GTC NewsWednesday 22.11.17

Rides this week:
Thursday 23rd Nov - 9am from Grovedale Pub - 45km to Aussie Farmers at Freshwater Ck - Terry Hamilton to lead.
Saturday 25th Nov - 8:30am from Grovedale Pub - medium ride - Peter Jones to lead.
Sunday 26th Nov -
9am from Sth Geelong Station - 65km to Bannockburn via Russells Bridge - Chris Hume to lead.

TWO CHRISTMAS Functions for GTC:
1. Xmas Dinner at Mt Moriac Hotel. Saturday  2nd December 2017 6-00pm. Cost is $45-00 per head for a 3 course meal including tea and coffee. If you are interested Book with Lyn Gregg - Payment is due with booking and can be placed in the GTC account (ring Peter O'Brien for Bank details).

2. Xmas BBQ at Lindy and Don’s property “Charlemont” Sunday 10th December 2017 12-00 o’clock for lunch, BYO Drinks, Meat a salad or sweet to share. As usual there will be a $5 Kris Kringle with special GTC Rules.

Lyn Loudon's Ride from Anglesea to Wye River and Return on Tuesday 21.11.17.
Six cyclists for the ride along the Great Ocean Road to Wye River & return on a splendid sunny day - Peter J, Peter O, Chris Hume, Trudi, Ken and Lyn. Everyone managed the first hurdle of a steep climb up to the lookout at Pt Roadknight and then all rode steadily to Urquhart Bluff and onto Big Hill where we encountered a tourist cycling along with his luggage in a golf buggy! Some photos and lots of smiling later everyone continued to Lorne for a welcome morning tea. That over we set off again for the trip to Wye River & return (approx 34kms) with the small inconvenience of Mt Defiance on the way. Actually there were  fabulous views of the ocean & pristine beaches along the route and a real sense of  achievement on reaching the lookout point where we stopped for another photo shoot with a bus load of Chinese tourists. After another stop in Lorne at the bakery for lunch we pushed on back to Anglsea for the last leg of the 91km journey, completed in 4 hrs riding time. Terrific riding everyone and a wonderful day out. Thanks to all for your good company.

NEWS - UPDATE (22.11.17) Greg Allerton taken to Hospital last Saturday 11.11.17.
22.11.17 - Greg has only just got back on his bike for a very short trip to the East Geelong shops. Here is his story.
Had a phone call from Greg to say that on Friday (10.11.17) he was attempting his 97th 100Km ride for the year and had serious fall. He was on Hendy Main Road coming towards the Anglesea Rd with cars passing in opposite directions and there must have been a burnt limb of a tree in the shadows and he hit this and came down. He was knocked unconscious and a nurse who saw the accident came over to render assistance along with a number of other motorists. She called for an ambulance and Greg gained consciousness fairly soon. A farmer took Greg's bike home and left his address with Greg. Greg said the ambulance trip to hospital was very bumpy and his neck was in a brace. He spent the day and a half in Geelong Hospital. It seems he has no broken bones but has a very sore shoulder which will require more testing. The hospital were amazed that he didn't have any broken bones considering the way his clothing was ripped around. He is not yet ready to resume riding to claim 100 x 100km for the year. I hope he recovers in time to do this. Our thoughts are with you Greg.
John Hagan.

John Hagan's Half Dirt Ride South of Geelong to Uforic Food Cafe on Sunday 19.11.17.
What beautiful weather for a tour of the back roads around Geelong! Just 3 of us: Chris Hu, Ken and your leader John H for a chance to ride some roads we had never been on before and cover a distance of just over 50km. The first dirt section was at the end of Waurn Ponds Drive - we crossed the Princes Highway on to Draytons Rd and down past the Pettavel Basin to Reservoir Rd and at the railway crossing we headed south on BOGANS Lane to Dickins Rd. This took us through Freshwater Creek to Ghazeepore Rd where we turned south and then took Blackgate through to the Surf Coast Highway and the Uforic Food Cafe for some good cakes and coffee. There was also a ginger tea to be sampled. We might add that, when we asked for really hot coffee, we got just that. For the return trip we took Horseshoe Bend Rd and the dirt sections of Barwarre Rd and we were home before midday.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Ian Fraser's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 19.11.17.
Today's ride to drysdale was made more pleasant by a wonderful turn out of so many people on sure a lovely sunny day. A nice coffee & chart was enjoyed by the following @ The Bungalow: Geoff & Heather Christmas, Marie, Lyn & Mick Gregg, Meri & Lovro, Doc Mick and Barry joined us for some of the ride. We even had a private room for our coffee, thanks to one of our members being a slient partner in this business! (only jorking) Thanks to Doc Mick for taking the phots. A big thank you for everyone who made this nice ride extra special by coming - Ian.

Peter OBrien's Ride from Grovedale via Barrabool Hills to Moriac on Saturday 18.11.17.
On sunny morning ten riders turned-up for the hill challenge. Chris Hume, Ken, Lyn, Peter J, Rolf, Paul, Angela, Thomas, Sue and myself set off from the Grovedale Hotel to Barrabool Road.  All riders climbed the hills at Ceres and Pollocksford Road and then cruised down Considines Road to Moriac for coffee break. Unfortunately the coffee and sweets at Moriac  took an inordinate amount of time to prepare, but otherwise sitting outside under a tree provided a fantastic environment to relax and get ready for the next section of hills. 
After the break we rode along Hendy Main Road where the plan was to ride to Barrabool Road and back through Ceres to Geelong.  Lyn and Ken had advised that they would be leaving the group at Reservoir Road and returning to Geelong.  Chris, Rolf and myself led the peloton along Hendy Main Road and when we stopped at Barrabool Road, to our dismay we realised there were no riders behind us.   After a 5 minute wait, our number one scout Chris Hume retraced part of the route only to ascertain there were no riders within sight.  Phone calls were made to no avail so we concluded the other riders must have taken a different route back to Geelong which subsequently turned out to be correct.  It is not often a leader loses 70% of the peloton however in my defence I feel there were extenuating circumstances. Chris, Rolf and myself continued on the planned route via Ceres and back to Geelong covering a total distance of around 80km.
Peter O.

Unofficial Ride to The Bungalow at Drysdale on Saturday 18.11.17
John Carleton is being congratulated on completing his Law Degree.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Heads on His Birthday - Thursday 16.11.17.
Four hardy riders this morning in the rain, Peter O, Ken, Chris Hu and myself. Mick opted out as leader because he doesn’t do wet but the real cyclists turned out for a ride to Barwon Heads. It wasn’t heavy rain but it was persistent, took the usual route through to Barwon Heads and headed to Annie’s because they have a warm and cozy inside. Because it was my birthday I shouted all the coffees which we enjoyed then headed home, as we organised bikes Mark turned up and joined us for the ride home via 13th Beach. Had a nice tailwind with the rain tapering off, good morning on the bike in good company.
Cheers Peter. 

Ken's Circuit from Bunninyong to Ballan on Tuesday 14.11.17.
It was very pleasing to have 8 members start in this ride undeterred by the forecast of heat and wind. Ange and Paul, Chris Hume, Peter Jones, Peter O'Brien, Lyn Loudon, Ken and newcomer Laurie Atkins set out at 0945. The climb up Mt. Buninyong (without a warm up) was done in leisurely fashion with Lyn first over the top. Laurie muttered tbat he might have bitten off more than he could chew but was assured that it did get easier. Several kms of glorious downhill followed on the road to Yendon then a series of undulations to the start of the climb up Mt Egerton. The group spread out but all were back together at the turn into the Egerton-Ballan Rd. Kms of downhill then the last serious climb of the day (photo taken at the top). The 35 kms to Ballan was done in 1h 52 mins. Lyn guided us to a nice cafe where all took refreshment.
After a stop of around 45 mins we started out on the return journey via Gordon and Dunnstown. Road works caused a delay of several minutes and Laurie suffered several cramp attacks. PJ had been observed slacking at the back so as to conserve energy for the defence of his spring title. Once onto Yankee Flats Rd, PO'B got out to a substantial lead. When we turned into Gear Ave and onto the National Championship course, PO'B had a lead of 60m on PJ with a similar distance back to KG. PJ excelled over the 5 km downhill finish into Buninyong whilst Ken almost entered the red zone as he caught PO just 50 m from the finish. The benefit of the training camp in East Gippsland last week was evident as KG, CH and PO'B dominated on tbe climbs. 
Ange & Paul rode really well, Lyn finished off strongly whilst Laurie survived to fight another day. A superb course which provided great scenery and a varied profile. At the after ride coffee stop all were in good spirits - especially PJ who had a grin from ear to ear. It would be good if we could entice greater participation in "out-of-town" rides. Car sharing might solve transport difficulties for some.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong - Circuit around Geelong led by Helen Lyth - 12.11.17.
Photos from Mike T.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 11.11.17.
Ten riders today on an absolute cracker of a day: Trudi, Lyn L, Sue, Mike, David I, Rolf, Mark, John H, Chris Ha and Peter J enjoyed the ride out to Groove via the Estates, Lakes Rd, and Barwon Heads Rd. A quick blast around the Sheepwash before a very enjoyable coffee and chat before a return via the lovely 13th Beach and HSBend Rd. Lovely morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Sue enjoying coffee at the Groove.

Peter and Sue on the tandem with Lyn and Trudi following.

Gippsland Tour - Day 3 - 10.11.17.
Final day!!
PJ and Chris Hu up 6.15am packed up sleeping gear and tents into panniers and headed off for a hearty breakfast at the Mingling Waters Cafe. Ken and PO dined in their cabin then packed. We headed off around 7:45am retracing our ride of the first day heading to  Bruthen, 30km, then onto Bairnsdale, another 30km, arriving at 11:45am. Again the weather was fantastic! Little breeze, blue skies and around 20 degrees. We lunched at the bakery then Chris, Peter O and Ken headed off the the station for the trip home and Peter J drove home.
Overall it was a great trip, very enjoyable!! Hopefully some new tourers will sign up for the next trip.
Chris Hu.

Thursday Ride to Torquay - 9.11.17.
Photos by Mike Taylor.
Eleven people for the ride today - Rolf, David I, Ted, Ian, Norm, Trudi, Lyn & Mick, Meri, Mike and yours truly, Lyn L (self appointed leader). A lovely start down Baanip Boulevarde to Ghazeepore then Dickens and the Anglesea Road to Coombes and through Ocean Acres where the chase was on along Grossmans Rd for the green jersey sprint points. (won by the in-form Rolf). After a little confusion with the cafe choice, we stopped at the Coffee Club for refreshments and lots of natter. Then it was on the bikes again back to Geelong via the Esplanade, HSB road where the group split with some going on and a few through Armstrong Creek to the Torquay Rd and  back to the cars & starting point. Just a reminder folks to inform the leader (or anyone else in the group) if you are not completing the ride with the others. Thanks to all for a nice social morning ride.
Lyn L.

Gippsland Tour - Day 2 - 9.11.17.
Up early with the Sun, lovely morning, breakfasted at Ken and Peter's cabin and left for Orbost at 8.15 am. Beautiful on the track. Lots of uphill but only about 2.0 % saw some more Wallabies and an Echidna. Enjoyed lunch at Orbost then headed back. Almost ran over a beautiful Copperhead Snake sunning it self on the track. Got back to the camp at about 4.00pm and launched happy hours immediately. Tea at the pub again tonight. Passed a big school group on the track and they are camped here with us tonight. Boys and girls hope they can keep the hormones under control.

Gippsland Tour - Day 1 - 8.11.17.
Met the train at about 11.30 Chris Ken and Peter were on board and ready to go. We headed out to Bruthen for lunch and then on to Nowa Nowa for the night. Had happy hour before heading over to the pub for tea. Saw Kangaroo Emu and Wallaby on the track. Lovely Sunny day should be better tomorrow. Cheers Peter.
Update - Peter and Ken want to include Crimson Rosellas and Kookaburra.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Lara, Little River & the You Yangs on Melbourne Cup Day - 7.11.17.
On a bleak overcast day a group of elite riders turned up for the Melbourne Cup ride.  Ian, Mike T, Paul, Angela, Trudi, Ted, David, Jackie, Rolf, Julia and myself headed off from Church Street to Lara.  With favourable wind conditions it didn’t take long to get to Millars for coffee.  Unfortunately Millars was closed and Plan B needed to be enacted.  If this did not work McDonalds was to be our last resort.   Luckily for us, Café Blu (Plan B) was open and everyone enjoyed the break. Back on our bikes we headed to Little River via the Old Melbourne Road and continued on the circuit back to the You Yangs.  Lunch was at the You Yangs turntable car park which we shared with many others who were taking advantage of the public holiday. The ride back to Geelong was along the Ted Wilson Trail and we were all home in time to watch the Melbourne Cup.  Unfortunately I won’t be buying a new bike as all of my bets are still running.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride. Peter O.

John Hagan's Ride to The Armstrong Club in Armstrong Creek on Sunday 5.11.17.
Nine riders for our loop around Armstrong Creek - from L to R below: John H, Peter J & Marion, Chris Hume, Mark, Ian, Mike T, David I and Rolf. We first headed north to Eastern Park to view the Bay, then down Boundary Rd to Breakwater and along Barwon Heads Rd to take the scenic path along Armstrong Creek. Our coffee stop was at The Armstrong Club where, after long conversations and an examination of the new front wheel motor on Peter's bike, we took mostly bike paths through to Highton and back along the Barwon. Apart from some initial drizzle it turned out to be a good morning's ride.
As I climbed up the steep hill on Summers St on my recumbent bike, to return home on my own to Belmont, I failed to make the change into the small chainring as I had too much pressure on it. I stopped and walked forward, winding the chain onto the small chainring. However, when I remounted and put on the pressure on the hill there was a loud snapping sound and my front chainring disintegrated!!! Check the photo out below - I have not heard of this happening to anyone before.
Keep Riding, John.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 4.11.17.
Twelve riders today to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina. New member Ange, Lyn L, Sue, New member Paul, Rolf, Peter O, Mark, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Tom, Mike and Peter J. The route was via Wallington for a change, cutting across to the Bellarine Hwy to Wallington Rd and up through the estates to Grubb Rd and down through more estates in Ocean Grove to the Cheeky Cow. After an excellent coffee headed home via Barwon Heads and 13th Beach. Bit of a head wind to HSBend Rd but then a tail wind home. An excellent morning on the bike in good company.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Freshwater Creek & Moriac on Thursday 2.11.17.
Twelve riders out today, forecast wasn’t that good but turned out ok. Final number of riders didn’t happen until Moriac, prospective new member Norm mixed up the start point so met us at Moriac and Trudi rode from home over the hills and eventually arrived for coffee. David and Jackie, Rolf sporting his Gold Medal, Peter O, Ken, Chris Hu, Peter J, Ted and prospective new members Ange and Paul McMahon were all at Bunnings to head out via Anglesea Rd and Blackgate Rd to Moriac.  Enjoyed a good break at the General Store and then most headed home via Mt Duneed Rd and Trudi, Chris Hu, David and Jackie all retraced their outward journey via Blackgate Rd.
Good morning on the bike. Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Anakie & Lara on Tuesday 31.10.17.
Eight riders for my ride to Anakie today: Trudi, Jackie, David R, David I, Mike, Chris Hu, Ken and Peter J. Quite a cool morning, with a bit of a biting wind. Took the Ted Wilson Trail to Ballarat Rd and crossed over to use the new Bike Path out to Ballan Rd, very good and nice and safe. The intial run out to Anakie was very quiet, we seemed to have struck a quiet time for the trucks, still a few cars and the few trucks that appeared a bit later gave us plenty of room. It was a side wind, maybe a little on the nose but we all arrived at Anakie in good shape, Jackie reckoned she found it a little difficult and we all reckoned it is a long road and seems to go on forever. Following a very enjoyable coffee/tea we headed up the hill towards Staughton Vale,  over the hill and down to Granite Rd, it’s a while since we have taken Granite but it is a wonderful road, a bit of a hill to start but after that it is a wonderful downhill and undulating road across to Bacchus Marsh Rd. Head wind sort of into Windemere then a tailwind into Café Blu Lara for lunch. The soup, the toasties and the Chicken and Leek pie were all good before we all headed home via Elcho Rd, Ted Wilson Trail and the river. A most enjoyable day out on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Easy Circuit of Geelong on Sunday 29.10.17.
10 riders for today's easy ride. Ian, Chris Hu, Jean Hu, Peter and Marion J on the tandem, Mick, Lyn, Meri, Pam and Ross set out from South Geelong for a leisurely loop around Geelong. A few firsts for this ride. First ride back after an extended break for Meri, first official club ride for Jean (?), first club ride on the newly electric-assisted tandem for Marion and Peter and first time on quite a bit of the route for the ride leader. He was testing a new (to him) gps phone app with the suggested route throwing up a few challenges for most and plenty for the tandem riders – narrow safety fenced sections, short steep uphills, some very tight corners, railway crossings, chicanes and some cross-country sections. Marion and Peter cleared it all, with only a bit of walking required!  Refreshments were taken at the Door Gallery café in Fyansford. Lovely location but the owner/operator does struggle with early (10.30) starts. The wind gods were kind to us with the stronger winds holding off until after the ride finished.
Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Drysdale & Ocean Grove on Sunday 29.10.17
This morning David I, Mike, John & myself rode from South Geelong to Ocean Grove.  Along the Bellarine Highway, just after Moolap Road, I had a puncture and having had a three months lay-off I was a bit rusty fixing punctures.  No photos were taken of my bungled attempts (NB. Peter was unaware of David taking photos - see below) and with assistance from David and Mike I was back on the road in no time.   At Leopold we took the Rail Trail to Drysdale and onto Grubb Road.  With a strong tail wind we reached Thackers Hill in no time.  John shot away, riding at top speed down the hill whilst we mere mortals stayed within speed limits.  Coffee was at the Groove where we were joined by Mark.  On such a beautiful day it was hard to not stay and enjoy the sunshine and conversation.  Back on our bikes we road into a headwind along Thirteenth Beach.  With the heat of the day increasing and winds becoming more gusty this proved quite a challenge.  We were all glad to get back to Geelong for a well-earned rest.   All up a very enjoyable ride.
Regards, Peter O.

ROLF WINS GOLD - 2017 Australian Masters Champion - CONGRATULATIONS

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's in Torquay on Saturday 28.10.17
12 riders for our Sat ride, it was a cool and windy day to start but slowly changed to a Sunny day out. Those on the ride were, Trudi, Jackie, Sue, David R, Mark, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Mike, new member, Sue’s Pilot Tom and Tom’s parents Angela and Paul. With a strong SW wind Torquay via Anglesea Rd seemed a good choice, a couple of sections into the wind but the rest side and tail winds. We rolled into Mejavo’s for coffee, met up with David E on a later ride and then took HSBend Rd home. A very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

Unofficial Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 28.10.17
Meeting at The Bungalow were: Mick & Lyn, Geof & Marie, Pam & Russell, Jean and John H.

On Saturday 21st October, 42 ladies and 2 teenager shoppers visited 11 warehouses and spent $9,670.50 (from which we receive commission). The ladies also generously supported our two raffles by spending another $600.00. We also received support from Coles, Leopold and Dan Murphy’s. Consequently, Breast Cancer Network Australia will receive a generous donation from our club’s warehouse shopping trip of over $2,500.00 via my fundraising appeal for the BCNA trek which I am undertaking in New Zealand’s South Island in the Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring regions in late February 2018.
Sincere thanks to Nicole Collins, Julie Farrington and Sharon Jones (Lynn Gregg’s daughter) for their generous donation of raffle prizes.  We are extremely grateful to Ashley McHarry for his assistance with the bus and driver. Thank you Ashley. Huw our driver, had his first experience driving for our wonderful shoppers, and did a fabulous job.  Michelle, our hostess once again kept us laughing and “on our toes”. Pam Morrow’s and Lyn Gregg’s wonderful cake and slice making skills were appreciated at morning and afternoon tea. Lunch was a gourmet picnic prepared at the Christmas household. Thanks Lindy Lester, Marie Bagley and Geoffrey.  The 2017 shopping trip was the 14th that Pam and I have organized, with all proceeds going to health related charities. Next year’s shopping trip will be on October 20th, so mark that in your diaries and come along and purchase a lot of your Christmas gifts. It would be great to see a lot of GTC members on the bus trip; shopping, eating fabulous food and having a lot of laughs, whilst supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Heather Christmas.

Ross' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Thursday 26.10.17
At 8:55 we had 6 riders, by 9:05 we had 14 for today's ride starting at the Grovedale Hotel. Yes, we were still at the starting point at 9.05, partly because more riders kept arriving but mainly because most people were engaged in some sort of animated conversation.  Marie, Lyn G, Mick, Trudi, Ian, Ken, Terry, Chris Hu, David I, Dr Mike, Ted, Peter J, prospective member Norm and Ross set out in a long drawn out line as our "tail-end charlie" for the day attempted to get the more tardy moving. We re-grouped on Reserve Road before turning on to Barwon Heads Road and in to the wind. The first group across got a non-stop run through the roadworks but a second group were not so lucky being stopped twice to allow oncoming traffic through. Another re-group at Lake Road before a leisurely run in to Barwon Heads. The group broke up again here with Norm getting a puncture and the last few riders stopping to assist/supervice. Drinks were at Groove where the conversations continued until someone realised we had actually been there quite a while. Marie had already headed home, Lyn and Mick did the same, Ken decided to follow his own route with the rest enjoying the run along Thirteenth Beach and a tail-wind assisted run home via Horseshoe Bend Road.
Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.

Peter Jones' Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale and Inverleigh on Tuesday 24.10.17
Only 6 riders today, hard to fathom when it was such a nice warm calm day. Harry, Chris Hu, David I, Peter O, Peter J and potential new member Laurie all had the right idea and came out riding up the Hamilton Hwy to Burnside Rd and into Bannockburn for coffee at The Two Sisters Café. Following coffee we headed out the Shelford Rd to Teesdale and across to Inverleigh for a bite of lunch. David I and Harry pushed on leaving 4 to enjoy lunch and then roll on down the Hwy back to Fyansford where we split and headed home. A most enjoyable days ride in good company.  Cheers Peter J.

Ross takes the South Australian Recreational Cycling Club down to Queenscliff on Tuesday 24.10.17
Had a very pleasant morning's ride with 20 plus riders from the South Australian Recreational Cycling Club. We have crossed paths previously, occupying a neighbouring unit at Bright when we did the high country rail trails a year or two ago. They have been in Geelong for a few days, doing rides around the local area.
Click here to see their program. Today's ride was down the rail trail to Queenscliff. I provided some local knowledge to get us on to the rail trail and then recommended our usual stop at the marina as a suitable Queenscliff refreshment stop. Job done, I headed home, leaving them to find their own way back. They are a very friendly group, so please say hello if you see them on the road.

Greg's 100km Ride to Lara and around Avalon Airfield on Sunday 22.10.17
BREAKING  NEWS !     Today 5 serious riders completed the 100 km flat black (road) course without a coffee stop!  Could this rare event be classed as a Guinness World  Record ? There are allegations that one senior rider may have consumed a caffein-laden gel sachet. A spokesman known as the Centurion believed  that this would not technically disqualify the record attempt as the caffein intake was negligable. Commenting on their success, the Centurion attributed it to a very careful route plan, which after leaving Geelong did not take the group within actual sight of a cafe. This was one of the flattest rides I have done  along some of the quietest roads in the region, although the group was a bit disheartened by the 20  km out and back leg along Beach and Point Wilson roads. We returned from Lara via the Hovell Trail but unfortunately heavy drizzle set in after the Refinery.  Thanks to Mark Boyanton, David Innis, John Hagan and Rolf Kohnert for your company.                                                                   
Greg Allerton ( century number 93 for 2017). 

Ian's Ride around the Waurn Ponds Creek to Panache on Sunday 22.10.17
Six riders turned up for the easy but enjoyable ride to Waurn Ponds, where a plesant chat & tea/coffee was enjoyed at Panache by Mick & Lyn, Nicole & Bill, Pam and myself. The biggest surprise of the day was that the ride leader never lost any of the group, not even the allowed 10%
Cheers, Ian.

Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 21.10.17
Seven riders for our speedie trip down to Groove in Ocean Grove: Mark, Rolf, Jackie, David R, Terry, Mike T and John H. The weather was a little cool and we were drizzled upon a couple of times and, as you can see from the photos, we had coffee indoors. The trip down was via Warralily, Horseshoe Bend, Blackgate and 13th Beach. Rolf was 'tapering down' his training in preparation for defending his National Title in Road Racing this coming weekend in northern Tasmania. We all wish him well in this endeavour. Mind you, his 'tapering speed' was still of a fairly high order as he disappeared into the distance a number of times on me. On the return trip the faster group (Rolf, Mark and Mike) came home via Wallington and Leopold and the 'not so fast group' (although speedie enough!) came back through 13th Beach, Lake Rd and Warralily Bvde for a round trip of about 60km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 9 - FINAL DAY - Harrington to Port Macquarie
The photos are from Peter Jones' phone.
Just a brief report while we are waiting for our meal. Left the park early as we had decided we would have breakfast in Harrington. After brekkie we headed up to the look out. Spotted a few whales out to sea. Then it was off to Crowdy Head then via a gravel road to Laurieton. Stopped for morning tea on the road in the bush. Had fish and chips for lunch then headed for Port Macquarie. Really heavy head wind unfortunately Mike Currie took a tumble and had to be taken to the hospital. Luckily he has been released after tests and can fly out tomorrow. Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 8 - Forster to Harrington
Headed off from Forster with a few spits of rain. Called at the bike shop in Tuncurry then moved on. Ed wanted to try the designated bike route to Black Head. The road started off sealed but deteriorated to gravel then packed sand and rock but we all pushed on and arrived at the end and a gravel road which became a sealed road at a mere 18% then to Waves Cafe in Black Head for coffee and a bacon and egg roll. Suitably fortified the peloton pushed on to Taree for lunch and then on to Harrington for the night. Cheers Peter

David Rae's Ride to Barwon Heads on Tuesday 17.10.17
Six riders met at the showgrounds - Terry, David I, Dr. Mike, Ross, David and Jackie on a lovely sunny morning. We followed the bike track to Leopold where we met up with Lyn and Mick and continued along the bike path to The Bungalow at Drysdale for coffee.  After coffee Mike decided to return home via the bike path and the rest of us went up Princess Street and onto Grubb Road into Ocean Grove and across to the rotunda at Barwon Heads for lunch.  Ross said goodbye to us here and the remainder had a very pleasant ride along 13th Beach road and then back via Lakes Road and through the new estate at Warrililly, where Lyn and Mick took a right at Horseshoebend Road and Terry, David and Jackie rode on to Torquay Road and through Armstrong Creek to Baanyip Road and along the bike path to Gazeephore Road and home. A very enjoyable ride was had by all.
David Rae.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 7 - Seal Rocks to Forster
An early morning jaunt up to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse at 6-30 am started the day off nicely. It was a little overcast but not cold and the views of Seal Rocks and Seal Rocks blowhole were great. Back and after a good breakfast it was time to tackle the first hill of the day, a mere 17%, it was fun to ride in last night but we paid for it going out. An undulating road to Bungwahl then the Lakes Rd turning off to Smiths Lake and the Frothy Coffee Boathouse, fabulous coffee, great Bacon and Egg Rolls and a lovely outlook over the lake. Of course getting to coffee took some pain, with names on the roads like, 2nd Ridge Rd, 3rd Ridge Rd what else would you expect. Fully fortified we pressed on to Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach with many stunning views. Stopped at a picnic spot for a cuppa and cake then moved on to our accommodation for the night at Lani’s Island Holiday Park. Thai attack tonight.
Cheers Peter.  

Click here for an ACTIVE map of Day 7.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 6 - Hawkes Nest to Seal Rocks
The day went well a very quiet road North to Bombah Point Ferry where we went over to the other side for coffee and lunch then back to take the Old Gibber Trail across to the Seal Rocks Rd this cut out a lot of ks and the main rds. The Old Gibber Trail was a little rocky in places but generally good. Arrived here about 3.30 and swimming was popular. Also sight seeing walks up to the lighthouse. Only slight issue is the big hill to out of here tomorrow. Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 5 - Newcastle to Hawkes Nest.
After our rest day which was a bit showery today dawned fine and clear with bright Sunshine and a few puffy clouds scudding about. It was very humid, 100 % apparently but ok for riding. Route today was from Stockton to Hawkes Nest which involved a Ferry trip from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens which is on the Myle River across from Port Stevens. The first section was along a really good concrete bike path, then on the Nelson Bay Rd with a very good shoulder. Called into Fighter World and a few had a look while others headed to Saxby’s Bakery for a coffee and all sorts of goodies. With the peloton intact again we soon turned off the main Rd and on to the much quieter Marsh Rd which meandered it’s way through the marshes before re-joining the highway. Coming into Nelson Bay we stopped briefly to watch a hydro foil kite surfer then took the Bartlet’s Cycleway into town. Lunch was on the waterfront, ED followed up with the Ferry company to ask about timetables and discovered only two bikes could fit, a bit of discussion and the number was raised to five, they only had the small boat on that day. A bit of organising and nine bikes were loaded in/on the trailer and problem solved. The ferry wasn’t due to go until 3-30 pm so everyone relaxed, chatting, eating ice cream etc. The trip across took about an hour after which we headed to the Hawkes Nest Caravan Park for the night. Dinner was at the Golf Club.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Ride to Raven's Creek Farm in Moriac on Sunday 15.10.17
Quite a bit of climbing in the published ride for today so I was quite surprised to find 10 people waiting at South Geelong station. It appears there had been some confusion about the route and most were expecting a fairly leisurely ride so we revised the route, destination and planned refreshment stop. Marie, Pam, Lyn G, Heather, Geoff, Mick, Mark, Harry, Dr Mike, David I and Ross set off for Moriac. Our new route took us along the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek path, Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Road and Reservoir Roads. The group split at Cape Otway Road with roughly equal numbers taking the easy and harder routes to Raven Creek Farm. After a nice long refreshment break in the sun, we set off for home along Mount Duneed Road. The group started to split as we working our way back to Geelong with riders taking the most direct way home.
Nice day, good ride, great company. Ross.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 4 - Rest day in Newcastle.
Well deserved rest day in Newcastle enjoying the arts culture and food on offer in this busy city. Construction everywhere. Hosting the V8 Supercars next month. Some are excited.  We celebrated with a delicious team a Pasta night featuring chefs, Ben, Fiona and Chris Hu. Cheers, Chris Halpin.

John Hagan's Ride to The Cheeky Cow on Saturday 14.10.17
Nine riders for this ride in beautiful weather for cycling. With the Port Macquarie Tour on and a few other Saturday regulars missing it was a good turn up. The group consisted of: Sue and Thomas on the tandem, John on the recumbent, and David I, Peter M, Ross, David R & Jackie and Terry on diamond framed bikes. With only a slight breeze around we headed down Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Rd and Sheepwash Rd before crossing the Barwon to Ocean Grove and down to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina. Surprisingly, it was not crowded and we enjoyed coffee and conversation on the outside seats. The return trip took us back via 13th Beach, Blackgate Rd, Horseshoe Bend Rd and the group split up at Warralily Bvde, some coming home via The Surf Coast Highway and the rest via Horseshoe Bend Rd. The total ride for most was about 70km.
Keep Riding, John.

Below - Thomas and Sue on the tandem on the Barwon Heads - Ocean Grove Rd.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 3
Fine warm Sunny day, only a short ride into Newcastle mainly on tracks/paths to Belmont then on the Fernleigh Track, one of the first Rail Trails in NSW. A very well used trail, fully sealed and marked passing through one of the only curved rail tunnels around. Had coffee at The Fernleigh Café and headed for the beach, Chris Hu noticed an eruption on the side of his tyre so we headed to the bike shop for two new tyres then on to the beach and the Skywalk. Magnificent day with fantastic views along the coast. After lunch took the ferry across to Stockton and our accommodation for the next two nights.
Cheers Peter.

Mick leads the Ride to Moorabool Valley Chocolate Cafe on Thursday 12.10.17
We had a good turnout of riders today considering there was a group away on tour.  Eleven riders fronted up at the showgrounds for a trip round the waterfront up to the Moorabool Valley Chocolate on Ballarat road. They were: Marie, Lyn G, Ian, David I, David & Jackie, Rolf, Ted, Mike, Mark and myself (Mick).  We went via Boundary Rd, thru Eastern Park, Waterfront, Rippleside, no cuppa & scones at Rolf’s so we kept going thru to Nth Geelong and into Douro St and up the Tom McKean trail to Vines Rd, Drysdale Ave and Ted Wilson Trail where we lost Ted & Ian.  Went back a few streets and found them fixing Ted’s rear tyre. Finally got to coffee stop just as MG car club was getting there so place was full. After coffee back along trail, McCurdy Rd,cementies hill and along the river with riders dropping off for home along the way. All up a good ride, a bit blowy but good around 50 klm. 
Thanx to all for coming. Cheers, Mick.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 2
Did a few more hills today on our 80 odd klm ride, some Stravas said 800 odd metres, some said 400 odd another said 600 metres of climbing whatever it was there was plenty. Left Gosford just after 9-00 am on a warm and humid morning, followed a bike path for quite a while before taking some streets and then back on a path. Trudi had a puncture but we were soon on our way to Terrigal for coffee, the run down into the town is really spectacular and great fun. The town was absolutely jammed with people and cars, no apparent reason other than it is a beautiful spot right on the ocean.
There was a very nice ice cream shop and some tried their wares. The run on to The Entrance for lunch threw up some more hills but we overcame them as usual. The Entrance was a lot quieter than Terrigal but still with lovely views over the lake. The final leg to our overnight stop at Swansea was about 40 klm, a mixture of paths and road, with hills of course, and was all over by 4-00 pm, a quiet drink to re hydrate and later happy hour and later still a BBQ finished the day nicely. Quiet day tomorrow into Newcastle for a couple of nights.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour from Sydney to Port Macquarie - October 2017 - Day 1
The group all gathered on Tuesday 10th Oct as planned, some by car from Geelong, some by air and some from Coffs harbour. The usual BBQ was held at the Caravan park and everyone settled into their cabins. The weather was overcast without rain but the threat of misty drizzle was in the air. Start time was discussed and agreed that we should get the 10-30 am ferry across to Ettalong which meant departing the park at 8-30 am.
The morning dawned overcast and the threat of drizzle had materialised and remained off and on until about 2-00 pm when we were almost at Gosford. We took bike paths and minor roads as much as possible the roads are very busy and being wet it made it more daunting. The lengths we went to to avoid heavy traffic were proved  when we willingly climbed many, many, steps around a headland. Following the steps we were able to take the main road which had become less busy the further out the peninsular we went eventually we arrived at Palm Beach and took the ferry across to Ettalong where we  enjoyed a coffee and cake before taking to bike path around to Woy Woy for lunch and on to Gosford for the night. Their were magnificent views if a little spoilt by the drizzle and mist. Total distance covered was around 45 klm but it included some pretty steep hills made a little more difficult by the misty drizzle.

Travelling to Sydney to start the Tour to Pt Macquarie

David Innes' Ride to Moriac on Tuesday 10.10.17
Tuesday morning turned out to be a beautiful morning, one out of the box, far and few between, sunny blue sky with little wind. Starting at Bunnings in Warn Pounds we headed towards Moriac via the Old Colac Highway, stopped at the General Store for coffee as our favoured stop Raven was closed Tuesday's. With some chat and laughter we bantered for a considerable time until we finally headed off home via the Cape Otway Rd and Ghazeepore Rds was an uneventful days ride but enjoyable mainly due to the weather and of course the company shared along the way. Those attending were David and Jackie, Dr Mike and Terry, a welcome return after some  long term injuries - good to see him riding again.
Ride Report - David Innes.
Photos thanks to Mike Taylor.

John Hagan's Combined Ride to Pettavel, Freshwater Creek and Armstrong Creek on Sunday 8.10.17
Because Around the Bay in a Day 2017 was on today and Cycling Geelong were also involved in a lot of volunteering both at the ride and at a stall on the waterfront I was not sure we would have any takers on what looked like a beautiful day. However, Richard from Cycling Geelong, and Ross, Chris Hume and myself from the GTC turned up at the Sth Geelong Station. We had only travelled a block when a woman nearly took us out as we came down Yarra St - she slid to a halt with a big screech of brakes at the give way sign and looked like she was coming straight through us. Our route took us out the back of Deakin to Pettavel then back along Reservoir Rd and the Anglesea Rd to The Farmers' Place in Freshwater Creek for coffee and cake. Our return tip took us through Armstrong Creek on Warralily Blvd and home via Breakwater for a round trip of about 50km.
Keep Cycling, John.

Around the Bay 2017 Photos from Peter Jones & Chris Halpin of Pam, Lindy, Ian, Trudi and Leo on Sunday 8.10.17

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 7.10.17
Just the cream of the crop for my ride today, Trudi, Lyn L, Sue, Leo, Tom, Harry and myself took an easy roll down to Groove for a coffee. Sue was riding with a new Pilot, did very well, Tom is nice and strong with some experience of tandem riding so all went smoothly. It was a bit of a headwind going down but it was great coming home after a coffee. We returned via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd., a very enjoyable morning on the bike, a good work up for our ride to Melbourne tomorrow with the Around the Bay in a Day ride.
Cheers Peter.

The Social Ride to Drysdale 7.10.17
Lyn, Jean, John & Mick at The Bungalow in Drysdale.

Lyn's Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 5.10.17
On this pleasant Thursday morning 14 turned out to ride:  Marie, Trudi,  Heather,  Geoff,  Ian,  Ross,  Terry,  Chris H,  Peter,  Rolf,  Ted,  Jean,  Mick and Lyn. We headed down the rail trail on to the Bellarin Highway, turning left at Bunnings then up Melaluka Rd to pick up the trail again and headed to Drysdale to The Bungalow where there was coffee and plenty of chatter. We resumed down Princess Street onto Swan Bay Road where Marie left us and Terry left at Wallington Road then Mick and Lyn dropped of at Kensington Road and the rest proceded back to the Show Grounds. A good ride thanks all for coming. 
Cheers Lyn.

First Senior's Ride for 2017 around the Barwon with Rod Charles from Cycling Geelong on Wednesday - 4.10.17
Quite a big turn up for this ride from Balliang Sanctuary with coffee at Barwon Edge. Three GTC riders: Chris Halpin, Peter Horan and John Hagan.

Peter's Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 3.10.17
Fourteen riders for our Tuesday Ride to Queenscliff, the warm forecast encouraged everyone out for a ride on a lovely day. The riders were Trudi, Julia, Lyn G, Lyn L, Zdenko, Ken, Ross, Mick, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David I, David R, and  Mike. It was a lovely day for a ride but it was a day of punctures, we had barely gone 5 klms and Lyn L picked up a big nail right through the tyre. We made it out to The Bungalow for coffee via the bike path. Following coffee we took Princess St to Swan Bay Rd. Mick picked up our second puncture on this leg but after a short wait we were on our way and rolled into Queenscliff and down to the Marina for lunch. Lunch over the concensus was for return via 13th Beach, on this leg Lyn G dropped into a pot hole and created our third puncture. Puncture repaired we rolled on home via Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, 13th Beach and HSBend Rd., a really lovely day on the bike.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Tour of the Barrabool Hills on Sunday 1.10.17
Not sure how many intended to do today's ride through the Barrabool hills but 10 riders managed to navigate the transition to daylight savings (some only just) and assembled at South Geelong station for the 9.00 start. Greg, Mike C, Dr Mike, Ken, John H, Long John C, Chris Hu, Rolf, David I and Ross set off for Moriac via Barrabool Road. It was slow but steady up through Wandana Heights and Ceres with a westerly wind taking the edge of the following down hills. Mike C diverted on to his own ride then after Devon Road, John H and Long John turned back towards home meanwhile Ken was selecting his route to minimise altitude changes, appearing in front of us on the highway before turning off again and reappearing on the run down Hendy Main. During refreshments at the Raven Creek Farm, a majority decision was made for the wind-assisted fast run home down Mt Duneed Road rather than re-tracing our steps. Reward for effort! Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing.
Cheers, Ross.

Saturday Rides to Drysdale - 30.9.17
Saturdays ride started from the South Geelong trian station where footy fans from all over arriving as well for the AFL grand final. Even a bus load of crows supporters who as we now know went home very sad ha!  ha! Lol. The cycling was good the weather a little ordinary cloudy with a few showers. The scratch bunch consisted of the two Chris's, Dr Mike, Mark, Rolf and Harry. We headed to Drysdale but as Rolf said was wetsdale as it drizzled and was wet the pace was fast as we had a nice wind behind our backs passing through we waved  to the C grade bunch who had stopped at another coffee shop and not the usual Ground Zero where we were headed. Arriving at Ground Zero it was decided to have our coffees outside but not for too long as the rains once again tumbled out of the sky so we all cowered inside listening to the rain on the tin roof of the building. When the rain stopped we went thinking perhaps the rain has gone only to find it started again but only heavier! with a few stopping to put on rain jackets. Making our way to the Queenscliff Highway back to Geelong the going was a little tough for some as we rode into a fairly stiff wind no punctures or mishaps all enjoyed the cycling even though the weather wasn't ideal thanks to all who attended.
Cheers, David Innes.

The "C grade bunch" consisted of: Lyn, Jean, Heather, Mick, John H, John C, David C, David E, and Geoff C. As you can see from the map below many arrived at The Bungalow in Drysdale by different routes.

Mike's Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday - 28.9.17
We woke to bright blue skies but oddly a light sprinkle of rain. The forecast was for 16 degrees with a strong westerly.
Ten riders showed up to Grovedale Pub for the Thursday ride.  Mike, Peter J, Chris Hu, Lyn, Mick, Terry, Dave I, Trudi, Ken and Marie.  Mike was elected team leader, by default it seems, and we headed enthusiastically down Torquay Road. We turned left down Warralily Boulevard and across through the estate to Horseshoe Bend Road and had an uneventful run down to Torquay.
At Torquay we turned right at the Quay Boulevard roundabout and proceeded down Fischer St to the Mejavo's  Café.
After coffee we headed back along the beach to Horseshoe Bend Rd. The team leader and young Dave became involved in an engrossing conversation about cycling cornering technique when we suddenly realised that the peloton, apart from Chris Hu, seemed to have totally and inexplicably vanished.  We found them again a short time later and proceeded to Blackgate Rd. At this stage the peloton split. Peter, Terry and Dave returned to Geelong. The other 7 riders enjoyed a wonderful tail wind down 13th beach and on to Grubb Rd. Trudi, Mick and Lyn quite by chance found Rolf at the turnoff and proceeded with Rolf  down the Bellarine Highway. Mike and Chris proceeded on to Drysdale for some more refreshments at Ground Zero.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and an excellent ride.
Cheers, Mike.

Ross Leads the Tuesday Ride to Moriac and Bells Beach - 26.9.17
A sunny spring day with next to no wind = the recipe for a perfect riding day. Lyn G, Julie, Jackie, David R, David I, Terry, Rolf, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ken and Ross definitely thought so and assembled at Bunnings for today's ride. We headed out via Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel and Reservoir Roads to Cape Otway Road where approx half took the direct route to Moriac while the rest continued along Reservoir and enjoyed the nice long Hendy Main down hill to our coffee stop at the General Store. There we were joined by Trudi and Peter J who had sought out some extra challenge by riding via the Barrabool hills.
After drinks and conversation in the sun, we set off down Forest Road. A small group down the back were witness to the makings of a road rage incident where an oncoming silver car took exception to red ute that had crossed well on to the wrong side of the road while passing us. The oncoming silver car screeched to a stop, directly in front of us then with tyres spinning, took off back up the road in pursuit of the ute. We quite expected to come across some sort of fight but further up the road we met the ute driver who told us about a verbal confrontation and asked for contact details, in case the matter went any further. At the GOR roundabout, most of the group "voted" to do the Bells Beach loop while a few continued directly on to home. Kudos to Lyn who had not ridden Bells before and Terry who has not ridden much and originally intended to head back from Moriac. Up through Bells then Jan Juc and in to Bell Street for lunch at Bells Bakery. The ride leader abandoned the group at this point but was confident they would be able to find their way home. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing.
Cheers, Ross.

Sunday to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina with Chris Hume - 24.9.17
Five riders turned up at Sth Geelong Station: two Chrises, two Mikes, Dr Mike and Mike C and Rolf on a very breezy day!! We cruised down to the rail trail until Mike had a puncture then shortly followed by a second puncture!!! He sent out an SOS for a pickup and left the group.  We then headed along Bellarine Hwy to Melaluka Rd where Marie, Heather and Lyn joined the group. From here we had a great run, with the wind behind us, to Swan Bay Rd then Banks Rd to the Cheeky Cow for coffee. After coffee it was into the wind most of the way home. The group soon split, Marie, Heather and Lyn headed home via Grubb Rd and the rest continued along to 13th Beach, Lake Rd and Barwon Heads Rd. It was a bit of a grind but well worth the effort.

Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 23.9.17
When we started at Sth Geelong Station we had only 5 riders: Rolf, Mark, David I, Chris Hume and John H. We decided to head for Groove in Ocean Grove via Barwon Heads Rd and then joined with Peter J, David & Jackie Rae, Trudi & Leo Bellia to bring the number up to 10 at Lake Rd. The sun was shining and we had a gentle headwind on the way down to a delightful coffee break at Groove. For the return journey we let the very fast group take their own way home (see map) and the rest returned via 13th Beach and Lake Rd. On 13th Beach Rd Jackie had a puncture and it was fixed by the team of David and Leo in record time and as this was happening Ross came along having had coffee with quite a few others of our GTC group at The Bungalow in Drysdale.
Keep Riding, John.

The "A" team of Mark, David and Rolf left the big group at the Goove cafe as no one wanted to join them.  We went back to Barwon Heads and took the 13th Beach Road at high speed, the blackrock path onto the Blackrock Road and turned into HSB Road.  A word of caution for anyone riding from Torquay towards Geelong along HSB Road, the edges are extensively and badly damaged and it could be treacherous to cyclists.  After HSB Road we turned into the Belmont oval and took the river trail to Swanston Street and home along the water front.  It was a fast run home and we all made it safely back, clocking up over 75kms.
Cheers Rolf.

Rolf's Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 21.9.17
It did look ominous and the radar map showed a lot of green, but the forecast temperature tempted Heather, Chris Hu., David, Zdenko and Rolf to front up for a headwind ride to Lara, using the Ted Wilson trail and the easy option to get to Lovely Banks, up the wee hill and onto the Bacchus March Hwy. and the dirt short cut to Millars of Lara for our well appreciated but not really earned coffee break.  For the first time since winter we could sit outside and actually enjoy warmth, so much so that Heather stated that she got a bit too warm.  The run home along the Hovell trial was a real breeze, having the breeze right behind us.  An enjoyable ride in lovely spring weather, thank you all for making it perfect.

David Rae's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Tuesday 19.9.17

Eight riders met at The Showgrounds - Trudi, Mark, Lyn G, Chris Hu, David I, Ralph, David and Jackie.  We started the ride by heading towards Breakwater and down Barwon Heads Road continuing along this road until turning off onto Lake Road.  We had a good wind assisted ride along 13th Beach Road into Barwon Heads and then onto The Groove for coffee.  After a pleasant coffee and chat we rode up through Ocean Grove and onto Grubb Road, where we had a few spots of rain, but nothing to worry us too much.  We decided to keep going along Grubb Road into Drysdale, where we joined the bike path to make our way back to Geelong.  Rolf, Dave I and Mark took a right at Melaluka Road while the rest of us made our way to The Showgrounds and home.
David Rae.

3. Bourke to Swan Hill with Ross and Mick - September 2017
We have done it! Arrived in Wentworth yesterday to view the Darling joining the Murray and are now working our way home. Have continued to struggle with headwinds with an overnight stealth camp required between Pooncarie and Wentworth. That was interesting in itself with overnight temperatures falling into the negatives and everything covered with ice in the morning. It has been a most enjoyable and challenging ride with both of us enjoying visiting some out-of-the-way places. Definitely worth a second attempt! Cheers, Ross and Mick.

Greg Allerton's 106km Ride to Lara, Sutherlands Ck, Bannockburn & Mt Moriac on Sunday 17.9.17
It was a good turnout for one of my long rides with 6 starters. It was down to 3 degrees overnight  but the forecast of a sunny 19 degrees encouraged John Carleton, John Hagan, Chris Hume, Peter Maurer,  and Dr Mike to participate. I led the group on my usual backstreet route out to Ted Wilson trail and followed it to Bacchus Marsh  Rd. The sizeable group must have deterred some of my usual swooping magpies, though this did not help Chris later on.                                                 Staceys Rd was the first  long climb of the day with an "unfit " Peter and Chris getting well ahead. Robbs Rd then led us to Sutherlands Creek where John H had a bit of trouble organising us for a mobile bunch photo.  Parkers Rd gave us  a great downhill  but when spread out on the climb up Clyde Hill allowed a magpie  to pick on Chris  while leaving the rest untouched. After coffee at Bannockburn  we then took the quiet Masons Rd through Spring Creek to Hamilton Hwy. The climb out of Murgheboluc split the peleton and at Pollocksford Rd  John C decided to take the direct way home. Dr Mike did his first ascent of this long climb as I highlighted the great scenery  we had time to admire at our sedate pace. Along Barrabool Rd to Andersons Rd for more hills with Peter and Chris again leading the way.                                                               There was a short section along Princes Hwy before the quiet Reservoir Rd took us towards home. After   surviving the appalling bikepath surface we had just reached Ghazeepore Rd  when Chris had a sudden front wheel blowout. It was promptly fixed  and some more backstreets soon had us to Breakwater Rd  from where riders headed off home. The 106 km distance had us climbing 917 meters in elevation with an average of 22 kph .  Thank you all for your company!             Greg Allerton.

PS - Chris was hit on the neck by yet another magpie as he returned along the Barwon with John H.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 16.9.17
Six sappy cyclists lined up at the starting grid this morning. Rolf, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Peter, David & myself took off at 9.02 - unfortunately the Ride Leader had his phone turned off and missed the emergency call from John repairing a puncture. Apologies John. We headed SW along the river bank  to Breakwater encountering some amazing floodwaters in the lower Waurn Ponds Ck. On to Ghazepore and the Anglesea Rd to Blackgate finally turning off the wind into Hendy Main and a delightful coffee in the sunshine at Ravens Ck. Back onto Hendy Main with fabulous tail winds taking us over the Barrabool Hills and home. Thanks for the ride team, Chris.

John Hagan decided to ride with Cycling Geelong after repairing the puncture (on the way to the start) and met up with Richard Hamilton from Cycling Geelong. We got there too late but ran into them later as they returned from Waurn Ponds. The photo below was taken on Gundog Lane and shows the amount of flooding. John.

2. Bourke to Swan Hill with Ross and Mick - September 2017
Mick and I have arrived at Pooncarie which was where we abandoned on our first attempt at this ride. The very last section of dirt road ended just out Pooncarie and it is all sealed road to the end of our Darling River Run at Wentworth and on to our final destination at Swan Hill. I don't think Mick was sad to see the dirt end. He says "NO". Had a really good run down from Menindee. Stayed overnight in the shearers quarters at a run-down station. Great hospitality from the people there and the luxury of lights and an open fire. Nothing serious to report other than 3 puntures for me today - all thorns. Feels as though the trip is coming to an end but should have at least one more report before Swan Hill.
Best, Ross and Mick.

Lyn Gregg's Ride to Barwon Heads on Thursday 14.9.17
On a cool morning 9 cyclists arrived for a ride to the Groove for coffee: Marie, Ian, Chris, H Rolf,  Jackie, Wee Daveee, Ted, and Dr Mike. Went Reserve Rd, Horseshoe Bend, 13th Beach with a nice tail wind. To Groove for coffee but just before coffee Marie had a puncture so called Geof as she was close to home. Then going along Grubb Road I had a puncture so thank you to Rolf and wee Davee for getting me going again. I left the group at Leopold and the rest headed for home. Distance of around 62km.
Thanks for coming. Cheers Lyn.

1. Bourke to Swan Hill with Ross and Mick - September 2017
Greetings from Menindee. Apologies for the lack of reports. Absolutely intended to report from Wilcannia but had to leave in a hurry due to an imminent weather change. The ride has gone very well so far. Roads are not too bad - some pushing required - and very little traffic. It has been in the 30's for the last few days and we are both weary and having a rest day here before pushing on towards Victoria.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Jack Rabbit near Drysdale on Sunday 10.9.17
As we assembled for our ride today at the 'Park N' Ride' carpark near the Botanical Gardens we were drawn in by the beautiful scenery on this sunny Sunday morning. The Rainbow Lorikeets were in the tree besides us so I snapped a few shots. David Simpson from Cycling Geelong led the group of 13 riders from both clubs out along the Portarlington Rd to the House of Jack Rabbit Cafe just past Drysdale. The views were even better there and we enjoyed coffee out on the patio with Corio Bay stretching in the sunshine almost to the You Yangs. Our return trip was via Portarlington, St Leonards, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. From Cycling Geelong we had David Simpson, Linton, Brigid, Doug and Richard and from GTC Pam, Marie, Lyn G, Ben, Chris Hume, Chris Halpin, Mike T, and John H. We covered approximately 90km on our lap of the Bellarine Peninsula.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 9.9.17
A good turn up for this ride - 9 participants: Rolf, David I, Chris Halpin, Chris Hume, Peter Maurer, Greg Allerton, Mike T, Harry and John H. Peter M had come down from Melbourne to join us - welcome back Peter - and he hasn't lost any speed! The weather was good with some wind so we decided to head for Groove in Ocean Grove. As I had gone through some deep water further up the Barwon yesterday I kept off the Barwon Path and directed the group to Breakwater via Barwon Tce. However, some got caught at the lights and came via the River anyway! It was all clear along that side. We thought we sighted the missing riders up ahead but were not able to catch them. I sent a phone message to say we would meet them at the corner of Horseshoe Bend Rd and Blackgate Rd - then, to our surprise, they came up behind us and we travelled through to 13th Beach, Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove with a good tail wind. We got the usual good service at Groove then returned via Wallington and Leopold for a trip of just over 60km. Mike and myself returned along the southern side of the Barwon and we encountered quite a bit of flooding.
Keep Riding - John Hagan.

Trudi's Ride to Lara on Thursday 7.9.17
On a windy Thursday morning six riders were waiting at Church St, Chris, Mike, Lyn, Marie, Rolf, Ted and ride leader Trudi. With men at work at the start of the Ted Wilson Path, we had a slight detour to join the path. On reaching Ballarat Rd we turned left, then right onto the Ballan Rd. Finding ourselves in a strong headwind, our progress was slow and steady. Until the unthinkable happened !!!! With a short lack of concentration, or perhaps too many heads downs. I heard a yelp with a bang and a clatter of bikes and cyclists scrapping the ground. Luckily for Mike and Chris all was well, just a bit shaken, one with a splash of Claret on his knee. Once we turned onto Stacey's Rd we all enjoyed a lovely tailwind push, with a fantastic down hill run. We then turned left onto Bacchus Marsh Rd. Then right onto Windermere Rd and to our coffee stop at Espresso Cafe in Lara. Our homeward journey was along Hovells Creek Path, all dropping off at different stages along the way. Thanks everyone for a most enjoyable ride, life is better on your bike..

Nicole's Ride to Coffee at Millars in Lara on Sunday 3.9.17
A very windy day and we had a mostly willing group of riders not sure about the ride leader.  Riding on Father's Day was John, Mike,  Chris H,  David I,  Bill and myself.  We rode past the water front to North Geelong, to Lara via trail.  Coffee outside at Miller's.  Returning via gravel  recommended  by David.  Not sure he was thinking about the wind at this stage, blown off track but not off the bike. On to Ted Wilson trail.  Enjoyed the  downhill to the river.  His legs are cut off said a young boy on river path at seeing John. Guess that was the first time  seeing a bike like John's.  No damage to John.  All returned home safely.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 2.9.17
An awesome foursome - Mike, Chris Hu, Rolf and me - took off from South Geelong station at 9.02.  We decided to ignore the then light northerly and head to Ocean Grove via the Barwon River track, Horseshoe Bend and Blackgate roads onto Thirteenth Beach. It seems we were enjoying quite a tailwind and very nearly got blown off the Barwon Heads bridge. ''Twas more than a little scary." A bit disappointed to find our favourite tree has disappeared from the garden at Groove Coffee stop, but sure it will soon be better. Returning to the bikes we headed into the wind towards Wallington and scooted back to town along the Bellarine Hwy with almost another tail wind. Thanks team for an enjoyable ride. 
Chris Halpin.

Also on Saturday 2.9.17 - Unofficial Ride with Simon leading OZ-HPV - 5 GTC Riders met up at The Bungalow at Drysdale: Simon, John C, David C, David E & John H with Rob from Ballarat and Peter from Melbourne.

Lyn's Wallington Loop on Thursday 31.8.17
On this lovely Thursday morning 10 cyclists arrived at the Showgrounds. There was Chris, Dr Mike, Harry, Trudi, Jackie, wee Davee, Rolf, David I, Mick and Lyn. We headed out along the Bellarine Highway turning left and going in the back of Bunnings, cutting off the corner of Melauka Road. We made our way down to the rail trail and proceeded to The Bungalow for coffee where three amigos decided to go to Ground Zero. We all met up and returned home via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road, where Trudi, Dr Mike and Chris were going further, and the rest headed down the Bellarine Highway.  Thanks all for coming on a lovely day.
Cheers Lyn.

David Rae's Ride from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Barwon Downs on Tuesday 29.8.17
Six riders turned up at Winchelsea - Chris, Laurie, Julie, Trudi, Jackie and David - on a cold, cloudy morning.  On the way to Birregurra, Trudi told us the temperature had dropped to 3.6 deg, but we were all well wrapped up and had an enjoyable ride to a much welcome coffee/hot chocolate. On arrival at the usual coffee stop, we discovered it was up for sale, but we found another really nice cafe just down the road.  We continued our ride along the Forrest/Birregurra Road, where a light shower of rain followed us for a little while.  We turned left onto Division Road riding through some very pleasant countryside and started to see some patches of blue sky.  We stopped at a very nice cafe for lunch and another hot drink, where Julie, Chris and Laurie sampled the local pies. There was another shower of rain, but it cleared up before we headed off again. We all managed to negotiate Bambra Hill with the help of a slight tail wind and the good conditions made for a fast run home.  We all agreed it was a very enjoyable ride.
David Rae.