GTC Ride Reports - from January 2014 through to January 2019

Chris Halpin's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Sunday 6.1.19
Great to see a smiling group of riders lined up at South Geelong station this morning in bright sunshine. And they kept coming. Meri and Lovro, Chris Hu, Peter J, Rolf, Lyn, Peter O, Dr Mike, Janet, Andrew, Ross, myself and two guests, David and Sandy. We set off for Ocean Grove on the Rail Trail with lots of happy chatter but quickly had to take a side route around a fallen tree and found ourselves tip-toeing around regular heaps of broken glass.  Maybe we need to review this route option - one of the glass heaps nearly caused a nasty head-on collision with a on-coming fellow cyclist. Fortunately no more excitement as we raced along the Bellarine Hwy and turned into Wallington Road.  Lyn decided to head back here.  Coffee at Groove was up to the usual excellent standard, with lots of lively chatter and bright sunshine. Headed for home down 13th Beach, Blackgate and thence to Horseshoe Bend Roads with various riders peeling off as necessary. Lovely day for a ride and thanks everyone for the company.
Cheers, Chris Ha.

Saturday Ride to Drysdale, Pt Lonsdale & Barwon Heads - 5.1.19
Mark B was due to lead this ride but went to Sth Geelong Station for the start - meanwile the others were at the Geelong Showgrounds and elected Chris Halpin to lead. Mark caught up with the group a bit later. Check out the map for where they went.

Peter Jones leads the ride to Ravens Creek Farm in Moriac on Thursday 3.1.19
Thirteen riders at the start ready to ride: Meri, Trudi, Ange, Paul, Lovro, Leo, Peter O, Ross, Chris Hu, Rolf, Mark K, David I and myself. Just got back from the Gippsland Lakes the night before and checking on where we were going found I was leading so put the thinking cap on and thought up a different way to get from Church St to Moriac.
Headed out the Ballarat Rd through Batesford, took the Dog Rocks Rd., surprised everyone, including me, with a little bit of gravel before heading over the Dog Rock and down to Hamilton Hwy. Right turn out to Polocksford Rd., and up the hill to Barrabool Rd., a short undulating ride to Hendy Main Rd., took us right down into Moriac and Ravens Creek for a well earned coffee. Much chatter, Lyn L and Ken joined us having taken a different route, fairly busy, a bit slow with coffees, Peter O’s order was lost for a while but eventually arrived after a bit of prompting.
The return route for most was via Mt Duneed Rd. and Ghazeepoore Rd., at the Waurn Ponds outskirts everyone split to take their personal ways home, great day for a ride, thanks for joining me, very enjoyable.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross' Ride on New Year's Day 2019 to Bannockburn
Very mixed reviews for today´s ride to Bannockburn. Everything from ¨Great outing¨ to ¨Worst ride ever¨. Basically, it came down to whether having a morning coffee stop was important to the individual. There were no cafes open in Bannockburn today!!! Even the local servo couldn´t help as their coffee machine was out of service.
The combination of being the morning after New Years Eve and the ¨(hills)¨ in the ride description meant I wasn´t expecting too many today. Quite a surprise to see the crowd assembled at the Waurn Ponds Bunnings start. Greg, Ken, Lyn, Chris Hu, Peter O, David I, John M, Angie and Paul (who had already ridden in from Bannockburn), Nick and Ross warmed up on Cochranes Road before heading down Merrawarp Road to the Hamilton Highway. Here we met up with Meri, Lovro, Trudi and Leo. We continued via Dog Rocks Road to Batesford before a short slightly unpleasant section on the highway. We then got to cross the Moorabool Valley twice, once via Bakers Bridge Road (where David left us) before returning via Russells Bridge and up the hill to our ¨morning tea¨ stop. Paul managed both climbs while stuck in his highest gear. Most impressive.
There was much milling about and hand wringing in the main street of Bannockburn until the realisation of no coffee sunk in. After a short break while people filled water bottles and purchased cold drinks, we set off again (without Paul and Angie) down Burnside, back to the Hamilton Highway. The group split further at Pollocksford Road with some taking the highway back to town.
Just seven continued up the Pollocksford hill. Meri and Lovro continued on home via Barrabool Road, so just a small (but select) group turned on to Andersons Road. Greg, Nick, Peter O, John M and Ross enjoyed a fairly fast run down the Princes Highway and Waurn Ponds Drive back to our starting point.
I enjoyed the ride! (but I don´t drink coffee). Hopefully the majority of the other participants did also. Mostly quiet roads and good company. Thanks to all who turned out. Regards, Ross.

Ron's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 30.12.18
A total of 6 riders - David I, Mike C, Rolf, Meri, Lovro and myself assembled for the planned ride to Collendia via the Rail Trail the usual route, stopping for coffee at The Bungalow where we shared several interesting and funny bike related stories.   On leaving, a suggestion was made and agreed on to terminate the destination point here and return the same way to the train station.    At the Melaluka Road crossover point, David I and Rolf turned right and headed back via Portarlington Road. A dry ride until we reached Bunnings where we got rained upon for the next 7mins. (Heavy but refreshing). No incidents to report today. A nice cruisy Sunday ride was enjoyed by all. See you all again next year on the roads.
Regards, Ron.

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Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 29.12.18
A morning for the stoics - and nine answered the call.  Heavy rain at 7.30 headed to Melbourne just in time and left us cloudy skies with a nice tail wind to push us down Surfcoast Hwy, thru Warralilly, Lake Road, around the airport, then Sheepwash and on to Groove Cafe.  Chris Hu, Janet, new member Andrew, Ross, Jacqui and David, Nick, John M and I enjoyed a long and pleasant coffee break, marvelling at the renovations happening around us at Groove. Business is going well and well deserved. The return trip over the Barwon Heads bridge was notable for the long line of holiday traffic as we wizzed up the inside lane. 13th Beach was thankfully quiet and gave us time to enjoy the view. Then on to Horseshoe Bend Road to discover the wind had shifted again and another lovely tail wind in to Geelong. Perfect. Thanks all for a great ride in great company. Cheers. Chris Ha.

Meri's Ride to Moriac on a Very Hot Thursday - 27.12.18
On a day that was forecast to be well into the 30’s, we made an early 7.30 start. Those that made the start at the top of Church Street were Andrew, Ken, Rolf, Peter O, D Innes, Chris Hu, Ross, Lovro and myself. We picked up Peter J and Lyn L. Rode out down through Fyansford, turning left at Merrawarp Road, and left into Barrabool Road up Ceres Hill. A great treat ahead as most of us like the downward run through Cochrane Road and onto the old Highway. Apparently the NZ trip has meant that Peter Jones flies down the hill at what I would call “breakneck speed”, Pete just thinks it’s fun!!!… and quite safe. Not me. Breaks on most of the way. Onto freeway and up past Pettavel and then Resevoir Road. Some of us took the easy option to Moriac via Cape Otway Road, whilst the braver and fitter went through the hills to Hendymain Road.
At coffee by 9.00 and left at 9.30. Some of us again took the shorter route home to avoid the heat. Sensible. Five of us took off for Pollocksford Road and down The Hamilton Highway. So some of us did over 80, Lovro and I did 75. Finishing at 11.30 and with heat at 34degrees according to my Garmin. Lovro yelled something to me 50 metres from home, I didn’t hear so kept riding. He, on the other hand had yelled “swim”, and went for one! I just had a shower, but was crushed when I saw what he had done. Next time I will yell “what?” and follow ……
Meri.

Ron Little's Ride to Lara on Sunday 23.12.18
Absolutely perfect weather for the Lara ride today. I awoke at dawn to find a Full moon on it's final 13 minutes of setting in front of a lovely blue sky.(worth getting up for). OK/ Onto the meeting point; Quite a good group of 14 riders comprising; John H, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Andrew, Rolf, Bonny, David I, Ian, Mike T, Peter J, Mark S, Nick, Sarah and myself headed up Yarra St.and along the waterfront to the Hovell Trail for coffees at Millars. A perfect match for the nice coffee is the toasted banana bread. I give it 9 out of ten (try it & see). For ever changing scenery this ride is the Jewel in the Crown, believe me!!! A Photographers eye candy. Just past the Grammar School the group split into equal groups for their home destinations. Great company on a great day.
Have a great Xmas,love & best wishes, Ron. 
Report from the other return group - John Hagan.
Travelling back along the Ted Wilson Trail we passed an older couple which I spoke to as we passed. The lady then looked back to see if there were more riders coming and, unfortunately, veered to the edge of the path, hitting a pole along a temporary fence. She fell heavily on the concrete and was unable to get up. After discussions with her and her husband I rang 000 and summoned an Ambulance
. The section of the path we were on was between Purnell Rd and Anakie Rd. When the ambulance arrived we disassembled the temporary fence and the ambulance people managed to get through the fence at the other end of the estate and drive right through to the path. We had assisted the lady by putting my backpack under her head as a pillow. I think the rescue operation took about 45 minutes. Peter J took one of their bikes up to Anakie Rd where they were to be picked up. We then went on with some of going down through Fyansford.

Rolf & Peter J Ride to The Bungalow at Drysdale on Saturday 22.12.18
Peter Jones said: Only two riders were ready to ride at 8-30 am, Rolf and myself, then John M turned up and we were three, somehow I ended up leader by default and decided it would be nice to head out to Drysdale to catch up with the Bungalow Bunch, so that is what we did and it was a very enjoyable morning, ride and chat. Cheers, Peter.

Rolf said: Not sure we did actually elect a ride leader seeing that we were on 3 riders fronting up at South Geelong station.  The road to the station was still closed from the water front due to the hit and run accident this morning.  The sky was grey and the forecast was not very summery, but Peter Jones, John Miro and myself fronted up for a ride.  We made a quick decision to go to Drysdale rather then Moriac because of the wind direction.  An uneventful ride until we got caught by a bunch on the highway and we moved into it and had a fast ride to our turnoff at Bunnings in Leopold.  At the Bungalow in Drysdale we met up with the social group of our club, the Bagley's with dog Otto, the Greg's and the Hume's.  A bit later Ross Glover joined all of us and we had a long and pleasant chat.  Going home along Princess Street and Swan Bay Road, only Peter Jones and my self continued along the highway home while the others made their own way.  It did turn out a lovely ride in nice company with a sunny ending.
Cheers, Rolf.

Peter O'Brien's Ride Around Geelong City Central on Thursday 20.12.18
This morning Rolf, Mike T, Ron, Peter J, Ted, Chris Hu, Norm, Tom, Sue and myself set off from the Showgrounds and proceeded to Portarlington Road and then out to Pont Henry.  The two things that stood out on this section of the ride were the tail wind, which made for very pleasant riding, followed by 600 metres of corrugated dirt road, which made of perilous riding to the Pier.  When we arrived, the views of the Bay and Geelong were well worth the bone-rattling last 600m. 
We proceeded back to Geelong and had a coffee break at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club where Peter J was in his element.  Unfortunately Lovro wasn’t riding today, so in his absence we had all a squiz at his fleet of yachts!  During the break a general knowledge quiz was held on the balcony of the Yacht Club at which Mike and Norm excelled.  It was with some regret we departed the stunning yachting environment to head off on the next stage and tackle central Geelong.  Right now a lot of high rise construction is being undertaken in Geelong and we viewed 53 Mercer Street and the nearby Miramar complex.  We had a laugh at the Worksafe building signage which states, “End of Trip Facility” (for bikes).   No doubt some highly paid consultant pushed the limits of his/her brain space coming up with that title! The ride through Johnstone Park was exhilarating where we rode a couple of circuits just to enjoy the surrounds.  In stark contrast, the ride on the new bike path along Malop Street between Gheringhap and Yarra Streets was treacherous.  Construction trucks, cars blocking the bike path, cars blocking the intersections, drivers opening their doors along the path, and even a trolley left on the pathway.  We were glad to reach the safety of Bellarine Street where we could get away from the Christmas mayhem.  At this point we lost a couple of our riders so we proceeded to ride to Ted’s new building in Little Myer Street and view the progress.  Looking good Ted!
With time getting away we then all headed back home. A relatively short ride of 33 kms but one with plenty of action.
Peter O.

Peter Jones' Ride from Ballarat to Creswick on Tuesday 18.12.18
Seven riders joined me for this nice little Boutique ride from Ballarat to Creswick. I used this ride to test out my Adelaide rider and bike carrying capacity. Ross joined me at home and then we headed over to pick up Rolf, then David I and finally Ben at Lara. We took the scenic route across to Meredith and then on to Ballarat. We arrived at Lake Wendouree with plenty of time just before Chris Ha and Zdenko.
After unloading the bikes it was time to head to the Coffee Shop, one of our shortest rides to coffee, just 4.8 klm but fully justifiable  as we all started from home early.
Enjoyed an excellent coffee at the Bike/Coffee shop before hitting the roads slowly climbing out of Ballarat to the Daylesford Rd turning left on the Creswick Rd continuing to climb until we reached Wattle Flat, from here it is all downhill into Creswick, about 10 klm, a great run through the Creswick State Forest. A tailwind also helped to speed us all downhill and on our way to lunch. Arrived at the American Hotel about 20 to 12 and enjoyed a cool drink while studying the Menu. Mum rolled up on her Scooter to join the bunch and we had an enjoyable lunch, American Fried Chicken was a popular choice for a number of the riders. Lunch over we bid farewell to Mum and rolled back into Ballarat via the Bald Hills Rd and enjoyed a coffee/milk shake at Pipers on the Lake before loading up and heading home, a most enjoyable days riding in excellent weather and fantastic countryside.
Cheers, Peter.

Ken Gawne's Ride to Barwon Heads & Wallington on Tuesday 18.12.18
Chris Hume, Lyn, Nick, Ron and Ken fronted up at the Grovedale Hotel for a local alternative to the out-of-town ride from Ballarat. We made our way to Barwon Heads via Warralily, Lake, Bluestone School and the Sheepwash loop. Lyn left us at this point. The route took us along Wallington Rd before turning into Rhinds. Refreshments were enjoyed at the pleasant cafe located in the Van Loon's Nursery complex. Swan Bay and Banks roads brought us to the Bellarine Hwy where Nick and Ron headed back towards town. Chris and I sped along at speeds hovering around 30kph through Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 13th Beach, Blackgate and Horseshoe Bend roads. We parted company at Marshalltown Rd. My overall distance was 92.3 kms at an average of 23.4kph. An exhilirating ride.
Ken.

Greg Allerton's 102km Ride - Circumnavigation of the You Yangs then to Balliang & Anakie - Sunday 16.12.18
Despite the forecast of showers and a possible storm my long ride was held in fine conditions with only very light winds. John C, John H, Chris Hu, Peter J, Mark S and I rode out via Rippleside, Corio Quay, Shell Pd and Rennie St to Lara. We had had to wait for a while at McIntyre Rd rail crossing for a very long container goods train. We were heading out  Mill Rd when J.C had a rear wheel puncture. After a short delay we were off again setting a good pace up the east side of the You Yangs. Alas J.C suffered a front  puncture. I gave him a tube but when inflated  his front tyre had ominous splits in it. He decided the wise option was to head back home  as we had only done 37 of the 100 km total. The rest of us pushed on past  Mt Rothwell (north side of You Yangs) where parts of the Australian film The Dressmaker was shot. Suddenly there was a slight touch of wheels and instantly Mark hit the road heavily. He suffered abrasions and my first aid kit was put to good use. Luckily he had no serious injuries and the bike was rideable. We briefly headed north on Bacchus Marsh Rd before Gilmore then Hannan Rds took us towards Brisbane Ranges with no traffic and only 3 km of good  gravel. A short climb to Anakie Junction was followed by a fast run down to the Anakie Store for coffee. The return trip was marred by the high volume  of cars  as they were diverted off BMsh Rd. We took Ted Wilson Trail then people made their own way home. Thank you all for coming to complete my 52nd century ride for the year.  We rode 102 km in 4h 15 min  at an average of 24 kph.
Greg Allerton.

John Miro's Sunday Ride to Barwon Heads - 16.12.18
I was worried about the weather but it was a perfect morning for riding - sunny and cool. 5 riders: Meri and Lovro, Rolf, Ken and me. Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd to Barwon Heads. Great ride except for Rolf's 2 punctures on 13th Beach Rd, I had one 10 minutes from home.
See you on next ride. John M.

David Rae's Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads - 15.12.18
On a bleak looking morning Jackie and I set off to the Grovedale Hotel not expecting anyone to turn up, but who is this in the distance - Peter Jones on his trusty steed!  Then surprise surprise here comes Rolf, so the four of us headed up Torquay Road, soon to be joined by John Miro, which made a nice little group of 5.  We continued down to the turnoff at Waralily Boulevard with a bit of a head wind all the way around Lakes Road and down Barwon Heads Road, where we called in at The Beach House for our coffee.  We were chatting and enjoying a really good coffee when who should turn up but Peter O'Brien.  He had set off early and enjoyed a good ride around Torquay and Ocean Grove thinking he would find us at The Groove, but we tricked him!  Peter had worked up a good sweat by this time, but was happy with his ride.
The return trip home was along 13th Beach Road with a good tail wind and then back around Lakes Road. Peter O'Brien made his way home up Barwon Heads Road, Rolf left us at the bike path off Waralily Boulevard and John turned up Horshoebend Road.  The remaining three riders headed home via Torquay Road/Heyers Road. A very pleasant ride with not a drop of rain!
David Rae.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Pt Addis on Tuesday 11.12.18
I was pleasantly surprised to find a large group of riders waiting outside JB HiFi at 8.50 this morning. By 9.00 it had increasesd to a total of 14 people - 2 x Chris, Peter O'Brien, Julia, Sarah & Nick, 3 x RSL, new rider Mark, Rolf, Ross, Ken & myself. We had an uneventful ride to the Anglesea Rd where we split into two groups for safety until reaching Blackgate Rd. There we were passed by two riders going fast in the opposite direction - Jackie & David out on a secret training ride!! We continued to the end of Grassdale where Chris Ha left us, through to Grays then Forest where everyone came together again. There were some dark mutterings by grumpy people and threats of reporting the leader for lack of a coffee stop but all stoically pressed on to Pt Addis to be rewarded with wonderful views and a hard climb out. Well done all! Lunch was taken at Swell Cafe after a few more hills & there we parted company with Ross & Mark. Then it was homeward bound through Torquay along the esplanade to HSB where riders split up to go on their separate ways. Thanks everyone for a fantastic day out on the bike for a total of approx 76 kms (or more for those riding from home).
Lyn.

GTC Christmas Party at "Charlemont" - Sunday 9.12.18
Our hosts for this most enjoyable gathering are Lindy and Don Lester at their farm "Charlemont" on Tompsons Creek. One of the highlights of the afternoon is the Kris Kringle for which we have our own special set of rules. Your name is pulled out and you choose a present - however, when the next person selects a present they have the right to swap it with any of the presents selected before this. The most fortunate person is the last one to select as they can choose anyone's present. Marie took photos of the Kris Kringle - last 3 sets of photos below.
John.

John Hagan Leads the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Millars at Lara - Sunday 9.12.18
A really good turnout for this Sunday Combined ride of 11 riders. Some of the GTC riders may have been absent because our Christmas party was starting at 12 noon at Lindy & Don's farm south of Armstrong Creek. We headed out along Corio Bay and turned up Shell Parade, past Geelong Grammar, and through to Millars via Rennie St and Canterbury Rd. After long conversations over coffee and hot chocolate we came back to Geelong via the Hovells Creek Trail. Peter O'Brien and myself then continued through to the Christmas party.
Keep pedalling, John Hagan.



Ross & Greg Finish the Bairnsdale - Kosciuszko - Albury Tour - Sunday 9.12.18
We are sitting at Albury railway station, waiting fot the train home. The tour is over. Were expecting the ride down from the mountains to be a bit of an anti-climax but it was far from that with many unexpected pleasures such as great scenery, really quiet but excellent roads and some great camps. A standout was a return trip on the Wymah punt and a great campground to ourselves in NSW when we were expecting a bush camp with no facilities in Vic. Looking forward to home. Will catch up soon. Best, Greg and Ross.

Andrew Hanns' Ride to Moriac on Saturday 8.11.18
Not a great start to the ride, with the ride leader turning up late, however those attended showed mercy. Ken, Chris Ha, Peter Jones, Rolf, Meri & Lovro, Paul & Ange, Peter Maurer, Ray M, Peter O and Andrew H. We ventured on our way down the river bike path through Highton to Waurn Ponds drive to Colac road. Left onto Pettavel Rd, then Reservoir Rd with some breaking to ride down hill to Moriac General Store, while other took some hills on their way to the store for coffee via Hendy main Rd. The weather behaved allowing us to continue after coffee along Hendy Main Rd, where some took Colac Rd for home where others continued to Barrabool Rd, Ceres and Belmont.
Andrew.

Nicole, Chris Halpin and Mike Currie Finish the Great Vic Bike Ride - click the link and check out the photos.
NEW Pictures (3.12.18) of the GREAT VICTORIAN BIKE RIDE 2018 - which a number of our riders are on this year - click here.

Ross & Greg Arrive at Dead Horse Gap - 7.12.18 - note: the horses at back right are very much alive!

Peter Jones' Ride to Ceres & Mt Moriac on a HOT Thursday - 6.11.18
12 riders for todays ride: Meri, Ange, Sarah, Nick, Andrew, Paul, Norm, Ray, Mark S, Rolf, Chris and yours truly. With a hot day forecast I changed the start time to 8-00 am and decided to leave Bannockburn for another day and planned a circuit around Geelong finishing at Two Sugars in Highton which is not too far away for everyone to get home if it did heat up quickly. Our first little adventure was taking the road up through the Paper Mills, only one minor inconvenience getting through the wire fence but everyone managed without too much trouble. Continued on to Merrawarp Rd, right up Barrabool, left into Andersons and right at the Colac Rd., after a brief trip on the Hwy it was left into Ervins and over to Reservoir to commence our run back into Geelong and coffee. Took Pigdons up past the Uni and Epworth and down Belle Vue. A very pleasant ride, mainly off the busy roads, what we lacked in length we made up for in elevation, arrived into the Highton Village about 10-00 am where we met up with David and Jackie who had joined us from the river, Marion who walked down to do the shopping and Adam who is recovering nicely from his neck operation.
A lovely morning on the bike before the heat and wind. Cheers, Peter.

Ross & Greg Arrive at Mt Kosciuszko - started on 27.11.18
Hi from Knancoban. Just finisned 3rd day of + 1000m climbs from Tom Groggin on Murray River. 2hours on 1 climb today but good descent into Kancoban. Now hot. That was 3 consecutive days of 1000m. Today was 1400m. Small C/W gets much use. I have 26t. Ross has 27t with high cadence. Alpine scenery was great. Greg.

Trudi's Ride to The You Yangs on Tuesday 4.12.18
On arriving at Rippleside I thought, beauty what a great crowd for today's ride..  But no, I soon realised that there were two groups LAC and GTC. Riders today were Chris Hu, Peter J, Rolf, Ron, Meri, Julie, Ray, Peter O, Sarah and Nick, and soon to be new member Mark. Before setting off Rolf discovered that he had a flat tire so headed back home to change bikes. We dropped past Meri's house to pick her up, then continued out North Shore picking up the Hovells Creek bike path. Coffee was at Cafe Blu and as usual the coffee and service was excellent. Ted dropped past to say G'day, with the LAC arriving for their break it was time to get moving. Our route today was via the old Geelong Rd to Little River, then across and up the You Yangs stopping at the top for an early lunch. After descending from the top we regrouped and noticed that we were missing Ray. After a few phone calls we discovered that he hadn't ridden through the car park at the top and seen us off to the side having lunch. Our returned trip took us out onto the Bacchus Marsh Rd and then the Ted Wilson bike path. Thanks everyone for joining me on today's ride, I'll see you all next time.
"Life is better on your bike." Trudi.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Maude & Anakie on Sunday 2.12.18
Chris Hu, Mark S, Mark B, Mike T, Laurie, David I  and myself were apprehensive about today’s ride given the weather predictions for some rain and a possible thunder storm accompanied by strong westerly winds.  Not to be deterred, we headed off and on the bike route along Ballarat Road, the winds were so strong the path was littered with tumble weeds meaning we had to zig-zag our way through them. We rode to Maude via Steiglitz Road which turned out to be a real grind given the hills and prevailing wind.  At Maude we stopped to view Bunjil’s Lookout but didn’t stay long due to the extremely strong winds. We then wove our way across to Anakie which involved a huge climb just out of Maude and a fast descent down Oneils Lane.  It was on this descent that David I came off his bike on a particularly sharp bend.  Despite a nasty fall David was not injured and able to continue the ride. The coffee break at Anakie was greatly appreciated as we had ridden 50kms to that point and time was getting on.  It had taken us just under three hours to get to Anakie which was testament to the riding conditions. After regaining our energy we rode along Anakie Road back to Geelong and although traffic is heavier along this route it was the most direct way home. I have subsequently spoken with David, and whilst he is a little sore, he informs me he is okay.
Regards, Peter O.

Ange's Saturday Ride to The Groove in Ocean Grove - 1.12.18
The first day of summer and we had 11 riders, plus myself. As my first go at ride leader I chose the Groove for our coffee destination. The ride group were fantastic and assisted in allowing me to guide everyone the right way...and not get lost. We headed down the Surf Coast H'way and turned down Warralily Blvd. Turned on to Barwon Heads Road, on to Lake Road towards Shaws Ln, Lake Rd. Turned down Staceys Rd and over to Blackrock Rd. This then led us to Thirteenth Beach Rd where the blue skies gave us a great view of the surfers and riders who had taken advantage of the great day. After re-grouping we continued to our destination across Barwon Heads Bridge and stopped at the Groove. Since it was such a great day I had envisioned that there would be no room for coffee...but to our surprise we had plenty of room and all enjoyed the usual great coffee and great conversation. We were expecting a visit from our fellow rider, Adam, to join us. But after a call we discovered that he had been held up by an accident that was on the Bellarine H'way...which was our proposed trip home. So it was back  down Thirteenth Beech Rd on our return trip and through Barwon Heads- Torquay Rd, back on to Blackgate Rd and turning on to Horseshoe Bend Rd. It was along this road that we encountered our usual drivers who choose to cross over a solid line to 'get around' us. It was then that we noticed a Police car was also behind us...which led to lights being put on and the driver of the car having a 'chat' with the men in Blue...Bonus for us.
With Terry leaving us at Warralily Blvd, and some smooth moves from John as we approached some lights which led me to call 'stopping' to avoid trying to beat the lights. Well done John. We continued on to Reserve Rd and down Barwarre Rd where the group dispersed and headed their own way home. 
Great ride, great company, great weather and great coffee gave me a total of 56 kms. Thanks for the ride....but I much prefer to be at the back. Ange.

Ross & Greg Arrive in Jindabyne- started on 27.11.18
Safe, sound and completely exhausted in Jindabyne. Arrived mid afternoon after a punishing ride from our Jacobs River camp. Greg was happy when the dirt roads finished. Our average speed definitely went up! Highlight was being allowed to join the L'Etape riders on a closed road in to Jindabyne. We actally passed a few over the last few k's into town. Has been a great ride so far but very tiring. Have an easier day tomorrow before our push up to Kosiosko. Will try for another report after that.
Ross & Greg.

Mike Taylor leads the Thursday Ride to Moriac & Freshwater Creek - 29.11.18
Twelve  riders turned up at Bunnings this morning  which was excellent considering the many other cycling events  happening. The riders were Meri, Ray, Chris Hu, Paul, Ange, Andrew, Ted, Nick , Sarah, Norm, Mike and new rider Mark. It was advertised as a 50km ride to Freshwater Creek. Seeing as Freshwater Creek is only 7km from Bunnings of course we decided to pick a nice loop. We headed off up Waurn Ponds Drive and took Pettavel Rd and Reservoir Rd to Moriac. We then headed down Hendy Main Rd and across to Blackgate Rd. We encountered road works on Anglesea Rd but the friendly workers gave us a personalised green light to let us through. Coffee and much interesting conversation was had at The Farmers Place. Going back along Ghazeepore Rd  we all fanned off to our home destinations. Short but sweet ride in great company!
Mike T.

Ross & Greg Riding from Bairnsdale to Albury via Khancoban - started on 27.11.18
Greetings from Buchan. Had a slow start to our tour with two easy/short days to here, although there has been some climbing involved since Bruthen. Pretty much perfect cycling weather until 5 k's from Buchan when it started to pour down. We sheltered under the pub verandah before moving on to our accommodation,  Buchan Backpackers. Interesting place run by an elderly character. It has an unusual odour! Ants running over the sink. Sweepings piled in corners. Cobwebs everywhere. But it is dry and warm so one night shouldn't kill us. Off in to the wilds tomorrow so no communication until Jindabyne.
Best Wishes, Greg and Ross.

Meri's Ride to Queenscliff & Portarlington on Tuesday 27.11.18
Fourteen riders came prepared for a ride down to Queenscliffe: Rolf, Mike, David, Nick and Sarah, Ron, Mark, Julie, Ange and Paul, Andrew, Chris Hume, Ray, and myself. Made pretty good time down to Queenscliffe along the highway, stopping for coffee alongside the moored yachts, which is a very pretty little spot. Though Julie showed us a wonderful little cafe right on the waters edge, and apparently they make great coffee and you can do a bit of “ship spotting “ ... a whole different world.
We took the Portarlington road just out of Point Lonsdale, and hiked past the paddocks, mostly with sea views. Chris had a puncture and Julie either helped or gave advice. Not sure which. By the time we headed down the highway to Drysdale, and those rolling hills we had sort of forgotten lunch, so kept going. Think by the time we were all home, most of us would have clocked over a hundred kilometres, though my Garmin said 63 miles?? A great ride, with a lot of good company. Thanks everyone, but next time we’ll stop for lunch!
Cheers, Meri.

Final Day of the NZ Tour - Around Lake Taupo on Saturday 24.11.18
The 153km ride around Lake Taupo was to be the Grande Finale to the cycling component of the tour of NZ. The forecast was for rain, heavy at times. As we were about to leave our motel a light drizzle started and this became rain aswe waited in the starting straight with over 2000 others-a lot given riders in various categories had been moving out from 0700. Peter muscled his way to the front of the long queue and got a flier. Lyn, Trudi and Leo started together a little later and Ken 26 minutes behind. The rain and some steep climbs in the first 20 kms made for a tough start. The rain stopped and heavy jackets were removed but about 20 kms on it began to bucket down. I got saturated and cold and decided against stopping until I could enjoy a hot drink at Turangi after 103 kms. The rained eased and the last 50 kms were more enjoyable. I saw Ted on the side of the road making a phone call with 25 k left (he was completing the half of the lake event). I caught Peter half way up the famed, and feared, Hatepe climb and we rode together to finish at 1550. Lyn's time was more than an hour faster than in 2016 whilst Trudi and Leo got in around 1745 ( a very good ride under difficult conditions).
Cheers to all from Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud. We have had a fabulous time. Ken

Chris Hume leads the ride to Barwon Heads on Sunday 25.11.18
Six riders started off form the Station this morning: John C, Ray, David I, Geoff and Heather and Chris Hu. We headed down to the river then around South Barwon Reserve here we met up with Peter M as we crossed Barwon Heads Rd. Contined South on Horseshoe Bend Rd all the way to Blackgate Rd then turned East and were aided by a pleasant tail wind as we continued to Barwon Heads. Here John C left us and the rest headed for coffee down the main street ending up at The Beach House. Here John M joined us. After pleasant break with much chat headed off. Heather and Geoff Headed home via Ocean Grove and the rest of returned Via 13th Beach and Lake Rd. It ended up a great day for riding, a good time was had by all!
Chris Hu.
JC - as well as providing the photo also did a report:
Like all smart leaders, consideration of wind direction was a factor for planned ride.The wind was SW, so we headed down Swanston to the river & followed the path around past Hendry up along Bailey Street to Reserve road, before turning on to HSB Rd. Saw a bloke driving a vehicle on the bike path, SO David I had a word to the driver - he turned out to be a police officer! Turned left at Blackgate, where a wonderful tailwind assisted through Breamlea & the run over 13th Beach, down into Barwon Heads. Here your correspondent turned right to go over the bridge, whilst the others Chris Hu, David I, Ray, Peter M, Heather & Geoff Christmas turned left to enjoy a well deserved coffee! JC.

Meri leads the ride to Moriac on Saturday - 24.11.18
Cold morning start saw five riders join the fray at South Geelong Station. So Ray, Chris Hu, John M, Lovro and Meri. We set off with grey clouds above but only a moderate South Westerly. Down along the Barwon trail and up Mt Pleasant Road To South Valley Road, then up to the right into Barrabool Road. We decided to go to Moriac via Cochranes Road, Resovoir Road and onto to cape Otway Road for a fast run into Moriac with a sprinkling of rain. Coffee, and then headed up Hendy Main Road and back to Highton via the  Barrabool and Ceres stretch. Rain was with us through the hills, however back around the river lane we had a bit clearer day. So, basically we had it all, hills, wind and rain .. just no sun. Next time. Great ride with good company.
Cheers Meri.


Peter O'Brien's Ride to Drysdale & Ocean Grove on Thursday 22.11.18
Ron, Norm, Sarah, Nick, Mike T, Mark, Ray and myself headed off from the showgrounds to Barwon Heads this morning.  The bike route taken included the Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale followed by Grubb Road to Ocean Grove.  At Thacker Street in Ocean Grove I decided the thrill of hurtling up and down the hills of Thacker Street couldn’t be resisted so off we headed en route to the Groove Café for coffee.  Once again, we were treated to special jelly cakes from the owners and needless to say they were delicious.
The return route was through Barwon Heads and Thirteenth Beach where we cyclists enjoyed the great vista of the bay and where surfers were taking advantage of the magnificent swells.  Instead of continuing along our normal route on Lakes Road we proceeded to the Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve.   At the reserve the viewing platforms provided fantastic views of the lake and its surrounds whilst offering the opportunity to observe an abundance of bird life. We’d initially had concerns regarding the weather; however, the forecast rain never eventuated and it turned out to be a perfect day for riding. Total distance 60km.
Regards, Peter O.

Photos from the NZ Tour form last Monday 19.11.18

Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride from Birregurra to Colac, Barwon Downs & Deans Marsh - 20.11.18
Not a good start to the day as I strained my back loading bicycles!!  Five riders for today's ride: Julia, Peter O'B, Nick and Sarah and yours truly Chris Hu. Weather overcast  with the threat of heavy rain in early afternoon. We headed off to Colac using the busy Princes Hwy. It was with some relief that we turned off and under Peter O'B's guidance headed for a quick trip around the Botanic Gardens finishing off with  coffee at the Cafe in the Gardens.  From here we headed along Forest Rd and Seven Bridges Rd to get to Barwon Downs. Nothing here in the food department so after a short break continued on to Deans Marsh. Here we had lunch at the Store. Not far to go now!! Used Rifle Butts Rd to return to Birregurra. About one minute after we arrived it started pouring!! Well timed!! It was an enjoyable ride, 88km with a few hills in good weather.
Chris Hu.

Ron Hill Leads the Ride to Lara on Tuesday 20.11.18
A total of 4 riders met for a pleasant ride to Lara: David I, Ray, Meri (Ron apologises for originally putting someone else's name) & yours truly. At coffee David was asked to take us on to Little River, where we returned to Hovells creek again. To the fairweather riders you would have reached North Shore where the brief storm hit! Thanks for the company. Cheers Ron.

Greg Allerton's 116km Ride to Anakie & Meredith - Sunday 18.11.18
This ride was a good chance for Chris Hume and me to practice climbing some long hills before our Roof Of Australia tour with Ross Glover. John Miro and newcomer Heather Maslen made up a good group of 4 riders. We took the Ted Wilson Trail then out Anakie Rd in sunny, mild, calm conditions. We swapped turns at the front with Heather riding strongly. In light traffic  we soon reached Anakie for a short stop at the oval for toilets and water. Then began the long climb of about 6 km past Fairy Park up into the Brisbane Ranges where we stopped at Durdidwarrah reservoirs. We then turned left along the much quieter Slate Quarry Rd which was very enjoyable with views of Mt Buninyong. Next came an exciting descent over the Moorabool River with a tough climb out of the valley.
Meredith came as a welcome lunch break at 11-30 after 62 hard km. We then took the normally quiet Steiglitz Rd for the second Moorabool crossing. This section was spoilt by seemingly never ending groups of noisy, very fast motor bikes. Luckily none came during the tricky, twisting descent .Following another steep climb we turned right along Sheoaks Rd. It was an easy quiet ride to Bunjil Lookout at Maude for spectacular views. There was a bit more wind on the journey home with tired legs. I was home by 2-40 after 118 km at a good average of 22.8 kph.   Thanks to Chris Hu, John Miro and Heather M for coming.
Greg Allerton.

John Hagan's Loop to Armstrong Creek on Sunday 18.11.18
A good turnup of 9 riders on a magnificent day for riding - from L to R in the group photo below: John H, Andrew, Mike T, David I, Pam, Mick G, Ray, Mike C, and Janet. Mark B took the photo of the group for us then left us to do a more challenging ride to Anglesea. Our route took us in a big loop largely to the south of Geelong. The first half of the course was a bit hilly after we left the Barwon with our final major climb being on the trail parallel to the Anglesea Rd/Princes Freeway to Hams Rd and then through the tunnel. We meandered through Armstrong Creek until finally coming to Sullies Kiosk, near the Barwon Heads Rd, for our coffee. Mike T gave an interesting name as the owner of one coffee (name digitally enlarged in the photo below!!). Quite a few obviously wanted an early lunch so left us at the Barwon River and Janet, Mike T and myself completed the ride by doing a loop through Whittington and around Eastern Gardens. Thanks to all for a leisurely ride. John H.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads - 17.11.18
T'Was supposed to be an easy ride down to Ocean Grove in near perfect conditions but...  Fourteen riders gathered for the start at Grovedale and headed south into a fresh breeze.  David I, David and Jackie, Meri and Lovro, Ray, Rolf, Ron, Mark, Peter O, Peter M, John M, Dr Mike and myself. Rode through the Warralilly Estate and managed to avoid the roadworks on Barwon Heads road, into Lakes Rd and then safely down to 13th Beach Rd.  All going well so far, the fast riders out the front setting a hot pace when a shout went out - 'Rider down". And so it was that 'wee David' had fallen onto the roadway.  A small group of members gathered to provide support, and a kind couple of young men stopped in their car to help.  Fortunately David managed to crawl to the side of the road, recover himself and the young men took him into their vehicle, popped his bike in the back and drove into Barwon Heads. Lots of phone calls and a cup of coffee later and we managed to contact a couple of vehicles to take David and Jackie home. It was a quite subdued group that made their way home.  At time of writing David was waiting to confirm no further damage.  We wish him all the best. Special thanks to Heather and David's daughter who answered to call for assistance to get David and Jackie home safely.
Chris Halpin.

Day THREE of NZ Tour - The Queen Stage - Queenstown to Glenorchy & Return - Thursday - 15.11.18
With Ken driving & Marion on navigator Peter, Leo, Lyn & Trudi left to follow the northern arm of Lake Wakitipu all 46 kms to the small town of Glenorchy. Participants had been warned that the terrain was up & down but that the scenery was terrific. Marion attested to the magnificence of lake & mountain views whilst riders thought the tour organiser a sadist!! After 18 kms Ken & Trudi swapped roles. Leo resolutely completed the outward section to the lunch stop at the Glenorchy cafe highly recommended by a local. The food was tops both in quality & quantity. Riders initially thought they would return by bus and that Ken would have to ride alone but PJ offered to give it a go so they left together with Leo & Trudi deciding afterwards to ride a few kms from the town centre back to Queenstown while Lyn drove the bus.
Ken.

Day TWO of NZ Tour - Queenstown to Arrowtown - Wednesday 14.11.18
Another glorious morning. All 5 riders started out at 8.40 for the airport where we took delivery of a Toyota minibus. Ken put his bike into the van & drove back into town to pick up Marion. Then the whole world group came together at lower Shotover bridge. There was a minor drama when Trudi's chain broke but Leo soon had it repaired. Coffee was at the very inviting Postmasters cafe where the bikes were left whilst exploring the historic gold mining town. 90 minutes later lunch was taken at the same venue. The return journey followed a different route past Coronet Peak & the Shotover Gorge where jet boats thrilled their passengers on the river below.  We had dinner that night at the second accommodation where Trudi cooked pasta & Marion supplied the fruit salad.
Ken.

Meri's Ride to Millars at Lara on Thursday 15.11.18
A nippy morning but 9 enthusiasts ,consisting of Mike, Chris Hu, Rolf, Ray, Norm, Sarah, Nick, and Ted, met at Rippleside for a wind assisted ride by the waters edge through Northshore and the bay through to Hovells Creek. The hardy Ted, who had ridden the headwind into Geelong advised us of the water under the bridge, almost half a metre, .. well perhaps not quite. Did make the bikes a little muddy. Coffee at Millers and Ron arrived, after missing the start. Well done Ron!! Left coffee for a run up Stacey’s only to find some road resurfacing, so onto Plan B, and a zig then zag and we were onto the Bacchus Marsh Road as voted on. Up Stacey’s road with a couple of people from the northern part of the state setting a cracking pace. Not to mention Chris Hume with a few zippy beans In His blood from the banana cake or somesuch. Long slog home into the wind, but as we knew well ahead not much of a burden really. Boy has Ray and Norm got some steam after their absenteeism. Well done to everyone, a good ride with great company. Even on a windy day!!!
Cheers, Meri.

Day ONE of NZ Tour - Tuesday 13.11.18
It was a beautiful sunny morning for the first day of inaugural GTC NZ bike tour as five riders assembled on the steep slope outside our accommodation. Then we were off with a short Cat 1 climb out of town as we cycled towards the airport on the Frankton Road. The scenery was fantastic with towering snow covered peaks all around as we followed Lake Wakatipu along the southern arm with many undulations to sort us out. After nearly reaching the end of the lake (30 kms) we turned & headed back to Jack's Point, a picturesque golfing estate ar the foot of the Remarkables. Lunch was enjoyed sitting in the sun at the Clubhouse. Oh life is hard to take!! The return journey was quick as the bulk of the riding had been completed with a total of 62kms for our first day. Everyone rode well & enjoyed it.
Cheers, Lyn.

Chris Hume's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills on Tuesday 13.11.18
Ten riders assembled at JB Hi Fi car park Julia, Rolf, Sarah, David I, Ray,  Chris Ha, Nick, Ross, Meri and yours truly Chris Hu. As we were heading off David and Chris Hu noticed they had flat tyres!! so it was a delayed start. Headed off along the route devised by Peter O - Waurn Ponds Drive, Cochranes Rd, Barrabool Rd, Merrawarp Rd, Hamilton Hwy, Pollocksford Rd  then back onto Barrabool Rd and called into the Cottage Farm Nursery Cafe for coffee and cake. For most of us it was the first time we had been here and we really enjoyed it, especially the garden, the views and the cakes!!
From here it was onto Moriac along Considines and Cape Otway Roads. At Moriac Ross left us to return to Torquay   and we continued along Cape Otway Rd then Mt Duneed Rd and Ghazepore Rd to Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre, from here we headed off home. Weather was fine today with a bit of a NE to NW wind and by the end of the ride was pretty warm. Good riding , good company and a good time was had by all.
Chris Hu.

Dave Simpson Leads the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong from Torquay to Anglesea on Sunday 11.11.18
Just 5 riders for todays´ combined dirt ride to Anglesea - Dave the ride leader and Kevin from CG, Chris Hu and Ross from GTC and John M representing both clubs. The 40 km ride was advertised as 75 km on the GTC web site and that may have discouraged some potential participants. Also had an interesting range of bikes - one modern mtb, one classic mtb, one gravel grinder, one hybrid and one frankenbike - and all coped well with the varied riding surfaces.
As always, an enjoyable ride through the bush between Torquay and Angelsea. Nothing difficult but lots of great vistas and  plenty of undulation. Nothing much to report other than a mixup on the return trip where 3 of us waited at Bells Beach for the other 2, only to eventually discover they had ridden past without seeing us. A very pleasant place to waste some time watching the surfers perform down below.
Thanks to Dave and the crew for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.

Warm-up for the New Zealand Ride on Sunday 11.11.18
Some pics from our pre tour ride to check the bikes after reassembly in NZ. Lyn & Kens circuit ride from Queenstown to Arrowtown crossing the Shotover river, lunch in historic Arrowtown and return via the valley bounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, and down the Gorge Rd where we witnessed jet boats thrilling their passengers with 360o turns. The legs & bikes are now tested. Lyn.

Mike's Moriac Challenge - Saturday 10.11.18
Someone said that there are 100 different ways to get to Moriac. Well, thanks to Chris Halpin I think we have just found another one! With the club elite away in New Zealand there were still 11 trusting riders in attendance at South Geelong Station for Mike’s ride to Moriac. The riders were: Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Mike, Ron, Ray, Mark, Rolf, Peter O, John M, Dave I, and Meri as the sole representative of the fairer sex.
We proceeded initially around the south side of the river. We turned left up Queens Park Road and then the hard slog began up Scenic Rd. A magnificent view from the top was our reward. We then had a magnificent decent down Scenic and proceeded straight across Barabool Rd and up through Tim Hill Reserve, through the tunnel under the freeway and eventually heading onto Pigdons Rd.
From there we took the usual route up Waurn Ponds Drive and the Freeway to Mount Moriac Hotel. Coffee was at Ravens Creek Farm where an extraordinary number of delicious cakes were consumed. After much pleasant conversation we headed back the easy way on Cape Otway Rd and Mount Duneed Rd.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and a very enjoyable ride. Mike.

David Rae's Circuit to Freshwater Creek & Torquay on Thursday 8.11.18
Fifteen riders - Ross, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David I, Rolf, Ron, Lyn L, Ray, Peter O, Ted, Sarah & Nick, Dr. Mike, Jackie and David - left the Grovedale Pub at 9.0 a.m. and met up with Terry at the end of the bike path at Ghazeepore Road. The ride continued along Dickins Road and down Anglesea Road, where recent roadworks had been done, leaving a wider lane at the side of the road which had quite a gravelly surface.  We turned left at Coombs Road and through Ocean Acres and then had a wind assisted ride along Grossmans Road into Torquay.  We had a pleasant coffee and chat at Majevo's and then planned to return home via Horseshoe Bend Road only to discover it was closed from South Beach Road onwards, so we had to make a detour along South Beach Road and on to the Surf Coast Highway.  We had a favourable wind assisted ride back home with a few riders peeling off along the way.  A pleasant day's riding!
David Rae.

Peter O'Brien's Tuesday Ride to XPresso Lounge Cafe in Lara & on to Little River & Around Avalon Airport - 6.11.18
When en route to the start of today’s ride I received a text from a very wet and soggy Ted.  Seems Ted made it as far as the Lara Golf Club when the heavens opened.  He attempted to shelter under a tree and when the weather abated he planned on returning back home. Not deterred by Ted’s text, and with scant concern for the inclement weather, five brave riders ventured out today.  John, Mark, Chris Hu, David I and myself departed Church Street in pouring rain and headed to Lara along the Ted Wilson Trail and Elcho Road.
Today’s coffee break was taken at the Xpresso Café Lara where all riders had the opportunity to dry off and enjoy a warm environment.  Following the coffee break, Chris decided to head back to Geelong while the remaining contingent continued onto Little River.  At Little River the rain eased so I decided to take the peloton on a quick tour of this mighty town, the highlights being the historic Little River Pub and that great bastion of learning, Little River Primary School number 1961.  It should be noted that many alumni of good old number 1961 have kicked on in life and some even get to write reports on the internet! The journey home was via the highway, Point Wilson Road and Dando Road, a route that provided a distinctive view of Avalon Airport and the You Yangs.  At Hovell’s Creek we took the Hovell’s Creek Trail and returned to Geelong.  When we arrived back in Geelong our clothes were dry which just goes to show the variable weather conditions we encountered during the ride today. I’m hopeful that by now Ted has left the shelter of his tree and arrived back home safe and dry and no longer feeling abandoned! A very enjoyable ride.   Distance 90kms. 
Peter O.

Mick Gregg's Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 4.11.18
Eleven riders were waiting at Sth Geelong Railway Stn for todays relatively easy ride out along bike path to Drysdale.  They were: Marie, Ross, John, David, Chris Hu, Ray, Rolf, Sarah & Nick, Peter O, and myself (Mick).  When we reached the Hwy some decided to take the dirt section of the path and met the Hwy riders at Melaluka Rd. An uneventful cruise into our coffee stop at The Bungalow followed by the usual chatter etc.  Ride back home was via Princes Rd, Grubb Rd, Swan Bay Rd & Bellarine Hwy, people dropping off along the way to head home.  Weather was pretty good with light winds, looked like rain coming on way back but didn’t eventuate.  Thanks all for a good ride, Mick.

Terry Hamilton's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 3.11.18
A cold overcast windy morning saw 12 enthusiastic  cyclists turned up at Grovedale pub carpark for the ride today Chris, Peter J, Ray,  Chris, David, Jackie, Mike, John, Rolf, Ron, Peter O and myself. We proceeded along Surf coast highway to the Estate turning left and proceeding to Barwon Heads Road turning right continuing on to Lake Road.  Onwards to Barwon Heads at a very good pace with a nice tail wind, passing through Ocean Grove to Shell Road turning right into Bonnyvale Road to the cheeky cow for coffee, before we could hang our bikes up we were told that the coffee machine had broken down, back on the bikes off to the Groove for coffee & much chatter. The return journey took us along 13th Beach into a head wind turning right continuing along Blackgate road to Horshoe bend road, thru Warralily, to the Torquay Road to the pub 65 kms with good company so thanks to everyone. Ray took a vote and as leader I had 4 points deducted for no coffee at the first stop.
To all members going to New Zealand have a fantastic and safe trip. Keep on Cycling - Terry.

Trudi's Ride to Moriac via The Barrabool Hills on Thursday 1.11.18
Eleven riders today for a nice ride to Moriac Lyn L, Sarah and Nick, Ange and Paul, Norm, Peter O, Peter J, Chris Hu, Ross and Trudi. Pollocksford Rd was my preferred route to take today, always good to clear out the cobwebs. Coffee was at the general store, toasted banana bread was popular. After coffee Ross and Chris headed towards Torquay, the rest of us took Hendy Main Rd some turning off at the top of Reservoir Rd. The remaining five riders headed for Barrabool Rd, Ange and Paul turned left while Sarah, Nick and myself turned right. Thanks everyone for making the effort to ride this morning it's always nice to ride the hills with friends.
Trudi.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Rippleside to Southbank in Melbourne on Tuesday 30.10.18
Thirteen riders headed of to Melbourne with great expectations. The photos will identify who rode. A fabulous days riding, great trails, train service poor and we could be home by midnight.
Peter O.
Note: Peter and some of the group got home at 5:15pm. He said "We were all ready to get on the 2.50pm train however not enough bike racks as only a 3 carriage train. So some of us headed to the 3.10pm train settled in the trip home only to get 150metres out of Southern Cross before being shunted back and train cancelled. Headed across to platform 15 for the 3.50pm train. It was a long day."

John Hagan's Dirt Ride to Petteval & Paraparap on Sunday 28.10.18
A good turnup for out dirt ride today starting at Sth Geelong Station: Greg, Ken & Lyn, Ross, Chris Hu, Peter J, Rolf, Peter O'B, Ray and your ride leader John H. The day was cloudy with a wind from the SE. We headed out along the Barwon and up the Pipeline Track before going around the back of Deakin. We descended to the oval on Waurn Ponds Drive - there were many jokes about us having targets on our backs as sometimes there are warnings about the archery club aiming in the general direction of our path. We escaped unharmed as they were not out this morning. We encountered our first length of dirt road when we crossed the Princes Highway to Drayton's Rd. Generally we were heading for Willowite Rd which we took right down to the southern most part of the ride at Hendy Main Rd. We encountered a few corrugations on this section but when we left Hendy Main we were on the beautiful smooth surface of Loutitt Bay Rd and then crossed the Anglesea Rd on Blackgate Rd for a reasonably smooth run through to Uforic Food Cafe in Mt Duneed. There were some impressive cakes and scones consumed with the coffee and hot chocolate. Our return trip was largely on bitumen along Horseshoe Bend Rd but we did have one more piece of gravel on Drews Rd to take us to Barwon Heads Rd. We covered just under 60km with dirt roads accounting for about 50% of the ride.
Thanks to all participants for an enjoyable ride. Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac Via the Barrabool Hills on Saturday 27.10.18
Eleven riders left South Geelong Railway Station and headed to Barrabool Road.  Rolf, John M, David R, Jacki, Ray, Tom, Sue, Paul, Ange, Chris Ha and myself were keen to try the hills and the plan was to meet Trudi en route.  After conquering the Ceres climb, the downhill ride to the intersection of Barrabool and Merrwarp Roads was taken with caution given the prevailing winds. Trudi rang through to advice she was ahead of schedule and would meet us at Moriac.  Anderson Road is proving a popular ride route and again today the scenery provided a great back drop to the Otways.  For some riders, this was their first time on this particular section of road and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Today’s coffee break was at the General Store Moriac and it was here we met up with Trudi, Leo, Terry, Peter J and Chris Hu.  The staff did exceedingly well managing to serve coffee to all the sixteen of us. After our break we headed back along Hendy Main Road to the highway at which point the group split with some riders proceeding back through the Barrabool Hills and others riding directly to Geelong.  Given the strong tailwind, the latter group were back in Geelong in no time.
A very enjoyable ride with plenty of hills.  Distance 50kms. Peter O.

Shopping Trip 2018
A successful shopping trip for BCNA. Thanks to GTC for support to this worthy cause (financials not finalised). A huge thank you Ashley McHarry- a fantastic supporter. Photo: Michelle Barton hostess for West Coast Tours, Heather Christmas, Marita O’Keefe (BCNA ) Clive Ibbotsen our McHarry’s driver.Thanks Pam for your fantastic morning tea.
Heather.

Trudi Reports on the Thursday Ride to Lara - 25.10.18
On a glorious spring morning, our departure time from Rippleside was delayed. As there were so many cyclists coming from all directions 18 to be exact. Marie, Mike C, Mick, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David, Peter J, Rolf, Meri, Ray, Peter O, Ted, Mike T, Andrew, Sarah and Nick, Trudi.  Finally setting off we rode along the bay trail, joining up onto Hovells Creek.  Our coffee break needed to be somewhere that could accommodate so many cyclists. So Millars was the obvious cafe, as usual tables and chairs were shuffled around. Taking our places in the glorious sunshine. After coffee we said our goodbyes to Chris Ha, as he had a slowly deflating tyre and decided to take the shorter run home. The rest of us rode Windermere Rd and of course up Stacey's Rd, then Ballan Rd. At the top of Stacey's Rd we waved our goodbyes to Ted, as he sailed back down. Everyone else scattered off in different directions at the Ballarat Rd traffic lights. Thanks everyone joining me today, on such a beautiful day.. Life is better on your bike !!!!!
Trudi.

Lyn & Kens Alternative (Unofficial) Thursday ride - 82kms with 701 meters of climbing on 25.10.18
We set out mid morning when the day was slightly warmer and headed out WP drive to Reservoir Rd and down Hendy Main, past Moriac and onto Forest Rd. It was a beautiful route through the Great Otway NP/Anglesea Heath and onto Pt Addis where we stopped for photos and to admire the wonderful views. Then it was a hard slog up the hill and onto Jarosite then Bones with its great undulations and finally to cafe Swell after 56kms hard work for a well earned rest. Finally cycling home, with a lovely tailwind, on HSB Rd (where there are roadworks between Sth Beach Rd & Blackgate Rd and this section will be closed for 6 weeks from next Tuesday).
Cheers, Lyn L.

Ken's Ride from Anglesea to Wye River and Return on Tuesday 23.10.18
Lyn was unwell this morning and Ken substituted for her. 6 Clubmen - 2 Peters, John Miro, Laurie, Chris Ha and Ken - and visitors Sarah and Nick (down from Shepparton and looking to settle in Geelong. Both are accomplished riders). The weather was kind to us, not too windy on the way down to Wye River but stronger and behind us on the way back. A coffee break at Grandma Shields Bakery on the outward journey and lunch at a cafe at the opposite end of town on the way back. There were stops to admire the scenery at several places including Mt. Defiance, Wye River and Urquhart Bluff.
A great ride in ideal conditions. Ken.

David Innes Leads the Ride to Drysdale on Tuesday 23.10.18
A choice of two different rides on the ride calendar this Tuesday morning with the A Team assembling at the Geelong Showgrounds with the show over for 2018 all was quiet. A mild cloudy day with a medium chance of rain which didn’t eventuate but for only a few spits once we stopped for coffee. We changed our destination from the planned ride toTorquay and we decided the bicycle path was beckoning us to travel to Drysdale. So off we went like the yellow brick road to OZ me being the cowardly lion with my band of characters following. The path was littered with glass, no doubt the work of the wicked witch of Whittington but luckily we mananged to avoid the traps and kept cycling on to our destination. We made our coffee stop at The Bungalow, a haven for weary adventurers enjoying a hot cuppa and conversation. We decided on the best route home to avoid the witch and with little wisdom to be gained from OZ we headed off along a familiar route down Princess Street and Swan Bay road. We eventually came onto the Bellarine Hwy except tin man, aka David Rae, due to his squeaky sticky shoulder went! left! towards Wallington! With his wife Jackie, aka Doris, followed “fair well we said “ so there were only three of us left: cowardly lion, straw man, aka Dr mike, and the wise old man from Barrabool Hills, aka Ray Moore, continued on our perilous journey back home. I waved good bye to my companions as they headed off to another location along the same path. No where was the witch to be seen!
I thank all who attended and look forward to the next adventure.
The following rode today: Chris, Ray, David, Jackie, Dr Mike and Julia.
David Innes.

To The Flying Brick Cider Co in Wallington on Sunday - 21.10.18
This ride was planned by Ian Fraser but he was unwell so John H took up the leadership on the day and followed Ian's plan to go out to Curlewis on the Bellarine Rail Trail and come back along Grubb and Swan Bay Roads to The Flying Brick Cider Co at Wallington for coffee. We had 7 starters at the Sth Geelong Railway Station and were due to meet Mike C at the Bellarine Highway after he had gone to the wrong start point. On arrival at this point Mike was there, but it was Mike T, and Mike C arrived a few seconds later. Those on the original starting grid were: Ray, Pam, Marie, Chris Hu, Ron, John H, and Andrew who was venturing out of the City on a bike for the first time. On arrival at The Flying Brick we seemed to have the place virtually to ourselves. Coffee was good (although could have been a bit hotter!) but there was no array of cakes to be selected from but quite a few had their energy bars in their pockets to consume with the coffee. Good conversations and great surroundings. We headed back via the Bellarine Highway and the Rail Trail from Moolap. The path was very busy around the Geelong Showgrounds with queues of about 50 metres into many of the gates and lines spilling onto the path. The trip distance was about 40km in pleasant weather.
Heep Riding, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to Donut King in Ocean Grove - 20.10.18
With one minute to start time I took the almost obligatory 'selfie' thinking that I must be the only one silly enough to ride in the constant rain that was falling. However, a minute later along comes Chris Ha and then shortly after, Peter O'B. It rained all the way to Barwon Heads and was heavy at times. Wanting to take a photo that was characteristic of the day I parked beside a big puddle, near Sheepwash, to take a photo of Peter and Chris as they splashed past - the rain had just stopped then. We decided to go to Donut King in the shopping centre off Shell Rd as it would be warm and indoors. Peter had trouble getting his helmet off as his hands were so cold. We had no trouble obtaining the special offer for Seniors despite none of us carrying a Seniors' Card - for a large coffee and 2 doughnuts. The coffee served as a welcome hand warmer for Peter. For the return trip we went via Grub Rd, Rhinds Rd and through Malpas to the Wallington Rd and back via the Bellarine Highway. We were 50km into the ride before we sighted the first cyclist at Wilson's Rd in Whittington!! Weatherwise, you would think it was a different day as we headed home with sunshine for the last part of the trip.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Terry Hamilton's Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads - 18.10.18
A cold overcast morning saw 6 hardy cyclists turn up at Grovedale pub carpark for the ride today Ray, Ross, Lyn, Mike, Norm and myself. We proceeded along Surf coast highway to the Estate turning left and proceeding to HSB road then onto the bike path continuing on to Lake Road. Onwards to Barwon Heads a lap around the sheepwash and then to Starfish for coffee & much chatter. The return journey took us along 13th Beach into a head wind continuing along Blackgate road to Horshoe bend road, thru Warralily, to the Torquay Road to the pub 50 kms with good company so thanks to everyone. I counted only 25 drops of rain on the journey.
(As per photo Lyn couldn’t decide which way she should get home Ha Ha)
Keep on cycling. Terry.

Laurie & Julie Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday - 16.10.18
At 0905 still only two riders; Julie and Laurie. We decided to set off on the scheduled ride anyway following the standard route to Bannockburn, Teasdale and Inverleigh.  The NE wind had picked up by the Inverleigh break and we opted to return to Geelong via the much quieter (traffic-wise) roads of the Winchelsea-Inverleigh, Gnarwarre, and Barrabool, finally splitting up at Queens Park Bridge to go our homeward ways.  Even a little precipitation at Gnarwarre didn’t detract from a very enjoyable ride - good cycling conditions, very scenic and challenging.  Fyansford- Queens Park Bridge approx. 78 km; 1700 m gained; approx. 4 hours of cycling.
Laurie.

Final Day of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - Numurka to Echuca - 16.10.18
Everyone was a bit nervous overnight, the wind blew, the rains came and it was a bit of a wild night. At happy hour everyone decided we should get on the road at 8-30 am that meant that most were ready by 8-00 am. The rain continued to spit as we left our Motel with a really strong tail wind, everyone rolled along at a really good rate on our way to Nathalia for coffee at the Bakery. The road was fairly dry for a long time but eventually a bit of a shower arrived which was a bit damp for a while but the shower cleared and we rolled into Nathalia about 10-30 am after covering about 28 klms. Excellent Bakery, good coffee. Another shower passed through while we had our coffee. Refreshed we rolled on along quiet roads to Barham for lunch. Theoretical stamping of Passports as we crossed over into NSW yet again, the Sun almost broke through and the wind continued mostly at our backs, the MTB, Gravel Bike brigade were sent off on the Old Barham Rd while the Barham Rd took us all to the Cobb Hwy where the wind was really blowing us home to Echuca. About an hour after everyone was settled in the Thunder Storms rolled in and the rains fell heavily, good timing. Tomorrow it is sightseeing time and a Paddle Boat ride before everyone heads home on Thursday.
Cheers, Peter.

Day Seven of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - Yarrawonga to Numurka - 15.10.18
Strong East North East winds provided a lovely push along the road firstly to the Boosey Creek Café, and then on to Numurka. We pedalled along on long flat roads flanked by paddocks of crops, some lovely and green, others sad and wilted. The difference is irrigation, the roads are closely followed by Irrigation Channels and some paddocks get it and others don’t. One of the saddest things was a mob of cattle in a dry and parched paddock, there were troughs so they were obviously being fed but when they saw us riding by they thought we were going to feed them and charged towards the fences kicking up loads of dust, so sad. After coffee we continued the slide down wind and arrived in Numurkah about 1-00 pm. An easy day on the bike, may not be quite as good tomorrow, rain is forecast but we’ll see how we go.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's Ride to Brown Shugar in Curlewis on Sunday 14.10.18
A good turn up of 8 riders at Sth Geelong: Ray, Ross, Marie, David I, Ian, Mike T, Dave S and your ride leader John H. Dave S was the only Cycling Geelong member. We travelled out to Leopold with the dirt riders taking the Rail Trail and the hard surface riders taking the Bellarine Highway and Melaluka Rd. At Leopold Heather & Geoff joined us for the trip to Curlewis. At Curlewis Rd we again separated and the dirt riders took Hermsley & Coriyule Rds to meet at Brown Shugar in Curlewis for coffee. Our return trip was along Curlewis Rd and the Bellarine Highway. It was fine and sunny with a good assisting wind home.
Thanks to all who came. Keep Riding, John.

Day Six of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - Rutherglen, Corowa & Yarrawonga - 14.10.18
Good days ride from Rutherglen to Corowa for coffee at The Whisky and Chocolate Factory. Very enjoyable, I thought we may be too early for them but the joint was buzzing with locals coming in for breakfast. Coffee done it was time to move on, took the Rail Trail which was sealed until almost the end, then disaster for our Pino, the gravel covering the rails and points had come a little uncovered leaving rails sticking  up to catch our front tyre, skidded to a stop but too late both lugs on the front forks were smashed. No more Pino riding on this tour. Luckily Ted had come up for a few days so I’ve been able to get the seat up far enough for me to ride it for the rest of the tour. The road through to Mulwala is fairly flat and with a tail wind it was easy riding, stopped at the Bill Leahy Reserve for lunch and a cuppa before heading across the weir to our caravan park for the night. Decided a BBQ was the easiest as there is a BBQ right behind our cabin.
Heading for Numurka tomorrow. Weather is still fine and warm, about 27 deg today. Happy hour has just started better go, don’t want to miss out. Cheers, Peter.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Raven's Creek Farm -13.10.18
With the Club's A team pedalling furiously somewhere North, your ride leader planned an easy ride for those left behind. Was quite surprised to be welcomed by a keen group at South Geelong Station at 8:25. Perhaps it was the beautiful morning sunshine. Paul and Angie, Tom and Sue on the tandem, Trudi and Leo, Rolf, Ron, Ray and Ross, Dr Mike, Mark and myself left pretty much on time. Down to the river, past the Lil Aths and cricketers, left onto the Surf Coast Hwy, and then west on the Baarnip path. Here we met Lyn by arrangement making it 14 riders! A small detour on Ghazeepore then under the freeway and out to Waurn Ponds Drive, the Hwy to Pettavel, Reservoir and the lovely downhill sprint on Hendy Main all with kind tail winds. Our coffee at Ravens Creek was lively. Leo agonised over the cake cabinet before settling on a delicious scone, jam and cream. Good choice. Home via more of Hendy Main to Blackgate, Angelesea Rd and back into Geelong. Very pleasant ride on a magic day.
Thanks everyone. Chris Ha.

Day Five of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 13.10.18
Day 5 Albury Echuca Tour, another good weather day, fine and Sunny, maybe a little cloudy at times and windy off and on. The suggestion of Brunch at The Pickled Sisters was well supported, the most direct route was via the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail so it was off and away at 9-00 am. The rail trail is sealed all the way to Wahgunyah where it starts. Everyone enjoyed their brunch before some headed back to Rutherglen whilst most took the riverside path round and about Corowa and environs. The path is excellent sealed most of the way and extremely scenic. Ben and Fiona had a little excitement when one of three dogs playing an extremely high speed game of chasey ran full tilt into their back wheel, luckily they weren’t moving very fast and managed to remain upright. Following our little jaunt around the paths most headed back to have a shower and a cuppa before spending the afternoon chatting and listening to the live music downstairs. Moving on to Yarrawonga tomorrow and looking forward to Pasta night. Have enjoyed having Marcia visit for our two nights in Rutherglen and have heard from Ted that he is awaiting our arrival in Yarrawonga and may ride out and meet us tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter.

Day Four of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 12.10.18
Day 4. Started lovely, if a bit cool early, and continued all day. After our breakfast the trailer all packed, it was time to move on. The initial run was down through Albury on the bike path connecting to the Murray River path which ran all the way out to Wonga Wetlands. A lovely ride through various wetlands and past wonderful sculptures, and bird life. Morning tea was had and the bunch moved on to Howlong for lunch at the bakery, I can recommend the Pepper Pie. The final 20 klm leg into Rutherglen was most pleasant through fantastic green countryside, I don’t know if this area is supposed to be in drought, even the so called  “green drought” but the country looks great.
The Pickled Sisters Café at Wahgunyah for brunch tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter.

Ted's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 11.10.18
Eight riders assembled at the showgrounds for a pleasant cruise to Drysdale. Paul, Ange, Adam, Lyn, Ray, Mike C, Ian and myself were joined by the slightly late Ron about half a K along the track and by the very late Dr Mike at the coffee stop. As ride leader I was determined to not repeat the agony of last Thursday’s grind through the Moriac Mountains and Alpe d’Pollocksford and was pretty much successful except for the brisk southerly breeze that slowed some riders (rider) down on the way out. Of course that was more than compensated for by the downwind and mostly downhill ride home. Coffee at The Bungalow was excellent as usual and we all decided to be dead boring and headed back home the same way we came. On return to the showgrounds I was pleasantly surprised to see someone had left a subtle reminder that it’s not a race, and if it is, the tortoise can sometimes do OK. Sorry, Peter J, not a very exciting ride map.
Ted.

Day Three of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 11.10.18
A fine Sunny day, top of 22 deg, who could ask for a better riding day! After a hearty breakfast provided by our hosts everyone was ready to hit the road heading to Lake Hume. A short run down Logan Rd took us to the Bungambrawatha Creek Trail which runs right down through Albury to the Botanic Gardens, a quick run around the gardens took us to the Mighty Murray River, a beautiful path beside the river, set in well mown parklands and many old River Red Gums.
Just after crossing back over the Murray River and into Victoria we stopped at the Gateway Village for our first coffee, after about 7 kms I think we deserved it. Chatting, taking pictures of flowers took some time but eventually we moved on via the Wodonga Trail to Wodonga past even bigger River Red Gums. Those without lunch headed to the bakery before we wended our way through Wodonga and on to the High Country Rail Trail, which was a good surface of fine gravel and a mixture of crushed glass, most unusual. After a few kms we came upon a section that hadn’t been topped with the fine gravel and was still bare ballast, very rocky so whilst some persevered,  the wide tyre brigade, the smart ones diverted to the paved path beside the road, all came back together just down the road. The fine gravel trail continued pretty much out to Ebden Reserve, through various patches of wetlands, over bridges and boardwalks.
Lunch was taken overlooking Lake Hume before we headed across to the Old Weir Rd which after some antics to get our bikes through the narrow opening, led us across the Weir to Lake Hume Village for coffee and/or ice-cream again overlooking Lake Hume.  Magnificent views across the Lake to the Snowy Mountains with snow still clearly visible. Of course there were some who hadn’t listened to the plan and belted away missing the Old Weir Rd and collecting a nice steep hill for their troubles. The way home was on the Riverina Hwy, a good stiff climb out of the Village but followed by a glorious downhill that seemed to go on forever, fantastic! Closer in to Albury we were able to switch to a lovely bike path which took us almost all the way before we took to the road and meandered home to our motel. Happy hour started at about 5-15 pm and morphed into Pizza Dinner at about 6-30 pm, a wonderful way to round off a great day on the bike in the most excellent company. Tomorrow we move on to Rutherglen and the fun continues.
Cheers, Peter.

2nd Seniors Ride - Rippleside to Lara - Organized by Cycling Geelong with a number of GTC Participants - 10.10.18

Day Two of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 10.10.18
Overnight rain which continued into the morning didn’t encourage everyone but breakfast was taken in good spirits and the rain cleared by our planned 9-00 am departure. Whilst the rain stopped the wind didn’t so we battled a good strong headwind for some time until we turned away and found a lovely new bike path following Table Top Rd to the Ettamogah Pub for coffee. Continued on to Jindera for a bit of lunch, before visiting their magnificent Pioneer Museum and heading back to our motel. Good climb up to the Gap, again into a good stiff head wind, before a long downhill to Burrows Rd  and a bit of up and down back to the Sundowner Hume Motor Inn.
Cheers, Peter.

Day One of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 9.10.18
Just a quick report, everyone has arrived at Albury, 9 by train, 4 in the car with the bikes and luggage and 3 from Coffs Harbour. As usual we had a BBQ at our Motel, a few wines from our Barman Ken and salads and fruit salad to finish. There was a few spits of rain but it is quite mild everyone is looking forward to getting out on the bikes tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter.

Pam Morrow's Ride to Torquay Orange for coffee on Sunday 7.10.18
Ride Report to follow. Group photo by JC.

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 6.10.18
12 riders turned up on time at the Pub, 2 turned up half an hour late, Ange, Paul, Jackie, David, Sue, Tom, Greg, Dr Mike, Chris Ha, Ray, Ron and myself. Ron didn’t stay long, forgot his helmet etc. so off he went home in the car agreeing to meet at the Groove in Ocean Grove. We went via Warrilly, Lake Rd, Barwon heads Rd and over the bridge to the Groove. Usual good coffee and fast service, Ron turned up as arranged and Trudi and Leo rolled in half an hour late after failing to look at the start time.
Rolled home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd., excellent ride on a real beauty of a day.
Cheers, Peter.

Unofficial Ride to Drysdale - Saturday 6.10.18 - Photos courtesy of JC. Lyn G is only showing her shoes and lower legs!

Trudi's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills - Thursday 4.10.18
On a cool Spring day Andrew, Mike C, Ron, Rolf, Mark and Ted were waiting at the top of Church St for a lovely ride out to Moriac.... Not long after setting off we made a quick stop at the Fyansford Pub to pick up a few more riders Laurie, Lyn L, Ken, Chris Hu and Peter J. Not long after starting off again Rolf decided that he wasn't quite well enough to continue on, so turned back. Today I had decided on a different route to Moriac, this would give us a longer ride out. So we turned onto Polllocksford Rd, Barrabool Rd, Hortips Rd, Cape Oatway Rd.  Our Coffee destination was the General Store, we soon took over a few tables, service was quick the coffee and treats didn't last long.  With all our refreshments gone it was time to get moving. Everyone rode up Hendy Main Rd at Reservoir Rd everyone except for Chris, Ron and myself turned right. We had decided to go on and ride the Barrabool hills back to Church St. Thanks everyone for joining me today, I hope that you all enjoyed riding a few hills.
Trudi.

Peter Jones' Ride to Drysdale and Queenscliff on Tuesday 2.10.18
19 riders today: Trudi, Julie, Ange, Lyn G, Lyn L, Laurie, Ken, Mick, Chris Ha, Terry, Andrew, Chris Hu, Adam, Ron, Paul, John M, Dr Mike, Ray and myself. The Life Activities Cycle group was also starting at the Showgrounds so it was big group getting ready to head off. At 9-00 am we were first away and made our way to The Bungalow in Drysdale, two of our number had headed to the wrong start point but all gathered at the Café, unfortunately the Café was a little under staffed so coffees took some time but the chatter made up for that. After coffee there was a bit of a parting of the ways, Lyn and Mick, Dr Mike, Ron, Ray and Terry headed back via various ways the rest heading for Qcliff, Ken, Lyn L, and Julie via Swan Bay Rd the rest via Murradoc Rd, we were all back together at the Café and enjoyed sitting in the Sun for lunch. Home was via Ocean Grove, I couldn’t resist taking Thacker for a bit of fun on the Roller Coasters, had a puncture, lost Trudi, lost Ken, lost John M, found Trudi, found Ken, couldn’t find John M but rest assured I have talked to him and he did make it home ok. Enjoyed our run along 13th Beach with a nice tailwind, rolled along HSBend Rd as our group slowly dispersed to home.
Great ride on a cracker of a day. Cheers, Peter.

Nicole Collins' Mystery Ride around Geelong on Sunday 30.9.18
We found a street library.  Do you know where the street library is?  We had one flat tyre.  Thanks to the youngest eyes for finding the smallest piece of wire.  We didn't have enough sun and we visited streets I had not seem before.  Then we had too much sun? Few laughs and no coffee call.  Lucky we found coffee on the waHome was via Ocean Grove, I couldn’t resist taking Thacker for a bit of fun on the Roller Coasters, had a puncture, lost Trudi, lost Ken, lost John M, found Trudi, found Ken, couldn’t find John M but rest assured I have talked to him and he did make it home ok.y.  Heather, Russell,  David and Barb joined us at the secret coffee shop.  Thanks to Pam, Mick, Lyn, Ian, John H,  Ron,  David I,  Ray,  and Scott.  See the map of the mystery tour.
Nicole.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Barwon Heads on Saturday 29.9.18
A cold 3 degree morning saw 11 hardy cyclists roll up at Grovedale pub carpark for the ride today. Paul, Ange, Andrew, Peter J, Ken, Chris Hu,Trudi, Leo, myself & two new ladies from NSW, Wendy & Marg. So a very big welcome to them from our club. We proceded down the highway to Boundary, HSB Road thru the estate and on to Lake Road. Then we took a small detour to Lake Connewarre lookout to admire that beautiful lake & surrounds. Onwards to Barwon Heads for coffee "At the Heads" where we enjoyed the views, sunshine & much chatter. The return journey took us along 13th Beach & back to Lake Road, thru Warralily again but this time via the bike paths and then to the Torquay Road to the pub carpark except for Trudi, Chris & Peter who decided to cycle some extra kms. It was a very pleasant ride of approx 50 kms with good company so thanks to everyone. 
Lyn L.

John Miro's Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 25.9.18
Cool overcast day with moderate Southerly wind. 12 riders today: Team Gold (Chris Hu, Peter J, Andrew H, me - John M), Team Silver (Angie, Paul, Ron, Laurie, Rolf, Dave I, Dr Mike), Team Bronze (Trudi). Unfortunately Team Bronze missed the start and went straight to Lara. The rest of us followed the Around the Bay route to Queenscliff. I had a feeling Trudi may be heading to Lara so asked Dr Mike to send her a text message - but she received it too late. Nice coffee break at Lara and Queenscliff Marina. After coffee Trudi rode home along the Hovells Creek trail with brisk headwind, while we enjoyed a nice tailwind back to Geelong from Queenscliff . Team Silver took the shortest route back home, straight up the Bellarine Highway. Team Gold did Bellarine Loop through Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. We had a hearty lunch of Cornish Pasty and giant vanilla slice at Barwon Heads Bakery before tackling the 13th Beach Road. Total distance 93km.
See you on next ride, John M.

Chris Hume's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 23.9.18
Eight riders gathered at the Show Grounds today: Trudi and Leo,Dr Mike, Lyn L, Rolf, Ken, new member Mark and me!! After a discussion about who will lead and what way we will go to Point Lonsdale, I ended up being leader and the destination changed to Drysdale. We headed out along the Rail Trail to the Bungalow for coffee. Then onto Princess St, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Hwy. Ken and Lyn headed left at Wallington Rd to add a few kms for the home run and the rest of us continued on to Geelong. Weather was cool with a moderate Southerly wind. An enjoyable Sunday morning's cycling.
Chris H.

Ian & John M on Sunday 23.9.18
Unfortunately Ian & John M were at Sth Geelong Station for the ride today while the others gathered at the Geelong Showgrounds so they rode down to Barwon Heads.
Ian's Report > I waited @ the station by myself until 8:58 am when I was happy to see John M turned up. We both waited until after 9 am in case anyone else turned up. Because there were only the two of us and dark looking clouds, we decided to cut the ride short and just ride to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd and 13th Beach. After a very enjoyable coffee at Annies we returned to the  Railway Station. Total Distance 50 km. Thanks John for a nice ride.
Ian
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David Innes' Ride to Swell at Jan Juc on Saturday 22.9.18
Today's ride started at the Grovdale carpark. A big turn out of riders showed up with fine weather. We all headed off to Jan Juc via Torquay heading along the Surf Coast Highway. Arriving in Jan Juc at the Swell Coffee Shop it was found to be very busy with seating sparse. Never the less we manged to arrange some chairs and tables settling in for a chat and hot coffee. Heading back to Geelong Chris Halpin managed to lose his compact mirror luckily Trudi was there to rescue it on the road. Riding through Torquay we headed back via the Horseshoe Bend Road as the sun started to shine through. The ride was uneventful and thankfully no accidents, no punctures or mechanicals and a good time was had by all. Thank you to all attended with the following who took part: Trudi Bellia, Andrew Hanns, Chris Hume, Chris Halpin, Adam Illingworth, Rolf Kohnert, Paul and Ange McMahon, David and Jackie Rae.
David I.

Ken Gawne's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 20.9.18
10 riders started out from the Grovedale Hotel - Jacqui, Lyn, Marie, David, Ken, Mike, Peter J, Rolf, Ron and Terry. Made our way across to Hams, through the tunnel (joined by Ange & Paul), along Lemins, up WP Drive. At the intersection of Reservoir and Cape Otway, David& Jackie, Peter & Terry opted for the shortest route to coffee - down The Cape road. 8 then continued along Reservoir, turned right into Ervins then left onto the Princes Hwy. Rolf, Ange and Paul turned left at Hendy Main whilst the remainder U turned and headed back to Andersons. The climbs up to Barrabool were not as hard as was imagined with Mike T having little difficulty. The group was brought to a standstill when Lyn had problems with the rear derailleur. The loss of time meant we arrived at Ravens Creek Cafe after the others had departed. Trudi had joined them after riding from home. A cold start, plenty of sunshine, a manageable breeze, an interesting course and good company combined for a most enjoyable ride.
Ken.

East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day THREE - Nowa Nowa to Bairnsdale - 19.9.18
94 Km.

John Miro's Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and to Jan Juc and Torquay on Tuesday 18.9.18
Unlike last Tuesday when I was swooped by a magpie on De Motts Road, no killer magpies today. May be too windy for them. Great ride to Bells Beach on  sunny mild day,  70km total distance. 8 riders: Trudie, Julie, Jackie & David R, Ted H, Ken, Peter J and me. Rode along Reservoir Rd, Cape Otway, Moriac, Hendy Main Rd. At Larcombes Rd turn off we said good bye to  Jackie, David & Ted who took a shorter route to Torquay. Rest of us went Forest Rd to morning coffee at the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie. Then spectacular Bells Beach loop, through Jan Juc to lunch in Torquay at Bells Bakery. Wind was generally kind with tailwind or cross wind all the way to Horseshoe Bend Road. We only felt strong headwind in the last 5 km when we turned west back to Waurn Ponds.
See you on next ride, John M.

East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day TWO - Orbost to Nowra - 18.9.18
36Km.

East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day ONE - 17.9.18
Chris Hume, Chris Halpin and Greg Allerton on the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Perfect weather. Even a slight tail wind.

Pam Morrow's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 16.9.18
Today nine riders turned up to ride to Drysdale. Ian, Janet, Peter, Ron, Chris, Rolf, Marie, Alistair and Pam rode along the rail trail with a lovely tail breeze. Russell joined us for coffee at The Bungalow. On the way back Ian, Peter and Chris returned via the trail and the other riders rode via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway.
A very pleasant ride. Pam.

Greg Allerton's Ride to Portarlington & St Leonards on Sunday 16.9.18
Just 3 riders for Greg's long ride: Greg, John M and John H. With a forecast for thunderstorms and snow in various parts of the state we did fairly well weatherwise. Greg will be riding tomorrow with the two Chrises down on the Gippsland Rail Trail so aware of a very early start he reduced the ride to about 90km. We headed down through Drysdale to St Leonards with a strong tail wind for coffee at The Fig Tree. The wind then eased off for our return trip via the Queenscliff-Portarlington Rd and Swan Bay Rd. Coming back to Leopold Greg took us down the hill via the back streets to the south of the highway.
A delightful day out on the Bellarine. Thanks Greg.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

The Russell Mockridge Memorial Ride on Saturday 15.9.18
This event was organized by Doug Merritt from Cycling Geelong to commemorate 60 years since the famous Geelong cyclist, Russell Mockridge aged 30 years, was killed when hit by a bus on Dandenong Rd as he rode to the start of the Tour of Gippsland Race. The group met at Balyang Sanctuary and consisted of cyclists representing most of the cycling groups of Geelong. The 3 from the GTC were: John Miro, Greg Allerton and John Hagan. Amongst those on the ride was the nephew of Russell, Robert Mockridge, as well as John Hine, an Olympic cyclist and winner of the 1980 Melbourne to Warrnambool Ride - they are at the front of the first photo below. Rod Charles, author of Whirr of Many Wheels, the 3 Vol history of cycling in Geelong, also contributed to our understanding of cycling at the time of Russell.
Doug took us first to Russell's school, The Geelong College, where we were shown aroung by staff from the College. We had many stops along the way at important locations in Russell Mockridge's life. We stopped at the Geelong Library for coffee and to look at a display on Russell's life. After visiting places in town where he bought his bicycles and where his father worked, we headed out to the Geelong West Velodrome where Rod Charles spoke to us of many aspects of Russell's life and Doug recited an important poem about Russell's life. We finished the day by riding down to Fyansford and back along the Barwon. The circuit was approximately 25km in length and the weather was a bit challenging at times.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.


Report on Ken Gawne's Solo (unofficial) 150km Ride from Anglesea to Apollo Bay and Return on 11.9.18
I decided to submit a report on my ride from Anglesea to Apollo Bay and return in order to dispel mistaken ideas held by many members about the safety of cycling the magnificent GOR. It is a lot way safer than Anakie Rd  which a group of 12 negotiated last Tuesday. The GOR has a good shoulder for most of the way, traffic moves slower and extensive works have seen the road widened in places , much new bitumen laid and an increased number of protective structures to limit rock and debris from obstructing the inside lane. The traffic today was very light between Lorne and AB. Many fit and fast cyclists were out checking out the course for Sunday's Gran Fondo. The best time to ride the GOR - anytime outside of peak holiday periods.  It is fantastic Autumn through to Spring. The hills are many but not overly demanding. I recorded 1459 m of climbing today. It is a wonderful asset and so scenic to cycle.
Check it out. Ken.

Ross' Ride to Torquay on Thursday 13.9.18
We had 8 riders at Bunnings for the start of today´s ride to Torquay. Andrew, Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter J, PO´B, Dr Mike, Ross and Trudi (who arrived exactly at the 9.00 am start time) set off up Ghazepore Road only to find the way blocked due to roadworks. The sensible course of action would have been to backtrack and make some progress into the wind via Anglesea Road but instead, we went with the flow (and a tailwind) down Whites Road where we were joined by Chris Ha who had arrived early, set off on a lap of the local area, only to arrive late for the start. He had us in sight but had taken a while to catch the peloton. Further wind assisted progress was made through Warralily and down Horseshore Bend Road to Torquay where we were too early for The Stoop and took our business to Mejavos instead. Very pleasant in the sun, sheltered from the wind but eventually we headed off via Grossmans Road. The original intention was to go via Paraparap but when the leaders turned north on to Anglesea Road, no one complained. There were roadworks right along Anglesea Road with single lane diversions in some places so it was very nice to get on to the bike path near Hams Road and complete the ride in relative peace. Thanks to all participants for a very pleasant (if slightly short) outing.
Ross.

Trudi's Ride to Anakie & Steiglitz on Tuesday 11.9.18
On a beautiful spring morning twelve cyclists for today's ride to Steiglitz: Peter O, Julie, Peter J, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, John, Laurie, Ken, David, Ange and Paul, Trudi... Our destination for coffee was the Anakie store. Getting there was a slow steady push into a strong headwind, that seemed to be getting stronger every second. Arriving at Anakie we all enjoyed our coffee break, while the two Peter's took care of Ange's left pedal.
Reluctantly we rode away from Anakie, turning up along De Motts Rd and into the hills. Such a pretty road to ride along, the Wattle trees giving off a lovely scent, birds chirping away, beautiful fresh air, not many cars to deal with. Today as always we stopped for lunch at my little hut in Steiglitz. Lunch was consumed while awaiting the slow boiling kettle. After a nice cuppa we were off again, this time enjoying a lovely tailwind. Only a few little rises to mention, once again a beautiful area to ride through. Ange and Paul left us just after Maude, The rest of us riding back together with a few dropping off every so often,  heading for home. Thanks everyone for such a great ride, I hope that you all enjoyed yourselves. Thanks Peter O for taking the photos.
Life is better on your bike !!!! - Trudi.

David Salamy from Cycling Geelong Leads the Combined Ride to Portarlington on Sunday 9.9.18
For the Combined ride to Portarlington we had mainly CTC riders with Rolf, Peter J, Ken, Chris Hu, John M, who belongs to both clubs, and the ride leader David S from Cycling Geelong. John H and John C both turned up at the start to take photos and Rolf and Peter could not do the full distance because of time constraints. There was a beautiful tail wind for the riders as they headed east but the would have battled with their noses into the wind on the way back.
John H.

Mike Currie's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 8.9.18
It was a beautiful spring morning with light winds when 14 riders set out from the Grovedale Pub. We headed down the Surfcoast Hwy to Warralilly Dve and then followed Horseshoe Bend Rd to Blackgate Rd and 13th Beach Road. The waves were dotted with surfers like so many seals. After some prior discussion re the choice of Garage or Groove for coffee, we chose the latter and were rewarded for our loyalty with freshly made cake. Back on the bikes, we continued along Wallington Rd to the Bellarine. There we negotiated a number of rivets dangerously strewn across the bike lane before arriving back in Geelong around 12:15. Good company and perfect weather made for a great ride. Mike.

Ted Leads the Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 6.9.18
On a pleasant but very windy Thursday morning just three riders assembled at the end of Church Street for the ride to Lara. Rolf and myself welcomed back the prodigal son, Peter Jones and Trudi repeated all our questions a few minute later as we met her on the Ted Wilson Trail. The Trail is now open all the way to Broderick Road (near Beckley Park) so we decided to “go all the way” and then detoured up O'Brien's Road, McManus Road and Heales Road to get ourselves back to Bacchus Marsh Road. The headwind was ferocious as the BOM screen print below shows but we battled manfully and womanfully on to a welcome stop at Millars where the chat mainly focused on the recent trips North by Peter and Rolf. Peter and Trudi also took the opportunity to try to find accommodation in Queenstown (NZ) for the November tour. The temptation to book the $76,000 per week Matakauri Lodge was clearly very strong but good sense prevailed and Leo can eat for another week. Due to the overwhelming response to the portraits posted on a recent ride report it seemed only fair to include Peter and Rolf and of course Trudi isn’t one to be shy and retiring so she got a second helping. A short cruise through Grand Lakes estate led us to Canterbury Road and the Hovells Creek Trail where I left the others to find their own way back to Geelong while I went home for a nice lie down. Thanks for the ride. Ted.

Chris Hume's Circuit from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Deans Marsh on Tuesday 4.9.18
It was a great roll-up today ten riders for an out of town ride: Ken, Lyn L, Trudi, Andrew, Paul, Ange, Julie, John M, Laurie and yours truly Chris Hu. The weather was perfect for riding: fine, no wind but a little cool to start with - around 5 degrees. We headed out along Barwon Terrace to Atkins Rd turning at Mathison and onto Cape Otway Rd which we followed to Birregurra. Morning tea at the General Store. Next we headed to Deans Marsh via Forrest Rd then Division Rd. Lunch at The Corner Store, great pies!! From here straight back to Winchelsea. I ended up with 79.98km on my Garmin, pretty close to the advertised 80km!! Six of us then stayed in Winch for a third coffee at Cafe La Hoot.
Special mention to the rugged RSL trio Ange, Andrew and Paul who rode from Belmont clocking up 140km for the trip!!!
Chris Hu.

John Hagan's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 2.9.18
Although we were bathed in sunshine at the start there were certainly threatening skies in the background. Just 2 riders for our ride on Fathers' Day: Greg and myself. We headed out along the Barwon and up Bellview Ave and took Waurn Ponds Drive and Cape Otway Rd down to Moriac. Raven's Creek Farm was particularly crowded because of Fathers' Day and it was quite a long wait for the coffee. We had sprinted to Moriac to beat the rain but this soon cleared to sunshine as we chatted and waited for the coffee. Our return trip was via Paraparap, Freshwater Creek and Armstrong Creek for a total of about 65km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Ken Gawne's Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads - 1.9.18
Not sure how many riders on this one - but at least Ken, John M and a new rider Mark S. Welcome Mark. It was certainly raining outside when the photo was taken by John M. at Barwon Heads.

A number of GTC Riders - Chris Ha, Chris Hu, POB, and Andrew - on Bicycle Network's You Yangs - Brisbane Ranges GRAVEL Ride 1.9.18
Stats on the Map are from Chris Halpin's bike computer.

Lyn's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 7.6.17
There was a good turn up for the days ride to the Bungalow today:  Heather, Geoff, Trudi, Ian, Ross, Chris H, David, Rolf, Ron, Peter O, Jackie, Mick and me. We left the show grounds down the rail trail to the highway crossed over and travelled a bit then went around the back of Bunnings coming out at Melaluka Road up to the rail trail and down to The Bungalow where there was coffee and a lot of chatter then we headed home. It was great to see all the group again
Thanks for comimg out. Lyn.

Chris Hume's Ride to Torquay via Moriac - Tuesday 5.6.17
Seven riders assembled at JB Hi Fi (near Bunnings!): Chris Ha, Julie, Peter O, Peter J, Lyn L, Rolf and yours truly Chris Hu. It was a very cool morning, wet roads, light winds and the promise of fine weather - a great day for a ride. Headed  to the Moriac General Store for coffee via Waurn Ponds Rd, Reservoir Rd  and Hendy Main Rd. Here three others joined the group: Trudi, Meri and John M. After coffee we continued along Hendy Main Rd, Lyn leaving us Grassdale Rd, to Vickerys Rd and Gundrys Rd. This section was most enjoyable with rolling hills, avenues of eucalypts, no cars and abundant bird life. At Bones Rd the peleton split with three doing the Bells Beach Circuit. On regrouping headed through Jan Juc and onto the Bells Bakery in Torquay for lunch. Here Peter O took over leadership duties heading home via Horseshoe Bend Rd as the two Chrisses went home via Bike Matters and the Ghazeepore Rd dirt.
Chris Hu.

John Hagan leads the ride to Torquay via Barwon Heads & Pt Impossible - Sunday 3.6.17
When we assembled at the Sth Geelong Station we had Meri, Chris Hu, Dr Mike, Peter J, Rolf and John H, who became the ride leader. On travelling down to South Barwon reserve Mark B caught up with us and joined the group. Later on Ross rode in to join us at coffee. After some research I managed to find a cafe we had not visited before - El Nido at The Sands in Torquay. So this was to be our coffee destinationy for the day. But ... the riders had to earn it so we headed down to Sheepwash at Barwon Heads via Lake Rd and then we became separated in Barwon Heads when 2 of the group stopped at the toilets before the bridge and the other stopped at the toilets in the caravan park. The first group did not realise we were in the caravan park so Peter and Meri raced off to try and catch us thinking we were ahead of them and we wern't sure whether we were ahead or not. After a phone call we all joined up at the Point Impossible Road corner. We all (except Mark) headed down the dirt road to Pt Impossible and found it to be rather smooth for our road tyres. After congratulating ourselves we went down the narrow path to join the The Esplanade - however, the early parts of The Esplanade were very rough and we found that this section had been blocked off for cars - but we conquered the road without any spills. Meri said that she had recently attended Ross' lesson on how to ride gravel roads and the information got her through. We then went up Horseshoe Bend Rd and into The Sands area to find El Nido (The Nest) and although the place was quite crowded the cakes and the coffee were delightful. Unfortunately Peter and Rolf had to leave us before the coffee break. Our return trip was via Horseshoe Bend Rd on a day which was nippy at the start but beautiful for the rest.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Update on the RSL Ride to Canberra - Day 2 - Sunday 3.6.17
Well it's been a challenging ride today - we had a couple fall off - it was Paul and Ang luckily no broken bones or serous injuries and the bikes only minor damage. Anyhow we've made it to Tallarook and staying in the Cricket Club Reserve and staying inside the club. The magpie was very friendly (in the photo below) and took food from your hand - that was at the Mt Macedon caravan park yesterday.
David Innes.

Peter Jones' Ride to Accompany the RSL Ride to their first coffee stop on their way to Canberra - Saturday 3.6.17
Special day today our Vet members are heading for the War Memorial in Canberra to lay a remembrance wreath. Departure time was 8-30 am from the RSL, with a bit of effort we eventually got away,  it was amazing the amount of stuff that 6 riders require to ride to Canberra. We took the scenic route down to the Bay trail, around the Bay, picking up Trudi at Rippleside and on to the Hovel trail to Millars in Lara. Very busy morning, took a while for our coffees but everyone filled in the time chatting. The escort group had plenty of time but some of the Vetride were getting a bit toey, they wanted to get to Bacchus Marsh for lunch and to Gisborne for the night. Coffee over it was time to split up, us back home, the Vetride on to Bacchus Marsh. We wished them well and headed home.
Escort riders: Trudi, Rolf, Chris Ha, Dr Mike, Peter O, Tom, Peter M, John H and myself.
Vetride: Ange, Paul, Andrew, Adam, David I, Ken (to Mansfield only).
Cheers, Peter.



The Participants on the Canberra Ride with the bus driver. Ken will do the early stages of the ride.

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday 31.5.17
Seven riders on a cool day with a chance of a shower and/or sun: Mike, Terry, Rolf, David I, Chris Hu, Ted, and myself. We headed down to Torquay via Ocean Acres into a light Southerly, had a little bit of a misty spit and also sunny breaks. Enjoyed our coffee at Mejavo’s and then rolled on home down HSBend Rd with a freshening Southerly to blow us home.
Cheers, Peter.

Lyn's Mystery Ride in lieu of Colac/Red Rock ride postponed until warmer months - Tuesday 29.5.17
A total of 10 keen riders fronted up for a ride of unknown destination and were challenged by strong winds, the threat of rain and a surprise sightseeing tour which included a nasty little climb out. The participants were: Chris Hu & Chris Ha, Peter J & Peter O'Brien, Ken, Julia, Dave Innes, Paul & Ange and myself. We set off along Ghazeepore Rd heading to Blackgate Rd then turning out of Grassdale to Hendy Main, Grays and Forest Rd where the fierce wind was finally behind us.
A welcome respite awaited us at the Chocolatier cafe before we were on our way again along the Great Ocean Rd to Pt Addis where we enjoyed wonderful views of the ocean & surrounding cliffs followed by a steep climb out and on to Jarosite Rd, Bones and into Torquay for more fuel at the bakery in Bell St. Several of us munched on tasty pies while sitting in the warmth of the cafe & having a good chat. On our way again with Chris Hu leaving us to visit the bike shop for some secret shopping.(Dave & Chris having previously gone their separate ways) We travelled along HSB road back to the start at Bunnings for approx 78kms of great cycling. Thanks everyone for your good company and fine riding in a bunch to support all riders in the strong windy conditions.
Lyn.

John Hagan's Ride to Avalon Beach on Sunday 27.5.17
A good turn up of riders in pleasant weather: Mick, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ken, Mike, Peter O'B, Lyn, Greg and your leader John H. Most of this ride followed the water - first the path around Corio Bay, then up Hovells Creek to Lara and down south beside the former salt pans along Avalon Road to Avalon Beach. Three of our riders had not previously visited this out of the way place before. As the wind was a northerly we had to push back against it to arrive at our coffee stop, the Expresso Lounge Cafe, in Lara. The return trip was pleasant with the assisting tail wind back to Geelong.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Saturday 26.5.17
Thirteen riders on time for our ride to The Stoop Torquay today: Meri, Lyn L, Ange, Sue, Paul, Rolf, Ken, Andrew, Adam, Peter O, Tom, David I, Harry and myself. Harry arrived with a  lovely buff but minus helmet so after deciding where we were going he took off for his helmet and met us down in Torquay. Dr Mike and John M were late and guessed incorrectly that we would be heading to The Groove, but it was such a lovely day riding anywhere was great. We took the Ocean Acres option and had a very enjoyable ride with lots of Sun. After a good coffee and chat we returned via HSBend Rd.
Keep those pedals turning. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Ebb & Flow in Barwon Heads on Thursday 24.5.17
Eleven riders for our Barwon Heads Ride: Ange, Trudi, Meri, Paul, David I, Terry, Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter O, Ron and myself. With a light to moderate Westerly our ride down to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd was quite pleasant, cruised around the Sheepwash before stopping at the café on the Bridge Roundabout for coffee. Lots of chatter before we took the 13th Beach option to Blackgate Rd and HSBend Rd for everyone to eventually branch off and head home. Had a very brief sprinkle of a few drops of moisture but in general quite dry if a little overcast.
Life is better on my bike! Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride from Moriac to Aireys Inlet on Tuesday 22.5.17
Six riders today for my ride from Moriac: Julie, David I, Chris Hu and Chris Ha, Dr Mike and myself. Not much scope for a circuit on this course so it was down to Anglesea via Forest Rd. Forecast was not fantastic but turned out quite pleasant, a bit overcast and a little bit of breeze but nothing of any great concern. Enjoyed our coffee in Anglesea then headed out to Urquhart’s Bluff for a bit of a photo opportunity, then on to Airey’s Bakery for a pie, I can vouched for the Pepper Pie, plenty of pepper! Then it was back to Moriac the way we had come, even had some sunny breaks, a most enjoyable ride in really good company.
Cheers, Peter.

Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 20.5.17
Only two starters for today's ride Rolf and Chris Hu and no official ride leader! Anyway we decided to head to Drysdale along the Bellarine Hwy then Swan Bay Rd and onto Princess St. We had a great run with a SW tail wind and were at the Bungalow by 10:00. Not many there at this time at this time of the day had a coffee and chat. We returned via the rail trail which was a pleasant run as the trees offered good protection from the wind. At Melaluka Rd the duo split Rolf heading North and Chris south and headed for home. Quite an enjoyable ride.
Chris Hu.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - Saturday 19.5.17
A great turnout of 16 riders gathered at the Grovedale pub on Saturday morning and naturally split into 2 groups. Geelong RSL was well represented in group A by Andrew, Adam, Paul & Angie, new member Lachie, with Tom and Sue on the tandem. The ride leader was relegated to group B with Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Ken, Lyn, Ron and John H. David and Rolf rotated between the two. Groove cafe in Ocean Grove was the target and we enjoyed a westerly wind for much of the way down Surfcoast Hwy, Boundary, Horshoebend, Warralily, Lake and Barwon Heads roads, around Sheepwash and across the bridge. Coffee and chatter were excellent as usual. Lots of discussion about the planned ride to Canberra in June. Hoping for lots of sunshine!! Returning via 13th Beach was sensational riding before the slog into the wind to Horseshoe Bend. Interesting to see a peloton form to cope better with the wind. Nice return to Geelong city.
Thanks again for a great ride, Chris Ha.

Trudi's Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 17.5.17
With a cold grey start for our ride out to Lara, we had a good show of riders: Peter, Meri, Chris, Mike, Ken, Mark, Andrew, Norm, Rolf, Ron, Dave and me. Setting off on the Ted Wilson path until the Ballarat Rd, turning right onto Ballan Rd. It was a steady push until we reached Stacey's Rd. Then it was a lovely tailwind, to blow us along and down Stacey's Rd. Once onto Bacchus Marsh Rd once again a slow slog, but we were rewarded with another wind assisted push on Windermere Rd. Coffee was at Cafe Blu, some choosing to sit outside in the cold, but the minority sat inside in the warm.  After a nice coffee and chat it was time to get going. The homeward route was the Hovells Creek Path, everyone dropping off at different points to make their way home to the warm. Once again another great day out and about on our bikes, thanks everyone for joining me. " Life is better on a bike "
Trudi.

Lyn's Ride to Pt Addis - the rain scattered riders in a number of direstions - 15.5.18
Ken's Report:
The forecast was not the best but Andrew, both Chris's, David, Ken, Peter J and leader Lyn were starters. We had only gone a little way on Ghazeepore before the rain set in. As most of us were only wearing light jackets we got soaked by the time we turned off the Anglesea Rd into Blackgate. Lyn was cold as well as wet and decided to head home. Ken took over as leader. At the end of Grassdale Ken passed Andrew and David so as to indicate that we were turning left. Ken did, the rest did not (having decided amongst themselves to abandon the ride route and head to Moriac). This decision proved to be somewhat premature as by the time Ken turned into Grays Rd the rain stopped and did not return. An expensive hot chocolate at the Chocolaterie warmed me up and I continued on to Point Addis - the southerly was blowing strong and so Lyn's decision to cancel the original ride from Lorne to Apollo Bay was a smart one. After the climb away from Point Addis, I was never cold again on the remainder of the ride. Horseshoe Bend Rd was traversed at high speed with the wind at my back. Apart from the first hour, I enjoyed my 83km pedal.
Ken.

Peter Jones' Report:
Lots of changes today, the forecast for showers was actually rain which soaked everyone, I had dressed for showers as everyone had, Lyn bailed in Blackgate Road and Ken took over as leader, when everyone reached Hendy Main Rd Ken had disappeared into the mist towards Gray’s Rd and Forest Rd whilst everyone else had decided they were wet enough and a hot coffee at Moriac was a better option so David I, Chris Hu and Ha, Andrew and myself took that option after ringing Ken and leaving a message. Hot coffees and sausage rolls and toasted banana bread went down well before we headed home as the weather cleared.
Cheers, Peter.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong - Karndoor-Kapa Loop of Geelong on Sunday 13.5.18
Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong led the ride today and from their club was Helen and Stella with John H and David I from GTC. The field was a bit small as many were off celebrating Mothers' Day. Dave took us up Church St and then north on the Ted Wilson Trail - with the detour up Matthews Rd where the Trail is cut off due to construction work. This circuit which includes the Bay Trail and Cowies Creek Trail is known as the Karndoor-Kapa Track and is an aboriginal name encompassing the areas we travelled - except we did not do the Cowies Creek part of the trail. We stopped at Moorpanyal Park where there is a stone naming the track. Here we met Shane and Tricia from Cycling Geelong. On heading south we had coffee at The Pickers Union in Geelong North. This time the coffee was hot - good news! David I missed out on the coffee as he had to head home at St Georges Rd to prepare for Mothers' Day celebrations. On the last part of the trail to Rippleside we took the path around the new development on the seashore - not officially opened yet (officially they say 2020) but you can get through at the moment (see 6th photo below). Overall a very pleasant ride at a moderate pace.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 12.5.18
Nine starters assembled at the Grovedale Hotel well rugged up for the cool, breezy (windy!!) conditions: Mark, Chrises Ha and Hu, Andrew, Peter J, Dr Mike, Paul and Ange and Rolf, just back from Japan and raring to go. Headed to the Cheeky Cow following a zig zag course trying to avoid long pushes into the wind. At the BH Airport Chris Ha left us as he had an appointment at the MCG at 2:15. At the Cheeky Cow we hung up our bikes and watched them swing side to side as we were having coffee!! After coffee had a great tail wind along Banks Rd. It was along this stretch that I warned those behind me of glass on the road, about 200m later my rear tyre deflated rapidly!! With the help of the crew, found and removed of the glass shard from the tyre, replaced the tube etc and were soon rolling again. We turned left into Swan Bay Rd  then on to the Bellarine Hwy. Once through Leopold the peleton split up as made their own way home. An enjoyable ride in good company.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday 10.5.18
Only three hardy souls this morning, Ken, Chris Hu and myself. Not sure why, it was a fine sunny day, no rain, a bit of a breeze but it was Westerly so our run straight down Surfcoast Hwy was quite comfy with a side wind. Headed straight to Mejavo's for a coffee before heading home via HSBend Rd. Took the Warralily option which was a bit of a head wind for about 10 minutes then back to a side wind. All in all quite a nice morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

TWO Rides - 1/ Ken's Loop of the Barrabool Hills and Down to Torquay - 109KM - on Tuesday 8.5.18
A glorious morning to ride. "The Cream" did not turn up, neither the Curds nor Whey. So Ken set himself the challenge of doing a solo, non-stop ride over the numerous hills that give this course character. It had been a while since I had ridden Duffields but it did not present a problem. Neither did Bells Blvd, Jarosite or Vickerys but the gentle undulations of Hendy Main were welcome. Passing the Moriac Store I saw Terry out on the deck, so I spent a little over 5 minutes havind a chat - he had ridden out conservatively hoping to have a coffee with the "group"b. It was a good feeling reaching the top of the Pollocksford climb. The light westerly helped me speed along Barrabool before enjoying the fast downhills on Andersons. Turning onto the Princes Hwy my new Garmin froze on 96 kms-so do not believe the info on Strava. I was back the Grovedale just after 1345 and home at 1350 having covered approx 109kms.
Ken.

2/ Mike's Loop to Drysdale & Barwon Heads on Tuesday 8.5.18
It was a glorious autumn day today. Blue skies and light wind. Perfect for cycling. What could possibly go wrong? Eight riders turned up at the showgrounds Mike, Ron, Peter,  Marion, Sarah, Trudie, Julie  and Chris Ha. All seemed excited about the leaders guarantee of a slow paced ride. Everything went very smoothly out to Drysdale with a lovely run up the rail trail. After a nice chat and coffee we proceeded down Princes Street and Grubb Rd  and on to Barwon Heads. After some light refreshments at the rotunda we set off at 28km per hour down 13th beach. As we reached Blackrock Rd we suddenly realised that Marion and Peter in the PA quick phone call revealed that they were 3km back repairing a front wheel puncture on the pino.After a short period Pete and Marion reappeared and we headed off down Blackrock Rd.Much to the leader’s astonishment the pino suddenly veered headlong into a deep grassy ditch beside the road leaving Marion and Pete sprawling in the grass. The front tyre had suddenly gone down and steering had become impossible.Through incredible good fortune both riders were uninjured. Further attempts to repair the Pino understandably were abandoned and Peter and Marion caught a taxi home.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very memorable ride. Mike.

John Hagan's Circuit of Werribee on Sunday 6.5.18
A beautiful day for exploring the trails around Werribee. Seven riders arrived at Watton St in Werribee for the start with Greg and David Innes riding out from Geelong and Ron, Mike, Mick, Peter J and John travelling up by car. We first went west along the Werribee River with the intention of crossing to Little Skeleton Creek but your ride leader missed the turn so we were feeling our way from Tarneit to Hoppers Crossing and eventually arrived at the main Skeleton Creek Trail. We then did a short part of the Federation Trail and Peter Jones suggested a better way of crossing the Princes Freeway by using Palmers Rd at Williams Landing and then back on Skeleton Creek Trail to take us through to the Bay. Next we travelled around the waterways of Sanctuary Lakes and arrived at Alamanda Cafe & Bistro at Point Cook for coffee. There was a long wait here for coffee and it was nearly midday but watching the bird life on the lake in the sunshine made the waiting worthwhile. We returned to the Federation Trail and came in to Werribee on the Werribee River from the other direction. Our total distance for the circuit was 46km. David rode home along the Highway for a much higher total.
Keep on Riding, John.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 5.5.18
Ten riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel for today's ride: Peter J, Ron, David I, Ange, Paul, Andrew, Dr Mike, Ken Greg and Chris Hu. We headed down to Warralily  then Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd, 13th Beach Rd etc to the Groove. Enjoyed a moderate NW tail wind on the outward journey and a bit of a head wind on the way home. We took the shortest way home via Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd etc. A most enjoyable ride and all arrived home without getting wet!
Chris.


Ted's Ride to Moorabool Valley Chocolate on Thursday 3.5.18
Five Club members were waiting patiently at the Showgrounds at 9 am for the arrival of the ride leader and were almost ready to give up on him when I arrived claiming traffic on Latrobe Terrace was “horrendous”. We thought a late start was the worst that could happen but despite my meticulous pre planning and bringing a map a few navigation errors later that theory was proved wrong. Anyway, David, Ron, Andrew, Chris Hu, Sarah, Ian and myself finally managed to find the elusive chocolate factory and settled for a well deserved coffee/hot chocolate about 10:45. As you can see from the ride map the route could have been more direct but a bit of a detour was good for the legs as we managed to get the ride up to 38 klms in the end. Two interesting high/low lights were the new path around the new apartments at Rippleside which is a pleasant way to get to St Helens and the flooded tunnel under Thompsons Road which needs to be avoided. It was good to welcome back Ian after an absence of a couple of months and Sarah who we hadn’t seen for nearly a year. Peter’s J and O were late withdrawals. PO did not bring a note for the teacher but PJ’s puncture on the Haas seemed a reasonable excuse. The trip home via the Barwon River track was uneventful however my curiosity got the better of me at the rowing clubs where I had to find out what the people were doing with their white eel and statue. It turned out to be preparations for a passive demonstration about the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef which they were planning to coincide with the Mount to Mouth walk this Sunday. Thanks to everyone for putting up with my poor navigation today. I will accept a week’s suspension without appeal.
Ted.

Meri's Ride to Moriac and Bannockburn on Tuesday 1.5.18
A sunny and fresh start to our ride with Dave, Mark, Julie, Mike, Trudi, Angela, Paul, Andrew, Ken and myself, hoping for a wonderful ride with the forecast of very little wind. Down Cementi Hill and on To Merrawarp Road where we hooked up with Lyn who had ridden over from home. Continuing on over The Barrabool Hills and onto the General Store at Moriac for a coffee break. Sitting in the sun which by now was warm, was lovely, but we had some distance still to cover. So out to Hortips Road and Considines Road, heading North to the great downhill run on Pollocksford Road. Stopping at the Barwon River Bridge for a photo or two and then up the Hamilton Highway, down Burnside road to Bannockburn for lunch. Paul, Ange and Andrew had ridden in from here, so were leaving the rest of us to ride home out the highway with three less. Dave suggested we ride up the service road out of Batesford which was a far safer option, though the gradient was far greater also.  A sensible option without a doubt. Astonishing what some achieved. Julie hadn’t ridden for quite a while and managed extremely well, Mike had ridden for the previous 15 days consecutively and pushed through, the Bannockburn contingent continue to ride in to do the ride from the “starting point” and remain cheerfully fit. Great stuff!!
Thanks to everyone for a great day riding in the sun. Tomorrow is a rest day .... Yay!!
Meri.

Ron's Ride to Piknik at Swan Bay on Sunday 29.4.18
7 Riders turned up today: Chris Ha, Dr. Mike, Paul and Ange,  Andrew, Chris Hu and Ron. We hit the Rail Trail watching the approaching rain on a still morning around the back of Leopold shops on to the Rail Trail.   100 metres later I spotted Paul slowing to a stop with a puncture.   We waited and noticed him pull out a large canister from his container.    First time use become complicated.   After 15mins. Paul decided to leave the group and limp on back to his Ute with Ange in tow. "Magnificent composure and decision making". So we pushed on and headed off to "Piknik" for Coffee. Puncture No. 2 for Chris Hu,.  By then it had dried up and the sun was out.  We left "Piknik" with smiles and wondering what else would happen on this fun morning continuing on the Bellarine Highway. Mike told us he had lost his goggles before finding them on the back of his helmet. "Who put them there"??? Thanks for a fun filled morning and thanks also to Mike for the photos.
Ron.

Ken's Ride to Torquay on Saturday 28.4.18
13 Riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel carpark on a very chilly but sunny morning. Trudi, both Chris’s, David Innes, Meri and Lovro, Lyn, Ange and Paul, Sue and Tom on the tandem, Mike and ride leader Ken.  The group negotiated the several sets of traffic lights on Torquay Rd before turning right and warming up on the gentle climb up Whites. Lovro, on his first club ride for many months, appreciated the downhill on Ghazeepore leading to Dickins. The group spread out on the stretch on the Anglesea Rd to Coombes and then rode mainly single file before turning into Ocean Acres. The Coffee Club in Bristol Rd provided good seating outdoors in the sunshine.  Peter Jones, all smiles and dressed in lycra, joined us here – he assured us he was fit to ride even though he did not have a medical clearance. Chris Hume left us at the intersection of Horseshoe Bend and  Blackgate to clock up some extra kms out towards Ocean Grove. The remainder of the group must have been feeling a little weary as only Lyn, Trudi, Peter and Ken completed the Kalkarra/Kestrel loop before continuing along HSB to Warralily Blvd.  No “serious racing” today but a very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Ken Gawne .

Mike's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 26.4.18
The forecast was for 19 degrees with a medium strength westerly. Only four riders showed up at Bunnings for the Thursday ride.  Mike, Ken, Chris Hu, and Ted. Mike was elected team leader, despite pleading a lack of detailed geographical knowledge of the Moriac region.  Ken soon received a phone call from Lynn who was wondering why she was the only rider at Grovedale pub. We set off up Ghazeepore Road where we met Lynn, and proceeded via Dickens Rd to  Anglesea Rd. After negotiating the tricky right hand turn we had a very pleasant run up Blackgate Rd encountering only one car. We arrived at Moriac to meet Meri and Trudy. After a very pleasant coffee break we proceeded home with a lovely  tail wind down Reservoir Rd and on to  to Waurn Ponds Drive. At this stage something inexplicable possessed us and we decided to climb Cochranes Rd to Ceres. Then it was downhill all the way to Geelong. Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very enjoyable ride.
Mike.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac, Bells Beach, Jan Juc, Torquay and back home to Geelong on Tuesday 24.4.18
This morning Ken, Mike, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Paul, Angie, David I and myself met at the start line at Bunnings to head off to Moriac.  Before departing we were greeted by Jacki and David Rae who were doing a bit of early morning shopping at Bunnings.  It was great to catch up with both Jacki and David who were looking extremely fit given all the walking they have been doing since David had his fall from the bike.  David still has his right arm in a sling and hopefully he will have full use of the arm in about two weeks time.
We navigated the normal ride route along Waurn Ponds Drive, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road to Moriac.  Trudi and Meri rode a different route and joined us at Moriac as well as Peter Jones, who being out of action, decided to take the easy way and drove down.  Well, it was like old home week with Jacki and David also arriving and everyone enjoying catching up.
We left Peter, Jacki and David and rode along Forrest Road to Bells Beach and continued on to Jan Juc for lunch at the Swell Cafe.  Back on our bikes we headed through Torquay to Horseshoe Bend Road and returned to Geelong. Distance travelled 82kms.
Regards, Peter O.

Snday Ride which split up after Freshwater Creek - 22.4.18
Here is Rolf's report:
Ange, Paul, Dr Mike, Chris Hume, David Innes, John Hagen and Rolf K. assembled at the South Geelong station at 9 a.m. for the official 40km ride as was posted on the website. John wanted to go a bit further, so the group split up at Blackgate Road, David and Rolf continuing on along the Angelsea Road to Coombes Road and through Ocean Acres to Torquay.  Coffee was had at the ex Kobo coffee shop and then we continued on to HSB Road and along the river to home. By the time we passed South Geelong station again, we had covered 60.5km, so just a little over 50% above the advertised distance.  I hope the rest of the group enjoyed their extended ride like we did. Cheers, Rolf.
John H's report:
We ended up doing just one kilometre more at 61km and went to coffee at Uforic Foods Cafe in Mt Duneed. As we had covered about 47km by this time we decided to come straight back along the Surf Coast Highway.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 21.4.18
On a cool and slightly foggy morning ten riders headed off to the Groove from the Grovedale Hotel: Peter M, Tom and Sue on the tandem, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ange, Paul, Adam and Chris Hu. The route was via Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd 13th Beach Rd etc to the Groove returning along 13th Beach Rd again then Lake Rd etc to home. The pace quite quick  at times! As the morning progressed the fog disappeared and we enjoyed fine still weather, great for cycling, not like last Saturday!!
Chris Hu.

David Innes' Loop to Millars in Lara on Thursday 19.4.18
Thursdays ride was out to Lara via Lovely Banks after meeting at Church Street. Only 4, including myself, were up for the challenge. It would of been 5 but Meri turned up on her bike disgusted that her bikes electronic gears once again had failed her through lack of charge after she had just got it back from the bike shop so unfortunately she went home. It was a cold start but later warmed up to a beautiful day with a couple of us having jackets on for the first time - a sign of things to come I think. We took off along the Wilson Trail out to Lovely Banks with scenic views of the bay then along the Bacchus Marsh Highway enjoying the sunshine and very light winds reaching speeds of up to 31 kph heading into Lara. It was easy pedalling as we headed to Millars to our usual favoured coffee stop. After coffee we headed back along the Hovel Trail, a nice mornings cycling thanks to Rolf, Norm Lowe and Dr Mike who's recovering from his injured wrist.
David Innes.

What our Riders are up to - Lyn & Kens ride to Mt Buller on Wednesday 18.4.18
It was a beautiful sunny morning of 8 degrees when we rolled out from the Pinnacle Valley resort for a 6km warm up before hitting the base of the climb. From then on a steady slog to the first stop at the Indian (the halfway point - see photo) for a snack break. We continued slowly & surely up the mountain, past waterfalls & wonderful alpine scenery, with the strong scent of eucalyptus in our nostrils. Past the switchbacks, under the chairlift and onto Hells corner, for the final ascent to the village, a tough 1.5 km climb. After a short photo break we donned our jackets for an exhilarating 16km descent which was our reward for all the hard work. A total ascent of 1300 mts.
Cheers Lyn L.

Dargo Tour MAP

Chris Halpin's Report on The Dargo Tour
The usual starting point for a trip to Gippsland is the 5.22am from Waurn Ponds.  The first phone call was Peter at 5.20am – “On the wrong train??”  With that crisis quickly remedied we made our way to Southern Cross for the connecting train to Bairnsdale.  Traditional lunch at the pie shop and off we trekked, heading north out to Wy Yung, turning onto the Calulu Rd - Great names, eh?
With Chris Hu’s skillful navigation we rode along the north face of the bountiful Mitchell River valley, with lots of ups and downs, crossing the river at a brand new bridge at Glenaladale.  It was now that we started climbing, up Friday-Alexanders Road and down into the Echo Bend Caravan Park. This was a very pleasant surprise.  On-site vans dotted around a grass and bush setting, adjacent to the Den of Nargun and the Mitchell River National Park.  The riding was challenging on this minor gravel road and veery steep in parts but no problem for us and very little traffic.  The Park was a perfect setting, comfy caravans, a couple of quiet school groups, and most importantly, our camp cook for the occasion – Mr Patrick Halpin. Pat cooked up a feast and aided by a glass of very pleasant red wine we all slept like logs.
Up with the Kookaburras, we froze watching Pat cook bacon and eggs for an early breakfast.  More bacon and eggs for a packed lunch – perfect service – we wished Pat goodbye and set off quite early for Dargo.  Some gravel up the hill till we met the main Dargo road, and then bitumen all the way from there. This was a lovely ride, amazing scenery, perfect weather, capable bikes and again very little traffic.  A very pleasant lunch stop was by the Castleburn Creek, which was dry as chips - East Gippsland badly needs rain. Lots more hills into Dargo and my legs were feeling it.  We stayed at the Dargo River Inn, one of several accommodation options.  This place was very comfortable and well appointed.  Dinner at the Dargo Hotel was a feature.  Menu options included Parma plus whatever pizza topping of your choice.  Traditional, Napoli, Salami, Aussie (with 2 eggs), even an Avocado deluxe presumably for the greenies??
An even earlier start for Peter and me next morning, trying to keep ahead of the climbers. The route back to Stratford returns along the Dargo rd about 30Km to the Freestone Creek turn-off.   This gave us another aspect of yesterdays hills.  Greg calls this ‘Just a repetition’, I called it something else!!
Anyway, the mysterious Freestone Creek ROAD(?) proved a delight.   A very little used track through some of the least travelled parts of Gippsland.  A rough but reasonably graded track, which our bikes handled well, and pretty much all down hill for about 3 hours.  Fantastic.  A humorous moment when a navigational error on our mapping App meant the ‘mountain’ we were expecting to have to climb was actually an unnecessary sidetrack to a fire tower.  Peter was very pleased.  And so back onto the bitumen and civilization, then into Briagolong for a welcome drink, cake and rest.  Then the last leg onto Stratford and a reviver drink with some friendly locals.  Unfortunately a medical emergency delayed our return train and we didn’t get home till about 1am.  Made for a big, but very pleasant trip.  Perfect weather, no bike problems, fantastic scenery catering and accommodation, and good company.
Thanks Peter O (especially for the last minute call-up), Greg and Chris Hu for such great company.
Chris Ha.

Dargo Tour - Day One - 17.4.18

About ready to head to the hills



Our leader with Mitchell River in background



Is there a problem.?



Peter’s new bike



Where is the bitumen?



Are we there yet ?



Our leader's penthouse.

Dargo Tour - Day Two - 18.4.18



No bike gear here. 2 degrees crickey.



Let stay on the main road.



We will be returning to this point tomorrow.



Chris and Chris humming along.



Lunch stop.



Up market accommodation everything you need is provided.

Dargo Tour - Day Three - 19.4.18



Great Scenery.

Lovely Sunrise.

Life is good on a bike!

At Castleburn Hill.

The Fab Four.

Blue Pools on the Freestone Creek.

Magnificent Bitumen.

On the return journey at entrance to Freestone Creek Road.

The outdoor guys.

Slow as we go.

Naturally under brakes.

Peter Jones' Bellarine 100+ on Tuesday 17.4.18
Seven riders to start our ride to Queenscliff via Portarlington: Trudi, Meri, Rolf, David I, Ron, Andrew and myself. Took the usual route via Queenscliff Rd and BRT through Leopold, picked up Mark at the Port Rd crossing. Caught up and chatted with Zdenka and Elizabeth before we left the Showgrounds and latter at Jetty Rd and Port Rd beyond Drysdale. Meri pulled the pin at Drysdale because the battery which was supposedly charged last night for her Di2 gears went flat, Trudi couldn’t face riding the rest of the way without her mate so turned back with her. The cream continued on to the Bakery at Portarlington for a coffee and then on to Rollin Pin Queenscliff for lunch. Mark, Rolf and Andrew disappeared into the distance and missed the turn onto the BRT into Queenscliff, it took a little time for the bunch to come together for lunch then home via the Queenscliff Rd. A most enjoyable day on the bike, a pleasure to not have the roaring gale of the weekend.
Cheers Peter.

John Hagan's Mainly DIRT Ride to St Leonards on Sunday 15.4.18
Despite most of the photos showing bitumen underneath most of the ride was on DIRT. Peter J, Greg and John H travelled approximately 76km with the very strong wind mainly behind us on the trip to St Leonards but with squalls of rain coming through from time to time. We rode first to Drysdale where the main advertised ride was to start from, but alas, the prevailing weather had put all other comers off a ride this morning. Our first port of call after the railway station at Drysdale was a visit to The Basin, which according to historical documents, is an extinct volcano. We then exited Basin Rd to Princess St heading up the hill to Andersons Rd. Greg had recently ridden the section of this road further East and told us it was in a terrible state. We headed down to Soho Rd and decided to risk those awful corrugations and found that the graders had been and smoothed it out beautifully for us. We took all the back tracks to St Leonards and settled inside The Fig Tree for coffee. Our return trip was via Coatsworth and Scotchmans Rds and then the Bellarine Rail Trail to Geelong. We met quite a few riders doing the Ride the Bellarine, who were doing the ride to raise money to end Polio. Our first encounter was on the way out on the Bellarine Rail Trail at Curlewis and we found ourselves riding with Dave Simpson and Terry Power from the Wheels on Wednesday Group that some of our GTC riders do. We encountered the riders at two other places as we crossed main roads. The return trip was into a fierce headwind with a number of showers. Seeing all those rarely travelled roads was a delight even though it was through rain speckled glasses.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Ride to Torquay on a Wet & Windy Morning - Saturday 14.4.18
Three optimists for todays ride, Rolf, Chris Hu and myself, discussed the options, nothing in the East as that would mean a dead block headwind coming home, maybe West to Moriac, but we were there on Thursday so South to Torquay would seem to be the way. Took the usual route through Ocean Acres with plenty of tailwind, as it was expected to go more West when the front arrived we were hoping it wouldn’t be too bad on HSBend Rd which sort of turned out right with the wind mainly on the side and a little ahead. It  was a little wet even though we waited at Mejavo’s and had a second coffee before plunging into the showers. Arrived home a little before 12-00 wet but happy to have been out for a ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Meri's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills on Thursday 12.4.18
A bit windy and a few drops of rain, and a warm start to our ride, with Rolf, Peter O, Norm, Chris Hu, David I, Peter J, Paul and Ange, Andrew, Trudi and myself. Left top of Church Street for Queens Park Bridge and up the Scenic Road. Met Chris Ha at the bridge and continued up Scenic Road, Right turn at the top took us to the dreaded Grantham Road Hill, onto Barrabool Road to Ceres. A lot of climbing, but certainly no one was incapable of the strenuous climb. Good to see riders taking the initiative to find an easier/safter path. Out the Barrabool Hills after the wonderful downhill from Ceres. Turned left at Hendy Main Road, to be treated to some rather strong side wind gusts into Moriac. Just before the highway Terry joined us for the run into Ravens Creek Farm for coffee. Lyn L and Ken joined us for coffee after riding out and up Pollocksford Road. After coffee, many headed home, hoping for and getting a tailwind most of the way. Four of us wended our way to Gnarwarre and on to Pollocksford Road and home via the Hamilton Highway. Again, the last straight was with a tail wind. Yay. Thanks for a great ride and company with variable weather. Who cares! We were out "in it".
Meri.

Naming of Cycling Building on Criterium Track - Wednesday 11.4.18
Today the Mayor of Geelong, Bruce Harwood, named the new cycling building on the Criterium Track after Geelong's most famous cyclist, RUSSELL MOCKRIDGE. Click here for more details on Russell. In the photo below Bruce is in the blue shirt, Melissa Mockridge who is Russell's daughter is in the centre of the picture, with John Burtt, the President of Geelong Cycling Club, and Rod Charles on the right. Rod has written the History of Cycling in Geelong. GTC hope to make use of the building in the future.
John H.


Peter O'Brien's Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday 10.4.18
We had an interesting start to today’s ride with David I having two punctures even before leaving the Fyansford car park. We didn’t know it at the time, but more excitement was in store for us. Ken, Lyn L, Andrew, David I, Paul, Angie, Tom, Michael and myself got straight down to business and cruised up the Hyland Street hill. We took the Ted Wilson Trail where we were joined by Meri and Trudi and headed to Anakie Road with the goal of riding to Parkers Road. It was along this section that Mike had a puncture and ‘mechanic Meri’ assisted Michael in carrying out repairs. The ride along Parkers Road was exhilarating on the downhill section but daunting on the incline.
Today’s coffee break was at the Red Dog Café Bannockburn and it was here that Michael took a tumble on the slippery tiles just as we were all about to disembark. Michael continued to ride so we hope he’s okay. Fully fuelled we headed to Teesdale and just out of Bannockburn Angie had a major mishap with her bike. The derailleur had twisted and locked up the wheel forcing Angie to end her ride. Luckily Paul and Tom were on the ride today so they headed off to get the car in order to get Angie and her bike back home. At this stage we were only half way through the ride and I was wondering what else could possibly go wrong. We continued onto Teesdale and then Inverleigh where we enjoyed a lunch break. From there we rode into a slight headwind back to Geelong with the good news being we noted substantial improvements to the road shoulder on the Hamilton Highway. Total distance travelled 75kms.
Peter O.

Chris Halpin's Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie on Sunday 8.4.18
Sunday Combined ride to the Anglesea Chocolaterie started off a beautiful morning. Five Cycling Geelong members (David, Russell, Doug, John & Linton) joined Chris Hu, Greg and myself at the Station meeting point. Unfortunately Doug punctured as he arrived and was forced to quit after more bad luck. Off we set on John Hagan’s prepared route to Anglesea via the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek, Torquay Baarnip and Ghazeepore Roads. Here we met up with guest rider Graham on a well used Salsa Gravel Grinder. Quick Introductions and onwards again to Dickens and Blackgate where the weather spat the dummy and decided to turn quite nasty. Gusty North Westerlies followed us along Forest road and into the Chocolaterie. Not a good spot in the school holidays - the place was packed, but we did manage to down several of their famous fudge brownies. Further gusty tail winds pushed us down the road to Torquay before we turned into Horseshoe Bend Road for a bit of a slog back home. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable and challenging ride.
Chris Ha.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 7.4.18
Fifteen riders for today's ride: Trudi, Meri, Ken, Peter M, Peter O, Sue, Dr Mike, Thomas, Paul, Ange, Lyn L, Adam, Andrew, Rolf and yours truly Chris Hu. We did one of the popular Saturday rides heading to the Groove via Torquay Rd, Warralily Blvd, Lake Rd and Barwon Heads Rd returning via 13th Beach Rd and Horseshoe Bend Rd. Had a pleasant stop at the Groove, plenty of room today, and the service was excellent as usual. The weather was great for riding, sunny cool and little breeze. All in all a most enjoyable morning on the bike. Thanks to Peter O for doing "kelpie" duties.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Thursday 5.4.18
Thirteen riders to Torquay on an overcast and cool day: Meri, Trudi, Lyn L, Ken, Rolf, Terry, Mick, Mike C, Dr Mike, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Peter O and myself. Took the Ocean Acres route as we often do. The Grossman’s Rd sprint was hotly contested, Mick sprinted away closely followed by a bit of a breakaway until Terry put the power on, his legs were pumping like pistons, I went into the red zone to get on his wheel, then some Roadworks forced a slowdown and the break closed behind us very quietly, as the road cleared about 400 mtrs from the lights Rolf powered through catching us all by surprize, Mick powered past with Dr Mike with the pedal to the metal, in all the excitement I’m not really sure who was first but great fun was had by all. Following coffee it was home via HSBend Rd, a fun morning on the bike in good company.
Cheers, Peter. .

David Innes' Ride to Lara & Little River on Tuesday 3.4.18
Tuesday morning turned up a good number of riders all keen to go on a day that was cloudyand dry with little to no wind. Our destination was to be Avalon Beach but later over coffee it was decided that as we've been there before with little to see except some squatters huts it wasn't worth the risk of another GTC rider fall along the corrugated dirt Rd. Our first stop was at our old fav Millars coffee shop where the setting and scenery is always nice and the coffee too. From there we headed for Little River via the old Mel Rd and as we left out the Avalon beach we decided to head further afield riding past the Werribee turn off turning left to eventually end up on the Rd back to the You Yangs and a nice down hill run into Lara via Flinders Rd. Lunch was welcomed a little over due as it was after 12.30 but well earned. I myself had to leave but I'm sure everyone enjoyed the ride and best of all incident free no! Falls! Thanks to all those that attended the following were: Trudi, Zac, Chris H, Peter J, Rolf K, Ron L, Meri L, Paul and Ang, POB, Andrew.
David.

Chris Hume's Unofficial Ride along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Queenscliff on Easter Monday - 2.4.18
Magnificent weather for riding on this holiday Easter Monday so Chris led us out along the Rail Trail to Queenscliff. Riding today were from L to R below: John, Lyn, Mick, Jean, Greg, Barry and Chris. Our coffee spot was Lix Cafe at the Queenscliff Marina and this was followed by a tour of the town as Chris had lived here as a young boy. We were amazed by the number of people out walking or riding, especially on the dirt sections of the Rail Trail. We came back to Leopold to the Rolling Pin Bakery for lunch and most of the riders finished their trip there. Greg had left us at the first coffee stop to do his 100km for the day. Thanks to Chris for organizing the day.
John H.

Chris Hume's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 1.4.18
There were 6 riders who started from the station this morning: Peter J, Paul, Ange, Greg, Rolf and Chris Hu. All were early due to being the end of daylight saving. We used some back streets through Geelong to get to the top of Cementey Hill, here we were joined by Trudi and Leo. Downwards and onwards to Hamilton Hwy, Merrawarp Rd then Barrabool Rd here we met up with John near Devon Rd, peleton of 9 now. Continued along Barabool Rd then Hendy Main Rd to Moriac. Disaster!! No coffee!! Both options closed!! Decided to go to Waurn Ponds for coffee. Headed there via Resevoir Rd, Pettavel Rd, Waurn Ponds Dr then Waurn Ponds Creek Path. We had a well earned break at Panache, coffee and cake for some. After a pleasant chat there we split into three groups and headed home. A great day to be out riding.
Chrus Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale and Return via Barwon Heads on Saturday 31.3.18
15 riders for our Saturday morning ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale. Ange, Lyn L, Sue, Trudi, Leo, Rolf, David I, Ken, John H, Andrew, Chris Hu, Ron, Paul, visitor Peter M and myself. We headed out to Drysdale via the usual course to the BRT and Jetty Rd and Wyndam Rd. Extremely busy at the cafe because of the Easter Holiday, a bit slow on the ordering but eventually everyone had their coffee. Had arranged to meet David and Jackie for coffee so was nice to catch up with them. David is doing well and healing fast. Came home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd with some taking the Thacker option through Ocean Grove, big hold up for cars getting over the Barwon Heads Bridge, it was nice to pass them all on our bikes.
A most enjoyable Autumn day for riding. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 29.3.18
Ten riders for my ride to Lara: Trudi, Rolf, Mike C, Ted, Peter O, Ron, Chris Hu, Andrew, visitor Gary, (Rolf’s neighbour) and myself. We headed out the Ted Wilson Trail, left on to Creamery Rd the right on to Blue Stone Bridge Rd. Climbed the hill to the ridge and enjoyed the views over Geelong to Corio Bay. Took Anakie Rd to Ballan Rd and enjoyed a good run along Staceys Rd with a nice tailwind and to Millars Café via Patoulos for a very enjoyable coffee. After coffee and chat returned to Geelong via the Hovell Trail. A most enjoyable morning on the bike in excellent company.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Circuit of Melbourne on Tuesday 27.3.18
Eight riders for our cruise around the Capital Trail, Rolf, David I, Zdenko, Chris Ha, Ross, Peter O, Ted and myself, left about 15 minutes late after a difficult drive to Melbourne. A truck fire near Little River closed the Geelong Rd for hours meaning a drive via the back roads.
Headed off and got about 2klm before a bit of adventure riding left one rider’s skills a little wanting. Another 1klm and a loud bang signified a rear tyre blowout and a replacement tube. Didn’t take long to change but a little delayed when the gas bottle was another dud, seem to have had a few of those lately.
Peter O supplied another gas cannister and we were soon on our way past the Marina over the Yarra and through Docklands. At the turn to the Capital Trail a French Cycle tourer who had been following us along was asked where she was going, when she said Geelong we suggested she not follow us but head towards Williamstown. Hope she got there ok, she had ridden from Sydney so I guess she has some good map reading skills.
A later start meant hanging out a little for coffee but we were soon at the coffee shop satisfying our craving before continuing on to Dights Falls where we connected with the Main Yarra Trail. After a word of warning at coffee about a “wall” that pops up after a blind corner everyone was ready and all would have handled it but for a dropped chain at the wrong time.
We stopped at Dights Falls and were entertained by a couple of kayakers practicing their white water skills. Followed the Main Yarra Trail into Melbourne, lunch at the Food Court Southgate before heading back to the cars via the Light Rail Trail. A short but very pretty ride in good company.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's 100km Ride to Sutherlands Ck, Shelford & Inverleigh on Sunday 25.3.18
A pleasing turnout of five riders for our hard ride today, especially as the wind was so strong and there was light rain as we started. Those who braved the elements were: Peter O'B, David I, Greg A, Ken and your ride leader John H. To make sure the ride was of 100km we headed out the Steiglitz Rd to Sutherlands Ck and crossed the Moorabool on Parker Rd before climbing the other side into the wind on Clyde Hill Rd. After a short stop at Bannockburn we headed west through Teesdale to Summer Sensations Cafe and Berry Gardens a few km before the turn point at Shelford. We then followed the Leigh River valley to the Hamilton Highway just out of Inverleigh. At this stage we had a roaring wind behind us to take us back into Geelong. Despite the wind it was an enjoyable journey with good company.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Solo Ride to Moriac 25.3.18
Chris Hu was due to do the easy ride today but he was the only one to turn up. As you can see from the report above, the weather was rather challenging with the very strong WNW winds. Chris rode out to Moriac and had coffee at the Moriac Store.


Peter Jones' Ride to Ceres on Saturday 24.3.18
As I rode out to the Grovedale Pub in a light spit of rain I wondered if anyone else would be as silly as me. Having studied the radar I could see a lot of blue heading my way. Great surprise to see Paul and Ange waiting in the car, bet they were hoping no one else would come and they could head off home in their nice warm car. I had already decided that I would be doing a nice short circuit, I included a bit of a climb so although short we would get a workout. In the light rain we headed up to Heyers Rd, across to Waurn Ponds Blvd, right turn into Cochranes Rd and on to Barrabool Rd. The rain increased and we even had some lightning and thunder, as we rolled into Highton Paul and Ange decided they were wet enough and to stop for coffee probably wasn’t a good idea, better to keep going back to Grovedale and their car. Good move I reckon so we split at Roslyn Rd and headed home, a wet and soggy ride but I felt good for having been out on the bike. No photos, too wet.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Thursday 22.3.18
Fourteen riders for my ride today, Julia, Lyn L, Marion, Ken, Rolf, Ross, Terry, Dr Mike, Andrew, David I, David L, Peter O, Ted and myself. Trudi had some lame excuse for not riding because her brand new Grand Daughter Indi had just arrived, have to do better than that Trudi. Although the ride was down as Barwon Heads took the opportunity to go to Groove instead seeing we missed out on Saturday, not too busy today. Bit of a head wind to get there but after our coffee it was lovely to cruise along 13th Beach with a nice tailwind. The bunch split at the end of the Blackrock path, some taking Blackgate and HSBend Rd the others heading towards Barwon Heads Rd and Warrilly Blvd. Held up for a few minutes at the roadworks on Barwon Heads Rd. The bunch came back together at HSBend Rd and split again as everyone headed for home. Very pleasant riding, a good morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter .

David Innes Ride to Moriac, Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 20.3.18
Cool,  cloudy and blustery winds would be a fair discription of the weather that met us for Tuesdays  ride a good number of riders turned up to take on the challenge with PJ, Meri and Trudi taking the hilly route to Moriac which was our first stop for coffee. Heading to Moriac we went along Barwon river path Barwon reserve eventually onto the surf cost highway then Bunyip bike path to Gazzapore road far less hilly which most appreciated along the way we collected couple of stragglers in Paul and Ang who had to play catch up as there wasn't any parking available at the train station. Coffee at the general store was good as usual and after some time and polite conversation we headed off but on a not so usual route along larcomes road towards parraparap then onto the Anglesea road where Rolf paul and Ang left us as we headed into bells and Jan Juc with our final destination Torquay were the rest had lunch. This is where I had left and handed the lead over to Peter jones till then was thankfully uneventful with no accidents or broken bones the ride enjoyable if not a little challenging because of the windy conditions but all in all everyone enjoyed the ride. I myself recorded 103 km's for the day with most doing roughly the same. Thanks to the following who attended: Greg Allerton, Ross Glover, Ken Gawne, Chris Hume, Rolf Kohner, Ron Little, Meri L, Trudi, Peter Jones, Paul & Ange McMahon, Mike T and Ted.
David I .

John Hagan's Solo Ride Around Geelong - Sunday 18.3.18
There was quite a bit of waiting on this ride - first, to see if anyone else would turn up with severe weather threatening and secondly, the need to sit out the first part of the storm. When there were no other takers for the ride I headed down to Corio Bay as a rather fierce storm came through - sheltering behind the Carousel. Before it had completely subsided I crossed to The Edge for a coffee. I decided to do a loop out to Lara with very interesting sea vistas with the dark storm receding in the background. Then I followed the Freeway and Ted Wilson Path and made my way to Fyansford. I was nearly blown over about 4 times and at one stage had to get off the bike and brace myself against the bike to stay upright. Going down Hyland St to Fyansford I was hit by stinging hail and a short dust storm - was only doing 25kph down the hill! The concluding part along the Barwon was much more peaceful with the wind behind. A challenging but enjoyable 51km.
Keep Riding, John H.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Paddock Cafe in Wallington - Saturday 17.3.18
Seventeen riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel car park for today's ride: Greg, Trudi, Dr Mike, Peter O, Peter J, Paul and Ange, Lyn, Meri, Ken, Ross, Terry, Andrew, Ron, Rolf, David I and Chris Hu. We headed to Ocean Grove via Torquay Rd, Warralily Drive, Horshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd (here Greg left us), 13th Beach Rd etc heading to the Groove. When we arrived there it was very crowded!!! Rolf suggested we continue onto the Elk (Horn) cafe which we did. Now called The Paddock Cafe there was plenty of room and very good service. After Coffee continued along Wallington Rd to Bellarine Hwy and back to Geelong. The weather was great with very little wind and mild temperature. Thanks to Ross and Peter J for being kelpies for this large group.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Starfish Bakery in Barwon Heads on Thursday 15.3.18
Fine cool day for a ride to Starfish Barwon Heads - Jackie, Trudi, Meri, Ange, David I, David R, Paul, Andrew, Chris Hu, Rolf, Terry, Burnie, Mike, Norm, Ken and myself. Could almost say we had 18 as President Ross called in on the way home to Torquay after his Tassie trip. Took the Surfcoast Highway to Warralily and through to Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd. Everything going well until a large sand truck passed us going in the opposite direction throwing up lots of dust and grit which caused some in the bunch to slow, a moment's inattention and Dave R is on the ground with a broken collar bone, maybe a broken scapular (awaiting CT scan). Ambulance called and a bit of an enforced break. After the ambulance arrived and looked after our patient we left Jackie to organise the paramedics and we rolled on to Starfish with no further incident. Enjoyed a coffee and then rolled home via 13th Beach, Blackgate and HSBend Rds. Apart from David's unfortunate accident, a most enjoyable ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Rippleside to Melbourne on Tuesday 13.3.18
Chris Hume,  Zac,  Meri, Trudi, Rolf, Chris Halpin, Ken, Andrew, Peter J, Ron, David I  and myself departed from Rippleside and headed to Lara.  At Lara Ted & Ian joined the peloton and we proceeded along back roads to Little River (where Ted did a U-turn) and onto Werribee.  After 50kms, a number of riders were chafing at the bit for a coffee break so we stopped at the Coffee Pot Café in Watton Street, Werribee.
Back on our bikes we headed to the Federation Trail and to Yarraville.  There’s lots take in along this section of the trail, from the open plains through to industrial sites with their variety of smells, both good and bad, as you ride along.  There were many roads to be crossed, the majority well controlled with bicycle signals.  Unfortunately, like many other bike trails, this trail ends in no man’s land.  You need to meander through streets to link-up with the Bay Trail and then the Capital Trail at which point you cross the Maribyrnong river onto Footscray Road.  It was here that Ken decided to leave us and head back to Geelong. As we rode towards Docklands, the path along Footscray Road provided a fantastic view of the Melbourne city skyline.  We crossed the Yarra River near North Wharf Road and proceeded to Southbank where riding the promenade was surreal, especially given the views across the Yarra.  The sheer volume of pedestrians meant we were constantly on high alert. The lunch break was taken at the food court where an abundance of cuisines was on offer. After lunch we rode back to Southern Cross Station and caught the 1:50pm train to Geelong.  Fortunately there was enough room on the train to store all of our bikes. I’m awarding an honourable mention to David I and Andrew who elected to ride back home to Geelong.  As they were going into a head wind I’m not sure what time they would have made it back home. Total distance 90kms. Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Below - David & Andrew - photographed by John H near Little River on the Princes Highway on their return journey.

Addendum to Tuesday's Ride - 10.3.18 - by Ken.
Tuesday provided the ideal opportunity to do a really long ride and enjoy company for the first half to Melbourne. Not wishing to return via the Federation Trail or through busy Footscray, I left the group upon reaching Williamstown Rd. Passing under the Westgate Bridge I followed a path along the shoreline to Williamstown (93.5kms) and stopped for lunch. Heading out along Yarra Scenic Drive I got onto the very picturesque Foreshore Trail which took me past Avalon Beach and onto Point Cook. Continuing around Werribee South I passed many acres of market gardens before turning onto Duncans Rd which took me back to the Werribee main street. About 1 km before the turn off the freeway to Little River, a rear-wheel puncture halted my progress.  Went into Lara for refreshments and with 177 kms completed decided to jump on a train back to Marshall. An excellent day's pedalling.
Ken.

Update on MAXINE - 10.3.18.
Maxine is now in GEELONG PRIVATE HOSPITAL. She would welcome visitors.
John H.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Basil's Farm on Swan Bay on Sunday 11.3.18
Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong led 12 riders out to Drysdale on the Portarlington Rd and then down Swan Bay Rd to Basil's Farm which is situated off the Port-Q'Cliff Rd. There was some trepidation about the 500m journey on the gravel road (Nye Rd) into Basil's Farm but this was soon forgotten once they soaked in the wonderful ambience of the place which is in a garden setting overlooking Swan Bay. The cool change came through as we arrived but it did not dent our enjoyment of the occasion. The return trip was via the Bellaring Highway for a round trip of about 60km. The riders today were (from L to R in the photo below): John M, Chris Hu, Helen, Rolf, Doug, Peter J, Peter O'B, Dave, Dirk, Barbara and John H. John C joined us a few Km into the ride.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina - 10.3.18
There was a good turnout of about a dozen riders for this loop down Horseshoe Bend Rd, through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove to the Cheeky Cow for coffee. The return trip was via Mannerim, Swan Bay Rd and Leopold.

3rd Report - 9.3.18 - Ross & Chris Hu Across Tasmania the Hard Way - 26th Feb-9th March 2018
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
The Tasmania Trail is done. We arrived in Dover yesterday, tired but still in good health. The bikes and gear faired even better with no breakdowns and no punctures. Since the last report, we rode from New Norfolk across the Wellington Ranges to Judbury. Lots of climbing and some very rough tracks but really enjoyable riding, lots of variety in terrain and surface and no other traffic other than near the start and end. Most of the time our focus was immediately in front of the bike so when the occasional vistas opened up, usually at the top of a steep climb, they were enjoyed as a good excuse for a break and photo. The ride on through Geeveston and Dover gave us more of the same. Overall, this ride is a great opportunity to see areas of Tasmania that are not usually available to the public. Lots of locked gate HEC and forestry tracks and roads plus 4wd tracks that are rarely used. Highly recommended if you enjoy a challenge and the road less travelled. Thank you to Chris for his good company, his good humour and his tolerance of my tendency to rant on about how good life is. This is not a ride to do alone.
Regards, Ross.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Five - Rye to Geelong - 9.3.18
Enjoyed our final dinner at the Rye RSL with a couple of my old friends, Peter and Meg. We were up and on our way the following morning to catch the 9-00am ferry, had a bit of time up our sleeve so called in to see the Lime Kilns at Rye and the Memorial to the Collins settlement at Sullivan’s Cove, the well-known William Buckley was the only convict to escape and survive. The ferry was very busy with quite a number of caravans and cars, no doubt heading away for the long weekend. The sea was smooth with a beautiful vista, could have been the South of France, just lovely. Rolled off at Queenscliff and headed up the highway, at Rollin Pin Café in Leopold stopped for a final coffee and Hot Cross Bun, Vanilla Slice and Party Pie for DJ which Lyn G had brought down to greet us. From there we bid farewell to Mick and Mike, Chris and myself rolled off home, a most enjoyable weeks riding through some really great country and fantastic weather. Thanks for keeping me company lads.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Loop to Curlewis and Ocean Grove on Thursday - 8.3.18
Today Rolf, Meri, Lyn L, Trudi, Jacki, David R,  Ange, Paul, Ron, Norm, Ian, Ken and myself headed off from the showgrounds to Ocean Grove.  The bike route taken included the Bellarine Rail Trail, Curlewis Road, the Wallington-Ocean Grove Road, local roads through to Rhinds Road then onto Grubb Road.  At the corner of Thacker Street and Shell Road the peloton split into two groups.  The first group were the risk takers who decided to hurtle up and down the hills of Thacker Street en route to the Groove Café.  The second group took the less adventurous route of Tuckfield Street taking in the ocean vistas and proceeding through Ocean Grove to the Groove Café.  Interestingly, both groups arrived at the Groove Café at around the same time.  At the Groove Ted and Smithy joined us for coffee and as usual the service provided was first class.  We were even treated to special jelly cakes from the owners and needless to say they were delicious.
The planned route back to Geelong through Wallington was reviewed by the group, and after a short debate it was decided to return through Barwon Heads and along Thirteenth Beach.   Terry joined the peloton at this point, having ridden to Drysdale trying to find us.  Needless to say Ocean Grove is a fair way from Drysdale so I’m unsure just what ride calendar Terry was looking at. At Blackrock Road the peloton split with half the riders continuing along to Blackgate Road and the remainder deciding to go back to Geelong via Lakes Road and Barwon Heads Road. Total distance 60km.
Regards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Four - Carrum Downs to Rye - 8.3.18
A most enjoyable evening meal at Fat Chef last night, the Baked Pasta was
pretty good. We got away just after 8-00 am for our run down to Rye of about 60 klm. Headed down the Frankston Dandenong Rd to the Penninsular Link Trail andfollowed it to Baxter where we followed the Mornington Tourist rail for a
while. Stopped off at the Service Centre for a coffee and chocolate donnut, Chris went for the Egg and Bacon McMuffin but only rated it 1 out of 10. On the next leg across towards the Bay Map my Ride played one of it's little tricks and sent us bush bashing but we pushed on arrived at the Nepean Hwy through Mornington and took Benton's Rd down to the coast road
overlooking the Bay. Just as we were enjoying the road and scenery those rotten road builders closed the road and detoured us straight up Mt Martha, a climb of about 3 klm at about 11%, Mick reckons it was 300 klm, he reckoned his legs were
empty as he dropped the bike, threw the helmet and Sunnies down. At least we had a good view as we headed back to the coast road. Stopped at our usual cafe in Mcrae for lunch and rolled on to Rye for an icecream and to the Kanasta CP for the night.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Three - Warburton to Carrum Downs - 7.3.18
After an enjoyable meal at the Alpine Retreat Hotel and a good sleep we were up ready to go at 8-00 am. The first order of business was breakfast at Yarra Junction where the good old Egg and Bacon Roll got a real good run. Suitably refreshed we rolled on back to Mt Evelyn and towards Lillydale on the Lillydale Warburton Rail Trail. At Old Gippsland Rd we turned off and plunged into the wilds of suburbia, took a turn around Lillydale Lake where the Sailabilty boats were racing and after quite a few ups and downs emerged at Mt Dandenong Rd which we followed through to Eastland where we rejoined the Eastlink Trail for the run down to Carrum Downs. We were feeling a little peckish by now so at the first opportunity we had
Mac Attack going for the Chicken Wrap Seniors Free Coffee deal. With energy stores topped up it was on down the Trail as the temperature rose, we rolled into the motel at about 2-30 pm after approx 92 klms and into the pool for a quick dip, a hot and fresh clothes.
Cheers, Peter.

Lyn's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 7.6.17
There was a good turn up for the days ride to the Bungalow today:  Heather, Geoff, Trudi, Ian, Ross, Chris H, David, Rolf, Ron, Peter O, Jackie, Mick and me. We left the show grounds down the rail trail to the highway crossed over and travelled a bit then went around the back of Bunnings coming out at Melaluka Road up to the rail trail and down to The Bungalow where there was coffee and a lot of chatter then we headed home. It was great to see all the group again
Thanks for comimg out. Lyn.

Chris Hume's Ride to Torquay via Moriac - Tuesday 5.6.17
Seven riders assembled at JB Hi Fi (near Bunnings!): Chris Ha, Julie, Peter O, Peter J, Lyn L, Rolf and yours truly Chris Hu. It was a very cool morning, wet roads, light winds and the promise of fine weather - a great day for a ride. Headed  to the Moriac General Store for coffee via Waurn Ponds Rd, Reservoir Rd  and Hendy Main Rd. Here three others joined the group: Trudi, Meri and John M. After coffee we continued along Hendy Main Rd, Lyn leaving us Grassdale Rd, to Vickerys Rd and Gundrys Rd. This section was most enjoyable with rolling hills, avenues of eucalypts, no cars and abundant bird life. At Bones Rd the peleton split with three doing the Bells Beach Circuit. On regrouping headed through Jan Juc and onto the Bells Bakery in Torquay for lunch. Here Peter O took over leadership duties heading home via Horseshoe Bend Rd as the two Chrisses went home via Bike Matters and the Ghazeepore Rd dirt.
Chris Hu.

John Hagan leads the ride to Torquay via Barwon Heads & Pt Impossible - Sunday 3.6.17
When we assembled at the Sth Geelong Station we had Meri, Chris Hu, Dr Mike, Peter J, Rolf and John H, who became the ride leader. On travelling down to South Barwon reserve Mark B caught up with us and joined the group. Later on Ross rode in to join us at coffee. After some research I managed to find a cafe we had not visited before - El Nido at The Sands in Torquay. So this was to be our coffee destinationy for the day. But ... the riders had to earn it so we headed down to Sheepwash at Barwon Heads via Lake Rd and then we became separated in Barwon Heads when 2 of the group stopped at the toilets before the bridge and the other stopped at the toilets in the caravan park. The first group did not realise we were in the caravan park so Peter and Meri raced off to try and catch us thinking we were ahead of them and we wern't sure whether we were ahead or not. After a phone call we all joined up at the Point Impossible Road corner. We all (except Mark) headed down the dirt road to Pt Impossible and found it to be rather smooth for our road tyres. After congratulating ourselves we went down the narrow path to join the The Esplanade - however, the early parts of The Esplanade were very rough and we found that this section had been blocked off for cars - but we conquered the road without any spills. Meri said that she had recently attended Ross' lesson on how to ride gravel roads and the information got her through. We then went up Horseshoe Bend Rd and into The Sands area to find El Nido (The Nest) and although the place was quite crowded the cakes and the coffee were delightful. Unfortunately Peter and Rolf had to leave us before the coffee break. Our return trip was via Horseshoe Bend Rd on a day which was nippy at the start but beautiful for the rest.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Update on the RSL Ride to Canberra - Day 2 - Sunday 3.6.17
Well it's been a challenging ride today - we had a couple fall off - it was Paul and Ang luckily no broken bones or serous injuries and the bikes only minor damage. Anyhow we've made it to Tallarook and staying in the Cricket Club Reserve and staying inside the club. The magpie was very friendly (in the photo below) and took food from your hand - that was at the Mt Macedon caravan park yesterday.
David Innes.

Peter Jones' Ride to Accompany the RSL Ride to their first coffee stop on their way to Canberra - Saturday 3.6.17
Special day today our Vet members are heading for the War Memorial in Canberra to lay a remembrance wreath. Departure time was 8-30 am from the RSL, with a bit of effort we eventually got away,  it was amazing the amount of stuff that 6 riders require to ride to Canberra. We took the scenic route down to the Bay trail, around the Bay, picking up Trudi at Rippleside and on to the Hovel trail to Millars in Lara. Very busy morning, took a while for our coffees but everyone filled in the time chatting. The escort group had plenty of time but some of the Vetride were getting a bit toey, they wanted to get to Bacchus Marsh for lunch and to Gisborne for the night. Coffee over it was time to split up, us back home, the Vetride on to Bacchus Marsh. We wished them well and headed home.
Escort riders: Trudi, Rolf, Chris Ha, Dr Mike, Peter O, Tom, Peter M, John H and myself.
Vetride: Ange, Paul, Andrew, Adam, David I, Ken (to Mansfield only).
Cheers, Peter.



The Participants on the Canberra Ride with the bus driver. Ken will do the early stages of the ride.

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday 31.5.17
Seven riders on a cool day with a chance of a shower and/or sun: Mike, Terry, Rolf, David I, Chris Hu, Ted, and myself. We headed down to Torquay via Ocean Acres into a light Southerly, had a little bit of a misty spit and also sunny breaks. Enjoyed our coffee at Mejavo’s and then rolled on home down HSBend Rd with a freshening Southerly to blow us home.
Cheers, Peter.

Lyn's Mystery Ride in lieu of Colac/Red Rock ride postponed until warmer months - Tuesday 29.5.17
A total of 10 keen riders fronted up for a ride of unknown destination and were challenged by strong winds, the threat of rain and a surprise sightseeing tour which included a nasty little climb out. The participants were: Chris Hu & Chris Ha, Peter J & Peter O'Brien, Ken, Julia, Dave Innes, Paul & Ange and myself. We set off along Ghazeepore Rd heading to Blackgate Rd then turning out of Grassdale to Hendy Main, Grays and Forest Rd where the fierce wind was finally behind us.
A welcome respite awaited us at the Chocolatier cafe before we were on our way again along the Great Ocean Rd to Pt Addis where we enjoyed wonderful views of the ocean & surrounding cliffs followed by a steep climb out and on to Jarosite Rd, Bones and into Torquay for more fuel at the bakery in Bell St. Several of us munched on tasty pies while sitting in the warmth of the cafe & having a good chat. On our way again with Chris Hu leaving us to visit the bike shop for some secret shopping.(Dave & Chris having previously gone their separate ways) We travelled along HSB road back to the start at Bunnings for approx 78kms of great cycling. Thanks everyone for your good company and fine riding in a bunch to support all riders in the strong windy conditions.
Lyn.

John Hagan's Ride to Avalon Beach on Sunday 27.5.17
A good turn up of riders in pleasant weather: Mick, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ken, Mike, Peter O'B, Lyn, Greg and your leader John H. Most of this ride followed the water - first the path around Corio Bay, then up Hovells Creek to Lara and down south beside the former salt pans along Avalon Road to Avalon Beach. Three of our riders had not previously visited this out of the way place before. As the wind was a northerly we had to push back against it to arrive at our coffee stop, the Expresso Lounge Cafe, in Lara. The return trip was pleasant with the assisting tail wind back to Geelong.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Saturday 26.5.17
Thirteen riders on time for our ride to The Stoop Torquay today: Meri, Lyn L, Ange, Sue, Paul, Rolf, Ken, Andrew, Adam, Peter O, Tom, David I, Harry and myself. Harry arrived with a  lovely buff but minus helmet so after deciding where we were going he took off for his helmet and met us down in Torquay. Dr Mike and John M were late and guessed incorrectly that we would be heading to The Groove, but it was such a lovely day riding anywhere was great. We took the Ocean Acres option and had a very enjoyable ride with lots of Sun. After a good coffee and chat we returned via HSBend Rd.
Keep those pedals turning. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Ebb & Flow in Barwon Heads on Thursday 24.5.17
Eleven riders for our Barwon Heads Ride: Ange, Trudi, Meri, Paul, David I, Terry, Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter O, Ron and myself. With a light to moderate Westerly our ride down to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd was quite pleasant, cruised around the Sheepwash before stopping at the café on the Bridge Roundabout for coffee. Lots of chatter before we took the 13th Beach option to Blackgate Rd and HSBend Rd for everyone to eventually branch off and head home. Had a very brief sprinkle of a few drops of moisture but in general quite dry if a little overcast.
Life is better on my bike! Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride from Moriac to Aireys Inlet on Tuesday 22.5.17
Six riders today for my ride from Moriac: Julie, David I, Chris Hu and Chris Ha, Dr Mike and myself. Not much scope for a circuit on this course so it was down to Anglesea via Forest Rd. Forecast was not fantastic but turned out quite pleasant, a bit overcast and a little bit of breeze but nothing of any great concern. Enjoyed our coffee in Anglesea then headed out to Urquhart’s Bluff for a bit of a photo opportunity, then on to Airey’s Bakery for a pie, I can vouched for the Pepper Pie, plenty of pepper! Then it was back to Moriac the way we had come, even had some sunny breaks, a most enjoyable ride in really good company.
Cheers, Peter.

Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 20.5.17
Only two starters for today's ride Rolf and Chris Hu and no official ride leader! Anyway we decided to head to Drysdale along the Bellarine Hwy then Swan Bay Rd and onto Princess St. We had a great run with a SW tail wind and were at the Bungalow by 10:00. Not many there at this time at this time of the day had a coffee and chat. We returned via the rail trail which was a pleasant run as the trees offered good protection from the wind. At Melaluka Rd the duo split Rolf heading North and Chris south and headed for home. Quite an enjoyable ride.
Chris Hu.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - Saturday 19.5.17
A great turnout of 16 riders gathered at the Grovedale pub on Saturday morning and naturally split into 2 groups. Geelong RSL was well represented in group A by Andrew, Adam, Paul & Angie, new member Lachie, with Tom and Sue on the tandem. The ride leader was relegated to group B with Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Ken, Lyn, Ron and John H. David and Rolf rotated between the two. Groove cafe in Ocean Grove was the target and we enjoyed a westerly wind for much of the way down Surfcoast Hwy, Boundary, Horshoebend, Warralily, Lake and Barwon Heads roads, around Sheepwash and across the bridge. Coffee and chatter were excellent as usual. Lots of discussion about the planned ride to Canberra in June. Hoping for lots of sunshine!! Returning via 13th Beach was sensational riding before the slog into the wind to Horseshoe Bend. Interesting to see a peloton form to cope better with the wind. Nice return to Geelong city.
Thanks again for a great ride, Chris Ha.

Trudi's Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 17.5.17
With a cold grey start for our ride out to Lara, we had a good show of riders: Peter, Meri, Chris, Mike, Ken, Mark, Andrew, Norm, Rolf, Ron, Dave and me. Setting off on the Ted Wilson path until the Ballarat Rd, turning right onto Ballan Rd. It was a steady push until we reached Stacey's Rd. Then it was a lovely tailwind, to blow us along and down Stacey's Rd. Once onto Bacchus Marsh Rd once again a slow slog, but we were rewarded with another wind assisted push on Windermere Rd. Coffee was at Cafe Blu, some choosing to sit outside in the cold, but the minority sat inside in the warm.  After a nice coffee and chat it was time to get going. The homeward route was the Hovells Creek Path, everyone dropping off at different points to make their way home to the warm. Once again another great day out and about on our bikes, thanks everyone for joining me. " Life is better on a bike "
Trudi.

Lyn's Ride to Pt Addis - the rain scattered riders in a number of direstions - 15.5.18
Ken's Report:
The forecast was not the best but Andrew, both Chris's, David, Ken, Peter J and leader Lyn were starters. We had only gone a little way on Ghazeepore before the rain set in. As most of us were only wearing light jackets we got soaked by the time we turned off the Anglesea Rd into Blackgate. Lyn was cold as well as wet and decided to head home. Ken took over as leader. At the end of Grassdale Ken passed Andrew and David so as to indicate that we were turning left. Ken did, the rest did not (having decided amongst themselves to abandon the ride route and head to Moriac). This decision proved to be somewhat premature as by the time Ken turned into Grays Rd the rain stopped and did not return. An expensive hot chocolate at the Chocolaterie warmed me up and I continued on to Point Addis - the southerly was blowing strong and so Lyn's decision to cancel the original ride from Lorne to Apollo Bay was a smart one. After the climb away from Point Addis, I was never cold again on the remainder of the ride. Horseshoe Bend Rd was traversed at high speed with the wind at my back. Apart from the first hour, I enjoyed my 83km pedal.
Ken.

Peter Jones' Report:
Lots of changes today, the forecast for showers was actually rain which soaked everyone, I had dressed for showers as everyone had, Lyn bailed in Blackgate Road and Ken took over as leader, when everyone reached Hendy Main Rd Ken had disappeared into the mist towards Gray’s Rd and Forest Rd whilst everyone else had decided they were wet enough and a hot coffee at Moriac was a better option so David I, Chris Hu and Ha, Andrew and myself took that option after ringing Ken and leaving a message. Hot coffees and sausage rolls and toasted banana bread went down well before we headed home as the weather cleared.
Cheers, Peter.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong - Karndoor-Kapa Loop of Geelong on Sunday 13.5.18
Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong led the ride today and from their club was Helen and Stella with John H and David I from GTC. The field was a bit small as many were off celebrating Mothers' Day. Dave took us up Church St and then north on the Ted Wilson Trail - with the detour up Matthews Rd where the Trail is cut off due to construction work. This circuit which includes the Bay Trail and Cowies Creek Trail is known as the Karndoor-Kapa Track and is an aboriginal name encompassing the areas we travelled - except we did not do the Cowies Creek part of the trail. We stopped at Moorpanyal Park where there is a stone naming the track. Here we met Shane and Tricia from Cycling Geelong. On heading south we had coffee at The Pickers Union in Geelong North. This time the coffee was hot - good news! David I missed out on the coffee as he had to head home at St Georges Rd to prepare for Mothers' Day celebrations. On the last part of the trail to Rippleside we took the path around the new development on the seashore - not officially opened yet (officially they say 2020) but you can get through at the moment (see 6th photo below). Overall a very pleasant ride at a moderate pace.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 12.5.18
Nine starters assembled at the Grovedale Hotel well rugged up for the cool, breezy (windy!!) conditions: Mark, Chrises Ha and Hu, Andrew, Peter J, Dr Mike, Paul and Ange and Rolf, just back from Japan and raring to go. Headed to the Cheeky Cow following a zig zag course trying to avoid long pushes into the wind. At the BH Airport Chris Ha left us as he had an appointment at the MCG at 2:15. At the Cheeky Cow we hung up our bikes and watched them swing side to side as we were having coffee!! After coffee had a great tail wind along Banks Rd. It was along this stretch that I warned those behind me of glass on the road, about 200m later my rear tyre deflated rapidly!! With the help of the crew, found and removed of the glass shard from the tyre, replaced the tube etc and were soon rolling again. We turned left into Swan Bay Rd  then on to the Bellarine Hwy. Once through Leopold the peleton split up as made their own way home. An enjoyable ride in good company.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday 10.5.18
Only three hardy souls this morning, Ken, Chris Hu and myself. Not sure why, it was a fine sunny day, no rain, a bit of a breeze but it was Westerly so our run straight down Surfcoast Hwy was quite comfy with a side wind. Headed straight to Mejavo's for a coffee before heading home via HSBend Rd. Took the Warralily option which was a bit of a head wind for about 10 minutes then back to a side wind. All in all quite a nice morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

TWO Rides - 1/ Ken's Loop of the Barrabool Hills and Down to Torquay - 109KM - on Tuesday 8.5.18
A glorious morning to ride. "The Cream" did not turn up, neither the Curds nor Whey. So Ken set himself the challenge of doing a solo, non-stop ride over the numerous hills that give this course character. It had been a while since I had ridden Duffields but it did not present a problem. Neither did Bells Blvd, Jarosite or Vickerys but the gentle undulations of Hendy Main were welcome. Passing the Moriac Store I saw Terry out on the deck, so I spent a little over 5 minutes havind a chat - he had ridden out conservatively hoping to have a coffee with the "group"b. It was a good feeling reaching the top of the Pollocksford climb. The light westerly helped me speed along Barrabool before enjoying the fast downhills on Andersons. Turning onto the Princes Hwy my new Garmin froze on 96 kms-so do not believe the info on Strava. I was back the Grovedale just after 1345 and home at 1350 having covered approx 109kms.
Ken.

2/ Mike's Loop to Drysdale & Barwon Heads on Tuesday 8.5.18
It was a glorious autumn day today. Blue skies and light wind. Perfect for cycling. What could possibly go wrong? Eight riders turned up at the showgrounds Mike, Ron, Peter,  Marion, Sarah, Trudie, Julie  and Chris Ha. All seemed excited about the leaders guarantee of a slow paced ride. Everything went very smoothly out to Drysdale with a lovely run up the rail trail. After a nice chat and coffee we proceeded down Princes Street and Grubb Rd  and on to Barwon Heads. After some light refreshments at the rotunda we set off at 28km per hour down 13th beach. As we reached Blackrock Rd we suddenly realised that Marion and Peter in the PA quick phone call revealed that they were 3km back repairing a front wheel puncture on the pino.After a short period Pete and Marion reappeared and we headed off down Blackrock Rd.Much to the leader’s astonishment the pino suddenly veered headlong into a deep grassy ditch beside the road leaving Marion and Pete sprawling in the grass. The front tyre had suddenly gone down and steering had become impossible.Through incredible good fortune both riders were uninjured. Further attempts to repair the Pino understandably were abandoned and Peter and Marion caught a taxi home.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very memorable ride. Mike.

John Hagan's Circuit of Werribee on Sunday 6.5.18
A beautiful day for exploring the trails around Werribee. Seven riders arrived at Watton St in Werribee for the start with Greg and David Innes riding out from Geelong and Ron, Mike, Mick, Peter J and John travelling up by car. We first went west along the Werribee River with the intention of crossing to Little Skeleton Creek but your ride leader missed the turn so we were feeling our way from Tarneit to Hoppers Crossing and eventually arrived at the main Skeleton Creek Trail. We then did a short part of the Federation Trail and Peter Jones suggested a better way of crossing the Princes Freeway by using Palmers Rd at Williams Landing and then back on Skeleton Creek Trail to take us through to the Bay. Next we travelled around the waterways of Sanctuary Lakes and arrived at Alamanda Cafe & Bistro at Point Cook for coffee. There was a long wait here for coffee and it was nearly midday but watching the bird life on the lake in the sunshine made the waiting worthwhile. We returned to the Federation Trail and came in to Werribee on the Werribee River from the other direction. Our total distance for the circuit was 46km. David rode home along the Highway for a much higher total.
Keep on Riding, John.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 5.5.18
Ten riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel for today's ride: Peter J, Ron, David I, Ange, Paul, Andrew, Dr Mike, Ken Greg and Chris Hu. We headed down to Warralily  then Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd, 13th Beach Rd etc to the Groove. Enjoyed a moderate NW tail wind on the outward journey and a bit of a head wind on the way home. We took the shortest way home via Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd etc. A most enjoyable ride and all arrived home without getting wet!
Chris.


Ted's Ride to Moorabool Valley Chocolate on Thursday 3.5.18
Five Club members were waiting patiently at the Showgrounds at 9 am for the arrival of the ride leader and were almost ready to give up on him when I arrived claiming traffic on Latrobe Terrace was “horrendous”. We thought a late start was the worst that could happen but despite my meticulous pre planning and bringing a map a few navigation errors later that theory was proved wrong. Anyway, David, Ron, Andrew, Chris Hu, Sarah, Ian and myself finally managed to find the elusive chocolate factory and settled for a well deserved coffee/hot chocolate about 10:45. As you can see from the ride map the route could have been more direct but a bit of a detour was good for the legs as we managed to get the ride up to 38 klms in the end. Two interesting high/low lights were the new path around the new apartments at Rippleside which is a pleasant way to get to St Helens and the flooded tunnel under Thompsons Road which needs to be avoided. It was good to welcome back Ian after an absence of a couple of months and Sarah who we hadn’t seen for nearly a year. Peter’s J and O were late withdrawals. PO did not bring a note for the teacher but PJ’s puncture on the Haas seemed a reasonable excuse. The trip home via the Barwon River track was uneventful however my curiosity got the better of me at the rowing clubs where I had to find out what the people were doing with their white eel and statue. It turned out to be preparations for a passive demonstration about the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef which they were planning to coincide with the Mount to Mouth walk this Sunday. Thanks to everyone for putting up with my poor navigation today. I will accept a week’s suspension without appeal.
Ted.

Meri's Ride to Moriac and Bannockburn on Tuesday 1.5.18
A sunny and fresh start to our ride with Dave, Mark, Julie, Mike, Trudi, Angela, Paul, Andrew, Ken and myself, hoping for a wonderful ride with the forecast of very little wind. Down Cementi Hill and on To Merrawarp Road where we hooked up with Lyn who had ridden over from home. Continuing on over The Barrabool Hills and onto the General Store at Moriac for a coffee break. Sitting in the sun which by now was warm, was lovely, but we had some distance still to cover. So out to Hortips Road and Considines Road, heading North to the great downhill run on Pollocksford Road. Stopping at the Barwon River Bridge for a photo or two and then up the Hamilton Highway, down Burnside road to Bannockburn for lunch. Paul, Ange and Andrew had ridden in from here, so were leaving the rest of us to ride home out the highway with three less. Dave suggested we ride up the service road out of Batesford which was a far safer option, though the gradient was far greater also.  A sensible option without a doubt. Astonishing what some achieved. Julie hadn’t ridden for quite a while and managed extremely well, Mike had ridden for the previous 15 days consecutively and pushed through, the Bannockburn contingent continue to ride in to do the ride from the “starting point” and remain cheerfully fit. Great stuff!!
Thanks to everyone for a great day riding in the sun. Tomorrow is a rest day .... Yay!!
Meri.

Ron's Ride to Piknik at Swan Bay on Sunday 29.4.18
7 Riders turned up today: Chris Ha, Dr. Mike, Paul and Ange,  Andrew, Chris Hu and Ron. We hit the Rail Trail watching the approaching rain on a still morning around the back of Leopold shops on to the Rail Trail.   100 metres later I spotted Paul slowing to a stop with a puncture.   We waited and noticed him pull out a large canister from his container.    First time use become complicated.   After 15mins. Paul decided to leave the group and limp on back to his Ute with Ange in tow. "Magnificent composure and decision making". So we pushed on and headed off to "Piknik" for Coffee. Puncture No. 2 for Chris Hu,.  By then it had dried up and the sun was out.  We left "Piknik" with smiles and wondering what else would happen on this fun morning continuing on the Bellarine Highway. Mike told us he had lost his goggles before finding them on the back of his helmet. "Who put them there"??? Thanks for a fun filled morning and thanks also to Mike for the photos.
Ron.

Ken's Ride to Torquay on Saturday 28.4.18
13 Riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel carpark on a very chilly but sunny morning. Trudi, both Chris’s, David Innes, Meri and Lovro, Lyn, Ange and Paul, Sue and Tom on the tandem, Mike and ride leader Ken.  The group negotiated the several sets of traffic lights on Torquay Rd before turning right and warming up on the gentle climb up Whites. Lovro, on his first club ride for many months, appreciated the downhill on Ghazeepore leading to Dickins. The group spread out on the stretch on the Anglesea Rd to Coombes and then rode mainly single file before turning into Ocean Acres. The Coffee Club in Bristol Rd provided good seating outdoors in the sunshine.  Peter Jones, all smiles and dressed in lycra, joined us here – he assured us he was fit to ride even though he did not have a medical clearance. Chris Hume left us at the intersection of Horseshoe Bend and  Blackgate to clock up some extra kms out towards Ocean Grove. The remainder of the group must have been feeling a little weary as only Lyn, Trudi, Peter and Ken completed the Kalkarra/Kestrel loop before continuing along HSB to Warralily Blvd.  No “serious racing” today but a very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Ken Gawne .

Mike's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 26.4.18
The forecast was for 19 degrees with a medium strength westerly. Only four riders showed up at Bunnings for the Thursday ride.  Mike, Ken, Chris Hu, and Ted. Mike was elected team leader, despite pleading a lack of detailed geographical knowledge of the Moriac region.  Ken soon received a phone call from Lynn who was wondering why she was the only rider at Grovedale pub. We set off up Ghazeepore Road where we met Lynn, and proceeded via Dickens Rd to  Anglesea Rd. After negotiating the tricky right hand turn we had a very pleasant run up Blackgate Rd encountering only one car. We arrived at Moriac to meet Meri and Trudy. After a very pleasant coffee break we proceeded home with a lovely  tail wind down Reservoir Rd and on to  to Waurn Ponds Drive. At this stage something inexplicable possessed us and we decided to climb Cochranes Rd to Ceres. Then it was downhill all the way to Geelong. Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very enjoyable ride.
Mike.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac, Bells Beach, Jan Juc, Torquay and back home to Geelong on Tuesday 24.4.18
This morning Ken, Mike, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Paul, Angie, David I and myself met at the start line at Bunnings to head off to Moriac.  Before departing we were greeted by Jacki and David Rae who were doing a bit of early morning shopping at Bunnings.  It was great to catch up with both Jacki and David who were looking extremely fit given all the walking they have been doing since David had his fall from the bike.  David still has his right arm in a sling and hopefully he will have full use of the arm in about two weeks time.
We navigated the normal ride route along Waurn Ponds Drive, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road to Moriac.  Trudi and Meri rode a different route and joined us at Moriac as well as Peter Jones, who being out of action, decided to take the easy way and drove down.  Well, it was like old home week with Jacki and David also arriving and everyone enjoying catching up.
We left Peter, Jacki and David and rode along Forrest Road to Bells Beach and continued on to Jan Juc for lunch at the Swell Cafe.  Back on our bikes we headed through Torquay to Horseshoe Bend Road and returned to Geelong. Distance travelled 82kms.
Regards, Peter O.

Snday Ride which split up after Freshwater Creek - 22.4.18
Here is Rolf's report:
Ange, Paul, Dr Mike, Chris Hume, David Innes, John Hagen and Rolf K. assembled at the South Geelong station at 9 a.m. for the official 40km ride as was posted on the website. John wanted to go a bit further, so the group split up at Blackgate Road, David and Rolf continuing on along the Angelsea Road to Coombes Road and through Ocean Acres to Torquay.  Coffee was had at the ex Kobo coffee shop and then we continued on to HSB Road and along the river to home. By the time we passed South Geelong station again, we had covered 60.5km, so just a little over 50% above the advertised distance.  I hope the rest of the group enjoyed their extended ride like we did. Cheers, Rolf.
John H's report:
We ended up doing just one kilometre more at 61km and went to coffee at Uforic Foods Cafe in Mt Duneed. As we had covered about 47km by this time we decided to come straight back along the Surf Coast Highway.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 21.4.18
On a cool and slightly foggy morning ten riders headed off to the Groove from the Grovedale Hotel: Peter M, Tom and Sue on the tandem, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ange, Paul, Adam and Chris Hu. The route was via Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd 13th Beach Rd etc to the Groove returning along 13th Beach Rd again then Lake Rd etc to home. The pace quite quick  at times! As the morning progressed the fog disappeared and we enjoyed fine still weather, great for cycling, not like last Saturday!!
Chris Hu.

David Innes' Loop to Millars in Lara on Thursday 19.4.18
Thursdays ride was out to Lara via Lovely Banks after meeting at Church Street. Only 4, including myself, were up for the challenge. It would of been 5 but Meri turned up on her bike disgusted that her bikes electronic gears once again had failed her through lack of charge after she had just got it back from the bike shop so unfortunately she went home. It was a cold start but later warmed up to a beautiful day with a couple of us having jackets on for the first time - a sign of things to come I think. We took off along the Wilson Trail out to Lovely Banks with scenic views of the bay then along the Bacchus Marsh Highway enjoying the sunshine and very light winds reaching speeds of up to 31 kph heading into Lara. It was easy pedalling as we headed to Millars to our usual favoured coffee stop. After coffee we headed back along the Hovel Trail, a nice mornings cycling thanks to Rolf, Norm Lowe and Dr Mike who's recovering from his injured wrist.
David Innes.

What our Riders are up to - Lyn & Kens ride to Mt Buller on Wednesday 18.4.18
It was a beautiful sunny morning of 8 degrees when we rolled out from the Pinnacle Valley resort for a 6km warm up before hitting the base of the climb. From then on a steady slog to the first stop at the Indian (the halfway point - see photo) for a snack break. We continued slowly & surely up the mountain, past waterfalls & wonderful alpine scenery, with the strong scent of eucalyptus in our nostrils. Past the switchbacks, under the chairlift and onto Hells corner, for the final ascent to the village, a tough 1.5 km climb. After a short photo break we donned our jackets for an exhilarating 16km descent which was our reward for all the hard work. A total ascent of 1300 mts.
Cheers Lyn L.

Dargo Tour MAP

Chris Halpin's Report on The Dargo Tour
The usual starting point for a trip to Gippsland is the 5.22am from Waurn Ponds.  The first phone call was Peter at 5.20am – “On the wrong train??”  With that crisis quickly remedied we made our way to Southern Cross for the connecting train to Bairnsdale.  Traditional lunch at the pie shop and off we trekked, heading north out to Wy Yung, turning onto the Calulu Rd - Great names, eh?
With Chris Hu’s skillful navigation we rode along the north face of the bountiful Mitchell River valley, with lots of ups and downs, crossing the river at a brand new bridge at Glenaladale.  It was now that we started climbing, up Friday-Alexanders Road and down into the Echo Bend Caravan Park. This was a very pleasant surprise.  On-site vans dotted around a grass and bush setting, adjacent to the Den of Nargun and the Mitchell River National Park.  The riding was challenging on this minor gravel road and veery steep in parts but no problem for us and very little traffic.  The Park was a perfect setting, comfy caravans, a couple of quiet school groups, and most importantly, our camp cook for the occasion – Mr Patrick Halpin. Pat cooked up a feast and aided by a glass of very pleasant red wine we all slept like logs.
Up with the Kookaburras, we froze watching Pat cook bacon and eggs for an early breakfast.  More bacon and eggs for a packed lunch – perfect service – we wished Pat goodbye and set off quite early for Dargo.  Some gravel up the hill till we met the main Dargo road, and then bitumen all the way from there. This was a lovely ride, amazing scenery, perfect weather, capable bikes and again very little traffic.  A very pleasant lunch stop was by the Castleburn Creek, which was dry as chips - East Gippsland badly needs rain. Lots more hills into Dargo and my legs were feeling it.  We stayed at the Dargo River Inn, one of several accommodation options.  This place was very comfortable and well appointed.  Dinner at the Dargo Hotel was a feature.  Menu options included Parma plus whatever pizza topping of your choice.  Traditional, Napoli, Salami, Aussie (with 2 eggs), even an Avocado deluxe presumably for the greenies??
An even earlier start for Peter and me next morning, trying to keep ahead of the climbers. The route back to Stratford returns along the Dargo rd about 30Km to the Freestone Creek turn-off.   This gave us another aspect of yesterdays hills.  Greg calls this ‘Just a repetition’, I called it something else!!
Anyway, the mysterious Freestone Creek ROAD(?) proved a delight.   A very little used track through some of the least travelled parts of Gippsland.  A rough but reasonably graded track, which our bikes handled well, and pretty much all down hill for about 3 hours.  Fantastic.  A humorous moment when a navigational error on our mapping App meant the ‘mountain’ we were expecting to have to climb was actually an unnecessary sidetrack to a fire tower.  Peter was very pleased.  And so back onto the bitumen and civilization, then into Briagolong for a welcome drink, cake and rest.  Then the last leg onto Stratford and a reviver drink with some friendly locals.  Unfortunately a medical emergency delayed our return train and we didn’t get home till about 1am.  Made for a big, but very pleasant trip.  Perfect weather, no bike problems, fantastic scenery catering and accommodation, and good company.
Thanks Peter O (especially for the last minute call-up), Greg and Chris Hu for such great company.
Chris Ha.

Dargo Tour - Day One - 17.4.18

About ready to head to the hills



Our leader with Mitchell River in background



Is there a problem.?



Peter’s new bike



Where is the bitumen?



Are we there yet ?



Our leader's penthouse.

Dargo Tour - Day Two - 18.4.18



No bike gear here. 2 degrees crickey.



Let stay on the main road.



We will be returning to this point tomorrow.



Chris and Chris humming along.



Lunch stop.



Up market accommodation everything you need is provided.

Dargo Tour - Day Three - 19.4.18



Great Scenery.

Lovely Sunrise.

Life is good on a bike!

At Castleburn Hill.

The Fab Four.

Blue Pools on the Freestone Creek.

Magnificent Bitumen.

On the return journey at entrance to Freestone Creek Road.

The outdoor guys.

Slow as we go.

Naturally under brakes.

Peter Jones' Bellarine 100+ on Tuesday 17.4.18
Seven riders to start our ride to Queenscliff via Portarlington: Trudi, Meri, Rolf, David I, Ron, Andrew and myself. Took the usual route via Queenscliff Rd and BRT through Leopold, picked up Mark at the Port Rd crossing. Caught up and chatted with Zdenka and Elizabeth before we left the Showgrounds and latter at Jetty Rd and Port Rd beyond Drysdale. Meri pulled the pin at Drysdale because the battery which was supposedly charged last night for her Di2 gears went flat, Trudi couldn’t face riding the rest of the way without her mate so turned back with her. The cream continued on to the Bakery at Portarlington for a coffee and then on to Rollin Pin Queenscliff for lunch. Mark, Rolf and Andrew disappeared into the distance and missed the turn onto the BRT into Queenscliff, it took a little time for the bunch to come together for lunch then home via the Queenscliff Rd. A most enjoyable day on the bike, a pleasure to not have the roaring gale of the weekend.
Cheers Peter.

John Hagan's Mainly DIRT Ride to St Leonards on Sunday 15.4.18
Despite most of the photos showing bitumen underneath most of the ride was on DIRT. Peter J, Greg and John H travelled approximately 76km with the very strong wind mainly behind us on the trip to St Leonards but with squalls of rain coming through from time to time. We rode first to Drysdale where the main advertised ride was to start from, but alas, the prevailing weather had put all other comers off a ride this morning. Our first port of call after the railway station at Drysdale was a visit to The Basin, which according to historical documents, is an extinct volcano. We then exited Basin Rd to Princess St heading up the hill to Andersons Rd. Greg had recently ridden the section of this road further East and told us it was in a terrible state. We headed down to Soho Rd and decided to risk those awful corrugations and found that the graders had been and smoothed it out beautifully for us. We took all the back tracks to St Leonards and settled inside The Fig Tree for coffee. Our return trip was via Coatsworth and Scotchmans Rds and then the Bellarine Rail Trail to Geelong. We met quite a few riders doing the Ride the Bellarine, who were doing the ride to raise money to end Polio. Our first encounter was on the way out on the Bellarine Rail Trail at Curlewis and we found ourselves riding with Dave Simpson and Terry Power from the Wheels on Wednesday Group that some of our GTC riders do. We encountered the riders at two other places as we crossed main roads. The return trip was into a fierce headwind with a number of showers. Seeing all those rarely travelled roads was a delight even though it was through rain speckled glasses.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Ride to Torquay on a Wet & Windy Morning - Saturday 14.4.18
Three optimists for todays ride, Rolf, Chris Hu and myself, discussed the options, nothing in the East as that would mean a dead block headwind coming home, maybe West to Moriac, but we were there on Thursday so South to Torquay would seem to be the way. Took the usual route through Ocean Acres with plenty of tailwind, as it was expected to go more West when the front arrived we were hoping it wouldn’t be too bad on HSBend Rd which sort of turned out right with the wind mainly on the side and a little ahead. It  was a little wet even though we waited at Mejavo’s and had a second coffee before plunging into the showers. Arrived home a little before 12-00 wet but happy to have been out for a ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Meri's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills on Thursday 12.4.18
A bit windy and a few drops of rain, and a warm start to our ride, with Rolf, Peter O, Norm, Chris Hu, David I, Peter J, Paul and Ange, Andrew, Trudi and myself. Left top of Church Street for Queens Park Bridge and up the Scenic Road. Met Chris Ha at the bridge and continued up Scenic Road, Right turn at the top took us to the dreaded Grantham Road Hill, onto Barrabool Road to Ceres. A lot of climbing, but certainly no one was incapable of the strenuous climb. Good to see riders taking the initiative to find an easier/safter path. Out the Barrabool Hills after the wonderful downhill from Ceres. Turned left at Hendy Main Road, to be treated to some rather strong side wind gusts into Moriac. Just before the highway Terry joined us for the run into Ravens Creek Farm for coffee. Lyn L and Ken joined us for coffee after riding out and up Pollocksford Road. After coffee, many headed home, hoping for and getting a tailwind most of the way. Four of us wended our way to Gnarwarre and on to Pollocksford Road and home via the Hamilton Highway. Again, the last straight was with a tail wind. Yay. Thanks for a great ride and company with variable weather. Who cares! We were out "in it".
Meri.

Naming of Cycling Building on Criterium Track - Wednesday 11.4.18
Today the Mayor of Geelong, Bruce Harwood, named the new cycling building on the Criterium Track after Geelong's most famous cyclist, RUSSELL MOCKRIDGE. Click here for more details on Russell. In the photo below Bruce is in the blue shirt, Melissa Mockridge who is Russell's daughter is in the centre of the picture, with John Burtt, the President of Geelong Cycling Club, and Rod Charles on the right. Rod has written the History of Cycling in Geelong. GTC hope to make use of the building in the future.
John H.


Peter O'Brien's Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday 10.4.18
We had an interesting start to today’s ride with David I having two punctures even before leaving the Fyansford car park. We didn’t know it at the time, but more excitement was in store for us. Ken, Lyn L, Andrew, David I, Paul, Angie, Tom, Michael and myself got straight down to business and cruised up the Hyland Street hill. We took the Ted Wilson Trail where we were joined by Meri and Trudi and headed to Anakie Road with the goal of riding to Parkers Road. It was along this section that Mike had a puncture and ‘mechanic Meri’ assisted Michael in carrying out repairs. The ride along Parkers Road was exhilarating on the downhill section but daunting on the incline.
Today’s coffee break was at the Red Dog Café Bannockburn and it was here that Michael took a tumble on the slippery tiles just as we were all about to disembark. Michael continued to ride so we hope he’s okay. Fully fuelled we headed to Teesdale and just out of Bannockburn Angie had a major mishap with her bike. The derailleur had twisted and locked up the wheel forcing Angie to end her ride. Luckily Paul and Tom were on the ride today so they headed off to get the car in order to get Angie and her bike back home. At this stage we were only half way through the ride and I was wondering what else could possibly go wrong. We continued onto Teesdale and then Inverleigh where we enjoyed a lunch break. From there we rode into a slight headwind back to Geelong with the good news being we noted substantial improvements to the road shoulder on the Hamilton Highway. Total distance travelled 75kms.
Peter O.

Chris Halpin's Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie on Sunday 8.4.18
Sunday Combined ride to the Anglesea Chocolaterie started off a beautiful morning. Five Cycling Geelong members (David, Russell, Doug, John & Linton) joined Chris Hu, Greg and myself at the Station meeting point. Unfortunately Doug punctured as he arrived and was forced to quit after more bad luck. Off we set on John Hagan’s prepared route to Anglesea via the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek, Torquay Baarnip and Ghazeepore Roads. Here we met up with guest rider Graham on a well used Salsa Gravel Grinder. Quick Introductions and onwards again to Dickens and Blackgate where the weather spat the dummy and decided to turn quite nasty. Gusty North Westerlies followed us along Forest road and into the Chocolaterie. Not a good spot in the school holidays - the place was packed, but we did manage to down several of their famous fudge brownies. Further gusty tail winds pushed us down the road to Torquay before we turned into Horseshoe Bend Road for a bit of a slog back home. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable and challenging ride.
Chris Ha.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 7.4.18
Fifteen riders for today's ride: Trudi, Meri, Ken, Peter M, Peter O, Sue, Dr Mike, Thomas, Paul, Ange, Lyn L, Adam, Andrew, Rolf and yours truly Chris Hu. We did one of the popular Saturday rides heading to the Groove via Torquay Rd, Warralily Blvd, Lake Rd and Barwon Heads Rd returning via 13th Beach Rd and Horseshoe Bend Rd. Had a pleasant stop at the Groove, plenty of room today, and the service was excellent as usual. The weather was great for riding, sunny cool and little breeze. All in all a most enjoyable morning on the bike. Thanks to Peter O for doing "kelpie" duties.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Thursday 5.4.18
Thirteen riders to Torquay on an overcast and cool day: Meri, Trudi, Lyn L, Ken, Rolf, Terry, Mick, Mike C, Dr Mike, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Peter O and myself. Took the Ocean Acres route as we often do. The Grossman’s Rd sprint was hotly contested, Mick sprinted away closely followed by a bit of a breakaway until Terry put the power on, his legs were pumping like pistons, I went into the red zone to get on his wheel, then some Roadworks forced a slowdown and the break closed behind us very quietly, as the road cleared about 400 mtrs from the lights Rolf powered through catching us all by surprize, Mick powered past with Dr Mike with the pedal to the metal, in all the excitement I’m not really sure who was first but great fun was had by all. Following coffee it was home via HSBend Rd, a fun morning on the bike in good company.
Cheers, Peter. .

David Innes' Ride to Lara & Little River on Tuesday 3.4.18
Tuesday morning turned up a good number of riders all keen to go on a day that was cloudyand dry with little to no wind. Our destination was to be Avalon Beach but later over coffee it was decided that as we've been there before with little to see except some squatters huts it wasn't worth the risk of another GTC rider fall along the corrugated dirt Rd. Our first stop was at our old fav Millars coffee shop where the setting and scenery is always nice and the coffee too. From there we headed for Little River via the old Mel Rd and as we left out the Avalon beach we decided to head further afield riding past the Werribee turn off turning left to eventually end up on the Rd back to the You Yangs and a nice down hill run into Lara via Flinders Rd. Lunch was welcomed a little over due as it was after 12.30 but well earned. I myself had to leave but I'm sure everyone enjoyed the ride and best of all incident free no! Falls! Thanks to all those that attended the following were: Trudi, Zac, Chris H, Peter J, Rolf K, Ron L, Meri L, Paul and Ang, POB, Andrew.
David.

Chris Hume's Unofficial Ride along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Queenscliff on Easter Monday - 2.4.18
Magnificent weather for riding on this holiday Easter Monday so Chris led us out along the Rail Trail to Queenscliff. Riding today were from L to R below: John, Lyn, Mick, Jean, Greg, Barry and Chris. Our coffee spot was Lix Cafe at the Queenscliff Marina and this was followed by a tour of the town as Chris had lived here as a young boy. We were amazed by the number of people out walking or riding, especially on the dirt sections of the Rail Trail. We came back to Leopold to the Rolling Pin Bakery for lunch and most of the riders finished their trip there. Greg had left us at the first coffee stop to do his 100km for the day. Thanks to Chris for organizing the day.
John H.

Chris Hume's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 1.4.18
There were 6 riders who started from the station this morning: Peter J, Paul, Ange, Greg, Rolf and Chris Hu. All were early due to being the end of daylight saving. We used some back streets through Geelong to get to the top of Cementey Hill, here we were joined by Trudi and Leo. Downwards and onwards to Hamilton Hwy, Merrawarp Rd then Barrabool Rd here we met up with John near Devon Rd, peleton of 9 now. Continued along Barabool Rd then Hendy Main Rd to Moriac. Disaster!! No coffee!! Both options closed!! Decided to go to Waurn Ponds for coffee. Headed there via Resevoir Rd, Pettavel Rd, Waurn Ponds Dr then Waurn Ponds Creek Path. We had a well earned break at Panache, coffee and cake for some. After a pleasant chat there we split into three groups and headed home. A great day to be out riding.
Chrus Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale and Return via Barwon Heads on Saturday 31.3.18
15 riders for our Saturday morning ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale. Ange, Lyn L, Sue, Trudi, Leo, Rolf, David I, Ken, John H, Andrew, Chris Hu, Ron, Paul, visitor Peter M and myself. We headed out to Drysdale via the usual course to the BRT and Jetty Rd and Wyndam Rd. Extremely busy at the cafe because of the Easter Holiday, a bit slow on the ordering but eventually everyone had their coffee. Had arranged to meet David and Jackie for coffee so was nice to catch up with them. David is doing well and healing fast. Came home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd with some taking the Thacker option through Ocean Grove, big hold up for cars getting over the Barwon Heads Bridge, it was nice to pass them all on our bikes.
A most enjoyable Autumn day for riding. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 29.3.18
Ten riders for my ride to Lara: Trudi, Rolf, Mike C, Ted, Peter O, Ron, Chris Hu, Andrew, visitor Gary, (Rolf’s neighbour) and myself. We headed out the Ted Wilson Trail, left on to Creamery Rd the right on to Blue Stone Bridge Rd. Climbed the hill to the ridge and enjoyed the views over Geelong to Corio Bay. Took Anakie Rd to Ballan Rd and enjoyed a good run along Staceys Rd with a nice tailwind and to Millars Café via Patoulos for a very enjoyable coffee. After coffee and chat returned to Geelong via the Hovell Trail. A most enjoyable morning on the bike in excellent company.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Circuit of Melbourne on Tuesday 27.3.18
Eight riders for our cruise around the Capital Trail, Rolf, David I, Zdenko, Chris Ha, Ross, Peter O, Ted and myself, left about 15 minutes late after a difficult drive to Melbourne. A truck fire near Little River closed the Geelong Rd for hours meaning a drive via the back roads.
Headed off and got about 2klm before a bit of adventure riding left one rider’s skills a little wanting. Another 1klm and a loud bang signified a rear tyre blowout and a replacement tube. Didn’t take long to change but a little delayed when the gas bottle was another dud, seem to have had a few of those lately.
Peter O supplied another gas cannister and we were soon on our way past the Marina over the Yarra and through Docklands. At the turn to the Capital Trail a French Cycle tourer who had been following us along was asked where she was going, when she said Geelong we suggested she not follow us but head towards Williamstown. Hope she got there ok, she had ridden from Sydney so I guess she has some good map reading skills.
A later start meant hanging out a little for coffee but we were soon at the coffee shop satisfying our craving before continuing on to Dights Falls where we connected with the Main Yarra Trail. After a word of warning at coffee about a “wall” that pops up after a blind corner everyone was ready and all would have handled it but for a dropped chain at the wrong time.
We stopped at Dights Falls and were entertained by a couple of kayakers practicing their white water skills. Followed the Main Yarra Trail into Melbourne, lunch at the Food Court Southgate before heading back to the cars via the Light Rail Trail. A short but very pretty ride in good company.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's 100km Ride to Sutherlands Ck, Shelford & Inverleigh on Sunday 25.3.18
A pleasing turnout of five riders for our hard ride today, especially as the wind was so strong and there was light rain as we started. Those who braved the elements were: Peter O'B, David I, Greg A, Ken and your ride leader John H. To make sure the ride was of 100km we headed out the Steiglitz Rd to Sutherlands Ck and crossed the Moorabool on Parker Rd before climbing the other side into the wind on Clyde Hill Rd. After a short stop at Bannockburn we headed west through Teesdale to Summer Sensations Cafe and Berry Gardens a few km before the turn point at Shelford. We then followed the Leigh River valley to the Hamilton Highway just out of Inverleigh. At this stage we had a roaring wind behind us to take us back into Geelong. Despite the wind it was an enjoyable journey with good company.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Solo Ride to Moriac 25.3.18
Chris Hu was due to do the easy ride today but he was the only one to turn up. As you can see from the report above, the weather was rather challenging with the very strong WNW winds. Chris rode out to Moriac and had coffee at the Moriac Store.


Peter Jones' Ride to Ceres on Saturday 24.3.18
As I rode out to the Grovedale Pub in a light spit of rain I wondered if anyone else would be as silly as me. Having studied the radar I could see a lot of blue heading my way. Great surprise to see Paul and Ange waiting in the car, bet they were hoping no one else would come and they could head off home in their nice warm car. I had already decided that I would be doing a nice short circuit, I included a bit of a climb so although short we would get a workout. In the light rain we headed up to Heyers Rd, across to Waurn Ponds Blvd, right turn into Cochranes Rd and on to Barrabool Rd. The rain increased and we even had some lightning and thunder, as we rolled into Highton Paul and Ange decided they were wet enough and to stop for coffee probably wasn’t a good idea, better to keep going back to Grovedale and their car. Good move I reckon so we split at Roslyn Rd and headed home, a wet and soggy ride but I felt good for having been out on the bike. No photos, too wet.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Thursday 22.3.18
Fourteen riders for my ride today, Julia, Lyn L, Marion, Ken, Rolf, Ross, Terry, Dr Mike, Andrew, David I, David L, Peter O, Ted and myself. Trudi had some lame excuse for not riding because her brand new Grand Daughter Indi had just arrived, have to do better than that Trudi. Although the ride was down as Barwon Heads took the opportunity to go to Groove instead seeing we missed out on Saturday, not too busy today. Bit of a head wind to get there but after our coffee it was lovely to cruise along 13th Beach with a nice tailwind. The bunch split at the end of the Blackrock path, some taking Blackgate and HSBend Rd the others heading towards Barwon Heads Rd and Warrilly Blvd. Held up for a few minutes at the roadworks on Barwon Heads Rd. The bunch came back together at HSBend Rd and split again as everyone headed for home. Very pleasant riding, a good morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter .

David Innes Ride to Moriac, Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 20.3.18
Cool,  cloudy and blustery winds would be a fair discription of the weather that met us for Tuesdays  ride a good number of riders turned up to take on the challenge with PJ, Meri and Trudi taking the hilly route to Moriac which was our first stop for coffee. Heading to Moriac we went along Barwon river path Barwon reserve eventually onto the surf cost highway then Bunyip bike path to Gazzapore road far less hilly which most appreciated along the way we collected couple of stragglers in Paul and Ang who had to play catch up as there wasn't any parking available at the train station. Coffee at the general store was good as usual and after some time and polite conversation we headed off but on a not so usual route along larcomes road towards parraparap then onto the Anglesea road where Rolf paul and Ang left us as we headed into bells and Jan Juc with our final destination Torquay were the rest had lunch. This is where I had left and handed the lead over to Peter jones till then was thankfully uneventful with no accidents or broken bones the ride enjoyable if not a little challenging because of the windy conditions but all in all everyone enjoyed the ride. I myself recorded 103 km's for the day with most doing roughly the same. Thanks to the following who attended: Greg Allerton, Ross Glover, Ken Gawne, Chris Hume, Rolf Kohner, Ron Little, Meri L, Trudi, Peter Jones, Paul & Ange McMahon, Mike T and Ted.
David I .

John Hagan's Solo Ride Around Geelong - Sunday 18.3.18
There was quite a bit of waiting on this ride - first, to see if anyone else would turn up with severe weather threatening and secondly, the need to sit out the first part of the storm. When there were no other takers for the ride I headed down to Corio Bay as a rather fierce storm came through - sheltering behind the Carousel. Before it had completely subsided I crossed to The Edge for a coffee. I decided to do a loop out to Lara with very interesting sea vistas with the dark storm receding in the background. Then I followed the Freeway and Ted Wilson Path and made my way to Fyansford. I was nearly blown over about 4 times and at one stage had to get off the bike and brace myself against the bike to stay upright. Going down Hyland St to Fyansford I was hit by stinging hail and a short dust storm - was only doing 25kph down the hill! The concluding part along the Barwon was much more peaceful with the wind behind. A challenging but enjoyable 51km.
Keep Riding, John H.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Paddock Cafe in Wallington - Saturday 17.3.18
Seventeen riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel car park for today's ride: Greg, Trudi, Dr Mike, Peter O, Peter J, Paul and Ange, Lyn, Meri, Ken, Ross, Terry, Andrew, Ron, Rolf, David I and Chris Hu. We headed to Ocean Grove via Torquay Rd, Warralily Drive, Horshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd (here Greg left us), 13th Beach Rd etc heading to the Groove. When we arrived there it was very crowded!!! Rolf suggested we continue onto the Elk (Horn) cafe which we did. Now called The Paddock Cafe there was plenty of room and very good service. After Coffee continued along Wallington Rd to Bellarine Hwy and back to Geelong. The weather was great with very little wind and mild temperature. Thanks to Ross and Peter J for being kelpies for this large group.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Starfish Bakery in Barwon Heads on Thursday 15.3.18
Fine cool day for a ride to Starfish Barwon Heads - Jackie, Trudi, Meri, Ange, David I, David R, Paul, Andrew, Chris Hu, Rolf, Terry, Burnie, Mike, Norm, Ken and myself. Could almost say we had 18 as President Ross called in on the way home to Torquay after his Tassie trip. Took the Surfcoast Highway to Warralily and through to Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd. Everything going well until a large sand truck passed us going in the opposite direction throwing up lots of dust and grit which caused some in the bunch to slow, a moment's inattention and Dave R is on the ground with a broken collar bone, maybe a broken scapular (awaiting CT scan). Ambulance called and a bit of an enforced break. After the ambulance arrived and looked after our patient we left Jackie to organise the paramedics and we rolled on to Starfish with no further incident. Enjoyed a coffee and then rolled home via 13th Beach, Blackgate and HSBend Rds. Apart from David's unfortunate accident, a most enjoyable ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Rippleside to Melbourne on Tuesday 13.3.18
Chris Hume,  Zac,  Meri, Trudi, Rolf, Chris Halpin, Ken, Andrew, Peter J, Ron, David I  and myself departed from Rippleside and headed to Lara.  At Lara Ted & Ian joined the peloton and we proceeded along back roads to Little River (where Ted did a U-turn) and onto Werribee.  After 50kms, a number of riders were chafing at the bit for a coffee break so we stopped at the Coffee Pot Café in Watton Street, Werribee.
Back on our bikes we headed to the Federation Trail and to Yarraville.  There’s lots take in along this section of the trail, from the open plains through to industrial sites with their variety of smells, both good and bad, as you ride along.  There were many roads to be crossed, the majority well controlled with bicycle signals.  Unfortunately, like many other bike trails, this trail ends in no man’s land.  You need to meander through streets to link-up with the Bay Trail and then the Capital Trail at which point you cross the Maribyrnong river onto Footscray Road.  It was here that Ken decided to leave us and head back to Geelong. As we rode towards Docklands, the path along Footscray Road provided a fantastic view of the Melbourne city skyline.  We crossed the Yarra River near North Wharf Road and proceeded to Southbank where riding the promenade was surreal, especially given the views across the Yarra.  The sheer volume of pedestrians meant we were constantly on high alert. The lunch break was taken at the food court where an abundance of cuisines was on offer. After lunch we rode back to Southern Cross Station and caught the 1:50pm train to Geelong.  Fortunately there was enough room on the train to store all of our bikes. I’m awarding an honourable mention to David I and Andrew who elected to ride back home to Geelong.  As they were going into a head wind I’m not sure what time they would have made it back home. Total distance 90kms. Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Below - David & Andrew - photographed by John H near Little River on the Princes Highway on their return journey.

Addendum to Tuesday's Ride - 10.3.18 - by Ken.
Tuesday provided the ideal opportunity to do a really long ride and enjoy company for the first half to Melbourne. Not wishing to return via the Federation Trail or through busy Footscray, I left the group upon reaching Williamstown Rd. Passing under the Westgate Bridge I followed a path along the shoreline to Williamstown (93.5kms) and stopped for lunch. Heading out along Yarra Scenic Drive I got onto the very picturesque Foreshore Trail which took me past Avalon Beach and onto Point Cook. Continuing around Werribee South I passed many acres of market gardens before turning onto Duncans Rd which took me back to the Werribee main street. About 1 km before the turn off the freeway to Little River, a rear-wheel puncture halted my progress.  Went into Lara for refreshments and with 177 kms completed decided to jump on a train back to Marshall. An excellent day's pedalling.
Ken.

Update on MAXINE - 10.3.18.
Maxine is now in GEELONG PRIVATE HOSPITAL. She would welcome visitors.
John H.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Basil's Farm on Swan Bay on Sunday 11.3.18
Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong led 12 riders out to Drysdale on the Portarlington Rd and then down Swan Bay Rd to Basil's Farm which is situated off the Port-Q'Cliff Rd. There was some trepidation about the 500m journey on the gravel road (Nye Rd) into Basil's Farm but this was soon forgotten once they soaked in the wonderful ambience of the place which is in a garden setting overlooking Swan Bay. The cool change came through as we arrived but it did not dent our enjoyment of the occasion. The return trip was via the Bellaring Highway for a round trip of about 60km. The riders today were (from L to R in the photo below): John M, Chris Hu, Helen, Rolf, Doug, Peter J, Peter O'B, Dave, Dirk, Barbara and John H. John C joined us a few Km into the ride.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina - 10.3.18
There was a good turnout of about a dozen riders for this loop down Horseshoe Bend Rd, through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove to the Cheeky Cow for coffee. The return trip was via Mannerim, Swan Bay Rd and Leopold.

3rd Report - 9.3.18 - Ross & Chris Hu Across Tasmania the Hard Way - 26th Feb-9th March 2018
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
The Tasmania Trail is done. We arrived in Dover yesterday, tired but still in good health. The bikes and gear faired even better with no breakdowns and no punctures. Since the last report, we rode from New Norfolk across the Wellington Ranges to Judbury. Lots of climbing and some very rough tracks but really enjoyable riding, lots of variety in terrain and surface and no other traffic other than near the start and end. Most of the time our focus was immediately in front of the bike so when the occasional vistas opened up, usually at the top of a steep climb, they were enjoyed as a good excuse for a break and photo. The ride on through Geeveston and Dover gave us more of the same. Overall, this ride is a great opportunity to see areas of Tasmania that are not usually available to the public. Lots of locked gate HEC and forestry tracks and roads plus 4wd tracks that are rarely used. Highly recommended if you enjoy a challenge and the road less travelled. Thank you to Chris for his good company, his good humour and his tolerance of my tendency to rant on about how good life is. This is not a ride to do alone.
Regards, Ross.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Five - Rye to Geelong - 9.3.18
Enjoyed our final dinner at the Rye RSL with a couple of my old friends, Peter and Meg. We were up and on our way the following morning to catch the 9-00am ferry, had a bit of time up our sleeve so called in to see the Lime Kilns at Rye and the Memorial to the Collins settlement at Sullivan’s Cove, the well-known William Buckley was the only convict to escape and survive. The ferry was very busy with quite a number of caravans and cars, no doubt heading away for the long weekend. The sea was smooth with a beautiful vista, could have been the South of France, just lovely. Rolled off at Queenscliff and headed up the highway, at Rollin Pin Café in Leopold stopped for a final coffee and Hot Cross Bun, Vanilla Slice and Party Pie for DJ which Lyn G had brought down to greet us. From there we bid farewell to Mick and Mike, Chris and myself rolled off home, a most enjoyable weeks riding through some really great country and fantastic weather. Thanks for keeping me company lads.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Loop to Curlewis and Ocean Grove on Thursday - 8.3.18
Today Rolf, Meri, Lyn L, Trudi, Jacki, David R,  Ange, Paul, Ron, Norm, Ian, Ken and myself headed off from the showgrounds to Ocean Grove.  The bike route taken included the Bellarine Rail Trail, Curlewis Road, the Wallington-Ocean Grove Road, local roads through to Rhinds Road then onto Grubb Road.  At the corner of Thacker Street and Shell Road the peloton split into two groups.  The first group were the risk takers who decided to hurtle up and down the hills of Thacker Street en route to the Groove Café.  The second group took the less adventurous route of Tuckfield Street taking in the ocean vistas and proceeding through Ocean Grove to the Groove Café.  Interestingly, both groups arrived at the Groove Café at around the same time.  At the Groove Ted and Smithy joined us for coffee and as usual the service provided was first class.  We were even treated to special jelly cakes from the owners and needless to say they were delicious.
The planned route back to Geelong through Wallington was reviewed by the group, and after a short debate it was decided to return through Barwon Heads and along Thirteenth Beach.   Terry joined the peloton at this point, having ridden to Drysdale trying to find us.  Needless to say Ocean Grove is a fair way from Drysdale so I’m unsure just what ride calendar Terry was looking at. At Blackrock Road the peloton split with half the riders continuing along to Blackgate Road and the remainder deciding to go back to Geelong via Lakes Road and Barwon Heads Road. Total distance 60km.
Regards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Four - Carrum Downs to Rye - 8.3.18
A most enjoyable evening meal at Fat Chef last night, the Baked Pasta was
pretty good. We got away just after 8-00 am for our run down to Rye of about 60 klm. Headed down the Frankston Dandenong Rd to the Penninsular Link Trail andfollowed it to Baxter where we followed the Mornington Tourist rail for a
while. Stopped off at the Service Centre for a coffee and chocolate donnut, Chris went for the Egg and Bacon McMuffin but only rated it 1 out of 10. On the next leg across towards the Bay Map my Ride played one of it's little tricks and sent us bush bashing but we pushed on arrived at the Nepean Hwy through Mornington and took Benton's Rd down to the coast road
overlooking the Bay. Just as we were enjoying the road and scenery those rotten road builders closed the road and detoured us straight up Mt Martha, a climb of about 3 klm at about 11%, Mick reckons it was 300 klm, he reckoned his legs were
empty as he dropped the bike, threw the helmet and Sunnies down. At least we had a good view as we headed back to the coast road. Stopped at our usual cafe in Mcrae for lunch and rolled on to Rye for an icecream and to the Kanasta CP for the night.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Three - Warburton to Carrum Downs - 7.3.18
After an enjoyable meal at the Alpine Retreat Hotel and a good sleep we were up ready to go at 8-00 am. The first order of business was breakfast at Yarra Junction where the good old Egg and Bacon Roll got a real good run. Suitably refreshed we rolled on back to Mt Evelyn and towards Lillydale on the Lillydale Warburton Rail Trail. At Old Gippsland Rd we turned off and plunged into the wilds of suburbia, took a turn around Lillydale Lake where the Sailabilty boats were racing and after quite a few ups and downs emerged at Mt Dandenong Rd which we followed through to Eastland where we rejoined the Eastlink Trail for the run down to Carrum Downs. We were feeling a little peckish by now so at the first opportunity we had
Mac Attack going for the Chicken Wrap Seniors Free Coffee deal. With energy stores topped up it was on down the Trail as the temperature rose, we rolled into the motel at about 2-30 pm after approx 92 klms and into the pool for a quick dip, a hot and fresh clothes.
Cheers, Peter.

Ken's Ride from Buninyong through Ballan on Tuesday 6.3.18
4 riders - Ange, Andrew, Paul and Ken - started from Buninyong at 0940. Despite not having ridden a lot, Andrew managed the long climb up to Mt. Buninyong reasonably well. The forecast strong SE wind slowed progress towards Mt. Egerton where the group climbed conservatively to reach the top in a tight bunch. On the Egerton Ballan road a red light brought us to a halt at the bottom of the steep descent leading to a long gentle climb - the steel barricade on the left of the bridge had been demolished.  In Ballan the cafe had a special - egg & bacon toastie and coffee for $9 - which appealed to all bar Ange. With the wind assisting on the ride back through Gordon and Dunnstown, together with several long downhills, progress was swift. The run down Fisken to the Ballarat Rd was very fast and highly enjoyable with Paul riding like a man possessed. An extended break for refreshments back in Buninyong before heading home. A pity that such a wonderful ride has been enjoyed by so few of our members.
Ken.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Two - Warrandyte to Warburton - 6.3.18
Everyone was up early and ready to go at about 8-15 am, fairly cool but the Sun soon came up and warmed everything up. Initially our route was through the Mullam Mullam Trail. This is really nice Linear Park with lots of bush in a bit of a valley with the Mullam Mullam Creek and houses up the sides of the hills. After the trail we had a bit of road work until we could turn on to the Eastlink Trail. A very pretty ride, a bit of up and down but really nice and good to be away from cars. Being peak hour there was plenty of traffic. Stopped for a coffee at Ringwood East before continuing on past
Eastland and back on the Mullam Mullam Trail then road to Mt Evelyn for an Egg and Bacon Roll for lunch. From Mt Evelyn we were on the Warburton Rail Trail and rolled into Warburton at about 2-30 pm to enjoy a well earned Cider/Beer.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day One - Melbourne to Warrandyte 5.3.18
Headed to Waurn Ponds Station early in the morning, managed to get there just before a nice shower of rain. Mick, Chris Ha and myself were quite happy watching the rain drops on the train windows. Mike C wasn't quite so happy at Sth Geelong Station having been caught up in the rain. An uneventful trip into Sth Cross where we mounted up and headed for Souhbank for a coffee and muffin. Continued out the Main Yarra Trail, dodging the odd road/bridge works. Stopped at Dights Falls for a banana break then rolled on out to Beasley's Nursery Cafe for a late lunch of Grilled Chicken Burgers, Pulled Beef Burger and the super healthy Smashed Avocado. Have taken up residence in Cabin 6 at Crystal Brook CP for the night after
a very pleasant ride.
Cheers, Peter.

2nd Report - Ross & Chris Hu Across Tasmania the Hard Way - 26th Feb-9th March 2018
A lot has happened since the last report from Poatina. The first significant event was the 900 metres of climbing that started as we started the next morning. 2 hours plus in granny gear before we got to the top and enjoyed some less undulating road. That climb was a detour because the trail itself was in extremely poor condition and not suitable for bikes. There have been a few similar diversions since. The weather was very kind to us during our time in the Central Highlands and the variety of the country (and the types of roads/tracks) made it an entertaining ride. A lot of k's on closed roads allowed us to see views not available to most. We are now at New Norfolk, psyching ourselves up for tomorrow's ride up and over the Wellington ranges. 850 metres of elevation gain on rough dirt tracks. We need to keep reminding each other that this is a "fun" ride so that should be fun! Should be just three more riding days to the end and a well deserved rest. Will send a few more pics then.
Regards, Ross.

Club Member MAXINE - involved in a serious accident last Monday - 26.2.18 - this information from her brother, Garry.
On Monday morning, about 06:30, she was hit by a car while she was cycling. She was taken to the Geelong hospital. However, after a scan, she was taken to the Alfred hospital's ICU in Melb. On Fri morning, she was transferred out of ICU to ward 2 west, bay 36. She has fairly extensive injuries, which are being progressively repaired or reviewed. Unfortunately, she also has post traumatic amnesia, which includes not remembering current events, such as who visited her yesterday. The nurses say that this is quite common, & eventually goes away. When the Alfred staff think that she does not need their care, she will go to a Geelong rehab hospital for a while.

Rolf's SOLO Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 4.3.18
On a perfect Sunday morning, no one felt like going for a ride, so once again a peloton of one and this one had to be the ride leader too.  Going along the Barwon river trail and then out to Barwon Heads via Lake Road, through Ocean Grove and on to Drysdale, no riders anywhere.  When I arrived at the Bungalow Restaurant, again no one there and to make things worse, I had forgotten to bring my coffee money and could not even borrow some from my mates.  So, home I went along the rail trail and again no cyclists to be seen anywhere. All in all, a boring ride.
Cheers, Rolf.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Saturday 3.3.18
It’s days like today that I enjoy living in this region.  Rolf, Meri, Trudi, Peter J, Terry, Tom, Sue, Peter M, Mike C and myself took advantage of the sunny autumn day to ride from Grovedale to Point Lonsdale via Lakes Road, Thirteenth Beach and Barwon Heads.  At this point Terry left the group and we continued on through Ocean Grove and Shell Road to Point Lonsdale for coffee.  As we approached Point Lonsdale a large container ship was entering the bay through the heads, a great sight to see. Following the coffee break we resumed our ride along the Bellarine Highway, where we were joined by Mark, and then back home to Geelong. The total distance covered was 65kms.
Regards, Peter O.

Ross & Chris Hu Across Tasmania the Hard Way - 26th Feb-9th March 2018
We are still riding the trail but our progress is much slower than expected. On the day we crossed the Mersy River, we took 2 1/2 hours to do the first 5 k's and only managed 35 k's for the day.  The itinerary suggested we should have done twice that. Our karma is very good though. We arrived at a little caravan park just minutes before a full-on storm and the lady in charge offered us an extremely cheap cabin. We said yes just before the first lightning strike! Tomorrow we head up on to the central plateau. Should be interesting!
Regards, Ross.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Thursday 2.3.18
Eleven riders this morning on a cool and misty day, Ange, Marie, Jackie, David R, David I, Paul, Rolf, Terry, Norm, Mick and myself. The route was up Surfcoast Hwy to Warrilly estate, through to HSBend and to the Cheeky Cow at Collendina via Blackgate, 13th Beach and the Surf Club track. Partook of an excellent coffee and chat before waiting for a little bit of drizzle to disperse and heading home via Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd etc. with riders dropping off along the way and heading for their homes. A most enjoyable morning on the bike. Did miss the Vegan Caramel Tart Trudi was supposed to be bringing for coffee but I guess we can’t have everything. We had good company and good coffee, we’ll just have to settle for that.
Cheers, Peter.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Moriac, Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 27.2.18
The group of 7 were waiting at Bunnings on a fabulous sunny morning for today's ride - Chris Ha, Peter J, Rolf, Ken, Jackie & David, Julia McK. Then Paul & Ange arrived but shortly after we left Paul broke his pedal so they returned to the start, very disappointed. We continued up Waurn Ponds Drive to Reservoir and on to the steep little climb of Mt Brown (named for Elizabeth as this was the first hill she ever conquered). Here Chris left us and the others sprinted for Moriac where Trudi & Merri were waiting. After a lovely leisurely pace down Forest Rd due to favorable winds we continued to the rolling hills at the back of Bells to arrive at Swell cafe for a much needed break. Coffee & food was quick to arrive and we were on our way in no time. 
The reurn trip through Torquay was lovely with the sea looking spectacular. Rolf left us at this point and we rode on up Darian & over the Surfcoast Hwy to Messmate, and then Coombes to the Anglesea Rd were the north wind was stronger & the day was hotter. Everyone was glad to be on the home run by the time we reached Ghazeepore Rd. I believe the ride was down graded a few points by then due to hot weather!! But a great day's riding with no incidents & a lovely group.
Thank you everyone. Cheers Lyn L.

Ross' Ride to Panache in Waurn Ponds on Sunday 25.2.18
Eight riders for today's easy ride. Marie, Marion, Peter J, Geoff, Rolf, John H, Ron and Ross lined up for the customary riders shot, prior to departure. There were a couple of stumbles courtesy of a loose lens and a 30 second timer setting, before John H had a photograph with which he was happy. We then set off via the river path, Belmont common and the back streets of Marshall, turning up Baanip, then Hams, before the down hill run to start of the Waurn Ponds Creek path and a gentle meander on to Panache. It must have been quite a wearying ride to this point as we needed an extended refreshment break (and lots of conversation) before setting out for the return.  Thanks to all participants for a very pleasant outing.
Regards, Ross.

Chris Hume's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 24.2.18
Seven riders headed off from the Grovedale Pub this morning: Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Ken, Lyn, Meri, Peter O and Rolf. We rode along Torquay Rd then through the Estate to Horshoebend Rd and onwards to Blackgate Rd. Here Chris Ha, Ken and Lyn continued on to Torquay, the rest turned left and aided by a strong tailwind cruised into Barwon Heads. Here we were joined by Mark. Across the bridge and off to The Groove - great coffee and service, as usual! Now into the wind along Wallington Rd and Bellarine Hwy!!  Luckily for us the wind had abated somewhat and it was a pleasant ride home. I enjoyed the ride today, it is one of my favorites in the area. 
Chris.

Ken's Ride to Barwon Heads on Thursday 22.2.18
A warm, overcast, still morning attracted 15 to the start at the Grovedale Hotel - Trudi, Ross, Terry, Chris Hu, Rolf, Ron, Meri, Lyn, David & Julia, Peter O, David & Jackie. Ride leader Ken described the intended route and referred to the recent spate of accidents suffered by members. In the interest of safety he said that wherever there was no bike lane or adequate shoulder, riders should ride single file where solid lines marked the middle of the road. The coffee stop was to be at the Beach House in the main street of Barwon Heads.
Boundary and BH roads took us to Lake Rd at a comfortable pace. Crossing the busy highway at the aerodrome corner we followed Black Rock Rd  before turning left into   Bluestone School Rd. Failure of several riders to adhere to the single file directive resulted in a car being held up for around 300 m before being able to pass safely-we do need to improve this aspect of our riding!
We crossed the BH bridge with riders given the go ahead to speed on the smooth surface as far as the roundabout and then return. Ken hit the road when his left shoe made contact with the front wheel as he negotiated the roundabout - skin off the left knee and elbow but only cosmetic damage to the bike. The irony of the pre-ride talk was apparent in more ways than one.
The sun came out as we started along 13th Beach. The solar energy must have charged David Rae's battery as he set a solid clip down to the bike path which then led us onto Blackgate Rd. We returned to the hotel carpark via Horseshoe Bend (Jackie flew aound the bend and yelled "I love this hill"), Kalkarra Cres and Reserve Rd. 
Feedback from several riders applauded the comfortable pace set for much of the outward journey. An enjoyable outing on a terrific morning and hopefully some us might have learnt a thing or two. Cheers, Ken.

Peter Jones' Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows Tavern on Tuesday 20.2.18
Ten riders to enjoy my ride to Westmeadows Tavern, Mike C, Ian, Ross, Mick, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Rolf, Ron, Peter O and myself. It was a lovely day, fine warm and Sunny, hardly a breath of wind for most of the day. Headed into Melbourne on the Bay Trail and turned off at the Moonee Ponds Trail near the Big Wheel, passed lots of cyclists in either direction, a few late commuters but mainly riders just like us out for a good ride. Took our coffee at Essendon as usual in the shade, it was starting to warm up a little but still nice riding. After coffee ran into our first annoying trail works but found our way around and continued on to the Tavern for very enjoyable lunch and in my case an Apple Cider. Following lunch it was back on the bikes and heading for the Maribyrnong River, ran into the second annoying Trail works but again worked our way around them to the Steele Creek Trail which lead us to the river and eventually the Bay Trail and to Williamstown, all in all a lovely day out on the bike on and around the bike paths of Melbourne.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Circuit of Geelong leading the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong - Sunday 18.2.18
A good ride leader plans the ride route carefully and does their best to ensure there are no unexpected road works or other impediments or interruptions that might impact on the safety and enjoyment of the ride participants. Unfortunately, today's ride leader showed himself to be particularly inept in that regard, not realising there was a major event, a triathlon, happening along the planned route. Luckily some of the ride participants do read the local papers and listen to the local radio so we set out knowing there might be quite a few detours along the way. Helen (representing CG), Marion, Peter J, Marie, Geoff, Chris Hu and Ross managed to skirt the triathlon mainly due to Helen's detailed knowledge of the back streets of Drumcondra. We did get to see some very pleasant suburban streets and a heritage listed concrete road along the way. Eventually we found our way back on to the "planned" route, heading out along the bay before turning up Plantation Road and detouring around the closed section of the Ted Wilson path (which also came as a surprise to the ride leader) before regaining the bike trail. Definitely a squeeze for some getting through the partially open barriers at the Church Street exit, then continuing on to Cementies Hill (aka Hyland Street) where some of the group stopped for a close look at the silo murals, before the big run down the hill and a right turn up to the paper mills where we were greeted by a camera-wielding John H (in civvies after already having completed his early morning ride). Luckily, the Doors Gallery Café owner had already had his first coffee of the day and was able to produce our orders in reasonable time, encouraged and ably assisted by Peter J's waiter service. After a leisurely break, we parted company with John, heading back along the river path, dropping people as we passed their exits. A great riding day.
A great riding day. Thanks to all for their company. Ross.

Rolf's Ride to Moriac and Torquay on Saturday 17.2.18
You could not get a more perfect day if you paid for it, no wind, sunshine but cool to warm and not too much traffic and even the roads we picked were acceptable and sans potholes.  9 riders made the best of this Saturdays ride: Meri, Ange, Lyn L., Sue, Thomas, Paul, Peter Jones, Ken and Rolf set off from Fyansford along the Hamilton Hwy, turned left into Merrawarp Road, next a right hand turn into Barrabool Road, left into Andersons Road, right onto the M1 and a left to Hendy Main Road for our refreshment stop at the Ravens Farm Café.  Had an animated conversation about our world and its short comings, then set off further along Hendy Main Road to the end and then taking Coombes Road to the Surfcoast Hwy and back to Geelong.  No incidents to report, just as we all like it and the best view I had was a few naked ladies on the side of the road (flowers in case you wonder).  Thank you all for making this ride special and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, Rolf.

Unofficial Ride from Leopold to Drysdale - 17.2.18

Days 3 & 4 on the Tour - Warrnambool to Geelong via The Great Ocean Road - 280km.
Day 3: Lavers Hill to Lorne 95km
Awoke about 4:00am to the sound and rain and buffeting wind on the tent and flashes of lightning!! Not looking good for today's ride!
Around 7:00 decided to get up packup, in the rain, and head off to a nearby cafe to have breakfast and delay the start of the ride a bit. By 8:45 it looked like the main front had passed so Adam, Peter O and Chris Hu set off. Riding conditions were challenging, with wet road covered in bark and twigs, very strong SW wind and the odd shower. We continued along the Great Ocean Road, mainly downhill, to Castle Cove for a photo. Here I was nearly blown over as I tried to stop. We then had a flat section along the edge of the Aire River flood plain then over the river then up steepy and onto Apollo Bay for lunch.  From here we continued to Lorne, stopping at Kennett River for coffee. This section of the ride was quite fast, for us, due to wind assistance. It was a challenging , but enjoyable day.
That evening Peter O left us and Ange and Paul returned.

Day 4: Lorne to Geelong 75km.
Awoke to the sound of kookaburras about 5:50! No wind, no rain, great!! Four riders headed off today: Ange, Paul, Adam and Chris Hu with Sandra driving the RSL support vehicle. We continued along the Great Ocean road stopping at the Anglesea General Store for brunch. The wind started to pickup now, NW, a good direction for the ride home. We continued onto Torquay then to  Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Rd and home!! 
It was a fantastic trip, amazing scenery, coastal and forest with a great group. Special thanks to the Geelong RSL for their support vehicle, supplying food and payment of camping fees and thanks to Sandra for driving the vehicle.
Chris.

Peter Jones Ride to Torquay on Thursday 15.2.18
Nine riders for our ride to Torquay, Trudi, Meri, Jackie, David R, Rolf, Norm, (New Member) Ron, Ross and myself headed down to Torquay via Anglesea Rd and Ocean Acres. It was a bit breezy with a couple of short sections into the wind, everyone kept together and we rolled into Torquay to have coffee at Mejavos. Following coffee it was home again via HSBend Rd. A very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

The rest of the Warrnambool tour will go up on the web tomorrow (Friday).

FOUR DAY Tour - Warrnambool to Geelong via The Great Ocean Road - 280km.
Day1 Warnambool to Port Campbell.
After a train ride from Geelong three riders Peter O, Adam and Chris Hu headed for Allansford via Hopkins Point Rd making it to the Cheese World Cafe for lunch. From here we followed the Great Ocean to Peterborough then to Port Campbell. We visited Bay of Islands and London bridge. It was a great ride!!.

Day 2 port campbell to Lavers Hill. 
Today we had 5 riders with the addition of Ange and Paul, Sandra drove the RSL support vehicle. We did the tourist bit in the morning visiting Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles. Then had coffee and early lunch at Princetown overlooking the Aire River, a great spot. From here it was onward and upward to Lavers Hill including a deviation to Melba Gully. Another great days riding.

Enough energy food to get POB to Apollo Bay.

This is our support vehicle and thanks to Sandra for protecting us along the ride. 

Thank God for technology.

Ken & Lyn's Unofficial Ride to Lorne on 13.2.18 - 113 kms & 1355 metres climbing.
We set out on a cool morning from Moriac to ride along the Cape Otway Road through lovely rural landscape to Deans Marsh & on to the summit of Benwerrin where we stopped for a snack & photo before descending 10 kms into Lorne. Coffee and snacks were devoured alfresco at the Lorne Larder as we had completed a distance of 60km with plenty of hills. The return journey of 53kms was along the Great Ocean Rd to Aireys Inlet, Anglesea and Forest Rd back to Moriac (no strava required - an easy route to follow). The scenery along the coast was of course spectacular with blue skies & turquoise seas and many people out enjoying the summer weather. We both enjoyed this wonderful ride along our famous coastline.
Cheers, Lyn L.

Ross' Ride to Drysdale, Queenscliff & Pt Lonsdale on Tuusday 13.2.18
Seven riders at the start of today's Rail Trail ride to Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale but only 3 of the bikes were obviously "rail trail friendly". Jackie, David, Meri and Trudi were taking the bitumen to Drysdale while Peter J, Chris Ha and Ross were doing the advertised ride. It was an absolutely perfect morning for a bike ride and we all travelled together on the trail as far as the highway, then split up before re-grouping at Melaluka for the run along the trail to Drysdale. The 4 road riders continued on to the Bungalow Café for refreshments while the group of 3 turned on to the dirt for the run down to Queenscliff. Lots of work has been done on the trail with hard compacted gravel laid down in many of the previously-soft areas. This make for a very pleasant ride down to morning tea at the Queenscliff marina. The ride leader wasn’t able to duplicate Chris Hu's knowledge of the Queenscliff area and there was a stumble or two trying to retrace his route to Point Lonsdale but we managed to find the way, enjoying outstanding views across the water along the way. Return was via the rail trail, with Peter J stopping for lunch in Drysdale while Chris and Ross continued on for a late lunch at home. Does it get any better than perfect riding weather, good company, some kilometres away from cars and great scenery (did I mention gravel roads)?
Cheers, Ross
.

Pam's Ride to Tuckerberry Hill Cafe on Sunday 11.2.18
Six riders: John, Rolf, David, Marie, Peter and Pam enjoyed a ride down to Tukerberry Blueberry Farm in Drysdale. We rode along the rail trail to Drysdale  then turned up Murradoc Rd to the Blueberry farm. After coffee we rode down to Queenscliff - Portarlington Rd turning at Swan Bay Rd then along the Queenscliff Highway back to Geelong. The only drama was when Marie fell off her bike in the gravel as we turned into the Blueberry farm, luckily she was ok.
Pam.

Ted's Ride to The Moorabool Valley Chocolate Cafe on Thursday 8.2.18
The allure of the chocolate factory must have been strong today, along with perfect conditions for riding, as 15 riders turned out at the Showgrounds where I promptly delegated Peter J as navigator and Ron as kelpie. Adam, Paul, Ange, Andrew, Peter’s J and O, David’s I and R, Jacqui, Julie, Rolf, Ken, Ross, Chris Hu and myself followed PJ along the bike path towards Leopold, the wrong direction for the Chocolate Factory, but this was just a tactic to ensure we didn’t arrive too early for the opening at 10 am. A short trek on gravel (Rolf didn’t complain – too much) led us to Moolap Station Road and Portarlington Road where we turned for chocolate via Eastern and Western Beaches. A technical “hook” turn at Boundary Road had many riders initially confused however the peloton successfully negotiated the crossing to the Eastern Gardens track and it was plain sailing from there on. Coffee and an entertaining Love story from Julia (Love) under the peppercorn trees at the Choc Factory was so pleasant we nearly lost track of the time but eventually someone said we’d better get going – and so, after nearly an hour, we did. The Bannockburn crew headed west for home and the remainder of the group returned to G-Town via the Ted Wilson Trail, Cementies Hill (descent) and Barwon River Track. A short stop to admire the silo art at Fyansford was a great way to finish the day. Thanks everyone for coming, especially Peter J who knew the way!
Ted..

Peter Jones' Ride to Anakie, Staunton Vale & Lara on Tuesday 6.2.18
Ten riders for our ride to Anakie and Lara, Julie, Rolf, Andrew, (Visitor) Meri, Chris Hu, Peter O and myself met at the top of Church St., Paul, Ange and Trudi met us at Ballarat Rd and we all headed out the path to Ballan Rd., everything was going swimmingly the peloton was pedalling along nicely until it was time for a stop and a small lack of communication and a little bit of inattention left poor  Julie on a very rough bit of road. Having just been re surfaced the stone ripped into Julie’s skin and produced plenty of “sauce”, one stitch and multiple bandages with one wedding ring cut off I’m told. A lovely lady stopped and offered to take Julie and her bike into Geelong which was accepted, whilst Julie felt quite ok in herself she was a bit of a sight. That bit of a shock overcome we all pedalled on into Anakie for a coffee and chat. By 10-30 am it was time to move on up the hill and on to Lara via Granite Rd and Bacchus Marsh Rd., David I met us part the way along Granite Rd after taking young David to Kinder. We partook of lunch at the Xpresso Café in Lara and returned to Geelong via the Hovell Trail on a cracker of a day.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross' Ride to Torquay via Moriac on Sunday 4.2.18
12 riders on 11 bikes for today's ride to Torquay. There was some grumbling about the route (unadvertised hills) but the ride description did say 65 kilometres and you don't get that from taking the shortest way there and back. Peter and Marion on the tandem, Ange, Paul, Rolf, Ian, Chris Hu, David I, Mark, Mike C, John H and Ross rolled out of South Geelong station and headed along the river track, Waurn Ponds Creek track and Waurn Ponds Drive before crossing the highway and continuing up Pettavel and Reservoir Roads. At the intersection with Cape Otway Road, the group divided with the fast riders taking the more direct route straight down in to Moriac while the even faster riders continued on Reservoir and then the big run down Hendy Main. We all arrived around the same time and after re-grouping, Chris Hu led an enthusiastic bunch via Vickerys and Gundrys Roads while a smaller more sensible group continued down Hendy Main to Coombs Road and then into Torquay via Ocean Acres. Again we all arrived at the Stoop around the same time. The staff had learnt from yesterday's experience, taking names and delivering all drinks in very reasonable time. All is forgiven. A nice tailwind drove us back along Horseshoe Bend Road with the group breaking up as we neared Geelong. Thanks to Chris Hu for leading the fast group and thanks to all for the good company.
Ross.


Met former GTC Members Mel and Betty White as we passed through Moriac.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Saturday 3.2.18
It was great to have fourteen riders turn up for today’s ride. Greg, Rolf, Trudi, Ross, Peter J, David I, Chris Hume, Meri, Paul, Angie, Thomas, Sue, Andrew Harris who is a new rider and  myself departed Grovedale for Bellbrae via Torquay. The coffee break was at The Stoop Torquay where the majority of riders received their fix. New owners have taken over the café and there’s room for improvement with their ordering system. Back on our bikes we travelled to Bellbrae and it was along this section of the route that Chris Hume decided he needed more training and headed towards the hills and Jan Juc. The rest of we mere mortals headed back to Geelong. Generally we do this ride route in the reverse direction and it was interesting to ride down, rather than up, the hill at Bellbrae.  A tail wind was certainly welcome on the return journey.
Regards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Ride to Raven's Creek Farm in Moriac on Thursday 1.2.18
Twelve riders to Moriac, ten at Bunnings, Ange and Paul, Jackie and David, Ted, Ian, Rolf, Chris Hu, Ron and myself, while we headed out via Anglesea Rd and Blackgate Rd Trudi and Meri left from home and we all came together at Raven’s Creek Moriac. After a very enjoyable coffee we all headed for home, some via the Barrabool Hills and the rest via the Highway and Waurn Ponds Bvd, a most enjoyable mornings ride. We did have a little drop of rain both going and coming but being tough we ignored it and pedalled on.
Cheers, Peter .

Tuesday Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 30.1.18
With no Ross and no one knowing his planned route we decided a coffee/hot Chocolate at the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie would be a good option, particularly as there was a good Southerly blowing. Participating was Paul and Ange, Rolf, David I, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Ken and myself. We headed down through Moriac via Reservoir Rd., Ken likes his hills so he took it right through to Hendy Main Rd while the rest of us took the short cut via Cape Otway Rd., and Ken caught us up at coffee. The ride down Forest Rd was it’s usual long drag particularly into the wind but we were rewarded with a nice tail wind on the way home. To keep the legs ticking over we went through Bells Beach and took Ocean Bvd through Jan Juc for a change. Being early into Torquay no one needed to stop to refuel so everyone rolled on home via HSBend Rd. A very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's Ride to Curlewis & Collendina on Sunday 28.1.18
At 8:30 at South Geelong Station your ride leader was still looking for company on the ride but alas there were no takers! I decided to take the rail trail out to Curlewis and cut through some of the back roads of Wallington to have coffee at the Cheeky Cow in Collendina. Although the temperature was high the strength of the wind helped to keep the body at a good temperature. Service was slow at the Cheeky Cow and I had my eye on the clock as I wanted to intercept the riders in the Cadel Evans GOR Elite Race and take a few photos. After a milkshake I rode along the Barwon Heads Rd to the Bluestone School roundabout and waited there with quite a few locals for the race to come through. The first photo below shows the breakaway group and the second photo the main group. By the time I climbed up from the Barwon to Belmont at about 12:30pm the temperature was about 38 degrees and I could feel the impact of the heat but was well satisfied with the 63km ride.
Keep Riding, John.

What our Riders are up to on Saturday 27.1.18 - Cadel Evans Ride & Unofficial ride to Drysdale.

Lyn & Ken's unofficial 101km ride Thursday 25 January
It was a lovely cool morning when we set out along WP drive, up Pettavel then Reservoir to HM Rd past Moriac and onto Forest Rd where we encountered Richie Porte & the BMC team out training for the UCI event. At the end of Forest Rd we continued to Jarosite and after  some  undulations through beautiful bushland around Jan Juc we arrived at our chosen cafe Swell having ridden 50kms. Much refreshed we continued to Torquay to Barwon Heads via Blackgate & 13th Beach where photos were taken. The return journey was on Lake Rd thru Warralily estate & HB Rd.- a great day out on the bike.
Cheers  Lyn L

Trudi's Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 25.1.18
On a overcast muggy day I had twelve riders: Ross, Chris, Peter, Rolf, Meri, Ange and Paul, Mike, Sue, Reece, Julia and David, Ted. Today's ride seemed to be all about road works, starting at Church St. Once around the closed start of Ted Wilson Path and onto the Ballan Rd, Peter informed me of the two sections of road that were being  re serviced. Lucky for us it was finished and quite nice to ride on, we turned onto Stacey's Rd, Bacchus Marsh Rd, Windermere Rd coffee was at my favourite Cafe Blu. On finishing our chosen beverages and all refreshed the group split into two groups to head home.
Thanks everyone for joining me today. Trudi.

Ross' Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 23.1.18
Today was a perfect day for a bike ride and some others agreed as we had 11 people assemble at the show grounds for a cruise down to Point Lonsdale. Rolf, Chris Hu, Adam, Jackie, David, Ange, Paul, Ron, Dr Mike, Mick and Ross set out for Boundary then Portarlington Roads. The action stated with a (possibly unhinged) walker hurling abuse at us as we passed him on the rail trail. This was followed by a run of bad luck for Ron who had 3 punctures and a chain derailment in the first 10 kilometres. He decided that was enough "excitement" for one day. The only up side was that all this happened close to home. The rest of us continued on to a right turn in to Curlewis Road then on to a long run down Swan Bay Road then on to the Queenscliff Road and on to Point Lonsdale. After refreshments and conversation in the sun, we set off up Shell Road to Collendina where Mick left us, then on through Ocean Grove and on to Barwon Heads. David, Jackie and Dr Mike had decided they preferred a more sedate and direct run home, leaving the rest of the group to take advantage of a slight tail wind along the 13th Beach Road.  It felt like a quite fast run but the more sedate trio were just behind us when we arrived at Black Rock Road. The "faster" group continued on via Blackgate and Horseshoe Bend Road towards home.
Thanks to all for a great day out. Ross.

Sunday Ride to Basil's Farm at Swan Bay - 21.1.18
Dr Mike, Chris Hu & John H turned up at Sth Geelong on a rather pleasant morning for riding. We decided to head down Swan Bay Rd and possibly have coffee at Picnic if it was not too crowded - well, it was crowded so we moved down the Portarlington-Queenscliff Rd thinking that Pt Lonsdale might be the next stop. I then remembered that someone had told me there was a farm that served up pretty good coffee along the way so we turned left down the dirt track at Basil's Farm and were delighted at what we found. Check out the pictures below. Unfortunately they don't have large coffee mugs but Chris and Mike say the cakes are to be savoured. Our return was through Pt Lonsdale, Collendina, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Lake Rd. We were surprised at the very heavy traffic, especially through Barwon Heads - there was a traffic jam at the roundabout at the end of the bridge!
Keep Riding - John Hagan.

TWO Rides - 1/ to Groove in Ocean Grove & 2/ the Unofficial Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay - 20.1.18
Thanks to Mike for most of the photos
Ten riders gathered at the Grovedale pub this morning - a good turnout seeing as the A team was busy at the TDU. Paul & Angie, Adam, Ken, Dr Mike, 2x Chris’, Peter, Jacqui and ride leader Wee Davey. With a gentle south easterly to point the way we headed down Surf Coast Hwy and thru the estates towards Ocean Grove. The Sheepwash deviation provided opportunity for the sprinters before a relaxing coffee at Groove. The return journey along 13th Beach was very pleasant. Met Geoff and Marie along the way returning from their coffee run. Indecision saw the bunch split at Breamlea - some taking the shortcut via Lake Road and others across to Horseshoe Bend. Was perfectly timed as we met up again at Warralily. Thence home as best we could.
Thanks all for a pleasant ride. Chris Halpin.

Ted's Ride to The Flame Tree Cafe at Roraima Nursery in Lara on Thursday 18.1.18
It was a balmy 18 degrees when 9 riders assembled at Rippleside for a trip to Lara’s Roraima Nursery. By the time we returned to the start/finish it was 30 and later in the day 41 degrees so the early starts during summer are well worth while. Mick, Chris Hu, Dr Mike, Adam, Paul, Ange, Ron and myself headed out towards the North Geelong Railway Station where we enjoyed a smooth ride on the new concrete path along the Korean War Avenue of Honour and then under the Separation Street Bridge. We joined the bike path at the wood chipping facility although some preferred the road option until we met up again on the Grammar School Road. After a  short run of 16k to Roraima we sampled their coffee and batted away a few mozzies. The Aeroguard supplied by the coffee van was empty but having experienced the Roraima mozzies before I remembered to bring the Rid. Following coffee we headed through Lara to Windermere Road and along Bacchus Marsh Road to Stacey’s Hill. At that point the peloton split with Paul, Ange, Adam, Dr Mike and Chris Hu tackling the hill and the rest taking the softer option of Bacchus Marsh Road and the Ted Wilson. The Soft Crew found an interesting track through Norlane at the Fountain of Friendship Park and returned to Rippleside exhausted (well I was anyway – leading is quite stressful!). The Stacey’s Hill Commandos successfully negotiated the hill and Ballan Road although there was a brief moment of panic when a truck passed them a bit too close for comfort.Thanks for the ride and thanks Mike for the photos. Ted.

Our GTC Riders at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide - 17.1.18
Forecast 37 deg today so we have decided to take a break at Mt Lofty and then head home instead of staying in the heat to watch the race at Stirling. 

Ken's Ride Through the Barrabool Hills, Moriac & Freshwater Ck on Tuesday 16.1.18
Thanks to Mike Taylor for the photos. Sunshine, a light breeze and cool air attracted 9 riders to the start at the river carpark at Highton. Ross, Chris Hume, Ange & Paul, Adam, Mike T, Rolf, Ken and Lloyd Ashley (a visitor from Footscray holidaying at Jan Juc). No one took up the offer to ride Challambra so we went up Mt. Pleasant then Scenic before turning into Province Blvd en route to Ceres. A variety of misadventures resulted in the group splitting so Ross led the bunch whilst Ken waited a few minutes for Lyn L.  A nice tail wind helped us speed to the end of Barrabool. Considines, Hortips then Cape Otway brought us to our coffee stop at Moriac. Lloyd told us about his club rides around the bayside suburbs of Melbourne and said how nice it was to be riding out of town. Ross left at the corner of Hendy Main and Grassdale and we travelled Blackgate, Dickins, Ghazeepore, Baanip path, Reserve, Bailey and the bike path to Breakwater. Back to our starting point via the river path was enjoyable as there were no dogs and very few walkers. A hard but satisfying ride on a terrific day. Ken.

Our GTC Riders at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide - 16.1.18

Dave Simpson's Combined Ride to Anglesea - MTB Trail and Road on Sunday 14Two combined rides today, one on the road and one on the trails between Torquay and Angelsea..1.18
Two combined rides today, one on the road and one on the trails between Torquay and Angelsea. Dr Mike joined Helen for the road ride and nine riders including Fiona, Ben and Ross from GTC followed ride leader Dave along the forest trails. The mtb route was in surprisingly good condition despite yesterday's rain with just a few puddles to be dodged. It was a nice leisurely ride with plenty of sightseeing stops and a demonstration by the ride leader of the advantage of tubeless tyres. We arrived later than the arranged time in Angelsea to find Helen and Dr Mike had finished their break and moved on. We enjoyed some refreshments and conversation in the sun before heading off ourselves, with the nice steep McDougall Road as an introduction to the climb up out of town. Some excitement trying to cross a very busy GOR, Ben tried unsuccessfully to convince a passing ambulance to use its lights and siren to force a traffic break, then back on the bush tracks. Some more excitement when we almost ran over a snake, then a very pleasant (mostly) downhill run back to Torquay. Thank you to Dave for a great ride and to all participants for the good company. Ross.

Ross' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 13.1.18
If nothing else, today's ride proved that not everyone has gone to the TDU (yet). 11 of us keen cycling types assembled at the Grovedale pub for the run to Groove in Ocean Grove. Greg, Jackie and David, Rolf, Mark, Chris Hu, Ken, Peter M, Adam, Ron and Ross set out up Torquay Road (where we were joined by Terry). We took Warrilly Drive to Barwon Heads Road then Lake Road to 13th Beach, all with a nice tail wind to help us along. At the Barwon Heads roundabout, the group split with the keen types doing a lap via Sheepwash while the rest of us headed to Groove. The ride leader should have realised that on a Saturday morning in January, any coffee place near the beach would be busy and Groove was definitely busy. No big table for us but by quickly grabbing any chair that became vacant, we accumulated enough for all the group to sit down. The crowd put Groove's usual quick service to the test and there were some grumblings about a lack of coffee from the late comers (the Sheepwash folk). The last drinks arrived at about the same time as some dark clouds and after a forecast update via Mark's phone, we hit the road with half the group heading back the way we came and the other half heading back via Wallington and the highway. The pace was slightly down into the wind but still good fun. Closer to Geelong, the group started breaking up with riders taking the most direct way home. Mark's forecast was extremely accurate with a short but heavy shower hitting Torquay two minutes after I got home. Hope everyone else was similarly lucky.
Cheers, Ross. 

Terry's Ride to The Farmers Place in Freshwater Creek on Thursday 11.1.18
It was a magnificent day with a fantastic turnout of 11 riders: Ken, Lyn, Rolf, Adam, Peter, Ian ,Ross, Mick , Ted, Chris and myself. We headed off to The Farmers' Place on the Anglesea Rd at Freshwater Ck. Leaving the Grovedale Hotel and riding out along the Surf Coast Highway, turning left into Warralily Blvde, then right into Horseshoe Bend Rd and following this through to Torquay. Here we turned right through the Torquay Estate into Fischer St, turning right into Darian Rd and crossing the Highway to Grossmans Rd. It was here, on a previous ride, Lyn Gregg came off the bike and was taken to hospital. We then went through Ocean Blvde to Coombes Rd, turning right at the roundabout and heading along Anglesea Rd to the Cafe. After a welcome rest with great coffee and conversation we headed back along Ghazeepore Rd. A most enjoyable ride of about 40km.
Keep on Pedalling, Cheers, Terry.

Peter Jones' Loop from Birregurra to Colac & Barwon Downs on Tuesday 9.1.18
At 2 minutes to go it looked like Ken Lyn L and myself would be it but low and behold Chris Halpin turned up with his bike rack full, Peter O and Mike C having taken up his offer of a ride, and right behind Chris was Leo and Trudi so our 3 jumped to eight in minutes. Took a few minutes to get sorted and we all rolled out to Colac into a pretty stiff head wind. A few road works going on down that way kicking up a bit of dust but we got into Colac in reasonable time and stopped at the first coffee shop with the benefit of hindsight probably better next time to go on to the next one which is a bakery and their prices may be a bit more palatable. Had a few spits of rain before Colac and a little shower went through while we had coffee. At least after coffee we were going with the wind at times and across it at others, pulled up at the Murrroon Rd to wish everyone goodbye and Chris Ha found his cable on the rear cassette had broken leaving the chain on the smallest sprocket, not sure how he went on the later hills. That’s all for me hope someone else can add anything of interest.
Cheers Peter.

Rolf Leads Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 7.1.18
A large turnout of two people this morning, everyone else must have gone to Ballarat to watch the championships.  Mike C. and myself voted to go to Drysdale for coffee and back along Princess Road and Swan Bay Road and down the highway home.  We did notice one positive change on our way, all the New Years Eve glass had been swept off the rail trail, how good is that!  Had a quick ride to the Bungalow Café in 42 minutes which guaranteed us a nice mug of coffee.  The run home was smooth as the conditions could not have  been any better for cycling. 
Thanks for your company Mike,
Rolf.

Peter Jones Ride on a Very Hot Saturday - 6.1.18
Fifteen riders, the early start seemed popular on a forecast hot day of 42 degrees. When Sue and I arrived at the Pub there was already three waiting, and they rolled in right up to 7-00 am. Sue, Jackie, Lyn L, Ange, Paul, Leo, Ross, Peter O, Ken, Adam, Chris H, Rolf, David R, Mark and myself rolled out on the specified route to Barwon Heads via 13thBeach. It was very pleasant riding with the Sun just up and the air cool. 13th Beach looked a picture with the early morning Surfers out looking to catch a wave. We regrouped at Barwon Heads before doing the Sheepwash Circuit returning to Grovedale via Lake Rd and HSBend Rd. The Northerly was increasing but it was warm rather than hot as we headed up Reserve Rd taking a short left and into Sandstone Café for coffee at about 9-10 am. A nicely timed ride as Sandstone doesn’t open until 9-00 am. Everyone enjoyed their coffee/milk shakes with the odd cake before heading out into the now hot North wind and home. Thanks for coming.
Cheers Peter.

JC Reports on the Unofficial Alternate ride to Drysdale on Saturday 6.1.18
Simon, Coop & I set off early down the railtrail, as the day was predicted to reach 42c, with strong Northerly winds. A text was sent to the official alternative Saturday bunch to notify them that we would meet them at the cafe. Where they were all gathered. However, none seemed to have ridden ... After a quick coffee & a long chat, the three 'musketeers' headed back. It was 36c, with a 30 kph NNW wind, by the time we got back to Geelong! Phew! Thanks be to Coop & Simon for coming out - it is no exaggeration to say that I would not have made it otherwise!
JC

Ted's Loop of Geelong on Thursday 4.1.18
In perfect conditions for riding 9 members: Peter J, Sue, Adam, Ken, Peter O, Ian, Ross, Ron and your trusty correspondent arrived at Rippleside with 8 bikes. Fortunately one of the bikes was a tandem so everyone saddled up and headed off along Western Beach to the Eastern Gardens. A slight detour along Portarlington Road and back along Bellarine Highway added 3k as the ride was going to be a bit short otherwise. With no verges along Moolap Station Road and the first part of Townsend Road it was a bit tight and it was suggested we should eliminate this part of the route in future. Once on Fellmongers Road things freed up  and we were soon at Breakwater and the Barwon River Trail – South Side. A very cruisey ride to the Moorabool Street bridge was followed by laps of the Criterion Circuit where some riders excelled with 3 or 4 while others were happy with 1 or 2. My suggestion of a time trial was diplomatically rejected although Peter O couldn’t resist telling me his 3:50 well and truly eclipsed my effort of 4:37 a few days earlier. Coffee at the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club was excellent but the place was a bit quiet with no one on the main courts providing the hoped for free entertainment. The last stage of the ride was along the Barwon River to Fyansford and then the dreaded Cementies Hill. I was berated for including an “unnecessary hill” between the tennis club and river but of course ignored the criticism as I’m sure it was in jest (wasn’t it?). Total circuit was between 38 and 46 klms depending on how many circuits of the crit you did. Thanks for joining me.
Ted.

Sue and Peter ride the tandem on the Criterium Track

David Rae's Ride to Drysdale and Queenscliff on Tuesday 2.1.18
Thirteen riders turned up for the ride to Queenscliff this morning: Mark, Zac, Ross, Mick, Terry, Rolf, Lyn L, Peter O, Ken, Adam, Ron and Jackie and David Rae.  We followed the rail trail (dodging glass on the way) to Drysdale, stopping at The Bungalow for coffee.  We then had a very pleasant ride down Murradoc Road onto the Portarlington/Queenscliff Road, turning left at the Bellarine Highway and into a very busy Queenscliff.  We spent a pleasant 40 minutes at The Marina, where most riders had their lunch.  How good was it to be cycling along in the bike lane while the cars were bumper to bumper and at a standstill some of the time due to temporary traffic lights!  The conditions were favourable for our ride home.  When we arrived at Leopold the group stopped by to see how Lyn was doing and she had very kindly made some sandwiches and provided lovely biscuits and chocolates.  She was pleased to see us and seems to be making progress.  It was also nice to catch up with Chris H and Jean, who had popped over to see Lyn.  Mick kindly offered to take Jackie home as she had not been doing much riding lately and felt that the 75km was far enough. The group said their goodbyes to Lyn and made their separate ways home. An enjoyable day was had by all.
David Rae.

Ross Leads the Ride to Raven's Creek Farm on Saturday 30.12.17
No ride leader for today's ride so in the absence of a volunteer among the assembled riders, I was nominated. With a strongish westerly wind, Moriac was suggested as a suitable destination with the promise of a nice tail wind return. Angie, Paul, Adam, Terry, Rolf, Peter O, Peter M, Chris Ha, Ken and Ross set off in to the wind via Baanip Boulevard, Hams Road, Waurn Ponds Drive and Reservoir Road before turning for the big run down Hendy Main to morning refreshments at Ravens Creek Farm. It was suggested that Cape Otway Road should be avoided given the volume of holiday traffic so we returned back up the Hendy Main Road hill and turned on to the highway for a fantastic wind-assisted mostly downhill run back towards Geelong. Not sure what speed the others were making but I was following Terry who reported a 68 kph speed at one point. All too soon we were back at the Waurn Ponds Drive turn-off and riders were taking their own way home.
Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.

Chris Halpin also reported - (asked by the webmaster before Ross' ride report arrived) .....Designated leader Peter J was apparently a late scratching and the assembled crew decided the default option was Club President Ross. A roaring westerly made the choice of Moriac easy, so off we set up to Ghazepore. A surprise turn to the right took us to Hams Rd and under the freeway and through Upper Waurn Ponds to the old Princes  Hwy then on to Ravens Ck for coffee. A well earned break considering the head wind.  Return journey was a lovely wind assisted 'fly' back down the Hwy and into Waurn Ponds......

CONGRATULATIONS to Greg Allerton on Achieving 100 x 100km for 2017 on Boxing Day.
Despite Greg's recent accident and hospitalizaton I knew he was very determined to complete 100 x 100km this year. On Boxing Day he headed out on the flat course behind Avalon Airport and made good use of the terraine along Pt Wilson Rd and its extension to complete his challenge for the year. I think Greg is not firing on all cylinders yet but that didn't stop him. Well Done! I was tipped off by JC as Greg is not one to throw a big party about such achievements.
John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Millars at Lara on Thursday 28.12.17
On a barmy morning eleven riders (Ian, Julia, Ken, David I, Rolf, Ron, Paul, Angie, Ross, Michael and myself) departed Church Street for Rippleside, via Hovells Creek Trail and onto Lara. Along the way we met up with Trudi who had ridden like the wind to catch us but only to realise she was actually a long way in front! Trudi was found patiently waiting for us at the Hovells Creek bike underpass at Lara.  At this point Julia left the peloton to head to her home which was just a short distance away, and given that both Julia and Ian had ridden into Church Street from Lara for the ride, it was not unreasonable as they were due for a rest. We proceeded to Millars for a coffee break after which Ian headed for home.  The rest of us went on a tour of Lara around to Ted’s place in the hope of scoring another coffee, this time a freebie, courtesy of Ted’s grand Aldi machine. No luck.  Ted must have an inkling that we were about to descend upon him and he fled the district!  Disappoint and forlorn, we then returned to Geelong via the same route. 
Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. 
Peter O.

Peter O'Brien's Boxing Day Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale and Inverleigh - 26.12.17
Today’s ride was from Fyansford to Inverleigh, a total of approximately 75km. Seven members who were keen to counteract their Christmas over-indulgence: Peter J, Angie, Adam, Rolf, Paul and myself, rode to Bannockburn where we’d planned to have a coffee break.  Maybe it was due to the excess Christmas kilos but we didn’t set a fast pace averaging 25km/h over the distance.  PJ left the group at Bannockburn to get back home in time for the start of the Sydney to Hobart race.  Being Boxing Day, all of the Bannockburn cafes were closed so we continued onto Teesdale where thankfully their coffee shop was open.  We then headed to Inverleigh and proceeded straight back to Fyansford.  Sadly nobody had been good enough to get a new bike from Santa let alone a bike accessory.  How sad.
Peter O.

John Hagan's Ride to Moriac & Torquay on Sunday 24.12.17
Nine riders surprised me by turning up on Christmas Eve for our Sunday circuit to Moriac, Torquay and back into Geelong on the Surf Coast Highway. Many were splendidly attired in the yellow club cycling jersey. The riders were: Ian, Peter O, Ken, Peter J, Ross, Mike, Rolf, David I and your leader John H. The plan was to go out to Moriac on the Old Princes Highway (Waurn Ponds Drive) and then follow Hendy Main Road and Coombes Rd through to the Surf Coast Highway. Thus far the plan worked well until we called into our coffee destination the Uforic Food Cafe to find that it was CLOSED. Undeterred we pressed on to give the Two Wrens Cafe a try - it too was CLOSED. By this time Ross had ridden back to his starting point of Torquay and Rolf and David I skipped the next place and headed home. The 3rd choice - The Sandstone Cafe in Grovedale was OPEN and here 6 of us enjoyed coffee and cake and long conversations about computers and technology. On that last leg of the ride we enjoyed a strong tail wind to push us home.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Terry's Ride to Front Beach Cafe in Torquay on Saturday 23.12.17
As I was the last to arrive I was elected ride leader, a fantastic day, we decided to go to Torquay, there were 8 riders, Angie, Paul, Adam, Rolf, Chris, Ron, Mike and myself headed off along the Surf Coast Hwy to the bike path, riding to Ghazeepore Road, then Dickens to Anglesea Road, turning left into Coombes Road, then through Millionaires estate to Grossmans Road where the peloton really picked up the speed, Adam was the first to go but couldn’t keep up the pace, next to go was Paul who kept up a steady pace which was hard to peg back and kept his slender lead all the way to the SC Hwy. We then cruised on down to the Front Beach Café, charged $5 for coffee, and then told to remove our rubbish and take it to a bin across the road,(Front Beach Café out). Great conversation, we then cruised back along the front beach to Horshoebend Road then through Warralily to the Surfcoast Highway back to the Grovedale Hotel, great ride fantastic company cheers. Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all.
Keep on Pedalling, Terry.

Peter O'Brien's QUIZ Ride from The Showgrounds to Ocean Grove on Thursday 22.12.17
The Quiz Ride always attracts a good field of riders and today was no exception.  Fourteen riders were primed and ready to go on the start line at the showgrounds.  Trudi, Ted, David L, Terry, Paul, Angie, Mike, Adam, Meri, Ross, Rolf, Lyn, Norm & myself rode to the Groove Café in Ocean Grove via the Bellarine Highway, Grubb Road and Thacker Street.  Hopefully no speed limits were exceeded on the Thacker Street descent! During the coffee break yours truly hosted the quiz which this year was based on two themes, namely cycling knowledge and local geographical knowledge.  Lucky for me the Groove provided, at no cost, lollies to be given to those who answered correctly.  Thanks Tony and Ivy.  Unbeknown to the quiz master a certain rider was caught taking a photo over my shoulder of the answer sheet!  It just goes to show what extent some people will go to get a lolly.  Shame on you Ted.  For those riders who are unfamiliar with the Banjo Patterson classic Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, attached is the proof (including a diagram) that the creek he and his resplendent bicycle ended in was Dead Man’s Creek. At the coffee break Ted provided feedback to the group re lessons learned from the ride and this was well received.  In turn, it generated useful discussion among the riders on several issues associated with bike etiquette and safety. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Thirteenth Beach and Lakes Road to the Showgrounds.
Merry Christmas to all.  I hope Santa brings club members lots of shiny new bike presents.
Regards, Peter O.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Jan Juc on Tuesday 19.12.17
Eleven keen riders turned up for an early start due to a hot weather forecast - Chris Hu, Peter O, Dave I.Ken, Ross, Mike, Julia, Paul & Angela & friend Adam plus myself with apologies from Trudi. We cruised up Ghazeepore Rd to Dickens, the All together again we cycled the undulations of Vickerys & Gundrys though lovely bushand, everyone at a cracking pace in the cooler temperatures. Anglesea Rd and turned into Blackgate then Hendy Main Rd at a good pace until Vickerys where some missed the turn off.  After crossing the Gr Ocean Rd we tackled Addiscott, Bones and on to Sunset Strip & Swell cafe in Jan Juc for a much needed break, arriving at 10am. Peter O paid the group a great compliment by remarking that everyone obeyed the road rules by always riding single file where there were double lines. Well done all!! A few more hills was on the agenda for the return trip but I miscalculated so we rode through Torquay instead, on HSB Rd to the  Warralily estate, across to Whites Rd then Ghazeepore where the wind had picked up significantly and the sun was really hot by then. A timely return to Bunnings for most with a distance of approx 60kms -  enough on such a hot day. Thanks to everyone for a great ride and your company of course.
Lyn L. 4

Nicole Collins' Ride Around the Barwon River on Sunday 17.12.17
8.40 I was at the station.  Ian had arrived,  then David I,  Chris, Rolf, Mike and John H arrived.  Yes note I was not last to arrive today.  For my first ride after Great Victorian Bike Ride it was an easy one for me. Mike was Kelpie and did a good job. Yarra Street to the river.  North side passed the rowing sheds and watched for boats. Cruising at about 18 to 20 km per hour.  First questions about coffee were at Fyansford we were too early for the Door Gallery Cafe.  So RnR Cafe near the caravan park won the day. Where we found Lindy,  David and Barb enjoying coffee. Our coffee stop included much discussion about Elvis and German heritage in the family tree. Quiz questions to David I.  Returned to the river trail to Breakwater and back to the station. Mike decided that he would do a couple of more loops and John joined him for one.  Note Mike's new look body after his extra effort today.
Nicole.

Peter Jones' Ride to Torquay on Saturday 16.12.17
Thirteen riders for a nice Saturday ride to Front Beach Café at Torquay: Sue, Trudi, Angela, Lyn L, Paul, Peter M, Ron, Rolf, John H, Chris Hu, Mike T, visitor Reece and myself. It was a lovely day, fine and warm with a little bit of a Southerly breeze. Took the usual way, across to Ghazepore, Dickens, Anglesea Rd to Coombes and through Ocean Acres to Grossmans. Enjoyed a very nice coffee and then rolled on home via HSBend Rd., a great morning out on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter and Sue on the tandem at the corner of Ghazeepore and Dickens Rds, Freshwater Creek.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on thursday 14.12.17
There was a good show of riders today with eighteen turning up at the Grovedale Hotel. Trudi, Mark, Ian, Ted, David and Julia Love, Terry, Chris Hume, David I, Peter J, Ron, Ken, Paul, Angie, Mike, Adam, Ray & myself (phew I think I got the names right) rode to Ocean Grove via Thirteenth Beach and Barwon Heads. At various stages along the ride the peloton spread out, given that some riders couldn’t help themselves and took advantage of tail winds. Coffee was at the Groove where as usual, the service was high quality.  While there, Mike managed to get all the riders together, not an easy task, for a group photo shoot. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Barwon Heads Road and Lakes Road. All up a very enjoyable ride.
Pegards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Ride from Ballarat to Creswick on Tuesday 12.12.17
Eight lucky riders for this wonderful ride on an absolute perfect day. Ken, David I, Rolf, Mike C, Mike T, Chris Ha, Ron and myself set off a bit late after roadworks held up everyone’s arrival. A very short ride to the Bike Rack coffee shop where a most enjoyable coffee really hit the spot. After coffee and checking out the latest Specialised Bikes we headed through Ballarat suburbs including Brown Hill to the Daylesford Rd. This can be a busy road but wasn’t too bad today, there are a couple of undulations and probably the only major hill which took us up past the White Swan Reservoir. At the Bungaree Creswick Rd we turned left and with a few more undulations we arrived at Wattle Flat, from here it is all pretty well down hill so off we went and enjoyed a 5 or 6 klm downhill run into Creswick. We arrived at about 11.45 so ordered a few drinks and relaxed before ordering lunch. We arrived at about 11.45 so ordered a few drinks and relaxed before ordering lunch. My Mum arrived at about 12.00 to join us for a lovely lunch before we headed back to Ballarat via the Bald Hills Rd and Gillies St.
First stop when got back to the Lake was Pipers by the Lake for a coffee, milkshake, Hot Chocolate or Iced Coffee. Home was via Godzilla for us to avoid the road works which worked out really well, a great day out on the bike in good company. Thanks again for the pictures Mike T.
Cheers Peter.

BBQ Christmas Lunch at Don & Lindy's Farm at Charlemont on Sunday 10.12.17
There was a slight delay as a number of the GTC members arrived at Charlemont with the sheep being moved on the road into the farmhouse. As you can see from the photos below the event was much enjoyed by those present - especially when it came to the Kris Kringle and the special rules the Club has for sharing these presents around. A big thank you to Don and Lindy for being such gracious hosts.

John Hagan's Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Waurn Ponds on Sunday 10.12.17
This was a good morning for a loop around to Panache at Waurn Ponds. For those in the GTC there was a time limit of 2 hours as the 2nd GTC Christmas party was to be held on Don and Lindy's farm at Charlemont at midday. We had 13 riders with a majority from CG: Linton, Dave, John M, John & Carla, Helen, Ron and Kevin and from GTC: Peter J & Marion, ChrisHu., Ian and your ride leader John H. The path under Pioneer Rd at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is now open for bikes so we scooted down there and had coffee at Panache. The return trip was via Deakin and Belle Vue Avenue and back along the Barwon was a circuit of about 20km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Ross Rides Through VIETNAM & CAMBODIA - Updated: 9.12.17 click here to see PHOTOS and the STORY OF HIS TRAVELS.
I am currently on a bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. The cycling component of my trip is over. I stripped all the good bits (pedals, seat, rack) off my bike and gave the rest to a young guy in PP. This was planned, not a reaction to riding over here. In fact, the riding was so good that I will be back again in 2018. The wifi on the bus is very poor so will send a few pics when I get to my hotel. Will be back in Torquay on Tuesday but may not have a chance to catch up as am heading off to Tas almost immediately after. If not, Merry Xmas to all.
Regards, Ross.
Below - Ross tries out something a little different!.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Torquay via Bellbrae on Saturday 9.12.17
It was great to have twelve riders turn up for today’s ride. Rolf, Peter J, David I, Mark, Ken, John, Chris Halpin, Paul, Angie, Michael, Peter M and myself departed Grovedale for Torquay via Bellbrae.  The ride conditions to Bellbrae were overcast with light showers prevailing however this did not affect the riders as they conquered the Bellbrae hill.  The ride into Torquay was sensational and a number of our riders teamed up with a rival peloton and proceeded at pace to the Frontbeach Café for the obligatory coffee stop. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Road. Total distance travelled was 50kms. Regards, Peter O.

DAY 4 - Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 7.12.17.
Check out this animation of the whole route :https://www.relive.cc/view/1305190242

The final day, the Leanganook Track!!  Headed off early again and were soon into slow careful riding in difficult terrain, heading east towards Chiltern then Northwards to Harcourt. At Harcourt we had second breakfast/brunch, enough fuel on board to get us to Bendigo. We then climbed to a granite ridge below Mt Alexander. A little further on we arrived at the Coliban Water Race which we followed most of the way to Bendigo. The gravel road here generally contoured and was pleasant riding. However there two 200m climbs for us as the water went through long tunnels. Near Bendigo the GFT meandered up and down around mullock heaps, was slow going for weary riders. On nearing a sealed road we decided to use it and head for the Station ASAP, arriving there at 2:00pm. We made it!!! Distance 63km. Chris.

Trudi Bellia's Ride to Lara on Thursday - 7.12.17.
Today's ride started at the usual spot at the top of Church St, the riders were: Meri, Marie, Peter O, Ray, Ron, Ted, Ian, Mick, Dave, Mark, Julia and David new members. We started our journey along Ted Wilson path, Ballarat Rd, Ballan Rd. We all enjoyed a lovely run along Stacey's Rd with the very enjoyable down hill run till Bachus Marsh Rd. While sailing down the hill I noticed a parked car on the side of the road, with a quick look around on the opposite side I spotted some paparazzi laying low in the scrub. It didn't take me long to recognise who that paparazzi was, it was our long lost fellow cyclist Noel. We then turned left then right onto Windermere Rd, and at the roundabout Noel stopped to say hi. It was great to see him again, I hope that he is soon back on his bike to join us. Coffee was at my favourite cafe, Cafe Blu were we made ourselves comfy inside on a large table that could accommodate us all. Our return journey was the Hovells Creek path, with everyone dropping off at different points along the way. Thanks everyone for your company on what was a very enjoyable mornings ride.
Trudi.
Thanks to Noel Pownall for the on-road photos.

DAY 3 - Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 6.12.17.
Left Daylesford at 7:00 heading towards Castlemaine on the Dry Diggings Track soon stopping at Hepburn Springs General Store for a coffee and snack as no more shops until Castlemaine.eport coming soon. Headed off into the bush, this section of the trail proving to be the most challenging with some very steep climbs and large fallen trees to haul our loaded bikes over and very rocky sections at times. We lunched at Vaughan Springs and sampled the mineral water. Not to my liking!!  Then onto Castlemaine stopping at the first coffee shop. Arrived there at 3:30, distance 55km.
Chris.

David Innes' Ride to Werribee on Tuesday 5.12.17.
A cloudy moderate temp and windy day with a few spots of sunshine greeted us today. With a good turn out of enthusiastic cyclists showing up for the ride to Werribee taking the usual route to Lara via the refinery to Hovell Trial we had to take a detour in Rippleside to avoid the lollipop man with his stop sign. Our first stop Millars coffee shop where we usually like to stop in Lara these days having a good chat and a few laughs. Our next destination was Werribee but only half of the group decided to battle on we headed there via Flinders Avenue then to Little River taking the back roads to Werribee. Winds were blustery but not too bad. Arriving in Werribee we had our lunch at the Coffee Pot Cafe after which we headed back to Geelong via the highway fearing that the ride back would be a difficult one - it turned out the wind wasn't bad at all. The ride was incident free with no! falls! The GTC has has its share in recent weeks. Thankfully the rain kept away apart from the constant wind it was a good day's ride with just over 100 km's. Personally most would have done 90 km's or so. Thanks to the following for coming - my apologies if I've missed a name or two: Meri, Trudi, Julie, Rolf, Ted, Ken, Paul and Ang, Adam. Agian my apologies as I didn't have a ride sheet.
Thanks for all those that attended. David.

DAY 2 - Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 5.12.17.
Continued on the Wallaby Track to Daylesford. Weather great, fine with a SE breeze. Had a few navigation difficulties on the edge of Creswick!! See map. Track was similar to yesterday with plenty of obstacles, mainly water and logs. By the time we reached Daylesford we were tired, especially me! Hopefully recover overnight ready for the Dry Digging section of the track.
Chris.

Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 4.12.17.
Three riders Ben, Peter and Chris Hu started off from Mt Buninyong on a cool overcast day. Great downhill run to start but on reaching Granny White Lane had our first walk of the day! Continued into Sturt Street Ballarat where we had coffee/lunch. Then off to Creswick. The track was challenging - plenty of rocks, ruts, tree roots and water hazzards. 
All arrived safe and sound. First half of the Wallaby track done.
Chris.

The First of a number of Christmas Gatherings for the GTC - this one at Mt Moriac Pub - Saturday 2.12.17.
This was a very enjoyable evening for the 16 who gathered at the Mt Moriac Pub. Lyn Gregg had done all the organizing for the event but because of an unfortunate fall from the bike is now in rehabilitation at Grace McKellar so was unable to be to enjoy the evening. We were fortunate to have the function room to ourselves - the rest of the place was packed out. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
John Hagan.

Sue and Marion enjoy the dessert.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Farmer's Place in Freshwater Creek on Sunday 3.12.17.
Three arrived to do the ride today: John, Dr Mike and Chris H. DR Mike was there first!! Decided to head to Torquay as there was a strong SW wind blowing. Headed towards Breakwater and along to Waurn Ponds but were soon seeking shelter. Once it cleared, a bit, we were off again. More rain, more wind!! Decided just to go to The Farmer's Place. Had an enjoyable coffee and decided to head home via the shortest route. A  speedy return and no rain.  Good to get out but looking forward to better riding conditions.
Chris.

Peter Jones' Ride to Ravens Creek Farm Cafe on Saturday 2.12.17.
Only three hardy souls this morning, not sure why, there was no rain and the roads were dry as a bone, it was a bit windy, seemed to be pretty well due South so a ride out to Raven’s Creek at Moriac seemed like a good idea, being across the wind it worked out very well and Chris Hu and Peter O, my companions this morning, all enjoyed the ride via Waurn Ponds Drive, M1 and Hendy Main Rd. Had a very nice coffee and rolled on home via Mt Duneed Rd., again across the wind with maybe a little bit of help on the tail. A very enjoyable morning on the bike yet again. Cheers Peter.

Mick Gregg Leads the Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 30.11.17.
On this rather warm morning 14 riders fronted up at the showgrounds for an easy ride to Drysdale and return.  We followed the rail trail down to the Bungalow for refreshments where the weather was starting to get rather hot.   Afterwards the group broke up some heading back down the trail and others going via  Princess Rd , Swan Bay Rd, Bellarine Hwy. All in a good ride tho short.  The participants were Trudi,Marie,Mark,Chris/Jean,David, Rolf,Ray,Peter O, Peter J, Ron, Barry,Dr Mike and Mick. Thanx to all for coming.   Cheers Mick      PS just a note I heard later Jean had a fall on her way home and finished in hospital.  Lyn G is now at Grace McKellar for rehab soon. Update on Jean from Mike T - Jean just got home from hospital (9:55pm).

Criss-crossing the Barrabool Hills with Ken on Tuesday 28.11.17.
7 riders presented at Bunnings for the ride advertised as "hard". Julia, Lyn L, Chris Hume, Ange & Paul, Peter O and Ken rode conservatively out along Waurn Ponds Drive aware of the long climb to follow up Cochranes to Barrabool Rd. We were joined at the intersection with Merrawarp by PJ and Trudi. Ange showed the benefit of recent training not losing any ground over the 2 climbs on Barrabool Rd en route to Andersons. Riding Andersons Rd on such a beautiful day was a delight. Turning left onto the Princes Hwy the group made its way up to Devon and enjoyed the long downhill before the climb. Try as I might I could not catch Lyn up the Devon hill. Julia, only recently returned to cycling after her fall, was coping well with the hilly terrain. The undulations on Hendy Main followed by the glorious downhill brought us to our coffee stop at Moriac. 
When is a "hard" ride not hard enough. Trudi wanted to add extra kms and proposed riding towards Torquay on Hendy Main. Ken said this could be achieved by turning onto Ghazeepore near the finish back at Waurn Ponds. The upshot was T, CH and PJ went one way whilst the rest of us went back up the Hendy hill to Reservoir and relished the undulations back to Pettavel. The speed was on down Waurn Ponds Drive and when Ken asked how they felt about more climbing ( up Lemins) all declined. PO'B rode straight on towards town, Lyn went left up Pigdons whilst Julia, A & P went back to their vehicles. Paul stated it was the best ride he had done in his short time with the club. We are lucky as cyclists to have the Barrabool Hills on our doorstep.
Ken.

Ross Rides Through VIETNAM - click here to see PHOTOS and the STORY OF HIS TRAVELS.

Chris Hume's Ride to Lara on Sunday 26.11.17.
Weather report was poor! Being leader I thought that I had better turn up. Mike C was the only other rider to arrive, his first ride with GTC since NSW. We headed off then the rain started!! Sheltered at Simmond's Stadium until the worst of it was over. I phoned Trude to say that the tide was off. Mike and I then decided to do something and headed for Creamery Rd then decided to continue to Lara. Tried to find shelter from time to time and made it to Millars. After coffee heded home via Hovells Creek. A workthwhile though damp outing.
Chris.

Peter Jones Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 25.11.17.
Eight riders for our Sat morning ride: Lyn L, Ange, Paul, Mark, Peter O, Chris Hu, Ron and PeterJ. We were a little late getting away - I had a call from Sue, they were having trouble with a flat tyre on the Tandem. After a bit of toing and froing we left on our ride and the tandem would hopefully catch up at Groove. Lyn L left us at HSBend Rd., she was feeling a bit flat and decided she would head home. It was a pleasant riding and we rolled into Groove at about 9:45am. I had invoted Rolf to come and join us for coffee which he and his friend Graeme from Adelaide did. Enjoyed out chat and coffee then headed home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd. A most enjoyable morning on the bike. Cheers Peter.

Terry's Ride to The Farmer's Place in Freshwater Creek on Thursday 23.11.17.
It was a magnificent day 17 riders fantastic turnout: Marie, Trudi, Mark, Ian, Lyn L, Mick, Chris, Peter and Marion, Ron, Lyn, Paul and Ange, Ray, Ted and Norm. We headed off to the Farmers' Place Anglesea Rd Freshwater Creek, leaving the hotel and riding out along the Surf Coast Highway, turning left into Warralilly Blvde, then right into Horseshoe Bend Road and following this through to Torquay, before turning ritht through the Torquay estate into Fischer Street turning right into Darian Road crossing the Highway to Grossmans Rd. Then when Lyn Gregg came off and was taken to Hospital, through (Millionaires' Row) to Coombes Road, turning right at the roundabout and heading along Anglesea Road to the Ghazeepore Rd,. A most enjoyable ride of approx 40klms.
Keep on Pedalling, Cheers Terry.

Lyn Loudon's Ride from Anglesea to Wye River and Return on Tuesday 21.11.17.
Six cyclists for the ride along the Great Ocean Road to Wye River & return on a splendid sunny day - Peter J, Peter O, Chris Hume, Trudi, Ken and Lyn. Everyone managed the first hurdle of a steep climb up to the lookout at Pt Roadknight and then all rode steadily to Urquhart Bluff and onto Big Hill where we encountered a tourist cycling along with his luggage in a golf buggy! Some photos and lots of smiling later everyone continued to Lorne for a welcome morning tea. That over we set off again for the trip to Wye River & return (approx 34kms) with the small inconvenience of Mt Defiance on the way. Actually there were  fabulous views of the ocean & pristine beaches along the route and a real sense of  achievement on reaching the lookout point where we stopped for another photo shoot with a bus load of Chinese tourists. After another stop in Lorne at the bakery for lunch we pushed on back to Anglsea for the last leg of the 91km journey, completed in 4 hrs riding time. Terrific riding everyone and a wonderful day out. Thanks to all for your good company.
Lyn.

NEWS - UPDATE (22.11.17) Greg Allerton taken to Hospital last Saturday 11.11.17.
22.11.17 - Greg has only just got back on his bike for a very short trip to the East Geelong shops. Here is his story.
Had a phone call from Greg to say that on Friday (10.11.17) he was attempting his 97th 100Km ride for the year and had serious fall. He was on Hendy Main Road coming towards the Anglesea Rd with cars passing in opposite directions and there must have been a burnt limb of a tree in the shadows and he hit this and came down. He was knocked unconscious and a nurse who saw the accident came over to render assistance along with a number of other motorists. She called for an ambulance and Greg gained consciousness fairly soon. A farmer took Greg's bike home and left his address with Greg. Greg said the ambulance trip to hospital was very bumpy and his neck was in a brace. He spent the day and a half in Geelong Hospital. It seems he has no broken bones but has a very sore shoulder which will require more testing. The hospital were amazed that he didn't have any broken bones considering the way his clothing was ripped around. He is not yet ready to resume riding to claim 100 x 100km for the year. I hope he recovers in time to do this. Our thoughts are with you Greg.
John Hagan.

John Hagan's Half Dirt Ride South of Geelong to Uforic Food Cafe on Sunday 19.11.17.
What beautiful weather for a tour of the back roads around Geelong! Just 3 of us: Chris Hu, Ken and your leader John H for a chance to ride some roads we had never been on before and cover a distance of just over 50km. The first dirt section was at the end of Waurn Ponds Drive - we crossed the Princes Highway on to Draytons Rd and down past the Pettavel Basin to Reservoir Rd and at the railway crossing we headed south on BOGANS Lane to Dickins Rd. This took us through Freshwater Creek to Ghazeepore Rd where we turned south and then took Blackgate through to the Surf Coast Highway and the Uforic Food Cafe for some good cakes and coffee. There was also a ginger tea to be sampled. We might add that, when we asked for really hot coffee, we got just that. For the return trip we took Horseshoe Bend Rd and the dirt sections of Barwarre Rd and we were home before midday.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Ian Fraser's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 19.11.17.
Today's ride to drysdale was made more pleasant by a wonderful turn out of so many people on sure a lovely sunny day. A nice coffee & chart was enjoyed by the following @ The Bungalow: Geoff & Heather Christmas, Marie, Lyn & Mick Gregg, Meri & Lovro, Doc Mick and Barry joined us for some of the ride. We even had a private room for our coffee, thanks to one of our members being a slient partner in this business! (only jorking) Thanks to Doc Mick for taking the phots. A big thank you for everyone who made this nice ride extra special by coming - Ian.

Peter OBrien's Ride from Grovedale via Barrabool Hills to Moriac on Saturday 18.11.17.
On sunny morning ten riders turned-up for the hill challenge. Chris Hume, Ken, Lyn, Peter J, Rolf, Paul, Angela, Thomas, Sue and myself set off from the Grovedale Hotel to Barrabool Road.  All riders climbed the hills at Ceres and Pollocksford Road and then cruised down Considines Road to Moriac for coffee break. Unfortunately the coffee and sweets at Moriac  took an inordinate amount of time to prepare, but otherwise sitting outside under a tree provided a fantastic environment to relax and get ready for the next section of hills. 
After the break we rode along Hendy Main Road where the plan was to ride to Barrabool Road and back through Ceres to Geelong.  Lyn and Ken had advised that they would be leaving the group at Reservoir Road and returning to Geelong.  Chris, Rolf and myself led the peloton along Hendy Main Road and when we stopped at Barrabool Road, to our dismay we realised there were no riders behind us.   After a 5 minute wait, our number one scout Chris Hume retraced part of the route only to ascertain there were no riders within sight.  Phone calls were made to no avail so we concluded the other riders must have taken a different route back to Geelong which subsequently turned out to be correct.  It is not often a leader loses 70% of the peloton however in my defence I feel there were extenuating circumstances. Chris, Rolf and myself continued on the planned route via Ceres and back to Geelong covering a total distance of around 80km.
Peter O.

Unofficial Ride to The Bungalow at Drysdale on Saturday 18.11.17
JC is being congratulated on completing his Law Degree.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Heads on His Birthday - Thursday 16.11.17.
Four hardy riders this morning in the rain, Peter O, Ken, Chris Hu and myself. Mick opted out as leader because he doesn’t do wet but the real cyclists turned out for a ride to Barwon Heads. It wasn’t heavy rain but it was persistent, took the usual route through to Barwon Heads and headed to Annie’s because they have a warm and cozy inside. Because it was my birthday I shouted all the coffees which we enjoyed then headed home, as we organised bikes Mark turned up and joined us for the ride home via 13th Beach. Had a nice tailwind with the rain tapering off, good morning on the bike in good company.
Cheers Peter. 

Ken's Circuit from Bunninyong to Ballan on Tuesday 14.11.17.
It was very pleasing to have 8 members start in this ride undeterred by the forecast of heat and wind. Ange and Paul, Chris Hume, Peter Jones, Peter O'Brien, Lyn Loudon, Ken and newcomer Laurie Atkins set out at 0945. The climb up Mt. Buninyong (without a warm up) was done in leisurely fashion with Lyn first over the top. Laurie muttered tbat he might have bitten off more than he could chew but was assured that it did get easier. Several kms of glorious downhill followed on the road to Yendon then a series of undulations to the start of the climb up Mt Egerton. The group spread out but all were back together at the turn into the Egerton-Ballan Rd. Kms of downhill then the last serious climb of the day (photo taken at the top). The 35 kms to Ballan was done in 1h 52 mins. Lyn guided us to a nice cafe where all took refreshment.
After a stop of around 45 mins we started out on the return journey via Gordon and Dunnstown. Road works caused a delay of several minutes and Laurie suffered several cramp attacks. PJ had been observed slacking at the back so as to conserve energy for the defence of his spring title. Once onto Yankee Flats Rd, PO'B got out to a substantial lead. When we turned into Gear Ave and onto the National Championship course, PO'B had a lead of 60m on PJ with a similar distance back to KG. PJ excelled over the 5 km downhill finish into Buninyong whilst Ken almost entered the red zone as he caught PO just 50 m from the finish. The benefit of the training camp in East Gippsland last week was evident as KG, CH and PO'B dominated on tbe climbs. 
Ange & Paul rode really well, Lyn finished off strongly whilst Laurie survived to fight another day. A superb course which provided great scenery and a varied profile. At the after ride coffee stop all were in good spirits - especially PJ who had a grin from ear to ear. It would be good if we could entice greater participation in "out-of-town" rides. Car sharing might solve transport difficulties for some.
Ken.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong - Circuit around Geelong led by Helen Lyth - 12.11.17.
Photos from Mike T.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 11.11.17.
Ten riders today on an absolute cracker of a day: Trudi, Lyn L, Sue, Mike, David I, Rolf, Mark, John H, Chris Ha and Peter J enjoyed the ride out to Groove via the Estates, Lakes Rd, and Barwon Heads Rd. A quick blast around the Sheepwash before a very enjoyable coffee and chat before a return via the lovely 13th Beach and HSBend Rd. Lovely morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Sue enjoying coffee at the Groove.

Peter and Sue on the tandem with Lyn and Trudi following.

Gippsland Tour - Day 3 - 10.11.17.
Final day!!
PJ and Chris Hu up 6.15am packed up sleeping gear and tents into panniers and headed off for a hearty breakfast at the Mingling Waters Cafe. Ken and PO dined in their cabin then packed. We headed off around 7:45am retracing our ride of the first day heading to  Bruthen, 30km, then onto Bairnsdale, another 30km, arriving at 11:45am. Again the weather was fantastic! Little breeze, blue skies and around 20 degrees. We lunched at the bakery then Chris, Peter O and Ken headed off the the station for the trip home and Peter J drove home.
Overall it was a great trip, very enjoyable!! Hopefully some new tourers will sign up for the next trip.
Chris Hu.

Thursday Ride to Torquay - 9.11.17.
Photos by Mike Taylor.
Eleven people for the ride today - Rolf, David I, Ted, Ian, Norm, Trudi, Lyn & Mick, Meri, Mike and yours truly, Lyn L (self appointed leader). A lovely start down Baanip Boulevarde to Ghazeepore then Dickens and the Anglesea Road to Coombes and through Ocean Acres where the chase was on along Grossmans Rd for the green jersey sprint points. (won by the in-form Rolf). After a little confusion with the cafe choice, we stopped at the Coffee Club for refreshments and lots of natter. Then it was on the bikes again back to Geelong via the Esplanade, HSB road where the group split with some going on and a few through Armstrong Creek to the Torquay Rd and  back to the cars & starting point. Just a reminder folks to inform the leader (or anyone else in the group) if you are not completing the ride with the others. Thanks to all for a nice social morning ride.
Lyn L.

Gippsland Tour - Day 2 - 9.11.17.
Up early with the Sun, lovely morning, breakfasted at Ken and Peter's cabin and left for Orbost at 8.15 am. Beautiful on the track. Lots of uphill but only about 2.0 % saw some more Wallabies and an Echidna. Enjoyed lunch at Orbost then headed back. Almost ran over a beautiful Copperhead Snake sunning it self on the track. Got back to the camp at about 4.00pm and launched happy hours immediately. Tea at the pub again tonight. Passed a big school group on the track and they are camped here with us tonight. Boys and girls hope they can keep the hormones under control.
PeterJ.

Gippsland Tour - Day 1 - 8.11.17.
Met the train at about 11.30 Chris Ken and Peter were on board and ready to go. We headed out to Bruthen for lunch and then on to Nowa Nowa for the night. Had happy hour before heading over to the pub for tea. Saw Kangaroo Emu and Wallaby on the track. Lovely Sunny day should be better tomorrow. Cheers Peter.
Update - Peter and Ken want to include Crimson Rosellas and Kookaburra.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Lara, Little River & the You Yangs on Melbourne Cup Day - 7.11.17.
On a bleak overcast day a group of elite riders turned up for the Melbourne Cup ride.  Ian, Mike T, Paul, Angela, Trudi, Ted, David, Jackie, Rolf, Julia and myself headed off from Church Street to Lara.  With favourable wind conditions it didn’t take long to get to Millars for coffee.  Unfortunately Millars was closed and Plan B needed to be enacted.  If this did not work McDonalds was to be our last resort.   Luckily for us, Café Blu (Plan B) was open and everyone enjoyed the break. Back on our bikes we headed to Little River via the Old Melbourne Road and continued on the circuit back to the You Yangs.  Lunch was at the You Yangs turntable car park which we shared with many others who were taking advantage of the public holiday. The ride back to Geelong was along the Ted Wilson Trail and we were all home in time to watch the Melbourne Cup.  Unfortunately I won’t be buying a new bike as all of my bets are still running.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride. Peter O.

John Hagan's Ride to The Armstrong Club in Armstrong Creek on Sunday 5.11.17.
Nine riders for our loop around Armstrong Creek - from L to R below: John H, Peter J & Marion, Chris Hume, Mark, Ian, Mike T, David I and Rolf. We first headed north to Eastern Park to view the Bay, then down Boundary Rd to Breakwater and along Barwon Heads Rd to take the scenic path along Armstrong Creek. Our coffee stop was at The Armstrong Club where, after long conversations and an examination of the new front wheel motor on Peter's bike, we took mostly bike paths through to Highton and back along the Barwon. Apart from some initial drizzle it turned out to be a good morning's ride.
As I climbed up the steep hill on Summers St on my recumbent bike, to return home on my own to Belmont, I failed to make the change into the small chainring as I had too much pressure on it. I stopped and walked forward, winding the chain onto the small chainring. However, when I remounted and put on the pressure on the hill there was a loud snapping sound and my front chainring disintegrated!!! Check the photo out below - I have not heard of this happening to anyone before.
Keep Riding, John.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 4.11.17.
Twelve riders today to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina. New member Ange, Lyn L, Sue, New member Paul, Rolf, Peter O, Mark, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Tom, Mike and Peter J. The route was via Wallington for a change, cutting across to the Bellarine Hwy to Wallington Rd and up through the estates to Grubb Rd and down through more estates in Ocean Grove to the Cheeky Cow. After an excellent coffee headed home via Barwon Heads and 13th Beach. Bit of a head wind to HSBend Rd but then a tail wind home. An excellent morning on the bike in good company.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Freshwater Creek & Moriac on Thursday 2.11.17.
Twelve riders out today, forecast wasn’t that good but turned out ok. Final number of riders didn’t happen until Moriac, prospective new member Norm mixed up the start point so met us at Moriac and Trudi rode from home over the hills and eventually arrived for coffee. David and Jackie, Rolf sporting his Gold Medal, Peter O, Ken, Chris Hu, Peter J, Ted and prospective new members Ange and Paul McMahon were all at Bunnings to head out via Anglesea Rd and Blackgate Rd to Moriac.  Enjoyed a good break at the General Store and then most headed home via Mt Duneed Rd and Trudi, Chris Hu, David and Jackie all retraced their outward journey via Blackgate Rd.
Good morning on the bike. Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Anakie & Lara on Tuesday 31.10.17.
Eight riders for my ride to Anakie today: Trudi, Jackie, David R, David I, Mike, Chris Hu, Ken and Peter J. Quite a cool morning, with a bit of a biting wind. Took the Ted Wilson Trail to Ballarat Rd and crossed over to use the new Bike Path out to Ballan Rd, very good and nice and safe. The intial run out to Anakie was very quiet, we seemed to have struck a quiet time for the trucks, still a few cars and the few trucks that appeared a bit later gave us plenty of room. It was a side wind, maybe a little on the nose but we all arrived at Anakie in good shape, Jackie reckoned she found it a little difficult and we all reckoned it is a long road and seems to go on forever. Following a very enjoyable coffee/tea we headed up the hill towards Staughton Vale,  over the hill and down to Granite Rd, it’s a while since we have taken Granite but it is a wonderful road, a bit of a hill to start but after that it is a wonderful downhill and undulating road across to Bacchus Marsh Rd. Head wind sort of into Windemere then a tailwind into Café Blu Lara for lunch. The soup, the toasties and the Chicken and Leek pie were all good before we all headed home via Elcho Rd, Ted Wilson Trail and the river. A most enjoyable day out on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Easy Circuit of Geelong on Sunday 29.10.17.
10 riders for today's easy ride. Ian, Chris Hu, Jean Hu, Peter and Marion J on the tandem, Mick, Lyn, Meri, Pam and Ross set out from South Geelong for a leisurely loop around Geelong. A few firsts for this ride. First ride back after an extended break for Meri, first official club ride for Jean (?), first club ride on the newly electric-assisted tandem for Marion and Peter and first time on quite a bit of the route for the ride leader. He was testing a new (to him) gps phone app with the suggested route throwing up a few challenges for most and plenty for the tandem riders – narrow safety fenced sections, short steep uphills, some very tight corners, railway crossings, chicanes and some cross-country sections. Marion and Peter cleared it all, with only a bit of walking required!  Refreshments were taken at the Door Gallery café in Fyansford. Lovely location but the owner/operator does struggle with early (10.30) starts. The wind gods were kind to us with the stronger winds holding off until after the ride finished.
Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Drysdale & Ocean Grove on Sunday 29.10.17
This morning David I, Mike, John & myself rode from South Geelong to Ocean Grove.  Along the Bellarine Highway, just after Moolap Road, I had a puncture and having had a three months lay-off I was a bit rusty fixing punctures.  No photos were taken of my bungled attempts (NB. Peter was unaware of David taking photos - see below) and with assistance from David and Mike I was back on the road in no time.   At Leopold we took the Rail Trail to Drysdale and onto Grubb Road.  With a strong tail wind we reached Thackers Hill in no time.  John shot away, riding at top speed down the hill whilst we mere mortals stayed within speed limits.  Coffee was at the Groove where we were joined by Mark.  On such a beautiful day it was hard to not stay and enjoy the sunshine and conversation.  Back on our bikes we road into a headwind along Thirteenth Beach.  With the heat of the day increasing and winds becoming more gusty this proved quite a challenge.  We were all glad to get back to Geelong for a well-earned rest.   All up a very enjoyable ride.
Regards, Peter O.

ROLF WINS GOLD - 2017 Australian Masters Champion - CONGRATULATIONS

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's in Torquay on Saturday 28.10.17
12 riders for our Sat ride, it was a cool and windy day to start but slowly changed to a Sunny day out. Those on the ride were, Trudi, Jackie, Sue, David R, Mark, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Mike, new member, Sue’s Pilot Tom and Tom’s parents Angela and Paul. With a strong SW wind Torquay via Anglesea Rd seemed a good choice, a couple of sections into the wind but the rest side and tail winds. We rolled into Mejavo’s for coffee, met up with David E on a later ride and then took HSBend Rd home. A very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

Unofficial Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 28.10.17
Meeting at The Bungalow were: Mick & Lyn, Geof & Marie, Pam & Russell, Jean and John H.

GEELONG TOURING CYCLIST INC. SHOPPING TRIP 2017
On Saturday 21st October, 42 ladies and 2 teenager shoppers visited 11 warehouses and spent $9,670.50 (from which we receive commission). The ladies also generously supported our two raffles by spending another $600.00. We also received support from Coles, Leopold and Dan Murphy’s. Consequently, Breast Cancer Network Australia will receive a generous donation from our club’s warehouse shopping trip of over $2,500.00 via my fundraising appeal for the BCNA trek which I am undertaking in New Zealand’s South Island in the Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring regions in late February 2018.
Sincere thanks to Nicole Collins, Julie Farrington and Sharon Jones (Lynn Gregg’s daughter) for their generous donation of raffle prizes.  We are extremely grateful to Ashley McHarry for his assistance with the bus and driver. Thank you Ashley. Huw our driver, had his first experience driving for our wonderful shoppers, and did a fabulous job.  Michelle, our hostess once again kept us laughing and “on our toes”. Pam Morrow’s and Lyn Gregg’s wonderful cake and slice making skills were appreciated at morning and afternoon tea. Lunch was a gourmet picnic prepared at the Christmas household. Thanks Lindy Lester, Marie Bagley and Geoffrey.  The 2017 shopping trip was the 14th that Pam and I have organized, with all proceeds going to health related charities. Next year’s shopping trip will be on October 20th, so mark that in your diaries and come along and purchase a lot of your Christmas gifts. It would be great to see a lot of GTC members on the bus trip; shopping, eating fabulous food and having a lot of laughs, whilst supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Heather Christmas.

Ross' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Thursday 26.10.17
At 8:55 we had 6 riders, by 9:05 we had 14 for today's ride starting at the Grovedale Hotel. Yes, we were still at the starting point at 9.05, partly because more riders kept arriving but mainly because most people were engaged in some sort of animated conversation.  Marie, Lyn G, Mick, Trudi, Ian, Ken, Terry, Chris Hu, David I, Dr Mike, Ted, Peter J, prospective member Norm and Ross set out in a long drawn out line as our "tail-end charlie" for the day attempted to get the more tardy moving. We re-grouped on Reserve Road before turning on to Barwon Heads Road and in to the wind. The first group across got a non-stop run through the roadworks but a second group were not so lucky being stopped twice to allow oncoming traffic through. Another re-group at Lake Road before a leisurely run in to Barwon Heads. The group broke up again here with Norm getting a puncture and the last few riders stopping to assist/supervice. Drinks were at Groove where the conversations continued until someone realised we had actually been there quite a while. Marie had already headed home, Lyn and Mick did the same, Ken decided to follow his own route with the rest enjoying the run along Thirteenth Beach and a tail-wind assisted run home via Horseshoe Bend Road.
Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.

Peter Jones' Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale and Inverleigh on Tuesday 24.10.17
Only 6 riders today, hard to fathom when it was such a nice warm calm day. Harry, Chris Hu, David I, Peter O, Peter J and potential new member Laurie all had the right idea and came out riding up the Hamilton Hwy to Burnside Rd and into Bannockburn for coffee at The Two Sisters Café. Following coffee we headed out the Shelford Rd to Teesdale and across to Inverleigh for a bite of lunch. David I and Harry pushed on leaving 4 to enjoy lunch and then roll on down the Hwy back to Fyansford where we split and headed home. A most enjoyable days ride in good company.  Cheers Peter J.

Ross takes the South Australian Recreational Cycling Club down to Queenscliff on Tuesday 24.10.17
Had a very pleasant morning's ride with 20 plus riders from the South Australian Recreational Cycling Club. We have crossed paths previously, occupying a neighbouring unit at Bright when we did the high country rail trails a year or two ago. They have been in Geelong for a few days, doing rides around the local area.
Click here to see their program. Today's ride was down the rail trail to Queenscliff. I provided some local knowledge to get us on to the rail trail and then recommended our usual stop at the marina as a suitable Queenscliff refreshment stop. Job done, I headed home, leaving them to find their own way back. They are a very friendly group, so please say hello if you see them on the road.
Ross.

Greg's 100km Ride to Lara and around Avalon Airfield on Sunday 22.10.17
BREAKING  NEWS !     Today 5 serious riders completed the 100 km flat black (road) course without a coffee stop!  Could this rare event be classed as a Guinness World  Record ? There are allegations that one senior rider may have consumed a caffein-laden gel sachet. A spokesman known as the Centurion believed  that this would not technically disqualify the record attempt as the caffein intake was negligable. Commenting on their success, the Centurion attributed it to a very careful route plan, which after leaving Geelong did not take the group within actual sight of a cafe. This was one of the flattest rides I have done  along some of the quietest roads in the region, although the group was a bit disheartened by the 20  km out and back leg along Beach and Point Wilson roads. We returned from Lara via the Hovell Trail but unfortunately heavy drizzle set in after the Refinery.  Thanks to Mark Boyanton, David Innis, John Hagan and Rolf Kohnert for your company.                                                                   
Greg Allerton ( century number 93 for 2017). 

Ian's Ride around the Waurn Ponds Creek to Panache on Sunday 22.10.17
Six riders turned up for the easy but enjoyable ride to Waurn Ponds, where a plesant chat & tea/coffee was enjoyed at Panache by Mick & Lyn, Nicole & Bill, Pam and myself. The biggest surprise of the day was that the ride leader never lost any of the group, not even the allowed 10%
.
Cheers, Ian.

Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 21.10.17
Seven riders for our speedie trip down to Groove in Ocean Grove: Mark, Rolf, Jackie, David R, Terry, Mike T and John H. The weather was a little cool and we were drizzled upon a couple of times and, as you can see from the photos, we had coffee indoors. The trip down was via Warralily, Horseshoe Bend, Blackgate and 13th Beach. Rolf was 'tapering down' his training in preparation for defending his National Title in Road Racing this coming weekend in northern Tasmania. We all wish him well in this endeavour. Mind you, his 'tapering speed' was still of a fairly high order as he disappeared into the distance a number of times on me. On the return trip the faster group (Rolf, Mark and Mike) came home via Wallington and Leopold and the 'not so fast group' (although speedie enough!) came back through 13th Beach, Lake Rd and Warralily Bvde for a round trip of about 60km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 9 - FINAL DAY - Harrington to Port Macquarie
The photos are from Peter Jones' phone.
Just a brief report while we are waiting for our meal. Left the park early as we had decided we would have breakfast in Harrington. After brekkie we headed up to the look out. Spotted a few whales out to sea. Then it was off to Crowdy Head then via a gravel road to Laurieton. Stopped for morning tea on the road in the bush. Had fish and chips for lunch then headed for Port Macquarie. Really heavy head wind unfortunately Mike Currie took a tumble and had to be taken to the hospital. Luckily he has been released after tests and can fly out tomorrow. Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 8 - Forster to Harrington
Headed off from Forster with a few spits of rain. Called at the bike shop in Tuncurry then moved on. Ed wanted to try the designated bike route to Black Head. The road started off sealed but deteriorated to gravel then packed sand and rock but we all pushed on and arrived at the end and a gravel road which became a sealed road at a mere 18% then to Waves Cafe in Black Head for coffee and a bacon and egg roll. Suitably fortified the peloton pushed on to Taree for lunch and then on to Harrington for the night. Cheers Peter

David Rae's Ride to Barwon Heads on Tuesday 17.10.17
Six riders met at the showgrounds - Terry, David I, Dr. Mike, Ross, David and Jackie on a lovely sunny morning. We followed the bike track to Leopold where we met up with Lyn and Mick and continued along the bike path to The Bungalow at Drysdale for coffee.  After coffee Mike decided to return home via the bike path and the rest of us went up Princess Street and onto Grubb Road into Ocean Grove and across to the rotunda at Barwon Heads for lunch.  Ross said goodbye to us here and the remainder had a very pleasant ride along 13th Beach road and then back via Lakes Road and through the new estate at Warrililly, where Lyn and Mick took a right at Horseshoebend Road and Terry, David and Jackie rode on to Torquay Road and through Armstrong Creek to Baanyip Road and along the bike path to Gazeephore Road and home. A very enjoyable ride was had by all.
David Rae.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 7 - Seal Rocks to Forster
An early morning jaunt up to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse at 6-30 am started the day off nicely. It was a little overcast but not cold and the views of Seal Rocks and Seal Rocks blowhole were great. Back and after a good breakfast it was time to tackle the first hill of the day, a mere 17%, it was fun to ride in last night but we paid for it going out. An undulating road to Bungwahl then the Lakes Rd turning off to Smiths Lake and the Frothy Coffee Boathouse, fabulous coffee, great Bacon and Egg Rolls and a lovely outlook over the lake. Of course getting to coffee took some pain, with names on the roads like, 2nd Ridge Rd, 3rd Ridge Rd what else would you expect. Fully fortified we pressed on to Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach with many stunning views. Stopped at a picnic spot for a cuppa and cake then moved on to our accommodation for the night at Lani’s Island Holiday Park. Thai attack tonight.
Cheers Peter.  

Click here for an ACTIVE map of Day 7.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 6 - Hawkes Nest to Seal Rocks
The day went well a very quiet road North to Bombah Point Ferry where we went over to the other side for coffee and lunch then back to take the Old Gibber Trail across to the Seal Rocks Rd this cut out a lot of ks and the main rds. The Old Gibber Trail was a little rocky in places but generally good. Arrived here about 3.30 and swimming was popular. Also sight seeing walks up to the lighthouse. Only slight issue is the big hill to out of here tomorrow. Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 5 - Newcastle to Hawkes Nest.
After our rest day which was a bit showery today dawned fine and clear with bright Sunshine and a few puffy clouds scudding about. It was very humid, 100 % apparently but ok for riding. Route today was from Stockton to Hawkes Nest which involved a Ferry trip from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens which is on the Myle River across from Port Stevens. The first section was along a really good concrete bike path, then on the Nelson Bay Rd with a very good shoulder. Called into Fighter World and a few had a look while others headed to Saxby’s Bakery for a coffee and all sorts of goodies. With the peloton intact again we soon turned off the main Rd and on to the much quieter Marsh Rd which meandered it’s way through the marshes before re-joining the highway. Coming into Nelson Bay we stopped briefly to watch a hydro foil kite surfer then took the Bartlet’s Cycleway into town. Lunch was on the waterfront, ED followed up with the Ferry company to ask about timetables and discovered only two bikes could fit, a bit of discussion and the number was raised to five, they only had the small boat on that day. A bit of organising and nine bikes were loaded in/on the trailer and problem solved. The ferry wasn’t due to go until 3-30 pm so everyone relaxed, chatting, eating ice cream etc. The trip across took about an hour after which we headed to the Hawkes Nest Caravan Park for the night. Dinner was at the Golf Club.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Ride to Raven's Creek Farm in Moriac on Sunday 15.10.17
Quite a bit of climbing in the published ride for today so I was quite surprised to find 10 people waiting at South Geelong station. It appears there had been some confusion about the route and most were expecting a fairly leisurely ride so we revised the route, destination and planned refreshment stop. Marie, Pam, Lyn G, Heather, Geoff, Mick, Mark, Harry, Dr Mike, David I and Ross set off for Moriac. Our new route took us along the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek path, Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Road and Reservoir Roads. The group split at Cape Otway Road with roughly equal numbers taking the easy and harder routes to Raven Creek Farm. After a nice long refreshment break in the sun, we set off for home along Mount Duneed Road. The group started to split as we working our way back to Geelong with riders taking the most direct way home.
Nice day, good ride, great company. Ross.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 4 - Rest day in Newcastle.
Well deserved rest day in Newcastle enjoying the arts culture and food on offer in this busy city. Construction everywhere. Hosting the V8 Supercars next month. Some are excited.  We celebrated with a delicious team a Pasta night featuring chefs, Ben, Fiona and Chris Hu. Cheers, Chris Halpin.

John Hagan's Ride to The Cheeky Cow on Saturday 14.10.17
Nine riders for this ride in beautiful weather for cycling. With the Port Macquarie Tour on and a few other Saturday regulars missing it was a good turn up. The group consisted of: Sue and Thomas on the tandem, John on the recumbent, and David I, Peter M, Ross, David R & Jackie and Terry on diamond framed bikes. With only a slight breeze around we headed down Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Rd and Sheepwash Rd before crossing the Barwon to Ocean Grove and down to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina. Surprisingly, it was not crowded and we enjoyed coffee and conversation on the outside seats. The return trip took us back via 13th Beach, Blackgate Rd, Horseshoe Bend Rd and the group split up at Warralily Bvde, some coming home via The Surf Coast Highway and the rest via Horseshoe Bend Rd. The total ride for most was about 70km.
Keep Riding, John.

Below - Thomas and Sue on the tandem on the Barwon Heads - Ocean Grove Rd.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 3
Fine warm Sunny day, only a short ride into Newcastle mainly on tracks/paths to Belmont then on the Fernleigh Track, one of the first Rail Trails in NSW. A very well used trail, fully sealed and marked passing through one of the only curved rail tunnels around. Had coffee at The Fernleigh Café and headed for the beach, Chris Hu noticed an eruption on the side of his tyre so we headed to the bike shop for two new tyres then on to the beach and the Skywalk. Magnificent day with fantastic views along the coast. After lunch took the ferry across to Stockton and our accommodation for the next two nights.
Cheers Peter.

Mick leads the Ride to Moorabool Valley Chocolate Cafe on Thursday 12.10.17
We had a good turnout of riders today considering there was a group away on tour.  Eleven riders fronted up at the showgrounds for a trip round the waterfront up to the Moorabool Valley Chocolate on Ballarat road. They were: Marie, Lyn G, Ian, David I, David & Jackie, Rolf, Ted, Mike, Mark and myself (Mick).  We went via Boundary Rd, thru Eastern Park, Waterfront, Rippleside, no cuppa & scones at Rolf’s so we kept going thru to Nth Geelong and into Douro St and up the Tom McKean trail to Vines Rd, Drysdale Ave and Ted Wilson Trail where we lost Ted & Ian.  Went back a few streets and found them fixing Ted’s rear tyre. Finally got to coffee stop just as MG car club was getting there so place was full. After coffee back along trail, McCurdy Rd,cementies hill and along the river with riders dropping off for home along the way. All up a good ride, a bit blowy but good around 50 klm. 
Thanx to all for coming. Cheers, Mick.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 2
Did a few more hills today on our 80 odd klm ride, some Stravas said 800 odd metres, some said 400 odd another said 600 metres of climbing whatever it was there was plenty. Left Gosford just after 9-00 am on a warm and humid morning, followed a bike path for quite a while before taking some streets and then back on a path. Trudi had a puncture but we were soon on our way to Terrigal for coffee, the run down into the town is really spectacular and great fun. The town was absolutely jammed with people and cars, no apparent reason other than it is a beautiful spot right on the ocean.
There was a very nice ice cream shop and some tried their wares. The run on to The Entrance for lunch threw up some more hills but we overcame them as usual. The Entrance was a lot quieter than Terrigal but still with lovely views over the lake. The final leg to our overnight stop at Swansea was about 40 klm, a mixture of paths and road, with hills of course, and was all over by 4-00 pm, a quiet drink to re hydrate and later happy hour and later still a BBQ finished the day nicely. Quiet day tomorrow into Newcastle for a couple of nights.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 1
The group all gathered on Tuesday 10th Oct as planned, some by car from Geelong, some by air and some from Coffs harbour. The usual BBQ was held at the Caravan park and everyone settled into their cabins. The weather was overcast without rain but the threat of misty drizzle was in the air. Start time was discussed and agreed that we should get the 10-30 am ferry across to Ettalong which meant departing the park at 8-30 am.
The morning dawned overcast and the threat of drizzle had materialised and remained off and on until about 2-00 pm when we were almost at Gosford. We took bike paths and minor roads as much as possible the roads are very busy and being wet it made it more daunting. The lengths we went to to avoid heavy traffic were proved  when we willingly climbed many, many, steps around a headland. Following the steps we were able to take the main road which had become less busy the further out the peninsular we went eventually we arrived at Palm Beach and took the ferry across to Ettalong where we  enjoyed a coffee and cake before taking to bike path around to Woy Woy for lunch and on to Gosford for the night. Their were magnificent views if a little spoilt by the drizzle and mist. Total distance covered was around 45 klm but it included some pretty steep hills made a little more difficult by the misty drizzle.

Travelling to Sydney to start the Tour to Pt Macquarie

David Innes' Ride to Moriac on Tuesday 10.10.17
Tuesday morning turned out to be a beautiful morning, one out of the box, far and few between, sunny blue sky with little wind. Starting at Bunnings in Warn Pounds we headed towards Moriac via the Old Colac Highway, stopped at the General Store for coffee as our favoured stop Raven was closed Tuesday's. With some chat and laughter we bantered for a considerable time until we finally headed off home via the Cape Otway Rd and Ghazeepore Rds was an uneventful days ride but enjoyable mainly due to the weather and of course the company shared along the way. Those attending were David and Jackie, Dr Mike and Terry, a welcome return after some  long term injuries - good to see him riding again.
Ride Report - David Innes.
Photos thanks to Mike Taylor.

John Hagan's Combined Ride to Pettavel, Freshwater Creek and Armstrong Creek on Sunday 8.10.17
Because Around the Bay in a Day 2017 was on today and Cycling Geelong were also involved in a lot of volunteering both at the ride and at a stall on the waterfront I was not sure we would have any takers on what looked like a beautiful day. However, Richard from Cycling Geelong, and Ross, Chris Hume and myself from the GTC turned up at the Sth Geelong Station. We had only travelled a block when a woman nearly took us out as we came down Yarra St - she slid to a halt with a big screech of brakes at the give way sign and looked like she was coming straight through us. Our route took us out the back of Deakin to Pettavel then back along Reservoir Rd and the Anglesea Rd to The Farmers' Place in Freshwater Creek for coffee and cake. Our return tip took us through Armstrong Creek on Warralily Blvd and home via Breakwater for a round trip of about 50km.
Keep Cycling, John.

Around the Bay 2017 Photos from Peter Jones & Chris Halpin of Pam, Lindy, Ian, Trudi and Leo on Sunday 8.10.17

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 7.10.17
Just the cream of the crop for my ride today, Trudi, Lyn L, Sue, Leo, Tom, Harry and myself took an easy roll down to Groove for a coffee. Sue was riding with a new Pilot, did very well, Tom is nice and strong with some experience of tandem riding so all went smoothly. It was a bit of a headwind going down but it was great coming home after a coffee. We returned via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd., a very enjoyable morning on the bike, a good work up for our ride to Melbourne tomorrow with the Around the Bay in a Day ride.
Cheers Peter.

The Social Ride to Drysdale 7.10.17
Lyn, Jean, John & Mick at The Bungalow in Drysdale.

Lyn's Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 5.10.17
On this pleasant Thursday morning 14 turned out to ride:  Marie, Trudi,  Heather,  Geoff,  Ian,  Ross,  Terry,  Chris H,  Peter,  Rolf,  Ted,  Jean,  Mick and Lyn. We headed down the rail trail on to the Bellarin Highway, turning left at Bunnings then up Melaluka Rd to pick up the trail again and headed to Drysdale to The Bungalow where there was coffee and plenty of chatter. We resumed down Princess Street onto Swan Bay Road where Marie left us and Terry left at Wallington Road then Mick and Lyn dropped of at Kensington Road and the rest proceded back to the Show Grounds. A good ride thanks all for coming. 
Cheers Lyn.

First Senior's Ride for 2017 around the Barwon with Rod Charles from Cycling Geelong on Wednesday - 4.10.17
Quite a big turn up for this ride from Balliang Sanctuary with coffee at Barwon Edge. Three GTC riders: Chris Halpin, Peter Horan and John Hagan.

Peter's Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 3.10.17
Fourteen riders for our Tuesday Ride to Queenscliff, the warm forecast encouraged everyone out for a ride on a lovely day. The riders were Trudi, Julia, Lyn G, Lyn L, Zdenko, Ken, Ross, Mick, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David I, David R, and  Mike. It was a lovely day for a ride but it was a day of punctures, we had barely gone 5 klms and Lyn L picked up a big nail right through the tyre. We made it out to The Bungalow for coffee via the bike path. Following coffee we took Princess St to Swan Bay Rd. Mick picked up our second puncture on this leg but after a short wait we were on our way and rolled into Queenscliff and down to the Marina for lunch. Lunch over the concensus was for return via 13th Beach, on this leg Lyn G dropped into a pot hole and created our third puncture. Puncture repaired we rolled on home via Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, 13th Beach and HSBend Rd., a really lovely day on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Tour of the Barrabool Hills on Sunday 1.10.17
Not sure how many intended to do today's ride through the Barrabool hills but 10 riders managed to navigate the transition to daylight savings (some only just) and assembled at South Geelong station for the 9.00 start. Greg, Mike C, Dr Mike, Ken, John H, Long John C, Chris Hu, Rolf, David I and Ross set off for Moriac via Barrabool Road. It was slow but steady up through Wandana Heights and Ceres with a westerly wind taking the edge of the following down hills. Mike C diverted on to his own ride then after Devon Road, John H and Long John turned back towards home meanwhile Ken was selecting his route to minimise altitude changes, appearing in front of us on the highway before turning off again and reappearing on the run down Hendy Main. During refreshments at the Raven Creek Farm, a majority decision was made for the wind-assisted fast run home down Mt Duneed Road rather than re-tracing our steps. Reward for effort! Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing.
Cheers, Ross.

Saturday Rides to Drysdale - 30.9.17
Saturdays ride started from the South Geelong trian station where footy fans from all over arriving as well for the AFL grand final. Even a bus load of crows supporters who as we now know went home very sad ha!  ha! Lol. The cycling was good the weather a little ordinary cloudy with a few showers. The scratch bunch consisted of the two Chris's, Dr Mike, Mark, Rolf and Harry. We headed to Drysdale but as Rolf said was wetsdale as it drizzled and was wet the pace was fast as we had a nice wind behind our backs passing through we waved  to the C grade bunch who had stopped at another coffee shop and not the usual Ground Zero where we were headed. Arriving at Ground Zero it was decided to have our coffees outside but not for too long as the rains once again tumbled out of the sky so we all cowered inside listening to the rain on the tin roof of the building. When the rain stopped we went thinking perhaps the rain has gone only to find it started again but only heavier! with a few stopping to put on rain jackets. Making our way to the Queenscliff Highway back to Geelong the going was a little tough for some as we rode into a fairly stiff wind no punctures or mishaps all enjoyed the cycling even though the weather wasn't ideal thanks to all who attended.
Cheers, David Innes.

The "C grade bunch" consisted of: Lyn, Jean, Heather, Mick, John H, John C, David C, David E, and Geoff C. As you can see from the map below many arrived at The Bungalow in Drysdale by different routes.

Mike's Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday - 28.9.17
We woke to bright blue skies but oddly a light sprinkle of rain. The forecast was for 16 degrees with a strong westerly.
Ten riders showed up to Grovedale Pub for the Thursday ride.  Mike, Peter J, Chris Hu, Lyn, Mick, Terry, Dave I, Trudi, Ken and Marie.  Mike was elected team leader, by default it seems, and we headed enthusiastically down Torquay Road. We turned left down Warralily Boulevard and across through the estate to Horseshoe Bend Road and had an uneventful run down to Torquay.
At Torquay we turned right at the Quay Boulevard roundabout and proceeded down Fischer St to the Mejavo's  Café.
After coffee we headed back along the beach to Horseshoe Bend Rd. The team leader and young Dave became involved in an engrossing conversation about cycling cornering technique when we suddenly realised that the peloton, apart from Chris Hu, seemed to have totally and inexplicably vanished.  We found them again a short time later and proceeded to Blackgate Rd. At this stage the peloton split. Peter, Terry and Dave returned to Geelong. The other 7 riders enjoyed a wonderful tail wind down 13th beach and on to Grubb Rd. Trudi, Mick and Lyn quite by chance found Rolf at the turnoff and proceeded with Rolf  down the Bellarine Highway. Mike and Chris proceeded on to Drysdale for some more refreshments at Ground Zero.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and an excellent ride.
Cheers, Mike.

Ross Leads the Tuesday Ride to Moriac and Bells Beach - 26.9.17
A sunny spring day with next to no wind = the recipe for a perfect riding day. Lyn G, Julie, Jackie, David R, David I, Terry, Rolf, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ken and Ross definitely thought so and assembled at Bunnings for today's ride. We headed out via Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel and Reservoir Roads to Cape Otway Road where approx half took the direct route to Moriac while the rest continued along Reservoir and enjoyed the nice long Hendy Main down hill to our coffee stop at the General Store. There we were joined by Trudi and Peter J who had sought out some extra challenge by riding via the Barrabool hills.
After drinks and conversation in the sun, we set off down Forest Road. A small group down the back were witness to the makings of a road rage incident where an oncoming silver car took exception to red ute that had crossed well on to the wrong side of the road while passing us. The oncoming silver car screeched to a stop, directly in front of us then with tyres spinning, took off back up the road in pursuit of the ute. We quite expected to come across some sort of fight but further up the road we met the ute driver who told us about a verbal confrontation and asked for contact details, in case the matter went any further. At the GOR roundabout, most of the group "voted" to do the Bells Beach loop while a few continued directly on to home. Kudos to Lyn who had not ridden Bells before and Terry who has not ridden much and originally intended to head back from Moriac. Up through Bells then Jan Juc and in to Bell Street for lunch at Bells Bakery. The ride leader abandoned the group at this point but was confident they would be able to find their way home. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing.
Cheers, Ross.

Sunday to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina with Chris Hume - 24.9.17
Five riders turned up at Sth Geelong Station: two Chrises, two Mikes, Dr Mike and Mike C and Rolf on a very breezy day!! We cruised down to the rail trail until Mike had a puncture then shortly followed by a second puncture!!! He sent out an SOS for a pickup and left the group.  We then headed along Bellarine Hwy to Melaluka Rd where Marie, Heather and Lyn joined the group. From here we had a great run, with the wind behind us, to Swan Bay Rd then Banks Rd to the Cheeky Cow for coffee. After coffee it was into the wind most of the way home. The group soon split, Marie, Heather and Lyn headed home via Grubb Rd and the rest continued along to 13th Beach, Lake Rd and Barwon Heads Rd. It was a bit of a grind but well worth the effort.
Chris.


Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 23.9.17
When we started at Sth Geelong Station we had only 5 riders: Rolf, Mark, David I, Chris Hume and John H. We decided to head for Groove in Ocean Grove via Barwon Heads Rd and then joined with Peter J, David & Jackie Rae, Trudi & Leo Bellia to bring the number up to 10 at Lake Rd. The sun was shining and we had a gentle headwind on the way down to a delightful coffee break at Groove. For the return journey we let the very fast group take their own way home (see map) and the rest returned via 13th Beach and Lake Rd. On 13th Beach Rd Jackie had a puncture and it was fixed by the team of David and Leo in record time and as this was happening Ross came along having had coffee with quite a few others of our GTC group at The Bungalow in Drysdale.
Keep Riding, John.

The "A" team of Mark, David and Rolf left the big group at the Goove cafe as no one wanted to join them.  We went back to Barwon Heads and took the 13th Beach Road at high speed, the blackrock path onto the Blackrock Road and turned into HSB Road.  A word of caution for anyone riding from Torquay towards Geelong along HSB Road, the edges are extensively and badly damaged and it could be treacherous to cyclists.  After HSB Road we turned into the Belmont oval and took the river trail to Swanston Street and home along the water front.  It was a fast run home and we all made it safely back, clocking up over 75kms.
Cheers Rolf.

Rolf's Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 21.9.17
It did look ominous and the radar map showed a lot of green, but the forecast temperature tempted Heather, Chris Hu., David, Zdenko and Rolf to front up for a headwind ride to Lara, using the Ted Wilson trail and the easy option to get to Lovely Banks, up the wee hill and onto the Bacchus March Hwy. and the dirt short cut to Millars of Lara for our well appreciated but not really earned coffee break.  For the first time since winter we could sit outside and actually enjoy warmth, so much so that Heather stated that she got a bit too warm.  The run home along the Hovell trial was a real breeze, having the breeze right behind us.  An enjoyable ride in lovely spring weather, thank you all for making it perfect.
Rolf.


David Rae's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Tuesday 19.9.17

Eight riders met at The Showgrounds - Trudi, Mark, Lyn G, Chris Hu, David I, Ralph, David and Jackie.  We started the ride by heading towards Breakwater and down Barwon Heads Road continuing along this road until turning off onto Lake Road.  We had a good wind assisted ride along 13th Beach Road into Barwon Heads and then onto The Groove for coffee.  After a pleasant coffee and chat we rode up through Ocean Grove and onto Grubb Road, where we had a few spots of rain, but nothing to worry us too much.  We decided to keep going along Grubb Road into Drysdale, where we joined the bike path to make our way back to Geelong.  Rolf, Dave I and Mark took a right at Melaluka Road while the rest of us made our way to The Showgrounds and home.
David Rae.

3. Bourke to Swan Hill with Ross and Mick - September 2017
We have done it! Arrived in Wentworth yesterday to view the Darling joining the Murray and are now working our way home. Have continued to struggle with headwinds with an overnight stealth camp required between Pooncarie and Wentworth. That was interesting in itself with overnight temperatures falling into the negatives and everything covered with ice in the morning. It has been a most enjoyable and challenging ride with both of us enjoying visiting some out-of-the-way places. Definitely worth a second attempt! Cheers, Ross and Mick.

Greg Allerton's 106km Ride to Lara, Sutherlands Ck, Bannockburn & Mt Moriac on Sunday 17.9.17
It was a good turnout for one of my long rides with 6 starters. It was down to 3 degrees overnight  but the forecast of a sunny 19 degrees encouraged John C, John Hagan, Chris Hume, Peter Maurer,  and Dr Mike to participate. I led the group on my usual backstreet route out to Ted Wilson trail and followed it to Bacchus Marsh  Rd. The sizeable group must have deterred some of my usual swooping magpies, though this did not help Chris later on.                                                 Staceys Rd was the first  long climb of the day with an "unfit " Peter and Chris getting well ahead. Robbs Rd then led us to Sutherlands Creek where John H had a bit of trouble organising us for a mobile bunch photo.  Parkers Rd gave us  a great downhill  but when spread out on the climb up Clyde Hill allowed a magpie  to pick on Chris  while leaving the rest untouched. After coffee at Bannockburn  we then took the quiet Masons Rd through Spring Creek to Hamilton Hwy. The climb out of Murgheboluc split the peleton and at Pollocksford Rd  John C decided to take the direct way home. Dr Mike did his first ascent of this long climb as I highlighted the great scenery  we had time to admire at our sedate pace. Along Barrabool Rd to Andersons Rd for more hills with Peter and Chris again leading the way.                                                               There was a short section along Princes Hwy before the quiet Reservoir Rd took us towards home. After   surviving the appalling bikepath surface we had just reached Ghazeepore Rd  when Chris had a sudden front wheel blowout. It was promptly fixed  and some more backstreets soon had us to Breakwater Rd  from where riders headed off home. The 106 km distance had us climbing 917 meters in elevation with an average of 22 kph .  Thank you all for your company!             Greg Allerton.

PS - Chris was hit on the neck by yet another magpie as he returned along the Barwon with John H.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 16.9.17
Six sappy cyclists lined up at the starting grid this morning. Rolf, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Peter, David & myself took off at 9.02 - unfortunately the Ride Leader had his phone turned off and missed the emergency call from John repairing a puncture. Apologies John. We headed SW along the river bank  to Breakwater encountering some amazing floodwaters in the lower Waurn Ponds Ck. On to Ghazepore and the Anglesea Rd to Blackgate finally turning off the wind into Hendy Main and a delightful coffee in the sunshine at Ravens Ck. Back onto Hendy Main with fabulous tail winds taking us over the Barrabool Hills and home. Thanks for the ride team, Chris.

John Hagan decided to ride with Cycling Geelong after repairing the puncture (on the way to the start) and met up with Richard Hamilton from Cycling Geelong. We got there too late but ran into them later as they returned from Waurn Ponds. The photo below was taken on Gundog Lane and shows the amount of flooding. John.

2. Bourke to Swan Hill with Ross and Mick - September 2017
Mick and I have arrived at Pooncarie which was where we abandoned on our first attempt at this ride. The very last section of dirt road ended just out Pooncarie and it is all sealed road to the end of our Darling River Run at Wentworth and on to our final destination at Swan Hill. I don't think Mick was sad to see the dirt end. He says "NO". Had a really good run down from Menindee. Stayed overnight in the shearers quarters at a run-down station. Great hospitality from the people there and the luxury of lights and an open fire. Nothing serious to report other than 3 puntures for me today - all thorns. Feels as though the trip is coming to an end but should have at least one more report before Swan Hill.
Best, Ross and Mick.

Lyn Gregg's Ride to Barwon Heads on Thursday 14.9.17
On a cool morning 9 cyclists arrived for a ride to the Groove for coffee: Marie, Ian, Chris, H Rolf,  Jackie, Wee Daveee, Ted, and Dr Mike. Went Reserve Rd, Horseshoe Bend, 13th Beach with a nice tail wind. To Groove for coffee but just before coffee Marie had a puncture so called Geof as she was close to home. Then going along Grubb Road I had a puncture so thank you to Rolf and wee Davee for getting me going again. I left the group at Leopold and the rest headed for home. Distance of around 62km.
Thanks for coming. Cheers Lyn.

1. Bourke to Swan Hill with Ross and Mick - September 2017
Greetings from Menindee. Apologies for the lack of reports. Absolutely intended to report from Wilcannia but had to leave in a hurry due to an imminent weather change. The ride has gone very well so far. Roads are not too bad - some pushing required - and very little traffic. It has been in the 30's for the last few days and we are both weary and having a rest day here before pushing on towards Victoria.
Ross.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Jack Rabbit near Drysdale on Sunday 10.9.17
As we assembled for our ride today at the 'Park N' Ride' carpark near the Botanical Gardens we were drawn in by the beautiful scenery on this sunny Sunday morning. The Rainbow Lorikeets were in the tree besides us so I snapped a few shots. David Simpson from Cycling Geelong led the group of 13 riders from both clubs out along the Portarlington Rd to the House of Jack Rabbit Cafe just past Drysdale. The views were even better there and we enjoyed coffee out on the patio with Corio Bay stretching in the sunshine almost to the You Yangs. Our return trip was via Portarlington, St Leonards, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. From Cycling Geelong we had David Simpson, Linton, Brigid, Doug and Richard and from GTC Pam, Marie, Lyn G, Ben, Chris Hume, Chris Halpin, Mike T, and John H. We covered approximately 90km on our lap of the Bellarine Peninsula.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 9.9.17
A good turn up for this ride - 9 participants: Rolf, David I, Chris Halpin, Chris Hume, Peter Maurer, Greg Allerton, Mike T, Harry and John H. Peter M had come down from Melbourne to join us - welcome back Peter - and he hasn't lost any speed! The weather was good with some wind so we decided to head for Groove in Ocean Grove. As I had gone through some deep water further up the Barwon yesterday I kept off the Barwon Path and directed the group to Breakwater via Barwon Tce. However, some got caught at the lights and came via the River anyway! It was all clear along that side. We thought we sighted the missing riders up ahead but were not able to catch them. I sent a phone message to say we would meet them at the corner of Horseshoe Bend Rd and Blackgate Rd - then, to our surprise, they came up behind us and we travelled through to 13th Beach, Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove with a good tail wind. We got the usual good service at Groove then returned via Wallington and Leopold for a trip of just over 60km. Mike and myself returned along the southern side of the Barwon and we encountered quite a bit of flooding.
Keep Riding - John Hagan.

Trudi's Ride to Lara on Thursday 7.9.17
On a windy Thursday morning six riders were waiting at Church St, Chris, Mike, Lyn, Marie, Rolf, Ted and ride leader Trudi. With men at work at the start of the Ted Wilson Path, we had a slight detour to join the path. On reaching Ballarat Rd we turned left, then right onto the Ballan Rd. Finding ourselves in a strong headwind, our progress was slow and steady. Until the unthinkable happened !!!! With a short lack of concentration, or perhaps too many heads downs. I heard a yelp with a bang and a clatter of bikes and cyclists scrapping the ground. Luckily for Mike and Chris all was well, just a bit shaken, one with a splash of Claret on his knee. Once we turned onto Stacey's Rd we all enjoyed a lovely tailwind push, with a fantastic down hill run. We then turned left onto Bacchus Marsh Rd. Then right onto Windermere Rd and to our coffee stop at Espresso Cafe in Lara. Our homeward journey was along Hovells Creek Path, all dropping off at different stages along the way. Thanks everyone for a most enjoyable ride, life is better on your bike..
Trudi.

Nicole's Ride to Coffee at Millars in Lara on Sunday 3.9.17
A very windy day and we had a mostly willing group of riders not sure about the ride leader.  Riding on Father's Day was John, Mike,  Chris H,  David I,  Bill and myself.  We rode past the water front to North Geelong, to Lara via trail.  Coffee outside at Miller's.  Returning via gravel  recommended  by David.  Not sure he was thinking about the wind at this stage, blown off track but not off the bike. On to Ted Wilson trail.  Enjoyed the  downhill to the river.  His legs are cut off said a young boy on river path at seeing John. Guess that was the first time  seeing a bike like John's.  No damage to John.  All returned home safely.
Nicole.  

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 2.9.17
An awesome foursome - Mike, Chris Hu, Rolf and me - took off from South Geelong station at 9.02.  We decided to ignore the then light northerly and head to Ocean Grove via the Barwon River track, Horseshoe Bend and Blackgate roads onto Thirteenth Beach. It seems we were enjoying quite a tailwind and very nearly got blown off the Barwon Heads bridge. ''Twas more than a little scary." A bit disappointed to find our favourite tree has disappeared from the garden at Groove Coffee stop, but sure it will soon be better. Returning to the bikes we headed into the wind towards Wallington and scooted back to town along the Bellarine Hwy with almost another tail wind. Thanks team for an enjoyable ride. 
Chris Halpin.

Also on Saturday 2.9.17 - Unofficial Ride with Simon leading OZ-HPV - 5 GTC Riders met up at The Bungalow at Drysdale: Simon, John C, David C, David E & John H with Rob from Ballarat and Peter from Melbourne.

Lyn's Wallington Loop on Thursday 31.8.17
On this lovely Thursday morning 10 cyclists arrived at the Showgrounds. There was Chris, Dr Mike, Harry, Trudi, Jackie, wee Davee, Rolf, David I, Mick and Lyn. We headed out along the Bellarine Highway turning left and going in the back of Bunnings, cutting off the corner of Melauka Road. We made our way down to the rail trail and proceeded to The Bungalow for coffee where three amigos decided to go to Ground Zero. We all met up and returned home via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road, where Trudi, Dr Mike and Chris were going further, and the rest headed down the Bellarine Highway.  Thanks all for coming on a lovely day.
Cheers Lyn.

David Rae's Ride from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Barwon Downs on Tuesday 29.8.17
Six riders turned up at Winchelsea - Chris, Laurie, Julie, Trudi, Jackie and David - on a cold, cloudy morning.  On the way to Birregurra, Trudi told us the temperature had dropped to 3.6 deg, but we were all well wrapped up and had an enjoyable ride to a much welcome coffee/hot chocolate. On arrival at the usual coffee stop, we discovered it was up for sale, but we found another really nice cafe just down the road.  We continued our ride along the Forrest/Birregurra Road, where a light shower of rain followed us for a little while.  We turned left onto Division Road riding through some very pleasant countryside and started to see some patches of blue sky.  We stopped at a very nice cafe for lunch and another hot drink, where Julie, Chris and Laurie sampled the local pies. There was another shower of rain, but it cleared up before we headed off again. We all managed to negotiate Bambra Hill with the help of a slight tail wind and the good conditions made for a fast run home.  We all agreed it was a very enjoyable ride.
David Rae.

Fiona's Ride to Coffee at Millar's in Lara on Sunday 27.8.17
All went well with fortunate weather conditions. It rained whilst we had coffee at Millar's, and there was a tiny hail shower when we got back to Geelong. Pam, Lyn, Chris, Mike, David and Mark, joined Fi and Ben (Tail End Charlie) for a 50km loop to Lara via; Ginn St, pedestrian overpass, enjoying all the magnolias in flower through Geelong West, and uphill to McCurdy Rd, onto Ted Wilson until Cowies Creek where we took a U-turn to go under the Ring Rd and up a short steep section of Bluestone Bridge Rd to great views of Geelong and the Greek Orthodox Monastery. We passed the Geelong Baptist College on Anakie Rd, and rode downhill on Tower Hill Rd to the end where we used Houston Rd to keep us off Bacchus Marsh Rd as long as possible. A couple of kilometres on Bacchus Marsh Rd got us to Patullous Rd and into Lara, avoiding narrow, busy, Elcho Rd. We had stiff headwinds on our return on the Bay Trail. Everyone said that today, they rode on some road or trail that they had never previously ridden on, which made me very happy that they had all trusted me. Some riders had ridden 13 kms to join this ride so they clocked up 75+.
Fiona.
Thanks to Mike T for the pictures.

Mike T leads the Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 26.8.17
It was a perfect morning for riding with the following 7 riders turning up at South Geelong Station: Mike, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Harry, John, Mark and Greg. With just a light north-westerly wind we decided to head out down Horseshoe Bend Rd. We had a lovely tail breeze for a dream run down Blackgate Rd and 13th Beach. Greg headed off solo at the Dunes to attempt to add to his impressive list of “century” rides this year. At The Groove we found Trudi, Leo, Dave and Jackie who had left independently from Dave’s place. After coffee at The Groove Mark came back to find a flat tyre. The Wallington Hill seems to be getting easier with practice. We faced quite a stiff head wind coming back along the Bellarine Highway.
Thanks to everyone for a great ride. Mike T.

Thursday Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay - 24.8.17
We met at the Grovedale Pub this morning and in the group we had a navigator, photographer and reporter. There was Chris H, Dr Mike, Ted, Lyn L, Mick and Lyn. We headed off down the Surf Coast Highway then across on Warralily Blvd to Horseshoe Bend Rd and later back again on Blackgate Rd to the Surf Coast Highway. We went to Mejavo Café in main street where we were surprised with a visit from Terry H. There was a lot of chatter then we headed off for home. Mick and Lyn left the group on the Surf Coast Highway and headed of home while the others returned via the longer route through Freshwater Creek.
Cheers Lyn G.

Chris Hume's Lap of the Bellarine Peninsula on Tuesday 22.8.17
On a beautiful day for riding, thirteen riders assembled a the Show grounds - Greg, Harry, Trudi, Ross, Lyn and Mick, David and Jackie, John, Dr Mike, guest rider Laurie, Chris Ha and yours truly Chris Hu. We headed along the Rail Trail to Drysdale, Ross left us here to return to Torquay, then onto Portarlington, from there had a scenic ride along the Esplanade to Indented Heads and onto St Leonard's where we had coffee at The Fig Leaf. On the way Greg had two flats!! There was a bit of agitation in the peloton as it was 43km to the first coffee break!?! Chris Ha and Greg left us at St Leonard's the rest of us headed off starting along Bluff Rd and using Swan Bay Rd and Bellarine Hwy to return. Six of us stopped for a chat and snack at the Rolling Pin rest headed home for lunch. An enjoyable outing!
Chris.

Nicole's Loop around Geelong on Sunday 20.8.17
An easy ride after a few months not on the road for me. 11 Riders John H, Pam, Lyn, Mike T, Chris , Bill, Ian, Harry and guest riders Craig and Jennifer. Sun was shining with cool temperature for some but not for Lyn. We travelled into Geelong city with soon back tracking due to road closers. Taken the high path along path on western beach part of the way to ripple side. Warm coffee break at Pickers Union, North Geelong. Joined bike path to enjoy down hill at Hyland St, to return to the station via the river.
Nicole.

Mike & Chris visit Lake Connewarre and have coffee at Groove in Ocean Grove - Saturday 19.8.17
It was not a large peloton today with only Chris and myself turning up for the ride. The weather was quite cold but there were lots of blue patches of sky and only a very light southerly wind. We drew straws and I became the ride leader. We rode out along the river to breakwater and then up to Reserve Rd and Horseshoe Bend Rd. We then cut through the new estate to Lake Rd. On Lake Rd we made a detour down to the left to check out Lake Connewarre which was well worth a look. We then proceeded on via Thirteenth Beach to the Groove. On the way back down Wallington Rd a highlight was a stunning flock of yellow-tailed black cockatoos. All in all a very pleasant ride.
Mike.

Unofficial Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 19.8.17
On a cool and rainy (off and on!) morning Mick & Lyn, Marie and John pedalled out to The Bungalow at Drysdale for coffee with Geof.

Ross' Ride to Moriac on Thursday 17.8.17
It started raining just as I arrived at today's start at Bunnings. Chris Hu and Dr Mike were already checking the radar and after a very short discussion, we unanimously agreed to postpone the ride start, don the waterproofs and head down the bike path for drinks at Panache. Mike asked the waitress to take a photo which he sent on to John H. Apparently this set a new record for a "prompt" ride report – received 20 minutes after the scheduled start! The weather improved enough to tempt us out and we set off via Waurn Ponds Drive towards Moriac. It was relatively sheltered except for a couple of locations along Reservoir Road where the wind threatened to blow us backwards. A lovely run down the Hendy Main hill had us in Moriac where a decision was made to forgo a second drink stop and head on. Very little peddling was required heading south and we were soon at Paraparap where the group split; Chris and Mike headed towards Freshwater Creek while wind power drove me home. One of those days where the ride was much better than expected.
Thanks for the company. Ross.

Tuesday Ride to Paraparap, Jan Juc & Torquay - 15th August
The weather forecast was for wind and rain. Lyn Loudon was in 2 minds whether to cancel as the rain came earlier than expected. Ken Gawne, Chris Hume and Peter Jones decided to ride  and were farewelled by Lyn. There was no further precipitation until we turned out of Grassdale and onto Hendy Main. Chris and Peter stopped to put on their jackets. Ken dropped behind along Vickerys and  got a surprise when a large grey kangaroo bounded across Grundys only 15 metres in fromt of him. Peter had a similar but closer  experience with a wallaby on the same road. The coffee break was at Swell Cafe in Jan Juc where Chris unsuccessfully tried to consume the largest muffin we had seen. The wind had increased and we were all keen to get home asap and decided to return via the Surfcoast Hwy.  Ken had a further brush with wildlife when swooped by a magpie on the climb up to the Mt. Duneed roundabout. It was the last ride for both Ken and Peter for several weeks, Peter off to Europe,  Ken to NSW and QLD.
Ken
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Greg's Hard Ride to Inverleigh and Winchelsea on Sunday 13.8.17
There were 3 starters on a mild calm morning but after a short time John Carleton began to feel unwell and headed home. Chris Hume  and I headed down the Deviation and out  Hamilton Highway. Traffic was fairly light and there were few big trucks compared to weekdays, but we did have many potholes to dodge. I suffered a very slow rear puncture, so at Inverleigh we stopped and I fitted a new tube. We took a few backroads past the cemetery and eventually joined Barwon Park Rd on the west side of the river. There was little traffic on this narrow road to Winchelsea and a light tail wind helped us speed along. We reached Winchelsea at 10:30am for a coffee stop at The Black Tulip. Along Atkins Rd there was an easy Cat.15 climb before turning left at Buckley Rd. Chris suggested a short detour down a damp dirt road for a closer look at Lake Modewarre, full of water after many years dry. There was a short section along Princes Highway using the wide stopping lane well away from the fast traffic. We eventually turned off and then into Reservoir Rd down past Boral Cement. Baanip bikepath  then a few backstreets took us to Barwarre  Rd and at Breakwater Rd we parted company.  I got home at 1:15pm having ridden 104 km while Chris did almost 120 km with a longer ride to home. Average speed 24 kph. Good riding, Chris and thanks for your company.                                      
Greg Allerton.

Pam's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Sunday 13.8.17
It was great to see a bit of sun and no wind for our ride today with Cycling Geelong. We had eight riders: Harry, Mick, Lynn, Mike, Kelly, Dave, Doug and Pam. We followed a route that Ross had prepared. We followed the river over to the Breakwater, then along the bike trail to Bailey Street and on to Torquay Rd. We turned into Warralily Boulevard through the new estates to Barwon Heads Rd then turning left into Lake Rd and on to 13th Beach through to Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. Coffee was at Groove. The ride home was through Wallington with four riders finishing at Leopold and the others continued on to Geelong. A very pleasant 57 km ride.
Pam.

Saturday Ride to Freshwater Creek, Bellbrae, Jan Juc & Torquay - 12.8.17
Six riders turned up at Sth Geelong Station for today's ride: Mark, Peter J, Chris Hu, Mike T, Rolf and John H. As Peter Jones was having his first ride back with us after a sojourn up north we tried to get him to lead but he resisted all efforts to make him the leader. Yours truly, John H, finally decided to take up the challenge and Jan Juc was determined to be the objective. I think you could say that all contributed to the leading of the ride as I was climbing slowly and thought the group should go through Paraparap while I took a short cut through Bellbrae where I would meet them - however, they threw this idea out and said they would all go the short cut way I had intended taking. Our goal was Swell at Jan Juc - well the crowd there had certainly swelled and we thought we would be waiting all morning for coffee so rolled on to Torquay to The Stoop (formerly known as Kobo). After long conversations there we took Horseshoe Bend Rd back to Geelong for a total of around 60km. It was certainly a day of strong winds but not too chilly.
Keep Riding, John.

Ken's Ride from Moriac to Winchelsea on Thursday 10.8.17
When loading the bikes at 0820, the wind did not seem too bad. But, at Moriac 25 minutes later it was almost gale force. Chris and Mike opted to ride but Lyn decided conditions were not conducive to cycling. So 3 of us set off along Cape Otway Rd towards Gherang. Were we fools or just foolhardy? It was a bit of slog out to Buckley Rd South where we turned head on into the wind which resulted in a significant drop in the pace. Once on Atkins Rd it was not quite so tough. We detoured down Mathison Rd then into Swabys Lane so Chris could take photos of his former home. Then on into Winchelsea for well-deserved refreshments at a very stylish new cafe. Although windy it was not cold and we sat outside so Mike could cool off. With the wind at our backs we flew along Marjorie Lawrence Drive as far as Cape Otway Rd. The return to Moriac via CO, Layards, Larcombes and Hendy Main roads was about 80% wind assisted and very enjoyable. So the decision to ride turned out favourably.
Ken.

TWO Ride Reports and one Addendum:
Peter O'Brien's Ride to Lara, Little River and the You Yangs on Tuesday 8.8.17

1/ On the start line at Church Street today were Chris Hume, Rolf, Ken, Ben, Fiona and myself.  We headed along the Ted Wilson Trail where we met up with Trudi and then Ted, who had a puncture on his ride in from Lara.  Ted had run out of ammo (a gas bottle) and was a forlorn figure patiently waiting for the peloton to arrive.  Great interest was taken in watching Ted use his snazzy new gas gizmo to pump up the tyre.  Success.  We then were on our way, taking a detour to try out the new bike path on McManus Road between O’Brien’s Road and Heales Road.  Coffee was at Millar’s and there was a comedy of errors with coffee orders and spillages!   The day could only get better – and it did.  After the coffee break we rode to the You Yangs where a last minute decision was made to ride up to the car park within the park. Having conquered this climb, a short break was taken for photo snaps and recovery.  The ride to Little River was wind assisted, something which we all greatly appreciated.  Fiona elected to leave the group at Little River and take the train back to Lara.  We all had a well-earned lunch break at the Xpresso Bar in Lara then returned to Geelong via Hovells Creek.  A very enjoyable ride .
Peter O signing out.  See you all in 3 months time.

2/ Tues ride began at the top of Church Street, and alongTed Wilson Trail to Bacchus Marsh Rd, picking up two riders along the trail. Peter O, Greg A, Rolf, Chris, Ted, Trudy, Ben, Ken and Fi. Peter showed us McManus Rd - a secret cycle path that links Heales road and O'Brien's Rd but goes nowhere really useful, so we returned to Bacchus Marsh Rd. Greg went on to enjoy a longer ride on his own. To avoid Elcho Road, the main group cycled Patullous Road, but unfortunately, not everyone had been told, so one rider went it alone, but got to coffee before the rest. After coffee at Miller's, we joined Forest Road to the You Yangs, which we cycled up to the Turntable lookout. The wind was behind us as we cycled east to Little River, so it was against us coming back to Lara for lunch in the village. Fi took the train home from Little River to avoid the headwind.
Ben and Fiona.

3/ I achieved my aim of a long training ride - 104 kms in 4h 46m. Many tbanks to Ben for his assistance on the long slog into the wind from Little River to Lara. All the best Peter O on your holiday in France. We are all very envious.
Cheers, Ken
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John's Ride to Two Wrens Cafe in Armstrong Creek on Sunday 6.8.17
Despite a rather foreboding weather forecast 7 riders turned up for the loop to Armstrong Creek - from L to R in the photo below: Rolf, Chris Hume, Ian, Harry, Dr Mike, Ross and your photographer and ride leader, John Hagan. We started off along the Barwon and then Barrabool Rd and a short stint on Scenic Rd before following the new Pipeline Track (see photo below) and up on to Wandana Dr where it goes through the tunnel under the Ring Road. At this point the dark clouds to the west could hold their moisture no longer and precipitation started. Undeterred we took the Ted Wilson Path to Deakin on their internal roads and down to their oval on the Old Princes Highway. With some trepidation we lifted our bikes through the narrow gate that goes through to the oval with a red flag flying beside the gate. We knew this meant the archers were at work and didn't want to be pinned to a target with an arrow so proceeded with caution. I think they were all indoors because of the rain!
Our route took us on the path adjacent to the freeway up to and under the freeway at Hams Rd. Because of the rain we decided at this point to shorten our route and make a beeline for the Two Wrens Cafe on the Surf Coast Highway. Rolf left us just before the cafe. We appreciated the wood fire that was warming the room and enjoyed coffee and cake. After this the conversation was about whether a ride leader was deemed successful if they lost more than 10% of riders before the end of the ride. Ross was heading home to Torquay at this point and all bar your ride leader decided to go for the warmth of home rather than continue the ride. I was thinking about my reputation as a ride leader as I pedalled off into the drizzle having had 86% of the group abandon the ride!!!!
Keep pedalling, John Hagan.

Greg's Saturday Ride to Bannockburn - 5.8.17
At the start I made the mistake of asking where we were going. Mark B, Dr Mike, Chris Halpin, Chris Hume and  Rolf  felt that I should decide and hence lead the ride, as long as there was a coffee stop. We set off on a fairly mild but windy morning via my usual backstreets out to Ted Wilson Trail. From there we took Midland Hwy, Ballan Rd, Steiglitz Rd, then Bakers Bridge Rd to give us the easiest climb out of the Moorabool Valley. Back on the highway riders spread out as the NW wind made it hard going. A coffee stop was welcome at Bannockburn . We then went west down over Bruce Creek and had an easy time along the bushy Harvey Rd . The rumble strips in Brislanes Rd railway crossing shook us up but once on Hamilton Hwy it was an easy tail wind run (apart from the climb out of Murgheboluc) back to Fyansford where riders turned off to make their own way home . Thanks for an enjoyable ride guys.   Greg Allerton.

Heading in All Directions on a Foggy Thursday 3.8.17
Here are the 3 reports as they rolled in:

Cancelled the ride today due to thick pea souper fog in Lara. May clear closer to 9 so I'll ask if anyone rides to send you a report. Meanwhile, Ian and I enjoyed a coffee at Blu after a 10k fumble in the fog. Ted.

Hi john rode bellarine highway to Christies road down to bike trail to jetty road and return.  Beats riding in the wind.
Cheers Lyn G.

Ride report 3/8/17 Rippleside to Lara
Just back from a week in Port Douglas. Much warmer there have sent 2 photos to compare with the ones that Dr Mike sent of today.
Arrived at Rippleside at 8:55, dropped off by my wife, bit slack today after returning from Port Douglas last night and very cold and foggy around the river. On arrival saw Rolf and Dr Mike doing circuits of the car park to keep warm. I joined in then a bit after 9:00, looked like no one else was coming, so the three of us headed off to Lara via the usual route through the industrial NW. It was very cold and very fogggy, visibility was limited!! Eventually onto the Hovells Creek track and a bit of a loop through Lara to Millars. We coffeed inside. Did the odd bit of toewarming, eye warming and finger warming and did linger a fair while there. Eventually we decided to head off, visibility had improved, a bit. The ride home was uneventful and enjoyable. Rolf left us at Swinburne St and I headed off with Dr Mike to near the hospital then continued along Swanston St to the River and home. It was  a cold but good ride.
PS. A bit different up in FNQ the two rides I went on started at 6:30, first light, were very fast, shortish 40 to 50 km, but in warm 20 degree plus conditions!!!
Chris.

Ken's Ride to The Dunes Cafe in Ocean Grove on Tuesday 1.8.17
The morning was very cold but fine with only a gentle breeze. Julie, Ken, Lyn and Mike completed a circuit of Eastern Gardens before exiting onto Ryrie St. Peter O met us at the start of Portarlington Rd. Once past the Pt. Henry turn off, the traffic lessened.  Christies Rd took us through to the Bellarine Hwy where the sun deserted us as a thick fog enveloped the group. Thus we did not get to appreciate the scenic beauty of Swan Bay and Banks roads.  We agreed to change our route and head to The Dunes cafe to give time for the fog to lift. The strategy worked and the ride back to the start via Grubb, Rhinds, Wallington, Bellarine, and various roads through East Geelong was in welcome sunshine.
Ken.

Pam's Easy Ride Through Armstrong Creek on Sunday 30.7.17
The decision was made on Saturday not to take our Sunday ride out to Avalon Beach, as it turned out it was the right one as the wind was very challenging. We had eight riders: Lyn, Rolf, Greg, Mike, Harry, Ross, Dr Mike and Pam. We rode along the river to the Breakwater and then on to Barwon Heads Rd. Once we reached the new estate we turned right, the road now takes you right through to Torquay Road. At Torquay Rd we turned right again and then left into the Armstrong Estate and continued on to Club Armstrong for coffee. The return ride was along Baanip Bvd then onto Torquay Rd and down Bailey St to the bike path and then down to the river where everyone parted ways. Lyn and I had a wonderful tail wind home to Leopold.
Pam Morrow.


Ross' Ride to The Bungalow Restaurant for Coffee in Drysdale on Saturday 29.7.17

Four thrill seekers and the ride leader met at South Geelong for today's ride to Drysdale. The BOM were forecasting gale force to damaging winds. Weatherzone offered a slightly less dramatic alternative view. Either way, the day was better than the forecasts suggested. Mark, Rolf, John H, Dr Mike and Ross rode out via the rail trail, meeting Mick along the way. Other than a few strong gusts, it was an uneventful ride to the Bungalow Café where we met Pam and Lyn G. Drinks were taken in the sheltered outside courtyard, with some sun adding to the experience. No arguments about heading back the same way with the rail trail offering quite good shelter. The group divided at Melaluka with three groups of two heading off in different directions.
Thanks to all for the company, Ross.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Bellbrae on Thursday 27.7.17
Seven riders fronted up on a very chilly morning: Rolf, Harry, Ken, Ross, Ted & Peter O plus myself, of course. Unfortunately Peter O was unable to continue due to mechanical problems so the rest of us cycled off up Ghazeepore Rd to Dickens and the Anglesea Rd through to Blackgate. It was a very pretty course with lots of rainbow lorikeets sighted and no vehicles.  We continued all the way along Hendy Main Rd, plenty of undulations there, to the large roundabout at the start of the Bellbrae hill. There were dark mutterings from some about the distance covered without a coffee break but that was soon put to rest when we arrived at Bowside Cafe on the Great Ocean Rd, for a well-earned refreshment stop.
The group then broke up as Ross continued home to Torquay and Rolf cycled off quickly as he had to be back sooner than the others. Our route then took us on a lovely fast descent down School Rd to meet up again at the base of the Bellbrae hill for another climb and back to the start at Bunnings (for Ted) while Ken, Harry & I rode home via Whites Rd. A most enjoyable ride with good friends, thanks everyone for your company..
Lyn.



Chris Hume's Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 25.7.17

It was a good roll-up today ten riders in total: Ken, Ross,Lyn G, Mick, Fi, Ben, Rolf, Lyn L, Dr Mike and Chris Hu. Things did not start off too well with the ride leader arriving just a few minutes before 9:00!! Should be sacked?!!
We headed out to Point Lonsdale via Bellarine Hwy, Swan Bay Rd etc finishing off using coastal bike path starting at the "narrows" to the Pt Lonsdale shops - the highlight of the trip in my opinion!! Had coffee and snacks at  Cafe Amore then headed home through Collendina and Barwon Heads using Shell Rd, 13th Beach and Lake Rd. It was a bit windy, NW, we had a few drops of rain, but towards the end of the ride it really warmed up, reaching 19 degrees in Geelong. 
A most enjoyable ride. Chris.

Ted & Peter O'B's Unofficial Portsea Ride on Monday 24.7.17
While caravanning at Queenscliff Peter O and I decided to take the ferry to Sorrento with our lovely wives  Marcia and Joanne and then pedal to Portsea while the ladies indulged in some retail therapy. Pete was keen to tackle the Arthur's Seat climb but the weather forecast was threatening so we took what we thought was the easy option of riding south to Point Nepean. Although shorter there was certainly no shortage of hills so we actually ended up with quite a challenging ride. Plenty of spectacular scenery and interesting history including Cheviot Beach, where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared, Forts Pierce and Nepean and the Quarantine Centre. Not to mention some verrry impressive homes. A very pleasant ride followed by coffee and luncheon with the ladies at Fine Food Cafe. 
Ted.

Ross' Ride to Cafe Le Due Sorelle in Bannockburn on Sunday 23.7.17
Leaving South Geelong and riding through the suburbs, it seemed that today's riders would be enjoying much better weather than the forecast suggested. John H, Long John, Dr Mike, Rolf, Chris Hu and Ross got a taste of what was coming as we left the shelter of the houses and turned in to the wind on Ballarat Road. On Ballan and then Stegleitz Roads, we worked our way forward, peddling down the hills and "enjoying" the shelter on the up hills. Turning left at Parker Road, we were rewarded with the long and reasonably sheltered down hill run to Russells Bridge, before paying the price up Clyde Hill. A partial tail wind drove us in to Bannockburn. The Railway Café was packed so we continued down to Le Due Sorelle Café and a well-earned indoor break.
Another partial tailwind on Burnside Road had us thinking of a wind-powered ride home but it was not to be with the wind dropping and the drizzle starting as we turned on to the highway. The group broke up as we closed in on Geelong with just 3 of us continuing down the river path, with the drizzle gradually turning to rain. Still an enjoyable ride despite the weather. Thanks to all for the good company.
Ross.

Chris leads the ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 22.7.17
Four turned up at the Sth Geelong Stn for the ride today: Rolf, Harry, Dr Mike and Chris Hu. Who will be leader??**!! Ended up being Chris!! Where will we go?? Decided to head to the Groove, as usual, this time via Horseshoe Bend Rd, Warralily Rd, Lake Rd, 13th Beach etc to the Groove. As were were outside for coffee there was only a short break as I was getting cold. We then headed home along Wallington Rd and the Bellarine Hwy. A bit of a cool NE wind but still an enjoyable ride.
Chris.
Simon, John C & John H went out along the Bellarine Rail Trail to The Bungalow in Drysdale for coffee and on the way back met up with Chris and Mike on the trail through Wittington. Regards, John Hagan.

Ken Leads a Traverse of the Barrabool Hills on Thursday 20.7.17
Only 3 riders braved the forecast conditions - Ken, Chris and Peter O'Brien. Starting from the carpark at the end of the Shannon Ave bridge over the Barwon, we rode the hills of Mt.Pleasant Rd and Ceres to Merrawarp. Ken was feeling the effects of a hard ride on Tuesday (and late night TdF) and dropped well back on the  Hamilton Hwy up to Pollocksford Rd. Chris and Peter were set free to race. Ken recovered and had no problems with later hills on Hendy Main, Reservoir, Devon and Barrabool. The cold, the wind and several showers made the ride uncomfortable at times but all was forgotten in the warmth of '2 Sugars' cafe at highton where Lyn Loudon joined us. Discussion disected the ride programme and floated the idea of a mid-winter break if many members were taking breaks in northern climes.
Ken.

Colac to Red Rock with Lyn Loudon on Tuesday 18.7.17
A large group of three riders (Ken, Chris Hu & myself) departed from outside the police station in Colac heading towards Beeac for a much needed fuel refreshment after battling head winds for 14 kms. A further 6 kms down the road we turned off onto the Lake Corangamite Rd, past the lovely Lake Cunare and continued on this quiet undulating road for the next 30kms. There was hardly any traffic, the sun was shining and the rural views were wonderful - many stone walls, glimpses of the lake, sheep & cattle grazing and all was right with the world! The highlight of the day was the climb up to the Red Rock lookout, with Chris charging to the top of the staircase for photo opportunities, and great views of the surrounding countryside including the winery on the slopes below. Lunch was taken at the picnic area halfway down, then it was a fast descent back to Colac with a very welcome tailwind and a coffee in the town to end the day.
Thanks guys for your support and good company -  Lyn L.

Chris Halpin's Travels in Italy - July 2017
Finally got to borrow an old bike and have a real ride with my new friend Alesandro. Maybe you might like to add the map to the web site with some photos. It is unbelievably beautiful scenery here. And the weather has been fine and sunny every day - except for the wedding yesterday. Pity. Forgot to pack my GTCC shirt sorry so a little under- dressed for the ride but I was able to borrow some nice shoes so fitted in with the Italians. Ciao, as they say. Chris.
For more photos - What Our Riders Are Doing - click here.

Pam's Ride to Coffee at The Stoop in Torquay on Sunday 16.7.17
Today seven riders: John Hagan, Lyn Gregg, Rolf Kohnert, Chris Hume, Ben and Fiona Kersten and a Pam Morrow ventured out on a cold morning. We started along the river path to the Breakwater then onto the bike path to Bailey Street and up through the streets of Grovedale to Torquay Rd. We turned down Warralily Boulevard - a new road that has just opened up connecting the two new estates. We turned right at Horseshoe Bend Road and continued on to Torquay. Coffee was at The Stoop formerly Kobo. The return rides was along Horseshoe Bend Road back into Geelong. It was a pleasant ride with everyone riding together. 
Pam Morrow.

John Hagan's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 15.7.17
The sun was shining but the air was distinctly nippy so at Sth Geelong Station John H was elected as ride leader. The other riders were: Rolf, Chris Hu, Peter O'B and Harry. We decided to go out to Curlewis via the Rail Trail and John, realizing that he would be left behind on the climb through Leopold, decided to meet the group at the Bellarine Highway/Grub Rd roundabout. We opted to do the big dippers on Thacker St but a few pulled the plug on that one and found their own way to Groove for coffee.
Those who did tackle it experienced the exhiliration of the big dippers - we cannot mention our max speeds as the limit is 60 kph on that section. We were not disappointed by the excellent service at Groove in Ocean Grove and we were provided with free choc coated marshmellows in the shape of large droplets. Harry had to be home early so headed straight back up the Barwon Heads Rd and the rest took 13th Beach, Blackgate and Horseshoe Bend Rds back to Breakwater at a fairly solid pace.
Keep Riding, John.

Ian Fraser's Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 13.7.17
Today's ride was attended by 9 riders who rode the railtrail to Drysdale but poor Chris had another puncture. Once there a pleasant coffee was enjoyed by Chris, Pam, Rolf, Ken, Mick, Lyn & myself @ The Bungalow. Afterwards the group broke up with Lyn, Pam, Ted & myself riding back the way we had come, while the others wanted to do some more k`s. Thank you Ross for taking the rest of the ride and to everyone who turned up & tolerated me on this my maiden ride (as leader).
Cheers - Ian.

Ian asked me to "lead" the Princess Street group so here is my addendum to his report: the group broke up after the Bungalow Café refreshment break with Rolf, Ken, Chris Hu, Mick and Ross taking a longer route home. A tail wind and no traffic down Princess Street allowed us to stretch our legs with some 50 plus kph speeds recorded. Some recovery time along Swan Bay Road then on to the highway where the group fractured further with Ken and Ross taking the Wallington option. With the wind picking up and changing direction plus showers visible on the horizon, Ken and I separated at Barwon Heads, each taking the quickest way home.
Always a good ride to Drysdale.
Cheers, Ross.

Ken's Two Rides from Anakie to Meredith on Tuesday 11.7.17
Only 3 riders met at the Anakie General Store – Ken Gawne, Chris Hume and Mike Taylor.  We rode for around 12.5 kms in the direction of Ballan through the Brisbane Ranges before turning left into Slate Quarry Rd.  Chris had a front-wheel puncture along this section.  The day’s highlight for Mike was when we had to stop and allow a flock of recently shorn sheep to pass.  SQ road is quiet, very scenic and flat except for a dive down into the Moorabool Valley followed by a steep climb out. 
At Meredith we resisted the temptation to stop for coffee and instead turned right onto the Meredith-Ballan Rd towards Morrisons. At the base of the long downhill, as we turned to climb up to the Morrisons CFA site, Chris had a second puncture.  Careful examination of the tyre revealed a minute piece of sharp metal embedded in the tread. Immediately after passing through Elaine, a left turn onto the Elaine-Mt Mercer Rd took us west past the Monastery.  We joined the Meredith-Mt. Mercer Rd 8 km from Meredith.  After riding for 60 kms we were ready for our lunch stop at the café in Meredith.
It was only 20 kms back to Anakie but a hard section which included the steep climb on De Motts Rd.  Our reward was the long downhill at the end.  More refreshments at the Anakie General Store after a ride which was very scenic, included a range of terrain and was favoured by ideal weather conditions.  Next week is another out-of-town ride starting in Colac.  The Red Rock circuit is very different to what club members would normally cycle and warrants support.  I hope to see a good roll up next Tuesday.
Ken.

TWO Combined rides with Cycling Geelong leading on Sunday 9.7.17
Two different routes on offer today for the combined Cycling Geelong/GTC ride. 1/ Four GTC members, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Mike Currie and Ross joined ride leader Dave and 6 other CG riders for the mtb ride, from Torquay to Anglesea via forest tracks. It was advertised as medium-hard but that was more a reflection of the ups and downs rather than the actual difficulty of the route. In fact, several riders including our own Chris Hu rode on road tyres. The ride itself was brilliant - dry, hard tracks - only 44 k's but definitely a good work-out. It was a windy day but we just didn't feel it as we were in amongst the trees most of the way. We will have to "steal" this one and run it for the GTC people who missed out today. A big thank you to Dave.
Ross.

2/ Helen Lyth led the group of 6 taking the bitumen surfaces to Anglesea - here is Helen's report.
It was cold and windy with the probability of rain.  Who would be silly enough to get themselves to Torquay to ride to Anglesea – especially as one of the options was a potentially difficult mountain bike course? There were already several bikes lined up outside the ice-creamery in Torquay, including John’s recumbent.  (John had ridden down from Belmont so was the only cyclist not complaining of the cold.)  More cars appeared with a pre-dominance of knobbly tyred mountain bikes. By 8.30 there were 11 riders for the mountain bike route, led by Dave S, and 6 riding the road circuit, led by Helen.
After the mandatory group photo, the cyclists set off in opposite directions.  The road group consisted of John H, Barbara, Andrea, Fiona, Ben and Helen.  John was delegated as tail-ender (swapping positions with Helen for the downhill sections: if you’re fast on the descents, flaunt it). The road route headed west to Forest Road, then headed south west to Anglesea. With a strong cold head wind, the first 18km were trying, as the road riders struggled up Darian Road, across to Coombes/Hendy Main/Sharps Roads, finally turning out of the wind for a beautiful quiet ride along Forest Road.  This was followed by a fast downhill into Anglesea.
Within around 20 minutes, 11 elated mountain bikers appeared, looking fit and strong.   More coffee and refreshments were consumed before the return.  Dave quietly mentioned that he had a ‘secret’ return route for the mountain bikers.
The road group headed off up the long hill out of Anglesea, somewhat assisted by the tail wind.  This hill is deceptively difficult as it’s never too steep, and has several sections of respite.  After regrouping near Forest Road, the return to Torquay was easy, despite the heavy Sunday traffic.  Fiona and Ben had discovered a safe off-road route behind the caravan park and past the surf club to avoid the fast two-lane roundabout right turn. The sunshine had disappeared and dark clouds threatened as the road riders disbanded.  John set off back on Horseshoe Bend road for home.  There was time for a coffee and chat in the warm of the Beachfront Cafe, before the bright-eyed mountain bikers appeared once more. Thanks to the ride leaders, tail-enders and all riders, this experiment in dual-mode joint rides for the two clubs was a resounding success.
Helen
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Ross' Ride to Bungalow Restaurant in Drysdale on Saturday 8.7.17
A nice easy-medium ride to Drysdale today. Trudi, Leo, Mark, John H, Chris Hu, Rolf, Dr Mike, Peter O, Harry and Ross set out from South Geelong for an easy cruise along Portarlinton Road. A puncture for Trudi just before Leopold caused a break in the pelaton but we re-grouped at Curlewis Road and diverted on to the rail trail for the run into Drysdale. Coffee was at the Bungalow Cafe where we met up with Mick, Lyn and Pam. They  were just finishing up and some of us hardier types (outdoor drinkers) were able to take advantage of pre-warmed seats. Return was via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and the highway. The ride leader offered the option of more kilometres via Wallington but everyone was happy to just head back home. Thanks to all for a very pleasant outing.
Ross.

Mick's Ride to Torquay on Thursday 6.7.17
On this fresh Thursday morning 11 riders fronted up at the Grovedale pub for an easy 40 klm ride to Torquay.  They were: Trudi, Lyn L, Ross, Chris Hu, Rolf, Dr Mike, Terry, Peter O, Lyn & Mick.  It was a tad cool heading off down Torquay Rd with the shade covering our side of the road. Once we turned at shire offices it was better then down Fishcer St to Café Kobo for some hot drinks and some had treats to keep body & soul together. For ride home it was straight back along Horseshoe Bend Rd with riders dropping off at different stages to either head home or add a few more klm’s.  Weather ended up quite nice at the end so thanx to all for an enjoyable ride,
cheers Mick.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 4.7.17
With a number of our members enjoying the sunshine north of the border and overseas, four stalwarts to turned up to ride today. Chris Hume, Mike, Rolf and myself headed off from Grovedale to Point Lonsdale via Lakes Road, Thirteenth Beach, past the Cheeky Cow and onto Point Lonsdale for coffee. With the sun shining we relaxed at our usual café and enjoyed taking in the fantastic backdrop of the bay. We departed the café and rode along the highway, stopping for a lunch break at the Bakery in Leopold.  Here we met up with Lyn and Mick (not in their lycra), whom I am reliably told frequent this establishment on a regular basis.  Some of us (no names mentioned) indulged in the bakery delights.  Delicious. Back on our bikes we rode into a tough head wind back to Geelong and home. The total distance covered was 75kms.
Regards, Peter O.

John Hagan's Easy Loop of Central Geelong - Sunday 2.7.17
The frosty photo below taken at the King Lloyd Recreation Reserve next to Shannon Ave on the Barwon will give you an idea of the temperature at the start of today's ride. Mike measured it along the river on his Garmin at minus 2.4 degrees. So we had the ear muffs pulled down for our circuit of Geelong. However the climb up Hyland St got the blood pumping and warmed us considerably. Pam, Fi, Mike, Ben and John enjoyed the scenic tour of inner Geelong which took us along the Barwon in a westerly direction to Fyansford and then up to the Gabrielle Blythe Path (named after the famous Olympic distance walker) which follows the old cementies railway line. Our coffee spot was at The Pickers Union Cafe in North Geelong. We had a few problems there with the temperature of the coffee and they admitted that they had lost their coffee thermometer. They were, however, most helpful in keeping us warm outside issuing us with blankets and lighting the gas heater. The scenic cruise continued along the shores of Corio Bay around Limeburners Pt to Boundary Rd in Newcomb and right down to Leather St in Breakwater to return to the Station via the Barwon River from the south. This was a 31km circuit with just one hill and quite a few cycle paths.
Keep cycling, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 1.7.17
This morning David I, Mike, Chris Hume & myself rode from South Geelong to Ocean Grove.  We deviated from our usual route riding via Leopold & the rail trail, meandering through Wallington & tackling Thackers Hill.  We arrived at the Groove where we met Mark (who had started at Grovedale) for a coffee. The return trip was via 13th Beach & Lakes Road, so whilst we'd started the ride in chilly conditions we arrived back in Geelong in the sunshine.  
Peter O.
Thanks to Mike Taylor for the photos.

Simon takes OZ HPV to Torquay on Saturday 1.7.17 - not an official GTC Ride
A number of our GTC riders - Simon, John & David E - were on the road with the recumbent group, OZ HPV, along with Rob and Steve. At coffee this morning at Mejavo's in Torquay we met with Lindy and Don who had just returned from Italy.

Trudi's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 29.6.17
With a cool start to the day, six starters for a little lumpy ride to Moriac: Meri, Chris, Mike, Rolf, Dave and ride leader Trudi. First little lump, was getting out of Fyansford then we were off and riding. Turning left at Merrawarp Rd, as always, lovely scenery along this usually quite road. Second and third lump was Barrabool Rd, once we conquered these we meet up with Ken. It's not often that a ride leader is able to finish a ride with more riders than they started with, but today was one of those days. On turning at Hendy Main Rd we had a good run down, with only a few little bumps.  On crossing the highway, we found Peter waiting patiently for us. Cruising down into Moriac we came across another familiar face, Terry. Coffee was served outside in the cold, i don't know why we all sat outside, as there was a perfectly good fire beckoning to me inside.. Our return route, was Blackgate Rd, Anglesea Rd, Ghazeepore Rd, Torquay Rd we slowly made our way to the bike path around the river and back to our homes. Thanks everyone for joining me on my circuit ride today. Life's better on your bike !!! 
Trudi.
PS:  At coffee this morning, we heard that our fellow friend and cyclist Ron Little came to grieve while riding home on the weekend. We would all like to wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him  back on his bike real soon.
From all your cycling friends.
 

Trudi's Ride to Anakie and Steiglitz on Tuesday 27.6.17
Seven brave soles this morning waiting at the top of Church St, Julie, Meri, Chris, Peter, Rolf, Ken and ride leader Trudi. With men at work at the start of Ted Wilson Bike Path, we rode along Tahara St instead, adjoining the bike path further up. Once out onto Ballarat Rd we decided to try out the new bike path taking us to Ballan Rd. Riding in a nice bunch at a steady pace, we let Ken sit out the front to do all the work. Coffee was at the Anakie store in front of the blazing hot wood heater. The service was fast and nice extra hot mugs of coffee were delivered to our table. Leaving our warm toasty fire behind we headed up De Motts Rd. No one was in any hurry, as I think we all knew what was awaiting us. With the hills out of the way it was smooth sailing, all enjoying the great outdoors. In a few weeks all the blossoms will be in bloom, what a pretty sight that will be. Ken left us here at Steiglitz's Rd to return home by himself. The rest of us continued onto Steiglitz to have our lunch in my family's little hut. Cups of tea and coffee were served at a much slower speed, a little extra time was spent here awaiting the kettle. With most of the hills done and dusted we all had a lovely run home, stopping at Maude to enjoy the sights over the valley beyond. Thank you all for the fantastic ride, it was a real pleasure to lead you around this lovely area on what turned out to be a great day for riding. 
Trudi.

Pam's Ride - we have just heard from Rolf that Ron Little, on his way home from this ride, had an accident and needed motorised transport home. We wish Ron a speedy recovery and hope that he is back on the bike soon.

Pam's Ride to Club Armstrong Cafe & a Loop to Torquay on Sunday 25.6.17
We had a very different ride today. There were many changes along the way, so hopefully everyone who rode got enough riding in. John, Ian, Mike, Ðavid, Chris, Ron, Lyn, Rolf and Pam left the station, unfortunately we lost Ian on the walk overpass over the river. After a few phone calls, Ian decided is do his own ride. We regrouped and continued on. As I was on a time limit it was decided to have an early coffee break at a new cafe at Club Armstrong. Rolf rode on to our original destination in Moriac.
At coffee John, Mike and Chris decided to ride on to Torquay and return back along Horseshoe bend Rd to Geelong. Ðavid, Lyn and Ron went straight home and I went off to the football. Thanks John for taking over the ride leader after I left.
Pam. 

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Saturday 24.6.17
On a cold morning, seven hardy riders turned up to ride today.  Leo, Trudi, Chris Hume, Mike, David I,  Rolf and myself headed to Barwon Heads along Lakes Road, Blackrock Road and Thirteenth Beach.  Just before coming into Barwon Heads another riding group passed us and as we rounded the last bend one of their riders came to grief.  Travelling at about 40kph, I believe a touch of wheels caused the accident - the good news is the rider was able to get back on his bike and continue.  We proceeded to Ocean Grove, onto Shell Road and through to Point Lonsdale for coffee.  Our timing was perfect as it has just begun to drizzle.   Back on our bikes we headed to the  Bellarine Highway and returned to Geelong.  
Peter O.

Ted's ride to Roraima Nursery in Lara on Thursday 22.6.17
One day after the Winter Solstice saw just six brave souls at the top of Church Street at 9 am for the ride to Lara. June is fast becoming the month of losing Ride Leader Virginity as Mike led his first a couple of weeks ago and this was mine. I asked Rolf to lead the peloton of Meri, Rolf, Mike, Chris Hu, Ron and Ted onto the Ted Wilson Trail and of course he couldn't resist the Bluestone Bridge Hill (thanks Rolf!). I finally caught up at Tower Hill Drive and led the way around the Lara Township to a new coffee shop at Roraima Nursery. A quick coffee was followed by a brief tour of the amazing display garden with everyone declaring they will be back with their respective partners to see it again. The trip back to Geelong was along the Hovells Creek Trail and Corio Bay was looking fantastic with it's calm water reflecting the hulls and masts of the yachts at anchor in Limeburners Lagoon. A round trip of just under 40 kms was enjoyed by all.
Ted.


Meri's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills on Tuesday 20.6.17
A beautiful sunny morning encouraged Rolf, Mike T, Ken G, Trudi, Julie, Peter O'Brien, Ross Glover (who rode in from Torquay) and Meri to the top of Church Street. We took the challenging way to Moriac, so it was up Scenic Road, then up Grantham Street and onto the Barabool Road through Ceres, a great run down the valley onto more hills on the Barabool Road, but none of them difficult. We turned left at Andersons Road, which I have to say is a very pretty road with lots of white fenced paddocks and about 16 or so dams.  Sheep are fat, the cattle looked content and the horses were being playful.  Everyone, everyone loves this little private road, which crosses a bridge, a small incline then beautiful views across to the Otways. Peter Jones joined us at Andersons Road as he wanted to take the hills at his own pace, which is fair enough. Lyn L joined us for coffee at Moriac, after a bit of a mix-up.  After a relaxed coffee and tea we headed West onto the Colac Road, then a right into Hortips road and onto Considines Road.  All of this area is wonderfully scenic. A bit more wind by this stage and of course it was a headwind!  Then a sandwich at the top of the Moorabool River after a fast hike down the fabulous Pollocksford Road. Peter Jones posted on FB some wonderful photos for the day, check them out if you can. Then onto the Hamilton Highway and coffee at Fyansford, then people wended their own way home. A great day on the bike, with a wind-assisted home trek which was exhilarating. Thanks everyone for coming and a great ride enjoyed by all. Thanks all
Meri.

2 Rides from Sth Geelong Station on Sunday 18.6.17
1/ - 105km Loop of the Bellarine Peninsula led by John Hagan.
We had 5 starters for our lap of the Bellarine Peninsula: Mike, Chris Hu, Peter O'B, John C and John H.
The forecast was for possible rain but turned out to be quite good weather for cycling. We headed out on the Rail Trail with John C deciding at Curlewis to do a shorter ride. The main group left the Rail Trail at Jetty Rd to bypass Drysdale and go down through Clifton Springs before joining the main Portarlington Rd and the big dippers before Portarlington itself. Following The Esplanade to Indented Head we enjoyed the Bay views in the morning sunshine. We stopped at St Leonards at Ivary Deli Cafe (yes, that is the correct spelling!!) for coffee before going around the Bluff and on to Pt Lonsdale where we did a lap of the town. On the return we came off Shell Rd into the Ocean Grove Marketplace to have our lunch at Michel's Patisserie. We did discuss punctures earlier in the day and inevitebly, after such talk, we had a few - 2 for Mike and 1 for Peter. We were back in Geelong by 2:30pm feeling like we had done a good day's exercise with over 100km in the bag and over 1,000m of climbing.
Keep Riding, John H.

2/ - Ross' Circuit of Geelong - mainly on the bike paths.
A perfect winter's day for a bike ride – mild, light wind, blue sky. Pam, Lyn, Peter J, Mick, Mike C, Rolf, David I and Ross set out from South Geelong station for an easy ride around Geelong. The plan was to string some bike paths together using some quieter roads and it worked reasonably well. Nothing much to note other than the very long line of traffic when trying to cross Fellmongers Road, the P plate driver revving his engine as he followed us down Eastern Beach Road returned Rolf's friendly wave with a less friendly hand gesture as he passed us near Fishermens Pier and dogs on the loose along Western Beach. At the end of McLeod Street, the frontrunners were well on their way to North Shore before they realised the rest of the group had turned up over the highway and were heading towards Douro Street and the start of the next bike path. There was revenge of sorts at Hamlyn Park where no-one followed the leader throughout the football ground, preferring to take a more direct route to morning tea at Soft.
Return was via cementies hill and the usual Sunday "dodgem" games on the river path, with riders dropping off to take the most direct routes to home.
Thanks to all for a most pleasant outing.
Ross.

 

Mike leads the Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 17.6.17
Seven intrepid athletes emerged from under their doonas for a very chilly start at Grovedale Pub this morning. Chris Hu, Trudi, Leo, Mike, Mark, Peter and Chris Ha had a quick vote and elected Mike for his first GTC team leadership assignment. The weight of responsibility was very heavy so Mike  decided to take the safe option of the Groove. We proceeded down Horseshoe bend Rd. The temperature was a bracing 2.9 degrees on the bike. A quick stop at Blackgate Rd revealed no missing appendages and we proceeded with a lovely light tail wind along Blackgate Rd and Thirteenth Beach to the Groove. The service was excellent as always and we managed to tuck into quite an array of health food to recharge our batteries. We rode home along Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd. By this time the weather was absolutely glorious.Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable ride.
Mike.

Photos by Mike Taylor.

Peter Jones' Ride to Moorabool Valley Chocolate on Thursday 15.6.17
Eight riders turned up to ride on a crisp day ignoring or looking forward to earning their coffee. Jackie and David R, David I, Ross, Chris Hu, Mike, Ron and myself headed off to the Break where we took the South Bike Path to Highton, this was an easy run just warming up for the climbing to come although Ross looked pretty hot when he arrived after having a puncture on the way to the start and pushing the envelope to arrive just on time. From the river to Scenic Road it is a gentle climb, wind vests and other warm clothes had been removed and everyone buckled down to the climb which is steady at about 6.6 % for most of the way before kicking up to 9.7% for the last 500 mtrs. A recovery traffic light and we continued on through Ceres stopping at Cochranes to regroup before plunging down hill and turning right into Merrawarp Rd, again downhill most of the way to the Hamilton Hwy. A quick left and right and we headed up Friend in Hand Rd to Dog Rocks Rd and to the Ballarat Rd, one final hill to climb out of Batesford before we rolled into the Chocolate Factory for a well earned break. Met up with some old cycling friends having a coffee, Loretta and Norm and Kerrie and August. Enjoyed our coffee and headed home via the Ted Wilson Trail and River, a most enjoyable ride, what it lacked in length it made up for in quality.
Cheers Peter

David Rae's Ride to Moriac, Bells Beach, Jan Juc, Torquay on Tuesday 13.6.17
There were fifteen riders - Trudi, Dr. Mike, Ross, Chris Ha, Terry, Chris Hu, David I, Peter J, Lyn L, Ken, Peter O, Julie, Ron, David and Jackie - for today's ride.  Peter O had a puncture on the way to Bunnings, but he and Dr. Mike arrived just as we were leaving, so we all headed up the old Colac Road and onto the highway up to the Moriac Hotel.  We then turned left into Hendy Main Road and all were glad for a bit of downhill after the long climb. We enjoyed a well earned coffee/hot chocolate at the Moriac General Store.  After coffee, Terry and Dr Mike decided to make their way home and the remainder of the riders continued up Cape Otway Road towards Larcombes Road, taking a right at Forest Road, which was unusually busy with trucks, probably due to the public holiday the previous day.  They were all pretty courteous, letting us know when they were passing.  At the end of Forest Road we took a left along the G.O.R. making our way to Bell's Beach.  As usual we all had plenty of fun on the downhills!  We rode into Torquay where most riders stopped at Bell's Bakery for lunch, with the exception of Peter O, Ken, Chris Ha and Ross, who decided to keep going.  We made our way home via Horseshoebend Road and Reserve Road.  A very enjoyable ride under good conditions.
David Rae. 

Combined Ride - Loop of Geelong led by Peter O'Brien on Sunday 11.6.17
It was freezing cold this morning when David I, Chris Hume, John H, Geoff, Heather, Harry, Mike, David Simpson (Geelong Cycling) and myself headed off on a scenic tour around Geelong.  We left the South Geelong Railway Station and pedalled to the beach front taking in the fabulous views of Corio Bay. We rode to St Georges Road, North Shore, then along Cox Road up the Ted Wilson Trail entrance on Anakie Road.  David I left us at this point and continued up the Anakie hill - we were later to find out he then went straight home for breakfast.  We rode along the trail to Church Street, then down to Minerva Road for a coffee stop at the Soft Cafe.  

After the break we rode to Queens Park Road.  This time we adhered to the road rules and crossed the bridge on the walking-cycling section rather than the actual road crossing.  The ride up and down Scenic Road provided great views of Geelong.  With the hills conquered, we pedalled our way through Wandana Heights onto a bike path through to Pigdons Road.  We weaved our way down to another bike path just past the Colac Ring Road roundabout.  At this point Chris departed to head to Moriac as he wanted to get some extra kilometres under his belt.  The rest of us proceeded to Baanip Boulevard and then meandered our way back to Geelong.
Cheers, Peter O.

200 Years of the Bicycle - Ross Glover takes photos of the display of old bicycles at the Brunswick Velodrome - 11.6.17

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 10.6.17
Only a tough core of riders this morning, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David I, Mike, Mark and Peter J. It was a foggy start just to get to Grovedale and rather brisk, weather and pace via Reserve Rd, HSBend Rd, Blackgate Rd, Blackrock Path and 13th Beach and around to Groove for a well earned coffee. We didn’t stay too long as it began to feel colder so off we went up Wallington Rd to Queenscliff Hwy and home. Cool brisk day but good to be out and about.
Cheers, Peter.

Another group of GTC riders met unofficially at the Bungalow Restaurant in Drysdale on Saturday 10.6.17
In the picture below: Geoff, Russell, John C, David E, David C, and in the photo below that one: Pam, Marie, Heather, Geof and Mick - John Hagan took the photo.

Lyn's Ride to Cafe Ground Zero in Drysdale on Thursday 8.6.17
On a very cold morning 16 cyclist arrived at the showgrounds: Trudi, Mark, Heather, David, PJ, Rolf, Meri, Peter O, Jackie, Wee Davie, Ted, ChrisH, Harry, Dr Mike, Mick, and Lyn. We left the showgrounds and followed the rail trail to Moolap lights and then continued on the road to Melaluka Road turning left up to the rail trail and followed that to Drysdale where we went to coffee at Ground Zero. Meri was frozen when we got there and others had warmed a little. After coffee and chatting some continued down Princes Road and went along 13th Beach and some of us went home on the rail trail. A pleasant ride and thank you all for coming.     Cheers, Lyn.

David Rae's Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 6.6.17
Ten riders - Meri, Trudi, Peter J, Peter O, Ross, Rolf, Dr. Mike, John H, Jackie and David - set off along Reserve Road into a bit of a head wind, which continued most of the way around Lakes Road and through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.  We planned for coffee at The Cheeky Cow, Collendena, but on arrival there was a notice in the window to say that due to unforeseen circumstances the cafe was closed, so we made the decision to keep going towards Point Lonsdale for our coffee stop.  We said goodbye to Ross and John here, as they had to make their way back home. We continued the ride down Shell Road for an enjoyable coffee at Point Lonsdale where David had to go shopping to buy lubricating oil for his chain. After coffee we rode along Point Lonsdale Road and turned left up the Bellarine Highway, for a pleasant ride aided by a tail wind.  Some riders decided to stop for lunch/coffee at MacDonalds in Leopold while the remainder made their way home.  As we started off from MacDonalds, Jackie realised she had a flat tyre, so a quick change of tube and we were off again. Luckily we didn't encounter any of the rain that had been forecast so a good ride was had by all. 
David Rae.

Pam's Loop around Geelong with Coffee at the Door Cafe in Fyansford on Sunday - 4.6.17

Peter Jones Reports on the 2nd Annual Tour of the Otways on Sunday - 4.6.17 - Not an Official Event.
Three members decided to take to the MTB’s and join this non event which started at Aireys Inlet Hotel. Zdenko, Ross and myself met up with friend of GTC Lyn P and her riding buddy Simon for a ride in the dirt, sand and mud with plenty of vert thrown in. After leaving the hotel we turned inland and just after leaving the bitumen began to climb, and climb, and climb, eventually we cracked it for a top and enjoyed a great downhill followed of course by a great big uphill, and so it went on for the rest of the ride. The full course was 110 klm but it included a 19 klm loop which we decided would not increase our enjoyment so we bypassed the loop and pushed on, a lot of the course was on good graded gravel roads interspersed with pot holed and rutted roads with lots of mud and water, great fun! At about 75 klm we hit Forest Rd for a brief while then dived off to the right and onto sandy tracks, and I mean sandy, some of the sand sections were like the beach and went on for hundreds of metres, and uphill, but all good fun. Finally just to finish off we took a bit of single track, the Currawong Falls Track then back to the Hotel to pack up, have a drink and a coffee before heading home. It must have been good, Ross reckoned it was the best days riding he has ever had, of course he is a bit of masochist, but have to admit it was hard, but heaps of fun.
Cheers Peter.

OZ HPV - A number of GTC riders on a largely recumbent experience to Torquay on Saturday 3.6.17 - Not a GTC Event.
Simon W led the OZ Human Powered Vehicles group to Torquay on a rather drizzly morning when the forecast was for sunny weather! Simon was joined by David E, John H and a number of other riders on their recumbents and David C and John C (who took the photos) on their conventional bikes. We had a great chat at Mejavo's in Torquay before returning along Horseshoe Bend Rd and with a little detour a number of the group called in to David & Barb's new house at Armstrong Creek.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 3.6.17
Ten riders on a chilly, cloudy, morning, Jackie, Sue, David R, Rolf, Ross, Chris Hu, Leo, Peter O, Mark and Peter J rolled out to Barwon Heads Rd via Reserve Rd and on to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd. A puncture split the bunch at Sheepwash, some taking the run around and the others repairing the flat and heading for Groove. Both groups joined at the bridge and we headed to Groove being pipped by Black Racing. Following a coffee Sue and I headed straight back as Sue had a Play to attend in the afternoon and most followed as the Mizzle had turned to Drizzle then to a Coastal Shower but by the time we were on Lake Rd it was quite dry again. Sue and I went via the estate through to HSBend Rd to get away from the traffic on Barwon Heads Rd which was quite heavy and annoyingly loud. We discovered it was longer than the more direct route but more peaceful.
Good morning on the bike, keep riding. Cheers Peter.


Photos from Ross.

Peter Jones Ride to Torquay via Bellbrae on Thursday 1.6.17
Twelve riders for our Thursday ride on a very nippy morning. Lyn L, Lyn G, Jackie, David R, Rolf, Terry, Ted, Mike, Ken, Ross,Chris Hu and Peter J, what a fine bunch. Took the usual longer way to Torquay until the Coombes Rd Roundabout where there was an option for “Ocean Acres” or “Bell Brae Hill”. The bunch split down the middle and six went both ways meeting at Kobo for a coffee and chat. Following coffee we headed back via HSBend Rd., a very enjoyable day on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Drysdale on Tuesday 30.5.17
On a bleak overcast day with a forecast of rain, Chris Hume, Peter J, Meri, David, Jackie and myself headed down the Bellarine Highway via Swan Bay Road and Princess Street to Drysdale.  We covered the distance at speed with the reward being a coffee in the warmth of Drysdale's Café Zero.  Peter J had important electrical issues to deal with at home so headed directly back to Geelong.  After some discussion, the rest of us decided to forego the Portarlington section of the route and elected to return to Geelong via Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.  Between Barwon Heads and Lakes Road we encountered a few drops of rain but nothing of consequence.  All up, the weather was favourable and a pleasant ride was had by all.  
Peter O.

Ross' Ride to Paraparap & Torquay on Sunday 28.5.17
Nice bright sunshine at South Geelong for the start of today's ride to Torquay was surely an omen that the weather gods were going to be kinder than the forecast suggested. Harry, Rolf, John H, Chris Ha, Peter J, Dr Mike and Ross set out via the river path, Marshall and Baanip Boulevard where we had our introduction to the westerly wind. It was here that we revised the route, substituting the relative shelter of Blackgate Road for the wide open spaces along Mount Duneed Road. This had unexpected consequences when the ride leader "discovered" that he had received a text from Chris Hu. There had been some discussion prior to departure about the absence of Chris and now we had an explanation - he had punctured on the way in. Unfortunately, Chris had ridden to Moriac, in an attempt to catch up with the group while we had joined Hendy Main Road much further south. A lesson for the ride leader – if you publish a ride route, stick to it! An exchange of texts had Chris Hu riding home and the group continuing on via Vickery and Gundry Roads to a very late refreshment break at Kobo in Torquay. Too late for Rolf who headed straight home. A shortish break this morning during which a couple of the group felt the need to stock up on extra calories for the push home which was a straight run down Horseshoe Bend Road. Thanks to all riders (and apologies to Chris Hu),
Ross.

Peter Jones' Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 27.5.17
Eleven riders to Cheeky Cow Collendina by the long way, Sue and myself on the Tandem, Rolf, Ross, David I, Terry, Chris Hu, Leo, Ron, Peter O and Mike. We wended our way over to the Bellarine Hwy out to Leopold and up the Rail Trail to Curlewis Rd, good sprint to the Bellarine Hwy, to Wallington and through the estates to Grubb Rd. After Shell Rd we took a nice downhill through the houses and on to the Cheeky Cow for a most enjoyable coffee, Ross was a bit keen to get his hot chocolate and ended up with Rolf’s coffee but all got sorted to the satisfaction of all. Return home was via 13th Beach and Blackgate and HSBend Rd a most enjoyable ride, thanks for coming along. Cheers Peter.

Below - Sue on the tandem ready for take off at the corner of Blackgate Rd and Horseshoe Bend Rd.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Thursday 25.5.17
On a cool but pleasant day for riding a good roll up  of sixteen riders appeared at the Grovedale Pub Carpark expecting PJ to take them on a leisurely ride to Barwon Heads but had to me, Chris Hu instead!! Who had other ideas. There was Marie, Ken, Ross,Lyn and Mick,Terry, David, Rolf, Peter O'B, Jackie and David, Ted, Mike, Harry and Rod. Trudi sent a text and met us later at Barwon Heads, making seventeen in total.
We headed out to the Groove via Reserve Rd, Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd 13th Beach etc. Except for Mick's puncture it was smooth sailing!! (riding). At the Groove we had a great coffee as usual then split into two groups one heading out to the Bellarine Hwy, seven in total, including me and the rest returned via Barwon Heads etc. I enjoyed the ride and the company and hope the rest did.
Chris
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Ross' Ride from Moriac to Urquharts Bluff & Return - Tuesday 23.5.17
A very late change of plans by Mrs Ride Leader meant my use of the car and my nice time buffer suddenly disappeared and I needed to leave NOW !! Throw everything at the bike and out the door. Several kilometres up the road, I suddenly realise I had forgotten something quite important, my helmet! IDIOT! A quick u-turn and back home again.  Now I am really late and I need to push all the way to the ride start.
A small but select group were waiting patiently at Moriac. At exactly 9.00 am, Julia, Ken, Rolf, Chris Hu, Terry, Peter J (on his touring bike) and Ross set forth for Urquharts Bluff. Dodging gravel graded on to the bitumen on Hendy Main Road, a nice tail wind on Forest Road then the usual fast run down in to Anglesea. Needing to be back in Geelong at a reasonable hour, Terry left us here while the rest continued on to Urquharts Bluff. We stopped just long enough for some photos before heading back to the General Store for refreshments. Suitably fortified, we began the return trip. Rolf left us at the top of the Anglesea hill as he was riding via Torquay while the remainder continued up Forest Road. The Ride Leader abandoned the group at Grays Road, leaving a very small group to continue in to the breeze back to Moriac.
Thanks to all for a very pleasant outing. Ross.

Sunday Ride to The Station Restaurant in Bannockburn - 21.5.17
Almost windless but cloudy for our ride along the Barwon and then out on the Hamilton Highway to Murghebuloc and up Brislane Rd to The Station Restaurant in Bannockburn. David I, Mike T, Ron, Harry, Chris Hu, Rolf and John enjoyed the coffee and the ambiance under the big oak tree. Our return trip was down to Russells Bridge and up Parker Rd, travelling through Sutherlands Creek and Moorabool to Lovely Banks where we joined the Ted Wilson Path to take us to the Barwon Trail and home. Quite a satisfying loop to the north-west of Geelong.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 20.5.17
Good weather for a ride this morning from Grovedale Pub with 8 riders: Chirs Halpin, Sue, Leo, Chris Hume, Mark, Daivd Innes, Rolf and John. We decided to go down to Groove via Lake Rd and Sheepwash - with one puncture adjacent to 13th Beach Golf Course. Groove was busy and the service up to the usual high standards. Mike Taylor drove down to meet us and had a chat after we had finished coffee - also taking photos 2,3 below. The top one was taken on John's phone by the proprietor.
Our return tip was via Barwon Heads and 13th Beach - I was asked how it got its' name - the name is taken from the close proximity of the beach to the thirteenth hole of the Barwon Heads Golf Course. Blackgate and Horseshoe Bend Rds took us back to Geelong.
Keep Riding, John.

From L to R above: Chris Ha, Leo, Sue, Chris Hu, David I, Mark, Rolf & John at Groove.

David, Rolf and Sue.

Chris Ha, Leo, Chris Hu, and John.

Trudi's Ride to Lara on Thursday 18.5.17
With the promise of a beautiful autumn's day, I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out of so many riders for my ride out to Lara. There was Lyn & Mick, Jackie & David, Marie, Terry, Chris, Peter, Rolf, Ted, Zac, David I, Ron and ride leader Trudi. Starting at the top of Church St we headed out on the Ted Wilson bike path, then onto the Ballarat Rd only as far as the Ballan Rd. Riding at a nice steady pace we turned off at Stacey's Rd, everyone enjoying the lovely run down to Bacchus Marsh Rd, then onto Patullos Rd that took us into Lara's shopping centre. With a large group of thirsty cyclists Cafe Blu was out of the question. Ted suggested the cafe across the road was a good one, so we all descended on Cafe 7 Grams. Coffee was good, conversation was loud, a little extra time was spent as we all had a lot to say. The run home was along the Hovells Creek path, riders departing at different stages. The majority of the group rode back up to Church St and to their awaiting cars. Thanks everyone for a fantastic ride, especially thanks to all the ladies it was great to have the company of women in the group. Life is better on your bike....
Trudi.

Lyn & Ken Lead Rides with 3 Options on Tuesday 16.5.17.
Lyn's Report - Many GTC riders assembled at Grovedale Pub carpark for the various rides today - 50k to Moriac & return, 100k for another loop to Ocean Grove & a third option of 100k HARD ride (not many takers - Ken to lead).
There was a little excitment at the start as one person had a wardrobe adjustment beside the car then it was off & running for the 12 riders - Trudi, Meri, Lyn G & Mick, Terry, PJ, Glenda, Helen, Jackie & Dave, Mike and myself.
A lovely run on the bike path up Baanip Blvde onto Ghazeepore Rd, Dickens,the Angleasea Rd to Blackgate and into Moriac where welcome coffee was enjoyed by all basking in the sunshine on the cafe deck.
Glenda & Helen departed for a little extra riding into Torquay while the others returned to Grovedale via Mt Duneed Rd. Terry went on at this point for some more ks before heading home and Jackie & Dave continued home as well from Whites Rd. We all enjoyed a zippy downhill run to the Surf Coast Highway back to the carpark for Lyn & Mick (well done Lyn), and the five remaining riders headed out to Ocean Grove for the 100k distance.
By now the sun was shining again and 13th Beach looked wonderful& good time was made even though the leader (on her heavier touring bike) was leading from the rear of the pack!!
From Barwon Heads we rode to the Dunes cafe in Ocean Grove for a well-earned rest and lunch on the deck overlooking the perfect surf beach. Two ordered large meals of hamburgers & chips, great cyclist food, although some meat was fed to a starving dog and chips to other starving riders. Then it was alll systems go back to Grovedale via Lake Rd & Boundary Rd but Trudi was robbed of her 100k at the finish and was forced to do another 3 or 4 k to record that milestone.I don't know whose Garmin was incorrect but never mind, it was a great day and we all enjoyed it so thank you GTC riders for your excellent company.
Lyn.

Ken's Reprot - 16 riders gathered at the Grovedale Hotel carpark. Three rides were on offer: a hard (hilly) 100km, a medium 100km and an easy 50 km. Lyn Loudon led the combined 50 and medium 100 group of 12. Ken Gawne, Ross Glover, Chris Hume and Rolf Kohnert set off on a cold but sunny morning to attack the hard 100 – a course which included 5 category 1 climbs, 5 category 2 and 6 category 3 together with numerous inclines. On the way to Moriac via the steep hills of Duffields, Bells, and Vickerys, Rolf built a substantial lead in the KOM award with the other 3 being more circumspect in these early stages. After 49 km we stopped for welcome refreshments – seats were at a premium at the general store café with many cyclists from another group present. Then it was more climbing on Hendy Main through to Barrabool Road with Rolf adding more points to his tally.
At the intersection of Merrawarp and the Hamilton Highway (68km) , Rolf turned right to head back home whilst we three turned left and continued onto to the 4th category 1 climb up Pollocksford Rd. With Rolf now out of the running, Chris asserted himself and whizzed up the long hill with ease (Ken had a good view from the rear). We sped along Barrabool Rd to Anderson’s Rd (many thanks to Meri for showing us this gem a couple of weeks previous) and enjoyed the 2 exhilirating downhills before relatively easy climbs back up to the Princes Highway. Progress was fast along the highway and down Waurn Ponds Drive but Chris and Ross were warned about the last category 1 climb awaiting them. This was too much for Chris who, happy with a 100 plus effort for the day, continued straight on when K and R turned up Lemins – a short climb with a nasty turn at the steepest part. The bonus points secured by Ross were enough to secure him the KOM.
The 100 kms came up as we flew along Barnip (time 4h 37m – much faster than I had predicted). Back at the Grovedale Hotel carpark the ride distance was 104.5. Meri’s truck was still there which meant the medium hundred group were still to finish. This was partly due to them having 2 stops for refreshments to our 1. The experiment to run 100 km rides and a shorter one on the same day was a success. It was Ross’s first ride of that length with the club. The hard 100 only attracted 4 riders but I am sure that several others would be more than capable of participating.
Ken Gawne.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong on Sunday 14.5.17.
When we looked to the west before starting the dark thunder clouds were threatening. However, the wind dropped to almost zero and the sun came out for a near perfect morning's ride. The riders were: Rolf, Mike T, Mike C, David I, and John from GTC and Helen, Coralie, Rick, and Kelly from Cycling Geelong with Mike C being a member of both clubs. Helen Lyth took us out along Bluestone Bridge Rd, through Lovely Banks and out to the You Yangs on Forest Rd and we returned to Lara on Flinders Avenue. We struggled to find space in any of the cafes in Lara as it was Mothers' Day but squeezed into Cafe Blu with some outside and others inside. The return trip was via Hovell's Trail with a stop at Limeburners Lagoon to admire the reflections off the water in many directions.
The loop from Rippleside was about 57km. A very enjoyable ride.
John Hagan.

Terry Leads the Ride to The Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 13.5.17.
Today’s ride was to the Groove in Ocean Grove, a beautiful sunny day 6 riders, turning up at the Grovedale Hotel for a ride. Rolf, Harry, Mike, Mark, Leo and myself headed off along Reserve Road into Horseshoe bend road then into Boundary road then turning right into Barwon Heads Road turning left into Lake Road, back onto Barwon Heads Road to Barwon Heads. A quick lap around the sheepwash then onto the Groove for a well-deserved coffee and plenty of conversation in the sun.
The return trip was along 13th Beach road to Blackrock Road. Continuing along Blackgate Road, Horseshoe Bend Road, to Reserve Road where we all parted company. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable ride.
Keep on pedalling, Terry.


East Gippsland Tour with Ross, Peter J, Chris Halpin & Chris Hume on Saturday 13.5.17.
See comments below some of the photos.


Mingling Waters cafe Nowa Nowa after our big breakfast. Ready to ride.


Crossing the Tambo


Tambo River at Bruthen


Snack break just out of Bruthen


Almost back to the train. Lakes in the background.

East Gippsland Tour with Ross, Peter J, Chris Halpin & Chris Hume on Friday 12.5.17.
Hello and greetings from Nowa Nowa. Had an interesting trip down. Started with a 05.28 departure from Waurn Ponds. Peter and Chris Ha rode there! Don't like to think what time they got up. Got to Southern Cross to find our train was faulty. Vline did a good job with the changeover and we departed in a Velocity train but with a new destination of Sale and the worry of getting our bikes on buses.
It all worked out ok and we departed Bairnsdale at around the expected time. Had a nice tail wind and made good time despite two puntures for Peter. Even so, it was getting cold and the mist was settling by the time we reached Nowa Nowa. Tea at the pub and early to bed as it was very cold. Wasn't looking forward to getting out the the sleeping bag this morning but did so eventually to find Chris Hu had been up for quite a while and had a nice fire going in the camp kitchen. We huddled around it while having breakfast but eventually had to leave for Orbost. We were well rugged up at the start but some uphill sections soon had us shedding clothes. Had a great ride to Orbost and after an extended bakery lunch in the sun, we turned around and headed back. Another great ride back. Chris Hu has done his fire thing again and we are currently enjoying the warmth of the camp kitchen while we re-hydrate and organise tea. Planning an early (and probably very cold) start tomorrow to ensure we make Bairnsdale in time to catch the train.
Regards, Ross.

Rolf's Ride 9am Ride to Torquay on Thursday 11.5.17.
The alternative riders group decided not to join in on the official Thursday ride, they did not know what they missed out on. We had an international peloton this morning, Estelle Bridgewater from Warwick UK joined us this morning besides the locals like Meri without socks, Trudy, Terry, Sir Dr. Mike, Ron, David I. and Rolf set out along Baanip Blvd, Ghazeepore Road, Dickins Road, Anglesea Road, Coombes Road, Ocean Acres Drive and Grossmans Road into Torquay to find out that the Frontbeach Cafe was still closed, so Kobo Cafe welcomed us with super fast service of great coffee and the odd muffin as required by some riders who had expanded too much energy to get there. Next thing, Ted walked in, telling us that he and Harry assembled at the Grovedale pub at 8:30 and were terribly disappointed that no one else was there to guide/join them on the Thursday ride. Hmm, check the webside before departing?  After sorting out a minor problem with Harry's bike we all headed for HSB Road and back to our various destinations in and around Geelong. A pleasant ride in good riding weather enjoyed by all participants (I hope), thanks for your company,
Rolf.

The 8:30 Ride on 11.5.17 to the same destination.....!!!!!
Ted and Harry turned up bright and early (8:30) at the Grovedale pub and, lacking further support, headed up the Torquay Road for coffee at Mejavo's. Both claim the change to 9:00 start was not communicated - that's their story and they're sticking to it. 
After a coffee and lively chat they were surprised to find Terry who was equally surprised to find himself alone after thinking Mejavo's was the agreed stopping place for the main peloton. Seems that the rest of the group decided Kobo was the place for caffeine reload. Photo shows Terry desperately seeking his support riders who appeared not to want to answer their phones. 
A happy ending ensued as the two/three groups rejoined for a pleasant ride home.
Ted.  

East Gippsland Tour with Ross, Peter J, Chris Halpin & Chris Hume on Thursday 11.5.17.
Photos only so far ... reports may follow.

Peter Jones' Ride from Torquay to Lorne on Tuesday 9.5.17.
Eleven riders for my Torquay Lorne ride, Rolf managed to get a leave pass for part of the ride and rode down and on to Breamlea before heading home and Greg stayed with us until Aireys Inlet outskirts before turning back, I thought he should go to the bottom of the Aireys hill but he dismissed that idea, as I would. In addition there was Trudi, Meri, Lyn L who joined us at Anglesea and Ken who also rode out to the start, the two Chris’ Ha and Hu, Ross, Peter O and myself. We rolled out at 9-00 am, the Jan Juc hill is always a bit of a tough one before you are warmed up but we all got over that and headed for Anglesea, there did seem to be a very light side/head wind and the tour buses were on the move but generally it was quite pleasant riding. The ocean was a bit grey because the Sun was slow to appear but it is always nice to be riding one of the iconic roads of Australia. Enjoyed a coffee and a bit of sustenance, such as Pasty,  Brownie, Vanilla Slice and Scone jam and cream before rolling back to Aireys Bakery a break and proper lunch. Seemed to have a little wind assistance and were back at the cars by 2-35 pm after an excellent ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Ballarat Autumn Day (BAD) Ride on Sunday 7.5.17.
Photos of GTC riders on the BAD ride courtesy of Mike Taylor.

Check out this link for an ACTIVE map of Peter Jones' Ride.

Ross' SLOW Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 7.5.17.
The promise of a slow pace drew a good crowd of 9 riders to South Geelong station for today's ride. Nicole, Bill, Pam, Lyn L, Ken, (both on nice shiny new "gravel" bikes), Rolf, David I, Mick and Ross set out along the rail trail towards Drysdale. There were plenty of other people out and about enjoying the day, despite the threat of showers. No-one took the all-bitumen option as we crossed the highway and the gravel sections were pretty good despite recent rain. The good news was that they are fixing the verges along High Street in Drysdale; the bad news was that there were road works in progress with signs and witches hats pushing bike riders out towards the traffic. Note to self, let's not come back this way. There was some division at the Bungalow Cafe with the optimists sitting outside and the realists taking advantage of the nice warm interior. The outside folks luck held long enough for a leisurely refreshment break before some spits signalled time to move on. Lyn and Ken headed further east in search of more kilometres, Rolf and David headed back via Princess Street for some faster kilometres and the rest of us decided the rail trail was the best way home. The Leoplold residents left us at Melaluka Road and the last three cruised back to the station. A very pleasant ride with just a few spits of rain. Thanks to all participants.
Ross.

Peter's Ride to Mejavo's in Torquay on Saturday 6.5.17.
A ride to beat the rain, Sue, Terry, Rolf, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Harry, John, Ron and myself took the direct route to Torquay down the Surf Coast Hwy. A nice tail wind and a bit of Sunshine made the riding very pleasant. At the Shire Offices we peeled off and cut through to Fischer St making our way to Mejavo’s for a very good coffee. The return home was via HSBend Rd which is a little protected from the headwinds and at the bend/bridge over Thompson’s Creek certainly looked rather different from the last time I was down there. By Marshalltown Rd everyone was heading for home which was good as the front came through at about 12-00 with wind and rain but we were all home and dry.
Life is better on a bike. Cheers, Peter.

Above: Sue, Peter, David Ellis & Rolf and below John and Sue.

Below: Peter & Sue on the tandem on The Esplanade about to turn into Horseshoe Bend Rd.

Peter's Ride to Drysdale and Wallington on Thursday 4.5.17.
Thirteen riders on the promise of a good Sunny day and the promise of a new and exciting destination. The fine Sunny day was a given, the other may be in the eye of the beholder, but be that as it may it was a lovely day for riding and everyone enjoyed the ride even though their tongues were hanging out for a coffee by the time we reached The Palat at the back of the Geelong racecourse. Riders were Lyn L, Jackie and David, David I, Rolf, (Jack) Ron, Ross, Peter O, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Mike, Zdenko and myself. Everyone enjoyed the ride and the coffee met expectations in a rather nice commercial ambience with good service and very pleasant staff.
Keep riding, Cheers Peter
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Meri's Ride over the Barrabool Hills on Tuesday 2.5.17.
With a forecast expecting showers and a westerly wind eight hardy riders took off in the cold morning. They were the usual Peter J, John H, Peter O'B, Trudi B, Chris H, Ken G, Rolf K and myself. We were joined by Lyn L, at Ceres and Terry H, at Moriac. Our route to Moriac was via Scenic Road, Granville Road, Barabool Road, and then a right turn into Andersons Road just before the lovely little Moriac Church, then up the Colac Highway, for the run to the store along Henry Main Road. Andersons Road was introduced to me by Trudi who had an exceptional eye for country lanes, albeit sealed, well done Trudi ... such a scenic way to ride to Moriac. A well earned coffee break, just missing a shower was really appreciated. After coffee, onto The Colac Road, turning right into Hortips Road and then to Considines Road. A shower left us all huddled under trees, but it was short lived. Four riders left us at this point to ride the quickest way home, but we managed to have respite from more rain until after a quick roadside lunch. Beautiful, and fast running  Moorabool River was the chosen backdrop for lunch. A quick observance test was scheduled, all passed with good scores, as really there is just so much to see on these back roads. By-the-way, running down Pollocksford Road is an absolute joy.
Lunch over just in time to get a light soak from the clouds. We were scheduled to go right at Merrawarp Road, back over Ceres, then up through the beautiful Scenic Road, so aptly named, however although planned, coffee was enjoyed at Fyansford, to warm up a bit, then to face Cementy Hill. We all took different routes home, but mostly those that were still there at the end did about 70 k's. A great ride with good company. Thanks to everyone 
Trudi was right again, her answer to what was the cruciferous crop grown for cattle on Andersons Road WAS Turnips. She has a good memory!!
Cheers, Meri.

John Hagan's Ride around Werribee and Environs on Sunday 30.4.17.
Six riders for our tour of Werribee on a rather cool, overcast and fairly calm Sunday morning: Mike, Mick, Chris Hume, Ross, Peter and John. The majority of our trip was on cycle paths - out to the north-west on the Werribee River
, then Sayers Rd to the East through Tarneit and down to Skeleton Creek, a short link on the Federation Trail, over the railway and freeway on Old Geelong Rd, back on to Skeleton Creek to travel to the Cheetham Wetlands on the edge of Port Phillip Bay. From Sanctuary Lakes we finally called in to Alamanda Cafe in Point Cook for a long awaited coffee stop. Snydes Rd took us to the new bridge over the Maltby Bypass and we were impressed with the 3 metre concrete paths leading up and over the bridge - we were not as impressed by being requested by signs to dismount each time we got to a crossing or pedestrian lights! The Federation Trail took us back to the Werribee River so that we could follow it from the other direction back to the cars. A very enjoyable trip of 45km and we were back by lunch time.
Keep Riding, John.

Peter Jones' Medium Ride to Jan Juc on Saturday 29.4.17.
Seven riders for our Sat morning ride, Ken, Chris Ha, Rolf, Ron, Mike, Peter O and Peter J and Sue on the Tandem. Forecast was for showers and there were some around with an occasional spit but nothing to worry about. It was in fact quite mild and a few of us were feeling a bit overdressed and warm. I decided it was time for a ride with some rollers so set the course to include Vickerys and Gundries finishing off with Addiscott and Bones Rds before an excellent coffee at Swell in Jan Juc before heading straight home along the Surfcoast Hwy. An excellent mornings ride in good company. Cheers Peter.
Photos by Mike Taylor.

Ray's Ride to Moriac & Freshwater Creek on Thursday 27.4.17.

Peter O'Brien's ride to Moriac, Bells Beach, Jan Juc & Torquay on Anzac Day 2017.
When I woke this morning my first thought was to cancel the ride following the overnight deluge.  Riding conditions were sure to be poor.  But, when I went outside things didn’t look as bleak as I’d assumed so off I pedalled to Bunnings.  Seven other hardy souls joined me - Rolf, yes Rolf in the rain, Peter J, Mike, Chris Hume, John H,  Lyn and Julie.  
When we got to Moriac we were disappointed to find both Ravens Creek Farm and the Moriac General Store were closed due to it being ANZAC day.  Well, what do cyclists do when coffee is not available?  Panic.  After much discussion we decided to head to the Chocolaterie on the Surf Coast Highway and to our relief it was open.  
After coffee we rode to Bells Beach, Jan Juc and Torquay.  This particular route was quite exhilarating and what makes cycling so enjoyable.  We took the normal course along Horseshoe Bend Road and planned to take McCann Road to the Uforic Food Café for lunch.  At the intersection of Horseshoe Bend Road and Blackgate Road  there was a sign which advised the  road was closed due to flooding.  Taking no heed of the sign, we continued until we came across a raging torrent of water at the ford.  To our amazement, a motor vehicle was submerged and jammed up against a guard rail with water swirling around it.  Out came the phones with many snaps being taken.  Back on our bikes we headed back to Blackgate Road and the Surf Coast Highway only to find the Uforic Food Café  was closed.  Around this time John H had a puncture however, with some assistance from Julie he was soon able to get back on the road. As time was now getting on we decided to forego lunch and head for home. Despite the weather, scarcity of cafes and a puncture, all up it turned out be a great day for biking riding.  
Peter O.

Peter O'Brien's Mystery Tour Around Geelong on Sunday 23.4.17
Ten riders turned up for today's mystery bike tour of Geelong - David I, Rolf, Chris Halpin, John, Chris Hume, Peter J,  Mike Currie, Michael Taylor, Ross  and myself.  The original intention was to ride along the river path to Fellmongers Road but due to the large number of runners on the path a change in plans was required.  Instead, we proceeded down to Barwon Terrace and cycled to Fellmongers Road, then Boundary Road and onto Eastern Gardens. The ride through the gardens and along the esplanade was rather tranquil with the water in Corio Bay being totally still.  
Continuing north to Rippleside Park we rode along Corio Key Road, crossing the railway line at North Shore onto Station Street and then onto St Georges Road.   We headed to  Anakie Road and  Vines Road and stopped for  coffee at the Soft Café in Minerva Road. Here we were joined by Ted and his international relations, riders Barry and Liz.  
Back on our bikes we headed to Queens Park and over the bridge.   You learn something every day and today I learnt that riders are not permitted to ride across the bridge, rather we should have used the adjacent bike path.  
We  rode along Buckley Falls Road and Highett Road where we stopped to see if Ray Moore was home.  With no answer we continued back to Scenic Road and to Queens Park Bridge with the downhill ride being particularly exhilarating.  
By this time we were nearing the end of our ride and headed back to Geelong along the river path.  
Peter O.

Ross' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 22.4.17
Today was one of those days where dark clouds and wet roads make it tempting to stay at home but you know you will regret a lost opportunity if you don't ride. A good crowd of 10 riders had no regrets, turning up at the the Grovedale Pub for a ride with no leader or destination. John H, Terry, Rolf, Meri, Peter O, Harry, Chris Hu, Ron, Mike and Ross headed out via the back streets of Marshall, a very soggy Belmont Common and Townsend Road to the Bellarine Highway. A nice opportunity to push up the hill up through Leopold, then some nice undulations along the highway and Wallington Road (there is still a lot of loose gravel along the Wallington Road verge), brought us to morning tea (coffee) at Groove. We had the usual excellent service, including one of the owners bringing out towels so some of us could avoid getting wet backsides. Plenty of conversation in the sun, ended when the temperature dropped a few degrees and it seemed opportune to move on. Kudos to Rolf for a long turn in to the breeze along 13th Beach and to Terry for winning the sprint down to Blackrock Road. Having brought along a ride sheet, I got to choose the route which by total coincidence, ran very close by home so I left the group at Horseshoe Bend Road. Nothing bad on the local news so presumably all made it home safely. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing (with no rain).
Ross.

Photos from Day 2 of the EASTER RIDE - Port Campbell to Princetown - taken by Matt and John.
More photos to come on the other days...

Meri leads the ride to Lara on Thursday 20.4.17
Photos from Mike.
What a great morning to be out on our bikes. Peter Jones, Rolf, Chris Hu, Trudi Bella, David I, Harry C, Mike T, and I, all began the ride via Creamery Road and Bluestone Bridge Road out to Lara. 
As usual with this "jostle" of cyclists a fast pace was set.  No One  fell off their bike, and no one lagged behind. Not a breath of wind which is pretty normal for Autumn. Really, you can see why people like living at Lovely Banks, great views and quite rural. By the time we reached Lara and had coffee or a pot of tea, it began to feel quite warm. Someone asked where we were heading, suggestion was to Stacey's Road, but somehow we bypassed that way home and so headed for Car's Road. Which was good, otherwise we would have had a short ride, and we were all "up" for a longer run.
So up Car's Road and across to Anakie Road. Once we turned left we had the North wind on our backs. Great! Still incredibly dry out that way and dusty. We noted a fire to our right (West), but it may perhaps have been a controlled burn, not sure.
Think some of the "gun riders" should have a weight penalty or a 3 km start for some of us not yet up to their exuberant best. But perhaps not, it's all fun anyway. A great ride, even if leadership was a bit below par. Thanks to everyone.
Meri. 

David Rae's 70km to Portarlington/Queenscliff on Tuesday 18.4.17
14 riders started off from the showgrounds.  David and Jackie, Trudie, Ken and Lyn Loudon, Chris Hume, Ross, Peter J. Peter O. Rolf, Meri, Ron, Julia,and Mike Taylor.  We headed off along the rail trail and met up with Mick and Lyn at Melaluca rd. and continued on along the rail trail as far as Drysdale and a coffee stop at ground zero. Lyn headed home via the rail trail while the rest of us took the Port Arlington road with its pleasant ups and downs, enjoying the fine weather and calm conditions. From there we coasted along the esplanade around the bay taking in the fine views across the water,...... very enjoyable.  From there it was a comfortable pace on to St. Leonards where we stopped for our lunch, still overlooking the bay. The ride home was along Murradoc Road till we reached the turn off for Queenscliff where the group separated with most riders going through Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads back to the Showgrounds while the remainder headed back via the rail trail with Mick and Ron finishing their ride at Leopold.
A pleasant ride on a beautiful day. Rae.

Ross' Loop of Geelong on Sunday 16.4.17
Not quite everyone departed Geelong over Easter. Five GTC members turned out at for today's easy ride. Rolf, Mike, Chris Hu, Mick and Ross left South Geelong for a circuit around some of the local bike paths. Nothing too challenging today, our route was down Boundary Road to the start of the first path at Triboys, then on to the waterfront, along Western Beach and through the waterfront suburbs to Macleod Street. A quick change of direction over the fly-over to Douro Street and on to the Tom McKean path. Rolf and Mike decided that a loop around the Cementies hill pedestrian path would add a bit of interest but us others were happy to head on to coffee at Barwon Edge. It's a nice place to sit but $5-75 for my mug of hot chocolate means I won't be planning any future stops here. Turned out that the easy ride was too easy so the majority decided an extension out Drysdale way was the way to proceed. I left them to it.
Thanks to all for the good company. Ross.

Photos from the Saturday Ride to Moriac - 15.4.17

Nicole's Easter Tour Ride - Port Campbell to Princetown via some of the back roads - 15.4.17
This ride and the Saturday ride to Moriac may be delayed in the reporting - at the moment I am up the corner of a paddock as the sun sets with the computer on a fence post and my iphone in a tree to get enough power to put this report up on the net.

Nicole's Easter Tour Ride - Camperdown to Timboon via Crater to Coast Rail Trail - 14.4.17
The photos will tell the story.

Mick's Ride around the Drysdale Loop - Thursday - 13.4.17
On this coolish, slightly foggy morning 13 riders fronted up at the showgrounds for an easy ride to Drysdale and return. We took the bike path down Bellaring Hwy at Moolap, up the Hwy and down Melaleuka Rd and onto the Rail Trail. Then along the road to the Bungalow Coffee Shop at Drysdale for drinks, treats and chatter. On our return trip it was Princess St, Swan Bay Rd to Bellarine Hwy where the group split... some heading straight along the highway home, and some going on to Ocean Grove via Wallington Rd. Hoping all made it safely. The riders were:Ian, Ken, Ross, Chris Hume, David, PJ & Sue, Lyn L, Dr Mike, Ron, Rolf, Meri and myself Mick. Thanks to all for joining me on this pleasant day out. Cheers, Mick.

Peter Jones' Ride to Bannockburn & Inverleigh on Tuesday - 11.4.17
Ten keen riders on a showery day, Jackie, Trudi, Meri, Sue, David I, Rolf, Chris Hu, Mike, Ken and Peter J. We headed out the Hamilton Hwy in a light shower to Burnside Rd, then to Bannockburn for a coffee at le duo Sorelle. It was warm and dry, and excellent coffee. Waited for a light shower to pass then rolled out to Teesdale and across to the Hamilton Hwy and into Inverleigh. The Bakery was very popular, and good coffee again. The clouds had lifted and with a bit of side wind the run back into Fyansford was fairly easy. Chris Hu and Ken decided Pollocksford Rd would be a good hill so headed back home that way, the rest headed back to Fyansford and dispersed for home.
Cheers Peter.

Below - Sue and Rolf converse in The Bakery at Inverleigh.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to The Farmers Place Cafe in Freshwater Ck - 9.4.17
With dire warnings from the Weather Bureau about storm and tempest - including possible gusts of wind to 110kph and the ABC News suggesting that people stay indoors - well, 3 hardy riders turned up for the start of the ride: Ross, Chris Hume, and your ride leader John H. Ross and Chris wanted to try out their storm gear and Ross was also testing his newly acquired Surly touring bike (Ross pointing to it in the photo below) so the conditions were ideal for this type of test. The worst of the conditions were to arrive in the afternoon. The small turn-up on a combined ride, with an absence of Cycling Geelong riders, was also partially due to a clash of events with the Ride the Bellarine 105km charity ride being on at the same time. We decided at the start that if the conditions deteriorated seriously we would not go past Panache in Waurn Ponds where we would bunker down for coffee and cake. However, on reaching Waurn Ponds, we dicided to push on to Freshwater Creek. Before this we had encountered a tree blown down on the Barwon River Path (see photo below). On reaching The Farmers' Place and finding all tables taken inside we zipped up our winter gear and sat outside - we had a window of sunshine just after the photo was taken. As Ross had ridden in from Torquay he headed south, aided by a north westerly wind, and Chris and I came back along Ghazeepore Rd,Whites Rd and through South Barwon Reserve along the Waurn Ponds Creek. The push back along the Barwon River was into a very strong headwind. We discussed how the conditions often turn out much better than predicted and all of us found the ride well worthwhile.
Keep Riding, John.

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 8.4.17
Ten riders on a fine and warm morning, Jackie, David R, David I, Rolf, Harry, Chris Hu, Ron, Mike, Mark and Peter J. It was very good to see Harry back riding with the club. As I am doing the 105 km Ride the Bellarine with Sue tomorrow didn’t want anything too hard so good old Groove won out. Took the other way around, down HSBend Rd, Blackgate Rd, Blackrock Path and 13th Beach. Very busy along 13th Beach, must be very good surf and I think there was a Long Board comp on as well. Enjoyed our coffee as usual and headed home via Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd, through the estate to HSBend Rd and home. Had a bit of head wind as we zig zagged our way home.
Keep riding. Cheers Peter.

And there were quite a few GTC Riders to The Bungalow Restaurant in Drysdale on unofficial rides - Simon, David E, John H with OZ HPV and Heather & Geoff C with a number of other memebers earlier in the morning.

Peter Jones' Ride to Torquay on Thursday 6.4.17
To Torquay on a magnificent riding day, fine and warm with little wind. Twelve riders, Meri, Trudi, Lyn L, Ken, Ron, Rolf, Terry, Chris Hu, Ross, Mike, Peter O and Peter J. It was a very rare occasion, Terry was early, he thought it was an 8-30 am start.
One of our usual ways to Torquay, across to the Anglesea Rd, and through Ocean Acres. Green Jersey points were on offer for the run down Grossman’s Rd., won by Rolf, Mike was keen but didn’t know the road and went too early.
Enjoyable coffee at Mejavo’s and then back home via HSBend Rd., Rolf, Ron, Chris and Mike liked the day and headed off on Blackgate Rd to get home via Ocean Grove and the Bellarine Hwy.
A great day to be out riding.
Cheers Peter.

David Innes' Ride to Kirks Bridge on Tuesday 4.4.17
A beautiful day at the beach but we decided to go else where as the water was too cold for swimming. A good turn out for the ride on a rather cool morning to start with but as the day wore on it became a lovely gorgeous sunny day with little wind it was just one of those special rare days to go cycling. We headed off to Lara to the usaul place Millars coffee place the going was easy and quick enjoying the company and conversation it was time to decide where to go from there.
Little River sounded good so off we went only this time we didn't turn off at the first right but headed down the road a little ways to the next one kirk's Rd. Turns out though my math was a little out and we went well above the 70 kilometres we were supposed to be doing oh well it was a nice day for it. Arriving back in Lara for lunch just in good timing at the coffee place next to the fruit shop on the main drag behind Woolworths. We headed home via the hovel trail the way we'd come with some going to Meri's house for tea and coffee.
Thanks to all that joined in for the most beautiful day one to remember as we'll soon be rugging up for the cooler weather to come.
Your names all too numerous for me to remember luckily Mr Michael Taylor our offical photographer was on hand to take pics showing all who were there.
See you all again soon, David.

Ross' Ride to Ravens Creek Farm in Moriac on Sunday 2.4.17
The ride program said a 9.00 start, the web site said an 8.30 start, it was the first morning of the daylight savings change and the route was rather bumpy so I wasn't sure how many might turn out for this morning's ride to Moriac. John H, Rolf, Chris Hu, Dr Mike and Ross set out from South Geelong towards the cement works, riding towards some very dark clouds. Our collective Karma must have been good as they slid away, leaving us to a fine but slightly breezy ride out the Hamilton Highway and up Merrawarp to Barrabool Road, where the fun began. Barrabool, Devon and Reservoir Roads came and went, leaving the lovely long downhill run to Ravens Creek Farm and morning tea. Some of the group enjoyed the first part of the ride so much, they voted to abandon the published route and head back the way we came. Only John H had the sense (and a pannier full of heavy camera equipment) to continue down Mt Duneed Road to home. The return run was almost as good but some legs had started to tire by the time we crested Ceres and the run down in to town was welcome. Thanks to all participants for your great company.
Ross.

David Innes Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 1.4.17

Sue and Peter J beside the Tandem

Sue with the group at Groove

Also on Saturday 1.4.17 - 3 of our GTC Riders were riding to Drysdale with OZ-HPV - Simon, David C & John H - photo courtesy of John C. and a number of other Members met them for coffee at the Bungalow Restaurant in Drysdale.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Heads on Thursday 30.3.17
Big crew for this mornings ride to Barwon Heads, cool start, about 9 deg but promised to warm up to 19 deg with a bit of Sun. When I got to Grovedale it was just Rolf and myself for a while but numbers quickly grew, Meri, Trudi, Jackie, David R, David I, Rolf, Ross, Chris Hu, Ron, (New Member), Terry, Mike, Ken and myself. Took Reserve Rd to Barwon Heads Rd, to Lake Rd, had a little break while I fixed a front wheel puncture, courtesy of a Bindi from Mildura. It was easy riding with a nice tail wind and we all rolled into Starfish in good time. Looked busy but as usual we found a nice table with patches of Sun and enjoyed our coffee. The return was via 13th Beach, Blackrock Path, Blackgate Rd and HSBend Rd, a little more difficult coming back against the wind but everyone made it ok.
A most enjoyable mornings ride.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Melbourne Circuit Ride - Tuesday 28.3.17
What a fantastic day! The Bay looked stunning, like a sheet of glass only cut into ripples by the RIBs laying Buoys for the Life Saving Victoria training day. We left Geelong early in case the traffic caused delays but had very little delay, arrived at Sandridge Life Saving Club in time to slip down the path and have coffee. Only two members of GTC with a sense of adventure today, Rolf and Peter. Our route was into town along the Yarra, through Docklands and up the Moonee Ponds Creek trail until we turned right passing through Royal Park to Carlton for a coffee. Heaps of bikes out on the paths enjoying a cracker of a day. Leaving coffee quickly joined the Merri Creek trail meeting the Main Yarra Trail at Dight’s Falls. Plenty of water in Merri Creek and the Yarra after last weeks and overnight rain. Followed the Yarra into Melbourne and branched off at Crown to follow the Light Rail down to the Bay where we enjoyed a coffee and Milk Shake before taking the Bay Trail back to the car and home.
An absolutely beautiful day and a wonderful ride.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Mildura Tour - March 2017 - Map of All the Routes Taken on the Tour.

John Hagan's Ride to Werribee on Sunday 26.3.17
We had a good turn up for the advertised 105km ride to Werribee. On a beautiful morning for riding with no wind and overcast and slightly misty conditions John C, Greg, Chris Hume, David Innes, Rolf and your ride leader John H set out towards Lara on the Hovell Trail. Our route took us on the eastern side of the You Yangs and over Kirk's Bridge to Werribee via Bulban Rd. Our coffee spot was at The Coffee Pot where they have particularly generous servings of coffee. We even managed to photograph Greg enjoying a cake and a coffee! The return trip was along The Old Melbourne Rd and back through Lara and the Hovell Trail. You can see from the last photo below that the yachts in the background were almost becalmed with the lack of wind. Most of the participants did well over the 105km by the time you add their ride into South Geelong.
Keep Riding, John H.

Ross' Circuit of Geelong on Sunday 26.3.17
Marie, Ian, Ross, Mick, Dr Mike, Mike C and prospective new member Ron, rolled out of South Geelong Station for a very leisurely ride around the inner suburbs of Geelong. Just in case you missed it, we had two Mikes and a Mick out of the 6 riders on the ride. A time/distance miscalculation by the ride leader had us at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road for a very early refreshment break but at least it allowed us to have an extended stop while still having an early finish. Not much else to report, the closest thing to excitement was the run down cementies hill. Even there, Dr Mike missed his personal best. Thanks to all for a pleasant outing.
Ross.

Ross' Ride to Ocean Grove via Wallington on Saturday 25.3.17
If you have 3 weather apps on your phone, all offering different forecasts, should you go with the best or the worst? I left Torquay with my waterproofs in the seat bag so am probably responsible for the perfect weather we had for today's ride. A small turn-out: Rolf, Mark, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, John H and Ross, so definitely quality not quantity. A nice cruise through the suburbs, down the highway and along the undulations of Wallington Road, had us sitting in the sun at Groove for refreshments and conversation.
Return was along 13th Beach where Mark locked on to some passing fast riders and left us mere mortals to our gentle cruise. The ride leader abandoned the ride at Horseshoe Bend Road, leaving the others to find their own way home. Apologies to all and thanks for the company.
Ross.
p.s. A commendation for Rolf, who did most of the ride with one hand behind his back due to a painful shoulder.

Below - Rolf's tyre cut beyond repair on the way home - after the group had broken up!

Peter Jones' Mildura Tour - 25.3.17
Warm again, forecast 34 deg but pleasant riding in the mornings. Decided the coffee was good at Scozzie Shindigz in Red Cliffs so off we went, riding through the vines and agricultural areas to Red Cliffs, enjoyed our coffee, the chef had slept in so no scones and cream but his carrot cake was pretty good instead.
Big Lizzie is at Red Cliffs so took the opportunity to have a look at her. In 1917 she arrived in Red Cliffs having taken 2 years to drive from Melbourne. She weighs 45 tons and was built in Richmond. She was heading for Broken Hill but was so heavy she couldn’t get across the Murray so was used to clear Soldier Settlement blocks, with a team of 16 men she could clear 20 hectares of land a day. Following our coffee and tourist visit we headed back home via the Spider’s Web ride, Trudi with her usual sticky fingers sampling the odd grape. A most enjoyable final ride.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Mildura Tour - 24.3.17
Today was a touristy day, in the morning we cruised to the Information Centre, wandered around and then headed out on the Chaffey Trail covering the early days of Mildura, after a couple of hours of history it was time to head back to Banjo’s Bakery and Cafe. Senior’s Deal, a free Hot Cross bun with any coffee, what a deal.
Spent some time being interviewed by the local council officer responsible for cycling and a consultant putting together an infrastructure plan, they were very happy to get our feed back. After lunch we headed to the Mildura Wharf and joined the PV Rothbury for a cruise down the Murray through Lock 11 and back. It seemed like no time at all and it was happy hour then dinner, doesn’t time fly when you are having fun.
Tomorrow will be our last ride, everyone enjoyed the coffee at Scozzie Shindigz in Red Cliff so much we are going for a spin down there again in the morning.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Mildura Tour - 23.3.17
Still going well in Mildura, today was quite cool in the morning with a top of 31 deg. We did what is called the Southwest Loop stopping at Red Cliffs for coffee. The route heads out through agricultural lands until they give way to scrubby bush. The road is excellent, and once into the bush twists and turns undulating without any large hills. We met up with Brian and Suzi the dog for coffee at Scozzie Shindigz then headed back to Mildura and home along the “Spiders Web” another lovely ride. After lunch we swapped the bikes for the kayak again.
Cheers Peter.

David Innes Ride to Ocean Grove - Thursday 23.3.17
Today's ride was to Barwon heads via Ocean Grove. Well it was decided the Groove voted number one coffee shop best coffee and customer service by the ever friendly hospitality of a Mrs Ivy Zhang. The day was cloudy and very windy with the conditions proving to be tough work for a few making the ride moderators job not an easy one to try and keep the group together. New to our group was Ron Little who we happened to meet up with on a previous ride asking about our club. He decided to join us so welcome to the club Ron.
Starting at the Grovedale Pub again!!! We headed off to Reserve Road to the Barwon heads road taking the usual way to Barwon Heads via Lakes Road the peloton was split in half so whilst I waited for the rest of the stragglers Rolf and a few others decided to do the Sheepwash circuit. On we pressed crossing over the Barwon Heads Bridge to our fav haunt the Groove coffee shop where much to our surprise Mrs Zhang came out with a plate of chocolate coated marshmallows many thanks from all at the GTC for her kind gesture. After a most enjoyable coffe and lovely marshmallow it was decided to split up as some of the riders live out in Leopold whilst the rest of us headed back the customery way of 13th Beach Road, Blackgate Road and finally Horseshoe Bend Roads.
Thank you to all those that attended apart from the windy conditions it wasn't a bad ride.
Attending were: Marie Bagley, Ross Glover, Lyn Gregg, Mick Gregg, Chris Hume, Rolf Kohnert, Michael Taylor and ( new comer ) Ron Little.
Special thanks to Michael Taylor for the well taken photos.
David Innes.

Peter Jones' Mildura Tour - 22.3.17
Today the forecast was for 32 deg and cloudy, the breeze sprang up overnight from the South and kept the temp down to about 20 deg all morning. It was a lovely ride over the Chaffey Bridge and along River Rd in NSW, the bush is very dry but there are many blocks of vines, orange trees and even Asparagus. Passed the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens on our way to Dareton where we joined the Sturt Hwy towards Wentworth diverging to cross the old Abbotsford Bridge and back to Merbein for coffee. We reckon it was one of the best coffees around, the shop was a real multi tasker, News Agent, Gifts, Cards, Light lunches and excellent coffee.
We asked about toilets, sorry they were blown down in the storm, apparently on 11th November Merbein was hit by a Super Cell storm which did heaps of damage, we had already passed a collapsed house on the way in which was at framing stage and the back wall of the shop had fallen on the units next door with sheets of tin flying down the road.
Following coffee we rolled on back to Mildura and home for a light lunch then headed down to the river for a spot of kayaking.
Cheers Peter.

On the River Rd in NSW

On the Chaffey Bridge Mildura

The 'Cancelled' GTC Ride on Tuesday - 21.3.17
Report from Chris Hume - Mike and I went for a bit of a ride today as the official one was cancelled!! Should have stayed home! We were on our way to Drysdale and simultaneously had flat front tyres near the Italian Club. Fixed them up then continued on. Showers started and by the time we got to Swan Bay Rd turnoff became very heavy, luckily the Flying Brick Cider Company was nearby so we coffeed and camped there for an hour or so until the rain eased enough for us to head home. As we headed in the rain stopped and the road dried out a bit so did a few more kms along the river. As a result of the soaking have spent an hour or so cleaning the bike and repairing the tyre ready for the next ride. Probably head out for a spin tomorrow if it is dry!
Cheers, Chris.

Peter Jones' Mildura Tour - 21.3.17
Another hot day forecast, 35 deg, so again we took off at 8-00 am. Very low percentage chance of rain, it was about 22 deg fine and Sunny as we headed out on a popular local ride called "The Spider's Web" don't really see why but a very pleasant ride just the same. The ride goes out towards and through Red Cliffs and is an undulating and winding course through vineyards heavy with fruit a lot of times and the rows of vines covered with a white protective plastic type material, Trudi says it is to protect the grapes from rail and hail which could split them.
Also rode past Kings Billabong where we stopped for a look at the lookout, photo is a bit average as we were looking directly into the Sun, David declined swimming over to the side holding up his camera so he could get a better shot.
From Red Cliffs the return was not quite so interesting with long straight roads but the coffee at the end at Pronto was worth the ride, and only a km away from our Caravan park.
Cheers Peter
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Dog Suzi and Brian Kent out for early ride my day off
but Peter Jones group went on longer ride
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Peter Jones' Mildura Tour - 20.3.17
All arrived yesterday and settled in to our sites, quite a warm day and night. Discussed where we would ride this morning and decided we would leave at 8-00 am to get the benefit of the cooler mornings. Everyone was ready to ride at 8-00 am Trudi and Leo, Jackie and David, Peter and Marion and Brian. We had decided on an easy ride to kick off and The Cardross Loop seemed to fit the bill, gently undulating and only about 36 kms. Because our Park is a little out of the CBD we joined in part the way and cruised out into the countryside amongst the grapes and Vegies to Cardross then wended our way back to the heart of Mildura and coffee at Banjo's Bakery and Cafe. Following coffee we took a scenic tour of the waterfront, beautifully set up with gardens and lawns aplenty with lots of Houseboats tied up, a few even for sale. Then it was time to wander home for lunch as the temp was getting into the high 20s. A few took to the pool before a shower and lunch sitting in the shade.
Cheers Peter
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John's Ride to Cafe Dolce in Curlewis on Sunday 19.3.17
Today was expected to be a warm one but riding before lunch the conditions were almost ideal for the 7 GTC riders who turned up: Rolf, Mark, David I, Ross, Mick G, and your ride leader John. We took the Bellarine Rail Trail out to Cafe Dolce in the Curlewis shopping complex.
Mark and Rolf took the Highway to Leopold while the gravel riders stayed on the Rail Trail. Rolf wanted to do a longer ride so left us at Jetty Road and after coffee we came into Drysdale and took Princess St through to Wallington. Here Ross turned off to return home to Torquay via Barwon Heads. The last leg for the rest of us was along Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway to be home by about 11:30, most having covered about 50km.
Keep Riding, John.

GTC Saturday the 18/3/17 ride to Freshwater Creek, Bellbrae, Torquay and back to Geelong
On an absolute perfect day for riding temperature and wind wise, 9 riders fronted up at the Grovedale Hotel car park. Mark, Ross, Sue, Chris Ha., Chris Hu., John H., David I., Michael and Rolf headed down the SurfCoast Hwy to the concrete path alongside Baanip Drive, Ghazeepore Road, onto Dickins Road, then Anglesea Road and through Bellbrae to the Great Ocean Road, a left hand turn towards Torquay and for coffee to Kobo, where we had a good rest in the gardens with good coffee and a nice chat. The home ran was along HSB Road where we encountered the tail-end of the official bike ride with start and finish in Torquay. There were no incidents worth mentioning, so just a pleasant and harmonious ride in great weather. Thank you all for coming along and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Rolf.

Chris and Sue on the tandem at Horseshoe Bend on the return journey.

Peter Jones leads a ride to Cafe Blu in Lara on Thursday 16.3.17
Woke up to rain on the roof, most unusual lately, checked radar and decided it would be over before ride time. Decided to take the touring bike which has mudguards anyway as there may be showers. Received a Message from ride leader David I to say he had decided to cancel due to the weather. As I was already dressed ready to go and was resigned to riding in the rain if required I sent a message around advising David had cancelled his ride and advising I would be going anyway and stuff the rain.
A few others decided the rain would not be a problem, Mike, Chris Hu, Rolf joined me at Church St and Ted met us on the Trail, we had a little spit on the way out to Lara but it only lasted minutes and was gone. Took a bit of roundabout way to ride on a new trail which has appeared between O’Brien’s Rd and Heales Rd then on to Cafe Blu in Lara. Had a good long coffee break with occasional Sunny breaks then headed home via the Hovel Trail, a bit of a head wind but not too much of an issue.
A most enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

David Innes Ride to Little River & the You Yangs on Tuesday 14.3.17
Today's ride started on a beautiful sunny morning hardly any wind to speak of with a good number of riders keen to enjoy the ideal cycling conditions. Thanks to all the women that showed up so it's not the boys club keeping our testosterone from over powering the air! .
Heading off from Ripplelside Park the usual way we cycled through north shore then onto the Hovell Trail with the exception of a rebel who won't be named but rides a pink buam bicycle. We stopped at Millars in Lara for a nice coffee and chat. The place was very busy with all the mothers- luckily we found an area where we could sit in comfort.
After coffee our numbers dwindled with a few deciding that the warmer weather and distance wasn't to their liking. So on we rode - the brave 5 only Ppeter, Julie, Trudi, Rolf and myself continued onto little river with a loop around to the youyangs for lunch. After lunch Julie was keen to climb the hill to the car park so we decided it was the thing to do. The climb wasn't too difficult with the gradient only 3-5% most of the way except at the top it reached 8% max. But down hill was lots of fun except for the big pot hole Rolf and I found in the middle of the road that was so violent it shifted my break lever on the handlebar. Luckily I was hanging on for dear life flying down the hill at break neck speed. Back to Lara we seperated, Trudi and Peter deciding to take the Bacchus Marsh Road to the Ted Wilson Trail back home whilst Julie, Rolf and myself headed back along the Hovell Trial. Thanks to all who attended making the ride all the more enjoyable and look forward to seeing you all again soon.Those to attend were:
Trudi Bellia, Helen Cuell, Julie Mc Keag, Glenda Oakley, Chris Hume, Peter Jones, Rolf Kohnert and
David Innes.

Helen from Cycling Geelong and Mike from GTC ride to the Zoo Cafe in Drysdale on Sunday 12.3.17
With a 70% chance of rain, and blowing an easterly gale I wasn't confident of many takers for the easy/medium circuit to Drysdale. As the cloud cleared and the road dried, only one other cyclist, Mike from GTC, arrived, and at 8.32 we took off for Drysdale via Bellarine Highway and Swan Bay Road. I'd been warned that there might be a paparazzi presence. Sure enough, a few ks short of Leopold, we were spotted by a huge zoom lens driven by John H. After a few words, he was off back to Geelong before another celebration for the special birthday - this time with his family on the other side of Port Phillip. The wind was no problem, the sunshine 100% as we continued through Leopold to Swan Bay Road - a pleasant uphill (Mike's first time in this direction). Cafe Zoo, as usual, provided a great place to stop for coffee, and a shady table was sought. Mike, fresh from living in Albury, gave me the gen on a new cycle path in Albury for my trip in a couple of weeks. I'll do my best to avoid the snakes.
The return was fast, with a tail wind, and a couple of lovely downhill stretches. The Bellarine Rail Trail was quiet as usual, but we deviated to Portarlington Road to avoid the unsealed section after Melaluka Road. The new barriers, heavy, fast traffic and rough stony patches now make the Portarlington Road a single file only option until west of the Alcoa turnoff.
Don't be daunted! Next time, join us.
Helen (Ride Leader).

Ross' Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 11.3.17
Would it be faith or stupidity for 9 people to turn out for a ride with no leader or destination? Whatever the reason, Sue and Peter on the tandem, Michael, Rolf, David I, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, John H and Ross assembled at the Grovedale Hotel this morning and after a short discussion, headed off towards Collendina via the Bellarine Highway and Wallington Road. Peter led us through the maze of 10 acre properties off Rhinds Road before emerging out on to Grubb Road and a direct run to the Cheeky Cow. Very busy when we arrived, but a vacant table appeared and refreshment and conversation proceeded as per usual.
The return was via Barwon Heads and a most enjoyable run along 13th Beach. The pace quickened within sight of the wind generator, with an early escapee from the bunch being quickly run down by the tandem with a line of riders in its draft. Being the "bunny" I was too far behind to see the finish but it looked as though the drafters won the day. A more sedate pace along the bike path and Blackgate Road had me heading south for home and the bunch heading north along Horseshoe Bend.
Thanks to all for their good company and a great ride.
Regards, Ross.

Tasmanian West Coast Ride - Last Day - 9.3.17
Zac and I are sitting on the Spirit of Tasmania, waiting to head home. Day 10 was fantastic. I am slightly biased, being a past resident of this area but Cradle Mountain to Devonport is one of the best days riding you can do. High mountain country to the sea! Trending down all the way except for the uphills. Even the grind up through the Forth River valley, downstram from Cethana dam was spectacularly enjoyable. And a new cafe at the top offered a reward of baked beans on toast and a mug of tea for only $7. Perfect! Rolling farming country from there. 82 k's of pure delight.
Conclusions: Again my bias shows as I love riding in Tas. The big change from prior rides has been the 1.5 metre law. At no time in my 8 riding days did a car or truck enter my personal space. Even log trucks crawled along behind us until they could safely pass. Anyone who has ridden Tas would know what a change that is. Only negative is that people sometime concentrate so much on giving us room, they create a dangerous situation by spending too much time on the wrong side of double white lines. Despite this, I highly recommend bicycle touring in Tasmania under the new laws.
Best, Ross
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Mick's Drysdale ride to Ground Zero on Thursday 9.3.17
On this fine day 12 riders fronted up at showgrounds for a easy ride to Drysdale return. Seeing as Lyn was cruising the high seas I was ride leader today. The others were Ian, Terry, David I, PJ , Rolf, Lyn L, Jackie/David, Ted, Mike, Chris Hu ( back from Tassie jaunt). We followed bike path out to Moolap then onto Bellarine Hwy thru Leopold, Kensington Rd, back on bike path to Curlewis and into Drysdale and Ground Zero for drinks and chatter. By now sun was out and getting quite warm. I gave the faster riders option of leaving us for longer ride home via OG but all decided to head home via Princes Rd,Swan Lake Rd,Bellarine Hwy. I dropped off at Leopold and the rest headed for Geelong…hoping all arrived safely. Thanx to all who came , nice ride,nice weather,nice company,cheers Mick

Tasmanian West Coast Ride - 8.3.17
Not much to report today. Just a long grind from Roseberry to Cradle Mt. Had some comments of support from passing motorists and I had my photo taken with some nice Chinese people just near the sign in the photo. I am fairly sure they were saying "hero" but that might have been wishful thinking. We had a contingency plan which consisted of a bush camp somewhere beside the road but luckily we didn't have to put in to action. It almost came back in to play when we arrived at Cradle Mt to find there were no camp sites of any kind available. Luckily we got the last cabin - at a discount - and will move to a camp site tomorrow. So tomorrow we are sightseeing. Best , Ross.

Ken's Ride from Buninyong around the Australian Championship Course - 7.3.17
Only 4 members took advantage of the superb weather to ride a very scenic, circuit course from Buninyong to Ballan via Mt Egerton, returning via Gordon and Dunnstown. Ken Gawne, Peter Jones, Lyn Loudon and Mike Taylor used the long climb up to the top Mt.Buninyong Rd as their warm up. The mountain goat (aka Lyn) took maximum points for the first KOM section but with another 4 climbs ahead there was no panic in the bunch. All, but especially Mike, enjoyed the 4km downhill to Yendon.
After several short climbs we arrived at the base of Mt Egerton and all got up without anybody tailing out. We then turned right towards Ballan and again enjoyed a fantastic downhill. After the only longish uphill on this section, Lyn called "snake" which was a ruse to get us to stop. Mike was so upset when he was told that there were another 10 km before coffee, he flung his banana skin at Ken but missed from a distance of 2m.
Coffee and food in Ballan before heading off towards Gordon on a 8km slight decline. When we turned off Yankee Flats Rd onto the Aust. Champ course, Ken let it be known that once we turned into Fisken Rd all bets were off - it was every man (and woman) for himself in a 4.5 km dash for gold. Peter jumped the gun and maintained a 50m advantage over Ken until the turn onto the Geelong Rd. Try as he might Ken could not peg a flying "long legs" back and was about 150 m behind at the finish. Lyn crossed the line 3rd but lost the bronze after a protest fired in by Mike.
The KOM points finished Ken 29, Lyn 21, Mike 16 and Peter 11. It was a ride like no other with fun and pain in equal proportions.
Ken.

Tasmanian West Coast Ride - 6.3.17
And then there were TWO.
Chris has had some health niggles and after another poor night, made the very sane decision to take the bus from Strahan and head home. So that leaves Zac and Ross. A nice ride from Strahan to Zeehan this morning. Mostly wild country, good roads and just a few steep pinches. I lived and worked around Zeehan 40 years ago and it was sad to see how badly the town had deteriorated. I suppose that is how most mining towns go. The ride from Zeehan to Roseberry was much more challenging. The closer we got, the more the road undulated. Definitely need low gears in this area. We are now concentrating our energies for tomorrows slog, at the pub. We have had so many horror stories about the road north of Roseberry that it is almost impossible to seperate fact from fiction. Tomorrow we find out for ourselves.
Regards, Ross.

Peter Jones' Ride to Ravens Creek Farm on Sunday 5.3.17
Cloudy day but a bit humid for our ride today to Raven’s Creek Moriac. Pam, Marie, Heather, Mike, Rolf, John, David I and Peter J were happy to take the hilly option and proceeded through to Fyansford via the river then the Hamilton Hwy, Merrawarp Rd, Barrabool Rd to Hendy Main Rd.
It was very pleasant out in the country, good roads and little traffic. Everyone got up the hills at their own pace and everyone enjoyed the final sprint down Hendy Main to Raven’s Creek. Marie didn’t enjoy the entrance having a bit of a brain fade selecting the deepest gravel which repaid her by throwing her to the ground. Nothing hurt apart from plenty of dust and the odd graze.
Enjoyed our coffee and took the easy way home along Mt Duneed Rd., had a bit of head wind but nothing we couldn’t handle.
Most enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter
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And 2 photos from Mike.

Tasmanian West Coast Ride - 5.3.17
Day 6 - Rest day - Strahan. NO CYCLING TODAY !!!!
We did the Gordon River cruise and very little else.
Strahan to Roseberry tomorrow. Some of our fellow campers have delighted in telling us horror stories of what is to come.
Chris Hu has kindly volunteered to take over the ride reports so I am looking forward to reading something a little more interesting in future.
Best, Ross.

Tasmanian West Coast Ride - 4.3.17
Day 5 Lake Burbury to Strahan. We expected the ride up to Gormanston to be hard but it was relatively short and after counting the corners in to Queenstown, (62 by my count), we celebrated our arrival with big breakfasts all round. In retrospect, this wasn't a great idea as we had a very steep and rather longer departure from town. The rest of the day whis usualas the same with never-ending very steep sections seperated by some nice flowing road. We had lunch at a lookout and could hear what sounded like motorbikes coming from way-off. The sound actually came from a couple of Porsches, an Audi R8, a Maclaren, a Lamborgini and a hot Mercedes hooning along the road. The afternoon proceeded with many more uphills. Even Zac was walking up some, rather than his usual running. All 3 were happy to arrive at Strahan with a rest day on promise for Sunday.
Ross.

Day 4 was Lake St Clair to Lake Burbury. Lake St Clair was beautiful but the Parks are only interested in the money-making holiday chalets and units. Camping is just a tiny little rough bit of ground, well away from the water. Plus it cost $54 for the 3 of us. Most disappointing. The ride to Lake Burbury was stunning. Most of it was through the Wild Rivers National Park and we stopped several times for side trips. The run down Mt Arrowsmith was breathtaking - it was very cold in the shadowed sections. Seemed like an easier day with plenty of downhills coming off the plateau but we were still exhausted by the time we arrived at our stop. After the cramped Lake St Clair camp, Lake Burbury was fantastic. Several acres of mossy campground for us 3 and a crowded gravel area for caravans. Just basic toilets but $4 each. Zac continued his practice of swimming in all available bodies of water.

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 4.3.17
Fine cool morning, at 8-29 am it looked like Rolf and myself with Sue would be it. Then David and Jackie rolled up at 8-30 am and just as we were leaving Mike arrived and as we turned into Reserve Rd Terry joined us making seven for my ride to Groove via HSBend Rd, Blackgate Rd, Blackrock Path, and 13th Beach. Enjoyed a great coffee then the group split, David, Jackie and Terry returning via Barwon Heads and Rolf, Mike, Sue and myself taking Wallington Rd to Queenscliff Rd and home via Leopold.
At the Bike path we split again, Mike took the path heading for a quiet ride around the river, Rolf continued into town and Sue and I headed for Townsend Rd and home, a most enjoyable day’s riding.
Cheers Peter
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Tasmanian West Coast Ride - 2.3.17
We are on top of a mountain about 5 k's nw of Wayatinah Village. A bloody steep start to the day! Yesterday was a hard ride with some very steep climbs and 30 plus temps. The scenery was great though. Stocked up at Ouse as there isn't much in the way of shops for the next few days. All 3 of us would recommend the hamburgers at the local take-away. Tas has a 1.5 metre law and all the traffic has been good so far. Had lots of warnings about the log trucks but they have been very well behaved, even stopping behind us until the road is clear. That is not my prevous experience over here. That will have to do for now. All the best,
Ross.
Maps will be posted up on Friday (from Zac's Strava).

Peter Jones' Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Thursday - 2.3.17
Twelve riders on a cool and moist morning covered in fog. Lyn G, Marie, Marion, Jackie, Rolf, David R, David I, Ted, Mick, Mike, Terry and Peter J. Rolled off up Surf Coast Hwy to Reserve Rd., the plan was to head down to Barwon Heads Rd but the peloton got a bit split when the lolly pop man at the road works gave some of the riders a bum steer. We overcame it however and everyone was back together at Lake Rd. The road works on Barwon Heads Rd are starting to look like they might end soon. The peloton rolled on down through Barwon Heads, over the river and around the beach to Collendina for a most enjoyable coffee. Returning home Marie, Lyn and Mick peeled off to complete the circuit back home and the rest took 13th Beach, back onto Barwon Heads Rd and home. As we pedalled home the fog began to burn off, the Sun came out and all was blue sky, a very enjoyable mornings ride.
Cheers Peter.

Tasmanian West Coast Ride - 28.2.17
Greetings from Mt Field National Park campground. Had great weather for the first day of our trip. 28 degrees and just a slight headwind. Spent last night at the Hobart Showgrounds. Definitely not salubrious but very conveniently located on the cycleway. Beautiful ride up the Derwent for morning tea then followed the west side of the river past Salmon Ponds. Kilometres of plump blackberries along the roadside and no mention of spraying so we tucked in. Zac really got in spirit of roadside foraging and scored some apples which were shared at lunch at Bushy Park. Some steep little pinches in the afternoon but an absolute glorious last 7 k's uphill to Mt Field. All three of us have survived the first day in good form but there was only 500 metres of climbing today, much more to come.
Best, Ross.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Urquhart's Bluff on Tuesday 28.2.17
Seven hardy riders reported at Moriac for cycling duties on Tuesday 28 Feb - Mike, Rolf, Dave, Peter J, Trudi, Ken & myself, of course. We beat a hasty retreat away from Moriac to Forest Road, making good time, then straight on through Anglesea, up to the lookout and on to Urquhart Bluff. The scenery was fabulous, some would say made even better by a bevy of Bavarian lasses straight off the tourist bus & posing for photos ! However,I was talking about the coastal views. We then headed back to the store (cafe) opposite the information centre, with some disgraceful cyclists even breaking the speed limit on the downhill run. Tsk, tsk. Good coffee & snacks over, it was back up the hill out of Anglesea where the group split up with Rolf, Dave, Peter & Trudi went on to Torquay & home and Mike, Ken & I back to Moriac where the vehicles were parked.
A good day with wonderful weather, good company & excellent cycling.Cheers,
Lyn
PS the photos were taken by Mike & I haven't been able to receive them.

TWO RIDES on Sunday 26.2.17
Chris Hume's Easy Ride to Waurn Ponds
Nine turned up at Sth Geelong for this easy ride, the weather was great! The starters were Marie, Ian F, Vicky and Ian R, Lyn and Mick, Peter and Marion on the tandem and myself. We cruised out to Grovedale and onto the concrete Baanip Boulevard bike path onto Ghazeepore Rd then the Waurn Ponds Creek track stopping at Panache for coffee. Then we continued downstream back to Breakwater Rd where we split up and headed home. An enjoyable in good company.
Chris.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Maude, Seh Oaks & Steiglitz
After photos, John Carleton, John Hagan, Mike Taylor and I farewelled Ian Fraser ( who was waiting for the 8-30 medium ride) and pedalled off along backstreets to the Ted Wilson Trail. It was a great sunny morning in near calm conditions as we headed out Ballan Rd then turned left towards Steiglitz. This was new territory for Mike and we all enjoyed the quiet though not always smooth roads to the northwest. After Sutherlands Creek we took a scenic detour down Parkers Rd then right UP steep Russells Bridge Rd just to give JH a longer appreciation of the hill he recently hurtled down at 90 kph on a previous ride ! We were soon out at Maude where we had a well earned stop at the scenic Bunjil Lookout. Then came an undulating loop through the hamlet of Sheoaks and the former gold mining town of Steiglitz before returning to Maude. The return trip going straight back through Sutherlands Creek was much easier , though our legs were beginning to tire. We arrived back in Geelong around 1-40 pm after a tough 100 km. Well done fellow pedallers! Greg Allerton.

John Hagan's Ride to The Paddock Cafe in Wallington on Saturday 25.2.17
On a pleasant enough day for riding with some wind about 7 riders left Grovedale Pub to be joined by 2 more at Breakwater: Rolf, David I, Chris Halpin, Chris Hume, Trudi & Leo, John H and were joined by John C and a new rider, Bernie Sutton. We headed out through Leopold to Wallington where we stopped at The Paddock Cafe which was known as Elkhorn Roadhouse under the previous owners. It may appear to the viewers of the photo below that Rolf and David are getting stuck into some strongly intoxicating drinks - but looks are deceptive! We enjoyed our coffees and conversation there before returning home through Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, 13th Beach, and Horseshoe Bend Rd.
Enjoy your Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Ride to Starfish in Barwon Heads on Thursday 23.2.17
Eleven riders: Marie, Lyn G, Jackie, David R, David I, Chris Hu, Rolf, Ted, Mick, Mike and Peter J, were ready to go on a nice easy paced ride to Starfish in Barwon Heads. Temperature was pleasant for riding, rather overcast but a nice little tail wind.
A very enjoyable coffee and off home via 13th Beach and Blackgate Rd., Rolf and David I couldn’t resist a bit of a blast with a passing peloton. It was a pretty stiff wind that had come up but all managed to get to HSBend Rd in good time. Mike misplaced his bike after a visit for a Nature Break, assisted by David I, when he found it mine wasn’t with it unfortunately.
Good run down HSBend and at Reserve Rd the peloton started to split and head home after an enjoyable mornings ride.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows on Tuesday 21.2.17
Nine riders on a lovely day, perfect for riding. Everyone arrived on time and were ready to go at 9-00 am, Fiona and Ben, Rolf, David I, Mike, Chris Hu, Ross, Ian and Peter J, we headed in towards Melbourne on the Bay Trail until the Moonee Ponds Creek where we turned and followed the creek North. Good - few cyclists about coming and going, lots of Detours because of all the road widening going on which means a lot of bridges need to be widened.
Made it to Essendon in good time and enjoyed a coffee and a few eats. Rolled on out to the Westmeadows Tavern arriving just before 12-00 o’clock for a drink and early orders for the popular Seniors Meals. Had a very enjoyable meal with lots of laughs, unfortunately my laughs turned to tears when I walked outside to find a blank hole where my bike had been locked to a pole. A sickening feeling, we all had a look around but my bike, helmet and gloves were gone.
After a bit of a wait while it was reported to Police and the venue checked video tape everyone but me rode off back to Williamstown and I took the Bus to Broadmeadows Station, got off at Newmarket and took a Cab to the Williamstown Sailing Club arriving back at my car about 10 minutes before the riders started to ride in.
A most disappointing end to what had promised to be a great day’s ride.
Keep riding, keep smiling!
Peter
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John's Ride to Uforic Food Cafe in Mt Duneed on Sunday 19.2.17
The weather did not look good with storm clouds looming and a strong wind but, as you can see from the photos, we managed to find sunshine and only a small amount of rain on the whole trip. Rolf, Pam, Marie, Michael, Ross, Chris and John headed first for Freshwater Creek, then down the Anglesea Rd, Coombes Rd and back up the Surf Coast Highway to the Uforic Food Cafe for a delightful repast of coffee, tea and cakes - and some good conversation as well. The return trip was via Horseshoe Bend Rd for most and Marie and Pam returned back through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
Hope the photos are better this time! Keep Riding, John.

David Innes Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 18.2.17
Please excuse the quality of the photos today - phone was full and GoPro doesn't work too well against the light and severly cropped! - John H.

Saturday morning was a very windy westerly with low temperatures resembling more like winter than summer. Still there was a good turn out of hardy souls despite the 60% chance of rain that didn't eventuate. It was a toss up between Moriac or Ocean Grove so as ride moderator I decided we'd all head off with the wind and go to the Groove in Ocean Grove so off we went via Reserve Rd, Horseshoe Bend Rd, Boundary Rd then turned right onto the Barwon Heads Rd. Doing the loop around the Sheepwash always a pleasant distraction with a nice smooth surface. We gathered a more moderate pace to arrive at the Barwon Heads bridge where we waited for the others then the final leg to our favourite haunt and coffee shop the Groove. There we were lucky enough to get our usual table under the cover of some trees and sheltered from any wind. Coffees all around and we were greeted with the same Chinese hospitality warm and smiling friendly service we always get when we go there. After coffee we mounted our bikes deciding we'd all stop at the otherside of the Barwon bridge for those that wanted to visit the toilets. From there we headed back home along 13th Beach Rd, Blackgate Rd then along Horseshoe Bend Rd where a few of us decided to graze on some wild black berries whilst waiting for the others which proved to be very tasty. Regrouped at the end of Horseshoe Bend Rd we all slowly dispersed our different routes for home. We all enjoyed an uneventful ride with no punctures or mechanical mishaps. All was good though the weather could have been better. Thanks to all who attended - see you in Melbourne. Attending were: Ross Glover, John Hagan, Chris Hume, Peter Jones, Rolf Kohnert, Jackie Rae, David Rae, Michael Taylor and Sarah White.

David Innes.

Peter Jones Ride to Torquay on Thursday 16.2.17
Thirteen riders on a really good riding day, overcast, little wind and about 18 deg. Lyn G, Lyn L, Marie, Jackie, David R, David I, Chris Hu, Ross, Rolf, Mike, Ken and Peter J.
A simple ride today, straight down the Hwy, through the estates to Mejavo’s in Torquay, coffee is always good and good company makes it even better. Return was initially via HSBend Rd., Marie was doing the loop so departed at Blackgate Rd., Ken and Lyn L decided to do a few more ks so joined her and most of the rest after a discussion decided it was a nice morning so also headed off down Blackgate Rd., Ross and Chris Hu had an appointment with Zdenko to discuss their upcoming Tassie Tour so headed straight back.
The bulk of the riders headed back via Blackgate Rd., Blackrock Path and Lake Rd., at Warrilly it was through the estate to HSBend Rd., snuck through the unmade section, the concreters doing to kerbing didn’t bother us and the further we got into Geelong everyone split to go their separate ways home. A most enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Chris Hume's Ride via the Bellarine Rail Trail to Queenscliff on Tuesday 14.2.17
On a cool morning 16 riders turned up, some riding mountain bikes, some touring bikes and most on road bikes, a good rollup!
Trudi, Meri, Ian F, Ken, Ross, Lyn, Mick, John, Chris and Chris, David I, Peter J, Rolf, Michael T, Jackie and David were the starters.
We headed off along the rail trail to Drysdale, traffic was very busy at some road crossings and on to coffee at Ground Zero. Good service as usual!
After coffee eleven continued onto Queenscliff, Meri and Trudi by road and the rest continued along the gravel rail trail which was in good condition. Early lunch at the Harbour. From here Trudi and Meri headed for home the remaining nine did the scenic tour of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale via tracks and trails trying to keep as close to the coast as possible.( See the photo of us at Shortland with the Black lighthouse in the background first lit 1862 one of only back lighthouses in the world). At Point Lonsdale Ken headed home via Ocean grove the rest onto Fellows Rd to re-join the rail and return home. All in all a great ride.
Chris.

Pam's Ride to Tuckerberry Farm on Sunday 12.2.17
We had a great rollout for the combined ride this month with Cycling Geelong. Helen, Shane, Doug, John, Barb and Derk , Rolf, Mike, Chris, Lyn, John and Pam. We started on the Bellarine Rail trail to Moolap then on the Road to Leopold. Then it was back on the trail to Drysdale, once in Drysdale it was on the road up Murradoc Rd until we turned off to the Tuckerberry Farm. We enjoyed a morning tea of blueberry treats and coffee. Unfortunately there had been a fire at the cafe last January, the kitchen has been rebuilt and the cafe area is going to be built shortly. It is a lovely setting overlooking the blueberries and the rolling hills. The return trip was down to Queenscliff- Portarlington Rd then turning down Swan Bay Rd. The weather was overcast but the rain held off although it was quite windy on the way home. Shane had a bit of trouble with his back tyre on the way home. After putting a sleeve in the inside of the tyre we were on our way again. A very enjoyable morning riding about 62km.
Pam.

David Innes' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 11.2.17
Saturday mornings ride started rather humid with overnight temperature been a very mild 19c ...A good turn out for what proved to be a great day for cycling. Starting from the usual place the Grovedale carpark we all headed off down the surf coast highway towards Torquay turning left onto Mc Cannes Rd, onto horseshoe bend Rd, left onto black gate Rd where a couple of young fit looking girls passed us at speed well this was too much for Rolf to resist so off he chases with Michael In hot pursuit sad to see a couple of old blokes chasing their long lost youth I wondered what they going to do with them once they caught up lol. Onto 13th beach road and by then the peloton had split up POB said we could regroup at the end in Barwon heads well this was all the permission I needed so I pedalled like mad quickly catching the girls and our two escapees we continued leaving the girls and the peloton in our wake.
Arriving in Barwon heads was myself and Rolf the rest soon trickled in for a rest then a much slower moderate pace for the final leg into ocean grove. The Groove Cafe not the usual table we like to have under the shade of the tree some non cyclist had taken it so we settled for the shade of the umbrella instead. Lots of conversation some coffees, tea and cakes for some, lots of laughter You know its good to be a cyclist all of us having that common bond of cycling and health and to be social.

The journey back was debated if we should head back along the way we came 13th beach or back along the Barwon heads Rd since Ross was going back home towards Torquay it was decided we'd escort our comrade back along 13th beach where we parted company he continuing along the bike path whilst the rest of headed back towards Lakes Rd, Barwon heads Rd, Where we could see some delays ahead for road construction happening so it was decided we would turn left into the new estate to cut through to horseshoe bend Rd Terry was familiar with the route there so he led us through luckily there wasn't any work going on otherwise we wouldn't be let through. The rest of the way as they would say was plain sailing the wind behind us we cruised on home an uneventful ride without any punctures which was good.
Thanks to all in attendance was great fun see you all Tuesday.
Attending:

Trudi/Leo Bellia
Ross Glover
Chris Helpin
Terry Hamilton
Chris Hume
Rolf Kohnert
Peter O'Brien
Michael Taylor

Ride report David Innes

Mick's Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 9.2.17
An 8.00 start and the promise of a weather change did not discourage today’s group of enthusiastic riders from assembling at the Showgrounds for Mick’s ride to Drysdale. Marie, Ian, Ross, Jackie, Lyn, David I, Rolf, Chris Hu, Mike and Mick set out along the rail trail, then the highway to Leoplold, where we were joined by Heather before continuing along the rail trail to Drysdale. Despite riding at a nice relaxed pace in the hot conditions, the early start had us at the Bungalow Restaurant in Drysdale in time for a not-too-late breakfast although all riders stuck to the usual drinks. There were some red and sweaty faces in the group and at least one person resorted to pouring water over their head to try to cool down. There was some division in the group over the best way to stay cool with some taking shelter inside and others looking for any available breeze in the shade outside. Either way, the drinks were appreciated and the cafe staff kindly provided iced water as we left. The group then divided with some taking the trail home and others heading back via Princess Street. All in all, a very pleasant ride on a potentially uncomfortable day. (Ride Report by Ross)

David Innes' Ride to Anakie, Balliang & Lara on Tuesday 7.2.17
A cloudy with mild temperatures slightly windy day greeted those attending Tuesday's ride starting at Church Street/Ted Wilson Trail. The riders were: Peter Jones, Rolf, Ken, Peter O'Brien, Chris Hume, Meri, Trudi, Sarah our youth policy and yours truly pace moderator David Innes. We all headed off towards our first stop in Anakie following the Ted Wilson Trail then onto the Anakie & Ballan Rds. We rode with the occasional truck rumbling past us riding at a gentle pace with the wind behind us making it easy going. Arriving in Anakie we shared coffee in the dim light of the cafe chatting discussing world politics, shoe cleats, cycle racing and all manner of conversions over a nice hot beverage. Saddling up we then headed off towards our next stop Ballyang tennis/playground reserve for lunch. The route taking us past the Fairy Park when some mischevious fairies tampered with Meri's bicycle bringing her crashing! down! the mystery of which is still unknown bruised and bleeding to her credit she got up and continued. Turning into Stautanvale Rd and after some minor medical intervention for our unfortunate Meri we rolled down the beautiful scenic road towards our next stop for lunch which was more like morning tea as we arrived there approx 11 am! you could say an early lunch.
Heading off from there we turned right onto Leigh's Rd and wandered our way towards the Bacchus Marsh Highway and finally on the road that would take us past the back of the Ford Proving Grounds where at that juncture PJ, POB, Trudi and Meri kept heading straight along the highway towards Geelong whilst Rolf, Chris, Ken, Sarah and myself went back the long way via Lara where we stopped again for another coffee Sarah enjoying some lunch. The final leg of our journey saw us take the Hovell Creek Trail a favourite path as it's scenic and quiet and safe from the traffic of the highways.
Thanks to all for the great day be it a little sore for one of our members thankfully no broken bones see you all again Thursday ;-) David
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Ross' Ride to the Bannockburn Station Cafe on Sunday 5.2.17
Almost perfect riding weather today.
Geoff and Heather, John H, Chris Hu, David I, Peter J, Rolf, POB and Ross set out from South Geelong station, heading for the Midlands Highway. Somewhere near the cement works we were joned by Chris Ha, who had to make an early bike change. Very light northerlys on Anakie and Steiglitz Roads and an almost complete absence of traffic, made for pleasant pedalling. The group split at Parker Road with John H and Chris Ha taking the longer route through Russells Bridge. John was hoping for a new personal speed record and his smile when rejoining the group at the Midlands Highway, showed he was successful (90.9 kph). After a nice long break under the trees at the Bannockburn Railway Cafe, we took the very quiet Harvey and Brislane Roads to the Hamilton Highway. A great tail wind blew us back to Fyansford where the group broke up.
Great weather, great ride. Thanks to all, Ross.

Peter Peter O'Brien's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - Saturday 4.2.17
It is not often you lose the President of your club on a ride. More later.

On a magnificent summers day Rolf, Ross, Meri, Lyn L, Chris Halpin, Chris Hume, Terry, David I, Peter J, Sue, Michael and myself headed off from the Grovedale Hotel via Lakes Road to Barwon Heads. All was going well, so at our normal rest stop on Lakes Road, it was decided those riders who wanted to ride around Sheepwash Road could do so and the other riders could meander directly as a peloton to the Groove in Ocean Grove.
The second peloton stopped at the first roundabout into Barwon Heads to regroup … there was only one problem. Where was Ross? Like all good teams we sent out two scouts, Terry and Michael, to look for Ross. By this stage, the faster riders had already reached the Groove and the general topic of discussion was, “Where is Ross, and where are the two scouts”? Phone calls were made and messages were sent and after ten minutes Michael turned up, closely followed by Ross and his domestique Terry. It seems that Ross’s bike had a puncture. I have attached a photo of Ross’s bike along with a list of what every rider should take with them when riding. What is missing?
· Helmet
· Water bottle
· Mobile
· Snacks
· Sunscreen
· Pump
· Tubes
· Repair levers
· Multi-tool
· Chain master link

On the return trip we stopped along Thirteenth Beach for a group photo. Lyn had got in front of the group at this stage and continued back to Geelong. The rest of us rode along Blackgate Road, onto Horseshoe Bend Road and back home.
Regards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Ride to Moriac on Thursday 2.1.2017
Ten riders for the ride to Moriac, eight started at Bunnings, two started from home, Trudi and Meri started from home and Greg, Rolf, Terry, David I, Chris Hu, Ross, Mike and Peter J headed off from Bunnings. David I almost immediately had to fix a puncture but we were soon on our way. It was a nice day for a ride in the country so we went via Anglesea Rd and Blackgate Rd. Mike also had a puncture which delayed us for a while, the wind also delayed us but we battled on.
Greg turned off at Larkam Rd heading for Winchelsea, he wanted another 100 km ride. We met up with Trudi and Meri at Moriac and all had a coffee before heading back over the hills, David I headed back along Mt Duneed, Terry headed back along the highway and the rest took to the hills, Trudi took Merrawarp the rest Scenic Rd and split again to get home, Mike and myself took Challambra Crs the best way, DOWN, and headed home.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross' Ride to Drysdale on Tuesday 31.1.2017
Put it down to the nice weather, short ride or the promise of a slower pace but whatever the reason, 15 riders turned out for today's ride from the showgrounds to Drysdale and return. Trudi, Glenda, Lyn, Mick, Jackie, Meri, Peter J , Ian, Terry, Rolf, David I, Chris Hu, Peter O, Michael and Ross made for a very diverse group. Rumours of road closures had the ride leader flummoxed from the start but PJ took the lead and guided us out on to Portarlington Road then back on to the rail trai. Nice to see plenty of other rail trail users enjoying the day but they were no impediment to our progress and even at a "moderate pace", we soon arrived at Cafe Zero. The queue for drink orders went from the cash register to the front door and that was just GTC riders! Lucky the three outside tables were all vacant. Following refreshments and plenty of conversation, we started back with the first split happening almost immediately. Some headed back along the trail with the majority heading down Princess Street. Another split at Grub Road with those looking for more k's and more pace heading towards Ocean Grove. A much smaller group headed back along Swan Bay Road and the highway. Great to see such a large group and thanks to all for their participation.
Ross.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to the Start of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – UCI Elite Event - Sunday 29.1.2017
What a weekend it’s been for cycling in Geelong. This morning David I, Rolf, Peter J, Michael T, Chris Hume, John, Vicky, Ian and myself enjoyed a ride around central Geelong. We rode on the Cadel Circuit from the Waterfront through the Eastern Gardens to Breakwater Road where we connected with the Barwon River bike path. The ride through to Fyansford showcased the beauty of the river, with lots of walkers, runners and cyclists on the track. Keeping with the theme of hill climbing, we tackled Hyland Road. John inspired us by riding up the bike track which was a herculean effort. After expending a lot of energy we stopped at the Soft Café for a well-earned coffee break. Back on the Cadel Circuit, we rode to the Waterfront where we watched the start of the men’s race. The atmosphere was terrific and we enjoyed being in close proximity to such talented and professional riders.
Cheers, Peter.

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – People’s Ride - Saturday 28.1.2017
From Peter O'Brien > Chris Hume, Michael Taylor and myself set off this morning on the 111km Cadel Evans Ride. For the three of us, this was the first long distance Cadel ride we had attempted and we were somewhat apprehensive at the prospect of the hill climbs ahead. As we all started together, it was appropriate we all cross the finish line together – and we did. It was a beautiful day for riding and the ride through Barwon Heads, along Thirteenth Beach and through Torquay was sensational. The surf was up at Thirteenth Beach and the waves were enticing, However, we had other things on our mind to ponder such as the Jarosite Road hill at Bells Beach.
Back in Geelong, we had enough energy to climb the Queens Park Road hill and felt pretty chuffed after riding up Melville Avenue.
We then cruised the final leg to the Waterfront after an exhilarating and enjoyable ride.

Peter O'Brien.

From Peter Jones > Sue and I decided we would like to do the Cadel Evans Peoples Ride, just the 65 km this time as we hadn’t been doing any hill training together, so we both entered and rolled up to the start at 7-30 am for our 7-45 am start. There were a few hundred ahead of us so it took a while to get riding as they let everyone go in waves. When we did get away we took every opportunity to pass as most seemed to be dawdling along on a “Sunday Ride”, even though it was Saturday. At the South Barwon Sports Grounds we picked up our support crew, David I and Rolf, and blasted off down to Barwon Heads. The coffee shops in Barwon Heads were chock a block with red jerseys so we took our pre planned option of Groove in Ocean Grove. Trudi and Leo joined us there and we had a very pleasant coffee wishing our hosts a happy Chinese New Year. We re-joined the red parade and after a bit of head wind turned onto HSBend Rd and flew back to the start finishing in plenty of time to watch the women’s race start. A very enjoyable ride in good company.
Cheers, Peter Jones.

From Rolf > David Innes and myself stood at the Barwon Park waiting for Peter Jones and Sue on the tandem, they were official riders, we were only the "bodyguard" riders for the tandem. Standing there, we saw Mark B. and his partner Petro ride past as well. Peter and Sue started at 7:45, so a lot of riders had already passed us before we saw the tandem. David rode along the dirt and caught up quickly, I had to find a break on the bike pass and it took me at least 2km before I made contact. The tandem was travelling along at over 35km/h and we made good time. In Barwon Heads all the cafés were overflowing, so we went to the Groove in Ocean Grove, where Trudy and Leo joined us. After coffee, we headed back to Barwon Heads and started to reel in riders again on 13th Beach Road. We then took the short route along HSB Road. Near the end of the HSB Road, the Ettix team came past us complete with team car. We could not resist the chance to jump in and had a nice chat with them, albeit partly in Italian as they only had one English speaking rider in the team, being Jack Bauer. We parted company from the tandem near the finish and left them to their own devises. It was a perfect day for being on the bike and we thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
Cheers, Rolf.

Greg Allerton did the longer ride - see photo below taken by John Carleton - John Hagan.

Tour Down Under in the Adelaide Hills - Final Report from Peter Jones - Sunday 22.1.17
The GTC contingent has reduced to just 4 for our last trip into town to watch Stage 6, as long as Ritchie stays on his bike he has it won and I have no doubt he will. After our ride through the hills on Friday on the Bupa Ride we backed up again to ride to the Old Willunga Hill to watch Stage 5, it is about 55 km from the park so we did about 120 km for the day but it is absolutely fantastic to be on the hill, the atmosphere is unbelievable and it is even better when Ritchie bursts out of the blocks and charges up the hill.
We left the park at 8-00 am and were in McLaren Vale by 10-30 am for coffee, Peter O had a delayed departure but caught us at coffee. We travelled via the Coast to Vines Trail basically which is great, a little hilly in parts but a magnificent path well signed and well maintained, also very well used for this event. Thousands of cyclists make their way to the Stage.
As I said our group has diminished, David I headed home Friday night, Peter O flew out this morning and Ted, Zdenko and Ross headed home via road this morning. Just Trudi and Leo, Marion and myself to go from our park, not sure when Rolf and Fran are heading home, they are staying elsewhere. Finally just have to say it has been an excellent time and a fabulous event.
Cheers Peter.

Simon Watt, volunteering on the Audax Alpine Classic, sends a photo of Shane Balkin from Cycling Geelong - he rides with us on the combined rides.

Chris Hume & John Hagan to PicNic at Swan Bay then to Pt Lonsdale & Barwon Heads on Sunday 22.1.17
This was an excellent day for riding but only Chris and John turned up. Chris was keen to continue his longer rides in preparation for the Cadel ride on Saturday so, with a gentle easterly wind blowing, we decided on coffee at PicNic on the Portarlington-Queenscliff Rd to avoid the crowds at Pt Lonsdale. After a good break here we rode on to Pt Lonsdale and weaved through the back streets where Chris had delivered messages for the Post Office as a young lad. On arriving at Pt Lonsdale we were amazed to see Port Phillip Heads seething with a mass of small craft (thinking at first that there was a swim on across the Heads) and eventually came to the conclusion that there was a run of Kingfish or some other dwellers of the ocean. The photo below shows just a small area but the boats were all the way across the entrance to the Bay - apart from the main shipping channel. We rode on through Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, 13th Beach and came back via Horseshoe Bend Rd for a total of 87km for me and 90km for Chris.
Keep Riding, John.

Chris Hume's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 21.1.17
On a great day for riding, cool and light winds, four turned up at the Grovedale Pub, Jackie, David, Mike and Chris Hume. We cruised along to Moriac using Ghazeepore Rd, Anglesea Rd, Blackgate Rd then Hendy Main Rd. Stopped for coffee at the General Store then decided to split into two groups for the return ride. David and Jackie headed home via Mt Duneed Rd and Gazeepore, Mike and I headed home via Hendy Main Rd and Barabool Rd. A good morning's ride.
Chris.

Tour Down Under in the Adelaide Hills - What the GTC are up to on Friday 20.1.17

Rolf Reports separately as he did a different distance from Peter Jones map below:
His distance according to the bike computer was 114.5km for a time of 4 hours and 4 minutes. He says: "the next day my Adelaide friend Graeme took me up Old Willunga Hill and we watched the race there, saw Richie Porte win convincingly and the world champion Peter Sagan come in 81st. The last one to finish was the Australian champion Miles Scotson. When we walked back to our car, we saw Peter Sagan near his bus and said hello to him, talked to him and I shook his hand. Guess I can't wash my hand now for a while."

Peter Jones' Report:


****Click here for a 3D version of Stage 2 from Peter Jones.

Terry's trip to Farmers' Place in Freshwater Creek - Thursday 19.1.17
It  was a day 5 riders, Jackie, David R,  Chris, Michael  and myself.
We headed off to the Farmers Place Anglesea road Freshwater Creek. Turning left into reserve road, then right into Horshoebend Road and following this through to Torquay, before turning right through the Torquay estate into Fischer Street turning right into Darian road crossing the Highway to Grossmans Road then through (Millionaires row) to Coombes Road,  turning right at the roundabout and heading along Anglesea Road to the café. A welcome rest, great coffee, cake and conversation we headed back along Ghazeepore Road,  a most enjoyable ride of approx 40 klm’s, Keep on Pedalling.
Cheers Terry.

Tour Down Under in the Adelaide Hills - Wednesday 18.1.17
GTC members have now all gathered in Adelaide, David I and Rolf and Fran arrived in Adelaide today to join Peter and Marion, Trudi and Leo, Peter O, Ted, Ross and Zdenko. Yesterday we headed out to Unley to watch the start, with a forecast of 39 deg it was rather warm but good fun any way. Today we rode out to Mylor in the Adelaide hills and enjoyed watching the race pass by 5 times as they did a circuit through the hills before heading to the finish in a Paracombe. We headed up the Crafers Bikeway which is about a 7 km climb before the ups and downs of the hills. Great fun had by all, particularly the run down into Adelaide. The atmosphere was fantastic and really worth coming.
Tomorrow we heading to Glenelg to watch the start of Stage 3.
Cheers Peter.

Is Richie Port Here??- No it's the GTC Clan: Peter O, Peter J and Ross.

Ken's Ride to Torquay on a Hot Tuesday - 17.1.17
The start time was brought forward because of the forecast for a hot 36 degree day. Four riders (Ken, Lyn, Chris and Michael) met at the carpark beside the river next to the end of the bridge on the Shannon avenue approach at 0730. We followed the path to Breakwater and the Belmont Common where we were joined by another Chris (I apologise for not knowing surnames). On Horseshoe Bend Rd we made an excursion around the Kestrel/Kalkarra figure of 8 before continuing on to South Beach Rd.
Chris was keen to ride the hills around Bells Beach and Jarosite roads in preparation for the Cadel Evans ride on the 28th, so it was agreed that we would proceed to Jan Juc via the GOR and Hoylake and stop for coffee. The café was new to most of the group and the ambience and service were excellent. It was decided that we proceed as a group to the top of Bells Boulevarde. At that point Lyn, Michael and a Chris turned right into Bones whilst Ken and Chris No.2 turned left and rode the hills. Chris 2 went on to return via Forrest Rd whilst the remaining 4 rode back to Waurn Ponds via the Anglesea Rd, Dickins and Ghazeepore.
The weather was a lot kinder than had been forecast and the ride was most enjoyable and an example of “policy making on the run”. The only incident was when Lyn’s chain came off and got wedged. It took some time to free it up and get the machine rideworthy. Michael did take a couple of photos but I do not have them.
Cheers, Ken Gawne
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To Drysdale on Sunday 15.1.17
A small number for this morning's ride: Rolf, Chris, Ian and Vicky and myself we decided to ride to Drysdale via the usual way along the Bellarine Rail Trail. We hadn't discussed who would lead the ride so I guess I'm it so I've attached a few pics.
Briefly the pictures show Rolf swapping wheels with Vicky as she was having some mechanical issue of the chain kept skipping. Later the picture of my tyre showing something that looked like a slither of metal cut into my tyre anyhow we quickly fixed that and was on my way. Coffee was had at the Zoo as we always seem to go to Ground Zero thought it would make a change. Cheers, David Innes.

 

 

Chris Hume leads the ride on a loop through Ocean Grove on Saturday 14.1.17
Four riders turned up for the ride today: Rolf, Mike T, Peter O and yours truly Chris Hume. Bit of a SW blowing!! Headed to the Groove via Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd, 13th Beach Rd - great run on the downwind leg, but we did get a bit wet. After a great coffee we headed home via Wallington Rd and Bellarine Hwy. Bit of a headwind home, but with Rolf’s help upfront we all made it. All in all an enjoyable ride. Chris.

Wallington Loop on Thursday 12.1.17
Eight riders on an absolute perfect riding day, 26 deg, fine and Sunny, no wind, lovely! Marie, Sue, Rolf, David I, Ted, Mick, Chris Hu and Peter J were ready to go and headed out to Leopold to find that Melaluka Rd was closed again which required a bit of a gravel side track but we were soon on our way back on the Bike Path. As a change we took Jetty Rd to Wyndam Rd and around the shopping centre and down to Ground Zero for a coffee. After coffee and chat it was back home via Princess St, Swan Bay Rd and Queenscliff Hwy.
A most enjoyable morning to be out riding. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride from Birregurra to Colac & Barwon Downs on Tuesday 8.1.17
Cool and cloudy at Birregurra for today’s ride to Colac, Barwon Downs and return, Lyn L, Ken, Peter O, Ted, Chris Hu, Mike and Peter J were all there, David I was still battling to make it out on the Highway having ridden from home. A quick phone call and we agreed to meet David in Colac but as it turned out he caught up to us before we reached Colac.
It was cool to start but as usual we soon warmed to the task and made our way to the Farmer’s Son cafe for a coffee, that out of the way we took the Colac Forest Rd enjoying the undulating and rolling countryside with some magnificent downhills. At Seven Bridges Rd we turned left and made our way to Barwon Downs for a rest and some food before tackling the final leg back to Birregurra where we enjoyed a second coffee before heading home. Lovely day out on the bike.
Cheers Peter
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Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Lara on Sunday 8.1.17
Eight GTC riders and six CG turned out for the combined ride after an extremely warm night. It was still 32 deg at 5-30 am. Heather, Pam, Geoff, Rolf, David I, Chris Hu, Mike and Peter J chatted before our Leader from CG, Helen led us off to Lara via the Hovell Trail. About halfway there the breeze started to feel a little cooler it swung towards the West which gave us a solid headwind to get to Millar’s for coffee. The back deck was sheltered from the wind and a little warm in the Sun so we headed inside. Service was a little slow this morning and a little mixed up but we got through and then headed back on the same course, a pleasant ride on a warm day.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Majevo's in Torquay - Saturday 7.1.17
Eleven riders managed to get out of bed for an early start of 7-30 am to avoid the forecast 36 deg heat of the day. Lyn L, Sue, David I, Rolf, Peter O, Chris Hu, Greg, Ken, Ross, Mike and Peter J. The weather was pleasant riding with little wind, we headed up Torquay Rd, took the Baanip Blvd bike path and Ghazapore Rd to Dickens and Anglesea Rd, lost a couple of riders, Lyn and Ross dropped out, Lyn felt it was a bit fast for her and Ross is fighting off a bug he imported from Tassie.
At Blackgate Rd lost another rider as Greg had to get back to hand over a couple of repairs from his workshop and at Torquay Ken decided to skip coffee at Majavo’s and keep moving while his legs were freed up.
That left 7 to enjoy a coffee before rolling back to town along HSBend Rd after a lovely ride in the cool of the morning.
Cheers Peter
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Lyn's Ride to Ravens' Creek Farm on Thursday 5.1.17
****Click here for a 3D version of the ride from Peter Jones.
On this warmish day 16 riders fronted up at Bunnings for a run out to Moriac. They were: Marie,Trudi & Leo, Mark, Heather, Terry, Chris, PJ Sue, Rolf, Pam, PO, Ted, Mike, Lyn & Mick. We headed off along old Princes Hwy thru Waurns Pond and then up along main hwy to Hendy Main Rd setting a good pace before heat sets in. A good downhill run into Ravens Creek Farm for coffee. It was a nice morning sitting out under the porch with plenty of chatter although coffee was slow coming. When it was time for the home run a few of the fast men took off for a longer, hilly ride thru Ceres, the rest went up Pettavill Rd, Gazapore Rd and each dropped off along the way to home base. All up a good ride on a nice day with good company.
Thanx all for coming. Cheers Lyn
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Breakaway Group Report
Yesterday Rolf, Mark, Chris Hume and myself left the group at Moriac and
rode the Cadel Evans bike race route back to Geelong. I am pleased to advise that all hills were conquered including the famous Melville Avenue.
A well-earned coffee at the Wharf Shed Café. Cheers Peter.

David Rae's Ride to Drysdale & Queenscliff on Tuesday 3.1.17
Eleven riders met at the showgrounds - Ken G, Chris H, David I, Peter J, Rolf, Peter O, Sue, Michael T, Jackie and myself. We took the usual route along the bike path at the earlier start of 8.30 and then took the Bellarine Highway to Melaluka Road where Lyn and Mick joined us. It was a very pleasant morning for riding and we continued along the bike path to Drysdale for coffee at Ground Zero. For our next part of the journey we took Murradoc Road, which is a bit of a climb to start, but we were repaid by a couple good downhills. As we turned right onto the Port Arlington/Queenscliff road, some of the riders decided to have a bit of a sprint, while the remainder rode along at a steady pace. We kept going down to the marina, where we had a very pleasant lunch break. For the return journey we made our way along the Bellarine Highway, saying goodbye to Lyn and Mick at Leopold. Some riders took the bike path for the final section of the ride while others stayed on the Highway to make their way home.
Cheers, David.

South Geelong Station to Drysdale on New Year’s Day
With Sunday being New Year’s day, I was surprised by the number of riders who turned up at the starting line. The first task was to select a leader and determine where we’d head off to, so it was after a bit of debate that David I, Rolf, Chris Hume, Michael, guest Drew and myself departed the South Geelong Station for Drysdale. We took the usual route to Ground Zero for coffee however, as it was closed we proceeded to The Zoo for a well-earned break. The return trip back to Geelong was along Princess Street and the Swan Bay route with the first puncture of the year going to David I.
A happy New Year to all.
Peter O’Brien.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 31.12.16
On a fine Saturday morning a big bunch turned up, with the Sun shining a lot wanted to ride. There was Sue, Jackie, Lyn G, Mick G, David R, David I, Rolf, Michael T, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, John, Leo, Peter O and Peter J. We headed up Torquay Rd to Boundary, a couple of small gravel sections that aren’t sealed yet but quite rideable, Rolf probably didn’t like it on his pristine steed. Took the usual way to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Rd, threw in Sheepwash and around over the bridge to Groove. Rather busy but managed to wangle a table then another and the Groove team were their usual fast good service. Home was via 13th Beach and Blackrock Path for some and others via Lake Rd with all coming together again at Armstrong Creek on HSBend Rd. A most enjoyable mornings ride.
Cheers Peter
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Peter O'Brien's Thursday Ride to Millars in Lara - 29.12.16
On a very humid morning with the temperature in the low thirties Rolf, Chris Hume, Michael, David I, Peter J, Ted, John and myself headed off to Lara. We flew down Church Street to the bay where there was a lovely gentle sea breeze. From there we proceeded to the Hovell Creek riding trail and a photo stop at Geelong Grammar. The photo stop provided everyone the opportunity to catch our breath especially as David had been setting such speedy pace. The coffee break was at Millars, where we relaxed in air conditioned comfort, getting some relief from the hot conditions. Back on our bikes we headed to the Ted Wilson Trail and back to Church Street.
Rolf deserves a special mention today, as were an observant policeman within our vicinity, Rolf would have been issued with two demerit points for traffic infringements. Regrettably, I cannot divulge any details, and they must remain a secret due to possible future litigation. Mum’s the word Rolf!
All up a very enjoyable ride.
Regards,
Peter O’Brien.

Tuesday Ride to Teesdale & Inverleigh - 27.12.16
A perfect day for comfortable riding with overcast skies, a misty atmosphere, only a few spots of rain and a slight wind from the east. From Fyansford David I, Rolf, Chris Hu and John headed for Bannockburn. David tells me that the Tuesday group usually stop twice on the ride for refreshments - I thought he was pulling my leg! Anyway, when we got to Bannockburn the search was on for coffee - but alas, there was none to be had with the Station and
Le Due Sorelle Cafe both closed. On we rode to Teesdale - a place which has been bereft of coffee in the past - only to find that the General Store offers coffee and there is a garden to sit in. Very big mugs of coffee so good value for money - if you like your coffee hot you will have to ask for very hot though. A pleasant romp through the Inverleigh Nature Reserve and a downhill run into Inverleigh followed with the decision that we were refreshed enough to go on. At Murgheboluc we met up with Santa sitting beside his bike and from Fyansford we dispersed home. For most of us the ride was about 80km - or a little more.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Black Red & Yellow - is this the German Flag riding up to Inverleigh??

Peter Jones leads the ride to Torquay on Saturday 24.12.16
Six riders to Torquay today, Rolf, John, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David I and Peter J. Being Xmas Eve everyone was keen for an easy ride on a day that was forecast as clearing showers with a possible Thunder Storm. The showers and Thunder did pass through but had all gone by the time we had lined up to ride and we had a lovely ride with mostly Sun shine and light winds if a bit humid.
We were a little late getting away, it was well and truly Trudi time of 8-36 am, probably caused by us chatting to Sarah who couldn’t ride because she had to work but dropped in to pick up her cadence sensor from Rolf.
We took the usual longer route to Torquay via Anglesea Rd and Ocean Acres and relaxed over a coffee at Mejavos before rolling back along HSBend Rd. Four of the riders were wearing club kit and Rolf borrowed a club vest, so tried to organise a photo shoot but it was a little like herding cats, check out the pics.
A most enjoyable morning on the bike. Merry Xmas.
Cheers Peter.


Peter O'Brien's Christmas Quiz Ride to Torquay on Thursday 22.12.16
Today, Rolf, David I, Trudi, Leo, Chris Hume, Peter J, Meri, Ted, Michael, Ray C and myself set off to Torquay. We left South Geelong Station and rode along the river path to Breakwater and onto Horseshoe Bend Road. It was nice to be able to ride this route after many months of not being able to due to road closures. At McCann’s Road we headed back to the Surf Coast highway and took the more scenic route to the Kobe Café in Torquay for coffee. During the break a quiz was held with Ray proving to be a font of knowledge closely followed by Trudi. Leo was appreciative of Trudi’s expertise, being the lucky recipient of the Fredo frogs she won with her correct responses. Maybe it was the thought of Christmas indulgence with all that yummy food, but it was noted several of the riders elected to have a Fredo Frog free day.
After the break, we returned along the foreshore to Horseshoe Bend Road and from there back to Geelong. A very enjoyable ride and thanks to everyone for their involvement with the quiz.
Happy Christmas to all GTC members and their families and safe riding over the holiday period.
Peter O’Brien.

Peter Jones' Ride to Moriac and Bellbrae on Tuesday 20.12.16
Ten riders today on what turned into a lovely day, especially when we turned away from the wind. At Bunnings, Sarah, Ken, Chris Ha, David I, Rolf, Peter O, Michael T and Peter J, Trudi and Meri made their own way to Raven’s Creek Moriac where we all joined together for a most enjoyable coffee and chat. The wind and mostly uphill route kept everyone working, so we really earned our coffee. We met a couple of little budding cyclists at Raven’s Creek who joined us for our photo.
Following coffee we rolled on down Forest Rd and called in to The Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery on Great Ocean Road, the free tasting chocolate buttons had a good work out, Trudi was very pleased to find that the dark ones were vegan and no little chocs had been hurt in their manufacture. The scones jam and cream were rather large, quite popular, and very tasty. Sarah went for the kids ham and pineapple pizza, she ran out of a bit of puff so maybe a bigger one might have been in order.
The run down the Great Ocean Road with a tailwind was rather nice, through Torquay and up HSBend also with the tailwind was good and when we reached Grovedale the bunch split and headed home.
A most enjoyable day on the bike in good company. Cheers Peter.

Christmas BBQ at Geelong Trailable Yacht Club 18.12.16
We had about a dozen people for our BBQ which was organized by Peter and Marion. The photos were taken by John after a number of people had gone home and illustrate the fun had at the Kris Kringle.

Nicole's Ride to You Yangs and Lara on Sunday 18.12.16
Report soon.

To Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 17.12.16
One would have thought that on the 17th of December we would have had something vaguely resembling summer weather, but not in 2016. It was cool, windy and even a bit of rain, but that didn't prevent 7 riders coming out to the Grovedale pub meeting place. Lyn G, Michael T, Peter O'B, John H, Chris Hu, Michael G and Rolf were not put off and we welcomed Michael G back after is medical procedure prevented him from riding for 2 months. His bike must have not been informed of what was ahead as it threw off the chain in an attempt to stop him from joining in. We rode towards HBR, just to verify that it was open now after our encounter on Thursday where we were prevented from going through. Just after the 'Bend', we had Peter Jones and Sue coming towards us, a time constraint prevented them to have joined us earlier on. we then turned into Black Rock Road, then took the bike track and along 13th Beach Road to Barwon Heads. The going was easy and the speed quite high and we were lulled into a false sense of our own strength. Coffee was enjoyed at the Groove and our conversation had to be cut short because someone needed to be home before noon. Just as we were leaving, Mark B and his girlfriend Petro arrived at the Groove, but they were in need of a fix and could not join us on our way home. We now had to pay the price for the easy ride out and the wind did its best to decimate our peloton. Luckily we all made it safely home and I am positive the wind made us stronger for our next ride. Thank you all for your company and keep on riding,
Rolf.

Peter Jones Leads to Barwon Heads for Coffee at Starfish on Thursday 15.12.16
Nine riders and eight bikes, Marion agreed to come with me on the Hase Pino, who knows if she will agree again! Besides Marion there was Jackie, Sarah, David R, Terry, Ted, Chris Hu, Rolf and Me. We took Reserve Rd, Lake Rd Barwon Heads Rd into Barwon Heads and some did Sheepwash before rolling into Starfish for coffee.
The return was by 13th Beach, Blackrock Path, Blackgate Rd, HSBend Rd. Terry had been through and thought we should be right, after all it is open tomorrow, but the peloton got turned onto the bike path towards Barwon Heads Rd and Marion and I being at the back were singled out and sent back to Mt Duneed Rd. When you see the small amount of work that they have done you have to question why the road needed to be closed for four months plus.
In any case everyone got home without problems and it was a lovely day for a ride, particularly coming home with a tailwind.
Following snippet from Ted:-
Hi Peter
After sneaking through level 1 construction zone security at the south end of the Horseshoe Bend road works the peloton, minus Peter and Marion, navigated through Armstrong Creek to Barwon Heads Road(works) then back to HSBend Road via Boundary. At that point a group of rebels led by one who should remain nameless but with the initials Terry went back into the construction (war) zone while the law abiding ones carried on to the Reserve Road neutral zone.
Meanwhile, Peter and Marion remain MIA but hopefully will be bailed out of construction zone prison in time for their next ride. (Don’t worry Sue I’ll be there on Sat morning, 7-30 am as discussed, I’m free) Someone else will have to lead the ride at 8:30 am I have to be home by 10-00 am to head to Bulleen in Melb for a surprise 80th Birthday Party.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' CADEL Ride on Tuesday 13.12.16
****Click here for a 3D version of the ride from Peter Jones.
Nine riders at Rippleside ready to go at 8-30 am, already quite warm with a warm breeze. We made our way along the waterfront and down to the river, not quite the Cadel Peoples Ride course but a bit safer and easier. We went through the playing fields at South Barwon and met up with another six riders making the total 15. Trudi, Meri, Lyn G, Lyn L, Jackie, Sarah, Ken, Ross, Rolf, David R, David I, Ray, Terry, Chris Hu and Peter J made up the bunch.
We rolled out Barwon Heads Rd, Jackie’s bike was playing up and it turned out to be a big screw through the tyre, at about the same time just up the road Sarah rode through a pot hole and pinch punctured, two down, prior to this my rear wheel developed a buckle, a legacy of the infamous bucket handle episode the previous Tuesday as a spoke gave up and broke, opened brakes up and soldiered on.
The run to Barwon Heads was not too bad with a tailwind but the run back along 13th Beach into the wind tested some of the bunch and David R, Jackie, Lyn G, and Terry called it quits and headed home, planning a coffee at Two Wrens in Grovedale. The rest continued on to Torquay for a coffee at Kobo, another casualty, Lyn L had trouble with a nerve in her foot and had to stop and attend to it. Ken headed back home to get a car to transport the wounded warrior home. Ray decided he enjoyed his coffee so much at Uforic on Sunday so he headed there for a coffee.
Following coffees, of various types, we were off again, Rolf had a 2-00 o’clock dentist appt so off he went with David I who also wanted to get back which just left 5, Trudi, Meri and Chris decided they didn’t need to do Bells so took the easy way, Sarah wanted the training so we headed down Bells Blvd and after photos overlooking Bells Beach we ground our way up Jarosite and back to the Great Ocean Rd where the others awaited.
The Famous Five pushed on to Moriac where rolls, tea and milk shakes along with many bottles of water contributed to the refuelling and rehydrating before Chris and Sarah took the easier way back along Mt Duneed Rd with a tailwind and Meri, Trudi and Peter took Hendy Main Rd to Barrabool Rd and down Merrawarp Rd and into Fyansford where Meri and Trudi headed up the cementies hill and Peter took the river path and home.
A bit of a tough day on the bike, mainly because of the warm wind. Rolf reported that he also had a puncture so that made three for the day after many months without one.
Peter Jones.

John's Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Uforic Food on Sunday 11.12.16
Ten riders for our jaunt today to Uforic Food Cafe on the Surf Coast Highway near Armstrong Creek - Dave S and John M from Cycling Geelong and Rolf, Mike T,
Ray M, Chris Hume, Lyn, David I, Ross and your leader John H. Peter Jones and Marion came down to the Cafe on their semi-recumbent tandem so an even dozen for our cakes, coffee and conversation. The route to Uforic Food was via Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Airport and then Blackgate Rd to the Surf Coast Highway. For the return trip a number had to be home early so joined Peter and Marion to go straight back on the Surf Coast Highway. The rest followed John H south to Coombes Rd in Torquay and then back on the Anglesea Rd, Dickins, Ghazeepore and Baanip Way bike path. The return trip was just over 60km on a great day for cycling.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Torquay via Bellbrae on Saturday 10.12.16
Being an overcast morning it was great to have fifteen riders turn up for today’s ride. Ross, Rolf, Peter J, Sue, Jackie, David, Ray C, Ray M, Meri, Trudi, Michael, John, Lyn, Greg and myself departed Grovedale for Torquay via Bellbrae. Not long into the ride I heard a suspicious clicking sound that seemed to be emanating from my pedals so I discussed this unfamiliar noise with my consultant Rolf. Rolf couldn’t diagnose the cause of the clicking so at Dickins Road we exchanged bikes. May I say that I quite enjoyed riding Rolf’s bike, albeit it was a bit small, but it was a beautiful bike to ride being smooth and ticking over like an expensive top of the range European car. I was reluctant to hand his bike back! Noises on a bike can present strange outcomes and in this particular instance Rolf’s verdict was the noise was movement within the bike seat itself. I know what you are thinking that, (a) I’m hoping Santa Clause will bring me a new seat, or (b) I’ll lose some weight for a more even seat to bottom ratio.
Having conquered the hill at Bellbrae it was interesting to hear the comments from a group of riders heading in the opposite direction. They were impressed by our consideration of fellow riders stating, “See they wait at the top of the hill for everyone”. Indeed, why would we not! Our peloton proceeded at haste and enjoyed the ride to Torquay where the coffee break was held at Kobo Café. Due to our large numbers, half the riders stayed indoors while the other half were seated outside. I must say the outdoor environment was extremely comfortable and it was difficult to leave such pleasant spot.
Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Road and McCann Road.
Total distance travelled was 60kms.
Regards, Peter O.

Peter & Sue on the tandem heading South on Ghazeepore Rd towards Freshwater Creek.

John met Steve Cartin on the way back along the Barwon - he hopes to ride with us again soon.

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Ride Report to Lara, Thursday 8th December, 2016..
I woke up this morning, checked the ‘bom radar’ weather report and thought “Struth”! Prospects for the ride weren’t promising with rain and thunderstorms predicted. I had second thoughts about participating but decided to take up the challenge with such like-minded warriors as Peter J, Meri, Chris Hume and Rolf. Trudi will need to bring a note as her absence as team leader was discussed and noted! We wandered off like lost sheep along the Ted Wilson Trail and at Creamery Road Peter J and Meri stayed on the trail whereas Rolf, Chris and myself took the Bluestone Bridge Road.
Whilst riding along Bluestone Bridge Road the heavens opened up forcing us to take shelter until the heavy rain subsided. It was very strange weather, as whilst the temperature was warmish, there was some rain so we riders had our rain jackets on-hand for bursts of rainfall. The coffee break was at Millars in Lara where we met up with Ted Reeve. Rolf, Ted and myself resisted the temptation to indulge in a range of scrumptious cakes however, others couldn’t resist! The return ride to Geelong was unusual with a tail wind from Lara to the Hovells Creek trail and then head and side winds for the remainder of the ride.
All up an enjoyable ride, and despite the inclement weather, I’m glad I ventured out.
Peter O.

David Innes' Ride to Werribee on Tuesday 6.12.16.
****Click here for a 3D version of the ride from Peter Jones.

Tuesday morning was a beautiful day for cycling the sun shone brightly with little to no wind starting our adventure from Rippleside car park. Our destination for the day was Werribee via Lara, Little River with a good attendance was nice to see the ladies come along with special guest Lyn Park a friend of Peter Jones. Others to attend were: Rolf, John, Ray, Trudy, Meri and my self.
So off we went our hearts and lungs pumping breathing life into our machines pedals turning wheels spinning mine been a little unruly having to keep applying the breaks not to get too far ahead. Eargerly we headed towards the Hovell Trail a well used bike path taking us on a scenic route into Lara. First stop for coffee was Millars Coffee Shop the usually favoured by our club John Hagan almost didn't make it to coffee as a giant German Shepard with big teeth almost had him being at just the right height on his recumbent machine for the dog's gnashing teeth lol narrowly escaping with his life! .
Queuing for our coffees it seems the telephone got a fright from Ray Moore jumping off the edge of the bench he swears he didn't touch it but that wasn't all whilst sitting at out table chatting away the girl bringing our coffees had a slight accident spilling coffee and smashing a cup onto the ground. Luckily no one was burnt by the hot fluids she was however most apologetic and somewhat embarrassed. After our chat was time to head off to Werribee leaving poor John Hagan on his own as his order was forgotten whilst we were all finished we waved goodbye as he had other engagements and couldn't continue.
The ride to Little River was very pleasant makings few stops along the way for water and toilet stop at the local footy ground. We continued onto Werribee stopping there for lunch we sat under the shade of an umbrella the back of a coffee shop we often attend when ever we ride to Werribee with lunch had we headed back home deciding the quickest route back along the highway would be best.
The ride home was almost uneventful till I managed to ride over what was an old bucket handle which flicked up by my riding over it and managing to catch onto Peter Jones' rear wheel and wrap itself around his rear axle with a horrible sound coming from behind we thought oh no! he hasn't come off again! Fortunately nothing was broken and Peter managed to keep his bike upright as it skidded to a nasty screeching halt. You could say he narrowly missed kicking the bucket ha ha was just the handle instead lol. After battling to get the thick piece of wire handle uncurled from his axle we contained on home along the noisy highway. Turing off the highway onto the Hovell Trail via the unofficial exit from the highway over the mown section of grass onto the asphalt trail. Lyn had to rush off needing to pick up her kids from school so Rolf joined her riding off ahead of us all. Looking back there were a few weary riders behind me as it was a longer ride than usual 100 kilometres plus special mention must go to Ray Moore for his sterling effort after only his fourth ride back he battled manfully to keep up. Well done to all in fact it was a pleasant and most eventful ride enjoyed by all.

Ride report by David Innes.

Ross' Ride to Ravens Creek Farm at Moriac on Sunday 4.12.16.
Perfect cycling weather for today's ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills. Heather, Geoff, Vicki, Ian R, Ian F, John H, Rolf, Ray, Michael and Ross set out from South Geelong station and headed up through the 'burbs to the cement works and the big downhill run to Fyansford. Chris Hu joined us there and we continued on towards Moriac. The group got a bit strung out heading up through the hills and us back markers were quite surprised to see the early arrivals still waiting for their drinks and cakes, at Ravens Creek Farm. Plenty of food, drink and conversation later, we set out for home via Mt Duneed Road. Back towards Waurn Ponds, the group started breaking up with riders taking the most direct route home. The only negative to report was the cream supplied with the cakes at Raven Creek Farm was not whipped and was very difficult to heap on the cakes/slices/scones. Definitely a first world issue!
A very pleasant ride in excellent conditions with great company.
Ross.

GTC CHRISTMAS PARTY at Mt Duneed Hotel - Saturday 3.12.16.
This was a very enjoyable evening with musical accompaniment with a Robbie Williams impersonator. Thanks to Lyn Gregg who organized the event.

Sue and Marion enjoying the conversation.

Sue's dog, Gemma, didn't quite have the 3 course meal but did enjoy the water!

Our Robbie Williams look alike meets up with Sue and her guide dog, Gemma, at the end of the show.

Peter Jones Leads the Ride to Ocean Grove on Saturday 3.12.16.
Eight riders on a fine Sunny day, David I, Rolf, Peter O, Chris, Michael T, Mark, Ray and Peter J headed to Reserve Rd and via HSBend Rd and Boundary, Barwon Heads, Lake Rd, Sheepwash to Groove. A most enjoyable coffee in the garden setting as usual. Black Racing arrived as we were about to leave so we passed on the spot.
As we headed home the first of the Great Vic riders we had noticed started to roll through, glad we were going in the opposite direction. Waved out to Chris H, Nicole and John C, there was a heap of riders enjoying a wonderful day’s cycling.
Decided to forgo the the Blackrock Path it was choc a block and going against the flow could have been dangerous. Decided to take Mt Duneed Rd to Charlemont Rd for a change, used to be a nice quiet road but is being used by Trucks with Dogs involved with the new developments and they weren’t inclined to give up any bitumen. Rolled back onto Barwon Heads Rd and headed home, a most enjoyable day on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Mick's Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 1.12.16.
Well what a turn out on this lovely day it was HUGEEEE. There were 17 of us which was great. Must be the name lol: Ian, Mike, Trudi, Ross, Chris, David I, Peter J, Rolf , Meri, Ray, Peter O, Jackie, David, Ted, Sarah, Greg, and yours truly Lyn. We left the show grounds and wiggled our way on to Portarlington Road and then turned into Melaluka Road to pick up the rail trail. I rang Mick and told him to get down and warn the team at Ground Zero how many there were. But we beat him there. Our coffees didn’t take long to come and after much chatter we headed off down Princess St. and then on to Swan Bay . RdSome left us and went on further and the rest of us headed for home. It was a very pleasant ride on a beautiful day. Thanks all for coming. Cheers Lyn
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GTC Riders Nicole & Chris Halpin on the 2016 Great Victorian Bike Ride:
Nicole and I are enjoying a magic 2016 GVBR. Started Sunday from Halls Gap. 4200 riders including about 1500 primary and Secondary school kids. Travelled to Dunkeld day 1. Mortlake, Port Campbell and now resting in Apollo Bay. Tough day yesterday breasting Lavers Hill(s)!! Weather and countryside magnificent. Food maybe. Accidents few fortunately. Cheers. Chris.

David Rae's Ride to Portarlington & St Leonards on Tuesday 29.11.16.
Twelve riders set off from the Showgrounds - Trudi, Terry, Chris H, David I, Peter J, Rolf, Meri, Ray, Peter O, Michael T, Jackie and myself. Everyone was happy that it was a lovely sunny morning and looking forward to a ride to Port Arlington at last! We rode along the bike path and then on the road through Leopold, where Lyn joined us at Kensington Road. We then turned left at Christies Road and joined the rail trail again to Drysdale, where we enjoyed a good cup of coffee at Ground Zero. Terry headed for home while the rest of us continued on to Port Arlington. It was a beautiful day for the ride around by the water with a clear view of Melbourne in the distance. We stopped for lunch at St. Leonards and came back along Murradoc Road. The grass cuttings left on the bike lane made it a bit difficult for riding. We returned via the bike path from Drysdale. At Kensington Road the group split up and some riders went for another coffee at The Rolling Pin in Leopold. An enjoyable ride on a lovely day.
David.

****Click here for a 3D version of the ride from Peter Jones.

Ross' Ride to The Station Cafe at Bannockburn on Sunday 27.11.16.
Six GTC members and a guest for today's ride to Bannockburn. Vicky, Ian, Rolf David I, Peter J (back on the road bike), his son Cameron and Ross took the standard suburban route to Church Street and the start of the Ted Wilson trail. A short section of the Midland Highway then a right turn on to Ballan Road. A quiet cruise along Steiglitz Road was interrupted by a puncture for Cameron. This gave everyone a breather and provided the perfect opportunity to debate (yet again) the merits of pump vs. CO2. After the usual superb ride down (and up) through the Russells Bridge area, we took refreshments at the old Bannockburn railway station. Dave I. was most insistent we take Masons Road back to the Hamilton Highway so he lead the way home. Not sure it is any better then Burnside but does add another nice uphill. An easy cruise back to Fyansford where the group split and riders took the shortest way home.
Thanks to all for the good company.
Ross.

****Click here for a 3D version of the ride from Cameron Jones.

Peter Jones' Ride to Raven's Creek Farm on Saturday 26.11.16.
Seven riders for today’s ride to Moriac, Lyn G, Rolf, Peter O, David I, Chris, Ray and Peter J. Ray rejoined us today after all his work in selling and buying houses etc. It was quite a cool and brisk westerly breeze so my original thought to go to Groove was changed to Raven’s Creek, work hard into the head wind and come home with a good tail wind. Didn’t get a lot of Sun but a pleasant ride via Anglesea Rd and Blackgate and Hendy Main into Moriac. Following an enjoyable coffee rolled on home via Mt Duneed Rd with that stiff tailwind.
Cheers Peter.

Terry Hamilton's ride to Farmers' Place in Freshwater Creek via Torquay - Thursday 24.11.16.
It was a cool overcast day 9 riders, Jackie, Lynne, Rolf, David R, David I Peter J and Peter O, Chris and myself.
We headed off to the Farmers Place Anglesea road Freshwater Creek.
After explaining to the group where we were going along the SC Hwy to McCann’s Road before turning left, we headed off getting to Mt Duneed Road half the group turned left, after getting the group back together and then turning left into McCann’s Road where we stopped, some riders denied that they had heard the directions so court was convened, I called my first witness who took the 5th my case was thrown out.
We then continued to Horshoe Bend Road following it to Torquay before turning right through the Torquay estate into Fischer Street turning right into Darian road crossing the Highway to Grossmans Road then through (Millionaires row) to Coombes Road, turning right at the roundabout and heading along Anglesea Road to the café, a welcome rest, great coffee, cake and conversation we headed back along Ghazeepore Road, a most enjoyable ride of approx 40 klm’s.
Keep on Pedalling,
Cheers Terry.

Peter Jones' Ride to Moriac via The Barrabool Hills on Tuesday 22.11.16.
Three riders today, Ray is otherwise engaged at the moment so I took over as ride leader, good choice I reckon as I haven’t ridden on an upright bike for about 6 weeks since a crash damaged my ego a lot but my shoulder even more.
Peter O and Rolf were waiting when I arrived and as I had already decided 90 km was not on my wish list at this stage of my return to riding they agreed a ride to Moriac via the Barrabool hills would be a good alternative.
So off we went, Peter and Rolf ahead, me behind on my MTB, and that is the way it continued. At Hendy Main Rd Rolf and Peter decided to continue on and take the Considine option, I took the Hendy Main option, Rolf reckoned it would be 15 minutes longer and he was right, Peter reckoned Rolf was a hard man to keep up with so I’m glad I took the easier option.
Following coffee we headed back via Mt Duneed Rd, mist had changed to light drizzle but jackets on we pedalled on, good ride, my body held up well and hopefully I can move back on to the Road bike soon.
On my way home going up Pigdon’s Rd I was pleased to see a change we at the BUG have been advocating for has finally happened with the separated bike lane now proceeding past Deakin turn off.
Cheers Peter.

Nicole's Ride to Portarlington via Drysdale on Sunday 20.11.16.
Riders John C, Ian F, Rolf, David I, Chris H, Ian and Vicki, Geoff and myself. Chris also visited to say Hi before going to another event. John C recommended the ride to be hard, fast....no stopping for coffee or slow riders. John C got a flat so opted out, so we stopped for coffee at Ground Zero for my second visit. We had a few stops to regroup and farewell the broken bike. We rode through East Geelong to Portarlington road to Drysdale. After coffee stop we traveled Murradoc road to Queenscliff- Portarlington rd to Portarlington, back to Drysdale. Just short of Drysdale my bike had a mechanical. David called it a major mechanical. Thanks for the photos David. Thanks Ian for your phone to call for the sag wagon. Thank you to Geoff for staying with me until Bill arrived. I hope the rest of the group got back with any other issues.
Regards, Nicole.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac via Fyansford on Saturday 19.11.16.
On a beautiful sunny morning John H, Nicole and myself departed the Grovedale Hotel and headed back to Geelong via Heyers Road, Ghazepore Road, Pigdons Road and Barrabool Road to Moorabool Street. John, being the social butterfly that he is, left us at this point to attend a 1y.o. birthday party in Melbourne. Nicole and myself soldiered on, meandering through Geelong streets until we reached the top of Hyland Street. Around about this point in the ride, Nicole revealed her daredevil streak, hurtling down the hill and leaving me in her wake.
The ride to Merrawarp Road and on to Barrabool Road presented some hill climbs but nothing we couldn’t conquer. Nicole is participating in the Great Victorian Bike Ride next week end and the many ups and downs on Hendy Main Road provided her with ideal training leading up to the event. Chris Halpin is also riding in the Great Vic and I’m looking forward to hearing how they fare upon their return. Crossing the Colac Highway, the downhill run in to Moriac was sensational and we enjoyed a well-earned coffee break at Raven Farm.
Our little peloton of two hardy riders then headed back to Geelong via Mount Duneed Road, Ghazepore Road and Baanip Blvd. Total distance for the ride was 60kms. Thanks Nicole for a lovely ride and thanks also to John for a his commitment and dedication by turning up prior to a social engagement.
Peter O.

David Innes Ride to Freshwater Creek and Moriac on Thursday 17.11.16.
Well it wasn't a very good showing for today's ride a beautiful sunny day only the wind spoilt it and only Meri, Trudi, Chris and myself came out today we rode to Moriac but first stopping at farmers place for coffee bit early I thought after that headed to Moriac where we decided to split up. The girls continued on to Ceres whilst us weak blokes headed back the usual way..
We had the wind advantage as it was blowing from the north west but once we got to the turn into Gazapore Rd it was pretty much a stiff head head wind most of the way back home. A silly driver in a utility vehicle narrowly missed me by matter of inches as I dodged a pot hole in the road seems like cyclist are open season since one was killed the other day in the city. Anyhow we survived but I only just made it back home forgetting to take a bottle of water in what my Garmin saying it was 36c! on an 80 km ride lucky we had coffee. Thanks to the girls for their company and Chris which made the ride all the more enjoyable look forward to seeing you all again. David Innes
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Ride from Geelong to Southbank on Tuesday 15.11.16.
Ian, Chris Hume, and myself departed the South Geelong Station heading off to the big smoke at 8am this morning. Along the way we were joined by Zac at Rippleside, Meri, Trudi, Rolf and David I at Swinburne Street and Ted & Ben at Lara. It was a glorious day with the wind behind us and like school kids heading off on an excursion we were apprehensive yet excited. Ted was out of luck though as he had a flat tyre on the outskirts of Lara that took quite some time to fix. I did note it took 3 riders to repair Ted’s tyre and you’ll notice in one of the photos that Ted took on the important role of supervising the others to fix his puncture!
Peddling onwards, I’m sure the Little River locals thought Cadel and his mates were in town as we travelled at such speeds along the smooth surface of the Old Melbourne Road. In fact, were the constabulary hiding behind a tree, Rolf, David and Ben would have been in big trouble given their nippy fast riding. After 50kms, a number of riders were chafing at the bit for a coffee break so we stopped at the Coffee Pot Café in Watton Street, Werribee.
Back on our bikes we headed to the Federation Trail and onto Yarraville. There’s lots to take in along this section of the trail, from the open plains to industrial sites and a variety of smells, both good and bad. There were many roads to be crossed, the majority well controlled with bicycle signals. Unfortunately, like many other bike trails, this trail ends in no man’s land and you need to meander through various streets to link up with the Bay Trail that then turns into the Capital Trail at which point you cross the Maribyrnong river onto Footscray Road. Being simple country folk, we enjoyed the fantastic views of the Melbourne city skyline as we headed to Docklands. We crossed the Yarra River near North Wharf Road and proceeded to Southbank where riding along the promenade is surreal, given the views across the Yarra and the density of pedestrians on the promenade which kept us on high alert. I spotted a sign stating that cycling is restricted to 10kms per hour – not sure how this is enforced though. The lunch break was taken at the Food Court where there was an array of cuisines on offer.
After lunch we rode back to Southern Cross Station where half of the group caught the 2:10pm train to Geelong and the other half caught the 2:30pm train. Happily there was enough room on each of the trains to adequately cater for our bikes.
I’m awarding an Honourable Mention to David who elected to ride back home to Geelong rather than take the train - a herculean performance. I’ve been informed that David arrived home at 5:20pm having ridden a total of 170.8km. I’m assuming he’s now in bed recovering. As for the remainder of we mere mortals who only took a one way trip, the total distance travelled from the South Geelong Station to South Bank was 95kms.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Sunday Ride to Millars in Lara - 13.11.16.
A true test of character with today's weather outlook promising fierce winds, rain showers and a return to winter temperatures. Five riders met for the regular combined ride - John H piloting the "Grasshopper", Mike, Rolf and myself representing GTCC and John Miro the solo Cycling Geelong rep. All agreed a safe ride on the Hume and Hovell Trail to Lara and coffee at Millars was the best plan, considering the northwesterly winds. A bit of a slog into the wind saw Rolf depart early for a hot bath or something to calm his nerves after yesterday's excitement. An uneventful trip to MIllars, a hot coffee and some yummy scones were just what we needed. No such luck on the way home. Somehow we managed to lose John M in the wilds of Lara. Apparently he lost sight of us and turned the wrong way - very poor leadership on my part. But worse was still to come when we happened upon road works on Canterbury Rd and had to find an alternate route through the back streets. Fortunately we managed to thread our way back to the Hume and Hovell to find John M waiting patiently for us. A wind assisted trip back to Rippleside got us back before the rain clouds arrived. Most enjoyable - thanks for the company.
Chris H.

Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 12.11.16.
Six riders: David I, Rolf, Chris Halpin, Chris Hume, Peter J, and John H, for our ride to Groove in Ocean Grove. The weather forecast was not good but it turned out to be excellent weather for cycling. Our first problem came when we took Boundary Rd through to Barwon Heads Rd - we did ignore the sign which said 'Road Closed' but , not to be daunted, turned our bikes into mountain bikes and got through (see photo below). Before we arrived in Barwon Heads Rolf's tyre became obstinate and did not want to stay between the rims so running repairs were required. On arriving at Groove the place was just about full with cyclists and locals but we did manage to find a seat, albeit indoors. The coffee was good as usual and is well priced. On the return trip David snapped his chain on 13th Beach Rd (must have been putting too much power into that bike!) but between himself and Rolf they had all the gear to fix it. Peter Jones was on the recumbent and had to work a bit harder than the rest of us and yours truly was on an upright bike for a change. This was a thoroughly satisyfing ride for all.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

David Innes Leads Ride to Torquay on Thursday 10.11.16.
Return of the Prodial son came a man on a very strange looking machine half man half insect crawling along the Tarmac with an orange tail which turned out to be a flag in the end. Well my eyes aren't that good these days. It was none other than Mr Peter Jones our spiritual leader desperate to get his cycling fix despite his wounded shoulder this after a broken hand and two falls there was no! chance of him falling again ha ha.
We all gathered at the usual place Grovdale crapark a good turn out for a cloudy not so promising morning but it did turn out sunny in the end riders attending the ride were Lyn, Greg, Trudi, Ted, Meri, Chris, Rolf and of course Mr Jones on his green insect looking machine noticeable absentee was Peter O'Brien of which I'm expecting a note from his wife why he wasn't allowed to come out to play. The start was past the hour whilst no one wanted to lead us out so Lyn took the lead and off we headed towards Torquay along the busy highway with insect man crawling behind us literally crawling as it was tough going up the slopes of the highway on something that looked like a museum piece never the less we took pity on our wounded leader making sure he wouldn't be squashed by some huge lorry not seeing him scurrying along the ground. Turning left into the estate coming into Torquay via the back door couple of our lead riders took a wrong turn about to lead us up the garden path so to speak in comes Peter Jones to the rescue guiding us as he's done a thousand times before making sure we'd make our coffee stop st Kobos. Arriving safely we all went inside to enjoy each other's company especially that of PJ as we'd all missed him over the weeks whilst he was recovering from his run of misfortune.
A few enjoying their coffees with cakes and cream pictured and a surprise guest Lyn's better half Mick showed up he to is recovering from what turns out it be a serious calf injury let's hope he recovers soon and see him on a bike again. After a long break and enjoyable conversation we finally decided to get underway going back home via horseshoe bend Rd and Mccanns Rd back onto the surfcoast highway past the Grovdale hotel where we all departed going our seperate ways. Thanks to all for a pleasant day's cycling making it all the more enjoyable than it would be riding alone as poor Rolf had the misfortune to find out last ride.
See you all again soon :-)
David Innes.

Peter O'Brien Leads Ride to Lara, Little River & The You Yangs on Tuesday 8.11.16.
On a lovely day for riding, Rolf, David I, Meri, Trudi and myself headed off via Lovely Banks to Lara. With a tail wind we were able to enjoy a fast ride to Millars for our coffee stop where we were joined by Marion and Peter. The weather was perfect so sitting in the sunshine outside Millar’s was particularly enjoyable. The ride to Little River via the Old Melbourne Road was sensational, the surface being the smoothest we have ridden on for many years. From Little River we headed back to the You Yangs where we stopped for lunch at the Visitors Information Centre. Whilst it certainly is a stunning environment, it was marred by the swarms of mosquitoes causing us to depart earlier then we would have liked. We rode back to Lara then onto the Hovells Creek trail to Geelong. Total distance 80kms.
Regards, Peter O.

John Hagan's Ride to Curlewis & Collendina on Sunday 6.11.16.
A generally sunny but rather windy day for our ride down the Bellarine Peninsula. A good turn out at Sth Geelong Station for the start - 12 riders - Mike, Ian F, Chris Halpin, Chris Hume, David I, Greg, Rolf, Pam, Peter O'B, Vicky and Ian R, and John, your ride leader. We headed out east with the wind behind us along the Bellarine Rail Trail and at the Highway some continued along the Trail and others took the Highway to Melaluka Rd where they rejoined us on the Rail Trail to travel through to Curlewis. We then took Curlewis Rd to Wallington where we meandered through Orchard Crescent, with its' houses on large blocks, and then on Grubb Rd and through to Collendina. Here we met Peter and Marion, who had driven down, and the 14 of us enjoyed our coffee and conversation at the Skinny Cow. On the return trip Pam and Ian F headed home through Wallington and the rest of the group went through to Barwon Heads and back home via Lake Rd. Your ride leader was last to get in without the help of his trusty recumbent in the blowy conditions.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Rolf to Ocean Grove on his own - Saturday - 5.11.16.
A lovely spring morning, well, sort of and most wouldn't agree as no one else showed up at the Grovedale pub car park for the 8:30 meeting. Made it easy to select the ride leader and the destination, all done very democratically by yours truly. The peloton of one headed down Boundary Road towards the Barwon Heads Hwy, then onto Lakes Road and up to 13th Beach Road, where a nice tailwind pushed me along at about 40km/h. Across the Barwon River bridge and on to Ocean Grove to the Groove. A lonely cup of coffee and zero conversation, then onto Wallington Road, Curlewis Road and then the rail trail with a lot of company of the "walk for the homeless" people, all very well behaved, no one with ear phones in their ears either. The whole ride took about 2h,30min including the coffee stop and netted me 65km. All is all a not unpleasant ride, but would have been better in company of someone.
Keep on riding even if the wind blows,
Rolf.

Gippsland Tour - Ross Glover and Chris Hume - November 2016.
Two bike riders, three days of perfect bike-riding weather and 200 k's of car-free bike trail - how much better can life get? The East Gippsland Rail Trail is just about the perfect 3 day tour, if you don't mind riding on dirt. Train to Bairnsdale. Ride to Nowa Nowa with all your gear and set up camp. Next day ride the unladen bikes to Orbost and back. Day three, pack up camp and ride back to Bairsdale then train home. This is exactly what Chris and Ross did this week.
Other than the weather, the highlight of day one was coming across a large (metre long?) goanna sunning itself on the track.
(Plenty of wildlife spotted on this trip - wallabies, kangaroos, two black snakes, one huge feral cat, the one metre long goanna, numerous hares and rabbits and a wide variety of birds.) Otherwise, the 60 k's to the Mingling Waters Caravan Park, our camping spot at Nowa Nowa, was enjoyable but not particularly eventful. Mingling Waters is a quite unique spot, best described as having considerable "character" but the less charitable might call it run down.
Day two had us enjoying the ride on unloaded bikes. Had a nice meeting with some riders from the Bayside Bicycle Touring Club then just before Orbost, we passed a school group cycling to Bairnsdale. The students kept well to their side of the track but the supervising teacher was riding along on our side and only at the last moment I realised he was too busy talking to one of the female students to even notice us. I had to brake hard to avoid him and Chris avoided hitting me by swerving and crashing to the ground.
The guy asked Chris if he was okay but there was no apology for causing the situation. After picking himself up, Chris checked his bike and other than needing the back wheel removed and replaced to release a jammed rear disk brake, all was ok. The pies at the Orbost Bakery were so good that after a short walk around town to aid digestion, we returned and tested their cakes. Definitely delicious but all that cream was probably a mistake with 40 k's back to camp. A less eventful return trip and we arrived to find the cycling students (and presumably the teacher) sharing the caravan park. Some were definitely suffering from their first 40 k's and were not looking forward the the next days 60 k's to Bairnsdale.
Day three started early with us needing to get to the train by 12.45. Another nice ride but nothing to report other than meeting a few more friendly cycle tourists. Arrived with time for some lunch, at the Bairnsdale Bakery this time. I went in while Chris guarded the bikes. Big gold lettering advertised the shop having won an award for the best curried scallop pie in Australia and I can confirm they are very good. Unfortunately, mine was the last and Chris had to "settle" for a satay prawn pie instead.
Getting home took considerably longer than expected with the train stopped at Pakenham station while we waited for the police to remove an unruly passenger then we were unable to get on the first Geelong train as it was too crowded and the next was cancelled.
We managed to barge our way on to the third train despite it being one carriage set only, due to faulty carriages. Having to stand up was not a problem, having done 200 k's of dirt track over the three days.
This was Chris's first bike tour and hopefully he enjoyed it enough to go again.
Probably best if you ask him.
Regards,
Ross.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 3.11.16.
Today Rolf, Ted, David I, Jackie, Lyn, David R and myself were primed and ready to ride from Bunnings Waurn Ponds to Moriac. There was one problem, Lyn had forgotten her helmet! Solution: Jackie & David escorted Lyn to their place and provided a spare one. We all regrouped on Ghazeephore Road and headed off to Mt Duneed Road and onto Moriac. The Moriac shop was a good spot for a coffee stop. Back on our bikes and with the aid of a tailwind we then rode home via Paraparap to Freshwater Creek and back to Bunnings. A pleasant ride on a lovely day.
Peter O'Brien.

David Innes' Ride to Moriac on Tuesday 1.11.16.
Spring what spring nothing but wind and rain! had we had enough rain lately.
Tuesday's ride was once agin slated for the Inveligh via Bannockburn to Teesdale feeling like ground hog day as we only did that ride the other week but the weather made us rethink the the route we'd take for the days ride arriving in Fyansford which I'm told by Rolf our local historian was named after a police officer named Fyans and before the bridge was erected over a hundred years ago it was a ford crossing hence the name Fynsford.
Arriving there I was greeted by the lone figure of Rolf splendid in his cycling attire as usual Fran doing a good job making sure he's very presentable whilst waiting for others to arrive we were sadly disappointed with only one other brave soul Julie joining us looking fit and ready on her trek bicycle anyhow it was a unanimous decision to head out to Moriac however it was debated who should ride kelpie lol so Rolf volunteered riding behind making sure she was safe.
Riding alone the Hamilton Highway into the wind we turned the first left onto a quiet road very scenic taking me back to my junior cycle racing years back to the mid seventies riding along with my mates from the Geelong Amateur Cycling Club as it was know then it hasn't changed much in all those years taking in the scenery and the very green countryside was most enjoyable despite the chilly wind.
Reaching the end of the road we headed up the Barrabool hills grinding our way up on our granny gears we conquered the first hill then screamed down the other side to tackle the more difficult of climbs which was much longer with the gradient topping out to 12.3% was my turn to escort Julie whilst Rolf rode on ahead and I kept her company while I encouraged her sterling effort getting up the hill.
Reaching the top Rolf had ridden past our turn off so had to motion him back as Julie rode on ahead our direct route to Moriac with couple more hills it was the gusty wind that was more of a concern as we rode down into the valley with no protection from the wind it threatened to literally push us off of our bikes.
Crossing the highway the last stretch was nice and down hill all the way into Moriac arriving for a well earned coffee where we met a few of other riders and Julie's husband no less after coffee. Julie had decided she'd ride with her better half perhaps better looking than us ha ha and rode to some place unknown to us so off we rode Rolf and I quickest way home as it had started to rain earlier than the forecast expected with the roads wet we made haste hoping to get home before it really came down alas whilst we were riding along Ghazeepore Road it decided to come down pretty heavily and Rolf immediately took cover behind some trees so reluctantly I joined him as we waited a little while for it to pass.
We rode home the rest of the way without incident or rain gladly completing our ride in not so ideal riding conditions we are still praying and hoping for spring to arrive if it already hasn't left us least we have summer me to look forward to let's hope it's better weather then what we've has so far.
Thanks to Rolf and Julie for making it a club ride who without would of been a dismal days riding in such weather I look forward to catching up with a few more of our members if only they'd put away their fair weather bicycles.
Ride report: David Innes.

2 Rides and Gathering to Thank Greg Allerton for his contribution to Cycling in Geelong - Sunday 30.10.16.
Rod Charles led a ride around the places where Greg has contributed - this was at 10am.

Peter O'Brien led the 1st ride at 9am - a medium ride - here is his report:
On a blustery but warm summer morning, David I, Rolf, Chris Halpin, Zdenko C, Ian, John H, Pam, Peter D and myself, together with Geelong Cycling Club members Dave S, Greg A, Doug M and Karen A headed off on a mystery tour of Geelong. We rode from Osborne House to St Georges Road, along Cox Road in windy conditions, up the Anakie Road Hill and onto Bluestone Bridge Road, enjoying a section that provides a wonderful view of Corio Bay and Geelong. Along this section of road a little dog approached us and caused some amusement as it tried to harass some of the riders. With another short hill to climb, we continued to Braund Avenue, onto the Ted Wilson Trail, and proceeded downhill along Church Street to Minerva Road and a coffee stop at Soft.
After the break we cruised down Shannon Avenue and stopped to visit Greg's bike shop, where Doug provided an informative commentary on his association with Greg. We then headed to Queens Park Road, at which point Pam, Ian and John H left the ride to enjoy a more scenic route along the river. The rest of us continued up Scenic Road where we appreciated the stunning views and
especially the fast ride down the hill. With the hills conquered, we pedalled our way through Wandana Heights and just under the Ring Road Bridge joined a bike path to Pigdons Road. David I informed me the gradient reached 13 percent - phew. We continued on to Bunnings and the bike path back to Geelong. Greg had flat tyre which was quickly repaired and John H re-joined the group, having apparently broken the speed limit to catch up with us!
We exited the bike path along the Barwon River at Swanston Street and headed to Greg's old digs, the site that was his original bike shop in Latrobe Terrace for 26 years. Interestingly, the building has been demolished and the location is currently a vacant block. It was then back to the Waterfront and onto Osborne House where we enjoyed good company and a snack.
Greg's contribution to cycling is appreciated by all and was duly acknowledged and recognised today. Best wishes for your semi-retirement.
Cheers, Peter O

To Paraparap on Saturday and back to Highton for an Auction - 29.10.16.
Ray was selling his house so his GTC friends wanted to be there to support him. We had 2 hours to be in Highton for the sale so headed for Freshwater Creek and Paraparap where we decided to retrace our path to keep to the timetable. Chris H, Peter O'B, Rolf, David I, and Sue and John H on the tandem arrived there right on time for the auction. Our next move was to travel down to Highton Village and enjoy coffees at Darriwill Farm Cafe where Peter and Marion joined us on a beautiful sunny morning.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Ross' Ride to Torquay on Thursday 27.10.16.
A great turn-out for today's ride to Torquay. Rolf, David I, Mark, Sarah, Jackie, David R, Peter O, Chris H and Ross assembled at the Grovedale Pub for a ride to Torquay. Terry was waiting for us just up the road. Great to see him back on the bike. The usual route to Torquay - Baanip Bvd, Ghazeepore Road, Dickens Road and Angelsea Road - All good except for the push into the southerly wind. There was some confusion at the Coombes Road roundabout when the fast guys continued on the Angelsea Road. The mere mortals were always taking the shortest route in to town. David I. asked that the ride report include the fact that he was intending to ride the Bellbrae hill. Any rumours about him not liking hills are totally untrue. He loves hills. (is that okay, Dave?)
There was some discussion about dropping in to see Ray's new digs but a quick cruise through Ocean Acres and down Grossman's Road soon had us in Torquay. Lyn and Mick were waiting for us at Mejavos and had claimed the outside tables so we enjoyed our refreshments sitting in the sun and out of the wind. Nice. The ride back along Horseshoe Bend Road was a joy, definitely wind assisted. Today's leader abandoned the ride at the highway, leaving the group to find their own way home.
Thank you to everyone for a most enjoyable outing.
Ross.



4th Seniors Ride to Lara led by Allan Marshall on Wednesday 26th October
Seventeen participants for today's Seniors' Ride to Lara led by Allan Marshall with a number of GTC riders. Two riders arrived later and are not in the photo - Angelica and Doug. Coffee was at Expresso in central Lara. It was quite a pleasant ride except for the showers that hit us as we neared the finish at Rippleside.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Heather & Pam lead the Shopping Trip on Saturday 22.10.16.
GEELONG TOURING CYCLIST INC. SHOPPING TRIP 2016

Despite the challenging weather on Saturday 22nd October, 33 determined female shoppers visited 10 warehouses and spent approximately $7,800.00 (from which we receive commission). The ladies also generously supported our two raffles by spending another $450.00. We also received support from Coles, Leopold and Dan Murphy’s.
Consequently, Breast Cancer Network Australia will receive a generous donation from our club of over $1,500.00.
Sincere thanks to Nicole Collins and Sharon Jones of the Pink Carnation (Lynn Gregg’s daughter) for their donation of raffle prizes. Nicole had knitted a beautiful knee rug, and Pam’s sister Sandra was extremely grateful that it was her number drawn as the lucky one.
We are extremely grateful to Ashley McHarry for his assistance with the bus & driver. Thank you Ashley. Clive our driver, only drives for our club’s shopping trip, so we are extremely fortunate.  Michelle, our hostess kept us laughing and “on our toes” as usual.
Pam Morrow’s and Lyn Gregg’s wonderful cake and slice making skills were appreciated at morning tea. Lunch was a gourmet picnic prepared at the Christmas household. Thanks Marie Bagley and Geoffrey. 
The 2016 shopping trip was the 13th that Pam and I have organized, with all proceeds going to health related charities.
Next year’s shopping trip will be on October 21st, so mark that in your diaries and come along and purchase a lot of your Christmas gifts. It would be great to see a lot of GTC members on the bus trip, shopping, eating fabulous food and having a lot of laughs, whilst supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia.
HEATHER CHRISTMAS.

Meri's Ride to Bannockburn and Inverleigh on Tuesday 25.10.16.
Five riders rocked up Tuesday morning in quite blustery conditions. Rolf K, David I, Ross G, Julia McK and Meri L., meeting at the Fyansford Carpark. Ross rode in from Torquay, and was wringing out his sox, after coming through quite a bit of water along the bike path. We set off for Bannockburn and turned right at Friend In Hand Road. I had never been down that road before. I probably won't again, although it was quieter, the pot holes could have swallowed whole hippos, and they nearly did, thank goodness for hand signals from some of the "leading men". Coffee came at just on 10.00, we were hoping for the old Bluestone building venue, but that was closed, so went on to usual spot, not certain of its name, but you all know where I mean. As we had had a head wind one of us, did not want to leave her seat in the sun, but under pressure, she relented and pushed on. Teesdale had never looked so good, not only because of the beautiful pastures, and the obvious paddock bathing for sheep if they were so inclined, but it also meant we had a tail wind to Inverleigh or part thereof. Thankfulness was what we felt. Pastures along the Inverleigh road were already cut and baled, I'd say a pretty good season, for all the farmers. Yay!! After a leisurely lunch at the Inverleigh picnic spot we took to the highway and found that our ride back to Geelong WAS wind assisted. More yays!! Dave (unusually so) was chatting on the way home, that we had sunshine, wind on our back (side really), no rain ... what more could we want. I suggested less trucks, and an ice cream. Anyway, at the good old Merrawarp Road, Ross took off like a yacht under full sail. I was glad for him, as he would have done at least 130 k's. Good on you Ross! We parted ways at Fyansford, and I would like it duly noted that I beat Rolf up Cement Hill. No yays. I was in Lovros Ute. Great ride, great company a good days ride.
Meri
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Ps. I'm not going to comment on Julias flat tyre or her "bee bite" (surely it's a bite if the bee leaves his fangs in her, not a sting), because you all only need to know the good bits!

Greg's 100km Loop Around Geelong on Sunday 23.10.16.
John Carleton, David Innes, John Hagan and I set off from South Geelong just after 8 am on a cool grey morning with showers forecast. The circuit took us through Fyansford, then Pollocksford, over the swollen Barwon River. The long climb up to Gnarwarre spread us out. Down past the rare sight of the usually dry Lake Modewarre now filled with water we cruised on through Paraparap where a big Veteran's race was underway. I am sure that former racer David began to pedal even faster! At this point John C. had to leave us for an important culinary session. The three of us then continued on to Torquay for coffee, with the venue chosen by those more expert than me. Bidon-less David had already done 73 km by this stage so he was sweating on a coffee. The wind was more helpful as we cruised through Breamlea and 13th Beach. After Barwon Heads we detoured along Lake Rd to avoid some traffic. I was home by 1-20 pm with an average of 22.6 kph . Thanks guys for an enjoyable ride.
Greg Allerton.

Sarah, David I and John to Torquay via Freshwater Ck on Saturday 22.10.16.
Wet, wet, wet ...... and windy. That would be a fairly accurate description of our ride today. Just 3 turned up for our ride today - Sarah, David I and John - and it did rain for most of the trip. As we headed into another squall coming down Ghazeepore Rd we decided that an early coffee might do the trick. So with glovved fingers crossed, at 9:10am we hoped that The Farmers Place would be open and it was. David found a table under the heater and we enjoyed a long coffee - mind you, the coffee is not all that cheap at $5 a mug. There was talk about having a second coffee at Torquay but with the rain still barrelling in we cut across Coombes Rd and South Beach Rd to Horseshoe Bend Rd for the trip back. McCanns Rd and the Surfcoast Highway got us around most of the roadworks and we hastened home for a good hot shower.
Enjoy your riding (even if it is raining), John.

Rolf's Ride to Ocean Grove on Thursday 20.10.16.
I became the ride leader for our Thursday ride by stealth as David I. had some urgent family business to attend to. On a lovely morning with a promise of a real spring day, I fronted up at the Grovedale pub car park at 8:45. Next arrival was Peter O, then came Mark with his girlfriend Petro on his wheel, next Chris Hume who was not put off by Tuesdays windy ride and last but not least came Ted in need of some kilometres as he only managed 12 km on the Peter Jones' tour. The sky was the way a spring sky should be, but the wind had not abated since early September is seems. We took off along the Hwy, turned into Boundary Road, then into Barwon Heads Road and then Lake Road. So far the wind had been kind to us and we managed a good average. As we got to the hill on Lake Road, Petro turned on her turbo and put daylight between her and the peloton. Judging by Mark's body language, he did enjoy what he saw even if he had no answer to Petro's turbo. We continued along Barwon Heads Road and took in the sheep wash before heading to Ocean Grove and our well deserved coffee. After a nice break in the sunshine, we voted on taking the Wallington Road to the Bellarine Hwy. and on to home. Peter O., Chris and Ted took the rail trail back to Grovedale while Petro, Mark and Rolf took the new bike path off the Portarlington Hwy. A near perfect day for a ride and thank you all for your lovely company along the beautiful spring countryside,
Rolf.

Peter Jones' Robe to Bendigo Tour - Maryborough to Bendigo - Final Day.
The temp was up along with the Northerly for the final ride to Bendigo. Another undulating to flat ride, some side, some head wind. Stopped at Edington for a coffee, arrived the same time a walking group so had bit of an extended break. Back on the road for another hour and it was time for lunch before the final push of 23 km to Bendigo, unloaded luggage, loaded bikes, showered and we are ready for dinner at the Hibernian Hotel, home of HOT ROCK STEAKS.
After about 550 km everyone is happy and fit and ready to go again.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Robe to Bendigo Tour - Ararat to Maryborough
Everyone slept well following their Chinese Banquet and awoke to a crisp but Sunny morning, 3 deg had all jigging around ready to hit the road to Avoca for lunch and on to Maryborough for the night. The road was good, light traffic and beautiful undulating country, at about 25 km we stopped for a cuppa then pushed on to Avoca to the bakery for coffee. It seemed like a lot of downhill into lunch which was great, a few hills after lunch compensated but still a most enjoyable ride.
Home is the Wattle Grove Motel and an enjoyable pizza night.
Cheers Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Drysdale & Barwon Heads on Tuesday 18.10.16
On an overcast morning David I, Rolf, Chris H, Mark and myself set off to Barwon Heads. The ride began well with a tail wind providing us with a fast ride down to Drysdale. Coffee was at Ground Zero and due to the large number of patrons we were forced to sit outside and be buffeted by the wind. Rolf was of the view that if we sat inside we would be too cold to get started again although I’m not so sure I subscribe to his way of thinking! I don’t know what was in the coffee, but Rolf and Chris decided they’d had enough and headed back to Geelong. With hindsight, I suspect they may well have had advance knowledge of inclement weather heading our way. The three remaining stalwarts rode at pace to Barwon Heads where early lunch was enjoyed at the Bakery. The heavens then opened up so we elected to stay in the comfy surrounds of the Bakery until it abated. With further rain predicted, 13th Beach was given the flick and we took the most direct route back home via Lakes Road and back to East Geelong. The head winds on the return trip were strong, no doubt much more taxing that those light little breezes ‘the others’ are experiencing up Halls Gap way.
All up a very enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Peter Jones' Robe to Bendigo Tour - Halls Gap to Ararat
After a night of heavy showers and gusty winds the morning dawned reasonably bright with some Sun and large rolling clouds. Everyone enjoyed the rest day, the coffee shop had a good work out with coffees and brunches popular and various walks and visits to McKenzie Falls. Ted and Jo joined us for a couple of days, Ted showing absolute dedication and riding out to greet them in the rain on the ride from Dunkeld. Lyn G having a bit of neck trouble took the opportunity to get a lift home with Ted and Jo.
The rest day allowed all the gear to get dry and Leo was busy servicing and cleaning various bikes, with just 47 km to ride and a reasonable tailwind all enjoyed the ride. By Moyston a coffee shop would have been good but with the only one in town closed we retired to local netball courts where we were able to take our cuppa and slices in comfort as a strong shower passed through.
Following the cuppa the road bends up instead of the general undulation up to then. Carroll’s Cutting and Copes Hill conquered we rolled into Ararat and straight to bakery for lunch before heading for our cabins. Chinese tonight.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Robe to Bendigo Tour - Day 5 - Dunkeld to Halls Gap
As expected the run from Dunkeld to Halls Gap turned out to be a wet one, luckily the wind which had howled all night died out and whilst it was spitting to start and increased over time the wind stayed away. The Cottages we stayed in were lovely, and had an excellent BBQ. Everyone was a bit like a drowned rat by the time we reached Halls Gap and hit the showers asap. Happy hour 5-00 pm and dinner 7-00 pm Halls Gap Hotel, still raining, lucky Ted and Jo have joined us with their caravan for a couple of days and their car will help getting us all to the hotel dry.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Ride to Moriac on Sunday 16.10.16
Have you ever participated in one of those self-perception exercises where a group has to line themselves up from shortest to highest or youngest to oldest or slowest to fastest? That's what came to mind this morning when I rolled in to South Geelong station and found Rolf, David I and Greg waiting there. Not much thought required for me! When departure time ticked over without anyone else showing up, we set out for Moriac. The usual route to the old cement works, then down the hill through Fyansford and out the Hamilton Highway. Nice and quiet on Meerawarp Road, Barrabool Road and Hendy Main Road, even the weather was kind with much less wind than forecast. There was a market at Ravens Creek Farm, with a long line for service, so we continued on to the General Store. The service was good and it was very pleasant sitting on the deck, in the sun. Yes, Greg did have coffee and there is a photograph to prove it. After refreshments were taken, I explained the route for the remainder of the ride.
My plan to continue on to Torquay, ride down my street then let the others turn back towards Geelong, was not that popular. So just me continued on while the other three turned back towards Geelong. Thanks for the company guys (as far as Moriac anyway).
Ross.

Peter Jones' Robe to Bendigo Tour - Day 3 - Casterton to Hamilton & Day 4 - Hamilton to Dunkeld.
We left Casterton at 9-00 am and meandered our way through to the Portland to Casterton Rd, lovely riding through river flats and undulating country. Morning tea was taken just out of Merino where cut across on the Merino Grassmere Rd to the Hamilton Rd all through fantastic Aussie country and mostly quiet Roads. It was Pasta night in Hamilton and all cabins cooked up a storm, the Fruit Salad and icecream that Peter O and Zdenko put together to finish off went down in double quick time.

Morning brought warmer conditions but blustery NW winds, it was a short run to Dunkeld and the wind was on the Port Quarter so wasn’t too bad. Peter O left early on the V Line coach back home and the rest headed for Dunkeld after a coffee in town. Lunch was in Dunkeld at the Southern Grampians Cottages, our beds for the night, lovely spot. Some headed into town to see the Three Peaks Festival and others chilled out before enjoying a BBQ tea. To Halls Gap tomorrow, weather forecast is not good, we may get a wet tail. Cheers Peter.

John's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 15.10.16
Four riders on a windy Saturday morning: Rolf, David I, Ross and John H. From Grovedale we headed south on the Surf Coast Highway to McCanns Rd and down to Horseshoe Bend and through to Ocean Grove via Blackgate Rd and 13th Beach. The coffee at Groove was up to the usual high standards and we chatted for quite a while. Ross was returning to Torquay from the cafe and John left a little bit earlier to climb the hill to Wallington. David and Rolf caught John on the Bellarine Highway and we thought we would just sail down the hill at Leopold - but while the road was now fully open at Bunnings, we now have two sets of traffic lights at the bottom of the hill and we were stopped at both! My circuit was about 60km and David and Rolf would have covered more.
Happy Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Robe to Bendigo Tour - Around Robe
Our Robe to Bendigo Tour started early Monday morning when 9 of us gathered at Geelong station to catch the V Line Coach to Ballarat to connect with the V Line Coach to Mt Gambier. From Mt Gambier a Mini Bus was organised to take us to Robe. The nine were Trudi, Ina, Zdenka, Elizabeth, Marion, Leo, Peter O, Zdenko and Peter J, in the vehicle towing the trailer with the bikes and luggage was Lyn G, Jackie, Mick and David.
Everything went to plan and we all met up at the Lakeside Tourist Park where the bikes were unloaded and made ready to ride. Chores done it was a BBQ for tea and early to bed, travelling is so tiring.
Next day being a free day everyone did their own thing but suffice to say coffee figured high in the priority list. Peter O and Zdenko rode around town and out to Beachport, the rest went walking then some did a bit of mystery tour on their bikes around town.
Fish and Chips with salad for tea hit the spot and everyone prepared to get on road to Penola the next day for the longest leg of the tour, 102 km.

Day 1 - Robe to Penola
We rolled out of Robe at 10 to nine with a quartering wind which included the odd shower with Sunny breaks. Morning tea over we continued on, by lunch we were in the midst of a shower and very happy to find the Kangaroo Inn Area School, empty because of school holidays a perfect spot to shelter and eat our lunch. The kms rolled by and by 4-15 pm we had arrived at our overnight accommodation at the Alexander Cameron Suites.

Day 2 - Penola to Casterton
The ride from Penola to Casterton is one of the prettiest around, lovely country, river flats, very green and still lots of water in pools. lots of really good looking beef cattle and sheep. wild life, Emu, Deer, a Magpie chasing a Fox, not sure who won, heaps of birds, even a yellow tail Black Cockatoo.
After a coffee, a visit to the Petticoat Lane and Mary McKillop the peloton rolled out of Penola, the weather was on the improve, the showers from yesterday cleared away leaving just a light wind. Lunch was on the road in the Sun, with mainly flat to slightly undulating country and little reason to hurry it made for a very enjoyable ride.
The long down hill into Casterton was enjoyed by all and after unloading at the Albion Hotel most headed down to Herbert’s Bakery for a coffee and various cakes such as Beestings and Vanilla Slices. Dinner was at the Albion, well recommended.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Bellarine Peninsula Loop on Thursday 13.10.16
With a perfect riding day on offer, I decided I wouldn't do the scheduled ride today (Show grounds to the Chocolate Factory) but would do a Bellarine loop instead. When I stopped off at the show grounds to say hello to the assembled masses, they decided that if they followed me out to Drysdale, I would be ride leader and would have to write the ride report. Good thinking there!
So Ian, Rolf, David I, Mark, Chris H. and I set out for the Ground Zero Café in Drysdale via Portarlington Road and the sealed part of the rail trail. Perfect conditions for the ride and no notable incidents along the way. Despite the blue skies, it wasn't particularly warm so refreshments were taken inside. The return trip down Princess Street and Swan Bay Road was equally uneventful. I took my leave at the Wallington turnoff; the others continuing along the highway, back to Geelong. Had a very pleasant ride home via Barwon Heads and 13th Beach.
Thanks to all for the company.
Ross.

David Innes and Rolf to Werribee on Tuesday 11.10.16
Didn't know where we'd end up exactly on this day first it was going to bells beach via Moriac from Waurn ponds then we changed the start to Rippleside park going to Bannockburn only then it was decided that the wind was blowing the wrong direction from the west and we'd have to work too hard!
So where to Rolf and I tossed a coin heads was to Barwon heads tails it was Werribee it was tails so off we went the morning started sunny with wet roads so as customary Rolf took to his mountain bike his all weather machine with the mud guards whilst I had to settle for my swift specialized with the ass saver attachment under the seat.
Our first stop was to Lara Millar's coffee but we almost didn't make it whilst riding to Lara on the Hovel trail I decided to take a picture of Rolf on his bike just after the pass under the bridge at the end of the Hovel trail so whilst standing there waiting for Rolf to pass I noticed the branch of this tree swaying wildly about just as Rolf had arrived an almighty snap! The massive branch came crashing down watching with amazement thinking any moment now my friend Rolf was going to crash head first into this massive branch and I'd be writing an abitchuary not a ride report.
As the picture shows Rolf jammed on his breaks whilst instinctively ducking under the branch hand up as though like superman he was going to save himself from the huge weight of the branch! I guess his disc breaks came in handy after all it was like the sword of Damocles hanging over his head how it didn't crush him was very lucky.

Undeterred we strived onwards and northwards well west actually to Millar's coffee though some whisky in it would of gone down well after that shock but the shock was Millar's was closed! :-@ so we headed to our old standby the blu coffee shop arriving there we enjoyed the sunshine outside and chatted a bit too long as it turned out on our way we encountered road works that still wasn't finished lucky it hadn't rained and the surface was solid after passing little river Rolf had noticed a big rain cloud hovering over the Youyangs to our left coming in from the west hoping to outrun the weather we hoped we could make the turn to Werribee heading easterly but it caught up to us.
Rolf spied a farm house down the road with a drive way under some trees so we stopped and waited watching some ladies cleaning and gardening they motioned to us to take shelter under the eves of the house porch area we welcomed there kind gesture and took shelter whilst the worst of the rain blew over after some 15-20 min we resumed our ride thanking the ladies off we went.
Just a few kilometers down the road we noticed the roads were bone dry meaning if we had of been just 10 min further into our ride before the rain came upon us we could have continued without stopping that was the clue that the wind was actually blowing a south westerly direction and not westerly as forecast we didn't ride into Werribee as the river path would of been inpassable with all the rain we've had so it was decided earlier we'd head towards the Geelong Werribee road passing the service station over the bridge to the Geelong bound freeway to discover the true strength of the cross wind making it very difficult going but as the old saying there's no free lunches and at some stage we had to pay the price of the easy run we had riding to Werribee.
It was a relief to make it to the unofficial entry onto the Hovel trail no overhanging branches this time ha ha by then we were pretty spent from the effort so we meandered home along the path parting our ways behind the refinery distance when I got home was just over 94 kilometers Rolf would of done approximately the same i think.

It was a bit of an adventurous ride happy my mate didn't get decapitated by a tree branch we navigated an unfinished road got rained on briefly and saved from a complete drenching had it not been for the kind ladies at the farm house though challenging we enjoyed the ride finally I blow raspberries :-p to all you guys on tour you missed out ha ha

Ride report by David Innes.

Ross' Ride to Millars in Lara on Sunday 9.10.16
I wasn't expecting a big turn out for today's combined ride given the popularity of the "Around the Bay" and the forecast of gale force winds. Four riders turned out at South Geelong station: Lynton from Cycling Geelong and John H, David I and Ross from GTC. Helen from CG dropped by to wave us off and took the first photo below. A consensus decision was made to modify the ride route so rather than head towards the open country to the North, we decided to make our way around the bay and take morning tea in Lara. John provided some initial excitement with a very close call at the end of Yarra Street when a Kombi driver decided to turn across his path. Small waves were crashing against the path along Western Beach. There was a short debate about whether we could time a run that matched the wave frequency and avoid getting drenched with salt water but instead, we took the coward's path up and around. The rest of the run out via North Shore and the Hovells Creek path was relatively uneventful.
After a very long coffee break at Millars in Lara, the wind was getting up and John led the way home via Lovely Banks. Easy going with the wind behind us but going slowly up some of the steeper hills, side on to the wind, was definitely difficult for the recumbent and John had to get off and walk up to avoid being blown over. David left us as we turned on to the shelter of the Cowies Creek path and headed back through the city. John disappeared in to the distance on the run down Moorabool Street, then Lynton left me at Barwon Heads Road. Had my fastest ever run home to Torquay and arrived safely, just as the weather turned nasty.
Thanks to my fellow riders for a most enjoyable outing.
Ross.

Peter Jones Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 8.10.16
Eleven riders on a cool and cloudy morning but with a promise for later Sun. Jackie, Lyn G, David R, David I, Rolf, Terry, John, Chris, Peter O, Ross and Peter J all headed down to Groove in Ocean Grove via Boundary Rd, Barwon Heads Rd Lake Rd etc. Terry slept in but a quick phone call to the leader to see where we were going had him catch up along the way. The roadworks on Barwon Heads Rd make it a bit squeezy but we managed. As we hit Barwon Heads a bit of a sprinkle passed over but didn’t last long and the Sun was out brightly part way through coffee. Good coffee and great service with a reasonable price makes Groove a great destination.
Heading home we went via 13th Beach and were amazed at the Para Gliders sliding along the cliff top just brushing the bushes, with the onshore wind. The beach looked great with lots of white water but not good for the surfing brigade. It was great just rolling along in the Sun, everyone enjoyed the ride as we reached the outskirts of Geelong the group split and headed for home well pleased with the day.
Cheers Peter.

Lyn's Ride to Ground Zero in Drysdale on Thursday 6.10.16
On a bright sunny morning no rain no wind just perfect there was 15 riders keen to go: Trudi, Zac, Ian, Ross, Mick, Terry, David, Peter J, Rolf, Meri, Peter O, Jackie, David, Ted and Lyn. We met at the show grounds and rail trail to Moolap Station Road on to the highway where we turned at McDonalds and picked up the rail trail again on to Ground Zero for coffee where we were all scattered a bit. After coffee we headed down Princess St where David and Rolf were going further. At Grubb Road Trudi, Meri, and PJ went to Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads and the rest of us headed for home. It was a great morning thanks to all for coming.
Cheers, Lyn.

First Seniors' Ride on Wednesday 5.10.16
A good turn up for the first of 4 seniors rides starting in Seniors' Week. The planned historical tour along the Barwon was flooded out so Rod Charles took us around central Geelong and Eastern Gardens. Photos below of a few of the GTC riders who participated.
John Hagan.

John Hagan's Ride to Curlewis on Sunday 2.10.16
'Windy' is the word for today's ride from Sth Geelong out to Wallington, Drysdale and then coffee at Dolce in Curlewis. We had 9 riders turn up at the station at 9am AEDT - from L to R below: Peter J, Heather, Pam, Rolf, Peter O'B, John C, Moira, Ian and your photographer was John H. Unfortunately, one of our riders turned up at 9am AEST and missed the ride by an hour. On the way back John C was blown off the track by a large gust of wind and Peter J and myself had to avoid a tree which had been blown down over the Barwon River Track in Newtown. All agreed that they had earned their coffee by the time they had pedalled 30km into the wind.
Happy Pedalling, John Hagan.

Peter Jones Ride to Torquay via Freshwater Creek on Saturday 1.10.16
On a dull and drizzly day eight riders turned up ready to ride, Lyn G, Jackie, David R, Peter O, John, David I, Mark and Peter J. In view of the weather, mainly the strong Westerly wind, I decided to head to Torquay via Anglesea Rd. Original idea was Jan Juc but as with all rides things evolve as you go along. We did a couple of head wind stints but mainly the wind was on the side.
Coffee was at Kobe with a bit of Sun but as we headed back another shower gave us a damp tail, but being tough we peddled on up HSBend Rd to McCanns Rd then back on the Surf Coast Hwy. Not a perfect day but certainly worth going for a ride.
Cheers Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Poem on his Solo Ride to Ocean Grove on Thursday 29.9.16
Cycled to the Grovedale Pub without a care
Only to find there was no one there

To Barwon Heads via the usual route
When from out of nowhere a magpie did swoop

"Ahhh", as a lone rider what hope have you got
I was thinking I should have stayed home in my cot

13th Beach was sunny & bright
The magpie had left, he wasn't up for the fight

The wind in my sails I rode without fear
Over the bridge, peddling in top gear

Was going to have coffee & a bit of a chat
But none of you lot were there so gave up on that

On past the Groove, then onto the highway
Like a bat out of hell I was doin' it my way

So on Sat morning someone had better be there
Or I'll feel unloved & totally despair.

Peter O'Brien.

Peter Jones' Ride to Moriac, Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 27.9.16
We ended up with 13 riders today, David I misread the program and headed to Moriac for a 9-00 am start, Peter O was at the Pub, and Meri and Trudi left from home and met us at Moriac. Anyway the rest left from Bunnings, Lyn G, Lyn L, Jackie, David R, Rolf, Mick, Ken, (new member) Mark and Peter J. There was a bit of a wind so we headed to Moriac by the most direct route, Mt Duneed Rd. Peter O joined us on the way and met David I as well who filled in time riding back to meet us. At Moriac Meri and Trudi had just arrived so we took over the back room and the noise level rose to fever pitch.
Following coffee the Forest Rd run was a tail wind and the fast boys and girls disappeared into the distance. At the GOR we regrouped, some heading to Bells and some direct to Bells Bakery in Torquay. Rolf picked up a monster nail which slowed him down somewhat. At Torquay we had lunch, Lyn L and Ken continued on, may have been a good move, during lunch a heavy shower arrived which meant we all got wet tails on the way home. A good ride, could’ve done without the rain, but that’s life.
Cheers Peter.

John's Ride to Raven's Creek Farm in Moriac on Sunday 25.9.16
Eleven riders for our ride into a stiff westerly wind this morning: John H, Greg, Mark, David I, Rolf, Peter J, Ross, Pam, Heather, Geoff & Chris. We took the path alongside Baanip Bvd, then onto the Bvd itself to Anglesea Rd, up Reservoir Rd and down Cape Otway Rd to coffee at Raven's Creek Farm in Moriac. As you can see from the photos below the sun was shining despite the weather forecast. After coffee we trundled up Hendy Main Rd to the Moriac Pub but did not call in. From this point we launched off with a mostly downhill grade and a good tail wind pushing us. We made use of the old Princes Highway for part of our trip home with the individual photos of riders taken along this quiet section of road. From Waurn Ponds the peleton dispersed in all directions after most completed about 50km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

To Mejavo's in Torquay on Saturday 24.9.16
All roads led to Torquay, ten riders, Sue, visitor Moira, Mark, Ross, John, Chris, David I, Rolf, Peter O and Peter J, left the Station and made their way to Torquay Rd, to the bike path along Baanip Blvd, to Ghazapore, to Dickenson, to Anglesea Rd, to Coombes Rd, through Ocean Acres and on via Grossman’s to Mejavo’s for coffee, just in time to have a chat with David E before he headed home.
David having saved us a table in the Sun we enjoyed a chat and Ray and Dee turned up as well making 13 all up for the morning. As we had a tailwind most of the way it was a really easy ride and most enjoyable in the Sun.
After coffee we all headed home via the Surf Coast Hwy, a bit of a head wind but not too bad, big wait at the Mt Duneed roundabout as all the traffic coming across from the closed Barwon Heads Rd. Passed the time chatting with the lollipop ladies before they let us get away first before letting the cars go. When we reached Grovedale the group split to head home, a most enjoyable ride, may there be many more.
Cheers Peter.


At start from L to R: David I, Mark, Rolf, Moira, Sue, Peter J, Chris, Peter O'B, Ross - and your photographer is John.

Peter & Sue on the tandem.

Peter's Ride to Lara on Thursday 22.9.16
Five riders, Chris, Rolf, Peter O, David I and Peter headed out to Lara in a bit of a light shower. We went via Ted Wilson Trail, Creamery Rd and Lovely Banks joining up with Bacchus Marsh Rd for the run via Elcho into Millar’s for coffee. David was a bit taken by his mug of coffee so took a photo. The tailwind was pleasant and made for an easy ride, after coffee we took the Hovel Trail home which meant a bit of harder work into the wind but all in all a good ride.
Cheers Peter.

Peter's Masters' Circuit from Meredith on Tuesday 20.9.16
Six riders turned up to enjoy this really picturesque ride. Trudi, Meri, David I, Peter O, Chris and Peter J. The country was absolutely fantastic, brilliant greens, vibrant yellow of the Canola Crops and all the colours of the rainbow on the many variety of gums.
The route headed out the Ballan Rd until we began to plunge into the Moorabool River valley, at the bottom of the slope a sharp left turn towards Elaine saw us climb gently out and meander through the countryside until we came to the mighty metropolis of Elaine. The pub was closed so we headed to the local General Store and had an excellent coffee at a very reasonable price. It was a pleasure to sit and enjoy a coffee and chat after a solid ride into the North Wind.
Following a long break and coffee we crossed the Midland Hwy and headed out the Mt Mercer Rd, past the Serbian Monastery and on to the Masters Course scene of Rolf’s triumph a few years ago. Now with a tailwind and sometime side wind we made good time and rolled back into Meredith about 12-00 midday where we split, David I to ride home, a couple to the Back Creek Cafe for coffee and lunch and the rest to drive home. A very enjoyable and easy days ride.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Easy Ride Around Geelong on Sunday 18.9.16
The weather report's 80% probability of rain did not put everyone off this morning and Pam, Rolf, Chris, Ian, Peter O, Ray and Ross turned out for an easy ride around Geelong. Apart from a couple of navigational errors by the ride leader – riding the wrong way up a one-way road and then ending up on a major off-ramp – and some ad hoc route revisions, the ride was fairly uneventful. We had to change from the scheduled coffee stop at the Pickers Union café as it had been taken over by a car club. Peter O and Rolf's combined knowledge of the better local drinking establishments led us to a very "hipster" establishment in Pakington Street. Still not sure what it was called as there didn't appear to be any signs out front but it was warm and the drinks were good.
Just 32 k's from start to finish but still a very pleasant outing with no rain.
Thanks to all participants.
Ross.

Greg's 100km Ride Around Geelong on Sunday 18.9.16
Despite a fairly grim weather forecast there were three starters for my long ride and John Hagan was confident that there would be only a few showers. John Carleton had not done any long rides for quite some time but was keen to come as far as he could. We pedalled off via Rippleside through Corio and out Bacchus Marsh Rd and onto Ted Wilson Trail back to Midland Highway. After a good descent into Batesford JC and I went along the concrete offroad path only to find it ended with a rough gravel indirect exit onto a side road - JH was right. After a short stop at the renovated Bannockburn toilets , now with decorative steel wall plaques, we rode down Burnside Rd past the chicken farms to Hamilton Highway. A light tail wind helped us back to Pollocksford Rd where JC had to head home. JH and I plodded up the long climb to Barrabool Rd then out through Gnarwarre and we stopped at the secluded small cafe on the left side just before the downhill. It was a delightful setting amidst a flourishing nursery /garden with only two other customers and a very talkative owner / host. After welcome hot coffees and delicious homemade tarts whilst admiring views of Mt Moriac, we cruised down over Princes HIghway along Considines, Church ,Larcombes and Hendy Main Rds up to Moriac. We returned to Geelong via Reservoir Rd and Baanip Boulevarde. I was home by 2-30 pm after 102 km averaging 20.8 .Thanks to both Johns for coming - they were great company compared to my usual "companions" of swooping magpies! Greg Allerton

Peter's Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 17.9.16
With a fine and Sunny day forecast it was surprising only 8 riders turned up for our Saturday ride. Lyn and Mick, Rolf, David I, John, Ross, Ray and Peter J. With road works all over the coast routes we headed to Drysdale, one set of road works at the new Bunnings at Leopold was negotiated and we took our usual route up the rail trail to Jetty Rd where we turned left for a change and took Wyndam Rd into Drysdale and on to Ground Zero. A table in the Sun was perfect and everyone enjoyed their coffee and some deep and meaningful discussions.
Following coffee we proceeded down Princess St, Swan Bay Rd and Queenscliff Rd back into Geelong. A most enjoyable mornings ride in good company.
Cheers Peter.

Peter's Ride to Barwon Heads on Thursday 15.9.16
Finally a day without steady rain, six riders took the opportunity to get out in the fresh air, Trudi Sad smile, Ross, Rolf, David I, Peter O and yours truly were ready to go at 9-00 am, David only just because he came around the river and had to swim his bike through quite a few lakes, he did however pull the pin at the break and went back and over the new bridge.
Trudi wasn’t happy there were no other girls, Lyn had to pass the baton to me as she had to go to a funeral. We all headed out to Barwon Heads via the usual way, Lake Rd etc. and enjoyed our coffee at Starfish, David took the opportunity to wring out his socks.
As usual after coffee we headed home via 13th Beach into a bit of a head wind, the ocean was a bit wild and not many surfers in sight, cutting across to Lake Rd again and home via Boundary Rd. Struck a bit of a shower on the way but generally an enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Rainy Tuesday at Waurn Ponds - 13.9.16
It rained all day so Peter's ride from Anglesea to Lorne was called off and a gathering around coffee at Panache at Waurn Ponds was scheduled instead. As you can see from the photo below this was quite successful.

John Hagan's Ride to Moorabool and Lara on Sunday 11.9.16
This was to be a combined ride with Cycling Geelong but only GTC riders turned up at the start at Rippleside. Peter and Sue came on the tandem, Chris H, David I and Pam were on traditional road bikes and John on his recumbent. Because we had 2 'long vehicles' John decided not to tackle Bluestone Bridge Rd with its steep hill so we took the Ballan Rd out past the old Moorabool Railway Station and came back in on the Lovely Banks Rd, then north on Tower Hill Drive and on to Baccush Marsh Rd. David decided to put on the pace and got about 50 metres ahead only to be attacked about 6 times by a magpie as we all looked on from afar. He did survive this attack and we circled aroung Lara to come into Millars for coffee. The return trip was on the Hovell Trail and along the Bay to Rippleside. As you can see from the photos it was sunny with a nice wind to blow us home.
Happy Riding, John.

Sue and Peter on the tandem on Lovely Banks Rd.

Chris, David and Pam heading east.

Pam powers towards Lara.

Peter, David, Pam, Sue, Chris and John enjoying coffee in the sun at Millars in Lara.

Ross' Ride to Moriac via the Hills on Saturday 10.9.16
The ride description said "some hills" but of the five riders that turned out for this morning's ride to Moriac, one had to get home early, two were not quite match fit and one wasn't planning on doing the whole ride so the planned route was amended to "just a few hills" before we left the Waurn Ponds car park.
Ray, Peter J, David I, John H and Ross set out along Waurn Ponds Drive with John H leaving to do his own thing at the Cochranes Road turn off. My first time on Cochranes Road and I was impressed. Scenic and very little traffic although a little steep in places. Left on Barrabool Road and slightly more exposed to the wind, it was slow going until the turn off on to Hendy Main Road.
John H was waiting, camera in hand, at the intersection with the highway and joined us for the downhill run to drinks at Raven Creek Farm. The service is usually very good here but this time poor Peter J was kept waiting for his drink and had to leave us and make his own way home. The remaining four toured back via Mt Duneed Road before splitting up on Ghazepore Road.
A short ride for me, a much longer one for David I with the others somewhere in between.
Hopefully everyone made it home safely.
Ross.

Trudi's Ride to Expresso Blu in Lara on Thursday 8.9.16
I was pleasantly surprised this morning with eight riders who actually turned up for my ride to Lara... We had Peter O, Meri, Dave, Chris, Lyn and Mick, Terry and returning from Holiday Peter J. We headed out, in my usual direction for a run out to Lara, which is Ted Wilson path, Ballarat Rd, Ballan Rd and a nice run down Stacey's Rd. On reaching the Bacchus Marsh Rd we turned left then right into Windermere Rd, enjoying a nice run to cafe Blu. On our arrival we were greeted by Ted, we quickly occupied all three tables at cafe Blu. It was great to catch up, as its been awhile since seeing everyone. Our return route was to try and avoid the road works on Patullos Rd, so with a bit of ducking and weaving, we were lucky we missed it all. On reaching Bacchus Marsh Rd, up went the sails as we sailed along enjoying the lovely push, but it was all over all to soon when we turned onto the Ted Wilson path that took us back to Church St. Thanks everyone for joining me today, I enjoyed the ride and I hope you also did as well. Life is better on your bike....
Trudi.

To Ground Zero in Drysdale on Tuesday 6.9.16
On a lovely sunny morning Ray, David I, Lyn, Mick, Terry and myself set off from the Showgrounds to Drysdale. There were lots of riders on the Bellarine trail and it took some time for us to regroup and continue on the ride together. The magpie near the roundabout at Drysdale was on a rest day and we all managed to get to Ground Zero without an incident. After coffee we proceeded along Princess Street and Swan Bay road. This section is as always an exhilarating ride. Back on the Bellarine Highway Lyn and Mick left us at Leopold and we had a leisurely ride home from there.
An enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Nicole's Loop Around Geelong on Sunday 4.9.16
Father's Day ride. What a great turn out. John, Ross, Ray(welcome back), Lyn, Mick, Moira, Peter, Helen, Glenda, David, Bill and visiting us Virginia and Lloyd. Due to the windy day we had a skills course with lots of changes in direction. We followed part of river path to Breakwater and St Albans Park onto Bellarine rail trail to Carr St weaving through East Geelong to get an easy crossing of Ryrie St into Eastern Park. Enjoying some lovely views of Corio Bay from the park and via waterfront. Stopped at Ripples for coffee. I think they were feeling the Father's Day pressure. Continued to Corio key, to have hard section along St Georges Road to Ted Wilson trail. Along McCurdy Road and enjoyed the down hill on Hyland. With a request to do that again( the down hill). Returned to river path and back to the station. Very enjoyable ride with a lovely group.
Nicole
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