ride.

Nick Tarnay's Anglesea - Deans Marsh - Lorne - Anglesea  Tour
(a short version of the old Otway Classic Ride devised by Greg Allerton and the GTC) - Tuesday 2.3.21

Today’s Otway tour attracted five riders: Nick, Greg, Peter O’B, David S and Ken G prepared to tackle a hilly and demanding circuit in cool conditions. The ascent up Anglesea hill aided by the breeze wasn’t too arduous with relatively light traffic. On Forest Rd we kept a steady tempo before working turns into headwind along open landscape of Cape Otway Rd. Heading south on undulating terrain toward Bambra it took awhile for us to catch up with Ken who had forgone a short break  before arriving in Deans Marsh ready for excellent fare at the local store. The pies and coffee were excellent. Fortified, we tackled the four hills to the top of Ben Werrin making relatively good time in the cool conditions. The pedalling downhill run into Lorne was an enjoyable  highlight  and just reward for the hard work going up. It was noticeably warmer along the coast and aided by a tail breeze we made  quick time whilst admiring the scenery. Arriving back in Anglesea with now sore legs after 106kms we headed to the coffee shop for a final caffeine hit. A most enjoyable ride with great company.

Doug's Autumn Day Ride to Portarlington & St Leonards - Tuesday 2.3.21
The second day of autumn seemed more like the second day of winter. Despite the cold conditions, twelve hearty soles turned-up for the start of the tour of the Bellarine. Of note, all but one rider left their vehicle at home and cycled to the start. We increased our numbers to the baker’s dozen when Trudi joined us at the corner of the Bellarine Highway and the Rail Trail. Trudi encountered several red traffic lights on the way to the start which delayed her long enough to miss the 9.00am Off We Go. Participants were: Chris Ha, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Peter C, Peter J, Ray and Trudi. The Rail Trail had little traffic and no difficulties were encountered reaching Drysdale, where Chris did a U turn and headed back home. The Three Sisters (the big hills between Drysdale and Portarlington) caused the peloton to break-up with the good hill climbers streaking ahead. Coffee and donuts at Daniel’s were a welcome respite. Back in the saddle we encounted a head-wind all the way to Swan Bay Road. Ray headed straight-on to Point Lonsdale rather than turn right into Swan Bay Road. A big thanks to Peter J for leading the group when we were into the wind. Nearing the end of Swan Bay Road, several riders were interested in a second coffee stop at the Flying Brick Cider whilst the remainder kept going, probably wanted to get to the warmth of home. There was a minor drama immediately leaving the Flying Brick Cider establishment whereby Jennie ended-up on the grass verge. All is well that ends well.
Thanks to ‘Tail End’ Gary and also Peter J who did a stint as well. Distance: 76 Kilometres. Elevation Gain: 505 Metres (Strava).
Well done to all for braving the not so warm conditions. Doug.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Ocean Grove - 28.2.21
Beautiful weather and a good turn up of riders making a total of 20 for our outing today: from L to R below: John H, Geoff C, Jennie, Trudi, Jo, Ron, Doug, Sarah, Mark K, Janet, Lyn L, Peter J, Leo, Ray, Barry and new member Peter Chilver - we were joined later by Chris Hu, Pam, Marie, and Andrew. We explored a few housing estates on our way to coffee - the first being along Orchard Crescent behind the Wallington Primary School and the second one was in Ocean Grove near Marie's house. However, Pam experienced mechanical problems with her back sprocket with the pawls disengaging so that the pedals spun but there was no action with the back wheel. We called at Marie's place and with a swap of bikes Pam was travelling with us. We went to Donut King in the Shell Rd Shopping Centre and were given some complementary donuts to go with our coffees. The return trip was back along a very busy Barwon Heads Rd and a nice quiet Lake Rd. Leo capably looked after the tail end of the ride and Doug did security patrols to make sure our bikes were secure as we sipped coffee.
Thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Barrabool Hills Ride to Moriac - 27.2.21
It was pleasing that twenty-three riders fronted up at Fyansford this morning for the Barrabool Hills ride.  As the Hamilton Highway was part of the route,  to ensure a safe ride, it was decided we break into two separate groups of riders.  I lead the first group and was appreciative of Ken Smith who rode as the tail-end Charlie.  Thanks also to Nick Tarnay for leading the second group and Leo for being the tail-end Charlie. The first climb of the day was the hill on Pollocksford Road from whence we continued to Barrabool Road, through Gnarwarre and onto the Princes Highway.  With some road closures on Cape Otway Road, we were unable to take out normal ride route along Considine Road, so opted to ride back along the highway to Mount Moriac, then onto Moriac for coffee.  It was here that we met Lindy and Chris Ha who’d enjoyed a shorter and more direct ride route to Moriac. Following the coffee break, the first group departed to tackle the Barrabool Hills, which included riding along Hendy Main, Andersons and Devon Roads.  On Andersons Road we passed the second group who had obviously taken an alternate route on their return to Geelong. On Merrawarp Road there was a favourable tail-wind translating to a leisurely and comfortable ride back to Fyansford. Thanks to Ken S, Ken G, Ray, Ian, Rob, Greg, Jesse, Leo, Trudi, Meri, Peter J, John M, John H, Mark S, Nick, Sarah, Jennie, Richard, Janet, Jo, Hugh and Ross (apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone) for participating in a challenging yet enjoyable ride.
Distance travelled: 62kms
Ascent: 733 metres
Descent: 762 metres
Regards, Peter O.

Chris Halpin's Thursday to Drysdale with a few Detours - 25.2.21
A modest group waiting patiently at Eastern Gardens this morning at start time. A quick photo and 'bing' the phone started ringing. "Where are you," was the nice quote. So a few minutes later those waiting at Eastern Beach arrived. Another group photo and we were soon on our way. Riders included Jennie, Kim, Lindy, Ken S, Ross, 2xChris, Sarah, David, Ray, Gary and POB as volunteer tail ender. The scheduled ride had us visiting Point Henry but we decided against chancing punctures on the skid pans and took Avila and Hemsley Rds instead enjoying lovely views across Corio Bay to the You Yangs, and some very handsome real estate. Said goodbye to Jennie here and headed to Drysdale for a very enjoyable coffee taken in the conversation pit at The Bungalow. By the time we had exhausted the chatter most of us just wanted to head home along the Rail Trail - a good option as the wind had turned quite foul. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable easy ride of about 60km.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Russells Bridge & Bannockburn - 23.2.21
Today’s ride lived up to expectations as a “hard” ride, not just for the hilly terrain but also for the unexpected cold, the unwelcome wind and the annoying  drizzle on the return journey.  I bet every rider was relieved to make it home.  We set off in fine, but cool, conditions making steady progress along Ted Wilson, Bluestone Bridge Rd and Lovely Banks with few cars to trouble us. The Stieglitz road was busy early on but  relatively quiet as we approached Russells Bridge Rd where we turned for a fun downhill before the serious effort required up Clyde Rd. This hill never gets any easier! Finally in Bannockburn we enjoyed a well earned rest, sustenance and conversation. Trudi, the birthday girl, shouted us coffee which was much appreciated.
Congratulations Trudi! 
The return journey, started uneventfully, mostly protected from the wind we rolled down Harvey and Brislane Rds. The Ham Hwy with a tail breeze was OK until it started to drizzle. Reaching Pollocksford, everybody now chilled and wary of the looming hill and showers to the south, decided a run down the highway a much better proposition. At Merrawarp Rd Peter, David S , Sarah and Nick turned south into a strong headwind for more hard work. I trust  the homeward run into Fyansford  was not too arduous. It was my pleasure to lead today, Trudi, Janet, Jenny, Sarah, Chris Hu, David S, Ken S, Mark J, Gary and Kelpie Peter J. Thank you!

Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Avalon, You Yangs, Lara & Sutherlands Ck on Sunday 21.2.21
It was nice to have four companions today as I  was  joined by Janet R, Ray C, Ken G and Peter O'B. It was a cool overcast day and I put on my light rain jacket before we left . Indeed I kept it on for the whole ride - it did not feel like summer. Light misty drizzle made the roads damp and it was not very pleasant riding. At Lara  I even considered an early Coffee stop at 9 am but the group  disagreed as the drizzle had eased off a bit.The section around the perimeter of Avalon Airport was on very quiet roads. The cool southerly wind brought intermittent drizzle so Cafe Xpresso at Lara provided a welcome  break. It was then an easy ride along Flinders Av to the You Yangs , but there was a cool head wind down Forest Rd. We warmed up soon after on the long climb up Staceys Rd. The dip in Robbs Rd gave Peter  a chance for some slow action photos as the group pushed up the steep climb. From  Sutherlands Creek it was a fairly smooth ride home by 1 pm. We rode 102 km in 4 hours 27 minutes, average  22.8 kmh. The strange thing is that on a summer's day after riding over 100 km we did not even see Flinders Peak despite riding so close to it!  Big thanks to my companions.           
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

Sarah's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 21.2.21
Ten riders gathered at South Geelong for the easy ride to Drysdale today via the Bellarine Rail Trail. Doug, Geoff, Mark Jones, John H, Ron, Nick and Sarah, PJ, Jennie and Paul set out in the light drizzle to be shortly joined by Barry who was waiting near the Showgrounds to join the posse. The moist weather conditions kept foot traffic light on the trail and maintaining a steady pace we were soon at The Bungalow which was able to accommodate us for coffee. Also we learned how their shade umbrellas operate which might come in handy for future visits! PJ set off on his preferred route home but the rest of us returned home via the BRT, crossing paths with him again on Bellarine Highway. A happily uneventful trip was had back to Geelong, with respectful sharing of the path with other users well practised. Thank you to John for bringing up the rear and thanks to all for a pleasant Sunday ride.

Nick's Saturday Ride to Paraparap & Moriac - 20.2.21
A  small group of six: Nick, Sarah, John H, Jenny, Rob and new rider Peter set off from Bunnings up Ghazepore Rd where we picked up Lyn before proceeding on to Blackgate Rd, then turning south on Hendy Main.  The humid, mild conditions made for pleasant, easy cycling along Grey and Forrest Rd before we scooted down into Moriac. There we met John M and Ken S who had ridden an alternative route to meet us. Ken had the misfortune of not one, but two punctures trying to get to the start. Good coffee and conversation was had before moving off to enjoy the lumps and bumps of Hendy Main, Reservoir Rd and WP Drive. Thank you riders for your good company!

Barry's Paris-Roubaix Ride on Thursday 18.2.21
Fresh from the covid 19 lockdown 16 club riders turned up for the scheduled medium hard ride from Fyansford - Merrawarp Rd- Devon Rd -Cape Otway Rd to Moriac followed by a dirt road detour (Taylors Rd) -The Cottage Nursery coffee stop. Just like covid circuit breaker lockdowns, our ride was thrown a curve ball today with a 2km dirt road detour due to road closures on the Cape Otway Rd. I am sure this random dirt road section will keep us in all good stead for our next entry into the Paris-Roubaix. The spirit of adventure certainly exists within club members. I am in awe of Trudi's prowess on this stretch of dirt road riding capably with 23mm tyres onboard. Nice skill there when you take the surface conditions into account as with other riders as well.  As always, the rhubarb and macadamia slices were superb at "The Cottage".  Whilst having coffee and taking into account the hot conditions and how cyclists would return home, it was agreed that two groups would head back along different routes. Nic Tarnay would lead his group of 5 riders (thanks Nic) along Barrabool Rd and I would take the remaining riders down the breathtakingly beautiful Pollocksford Rd. A special thanks to Gary for being the ever-efficient kelpie on this ride.
The riders that attended todays ride were: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Davis S, Gary B, Jennie P, Ken S, Kim G, Lovro L, Peter J, Peter K, Peter O'B, Rob Mc, Sarah and Nic T, Trudi B. Thanks to everyone who made this ride both safe and enjoyable. From my Garmin 60 kms travelled 605m elevation gain Average speed 21.5km/hr Temperature at home upon completion of the ride 20 degrees and humid.

Trudi's Circuit to Bannockburn on Thursday 11.2.21
Ten riders for my reverse ride out to Bannockburn David S, Meri and Lovro, Ray, Chris Ha, Peter J, Barry and Gary, Jennie and Trudi. A nice steady pace out to Burnside Rd, it was here that we waved good bye to Jennie. On our arrival into Bannockburn saw Gary riding back to beat the heat. The rest of us descended on Cafe Le Due Sorell, taking our places outside to enjoy our coffee and sweet delights. Always a fantastic run down Clyde Rd even better without the sidewinds. A gentle climb up Parker Rd and a great downward glide on Stieglitz Rd, soon saw us on Lovely Banks Rd. With a long pause at the traffic lights on Anakie Rd we joined the Ted Wilson Path.  Before we knew it, we were all back at Church St. How time flies when you’re having fun, thanks everyone for your company today for a very pleasant ride in the country side.

Doug's Ride from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Deans Marsh on Tuesday 9.2.21
Twelve riders assembled at Café La Hoot for today’s rural ride. Riders were: Barry T, Ben, David S, Doug, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Lovro, Mark K, Meri and Peter O’B. In overcast conditions we set-off, into the 26 kilometres an hour headwind, towards Cape Otway Road at Wurdiboluc. Heading westward along Cape Otway Road, with the wind now on our left-hand side was enjoyable riding. A quick stop to view the water level etc. at Lake Wurdiboluc and as everything at the Lake was fine, we returned to enjoy the cycling along Cape Otway Road to our coffee stop at the Otway Artisan (bakery) in Birregurra. Leaving Birregurra, it was back into the wind with lots of down-hill riding to the Deans Marsh General Store. Some riders elected to get something to eat at the store and we took the opportunity to sit in the lovely grassed area (with tables and chairs) at the rear of the store. We were now experiencing an almost cloudless sunny sky. Leaving Deans Marsh, we had one good thing going for us and that was the wind was now coming over our right-hand shoulder. The second thing was not as good and that was the fact that there were a couple of hills to traverse, the second hill being the steepest hill on course. Having got to the top of the big hill at Bambra, it was then followed by a long down-hill almost to Winchelsea. Mark K took on the responsibility of being last rider and a BIG thanks to Mark for undertaking that important role. Post ride at La Hoot Café, all riders gave their Thumbs Up of the Ride. We had good weather, a good course with little traffic and best of all was the companionship of likeminded cyclists. WELL DONE - EVERYBODY. Distance was 78.88 kilometres and an elevation gain of 344 metres according to Garmin and Strava was contradictory with a gain of 483 metres.

Peter Jones' Ride to Ocean Grove on Tuesday 9.2.21
Six riders for my local ride to Groove Ocean Grove via Wallington today. Janet, Lyn L, Gary, Chris Hu, Ray and myself. Very simple and pleasant route, out the BRT to Curlewis Rd where we turned right across to the Bellarine Hwy and Wallington Rd., just a short run to Orchard Rd where we meandered through the estates admiring their lovely gardens and expressing our gladness that we didn’t have to cut all that grass. We reached Grubb Rd where we turned right and rolled on towards the sea and Ocean Grove, at Thacker another right turn until we tipped over the edge and began to charge downhill on one of the dippers, some thought we were going to climb out but half way down it was a left turn, still downhill, and on into the back entrance to Groove where we enjoyed a coffee before heading home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd. Lovely day's ride in absolutely cracker weather.
Cheers, Peter.

Greg Allerton's 100km ride to Bannockburn & Gnarwarre on Sunday 7.2.21
I was pleased to have a 50% increase attendance from the last Long Ride! Mark Shying, Barry Tippett and I set off on a fine but cool morning at 8-05 from South Geelong Station out to Ted Wilson Trail having a mixed response to our greetings with fellow path users. Heales Rd/Houston Dve loop gave us a brief respite from the busy Bacchus Marsh Rd where there was a vintage car rally. Staceys Rd was a tough section with a moderate head wind and Robbs Rd was no easier. Steiglitz Rd was fairly quiet  and Parker Rd even more so. The long climb up Clyde Hill was tough but the lure of coffee spurred us on. At  the Bannockburn stop we were joined by the local Veteran racer (ex New Zealander) the eccentric talkative local, Ross, whom I had met on a previous GTC ride at Lethbridge. We enjoyed the section along the quiet Harvey Rd then Brislane Rd before joining Hamilton Hwy. It was a good tail wind until we turned into Pollocksford Rd, though Mark headed back home via the highway. Barry rode strongly up the climb but my legs were still heavy from yesterday's Portarlington Hills. We turned left at  Barrabool Rd and soon after took a 4 km out and back detour along Haines Rd where the former motorbike track was and had great views looking north. Barry enjoyed the "Local Traffic" Anderson Rd on his first visit. We then took the Princes Hwy dodging the glass before turning into Waurn Ponds Dve. We parted ways at Pigdons Rd from where I took Waurn Ponds Creek path home, returning around 1-30 pm. 106 km in 4hours 52 minutes average 21.7kph. Thanks to my two companions. 
Greg Allerton  Ride Leader .

Ted Reeve's Magical History Tour of Geelong on Sunday 7.2.21
Andrew, Chris Ha, Doug, Jennie, Kim, Lindy, Lyn L, Peter J, Peter O, Ray, Sarah, Nick  and Trudi met me at South Geelong Station for an experimental tour of some homes of historical interest in Geelong and Lara. After a short introduction and explanation of the concept and route we set off up Yarra Street and stopped after an “exhausting” 600 metres at 55 Maud Street, the Old Geelong Grammar School (c 1857). A brief lecture followed in which all pupils stayed awake which was a boost to my confidence so we soldiered on. We collected Paul and Cathie along the way (making a total of 16 riders) to “The Heights” (c 1855) followed by “Raith” (c 1864 and for sale for a lazy $7m), both in Newtown (only a short climb up the Ruthven 9-percenter). Trudi was in her home patch so led the way to the Ted Wilson for our next stop at Elcho Homestead (c 1867) which was followed by coffee and cakes at the Lara Museum (c 1824) served by the happy volunteers of the Lara Historical Society and ably assisted by our backup team of Jo and Marcia in the sag wagon. After coffee, chat and brief visit to the museum we carried on to Osborne House (c 1858) in North Geelong for the final part of the lecture tour before heading home by our various preferred routes. Some intelligent questions were posed by participants, some of which I could answer, others not. Homework was to find out who the famous Hollywood couple were who lived in Elcho and what was the origin of the Elcho name. As is common now with some tours, the guide was compensated by a tip of an amount that was considered appropriate for the quality of the presentation. Tip total = $0. Nevertheless, I plan to offer another episode in April so stay tuned and stay upright.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Portarlington on Saturday 6.2.21
18 keen riders this morning at the Showgrounds for a medium/hard ride to Portarlington: PJ, POB, Trudi & Leo, Jo & Hugh, Julia, Sarah and Nick, Jenny, Kim, Ken S, 2xChris, John M, Mark J, Greg and Jennie all chatting happily. Traffic on the Rail Trail was thankfully light (nice to meet Ross going the wrong way), the weather kind, and we had no dramas before turning on to the Bypass and over the hills to Port. Daniels Donuts was again popular and coffee in the sunshine very social. Poor Leo was kept busy repairing Trudi's puncture (see photo), but I think she rewarded him with an extra donut.
Kim, Greg and the Tarnays followed me back the same way - the medium ride. The rest headed off with PJ to tackle the hard option. Pity we both got wet. All up about 65Km. Thanks everyone for the company and special thanks to Tailend Leo.
Chris Halpin.

GTC AGM at South Barwon Community Centre - Thursday 4.2.21
On 4/2/21 after Covid restrictions forcing many delays, we held our AGM. It was our best attended ever with  25 in person, many apologies and 6 appointed proxies. The club is in a very strong and stable position which was reflected in the voting for committee. All current committee members were returned with the addition of Janet Roussety. 
President: Lindy Lester
Vice President: Mike Currie
Secretary: Chris Halpin 
Treasurer: Ted Reeve
General Committee Members: Julia McKeag, Trudi Bellia and Janet Roussety.
Thank you to all for your support and confidence in our good management. 
Lindy Lester
President GTC.

Ken Smith's Ride to The Dunes at Ocean Grove - Thursday 4.2.21
The day was overcast and pleasant with a slight breeze from the north east. Twenty riders rode with seventeen at the start and three meet us on the way. We made two groups, Doug was my tail end charlie, and Chris Halpin lead the second group and Chris Hume at the rear thank you. The riders were: Barry, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David, Doug, Jennie, Ken G, Kim, Lindy, Lyn, Mike C, Ross, Trudi, Ted, Gary, Norm, Ray, guest rider Peter Chilper [Welcome] and myself. It was good to have Mike riding again, although he said there was still discomfort from the pain in his arm. After enjoying each other's company at the Dunes Cafe and ocean views, riders went different directions home leaving eleven of us to head back via Ocean Throughway, Bonnyvale, Banks Roads and Bellerine Hwy to Geelong .
Thanks to all who participated. Ken Smith.

TWO Rides - Gravel & Bitumen - to Jan Juc on Tuesday 2.2.21
Bitumen Ride Report by Gary Broughton:
Under threatening skies I was joined for todays bitumen ride, starting at Bunnings, by Barry T, David S, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Mark J, Peter O’B, Nick and Trudi for the ride to the Swell at Jan Juc. We broke from tradition at the start by riding back to the lights at Bunnings, along the Colac Rd, over Waurn Ponds Drive up the path running along the Ring Road, then under the Ring Road to Ghazeepore Rd via Hams Rd. Apparently interesting indigenious botanical specimens can be found along the Anglesea road cos after conquering the Gundry Road hills a number of our male members decided to venture into the scrub to compare botanical notes. After coffee at The Swell we rode the return journey along the Surfcoast Highway and was truly granted “reward for effort” cos after battling strong head winds down to Jan Juc we had the luxury of that very same wind at our backs.
Thank you everyone for a great ride and Nick for being kelpie.
Gravel Ride Report by Mark Kelly:
We had 7 starters for our gravel ride to Jan Juc - Ben, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Peter J, Ray, Sarah and myself. We headed up the old Colac Rd and then took Willowite Rd heading towards the coast. Peter J left us at the end of Willowite with the rest of us heading across to Giddings Rd and then along Flaxbournes Rd. After a quick stop at Drol Kar we headed for the rolling hills of Portreith Rd to Vickerys Rd and then tackled the long, very corrugated climb up Elkington Rd. We  resisted the temptation of the Chocolaterie and headed onto the coast path from Pt Addis Rd. After another quick stop at Bells we headed for some well-deserved refreshments at Swell cafe. With the toll of corrugated roads and considerable hills we headed back to Waurn Ponds via Horseshoe Bend Rd with at good tail wind to push us along. In summary a very enjoyable ride with some good challenges that we will feel for a few days - covering just on 70kms. Thanks to all for great company and safe riding.

An overcast morning saw 22 riders in total assemble at the Showgrounds for a tour of some dead end roads. We were: Andrew, Barry, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Doug, Geoff Ca, Jennie, John H, Julia, Lindy, Mick, Marie, Meri, Lovro, Mike C, Pam, Peter J, Ross, Ted,  Trudi,  Leo (tail end Charli) and myself.
First stop was Point Henry to view the copious amounts of rubber left on the road by hoons, then down Clifton Ave for a lovely view of the bay.  Coffee was enjoyed in Leopold where we split into 3 groups at the Rolling Pin, Panache and Macca's. Cakes of various varieties were certainly enjoyed at the Rolling Pin. Here we said goodbye to Chris Hu, Barry, Marie and Mick who headed to Drysdale and beyond. Assembling again we headed up the Bellarine highway to Brimsmead Lane for a look at Lake Connewarre, back into Leopold and down Ash road for another look.  Pam left us here as we headed back towards Geelong and finished up down the rail trail back to the showgrounds where we all made our way back home. Well done to Ross and Doug who had ridden in from Torquay so had a bit further to go than the rest of us.
Thanks for a lovely morning,  Janet. 

Mark Shying's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre - 30.1.21
Good conditions saw 11 riders leave Bunnings WP for Cottage Farm Nursery.  For the ride initially I was joined by Chris H, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John H, John M, Julia, Ken S, Peter O’B, Ross and Nick with Ross assuming tail end Charlie duties - thank you Ross.  Most riders rode WP drive, Reservoir road, HM road, Barrabool road.  A few used alternative roads.  Greg departed along the way for work...replaced by Ian B. Arriving at the cafe we were joined by PeterJ, Trudi and Leo.  Good chat, excellent food, fine china, excellent service - thank you Chris.  The return journey  via Moriac and Cape Otway Road was under favourable conditions with riders departing along the way.  My trip of 70kms was most likely at the top end of the range.  Thank you all for joining  me today.  
Mark S.

Nick's Ride to Bannockburn via the Barrabool Hills - Thursday 28.1.21
Eleven riders turned up at Bunnings prepared to crest the hills in gusty, overcast conditions. The strong easterly aided Nick, Sarah, Lovro, Meri, Peter J, Peter OB, David S, Chris Ha, Zac, Doug and Jennie up WP Drive and along Reservoir where Doug and Jennie left us for Moriac. The hills of Devon, Barrabool and Pollocksford weren’t too hard with a strong tailwind. It was only until the Hamilton Hwy that there was much noisy traffic to contend with but the mostly generous verge kept us out of harm’s way. Harvey’s Rd into Bannockburn was a most pleasant, if slightly longer route, where we then enjoyed good coffee and conversation at Le Due Sorell. Fortified, we braced ourselves for the headwinds of the homeward journey. On the Hamilton Hwy we maintained a steady conga line into the ‘solid’ easterly wind. Peter O’B and David turned at Merrawarp to enjoy more wind and hills whilst the rest of us proceeded on into Fyansford via scenic Upper Paper Mill Rd and then the lovely, quiet river trail home. Thank you riders!

Meri & Lovro Lead the Australia Day Ride to Little River & Lara on Tuesday 26.1.21
Sorry everyone,  we forgot about the ride report! Here it is now. Started for Little River from Rippleside Park, with Sara, Doug, Peter J, Jenny, Janet, Ken, David S, and Lovro leading. Nice easy ride out past the You Yangs which were shrouded in mist, with very nice tail wind. Rain threatened, but held off till after coffee. Coffee at Xpresso, they had an Australian Day special with Pavlova and lamingtons. Quite a few of us could recommend the lamingtons. Even though they had layers of raspberry jam!!! Coming home, we bypassed Hovels Creek trail and made our way up the Old Melbourne road into the head wind.  Everyone managed very well, and we were home by 12:15. A good ride, good company and not bad weather. 
Cheers Meri and Lovro.

Greg Allerton leads the 'Long Ride' to Paraparap - Sunday 24.1.21
With an early 7-30 am start I was not sure I would have any other riders, so I was very pleased when Janet Roussety arrived. We waited for 5 minutes  but there were  no other starters  so we set off down to the river path which was quite busy with riders and runners keen to exercise before it got too hot. We  took Gun Dog Rd then along Waurn Ponds Creek path out to Bunnings. Waurn Ponds Drive was fairly quiet and we soon crossed onto Princes Highway briefly then turned into Pettavel Rd. The roadside bunting was still up from last night's concert with a few cars still parked in the fields. As there was little traffic we took Cape Otway Rd through Moriac and continued on to Church Rd, one of Janet's favourites. We met quite a few mostly solo riders and were near the end of Larcombes Rd when the Vets racers came around the corner at pace towards us. Hendy Main Rd soon brought us back to Moriac Store where we met Marge Smith who has done a few rides with GTC. Janet was disappointed with the young staff who first tried to overcharge her and then failed to bring her coffee until reminded. It was however a welcome break after 39 km. Luckily thick cloud and a gentle cool breeze made for comfortable riding up Hendy Main Rd then Reservoir Rd and the same route back as we came out along. I was home by 1-30 pm after 64 km  av. 20.7 while Janet got closer to 70 km with a longer ride to the start. I enjoyed her company.     
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

John Hagan Explores the Back Lanes of Geelong - 24.1.21
Peter O'Brien did all the groundwork for this adventurous ride around the back lanes of East Geelong, Chilwell, Newtown, West Geelong and Drumcondra. He took a couple of knowledgeable friends with him as he charted these lanes and produced a GPX file for us to follow. Unfortunately he had a family function to attend to so could not lead the ride. Eight riders turned up for the challenge - in the photo below from L to R: Leo, Jennie, Jo, Trudi, Kim, Geoff C, Peter J and myself. It turned out to be a very interesting ride even though your ride leader didn't spot everything as he was busily working out from the bike computer where the next turn was to be. The surfaces varied from beautifully smooth bitumen to cobblestones, gravel paths and one was so overgrown that we thought we had landed in the middle of the Amazon jungle!! We found a tennis court that hardly any of us knew about - but Jennie had played tennis there and went past the old Drumcondra lawn bowls location. We decided to stop for coffee at the cafe at Rippleside and enjoyed our break in the seats down near the bike path. Each coffee/tea was brought down separately (to keep them hot!) and the lady who served me said she just loved giving me the coffee. For the next couple of coffees the riders demanded a similar response from the staff! We returned to the Station via the Waterfront and Swanston St. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride.
Keep Riding - John .

Peter Jones Leads the Saturday Ride to Portarlington - 23.1.21
Eighteen riders today: Chris Ha, Doug, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John H, John M, Julia, Ken S, Kim, Meri, Peter O, Ross, Trudi, Leo and myself. Absolute cracker of a day for a ride, forecast Temp of 26 deg with a light wind. Took the BRT out to Jetty Rd where we diverted to the Bypass and on to Port Rd rolling up and down the rollers. Doug and Kim left us for a coffee at Drysdale before heading home and Greg and Hugh had to be back early so they turned around before being tempted by the Donuts in Portarlington. Coffee and donuts consumed we continued around the coast, so many boats out, are there any fish left. Turned up Murradoc to the Bypass and across to Princess St and enjoyed a steady downhill run to Swan Bay Rd. Heading down Swan Bay Rd the thought of a Cider at The Flying Brick Cider House took hold and some just couldn’t ride past. On the lawns sitting in the shade of an umbrella sipping on a cider is a lovely way to take a break before we hit the road back into Geelong on the Bellarine Hwy. Fantastic day on the bike, thanks everyone for joining me. Ride on.
Cheers, Peter.

Trudi's Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 21.1.21
Small group assembled at Church St today for my ride to Bannockburn: Meri and Lovro, Julie, Peter J, Peter O, David, Ray, Ken S and myself. What a stunningly beautiful summer’s day for a ride out in the country side. Lovely Banks Rd was fairly quite of traffic, but we encountered a few trucks on Stieglitz Rd. Fantastic run down Parker Rd and along the gully floor. But Clyde Rd soon had us at a much slower pace. Cafe Le Due Sorelle was a welcome sight, sitting inside to enjoy our coffee and caramel slices.  Riding down a lovely quiet tree lined Harvey Rd was a real pleasure for all the senses.  Thanks for those that rode today on such a beautiful summer’s day (finally) catch you all next time.

Dual Ride to Queenscliff with the Asphalt Ride led by Doug Wyatt - Tuesday 19.1.21
It must be a record attendance for this year as twenty-three riders assembled at the Showgrounds for this dual ride to Queenscliff. There were 9 riders doing the Gravel Ride and 14 starters for the Asphalt Ride and they were: Barry T, Ben, Butch, David S, Doug, Gary B, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Trudi, Zac and guest rider Les (friend of Butch). At Jetty Road the asphalt riders took a right turn to Princes Street whilst the gravel riders continued on the Rail Trail. At the corner of Jetty Road and the Geelong – Portarlington Road, waiting for a green light, the ride leader demonstrated his lack of flexibility, he looked around to check that all riders were present and in doing so, overbalanced to find his right knee on the road minus some skin. He now had matching patches of bare skin on each knee. Turning right onto Princess Street we now had a headwind all the way to Swan Bay Road. At the end of Swan Bay Road turning onto the Portarlington – Queenscliff Road we were advised by a passing cyclist that there were serious road works ahead and we may not get through. As there was no signage declaring the road to be closed, we decided to continue. In reality there was no other way to Queenscliff. A bit further along the road we encountered the roadworks and were delayed for about 12 minutes. The positive with the compulsory stop was a rest for us and time to re-hydrate. Arriving at the ferry terminal saw us a couple of minutes ahead of the gravel riders. We (the asphalt riders) headed home along Shell Road, 13th Beach Road, Lake Road and at Warralily Boulevard the peloton broke-up. Some taking Warralily Boulevard, some heading straight back to Geelong. Seven riders stopped for refreshments at the Village, Warralily Shopping Centre. Instead of going to Sullies Kiosk, our planned stop, we opted for the Cockatoo Café, opposite, which had the outdoor dining facilities protected from the wind. The egg and bacon rolls were delightful, if you fancy such cuisine. We also had a choice of plain water or sparkling water. Loved the bubbles and the taste of the sparkling water. A tailwind all the way back to the start made the final few kilometres easy as. A sincere THANK YOU to Ben who volunteered to be ‘Tail-End Charlie.’ Distance: 84 kilometres. Height gained: 383 metres. Temperature: Eventually 18 degrees (just as well it’s summer otherwise we may have needed our winter woollies). Wind: 27kms from the South to SSW. Well done to all riders who participated in this very popular ride.
Gravel Ride led by Chris Hume – 17.1.21
Big roll-up today for the Queenscliff ride. The asphalt crew headed off first and now it was obvious who the gravel riders were!! We had nine riders: Chris H x 2, PJ, Mark K, Paul T, Ray, Ron, Sarah and guest rider David I. On arriving at Drysdale Paul left us and returned with Barry, who was in the first group. For a change we headed around the lake at the back of the station, Lake Lorne, which was full to overflowing and teeming with birds. Now onto the good part of the Rail Trail - the gravel - which was in very good condition. From here onto Queenscliff and Roro Cafe for coffee where we caught up with the other group, had coffee snacks and a good chat. Then the asphalt group headed off, PJ joining them and Mark returned directly back along the Rail Trail leaving a group of six to do a  little tour of Queenscliff including Shortland Bluff, Rip View Lookout and the Point Lonsdale Promenade. Then it was back onto the rail trail to Geelong, 75 Km all up. A great ride!!
Chris Hu.

Ted’s Easy Ride to Drysdale & Pete’s not-so-easy Ride to Portarlington – 17.1.21
A good turnout of members gathered at the Showgrounds in perfect weather for riding with a gentle tail wind making the trip through the Bellarine Peninsula a “breeze”. At Leopold three gentlemen were having a lovely rest before joining us and making up a healthy total of nineteen for the “double header” to Drysdale and Portarlington. Just before Drysdale the Portarlington Peloton broke away and headed off for the longer ride while the Drysdale Dream Team headed for the Coffee Caravan for the usual delicious refreshments and friendly service. Good conversation ensued with various topics including the relative merits of Pinarello vs Orbea e-bikes. Orbea aficionados being somewhat at a disadvantage due to the engine problems currently being experienced by your ride leader. My Coffee Caravan Companions were Butch, Chris Ha, Lindy, Lyn & Mick, Marie & Geoff, Pam, Paul & Cathy, Peter J & myself.
Peter O'Brien's Report on Drysdale to Portarlington –17.1.21
Seven riders continued to ride on from Drysdale and tackle the hills on the Portarlington Road.  As a reward for conquering the hills, we decided to take a coffee break at Daniels in Portarlington where the donuts were delicious.  At this point John Miro joined us, however, Chris Hume wanted even more climbing so he elected to return along the Portarlington Road to Drysdale. With the magnificent backdrop of the bay we continued to ride on The Esplanade through to Indented Heads and St Leonards.  There were convoys of vintage cars on Murradoc Road so we decided the easiest ride back to Geelong was via the rail trail. Thanks to Jeanie, Jo, Jessie, Ian, Ray, Chris Hu and John M for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 76kms.
Peter O.

Sarah's Saturday Ride to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara - 16.1.21
With showers threatening and unseasonably cool conditions there were twelve takers at Rippleside for today’s easy ride to Lara, namely Doug, Greg, Jennie, Julia, Ken Smith, Meri and Lovro, Peter Jones, Sarah and Nick, Trudi and Leo. Being the weekend, there was little traffic around the industrial port area. Plenty of black swans to be seen in Limeburners Lagoon before we deviated at Cummins Road to avoid the problematic perennially flooded  bike path underpass at Lara. Heading straight along Rennie St we had excellent coffee and social time at Xpresso Lounge at Lara. Thus fortified, we found a stiff blustery wind to work against on the way home via Elcho, Bacchus Marsh Rds and Ted Wilson trail. The head wind transformed the easy ride into a “not so easy ride” but we can’t always summon an obliging tail breeze!!! Riders peeled off to take different routes home after Ballarat Road but three of us completed the loop down Church St to Rippleside Park. Thank you to Leo for being the tail end Charlie and to all for a good ride. 44 kms on Julia’s computer.

TWO Rides to The Chocolotarie in Bellbrae - a GRAVEL Ride Led by Mark Kelly and an ASHPHALT Ride Led by Gary Broughton on Thursday 14.1.21
Mark's GRAVEL Ride Report:
Eight graveleurs set out from Waurn Ponds this morning - Sarah, Peter J, Peter O, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Will (Chris Ha jnr), Ross and myself. We headed out Pettavel Rd following it all the way to the end and then along Vickerys Rd. Chris Ha and Will left us at Portreath Rd to head home as they were on a strict timeframe. After Vickerys we headed up the long climb of Elkington Rd to be rewarded by morning tea at the Chocolaterie and were joined by Lindy! We all enjoyed a well-deserved break and were just about finished when a few of the roadies arrived (not sure what happened to the rest). Ross headed back to Torquay and the remaining five headed home along Forest Rd, turning down Flaxbournes Rd. The ride along Flaxbournes was particularly enjoyable with with a light wind at our back, quiet surroundings and some unexpected sealed road. We then turned down Giddings and then across to Hunts Rd, Dickens and Willowite Rd back to Resevoir Rd followed by a great run home down Waurn Ponds Rd. All in all a great day out and a very good ride. Thanks to all for your good company and to Peter J for the photos. 
Mark Kelly.

Report on Gary's ASHPHALT Ride:
Gary was the photographer and Ken Smith the Scribe. There were twelve riders ready to tackle the road ride - they were David S, Doug W, Gary B, Jennie P, Ken G, Ken S, Kim G, Meri/Lovro, Ted R, Trudi B and new member Tony Brooks [Welcome].The ride course we rode was Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel, Reservoir, Cape Otway,  Church, Larcombs and Forest Roads.We were riding into a strong head wind until we reached Larcombes Road, then a tail side wind assisted as to the Chocolaterie. Teds battery went flat [Again] and on Waurn Ponds Drive he went back home. Jennie left us at Moriac for work. When we arrived at the Chocolaterie the gravel riders were already there. It was crowded so David decided to ride on and we did not see him again. Under Dougs direction (Thanks Doug) Gary, Ken S, Kim, Meri, Lovro and Tony rode to the North of  Torquary to the El Nido Cafe. The service was quick and the coffee and cakes were very nice. The Horse Shoe Bend road was selected to ride home on and the new bridge is a big improvement on the old one and much safer. Thanks to all who paticipated.
Ken Smith wrote the report.

Peter Jones Leads the Tuesday Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows - 12.1.21
Nine riders for our Melbourne Bike Path Ride to Westmeadows Tavern. Traffic up to Williamstown was light this morning as we cruised along to the Williamstown SC. At 9-30 am we headed off on the Bay Trail in towards Melbourne, lots of works going on but the bike path remains open and well used. At the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail we headed North under the Bolte Bridge infrastructure then meandering through wonderful leafy areas and amazing homes. At Essendon we diverted from the path to our favourite coffee spot for a break.
Coffee done it was on to Westmeadows for lunch and a good chat. Meals were excellent as usual and there was time for a quiet Cider or Beer before we hit the road to cut across to the Maribyrnong River Path. Took the Steele Creek Trail  which leads onto the river trail at a wonderful lookout overlooking to river and the old ammunition factory. The view across to the City and over the suburbs is just stunning, a highlight of the ride amongst many highlights. The run back along the river and the Bay was into a stiff sea breeze but the riding conditions overall were just brilliant, a great days ride through a fantastic and diverse area. Thanks everyone for your company, those attending were, Jennie, Chris H, Mick, Ray, Ken, David S, Ross, Peter O, Ken S and myself.
Cheers Peter J.

Doug Leads the Alternative Tuesday Ride to Drysdale - 12.1.21
With two GTC Rides on today, it was a nice surprise to see ten other riders arrive for this event. Riders were: Ben, Chris Hu, Doug, Julia, Ken G, Kim, Leo, Sarah, Trudi, Zac and guest rider Blazenka (Zac’s better half). Ben arrived with his new bike (present from Father Christmas) and extolled the advantages of it. After yesterday’s scorching weather and the forecast for a hot day tomorrow, it was nice to have a sunny day with the temperature in the low 20’s, between the two. Of the many cyclists on the Trail, we came across Paul who was with his wife, Cathy, who was in the early stages of regular riding (hopefully a new Club member soon). When we reached Jetty Road, we headed down-hill, with a tail wind to the Clifton Springs Boat Harbour. From there it was uphill into the wind for a well-deserved coffee at the Bungalow. Whilst having coffee, present member Mike and ex-members Rolf and David arrived. Pleasantries were exchanged as some of us had certainly not spoken to Mike this year. Post coffee, some riders opted for a different route back to Geelong. Ken G went via Ocean Grove, Chris via Queenscliff and Julia, Trudi and Leo eventually via Barwon Heads. Kim, Zac and Blazenka opted for the Rail Trail whilst Ben Sarah and Doug stuck to the advertised course. A pleasant day for cycling in pleasant company. Special mention to Zac for making Blazenka ride the big hills from Clifton Springs rather than stick to the flat Rail Trail to Drysdale. A big THANK YOU to Leo for being last rider back. Scribe: Doug, Photos: Sarah. Distance of the advertised course was 48 kilometres.

Doug Leads the Sunday Ride to 9 grams in Mt Duneed for Coffee - 10.1.21
With a sunny blue sky interspersed with fluffy white clouds we had 18 riders turn up for today’s ride. Riders were: Andrew, Barry, Chris Hu, Doug, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Ian B, Kim, Lindy, Lovro, Meri, Peter J, Ross, Sarah, Ted and guest rider Peter R. who was warmly welcomed. The ride started with an AFL flavour as we departed not far from the Cat’s (Geelong) home ground and after a few minutes riding turned onto Fitzroy Street followed by Richmond Terrace then onto Garden Street and the Eastern Gardens. Cycling along Hearne Parade we had Corio Bay on our left which was looking ever so splendid under the morning sun. Onward we rode towards our coffee stop. Unfortunately, at Breakwater Jenny punctured and with several other riders assisting with the repair, we were soon underway again.

At 9 Grams we were well catered for with table service and shade in the warm conditions. Resuming our course, we had several riders taking different routes as they had ridden the start and thus completed the circular route. One exception was Ted as he had a flat battery and wanted to take the most direct route home. Going through the tunnel under the Anglesea Road near the big round-a-bouts we encountered an elderly female pedestrian and as we always do, in these circumstances, a bell was rung and we vocally advised the woman we were about to pass her. To our total surprised, she replied with “P…-Off” and then deliberately moved to the centre of the path, thus delaying following riders who did not want to run into her. From motorists, we are used to this behaviour, however I think we just reached a new low. Back in the sunshine we chatted about what had just occurred. Putting that little incident behind us, it was back to enjoying each other’s company, the nice weather and the relatively flat course save the biggest hill up Pigdons Road past the Uni. At the top of the reasonable climb, it was all downhill or flat back to the start. Well done everybody. Last, but not least, I thank Chris Hu who volunteered to be ‘Tail End Charlie’ which is an extremely important job and always of great assistance to any ride leader.
Doug Wyatt.

Ken Smith Leads the Saturday Ride through the Barrabool Hills - 9.1.21
Eleven riders were at the start to tackle the Barrabool Hills they were Chris Ha, Greg A, Janett R, Meri, Lovio, Peter J, Peter O, Ross G, Trudi, Leo and myself. Leo had punctured before the start and Lovro had helped fix it, Leo again had another puncture on Merrawarp Road and Peter J and Peter O gave assistance, on the ride to the Cottage Farm Nursery the traffic was minimal,we did not know what was a head of us. [Pres] Lindy was waiting there for us with the good news and photos of the twins their daughter had given birth to. After a good social time we made our way to Moriac, where it was decided to ride the Hendy Main Road to Gazapoore Road. When we reached the Anglesea Road the cars were bumper to bumper so much so we could not cross the road, they would not stop for us, we road on to the roundabout at Mount Duneed road and on to Ghazeepore Road, making our way to our homes. Thanks to all who participated.
Ken Smith.

Trudi's Ride to the You Yangs on Thursday 7.1.21
Sixteen riders today for my ride to the You Yangs and beyond Nick and Sarah, Meri and Lovro, Jennie, Peter J, Chris Hu, Gary, Ray, Doug, Mark K, Zac, David S, Ken S, Leo and Trudi. Took my usual favourite route out to the You Yangs which is a bit longer but has open paddocks, fresh air and livestock to gaze at while peddling along. Stopping at the You Yangs entrance for a photo giving everyone a chance to make a decision if they would like to ride up to the turntable and back. No takers today, so off for a well deserved coffee.  Peter having made a phone call to book the outside tables made our arrival at Xpresso Cafe very quick. Service was fast and before we knew it we were soon enjoying our drink or slice of choice. Having decided to ride Hovels Creek path back wasn’t a good decision. With flashing lights and signs telling us that the Rennie St waterway was closed due to flooding. On first inspection yep !!! it was flooded, but we all manage to get through slowly. Ted’s Puddle was our next waterway to give us concern.  But it’s was no longer a Puddle but a Plunge Pool, and as no one had a wetsuit or snorkel this was not an option today.  So we rode home along Rennie St rejoining the bike path at Shell Refinery. Great ride, great company, great weather see you great people next ride.

The ride for 3.1.21 was cancelled due to inclement weather - Chris Hu did a ride to test some of his gear.

Peter O'Brien Leads the GTC Version of the Cadel Evans Ride on Tuesday 5.1.21
When I woke up at 7:15am to the sound of rain on the roof I had reservations as to whether we should tackle the Cadel Evans Ride route today.  We were chuffed at the start line to have our own paparazzi in attendance.  Leo, minus Trudi, was there with his camera and we’re grateful to him for making the effort.  Janet arrived, drenched having experienced a sudden downpour over Newtown yet determined to complete the ride.  Lovro, Meri, Janet, Doug, Peter J, Mark S, Jenni and myself departed Eastern Beach at 8:30am and met Nick en route at the Belmont Common. We ‘misplaced’ Lovro along the way, who unbeknown to us had a puncture near Lake Road.  Happily he eventually caught us whilst we were having coffee at Barwon Heads.  To our surprise Ken Smith turned up at this location; he also had been drenched prior to the start, requiring him to return back home for a quick change followed by a mad dash to catch the peloton.  Most impressive Ken.
We proceeded to Torquay to tackle the hills around Bells Beach and then onto Moriac.  At this stage of the ride we again misplaced Lovro and Meri due to Lovro unfortunately having a 2nd puncture that required major surgery.  They reappeared on the approach to Moriac, having taken an alternative route and just in time to join the group for a coffee break at Moriac. Next we headed back towards Geelong via the Barrabool Hills, tackling the climbs on Scenic Road and the famous Melville Avenue.  The remaining 6km was relatively flat so we cruised into town and had a celebratory session at the Yacht Club.  Thanks Lovro for getting us in through the back gate! Congratulations to- Janet, Jenni, Ken S, Mark S, Lovro, Meri, Peter J, Nick and Doug for a sterling effort. Distance ridden = 115km.
Peter O.

Doug Wyatt Leads the First GTC Ride of 2021 to Lara - 2.1.21
A baker’s dozen of riders (13) turned-up for the Club’s first event for 2021. The riders were: Barry T, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Leo, Lovro, Meri, Paul, Peter O, Ray, Ross, Ted and Trudi. Ray had ridden to the start from Point Lonsdale and Ross from Torquay. The course to Lara was not exactly as planned, however, many roads lead to Lara and with the help of a couple of course advisors en route, we got there, despite their help. The intended coffee stop was to be Xpresso Lounge Café in the heart of Lara. Riding along Elcho Road we had a brief shower of rain and as Millar’s coffee shop was closer, we opted for the sanctuary of Millar’s which proved to be a good choice as we had the eastern end room at Millar’s all to ourselves, plus table service (albeit a bit slow). The route back to Rippleside was Hovell’s Creek Trail. On the Trail, going under the freeway, we encounted “TED’S Puddle” (the water is getting deeper and a snorkel may be required if more rain falls) and had the traditional tyre wash (free of charge). To our relief “PETER’S Puddle” was as dry as a bone. With darkening skies, we made it safely back to Rippleside. Ray and Ross were riding home. By the time Ross reached Grovedale it was raining. Ross declined a lift and pushed on. The rain would have also caught up with Ray. For the record, Ross got home in one piece and thoroughly drenched. Hopefully Ray fared better. Good company and a good easy course to start off this year’s proceedings. Well done all. In round figures, it was a 40 kilometre ride.

Doug Leads the Last Ride of 2020 to Ocean Grove - 31.12.20
The final Club Ride for 2020 saw 19 riders assemble at Grovedale. Riders were: Barry T, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David S, Doug W, Ian B, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Lovro, Leo, Meri, Nick, Norm, Peter O, Ross, Sarah, Ted and Trudi. Unfortunately, Barry had a mechanical problem and despite the expertise within the group, we were unable to remedy Barry’s problem, hence his late scratching. According to Garmin we headed towards Warralily Boulevard into 20 kilometres an hour head wind. At the corner of Barwon Heads and Lake Road, The Pres. (Lindy) joined us. Having tried several times previously to contact our planned coffee stop (The Paddock Café) to see if they could accommodate us, we paused at the Barwon Heads round-a-bout to make one final effort to contact them. Yet again our phone call received a recorded message. Plan B was put into action and it was decided we would split into two groups with one group going to The Garage and the other group going to the Groove. The Groove turned-out to be the better of the two options. When a seaside coffee shop is scheduled, during summer, there is always an element of chance regarding the coffee shops accommodating us. Traffic wise the roads were busy through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
We divided into two groups for the return trip. The first group had just departed when Lavro discovered a puncture in his rear tyre. Puncture repaired we were away enjoying the tail wind along Wallington Road, chasing the first group. When we reached the highway, not surprisingly, the first group were well out of sight. As the Geelong bound traffic was very busy and consequent noise, we elected to go via the much quieter Curlewis Road to join the Rail Trail. Special thanks to Leo for volunteering to be last person back. The ride to Ocean Grove was a nice way to conclude GTC’s Ride Calendar for 2020. Distance: 55 kilometres.
Ride Leader Doug W.
To all Club members, have a Happy, Heathy, Safe and Prosperous NEW YEAR.

Janet Roussety's Tuesday Ride to Portarlington & Return via Swan Bay Rd - 29.12.20
Quite a crowd gathered at the showgrounds for today's ride with gorgeous conditions. We were David S, David I, Gary,  Ian, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Lyn, Mark J, Mark  S, Meri, Lovro, PJ, Sarah, Nick, Richard and Sue, Trudi, Leo and myself. Heading off down the rail trail we were joined by John M bringing our total to 22. We took the bypass around Drysdale and the hills to Portarlington quickly split us up. Coffee at Daniel's Donuts was nice and quick and we soon were on the road to Indented Heads. Being a careless leader we had somehow managed to lose several people and we were down to 13 by this stage. We had seen several GTC riders out and about also enjoying the weather. The ride along the foreshore was absolutely beautiful, taking Bluff Road we made our way over to Swan Bay Road and back via the Bellarine Highway. Thanks for a great morning with a ride of around 80k.

Janet Roussety's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 27.12.20
A very sultry morning saw 15 riders assemble at the showgrounds for a ride to Drysdale. Attending were Trudi, Leo, Meri, Lovro, Lindy, Barry, Jennie, PJ, Ted, Chris Hu, Barry, Paul, Mark J, Julia and myself. We set off down the rail trail to Bellarine Highway,  down to Swan Bay Road then over to coffee at the station at Drysdale (with a little bit of gravel thrown in from Princess St. to the station) where we met some of the Leopold crew. Mark headed off to Ocean Grove, Meri and Lovro headed back via the highway and the rest of us had a very pleasant trip back via the rail trail.  Lovely to be out on the bike. Thanks everyone for a great morning. 

John Hagan's Boxing Day Ride to Armstrong Creek - 26.12.20
Unsure as to how many riders would turn up on Boxing Day we were able to commense our ride from Waurn Ponds with eleven starters in almost perfect conditions for tackling the bike paths through to Armstrong Creek. We climbed out of Waurn Ponds on the path parallel to the Anglesea Road then took Baanip Bvd which was strewn with glass in many places. Winding our way down Sovereigh Drive in Mt Duneed we made out way to the Surf Coast Highway then took the bike path roughly parallel to Warralily Bvd through to the Warralily Village Shopping Centre. The 11 riders to this point were: Ken S, Paul T & Cathie, who was a first time rider with us, Andrew, Leo, Trudi, Julia, Peter J, Jennie, Ross and your leader John H. At the Cockatoo Cafe we were joined by Lindy and Don for coffee and Jo and Hugh for the ride back. Jennie had to leave us at this point to get back early. The return trip was along Barwon Heads Rd, the Barwon River Path, up through Wandana Heights and around the back of Deakin for approximately 36km.
Thanks all for an enjoyable ride. John H.

Peter Jones' Ride to Moriac on Thursday - 24.12.20
Eleven riders for my Thurs Ride: Peter O, Jennie, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, David S, Ken S, Ken G, Barry, Ted, Leo and Me. Took the easy option,  nice day for a ride through the back country to Moriac. Coffee was even better when Chris Hu shouted to celebrate his birthday tomorrow, how good is that. Thanks Chris. Enjoyable chat then home via Hendy Main and Waun Ponds Dve. Lovely morning on the bike, thanks for joining me. Merry Christmas.
Peter J.

Fyansford through the Barrabool Hills to Cottage Farm Nursery and return on Tuesday 22.12.20
Maybe it was the potential for heavy rain, perhaps it was the prospect of hills, or was it simply the necessity of Christmas shopping, but today saw only four brave, intrepid, resilient riders show up. (Too much?) Nick, Peter J, Ken S and Chris Hu set off along the highway, down Merrawarp and then up to Ceres. Despite the prospect of rain, the views into the distance as we plummeted down Cochranes, were most impressive. Onto Moriac we rode single file against the breeze and it was only on Considines road that a light shower finally caught us before we reached Cottage Farm Nursery for excellent coffee, cake and conversation. The return journey with the breeze on our backs made for a fast rolling trip down Barrabool Road. At the highest point we had a clear panorama of Geelong and district  with a background silhouette of the Melbourne CBD. We continued our rapid descent into Highton to beat the slow moving shower on our tail. Thank you guys for shorter but vigorous outing. And we didn’t get wet!

Mark Shying Leads the Sunday Ride to Bannockburn - 20.12.20
Morning tea at Le Due Sorelle Café, Bannockburn was our goal today.  Initially, six cyclists joined me in pursuit of that goal – Janet, Jennie, Jo, John H, Julia and Peter J.  From South Geelong Station taking back streets we were soon exiting Wesley Street onto Ryrie Street.  On to the Fyansford Hotel we were joined by Nick, Trudi and Leo.  With a favourable wind we made good time along the Hamilton Highway to Murgheboluc and then used Harvey Road to reach our destination in Bannockburn.  Our group of ten enjoyed drinks and munchies – I had a very nice yoyo – thanks Le Due Sorelle.  With plenty of good conversation, in no time at all it was time to depart.  We cycled to the Midland Highway and then on to Dog Rocks Estate eventually making our way back to the Hamilton Highway.  A short time later we stopped opposite the Fyansford Hotel to identify who was riding with whom and where.  I rode to Geelong West – 56 kms covered.  Thanks all for an enjoyable ride in excellent conditions.
Mark S.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride from Rippleside to Lara - 19.12.20
Thirteen riders assembled at the Rippleside start line this morning for the ride to the Lara.  The route taken was slightly different to the usual one in that we crossed the highway at Margaret Street with our destination being the start of the Tom McKean Trail on Douro Street.  This trail took us to McCurdy’s Road and from there onto the Ted Wilson Trail. Our ride along Bluestone Bridge Road and Houston Road was assisted by a slight tail wind making riding a pleasure.  It should be noted that on the uphill section of the Bluestone Bridge Road three riders flew past me – Peter J, Ted & Chris Ha, all of whom coincidentally were riding their electric bikes!  Thanks goodness John H was down the back taking photos at the time otherwise I would have been overtaken by four riders.  A special commendation goes to Ken S, who made a valiant effort and caught them at the top of the hill. 
A coffee break was taken at Xpresso Lounge Café in Lara before returning to Geelong via the Hovell Creek Trail. Thanks to Doug, Trudi, Leo, Peter J, Ted, Chris Ha, Ken S, Julie, Jennie, John, Nick and Janet for an enjoyable ride. Distance ridden 52 kms.
Peter O.

Chris Halpin Leads the Gravel Ride from Torquay to Anglesea on Thursday 17.12.20
Seven keen gravelleurs this morning in Torquay.  Weather was about as good as it gets - overcast skies, little wind, warm and humid. The team included PJ, POB,  Mark K, Ray,  Nick and 2xChris, but sadly no Ross. The ride along the Surf Coast to Anglesea is truly iconic - unique Ironbark forests with the raging surf and a challenging mix of tracks. Had to walk a few times. We were soon enjoying coffee and a chat in Anglesea. The climb out to Forrest Rd is tough but from there on the return is largely downhill and magic. Back in Torquay in no time. So Mark suggested celebrating with  a "frontbeacher" and seeing its nearly  Sarah's and Chris Hu's birthdays and Christmas how could we not.  Thanks all for a very pleasant ride of 41km and 500m.
Chris Ha.

Trudi Leads the Thursday Ride to Moriac - 17.12.20
Seven riders for a nice easy cruise to Moriac:  Jennie, David, Ken, Gary, Ted, Norm and myself.  Setting off up Waurn Ponds Drive, Reservoir Rd and down Hendy Main into the Moriac Store for our refreshments. With a quick wipe down of the wet outside seats and quick service we were soon devouring our coffee and munchies. The sun decided to show itself finally, so we just kicked back and enjoyed our refreshments. Main topic for discussion today was a question from our treasurer Ted. Inquiring if any of us had read the latest email from the committee.  Quite a lengthy discussion followed on the affiliated bicycle network membership. (Thanks Ted) With food for thought and coffee cups empty it’s was about time we set off for home. Hendy Main, Blackgate, Anglesea Rd, Ghazeepore Rd soon saw us back where we started. Thanks for your company today, see you all next time.

Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride to Pt Lonsdale - 15.12.20
Twelve riders headed off from Grovedale this morning: Chris H x 2, Sarah, Nick, Ray, PO’B and PJ, Mark K, Julia, Jennie, Janet and David S. It was warm, about 24 degrees, and humid. We made our way to Barwon Heads using Warralily Boulevard, Lake Rd and 13th Beach Rd. From here over the bridge and onto Collendina, then onto Shell Rd to Point Lonsdale and Plated Café for coffee. As we arrived there, a cool southerly greeted us!! After a good chat we headed off to Drysdale. Mark K left us at Shell Rd to head back to Torquay and the rest of us continued along Swan Bay Rd and Princess St. We stopped at the new bypass. I was keen on lunch at the Bungalow as was PJ, but the rest opted to head straight home along the Rail Trail, Nick leading. PJ and I had a good break then returned home via the Rail trail too. It ended up being a great day for riding with little traffic and tail winds!!
Chris Hu.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Moriac & Sutherland's Creek on Sunday - 13.12.20
Ken Gawne, Peter O'Brien and new rider Oliver King joined me on a warm morning for this 100 km ride. There was a light and fickle north wind as we made our way out on the usual route to Moriac with Oliver soon getting used to the pace of our small bunch. We cruised through Moriac at 9-15 am and in light traffic used Cape Otway Rd to Modewarre before taking Hortips and Considines Rd and  into Barrabool. There was a long gradual climb into a head wind up to Cottage Farm Nursery Cafe by 9-50 am after 40 km but alas it was not open - perhaps we were too early. Then followed a good descent down over Pollocksford  before more head wind up to Hamilton Highway, where Oliver took the short cut home, not having done a long ride for some time. There was another downhill through Murgheboluc followed by a short steep climb in Brislanes Rd. We were soon in Bannockburn for a long awaited coffee after 64 km . Clyde road "downhill" produced a maximum 63 kmh before the climb up reduced speed to single digits. Once on Steiglitz Rd it was a side/tail wind back to Ted Wilson Trail where Ken turned off for the great downhill into Fyansford while Peter and I took the recommended cyclist on road route into central Geelong. I was home by 1 pm after 100 km in under 4.5 hours  average 22.3 kph. Great riding guys and thanks for your company.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Torquay - 13.12.20
A good turnout of 14 riders for our easy ride to Torquay. At Sth Geelong Station were L to R below: Barry, Peter J, Ted, Paul, Jennie, Jo, Lyn L, Leo, Trudi, Chris Hu, Ian and your ride leader, John H. Mark L joined the group as we were riding off and Doug met us near the Waurn Ponds Station. Our route to El Nido cafe in Torquay North was via Freshwater Creek and we were comfortably pushed along with a north wind with an ambient temperature in the mid to high twenties. We stopped on Coombes road briefly when Doug wasn't feeling well - he had ridden further than any of us at this stage as he had pedalled in against the headwind from Jan Juc. He soon recovered and we were off to the cafe for coffee and cake. Jo and Jennie left us just before coffee to return straight up the Surf Coast Hwy as they needed to be back earlier. The return trip was up Horseshoe Bend Rd with a deviation around the works area. Our total distance was 54km. Thanks all for an enjoyable morning.
John H.


Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to the GOR Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - 12.12.20
Lots of excitement on todays ride to the Chocolaterie. Was great to welcome Sue and Richard back to Saturday riding on the tandem, with another 12 sheltering in the shade at Bunnings  including PJ, Jo, Jennie, Ray, Doug, John H, Julia, Rob, Ken S, Trudi, Leo as 'Kelpie', and myself. Up Waurn Ponds Dve, over the Hwy  Pettavel, Reservoir & Cape Otway Rd to Moriac. Down Hendy Main, Larcomb and onto Forrest Rd, all with a lovely tail wind.
Too easy. By this stage we had split into 2 groups, fast and leisurely. Regular passing cars kept us careful till on a bend an overtaking Falcon with loaded trailer pushed his luck too far and was forced off the wrong side of the road by an approaching gravel truck. Was a very scary moment for 4 riders who believed they could have been killed.  The offending Falcon lurched along in the mulga and somehow managed to get back onto the roadway and disappear. Lindy and Don met us at the Chocolaterie where we were enjoying a well earned coffee break UNTIL crash bang and several coffees flew up into the air to crash to the ground. Poor Jo was the only one to get wet, but fortunately not burned. Trouble comes in threes. 'What's next' we wondered as we cycled away on the GOR and Anglesea Rd back towards home. Farewelled Doug at the Torquay turnoff and battled into the North easterly and home safely. Thanks everyone for an exilerating morning.
Chris H.

GTC CHRISTMAS BBQ in Eastern Park - 10.12.20
A good turn up of 34 participants for our annual Christmas BBQ. We were entertained by a small group of talented Irish musicians: Barry, Dr Mike, Mark and Paul - who set the tone for a very enjoyable party. Thanks very much for the time and effort they put into helping the party dance along. There was great excitement with the Kris Kringle and the ancient Finnish game Finska was played at the end. Thanks to Lindy and the Committee for organizing the day. John H.

Trudi's Thursday Loop to the You Yangs & Lara - 10.12.20
Fifteen riders assembled at the top of Church St for this morning ’s ride ?to the You Yangs / Lara. Riders today were Ken S, Peter O, Peter J, Jennie, Julie, Sarah and Nick, Chris Ha, David S, Gary, Ray, Doug, Mark J, Noel and myself.  Taking my usual route out to Lara but this time adding a few extra Kilometres going up past the You Yangs. Only three taking up the challenge of riding up to the turntable and back: Peter O, Julie and Ray. The rest of us headed for a caffeine fix at Cafe Xpresso in the centre way at Lara. Having the outside area all to ourselves and full table service to boot. The service was fast as we enjoyed our coffee, cakes and protein balls. Hovels Creek saw us splashing our way through Ted’s puddle and out into the wind. Hugging the Esplanade when we could soon saw us splitting up at various spots along the way.
Thanks everyone for your company for a wonderful morning’s ride. Trudi.

Peter O'Brien Leads the 106km Otway Ride from Forrest to Lavers Hill and Return - Tuesday 8.12.20
With the weather forecast predicting showers and possible hail, eleven souls set off for a ride from Forrest to Lavers Hill. The first section of the ride from Forrest to Turtons Track involved 18kms of climbing, by far the most challenging part of the entire ride.  As we approached the entrance to Turtons Track misty drizzle prevailed meaning we needed to ride with caution along the track.  Luckily for us, the drizzle eased-up, however, the temperature dropped dramatically making riding uncomfortable.
At Beech Forest we stopped for a rest break and an opportunity to warm up before tackling the last section of the ride to Lavers Hill.  This particular route took in the little towns of Ferguson and Weeaproinah, providing some great views of the Otways along the ridge line.  After three and half hours of riding, Lavers Hill was a welcome sight and lunch was taken at Yatzies Pancakes. The café had an outdoor eating area where we were entertained by local parrots.
The return ride provided some fantastic downhill sections with two particularly exciting ones.  The first section of Turtons Track was full of twists and turns and a section along the Skenes Creek to Forrest Road was extremely fast.  The return trip was completed in two hours and forty minutes.  We enjoyed a coffee at Forrest where we reminisced about the ride before heading back to Geelong. Thanks to Sarah, Jenny, Julie, Trudi, Peter J, Mark, Ken S, Doug, Ken G and Nick for the ride. I am sure all riders will sleep well tonight.
Distance ridden 106kms. Elevation 1,870 metres.
Peter O.

Ross Glover Leads the Sunday Ride to Ocean Grove - 6.12.20
The first question when the ride leader arrived at South Geelong Station was "Have you organised a mini-bus back from Ocean Grove?". Not surprising given the rather gusty westerly wind but the answer was "No". Jennie, Janet, Doug, Chris Hu, Greg, Peter J, John H, Jesse and Ross set out for Barwon Heads Road via Belmont Common where we were joined by Nick. The very nice tail wind had us sailing along to Lake Road and on to 13th Beach. Does life get any better than the road along 13th Beach with a strong tailwind and little traffic? We regrouped in Barwon Heads and after a phone call to "The Paddock" resulted in rejection, we continued on to refreshment at either the Garage or Groove. The start of a shower plus the availability of a table under cover at the Garage made the decision easy. The ride back along Wallington and Curlewis Roads had some interesting side wind sections but despite the full-on headwind on the rail trail, there was enough shelter to make the going easier than expected. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing. 
Cheers, Ross.

John Hagan's Saturday Ride to Modewarre & Moriac - 5.12.20
A good turnout of 14 for our Saturday ride: Chris Ha, Trudi, Peter O'B, Barry T, Ken S, Chris Hu, Ken, Lyn L, Peter J, Julia, Leo, Ross, Geoff Ca and John H. The weather forecast was for doom and gloom with particularly high winds - however, these did not eventuate and we had cloudy but excellent riding conditions. We headed off in 2 groups with Peter O'B leading the first group and myself directing the second group with Geoff protecting the rear - travelling out Waurn Ponds Drive & Reservoir Rd to the Mt Moriac Pub and then down the Princes Highway to turn at Considines Rd for Modewarre. I was not always out the front of the second group as I was last by quite a while at getting to the coffee spot at the Moriac General Store. I had been waylaid by an elderly gentleman who was mowing his paddock at Modewarre. He told me how he had been a competative cyclist once before he fractured his scull when hit by a car on the Old Melbourne Rd at Little River and how his father had competed in the 1925 Melbourne to Warrnambool Race. After coffee I suggested that the riders might like to do a slightly longer ride than was on the calendar. We returned home via Paraparap and Freshwater Creek for a total of 48.3km.
Thanks for the company, John H.

Doug's Ride to Collendina and an Extension for Some to Queenscliff - Thursday 3.12.20
Warm sunshine and a cool breeze greeted us in the Grovedale Hotel car park. To take advantage of a nice day for cycling were: Barry, Chris Hu, David S, Doug (Ride Leader), Gary, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Peter J, Peter O’B, Ted and Trudi. We welcomed two guest riders, Phil R (this was Phil’s second ride) and Peter F. We set-off along the Surf Coast Highway headed for Warralily Boulevard. Traffic was more prevalent than previous weeks. The Warralily Boulevard must be one of best cycling roads we encounter, smooth, wide and very little extraneous material on it. At the corner of Lake Road and Barwon Heads Road, we had Sarah and Nick increase our numbers by two. Our progress along Lake Road was halted due to Peter J getting a puncture. Puncture repaired we were on our way again. We turned into Stacey’s Road to be greeted by Mark K who had arranged to meet us at the wind-turbine near the cycle path. Mark had decided to ride towards us to see where we were. Instead of having social intercourse during puncture repair I should have sent Mark a text message to say we were delayed. My apologies Mark.
We got to the Cheeky Cow in good time, with the exception of Jennie, who did a U-turn at Barwon Heads. The Cheeky Cow only had two patrons when we arrived. We were in two minds as to whether to sit inside (as it was empty) or sit outside in the lovely sunshine. Café management decided for us by saying we have to also have food with the coffee to sit inside. They did us a favour because we all sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine. Post coffee saw a number of riders head off in the other direction as they wanted to do a longer ride on such a great day. The rest of us returned along Thirteen Beach Road until the wind turbine where there was another split of the peloton with some riders taking the cycle path whilst the rest of us headed for Lake Road. At Warralily Boulevard there was a final split with some riders taking Warralily Boulevard and the rest, traversing Barwon Heads Road back to Geelong. Thanks to “Tail-end Charlie(s)” Chris H for the outward journey and Gary for the return journey. The group who headed the other way ended up at Queenscliff with Peter have more trouble with an ageing tyre. A cold cider at the Flying Brick was a welcomed pause on the way home. A great day for a ride in excellent company. Distance: 53 Kilometres.
Scribe: Doug     Some photos: Peter J and Julia.

Ken's Tuesday Ride to Moriac - 1.12.20
Despite forecast strong winds and rain, 13 assembled at Fyansford for the ride through the Barrabool Hills to Moriac. Leader Ken G stopped on Merrawarp to don a jacket but the rain drops ceased almost immediately. From then on I knew where all riders were as I worked hard on my touring bike to stay in touch. The group wound their way up the 2 hills on Barrabool Road before tackling "Buddy Holly" climb up Devon. The fast downhill into Moriac was fitting reward. How well do you know your clubmates? Can you name everyone in the photos? Visitor Joel is Gary's son from Melbourne. Ominous clouds prompted 10 of us to head for home via Reservoir and Waurn Ponds. PJ, JP and JMc headed out further west into the eye of the storm but were probably lucky and avoided a drenching. An excellent ride through scenic and low traffic volume, rural areas.
Ken G.

Greg Allerton's 100km Loop to Sutherlands Ck in the North and Moriac in the South - Sunday 29.11.20
The forecast was grim: 95% showers,up to 15 mm rain,winds increasing to maximum 50 kph. I was pleased there were two other starters! There were quite a few hills - Bluestone Bridge was the first test and I was surprised with how well our new member Jesse Heath on his high wheel recumbent ascended this steep pinch and Mark Shying was climbing strongly.It was a head wind along Robbs Rd with another hill. Bakers Bridge provided the easiest climb out of the Moorabool valley. Dog Rocks gave us a good view of showers lurking on the horizon, but our luck held and we remained dry. I was beginning to regret being on my heavy full mudguard bike through the Barrabool Hills, though I enjoyed the descents. After 68 km we finally reached Moriac for coffee and cake which was well earned! From here it was a flat and relatively easy ride home. Thanks to my two companions Jesse and Mark  for coming on this tough but dry ride.It was 102 km in 4 hours 43 minutes riding time average 21.5 kmh.         
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

Doug’s GOOD, BAD and UGLY Ride from South Geelong to 9 Grams Café Mt Duneed - Sunday 29.11.20
THE GOOD: With bucket loads of rain and strong winds around sunrise it was a nice surprise to see six other hearty riders turn-up for today’s ride. At start time the sky was very grey with rain threatening. The participants were: Chris Hu, Doug (Ride Leader), Janet, Jennie, Julia, Peter J and Ted. Add good company and conversation; a new course although some bits of it have been part of other rides; a mostly a flat course with a couple of moderate hills to get the heart pumping without too much stress; a good coffee stop with us being well serviced by the café staff; good coffee and cakes/slices.
(not that bad): When we reached the Epworth hospital in Waurn Ponds, we were rained on for about ten minutes. The rain was heavy enough to wet the shoes and soak the socks. Ted took advantage of the rain as he sucked-up the water direct from the sky thus saving the contents of his bidon. For the entire journey we tried unsuccessfully to avoid the pools of water enroute, subsequently, Jennie’s new bike now needs its first wash.
THE UGLY: We encountered a moronic male driver who yelled at us with a 150-decibel voice, screaming something about being licensed. Thankfully, he was going in the opposite direction and only had to endure him for a few seconds. Some of us were hoping that he would get a flat tyre before he got home, as punishment for his outburst. ADDENDUM: We did a circuit of the Richmond Oval, not far from the start. The question is, “Who allowed the street and oval to be named Richmond? The Tigers and the Cats are arch-enemies; therefore, heads should roll for allowing this to occur!!! In Ghazeepore Road we waved to Jackie and David, who were out for a walk and fortunately carrying an umbrella, which they would require minutes later. Kim saw us riding through Highton Village and thought that we looked very wet. His observations were spot-on. Distance was 38.13 kilometres and the elevation gain was 192 metres (Strava). Certainly, a course that was different from the norm and to date, a one-off. For nearly all the journey we had a bike lane or a reasonably wide verge. Horseshoe Bend Road excluded.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 28.11.20
Fifteen riders today for my ride to Ocean Grove via Lake Rd return via Wallington Rd and BRT. Participants were: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Julie, Ken S, Ross, Nick and Sarah, Trudi and  Leo, Richard, (Visitor, friend of Mark K) Jo, (Joining member) and myself. Simple route, along Surf Coast Hwy to Warralily, to Lake Rd, to Blackrock Rd and 13th Beach. Good run, little traffic, not much wind, warm but not too warm. A lot of surfers out, almost a traffic jam on each wave. Arrived at The Paddock to find that their advice last week that we didn’t need to book was wrong, I should’ve booked, but they were very good and made room for us to have our coffee and chat before we continued on to the BRT down Wallington Rd and Curlewis Rd. Good run, the wind had got up from the South and blew us all the way there. Pleasant run back into Geelong along the BRT, quite busy but we didn’t have any problems, went right through to Breakwater Rd where everyone split to head home. Thanks for your company, keep pedalling.
Cheers Peter J.

Sarah's Easy Ride to Moriac on Thursday - 26.11.20
With a cool day forecast there were sixteen riders at Bunnings. Running down the list there were Barry, Chris Hu and Chris Ha, David, Doug, Gary, Geoff C, Jennie, two Kens, Lyn, Paul T, Ray, Ted, and Sarah and Nick. Dividing into two groups for ease of management rather than COVID 19 requirements, we took the well known roads to Moriac, starting with Ghazeepore Road. We made good progress, with some members peeling off to go their own way. At Moriac we met with Trudi, Peter Jones and Noel so enjoyed refreshments all together. We returned via Hendy Main, Reservoir Rd and Waurn Ponds Drive. Very pleasant and incident free riding, which is always welcome.

Chris Hume's Ashphalt & Gravel Ride to Queenscliff & Doug's All Ashphalt Diversion - 24.11.20
Forecast of great riding weather and the easing of restrictions, mask free outdoors - hooray!! and larger gatherings contributed to the large roll up at the showgrounds. Twenty starters there: Andrew, Ben, Butch, Chris Ha & Hu, David S, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Mick, Mark J, PJ & P O'B, Ray Nick & Sarah, Ted and potential member Wayne, who rode with us to Leopold. Chris Ha was kelpie. Heading off along the Rail Trail we were soon joined by John M. At Melaleuca Rd Lyn G & Marie joined the peloton. We continued along the RT to Jetty Rd. Chris Ha returned home from here and we split into two groups - the A for asphalt Team with Doug leading and the G for gravel team with Chris Hu leading.

G Team Report
12 riders continued along the gravel part of the RT, which was in excellent condition, all the way to the Queenscliff Station then onto the RoRo Cafe where the A team were waiting having arrived a few minutes earlier and the ferry was about to leave. Noel joined us here. 23 of us now!! Service was good and there was plenty of outside seating. After coffee PJ and PO'B chose to return home along the Highway and Butch joined the group. We did a bit of a tour along the front and back beaches of Queenscliff and onto Point Lonsdale before rejoining the RT where it crossed Portarlington Rd. From here we retraced our journey home. At Drysdale I suggested a second coffee/lunch stop but there were no takers! So onward!  At Leopold though Butch, Mick, Lyn and me ended up at the Bakers Den for a snack. All headed home from here. There were a few punctures and a couple of slow motion falls onto the grassy verge - no damage done. All in all a great ride, one of my favorites!!
Chris Hu.

A Team Report
At the corner of the Bellarine Rail Trail and Jetty Road Drysdale, the asphalt riders took a right-hand turn heading to Queenscliff. The riders were Andrew, David S, Doug, Jennie, John M, Julia, Ken S, Ted and Trudi. Due to a puncture on the Rail Trail at Curlewis Butch was behind us and he elected to meet us at the ferry terminal. Unknown at the time, Noel was also behind us due to the fact he had punctured at the end of his drive-way and then had a repeat dose of a flat tyre on the Ted Wilson Trail. Noel made it to Queenscliff not long after the asphalt group. There were a couple of routes offered for the return journey (on asphalt) back to Geelong. Andrew, Peter O and Ted opted for the Bellarine Highway whilst David, Doug, Jenny, John, Ken, Noel, Peter J and Trudi opted for the longer route through Collendina, Ocean Grove, 13th Beach Road, Breamlea Road, Lake Road then Barwon Heads Road. When we reached The Village Warralily Shopping Centre, four caffeine deprived riders opted for a coffee at Sullies Kiosk. The others continued on. Total distance for the asphalt course was 86.23 kilometres with an elevation gain of 379 metres. Excellent riding on great day, temperature wise, for cycling. Thanks to our two tail-enders Julia and Trudi. Having more than one option for today ’s ride to Queencliff , is a great innovation.
Scribe: Doug.

Mark Shying leads the Sunday Ride to Torquay - 22.11.20
Today’s ride in muggy conditions – a return trip South Geeelong to Torquay should have been straight forward.  However, with Horseshoe Bend Road out of action and beach weather some adjustments would be required.  I was joined by Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Doug, Ian, Janet, Jesse, Jennie, Joanne (a friend of Jennie), John H, Kim, Noel, Peter J, Peter O’B, Nick, Trudi and Leo to chart a course to the Salty Dog.  Possibly for the last time we split into 2 groups, with Chris Hu leading the second group.  Making good time along Barwon Heads Road and onto Warralily Road the first group followed Doug’s  call to take HSB Road to McCanns Road and then to the Highway.  After traveling the variation all agreed it was a good change.  Along Blackgate Road to HSB Road and The Esplanade we arrived at the Salty Dog on the hour to see a queue of 30 or more people.  Doug calling on his local knowledge guided us to North Torquay and Cafe El Nido.  All enjoyed drinks, food, lively chat and quick service.  It would seem Cafe El Nido is now in the GTC black book.  With our super domestique Doug leaving us for Jan Juc, the rest of the group hit the highway for home.  53kms traveled, the good conditions saw everyone from the first group home before midday.  Thanks for the ride.  Mark S

Group 2 - had a similar experience with crowds in Torquay and failed to find the Salty Dog so went to Mejevo's instead where there was room for all of us in the outdoor seating. Chris Hu led us home on a longer route through Ocean Acres and Freshwater Creek and the bulk of the group travelled back through Breakwater to the Sth Geelong Station.
John H.

Doug's Saturday Ride to Lara - 21.11.20
At the start were Doug (Ride Leader), Janet, Jennie, John, Ken S, Lovro, Lyn, Meri, Noel, Paul, Peter O (2nd Group Ride Leader) and Ted. We didn’t follow the exact advertised course, which was fortunate for Ian as he was running a few minutes late and inadvertently met us in Baxter Road heading for Church Street. Heading to the Ted Wilson Path along Church Street, we were assisted by a tail wind, making the climb much easier. On the corner of Ted Wilson Path and Ballarat Road we collected Leo, Peter J and Trudi. Onward towards Lara in the blustery conditions we again had a tailwind along the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road and the turn into Elcho Road saw the wind push us sideways all the way to our Lara coffee stop. For the second time today, the script was not followed as the second group ended-up at Millar’s for coffee. Post coffee saw Jennie and John head-off for a circuit of the Avalon airport whilst Ted stayed in Lara. It was pleasing to see only part of the path underneath the freeway was covered with water (not very deep), thanks to Ted’s recent efforts to get some action. I think we should name the path under the freeway “TED’S PUDDLE” on the western side and PETER’S PUDDLE (O’B) on the eastern side, in recognition of their efforts to have the path water free. The first group returned to Rippleside Park via the Hovell’s Creek Trail. Distance was 39.94 kilometres with an elevation gain of 164 metres (Strava). By the time we got back to Rippleside Park, Noel had completed the most kilometres for the morning, as he had ridden in from Lara and was about to add more kilometres to the ride, having to get back to Lara again. In total, sixteen riders. Thanks to: Peter O’B for leading the second group and John Hagan for the photographs.

Barry's Thursday Ride to Wallington - 19.11.20
Showgrounds - Drysdale - Wallington - Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads return via Horseshoe bend Road. GTC Cyclists participating in today’s ride were: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Lyn L, Noel, Peter J, Peter O’OB, Ted R and Barry. With the forecast anticipated to reach 34 degrees today the decision was made to start the ride at 8.00 am. Fifteen riders obviously had their alarm clocks in order and arrived at the start. Chris Ha arrived and in chorus we knew it was time to ride. Dividing into two groups we set forth on the Drysdale rail trail to Curlewis Rd where we paused to say farewell to Ken G and Lynda who chose to take the route directly to the Paddock Cafe. The riders continued pushing into a slight head wind until the Princess St downwind downhill section provided cyclists with an enjoyable section of riding. Down Swan Bay Road and into Wallington Ocean Grove Rd with a timely shaded coffee stop at the Paddock Cafe. Fortunately or unfortunately no takers for a Trump dissection today.  Again we divided into two groups for the Barwon Heads to 13th Beach Rd leg. We were passed by a group of cyclists on the Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads Rd that made us feel like we were standing still. We thought for a moment it was some riders from our club. That is yet to be verified. 13th Beach had the waves pumping and the surfers out In great numbers. It looked a treat. Doug W left us at this stage when “Wiser Heads” called for a change of route. We had planned to go via Lake Rd but a safer and less windswept course was plotted by Peter OB and Peter J. Well done fellas great call. Horseshoe bend and then the usual run via the South Barwon Sports grounds to home. It was 32 degrees when we returned at 11.35 am. A big thank you to the following people who helped me with leading my first ride. Peter J, Peter O’B and the two kelpies Noel P and Chris Ha. Thank you to all cyclists for making this ride an enjoyable experience. Total distance 62 kms : Elev gain 304m: Active time 2hrs 48 mins: Average Speed 22.2 kms.

Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride to Jan Juc via Moriac - 17.11.20
We have 2 Ride Reports as they did divide into 2 Groups - 1/ by Peter J and 2/ by Doug:

There were 15 riders today, or was it 16. Chris Ha was the original leader, he pulled a hammy and flick passed it to Chris Hu, he had a couple of punctures, the second a real blowout and had to call in the cavalry to be picked up in Vickerys Rd. Chris Hu flicked it to anyone who wanted it, no one caught it so here is a brief run down on the ride. We went up Waurn Ponds Drive to Pettavel, to Reservoir Rd to Hendy Main Rd through Moriac where there was some grumbling from Trudi about stopping for a coffee like we used to and having a two coffee stop ride. I think she was just stirring as is her want. Anyway we continued on, nice fast run as we turned away from the Westerly that had been slowing our progress up until that time. Reached Vickerys and everyone was keen to push on and get the hills done. Chris Hu had his blowout and called Jean to come and collect him while everyone pushed on and regrouped at the GOR. Took the circuit through Bells and on to Swell at Jan Juc. They were very busy but looked after us very well taking our orders at the table and producing coffees and food at a great rate of knots. Home was via the Surf Coast Hwy to Grossmans, Ocean Acres, Coombes and Anglesea Rd to Ghazeepore and Bunnings. All in all a very pleasant ride in excellent company.
Cheers, Peter J.

2/ Chris Ha arranged for Chris Hu to be the replacement Ride Leader and at the start line we had, Barry (Tail-end Charlie), David S, Doug, (Second Group Ride Leader), Janet, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lyn, Noel, Peter J, Peter K, Peter O’B, Ray and Trudi. We split into two groups whilst Chris Ha, Lyn and Ken G went their own separate ways for various reasons. Some rides go ever so smoothly, this, unfortunately was not one of them. Into a 13 kilometres an hour headwind riding along Waurn Ponds Drive (Old Princes Highway) we had just covered two kilometres when Chris punctured. A couple of riders assisted Chris whilst the rest of us went on slowly along Reservoir Road. A left-hand turn at Hendy Main Road saw a tail wind and downhill. What more could you ask for, as a cyclist? We regrouped at the Moriac School and broke into our two pelotons again. The tailwind along Henty Main Road headed to Bell’s Beach saw us easily lift our average speed. We did a right turn onto Vickery’s Road and very shortly after, disaster struck, Chis now had a blown tyre to go with his earlier puncture. Chris’s cycling for the day had come to an abrupt end, thanks to an unrepairable tyre and it was time for him to phone a friend (wife) and seek the services of the stretch-limo for a ride home for him and the bike, along with the champagne of course. The rest of us battled on pushing up the hills along Grundy’s Road to reassemble on the corner of the Great Ocean Road and Bones Road (minus Chris). Onward for coffee at Swell’s via Bell’s Beach and we had Ken G waiting for us along Bones Road. After a reasonably long coffee break, due to Peter J mopping-up some left-overs it was back on the bike through Grossman’s Road, Ocean Acres and Anglesea Road. Yesterday’s strong winds had littered the Anglesea Road verge with small branches, sticks and twigs making the ride very hazardous. Fortunately, everybody got through unscathed. Despite the wind and a few hiccups, it was a nice cool day for riding. Thanks all.
Scribe: Doug & Photos: Barry.

Greg Allerton's Exploration of the Dead End Roads on the Bellarine Peninsula - Sunday 15.11.20
Given the forecast of 34 max and up to 40 kmh winds I was very pleased to have 6 starters on this ride. There were a few brief spits of drizzle before we even set off. John C, John H, John M, Nick T, Noel P and I rode along Bellarine Rail Trail then right at Wilsons Rd  heading south but turned off before it became gravel ( Dead End 1). Point Henry was our next dead end where we stopped at the start of the gravel and admired the great view across Corio Bay. Heading back along Point Henry Rd we turned left into Hays Rd which led us past Winchester(ammunition manufacturer) before the road stopped at Dow Chemicals (Dead End 3). We rode east along Portarlington Rd turning off  to investigate Clifton Rd, Alexander Rd  and then Hermsley Rd all bitumen finishing at Corio Bay. On the latter we turned left into Avila Drive and admired some very swish properties.
We then headed for the coffee van at Drysdale station, having already ridden over 50km. Here we met fellow GTC riders Lynn & Mick G, Marie B, and Kim G. We then wound our way down through Clifton Springs to the clifftop lookout. There was some climbing up to Drysdale before a strong tail wind had us speeding along to Swan Bay Rd (another Dead End, but not investigated today as we headed home). At Leopold we pedalled out and back on Brinsmead Rd then along Ash Rd - both Dead Ends offering great views down over Lake Connewarre. Bellarine Highway then the Rail Trail soon had us back in Geelong. I had to ride a lap of Eastern Gardens to achieve my 100 km for the day, my 52nd century for the year. Thanks to my fellow riders for such good company. Well done to Noel who did considerably over 100 km (138.75km) after riding from home near Lara. 
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

Ted's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 15.11.20
South Geelong Railway Station saw 10 riders congregate for an easy ride to Drysdale. This meant that we could ride off as a single group but we were then joined by two more at the Showgrounds so we adopted social distancing principles and rode the BRT well spaced out until we reached Melaluka Road where one group continued along the trail and the rest turned on to Portarlington Road. The two groups met up again at the Curlewis Crossing where we again spread out and headed to the Drysdale Bypass where we enjoyed the wide open spaces of the new concrete shared path. Coffee was taken at The Zoo, The Bungalow and the Caravan where the usual good service and coffee was partaken. Conversation at The Zoo got pretty serious as we resolved the problems of US Politics, Victorian Social Housing and everything else that is wrong with the world. I expect the chat was a bit lighter at the other locations. The Caravan Coffee Consumers headed home via the BRT while the rest hit Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway. Thanks to Kim, Barry, Ray, Peter J, Julia, Trudi, Chris Hu, Ian, Lyn G, Mick, Marie and Leo for a pleasant morning on the bike.

Peter Jones' Easy Loop to Torquay - Saturday 14.11.20
Fifteen riders for my ride today, the Easy Torquay Loop. Those attending: Chris Hu, Doug, Gary, Ian B, Janet, Jennie, John H, Ken S, Lindy, Paul T, Peter O, Ray, Trudi and Leo and myself. To keep within the rules, Peter O, Ray, Chris Hu, Gary, Ian B, Ken S were sent off as an advance guard while I followed with the rest. It was pleasant riding down the Surf Coast Hwy to Warralily, to HSBend Rd until Mc Canns Rd where it was necessary to return to the Surf Coast Hwy for a while until we got off again at the Shire offices. Didn’t take long to roll into Mejavo’s for coffee, very busy, must be all those Melbournites flooding into Torquay, but we found our spot and enjoyed our coffee and cake. Our advance guard finished first and rolled off home via Ocean Acres and Anglesea Rd, Doug and Lindy departed for home in their own directions and the afterguard proceeded home via Ocean Acres as well. Have to mention Jennie’s new Baum, pretty as a picture hope she has many years of enjoyable riding on it.
Cheers, Peter.

Trudi's Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 12.11.20
Fourteen riders for my ride to Bannockburn this morning: Sarah and Nick, Norm, Ray, two Ken’s, three Peter’s, Janet, Julie, Noel, David and me. Splitting up into two groups of seven, and with Peter O leading the first group out.. With roadworks on the Hamilton Highway and Anakie Rd it was my intention to keep well away from these roads. So our route today was a bit different to our usual route out to Bannockburn. Starting on the Ted Wilson Path, Lovely Banks Rd, Ballan Rd, Robbs Rd, Stieglitz Rd, Parker Rd, Clyde Rd our coffee break was at Le Due Sorelle Cafe. It was here that both groups caught up for a well deserved chat and coffee stop. With our appetites replenished and conversation running low it was time to head back out into the wind. Retracing our steps we rode back down Clyde Rd onto Stieglitz Rd with a fabulous tailwind. Our reward for the strong winds and hills that we had endured earlier. Ballan Rd, Ballarat Rd and back onto the Ted Wilson path quickly saw us back at Church St where it all began. Thanks everyone for your attendance today a most enjoyable ride in very windy conditions.

Mark Kelly's Hot Ride from Anglesea to Wye River & Return on Tuesday 10.11.20
What else can you say about this ride on a day like today. Great riding, beautiful coastline, magnificent blue ocean and great company. We had 11 riders set out from Anglesea: Chris Hu, David, Gary, Janet, Jesse, Mark, Nick, Noel, Peter O, Peter J and Trudi, . Peter J and Trudi left us at Lorne and the rest continued onto Wye River for a brief refreshment and then back to Lorne for lunch. We cruised down the GOR with a slight tail wind in the morning but had to work a bit harder on the way back when we began to feel that heat, especially in the last 10km. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable ride. About 90km, 950mt of climbing and average speed around 22km/h.
Mark Kelly.

Ted's Cruisy Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Tuesday - 10.11.20
Just Ken S, Ray, Julia, David S and myself formed the B Team at the Showgrounds on a warm November morn. After extricating ourselves from a larger bunch of LAC riders we headed off down the path to the Bellarine Highway through Wallington and on to The Groove where the usual excellent coffee and service awaited. Discussion about bike theft and insurance claims, although not always pleasant experiences, was a welcome relief from the usual Covid and US election stuff. After a shortish stop we headed home via Barwon Heads Road, Stacey’s and Lake before getting back on to the BH Road and our various homeward routes. The temperature started to climb into the 30’s on our way home so we were happy for it to be a shortish day in the saddle helping us to acclimatise to the warmer weather to come.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 8.11.20
Nineteen riders turned up on a sunny morning for our ride to Curlewis and Drysdale: (from L to R in the photo below) Trudi, Leo, Sarah, Lyn G, Marie, Pam, Janet, Peter J, Nick, Lindy, Jennie, Lyn L (welcome back), Ray, Kim, Peter O'B, Chris Hu, Mick G, John H, and Ken G. My intention was to have coffee at Brown Shugar in Curlewis and then head down to the waterfront and do a circuit around Drysdale. Well, the cafe was closed despite signs sying otherwise. As coffee is one of the main aims of bike riding for many we had to find another coffee spot. The majority decision was that the coffee van at Drysdale Station would be the best bet for such a large number and riders headed in different directions to get there. This turned out to be a good move as the product is a quality one and the service fast from the Bean Cravin' Coffee Van at the Station. As riders wanted to do different distances there were 3 main groups to head home. A few needed to be back early and took the Rail Trail straight back. The rest headed down Princess St with Ken taking a group home via Banks Rd, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads and the main group came back via Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway.
Thanks all for an enjoyable ride. John H.

Ken Smith leads the Saturday Ride to Lara - 7.11.20
There were eighteen riders who presented for the mornings ride to Lara: Chris Ha & Hu, Doug, Ian B, Jennie, John H, Julia, Kim, Lindy, Mark S, Noel, Paul, Peter J, Ray, Ted, Leo, Trudi and myself Ken Smith. Before leaving Rippleside,we formed two groups of nine riders, Chris Halpen took the lead of the second group, thanks Chris. The gate on the foreshore path was open, and with a strong tail wind we commenced our ride to Lara via Corio Quay, Esplanade, Sea Beach Parade, and Foreshore Road.The first group of riders rode the path past the Grammar School and into the water that was over the path as they crossed under the highway. Chris avoided the water by riding along Shell Parade and Rennie Road. The first group of riders had coffee at @7grams, and the other riders enjoyed theirs at Xpresso Lounge Cafe. Both groups of riders returned back to Geelong along Elcho Roads Bacchus Marsh Road and Ted Wilson Path.Thank you to all who rode. I would like to express my appreciation to Doug, Gary, Greg, and Peter J for their generous offer to loan me a bike and shoes,to enable me to keep cycling. Peter's were the right size. Thank you.
Ken S.

Doug's Thursday Ride to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 5.11.20
There would be two courses for today’s ride. First course would be on asphalt the whole journey, as per schedule and thanks to Nick’s earlier WhatsApp message, there would be a dirt ride on offer for the return journey. A good innovation.
Ten riders assembled at the start and we were to pick-up Nick at Baanip Boulevard so we broke into two groups. The first group left the car park and shortly after, the second group was joined by Noel who had a slow ride in from Lara, due to the strong headwind. Today’s riders were Chris Ha, Chris Hu (second group Ride Leader (with thanks)), David S, Doug (Ride Leader), Gary, Janet, Jenny, guest rider Jesse (on a recumbent bike), Kim (Tail-End Charlie – with thanks), Nick, Noel and Sarah. There was one apology, Ken S. Unfortunately, when Ken went to get his bike from the garage this morning, the door was open and Ken’s bike, helmet and cycling shoes were gone – a robbery, which police are now investigating. We picked-up Nick along Baanip Boulevard then onto Ghazeepore, Anglesea, Blackgate, Grassdale, Hendy Main, Grays, Forest then onto the Great Ocean Road where we met (by coincidence) the Portland to Geelong riders who started the day at Lorne. After exchanging pleasantries with them, we had a short distance to the Chocolaterie for coffee. At this stage it was just on 40 kms of cycling. Entering the Chocolaterie, we were required to produce I.D. As cyclists, not many of us carry such formal documents when riding. We eventually got it sorted. A few riders ordered cakes/slices and they were very big helpings, some with cream or ice-cream (carbohydrate loading). Having had our coffee etc. the four dirt riders (Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Nick and Sarah hit the dirt road immediately coming out of the Chocolaterie, whilst the rest of us enjoyed the magnificent tail-wind, on asphalt, back to Grovedale. Google Maps had the distance at 63.9 kilometres and Garmin had it at 67.82 kilometres. A good effort by all in very windy conditions.
Foot Note: This was Norm’s longest ride for the year. A good achievement.

Day 9 Lorne to Geelong - 5.11.20
Another front roared through overnight with strong winds and rain but the day dawned with just scudding clouds and occasional Sun. Last day on the road today for this tour. It was good riding with a strong tailwind, not a great deal of traffic but more than we have had on previous days. Coffee was taken at Anglesea with our welcoming committee of one, (Mark K) before heading on. Zdenka and Elizabeth took Forest Rd., Ray rode on to meet his brother in Geelong and the rest headed down Anglesea Rd and on to Bunnings so Ted could get his key out of his bag, unfortunately he couldn’t find it so was riding out to Lara to get a key from Jo.
Everyone split for home, another tour done and dusted.
Cheers, Peter.

Day 8 Apollo Bay to Lorne along the GOR - 4.11.20
Cool change has blown through with a little rain, started off in a bit of drizzle but soon stopped leaving just a cool breeze at our backs and overcast sky. Rolled along just enjoying the ride and the views of the ocean and hills that come right down to the water. Stopped at Wye River for coffee and cake enjoying the company of a very friendly local decked out in all his finery. Following coffee it was on to Lorne for a bite of lunch before heading to our cabins at the Lorne Caravan Park. We are really in familiar territory now but doesn’t matter how many times we ride this section of the GOR we never tire of it, it is just a beautiful ride with stunning scenery. Last night on the road, home tomorrow and another tour will be done and dusted.
Cheers, Peter.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Winchelsea on Hot Day - 3.11.20
Twelve riders in two groups set off from Bunnings to ride to Winchelsea on what was to be a very warm (hot) sunny day. The  first group led by Nick included Sarah, Janet, David S, Noel and Gary, and in second led by Chris Hu; Chris Ha, Ken S, John H, Jennie and Barry. Both groups made good progress up WP Drive and along Reservoir before zooming down to Moriac and continued  along Hendy Main before turning on Larcombs Rd  where Doug joined us. Every bit of shade was appreciated. On the Cape Otway road there was more traffic than usual before turning off for a scenic ride with a speedy downhill into Winchelsea. Good coffee and conversation in the shade was had at Cafe La Hoot. The return journey involved some retracing of our steps with a lovely rolling tailwind assisted ride  down Mathieson's Rd  before the hot hard work of C.O Rd in a crosswind. We stopped in Moriac for a welcome rest in the shade before a fast run back to along  Mt Duneed Rd and then Ghazeepore. Despite the hot conditions posing quite a test for 80km, and requiring at least two water bottles, we made good time. Well done riders!
PS  Tarnay’s didn’t have a puncture or have to stop to mend one but Chris Hu’s group wasn’t so lucky.

From Doug: I feel Nick (Ride Leader) should be given accolades for his handling of today’s hot ride. All ride, he was checking on riders and this was particularly relevant for me on the way back from Winchelsea as I was struggling, due to the temperature. I turned-off at Layard Road Moriac and I was not home for very long when he texted me to see if everything was ok. Doug.

Day 7 Lavers Hill to Apollo Bay - 3.11.20
Firstly a word about Lavers Hill, our Motel hosts were about as laid back as you can get without falling over. Don’t worry about payment yet just get settled and relax, when we went over to the restaurant/bar for dinner, what would you like, want me to run a tab for you? These people are hard workers, milking cows, running a motel and running the restaurant/bar and the son in law got his leg smashed by a horse 3 months ago and is still hobbling around on crutches in the bar while his wife and mother in law are milking 200 odd cows. The motel is rustic and has been shut up for covid for quite a while, some thought their sheets felt damp, I reckoned they were cold so bunged on the elec blanket and no more troubles but some thought they should strip the bed, consequently there was bedding spread out everywhere in the Sun. Happy hour rolled into dinner at the bar, one of the best fish and chips I’ve had, everyone enjoyed their meal and our host agreed to put on Eggs and Bacon for breakfast the following morning, and don’t forget the tea and cappuccino, flat white and/or Latte. Not much space left for the ride but suffice to say there are a lot of down hill but also some very taxing climbs before the final run down hill into Apollo Bay. Warm to hot but a fabulous ride through some great countryside and fantastic forests. Should congratulate Peter O, his outer cable cover wore through where it went into the frame which meant he was only able to get down to the centre of the rear cassette he was effectively riding a fixie and some of those climbs he found brutal with that gearing. Hot in Apollo Bay, Zdenko and Ben went Ocean swimming, quite a few others settled for the pool which was not heated but very refreshing. To Lorne tomorrow hopefully in reasonable weather.
Cheers, Peter.

Day 6 Port Campbell to Lavers Hill - 2.11.20
Fine Sunny day today excellent for riding, stopped off in Port Campbell to get supplies before heading out to Loch Ard Gorge did a lot of sightseeing around the area, stunning scenery, continued on to the 12 Apostles, maybe 8 left, a few tourists around but nothing like pre covid. Intended to get a coffee at Princetown but everything locked up and closed down so had to make do from our own resources which wasn’t too much trouble for our resilient bunch. I took over driving for a time until part way up the hill when we did a change and I rode the last 15/20 klm. Quite warm riding protected from the wind in amongst the trees, everyone enjoyed a break at the top at Lavers Hill before heading to the Motel. Another warm day tomorrow apparently so we’ll enjoy it while we can.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Barwon Heads - 1.11.20
Quite a bit of enthusiasm for this ride with 19 at the start line and 3 more to join us on the way. We started with (from L to R in the photo below): Pam, Marie, Katrina, Jennie, Janet, Lindy, Paul T (new rider), Trudi, Chris Hu, Noel, Ian B, Clint, Barry, Doug, Leo, Nick, Mick G, Butch and your photographer John H. Andrew, Geoff and Kim met us on Bailey St in Grovedale. We at first divided into 2 groups as per the covid regulations with John leading the first group and Janet the second group and when joined by the last 3 riders spit the first group into 2 with Chris Hu leading the extra group. The conditions for riding were good as we headed down Horseshoe Bend Rd and 13th Beach Rd to Barwon Heads with the first 2 groups going to The Beach House for coffee and the last group decided on Ebb & Flow for their coffee. The return trip was back via Lake Rd and Barwon Heads Rd. A number of the group went home via Ocean Grove. Thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride.
Keep riding, John H.

Day 5 Warrnambool to Port Campbell - 1.11.20
Cool head wind from the South East today with a good cloud cover. Took the scenic quiet country road route to The Great Ocean Road near Allansford. Mainly sealed but did have to do a few ks of gravel but our hardy bunch handled it with ease. Quite busy on the GOR, maybe because it is Sunday. Pedalled along at a steady pace, stopped at about 23 ks for morning tea before pedalling on to Peterborough for a coffee and some lunch. Pedalled along stopping at all the tourist spots, The Grotto, London Bridge, The Arch, Bay of Islands etc. The Sun was starting to appear as the clouds burnt away giving us some fabulous views of this stunning coast line, another great days riding with the promise of a warm and Sunny day tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter.

Mark Shying's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre - 31.10.20
This morning I met up with 11 enthusiastic cyclists at Fyansford Hotel - Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Greg, Janet, John H, Ken S, Kim, Sarah, Nick, Trudi and Leo. Two groups formed up - I led the first group and Chris Hu the second.  Riding the highway out to Pollocksford we encountered a number of gravel sections - fortunately traffic was light.  In good time we were enjoying the fine food at Cottage Farm Nursery.  Group 1 settled down to eat, drink and chat when Group 2 arrived and located to the verandah.  Onto Moriac and then Hendy Main, riders then took different routes home.  An enjoyable morning with much chat, I clocked 67kms.  Thanks for joining me this morning.  
Mark S.

Day 4 Around Warrnambool - 31.10.20
Firstly an explanation of yesterday’s climb out of the Tower Hill Crater, Peter O and Julia were riding up the road out when a car and a campervan came up behind, they waved them through with plenty of room, the car went but the campervan wouldn’t go, following closely on Julia’s wheel to the extent that she just had to stop and make them go on. As we all know when you stop on such a hill it is very difficult to get started again so Zdenko channelling his very best Tour de France actions ran down, helped her get on and gave her a push, running up with her. Finally I must congratulate everyone for a fantastic Pasta Night, three great pasta dishes with salads finished off with Apple Pie, Cheese cake and Icecream.
Today it was an easy ride around some of the sites and out to the Hopkins Falls, meandered around the Esplanade Path, did a bit on the Hwy until we could break away and head into the country. As in all the rides so far the country is just superb, everything is green as and really looks a picture. Checked out the falls then headed back via Wangoon, joy oh joy coffee and cakes available at the General Store and Post Office before rolling on back home mostly into a stiff head wind.
Cheers, Peter.

Day 3 Port Fairy to Warrnambool - 30.10.20
Today dawned cloudy with patches of Sun, yesterday’s rain had passed on leaving everything fresh and green, the Port Fairy Holiday Park is one of the best parks I’ve seen, the gardens and lawns are just pristine, everything is in tip top condition. Later departure today as it is a short run into Warrnambool along the Rail Trail and we had booked into the Noodledoof Brewery at Koroit for coffee, excellent coffee and my Rum Ball was very good. After coffee Mark J, (his home town) led us up to the Lake View Road for some glorious views over Tower Hill, drank in the views before the bunch split some heading back to the Rail Trail and the rest taking the scenic tour around the inside crater of Tower Hill. Lovely little picnic area tucked away inside, worth a look if you are coming this way, it was a great run down into the crater but we had to pay getting out when the grades hit 18%. Took the Hwy into Warrnambool stopping off at a café for lunch before checking into the Fig Tree Caravan Park for the next two nights.
Cheers, Peter.

Day 2 Portland to Port Fairy - 29.10.20
Moving on day, commencing our run towards home. Looked bright early but as time went on the cloud increased and about 15 klms in the spitting rain began to fall gently and really never let up until we arrived in Port Fairy. Took Dutton Way out of Portland. This is the old Hwy right along the water with big rocks heaped up to protect the houses which are really low like the Esplanade at Portarlington. Went as far as we could before taking the road back to the Hwy for a few Klms until we were able to take a detour into the countryside away from the Hwy. Lovely ride up through the farmlands and along quiet country roads until it all had to end and we were back on the Hwy for a short distance  to our morning tea stop at the Tyendara Rec Reserve. Found some shelter to have our morning tea and then it was along the Hwy to Yambuk, again found shelter to have our lunch before the final push of about 19 klm to Port Fairy. At times the Hwy was busy with quite a few trucks, mostly very courteous in giving us a bit of room, as it was raining the road was wet and some seemed to throw a bit of spray around. In general the road is pretty poor considering it is Hwy No 1. Mostly the shoulder is very narrow and in some places non-existent but we managed and arrived safely at our Caravan Park in good spirits ready to tackle the Rail Trail to Warrnambool tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter.

Nick Tarnay's Ride from Rippleside to Pt Henry and return - Thursday 28.10.20
Thirteen riders met up at Rippleside park in foggy conditions: ride leader Nick and 2IC Sarah, Gary, Chris Ha (late pass accepted), Lindy, Norm, Jennie, David S, Ken S, Barry, Peter N and new member Paul. This was supposed to be an easy shorter but scenic ride with few hills, however the fog provided an eerily surreal experience along the foreshore and laps of Eastern Park. Along to Pt Henry the vistas were still shrouded in fog.  Unfortunately, Sarah punctured which necessitated a tube change that failed because the new tube had a slit along a fold line thus entailing more mucking about. Thanks to Barry and Kim for their help.  Lesson: don’t trust a new tube, check it out for flaws, carry patches. On the return journey down Clifton Ave and then back on the rail trail the fog started to lift. By this time many riders chose to go home leaving Yours truly, Sarah, Lindy and Norm to the marvellous views of the bay and a well earned coffee at the The Beach House on Eastern Beach. Thanks riders! Next time I’ll organise better weather!

Day 1 Portland to Geelong GTC Tour - Around Portland - 28.10.20
Lovely day for a ride today, everyone was ready to go at 9-00 am heading for Cape Bridgewater. It was easy riding mostly with a few undulations which later morphed into hills. Glorious day rolling through green paddocks with huge wind farms all slowly turning in the sun. Split the group into two to allow the “fast boys” to roll along at their own pace whilst I just cruised along with the “cruisers” enjoying the scenery. A few klm’s from the Blowholes arrived at the café just on opening time, how’s that for timing. Enjoyed our coffee overlooking the ocean before continuing on to the Cape and checking out the views. No big swells rolling in today so the Blowholes were pretty quiet but the ocean views were magnificent and the Petrified Forest very interesting. It was then back on the bikes heading for the Cape Nelson Lighthouse and lunch. Hills were a bit testing again but the road was quiet and the country just fantastic. The country roads cutting across to the Cape Nelson Rd were lovely. Saw a couple of squashed snakes on the way but the one on this stretch was a real big one. Lunch out the front of the café was excellent, did a bit of sightseeing over the cliffs, the photographers with their bazzookas said there were 4 whales out there but I just took their word for it. The Police Chopper was buzzing along the cliffs, apparently a man went missing two days ago and hasn’t been found yet. After lunch it was home via the Scenic Route, a great ride, this is a lovely area and a great way to start our tour.
Cheers, Peter J.

TWO RIDES to Jan Juc - Gravel & Road - on Tuesday 27.10.20
Photos from the start of BOTH rides and when they joined for coffee at Jan Juc:

Mark Kelly Leads the GRAVEL Ride
Five gravel grinders turned out for the ride to Jan Juc this morning - Nick and Sarah, Chris Hu, Chris Ha and Mark K. Despite a cold wind and some threatening clouds spirits were high as we watched the road riders head out from Bunnings led by Trudi. We followed them up Waurn Ponds Drive and then our ways parted as we headed down Pettavel Rd. Nice riding with some enjoyable countryside and not too much wind. We then headed up Vickery’s Rd before turning up the Elkington Rd climb that brought us out at the Chocolaterie. We resisted and headed to Jan Juc via the dirt track along Pt Addis to Bells, down the Bells Hill and then along the walking track to Swell for coffee. The roadies arrived not long after us and we enjoyed the stop together. The ride lead was handed to Nick to guide the group back to Geelong. A very enjoyable ride - thanks to the gravelleurs and the roadies as well. A ride of around 55kms and around 450 mt of climbing.
Mark K.

Trudi Leads the Road Ride to Jan Juc via Moriac
With a blustery start and grey skies above brought seventeen riders out for today rides, twelve for my road ride. Two Ken’s, two David’s, Gary, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Lyn, Kim, Peter and Trudi. Setting off up the old Colac Highway, Pettavel Rd, Reservoir Rd turning onto Hendy Main into Moriac. Jennie left us here to get back early to babysit her grandchildren. Cape Otway Rd, Church Rd, Larcombes Rd, Forrest Rd, brought us out  on the Great Ocean Rd. It was here that we joined up with Ken and Lyn who had set off ten minutes before the rest of the group. A quick discussion on whether we would ride Bells or just head down Bones Rd. Bones won, due to the wind gusts. After forty eight kms I think that we were overdue for a coffee fix. Arriving at Cafe Swell we were greeted by the dirt riders awaiting our arrival. Our route homeward was Torquay, Horseshoe Bend Rd with everyone dropping off at different locations heading for home. Many thanks to everyone for your company today for the 70 km circuit ride in the wind.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Russells Bridge, Bannockburn, Gnarwarre & Moriac on Sunday 25.10.20
This was a day for serious riders with forecast 13 max and south east winds increasing to 40 kph. I was very glad to have 4 strong companions (John H, John M, Mark S and Nick T) as we left South Geelong Station just after 8 am. The tail wind gave us an easy run out via Ted Wilson Trail and Midland Highway path to Ballan Rd and it was not long before we turned into Steiglitz Rd. Parker Rd led us down into Moorabool Valley but unfortunately a wind and rain squall hit as we were climbing slowly up Clyde Hill. A short stop at Bannockburn was welcome before we headed down over Bruce Creek and left into the quiet and bushy Harvey Rd, which is a good alternative to the busier Burnside Rd. Once on Hamilton Highway at Murgheboluc we encountered a massive glass spillage which littered the road edge for over 1 km. After climbing up past Burnside Rd we stopped to check our tyres. Alas soon after turning into Pollocksford Rd John M had a rear puncture. We soon resumed pedalling knowing that a coffee break was getting closer. We were soon at Cottage Farm Nursery where a busy Chris soon had hot coffee and macadamia tart served to us, though I prefered the rhubarb slice with yoghurt. John M had another slow puncture which we repaired before leaving. Soon after another squall hit before we crossed Princes Highway. There were a few light showers as we rode through Moriac and left up to Reservoir Rd. It was then back to Waurn Ponds Drive and the creek path from where people headed home. Thanks guys for your company on a tough day. I did 101 km in 4 hours 46 minutes riding time, average 21.1 
Greg Allerton Ride Leader.

Peter Jones leads the Easy Ride to Torquay on Sunday 25.10.20
Six keen riders for today’s wild and windy ride to Torquay, Janet, Jennie, Chris Hu, Ken S, Ray and myself. Discussed where to go, preferably with a tailwind home, as four of us had done the BRT the previous day  it was decided Torquay would do the job. Good solid ride down to Mejavo’s via Anglesea Rd and Ocean Acres, best to get the hard work done before coffee. Enjoyed a good break, coffee and cake in the Sun before enjoying a fast down wind run down HSBend Rd and home.
Thanks everyone for your company and ride on. Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 24.10.20
On the way to join the group at Grovedale Pub I met Peter J and shortly after I heard a hissing sound 20 metres in front of me. Testament to Peter's proficency at puncture repair (tubeless tyres) - we were at the start with 9 minutes to spare. We were fortunate that the big rain band had cleared just before we left home. We had 6 starters: Janet, Julia, Jennie, Chris Hu, Peter J and myself. It was a good run via Lake Rd to Groove in Ocean Grove for coffee and cake. Our return trip was over to Curlewis and back via the Rail Trail. We thought the winds would slow us considerably but we were well protected by the trees on the rail trail. We did have to go cautiously through shallow flooding over the road on a few occasions in the earlier part of the trip. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable ride. Here is a live video of the route that Peter recorded - click here.
Keep riding. John.

Chris Halpin's Thursday Ride to Lara - 22.10.20
10 riders greeted me at Rippleside this morning - PJ, Gary, Jennie, Marge, Julia, Trudi, Kim, Barry, Norm and guest Paul. Perfect number for one social group. We headed off avoiding the temp fencing and rejoined the waterfront at St Helens. Barry promptly punctured but we were soon on our way again marvelling at all the construction activity around the docks. Passed the famous Christmas Tree being readied for launch. Then along the path to the Hovell Trail. Beautiful sunshine and a gentle tail wind made for ideal riding - until we got to Ted's flood under the Freeway. Unfortunately this mess is still a work in progress. Into Lara and along to Millars for coffee. Pretty busy here with various mothers' clubs but we eventually got served. Barry and Jennie left to hurry straight back for appointments. The rest of us headed west up Stacey's so that PJ could get a nice circle on his Strava map. Back to Church St along the Ted Wilson Trail where the group split again to head home. All told about 50km.
Thanks everyone, Chris Ha.

Mark Kelly's 108km Circuit of the Bellarine Peninsula on Tuesday 20.10.20
A group of around 15 met this morning at the Showgrounds for the Tour de Bellarine. We broke into two groups - the first consisting of Mark K, Heather, David S, David L, John, Ken, Ray and Barry were soon halted by Ray having a puncture. Meanwhile the second group, led by Ben and consisting of Julia, Peter J, Doug, Chris Hu, Jenny and Trudi, went sailing by. In addition there were a number of cameo appearances including Dr Mike, Ron, Rolf, Stenna and Elizabeth who we saw along the way. We had a pleasant cruise out the bike path, around the Drysdale bypass and onto Portarlington for coffee. Following the bay we had some great views of Melbourne with the sun poking through from time to time. Turning towards Queenscliff we had a great run with a slight tail wind. After a quick lap of the town we passed the second group heading in and continued on to Ocean Grove for a well-deserved lunch break. We headed back home via 13th Beach and Lake Rd. All in all a great day for riding with little wind and a cool temperature. We covered some 108km with around 488 metres of climbing and an average speed of 24.9, which explains my tired legs. Thanks to all for the good company. Finally, a reminder that we need to make sure that we are careful and considerate when riding along the bike path as there were quite a lot of walkers and other bikes this morning and some are understandably a bit nervous of being passed by larger groups on bikes.
Cheers, Mark.

Meri's Sunday Ride to Moriac & Bellbrae - 18.10.20
Sunday's medium/hard ride became an easy ride before it began. Temperature was below 10, and so rather chilly, but not a lot of wind thankfully.  So Mark J, Peter J, Kim, Norm, the Tarnays, Jenny, Ray, Ian, plus Lovro and myself headed up the old Colac Road. Across to Pettavel Road and then onto Resovoir and some went via Hendy Main Road, however I chose to ride downhill into Moriac via Otway Road. Good catchup at Moriac Store and homebound via Hendy Main Road, Anglesea Highway, Ghazeepore Road and back to Bunnings at Waurn Ponds. A tailwind meant we were back by 11:45. 
Thanks for the ride and the company. Meri.

Peter Jones leads the Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 17.10.20
13 riders today on a day threatening showers but didn’t deliver any rain, just a bit of a Southwesterly breeze. Those attending today: Chris Hu, David L, Doug, Jennie, John H, Ken S, Meri and Lovro, Sarah and Nick, Trudi and Leo, and little old me. Seeing we exceeded our riding limit I suggested David L, Ken S, Sarah and Nick, and Chris Hu be the front runners while I did my leading from the centre leading the rest. Took the usual route via lake Rd and BH Rd, did the nice run around the Sheep Wash before calling in at The Garage. It was obvious they were close to the max pax which was confirmed as I was deciding to move on and they sent out one of their girls to suggest we couldn’t fit. Moved on to Groove where we enjoyed our coffee without trouble. Combined the two groups to head home as Jennie had departed at BH as she was on a tight time schedule and Chris Hu was heading off looking for Gravel to ride. Headed home via 13th Beach, Black Rock Path, Blackgate Rd, Doug peeled off and headed home to the left at HSBend Rd while we headed right and enjoyed a bit of tailwind home. Most enjoyable ride, thanks for the company everyone.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter J.

Ken Smith's Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 15.10.20
We rode the Ted Wilson path,and Creamery Rd, Ballan Rd, then along Steiglitz Rd on the way to our destination To comply with the Covid Resrrictions there were to groups of riders. Peter Jones kindly volunteered to lead the second group. We rode into a strong head/side wind on the way out and this enabled us with wind assistance on the way home.These are the names of the riders in no particular order: Barry, Chris Ha & Hu, David S, Gary Jennie, Julia, Meri, Peter J, PO'B, Rob, Nick, Sarah, Ted, Trudi and guest Lin Park. Ted must have been pleased to take part in a ride without been attacked by Magpies. Thanks to all who rode making it and enjoyable day.

Chris Hume's Ride from Winchelsea to Wurdiboluc & Inverleigh on Tuesday 13.10.20
There were 11 riders for today ’s Figure 8 Rural Ride from Winchelsea. Riders in alphabetical first names were: Ben, Chris Hu (Ride Leader), David, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Peter J and Trudi. This saw the need for two groups and Peter J fulfilled the Leaders role for the second group.
In overcast conditions and a 19 kilometres an hour head wind we headed out on the Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road. With a left turn onto the Cape Otway the wind was now at our right-hand side. We then had a short stop at the Wurdiboluc Reservoir just to check the water level hadn’t gone down since our last visit there a week or so ago. It hadn’t. Shortly after our stop David encountered a stone which resulted in a puncture. We continued back to Winchelsea without incident. Leaving Winchelsea for a second time we headed out on Barwon Park Road with Inverleigh our coffee destination. At this point Trudi was in need of caffeine fix only to be told to “suck it up sunshine as the coffee stop is at Inverleigh.” No sympathy whatsoever for Trudi. Barwon Park Road was a joy to ride as we had the wind at our back and our rural road was not that wide however there was little traffic. We were cruising along with ease up in the high twenties’ kilometres an hour. At Inverleigh we had lunch and coffee at the Inverleigh Bake House. At the café we were on our best behaviour (as always) and we had the pleasure of the Police Highway Patrol sharing our lunch-stop. Great riding from everyone, great company and the rural roads were a delight as was the very green fields along the route. A relatively flat course. Distance: 73.85 kilometres. Climbing: 197 metres (most of it in the first part of the ride). The trip back to Winchelsea saw us into the wind again however we easily maintained a speed around the mid-twenties.
Scribe: Doug.

Chris Halpin leads the Ride to Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 13.10.20
3 riders, David, Ray and myself gathered at the Grovedale this morning for the club's alternate ride to Jan Juc. Being the last to turn up it was a no brainer that I would be elected leader! The preferred route was agreed to - Vickerys/Gundrys/ Bells and off we set in light misty rain. Up the usual route to Blackgate, Hendy Main and into Vickerys. The pace was easy, chatter social and traffic thankfully light. We were looking forward to coffee at Swell but got detoured straight ahead on Bells Bvd because of roadworks at Sunset Strip. Not a good choice. 3 steep climbs back up to GOR had us panting. So we kept going into Torquay for a well earned coffee at Mejavo's. Back via HSB road with a helpful southerly. Thanks gentlemen for a challenging medium ride of 72km and 650m climbing.
Chris Ha.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Anakie & Staunton Vale on Sunday 11.10.20
I was pleased to lead a bunch of 8 riders on one of my favourite 100 km circuits. We left in calm mild conditions and took a few backstreets and a short detour to avoid roadwork as we rode via Hamlyn Heights and out along the bike path to Ballan Road. It was an easy run out to Anakie for coffee at the general store after 35 km. There was a long climb past Fairy Park before we were rewarded with a good downhill. We passed Anakie Gorge and were soon on flat roads through the hamlet of  Balliang before a short section on the busy Bacchus Marsh Rd. Ripley Rd led us to the start of Sandy Creek Rd at the Ford Proving Ground. The 3 km of gravel was in good condition and only 4 cars passed us, most of which slowed down. There was a long downhill before Forest Rd led us through Lara. Canterbury Rd, Shell Parade, Corio Quay and Rippleside took us back to Geelong where we parted ways. Thanks to Ray C, John H, John M, Peter O, Michael P, Janet R (only female rider) and Mark S for coming. It was great to have John Hagan on one of my long rides again.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

Julia McKeag's Easy Ride to Torquay on Sunday 11.10.20 - Divided into 3 Groups with 3 Ride Reports
1/ On a lovely mild morning we commenced our ride from South Geelong station  to  Torquay. 20 riders turned up: Marie, Trudy, Leo, Ian B, Ken G, Lyn, Mick, Chris H, Peter J, Meri, Lovro, Lindy, Julia, Pam, Jennie, Sarah, Nick, Barry, Lyn L, Katrina. We split up into 3 groups which worked well. Peter Jones, Chris Hume & Julia leading. My group took the road over the break onto Barwon Heads Road then Horseshoe Bend. A very relaxing ride to coffee at Dog rocks Café.  Returned home via same route.

2/ Five in this group Marie, Barry, Chris Hu, Trudi and Leo. We left the Station and followed 200m behind PJ’s group out of Geelong and onto Horseshoe Bend Rd. At McCanns Rd we stopped for a while and were set upon by squadrons of mosquitoes!! Continued onto Torquay and Bells Bakery for coffee. Here we met up with Zac who was heading off for a run. Marie headed home solo from here and the rest headed to Anglesea Rd via Ocean Acres and onto Waurn Ponds here we split up and headed home.
A pleasant ride in fine weather.
Chris Hume.

3/ A big bunch today so Julie split it into three groups, I was lucky enough to take the first group. We took BHeads Rd to Hsbend Rd and down to Torquay. Thought we were going to have to detour at the bridge but a couple walking their dog let us know the road was open even though the road was blocked with a road closed sign. Tried the Surf Club for coffee but way too busy so went on to Mejavo's and enjoyed our coffee there. Came home via Ocean Acres and Anglesea Rd, an excellent days riding.
Peter J.

Peter Jones Leads the Ride to Drysdale & Most return via Ocean Grove - 10.10.20
Sixteen keen riders this morning on a nice Sunny day with a bit of a breeze from the South. In no particular order, Chris Ha, Geoff C, Janet, Jennie, John H, Julie, Ken S, Kim, Mark J, Meri, Norm, Ron, Ted, Trudi and Leo, and yours truly. We split into two groups for the ride out, John Hagan taking the lead for a very pleasant easy ride on the BRT. Very busy with walkers and cyclists going in both directions. My bunch stopped off at the Caravan for coffee meeting up with John M, Lyn G, Pam, Marie, Geof, Mick, Jean and Chris Hu. John H led his bunch on to the Bungalow where they took over the pit for an enjoyable coffee. Returning the bunches split into a number of options, some heading straight back on the BRT, some heading home via Princess, Swan Bay and Bellarine Hwy and others via Ocean Grove 13th Beach and HSB Rd. All in all a great morning on the bike, we’ll ignore John’s puncture almost at the end of HSBend Rd.
Ride on. Cheers Peter, thanks for the company everyone.

Chris Halpin's Thursday ride to Gnarwarre - 8.10.20
Eight optimists gathered at Bunnings this morning - 2xChris, PJ, POB, Janet, Julia,  & 2xSmith, David and Ken. Weather was not too unfriendly as we headed up Waurn Ponds Dve, Pettavel, Reservoir before turning north into the wind at Cape Otway Rd. Here we lost PJ to more important things, crossed the Hwy and laboured up Devon to Barrabool Rd. Heading west across the wind wasn't too difficult and we were soon enjoying drinks and Chris' hospitality at Cottage Farm, nearly forgot to leave! Tailing winds blew us down the hill, across the Hwy to Cape Otway then thru Moriac and back up to Reservoir and on to Bunnings. A rich reward for our efforts, ~50 km & 500m climbing plus great company. Thanks all, Chris Ha

Peter O'Brien's Tuesday Ride to Jan Juc - 6.10.20
A large group of riders gathered at the Grovedale Hotel car park this morning for the ride to Jan Juc.  Initially it was decided to break-up into three separate ride groups to ensure conformity with the COVID rules so thanks goes to Peter Jones and Mark Kelly for assisting as the additional ride leaders. Today’s route incorporated the relatively flat terrain of Freshwater Creek and Blackgate Road, the downhill ride on Vickerys Road and the rolling hills on Gundrys Road.  At this point of the ride we were well past the normal coffee stop and as there were no cafes in sight we continued on.  We had more downhill and uphill climbs on Jarosite, Bells Beach and Bones Roads and a further downhill ride to the Swell Café in Jan Juc for a coffee/lunch break.  This break was well deserved after two hours of riding.  The second and third riding groups rolled into the café soon after we’d arrived and it was very pleasant to catch up with everyone.  The three respective groups then rode back to Geelong via Torquay and Horseshoe Bend Road. The riders who participated were:  Julia, Kim, Trudi, Jenni, Ken, Peter J, Meri, Lovro, David S, David L, Doug, Ted, Ben, Barry, Ray, Mark K, Sarah, Nick, John M, Chris Hu and Chris Ha.  Apologies if I missed anyone. The total distance I covered today was 80kms however this distance would be shorter for those riders who departed from the hotel car park.
Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride. Peter O.

Kim's Sunday Ride to Moriac - 4.10.20
It was the first day of DST and we still managed 20 riders meeting on time at the Bunnings carpark. We welcomed a new member, Michael Papiernik and a guest rider and past member David Lambourn. Other riders for the day were Barry, Chris’s x2, Doug, Ian B, Janet, Jennie, John H, Julia, Lindy, Mark S, Peter’s x2, Ray, Ross, Sarah, Nick and myself Kim. Mark S has designed a new Magpie proof helmet (pictured) and as we did not see any it must have worked. We set off in 2 groups with the faster riders being delegated to the first group. There was a breakaway group in the first lot and they set a very fast pace early on with the rest of us pushing hard but close behind most of the way. The ride leader had a brain fade with sense of direction at Larcombes Rd but I was soon corrected and back on track again. As the first group were getting their coffee at the Moriac Store the second group of riders were arriving, so we crossed over to the park in order to maintain the required social distancing. The conditions for the morning were perfect, not cold, a bit of cloud cover and more importantly only a light wind. The morning was made even better because the motorists were still in bed so we had an exceptional run on the roads. Thank you everyone for a very enjoyable mornings ride covering 47k around the Moriac loop.
Cheers, Kim Gorell.

Ted's Saturday Ride to Lara - 3.10.20
Eleven riders (Janet, Jennie, John H, Julia, Katrina, Ken S, Peter J, Ray, Trudi, Leo and myself) turned up at Rippleside on the warmest morning for ages. Masks were donned for the photo op and we made sure we didn’t exceed the maximum of ten in the group pic. After a thoughtful birthday presentation from Peter J to Trudi of a hot pink club jersey we headed off around the bay sticking mostly to the shared paths where possible. A hot and strong northerly breeze (how I like my coffee and my women) was blowing but we suffered the pain to enjoy the gain of the tail wind home. The ride was relatively uneventful until we reached the Grammar School when a nasty black and white monster picked on your trusty ride leader and DREW BLOOD (see pic below). I have to say I didn’t feel it at the time and even after getting home and requesting the obligatory sympathy from the wife we couldn’t actually find the source of the red stuff. Maybe it was the magpie’s blood, not mine. We negotiated the flooded path under the freeway and managed to get two tables at Xpresso Lounge for a welcome brew. The trip home was reward for our efforts on the outward journey and we sailed along the Ted Wilson until we split off to our respective abodes. Looking forward to seeing Trudi in her new jersey.

Magpie attack on our Ride Leader, Ted.

GTC STRAVA Page - 2.10.20
We have a club Strava page for those who record their rides on this app. To go to it you click on the magnifying glass at the top of any Strava page and then down the dropdown list to "Clubs" and enter "Geelong Touring Cyclists" and you will find the page. Regular Strava users may want to become a member of this group.

Sarah's Ride to Curlewis & Ocean Grove on Thursday 1.10.20
With the promise of fine weather, 18 riders were assembled this morning at the show grounds, namely (in no particular order) Barry, Gary, Ken S and Kim, Chris Ha, David, Doug, Jennie, Julia, Marge, Mark K, Peter O, Rob, Ross, Ted, Trudi, Nick and myself. We took a well known route along BRT, down Curlewis and Wallington roads and home via Thirteenth Beach, Blackrock, Lake and Barwon Heads Road. We split into two groups, both for coffee (partaken at Dunes plus Ebb and Flow) and riding, with Barry kindly agreeing to lead a group. Fortune did not smile on the Tarnays however with each of us having a puncture; glass on both occasions. Rob and Ken were quick to offer assistance; much appreciated. Hence the trip back from Ocean Grove became a less cohesive, and alas much more windy, affair. Nevertheless all returned home safe and sound so it was a successful day. Also thumbs up to Barry for  bringing a spare mask which enabled Gary to stop for coffee and stay within COVID rules. Total distance 51km.
Thanks everyone for good riding and good company.

Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride to Winchelsea - 29.9.20
Fourteen riders headed out from Bunnings in very cool conditions: Barry, Chris x 3, David, Doug, John M, Julia, Ken S, PJ, Ray, Trudi, Sarah and Nick we were in two groups with Nick volunteering to lead the extra group and Chris Ha was kelpie. Starts off up Waurn Ponds Dr and onto the M1. Here Ken’s bike punctured. Punctured again on Devon Rd and he decided to phone for help/pickup. Onward we headed to Winch trying to use the M1 as little as possible and finishing off with a nice downhill run along Atkins Rd. Coffee was at Café La Hoot and service was good. After coffee, headed back to Geelong around Lake Wurdiboluc and onward to Moriac, using Layards Rd etc, here some stopped for more refreshments the rest headed straight home. It ended up being great conditions for riding. A most enjoyable ride!! 91km  530m ascent.
Chris Hu.

John's Sunday Ride to Donut King in Ocean Grove - 27.9.20
We were a bit uncertain about the impending weather at the start but all turned out well with no rain, some intermittent sunshine, but a breeze to keep us honest. Twelve riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel: Chris Hu, Janet, Jenny, John, Julia, Katrina, Kim, Peter J, Ray, Ross, Trudi & Leo and were later joined by Pam, Lyn & Mick at Leopold. In two groups we took the Bellarine Rail Trail, after a detour at Whittington to avoid a magpie, and rode out to Curlewis. Heading for Ocean Grove we were aware of a particularly nasty maggie on Grub Rd near the Bellarine Highway - it swooped down on quite a few of the riders and I felt its wings on my back - fortunately not its beak! We took Empress Bvde and various back roads through to Donut King in the Ocean Grove Marketplace Shopping Mall in Shell Rd. We were spread around for the coffee with one group inside and the other group in the sunshine in the carpark. Our return trip was via Bonnyvale Rd and Ocean Thruway to Barwon Heads and back home along the Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd for a total of 57km.
Keep Riding, John H.



Mike Currie recovering from his broken arm - 27.9.20
Mike is making steady progress after breaking his arm on Swanston St (not at the rail crossing) recently. Recovery could take at least another 6 weeks but he is eager to get back riding. Best of luck Mike.

Nick's Saturday Ride to Portarlington - 26.9.20
Despite the potential of wet and windy conditions, thirteen hardy riders turned up at the Showground to ride to Portarlington via the rail trail and bypass road  path. In attendance were Trudi, Leo, John H, Chris Hu, Peter J, Julia, Jennie, Ted, Janet, Mark S, Ken S, Sarah and Nick. Very shortly into the ride the first of many showery squalls hit but aided by a tailwind and good conversation we cruised along at a reasonable clip. Ted left us at Drysdale and we proceeded on the new path to the Port hills and then rocketed down the Pt Richards Rd to the bay and around the soggy gravel path. For those of us able to enjoy it, the views were lovely. Coffee and conversation in the sunshine and out of the wind was most pleasant. After the well earned break the group split for the return journey. My group reversed the Ride direction and went straight back on the shortest most direct route. However, our experience was that in the rain and the wind, the Hills seemed harder heading west and the views appeared quite different. The rail trail and path were practically deserted making pleasant riding even if the conditions were a little tough. Peter Jones' group were joined by John M and came back the Queenscliff Rd, Murradoc Rd and Princess St. Thanks riders!

Chris Halpin's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 24.9.20
A big group gathered at the Grovedale Hotel this morning in weak sunshine and a testing westerly wind. It was great to see Ben back on a bike after his recent crash. Nick & Sarah invited a guest Helen all the way from Nathalia plus Mark J, David, 2x Peters, 2x Chris, Kim, Jennie, Ray, Barry, Ken & Ron. Enough for 2 groups, so Nick kindly volunteered to lead the B team and Chris Hu filled the 'kelpie' role. We set off up Surf Coast Hwy, right into Baanip, to Ghazeepore, Dickens, Blackgate, Hendy Main into Moriac. Peter O'Brien choreographed the A team in a rolling peloton into the wind on the westerly legs. After a shakey start this provided both light entertainment and some assistance - we agreed we need more practice! Meanwhile Jennie was having puncture issues in the B team which not even Chris Hu could solve. Poor Jennie required a tow truck! Was good to wave to Ross as we entered Moriac. Coffee was a little slow but the chatter made up for it. The A team headed off up Hendy Main and then flew home on the marvelous westerly. Just hope the B team got home OK. Met John H on Thornhill Rd. Thanks everyone for a challenging 50Km ride.
Chris Ha.

Trudi's Windy Ride to Bannockburn on Tuesday 22.9.20
For our first ride back, as a group ride since the second wave of Covid restrictions, saw ten riders for my ride out to Bannockburn: Julie, Jennie, Ted, Peter J, Peter O, David S, Ray, Barry, Chris Hu and me, Trudi. Due to the strong northerly winds I decided to reverse the ride route today. So we all enjoyed the downhill run to the Hamilton Highway, then we were face planted into a strong headwind all the way to Burnside Rd. Once we turned off the highway it was still a struggle to ride with the wind just slightly over our shoulder.  A few hundred meters before our coffee stop a local magpie decided that he would welcome us to Bannockburn. With ten riders to choose from, he decided that he liked the look of Ray and his bright orange helmet. Having had several good swoops at him, the rest of us rode onward in peace, thanking our lucky stars he like Ray more. Today’s cafe of choice was still closed so I thought we’d give a new cafe a try Cafe Coco Espresso Crew. Found this to be quite slow service and it took sometime to get our refreshments. Back on our bikes and off down Clyde Rd, Parkers Rd and onto Steiglitz Rd with a fantastic tailwind blowing us homeward. Lovely Banks Rd was my option instead of  Ballan Rd today, then back along Ted Wilson path.. thanks everyone for joining me today, a very pleasant windy ride just shy of 60kms, but due to the weather conditions long enough.

Nick leads the group to Curlewis, Wallington & Ocean Grove on Sunday - 20.9.20
Six riders: Nick, Sarah, Janet, Barry, John H and Mark S met for a late start at the Showgrounds to do the rail trail and then onto Ocean Grove. Mark arrived with his helmet decorated in the Slovenian colours to celebrate Pagocar’s fantastic stage win at the Tour to take the yellow jersey. But for me, it was all about Ritchie! The sun came out for us to provide beautiful spring weather and plenty of good conversation was had whilst we rolled along the trail.  Along Wallington Rd we diverted to take a look at Orchard Cr and then proceeded onto Grubb Rd. The Dunes for coffee was busy  (no china cups yet) and lots of surfers were enjoying the favourable conditions. We bumped into Katrina J and also John Miro who rode back with us via 13th, Lake Rd and Warralilly. The stiff headwind, especially along busy 13th, made the trip home more vigorous. Thanks to all riders for such a pleasant Sunday ride.

Sunday ride to Groove the long way - 20.9.20
Eight riders for our ride from Grovedale Pub this morning, Trudi, Julie, Leo, Peter O, Doug, Ian, Chris Hu and myself. Should have had Jennie as well but a bit of miscommunication between Doug and Jennie had her at Church St, all dressed up and nowhere to go. Trudi thought 13th Beach would be nice on a fine warm day, Julie wanted to go out west to get there so we took the long way round to get to Groove for our coffee. 13th Beach was lovely but very busy with cars and surfers. We had enjoyed a lot of tail and/or side trail wind on the way down so had to push a bit of breeze to get home via BH Rd, Lake Rd and Waralily but all and all an excellent ride.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter J.

Chatty Ride to Moriac - Saturday 19.9.20
Julie and I met up with Trudi and Leo at the Fyansford Hotel this morning on a  forecast warm and humid day. A few big clouds about and an early morning shower was evident as we made our way out the Hamilton Hwy. Rolled out to Moriac General Store via Merrawarp Rd, Barrabool Rd, Hendy Main Rd. Enjoyed a good coffee on the deck in the Sun, a lot of cyclists out and about we didn’t know but we were just about to mount our trusty steeds when Ross and Chris Hu turned up so had to chat on with them and then Father Xmas turned up, aka Mark Kelly, more chatting, then we are about to depart and Trudi gets into a long conversation with a former member Geneviève. Finally we got away and rolled home via Hortips, Maggie likes me, Considines, Barrabool Rd and Polocksfords Rd to Hamilton Hwy. Couple of stiff sections into a block headwind but not too bad. Almost home and met up with John and Jennie after their ride to Avalon, then met up with Mike Currie on Barrabool Rd, another long chat, all in all a great morning on the bike.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter J.

To Avalon Beach - Saturday 19.9.200
Jennie and I headed for Avalon Beach via the Hovell Trail. We didn't go under the Freeway but crossed the creek walking on the Geelong bound lane of the Freeway and rejoined the road at Cozens Rd in Avalon. The trip down to the beach was my first on that road since I broke my leg there on 24.2.19 so took the gravel section very cautiously!! This was Jennie's first trip to the settlement. We bought coffee and tea at McDonalds in Lara and enjoyed it in the sunshine in Austin Park. Our return trip was via Tower Hill Drive and Bluestone Bridge Rd through to Fyansford and back along the Barwon for a total distance of 65km. Thanks Jennie for a very enjoyable ride.
Keep Riding, John H.

Timboon Rail Trail - Friday 18.9.20
Sarah, Nick, Peter O’B and Mark J rode the Timboon rail trail on Friday, starting from Camperdown railway station.  The first hilly 10 km were on bitumen with wonderful  views over the spectacular crater lakes before entering the rail trail proper. Most of the tree lined trail through the emerald green pasture land was a relatively straightforward gravel ride until we approached the trestle bridges with some short but steep technical bits on  muddy tracks that required care to reconnoiter. At Timboon we enjoyed a great sit down lunch (fantastic gourmet pies ) and coffee in china cups. The return trip was equally enjoyable with good company and conversation but there was more up hill, especially the last steep ‘character building’ climb back into Camperdown before the final fast descent. A great day out. Highly recommended. Thanks riders! (82kms / 60 km gravel).

Thursday ride to Point Lonsdale - 17.9.20
With a forcast of light rain our bunch of 9 quickly dropped to the hardy only, a nice little group of five. Peter O, Julie, Chris Ha, Chris Hu and myself headed down the BRT in light rain. By the time we got to Banks Rd the rain had stopped and we almost had some blue sky. Julie had a puncture just shy of the Point which delayed us a little but we were soon in Point Lonsdale, it was pleasant to be able to sit and have a coffee in a real cup. Julie's tyre went down again so the cavalry was called, (Jim) and the rest of us rolled on home via OG, BH and 13th Beach with a good strong South Easterly up our clacker.
Ride on.  Cheers, Peter J.

Trudi's Twos to Cafe with a View, Gnarwarre - 15.9.20
Two by two by one this morning with Trudi, Jennie, Julie, Peter O and myself heading out the Hamilton Hwy and up Pollocksford to Cafe with a View at Gnarwarre. Enjoyed our coffee and a very nice slice before rolling on to Moriac. Stopped and chatted with Zdenka and Elizabeth on Barabool Rd. Took Reservoir Rd across and Cochran's up to Ceres before separating to head home. Great day on the bike again.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter.

Sunday to Pt Lonsdale - 13.9.20
What a difference a day makes, two by two we headed to Point Lonsdale, Julie and myself, Trudi and Leo. Took the BRT to Jetty Rd.  across the Drysdale Bypass to Princess St., to Banks Rd., to Queenscliff Rd., to Point Lonsdale via the Point. Had a coffee sitting in the Sun overlooking the Rip, glorious! Meandered home via Shell Rd., Grubb Rd., Malpas estates and Queenscliff Rd., Fantastic mornings ride.
Ride on. Cheers Peter J.

To Moriac on Sunday 13.9.20
Ted and John rode up Waurn Ponds Drive into a stiff breeze then took Reservoir Rd and Hendy Main Rd to coffee from the Moriac General Store. As we sat in the sunshine, in the picnic area opposite the store, Chris Hu turned up having come in separately. The return trip for Ted and I was literally a breeze with a strong following tail wind along Mt Duneed Rd, then Ghazeepore, Baanip Bvde and home along the Barwon from Breakwater for a total of just over 50km. Thanks Ted for an enjoyable morning's ride.
Keep riding, John.

Thursday ride to Cheeky Cow - 10.9.20
Busy day on the cycling front today, lovely and Sunny. The Showgrounds was a popular start point. Saw Doug, Mark J and Janet there heading for Drysdale, Barry rocked up, also heading for Drysdale, we were heading for The Cheeky Cow but also passed Lyn, Mick, Butch and Barry on the BRT also heading for Drysdale.  We had a very pleasant ride through the estates to Cheeky Cow and an enjoyable coffee over the road in the Sun. Came home via the coast, 13th Beach, Blackgate Rd and HSBend Rd. Fantastic ride, just glorious.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter.

Trudi's Group do a Jan Juc circuit to Swell on Tuesday 8.9.20
Today's plan was to head down to Jan Juc with a strong tail wind via Vickerys and Gundrys, have a coffee then spin home with a tail wind after the forecast wind change.  That was the plan, and surprisingly that is what happened, oh joy, oh joy. Had to ride through a light shower but we are tough and the rain stopped, and everyone died out, and it was another good day on the bike.
Ride on. Cheers Peter J.

Trudi's Group on the Ocean Grove Circuit on Sunday - 6.9.20
Julie picked our route Sunday, Grovedale Pub, through Waralily, Lake Rd, 13th Beach to one of our Iso favourites Ebb and Flow on the Barwon at Barwon Heads. Enjoyed our coffee and continued on our two by two way back home via Wallington and across to the BRT. Fabulous day, ripper ride, ride on.
Cheers, Peter.

Ted & John to Pt Lonsdale on Sunday - 6.9.20
Ted and I rode to Pt Lonsdale via the Bellarine Highway and sipped our coffee looking out over the Rip. We dicided to get a photo of the twin Orbea e-bikes. We were not quite as close as in the photo as Photoshop has allowed us both to be photographers for this shot! Our return trip was via Barwon Heads and Lake Rd with both of us doing over 70km.
Keep Riding, John.

Jennie & John Ride to Moriac & Torquay - Saturday 5.9.20
We left from Yollinko Park on the Barwon and headed to Waurn Ponds into quite a headwind. Waurn Ponds Drive and Cape Otway Rd took us to Moriac. The going was a lot easier down Hendy Main and Coombes Rds to the North Torquay Shopping Centre where we obtained coffee and tea from El Nido Cafe. A bee alighted on my bike computer as we enjoyed a chat and a coffee and started the first part of the journey there - see photo. As we started back on Horseshoe Bend Rd Jennie's gears locked up on the big cog at the back and nothing we could do would shift it. Jennie would have been complimented for her high cadence on the way back as she came all the way in the one low gear! This was a 64km trip with beautiful sunshine and scenery.
Thanks Jennie for an enjoyable ride. Keep Riding, John.

E & B M ride to Moriac, Two by Two - Saturday 5.9.20
Another chilly morning as we headed out the Hamilton Hwy in our regulation formation of two by two. The magpie on Merrawarp satisfied himself with swooping the cyclist in front of us and left us alone. Nice ride out through the countryside, mostly Sunny, enjoyed a coffee at the General Store in the Sun before heading home taking the Pollocksford option before a lovely down wind run back to Fyansford.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter J.

Trudi's Ride to Banockburn in a Nth Westerly Gale - Thursday 3.9.20
Two by two we left Fyansford at 9.00 am heading up the Hamilton Hwy to Burnside. Chris Hu also joined us tacking on the back. The wind was increasing all the time and it was a tough slog all the way to Le Due Sorelle. Enjoyed a coffee, Jennie decided to avoid the hills and headed back along the Hwy while Trudi, myself and Chris Hu and Julie sped down Clyde's Hill, a bit exciting with the gale force side wind. Took Parkers Rd out of the Moorabool valley to Stiglitz Rd where we eventually turned down wind and were blown all the way home. Cracker of a ride. Ride on.
Cheers Peter J.

Trudi's Ride to Cumberland River on the GOR - Tuesday 1.9.20
With a reasonable day forecast a run down to Lorne and beyond looked like a good idea, and it certainly was. Ripper of a day for a ripper of a ride. The GOR was so quiet, no Chinese Tour Buses, no Chinese Driven Campervans, no Chinese Driven Kia Carnivals, lovely. It was a beautiful ride, with an off shore wind the ocean was flat calm with just a regular wave rolling in for the surfers. Glorious views of the sea, beaches, cliffs and houses as we rolled along. Enjoyed our coffee at Lorne before continuing on to Cumberland River for a photo shoot then back down the GOR to Skinny Legs Aireys  for a coffee and Pork Roll, (me). A short ride and we were back at the cars ready to head home.
Ride on. Cheers Peter J.

Chris Halpin leads 2 x 2 Groups to Moriac on Sunday 30.8.20
A morning for the true nutters. Janet, Susannah, John and I met as arranged in the Bunnings carpark and quickly decided to forget Barwon Heads and head for Moriac instead. The blustery northerly pushed us up Ghazeepore, down to Dickens and Anglesea Rd in good time. Blackgate provided dangerous cross winds but we pushed on, turning in to the wind on Hendy Main. The Moriac Store was quiet and coffee under the gazebo a bit sheltered. The chatter flowed. Homeward on Cape Otway, Reservoir and Waurn Ponds Dve was a rich reward for our efforts. Thanks for a lively morning team.

Our GTC Riders in Twos to Ocean Grove on Sunday 30.8.20
Met at Grovedale Pub for this mornings windy ride. Trudi and Leo, myself and Julie. Doug and Jennie were also there, also heading to Ocean Grove but via Leopold and Wallington. Agreed to meet at The Garage for a coffee, depending on time. Had a pretty good run down, a bit of great down wind stuff and other side winds. Enjoyed our coffee sitting on the grass out of the wind, Doug and Jennie turned up as we were about to depart, a quick chat and we were on our way. Great surf along 13th Beach. Wind was a bit tough in places but as usual we all made it back in good shape. Ride on.
Cheers, Peter J.

Leo's Egg and Bacon ride to Moriac on Saturday - 29.8.20
Very cool start from Fyansford this morning but warm Sunny forecast so we battled on enjoying the ride. Lovely out through the farm land arrived in Moriac, Leo and Peter O enjoyed their Muffins, had a chat with Nick and Sarah before heading out into a bit of wind that had sprung up and home via Pollocksford Rd and the Hamilton Hwy. Had some nice down wind riding back to Fysnsford. Ride on.
Cheers Peter J.

Jennie & John Ride to the Non-Covid Part of Little River on Saturday - 29.8.20
A beautiful morning for riding. Jennie and I rode from Belmont out along the Bay and then to avoid the flooded tunnel at Lara took Shell Rd and Rennie St. We then dismounted and lifted our bikes onto the Freeway and proceeded to the Little River BP Service Centre and took Hughes Rd through to the Old Melbourne Rd. The Covid Boundary for Melbourne is the River itself so we were careful not to cross the boundary! We bought coffee/tea at McDonalds in Lara and enjoyed our morning tea in the park. The return trip was on the Ted Wilson Path to Fyansford and along the river to Shannon Ave. From the river side I photographed the gentleman and his dog in the kyak. The total distance was 70km. Thanks Jennie for an enjoyable ride.
Keep Riding, John.

Ted's Update on Hovell Tunnel - 28.8.20
Ted checked it out this morning and still badly flooded (but passable). He contacted the engineer responsible today and he said the surveying works have been done and he would follow up with the maintenance department to check the valve and try to pump out the water.

A Funny Story from Gary's Ride to Torquay on Tuesday - 25.8.20
Tuesday dawned clear and sunny so I thought I might take a shorter ride to Torquay and back. Set off around 9ish planning to go along Pioneer Rd / Surf Coast / Blackgate / Horseshoe Bend through Torquay to Surf Coast and home.  The ride started awkwardly when I was abused by a trucky for not keeping in the bike lane along Pioneer Rd, bit hard when cars are parked in the bike lane though.  Had a nice ride until the Strawberry farm when I got a puncture.  Not to worry as I had it changed and on my way again in a reasonable time.  Continuing on my ride I hit a small pot hole in Horseshoe bend road and yes, another puncture.  I always carry 2 tubes so this again was no great issue although I had now inherited a small buckle in my back wheel.  After again changing the tube and shrugging off my concerns I again set off, only to find that the new tube had a leaking valve and quickly went flat.  Now I was in a bit of trouble, no tubes, no repair kit and a buckle in my wheel.  Nothing left to do but go to my last resort and phone my wife Pamela to come and collect me.  After about 3/4 hour she arrived and after shoehorning my bike in the car I eventually made it back home.  However my troubles had not quite finished cos when I was putting my gear away I noticed I had lost one of my riding gloves.  So next day I drove back to Torquay to see if I could find it.  However after a comprehensive search of the area I failed  to find any trace of the glove.  So, the result of my ride was $49 to fix buckle, $50 for new gloves, $18 for 2 new tubes and all th