GTC Ride Reports - from January 2014 through to May 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



TWO Rides to Queenscliff - Gravel & Bitumen on Saturday 21.5.22



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

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

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

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

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

1. From Baccus Marsh Rd looking east



2. The path then turns north



3. Then turns East again

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TWO Rides to Torquay on Thursday 21.4.22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GTC Social Evening at Sth Barwon Community Centre - Guest Speakers - 7.4.22
We had an interesting pizza night for our monthly GTC social evening with two police officers talking about road safety for cyclists and answering a series of questions club members had. They promoted quite interesting discussions amongst the group and drew from their own experience of riding locally. Then Barbara and Dirk Vanderburg from Cycling Geelong discussed the CWA (Cycling Without Age) program to take the elderly out on electrically assisted TrioBikes - a program that is now operating worldwide. Click here for an interesting video of the program in the US. We are hoping that some of our cyclists may join as pilots for a program which operates from Cultura Residential Aged Care in North Geelong and take out four residents at a time on a predetermined route with twin bikes carrying 2 residents each. If you would like to find out more about the program or wish to volunteer please contact Barbara at:  barbvanderburg@gmail.com Phone: 0422 631 476 or Dirk at:  dirkvanderburg54@gmail.com  Phone: 0422 631 176.
John Hagan.

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

TWO Rides to Queenscliff on Tuesday 5.4.22

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Willunga Photos



Final night's Dinner after a wonderful week of riding


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

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

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

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

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

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


Coffee at Glenelg

West Lakes - Lovro rowed here in 1978

After the Pizza Night

TWO Rides from Waurn Ponds on Tuesday 22.3.22



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TWO Rides to Jan Juc - Tuesday 1.2.22

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

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

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

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

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

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

TWO Rides on Sunday - 23.1.22



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

2 RIDES ON SUNDAY 9.1.22
1/ Greg Allerton's 103km Loop to Bannockburn, Gnarwarre and Moriac

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ted's anti magpie gear below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magpie attack on our Ride Leader, Ted.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Funny Story from Gary's Ride to Torquay on Tuesday - 25.8.20
Tuesday dawned clear and sunny so I thought I might take a shorter ride to Torquay and back. Set off around 9ish planning to go along Pioneer Rd / Surf Coast / Blackgate / Horseshoe Bend through Torquay to Surf Coast and home.  The ride started awkwardly when I was abused by a trucky for not keeping in the bike lane along Pioneer Rd, bit hard when cars are parked in the bike lane though.  Had a nice ride until the Strawberry farm when I got a puncture.  Not to worry as I had it changed and on my way again in a reasonable time.  Continuing on my ride I hit a small pot hole in Horseshoe bend road and yes, another puncture.  I always carry 2 tubes so this again was no great issue although I had now inherited a small buckle in my back wheel.  After again changing the tube and shrugging off my concerns I again set off, only to find that the new tube had a leaking valve and quickly went flat.  Now I was in a bit of trouble, no tubes, no repair kit and a buckle in my wheel.  Nothing left to do but go to my last resort and phone my wife Pamela to come and collect me.  After about 3/4 hour she arrived and after shoehorning my bike in the car I eventually made it back home.  However my troubles had not quite finished cos when I was putting my gear away I noticed I had lost one of my riding gloves.  So next day I drove back to Torquay to see if I could find it.  However after a comprehensive search of the area I failed  to find any trace of the glove.  So, the result of my ride was $49 to fix buckle, $50 for new gloves, $18 for 2 new tubes and all this for a 21km ride where I hardly got enough riding in to even get warm. I think the swimming gods are calling me to dust off the wetty and
get back to swimming in the bay to again try to conquer my fear of jellies.
Cheers, Gary.

To Inverleigh on Thursday - 27.8.20
Ken Smith, Kim, Peter and myself rode in pairs to Inverleigh this morning. The flooded river path was quite a challenge to get to Fyansford. Kim arrived with dripping socks. The beat along the Hwy into the westerly was hard work but a tasty sausage roll at the Inverleigh Bakery aided recovery. We gratefully turned off the wind heading south to Winchelsea and then enjoyed a spinnaker run down the Princes Hwy back to Geelong.
Thanks all, Chris Ha.

Thursday ride to Swell at Jan Juc - 27.8.20
Trudi and myself and Julie and Jennie headed down to Jan Juc with a nice tail wind. Cut across to Ghazeepore through Grovedale and surprised to come across the police crime scene after this mornings shooting in Waurn Ponds. Enjoyable ride down, loved the two hills in Bells Blvd, always excellent coffee at Swell. Good chat and time to head home, wind had swung more into the West so our run home was quite pleasant as well.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter J.

Tuesday Ride in Pairs to Drysdale, Pt Lonsdale and Barwon Heads - 25.8.20
Trudi & Peter, Julie & Jennie rode the 85km circuit.

Jennie & John H Ride to Coombes Rd on Sunday 23.8.20
Rode with Jennie from Belmont down through Freshwater Creek but didn't manage to dodge all the showers. We sheltered in the Hams Rd tunnel with a young rider and jogger and got bursts of sunshine between the showers. We turned from the Anglesea Rd along Coombes Rd and then Messmate and South Beach Rds. I had heard that the repair to Horseshoe Bend Rd had hotmix at the bend so wanted to photograph the road where it crossed the creek and the cracked concrete was. Alas, they had resurfaced both sides of it but not the crossing - so no photograph! We came through to the new Coles complex on the Surfcoast Highway at Armstrong Creek and had coffee there. The last part of the 45km trip was a delight with a strong tail wind. Thanks Jennie for an enjoyable ride.
Keep riding, John.

Trudi's NON Bunch Ride to Moriac - Saturday 22.8.20
Tough ride out to Moriac against the strong Westerly flow and up a few gentle hills. Tried to find the easiest way and still get a ride. Very little of the wet stuff, a few spits now and again, hardly enough to wet my glasses. Enjoyed a coffee at Moriac before spinning home the quickest easiest way now enjoying that strong Westerly flow. Ride on. Cheers Peter J.

Trudi's Bunch to Lara - Thursday 20.8.20
Windy ride today to Lara, fairly strong Westerly, as we wended our way sometimes on the back quarter, sometimes on the side, sometimes on the front quarter. Must admit we did get a lovely down wind run on Windemere Rd. Enjoyed a coffee at Xpresso before heading home via the Hovell Trail, good to see a surveyer checking the levels under the Hwy. Same situation with the wind on the way back but probably more head wind.  Had a good few Sunny breaks and no showers so all in all a good morning on the bike.
Ride on. Cheers Peter J.

18.8.20 - Update on Ben Kersten after collision with a vehicle on 6.8.20
My thanks for eveyone's support. I'm on the mend, having started walking. Not yet on a bike but give me another week.
Ben K.

Trudi's bunch check out the Bellarine - Tuesday 18.8.20
Cool but a fine Sunny day, good run out to Portarlington, met up with Geof and Marie with Mick at Melaluka Rd on the BRT. At the Port Rd we re grouped our bunch, had a quick chat with Chris Hu on his way to catch Geof, Marie and Mick for a coffee at the Caravan in Drysdale. Arrived at Port in lovely Sunshine, took coffee at a nice little Cafe just down the hill, great views, great sitting in the Sun. Rolled around the coast in lovely weather turning slowly into the breeze at the Queenscliff to Port Rd, left or straight ahead, straight ahead, weather was starting to break up, time to head home. Almost made it too but not quite, nice big shower with hail caught us about Newcombe but still a great day out on the bike.
Cheers Peter J.

Updates on Elcho Channel Path and Flooding on Hovell Creek under Freeway Bridge - 17.8.20
Ted has checked on these 2 projects. The Elcho Channel Path will allow cyclists to go from the parkland in which Millars Cafe is situated to the Ted Wilson Path at Baccush Marsh Rd. This work has been awarded to a contractor and they expect to commence in November. With regard to the flooding on Hovells Creek under the freeway - the valve to pump water out is being checked and other possibilities for the drainage are being looked at. This is complicated because 3 authorities are involved: Corangamite Water Management Authority, VicRoads & COGG.
JH.

Bannockburn loop with Trudi's Bunch two by two on Sunday 16.8.20
Cool and foggy start from Church Street, seemed like we were pushing the head wind all the way to Le duo sorelle for coffee. Had a very light shower going down Parker Rd and a touch of Sunshine now and then. Enjoyed our coffee and it was time to head home, still pushed the wind down Burnside until finally picked up the tail wind on Hamilton Hwy. Also picked up a real shower which soaked us all, ran out of the rain before the Ring Rd and after there everything was dry as a bone. Darn!!
Ride on, Cheers Peter J.

Jennie & John H Ride to Moriac on Saturday 15.8.20
Jennie and I set off from Yollinko Park on the Barwon at 8:30 and proceeded to Moriac via Belle Vue Ave & Waurn Ponds Drive, arriving and completing our coffee break from the Moriac General Store before the groups below arrived. We enjoyed that break in the sunshine over near the railway line - photographed the speeding Melbourne bound train at the old Moriac Station platform. Our return trip was via Hendy Main, Coombes, Messmate and back along the Surf Coast Highway for a total of 65km.
Keep Riding, John H.

Chris Ha and Mike C to Moriac on Saturday 15.8.20
Mike Currie and I enjoyed a very quiet ride from Bunnings to Moriac. Only 1 fellow cyclist enjoying the sunny seat out the front of the Cafe. And then in came all these interlopers - too many to count. Mike and I fled home via Cape Otway Rd with a brief stop to admire the first flowering of the local canola crops. Lovely morning all round. Thanks Mike.
Chris.

Trudi's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 15.8.20
Busy morning at Moriac this morning, Chris Ha and Mike C were having a coffee when we got there, two by two of course, Leo and myself, then pushing us along Trudi and Julie. We were just about to finish our coffee and Chris Hu and Jean rolled in, and not long after Nick and Sarah with a short time later Mark K and his friend Richard. At the same time there were at least half a dozen cyclists from other groups and a few motor cyclists. Ride on, and look out for the wild life, Leo spotted this lizard on our way down Hendy Main Rd.
Cheers Peter J.

I went solo today for a catch up with an old mate @7 Coffee Shop in Lara. I had also arranged to catch up with a City of Greater Geelong engineer at the Hovells Creek path under the M1 Freeway to discuss possible options to eliminate the flooding of the path under the bridge. It is clear that the creek level has risen to such an extent that the flooding is now permanent. Aaron explained that the previous works to install a berm and check valve to stop water coming from the creek to the path was not working because the creek level has increased and drains from the highway above are adding water to the path quicker than it can evaporate. I asked if the check valve could be checked to make sure it was still working and that the drains from the Highway diverted directly into the creek rather than on to the path. Aaron promised to look into it. Coincidently two ladies were negotiating the “lake” as I arrived and it reminded me that the problem is worse for walkers than riders. By the way, the ride was great, the catch up was greater and the coffee was even greaterer.
Ted.

Ben Kersten Collides with a Vehicle - 6.8.20
Last Thursday a driver failed to give way to Ben in a roundabout (Swanston/Malop), knocking him off his bike. He was taken to hospital - no broken bones but a lot of pain and swelling. Fiona reports he has started a recovery program and is walking around the block using hiking sticks. His bike is a write-off and it looks like he won't get a replacement until late October. Stocks in shops appear to be very low.
Hope to see you back soon Ben.

Trudi's Bunch Ride 2 x 2 to Barwon Heads - Thursday 13.8.20
Another great day for a 2 x 2 ride. Lovely along 13th Beach, not a lot of good surf, but of a group in one part of the beach. Very low tide exposing a lot of rocks. Great day, ride on.
Cheers, Peter J.

Ted & Peter O's Ride to Van Looms in Wallington - Wednesday 12.8.20
Ted and Peter O set off from their CBD homes in very pleasant winter sunshine to explore the delights of Point Henry and the Bellarine. Progress on the demolition of the Alcoa smelter seems painfully slow but, when completed, will provide an interesting site for housing development with a magnificent view over Corio Bay to the City and the You Yangs. Coffee at Van Loons Nursery Cafe was a scouting exercise to check the viability of this venue for future rides. Unfortunately bike parking close to the cafe is a bit of a problem so probably isn’t practical. Tail wind home on the Bellarine Highway was great until Ted had a puncture 2 kilometres from home. Walking seemed to be the best option given my puncture repairing expertise (nil).
Ted.



Janet & Chris Ha to Jan Juc on Wednesday 12.8
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A glorious morning saw Chris Ha and Janet head off from Bunnings to Swell at Jan Juc via Vickeries and Bells. We both loved lockdown traffic as encountered very little the whole ride.  Windy ride back via Horseshoe Bend. Watch the potholes!
Ride safe everyone, Janet.

GTC Riders in Twos to Pt Lonsdale & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 11.8.20
Trudi's bunch met at 9.00 at the Showgrounds for our ride to the Cheeky Cow. Waved off Peter O and Ken S on their ride to Point Lonsdale. Peter J and Jennie were next away followed later by Trudi and Julie. Enjoyed a pleasant ride out via the BRT to Curlewis Rd across through Wallington estates and Ocean Grove to coffee sitting on the fence in the Sun. Returned via 13th Beach, hundreds of Surfers out catching a wave. Took Mt Duneed Rd to by pass the HSBend bridge and had an enjoyable ride home. Lovely morning on the bike, mainly Sunny.
Cheers, Peter.

Julia & Leo Ride from Grovedale to Torquay on Sunday 9.8.20
Julia & Leo started our ride at Grovedale heading to Torquay via Ghazepore Rd , Ocean Acres .  Stopped for a coffee & food at Routley`s .  Very quiet for a Sunday on the Surf coast  A very pleasant ride with cloudy skies until our return ride in sunshine.
Cheers, Julia.

Ian B & John H to Drysdale & Collendina on Sunday 9.8.20
Ian and I headed out the Bellarine Rail Trail into a strong wind to the Drysdale Station and then down Princess St and Grubb Rd Ocean Grove. We turned left into the Oakdene Estate to take a back road through to coffee at Donut King in the Shell Rd Shopping Centre. On the way through Oakdene we met up with Geof Bagley with his dog Otto. Geof kindly took the photo below for us. We rode Bonnyvale Rd through Collendina - once we turned onto Ocean Throughway we had the wind behind us for most of the rest of the ride. The trip home was via 13th Beach and Horseshoe Bend Rd. The distance for me was 75.35km with av speed of 23.1kph.
Thanks Ian for the company and some good exercise!
John H.

Peter J & Trudi Ride to Torquay on Sunday 9.8.20
After yesterday's rain this morning was a pleasure. Even had some Sun from home but clouded over quickly. Just an easy ride today down to Torquay via Ocean Acres and back via HSBend Rd. Roads seem quiet without all the Melbourne people. A lot of bikes out riding two by two.  Bit of a part head wind going to Torquay but nice run home.
Cheers Peter J

Julia and Peter J to Gnarwarre & Moriac on Saturday 8.8.20
Rainy morning so only the tough get out and ride. Meet Julie at Fyansford and headed out the Hamilton Hwy to Pollocksford, up to Barabool Rd and to Cafe with a View. After a warming coffee we headed home via Moriac and Reservoir Rd. Going down Waurn Ponds Dve, Cochrans called, so it was over Ceres and down Merrawarp and back to Fyansford. Damp at times but enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter J.

Jennie & John H to Leopold & Waurn Ponds on Saturday 8.8.20
After putting off a longer ride in the morning due to the inclement weather, we took off about 1pm from Belmont and headed for Leopold on the Rail Trail into a stiff breeze and a few spots of rain. Coming back on the Bellarine Highway we then came along Townsend Rd to Breakwater and took the Waurn Ponds Trail to Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre. On arrival we found that Jennie had a puncture in the back tyre. However, coffee beckoned and we obtained coffee and tea at Muffin Break. Then the job was to repair the puncture - well, the tyre proved immovable - you could not even get the tyre lever under the tyre. Her bike had to be taken to a local expert to have it fixed. The ride had been well worthwhile - JH covered 36.52km and Jennie about 30km.
Keep riding, John H.

Julia and Jennie Head South on Tuesday 4.8.20
Jennie & Julia did a beautiful Thursday ride this morning  from  the Grovedale Hotel to Jan Juc, via Heyers, Ghazeepore & Anglesea Roads.  Stopped for coffee at Swell which was very pleasant before winding our way home along  Horseshoe Bend Road.
Julia.

Trudi & Peter J to Jan Juc on Tuesday 4.8.20
Back to riding two by two, from Grovedale Pub across Heyers Rd to Ghazapore Rd and out Anglesea Rd to the GOR. Good riding but a bit of a slight headwind. A couple of rollers along the GOR to Bells Blvd then some really good rollers before we took Sunset into Jan Juc and a coffee at Swell. Home via Torquay and HSBend Rd with a lovely tailwind.
Cheers Peter J.

Peter O and Peter J Ride to Portarlington - Tuesday 4.8.20
As soon as our ride programme collapsed once again it was time to hook up again with my Iso Buddies for a ride to Portarlington. Trudi and Jennie and Peter O were all keen but come the morning with a bit of weather and an icy wind "the weaker sex"piked leaving just the two Peter's to roll on. A strong Westerly air flow was not good for Port so we enjoyed a nice run out to Curlewis in the Sun, cut across to Ocean Grove, stopped at "Stoked" for a very enjoyable coffee before heading home through a few scudding showers and wind. Very cold wind but we were dressed to cover the expected conditions. I enjoyed my morning out on the bike in good company,  thanks Peter. Cheers Peter J.

Mark Shying's Easy Ride to Ocean Grove and his Longer Ride from there to Torquay, Bellbrae & Moriac on Sunday 2.8.20
The 100 kms two loops ride from Grovedale Hotel was today’s ride.  Advertised as an easy ride, Geoff Cam, Andrew, Mike, John, Chris Hu, Katrina, Rob, Mark J, Julia, Jennie, Janet, Sarah, Nick and Doug joined Mark S to ride out.  Social distancing required we split into two groups and within the groups keep the 1.5 metre distance.  Down Surf Coast Hwy and Waralily, Lindy and Peter joined us at Lake road.  Across to 13th Beach, all took in the calm of the sea, dotted with surfers.  Riding under brilliant sunny skies soon we were at The Dunes for refreshments and chat.  Departing The Dunes in three groups, we returned along 13th Beach.  The group of Geoff Cam, Andrew, Mike, Lindy and Peter cycled back to Grovedale Hotel.  The other two groups rode onto Torquay.  There we split again.  Doug headed home.  Chris Hu and Julia rode direct to Moriac.  The rest headed to Moriac via Great Ocean Road and Forest Road.  A highlight was John powering up the climb out of Torquay.  On reaching Moriac we all enjoyed more sustenance and chat.  A great day for riding was fast coming to an end as we traversed  the roads back to Grovedale Hotel.  The adverstised 100 kms was achieved.  A first for Jennie – congratulations!  And a first for John since his serious accident – well done!  Thank you for joining me for today’s ride.
Mark S.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Mannerim & Drysdale - 1.8.20
A cool morning 6 degrees with a warmer day to come had the ten riders ready to ride. We rode along the Bellerine rail trail to the pedestrian crossing at Moolap, we then proceeded along the Hwy and at Leopold Rob left us as he had to go home early. We took a different route to Drysdale and stayed on the Hwy passing through the round about at Wallington continuing to Banks Rd where we turned left and into a strong north head wind this prevailed until the peleton reached the Swan Bay intersection another left turn then we rode to Princess Street. Back into the head wind Ray took over the pace and we averaged 20 kph to the Bungalow Cafe. A enjoyable social time was had. We rode home on the rail trail, Johns e bike went well. Thank you for a good ride. The riders where: Barry, Ian Busch, Janet, John H, Kim, Dr Mike, Ray, Rob, Gary and myself.
Ken.
Apologies - Dr Mike should have been on the left of the photo below - he is just east of the viewfinder!!

Peter O'Brien's Thursday Ride from Church St to Bannockburn via Fyansford - 30.7.20
It was cold and foggy this morning when Ross, Janet, Trudi, Ken S, Ted, Julie and myself turned out for the ride from Church Street to Bannockburn.  We decided to ride down the new streets in Fyansford where the descents were exhilarating.  Due to roadworks, we took an alternative route before connecting with the Hamilton Highway and at Pollocksford Road Doug was waiting to join the group having ridden across from Moriac.  We continued along the highway to Burnside Road and then onto Bannockburn for a coffee break. On the return trip we descended Clyde Hill Road and as we turned into Parker Road we passed Lovro going in the opposite direction - it was good to see him back on the bike.  We continued riding through the valley enjoying fantastic views of the surrounding hills.  From there we conquered the Parker Road Hill followed by a pleasant ride back home to Geelong. Distance 55kms.
Peter O.

Mark Kelly's 96km Ride to Aireys Inlet on Tuesday - 28.7.20
Eleven riders turned up at Bunnings for the trip down the Surfcoast: Gary, Ben, Julia, Mark J, Mark K, Nick, Sarah, Kim, Chris Hu, Chris Ha and Peter J. Although the weather looked a bit gloomy it soon cleared and we had a pleasant ride heading out. Doug joined us on Blackgate Rd and the ride along Forest Rd was steady with the sun poking through. At Anglesea, despite the sunshine, most of the group decided to have coffee and head back up the hill. Only four - Julia, Ben, Chris Ha and Mark K headed onto Airey’s Inlet. We passed Ross G heading back the other way. He may have been trying to warn us that none of the cafes at Airey’s (at least those at the top of the hill) were open. Despite my encouragement for one of the group to ride down the hill to see if anything was open none volunteered so we headed back to Anglesea for coffee. I was trying to set a club record for distance before coffee but at just over 60kms not sure I succeeded. While the sun disappeared the wind was relatively light and we had good climb up the Anglesea hill and with a nice little tailwind cruised along the Surfcoast Highway back to Bunnings. A solid ride of 96km and 740m of climbing. Thanks to all the riders for good company and safe riding.
Mark.

 

Mike Currie's Easy Sunday Ride to Lara - 26.7.20
A grim morning made me wonder how many would join me for today’s easy ride to Lara. To my surprise, ten hardy souls arrived, including Geoff C, Jennie, John H, Lindy, Pam, Peter N, Rob, Susannah and Ted. We set off along the Esplanade and Church St at an easy pace before following the Ted Wilson to Bacchus Marsh Rd where Jennie left us for a family gathering. Around the new roundabout into Elcho Rd, we had a good run down to O’Hallorans and Millars for coffee where Ian F joined us in recuperation mode. I had booked inside tables, to the dismay of the proprietor when we said we were only in for coffee, not lunch. Our route home was via Canterbury Rd and the Hovell’s Creek track. Over the course of the ride, the weather had improved and it all ended up as a very pleasant Sunday morning ride.
Thanks for your company this morning, Mike.

Julia's Saturday Ride to Breamlea - 25.7.20
Saturday's ride was lovely and sunny for most of the ride to Breamlea. Thirteen riders set off from South Geelong Station: Trudi, Leo, Ross, Kim, John, Chris Ha, Peter J, Ken S, Barry T, Doug, Janet, Lindy, Ray, Rob and Julia. Peter J kindly led the first group out. Julia led from behind with the second group. With little wind to speak of it made easy riding. On reaching Lake Rd we had 3 more riders join us.
Turning left towards Breamlea from the cycle path past Black Rock Treatment Centre we toured the quaint little village with quite a lot of history to it. Stopping at the Caravan Park for a very pleasant occasion with a very good friend of Lindy's running it. Lindy surprised us by paying the tab. Do not see Lindy paying for another coffee for the rest of this year. Returning then to Geelong via the Surf Coast. A good day had by all. A big thank you to my two photographers in Trudy & John.
Julia.

Kim's Loop to Gnarwarre & Moriac on Thursday 23.7.20
We departed Bunnings with 17 riders: Barry, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, David S, Doug, Janet, Julia, Ken S, Mark J, Mark K, Peter O’B, Ray, Sarah, Nick, Ted, Rob and myself. Ken G called past on his way elsewhere. We divided into 2 groups and Sarah volunteered Nick to lead the 2nd one. Rob left us at the Barrabool hills and we were joined by Trudi and Peter J along Barrabool Rd. The weather although cool was clear and the road dry as we proceeded along Waurn Ponds Dr and then we came to the Cochranes Rd hills which spread us out a bit and then a couple more climbs along Barrabool Rd for good measure. We found Ross waiting for us at the Cottage Farm Nursery and because we were so many 7 opted to go to the Moriac Store. Meanwhile at the nursery we all enjoyed the house specialty of rhubarb crumble and coffee, a real treat. With the hills behind us we set a cracking pace past Moriac and along Mt Duneed Rd with some riders parting ways as we got closer to home. Finally, up Ghazeepore Rd and after 51ks we arrived at Bunnings just on midday. A most enjoyable outing with spectacular scenery throughout the ride. The roads were in great condition and we experienced very little traffic. Thankyou everyone for making my task as ride leader an easy and enjoyable one.
Kim.

Nick's Ride to Jan Juc on Tuesday 21.7.20
18 riders turned up at Bunnings prepared for the Vickerys / Gundrys Rd roller coaster ride. Chris Hu kindly volunteered to lead the second group of Trudi, Ross, Gary, Chris Ha, Mark K, Julia, Janet, and David S. I presume they had a good ride too, also taking in the delights of the full Bells loop so that Mark could check out the surf.
Nick’s group of Sarah, Peter O’B, Kim, MarkJ, Mark S, Barry, Doug and Rob Headed off  first and made good progress through the rolling countryside. Although it was cold and misty for short spell we avoided the showers. Traffic was minimal except for a close encounter with cars on the one way bridge on Vickerys. My brakes were severely tested! 
At Swell we enjoyed a well earned coffee and met up with Peter J and Marian (we wish you a speedy recovery Marian). As Chris’ group arrived my small group departed to experience some more serious hills on Duffields Rd. It’s seems a good way to skirt around busy Torquay if hills are your thing. We then made swift progress down the Torquay Rd back home. Thank you riders! 
NickT.

Grag Allerton's 100km Circuit on Sunday 19.7.20
No other starters on a mild sunny morning. With strong winds forecast I changed the route to more of  a circuit. From Rippleside I found the waterfront path to St Helens closed with no sign at the start. After the long climb up Tower Hill Rd to Lovely Banks, Lower Anakie Rd was closed to the South - lucky I wanted to go right. Further hills included Robbs Rd, Bakers Bridge, Dog Rocks, Pollocksford, and Devon Rd. A strong northwest wind helped me get home by 1 pm. 100 km  average 21.8 kph.
Greg.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 19.7.20
Nine riders on a cool but sunny morning for our ride to Drysdale: Chris Hu, Geoff C, Janet, Marie, Mike C, Pam, Ron, Ted and John. Our aim today was to explore the bike path beside the Drysdale Bypass Road - this turned out to be a well made 3 metre concrete path which we took to Murradoc Rd and then came into the Cafe Zoo for coffee and cake. On the return trip your ride leader was attacked by a magpie twice just before the Drysdale Railway Station - a very early first attack for the year!! In other years we have had to come out of Drysdale via Wyndham St and Jetty Road to avoid this magpie. When we got down to Curlewis, where we have had a detour for quite a while, we were able to cross the new road on a sealed path - the traffic lights have not been turned on yet as the road is not open to cars. By this time the wind was blowing strongly from the north but the Bellarine Trail is reasonably well sheltered. We arrived back at the station at about 12:15pm.
Thanks all for an enjoyable morning, John.



Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove -18.7.20
Another good crowd of eager members lined up at the starting point this frosty morning.  I tried to manage a head count but found myself confused by additional Surf Coast cyclists also meeting at the Grovedale. PJ lead off the A team of Trudi and Leo, Hugh and guest Jo, Ian, Andrew, Sarah, Rob and Dr Mike. The AA team followed a few minutes later. Kim, Julie, Mark, Barry, Ken, Doug, Ross and myself headed up Surf Coast Hwy to Boundary, into Horseshoe Bend and then Warralily. We welcomed Lindy into the group at Lake Rd and enjoyed a gathering Northerly into Barwon Heads, around Sheepwash and across to Garage coffee shop. Things were quite chaotic here - most of the AA team headed to Groove, several decided to forget coffee and head home. By this time the wind had picked up almost to ‘Houli’ status. The 13th Beach surf looked fabulous but the wind made the return trip along Blackgate and HSB Rds pretty tough. Back to the Grovedale at 59Km, a challenging ride in great company.
Thanks all, Chris Ha.

Peter O'Brien's Thursday Ride to 7 Grams at Lara - 16.7.20
Sixteen riders assembled at the Rippleside start line this morning for the ride to Lara. The riders weaved their way through the streets of Bell Park and Bell Post Hill to the corner of Ballan Road and Ballarat Road.  At this point the peloton split into two groups and rode along Ballan Road to Staceys Road on the outskirts of Lara.  The foggy conditions which prevailed along this section of road were such that visibility was down to 50 metres in parts. We emerged into sunshine and felt the exhilaration of riding down the Staceys Road descent into Lara with the aid of a tail wind. A coffee break was taken a 7 Grams in Lara and the return ride to Geelong was via Rennie Street and Corio Quay. Thanks to Sarah, Kim, Doug, Ted, Nick, David S, Ken S, Peter J, Trudi, Jennie, Chris Hu, Gary, Marge, Chris Ha and Janet for an enjoyable ride. Distance ridden 55 kms.
Peter O.

A Blast from the Past - GTC ride in the Murray to Moyne in the early 2000s - photo from Geoff Christmas.

Ken Gawne's Medium Ride to Drysdale, Swan Bay, Pt Lonsdale & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 14.7.20
Janet, Julia, Sarah, Ken G, Mark J, Mark K, Ben, Rod, Ron, Nick, David S, Ken S and Mike T separated into 2 groups for the ride along the rail trail as far as Christies Rd. Thereafter, separation was maintained through a series of stoppages - jackets off, jackets back on - and pace regulation as we progressed through Ocean Grove and onto Shell Rd. Passed many fine new homes going along Point Blvd on our way to the Queenscliff/Portarlington Rd. Mike and Ron were well looked after by Mark Kelly and Nick and were never far off the leading bunch. After 49 kms The Bungalow was a welcome sight. Upon resumption, all but David, Julia and Ken G opted to return via the trail and so missed out on a very fast run back into town along the Portarlington Rd. The finish of the ride coincided with the sun coming out - cannot complain, at least we did not get wet. Distance 67kms, ascended approx 470m.
Ken G.

Ken Gawne's Easy Ride from Deakin - Loop South of Geelong on Sunday 12.7.20
The clouds over Highton were dark and menacing at 08:30 but by 08:50 patches of blue sky and sunshine had arrived. Geoff Cameron, Ross, John, Lindy, Pam, Hugh Palmer, Jennie, Janet and leader Ken G started off with a lap of the Deakin Campus before heading down the Ted Wilson path to Wandana. A quick transit to the river path then onto the criterium track where any riders who wanted to test their speed legs and lungs were invited to push themselves around the smooth 2.2km circuit. Gundog Lane then around South Barwon Reserve before taking the pathway through to Bailey St. Made our way to Baanip Boulevarde and eventually to 9 Grams Cafe at Club Armstrong. A very pleasant half hour taking refreshments in the sun. Ross then left us to return to Torquay whilst we went back to Baanip. Hams, Lemins, Waurn Ponds Drive and Pigdons led us back to the University where several riders had left their cars. A relaxed pace, no wind and plenty of sun made for a very enjoyable morning on the bike. Distance 34kms with approx 350m of ascending.
Ken.

Ken minus the familiar beard!!

Sarah's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 11.7.20
Starting from Grovedale Hotel 15 riders set out, and indeed safely finished, the familiar loop ride to Moriac and back. These riders were Trudy and Leo, Sarah and Nick, Ken S, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Julia, Jenny, John Hagan, PJ, Doug, Greg , Kim and Peter N.  According to COVID 19 restrictions, we split into two groups with Ken S kindly volunteering to lead the second group and Nick bringing up the rear. With the forecast threat of rain and even thunderstorms, I was highly motivated to save us all a drenching so the coffee stop was near the ride’s end; 9 Grams at Armstrong Creek. Amazingly, the rain failed to materialise and in fact we all had a pleasant ride and sociable time in cool but still conditions. An excellent way to spend a winter’s Saturday morning! 48 kms on my computer. 
Sarah.

Chris Halpin's Circuit on the Bellarine Peninsula to Portarlington - Thursday 9.7.20
The promise of a sunny day and light winds bought out 18 riders to the Showgrounds this frosty morning. We easily split into two groups as per usual practice these days. Nick Tarnay 'volunteered' to lead the B team, with PJ acting as Sweeper.  Myself, Gary, Ken, Marks K & S, Smiths K & D plus Doug headed off down the BRT first. Traffic on the trail was quite light, and the sunshine warming. Nick & Sarah maintained a suitable separation behind with Ted, Kim, Chris Hu, POB, Jennie, Mark J and PJ.  Progress was brisk - needing to keep warm! Turned off the BRT at Jetty Rd and made our way across to the Bypass. Some rode the road, some took the adjoining shared path, and everyone was very impressed. The road tarmac was superb, and the roundabout lane markings very rider friendly I think.
On to Daniel's Donuts in Portarlington for refreshments and a convivial chat still in bright sunshine. The days sensation was the leg down the Queenscliff Rd with a gathering Northerly, again with light traffic. Into Swan Bay Rd and our first puncture. Mark politely dropped off the back of the A team and we left him for the B team to help. What are friends for? Home via the Bellarine Hwy for 72 km and about 450m, a challenging Medium ride. Thanks everyone for the wonderful company.
Chris Ha.

Mike Currie's Hard Ride through the Barrabool Hills to Ceres on Tuesday 7.7.20
A wet and misty morning saw three intrepid souls (David, Ben and self) leave Top o’ Church for the hard ride through the Barrabools to Moriac. Down Monier Way we picked up Nick and Ken C along the Barwon before making our way over Scenic Rd and along Province Bvd to Barrabool Rd and thence through Ceres to Andersons Rd. The weather was deteriorating as we faced the hills but improved for the lovely run along Andersons. Back along the Highway to Cape Otway Rd through increasing drizzle for a welcome coffee at Moriac where Chris Ha was waiting, suspiciously dry despite riding separately to Moriac. At this point we decided discretion was the better part of valour so looked for the quickest way home. Up Hendy Main Rd to Reservoir Rd, turning at Pettavel to cross the Hwy and get onto Waurn Ponds Drive for the exhilarating run back down to Bunnings. Here we went our own ways home to enjoy hot showers.
Mike C.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Bannockburn on Sunday 5.7.20
Peter O'B was the only other starter at Sth Geelong, however, John M joined us on the Ted Wilson Trail. There was a cool westerly wind blowing but we encountered no showers. It was hard work up Stacey's Rd with Peter leading strongly and more head wind in Robbs Rd. Coffee was at Le Due Sorelle Cafe in Bannockburn. We headed south on Burnside Rd to the Hamilton Highway with a tail wind at last and were able to chat at an easy pace up to Ceres. The trip down to Waurn Ponds Drive was via Cochranes Rd and we then took the Waurn Ponds Creek Trail. In order to get 100km up for the day we did four laps of the Criterium Track. Our average for the day was 20.5 kph.
Greg.

Ted Reeve Leads the Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 5.7.20
A cool but dry morning welcomed fifteen riders at South Geelong Railway Station for an easy pedal to Drysdale. The consensus was that the current regulations allowed up to 20 to ride together in a group so we didn’t split up. The Bellia’s (Trudi & Leo), The Peter’s (Jones and Nice) or it could be the Jones’s (Peter & Mark), Geoff, Andrew, John, Chris Hu, Ron, Pam, Jennie, Janet, David (Smith) and myself set off on the Bellarine Rail Trail with a slight tail wind. It was a dry track at first but by the time we reached The Bungalow a fine mizzle had set in so we were pleased to be allowed inside for our coffee. A limit of six per room meant we were split up with the early arrivals grabbing prime position in the lounge, a few more settled into the Boardroom while the rest of us were assigned stools near the kitchen. After a pleasant half hour or so the group split up for the return journey with some deciding to back track to the Rail Trail, a few deciding to extend their ride to Ocean Grove and 13th Beach while the rest created a nice Strava Loop via Princess Street and the Bellarine Highway. Total distance, for me, was 46 klm with an ascent of 216 metres and descent of 299. If someone could explain to me how the descent can be greater than the ascent when the start and finish positions are the same I would appreciate it.
Thanks for the ride. Ted.

Yes, John had 4 punctures on the way home via the longer route (73km) - greatly assisted by Mark & Chris - home at 2pm!!

Ken Gawne Leads the Ride to Bannockburn on Saturday 4.7.20
The prospect of a dismal wet morning was not enough to deter 8 members rolling up to the start at Fyansford. Ian Busch, John H, Janet, Mark S, Ken S, Barry, Ken G and newcomer Rob McGlade made their way along Lower and Upper Paper Mill Roads to cut out the  part of the highway which was undergoing reconstruction. It was a relief to turn into Brislane road after a lengthy slog into the westerly wind.  We were able to sit at tables indoors at a cafe on the main street of Bannockburn. With the wind now at our backs we made good time before turning off the Midland Hwy at Blackall Rd. Back to Fyansford via Dog Rocks and Friend In Hand. Despite very black skies for much of the course, we arrived back dry. Distance 47 kms, 340m of climbing.
Ken G.

"Who said I didn't have a shower this morning?"

Update on Ian Fraser - 29.6.20 Recently Ian suffered a serious heart attack - he is now out of hospital but is struggling to walk with a frame. We wish Ian well in his recovery and hope he can soon return to join us in his favourite sport - cycling.

Ken Smith's Ride to Collendina on Thursday 2.7.20 & Mike Currie wrote the report.
A cool but clear winters day brought 16 riders to the Grovedale Hotel for the medium ride to Cheeky Cow. With Ken S as leader, riders included Mike C, David S, Kim, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Nick, Peter J, Peter O, Mark K, Julia, Jennie P, Ted R, Barry T, Jean Paul and guest Susannah G. After breaking into 2 COVID aware groups with the second group led by Peter J, we headed down Torquay Rd in heavy traffic into Boundary Rd, Horseshoe Bend Rd, Warralilly Bvd and then Lake Rd before enjoying a lovely run with the wind along 13th Beach Rd. Across the bridge and past the Ocean Grove surf beach and trail to Ocean Throughway and coffee at Cheeky Cow. A flat tyre caused Mark to head directly back to Geelong (without passing Go) while the rest of us climbed the Bonnyvale Hill to Banks Rd noting the extensive new developments here and thence onto the Bellarine. While Chris Hu repaired another tyre, most of the group opted to check out the new Drysdale bypass while the rest fought the increasing wind back to Geelong along the highway.  Overall a pleasant ride with great company.
Cheers, Mike.

Ken Gawne's Hard Ride to Bannockburn on Tuesday 30.6.20
Fresh but not freezing attracted 12 riders to the start from the top of Church. Kim, Gary, Chris Ha, Ben, Peter J, Julia, Jennie, Janet, David S, Sarah, Nick and Ken. Walkers and dogs were largely absent from the Ted Wilson Trail as we made our way to Bluestone Bridge, Lovely Banks (Anakie rd being closed), and the Ballan road. It was a pleasure to turn into Robbs which was quiet after we let a huge tractor through. The downhill on Parker was thrilling, not so the long climb up Clyde but there were no complaints. Takeaway coffee only at Bannockburn but it certainly did not bother Chris who only had eyes for the last sausage roll which he duly devoured before the arrival of his drink.
Because of the state of the Hamilton Hwy at Fyansford, and the fact that several riders had vehicles back at the start, it was decided to return via Clyde, Russells Bridge, Steiglitz, Parkers Bridge, Midland Hwy and Ted Wilson Trail. What a good decision it proved - the light tail wind resulted in the group flying down the long stretch of Steiglitz and enjoying the downhill on Parkers Bridge. The ride distance was 65.5 kms with 606m of climbing at an average of 20.6. Division into 2 groups occurred on the major roads with reasonable separation on others.  I certainly got the impression all were pleased with the very scenic country that we traversed.
Ken.

Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Murgheboluc, Lethbridge & She Oaks - Sunday 28.6.20
On a sunny but very cold 2 degree morning I was surprised to find 6 members waiting at the start: Ian B, Ken G, Mark S, Nick and Sarah T and John C who kindly took the official photo. John had to leave us at Fyansford due to a sore knee. Lucky there was no fog or wind as we headed out Hamilton Hwy but it was very hard to warm up. The sharp climb up the bushy Brislanes Rd got our lungs working and then came more lightly trafficked roads as we headed to Lethbridge. Hot drinks were greatly appreciated  as were hot jam doughnuts - thanks Nick. There were more backroads before  a 5 km section along Midland Hwy. Cruising along Sharp Rd we met Peter O riding towards us. He had missed the start but rode the route in the opposite direction hoping to meet us. Alas he had to ride up the steep climb to Sheoaks again. Sorry I did not have  my phone turned on and missed your  messages. There was the usual stop at Bunjil Lookout, which Sarah had never seen. From there we made good pace back to Geelong. I was home before 2 pm having ridden 104 km in 4 h 43 m average 21.9. Thanks for coming and well done Sarah, the first time on one of my long rides.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.

John Hagan's 33km Circuit of Geelong - Sunday 28.6.20
A cool, still and sunny morning for our ride around Geelong this morning. Riders were (L to R below): Barry, Susannah, Pam, Lindy, Kim, Jennie, Dr Mike & John H. Taking the trails around Geelong we met with a few obstacles. On the narrow path below the new waterfront housing being built at Rippleside Mike caught his handlebar on the fancing and came down while avoiding an oncoming cyclist on the narrow path and about a kilometre later Susannah caught her mirror on the narrow path as the Melbourne Rd goes over Separation St - fortunately she did not fall. After following Corio Bay around to North Geelong we took the Tom McKean/Gabrielle Blythe Linear Path to Fyansford and viewed the site of the removed silos before taking the Barwon River Trail on the south side to coffee at Cafe RnR at Belmont. The return was via Breakwater and St Albans Park and the Bellarine Rail Trail back to the Sth Geelong Station. This was a fairly leisurely trip of 33km with not much climbing. Thanks to our riders for an enjoyable experience.
Keep riding,
John.

Ken Smith's Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 27.6.20
Mike Currie was to be the ride leader but was unavailable, Ken Smith lead. Seven riders braved the cold morning for the start from the show grounds on the Bellerine Rail Trail: John, Janet,  Michael T, Barry, Peter N, Ken S and guest Rob. We rode along the Bellerine Trail to the pedestrian crossing at Moolap and then rode the Bellerine Hwy to the Swan Bay Road at Wallington, turning left on to Grubb Road then right on to the Swan Bay extension then along Princess St. This road is under going repair and the surface very muddy and slippery, the good thing there were few vehicles  using the road. On reaching Drysdale we turned into Eversley St to the Bungalow Cafe, where a good chatter was had as well as enjoying the coffee and cake. They rode back to Geelong on the Bellerine Trail, no punctures, or incidents occurred on the ride, the weather may have been cold, but the company was warm and friendly.
Ken s.

Ken Gawne's Exploration of the Dead End Roads off the Portarlington Rd on Thursday 25.6.20
On a mild, overcast morning, 11members rolled up to explore roads off Portarlington Rd that ended up on the Bay's edge. Mike Currie, Ken G, Gary, Chris Halpin, Jean-Paul, Ron, Jennie, David Smith, Marge, Nick and Sarah. Accessed the Port Rd via Eastern Gardens. We went past the once, salt-producing evaporation lagoons and onto the end of Point Henry Rd where the dismantling of Alcoa's Aluminium plant was well advanced. Then took Hays Rd past the Winchester plant before turning round at the gates of the Dow Chemical works. Half way up the Leopold hill we turned onto the very scenic Alexander rd where not a single vehicle passed us in our down and back transits. Then it was onto Hermsley and Avila - no traffic but many beautiful properties. Few of our complement had ever traversed this area and most were very impressed. Out of Hermsley and almost immediately onto the rail trail to complete our journey to The Bungalow. Chris and Mike left the group at the end of the trail.
Time was of the essence for Jennie who had to work this afternoon so she, along with 5 others opted to return on the rail trail. Gary, Ken and Ron took Grubb, Swan Bay and then Bellarine Hwy. The wind was quite strong by this stage and rain threatened. Ron headed home along Melaluka, Gary & I got back on the trail which offered some shelter from the wind. After crossing Wilsons Rd we could see Sarah and others only 500m ahead. J-P and I took shelter at the station where a train was soon to depart. The temptation to get back to Lara in a dry state was irresistible and J-P got on board. An interesting, leisurely ride. I hope you all enjoyed it. Distance 66.6 kms, 450 m ascending.
Ken.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Bunnings Waurn Ponds via Barrabool Hills to Moriac - Tuesday 23.6.20
Today certainly was a beautiful sunny day for a ride.  With the plan being to ride as many hills as possible, eleven riders threw their hat into the ring to tackle this quest: Ken G, Ken S, Nick, Sarah, Jennie, Janet, Ben, David, S, Chris T, Julie and myself.  To comply with social distancing and group sizing we decided to break into two groups.  The first group headed off on their journey and about 500 metres down the road Chris T had a puncture.  The second group rode past them and continued to ride up Cochranes Road where Janet also experienced a tyre issue.  Both groups traversed Devon, Andersons and Hendy Main Roads and then took a coffee break at the Moriac General Store.
Following coffee we rode Hortips Road, Considines Road, Barrabool Hills Road and headed to Pollocksford Road with the ride down Pollocksfords Road, with the wind at our backs, being sensational.  From the Hamilton Highway we turned into Merrawarp Road and from there returned to Barrabool Road.  A concern for me were sections along the Hamilton Highway that were extremely treacherous and dangerous.  The last main hill climb along the ride was Ceres and despite tired legs this was accomplished by all.  The final ride down Cochranes Road back to Bunnings was stunning.
One of the highlights of today’s ride was the spectacular scenery of the Barrabool Hills including the rolling hills, a magnificent skyline, glorious clouds and cattle and sheep grazing in the paddocks.  What started out as a challenging ride turned into one where all riders conquered the hills.  Undoubtedly everyone who rode today will be well pleased with their effort. istance travelled 75kms. Ascent 910 metres. Descent 963 metres.
Regards, Peter O.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Connewarre, Blackrock & Mt Duneed on Sunday 21.6.20
The weather this weekend for Geelong has been a lot better than predicted so we had ideal riding conditions for our trip out to Connewarre, Blackrock and through to Mt Duneed. We had 14 participants with Janet missing the start with a puncture and she proceeded to meet us at coffee. On the starting line at Grovedale Pub were: Sarah & Nick, Jennie, Pam, Marie, Ian B, Greg, Andrew, Chris Hu, Barry, Susannah (new member), Kim, and your ride leader John. Our coffee spot was Uforic Food Cafe on the Surf Coast Highway at Mt Duneed where Lindy was already having coffee with Janet when we arrived. Due to the Covid restrictions Marie, Nick, Andrew and Greg ended up having their coffee standing and for some it took a while to arrive. Our return trip was straight up the Surf Coast Highway but we had not gone far when Janet's wheel suffered another puncture. Greg was on the job straight away and assisted Janet to completed the repair in record time. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride.
John.

Peter O'Brien's Central Geelong Ride - Saturday 20.6.20
Despite predictions of bleak weather for this morning’s ride, the day turned out to be warm and sunny – a great day for a ride.  Doug, Lindy, Don, Kim, Julia, Ted, Ken S, Janet and myself set off from the upper car park at Hearne Parade for a leisurely ride around the Geelong CBD.  It’s not often the GTC focuses on inner city riding and this ride provided an opportunity to explore some back streets within the city precinct noting changes to the streetscape.
Highlights of the ride included the Eastern Gardens, Pevensey Park, the Malop Street green spine path, Johnstone Park and Little Malop Street.  At Moorabool Street Ron Little joined the ride and we continued to the Road Criterium Circuit in Belmont, the school’s precinct in Newtown and the back streets of Geelong West. From the Geelong West Oval we rode back to Glenleith Avenue and meandered our way through McMahon and Vincent Avenues to Mercer Street, concluding the ride at Café Go in Swanston Street.  Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. Distance 25kms.
Peter O.   

Peter Jones' Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 18.6.20
Eighteen riders for our ride to Lara today, it was a crisp and chilly start to the day with my Garmin showing -0.7 deg on my way around the river to the Church St start. Those riding from left to right were: Trudi, Gary, Chris Ha, Mike C, Ted, Janet, Jennie, Ken S, Peter J, Peter, Marg, Lindy, Peter O, Ken G, Doug, Chris Hu, David S and Julie, what an excellent bunch.
Headed out the Ted Wilson Trail to Creamery Rd., and took Blue Stone Bridge Rd., down the hill and up the hill to the Lovely Banks Rd/ Anakie Rd intersection where we regrouped. Unfortunately I had a bit of a brain fade and took a hard left which put us on Lovely Banks Rd., instead of a softer left which would have put us on Anakie Rd., (didn’t realise my mistake until much later on Ballan Rd.) looked for Towerhill Rd., but of course it wasn’t there so being too late to turn back continued on to Ballan Rd and then to Stacey’s Rd. for a most enjoyable downhill to Bacchus Marsh Rd., etc. and to Millars for coffee.
Extremely busy for coffee but it was pleasant standing around chatting in the Sun before we mounted up and returned to Geelong along the Hovel Creek Trail. Easy ride back with a light Northerly tail wind. The bunch split at Swinburne Street with a small group heading down to say hello to Meri and Lovro, Ted reckoned Lovro would have Xray vision now after some radioactive treatment on his eye, Lovro agreed and said Ted was not a pretty sight. Excellent ride on a lovely day with a great bunch, ride on!
Cheers, Peter J.

Mark Kelly's Ride to Jan Juc on Tuesday 16.6.20
There were 15 hardy souls assembled for the ride to Jan Juc via Forest Rd with not a worry about the rain. However, shortly after heading up the Baanip bike path (which we found to be closed), the rain came and the first not so hardy soul to pull the pin was Sarah who headed home. The rest went cross country onto the road and then up Ghazeepore with the rain pretty persistent by now. Doug was the next not so hardy soul who left us a Blackgate road. We re-grouped at Hendy Main with the rain now stopped but Trudi, Chris Hu, Jennie and Peter J took the easy way home via Moriac. So we were down to just 9 truly hardy souls (Chris T, David S, Nick, Ben, Chris Ha, Janet and Julia, Ken and yours truly) for the rest of the ride. We had a nice tail wind along Forest Rd and even some sun but on reaching the GOR decided to give the Pt Addis leg a miss and headed straight for Swell cafe at Jan Juc via Bells Beach.  A quick stop to check the excellent surf at Bells and then onto Jan Juc. We returned via Torquay, Blackgate and then back along the Surfcoast Highway, where we ended as we started with some more rain. Despite the weather a very enjoyable ride - thanks to all. Ride distance: 70km and around 500m of climbing.
Mark K.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Staughton Vale & Anakie on Sunday - 14.6.20
This is one of Greg's favourite rides - to Balliang, Staughton Vale and Anakie. He was accompanied by Janet and Peter O'B who was on his third 100km ride for the week! They stopped at the Anakie General Store for coffee and refreshments and found it almost deserted in contrast to the easy riders who went to Barwon Heads and couldn't find a space anywhere. The return to Geelong was a dream run with the strong wind behind them they were sitting on speeds in the high thirties in terms of kilometres per hour. Greg was able to give me a verbal report on the phone as his computer was not working.
John H.

Mark Shying's Sunday Ride to Ocean Grove - 14.6.20
The easy return ride to Barwon Heads departing South Geelong station saw me joined by nine cyclists.  Our route to the Beach House at Barwon Heads included one circuit of the Belmont criterum track and enjoying ideal conditions as we cycled along Barwon Heads, Lake, Black Rock  and Thirteenth Beach Roads.  On arrival at the Beach House our numbers had grown to 14 – Trudi, Leo, Andrew, Kim, John, Chris Hu, Peter J, Mark J, Lindy, Pam, Jennie, Mark S, Nick T and our newest member Peter N.  The Beach House could not accommodate our number, so after some discussion we cycled to the Dunes minus Chris Hu who had other cycling adventures.  The Dunes was both very busy and very quick with their service.  With plenty of space we enjoyed drinks, nutrition, good conversation and a pleasant beach view.  The return ride saw John and Pam ride on to Leopold.  Taking Thirteenth Beach Road saw 11 cyclists buffeted by strong winds.  With Trudi, Leo, Peter J and Lindy heading for Mt Duneed Road, the remaining group headed for South Geelong Station via Lake, Warralily and Horse Shoe Bend Roads – with more departing on the way.   62 kms of good riding.  Thanks for joining me today. 
Mark S 

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Armstrong Creek - 13.6.20
The ride started from the South Geelong Station with a total of twelve taking part, Peter O and John Hagan starting at Eastern Park. The other riders were Greg A, Ian Busch, Ken G, Chris Ha, Ken S, Jennie P, Nick and Sarah, Doug W, and new riders Rob and Katina Jeremiah. The ride went around Eastern Park along Boundary Rd, Leather St, Gundog Lane across the busy Barwon Heads Rd, on the bike path to Bailey St to Reserve Rd, along the Surfcoast Hwy to Armstrong Blv to the Armstrong Cafe, there a good social time was  enjoyed. The ride continued through Baanip, Hams, Lemins, Waurn Ponds Drive, up Pigdons path and a sight seeing ride around Deakin Unversity, along Ted Wilson Path to Wandana Heights, the riders then made their way home. This being my first time to lead - thank you to all for the help.
Ken S.

Doug's Thursday Ride to Drysdale - 11.6.20
A big peloton assembled at the start line with the Geelong Cycling Club also starting at the Showgrounds and there were close to 35 riders in attendance. Twenty one of those riders were GTC participants and in first name alphabetical order, the attendees were Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David R, David S Doug W, Gary B, Geoff Cam, Jackie R, Janet R, Jennie P, John H, Kim G, Mark J, Nick T ,Peter O, Ross G, Sarah T, Ted R Trudi B and a special welcome to new member Katrina and also guest rider Susannah. Special mention to Gary who ensured Susannah was looked after throughout the ride. A big thanks to Kim for assisting one rider who was having difficulty with a new pair of cleats and also a big thank you to our volunteer “Tail End Charlie’ aka David R.
I made a mistake counting the numbers, as I didn’t include myself and repeated that mistake up until Drysdale. All is well that ends well. Weather Report: Cool at the start then glorious winter sunshine. A perfect winter’s day for a ride. Distance: 40.49km. Coffee: The Bungalow. GTC took over the empty outside table area, with six persons to a table. Post coffee, several riders went in different directions, some opting for a longer ride in the warm sunshine. Some opting for a more direct route back from Drysdale.There were a few members who had not been seen or heard of during the lock-down. It was great to see them again and they received a hearty welcome. Great camaraderie was on display throughout the ride. Well done all. Photographs courtesy of John H (with thanks).
Doug W.

Chris Halpin's Hard Ride to Moriac on Tuesday 9.6.20
It may have been 2°C but another spectacularly beautiful day brought out 14 GTC Trojans this morning. In fact the day seemed to bring every local cyclist out. A similar number of LACs were gathering at JB HIFI, and we just missed a large contingent of Torquay Coasters at Moriac. Sarah & Nick, Ken, new member Ray, 3 Chris' - Hu, Ha & Thomas, Julie, Janet & Jenny, David, Ben, Barry & Mark K all made it to the start line. Lyn and Trudi had a sleep in and met us for coffee. Mike came late and left early but we'll count him too. The ride was an old favourite, up Waurn Ponds Dve, Pettavel & Reservoir to Cape Otway Rd. Right into Devon and across the verdant green hills, left into Barrabool. Across the Hwy again and on to Considines, Hortips then Church, Larcombe & Hendy Main into Moriac. Phew! Coffee was popular and it was very warm & peaceful on the General Store deck. Home via Cape Otway, Mt Duneed & Ghazeepore to Bunnings. Bang on 60km, 500m climbing and not a puncture.
Thanks everyone involved esp Ben for managing our tails.
Chris.

Ted's Sunday Ride to Lara - 7.6.20
Another good turn out to end the week we returned from iso-hibernation with 11 riders meeting at Rippleside and a 12th joining in at Lara. Peter’s J, O and Knight (guest rider), Chris’s Hu and Ha, John H, Mark J, Lindy, Jennie, Doug and I set off at “9 ish” after a brief pre ride briefing and chat. We took the regular bay side route sticking to paths where possible and stopped for a safety check of the path under the freeway where Peter O and I measured the height of the bridge above the water line of the now permanent lake that has formed on the path. Our plan being to lobby Council to “DO SOMETHING, DON’T THINK, DO!!!”. We enjoyed a relatively traffic free ride to @7 Cafe @ Lara where we were greeted by Ian who had secured one of the rare inside seats. Five of the lucky ones joined him in the warm while the rest of the group shivered outside in the 9 degree heat (well, 9 degrees is warmer than 6 degrees, right?). After more chatting we set off for the return journey via a Tour de Lara and the Ted Wilson Trail and split up at Church Street where about half carried on down to Cementies and the rest down Church Street to their cars or homes.
Ted.

The electrically assisted bike group below!

Ken Gawn's Saturday Ride to Torquay - 6.6.20
10 Club members together with a former member, who had not cycled with us in over 2 years, and a visitor made up a group of 12 for the ride to Torquay - Greg, Zac, Ken G and Ken S, John, Chris Hume, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Peter O, Ray Clifford and visitor Matthew Henderson.
The weather did not look that threatening in the early part but, on crossing Reserve Rd into Horseshoe Bend, light rain started. On crossing Boundary Rd we were 9 - Matthew got a puncture and Ray and Chris stayed to assist. The rain intensified so I asked the bunch to ride on whilst I rode back to check out the tailenders. Zac passed us and called out it was too wet, but he had a change of mind and rejoined the back group of 4 on McCanns Rd. Visibility was down to less than a km, and whilst I turned into Blackgate the 4 kept on the Surfcoast Hwy.
Upon arrival in Torquay, the group were having refreshments at Mejavos. I was soaking wet and announced that I would press on home by the shortest possible route. At a bus stop just out of the township I came across Matthew, wet and very glum - a second puncture and a broken derailleux. Ray later confirmed Matthew had received assistance to get home.
Ken.

Sarah's Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads - 4.6.20
The promise of a sunny day and light winds lured many out to ride today.  Gathered at Grovedale Hotel at 9am were Lyn Louden, Ken Gawne, Jackie and David Rae Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Trudi, Julia, Mike Currie, Kim, Mark Kelly, Doug, Barry, Ken Smith, Ted, Janet, Jean Paul and guest rider Blake, David Smith, Gary, and Nick and Sarah. Whew! That put us over twenty with the expectation ( which was fulfilled) of  Lindy joining the ride at Lake Road. Twenty three riders in all. As per Coronavirus restrictions we split into two groups so many thanks to Ken Gawne for leading the second group to Barwon Heads and back. Traffic was light and it was a joy to be outside in great weather and good company. Coffee was had at Ebb and Flow plus (as we were such a large group) the Beach House so thank goodness Barwon Heads is a multi-coffee-shop town. Thus refreshed, we headed home with splendid surf views along Thirteenth Beach road.  Blackgate Road and Surf Coast Highway led us back to the Grovedale Hotel. No adverse events to report. An excellent morning out! 
Sarah.

BACK TO OFFICIAL RIDES - Ken Gawne Leads the Portarlington Hills Ride - Tuesday 2.6.20
The threat of wind and perhaps a shower or two did not deter the group of 13 who gathered at the Showgrounds for the resumption of Club Calendar rides. Chris Halpin, Ben Kersten (welcome back Ben), Jennie, Janet, Mark Shying, David and Ken Smith, Nick and Sarah, Chris Thomas, Barry Tippett, Doug and leader Ken.
Nick punctured on his way to the start but did not delay us getting underway. Ken gave a brief description of the route, suggested groups of 6 and 7 to improve safety and pointed out that a separation distance of 1.5m was inadequate when riding in line. Ken Smith picked up a puncture at the bottom of the Leopold hill. Chris Halpin took over leadership of a group who were to continue on down Christies Rd, rejoin the rail trail and wait at the beginning of Curlewis Rd. After about 10 mins, Ken and Dave Smith rejoined Ken G, Ben and Nick. A solid pace was set in the chase and continued down to the Bellarine Hwy and along Swan Bay Rd. By the time contact was re-established, I was puffing like a steam engine. At 11:00, having covered 41kms, we stopped for refreshments in Portarlington.
On resumption, Jennie(showing no respect for age) went past me before the first of the Port hills. I remembered an old Audax saying that " cycling was only ever hard if you were in a hurry". I must thank Ben and Chris Ha for their efforts in trying to drag me along. Just out of Drysdale, all but Barry & I elected to hit the rail trail - we turned into Grubb then Swan Bay Rd. By this time I had recovered and the trip back along the highway was covered in good time. Gold to Barry, silver to Ken with no bronze awarded. Start back-to-start distance 72.5 kms with 553m of climbing. Thanks everybody, we had some fun and fitness- honing exercise.
Ken.

Sunday Ride to 13th Beach Golf Club Cafe - 31.5.20
Seven riders namely the two Peters ’, Trudi and Leo, Jennie P, John and Doug turned-up for the ride on the last day of autumn, for this year. With the wind behind us we headed to Barwon Heads via Horseshoe Bend Road, Warralily Boulevard, Lake Road, 13th Beach Road. From Barwon Heads we traversed Geelong- Barwon Heads Road to partake in a coffee at the 13th Beach Golf Club. This coffee stop may be a first for GTC riders. We were not disappointed with this coffee venue as the coffee was very acceptable and Leo gave his toasted egg and bacon sandwich 10 out of 10. The outdoor area was superb with nice big comfortable chairs and a view of the lush green golf course. After a lengthy stop it was back on the bikes and into the wind to return via Blue Stone School Road, re-joining our outward course at Black Rock Road and retracing our outward route back to Grovedale. It was a very pleasant outing with good company and lots of chat. The distance covered was just over 50 kilometres.
Photos courtesy of John H and Trudi. Scribe: Doug

Saturday Ride to Bannockburn - 30.5.20
Trudi's Bunch gathered at Church St. John and Jennie turned up on their ride and Greg joined in for a while making a full 10 for a while. We headed out the Ballan Rd, at Steiglitz Rd the ride split, John and Jennie heading to Staceys Rd and Lara, Greg on a time line to get back before 10.30 am. The rest continued on through the beautiful countryside turning at Parkers Patterson a glorious downhill before the slog up Clyde to Banockburn. Enjoyed our coffee then took Harvey Rd and Brisbane back to the Hamilton Hwy and home to Fyansford. Great day out on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

Thursday Ride to Moriac - 28.5.20
A full bunch for Trudi's ride to Moriac, most enjoyable ride out with a bit of Sun, lovely out through the hills. Reached Moriac just as the Torquay Coasters arrived and they had a full bunch as well but luckily there's were well spread out. Got our coffee and enjoyed a good chat in the Sun before heading home via Hortips etc and down Pollocksford to the Hwy returning with a good trail wind. 
Cheers, Peter.

Doug's Thursday Ride Around the Bellarine Peninsula - 28.5.20
We had five riders to Drysdale, Kim, Peter O’B, Ken S, Julia and Doug. The Rail Trail was a breeze with the kids back to school. At Drysdale Kim did a U-turn leaving a foursome to continue. Coffee and donuts from Daniels were well received as we ate them in the warm sunshine. Just past St Leonards, I had a mechanical issue and was not able to continue. The three remaining riders made it back to Geelong with no further loss of riders.
As I have Bike Assist with the RACV, I called for help, only to be informed to call back in one hour because they are busy and cannot answer my call. Bric-bats to the R.A.C.V. With autumn about to go into winter, we enjoyed the great riding weather today.
Doug.

Further Update on Marie Bagley - 27.5.20
Marie is home now from hospital but is still a bit sore and would like to pass on her thanks to all the GTC members who have enquired after her health and wished her a speedy recovery. A special thanks to Sarah and Nick who brought to her home the flowers below. JH.

Tuesday Ride to Bellbrae and Jan Juc - 26.5.20
Good roll up for Trudi’s Bunch Ride this morning, 14 riders in all. To comply with the 10 limit we split into two groups of seven, Peter O led off with Gary, Mark K, Mike C, Nick, David and Kim. A short time later I followed with Trudi, Sarah, Jennie, Julie, Chris Ha and Doug. Usual course out to Anglesea Rd, Blackgate Rd, Grassdale Rd, Hendy Main Rd, Vickerys Rd, Gundry Rd, GOR, Addiscott Rd, Bones etc into Jan Juc where we enjoyed a lovely coffee. Unfortunately the fog did not lift apart from a few brief period now and again. Following coffee the A team took off and headed back straight down the Hwy, the B team took the Toilet option and rode the Esplanade through Torquay to the toilets, then back through the houses and rejoined the Hwy at Bunnings. An uneventful run back along the Hwy before everyone split to make their own way home, and no the fog still hadn’t lifted but fog or no fog it was a great ride in good company.
Cheers, Peter.

Doug Leads the Group to Bowside in Bellbrae for Coffee on Sunday 24.5.20
Jennie P, John H, Leo and Trudi B, along with Peter O’B and Doug W headed south from the Grovedale Hotel into a SSW 15 kilometres head wind, heading for Paraparap and Bellbrae. Along the way we encounted a light shower of rain which was just enough to require a wipe of the glasses. Heading along Hendy Main Road, Trudi punctured and as usual, Leo to the rescue, however, it took nearly as long to find the cause of the puncture (which was a small piece of wire or like embedded in the tyre) than it did for Leo to change the tube and pump-up the tyre. A timely coffee break was taken at Bowside Café in Bellbrae. The good thing about returning to Grovedale, was the tail-wind back to the starting point. Not finished with flat tyres for the day, Doug’s rear tyre went flat 50 metres from home. The wind was cold, the pace was hot and the company was extremely warm and pleasant with lots of chat along the way. Thank goodness for small group riding. In round figures the distance was 60 kilometres and we gained 315 metres. Photographs courtesy of John H.
Doug W.

Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 23.5.20
Two Peters, two Chris' and triple J, Jennie, Julie and Janet on today's ride to Groove. A bit of mizzle on my way to the Showgrounds to start but disappeared by the time 9.00 am came around. Rolled out to Groove with an occasional spit and occasional Sun. Coffee was good as usual at Groove, rode through a light drizzle along 13 th Beach which disappeared by the end where we took the Mt Duneed Rd option to avoid the HSBend closure. The ride home was pleasant with a trail wind for most of the way. Excellent morning ride in good company. Cheers Peter. 

A Bunch of 10 Ride to Moriac - Thursday 21.5.20
Trudi's bunch joined with Peter O and Doug to ride out to Moriac. Three extra including Janet's sister Trina and we hit the magic number, 10. We headed out to Moriac via Merrawarp and Barrabool, lovely and green after plenty of rain and with the cold crisp air and a bit of Sun it was glorious. Took coffee at Moriac in the Sun before Doug and Barry headed off to Torquay and the rest took the Hortips, Considines, Barrabool and Pollocksford option. Short run down the Hamilton Hwy back to Fyansford where we split to head home. Cheers Peter.

Marie Bagley in Bicycle Accident
Marie had a bad accident Friday morning (15.5.20) when she collided with a car door in Drysdale on her way to coffee.  She fell and the back of her helmet hit the road causing some brain damage and bleeding. Geof says that at the moment she is suffering from the effects of whiplash, a headache from the brain trauma and needs some aspects of the vascular system to stabilise. It is possible that she could be home from hospital in a couple of days. Our thoughts are with Marie and Geof and we wish her a speedy recovery.
JH - 20.5.20

Peter Jones' Ride from Torquay to Lorne & Return - 19.5.20
Peter O and Peter J rode from home, Ted took the easy option just riding to Torquay for a coffee and then home. At Torquay we met up with Nick and Sarah, great to see Nick back on the road on the bike. Also Ken S, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, and Janet. We picked up Trudi at the big Roundabout and Jennie at Anglesea and had a very enjoyable ride down to Lorne. Lunch was in the park opposite the Bakery Cafe, Egg and Bacon rolls were popular and can be highly recommended. The run home was good, a little wind affected but nothing we can't handle. Peter and Peter headed off home on the Surf Coast Hwy and the rest headed to their cars and home. Peter O picked up a pfft, pfft, pfft, puncture which was soon changed and we rolled on home. Great ride yet again. Cheers Petet J.

Peter O'B's Ride to Pt Lonsdale - 16.5.20
Lonsdale on a lovely sunny day. Chilly start but turned into a lovely day for a ride. Good to get some of the bunch back together again.
Cheers, PJ.

Ride to Moriac on Thursday 14.5.20
It was all Gary's idea - an easy ride to Moriac to work his broken toe back into shape. Apparently he kicked the Victa Mower by accident. We ended up with five starters, Mike, Janet, Barry, Gary and myself heading out of Bunnings. Up Waurn Ponds Dve, on to Pettavel, Reservoir and into Moriac on Cape Otway Rd. Shared coffee at the General Store with Sarah and Doug. Back on the bikes it was still very cold riding down Hendy Main. Said goodbye to Barry at Paraparap corner and we four headed for Blackgate Rd where we met Lindy out solo. A quick chat and then to Anglesea Rd, Dickens, Ghazeepore and home.
Thanks for leading Gary and all for the social company.  Chris Ha

Zoom meeting for our May Club Night - Thursday 7.5.20
History making Zoom meeting for our May Club Night. President Lindy welcomed Pam, POB, PJ, Nick Tarnay, Ken Smith, Ian, Doug, Ross and Janet along with fellow committee members, Mike, Ted, and myself promptly at 7.30pm.  Lindy provided a summary of committee actions including our draft Extreme Weather policy. Ted spoke to the In Case of Emergency (ICE) card initiative and reported that Ambulance Victoria Western Region Ambos have been briefed to look out for our cards in their work programs. Ted also summarised progress with the expanded insurance cover initiative. The definition of 'club sanctioned' rides was clarified. Peter O'Brien briefed us on safety issues including a video of why we shouldn't ride 2 abreast on 13th Beach Rd.
Meeting moderator Mike attempted to show us a video of his recent bike ride thru Vietnam and Cambodia to Bankok. Great video - but no sound track - so this segment was abandoned. Mike later provided a YOUTube link - Click here to watch on YouTube (right clickon link to open in new window).
The meeting finished promptly at the 40 minute deadline. Well done everyone involved for a memorable meeting.
Cheers, Chris.

We can see from STRAVA that many of our cyclists are out and about - Monday 4.5.20 - Trudi & Peter J riding Leopold, Ocean Grove & Armstrong Creek for 61km.

John & Jennie Ride Buckley's Falls, Ceres Lookout and Coffee at WP Shopping Centre, Breakwater & back along the Barwon (44km) on Saturday 2.5.20

LEST WE FORGET - Pam's Bike at the Avenue of Honour on the Bellarine Rail Trail - 25.4.20

Pam has been training her grandson Harry - he has ridden the rail trail to Moolap twice this week - 25.4.20

Nick has got Training Wheels at last!

Paired Twos at Pt Lonsdale - Tuesday 21.4.20

Cancellation of all GTC Club Rides
During this unprecedented time (in our lifetimes anyway) of the “Covid-19 lockdown” your committee have been busy behind the scenes working on two items to make your riding experience as good as can be expected in the current circumstances.
1. Insurance
We have negotiated with our insurance company to extend the personal accident cover of our policy to include any and all rides taken by our members as long as they are notified to the Club in advance. Previously you were only covered if you were taking part in one of the rides included in the official ride schedule.
Many of you have taken up that offer but, for those that haven’t, please note that the policy covers not only 80% of out of pocket medical expenses up to $1,500 but also a $50,000 accidental death cover.
Make sure you notify the Club of your rides in advance to be able to take advantage of this arrangement.
2. ICE Card
Another initiative is the provision of an In Case of Accident (I.C.E.) card. This is designed to give first responders (eg. ambulance officers) information about you that might be critical in case of needing urgent medical treatment. In addition to your name and emergency contact details the card has provision for any medical conditions, medications and allergies.
We understand that some of you will have already utilised something similar, whether it be a bracelet or necklace, either with engraved details or USB connection to provide the information electronically. We considered these options before deciding on “old school” technology to minimise cost and make it simple for everyone to use.
Ted Reeve.

A couple of paired groups riding this Saturday morning - to Freshwater Ck, Bellbrae, Jan Juc (Coffee from Swell) & Torquay on 18.4.20 - Julia & Peter J, Leo & Trudi.

All Keeping their Distance (photo below - Trudi goes past the Moriac Primary School) - Check out the link for 16.4.20

Peter Jones over the Barwon on Merrawarp Rd - Monday 13.4.20

Noel & Clint - Coffee outside Moriac Store - Monday 13.4.20

Fran Forsyth RIP - Monday 6.4.20
GTC Life Member Fran Forsyth died today peacefully at home aged 76, cared for by daughters Jane and  Kate, after a long battle with cancer. Fran attended Tate St Primary school in East Geelong as did her great friend (and fellow GTC Life Member) Lynn Kerr, who was a couple of grades ahead. Fran went to Geelong High School and then  did Nurse Training in Geelong. She worked for many years both here and in Lara. In 1989 Fran and Lynn did the Great Victorian BikeRide from Yarrawonga to Melbourne and the following year joined GTC. One of their earliest club rides was a Progressive Lunch with Cuppa Soup at my place on a cold showery day and finishing with dessert (icecream and fruit salad) at Ron Turnleys. Fran bluntly suggested that something hot might have been more appropriate. Club cuisine has improved considerably since then, thanks to Lynn and Fran. In the pre internet days Fran was the club photographer creating a great record of club activities. She loved to travel and did many tours  both local and  overseas including GVBR and Bike SA as well as Police Bike Club events. Fran was always a popular and well known rider. She also enjoyed overseas travel without bike. In more recent years she was very involved with Dragons Abreast doing ladies dragon boat racing, for which she had many medals. Fran will be sadly missed by so many friends.
Greg Allerton.

The photo of Fran below was taken last October at the Club's 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Grovedale - and the photos following are from our GTC archives - approx 2005.

A little advertising here and a request from Nick Tarnay to aid him in his rehabilitation after his bike accident:
I’ve got 2 pairs  of 10 speed Mavic kysirium SL wheels needing a new home. Make an offer - going super cheap!
I would like to borrow a turbo trainer for a month or so.
Nick.

Ted & Chris Halpin ride the Hovells Creek Trail - Chris took the photos!

A reflective dam on the Bellarine by Pam - 8.4.20.

Two of our Riders for coffee in the Park at Drysdale Station - a popular spot as you can easyly keep your distance - photo from Marie.

Ken & Lyn on their recent trip to New Zealand

Peter Jones & Chris Halpin ride through Freshwater Creek - Photo on Petavel Rd - 3.4.20

Pam had company on the Ride!

Signs Around the Surf Coast Shire - this one coming into Moriac.

Sunrise from Pam on a Solo Ride

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Torquay on Sunday 22.3.20
Eleven riders turned up for the easy saunter to El Nido Cafe in Torquay. From L to R below: John H, Ken S, Marie, Clint, Ross, Noel, Mark J, Lindy, Jennie, Pam and Sarah. Lindy gave a safety talk re the Coronavirus and the importance of sticking to the guidelines (above). We broke up into 2 groups as we headed south and kept in single file with generous spacings. We took the Surf Coast Highway in light drizzle to the lights just past the Surf Coast Shire buildings and headed east to El Nido Cafe in the Dunes Village. This served our purpose well as we were able to sit outside under cover and space ourselves around. After coffee and conversation we took Horseshoe Bend Rd back to Burvilles Rd, passing the Geelong Memorial Park & Crematorium, across to the Surf Coast Highway - by this time there was only Jennie and myself left as most had headed home just before. The total distance of the loop was 28km. Most did quite a few more km as Noel & Clint had come in from Lara, Pam from Moolap and Marie from Ocean Grove.
Thanks to all for keeping to the guidelines and for an enjoyable ride. John H.

Peter Jones Leads Day FIVE of the Canberra Tour - 22.3.20
Final ride report, Day five has ended and along with it our Tour. The worsening virus situation has forced us to return a day early.
Today we went over to Kingston to the Bus Depot Markets, sadly depleted to almost nothing because of the virus restrictions. Following coffee and chat we checked out the Glass Works and watched some talented artists at work. Then it was off to lunch at Manaka before meandering home via RMC Duntroon, Mt Pleasant and Dickson Shopping Centre.
Cheers, Peter.

Doug Wyatt Leads the Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads - 21.3.20
In very overcast cool conditions, six riders assembled at the Eastern Beach car park for the ride to Barwon Heads. Riders were Ken S (Birthday Boy), Greg A, Ian B, Chris Ha, Ross (who had ridden in from Torquay) and myself. Aided by a slight tail wind we traversed Breakwater Road then onto Barwon Heads Road, Lake Road and back onto Barwon Heads Road for an easy ride into Barwon Heads, thanks to a slight tail wind. Chris and Ross elected not to stop for coffee and continued on. The tables at the Beach House café were spread far and wide to ensure compliance with current requirements. Our return course was 13th Beach Road, the cycle path, Blackgate Road. With a mild head wind after leaving Barwon Heads, every one took a turn at the front. Great team work. At Horseshoe Bend Road, Greg turned left towards Torquay to take the long way home and the rest of us turned right, the shorter way back to Geelong. The total distance was 58 kilometres.
Doug.

Peter Jones Leads Day FOUR of the Canberra Tour - 21.3.20
Another lovely day on the bike. Headed up the hill past the AIS and Belconen to the Lake and up Dairy Farmers Hill. Had a very interesting tour by an enthusiastic volunteer. Rode on around the Lake to Yarralumla for lunch at the Farmer's Daughter Cafe before the bunch split to go their own ways. 
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones Leads Day THREE of the Canberra Tour - 20.3.20
A really easy day on the bike today, just a short ride down to the Lake and around to the National Museum. Had the usual coffee stop looking out over the lake. After the Museum some meandered back to camp, some to the National Gallery to see the Picasso Exhibition, and finally a group to the Parliament for lunch at the Queens Cafe and a tour of the building. Pizza night tonight.
Cheers, Peter.  

Chris Hume Leads the Thursday Group to Moriac - 19.3.20
Ten riders for the Moriac  ride today: David, Garry, Ross, Kim, Doug, Barry, Sarah, Noel, Chris Ha and Hu. We avoided the first part of the Hamilton Highway by going via the  Old Paper Mills and up-to the Upper Parer Mills Rd, from here it was onto Merrawarp Rd, Barrabool Rd and finally Hendy Main Rd and thus to the Moriac Store for refreshments. The weather was ideal for riding, no wind, quiet roads and temperature in the low twenties. After Coffee Doug and Ross, who had ridden to the start from Torquay headed home, the rest of us returned via Reservoir Rd, Pettavel Rd and Waurn Ponds Dr. Once onto Pigdons Rd the peleton split up as we headed home. A great ride with a few hills!!
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones Leads Day TWO of the Canberra Tour - 19.3.20
Another lovely day in Paradise, headed back down to the Lake and around to Anzac Parade, the memorial to the Boar War and the Light Horseman is just stunning. Then on to the War Memorial. After coffee at Poppys the group split into groups and did various things. I fixed my front wheel tyre, Zdenka, Ina and Elizabeth rode over to old Parliament House after touring the War Memorial. Lunch was at Poppys then myself, Don, Michele and ED rode around Mt Ainslie then came home through the Dickson Path. Peter O went climbing up Black Mountain Tower. Now it is Happy Hour before we head off to the Canberra Yacht Club fire dinner. 
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones Leads Day One of the Canberra Tour - 18.3.20
We arrived safely yesterday and meet up with our Northern Riders. Had an enjoyable BBQ and evening then this morning we headed around the Lake to Coffee at Yarralumla. Most enjoyable sitting on the Sun chatting. Continued around the Lake to lunch on the city. Very quiet, everyone seems to have gone to ground. After lunch the group split, some came back to camp, some to Questacon and others around the rest of the Lake and home. A lovely day for riding in our Nation's Capital.
Cheers, Peter.

Chris Halpin's Lap of the Northern Bellarine on Tuesday 17.3.20
15 riders today at the the Showgrounds meeting point (Ross, Trudi, Meri, Julia, 3x Chris, 2x Ken, Mark, David, Gary in Green Sox, Doug, Ted & Noel). After a quick refresher on 'social distancing' and etiquette in a time of Corona virus, we cycled off towards Drysdale where we lost Ted and Ross to a very inviting coffee stop. On over the 3 Sisters to Portarlington where the main break at Daniels Donuts was very popular.
Cruised along the Esplanade with a fabulous tail wind all the way to St Leonard's before turning across the wind for the return along Murradoc, Queenscliff and Swan Bay Roads. A minor tragedy struck Mark as he punctured in a large pot hole on Swan Bay Rd, and then Julia emptied her water supply which required an unscheduled pit stop at the Flying Brick Cidery - wonderful and what luck! Back on the bikes and home via Bellarine Hwy and the Rail Trail. About 75 Km in the sunshine and most enjoyable.
Thanks everyone, Chris Halpin.

TWO Rides:
1/ Greg Allerton's "Here & There 100km Ride" on Sunday 15.3.20

It was a cloudy but fine and calm morning as I left South Geelong Station at  8 am. Very light drizzle and mist awaited me as I reached Ted Wilson Trail at Church St. After crossing Midland Highway I was very pleased to find John Miro waiting for me. We followed the quiet now damp Trail out to Bacchus Marsh Rd where another off  road trail led us to Heales Rd then Houston Rd. This gave us only a short distance along busy Bacchus Marsh Rd before turning left into Staceys Rd. The long climb warmed us up and a slight south east wind helped us along to Ballan Rd. Robbs Rd then Steiglitz Rd  and Bakers Bridge led us to Midland Highway, heading back towards Batesford. We turned left at Riverdance Rd to explore the new estates northwest of the village, which was new to John. There were many large modern homes on big blocks. The smooth but hilly roads gave us a view of the nearby Ballarat railway line. We then returned to the highway and took Daruma Way into the slightly older Dog Rocks Estate, also impressive and with more established gardens. I have often ridden over 10 km here around the smooth quiet roads and dead end courts here. On exiting up the long climb of Dog Rocks Rd we stopped and saw a photo shoot underway on the nearby granite boulders. After Friend In Hand rd and Hamilton Highway  we took Pollocksford Rd to Gnarwarre and were soon at the delightful Cottage Farm Nursery and Tea House after 80 km, where we were the only customers. Host Christeen soon had coffee and tea for us and scrumptious homemade macadamia tart for John and rhubarb slice for me - only $9 each. Alas heavy drizzle had begun just as we left and we got quite damp in the next 20 minutes. We took the shortest way home along Barrabool Rd through Ceres. I was home by 2-15 pm after 106 km in 5 hours of riding , average 21.1 kph.  Thanks John Miro for such good company. 
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

2/ Peter Jones' Easy Ride to Barwon Heads on Sunday 15.3.20
A ride of attrition today, nothing nasty, just annoying. Surprised to see a bit of a bunch already when I arrived this morning in the drizzle. Pam, Marie, Lindy, John H, Ian B,  were already there, Jenni turned up in her car, Chris Hu and Chris Ha and Geoff C arrived, Ross rolled in having ridden in from Torquay so there was quite a bunch ready to ride. Beinning an easy ride we took the most direct route up the Surf Coast Hwy to Warralily where we turned to go across to Lake Rd., it was still drizzling although there was a bit of a promise of clearing ahead. Lost Ross at this point, a puncture in the drizzle was the last straw so Ross indicated he would catch us another day so we rolled on.
Almost through the Lake Rd diversion Lindy indicated she wasn’t feeling well and would head home, Pam and Marie decided they would keep her company so we were down to seven to carry on, which we did. The drizzle had stopped earlier and we even had some Sunshine, a lovely double Rainbow had all the photographers reaching for cameras but they quickly faded and any pics obtained didn’t do them justice. Rolled into Barwon Heads, had a very enjoyable coffee and rolled home via 13th Beach, Blackrock path, Breamlea Rd, Blue Stone School Rd, Mt Duneed Rd and HSBend Rd enjoying tailwinds a lot of the way.
Cheers, Peter.

 

Mark Kelly's Circuit to Bellbrae & Torquay on Saturday 14.3.20
Unfortunately today’s ride started with Nick having an accident as he entered the carpark of the Grovedale Hotel. Sarah was not riding today but she was called and took him to the hospital. Latest news was that he is being well looked after and has been admitted. So after that the remaining 9 riders (Leo, Trudy, Ken S, Peter J, Mark S, Mark K, Doug, Greg A and a guest rider Richard) headed off towards Bellbrae via Ghazeepore Rd, Blackgate Rd and along Forest Rd. Greg A left us near Forest Rd and the rest of us headed to the Bowside Cafe at Bellbrae. The wind was challenging in parts and we were lamenting the cold change compared to earlier in the week. However,  we enjoyed a well-earned coffee at the Bowside.  After coffee, Peter J left us to head home along the Anglesea road and Doug left us at Jan Juc. The rest of us headed home with a nice tailwind through Torquay and along Horseshoe Bend Rd. Apart from the start, a good ride covering just on 70 kms with 350 metres of climbing and an average speed of 23km/h. Although only a couple of photos as the ride leader forgot about taking them until we were on our way home (still learning!).
Mark.

Ross Glover's Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Thursday 12.3.20
Great turn-out for today's ride to Collendina. With roadworks on the Surf Coast Highway and Barwon Heads Road, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Peter J, Peter O, Ted, Noel, David S, Ken S, Doug, Mark J, Gary and Ross set off  from the Grovey Hotel towards Horseshoe Bend Road, joined by late arrival Kim and sometime later, Sarah and Nick. There was a lot of traffic in Horseshoe Bend Road so our large well behaved group were in single file as we made our way south. This wasn't acceptable behavior for one ute-driving tradie who came past blasting the horn and shouting abuse. He then slowed down in front of us to deliver some more verbal abuse, before driving off.
The rest of the ride to morning tea was much more relaxed. The wind was kind and traffic levels low. Ted and Peter O left us at Barwon Heads, then we took the sea front option through Ocean Grove. Some gravel but no traffic. Morning tea was taken at a nice quiet the Cheeky Cow before our return via 13th Beach. Chris Ha kindly volunteered to take over ride leader duties at Black Rock Road so Doug and Ross abandoned there. Chris later let me know the remainder of the group made it safely back to Geelong. Thanks to all for their company. Special thanks to Chris Ha for taking over ride leader duties.
Regards, Ross.
p.s. We may need to re-think using Horseshoe Bend Road before 9.00 am on week days. The road is just too busy.

Chris Halpin's Easy Ride to Moriac on Tuesday 10.3.20
Eight keen and punctual riders this morning at the Grovedale pub (Barry, PJ, Jacqui & David, David S, Harry, Doug and myself) . Particularly pleasing to welcome back Harry after an extended absence due to home duties. Equally frightening when we nearly lost Harry at the first turn into Baanip Bvd as he made a late decision to turn across the traffic. Fortunately this ended happily but it was a timely reminder of the need for special care in heavy morning traffic. The ride along Baanip, Ghazeepore, Dickens, Surf Coast Hwy and Blackgate was picture perfect with warm sunshine and a light easterly tail wind.
Coffee, cakes and chatter on the deck at the Moriac Store saw the time disappear quickly. Back on the bikes we headed up Hendy Main, Reservoir and Pettivel, across the Freeway and down Waurn Ponds Dve back to Bunnings. Here the group split to find home. Thanks all for a lovely morning ride.
Chris Ha.

Chris Hume's Ride from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Barwon Downs on Tuesday 10.3.20
A good turn up for today's ride,eleven riders! Chris T, Trudi, Ross, Kim, Sarah, Nick, Noel, Julia, Mark K, Peter O'B and yours truly Chris Hu. The weather was fine, light SE breeze, as we headed out of Winchelsea on Marjorie Lawrence Dr then along Cape Otway Rd, close to Birregurra, but not quite close enough for Trudi to have a coffee!! I intended to head along towards Barwon Downs but the road was closed and a detour in place so we headed straight to Deans Marsh Store for refreshments. Homemade pies were popular! Then up the Bambra Hill and onward to the Cape Otway intersection. Here Julia and Trudi left us and continued directly to Winchelsea, the remainder did a lap around the Wurdiboluc Reservoir finishing off with a great downhill run into Winchelsea on Atkins Rd. A most enjoyable outing.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones leads the Dirt Ride from Torquay to Anglesea on Sunday 8.3.20
Nine riders today on our Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong. Dave S, (CG) Linton, (CG) John M, (CG & GTC) Chris Hu, Ross, Mark K, Kim, Geoff and myself. We headed off around the path with a strong wind which came around on to our tails as we made our way dodging many, many walkers, dogs and other bikes. This is a tough ride for most and a definite challenge. John M had a couple of little lie downs but we made him get up and continue as it was too early to rest.
Stopped at the usual places to admire the view and cruised along enjoying the ride. Extremely busy on the road, just as well we were off road. Traffic was backed back to the Forest Rd Roundabout going through Anglesea. Enjoyed a coffee and slices at Anglesea then took the usual tracks up hill, Linton had a puncture near the top of the hill out of Anglesea but we were soon on our way wandering through the bush until we reached Bells Beach where we transitioned to the road through Jan Juc and back to Torquay, a most enjoyable ride as usual.

Trudi Bellia leads the Easy Ride to Expresso Lounge Cafe in Lara on Sunday 8.3.20
Six riders this morning for my easy ride to Lara: Jennie, Pam, Barry, John H, Leo and myself.. heading out to Lara on the Ted Wilson Path, Bacchus Marsh Rd, Elcho Rd and straight into Cafe Expresso. Coffees were quickly served while we all enjoyed a chit chat, while we watched John enjoy his birthday treat “a triple chocolate mini muffin”. Our return route was on the Hovells Creek Path, and as you’ll see from John’s photos there was plenty of water to negotiate our way through. All in all a very enjoyable ride in great company.
Trudi.

Mark Shying Leads the Saturday Ride to Lara & the You Yangs - 7.3.20
Riding up Church Street to the Ted Wilson Trail I mused who would be joining me today for the ride out to the You Yangs.   Julia, Janet, Doug, Ian, two Kens, Leo and Peter were my companions today along with Trudi who joined us at Ballarat Road.  In overcast conditions we took the Lovely Banks exit and climbed up Anakie Road until we reached Towerhill Drive.  A fast descent and the views across Corio Bay were enjoyed by all.  On to Bacchus Marsh Road and Elcho Roads we rode through the Lara six ways, then took Flinders Avenue all the way to Branch Road.  Gathering at the entrance to the You Yangs, we all agreed to ride to the top car park where we took in the views.  A fast descent, we retraced our route towards Lara six ways, diverting to the Xpresso Lounge Cafe.  Good chat as always, we formed the view that ordering anything other than coffee ensured your order was first served to the table.  We used Hovells Creek Trail to return to Geelong - we were not impeded by the shallow water over the road and under the bridge.  At North Geelong the peloton split as cyclists made their way home.  Thanks all for a great ride - 66km for me.  Also to Peter and Trudi for their help re navigation. 
Mark .

A Wet Thursday's Ride to Moriac - 5.3.20
With the sound of rain on the roof this morning, I immediately knew that Trudi wasn’t going to ride today.. So I drove down to the start at Fyansford, where I found the two Chris’s standing under the rotunda looking wet and cold. Chris Ha decided to continue on to Porter Ave and meet Ange for a coffee date.. Leaving Chris Hu to ride on by himself, but as they were about to leave in rode John-Paul. A quick chat to discuss where they would go and off into the misty rain they rode... Their destination was Moriac, the route they took was on the Hamilton Highway, Pollocksfords Rd, Barrabool Rd, Considines Rd and Hortips Rd.. on arriving at the Moriac Store they were warmly greeted by Peter, Marion, Leo and myself, who drove out to join them for a coffee and catch up. Well done to the three gents for making the discussion to venture out into the drizzly rain today.
Trudi.

Nick's Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday 3.3.20
Ten riders turned up at Fyansford. Nick, Sarah, David, Ken G, Peter J, Mark J, Mark K, Noel, Kim, and Trudi headed off up the busy Hamilton Highway before turning off up the quiet but lumpy Friend in Hand Rd in order to zig zag our way to the Steiglitz Rd before turning down Parker Rd. The scenery was lovely despite the overcast conditions and quiet roads compensated for the hard work up the Clyde Rd hill into Bannockburn. Riding out of town toward Teesdale Nick and Chris experienced a scarily close shave with a semi trailer that passed us way too close. Out of town the road condition improved with a sufficiently wide enough shoulder for us to enjoy the ride. The run into Inverleigh along a quiet rolling road couldn’t be spoiled by the very local shower that just seemed to follow us for a km or so. In Inverleigh we enjoyed good chat, good coffee and a pastry or delicious cake. Next time I’m going to have a pie! The group kept up a good pace up and down dale on the Hamilton Hwy before we all started to go our own ways. David was unlucky enough to have a puncture 10 minutes before the finish but it was fixed in quick time.
Thanks to everyone for a good day’s ride. Nick.

Greg Allerton's 100+km Ride to Lethbridge on Sunday 1.3.20
A good group of 6 riders set off from South Geelong station just after 8 am. It comprised Noel & Clint P, Mark J, Ian B, John-Paul and myself. We rode down the Deviation and out the quiet Hamilton Highway at a good pace with very light wind. The bunch spread out going up the good climb in Brislane Rd with the two younger riders getting well ahead.This nearly proved their undoing because we were turning left at Harvey Rd - lucky they were still within shouting distance, as we were not keen to chase after them. We soon turned right into another quiet road through the bush of Spring Creek. There was a short section along the busy Teesdale Rd before we turned into English Rd, which made JP feel right at home. Approaching Lethbridge the north wind was strengthening, but coffee was the main thing on our minds.Two other riders arrived from a different direction and we chatted over coffees.Coincidentally, one of them, Ross, I had met the previous weekend near Bannockburn. He was again very talkative!
Leaving town on the misnamed Tall Tree Rd it was a strong side wind until turning right into Lairds Rd with a stiff head wind. Lower Plains Rd then gave us a good downhill to Midland Hwy, where we turned left, directly into the north west wind. It  was a relief to exit at Sharps Rd and we were soon whizzing down over Moorabool River. It was a taxing climb up to the locality of Sheoaks with JP leading the way. An undulating section soon had us approaching Maude where we had the usual stop at the spectacular Bunjil Lookout. We flew home from here often cruising at over 40 kph through Sutherlands Creek to Ballan Rd where we split up. Ian, Mark and I took TW Trail and backstreets to Newtown where we went our separate ways. I was home by 1:15 pm after 103 km, average 25.1 kph. Thank you guys for your great company and strong riding.     Greg Allerton   Ride Leader. 


John Hagan's Easy Ride to Waurn Ponds on Sunday 1.3.20
Seven starters from the Showgrounds this morning but Cycling Geelong were also there for a different ride. Our starters were: Ted, Ross, Jennie, John H, Lindy, Don and Geoff C. We had intended riding the Barwon but changed plans the day before due to the Barwon River Run which could have a large number of participants. Instead we rode out in windless conditions around Breakwater going through to the South Barwon Ovals and followed the Waurn Ponds Trail out to behind Bunnings. On the return we came around to the northern side of the Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre intending to have coffee at Schnitz but were informed on entering that it would not be open until 10:30am and they promptly closed their doors! We decided on coffee from one of the food vendors nearby in the open area where we could see the bikes. While they had coffee they did not have any cakes or biscuits and the the lady producing the coffee was new at the game so Lindy had to explain how various coffees were made up. This being said my coffee was quite a good one. On the return trip we came around the back of the shopping centre where Don picked up a puncture and this was soon repaired only to have it go down again by the time we got back to the Surf Coast Highway - he waited here for Lindy to pick him up at the end of the ride! The ride finished back at the Showgrounds at 11am - the circuit was 23km.
Thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride. Keep cycling, John.

Chris Hume Leads the Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 29.2.20
Fifteen starters for today’s ride: Trudi, Leo, Ken S, Ross, PJ, PO’B, Mark K, Mark S, Julia, Jackie, David, Barry, Doug, Chris Ha and Chris Hu. We made our way to Horseshoe Bend using Diaz Dr thus avoiding roadworks on Torquay Rd. Then onto Blackgate Rd and the bike path to the start of 13th Beach Rd. Here riders were given the option of going along at faster pace, which some did. We regrouped at the Barwon Heads Bridge and from here cruised to the Groove for coffee and cake. After the break Ross and Doug headed back to Torquay, the rest used Wallington Rd, Curlewis Rd and the Rail Trail to get the Bellarine Hwy crossing where we split up to head home. It was a great day for riding, cool temperatures and little win. A most enjoyable ride!
Chris Hu.

Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Portarlington on Thursday 27.2.20
Thirteen riders waiting at South Geelong Station this morning for the ride to Portarlington. As is usual these days part of the bunch had a plan B. I was quickly elected ride leader, and I wasn't even last! Riders included 2 Chrises, 2 Kens, JP, PJ, Kim, Doug, Noel, Meri, Gary, David & Ted. Off we set along the BRT, shared with lots of other travellers. Was great to greet about 10 other GTC riders, the Leopold bunch, heading for a quiet ride along the river. We soon arrived in Drysdale and 4 riders settled at The Bungalow for coffee. Nine of us decided the Portarlington donuts were unmissable and pressed on. We were soon rewarded, the only trouble was trying to decide which one ... or two! Suitably refueled we enjoyed a lovely ride along the Esplanade to St Leonard's before turning into the wind and back to Geelong. Thanks everyone for another testing ride.
Chris Ha.

Mark Kelly's Ride from Torquay to Lorne and Return on Tuesday 25.2.20
We had a contingent of 13 riders for the trip to Lorne. Nine riders started in Torquay: Nick , Ken S, Noel , Peter O’B, Meri , Mark, Peter J, Chris Ha and new rider Chris Thomas. Nick, the two Peters, Ken and Chris Ha had ridden from Geelong so a good day in saddle for them. We set  good pace up the Jan Juc Hill where Doug joined us. Then the nice downhill run into Anglesea where Sarah met us and Ken G had started ahead of us. We caught Ken with about 5 kms to Lorne - good to see his knee is performing well. The day improved as we rode along with some great views along the coast, a good surf rolling in and little or no wind. Peter O had a flat just coming into Lorne but had it repaired in no time while the rest of us had a well deserved coffee. We headed back, again enjoying the magnificent views along the GOR. The planned pie stop at Airey’s was foiled by the shop being closed so we pushed onto Anglesea where the group separated for different routes home. Only Doug and Mark persisted with a pie stop in Torquay, which was most enjoyable. All in all a great day’s riding covering 95km and 950 metres of climbing for the Torquay-Lorne-Torquay trip. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable ride!
Mark.

Mike Taylor's Ride to Freshwater Creek on Tuesday 25.2.20
The riders for today ’s easy ride were Dave and Jackie, Mick C, Dave, Gary , Barry , Chris Hu, Jean, Mark and yours truly. It was slightly muggy at the start but turned into a great day for riding. We proceeded out vi Breakwater to Grovedale pub, then down Barnip Boulevard to Ghazeepore Rd. A few of the team enjoyed a lovely sprint down the hill on Ghazeepore. We met at the Farmers Place for coffee and much pleasant conversation. We returned home via Waurn Ponds and the Waurn Ponds Creek Trail. Thanks to everyone for a very pleasurable ride!!
Mike T.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to The Hop Inn at Mt Duneed on Sunday 23.2.20
We had eleven riders for our easy ride to Mt Duneed today: Peter O'B, Lindy, Janet, Greg, JC, Noel, Jean, Chris Hu, Jennie , Andrew & John H. In beautiful weather for riding we headed west along the Barwon, then up through Highton, taking Ghazeepore & Whites Rds to our coffee destination at the Hop In on the Surf Coast Highway at Mt Duneed. The service was very slow with the last coffee arriving 52 minutes after we arrived!! There was a good conversation going so the time ticked away fairly well and the coffee was of a good standard when it arrived. There were a few dramas on the return trip as Chris Hu decided to do a longer ride and left us at the cafe and fell at the first corner - 100m from the cafe. We were in the middle of the road there doing our turn into Warralily Blvd and many of us saw him fall. He had punctured suddenly as he turned the corner into Whites Rd and came down with a front wheel slide to land on his hip. After dusting himself down and having suffered a few grazes a number of our group assisted him with the repair. He then decided to come with us as we travelled the bike path parallel to Warralily Blvd. We crossed Armstrong Creek a bit earlier than usual and took new paths beside Honey Suckle Way & Southwinds Rd to the Barwon Heads Rd. The final part of the journey was on the north side of the Barwon. As we turned a tight corner into Swanston St Jean fell from her bike. She suffered similar injuries to her husband's with a few grazes on the arm but was able to ride on. When Noel headed back from the Sth Geelong Station he picked up a nail in the tyre in Yarra St - he unfortunately unscrewed the valve core out of the velve with the pump and had to walk back to De Grandis with his bike and cleats off to get it repaired. The total distance for the ride was about 31km.
Thanks all for an enjoyable morning - except for the falls!
Keep riding, John.

Peter O’B’s Ride to the Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, Bellbrae on Saturday 22.2.20
Eleven riders turned-up for the ride to the chocolate factory and one could surmise that they are sweet-tooths who love chocolate and the free samples on offer. You could have been forgiven for thinking this was a day in early May (not February) because the wind was chilly, the sky very overcast and riders were wearing long sleeved jerseys. The probable sweet-tooths were: Peter O’B, Ian, Mark J, Ken S, Kim, Barry T, Leo, Trudi, Chris Ha, John Paul and Doug. It was decided to get to the Chocolaterie as quickly as possible, so we ditched Moriac and took the Anglesea Road as it was believed that the coronavirus would impact on the number of buses heading along the Great Ocean Road. The assertion that there would be a reduction in bus traffic turned out to be correct. A good pace was set, stringing-out the peloton. We gathered together again at the round-a-bout where the Anglesea Road meets the Great Ocean Road. The ride leader told the unsuspecting riders that it was all downhill from here to the Chocolaterie (I think he sells snake oil on the side). After enjoying a coffee, a cake or scone and some free chocolate samples on the way out, we headed for Torquay and beyond. The free chocolate had a positive effect on our speed as we kept a fast pace of about 30kms an hour to Torquay where sanity returned and the speed dropped to a comfortable level back along Horseshoe Bend Road to Grovedale and beyond. Thanks to Peter O’B for standing in as Ride Leader. My Garmin showed a ride distance of 60 kilometres (in round figures) and an average speed of 23.2.
Photos: Peter O’B
Scribe: Doug

Chris Halpin's Ride to Queenscliff - Ferry to Sorrento - Ride to Pt Nepean on Thursday 20.2.20
The ride to Point Nepean was quite popular. Those riding to Queenscliff (Ted, Gary, David our newest member, Doug, Mark J, Kim, Noel, Sarah & Nick, PJ, JP, 2 Chrises, Ken and POB) met at the Showgrounds promptly at 8.00am as requested. The run to connect with the 10am Sorrento ferry was thankfully drama free and at a manageable pace. Coffee at the cafe was popular as more GTC members (Lindy & Don, Ross and Ken G) filed in and Gary, Ted, David and Mark headed back to home duties. If I've left anyone off I apologise - there was lots happening! The ride up to Portsea and to the visitor centre involved more hills and poor Don was showing his lack of practice.  The weather was quite good, cloudy and a moderate Souwester. The self guided tours of Sullivan's Cove, the Quarantine Station, Cheviot Beach, Fort Pearce and The Rip were well worth the effort. After exploring the various highlights in our own time we reconvened as a group at 'Baked in Portsea' for a late lunch break, and then rode back to meet the 2.00pm ferry and made our various ways home from Queenscliff. I covered about 85Km for the day. Thanks everyone - a great day in even better company.
Chris Ha.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Heads on Tuesday 18.2.20
Nine riders today willing to brave the possible showers and thunderstorms: Meri, Nick, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Ken G, Noel, Barry, Mike C and myself. As the ride was listed as an easy ride the ride down to Barwon Heads was via Reserve Rd, HSBend Rd, through Warralily to Lake Rd and down BHeads Rd. Wended our way through the local Rds to the Sheepwash checking out the houses before stopping at the Beach House for a very enjoyable coffee and Florentine. The riding was quite pleasant, a bit humid but a cool breeze, no showers but overcast.
Following our coffee and chat it was time to head home, it appeared a shower was on the way so everyone donned their jackets before we headed down 13th Beach through a light shower. The shower was all over by the end of 13th Beach and at Mt Duneed Rd the jackets were put away.  The wind was a little fresh, Sth West so I headed back via Blue Stone School Rd and Mt Duneed Rd onto HSBend Rd. A nice tail wind back home as everyone started to split off home. An excellent ride in good company and everyone home before the real rain and thunderstorms rolled in.
Thanks for your company, very enjoyable. Cheers Peter.

Greg Allerton's 104km Ride to Wensleydale on Sunday 16.2.20
I left South Geelong Station at 8:06 am with a heavy heart and not even my shadow to accompany me - it was quite overcast . I had been spoilt when  there were 8 starters  on my last long ride a fortnight ago. On reaching Fyansford my spirits were lifted when I found Nick Tarnay waiting there. His company was very welcome as I knew there would be several sections of tough easterly 40 kph head winds later on. We pedalled through Pollocksford and Gnarwarre before enjoying a short tail wind run along Princes Highway.   Buckley South Rd led us down towards Wurdee Boluc Reservoir, after 46 km  where we had a brief stop. Soon we were pedalling up a steady climb on Wensleydale Station road, which I had not ridden for several years. After 6 km we turned back at the end of the bitumen and were soon rewarded with great views as we descended toward Cape Otway Rd. From there it was mostly head wind. A slight detour via Layard, Larcombes and Hendy Main Rds kept us away from busy traffic. Moriac shop provided a welcome stop after 78 km. From there we took Hendy Main, Reservoir and briefly Anglesea Rds and the tunnel under the Bypass into Hams then Ghazeepore Rds where we parted ways. I used Baanip Path and back streets and was home by  1:15 pm after 104 km in 4 h 32m riding  av. 23 kph. Thanks Nick for such good company. 
Greg Allerton  Ride leader.

Pam Morrow's Ride to Groove in Barwon Heads on Sunday 16.2.20
Lynne, Mick, Marie, Geof, Jen, Butch, Barry, Sue and Pam rode in from Leopold. It was pretty eventful  with Barry and Butch both having punctures. Barry took a little longer to repair his as he put the tube with the hole in it back on the wheel and wondered why it would not pump up, so he had to start again with the right tube. On the bike path in South Geelong we came across a large tree branch across the path. At the station we met up with John H, Chris Hu, Ross and Doug. We picked up Andrew along the way. We rode to Barwon Heads along Lake Rd. Andrew had a puncture here. John helped repair it. Coffee was at Groove in Ocean Grove. Russell and Lindy met us there for coffee.
Peter, Ross, Chris and Doug returned home along 13th Beach and the rest of the group rode up to The Parade and along Grubb Rd to the Bellarine Highway. After Leopold John and Andrew were the only ones left to return to Geelong. A good ride 54kms. Hope everyone enjoyed it.
Pam Morrow.

Ross' Ride to Serendip + Guided Tour of the Sanctuary - 15.2.20
13 riders at Rippleside for today's ride to Serandip Sanctuary, despite the less than perfect weather. We had 2 1/2 hours before our Serandip meeting time so it was a leisurely ride out to Lara. Pam, Marie, John H, Peter O, Lindy, Peter J, Nick, Sarah, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ted, Ken and Ross set out via Church Street for the Ted Wilson path. We followed the path before crossing the freeway at Creamery Road and turning on the Bluestone Bridge Road. As we headed down towards the bridge, the hill up the other side became more and more obvious. The groaning from back of the pelaton reached the ears of those at the front and a last minute route change resulted in us turning right, back on to the Ted Wilson path.
An easy tail-wind cruise on Bacchus Marsh Road, then on to Millar's cafe in Lara for an extended morning tea break. Our very well organised secretary had booked a large table which turned out very prophetic as we were joined by Meri, Don and Barry from the Lara Legends cycling group. Much conversation later, the cycling group continued on to Serandip where we were joined by Jo, Angie, Don, Meri, Zdenko and Blazenka for the tour. The drizzle failed to dampen a most enjoyable experience.
Peter O used his local knowledge to lead the way home, avoiding a flooded Hovells Creek by heading down the freeway, on to Shell Parade before following the bay back to our starting point.
Thanks to all participants for a great outing. Special thanks to Vanessa, our guide from Parks Victoria and to Peter O for organising our visit.
Cheers, Ross.

Peter Jones Leads the Ride to Torquay - Thursday 13.2.20
Fourteen riders for our Thursday ride to Torquay: Sarah, Nick, Ken S, Noel, Doug, Peter O, Ted, Kym, Mark K, Gary, Chris Hu, Ross, David S, (potential new member) and myself. Fairly strong South Easterly Wind on the way down. Took the usual route via Ocean Acres and enjoyed a coffee at Mejavo's before heading home via HSBend Rd., a most enjoyable morning on the bike. Ted dropped off at the old Farmers Place for his coffee and Ross and Doug departed at Torquay. Mark K decided he wanted some tail wind so came for a spin down HSBend Rd.

Trudi Leads the Ride to Lara, Little River & the You Yangs on Tuesday 11.2.20
Today saw eleven cyclists for my ride to Lara, Little River and the You Yangs... Chris Ha, Peter O, Meri, Janet, Barry, Ken G, Gary, Doug, Noel, potential new member Chris and myself. Setting off we rode along the bay through to North Shore and onto the Hovells Creek Path..  Cafe of choice today was the Xpressso Cafe. After coffee Gary headed for home for an appointment. The rest of us rode on to the old Geelong Rd to Little River. After a quick rest stop it wasn’t long before we were at the gates of the You Yangs. Here Janet left us as we were about to enter and ride up to the turntable. Our route home was along Forrest Rd, Elcho Rd, where we waved goodbye to Meri and Doug as they decided to ride back along Hovells Creek. The rest of us rode the Ted Wilson Path. It was while riding along this path that we had a short rest stop as Chris repaired his puncture with some help from Peter. A very pleasant ride in great company, see you all next time.
Trudi.

Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong leads the Combined Ride to Lara on Sunday 9.2.20
Thirteen riders for our Combined ride to lara: Chris Hu, Ken G, Ian, Ron, Noel, Dr Mike, Jennie, Peter J, Barry, Dave S, John H, John-Paul & David Jones who joined us at Rippleside. All were from the GTC except our leader Dave and David Jones. This was an interesting circuit, which was mostly on bike paths, and took us north along Corio Bay to Lara and returned via the Ted Wilson Path and the Barwon path. Coffee was at Millars where there was quite a crowd but we managed to pull a few tables together outside. The wind was a very strong easterly but as we were mainly north and south we were not slowed as much as Dave and Ron would have been riding home along the Bellarine Highway to Leopold.
A very enjoyable ride.
John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Saturday Ride to the You Yangs & Lara - 8.2.20
This morning four riders assembled at the Church Street start line for the ride to the You Yangs.  Doug, Ken, Ted and myself rode along the Ted Wilson Trail to Bacchus Marsh Road and then onto Lara. Ted headed to Millars whilst the rest of us weaved our way through the new housing development at the Lara Lakes  Estate and across to Windermere Road.  I was amazed by the sheer volume of houses and associated road works being undertaken in the housing estate and discovered that familiar roads I’d cycled many times before were now totally blocked off.  In endeavouring to depart the estate, every turn we took led to a dead end.  We couldn’t get out!  Thanks to Doug’s eagle eyes, we eventually found a small path between some houses and high-tailed it out of the joint with a view to never return!  We eventually made it to Windermere Road, and with the aid of a slight tail-wind, rode along Forrest Road to the Ford You Yangs Proving Ground on Sandy Creek Road.
On the return ride to Lara we encountered a strong cross-wind and were thankful it wasn’t a head wind.  A well-earned coffee break was taken at the Xpresso Café, Lara. The ride back to Geelong was along the Hovell Creek Trail with the total distance covered for the day being 78 kms.
Peter O.

Ron Little's Thursday Ride to Drysdale - 6.2.20
A large group rolled up at the Showgrounds today.   One by one they arrived until suddenly in the last few minutes a swarm arrived to swell the numbers to twenty. Happily, we took off along the trail, crossing the highway and cruising along at a nice leisurely pace amidst the sounds of mixed conversations, finally leaving the trail at High Street and climbing up to the Drysdale Bungalow for our caffeine hits. Dr Mike arrived 20 minutes later to join in.
On leaving for the return trip back the group splintered up. Chris Hu, Peter J and Ross and Noel headed off to Portarlington.   Ken G opted for home via Ocean Grove. The rest of us picking up Mark J onto the rail trail. A very enjoyable morning with lovely weather.  Our riders today were: myself, Peter O'Brien, Peter Jones, Chris Hume Chris Halpin, Nick & Sarah, Ken Smith,  Ken Gawne, Ted, Noel, Butch, Sue and Barry, Ross, Norm, Gary, Kim, Dr Mike and Mark J.
Ride Onward. There is no finish line. 
Ron.

Peter Jones' Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows on Tuesday 4.2.20
Seven riders to Westmeadows today: Sarah, Nick, Ken S, Noel, Chris Ha, Peter O and myself. Everyone made good time to the Williamstown Sailing Club our point of departure. It was a beautiful day for riding, not too hot, not too cold. We took the Bay Trail towards Melbourne turning off onto the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. The trail follows the creek valley all the way out past Westmeadows and is a real treat to ride, at times the smells and the  bush could trick you into thinking you were in the middle of nowhere not passing through a city of millions. As usual coffee at Essendon was very enjoyable and then we were back on the trail and out to the Westmeadows Tavern for a Seniors lunch before hitting the road again making our way across to the Maribyrnong River Trail.  The Steele Creek Trail feeds into the Maribyrnong River Trail, unfortunately part of the trail was closed which put us up and down a few hills which really stretched the legs, lungs and friendship. Eventually the reward was a magnificent view across the river and in the distance the CBD. From there it is just a matter of following the trail, meeting the Bay Trail just under the Shepherds Bridge and back to the cars and home. A fantastic ride on a really excellent day in great company, what could be better?
Cheers, Peter.

Mike Currie's 49km Ride to Barwon Heads on Tuesday 4.2.20
With cooler weather, no rain and a light easterly breeze, today was a perfect day for riding. Eight of us turned up at Grovedale Pub including Ken G, Kim G, Chris Hu, Ron L, Jackie & David and Doug W. We headed to Barwon Heads via Warralily Bvd, Lake Rd and Barwon Heads Rd meeting the extra challenge of school kids crossing roads. My planned coffee shop was closed so we enjoyed coffee at BeachHouse on Hitchcock Ave. We had a great run with a tail wind along 13th Beach Rd and the Cadel Trail, turning back to Geelong on Horseshoe Bend Rd. A very pleasant morning's ride.

Greg Allerton's 100 Km Ride to Avalon & Pt Wilson on Sunday 2.2.20
Eight riders: Peter O, John-Paul, Mark S, Nick T, Ken S, Noel & Clint P (very rare having Father & adult son  on GTC Ride)  and myself. Thanks to John C for start photos. TW Trail gave us a quiet run out to Beckley Park though there were a few large puddles and poor visibility due to overgrown shrubs at several road crossings. Hovells Creek flowed over the road but the gates were open and we crossed safely.  It was a quiet ride around the perimeter of Avalon airfield with very few cars.We had a good tail wind along Dandos Rd. We rode for about 5 km on the flat Point Wilson Rd but turned back at the second cattle grid. Returning into a now strong head wind towards Lara, Clint, Mark and myself did a 14 km loop north while the 5 others headed for the optional coffee stop in Lara, where we later regrouped. It was then home via the Refinery, Corio Quay, Margaret St overpass and Pakington St. I was home around 1 pm after 105 km av. speed 23.5kph.
Greg Allerton.  

John Hagan Leads the Ride to Torquay on Sunday 2.2.20
Dr Mike was down to lead this ride but had medical issues last night so he came down and took the starting photograph. I think that this is the first time the numbers on the 100km ride have exceeded those of the easy ride but we did have 7 starters: (L to R below) Marie, John H, Chris Hu, Jennie, Pam, Doug and Barry. I got a call before the start from Pam to say that Marie had a puncture and they were fixing it so we waited for them.
Once unerway we headed down Horseshoe Bend Rd with a side wind from the west. After crossing Warralily Bvd we encountered an stationary ambulance facing us on our side of the road - inside was a cyclist and a number of cyclists were standing around. For coffee we kept away from the main part of Torquay because the Cadel Evans Race was going through there later and some of the streets were closed off. Our Cafe of choice was El Nido on Fischer St at the northern end of Torquay. The coffee was good but it was a bit breezy outside. On the return trip Jennie suffered a puncture and we puzzled about how to get her front wheel off especially as she had hydraulic disc brakes. A passing cyclist came over to help unravel the mystery of how the DT Swiss front wheel nut is released and we were able to fix her puncture. As we approached South Barwon Reserve on the return trip we broke into smaller groups and Pam and I watched the Cadel Evans Race go through - picture below. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride.
Keep cycling - John Hagan.

Meri Ljubanovic to lead Ross Glover's Thursday Ride to Warralily - 30.1.20
Eleven participants for this morning's ride despite the forecast for a very hot day. The ride leader exercised their discretion and changed the destination to make the ride shorter with less climbing. No one protested. Mike C, Chris ha, Chris Hu, Gary, Barry, Peter O, Peter J, Ken, Dr Mike and Ross set out from South Geelong station towards Warralily. We were joined along the way by a late arriving Noel. A nice steady pace saw us arriving quite early at Warralily Cockatoo for some very expensive refreshments. Some considerable conversation later, we reversed direction, arriving back in Geelong before the heat got too bad. Thanks to all riders for their good company.
Ross.

Noel Reports on the Ride to the You Yangs on Tuesday - 28.1.20
Todays ride was listed as Anakie/Staughton Vale, the consensus of the peloton was not to ride Ballan road, therefore it was decided to go to Lara and You Yangs. Leaving Church St we travelled along the Ted Wilson bike path to Bacchus Marsh Road and proceeded out to Windemere Road then Forrest Road North and we all climbed Alp D’ You Yangs to the turntable were the obligatory photos were taken. We then rode along Branch Rd to Flinders Ave back to six ways and then to Millars were the usual coffee and cake was consumed. We were about to leave Millars for the return journey when Sarah discovered her back tyre flat on the rim, will not mention who got the blame for a leaking prior patch. We then proceeded via Elcho Rd, Bacchus Marsh Rd were I departed home and the rest travelled the Ted Wilson path back to Church St. Todays fine bunch consisted of Nick, Sarah, Mark J, Ken S, Doug and Noel. Thanks to everyone for a good ride and pleasant company - a ride of about 55k.
Noel.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Moriac on Sunday 26.1.20
A good turn up of eleven riders for our easy Sunday morning ride: Chris Ha, Marie, Pam, Ian, Lindy, Andrew, Barry, John-Paul, Noel, Jenny & John. We first avoided the rowers by joining the Barwon River Trail at Latrobe Blvd and went up through Highton on Belle Vue Ave then down past Deakin. We took Waurn Ponds Drive and Reservoir Rd to the Cape Otway Rd. Here the riders were given the challenge of either tackling the rather steep end of Reservoir Rd to Hendy Main Rd or the easier option to descend to Moriac on Cape Otway Rd. Your ride leader chose the latter while the majority tackled the hill! On arrival at Ravens Creek Farm Cafe we found that the cafe is no longer functioning (closed on 10.11.19) so we parked our bikes with all the other bikes at Moriac General Store. Here we joined quite a few other GTC riders as you can see from the cafe photos below! The coffee was good and the conversations long. Our return trip was via Mt Duneed Rd and Baanip Bvde bike track and Waurn Ponds Creek. I got a puncture on Mt Duneed Rd and I was ably assisted by Ian - most waited for the repair.
An enjoyable ride in good company.
Thanks, John.

Ron's Ride to Collendina on Saturday 25.1.20
Six riders comprising Ken Smith, Doug, Kym, Julia, Lyn Louden and myself left the showgrounds for the ride to Collendia today. A good size group considering other members may have other plans this long weekend.  A gentle tail wind aided us on our way to the Cheeky Cow.We headed off along the Rail Trail before turning right at the Bellerine Highway to Banks Road, down to Shell Road intersection crossing over and heading along to the Cheeky Cow.  Very busy there today with Holiday makers.   After coffee Ken, Kym and Doug left us to return home via 13th Beach Road, leaving me to escort thetwo ladies back to the start, I then returned home myself. A lovely mornings ride today in beautiful weather. Thanks to all for their company.  Enjoy your weekend.
Cheers, Ron.

Thursday Ride to Bannockburn called off because of the Rain - 23.1.20
Only one keen rider this morning so we cancelled.  35mm of rain to celebrate.
Chris Ha.

Nick's Ride to Torquay via Moriac Vicarys Rd & Bells Beach on Tuesday - 21.1.20.
It was a beautiful cool but fine morning for a bike ride. Eight riders: Nick, Sarah, Jonn Paul, Doug, Ken S, Mark M, Ken and Lyn met at JB HIFI and set off ascending Waurn Ponds Drive, onwards and upwards along Reservoir, speeding down to Moriac, undulating along Hendy, lumpy on Vickerys (where Chris Ha appeared) before tackling the big dippers along Gundrys. Bells was as beautiful as ever and aided by a tallwind and gravity some thrilling high top speeds were achieved. After excellent coffee at Swell we cruised the smooth scenic Esplanade with a tall breeze and sunny skies before scooting along Horseshoe Bend to Geelong. A great ride.
Nick.

Greg Allerton leads the 100km Ride to Moriac & Bannockburn on Sunday 19.1.20.
John C kindly came to South Geelong station just to take the official start photo as  Noel and son Clint, John M and I set off down to the north river path and across the old Breakwater. We then took the busy Waurn Ponds Creek path before getting onto the quiet Waurn Ponds Drive. We had just completed the long climb up to the Princes Highway when we met Ken Gawne heading back home. After Reservoir Rd it was nice to ride down Hendy Main Rd to Moriac, as I usually ride up this road near the end of my 100 km rides. After a short section on Cape Otway Rd, Hortips and Considines Rds brought us back to the highway and soon up to the enchanting Cottage Nursery Cafe near Gnarwarre. As usual we were the only guests, where we had a choice of delicious home made cakes with coffee for only $9. Pedalling again we were soon riding down Pollocksford Rd then turning left at Hamilton Highway. Burnside Rd led us up to Bannockburn. We soon crossed Midland Highway and it was a nice change to ride down the steep and long Clyde Hill. Noel was keen to try Russells Bridge Rd rather than the usual Parker Rd, which proved to be a similar hard climb in the warm hazy sun. Steiglitz Rd took us back to Ballan Rd from where Noel and Clint headed back to Lara while John and I used Ted Wilson Trail before parting ways. This is one of my favourite 100 km circuits and it was a nice change to ride it in the opposite (clockwise) direction. It was good company and an enjoyable ride. 102 km average speed 23 kph. 
Greg Allerton.

Mike Taylor leads the Easy Ride to Millars in Lara on Sunday 19.1.20.
Although small in number our Sunday “easy ride” group showed considerable enthusiasm. Riders were: John, Jennie, Mark J, Andrew, Doug and Mike. Doug had commenced with his customary 24 km ride in from Torquay. Doug’s level of fitness is quite extraordinary! The weather was great for riding with just a light breeze and great air quality. We managed to negotiate the rather crowded trail along the foreshore to Rippleside and then had a lovely run out to Lara. After coffee at Millars we returned home via Elcho Rd, Bacchus Marsh Rd and the Ted Wilson trail then along the north bank of the Barwon. It seemed like there were several hundred dogs along this section but fortunately we managed to avoid them all on this occasion. Thanks to everyone for a very pleasant ride.
Mike.

Janet reports on the Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove for Coffee - 18.1.20.
Upon arrival at South Geelong station it was discovered that there was going to be only a small group of 3, none of whom actually knew the listed route to Avalon Beach. After some discussion we set off to Ocean Grove instead via Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd and 13th beach. Nice coffee stop at Groove then return to Geelong via Wallington, Bellarine Highway and the Rail Trail. Our group consisted of Ken, Ian and myself. We were happy to meet up with John and Jenny on the way back who had ridden to Drysdale for the usual Saturday morning catch up there. Lovely morning ride.
Happy cycling everyone, Janet.


Sarah's Ride to Paraparap & Torquay on Thursday 16.1.20.
Despite cooler weather and overcast skies there were 11 starters for today’s ride namely Chris Hu, Chris Ha, PJ, Noel, Ross,  Gary, Ken Smith, Nick and Sarah. Very good to see Ken Gawne back on deck with Lyn as well visiting from up north. A few spots of rain did not deter us as we rode to Torquay, and the trucks that passed us on Hendy Main Road were notably courteous. Ken and Lyn took a slightly different route but we all met for refreshments and conversation at Mejavo’s before returning to Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Road in double quick time with a tail wind, always a bonus! 
Sarah.

John Hagan's Easy Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Deakin & Armstrong Creek on Sunday 12.1.20.
Thirteen riders there for the start of our ride from Sth Geelong and we picked up Peter & Marion at Roslyn Rd. The riders were: Peter B, Dave S, Chris Hu, Jenny, Noel, Janet, Clint, Ross, Mark S, John-Paul, Ian, Andrew, Peter & Marion J and your ride leader John. We headed out along the Barwon and up through Wandana Heights before exploring the back blocks of Deakin and coming past their oval, over Waurn Ponds Creek to Waurn Ponds Drive (the Old Princes Highway) then up the bike path beside Princes Freeway and underneath (photo below) to Hams Rd. Quite a few hills to climb for an 'easy' ride and your leader was usually last up! We then took Ghazeepore, Whites Rd and Warralily Bvde to the Warralily Cockatoo Cafe in Armstrong Creek - just off the Barwon Heads Rd. They seem to have increased the number of tables outside so there was plenty of space for us to enjoy their coffee and cakes. The return trip was via the Barwon Heads Rd and through Breakwater to the Showgrounds and back to the Station. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride.
Keep pedalling, John.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Heads - Saturday 11.1.20.
Fourteen riders today at the start: Sue, Meri, Trudi, Lyn L visiting from Port Macquarie, Richard, Ken G back on the bike, Lovro, Ken S, Kym, Chris Ha, Leo, Robin friend of Doug from Macedon Cyclists, Doug and myself. With the destination set by the Ride Sub Committee I figured we should have a change of route just to keep things interesting so we went on the Great Circle Route via Anglesea Rd, Coombes Rd, Messmate Rd, South Beach Rd, HSBend Rd, Blackgate Rd, 13th Beach Rd and into Barwon Heads for a coffee at The Beach House. Barwon Heads was jumping with lots of tourists. Ken and Lyn branched off at Ocean Acres as Ken didn’t want to overdo the riding at this stage and Richard and Sue after blasting up 13th Beach Rd at over 40 kph turned for home at Blackrock Rd. The rest, (except for Doug and Robin) enjoyed a coffee and chat and rolled home via Sheepwash and Barwon Heads Rd, a bit of a tough ride with a strong side wind, we came back via Barwon Heads Rd and Mt Duneed Rd to HSBend Rd where the wind finally came on our backs and blew us home.
Cheers, Peter.

Mike Taylor's Thursday Ride to Ocean Grove - 9.1.20.
With a strong prediction of heavy smoke I was kind of looking forward to a nice sleep-in. However, on rising, I was greeted by a perfect riding day with no sign of smoke at all. What’s more I was amazed to find 21 eager enthusiastic riders waiting for me at the showgrounds. All riders appeared to have become much fitter over the Christmas New Year period (with the possible exception of the ride leader). The riders were: Gary (New Rider), Nick, Sarah, Dave, Jackie, Meri, Trudy, Leo, PJ, POB, Chris Hu, Sue, Richard, Kim, Ken, Noel, Ron, Mark, Mike C, Ted. Later at the Groove we were joined by Chris Ha, Ross and John Miro. Making a total of 24 riders for the day (and I hope I haven’t left anyone out). We had a very pleasant ride to the Groove and then along thirteenth beach with a tailwind. I was amazed to find that I had beaten my best time on Strava for Lake Rd.
Thanks to everyone for a very pleasant ride. Mike.

Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride to Ocean Grove - 7.1.20.
Forecast smoke haze had cleared so we had a fill-in ride starting at Eastern Gardens car park. Six riders today: Kim, Ken, PJ, PO'B, Ted and yours truly Chris Hu. We decided to go to Ocean Grove. We started off heading to Warralily via Boundary Rd joining the Barwon Heads Rd at Belmont Common. Here Ted left us to return home. There was light SE breeze and it was a bit damp with fine drizzle turning to light rain along Lake Rd which persisted until we made it to the Groove. Those without jackets got a bit wet!! After coffee PJ led us back to Geelong using the rear entrance to the Groove, Thacker St, Grubb Rd then through the Estate to Bellarine Hwy and onward to the Rail Trail  turn off, here we split up and headed home. The weather had improved for the second half of the ride and I was dry at the end of the ride. An enjoyable outing!!
Chris Hu.

TWO Rides on Sunday 5.1.20:
1/ Greg Allerton's Short Ride in the Rain to Armstrong Creek
The cool  damp morning deterred many from riding. Peter O'Brien was my only companion and we both agreed that a  4 1/2 hour long ride would not be very enjoyable in these conditions. We instead did a short ride down  Horseshoe Bend  Rd , Warralily Drive and returned along Barwon Heads Rd in steady light rain.I was home before 9-30 am after 26 km. Thanks for the company Peter.
Greg.
2/ Chris Halpin's Short Ride in the Rain to Drysdale
Just three starters at South Geelong Staion this morning. Not surprising given the steady rain and cool temperatures. Chris Hu, PJ and I quickly agreed that an easy ride to Bungalow in Drysdale would suit. Off down the Rail Trail, the rain no more than a nuisance, and no wind to speak of, pretty good riding conditions really. So - you should have come! A long and tasty coffee break with much discussion on bushfire news and possible future tours. Returned via Princess St, Swan Bay Rd and the awfully busy Bellarine Hwy. A very pleasant ride in very pleasant company. 
Cheers, Chris Ha.

Meri's Ride to Ocean Grove on Saturday 4.1.20.
From the Grovedale Hotel, eight of us made for Ocean Grove at a fair pace. Mostly a sidewind, occasionally assisted. So Nick and Sarah, Peter J, Mark K and Mark B, Chris Hu, Lovro and myself, thought we'd coffee at the Groove. Left after coffee and cake into a pretty strong head and side wind back along 13th Beach, Lake Road then Horsehoe Bend. Smoke was not a problem, but definitely present. As were the flock of black cockatoos on our way home via Lake Road. Think the smoke may have upset them. So home by 11.30, 50 k's with good company and a pretty good run. Thanks everyone!!
Meri.

Chris Halpin's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 2.1.20.
A small group gathered to greet me this morning at the Church St meeting point. Doug, Ken S and Chris Hu were punctual. Ross and Mike C just made it. The Tarnays were both late but luckily we were still chatting. A collective groan went up when I told them we would ride down Cementies and back along the the river path - from whence most had just come! Perfect weather and little traffic made for very pleasan't riding through Highton to the Pipeline track  along to Pigdon and a circuit of Deakin Uni. Sarah lead us to an inspection of the Unis new Microgrid and solar farm which will produce 7 Megawatts when commissioned soon. Waving to the anxious Security guard we rolled on through the Uni and down to Waurn Ponds Dve, up past Mt Duneed winery and into Moriac. Quite a crowd enjoying coffee at the General Store including lots of Torquay riders and one familiar face - Treasurer Ted and his faithful hound. A bit of a wait was no problem as the chatter flowed. Soon it was time to bid farewell to Ted, and most of us pedalled off down Hendy Main and home via Blackgate. Chris Hu chose the hills option and Ross headed home. Great ride in perfect weather and exceptional company. Thanks all, Chris Ha.

Ron Little's Ride to Pt Lonsdale & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 31.12.19.
14 left Grovedale in good weather for the final ride of the year.  We rode to the Warralily Estate and turned up Barwon Heads Rd, left into Lake Road etc. Up 13th Beach Road, over the bridge, over the back beach gravel path, turning off down past the Cheeky Cow to Point Lonsdale for coffees.   Finding this all full we back tracked to the Cow.   John left us at Point Lonsdale for his 180klm solo ride.   After coffees Doug and Mark left us for their Torquay route, the rest returned via Grubb Road and Bellarine Highway. Today's riders were: Peter O'B, Terry, John Miro, Meri & Lovro, Trudi & Leo, Mark K, Mark S, Ian, Doug, Nick & Sarah and Ron.
A good ride in great company. Happy New Year. Regards, Ron.

Peter Jones Leads the Easy Ride on Sunday to Drysdale - 29.12.19.
Eight riders waiting for me this morning at the station, I was a bit late, had a problem with my back tyre on the Orbea and had to walk back home and change bikes to the Oppy. Julie, Jackie, Sue and Richard, David R, Chris, Ross and Ken were all ready to go. Took the BRT out and picked up Mick at the Queenscliff Rd and Jenny and Lyn at Melaleuca Rd. A pleasant run along the BRT, busy, being well used. At The Bungalow our usual spot was taken but we were just getting settled in to a round table and the group up and left so we were able to slide into a bit more shade and enjoy our coffee and chat in real comfort. Coming home there was a bit of a split as some went on to Queenscliff on the BRT, some took Princess St and Swan Bay Rd., and some took the BRT home.
Lovely ride on a lovely day, keep pedalling. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones Leads the Saturday Ride to Torquay - 28.12.19.
Big bunch for Chris’ Sat Morn ride but led by myself: Sarah, Janette, Trudi, (just) Leo, (just), Nick, Mark K, Mark S, Doug, Greg, Ross, Ian, Ken and myself. The programmed ride was to Torquay via Bellbrae, took a group decision that traffic would be an issue on the Anglesea Road so the offered alternative of Ocean Acres was taken up, there may have been some confusion in some rider’s minds on how we would get to Coombes Road but I like the short sharp option as we have done on many, many, Sat morning rides. Not too much traffic on Torquay Rd to start but as the ride rolled on the traffic increased with the temperature. Ken had a puncture on Anglesea Rd., but Mark K and Ross helped out and the peloton were soon on the way to firstly Mejavo's, too busy, The Stoop, not open, so it was off to The Coffee Club where we were able to all gather around and enjoy our coffee and chat. It also was very busy but surprisingly service was very good and quick. Ross and Doug left us after coffee, Mark K stayed with us until Boundary Rd to build up his ks before heading home to Torquay. Everyone else continued along through to Geelong peeling off as when required to get home. A most enjoyable ride in lovely weather, in good company and a great tailwind along HSBend Rd.
Cheers, Peter.

Chris Hume Leads the Ride to Curlewis, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads on Thursday 26.12.19.
Six riders headed off from the Grovedale Hotel for the Boxing Day circuit : PJ, Ken, Ross, Trudi, Leo and yours truly Chris Hu. We rode along Warralily Blvd, Lake Rd, 13th Beach Rd etc to get to the Groove at Ocean Grove for refreshments, did not go to Collendina as coffee shop closed. After coffee Ross returned to Torquay and the rest of us headed to Geelong via Wallington Rd, Curlewis Rd and the rail trail. A most enjoyable ride, good company, good weather and little traffic.
Chris Hu.

Sarah Reports on the Pre-Christmas Ride to Drysdale - Tuesday 24.12.19.
‘‘Twas the day before Christmas.... and South Geelong station saw 9 starters for a trip to “The Bungalow” along the Bellarine Rail Trail; namely Trudi and Leo, Chris Hu, Barry, Ken Smith, PJ, Ross and Sarah and Nick. Fine weather (again!!!) added to the enjoyment of the ride. At coffee several other riding friends turned up and a merry time ensued. Suitably refreshed, our homeward journey took the nine of us along Princess St and Swan Bay Rd to the Bellarine Highway. The group then divided : 4 took the direct route back to Geelong while 5 went via Barwon Heads to make a longer and arguably more scenic ride. 
Happy Christmas to all!!! - Sarah.

Below - the photo shows 4 versions of the GTC Jersey.

Ron's Sunday Ride Around the Barwon River - 22.12.19.
Six riders gathered at Sth.Geelong this morning in fine weather for a lap of the river: Ron,Peter,Ted,Noel,Doug& Ian. A welcome return to new Geelong City resident, returning from the move for his first ride back. We set off around to Breakwater, riding to the Criterium Track past the dog obedience club, returning to the river watching for the odd unsupervised off leashed dogs along the way. Turning at Fyansford on our way to the Barwon Edge Cafe for a nice coffee, then splitting up for the ride home.
Footnote : The river scenery is ever changing and a delightful solo ride in all conditions, providing public toilets & shops with sheltered spots along the way.
Have a great Xmas. Regards, Ron.

Sarah Reports on the Saturday Ride from Fyansford to Moriac - 21.12.19.
Six starters for today’s ride setting out from Fyansford: Meri and Lovro, Sarah and Nick, Ken Smith and new visitor JeanPaul. A moderate temperature and mercifully non windy conditions made for pleasant riding conditions along Hamilton Hway, Merrawarp Road and Hendy Main Road to coffee at Moriac General Store. Lo and behold who should we meet but Mark Kelly and Terry who joined us for refreshments and a chat. From there Meri, Lovro and JeanPaul returned to Fyansford on the same outward route while the rest of us headed back to Geelong via the Blackgate and Ghazepore Roads route. Nick’s leaky tube eventually refused to be pumped up and needed changing on the way home but otherwise no mishaps, just a fine ride on a fine day. 
Sarah.

Peter O'Brien's Quiz Ride - Showgrounds/Cowies Creek for Thursday 19.12.19.
This morning Mike T, Mike C, Ron, Peter J, Noel, Mark J, Ken, Ross, Doug and myself departed the Showgrounds, proceeded to Newtown, Geelong West and North Geelong and then onto the Cowies Creek Trail.  This particular trail crosses Thompson Road and Anakie Road so we needed to not only be alert to the volume of traffic but also be to cognisant of low hanging tree branches as well.  We meandered and ducked our way along the trail route and stopped on Bluestone Road at the end of the trail to take in the view of the Cowie Creek Railway Bridge No I.  This bridge is a two span segmental arch bluestone bridge that was built in 1860 and a magnificent structure. A coffee break was taken at the Soft Cafe on Minerva Road where the quiz was conducted.  Mike C was the star student, excelling with his general knowledge and consequently winning the most choc bar prizes.  Overall, the other riders showed what an intelligent bunch they are with the majority of questions being answered correctly.  We headed back to Geelong along Minerva Road and at Aberdeen Street the group split and riders headed back to their respective homes. A relatively short but interesting ride of 30 kms.
Peter O.

Ross Glover's Ride to Bannockburn & Ceres on Tuesday 17.12.19.
Eight riders for today's 80 km ride to Bannockburn via Russells Bridge.  Trudi, Meri, Peter O, Peter J, Chris Hu, Chris Ha and Ross set out from Church Street is almost perfect riding conditions. As a Bannockburn/Russells Bridge Road ride had been run last week, we took a non-standard route via the Hamilton Highway, Dog Rocks Road to Batesford then out the Midland Highway. As we approached our turnoff to Bakers Bridge Road, we thought we saw Noel turn out and head towards Bannockburn. Lots of arm waving didn't seem to have attracted his attention so we continued on, only to have him catch us on the uphill section towards Steiglitz Road. He obviously couldn't get enough of the hills and rode on with us. A great run down the Parkers Road hill and a slower slog up the Clyde Hill Road had us at Bannockburn for refreshments. Return was by Burnside Road and the Hamilton Highway. At the Pollocksford Road turnoff, the group split with the majority heading home along the highway and three riders heading up the hill to complete the loop necessary to make the required (?) 80 km. It was warming up by now and the climb up to Barrabool Road and on to Merrawarp Road definitely raised a sweat. Thanks to all for the good company. Ross.

Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Sunday 15.12.19.
I was pleased to see Julia McKeag, Chris Hume and Peter O'Brien at South Geelong Station for my long ride.We left just after 8 am on an overcast  morning with a cool west wind. Ted Wilson Trail and off road path beside Midland Highway took us to Ballan Rd. At the intersection with Steiglitz Rd we met Noel Pownall and his son Clint. There was little traffic out through Sutherlands Creek and up to Parker Rd where we turned left. It was a good descent into the Moorabool Valley before the long climb up Clyde Hill. There was a short toilet stop at Bannockburn before we took Harvey Rd where the bush gave us some shelter from the wind. Spring Creek Rd with little traffic was an enjoyable ride before we rejoined the busy Shelford Rd, though mostly cars not trucks. After 55 km Teesdale provided a welcome coffee break at the shop. I then led the group up Learmonth St with its steep short hill and along Jolly St to join Inverleigh Rd. This was a nice ride through bushland and when we turned into Common Rd at last there was a tail wind, which then gave us an easy ride home along Hamilton Highway. We parted ways at Fyansford with 3 returning along the surprisingly quiet river path. I completed 100 km in 4 hours 30 minutes riding time average 22.2 kph . Thank you for your company!   
Greg Allerton  Ride Leader.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove on Sunday 15.12.19.
Eight riders arrived at Sth Geelong for the easy ride: Leo, Ian, Trudi, Mick, Jenny, Pam, Marie and your ride leader John. We picked up Peter & Marion at South Barwon Reserve and Lindy at Lake Rd. The progress was good with a healthy tail breeze. We came back onto the Barwon Heads Rd at the Airport and travelled through Barwon Heads to the Groove at Ocean Grove for coffee. Peter, Marion & Lindy returned home via the southern route and the rest came back via Wallington and Leopold, into a noticeable headwind, for a round trip of 49km at an average speed of 19.7kph.
Thanks to all who participated, John.

 

David Rae's Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads & Oean Grove - 14.12.19.
13 riders Trudi ,Chris Ha, Peter J.,Meri, Lovro, PeterO.,Jackie, David R. Mark S.,Ken S.,SArah, Nick,and Doug.left the Grovedale pub heading down the surfcoast highway to Warililly Boulevard helped by a favourable tailwind. We made our way along the Boulevard and had an easy run along Lake road through to thirteenth beach and into Barwon Heads where we were joined by Terry as we made our way to the Groove for our coffee.  After our break we headed back along thirteenth beach road this time into a headwind, along the bike path onto Blackgate road till we reached Horseshoe bend road. Doug made his way home to Torquay while the rest of us headed toward Geelong along H.B.road.  Several riders went to have a look at a the new roundabout at South beach road while the rest of us made our way home.
Regards, David.  

Ron Little Leads the Ride to Collendina on Thursday 12.12.19.
A total of seven riders showed up for the ride to Cheeky Cow today from the Showgrounds point,comprising of Ron,Peter,Chris Hu,Mike T,Ken S, Norm & Clint. We set off along the Rail Trail to the Bellarine Highway and along there to Banks road turning off and along there to Bonnyvale road to our coffee stop for a well earned coffee & cake amid some good chatter.We decided to head off along to 13th beach Rd,Blackgate&Lake Rds,to Barwon Hds.Rd.Stopping at Warralily lights before splitting up into our return destinations. A good ride in favourable conditions.
Keep Pedalling folks. Cheers Ron.

Peter Jones' Ride from Ballarat to Creswick - Tuesday 10.12.19.
Just the cream of the crop for my ride today, not me of course, I’m just a hack but Julie, Mike C and Peter O are definitely the cream. Arrived at the Windmill Island Carpark, Western End of Lake Wendouree about 9-30 am, unloaded and tried to connect with Peter O, a bit difficult as his phone was pretty flat. Eventually caught up at coffee at the Bike Rack Café in Doveton St. Enjoyed a long coffee and chat before heading out the Daylesford Rd over Browns Hill and up past the Reservoir. Weather was a bit cloudy but slowly cleared to a fine Sunny day. Turned left at the Bungaree Rd, a little more ups and downs before breasting the final hill at Wattle Flat and headed down the final 8 klms through the Creswick State Park, this long downhill is heaps of fun and a just reward for the climbs on the way. Went first to The American, our usual lunch spot only to find that they have changed their opening hours on Tuesdays so it was on to the Farmers Arms which was excellent, it has been renovated, very nice surroundings and the food was great. Enjoyed a lovely lunch with Mum and the bunch then headed back to Ballarat via Bald Hills Rd and Gillies St., a most enjoyable day on the bike in really good company.
Cheers, Peter.

Nick's Ride to Moriac, Point Addis, Jan Juc & torquay on Tuesday 10.12.19.
Eleven riders: Trudi, Meri, Sarah, Nick, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ross, Kim, Mark, Ken S and Doug set off from JB Hi Fi to the bustling coast for coffee at Swell in Jan Juc in slightly overcast, cool conditions. We headed up Waurn Ponds drive and  then descended into Moriac along the Cape Otway Rd. We continued to make good progress down Forest Rd with only a few gravel trucks. The traffic on the GOR was noticeably heavier than usual before a lovely high speed and scenic descent to Pt Addis. What goes down must go up and the steep bits were pretty tough on the return. The Bells loop was another downhill delight for those that feel the need for speed before a well earned coffee at Swell. The return trip saw the Torquay contingent wave goodbye and  we cruised back via Horshoe Bend Rd enjoying a brisk tailwind. Good company, some great scenery, fast descents: what more could a cyclist want? No traffic, but you can't have everything!
Cheers Nick

Lindy & Don Lester Hosted a Great GTC CHRISTMAS PARTY at Charlemont - the photos will speak for themselves - JH.

David Ellis led us in the fun of the Kris Kringle draw:

Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong leads the Combined Ride from Breakwater & Around Deakin - Sunday 8.12.19.
Dave led 8 riders from the 2 clubs from Sth Barwon Reserve out to Baanip Bvde, through the tunnell on Hams Rd and down to the front of Deakin. Some were keen for gravel as they had their wide tyres on so we did a circuit around the borders of Deakin mainly on the gravel paths. I went ahead from the SW corner to get some photos as they passed by. As I went by an area which had been exclavated months ago and was duly flagged beside the track I suddenly hit a cord crossing the track - fortunately it was not at neck height but about axle height. I skidded and caught the string stretching it a couple of metres out of alignment. Looking up I could see workers digging trenches in the next paddock. I took photos (below) and stopped the riders. After the photos the workers and staff from Deakin came down and erected what should have been there when they started work. It was a rather hilly ride from there on the Pipeline Track and we stopped at Darriwill Farm Cafe in Highton for a coffee and great conversation. The GTC Riders: Chris Hu, Peter J, and myself headed home from there as the GTC Christmas Party was starting at Lindy & Don's Farm at midday.
Thanks Dave for a very enjoyable ride. Keep Riding - John Hagan.

Chis Halpin Reports on the Ride Around Geelong on Saturday 7.12.19.
Five smiling faces at Rippleside for this morning's ride. With no designated ride leader and very obscure tour directions I was quickly elected Leader as long as PJ offered to guide us on a tour of Geelong. Julia, Doug and Ken S made-up the numbers as we first headed north along the waterfront. This path is dangerously narrow these days with the safety fencing being added to. Up past the Powerhouse and on towards North Geelong, over the railway and along the Ford Factory site. Over the Princes Hwy to the aboriginal co-op then along some gravel trails around Cowies creek and eventually coming out onto the rail trail. Turned in to Church St and over the hill down through the new estate and over to the river path. We then tackled Scenic Rd and along the pipeline track to Deakin Uni in a fruitless search for a cafe. Then to the Waurn Ponds Creek trail to Panache for a very social coffee break. Made our own ways home after that. I travelled a very pleasant 38Km in great company. Thanks everyone.
Chris.

Trudi's Ride to the Bannockburn Station Cafe on Thursday 5.12.19.
Six cyclists for my ride to Bannockburn: Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Nick, Doug and myself. With a very stiff headwind our route saw us ride out on the Ted Wilson path, Lovely Banks Rd, Steiglitz Rd, Parker Rd.  Our cafe of choice today was at the Bannockburn Station Cafe. After a very enjoyable chat and coffee it was soon time to get on the road. This time we headed for Burnside Rd then joined the Hamilton Highway for a lovely push towards home. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable ride, even though it was tough going at times, catch you all next time.
Trudi.

Peter Jones Leads the Ride from Sorrento to the Top of Arthur's Seat on Tuesday 3.12.19.
Nine riders on the ferry to Sorrento: Peter O, Mark S, Nick and Sarah all rode down and Trudi, Meri, Julie, Chris Ha and myself drove down. We had a bit of a rolly Chris Ha ride over to Sorrento, Chris Ha left us to recce a ride to Point Nepean in Feb 2020. The rest of us rolled down wind calling in at the Memorial to the 1803-4 Collins Settlement, everyone checked for their name on the list of convicts, plenty of Jones’. Called into the Rye Lime Kilns before stopping off in Rye for a coffee. The strong West wind pushed us along to Rosebud where we turned inland and took Jetty Rd, Browns Rd and Purves Rd to Arthur’s Seat. Rode through a bit of a light shower which had cleared by the time we arrived at the top giving lovely views out over Dromana, Safety Beach and over the bay to the City in the distance and the You Yangs.
A fun run down the front of Arthur’s Seat through some tight hairpins and we were back on the Nepean Hwy and into a stiff headwind, the tailwind we had enjoyed as a friend was now our enemy as we made our way to our favourite café at McCrae. The aim was to catch the 2-00pm Ferry which we were on track to do but a bit of slow service on the Soups almost brought us undone. We left the café at 1-15 pm with 18klm to ride into a stiff headwind. The riders were sent on a head to try and make the ferry while the car drivers set a little slower pace resigned to perhaps taking the next ferry. As it turned out the early riders let the ferry people know we on the way and we all managed to get on board just a few minutes late. Another rolly ride home to Queenscliff and the ride was done, lovely day out in good company. Peter O, Mark and Nick rode home, Sarah accepted a lift from Julie.
Cheers, Peter.

Doug W Leads the Ride to Drysdale on Tuesday 3.12.19.
With two rides occurring today, it was pleasing to see that we ended up with three riders as the Drysdale ride was not as attractive a ride as a ferry ride and the view from Arthurs Seat. Today’s riders shared responsibility with Mike C and Dr Mike sharing camera duties whilst I was the scribe. We set sail for Drysdale in extremely blustery conditions and if we had a spinnaker to hoist, we would not have needed to pedal as the tail wind would have taken us there in record time. The conversation over coffee was about the journey back to the station, into the wind. At times along the trail we managed 27kms per hour, however that was short lived and occasionally we could only manage 14 kilometres an hour and working hard to maintain that low speed. The ride will not easily be forgotten for the wrong reason, the ferocious wind. We were glad to get back to the start/finish. For the record, my Garmin indicated a WNW wind of 24kms an hour and I am sure it increased during the ride home.
A good effort by all.
Doug.

Combined Long and Short groups at the Start - Sth Geelong Station - Sunday 1.12.19.

Ken Gawne on The Longer Ride on Sunday - 1.12.19.
Pre-ride advertising was apparently nullified by a poor weather forecast. 3 starters made their way to Barwon Heads and warmth,  shelter and refreshments at The Beachhouse. Not far into the western loop, the prospect of a heavy downpour brought about abandonment of any idea of further slogging into a strong wind all the way to Moriac. A soaking in Grovedale was our reward for taking on the elements. Thanks to Andrew and Greg for keeping me company.
Ken.

John Hagan Leads the Short Ride on Sunday to Curlewis - 1.12.19.
Quite breezy this morning as we set out for Curlewis. We took the Rail Trail out to Hermsley Rd in Curlewis and then the dirt road along Coriyule Rd where there were great views across the Bay to the You Yangs. However, I am not sure all saw the views as those with road tyres thought it was a bit bumpy. We went to Brown Shugar in the Curlewis Shopping Centre which was quite crowded but one table was vacated at just the right moment for us to get a spot to eat. After coffee we came out to find the rain had set in so decided on the shortest route home into a strong NW wind. On the ride were: Jenny, Kim, Doug, Dr Mike and John. Thanks folks for an enjoyable morning.
Keep riding - John.

Peter Jones Leads the Ride from Fyansford to Drysdale & Ocean Grove on Saturday 30.11.19.
Just four at Fyansford for the ride to Inverleigh, Trudi, Leo, Ken S, and myself, I was lucky enough to be elected leader when no one else wanted it so I took Leaders prerogative and changed the ride to Drysdale for coffee, met up with a bit of a mob there. After coffee Ken took the easy option back on the BRT and Chris Hu joined us and we then headed on to Collendina via Princess, Swan Bay and Banks Rds. Rolled on through Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and 13th Beach returning home via Lakes Rd. An enjoyable ride in quite pleasant conditions.
Cheers, Peter.

Mike Currie Reports on the Ride to Moriac & Freshwater Creek on Thursday 28.11.19.
After a late leader substitution, 14 riders assembled at Bunnings, Waurn Ponds for a loop around Moriac. These included Chris Hu, Peter J, Jackie & David, Trudi, Mark S, Nick, Barry, Doug, Mark J, Kim G, Ken S and leader Mike C. We also welcomed Ross back from the wilds of Sth America. In perfect riding weather, we headed for Moriac via Waurn Ponds Dve and Pettavel Rd then along Hendy Main and Blackgate for coffee with the Mums and bubs at The Farmers Place. From there it was the normal route back along Dickens, Ghazeepore and Baanip back to Grovedale and home.
Cheers, Mike.

Ken Gawne's 98km Ride from Moriac to Benwerrin and Return on Tuesday 26.11.19.
Cycling from Highton, I arrived at the start in Moriac with a couple of minutes to spare. It was pleasing to find Julia, Sarah, Trudi, Nick and Peter O ready to go. The southwesterly wind was up and there was a threat of rain. All went well until we turned off Cape Otway Rd onto Marjorie Lawrence Drive where the first of several showers resulted in a short stop to don jackets. Very scenic ride through Bambra, past Deans Marsh and up the 3 major climbs to the summit at Benwerrin. We discussed the pros and cons of descending the 9 kms to Lorne on a very wet road or returning to Deans Marsh for refreshments. All favoured the latter and we enjoyed the 12kms of mainly downhill, with no sharp bends, back to DM. Peter did not stop as he had to be home, change and leave for Melbourne in mid afternoon. The last of the showers fell whilst we were indoors. Despite Nick picking up a front wheel puncture a couple of kms before turning back onto Cape Otway Rd, the strong tailwind ensured  a return to Moriac in record time. The group recorded 98 kms with 1065m of climbing and an average around 21kph. An exhilarating day out.
Ken.

Peter Jones Reports on the Alternate Ride to Lara on Tuesday 26.11.19.
Just three for the alternate ride at the start, Kim, Doug and myself, decided to take the easiest way in view of the blustery, showery weather. As we left on the bike path a bit of a shower arrived so we sheltered at St Helens Boat Ramp for a few minutes until it had passed through. Rolled out to Lara via the Hovel Creek trail, met Noel on the way so by the time we reached Xpresso for a coffee we were 4. Enjoyed our coffee while a couple of showers moved through then we were away back to Bacchus Marsh Rd., Noel headed home at the 6 ways and we took Houston Rd and Towerhill Rd through to Bluestone Bridge where we joined the Ted Wilson Trail. Doug and Kim had their cars at Rippleside so at Ballarat Rd they took off downwind and I continued home via the cementies housing developments and around the river. Not the best of days for riding but certainly worth going and keeping those legs turning over.
Cheers, Peter.

Chris Hume leads the GRAVEL RIDE to Paraparap & Moriac on Sunday 24.11.19.
On a beautiful day for riding eight riders started off from the JB Hi Fi, four gravel riders: PJ, Sarah, Nick and Chris H, and four road cyclists: Trudi, Leo, Meri and Lovro. We all headed out along Ghazeepore Rd as far as Dickins Rd then split meeting up again on Blackgate Rd. The gravel crew then headed down Loutitt Rd, Trudi and Leo to Moriac and Meri and Lovro off to visit some friends nearby. The gravel crew used Willowite, and Hunts Roads to get to the Moriac Store. After good coffee and snacks headed home adding Elvins and Draytons to the list of gravel Roads. The six of us finished up with the pleasant roll down Waurn Ponds Drive. An enjoyable ride in great company. Total distance 45km, 28km gravel.
Chris Hu.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Exploration of Geelong Back Laneways on Sunday 24.11.19.
Today’s ride differed from normal GTC rides, being a tour around the back lanes of old Geelong.  The weather was perfect when Lindy, Don, Janet, Pam, Mick, Jenny, John H and myself departed the South Geelong Station. We spent the first hour traversing the East Geelong laneways where the highlight for me was meeting my two grandchildren, Milla and Paddy, who were on their bikes and waiting in the lane behind their property to greet us. After winding our way around East Geelong we headed across to Pakington Street where we had a coffee break at the Southside.  Following the coffee break, we proceeded into the laneways of Chilwell and Newtown with the highlight being the downhill ride from the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Stinton Avenue.  Like all good downhill rides, it was followed by a climb - up a back lane to Noble Street in the vicinity of Geelong College. We then rode through the back laneways to Geelong West, used the pedestrian overpass to cross the railway line, rode along the Esplanade and back to South Geelong. 
A leisurely and thoroughly enjoyable ride totalling approximately 22km.
Peter O.

Jenny Prince Modelling the New GTC Jersey in the Colour Pink


Trudi Leads the Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 23.11.19.
Ten riders today for the advertised ride to Queenscliff:  Janet, Julie, Sue, Trudi, Doug, Richard, Mark, John M, Andrew and Leo. With a ride leader needed, I was quickly elected to the position. "Thanks everyone"  someone mentioned that there was a music festival on at Queenscliff this weekend. So It was decided with the agreement of the group that we would head towards Ocean Grove and the Groove. Bike path first till Curlewis Rd, then crossing the highway onto Wallington Rd and straight into the Groove for a lovely coffee and a long social chat. Our homeward bound journey was Thirteenth Beach, Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Rd and back to where it all began. Thanks everyone for the very enjoyable ride. See you all next time. Oops nearly forgot to mention, John and Julie continued on to Queenscliff on the rail trail.
Trudi.

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Thursday 21.11.19.
A ride of fluxuating numbers today on a hot and windy day. At the start there were 5: Nick, Peter O, Chris Hu visitor Ken, (soon to be member) and myself. We headed out the BRT and met up with Lyn and Mick who joined us at Melaleuca Rd for a short while until we turned off at Curlewis Rd to go across to Ocean Grove, so then we were 5 again. Curlewis Rd was a blast with a strong tailwind, at Queenscliff Rd we turned into Wallington Rd and after a small climb took the quiet roads through the Wallington Estate to Rhinds Rd., Grubb Rd., a nice run down Grubb again with a tailwind but there are some nasty holes and rocks, Peter O hit a rock and blew a tyre immediately. A quick repair and we were on our way, right into Thacker St until we were able to turn off and enter Groove from the back. Enjoyed a coffee in the shade and Mark J turned up, so we were back to 6. Mark’s shoe had fallen apart but nothing a bit of gaffer tape can’t fix.
Headed home via 13th Beach, strong side wind, Blackgate Rd, strong head wind, Lake Rd, strong head, side, side tailwind. Turned from Barwon Heads Rd into Waralily Blvd and Ken came to a stop and fell into the grass, suffering a bit of dehydration so we all took shelter in a shady area, cooled him down and rang an ambulance. Rose, a nice passer-by stopped to assist and later took his bike home for safe keeping. By the time the ambulance arrived Ken had partially recovered but was still showing symptoms of dehydration so he was carted off to Hospital and we all headed home into a cracker of a headwind at times. Lesson to be learnt, drink plenty of water for a start and add electrolytes if you so desire.
Cheers, Peter.

Trudi's Ride to Lara, Little River & the You Yangs on Tuesday 19.11.19.
Eight riders today for my ride to Lara, Little River and the You Yangs: Julie, Meri, Sarah and Nick, Peter J, Noel, visitor Ken and myself. Today's route saw us riding through North Shore then joining the  Hovells Creek path. As we rode past the Geelong Grammer we came across a familiar face Noel, who was waiting patiently for our arrival. My Cafe of choice today was Cafe Xpressso. Once our coffee cups were empty, and with some movement within the group is a sure sign that it's time to get going. Back on our bikes we rode along the Old Geelong Rd, turning at Little River and onto the You Yangs, stopping at the top of the Turntable for a few minutes to take in the stunning views. Lunch was enjoyed back in Lara at the bakery, except for poor Ken, who discovered that he had left his back pack, at the turntable on a bench. I hope that it was still there as it contained wallet, phone and car keys. Our last leg of the ride was on the Ted Wilson path. A very enjoyable ride of 73kms and a early finish to the day, I was back home with the kettle on by 1.30. Thanks to those that rode today, see you all next time.
Trudi.

Peter Jones leads the Easy Ride to Sandstone Cafe in Grovedale on Sunday 17.11.19.
Six riders for todays Easy Ride, even steven on the genders, Lyn G, Pam, Lindy, Geoff, Mike and myself, Chris Ha made a brief appearance at the start to check we all got away safely. I drew the short straw and led the ride out the river path to Fyansford and back into Highton, after the long drag up Bellevue a couple of the riders just getting back into riding expressed a wish to head for coffee, so off we went to Sandstone on Torquay Rd where we met by Chris Ha again. After coffee Do picked up Lindy as she had an appointment and the rest of us headed for the river path again and home. A very social ride with the Sun finally coming out to warm us all.
Cheers, Peter.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to the You Yangs & Lara on 16.11.19.
A beautiful sunny morning brought a big group of 15 riders to the Church St meet