GTC News Monday 18.3.19
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF UPDATES ON WEBSITE:
Your webmaster broke his femur on a club ride on 24.2 so I am currently in hospital and have a limited ability to do the webpages at the moment. Hopefully I will be able to take up duties in a couple of weeks. Our club President, Peter O'Brien, has put in the following interim arrangements:
1. Peter Jones will email the weekly ride roster, ride reports and photos to members.
2. Many people are communicating via WhatsApp. If you would like to be added to the GTC Group, let PJ know.
3. I've agreed with John that these arrangements will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. John feels that he will be in a better position to asses his capacity to perform the web role in the following days.
Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie - 23.2.19
13 riders this morning in near perfect weather for a trip to the Bellbrae Chocolaterie. Ross, Mark S, Dr Mike, Mark B, Jackie & David, Sarah & Nick, Meri, myself, Heather, Leo and birthday girl Trudi. The usual route up Surf Coast Hwy, Baanip to Ghazeepore, Dickens, thru Freshwater Creek into Blackgate and Hendy Main. The turn into Gray's Rd was too tricky for the forward bunch and 3 speedsters disappeared. The Peloton cruised down Gray's and into Forrest for the long haul into the wind to the GOR. Some new tarmac and then ~200m of gravel roadworks provided a range of experiences. Met the speedsters at the Chocolaterie and the reunited bunch then enjoyed coffee, cakes, fudge brownies.... plus a free sampler of choccy buddies on the way in - and out!! A few issues leaving, at one stage the ride leader found himself alone and leading himself. How could this have happened? The Peloton soon reformed and a tail wind along the GOR to Torquay was magic, as was the beachfront, then into Horseshoe Bend Road. Heather punctured here and Leo gave us a lesson in repairs. Thanks Leo. Then safely back to Grovedale and everyone going their separate ways home. Thanks all for a top ride in the sunshine. Chris.
Ted's Ride to Millars in Lara for Coffee - 21.2.19
An overcast sky greeted 11 riders at the top of Church Street but the wind was blowing favourably from the south so we were all were keen to begin. Only problem, we lacked a leader. After a few minutes of chatting and waiting for someone to put their hand up it was clear that we weren’t going anywhere – and there was no coffee shop there! In the absence of El Presidente and the Sexy Secretary it fell to Treasurer Ted to take control. Of course this meant another croozy ride so Paul, Ange, Chris, Rolf, David, Noel, Sarah, Nick, Jennie and two Mikes set off down the Ted Wilson to Bacchus Marsh Road. A short diversion down O’Brien’s Road, McManus Road, and Heales Road had a few riders shaking their heads but it added a couple of k’s so that made it worth while. Coffee at Millars was good but noisy and it got even louder when Trudi arrived having scouted all the other coffee shops in Lara before finding our hiding place. Trudi failed to produce a late note but was forgiven as she went above and beyond the call of duty to find us. Sarah and Nick set off quickly as they had an appointment while the rest of us waited patiently for Trudi to finish her coffee before tackling the head wind back to G-Town via the Hovells Creek path. A very pleasant ride after a confusing start. Thanks for coming and sorry for picking on you Troods.
Ken's Ride to Mannerim & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 19.2.19
The programme listed today's alternative ride, for members not doing the out-of-town journey to Williamstown, as Showgrounds to Ocean Grove. This gave ride leader Ken the option of choosing any route he fancied as long as it passed through OG. Ange, Paul, Jacqui, David and Chris Hume completed the group. We took the rail trail as far as the traffic lights before taking to the road. The leopold climb was being reconstructed so onto the footpath to avoid the surface of loose crushed rock. Swan Bay Rd took us away from the traffic and eventually to Banks Rd.
Turning back onto the Bellarine Hwy we rode to the large roundabout at the Grubb Rd intersection, turned left then right into Rhinds Rd - the gentle downhill, a lack of traffic and the many fine homes on large blocks made for a very pleasant section of the route. A refreshment break was taken at The Groove cafe which was almost devoid of customers. The quick service resulted in us being back on the bikes in only 25 mins.
13th Beach and Lake Rd were the popular choices for the return to Geelong. We split into 2 groups of 3 at the entrance to Armstrong Creek. A most enjoyable small group ride with favourable weather. With all riding to the start, most would have completed between 75 and 80 kms.
Peter Jones' Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows - Tuesday 19.2.19
Very happy to see 14 roll up to my trip on bike paths out to Westmeadows Tavern for lunch, also noticed that Noel was there on time and in the right place. There was a cool breeze and it was a bit cloudy but promised to be a good riding day. A helpful passer-by took our starting picture, what a fine bunch, Sarah, Lyn, (visitor) Dr Mike, Laurie, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ross, Mark K, Zdenko, Noel, Ian, Nick and myself.
We all rolled off along the Williamstown waterside parklands, overlooked by some lovely homes, I always wonder if the full size horse looking out over the Yarra is a real one “stuffed”, or just a statue, maybe the owner sits astride the horse’s back and watches the world go by along the water and paths. First little excitement is the diversion under the Westgate Bridge which entails a little bit of a gravel road, a concrete pier, and then a long wooden pier, quite bumpy but ridable by our team of elite riders. Our next bit of excitement was a gigantic bang as Zdenko’s tyre and tube blew out as we crossed Sheppard’s Bridge over the Maribyrnong River. The tyre, including the bead was completely destroyed, so end of ride for Zdenko, he spent his time walking back and checking out the shops and met us when returned, sorry Zdenko will have to be next time. Continued on the Bay Trail into Melbourne turning off onto the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and making our way out to Essendon for our coffee break, only about 20 klm but hey this is a fun ride of laughter and exploration. Good coffee and chat so back to the path and out to the Tavern for lunch, with Dr Mike and David I on strict diets we had our own guards to make sure the bikes were safe.
Following lunch there is a little bit of road riding to get across to firstly the Steele Creek Trail which then leads onto the Maribyrnong River Trail, after a little climb we enjoyed the views over the Maribyrnong River to the city and beyond. Rolling on it is just a matter of following the paths back to Williamstown and the cars, Ian and Ross cut off at Footscray to catch the train back home. A very enjoyable day on the bike.
Pam's Ride to Tuckerberry Hill on Sunday 17.2.19
Today 13 riders turned up on a beautiful morning for a ride: Marie, Mark, Noel, Ross, Meri, Lovro, Chris, Chris, John, Lindy, Peter, Pam, Mike. We started on the rail trail and rode to Drysdale, once we reached Drysdale we turned up Murradoc Road. The hill we found a bit of a challenge for a few of us. Morning tea was at Tukerberry Blueberry Farm. It was a new destination for a few riders. The return journey was along SwanBay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. The team dispersed a little with some needing to return home quickly and others going in different directions to get a few more Kms in. The distance was 60 kms.
Paul McMahon's Saturday Ride to Moriac General Store - 16.2.19
We had 15 riders for today’s ride to Moriac. We started the ride at Bunnings in Waurn Ponds, heading up the well ridden route of Waurn Ponds Drive, over the Princess H’way into Pettavil Rd, Reservoir Rd to Hendy Main for the fast ride to the Moriac General Store for coffee. On my arrival at the coffee shop I was somewhat struck and amazed at Peter Jones’ speed. With no official duties for the day, Pete was a man possessed and on a mission to be first to order his coffee. I think, due to a few witness statements and sceptical concerns, Pete’s request for an ebike needs to be reviewed. The Peloton was seated orderly, coffee’s received and the group was greeted by the always happy and smiling Chris Halpin who had joined us via a different route. I was deep in thought on Chris’ arrival, and the old saying ‘the blister always turns up after the hard work is done’ came to mind.
We proceeded the ride back down Cape Otway Rd, towards the Barrabool Hills. This is where the group split, Pete kindly taking charge on getting the second group back to Bunnings. However, I will confirm this upon watching the 6pm news to ensure no riotous behaviour was conducted by this group. The rest of the group had a lovely mountainous ride through the hills, with Dr Mike powering on. There was mumblings that he is replicating Lance Armstrong’s ability, and further testing needs to be sought. When we got to Cochranes Rd Janet continued on to head home. The remaining had a wonderful decent back to Bunnings. Cheers…Paul.
Peter Jones' Thursday Circuit to Torquay - 14.2.19
Eighteen riders for my little ride to Torquay, 16 at the start and David and Jackie joined us at Mt Duneed Rd., also forgot Noel joined at Mejavo’s but not in time for a coffee. Those at the start were: Ange and Paul, Lyn L, Adam, Rolf, David I, Laurie, Mike C, Dr Mike, Ross, Chris Ha and Hu, Terry, Ron, with helmet, Nick, without Sarah who had a better coffee offer and myself.
Rolled up Torquay Rd and had to weave our way through banked up traffic to get to the Bike Path to head over to Ghazepore Rd and on to Anglesea Rd . Regrouped at Coombes Rd, wended our way through Ocean Acres to Grossmans, Paul won the sprint points from Adam at the Hwy and we headed to The Stoop, oops, closed Thursdays, so across the car park to Mejavo’s for a very enjoyable coffee and quite a few cakes, the Barista was enjoying herself putting designs on the top of our coffees. Headed home via HSBend Rd, a most enjoyable morning on the bike in excellent company.
Ross' Otway Tour - Day 3 - Gellibrand to Birregurra - 13.2.19
3 ride leaders for the final day of the Otways Tour. Is that a record? It started last night while we were discussing which railway station we wanted to target for the ride end. My plan had been to head back from the end of the trail to Birragurra over some of the same day 1 dirt roads but there were some rumblings of discontent and in a remarkable coincidence, Greg already had a fully formed plan to get us there using only sealed roads!
Despite it raining heavily overnight, we set out along the last of the Beechy Rail Trail with sunny skies. Most enjoyable going with the after-rain smell of the bush and mist rising through the trees. Other than one very steep section that really tested the legs, the riding was good and all too soon, it was done.
At the end of the trail and the start of bitumen at Bullengarook, Greg took over leadership duties. About 500 metres up the road, the heavens opened up. It was short lived but the roads were drenched and one particular log truck moved across in to the some of the deeper puddles, throwing a sheet of water across the road that drenched any parts of us not already very wet. Luckily, that was the last of the rain and we progressed in sunshine until we reached an intersection where the sign showed Birragurra directly ahead, just 4 kilometres down a dirt road. The alternative was to stay on the bitumen and go nearly 12 kilometres around 3 sides of a rectangle to reach the same end point. What to do? What to do? At this point Peter mentioned he had previously ridden this road on his road bike so he led us off (leader number 3). Just a few corrugations later, the tour was over. Lunch in the main street then off to the train station and home. Now looking forward to the next opportunity to tour. Thank you to Greg, Chris and Peter for their good company.
Ross' Otway Tour - Day 2 - Forrest to Gellibrand - 12.2.19
I am sitting in our cabin at Gellibrand listening to the rain hammering on the roof. The other 3 set off for a walk in sunshine, just 5 minutes ago. That sums up the weather we have had today. Rain storms, strong wind gusts, hail, sunshine but mostly drizzly rain. Despite all that, we had a great days riding despite it being a bit harder than I expected. Turtons Track in misty rain was an absolute highlight. Loved it. The long down hill on the Old Beechey Trail was almost as good. Both highly recommended.
Ross' Otway Tour - Day 1 - Winchelsea to Forrest - 11.2.19
Greetings from Forrest. Just 4 for the trip and we met up at Winchelsea for the "start". Two arrived by car, one part by car and bike and the true hard man of the group rode from home. No names, no excuses. Had a nice ride over to Birragurra for refreshments and to check there were no unexpected starters at the alternative start point. There weren't. A nice little hill out of Birragurra followed by some nicely corrugated dirt road. Hit the right corrugations at the right speed and you could feel your brain shaking in your skull. Peter J with his dual suspension mtn bike glided over these roads. A mixture of dirt and bitumen with plenty of undulation until Yeodene, then bitumen all the way to Forrest. A late lunch then dumped our luggage at the cabin before setting out fot Lake Elizabeth. Great scenery and some more very corrugated road before we swapped to the mtn bike tracks to and back from the lake. Lots of fun and again the mtn bike led the way. Now nicely tired and waiting for the pub to open. A good first day.
John Hagan's Circuit to Armstrong Creek & Freshwater Creek as a Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong on Sunday 10.2.19
A good turnup of 12 riders at Sth Geelong for our ride today. However, Ron made the mistake that many of us have in the past, and that is because he had a beanie on his head had the secure feeling that he had his helmet on - unfortunately he didn't and had to head home. In the photo below (from L to R) we have: Lindy, Peter J, Dave S (only participant from Cycling Geelong), Ian, Rolf, Heather, Ron, a new rider - Jennie, Ross and Dr Mike. Photo was taken by John and Noel made a grand return to the Club just after the photo was taken. Sunday was a good day to be heading down Barwon Heads Rd as the traffic was not as heavy as on weekdays. We followed the scenic path along Armstrong Creek and crossed the Surf Coast Highway and on to Whites Rd. Here the road had been narrowed in the rebuilding process and was cortrolled by traffic lights. However, we were unable to trigger the green light and had to make alternative arrangements. Being a dull morning (weatherwise) The Farmer's Place was not overcrowded and coffee service was quick. The highlight of the return trip was taking the newly completed Pipeline Track through Highton. Our total trip was just over 40km and by the time we finished the sun was just starting to peep through the clouds. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable ride.
Keep Riding, John H.
Mike Taylor's Short Ride to Pakington St due to the Rain on Saturday 9.2.19
I set the alarm for 5.30 AM this morning thinking that they would be easily enough time. Unfortunately I wasn’t banking on the rowing, the stray dogs, the 1000 runners, errant kids and raging headwind along the river. After getting to the base of Cementies I was already 1 minute late and it was raining. I phoned through to PJ who assured me that the team would wait. I arrived as the rain was beginning to pelt down. We had 8 riders at this stage… PJ, Rolf, Nick , Sarah, Peter O, Mark , new rider Jenny and myself. The initial plan had been to go down Ted Wilson but the group unanimously decided that the Hovell Trail would be more protected given the weather.
As we moved off down Church St the rain was becoming heavier. PJ mentioned that he had checked the satellite and it looked like it was setting in, so he was pulling out for a coffee in Pako. At this stage Nick, Sarah, Rolf and myself decided that , on the surface, this seemed like a good idea and we decided to accompany PJ. The more courageous portion of the group decided to proceed on valiantly to Lara. The coffee in Pako was good but the 85 decibel doof doof music unfortunately made conversation all but impossible. After mentioning this to the waitress the volume was ‘helpfully’ turned up higher for us! I arrived home early with a wet tail and still ringing ear drums and with a measly 18km on the Garmin.
Thanks to everyone for a very memorable morning ride. Mike.
Ted's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 7.2.19
Predicted thunder storms didn’t deter 16 fearless riders this morning and the weather turned out almost perfect anyway. A gentle north westerly propelled us from the Showgrounds to Drysdale and the pace was well within Ted’s Tolerance so thank you all. The role call recorded the attendance of Peter O, Peter J, Meri, Ange, Adam, Paul, Ron, Chris Hu, Rolf, David I, Nick, Sarah, Dr Mike, Mark, Norm and myself and we were joined for coffee at The Bungalow by Mick and Lyn. Shade was important at that stage as the sun started to heat things up a bit and the guys had begun to sweat while of course the ladies just glowed. On the return trip Lyn and Mick were accompanied on the rail trail by one or two who needed to get back home quicker while most went home along Princess Street and Swan Bay Road to the Bellarine Hwy. The peloton stretched out a bit on Alpe d’Leopold but regrouped a couple of times to allow the kelpies to catch up. A very enjoyable Croozy Thursd’y ride of 41.3 km.
David Innes' Ride to Anakie, Staunton Vale & Lara on Tuesday 5.2.19
Eleven riders left Church St with destination Anakie for coffee in mind with David at the helm. The roads today were fairly busy as we headed out along the Ballan Rd with a reasonable tail wind and arrived at the Moriac General Store in good time. On completion of our coffee and chat time the group headed north to Staunton Vale and then east across to Sandy Creek Rd. This was quite a challenge for the road tyres as the first part is gravel and at times heavily corrugated - there were a few spills. When they reached Lara quite a few of the group stayed for lunch at Xpresso Lounge Cafe before heading back along the Hovell Trail to Geelong for a total of about 100km.
Mike Taylor's Ride to Torquay via Freshwater Creek on Sunday - 3.2.19
There was much trepidation in the Taylor household this morning with the prediction of 40 degree temperatures and a howling northerly wind. Mrs Taylor advised me not to worry because most likely no one would turn up. Much to my astonishment I found 10 riders waiting for me at South Geelong Station….. John H, Chris Hu, Lindy, Janet, Ken, PJ, Ross, Rolf, Dave I, Lyn. It must have been the advertised “slow” pace which attracted people.
As it turned out the weather was perfect for riding with just a light westerly and temp around 24 degrees down to Torquay. After our customary mini sprint down Grossmans we stopped at Growlers for coffee. Despite the massive crowd of “beach people”, the service was incredibly fast and we left for Geelong at 10.05AM. The ride back along Horseshoe Bend Rd was uneventful and we were home just as it started to heat up.
Thanks to everyone for a most enjoyable ride! Mike T.
Peter Jones' Ride to Ravens' Creek Farm at Moriac Saturday 2.2.19
Ten riders at Grovedale for our Sat morning ride, happy to welcome Wendy and Marg back to the fold now they have completed their relocation from Sydney to Geelong. Also there was Ange and Paul, Tom and Sue on the Tandem, Dr Mike, Rolf, Andrew and myself. Let everyone know as leader I wouldn’t be going up any hill I could avoid, headed out to Baanip Bike Path, to Ghazepore, to Dickens, along the Anglesea Rd, following Blackgate and Hendy Main Rd to Raven’s Creek. On our way there ran into Terry who joined us for coffee. Very pleasant sitting in the shade looking over the Raspberry Vines discussing the worries of the world, of course if we asked we can fix it all, but no one asks, we’re stuck with the world as it is. As we were leaving Lyn L turned up, some problem with getting out of bed. Took the easiest way home via Mt Duneed Rd, a most enjoyable morning on the bike in excellent company.
Lyn Loudon's Mystery Ride South of Geelong - Thursday 31.1.19
It was no mystery that 12 riders were up for the challenge as they were given no indication of the planned route except to say that it was a combination of residential streets, bike paths & some hills!
Meri, Rolf, Dave I, Ron, Peter J, Ross, Nick & Sara, Ken, Ted, Mike T & myself headed out from the Sth Geelong station down Yarra St to the bike path around Corio Bay Rowing Club and over the McIntyre footbridge where we accessed the bike track on the opposite bank. Once we reached Highton it was a pleasant jaunt up Mt Pleasant Road with some going all the way to Scenic & others cutting through to Barrabool and finally onto the pipeline track with its numerous ups & downs and steep new section. It was at the top here that Ted felt unwell and decided to cut the ride short and headed to Panache for a cafe break accompanied by PJ Ross & Mike.
I had already decided not to continue as planned over Ceres to Cochranes, so the rest of us carried on to the path around Deakin, the cricket club & out to WP drive where Meri & I met them. A sharp left hand turn took us up the formidable Marendaz Rd along the ridge to Luggs Rd for a sight seeing expedition then back again & onto Hams Rd, the path along Baanip Blvde and a welcome coffee break at Club Armstrong (9 Grams Cafe). After much chatter we departed on our separate ways homeward as we did not need to return to the starting point. It was an interesting ride with some grumbling but what can I say - it's all a mystery!! But thanks everyone for your company.
Peter O'Brien's Ride to Bellbrae, Bells Beach & Torquay on a HOT Tuesday - 29.1.19
What a great month it’s been for cycling with both the Adelaide TDU and the Geelong Cadel Evans Road Race last weekend. Seeing the elite male and female cyclists power over the course, and particularly the men climbing over Challambra four times, reinforced what exceptional athletes these professional riders are.
I digress, so it’s back to the reality of the everyday cyclist. Thirteen riders gathered at the Grovedale Hotel this morning to ride the Bells Beach section of the Cadel ride. Today’s peloton consisted of Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter J, Ange, Paul, Andrew, Meri, Trudi, Ken, Ross, Mike T, Julia and myself, who all rode to Belbrae via Dickens Road and Anglesea Road then enjoyed a coffee break on the Great Ocean Road at Belbrae.
Following our break, we rode to Addiscott Road and completed the Jarosite Road, Bells Beach Road and Bones Road circuit and then headed back to the Great Ocean Road and to Torquay for lunch at the Bakery. While the views of the ocean at Bells Beach are breathtaking, it’s important to maintain your concentration as you hurtle down the road!
The return ride to Geelong was via Horseshoe Bend Road. Distance travelled 70kms.
Happy Pedalling, Regards, Peter O.
Mick Gregg's Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 27.1.19
Six riders fronted at Maccas corner in Leopold for the run into Sth Geelong stn, they were your leader Mick, Lyn, Geoff, Marie, Barry & Butch (visitor). We arrived at station after dodging a big fallen tree on bike path in Sth Geelong and no one there. Thought everyone might be at Cadel ride start. Slowly they started to come in and we ended up with 15. The others were Ian, John, Chris Hu, PJ, Rolf, Meri, Paul & Angie, Dr Mike. From this point on the ride turned into a bit of a circus!! I had a puncture before I left the station, Dr Mike fell off before even starting…what else could happen. Down the rail trail to showgrounds and new rider Butch hit the bitumen not yet used to cleats. At crossing the highway the group split considerably with some hooking down hwy at great rate of knots, some doing the dirt section and your leader losing sight of everyone! Rejoined at Melaluka bike path with Butch again hitting the dust in front of a girl group of riders, think he was hoping for mouth to mouth but it didn’t eventuate. Ian also had a puncture along the dirt bit. As we were leaving we noticed a back pack on a seat, John H had left it with his camera in it. Joined up at toilet block and again off we went, with everyone going every which way. Got to our coffee stop at Bungalow for drinks, eats, talk. Home was along Princess Rd, Swan Bay Rd and Bellarine Hwy. Some went back along bike path. I had a second puncture just before Leopold where I rested in a bus shelter for Lyn to come back in car. Hope all riders got back home in one piece. Thanx to all for a good but hectic sort of ride, cheers Mick.
JH went home via Barwon Heads and took a few pics of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Rd Race - see pics below.
The Cadel Great Ocean Rd Race riders approach The Bluff at Barwon Heads - first 3 riders were about 3mins ahead of the main bunch.
David Innes' Saturday Ride to The Stoop in Torquay - 26.1.19
Saturday morning and the Cadel race was in town - woman's race day but no racing for us as we lined up for the ride to Torquay with a thought to heading north to Lara and avoid any possible congestion on the roads leading to the coast but was promptly howled down so south it was as it turned out the roads weren't as congested as I thought they'd be passing the many offical Cadel people's ride cyclist in blue this year doing the shorter route as we quickly rode out to Torquay.
I punctured not far out of Torquay whilst the rest of the group rode on into town for coffee at The Stoop. After considerable time chatting we headed back along the Horshoe Bend Rd when the professional men's teams passed we encouraged them in French go faster but they didn't appreciate it and told us to go forth and multiply Hmmm guess they were having a bad day.
After all had departed Rolf and I made our way home via Rippleside Park. On the path we came across a little boy of maybe 4 yo on his balance bike pushing his little legs for all he was worth with Rolf encouraging him to push faster terrified the little guy made the mistake of looking back losing balance and fell off crying as I helped him off the ground he wasn't harmed just a fright is all by a scary old cyclist lol. Thanks to all who attended: Andrew, Paul & Ange, Peter O, Peter J,Rolf, Meri, Trudi & Leo, Dr Mike.
Report by David Innes.
Ted Reeve Leads the Ride from Rippleside to Lara on Thursday 24.1.19
Welcome to this week’s edition of GTC Extreme Cycling Adventures, a minimal fact and maximum exaggeration account of, as they are starting to be known as, Ted’s Thursdays. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to sort the fact from the fiction. So, on with the show. An enthusiastic bunch of 12 members showed up to the Rippleside start line at the extremely early hour of 7.30 in order to avoid some of the predicted extremely hot weather that the Tour Down Under contingent had kindly brought over with them from Ad-extreme-elaide. After the obligatory pep talk from the ride leader we set off at an extremely leisurely pace around the back of the new Rippleside apartments to St Helen’s and everyone behaved themselves for at least 3.25 minutes until we hit the first hill when Meri, who was sporting an extremely smart new top and extreme fitness sped off into the distance. Of course the peloton wasn’t about to let this cheeky upstart break away on her own for too long so, led by Andrew and Rolf, the pace picked up significantly. Regrouping at Sexyland (not that I noticed) we sped around Corio Quay and Sarah, Peter O, Nick and the two Mikes took pity on the ride leader at various times and held themselves back for an extremely quick chat.
Arriving in Lara at the designated coffee stop of 7-Grams but soon decided that the seating area was too exposed to the extremely hot sun and walked around the corner to Xtreme-presso Lounge where David, who mustn’t have listened to the pre ride briefing, was waiting. Once again, Noel joined the group at the coffee shop which appears to be coming an extremely common event. Chris proudly wore his TdU jersey which seemed to have departed from previous styling and was extremely orange. Peter J explained to anyone who was interested the benefits of E-assistance and it looks like we might have to watch carefully for the first appearance of a sneaky E (an E-bike that doesn’t look like an E-bike). All semblance of order vanished as the ride leader abandoned his post and left the group to its own devices. Half made their way home extremely carefully via Forest and Heales Roads while the more cautious contingent retraced their pedal strokes along Hovells Creek. Well done if you’ve read all the way to the end of this EXTREMELY long report and I hope you noticed the extremely subtle use of today’s buzz word. Ted-X.
Mike Taylor's Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 22.1.19
With the club elite still away in Adelaide there were still 8 keen riders in attendance at the Showgrounds for the ride to Queenscliff via Drysdale. The weather was pleasantly cool with no wind. The riders were: Rolf, Andrew H, Ron, Nick, Sarah , Dave I, Julie and Mike. Mike arriving latest , was duly elected ride leader. We took the easiest route up the rail trail to Drysdale and with an immense effort of willpower avoided stopping at the Bungalow for coffee. We proceeded up Princes St and left down Swan Bay Rd. Again we (incredibly) avoided temptation at Pik Nik and rode straight through to Queenscliff Harbour arriving there at around 10:30. After much pleasant conversation and coffee, we headed back towards Point Lonsdale and Shell Rd. Dave decided to take the rail trail back. Nick, Sarah, Julie and Ron took Grubb Rd. The remainder of the group did the Thatcher St big dipper and turned right a Wallington Rd.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and a very enjoyable ride. Mike.
TOUR DOWN UNDER - 114km to Willunga to watch Final Stage of TDU Race - Sunday 20.1.19
All but Ross fronted up for the final pilgrimage out to McLaren Vale for the final Stage, 48 klms via some Roads and then the Expressway Bike Path and the Coast to Vines Rail Trail. A good run out, coffee at The Bakery while waiting for the race to pass through on lap one. After they passed through we headed up the course to Willunga to see the race pass through, then it was time to head up the Hill, Peter O, Trudi, Leo and Chris H decided to head home so I was on my lonesome up the Hill to watch Ritchie breakaway again and take the Stage.
Then it was just time to head home via the paths and Main South Rd, it’s been a great week in Adelaide and we’ve booked again for next year. Fabulous!!
Greg's 104 km Ride on Sunday 20.1.19
This long ride attracted 6 riders on a pleasant mild morning. Laurie A, John C, Ken G, Andy H, John M, Scott Sampson (brother of Nicole Collins, whose parents were GTC founding members) and myself. We took Ted Wilson Trail, Bluestone Bridge Rd (the first steep climb), Lower Anakie Rd, Robbs Rd (a lesser steep climb) then out almost to Maude where Russells Bridge Rd led to the long Clyde Hill. It was then through Bannockburn on Burnside Rd, with a good downhill. We were soon on the long climb up Pollocksford Rd then through Gnarwarre and had a welcome stop after 66 hard km at the delightful Cottage Farm Perennial Nursery Cafe. Considines then Cape Otway Rds took us to Moriac. The return was via Hendy Main / Reservoir /Pettavel Rds before Waurn Ponds Dv and the WP Creek bike path took us home. Thanks to those who did part or all of this enjoyable 104 km ride.
John Hagan's ride to Curlewis and Collendina on Sunday 20.1.19
Excellent weather for the comfort of our riders this morning. Ten Riders: Janet, Lindy, Marie, Heather, Pam, Rolf, David I, Mick G, Mike T and your ride leader John. We took the Bellarine Rail Trail out to Curlewis then came through the back roads of Wallington, where the beautiful mansions are, and then through to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina. There was a long line out the door to order our coffee but the service was good. We divided two ways for the trip home - the Leopold/Ocean Grove group headed north and the rest of us came back via Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd for a round trip of about 60km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.
Ron Little's Saturday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 19.1.19
13 club members: David Innes, Rolf, Meri&Lovro, Mike T, Chris Ha, John H, Sue&Tom, Paul & Angie, New member Andrew & Ron left Sth Geelong in perfect sunny weather heading onto the rail trail to Eddys and the Bellarine to Leopold & rejoining the rail trail to The Bungalow. On departing, Meri&Lovro went home from here & we assembled across the busy main road. I then noticed David heading back as well. The remaining ten of us then headed up to Princess St.etc and entered the Bellarine at the Flying Brick back to Geelong where we dispersed at the Barwon river trail.Thanks to John Hagan for the photos.
Sue and Tom on the tandem.
TOUR DOWN UNDER - 103km from Myponga to Strathalbyn - Saturday 19.1.19
Very early start today, all departed Caravan Park by 5-00 am, Peter O to Glenelg to start the 158 km stage, Ross, Trudi, Leo, Chris Hu and myself to Myponga to Start the 102 km course, all to finish at Strathalbyn before the Pros came in. Cool start to the day, but soon forgotten on the first hill. Peter O had a really good day powering up the hills and flying down. The 102 km group also enjoyed their ride, starting at Myponga meant being at the top of one of the main hills so just after starting the run downhill seemed to go forever.
Lovely day on the bike in heaps of company, after finishing did a car shuffle to get our vehicles at the finish area then settled down to watch the race, initial result of Caleb winning, fantastic, but not to be, poor Caleb was DSQ, so sad. Paddy Bevin also going down was also so disappointing, nobody wants to see a race lost in this way. Tomorrow is the final stage on The Old Wilunga Hill, and we’ll all be there, where else would be!
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Friday 18.1.19
Some took a rest day, getting ready for tomorrow’s Challenge Ride, but some wanted to keep their hill legs. Ross, Trudi and Leo headed up to Mt Lofty, Chris Hu and myself headed to the Beach via the River Path, nice and flat. Chris and myself enjoyed a coffee at Henley Beach before cruising home on the Light Rail Path. After lunch Peter O and myself headed out to the Stage 4 finish at Campbelltown, very exciting, great fun joining all the Punters and the Pros, flying down hill back into town.
Ted's Ride to Growler's for Coffee in Torquay on Thursday 17.1.19
With a forecast of 39 degrees there was some trepidation as 10 riders assembled at the Grovey Pub for the print to Torquay. I say “sprint” but in my case it was more of a plod. Having said that I racked up 10 PR’s on Strava. Yay for me. Anyway, enough about me. Mike C, Ken, Andrew, David I, Rolf (Coffee Shop Name Jack), Paul, Ange (CSN Sally), Nick, Dr Mike and I headed off at a briskish pace along Torquay Road, then the Ring Road path to Ghazepore, Dickens and Anglesea Roads, through Ocean Acres to Torquay. A change of coffee shop scenery was on the cards so we stopped at Growlers where we had good coffee/hot chocolate and great service. Home via the normal Horseshoe Bend route where the numbers gradually dwindled as riders found their preferred way home. My Garmin stopped at 43.37 km which I was more than happy with. The temperature stayed within a very narrow band of 22 to 25 so we were happy with that. Did I say I had 10 PR’s?
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Thursday 17.1.19
A hot night again but the crew were all at the start at 6-30 am to head into the hills again on another of the iconic Adelaide Rides, Norton’s Summit. Many, many, riders heading up, our Mountain Goats rocketed up to the pub at the top, would have taken coffee but very early in the morning, only 7-30 am and not enough staff and too many cyclists. Intended to head across to Montacute Rd but discovered not all roads in the hills are sealed, so plan B. Returned to the Summit after riding through a very pleasant valley and took the Old Norton’s Summit road back into suburbia. Asked Trudi to jump on the front and find us a nice coffee shop, as usual she came up trumps spotting the Hibernian Café where we enjoyed a very pleasant break before rolling home, another fantastic morning on the bike.
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Montacute, Corkscrew, Gorge Rd Circuit - Wednesday 16.1.19
Another hot day forecast, nice round 40 deg, early start again at 6-30 am when the temperature is quite pleasant for riding. Headed out to the hills, Trudi’s sister Jodi joined us, at Montacute Trudi, Jodi, Leo and myself turned right, Peter O, Ross and Chris Hu continued out to Gorge Rd intending to ride up Corkscrew while the smart operators took Montacute intending to ride down Corkscrew, Trudi, Jodi and myself rode it last year, no need to do it again! Reached the top, brief rest before heading down Corkscrew looking forward to see Peter O, Ross and Chris Hu grinding up, very disappointing, no sign of them, they missed the turn off and rode another 5 or 6 kms up Gorge Rd before coming back to do the climb. After both our circuits it was back to Norwood for coffee and breakfast and to watch the Start. Another great days riding, back to the hills again tomorrow up Norton’s Summit.
Unofficial Ride by Mike T, David I and Rolf to Drysdale on Tuesday 15.1.19 - click here for photo and Map
Ken's Ride Through the Barrabool Hills to Moriac on Tuesday 15.1.19
The predicted maximum temp of 33 deg must have deterrred some riders. This, together with the absence of several members in Adelaide, resulted in a small group of 5 setting out from the Highton river carpark. Mt. Pleasant, Scenic, Grantham, Barrabool, Devon, Princes, Andersons, Barrabool, and Hendy Main took us to Ravens Creek cafe for a variety of refreshments. Ange, Paul, Laurie, Meri and Ken appreciated that cloud cover and cool air temperature kept the temperature around the mid 20's whilst the hills were climbed. The sun came out and it got warmer so we returned via the shortest, easiest route - Reservoir, Pettavel, WPDrive and Pigdons Roads. The ride was complted a little after noon, well before the day's maximum was reached.
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Tuesday 15.1.19 - Stage ONE of the TDU
Another early start, with 41 deg forecast no point in hanging around waiting for the heat. Todays ride was over through Port Adelaide to North Haven where we joined Adelaide’s “Beach Rd” along the coast to Glenelg for coffee. Marcia and Marion joined us while we relaxed amongst many different cycling groups. Sitting in the shade chatting was very enjoyable.
After coffee we headed back into Adelaide and beyond to North Adelaide for the start of Stage 1. Thousands of people enjoying the spectacle, fantastic! Following the start we rolled back home to the Caravan Park, about 5 km, a bite of lunch, shower, and sit back to watch the race on TV. Happy hour 5-00 pm at Ross and Chris Hu’s cabin. Another nice ride on the bike on the flat, back into the hills tomorrow, some are keen to climb the Corkscrew, been there, done that last year, I prefer to ride the corkscrew going down!!
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Monday 14.1.19
With a forecast 39 deg it was best to get out early so at 6-30 am all but Trudi were ready to ride. A climbing ride today, headed across to the Crafers Bikeway a climb of about 9 km averaging about 5 to 6 %, from Crafers it is about 3 klms further up to Mt Lofty. Lovely views, fairly clear even though apparently there had been a fire overnight in the ranges. Arrived at about the right time, the café wasn’t open and about 50 cyclists were all hanging around not knowing what time it would open with no sign of a notice about opening times. A big bunch gave up and left, 2 minutes later it opened at 8-30 am, great! Enjoyed a nice coffee and break while heaps of cyclists rolled in and out. Marcia picked up Marion and Trudi and joined us at Mt Lofty, then it was time for the good bit, all down hill via Greenhill Rd back to Levi Park. Great mornings ride, I think we’ll do a flat ride around the beach tomorrow.
David Simpson leads the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Queenscliff on Sunday 13.1.19
Have attached some photos from our ride - Taken at Port Philip Heads in Pt Lonsdale. We stareted with 6 - myself; Mark B; Mike; Rolf; John Miro and Dave Simpson (leader from CG). Had coffee at Garage (very busy but great coffee). Great ride, cool breeze etc.
Saturday Ride to The Stoop in Torquay - 12.1.19
A total of ten riders rolled into the Grovie Pub site for the ride to Jan Juc: Rolf, Paul & Angie, Meri & Lovro, David & Jackie, Mike T, Peter M and yours truly. We set off up to Baanip Blv and turned left into Ghazeepore Rd then right into Dickins Rd and left onto Anglesea Rd. Owing to the heavy traffic, we opted for Torquay and made our way to cafe Stoop - good bike parking & seating options here. On leaving there we took the straighter route along the foreshore to Horseshoe Bend soaking in a lovely tailwind. Another beautiful day.
FOOTNOTE: Loved the big serve handed out by Big Paul to the impatient& ignorant driver in his works van overtaking him on double lines. Cheers till the next ride.
Keep pedalling, Ron.
David Innes' Ride to Millars in Lara - Thursday - 10.1.19
A short ride on a perfect day to Lara. It was my turn to lead and what a start to the day when I discovered that my rear tyre was flat! This was at 8 am with the start for 8.30 am so I quickly changed the tube and off I went pedalling fast as I could arriving with only 5 min to spare. The group was already assembled and ready to go so off we went via the new path along the back of Rippleside through the boat launch area winding our way through north shore to eventually get onto the Hovells Trail. A most uneventful ride out to a favourite coffee stop Millars where the coffee was good and a long lost beloved member finally showed up Noel! Was greeted warmly by those who knew him another member blew in at speed only 5 min after we'd arrived Rolf who explained to us he had not one but two punctures so well done to him for finally making it. After coffee there was much discussion about which way we'd head back. I was in favour of just going back along the Hovells Trial as it was the safest way home and to avoid the heavy diversion of traffic due to the road works but I was out numbered and everyone except me headed back across the Bacchus Marsh Highway onto the Ted Wilson Trail. Thanks to all who attended and hope everyone enjoyed the ride on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Attending were: Trudi, Mike C, Chris Hu, Peter J, Rolf, Meri, Ron, Paul & Ange, David & Jackie.
Chris Hume Leads the Cadel Evans Preparation Ride on Tuesday 8.1.19
I was amazed to see so many riders turn up for today's ride! There were 19 riders at the Eastern Beach Car park - Greg, Trudi, Ken, Ross (having left Torquay in early morning darkness and done the second harder part of the circuit already!!), David I, Peter J, Peter O, Mark K, Rolf, Meri, Julia, Paul and Ange, John M, Mark S, Dr Mike, and guests Dave S and long John C and yours truly Chris Hu. We headed off in perfect weather along Limeburners Rd, Boundary Rd, Breakwater Rd and onto Barwon Heads Rd, here Sara, Nick and Mark K joined the peleton. From here we continued to Barwon Heads, a bit of traffic, but not too bad. John C left us at Lake Rd.. Onto 13th Beach, Blackgate Rd, Horshoe Bend Rd and into Torquay for coffee at The Stoop. 50km down! Here Ross returned home having completed his 116km, David I, Rolf , Sarah and Nick headed home at this point.
From here it was uphill to the Bells Beach turn off. The Bells Beach section involved a few hills!! We regrouped at Surf Coast Hwy then up Forest Rd to Moriac for lunch at the Moriac Store. Here we were joined by Mark B so at this stage we had all three Marks in our club present!! Off up Hendy Main Rd, Mark S returned home Via the Hwy, the rest continued on. On reaching Barabool Rd some went ahead and the rest of us continued on at a more sedate pace. Meri and Trudi headed home at Meriwarp Rd. The rest of finished the Course including a couple of steep hills and had a photo shoot at the Shark Fins Sculpture at the end. All in all it was a great ride, in good weather with an enthusiastic bunch of riders.