GTC News Thursday - 17.9.20
Changing Covid Restrictions - 15.9.20
It looks like we will be able to ride in groups of 10 from Thursday 17th so the ride calendar will start up again on Tuesday 22nd Sept. An important reminder that social distancing and face masks are still compulsory (not while you are actually riding) and we expect all club members to cooperate. Its very important that we are seen to be doing the right thing.
Tues 22nd Sept - 9.00am from Top of Church St to Bannockburn. Hard Ride. Trudi to lead.
Thurs 24th Sept - 9.00am Grovedale Hotel to Moriac. Medium Ride. Chris Halpin to lead.
Sat 26th Sept - 9.00am Showgrounds to Portarlington. Medium Ride. Nick Tarnay to lead.
Sun 27th Sept - 9.00am Grovedale Hotel to Ocean Grove. Medium Ride. John Hagan to lead.
Tues 29th Sept. - 9.00am Bunnings to Winchelsea. Hard Ride. Chris Hume to lead.
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.
Ted & John to Pt Lonsdale on Sunday - 6.9.20
Ted and I rode to Pt Lonsdale via the Bellarine Highway and sipped our coffee looking out over the Rip. We dicided to get a photo of the twin Orbea e-bikes. We were not quite as close as in the photo as Photoshop has allowed us both to be photographers for this shot! Our return trip was via Barwon Heads and Lake Rd with both of us doing over 70km.
Keep Riding, John.
Jennie & John Ride to Moriac & Torquay - Saturday 5.9.20
We left from Yollinko Park on the Barwon and headed to Waurn Ponds into quite a headwind. Waurn Ponds Drive and Cape Otway Rd took us to Moriac. The going was a lot easier down Hendy Main and Coombes Rds to the North Torquay Shopping Centre where we obtained coffee and tea from El Nido Cafe. A bee alighted on my bike computer as we enjoyed a chat and a coffee and started the first part of the journey there - see photo. As we started back on Horseshoe Bend Rd Jennie's gears locked up on the big cog at the back and nothing we could do would shift it. Jennie would have been complimented for her high cadence on the way back as she came all the way in the one low gear! This was a 64km trip with beautiful sunshine and scenery.
Thanks Jennie for an enjoyable ride. Keep Riding, John.
E & B M ride to Moriac, Two by Two - Saturday 5.9.20
Another chilly morning as we headed out the Hamilton Hwy in our regulation formation of two by two. The magpie on Merrawarp satisfied himself with swooping the cyclist in front of us and left us alone. Nice ride out through the countryside, mostly Sunny, enjoyed a coffee at the General Store in the Sun before heading home taking the Pollocksford option before a lovely down wind run back to Fyansford.
Ride on. Cheers, Peter J.
Trudi's Ride to Banockburn in a Nth Westerly Gale - Thursday 3.9.20
Two by two we left Fyansford at 9.00 am heading up the Hamilton Hwy to Burnside. Chris Hu also joined us tacking on the back. The wind was increasing all the time and it was a tough slog all the way to Le Due Sorelle. Enjoyed a coffee, Jennie decided to avoid the hills and headed back along the Hwy while Trudi, myself and Chris Hu and Julie sped down Clyde's Hill, a bit exciting with the gale force side wind. Took Parkers Rd out of the Moorabool valley to Stiglitz Rd where we eventually turned down wind and were blown all the way home. Cracker of a ride. Ride on.
Cheers Peter J.
Trudi's Ride to Cumberland River on the GOR - Tuesday 1.9.20
With a reasonable day forecast a run down to Lorne and beyond looked like a good idea, and it certainly was. Ripper of a day for a ripper of a ride. The GOR was so quiet, no Chinese Tour Buses, no Chinese Driven Campervans, no Chinese Driven Kia Carnivals, lovely. It was a beautiful ride, with an off shore wind the ocean was flat calm with just a regular wave rolling in for the surfers. Glorious views of the sea, beaches, cliffs and houses as we rolled along. Enjoyed our coffee at Lorne before continuing on to Cumberland River for a photo shoot then back down the GOR to Skinny Legs Aireys for a coffee and Pork Roll, (me). A short ride and we were back at the cars ready to head home.
Ride on. Cheers Peter J.
Chris Halpin leads 2 x 2 Groups to Moriac on Sunday 30.8.20
A morning for the true nutters. Janet, Susannah, John and I met as arranged in the Bunnings carpark and quickly decided to forget Barwon Heads and head for Moriac instead. The blustery northerly pushed us up Ghazeepore, down to Dickens and Anglesea Rd in good time. Blackgate provided dangerous cross winds but we pushed on, turning in to the wind on Hendy Main. The Moriac Store was quiet and coffee under the gazebo a bit sheltered. The chatter flowed. Homeward on Cape Otway, Reservoir and Waurn Ponds Dve was a rich reward for our efforts. Thanks for a lively morning team.
Our GTC Riders in Twos to Ocean Grove on Sunday 30.8.20
Met at Grovedale Pub for this mornings windy ride. Trudi and Leo, myself and Julie. Doug and Jennie were also there, also heading to Ocean Grove but via Leopold and Wallington. Agreed to meet at The Garage for a coffee, depending on time. Had a pretty good run down, a bit of great down wind stuff and other side winds. Enjoyed our coffee sitting on the grass out of the wind, Doug and Jennie turned up as we were about to depart, a quick chat and we were on our way. Great surf along 13th Beach. Wind was a bit tough in places but as usual we all made it back in good shape. Ride on.
Cheers, Peter J.
Leo's Egg and Bacon ride to Moriac on Saturday - 29.8.20
Very cool start from Fyansford this morning but warm Sunny forecast so we battled on enjoying the ride. Lovely out through the farm land arrived in Moriac, Leo and Peter O enjoyed their Muffins, had a chat with Nick and Sarah before heading out into a bit of wind that had sprung up and home via Pollocksford Rd and the Hamilton Hwy. Had some nice down wind riding back to Fysnsford. Ride on.
Cheers Peter J.
Jennie & John Ride to the Non-Covid Part of Little River on Saturday - 29.8.20
A beautiful morning for riding. Jennie and I rode from Belmont out along the Bay and then to avoid the flooded tunnel at Lara took Shell Rd and Rennie St. We then dismounted and lifted our bikes onto the Freeway and proceeded to the Little River BP Service Centre and took Hughes Rd through to the Old Melbourne Rd. The Covid Boundary for Melbourne is the River itself so we were careful not to cross the boundary! We bought coffee/tea at McDonalds in Lara and enjoyed our morning tea in the park. The return trip was on the Ted Wilson Path to Fyansford and along the river to Shannon Ave. From the river side I photographed the gentleman and his dog in the kyak. The total distance was 70km. Thanks Jennie for an enjoyable ride.
Keep Riding, John.
Ted's Update on Hovell Tunnel - 28.8.20
Ted checked it out this morning and still badly flooded (but passable). He contacted the engineer responsible today and he said the surveying works have been done and he would follow up with the maintenance department to check the valve and try to pump out the water.
A Funny Story from Gary's Ride to Torquay on Tuesday - 25.8.20
Tuesday dawned clear and sunny so I thought I might take a shorter ride to Torquay and back. Set off around 9ish planning to go along Pioneer Rd / Surf Coast / Blackgate / Horseshoe Bend through Torquay to Surf Coast and home. The ride started awkwardly when I was abused by a trucky for not keeping in the bike lane along Pioneer Rd, bit hard when cars are parked in the bike lane though. Had a nice ride until the Strawberry farm when I got a puncture. Not to worry as I had it changed and on my way again in a reasonable time. Continuing on my ride I hit a small pot hole in Horseshoe bend road and yes, another puncture. I always carry 2 tubes so this again was no great issue although I had now inherited a small buckle in my back wheel. After again changing the tube and shrugging off my concerns I again set off, only to find that the new tube had a leaking valve and quickly went flat. Now I was in a bit of trouble, no tubes, no repair kit and a buckle in my wheel. Nothing left to do but go to my last resort and phone my wife Pamela to come and collect me. After about 3/4 hour she arrived and after shoehorning my bike in the car I eventually made it back home. However my troubles had not quite finished cos when I was putting my gear away I noticed I had lost one of my riding gloves. So next day I drove back to Torquay to see if I could find it. However after a comprehensive search of the area I failed to find any trace of the glove. So, the result of my ride was $49 to fix buckle, $50 for new gloves, $18 for 2 new tubes and all 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Janet & Chris Ha to Jan Juc on Wednesday 12.8.20
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).