GTC News Sunday 17.1.21
Will be on Thursday FEBRUARY 4th at 7:30pm South Barwon Community Centre.
Please note that an email has been sent to all members regarding this meeting and affiliation details with BN.
Lindy Lester, President.
Covid Restrictions from 31.12.20
A recent change on the above date - you will need to carry a mask with you on rides and use them when you are in public indoor spaces.
Rides This Week:
Tuesday 19th Jan - 8:30am from Geelong Showgrounds
TWO Rides to Queenscliff:
1/ Gravel ride via Rail Trail & return - Chris Hume to lead.
2/ Asphalt ride via Rail Trail to Drysdale then sealed roads to Queenscliff - Click here for Maps & more details - Doug Wyatt to lead.
Thursday 21st Jan - 8:30am from Church St/Ted Wilson Trail - medium/hard ride of 75km through Lovely Banks
& up the Steiglitz Road - Trudi Bellia to lead.
Saturday 23rd Jan - 8:30am from Geelong Showgrounds - medium ride of 70km to Portarlington - Peter Jones to lead.
Sunday 24th Jan - TWO RIDES:
1/ 8:00am from South Geelong Station - hard ride of 100km - watch here for details - Greg Allerton to lead.
2/ 8:30am from from South Geelong Station - River trails or mystery tour of back alleys - Peter O'Brien to lead.
Ted’s Easy Ride to Drysdale & Pete’s not-so-easy Ride to Portarlington – 17/1/21
A good turnout of members gathered at the Showgrounds in perfect weather for riding with a gentle tail wind making the trip through the Bellarine Peninsula a “breeze”. At Leopold three gentlemen were having a lovely rest before joining us and making up a healthy total of nineteen for the “double header” to Drysdale and Portarlington. Just before Drysdale the Portarlington Peloton broke away and headed off for the longer ride while the Drysdale Dream Team headed for the Coffee Caravan for the usual delicious refreshments and friendly service. Good conversation ensued with various topics including the relative merits of Pinarello vs Orbea e-bikes. Orbea aficionados being somewhat at a disadvantage due to the engine problems currently being experienced by your ride leader. My Coffee Caravan Companions were Butch, Chris Ha, Lindy, Lyn & Mick, Marie & Geoff, Pam, Paul & Cathy, Peter J & myself.
Peter O'Brien's Report on Drysdale to Portarlington – 17/1/21
Seven riders continued to ride on from Drysdale and tackle the hills on the Portarlington Road. As a reward for conquering the hills, we decided to take a coffee break at Daniels in Portarlington where the donuts were delicious. At this point John Miro joined us, however, Chris Hume wanted even more climbing so he elected to return along the Portarlington Road to Drysdale. With the magnificent backdrop of the bay we continued to ride on The Esplanade through to Indented Heads and St Leonards. There were convoys of vintage cars on Murradoc Road so we decided the easiest ride back to Geelong was via the rail trail. Thanks to Jeanie, Jo, Jessie, Ian, Ray, Chris Hu and John M for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 76kms.
Sarah's Saturday Ride to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara - 16.1.21
With showers threatening and unseasonably cool conditions there were twelve takers at Rippleside for today’s easy ride to Lara, namely Doug, Greg, Jennie, Julia, Ken Smith, Meri and Lovro, Peter Jones, Sarah and Nick, Trudi and Leo. Being the weekend, there was little traffic around the industrial port area. Plenty of black swans to be seen in Limeburners Lagoon before we deviated at Cummins Road to avoid the problematic perennially flooded bike path underpass at Lara. Heading straight along Rennie St we had excellent coffee and social time at Xpresso Lounge at Lara. Thus fortified, we found a stiff blustery wind to work against on the way home via Elcho, Bacchus Marsh Rds and Ted Wilson trail. The head wind transformed the easy ride into a “not so easy ride” but we can’t always summon an obliging tail breeze!!! Riders peeled off to take different routes home after Ballarat Road but three of us completed the loop down Church St to Rippleside Park. Thank you to Leo for being the tail end Charlie and to all for a good ride. 44 kms on Julia’s computer.
TWO Rides to The Chocolotarie in Bellbrae - a GRAVEL Ride Led by Mark Kelly and an ASHPHALT Ride Led by Gary Broughton on Thursday 14.1.21
Mark's GRAVEL Ride Report:
Eight graveleurs set out from Waurn Ponds this morning - Sarah, Peter J, Peter O, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Will (Chris Ha jnr), Ross and myself. We headed out Pettavel Rd following it all the way to the end and then along Vickerys Rd. Chris Ha and Will left us at Portreath Rd to head home as they were on a strict timeframe. After Vickerys we headed up the long climb of Elkington Rd to be rewarded by morning tea at the Chocolaterie and were joined by Lindy! We all enjoyed a well-deserved break and were just about finished when a few of the roadies arrived (not sure what happened to the rest). Ross headed back to Torquay and the remaining five headed home along Forest Rd, turning down Flaxbournes Rd. The ride along Flaxbournes was particularly enjoyable with with a light wind at our back, quiet surroundings and some unexpected sealed road. We then turned down Giddings and then across to Hunts Rd, Dickens and Willowite Rd back to Resevoir Rd followed by a great run home down Waurn Ponds Rd. All in all a great day out and a very good ride. Thanks to all for your good company and to Peter J for the photos.
Report on Gary's ASHPHALT Ride:
Gary was the photographer and Ken Smith the Scribe. There were twelve riders ready to tackle the road ride - they were David S, Doug W, Gary B, Jennie P, Ken G, Ken S, Kim G, Meri/Lovro, Ted R, Trudi B and new member Tony Brooks [Welcome].The ride course we rode was Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel, Reservoir, Cape Otway, Church, Larcombs and Forest Roads.We were riding into a strong head wind until we reached Larcombes Road, then a tail side wind assisted as to the Chocolaterie. Teds battery went flat [Again] and on Waurn Ponds Drive he went back home. Jennie left us at Moriac for work. When we arrived at the Chocolaterie the gravel riders were already there. It was crowded so David decided to ride on and we did not see him again. Under Dougs direction (Thanks Doug) Gary, Ken S, Kim, Meri, Lovro and Tony rode to the North of Torquary to the El Nido Cafe. The service was quick and the coffee and cakes were very nice. The Horse Shoe Bend road was selected to ride home on and the new bridge is a big improvement on the old one and much safer. Thanks to all who paticipated.
Ken Smith wrote the report.
Peter Jones Leads the Tuesday Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows - 12.1.21
Nine riders for our Melbourne Bike Path Ride to Westmeadows Tavern. Traffic up to Williamstown was light this morning as we cruised along to the Williamstown SC. At 9-30 am we headed off on the Bay Trail in towards Melbourne, lots of works going on but the bike path remains open and well used. At the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail we headed North under the Bolte Bridge infrastructure then meandering through wonderful leafy areas and amazing homes. At Essendon we diverted from the path to our favourite coffee spot for a break.
Coffee done it was on to Westmeadows for lunch and a good chat. Meals were excellent as usual and there was time for a quiet Cider or Beer before we hit the road to cut across to the Maribyrnong River Path. Took the Steele Creek Trail which leads onto the river trail at a wonderful lookout overlooking to river and the old ammunition factory. The view across to the City and over the suburbs is just stunning, a highlight of the ride amongst many highlights. The run back along the river and the Bay was into a stiff sea breeze but the riding conditions overall were just brilliant, a great days ride through a fantastic and diverse area. Thanks everyone for your company, those attending were, Jennie, Chris H, Mick, Ray, Ken, David S, Ross, Peter O, Ken S and myself.
Cheers Peter J.
Doug Leads the Alternative Tuesday Ride to Drysdale - 12.1.21
With two GTC Rides on today, it was a nice surprise to see ten other riders arrive for this event. Riders were: Ben, Chris Hu, Doug, Julia, Ken G, Kim, Leo, Sarah, Trudi, Zac and guest rider Blazenka (Zac’s better half). Ben arrived with his new bike (present from Father Christmas) and extolled the advantages of it. After yesterday’s scorching weather and the forecast for a hot day tomorrow, it was nice to have a sunny day with the temperature in the low 20’s, between the two. Of the many cyclists on the Trail, we came across Paul who was with his wife, Cathy, who was in the early stages of regular riding (hopefully a new Club member soon). When we reached Jetty Road, we headed down-hill, with a tail wind to the Clifton Springs Boat Harbour. From there it was uphill into the wind for a well-deserved coffee at the Bungalow. Whilst having coffee, present member Mike and ex-members Rolf and David arrived. Pleasantries were exchanged as some of us had certainly not spoken to Mike this year. Post coffee, some riders opted for a different route back to Geelong. Ken G went via Ocean Grove, Chris via Queenscliff and Julia, Trudi and Leo eventually via Barwon Heads. Kim, Zac and Blazenka opted for the Rail Trail whilst Ben Sarah and Doug stuck to the advertised course. A pleasant day for cycling in pleasant company. Special mention to Zac for making Blazenka ride the big hills from Clifton Springs rather than stick to the flat Rail Trail to Drysdale. A big THANK YOU to Leo for being last rider back. Scribe: Doug, Photos: Sarah. Distance of the advertised course was 48 kilometres.
Doug Leads the Sunday Ride to 9 grams in Mt Duneed for Coffee - 10.1.21
With a sunny blue sky interspersed with fluffy white clouds we had 18 riders turn up for today’s ride. Riders were: Andrew, Barry, Chris Hu, Doug, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Ian B, Kim, Lindy, Lovro, Meri, Peter J, Ross, Sarah, Ted and guest rider Peter R. who was warmly welcomed. The ride started with an AFL flavour as we departed not far from the Cat’s (Geelong) home ground and after a few minutes riding turned onto Fitzroy Street followed by Richmond Terrace then onto Garden Street and the Eastern Gardens. Cycling along Hearne Parade we had Corio Bay on our left which was looking ever so splendid under the morning sun. Onward we rode towards our coffee stop. Unfortunately, at Breakwater Jenny punctured and with several other riders assisting with the repair, we were soon underway again.
At 9 Grams we were well catered for with table service and shade in the warm conditions. Resuming our course, we had several riders taking different routes as they had ridden the start and thus completed the circular route. One exception was Ted as he had a flat battery and wanted to take the most direct route home. Going through the tunnel under the Anglesea Road near the big round-a-bouts we encountered an elderly female pedestrian and as we always do, in these circumstances, a bell was rung and we vocally advised the woman we were about to pass her. To our total surprised, she replied with “P…-Off” and then deliberately moved to the centre of the path, thus delaying following riders who did not want to run into her. From motorists, we are used to this behaviour, however I think we just reached a new low. Back in the sunshine we chatted about what had just occurred. Putting that little incident behind us, it was back to enjoying each other’s company, the nice weather and the relatively flat course save the biggest hill up Pigdons Road past the Uni. At the top of the reasonable climb, it was all downhill or flat back to the start. Well done everybody. Last, but not least, I thank Chris Hu who volunteered to be ‘Tail End Charlie’ which is an extremely important job and always of great assistance to any ride leader.
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.
Trudi's Ride to the You Yangs on Thursday 7.1.21
Sixteen riders today for my ride to the You Yangs and beyond Nick and Sarah, Meri and Lovro, Jennie, Peter J, Chris Hu, Gary, Ray, Doug, Mark K, Zac, David S, Ken S, Leo and Trudi. Took my usual favourite route out to the You Yangs which is a bit longer but has open paddocks, fresh air and livestock to gaze at while peddling along. Stopping at the You Yangs entrance for a photo giving everyone a chance to make a decision if they would like to ride up to the turntable and back. No takers today, so off for a well deserved coffee. Peter having made a phone call to book the outside tables made our arrival at Xpresso Cafe very quick. Service was fast and before we knew it we were soon enjoying our drink or slice of choice. Having decided to ride Hovels Creek path back wasn’t a good decision. With flashing lights and signs telling us that the Rennie St waterway was closed due to flooding. On first inspection yep !!! it was flooded, but we all manage to get through slowly. Ted’s Puddle was our next waterway to give us concern. But it’s was no longer a Puddle but a Plunge Pool, and as no one had a wetsuit or snorkel this was not an option today. So we rode home along Rennie St rejoining the bike path at Shell Refinery. Great ride, great company, great weather see you great people next ride.
The ride for 3.1.21 was cancelled due to inclement weather - Chris Hu did a ride to test some of his gear.
Peter O'Brien Leads the GTC Version of the Cadel Evans Ride on Tuesday 5.1.21
When I woke up at 7:15am to the sound of rain on the roof I had reservations as to whether we should tackle the Cadel Evans Ride route today. We were chuffed at the start line to have our own paparazzi in attendance. Leo, minus Trudi, was there with his camera and we’re grateful to him for making the effort. Janet arrived, drenched having experienced a sudden downpour over Newtown yet determined to complete the ride. Lovro, Meri, Janet, Doug, Peter J, Mark S, Jenni and myself departed Eastern Beach at 8:30am and met Nick en route at the Belmont Common. We ‘misplaced’ Lovro along the way, who unbeknown to us had a puncture near Lake Road. Happily he eventually caught us whilst we were having coffee at Barwon Heads. To our surprise Ken Smith turned up at this location; he also had been drenched prior to the start, requiring him to return back home for a quick change followed by a mad dash to catch the peloton. Most impressive Ken.
We proceeded to Torquay to tackle the hills around Bells Beach and then onto Moriac. At this stage of the ride we again misplaced Lovro and Meri due to Lovro unfortunately having a 2nd puncture that required major surgery. They reappeared on the approach to Moriac, having taken an alternative route and just in time to join the group for a coffee break at Moriac. Next we headed back towards Geelong via the Barrabool Hills, tackling the climbs on Scenic Road and the famous Melville Avenue. The remaining 6km was relatively flat so we cruised into town and had a celebratory session at the Yacht Club. Thanks Lovro for getting us in through the back gate! Congratulations to- Janet, Jenni, Ken S, Mark S, Lovro, Meri, Peter J, Nick and Doug for a sterling effort. Distance ridden = 115km.
Doug Wyatt Leads the First GTC Ride of 2021 to Lara - 2.1.21
A baker’s dozen of riders (13) turned-up for the Club’s first event for 2021. The riders were: Barry T, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Leo, Lovro, Meri, Paul, Peter O, Ray, Ross, Ted and Trudi. Ray had ridden to the start from Point Lonsdale and Ross from Torquay. The course to Lara was not exactly as planned, however, many roads lead to Lara and with the help of a couple of course advisors en route, we got there, despite their help. The intended coffee stop was to be Xpresso Lounge Café in the heart of Lara. Riding along Elcho Road we had a brief shower of rain and as Millar’s coffee shop was closer, we opted for the sanctuary of Millar’s which proved to be a good choice as we had the eastern end room at Millar’s all to ourselves, plus table service (albeit a bit slow). The route back to Rippleside was Hovell’s Creek Trail. On the Trail, going under the freeway, we encounted “TED’S Puddle” (the water is getting deeper and a snorkel may be required if more rain falls) and had the traditional tyre wash (free of charge). To our relief “PETER’S Puddle” was as dry as a bone. With darkening skies, we made it safely back to Rippleside. Ray and Ross were riding home. By the time Ross reached Grovedale it was raining. Ross declined a lift and pushed on. The rain would have also caught up with Ray. For the record, Ross got home in one piece and thoroughly drenched. Hopefully Ray fared better. Good company and a good easy course to start off this year’s proceedings. Well done all. In round figures, it was a 40 kilometre ride.
Doug Leads the Last Ride of 2020 to Ocean Grove - 31.12.20
The final Club Ride for 2020 saw 19 riders assemble at Grovedale. Riders were: Barry T, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David S, Doug W, Ian B, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Lovro, Leo, Meri, Nick, Norm, Peter O, Ross, Sarah, Ted and Trudi. Unfortunately, Barry had a mechanical problem and despite the expertise within the group, we were unable to remedy Barry’s problem, hence his late scratching. According to Garmin we headed towards Warralily Boulevard into 20 kilometres an hour head wind. At the corner of Barwon Heads and Lake Road, The Pres. (Lindy) joined us. Having tried several times previously to contact our planned coffee stop (The Paddock Café) to see if they could accommodate us, we paused at the Barwon Heads round-a-bout to make one final effort to contact them. Yet again our phone call received a recorded message. Plan B was put into action and it was decided we would split into two groups with one group going to The Garage and the other group going to the Groove. The Groove turned-out to be the better of the two options. When a seaside coffee shop is scheduled, during summer, there is always an element of chance regarding the coffee shops accommodating us. Traffic wise the roads were busy through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
We divided into two groups for the return trip. The first group had just departed when Lavro discovered a puncture in his rear tyre. Puncture repaired we were away enjoying the tail wind along Wallington Road, chasing the first group. When we reached the highway, not surprisingly, the first group were well out of sight. As the Geelong bound traffic was very busy and consequent noise, we elected to go via the much quieter Curlewis Road to join the Rail Trail. Special thanks to Leo for volunteering to be last person back. The ride to Ocean Grove was a nice way to conclude GTC’s Ride Calendar for 2020. Distance: 55 kilometres.
Ride Leader Doug W.
To all Club members, have a Happy, Heathy, Safe and Prosperous NEW YEAR.
Janet Roussety's Tuesday Ride to Portarlington & Return via Swan Bay Rd - 29.12.20
Quite a crowd gathered at the showgrounds for today's ride with gorgeous conditions. We were David S, David I, Gary, Ian, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Lyn, Mark J, Mark S, Meri, Lovro, PJ, Sarah, Nick, Richard and Sue, Trudi, Leo and myself. Heading off down the rail trail we were joined by John M bringing our total to 22. We took the bypass around Drysdale and the hills to Portarlington quickly split us up. Coffee at Daniel's Donuts was nice and quick and we soon were on the road to Indented Heads. Being a careless leader we had somehow managed to lose several people and we were down to 13 by this stage. We had seen several GTC riders out and about also enjoying the weather. The ride along the foreshore was absolutely beautiful, taking Bluff Road we made our way over to Swan Bay Road and back via the Bellarine Highway. Thanks for a great morning with a ride of around 80k.
Janet Roussety's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 27.12.20
A very sultry morning saw 15 riders assemble at the showgrounds for a ride to Drysdale. Attending were Trudi, Leo, Meri, Lovro, Lindy, Barry, Jennie, PJ, Ted, Chris Hu, Barry, Paul, Mark J, Julia and myself. We set off down the rail trail to Bellarine Highway, down to Swan Bay Road then over to coffee at the station at Drysdale (with a little bit of gravel thrown in from Princess St. to the station) where we met some of the Leopold crew. Mark headed off to Ocean Grove, Meri and Lovro headed back via the highway and the rest of us had a very pleasant trip back via the rail trail. Lovely to be out on the bike. Thanks everyone for a great morning.
John Hagan's Boxing Day Ride to Armstrong Creek - 26.12.20
Unsure as to how many riders would turn up on Boxing Day we were able to commense our ride from Waurn Ponds with eleven starters in almost perfect conditions for tackling the bike paths through to Armstrong Creek. We climbed out of Waurn Ponds on the path parallel to the Anglesea Road then took Baanip Bvd which was strewn with glass in many places. Winding our way down Sovereigh Drive in Mt Duneed we made out way to the Surf Coast Highway then took the bike path roughly parallel to Warralily Bvd through to the Warralily Village Shopping Centre. The 11 riders to this point were: Ken S, Paul T & Cathie, who was a first time rider with us, Andrew, Leo, Trudi, Julia, Peter J, Jennie, Ross and your leader John H. At the Cockatoo Cafe we were joined by Lindy and Don for coffee and Jo and Hugh for the ride back. Jennie had to leave us at this point to get back early. The return trip was along Barwon Heads Rd, the Barwon River Path, up through Wandana Heights and around the back of Deakin for approximately 36km.
Thanks all for an enjoyable ride. John H.
Peter Jones' Ride to Moriac on Thursday - 24.12.20
Eleven riders for my Thurs Ride: Peter O, Jennie, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, David S, Ken S, Ken G, Barry, Ted, Leo and Me. Took the easy option, nice day for a ride through the back country to Moriac. Coffee was even better when Chris Hu shouted to celebrate his birthday tomorrow, how good is that. Thanks Chris. Enjoyable chat then home via Hendy Main and Waun Ponds Dve. Lovely morning on the bike, thanks for joining me. Merry Christmas.
Fyansford through the Barrabool Hills to Cottage Farm Nursery and return on Tuesday 22.12.20
Maybe it was the potential for heavy rain, perhaps it was the prospect of hills, or was it simply the necessity of Christmas shopping, but today saw only four brave, intrepid, resilient riders show up. (Too much?) Nick, Peter J, Ken S and Chris Hu set off along the highway, down Merrawarp and then up to Ceres. Despite the prospect of rain, the views into the distance as we plummeted down Cochranes, were most impressive. Onto Moriac we rode single file against the breeze and it was only on Considines road that a light shower finally caught us before we reached Cottage Farm Nursery for excellent coffee, cake and conversation. The return journey with the breeze on our backs made for a fast rolling trip down Barrabool Road. At the highest point we had a clear panorama of Geelong and district with a background silhouette of the Melbourne CBD. We continued our rapid descent into Highton to beat the slow moving shower on our tail. Thank you guys for shorter but vigorous outing. And we didn’t get wet!
Mark Shying Leads the Sunday Ride to Bannockburn - 20.12.20
Morning tea at Le Due Sorelle Café, Bannockburn was our goal today. Initially, six cyclists joined me in pursuit of that goal – Janet, Jennie, Jo, John H, Julia and Peter J. From South Geelong Station taking back streets we were soon exiting Wesley Street onto Ryrie Street. On to the Fyansford Hotel we were joined by Nick, Trudi and Leo. With a favourable wind we made good time along the Hamilton Highway to Murgheboluc and then used Harvey Road to reach our destination in Bannockburn. Our group of ten enjoyed drinks and munchies – I had a very nice yoyo – thanks Le Due Sorelle. With plenty of good conversation, in no time at all it was time to depart. We cycled to the Midland Highway and then on to Dog Rocks Estate eventually making our way back to the Hamilton Highway. A short time later we stopped opposite the Fyansford Hotel to identify who was riding with whom and where. I rode to Geelong West – 56 kms covered. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride in excellent conditions.
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.
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.
Trudi Leads the Thursday Ride to Moriac - 17.12.20
Seven riders for a nice easy cruise to Moriac: Jennie, David, Ken, Gary, Ted, Norm and myself. Setting off up Waurn Ponds Drive, Reservoir Rd and down Hendy Main into the Moriac Store for our refreshments. With a quick wipe down of the wet outside seats and quick service we were soon devouring our coffee and munchies. The sun decided to show itself finally, so we just kicked back and enjoyed our refreshments. Main topic for discussion today was a question from our treasurer Ted. Inquiring if any of us had read the latest email from the committee. Quite a lengthy discussion followed on the affiliated bicycle network membership. (Thanks Ted) With food for thought and coffee cups empty it’s was about time we set off for home. Hendy Main, Blackgate, Anglesea Rd, Ghazeepore Rd soon saw us back where we started. Thanks for your company today, see you all next time.
Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride to Pt Lonsdale - 15.12.20
Twelve riders headed off from Grovedale this morning: Chris H x 2, Sarah, Nick, Ray, PO’B and PJ, Mark K, Julia, Jennie, Janet and David S. It was warm, about 24 degrees, and humid. We made our way to Barwon Heads using Warralily Boulevard, Lake Rd and 13th Beach Rd. From here over the bridge and onto Collendina, then onto Shell Rd to Point Lonsdale and Plated Café for coffee. As we arrived there, a cool southerly greeted us!! After a good chat we headed off to Drysdale. Mark K left us at Shell Rd to head back to Torquay and the rest of us continued along Swan Bay Rd and Princess St. We stopped at the new bypass. I was keen on lunch at the Bungalow as was PJ, but the rest opted to head straight home along the Rail Trail, Nick leading. PJ and I had a good break then returned home via the Rail trail too. It ended up being a great day for riding with little traffic and tail winds!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 28.11.20
Fifteen riders today for my ride to Ocean Grove via Lake Rd return via Wallington Rd and BRT. Participants were: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Julie, Ken S, Ross, Nick and Sarah, Trudi and Leo, Richard, (Visitor, friend of Mark K) Jo, (Joining member) and myself. Simple route, along Surf Coast Hwy to Warralily, to Lake Rd, to Blackrock Rd and 13th Beach. Good run, little traffic, not much wind, warm but not too warm. A lot of surfers out, almost a traffic jam on each wave. Arrived at The Paddock to find that their advice last week that we didn’t need to book was wrong, I should’ve booked, but they were very good and made room for us to have our coffee and chat before we continued on to the BRT down Wallington Rd and Curlewis Rd. Good run, the wind had got up from the South and blew us all the way there. Pleasant run back into Geelong along the BRT, quite busy but we didn’t have any problems, went right through to Breakwater Rd where everyone split to head home. Thanks for your company, keep pedalling.
Cheers Peter J.
Sarah's Easy Ride to Moriac on Thursday - 26.11.20
With a cool day forecast there were sixteen riders at Bunnings. Running down the list there were Barry, Chris Hu and Chris Ha, David, Doug, Gary, Geoff C, Jennie, two Kens, Lyn, Paul T, Ray, Ted, and Sarah and Nick. Dividing into two groups for ease of management rather than COVID 19 requirements, we took the well known roads to Moriac, starting with Ghazeepore Road. We made good progress, with some members peeling off to go their own way. At Moriac we met with Trudi, Peter Jones and Noel so enjoyed refreshments all together. We returned via Hendy Main, Reservoir Rd and Waurn Ponds Drive. Very pleasant and incident free riding, which is always welcome.
Chris Hume's Ashphalt & Gravel Ride to Queenscliff & Doug's All Ashphalt Diversion - 24.11.20
Forecast of great riding weather and the easing of restrictions, mask free outdoors - hooray!! and larger gatherings contributed to the large roll up at the showgrounds. Twenty starters there: Andrew, Ben, Butch, Chris Ha & Hu, David S, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Mick, Mark J, PJ & P O'B, Ray Nick & Sarah, Ted and potential member Wayne, who rode with us to Leopold. Chris Ha was kelpie. Heading off along the Rail Trail we were soon joined by John M. At Melaleuca Rd Lyn G & Marie joined the peloton. We continued along the RT to Jetty Rd. Chris Ha returned home from here and we split into two groups - the A for asphalt Team with Doug leading and the G for gravel team with Chris Hu leading.
G Team Report
12 riders continued along the gravel part of the RT, which was in excellent condition, all the way to the Queenscliff Station then onto the RoRo Cafe where the A team were waiting having arrived a few minutes earlier and the ferry was about to leave. Noel joined us here. 23 of us now!! Service was good and there was plenty of outside seating. After coffee PJ and PO'B chose to return home along the Highway and Butch joined the group. We did a bit of a tour along the front and back beaches of Queenscliff and onto Point Lonsdale before rejoining the RT where it crossed Portarlington Rd. From here we retraced our journey home. At Drysdale I suggested a second coffee/lunch stop but there were no takers! So onward! At Leopold though Butch, Mick, Lyn and me ended up at the Bakers Den for a snack. All headed home from here. There were a few punctures and a couple of slow motion falls onto the grassy verge - no damage done. All in all a great ride, one of my favorites!!
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.
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.
Doug's Saturday Ride to Lara - 21.11.20
At the start were Doug (Ride Leader), Janet, Jennie, John, Ken S, Lovro, Lyn, Meri, Noel, Paul, Peter O (2nd Group Ride Leader) and Ted. We didn’t follow the exact advertised course, which was fortunate for Ian as he was running a few minutes late and inadvertently met us in Baxter Road heading for Church Street. Heading to the Ted Wilson Path along Church Street, we were assisted by a tail wind, making the climb much easier. On the corner of Ted Wilson Path and Ballarat Road we collected Leo, Peter J and Trudi. Onward towards Lara in the blustery conditions we again had a tailwind along the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road and the turn into Elcho Road saw the wind push us sideways all the way to our Lara coffee stop. For the second time today, the script was not followed as the second group ended-up at Millar’s for coffee. Post coffee saw Jennie and John head-off for a circuit of the Avalon airport whilst Ted stayed in Lara. It was pleasing to see only part of the path underneath the freeway was covered with water (not very deep), thanks to Ted’s recent efforts to get some action. I think we should name the path under the freeway “TED’S PUDDLE” on the western side and PETER’S PUDDLE (O’B) on the eastern side, in recognition of their efforts to have the path water free. The first group returned to Rippleside Park via the Hovell’s Creek Trail. Distance was 39.94 kilometres with an elevation gain of 164 metres (Strava). By the time we got back to Rippleside Park, Noel had completed the most kilometres for the morning, as he had ridden in from Lara and was about to add more kilometres to the ride, having to get back to Lara again. In total, sixteen riders. Thanks to: Peter O’B for leading the second group and John Hagan for the photographs.
Barry's Thursday Ride to Wallington - 19.11.20
Showgrounds - Drysdale - Wallington - Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads return via Horseshoe bend Road. GTC Cyclists participating in today’s ride were: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Lyn L, Noel, Peter J, Peter O’OB, Ted R and Barry. With the forecast anticipated to reach 34 degrees today the decision was made to start the ride at 8.00 am. Fifteen riders obviously had their alarm clocks in order and arrived at the start. Chris Ha arrived and in chorus we knew it was time to ride. Dividing into two groups we set forth on the Drysdale rail trail to Curlewis Rd where we paused to say farewell to Ken G and Lynda who chose to take the route directly to the Paddock Cafe. The riders continued pushing into a slight head wind until the Princess St downwind downhill section provided cyclists with an enjoyable section of riding. Down Swan Bay Road and into Wallington Ocean Grove Rd with a timely shaded coffee stop at the Paddock Cafe. Fortunately or unfortunately no takers for a Trump dissection today. Again we divided into two groups for the Barwon Heads to 13th Beach Rd leg. We were passed by a group of cyclists on the Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads Rd that made us feel like we were standing still. We thought for a moment it was some riders from our club. That is yet to be verified. 13th Beach had the waves pumping and the surfers out In great numbers. It looked a treat. Doug W left us at this stage when “Wiser Heads” called for a change of route. We had planned to go via Lake Rd but a safer and less windswept course was plotted by Peter OB and Peter J. Well done fellas great call. Horseshoe bend and then the usual run via the South Barwon Sports grounds to home. It was 32 degrees when we returned at 11.35 am. A big thank you to the following people who helped me with leading my first ride. Peter J, Peter O’B and the two kelpies Noel P and Chris Ha. Thank you to all cyclists for making this ride an enjoyable experience. Total distance 62 kms : Elev gain 304m: Active time 2hrs 48 mins: Average Speed 22.2 kms.
Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride to Jan Juc via Moriac - 17.11.20
We have 2 Ride Reports as they did divide into 2 Groups - 1/ by Peter J and 2/ by Doug:
There were 15 riders today, or was it 16. Chris Ha was the original leader, he pulled a hammy and flick passed it to Chris Hu, he had a couple of punctures, the second a real blowout and had to call in the cavalry to be picked up in Vickerys Rd. Chris Hu flicked it to anyone who wanted it, no one caught it so here is a brief run down on the ride. We went up Waurn Ponds Drive to Pettavel, to Reservoir Rd to Hendy Main Rd through Moriac where there was some grumbling from Trudi about stopping for a coffee like we used to and having a two coffee stop ride. I think she was just stirring as is her want. Anyway we continued on, nice fast run as we turned away from the Westerly that had been slowing our progress up until that time. Reached Vickerys and everyone was keen to push on and get the hills done. Chris Hu had his blowout and called Jean to come and collect him while everyone pushed on and regrouped at the GOR. Took the circuit through Bells and on to Swell at Jan Juc. They were very busy but looked after us very well taking our orders at the table and producing coffees and food at a great rate of knots. Home was via the Surf Coast Hwy to Grossmans, Ocean Acres, Coombes and Anglesea Rd to Ghazeepore and Bunnings. All in all a very pleasant ride in excellent company.
Cheers, Peter J.
2/ Chris Ha arranged for Chris Hu to be the replacement Ride Leader and at the start line we had, Barry (Tail-end Charlie), David S, Doug, (Second Group Ride Leader), Janet, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lyn, Noel, Peter J, Peter K, Peter O’B, Ray and Trudi. We split into two groups whilst Chris Ha, Lyn and Ken G went their own separate ways for various reasons. Some rides go ever so smoothly, this, unfortunately was not one of them. Into a 13 kilometres an hour headwind riding along Waurn Ponds Drive (Old Princes Highway) we had just covered two kilometres when Chris punctured. A couple of riders assisted Chris whilst the rest of us went on slowly along Reservoir Road. A left-hand turn at Hendy Main Road saw a tail wind and downhill. What more could you ask for, as a cyclist? We regrouped at the Moriac School and broke into our two pelotons again. The tailwind along Henty Main Road headed to Bell’s Beach saw us easily lift our average speed. We did a right turn onto Vickery’s Road and very shortly after, disaster struck, Chis now had a blown tyre to go with his earlier puncture. Chris’s cycling for the day had come to an abrupt end, thanks to an unrepairable tyre and it was time for him to phone a friend (wife) and seek the services of the stretch-limo for a ride home for him and the bike, along with the champagne of course. The rest of us battled on pushing up the hills along Grundy’s Road to reassemble on the corner of the Great Ocean Road and Bones Road (minus Chris). Onward for coffee at Swell’s via Bell’s Beach and we had Ken G waiting for us along Bones Road. After a reasonably long coffee break, due to Peter J mopping-up some left-overs it was back on the bike through Grossman’s Road, Ocean Acres and Anglesea Road. Yesterday’s strong winds had littered the Anglesea Road verge with small branches, sticks and twigs making the ride very hazardous. Fortunately, everybody got through unscathed. Despite the wind and a few hiccups, it was a nice cool day for riding. Thanks all.
Scribe: Doug & Photos: Barry.
Greg Allerton's Exploration of the Dead End Roads on the Bellarine Peninsula - Sunday 15.11.20
Given the forecast of 34 max and up to 40 kmh winds I was very pleased to have 6 starters on this ride. There were a few brief spits of drizzle before we even set off. John C, John H, John M, Nick T, Noel P and I rode along Bellarine Rail Trail then right at Wilsons Rd heading south but turned off before it became gravel ( Dead End 1). Point Henry was our next dead end where we stopped at the start of the gravel and admired the great view across Corio Bay. Heading back along Point Henry Rd we turned left into Hays Rd which led us past Winchester(ammunition manufacturer) before the road stopped at Dow Chemicals (Dead End 3). We rode east along Portarlington Rd turning off to investigate Clifton Rd, Alexander Rd and then Hermsley Rd all bitumen finishing at Corio Bay. On the latter we turned left into Avila Drive and admired some very swish properties.
We then headed for the coffee van at Drysdale station, having already ridden over 50km. Here we met fellow GTC riders Lynn & Mick G, Marie B, and Kim G. We then wound our way down through Clifton Springs to the clifftop lookout. There was some climbing up to Drysdale before a strong tail wind had us speeding along to Swan Bay Rd (another Dead End, but not investigated today as we headed home). At Leopold we pedalled out and back on Brinsmead Rd then along Ash Rd - both Dead Ends offering great views down over Lake Connewarre. Bellarine Highway then the Rail Trail soon had us back in Geelong. I had to ride a lap of Eastern Gardens to achieve my 100 km for the day, my 52nd century for the year. Thanks to my fellow riders for such good company. Well done to Noel who did considerably over 100 km (138.75km) after riding from home near Lara.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.
Ted's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 15.11.20
South Geelong Railway Station saw 10 riders congregate for an easy ride to Drysdale. This meant that we could ride off as a single group but we were then joined by two more at the Showgrounds so we adopted social distancing principles and rode the BRT well spaced out until we reached Melaluka Road where one group continued along the trail and the rest turned on to Portarlington Road. The two groups met up again at the Curlewis Crossing where we again spread out and headed to the Drysdale Bypass where we enjoyed the wide open spaces of the new concrete shared path. Coffee was taken at The Zoo, The Bungalow and the Caravan where the usual good service and coffee was partaken. Conversation at The Zoo got pretty serious as we resolved the problems of US Politics, Victorian Social Housing and everything else that is wrong with the world. I expect the chat was a bit lighter at the other locations. The Caravan Coffee Consumers headed home via the BRT while the rest hit Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway. Thanks to Kim, Barry, Ray, Peter J, Julia, Trudi, Chris Hu, Ian, Lyn G, Mick, Marie and Leo for a pleasant morning on the bike.
Peter Jones' Easy Loop to Torquay - Saturday 14.11.20
Fifteen riders for my ride today, the Easy Torquay Loop. Those attending: Chris Hu, Doug, Gary, Ian B, Janet, Jennie, John H, Ken S, Lindy, Paul T, Peter O, Ray, Trudi and Leo and myself. To keep within the rules, Peter O, Ray, Chris Hu, Gary, Ian B, Ken S were sent off as an advance guard while I followed with the rest. It was pleasant riding down the Surf Coast Hwy to Warralily, to HSBend Rd until Mc Canns Rd where it was necessary to return to the Surf Coast Hwy for a while until we got off again at the Shire offices. Didn’t take long to roll into Mejavo’s for coffee, very busy, must be all those Melbournites flooding into Torquay, but we found our spot and enjoyed our coffee and cake. Our advance guard finished first and rolled off home via Ocean Acres and Anglesea Rd, Doug and Lindy departed for home in their own directions and the afterguard proceeded home via Ocean Acres as well. Have to mention Jennie’s new Baum, pretty as a picture hope she has many years of enjoyable riding on it.
Trudi's Thursday Ride to Bannockburn - 12.11.20
Fourteen riders for my ride to Bannockburn this morning: Sarah and Nick, Norm, Ray, two Ken’s, three Peter’s, Janet, Julie, Noel, David and me. Splitting up into two groups of seven, and with Peter O leading the first group out.. With roadworks on the Hamilton Highway and Anakie Rd it was my intention to keep well away from these roads. So our route today was a bit different to our usual route out to Bannockburn. Starting on the Ted Wilson Path, Lovely Banks Rd, Ballan Rd, Robbs Rd, Stieglitz Rd, Parker Rd, Clyde Rd our coffee break was at Le Due Sorelle Cafe. It was here that both groups caught up for a well deserved chat and coffee stop. With our appetites replenished and conversation running low it was time to head back out into the wind. Retracing our steps we rode back down Clyde Rd onto Stieglitz Rd with a fabulous tailwind. Our reward for the strong winds and hills that we had endured earlier. Ballan Rd, Ballarat Rd and back onto the Ted Wilson path quickly saw us back at Church St where it all began. Thanks everyone for your attendance today a most enjoyable ride in very windy conditions.
Mark Kelly's Hot Ride from Anglesea to Wye River & Return on Tuesday 10.11.20
What else can you say about this ride on a day like today. Great riding, beautiful coastline, magnificent blue ocean and great company. We had 11 riders set out from Anglesea: Chris Hu, David, Gary, Janet, Jesse, Mark, Nick, Noel, Peter O, Peter J and Trudi, . Peter J and Trudi left us at Lorne and the rest continued onto Wye River for a brief refreshment and then back to Lorne for lunch. We cruised down the GOR with a slight tail wind in the morning but had to work a bit harder on the way back when we began to feel that heat, especially in the last 10km. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable ride. About 90km, 950mt of climbing and average speed around 22km/h.
Ted's Cruisy Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Tuesday - 10.11.20
Just Ken S, Ray, Julia, David S and myself formed the B Team at the Showgrounds on a warm November morn. After extricating ourselves from a larger bunch of LAC riders we headed off down the path to the Bellarine Highway through Wallington and on to The Groove where the usual excellent coffee and service awaited. Discussion about bike theft and insurance claims, although not always pleasant experiences, was a welcome relief from the usual Covid and US election stuff. After a shortish stop we headed home via Barwon Heads Road, Stacey’s and Lake before getting back on to the BH Road and our various homeward routes. The temperature started to climb into the 30’s on our way home so we were happy for it to be a shortish day in the saddle helping us to acclimatise to the warmer weather to come.
John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 8.11.20
Nineteen riders turned up on a sunny morning for our ride to Curlewis and Drysdale: (from L to R in the photo below) Trudi, Leo, Sarah, Lyn G, Marie, Pam, Janet, Peter J, Nick, Lindy, Jennie, Lyn L (welcome back), Ray, Kim, Peter O'B, Chris Hu, Mick G, John H, and Ken G.
My intention was to have coffee at Brown Shugar in Curlewis and then head down to the waterfront and do a circuit around Drysdale. Well, the cafe was closed despite signs sying otherwise. As coffee is one of the main aims of bike riding for many we had to find another coffee spot. The majority decision was that the coffee van at Drysdale Station would be the best bet for such a large number and riders headed in different directions to get there. This turned out to be a good move as the product is a quality one and the service fast from the Bean Cravin' Coffee Van at the Station. As riders wanted to do different distances there were 3 main groups to head home. A few needed to be back early and took the Rail Trail straight back. The rest headed down Princess St with Ken taking a group home via Banks Rd, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads and the main group came back via Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway.
Thanks all for an enjoyable ride. John H.
Ken Smith leads the Saturday Ride to Lara - 7.11.20
There were eighteen riders who presented for the mornings ride to Lara: Chris Ha & Hu, Doug, Ian B, Jennie, John H, Julia, Kim, Lindy, Mark S, Noel, Paul, Peter J, Ray, Ted, Leo, Trudi and myself Ken Smith. Before leaving Rippleside,we formed two groups of nine riders, Chris Halpen took the lead of the second group, thanks Chris. The gate on the foreshore path was open, and with a strong tail wind we commenced our ride to Lara via Corio Quay, Esplanade, Sea Beach Parade, and Foreshore Road.The first group of riders rode the path past the Grammar School and into the water that was over the path as they crossed under the highway. Chris avoided the water by riding along Shell Parade and Rennie Road. The first group of riders had coffee at @7grams, and the other riders enjoyed theirs at Xpresso Lounge Cafe. Both groups of riders returned back to Geelong along Elcho Roads Bacchus Marsh Road and Ted Wilson Path.Thank you to all who rode. I would like to express my appreciation to Doug, Gary, Greg, and Peter J for their generous offer to loan me a bike and shoes,to enable me to keep cycling. Peter's were the right size. Thank you.