GTC News Sunday - 14.8.22
Rides This Week:
Tuesday 16th August - 9am from Fyansford - hard ride of 80km to Bannockburn via Merrawarp / Barrabool / Pollocksford and return via Stieglitz Road - Chris Halpin to lead.
Thursday 18th August - 9am from Geelong Showgrounds - medium ride of 60km to Ocean Grove via Curlewis & Wallington - Gary Broughton to lead.
Saturday 20th August - TWO Rides:
1/ 8am from Sth Geelong Station - hard ride - FAST 50km - Greg Allerton to lead.
2/ 9am from Fyansford - hard ride of 65km to Moriac via Merrawarp & Hendy Main Rds - return via Devon Rd - need a volunteer to lead.
Sunday 21st August - TWO Rides - 9am from Grovedale to Torquay:
1/ Easy ride of 40km - need a volunteer to lead.
2/ Medium ride of 60km - return via Breamlea Bike Path & Lake Rd - need a volunteer to lead.
Lindy Lester Leads the Sunday Ride to Armstrong Creek - 14.8.22
Chris Halpin Leads the Saturday GRAVEL Ride to Bellbrae & Moriac - 13.8.22
Only 2 Gravelleurs this morning. Chris and I teamed up to enjoy the peace and quiet of the back roads over Mt Duneed to Moriac. The fire at the General Store was most welcome and we enjoyed coffee and treats. Home via Cape Otway and Waurn Ponds Dve, through Deakin Uni. Just over 50km in mostly bright sunshine.
Doug Leads the Saturday Ride to Torquay (not Jan Juc) - 13.8.22
With no Ride Leader appointed for today’s ride I volunteered to lead the ride on two conditions. Firstly, we avoid Swell at Jan Juc because of it being Saturday morning, it is so busy and suggested we take our coffee (and cakes etc.) break at the Maple Bakery (my favourite coffee place in Torquay). Secondly, as rain was forecast for around 11.00am we shortened the course marginally, in the hope of finishing before the rain comes. The peloton consisted of: Doug, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, Ken S, Kim and John M. With all riders happy with the changed arrangements off we went. Along Whites Road we had a minor disruption in that Hugh took a work-related telephone call that took some time to deal with, so Plan B was actioned whereby Jo and Hugh would join us at the Maple Bakery. Proceeding along Willowite Road I managed to strike a diamond shaped rock which pierced the front wheel tyre into the tube resulting in a flat tyre. This ensued seeing poetry at work whereby Greg removed the tyre and tube before I even got my tyre levers out of the bag. Just as quickly, Greg had the new tube and tyre back on the wheel. The CO2 cylinder, provided by Kim, had the tyre pumped-up again and off we went. A great team effort in tyre changing with Greg leading the charge. Arriving at the Maple Bakery, Jo and Hugh were already there and were done with coffee. The chatter over coffee saw us take a bit longer than usual which indicated we were all up for a chat, enjoying each other’s company. Thanks to Ken for taking the photos and taking the peloton back to Grovedale. Thanks also to Lindy for being TEC. Distance 64 kms and no rain.
Janet Leads the Thursday Ride to Lara - 11.8.22
With wind and rain forecast we were a small group today. Brendan, Ken S, Paul, Ray, Trudi and I. Out to Lara via Hovells Creek we headed straight for coffee before returning along the Ted Wilson. Very slight rain on our return didn't spoil a lovely ride. Thanks for your company, Janet.
TWO Rides to Moriac - Gravel & Bitumen - on Tuesday 9.8.22
Gravel Ride Led by Chris Halpin
Chris Hu navigated the Gravelleurs, Chris Ha, Janet and Lindy, on a magic tour of the Moriac back roads in bright sunshine. We pedalled slowly to help Lindy gather her fitness and thoroughly enjoyed various turns to reach Flaxbourne Rd and into Moriac for coffee with the 'Roadies'. Home via Waurn Ponds Drive with a few more variations, totally around 50km. Thanks all, a great ride.
Bitumen Ride Led by Ken Smith
Today’s weather forecast was to be zero degrees in the morning with fog. We were spared both as it was cold but when the sun shone, it was good to be on our bikes as we anticipated pedalling up those hills. We had an early coffee stop at Moriac. The ride leader took the wrong turn and instead of turning right off the M1 on to Hendy Main he turned left down Hendy Main to Moriac. All is forgiven - he was assured that this would not stop him being the ride leader again. The social time as usual was friendly with lots of chatter and fun. At its conclusion it was decided to back track up Hendy Main, Barrabool, Considines, Cape Otway, Mt Duneed, and Ghazeepore. There were only five riders left to complete the ride. Julia and Steve punctured on the way and turned back, Gary helped Julia and Steve was helped by the other men. Ray was having mechanical problems so he decided he had enough so he turned around and headed to Gregs.The bitumen riders were David L, Gary, Geoff, Jennie, Julia, Kim, Mark K, Ray, Steve,Trudi and Paul Ba and myself. Thank you to all who rode.
Greg Leads the 8am Sunday Ride to Gnarwarre - 7.8.22
On a fine but cool morning I was pleased to find Peter C, David L and Steve McD waiting at South Geelong Station. At 8 am we set off for TW Trail and then out Midland Hwy, using the service road to give us a speedy descent into Batesford. Daruna Way led us through Dog Rocks Estate before the long climb passed the granite outcrop. I was pleased the group was happy to use Merrawarp Rd rather than the long hard climb up Pollocksford Rd. We were soon at Cottage Farm Nursery and were the only visitors. Chris offered a new dish on the menu, Lumberjack Cake, which was delicious. It was then down to Princes Hwy where 3 of us turned left but Peter took Considines Rd wanting a longer ride. It was easy pedalling but we did pass a few groups of riders stopped repairing punctures caused by smashed glass. We then parted ways at Pigdons Rd.
Thanks to my companions for an enjoyable ride and to Peter for the photos.
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.
Kim Leads the 9am Sunday Ride to Drysdale via Curlewis - 7.8.22
It was a perfect morning for a ride and although a bit chilly there wasn’t any wind but lots of sunshine to brighten the day. When I arrived at the normal meeting point at South Geelong Station, with minutes to spare, there wasn’t a fellow rider insight. Surely they didn’t leave early I thought to my self. I was about to leave when I investigated some chatter I was hearing further along the platform, ah I was not alone after all. A quick election was held and an involuntary leader, being me, was elected. A couple of late riders then arrived from the showgrounds, wrong starting point. This made 8 of us, Craig, Gary, Jennie, myself Kim, Paul B, Ray, Ron and Leo.
We rode the BRT, which was very sparse with walkers, down to Curlewis shopping centre and around the back of Drysdale to the Bungalow Cafe. It was great to see John Hagan was there waiting for us with a reserved table. Once we were refuelled for the return trip we said good bye to John and headed to Swan Bay Rd and back home through Leopold. A very pleasant morning's ride with a great group of people. Special thanks to assistant ride leader Gary for his navigation skills, photographer John and to Leo and Craig for the TEC duties.
Jennie Leads the Saturday Ride to Portarlington and Ken Smith Writes the Report - 6.8.22
Jennie offered to lead the ride, and Ken would do the report, and John Hagan although not riding took the photos on the way. The morning was very cold with a north west wind. As we rode the wind assisted us most of the time on the way to Daniel's Donuts Cafe. The riders were: Alison, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Jennie, John M, Julia, Lindy, Mark S,Paul Ba, Ray, Leo, and myself. Chris Hu and Lindy rode to Drysdale, Mark joined us on the Drysdale By Pass. On the way back the wind had strengthened and on Swan Bay Road we rode into a head wind making the ride difficult at times. The good thing we did not have any rain. Jennie thanks all who rode and helped make her first ride as leader easier.
Gary Leads the Bitumen Ride to Moriac and Janet the Gravel Ride - 4.8.22
After the weather over the last couple of days it was great to be able to ride on such a good day. Joining me for today’s ride to Moriac was Alison, Brendan McC, David L, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Peter C, Peter F, Steve McD and Trudy while Janet and Chris H opted for the gravel ride. Unfortunately Brendan forgot his helmet and after returning home he met us at Moriac for coffee and the ride home. Also meeting us at Moriac was Kim who was delayed due to issues with his home renos. Today’s ride saw us travel to Moriac via Ghazeepore, Dickens, Blackgate, Grassdale, Hendy Main, Larcombes, Layards and CO Rd., with the return ride along CO Rd, Mt Duneed, and Ghazeepore. After mostly head winds on the outward ride we were blessed by the wind gods with a mostly tail wind coming home. Thank you all riders for a great ride and to Trudy and Julia who shared the duties of TEC.
Quite a few road riders today but only Chris Hu and I were keen to take on some dirt roads. These included Whites, Petteval, Dickins and Hunts before we hit the road at Hendy Main and made our way to coffee at Moriac where the road crew were settled in already. We found some dirt on the way home along Ervins and Drayton. They were all in good condition and and enjoyed by us both. Thanks Chris for sharing your knowledge.
Ken Smith Leads the Tuesday Ride to Pt Lonsdale - 2.8.22
There were twelve riders including myself ready to take on the strong wind that had been forcasted. Fortunatley we only experienced the strong wind on the way back near Leopold. We enjoyed our social time at the Cafe, Chris and Alison joined us at the Cafe, and rode different ways to each other and the Peloton on the way home.Thank you to Alison, Chris, Jennie, John M, Mark J, Paul Ba, Peters C+N, Ray, Steve, and Trudi.
Greg Allerton Leads the Sunday Ride to Lara - 31.7.22
I was at Rippleside Park before 9 am but as the last to arrive the 7 other participants decided I must lead the ride to Lara. This was a risky move on their part as I am well known for leading rides of 100 km. However I took pity on them and followed the usual Hovells Creek route to Lara into a moderate but cold NW wind. It was great to find John Hagan waiting for us near Xpresso Cafe, as he took a group photo. Xpresso was very crowded with two other cycling groups. Tail wind helped us on the return trip along TWT back to Church St, from where riders made their own way home. Thanks to Leo and Trudie, Jennie, Paul B, Peter C, and Lyn P for riding and John H for meeting us at Xpresso.
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.
The GTC Breaks into at least 4 Groups for the Ride to Moriac - Saturday 30.7.22
Pretty much a self-directed ride today. Ken and I were recovering from lurgies and had decided to take an easy option. We were met by a big group at Bunnings including Geoff, Hugh, Jennie and Jo, Julia, Kim, Ray, Peter C & Peter N, Phil, Richard and Trudi. A small group followed to Moriac the easy way. Others turned up Devon, some came down Anderson's, others through to Considines. Lindy, Mark Kelly and another Richard were sipping coffees at the General Store. Allison and John drove to coffee to meet the cyclists. It was all happening. The run home down through Paraparap was magic in the beautiful sunshine. I hope everyone made it home safely - me and Ken did.
Cheers, Chris Halpin.
Peter Chilver extended his ride - "I left the group at Grassdale Rd continued along Hendy Main, through Ocean Acres to Grossmans into Darian, along the Esplanade to Horseshoe Bend right into Blackgate along 13th beach through to Grubb road in Ocean Grove then home along the Bellarine. Rounding out my 100km on a beautiful morning." Peter C.
Gary Broughton Leads the Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads & Curlewis - 28.7.22
As no ride leader had been designated for today’s ride I became the self-appointed leader for the ride to Ocean Grove. Riding with me were Chris H, Janet, Jennie (who left early to go to work), Peter C, Peter F, Peter N, Steve McD and Trudy. After considering the weather forecast of 80% rain and possible small hail, I decided to make a change to the advertised route and ride to Barwon Heads via Warrally, Lake, BH Road and return via 13th Beach. All went according to plan until Chris H punctured and I return to lend a hand while the rest of the peloton rode on slowly, and for us to rondevu at BH Road. However, upon our arrival, a mutiny had taken place and the mutineers decided to give BH Rd a miss and, taking advantage of the wind, wanted to use 13th Beach instead. All good, and after a great ride down 13th, we stopped for coffee at the Ebb and Flow Café to enjoy great coffee and cake and to solve some worldly problems. After coffee, and given consideration to the weather gods, it was a group decision that we abandon the return ride along 13th Beach for the original publicized script of returning via Wallington, Curlewis Rd and the BRT, which, considering that the bad weather never eventuated, was a great way to ride home. Just as we were leaving the Ebb and Flow Mark K rolled up for his first ride in six weeks. Mark rode with us for a few kilometers before returning home. Welcome back Mark. Thank you all for a great ride, good company and lots of laughs.
Janet Leads the Sunday Ride on a Circuit of Geelong - 24.7.22
Today's ride was definately a collaborative effort with navigation. A few wrong turns were taken along the way and I saw some areas I had not ridden through before. Those starting the ride at the South Geelong Station were: Craig, David L, Geoff, Greg, Hugh, Ian, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Kim, Mark L, Peter C, Ray and Richard S. We set off along the waterfront, through Norlane and Corio to the TWTrail which took us to our lovely coffee stop at the Fyansford Paper Mills. From there several riders departed beginning the great attrition. Next up were the hills of Wandana Heights over to Bunnings by which stage there was only Greg, Peter and myself. From here we headed over to Armstrong Creek and the adventure began including a dirt road which looked fine at the start but ended up a honeycomb of water filled potholes. Luckily the sun was out and we were enjoying ourselves. When Greg left us it was just the ride leader and Tail End Charli Peter left to finish the ride. Fun ride in great company.
Thanks everyone, Janet.
Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Drysdale on a Soggy Saturday -23.7.22
"Wettest ever" said John Miro - who am I to argue. Only 2 others, Chris Hu and Peter C, waiting in light rainfall at the Showgrounds starting point this morning. We quickly agreed to shorten the ride and enjoy coffee at Bungalow instead of toughing it out all the way to Portarlington. John joined us on the BRT as we sailed on to Drysdale. John Hagan had reserved a table for us inside, which was much appreciated. Also chatting at Bungalow were Pam, Butch, Mick and families. So, back on our soggy bikes to 'enjoy' uninterrupted rain all the way home. Thanks Peter, John and Chris for your company and endurance.
Cheers, Chris Ha.
Gary Leads the Thursday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery Cafe in Gnarwarre - 21.7.22
I’m sure if we all cast our mind back we can remember the song Daydream by The Lovin Spoonfull where the first line is “What a day for a daydream”, well today was “What a day for a bike ride”. With the peloton of Brenden M, Chris Hu and HA, David L, Janet R, Jennie P, Ken S, Peter C, Steve McD and myself assembled and ready to go at 9.00am, we were confronted with thick fog, and after deciding it was too dangerous to ride up the hill from the Hotel, we opted for the safer route to the Hamilton Hwy via Upper Paper Mills Rd. From there we were blanketed in thick fog which only started to clear near the corner of Pollocksfrod Rd and Barrabool Rd, where we were joined by Kim. Setting off again after coffee at the Cottage Farm Nursery Café, we found ourselves bathed in sunshine with no wind, no rain and no punctures, for rest of the ride home. The ride home saw us riding Barrabool Rd., Considines Rd., Hortips Rd., CO Rd., Mount Duneed Rd., Ghazeepore Rd. and Pigdons Rd. at which point, after dropping of riders along the way, the remainder of the peloton parted for our own way home.
By the way Trudy I think your crown of being the last to arrive at the start and your ability to arrive with only minutes to spare might be under serious threat from David L as he arrived just as we were leaving.
Thank you riders for a great mornings ride and great company. Gary.
TWO Ride to Queenscliff - Gravel & Bitumen Versions on Tuesday - 19.7.22
Gravel Version Led by Janet Roussety
Joining me in my gravel ride today to Queenscliff were Chris Hu, David L, Ken G and Mark J. We road with the road group to Drysdale along the BRT then continued on the trail. The Drysdale lake was very full and there was a large amount of water along the trail around the lake. I'm not sure I convinced the others than it was part of the fun! Coffee at Rolling Pin then David and I joined the road group back along the highway as the others had gone their own ways searching for some more K's. Thanks to Steve and Chris Ha for assisting me with my first puncture on my gravel bike and also Peter for coming back to find us.
Happy and safe riding, Janet
Bitumen Version Reported on By Peter Chilver
Today’s fine weather brought out the riders in force and at the start we had Trudi, Julie, Janet, Dave, Steve, Ken S, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ken G, Paul, yours truly and a big welcome back to Ray who rode in with Paul. All together for a leisurely ride along BRT to Jetty road where the dirt people separated leaving 8 roadies. We made quick time along Princess St then turned into a head wind along Swan Bay Road. At Banks Road Ken went right to go home causing a slight disruption as a few riders followed him around the corner. We all regrouped at the ambulance station and continued along Queenscliff Rd to the rail trail. Planning to coffee at the marina we had scenic ride along the rail trail only to find our destination closed. After a visit to the ferry terminal to inspect work progress we reevaluated and went to Rolling Pin catching up with the dirt tribe. A shuffle of groups saw Chris Hu and Ken G head off back to ocean Grove while the rest of us headed out with a good tail wind along the Bellarine. Ray came as far as Wallington roundabout to get his 80kms. Janet punctured near Flying Brick Cider. Dave, Trudi and Julie kept going and then there were 4. We got back to the Showgrounds together after a wonderful DRY ride.
Peter Chilver Reports on the Sunday Ride to Lara - 17.7.22
Two brave souls joined me this morning Jo and Hugh were waiting when I arrived. After a short discussion “Where is everyone?” We set off to Lara into a gusting head wind. First stop was the end of the Hovells trail so far so good quick discussion determined Hugh needed to get home quickly so coffee was off the menu as we continued on through a couple of annoying showers along forest to Heales rd where we spotted black clouds ahead. Some people had rain jackets with them on the skies opened up with a ride into a head wind. The Ted Wilson started in dappled sunshine with Jo declaring the theory the wind would keep the rain away. Wrong another downpour had yours truly totally saturated. The ride was declared finished at Church st where we parted company for a quick ride home. Apart from the wind and rain it was enjoyable ride in good company..
Greg Allerton's Speed Ride - 16.7.22
I left from South Geelong Station at 8-03 am thinking I was in for a solitary ride but after just crossing Yarra St heard a yell in the distance and was very pleased to see the late arrival of Jo and Hugh with their half finished cups of coffee in hand after tardy service at a nearby cafe. There was a light north wind as we made our way out to TW Trail. Bluestone Bridge hill warmed us up as we pushed into a strengthening head wind. Robbs Rd led us to Sutherlands Creek (26 km) and it was then back via Moorabool and again onto TWT and we parted ways atop Church St. I was home by 10-30 after 52 km in 2h23m av 22 kph, which was quite good given the strong wind. Jo and Hugh liked the concept of the early start and to get back home in quick time. I hope there will be more riders on the next Fast 50 to be held on Saturday 20 August starting 8 am SG Station. Greg Allerton.
Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Le Due Sorelle in Bannockburn - 16.7.22
Three riders joined me: Jennie, John M and Leo. The weather forecast was for the rain to come about 4pm but unfortunately for us it started about 9/45am and the winds strength from the North West increased. Leo turned back and the three of us continued on to Bannockburn.The ride distance was reduced, and we returned back to Fyansford the way we had ridden. When we arrived at the Cafe, the sky was clear and the rain had cleared. John Hagan was driving again and had arranged to meet us there. Although only a small number we enjoyed each other's company.
Janet Leads the Thursday Ride to Ocean Grove - 14.7.22
A cracker of a day for a winters ride to Ocean Grove. We took the usual suspects of Lake Rd, 13th Beach, coffee at the Groove then home via Wallington and the BRT. Thanks to the following for your company:
Brendon, Chris Hu, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Mark J, (TEC) Peter F, Phil and Trudi.
Happy riding everyone, Janet.
Janet Leads the Sunday Ride to Portarlington - 10.7.22
A very cold morning saw the following meet at South Geelong Station: Chris Hu, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, Julia, Ken G, Leo, Lindy, Paul B, Peter C and myself. We took the BRT to Drysdale with Jennie puncturing along the way. From there some headed to the caravan for coffee while Jennie, Julia and Ken joined me to head to Portarlington. The biggest of thanks goes to Leo who came to our rescue along the bypass when Ken had a puncture and we couldn't get the tyre off. A phone call to Leo, interrupting his coffee, was very generously answered and he came to find us.
From there we took Mooradoc Road then around into lunch at the bakery in Portarlington. Great food and service sitting in the sun. The roller-coaster on the way home where Ken left us to go on an extended ride, leaving the 3 ladies to finish the ride along the BRT. Thank you all for your company and a big shout out to Leo
Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Cheeky Cow in Collendina - 9.7.22
Almost needed extra suntan lotion today! T'was beautiful sunshine for the 9 bravehearts waiting patiently at the Grovedale - but still biting cold and ominous cloud formations. We had Hugh, Ken & Kim, Janet, Jennie, Jo & Julia, Leo and yours truly. We set off down Torquay Rd, turning into Warralilly Rd. John Miro joined us on Lake Rd just in time to help fix Jo's puncture. Hugh, and of course Leo, stayed to assist. The rest of us sped on to 13th Beach and around the foreshore to the Cheeky Cow. Still dry - amazing. Nice and warm inside. However, coffee prices have hit 'unprecedented' levels ($6.50), so be warned. Jo and the mechanics arrived soon after just as a heavy shower washed our bikes hanging outside. Soon the sun came out again and we decided to race the weather back the way we came. Made it most of the way back to Grovedale before a light shower caught us, and no more punctures. Thanks everyone for the company. About 60km all up.