GTC News Friday - 14.5.21
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Rides This Week:
Saturday 15th May - 9am from Grovedale Hotel - THIS RIDE HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to strong winds - 7:55am.
Sunday 16th May - TWO RIDES:
1/ 8am from Sth Geelong Station - hard ride of 100km - This ride is a variation on the popular Great Circle ride  we have done several times. It takes us through Sutherlands Creek, Bannockburn, Pollocksford, Gnarwarre but will then go through Paraparap and Freshwater Creek. There is an optional  2 km gravel section, with an alternative  bitumen route - Greg Allerton to lead.
2/ 9am from Sth Geelong Station - easy ride of 50km to Drysdale - Janet Roussety to lead.

Chris Halpin's Thursday Ride to The You Yangs & Lara - 13.5.21
Accurate weather forecast today - too accurate! Ten eager riders at 'top of Church' including Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken, PJ, POB, Sarah & Nick and myself. Trudi met us on the Trail and Noel caught us a bit later. The idea was a pleasant ride out Bluestone Ridge Rd to Anakie Rd, into Staceys, across to Forest and up to the Youies entrance. Trouble was we were running out of time. "Rain expected from late morning" was dead accurate. The two Peters and Doug baled out early, headed straight to coffee at Xpresso and got home dry. The rest of us got wet, but only a little bit. Great to see Ted's Lake has disappeared on the Hovell Trail.  The new solar pumps seem to be working. 75km by the time I got home and great riding in even better company.

Doug's Circuit from Meredity to Elaine & Morrisons on Tuesday 11.5.21
Tuesday of last week (4/5/2021) was extremely windy and lots of pelting rain resulting in the rides being cancelled. Today was marginally better as the wind was only 31 kilometres an hour and the rain persistent rather than a downpour, however this did not deter four hardy souls who drove to Meredith with great expectations of having a ride and they were: Doug, Janet, Jenny and Peter O. At 8.55am the decision was made to ride, albeit a shortened course and we consequently opted for a slightly shortened version of the Masters' Course. We headed-off with the rain still falling and the wind behind us. We dodged puddles on the road for about 30 or so minutes and then rain eased to a point of just being a nuisance although the air temperature was around 10 degrees. Being in the greater Ballarat area, a low temperature should have been expected. On reaching Elaine the rain stopped falling. From Elaine, immediately after the train line we turned left onto Orrells Road. This was new territory for three of us with only Peter having cycled in this area before. The shortest route back to Meredith was taken (because of the cold) however, on a good day the roads and scenery would be most enjoyable. The hot coffee at the Back Creek Café was most welcomed as was the warmth inside. Distance 35.63 kilometres. All things equal, the decision to ride was not that a bad one as the ride was enjoyable despite the poor conditions. Thank you to my three tenacious companions who rode with me.

Mark Kelly's Cancelled Ride on the Bellarine - 11.5.21
Ride cancelled - the picture says it all. We resisted the deck chairs as well as riding.
Cheers, Mark.

Trudi's Mothers' Day Ride to Bannockburn on Sunday 9.5.21
A crisp Mothers' Day morning brought out a huge number of riders for my ride to Bannockburn. Arriving at Church St I couldn’t believe my eyes at just how many riders had turned up on what was to be a beautiful day for a ride. After taking a photo of the group we headed down to Fyansford to find another quiet large group awaiting me. Another photo and we were off, riding along the Hamilton Highway till Burnside Rd. Cafe of choice today was Cafe Le Due Sorelle, which was quite busy with mothers enjoying special treats from their loved ones. It was here that we were joined by another rider who had missed the start. Looking around it was hard to find a suitable spot for us all to sit and enjoy our refreshments. Lucky for us there were a few tables out the back of the cafe that were bathed in glorious sunshine. Our return route today was Clyde Rd, Parker Rd and onto Stieglitz Rd with a lovely tailwind to blow us homeward. Once on Lovely Banks Rd  it wasn’t long before we were back on the Ted Wilson path and back to where it all began. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful Mothers' Day ride. Hope that all the lovely mums enjoyed their special day with loved ones. In Alphabetical order riders today, if I can remember them all, were: Ian B, John H, Leo, Nick, Sarah and Trudi.

Kim's Saturday Ride to Mt Duneed & Armstrong Creek - 8.5.21
A pleasant morning had 12 riders assemble at the South Geelong Station for an easy ride through Wandana Heights and Warralily. Those who took on the not so challenging circuit were Andrew, Barry, Doug, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, John H, Peter J, Trudi and Leo, plus ride leader Kim. We were joined on route by John M. Once the ride leader was reminded it was 9am we set off down Swanston St to the river and along the shared path to the old breakwater where we crossed over to the opposite side of the river following the path until Barrabool Rd. At the Belmont roundabout Jo had her personal cheer squad giving her encouragement, meanwhile Barry was feeling a bit poorly so he headed for home. From here we turned at South Valley Rd and again at Roslyn Rd and this took us into Wandana Dr.  We followed Wandana to the end and under the ring road then up the bike path turning into Deakin Uni. We rode around the Deakin circuit and exited at the main gate then followed the path down Pigdons Rd to Waurn Ponds Drive and up the path to Hams Rd. We then took Ghazeepore Rd. with a right at Baanip Blvd (which had a lot of glass hazards) and right into Sovereign Dr. Once we reached Unity Dr it was decided to take refreshments at 9 Grams, not a great choice as it turned out with average coffee and slow disorganised service. After the coffee stop we set off along the Surf Coast Hwy and onto Warralily Blvd heading home via Barwon Heads Rd. Thanks to everyone for your company and to the ever reliable tail end charlie Leo.

GTC Members Night at South Barwon Community Centre 7pm 6.5.21
This was an excellent night with conversation and pizza for the 20 participants. Barry, Dr Mike and Paul gave us great musical entertainment, Greg told us of the history of the GTC and Simon regaled us with his experiences of Audax and the Paris-Brest-Paris Event. This famous Audax event has 5,000 participants, covers 1,300km, climbs 10,000 metres and has to be completed in under 90 hours. Thanks to Lindy and the Committee for this chance to meet when we are not on our bikes.
John H.

The MAWAON Trail - On their way Home - 6.5.21 - & Final Day - Wilpena Pound to Blinman 5.5.21
Greetings from Parachilna on the Outback Highway. We are on our way home. Yesterday ’s ride from Wilpena Pound to Blinman and Angorichna was the last and best day’s riding for the whole trip. Some fantastic scenery and very challenging tracks. We arrived at our destination substantially intact, no major bike issues and not a single puncture! Dinner at the Blinman Pub to celebrate. Now looking forward to getting home. Thanks to all for their great company. Special thanks to Peter and Mark for all the car shuffling that allowed some very enjoyable luggage free riding days and a speedy trip home.
Cheers, Ross.

Doug's Ride (filling in for Ted) to Moriac on Thursday - 6.5.21
With last Tuesday’s ride cancelled due to a howling gale interspersed with driving rain, it was a much nicer day for cycling today and the following cyclists shared my enthusiasm for a ride and they were: David S, Gary, Jennie, Ken G, Leo, Mark K, Mike C, Peter O’B and Trudi. On the hilly part of Waurn Ponds Drive (Old Princes Highway) we had to avoid a lot of dirt/mud covering the road as a result of trucks using the paddocks and then exiting onto the road, dropping mud everywhere. Turning onto Pettavel Road we encountered our second lot of mud across the road. Back onto the asphalt we were in need of some water on the road to clean the mud off the tyres, alias, no puddles, however the mud did wear or fall off after a few kilometres. With very few vehicles encountered we enjoyed the quite countryside for our ride. We arrived at the Moriac General Store to be greeted by Lyn L who had just missed the 9.00am start and unbeknown to us, followed our route to Moriac. Post coffee we returned to Bunnings via Cape Otway Road, Mt Duneed Road and then Ghazeepore Road. Thank you for joining me on a pleasant day for cycling and thank you Leo for being the taillight. Distance: 42.7 kilometres.

Single lane on Ghazeepore Road between Mt Duneed and Whites Roads.
Closure of Whites Road between Ghazeepore Road and the Surf Coast Highway from 10th May for several weeks.
Single lane on Anglesea Road between Baanip Boulevard and Whites Road.

The MAWSON Trail - Day 5 - Rawnsley Park Station to Wilpena Pound - 4.5.21
A short day today, from Rawnsley Park to Wilpena Pound. Brilliant scenery and some challenging riding. Caught up with Mark J who did the same ride in the wet and with declining light last night. Quite an effort. Some Spare hours for housekeeping and some walks around home base. Last effective riding day tomorrow. This trip has gone very quickly.
Cheers, Ross.
p.s. thank you to Peter J for his ride report yesterday. No phone reception but his more up-market accomodation had wifi.

The MAWSON Trail - Day 4 - Mt Little Station to Rawnsley Park Station - 3.5.21
After a lovely three course meal including roast lamb the night before and a great egg and Bacon breakfast we left our hosts Kelli and Peter and headed along the Mawson Trail which travels across Mt Little Station land for 18 klms. The road is a graded track through a rocky landscape so lots of rocks on the track a well as plenty bull dust. Once out the back gate we had a good run along the Outback Hwy until we reached the Moralana Scenic Route 28 klm of gravel road which connects to the Flinders Ranges Way and Rawnsley Park Station where we are staying the night. Wilpena Pound tomorrow.
Cheers, Ross.

The MAWSON Trail - Day 3 - Cradock to Mt Little Station - 2.5.21

Doug's Sunday Ride to Curlewis, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads - 2.5.21
On a windy sunny morning eight riders participated in today’s ride and they were: Barry T, Doug, Jennie, Jo, Leo, Peter R (the Club’s newest member) Ted and Trudi. We had a minor delay due to one front tyre being on the soft side (lack of air) and our Mr Fixit (Leo) got his bike pump in motion, quickly inflating the tyre to an acceptable pressure and then we were on our way. From the bike path we turned right onto Curlewis Road and enjoyed the tail-wind all the way to the Groove. This course has only two hills of any consequence (along Wallington Road) and once over them it’s downhill all the way to the Groove. The Groove Café was not on song this morning as the service was slow and the cappuccinos were that hot, they burnt your mouth. Maybe time for a change of a coffee venue when next down that way. By consensus, we elected not to use Barwon Heads Road to the Barwon Heads Airport and came along 13th Beach Road to take in the delightful sun-drenched seascape even though it added another 2 kilometres to the advertised course distance. The downside of this route was we had a strong head wind along Blackrock and Staceys Roads. Thanks to the riders who took turns leading the peloton along this northern stretch. At the round-a-bout at the corner of Marshalltown Road and Barwon Heads Road, the peloton spilt into two with (Deputy Ride leader) Ted leading the group that were returning to the station (thanks Ted) and the others heading west along Marshalltown Road. Leo was the kelpie/guards van/last rider and a role Leo seems to fulfill on most of his rides. Thank you, Leo. Thanks to all for joining me on today’s ride. Distance was approximately 53 kilometres.
PS. Leo’s bike repair rates for a Sunday are very reasonable and the bill is in the mail (just joking)!!!

Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Inverleigh & Teesdale on Sunday 2.5.21
Peter O'Brien and I were the only riders  today, though John Carleton very kindly came down to take the start photo. We rode at a good pace out Hamilton Highway though I had a rear puncture near Murgheboluc. On the outskirts of Inverleigh we turned right at Common Rd then pedalled through some of the new semi rural  estates north of the town. We also visited a lookout with sweeping views down over the bush surrounding Inverleigh. It was an enjoyable section through the bush on the way to Teesdale, where we rode in a big loop around the hilly outskirts of the town, passing the large cemetery. After a brief stop to consume snack bars we returned down the Inverleigh Rd with a good tail wind and entered the town beside the rail line. Hamilton Highway led us back to Fyansford then the river bike path was the easiest way back.We were home before 1 pm  having ridden 103 km in 4h 11 min average 24.6 kph. Thanks to Peter O for his great company.

The MAWSON Trail - Quorn to Cradock Saturday 1.5.21
A big day today. Quorn to Cradock turned out to be around 94 k’s with a couple of side trips. We started out with a forecast of 35 to 40 kph head winds for later in the morning. They arrived exactly as scheduled but the twists and turns of the Mawson meant it wasn’t all bad. Some Interesting interludes along the way included a spectacular gorge, a lesson in the dangers of land speculation and some extensive ruins. The highlight of the day for most of us was arriving at our destination, the Cradock Hotel. Cheers, Ross

Nick's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre & Moriac - 1.5.21
Eight riders turned up at Bunnings for a ride to the Cottage Farm nursery: Jennie, John, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Nick, Sarah and Trudi. Note the gender balance! (Rob McGlade joined us for the first half hour before doing his own thing). We had a lovely rolling  ride along WP Drive and onto the hilly Devon, where we found John Miro waiting for us, before cruising along Barrabool. When offered the choice of the delightful views and some extra kms along Gnawarre Rd or the culinary delights of the nursery all riders took the easy option. The gardens were abundant with flowers and the cake and coffee as good as usual. The trip back with mostly a tailwind made for pleasurable riding  along Barrabool, Considines  and Mt Duneed. Thank you riders for a most pleasant roll in the hills. 

The MAWSON Trail - Greetings from Quorn - 30.4.21
The official “Best of the Mawson” got underway from Melrose this morning. Peter J, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Mark J, his support crew Ida and Nettie plus nominal ride leader Ross lined up for the customary departure photo. The first part of the ride was along the Melrose-Wilmington rail trail where we parted company with Ida and Nettie. After brunch in Wilmington we started on a reasonable gravel road that took us most of the way to Melrose. A burst of exuberance  from a couple of riders saw them miss a turn on a long downhill and some lucky phone reception was needed to re-form the group and the miscreants avoided the front for the remainder of the ride. The turn once taken led to a very rough, very steep but highly picturesque gap through the hills and out on to the flats near our destination. So, in summary, a good ride over just about every kind of road surface you could imagine. A good introduction to the Mawson.
Cheers, Ross.

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Gary's Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads & Torquay - 29.4.21
WOW, what a magnificent day for a bike ride.  The morning was a bit crisp but that faded into a glorious sunny day.  There were 19 riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel for today’s ride to Barwon Heads for our coffee stop at the Beachhouse Café.  As the number of riders was a bit large we broke into two groups, one led by myself and the other by Janet.  The riders were, apart from myself, David S, Doug W, Janet R, Jenny P, Julia McK, Ken G, Kim G, Lindy L (who joined the group at Lake Rd.) Lyn L, Norm L, Peter C, Peter O’B, Ray C, Sarah T, Nick T, Ted R and Trudy B.   I was also proud to have my son Joel, who is on work leave from Melbourne, to join us for this ride.  We had a glorious ride to Barwon Heads, sunshine and virtually no wind,  via Lake Road, Bluestone School Rd and Barwon Heads Road.  After coffee we returned via 13 Beach, Horsehoe Bend Rd to The Esplanade in Torque, then through to the Surfcoast Hwy via Bell St.  Unfortunately Joel had a puncture at Cozy Corner, so after getting him mobile again we set of for home.  If you are going to get a puncture then Cozy Corner is a pretty good place to stop. Thank you to Janet for leading the second group and to Kim and Nick for being the kelpies.

TWO RIDES on Tuesday 27.4.21:
1/ Nick's Ride from Anglesea (or Aireys Inlet) to Wye River and Return:
Six riders turned up for the GOR ride: David, Nick Peter C, Peter O’B, Sarah and Trudi. The superb six left the car park in the drizzle but by the Anglesea hill the skies were clear with a light headwind and light traffic. Jackets on and jackets off. We made good pace to Lorne  where we had our first coffee. A few minutes into coffee and chat John Miro rolled in to make us the magnificent seven. This stretch of road has some of the best scenery and was a delight to ride out and then back with a tail breeze. John opined it was the best conditions on the GOR he had experienced and I would have to agree. Not too many choices for light lunch in Lorne with only one bakery open but the pies were delicious. Fortified and rested we enjoyed a top ride back to Anglesea. Even the Aireys hill wasn’t too bad today. Special mention to Peter C for doing a warm up from Aireys to Anglesea first thing and to Peter OB (answers to tough nut or hard man) who rode from Geelong and then home to get the 100 - miles in the old language. Thank you riders for a great ride and good company.
Cheers Nick T

2/ Doug's Ride to Drysdale
With constant light rain falling this morning and a competing Club ride from Anglesea/Aireys Inlet, I didn’t expect to be joined by many others. To my surprise, we ended up with the magnificent seven who were: Chris Ha, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Lindy and two Peter’s (J and N). Persistent drizzle and sometimes mizzle, followed us all the way along the Rail Trail. As our windscreen wipers were not functioning on our sunnies, this made it difficult to see through them so a few us removed our glasses in order to see any vehicles at the cross-roads. We were held-up for a few minutes at the Geelong – Portarlington Road Rail Trail traffic light crossing because the planned roadworks were now underway. Next stop was the Bungalow for refreshments. The stop allowed us to wipe the glasses clean ready for the next lot of precipitation. With clean dry glasses we were back in the saddle to enjoy three minutes of almost sunshine before more drizzle. By the time we were reunited with the Rail Trail the sun finally broke through the clouds much to our enjoyment. With the absence of vehicular traffic there was no noise along the Trail allowing conversation to easily take place across the small peloton. Well done to all participants. Distance: 47 Kilometres.
NOTE: The vehicles we encountered along Princes Street, Swan Bay Road and Curlewis Road certainly observed the new Road Law requiring drivers to be at least one metre from cyclists at under 60kph and 1.5m for over 60kph. Let’s hope it’s a new beginning for cyclists and motorists alike.
FOOTNOTE: The new One Metre/One point five Law came into being on Monday 26th April 2021.

Janet's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 25.4.21
A beautiful sunny morning saw quite a few riders gathered at the showgrounds. These were Doug, Greg, Heather (Geoff was also there but preceded us riding with another group which included Dr Mike), Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John H, Kim, Leo & Trudi, Peter J and Ted. We set off on an easy ride to Drysdale taking St Albans Rd, Townsend Rd, then Earl's Rd which took us to the rail trail at Bellarine Hgw. We stumbled upon Ron on Earl's Rd who joined our group. Lovely coffee and sustenance at the Bungalow was enjoyed before returning via Jetty Rd and the BRT. A sight to be seen at Bungalow was Mark J who called in for coffee during a training ride for the Mawson Trail complete with bricks in his panniers.
Thanks for your company everyone. Janet.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Moriac via Paraparap - 24.4.21
15 riders for my ride to Moriac this morning: Peter C, John H, Barry, Greg, Kim, Ken S, Jennie, Trudi, Leo, Rob, Lindy and late inclusions, Mark J, Hugh and John M. The route to Moriac is pretty tried and true. I did change the initial bit to avoid a difficult transition from Bannip Path to Sovereign Dve by heading out the Torquay Rd turning right into Unity Dve. Once we were on Ghazapore Rd it was full steam ahead as usual, had a bit of a headwind in parts as we headed West. It was nice to have Hendy Main Rd car free as it was closed for the Otway Classic, lots of riders, (60 klm group I think) making their way to Moriac. Enjoyed our coffee and rolled on home via Hendy Main, Reservoir and Waurn Ponds Dve. Lovely tailwind all the way.
Thanks for your company on a pleasant morning's ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross Reports in from Riverton on the MAWSON TRAIL in SA - Friday 23.4.21
Caught up with Chis at Nuriootpa, a few days along the trail. Have had some cool weather and rain and this has made some sections of the trail a bit difficult. Have already had to make a few small detours. Having an easy day today, basically just two short rail trails to Clare. Cheers, Ross.
p.s. A question for the home mechanics out there. Any idea why my front derailleur is not shifting as smoothly as previously?

Trudi's Loop to Lara on Thursday 22.4.21
With plenty of wind around again today I decided not to ride my usual preferred route out to Lara. Today we rode the Ted Wilson path all the way to the end, before turning left onto Broderick Rd, Heales Rd, Bacchus Marsh Rd and straight along Elcho Rd. Cafe of choice today was Cafe Xpresso in the Lara. Having rung earlier to book tables the transition from bike to seats was very smooth and seamless. Service as always was quick and served with a smile, nothing is ever a bother. Well refreshed and refuelled it was time to see how Ted’s puddle was doing. To everyone’s amazement except for Chris, who was concentrating on what was in front of him missed the two huge poles to the left that held the solar panels. Yay progress finally, still some water on the path but hopefully once the pumps are turned on, there will be no more Ted’s Puddle to be seen. Riders today in Alphabetical order were Chris Ha, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Mike, Noel, Norm, Peter’s C J and O, Ted and Trudi. Thanks everyone for your company today.

TWO RIDES - Both Groups to Drysdale and Gravel Riders on to Barwon Heads - Tuesday 20.4.2
Gravel Ride by Chris Halpin
Only 3 trusty gravelleurs today. PJ, John M and myself headed off after the road runners. A nice tail wind pushed us down the BRT to Drysdale. Here we parted company with Doug's group and pushed on down the Trail. Persistent rain and cross winds forced a route reassessment and we decided to turn down Banks Rd to Collendina before finding more gravel on the beach path through to Barwon Heads. Coffee and a tasty muffin at Barwon Ebb & Flow revived our soggy spirits and we set off for home along 13th Beach and on to Blackgate. Minya Lane and Fishers Rd gave us another gravel taste and then home on Horseshoe Bend as the rain tapered. Approx 70km and 10mm of rain but great company a lively ride. Thanks John and Peter.

Ashphalt Ride to Drysdale by Doug
With a weather forecast of lots of rain from 10.00am this morning, it was pleasing to be joined by 11 other cycleholics. Attendees were: Barry T, Chris Hal (Ride Leader for the fat tyre peloton aka the gravel riders) David S, Doug (Ride leader for the skinny tyre peloton aka the asphalt riders), Jennie, John M, Ken S, Kim, the 3 Peter’s (C, J and O’B) and Ted. A short discussion at the start, by the skinny tyre riders decided to make Drysdale our turn-around point. Along the Bellarine Rail Trail with the rain just starting, Ken opted for a U-turn in favour of getting wet under a warm shower at home rather than nature’s cold shower. Arriving on the outskirts of Drysdale, with rain just spitting, Jennie opted for a U-turn plus the fat tyres peloton peeled-off heading for Queenscliff, possibly. The skinny tyres peloton, of six riders, opted for a short coffee stop at the Bungalow. Waterproof jackets were now necessary as we headed back to the Showgrounds. With rain still falling, the speed increased in the hope that we would be back to Geelong before the heavy stuff. Due to the increased speed (above 25 kph) the e-bike (and rider) was not in favour of that speed so we eased off to a more manageable speed. If we were to get drenched, as a result of going slower, we had a scape-goat!!! We had just crossed Kensington Road Leopold when Peter C unfortunately punctured. Peter insisted we continue without him, informing us he will repair the puncture and head for home (nearby). There were no dissenters and we all wished Peter a safe trip home as we sped off. Not long after getting back to the Showgrounds the rain became heavier much to the detriment of those cycling to home, from the Showgrounds. We completed the 36 kilometres round trip and were still reasonably dry, which was a minor miracle, if you factor in the forecast.
Thank you all, for voting for, and joining me on a shortened ride.

John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Torquay - 18.4.21
Eleven starters for our ride to Torquay via Paraparap & Jan Juc: (from L to R below) John, Peter, Leo, Lindy, Trudi, Mike, Ian, Kim, Lovro, Doug and Jenny. If a leader can keep all of the starters right through to the finish line the ride leader usually gets top marks for the ride. However, on today's ride the attrition rate was high and we ended up with just five riders coming back to the Grovedale Pub. Our first incident was a fall on Ghazeepore Rd and assistance had to be called in, then others had to leave because of time constraints and Mike had a bike all primed up for the gravel ride which had been cancelled so he and PJ headed for coffee at Moriac. Ian told me that he had not been on Vickerys/Gundrys Rds before so we were all able to appreciate the scenery along this beautiful but hilly part of Bellbrae. After assisting at our first incident Doug and Lindy had gone directly to our coffee spot at Surfcoast Wholefoods and they had a bit of a wait for us to come through from Jan Juc. We consumed some delicious cakes and other food with our coffee and were wondering about the "wholefood" content of these beautiful morsels! Thanks to all for your assistance along the way and particular thanks to Leo for following up the tail of the ride.
Keep Riding - John.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Curlewis, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads - 17.4.21
Twenty keen riders this morning, so 2 groups. In order we had Andrew, myself, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Johnx2, Ken, Lindy, Lovro,  PJ, Sarah & Nick, Ted, Trudi & Leo. We also welcomed back Sue, Richard on the Tandem, and Ron after long absences. Sarah bravely volunteered to lead the 2nd group and I just appointed Leo as 'tail-ender', cause that's what he does so well! A tail wind on the BRT to Curlewis was handy. Interesting that we were overtaken by not one but two other keen groups of cyclists, manoeuvring between dogs and walkers, and one very speedy lady rider. Time for cycling speed limits on the BRT maybe? We soon turned into Curlewis Rd, still with a favourable wind and little traffic, down to Bellarine Hwy, across to Wallington Rd and on to Groove. Very busy here too. So many cyclists about. After a noisy coffee break it was again time to hit the road.  The usual confusion about toilet arrangements, who was in which group and who was missing - but somehow we seemed to get everyone back to Geelong in good time via 13th Beach and HorseshoeBend Rds. No punctures to report. I enjoyed just over 60km of great riding, even better company and special thanks to Sarah and Leo for their help.

Trudi's Loop to Bannockburn on Thursday 15.4.21
With strong winds whipping around the streets of Geelong meant that we were in for a wild ride to Bannockburn. Today’s riders in alphabetical order were: Barry, David S, Jennie, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Nick, Peter C, Peter J, Sarah, Ted, Zac and ride leader Trudi. 
Riding into a strong headwind on the Hamilton Highway made progress slow and challenging. On turning right into Burnside Rd we found it ever so slightly easier going. Cafe of choice today was Cafe Le Due Sorelle. With plenty of seating inside we didn’t have to think twice about taking our coffee inside the cafe out of the wind. It was so nice to catch up with an old member Ange while enjoying our coffee. I would love to see Paul and Ange back riding with us again soon. Our return route was a lovely run down Clyde Rd and along the beautifully stunning valley below. Once on Stieglitz Rd and now with the wind on our backs it was a pleasure to let the wind blow us homeward. Lovely Banks Rd soon had us back on the Ted Wilson path, everyone finding their way home. Thanks for your company today, see you all next ride.

Doug's Rural Ride from Winchelsea to Eurack and Birregurra - Tuesday 13.4.21
Rain had been falling on the previous 3 days and it was pleasing to see dry roads for today’s 96.44 kilometres ride. Attendees were: Barry, David, Doug, Janet, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lyn L, Mark J, Nick, Peter J, Sarah and Trudi. Leaving Winchelsea, we headed north into a mild wind hitting our right cheekbone. Our first scheduled stop was the Eurack Avenue of Honour (AOH) some 30 kilometres away. Although the wind intensified as the morning wore on, it didn’t hinder us too much with a steady pace all along the way. Arriving at AOH Trudi wanted to know where the mobile coffee van was located. As we could not see it one rider asked the repair crew were they also the mobile coffee van? The reply was “no” as they were there to do some repairs to WW1 crosses as two of them had been broken as the result of a road accident. They added that they had passed the coffee van a few kilometres back and it had broken-down (Pinocchio, your nose is getting bigger). With no coffee the peloton had to settle for jelly beans for a fix. Leaving the AOH it was only a couple of K’s to our right-hand turn and the wind would be at our back. For nearly 30 kilometres we were cruising in the high 20’s kilometres per hour with very little effort. There was a small interruption to our progress due to a road sign being absent. A quick check of the Ride Leaders map got us underway again. In Birregurra, our planned coffee stop was closed however the general store was Plan B and the food and coffee there was very good.
Shortly after leaving Birregurra, we turned left onto the Cape Otway Road. The strong wind that was previously behind us was not at our side trying to blow us across the road. The last 6 kilometres to Winchelsea was into the head wind. Thanks to Peter for going to the front, making it easier for those behind. Note: Ken G and Lyn elected to return to Winchelsea before we reached the AOH. Thank you to Nick and Barry who alternatively shared the ‘Tail-end Charlie’ duties. In summary, this was a great course, excellent roads, the wind in our favour most of the way. Thank you to all who participated and for your most enjoyable company. If there is anybody wanting to know more about the ride and or the course, please contact me. In closing, thank you to those who sent What’s App messages saying how much you enjoyed the ride.

Gary Leads the Tuesday Ride to Moriac - 13.4.21
Five members assembled at Bunnings for the ride to Moriac.  Gary B was elected unopposed as ride leader, the others in the group were Chris Ha, Lindy L, Peter N and Peter R.  All riders were keen to get started to try and outsmart the onset of a potentially windy day.  We decided to do the reverse ride to Moriac by going up Ghazeepore Rd to Dickens, Angelsea Rd, Blackgate, Hendy Main, Larcombes, Church, Cape Otway then through to Moriac.  After a great coffee at the general store and solving the problems of the world, we returned via Hendy Main, Reserve, Pettavel, Waurn Ponds Drive back to Bunnings.  We left Lindy there as she Had her car and the rest of us proceeded up Pigdons where we the departed company to individually find our home.  Thanks to all who rode for your great company and chatter.

Ted’s Magical History Tour that didn’t happen – Sunday 11.4.21
A BOM weather forecast at 7.00 am predicting gale force winds and significant rain caused the cancellation of today’s ride around Geelong but 21 members and family turned up to the Heritage Victoria site at The Heights and enjoyed an informative tour led by HV volunteers. One intrepid rider, John, did in fact hop on the bike and joined five others at the scheduled coffee stop at The Door Gallery Cafe at the Fyansford Mill. John’s decision turned out to be a good one as the morning was windy but stayed relatively dry. The non-riders didn’t seem too disappointed though. Thanks to those who supported this initiative. We’ll do it again but let’s hope for better weather next time.

Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Drysdale & Ocean Grove - 10.4.21
Another 16 riders were willing to ignore the weather reports and join me on my ride to Groove Ocean Grove this morning, Peter O, Trudi and Leo, Jennie, Mark S, Mark J, Ken S, John M, John H, Nick, Peter C, Barry, Doug, Chris Ha, Ian B, Kim, thanks for keeping me company. My route today was out the BRT to Jetty Rd, to the Bypass, down Princess, a short traverse on Swan Bay Rd and down Grubb Rd to Thacker. The air had been a bit moist for most of the ride until we were heading into Ocean Grove when it became very damp, looking ahead I thought I could see a faint blue tinge behind the grey and gambled that the shower would all be over by the time we arrived at Groove, I was lucky this time and the rain had stopped as we arrived.
Enjoyed our coffee, mounted our trusty steeds and headed home via 13th Beach, not many surfers around, the water was very chopped up. There was a parting of the ways as riders took their decisions as to which way to get home. By this time there was no showers but there was a strong and blustery South Westerly. There is a basic sailing rule, do not give away a windward position, ie do not run downwind unless you really have to because to come back into the wind will be a lot harder. My route was across the wind with the maximum protection from the side wind, minimal headwind and maximum tailwind, as usual it worked a treat and topped off a pleasant morning on the bike.
Thanks again for coming along everyone.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross Leads the GRAVEL Ride & Kim the ASHPHALT Ride to Torquay on Thursday 8.4.21
The Ashphalt Ride:
Fortunately the fog had cleared well before our 9am start from the Grovedale Pub and from there the day just got better with a light breeze and sunshine to warm us up. With 18 riders for the road option of todays days ride it made sense to split into 2 groups. Those who participated today were: David S, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie (who had a short ride due to work commitments), Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Lyn, Mike C, Nick, Paul T, Peter O’B, Ron, Trudi, and a warm welcome to new member Richard White.
We headed off along Bannip Blvd and onto Anglesea Rd with a right into Coombes Rd, then the very pleasant ride through the beautiful Ocean Acres, Grossmans Rd, SC Hwy up Bell St and along The Esplanade, which allowed us to admire the very blue ocean and perfect beach conditions. Then up Darian and into Fischer St where we encountered some unplanned road works on our side of the road so using the footpath (carefully past the driveways, from my experience) we then arrived at our coffee stop, Cafe El Nido. Here a few over heated riders removed some un wanted layers and we all had a good chat while enjoying our beverage of choice. Refreshed and ready to go we headed along Horseshoe Bend Rd from where a few riders made there own way home along the way. The rest of us turned right into Warralily Blvd and onto Barwon Heads Rd making our way back to Grovedale. I stopped and waited at Marshalltown Rd as I thought there were some riders missing, I then decided to back track only to find Richard had a puncture with Ron and David giving assistance. Fortunately I arrived at the right time as they had just completed the job. There was a bit more traffic about today than I expected and it just seemed to follow us no matter which way we went but I must say everyone was very respectful.
Thank you to all riders today for making this outing such an enjoyable one. Special thanks to Peter O’B for leading the second group and to Leo and Gary for being the 2 follow up back riders.

The Gravel Ride:
In contrast to the horde setting off on today's bitumen ride, the group for the gravel adventure was small but select. The two Chris's, Ha and Hu, PJ, Mark, Barry and Ross set off from the Grovedale Hotel in search of dirt roads. The variety of equipment in use was only matched by the variety of riding surfaces we would encounter - everything from an electric mountain bike to a brave rider using smooth road tyres. There was far too much bitumen early on but eventually, we found some nice quiet country lanes with nice country views and only the occasional corrugation and pot hole to distract us. There are limited unsealed roads in this area so it was good to find some new gems as well as the usual suspects. A wide loop brought us in to Torquay via some small gravel paths and even some green gravel (a grass field). Refreshments were taken at El Nido before a last dirt section via Point Impossible and back on Horseshoe Bend Road. The ride leader displayed his usual cavalier approach to ride leading duties and abandoned the group at Mt Duneed. Hope they all made it home safely.
Cheers, Ross.

On the way home Trudi almost ran over a snake on the Barwon Path & Peter O'B was just behind her - photo PO'B.

Peter O'Brien's Ride Through the Barrabool Hills - Tuesday 6.4.21
It was pleasing that twelve riders fronted-up at Fyansford this morning for the ride through the hills to Moriac. We rode out to Merrawarp Road and then onto Barrabool Road, where we turned left instead of the usual right, and climbed the Ceres hill.  The reward for the climb was an exhilarating ride down Cochranes Road to Waurn Ponds Drive.  At this point, we met up with Doug who had ridden in from Torquay.  Not to be forgotten, Ross also rode in from Torquay and started from Fyansford.  Sorry Doug but you’ve been gazumped! We continued onto Reservoir Road and again enjoyed the down-hill ride along the Cape Otway Road to Moriac for coffee at the General Store.  Here we met up with Lyn. 
The return ride was via Gnarwarre, Pollocksford Road and onto the Hamilton Highway.  The number of B-double trucks on this highway means we all need to be very mindful of the need to ride to the extreme left-hand side of the shoulder. Back at Fyansford a number of the riders who were still looking for hills to climb rode up Hyland Hill and then dispersed and headed off for their respective homes. Thanks to Ken G, Leo, Trudi, John M, Sarah, Janet, Ross, David S, Peters x 3 (not Jones), Doug, Lyn and Chris Ha.
Distance travelled: 74kms. Ascent: 553 metres. Descent: 587 metres.
Regards, Peter O.

GTC EasterSunday Ride (AKA the Easter Bunny Ride) led by Doug 4.4.21
On another glorious autumn morning the following cyclists assembled at the South Geelong Railway Station and they were: Doug, Jennie, John H, Kim, Marie, Mick G, Pam, Ross and guest rider Robin (Macedon Rangers Cycle Club). With the petrol prices rocketing up for the Easter Weekend, it was no surprise that everybody rode to the Station, in order to save themselves lots of petrol dollars by not using the car. Geoff C, met us outside the Epworth Hospital and at this time a small mishap occurred which resulted in a rider falling onto the grass verge. Fortunately, the Emergency Department of the hospital was not required and we rode on. Today’s course is not frequently used yet it is a very pleasant course for a Sunday ride (not much traffic). If it had not been for the Easter Bunny claiming naming rights, I would call this ride the Three Pinnacles Ride, because there are only three hills in forty kilometres of cycling. Hill One was up Roslyn Road, Hill Two on the bike path (short sharp hill) and Hill Three was the path on the western side of the Ring Road/Anglesea Road to Hams Road. Having reached Hams Road, the rest of the course is mostly flat. Our coffee stop at the Cockatoo Café saw the Easter Bunny appear and he/she generously distributed Easter Eggs to those present. The payback was to call today’s ride ‘The Easter Bunny Ride.’ Hence the title of today’s ride. Riding along Lake Road it was good to see Julia back on the bike. Thank you everybody for such wonderful company on a magnificent day for cycling. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks to John H for the photos. Distance of Course 1: 39.1 kilometres. Distance of Course Two: 63 kilometres.

Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Moriac - 3.4.21
A warm & beautiful morning and 14 riders- PJ, Andrew, Trudi & Leo, Johns M&H, Hugh, Jo, Ken S, Ian, Chris Hu, myself and Barry as our trusty Kelpie. We all agreed busy Easter traffic was best avoided so we took mainly quiet roads (Waurn Ponds Dve,  Pettavel, Reservoir & Hendy Main) to Moriac. Lots of other riders waving cheerily.  Morning coffee in the shade on the back lawn at the Store was very social - hard to leave. Hugh punctured on Hendy Main soon after we left and Leo excelled on the repair, removing lots of glass fragments from the tyre. A gathering north westerly hurried us down to Blackgate and back into the wind on Anglesea and Ghazeepore Rd made for a challenging ride of ~ 45km. Thanks everyone for joining us.
Chris Ha.

Ted's Thursday Ride to Lara - 1.4.21
On a perfect autumn morning ten riders turned up at the Top o’ Church for the ride to Lara. In alphabetical order they were: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, David S, Doug, Gary, Jennie, Ken S, Peter C, Peter J and Ted. Trudi joined us along the TW trail. The ride to Lara was uneventful except for a few events. A lovely cruise down Bluestone Bridge Road was followed by a moment of confusion while we worked out if Anakie Road was closed or not. Being assured that it was not, we proceeded onto to what only could be described as the best bit of gravel in Geelong. Not being a regular “gravelleur” I was a bit concerned but we survived the ordeal and carried on to our next challenge which was crossing Bacchus Marsh Road in peak period. Again we prevailed and continued undaunted down Windermere to Kees Road and the new Manzeene Estate. An unfortunate navigation failure resulted in another gravel experience, this time not quite so pleasant but at least it was short. The final insult was to arrive at my (previously) favourite coffee shop to be told we weren’t welcome inside because they were fully booked and we hadn’t made a reservation. Needless to say, some of our more volatile members were “not happy Jan” but we submitted to the demand to buy takeaway and found a pleasant spot in the children’s playground – bad luck kids, move over. The trip home was, at last, uneventful and most members of the group complied with my recommendation to use the paths (you know who you are). Thank you for your company on an enjoyable morning on the bike.

Doug's Mornington Peninsular Ride From Sorrento – Flinders – Main Ridge - Arthurs Seat and back to Sorrento - 30.3.21
A great turn-out for today’s Ride. Nineteen GTC riders and they were: Chris Hu, David, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Lyn L, Lyn P (new member), Mark J, Nick, the 3 Peters (J N O’B), Sarah, Trudi and guest rider Lyn. On board the ferry, there were more bikes than cars and we outnumbered all other passengers. On a glorious morning with the sun overhead we were on our way, on some very quiet roads. Just before our first big downhill, we were cheered on by Barry T (sitting in his car). As always, a downhill is followed by an uphill and this was a beauty as one section of the uphill had an incline of 18 degrees. Not long after, we turned onto Meakins Road and unexpectedly found it to be unmade. This wasn’t part of the plan. About two kilometres along the gravel, we finally struck the sealed part of the road. The sealed part of Meakins Road to the corner of Flinders – Mornington Road was (by my reckoning) the best part of the whole course. No cars, scenic views both sides of the road, tree lined and the sun overhead, no wind, just perfect. Leaving Meakins Road it was mostly uphill to Arthurs Seat. The Eagle Café at Arthurs Seat was a most welcome coffee stop and the thought of no more hills to traverse was a winner. Coffee never tasted so good. A record pace was set all the way downhill to the Nepean Highway. The flat Nepean Highway required little effort. Having reached Sorrento, it was only few extra kilometres to Baked In Portsea for one of their delicious pies. With the ferry only two kilometres away, it was an easy ride, with full tummies. As we arrived at the terminal, we were greeted with the loud sound of about 20 Harley Davidson motorbikes waiting to board the ferry. Smooth sailing back to Queenscliff saw the completion of a great day’s cycling, despite a couple of nasty hills. Good cycling and good company by all riders. Thanks to: Chris Hu who led the second group, Kim and Peter J for taking photos, Nick for doing several U turns to check on riders and several “Tail End Charlies” (team effort). Distance: 75.16 kilometres. Elevation Gain: 732 metres (Strava).
PS. Peter J, Ken S , David S and Ken G also rode from Geelong to the Ferry at Queenscliff (see map) - and you can see from the last photo that they were arriving back at sunset after covering 115km.

Alternate Ride to Drysdale & Barwon Heads on Tuesday 30.3.21
Report soon.

Nick Leads the GRAVEL Ride & Doug the ASHPHALT Ride to Moriac on Sunday 28.3.21
The Ashphalt Ride:
There was a choice of roads to Moriac today, gravel or asphalt. Of those present, 11 riders took the sealed roads to Moriac and they were: Barry, Doug, Geoff C, Jenny, Jo, John H, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Sarah and Trudi. The steeper hills enroute were done with by the time we turned onto Mt Duneed Road only to have to deal with a headwind all the way to Moriac. The gravel riders crossed our path near the end of Mt Duneed Road. The Cape Otway Road down-hill section made it an easy ride to coffee. Shortly after arriving at the general store, we were joined by Marie and Pam who had taken a different route. With coffees ordered, it wasn’t long before the gravel peloton arrived. John H ordered a large cup of coffee and it must have taken the milk from at least two cows to fill it (see photo). Leaving the general store, we proceeded south along Cape Otway Road and then we struck the resurfaced section with the very small loose stones, pushed to the edge of the road by vehicles and making it a bit hazardous. Somebody with a sense of humour declared that they had joined the gravel ride by mistake. Fortunately, we soon turned onto Church Road and left the loose stones behind us. Larcombes Road saw us on the same course as a bike race and we had many super quick cyclists whizzing by. Barry gave chase and was about to catch them when they turned right onto Forest Road - good effort Barry. With the wind behind us it was a pleasant trip back to Bunnings. Thanks to “Tail End Charlie (s) John H and deputy Lindy.” Photos by John H (with thanks). A good team ride, well done to all. Distance 40.1 kilometres.

The Gravel Ride:
A small contingent of six graveleurs, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Greg A, Jesse, Nick and Peter J set  off from Bunnings to ride the undulations of  Willowite Rd. This is one of the prettiest and quietest north south gravel roads  to ride along with the  least corrugations compared to busier Ghazeepore or Pettavel.  At Blackgate Rd a group decision was made to head into Moriac to meet the roadies for coffee. Before we headed out again  we had to reinflate Chris Hu’s persistently leaky tubeless tyre. We rode around Hendy Main to the south end of Willowite to ride the section we missed and then continued back up to Reservoir Rd and then  home along WP Dr. Jesse on the recumbent was unbeatable  downhill on bitumen, PJ on his electric MTB beast was fastest up hill with rest of us somewhere in between pedalling an assortment of fat tyres steeds. Thank you guys for an enjoyable morning’s gravelling.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 27.3.21
Big bunch for my ride to The Cheeky Cow this morning, 16 riders: Janet, Jennie, Jo, Lindy, Trudi, Barry, Chris Ha, Hugh, John H, John M, Ken S, Leo, Mark S, Peter O, Ted and myself. Lindy was riding her new Trek eRoad Bike, looks very smart and travels along very nicely. Took the BRT to Curlewis Rd., thence to Wallington Rd where we were first visited by the puncture gods. Ken S was first to be attacked, once that was repaired we were on our way and they struck again, this time Janet was the victim. At this point some of our crew who had time constraints took off to get back to Geelong in good time, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, Mark S and Ted departed our bunch. Four continued to The Cheeky Cow while the rest helped Janet and met up with us at coffee. After coffee we took the view that the roads were very busy so took the quietist way home via Banks Rd, Swan Bay Rd, Drysdale Bypass Trail, Jetty Rd and back on the BRT. Almost home and Ken S was attacked again with a slow leak but decided to pump it up and limp home. A very enjoyable ride in good company, thanks for coming.
Cheers, Peter J.