GTC News Thursday 22.2.18

Rides this week:

Saturday 24th Feb - 8:30am from Grovedale Pub - medium ride - Chris Hume to lead.
Sunday 25th Feb - 8:30am from Sth Geelong Station - Geelong Loop of 30km - Ross Glover to lead.

Peter Jones' Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows Tavern on Tuesday 20.2.18
A warm, overcast, still morning attracted 15 to the start at the Grovedale Hotel - Trudi, Ross, Terry, Chris Hu, Rolf, Ron, Meri, Lyn, David & Julia, Peter O, David & Jackie. Ride leader Ken described the intended route and referred to the recent spate of accidents suffered by members. In the interest of safety he said that wherever there was no bike lane or adequate shoulder, riders should ride single file where solid lines marked the middle of the road. The coffee stop was to be at the Beach House in the main street of Barwon Heads.
Boundary and BH roads took us to Lake Rd at a comfortable pace. Crossing the busy highway at the aerodrome corner we followed Black Rock Rd  before turning left into   Bluestone School Rd. Failure of several riders to adhere to the single file directive resulted in a car being held up for around 300 m before being able to pass safely-we do need to improve this aspect of our riding!
We crossed the BH bridge with riders given the go ahead to speed on the smooth surface as far as the roundabout and then return. Ken hit the road when his left shoe made contact with the front wheel as he negotiated the roundabout - skin off the left knee and elbow but only cosmetic damage to the bike. The irony of the pre-ride talk was apparent in more ways than one.
The sun came out as we started along 13th Beach. The solar energy must have charged David Rae's battery as he set a solid clip down to the bike path which then led us onto Blackgate Rd. We returned to the hotel carpark via Horseshoe Bend (Jackie flew aound the bend and yelled "I love this hill"), Kalkarra Cres and Reserve Rd. 
Feedback from several riders applauded the comfortable pace set for much of the outward journey. An enjoyable outing on a terrific morning and hopefully some us might have learnt a thing or two. Cheers, Ken.

Peter Jones' Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows Tavern on Tuesday 20.2.18
Ten riders to enjoy my ride to Westmeadows Tavern, Mike C, Ian, Ross, Mick, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Rolf, Ron, Peter O and myself. It was a lovely day, fine warm and Sunny, hardly a breath of wind for most of the day. Headed into Melbourne on the Bay Trail and turned off at the Moonee Ponds Trail near the Big Wheel, passed lots of cyclists in either direction, a few late commuters but mainly riders just like us out for a good ride. Took our coffee at Essendon as usual in the shade, it was starting to warm up a little but still nice riding. After coffee ran into our first annoying trail works but found our way around and continued on to the Tavern for very enjoyable lunch and in my case an Apple Cider. Following lunch it was back on the bikes and heading for the Maribyrnong River, ran into the second annoying Trail works but again worked our way around them to the Steele Creek Trail which lead us to the river and eventually the Bay Trail and to Williamstown, all in all a lovely day out on the bike on and around the bike paths of Melbourne.
Cheers Peter.

Ross' Circuit of Geelong leading the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong - Sunday 18.2.18
A good ride leader plans the ride route carefully and does their best to ensure there are no unexpected road works or other impediments or interruptions that might impact on the safety and enjoyment of the ride participants. Unfortunately, today's ride leader showed himself to be particularly inept in that regard, not realising there was a major event, a triathlon, happening along the planned route. Luckily some of the ride participants do read the local papers and listen to the local radio so we set out knowing there might be quite a few detours along the way. Helen (representing CG), Marion, Peter J, Marie, Geoff, Chris Hu and Ross managed to skirt the triathlon mainly due to Helen's detailed knowledge of the back streets of Drumcondra. We did get to see some very pleasant suburban streets and a heritage listed concrete road along the way. Eventually we found our way back on to the "planned" route, heading out along the bay before turning up Plantation Road and detouring around the closed section of the Ted Wilson path (which also came as a surprise to the ride leader) before regaining the bike trail. Definitely a squeeze for some getting through the partially open barriers at the Church Street exit, then continuing on to Cementies Hill (aka Hyland Street) where some of the group stopped for a close look at the silo murals, before the big run down the hill and a right turn up to the paper mills where we were greeted by a camera-wielding John H (in civvies after already having completed his early morning ride). Luckily, the Doors Gallery Café owner had already had his first coffee of the day and was able to produce our orders in reasonable time, encouraged and ably assisted by Peter J's waiter service. After a leisurely break, we parted company with John, heading back along the river path, dropping people as we passed their exits. A great riding day.
A great riding day. Thanks to all for their company. Ross.

Rolf's Ride to Moriac and Torquay on Saturday 17.2.18
You could not get a more perfect day if you paid for it, no wind, sunshine but cool to warm and not too much traffic and even the roads we picked were acceptable and sans potholes.  9 riders made the best of this Saturdays ride: Meri, Ange, Lyn L., Sue, Thomas, Paul, Peter Jones, Ken and Rolf set off from Fyansford along the Hamilton Hwy, turned left into Merrawarp Road, next a right hand turn into Barrabool Road, left into Andersons Road, right onto the M1 and a left to Hendy Main Road for our refreshment stop at the Ravens Farm Café.  Had an animated conversation about our world and its short comings, then set off further along Hendy Main Road to the end and then taking Coombes Road to the Surfcoast Hwy and back to Geelong.  No incidents to report, just as we all like it and the best view I had was a few naked ladies on the side of the road (flowers in case you wonder).  Thank you all for making this ride special and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, Rolf.

Unofficial Ride from Leopold to Drysdale - 17.2.18

Days 3 & 4 on the Tour - Warrnambool to Geelong via The Great Ocean Road - 280km.
Day 3: Lavers Hill to Lorne 95km
Awoke about 4:00am to the sound and rain and buffeting wind on the tent and flashes of lightning!! Not looking good for today's ride!
Around 7:00 decided to get up packup, in the rain, and head off to a nearby cafe to have breakfast and delay the start of the ride a bit. By 8:45 it looked like the main front had passed so Adam, Peter O and Chris Hu set off. Riding conditions were challenging, with wet road covered in bark and twigs, very strong SW wind and the odd shower. We continued along the Great Ocean Road, mainly downhill, to Castle Cove for a photo. Here I was nearly blown over as I tried to stop. We then had a flat section along the edge of the Aire River flood plain then over the river then up steepy and onto Apollo Bay for lunch.  From here we continued to Lorne, stopping at Kennett River for coffee. This section of the ride was quite fast, for us, due to wind assistance. It was a challenging , but enjoyable day.
That evening Peter O left us and Ange and Paul returned.

Day 4: Lorne to Geelong 75km.
Awoke to the sound of kookaburras about 5:50! No wind, no rain, great!! Four riders headed off today: Ange, Paul, Adam and Chris Hu with Sandra driving the RSL support vehicle. We continued along the Great Ocean road stopping at the Anglesea General Store for brunch. The wind started to pickup now, NW, a good direction for the ride home. We continued onto Torquay then to  Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Rd and home!! 
It was a fantastic trip, amazing scenery, coastal and forest with a great group. Special thanks to the Geelong RSL for their support vehicle, supplying food and payment of camping fees and thanks to Sandra for driving the vehicle.

Peter Jones Ride to Torquay on Thursday 15.2.18
Nine riders for our ride to Torquay, Trudi, Meri, Jackie, David R, Rolf, Norm, (New Member) Ron, Ross and myself headed down to Torquay via Anglesea Rd and Ocean Acres. It was a bit breezy with a couple of short sections into the wind, everyone kept together and we rolled into Torquay to have coffee at Mejavos. Following coffee it was home again via HSBend Rd. A very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

The rest of the Warrnambool tour will go up on the web tomorrow (Friday).

FOUR DAY Tour - Warrnambool to Geelong via The Great Ocean Road - 280km.
Day1 Warnambool to Port Campbell.
After a train ride from Geelong three riders Peter O, Adam and Chris Hu headed for Allansford via Hopkins Point Rd making it to the Cheese World Cafe for lunch. From here we followed the Great Ocean to Peterborough then to Port Campbell. We visited Bay of Islands and London bridge. It was a great ride!!.

Day 2 port campbell to Lavers Hill. 
Today we had 5 riders with the addition of Ange and Paul, Sandra drove the RSL support vehicle. We did the tourist bit in the morning visiting Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles. Then had coffee and early lunch at Princetown overlooking the Aire River, a great spot. From here it was onward and upward to Lavers Hill including a deviation to Melba Gully. Another great days riding.

Enough energy food to get POB to Apollo Bay.

This is our support vehicle and thanks to Sandra for protecting us along the ride. 

Thank God for technology.

Ken & Lyn's Unofficial Ride to Lorne on 13.2.18 - 113 kms & 1355 metres climbing.
We set out on a cool morning from Moriac to ride along the Cape Otway Road through lovely rural landscape to Deans Marsh & on to the summit of Benwerrin where we stopped for a snack & photo before descending 10 kms into Lorne. Coffee and snacks were devoured alfresco at the Lorne Larder as we had completed a distance of 60km with plenty of hills. The return journey of 53kms was along the Great Ocean Rd to Aireys Inlet, Anglesea and Forest Rd back to Moriac (no strava required - an easy route to follow). The scenery along the coast was of course spectacular with blue skies & turquoise seas and many people out enjoying the summer weather. We both enjoyed this wonderful ride along our famous coastline.
Cheers, Lyn L.

Ross' Ride to Drysdale, Queenscliff & Pt Lonsdale on Tuusday 13.2.18
Seven riders at the start of today's Rail Trail ride to Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale but only 3 of the bikes were obviously "rail trail friendly". Jackie, David, Meri and Trudi were taking the bitumen to Drysdale while Peter J, Chris Ha and Ross were doing the advertised ride. It was an absolutely perfect morning for a bike ride and we all travelled together on the trail as far as the highway, then split up before re-grouping at Melaluka for the run along the trail to Drysdale. The 4 road riders continued on to the Bungalow Café for refreshments while the group of 3 turned on to the dirt for the run down to Queenscliff. Lots of work has been done on the trail with hard compacted gravel laid down in many of the previously-soft areas. This make for a very pleasant ride down to morning tea at the Queenscliff marina. The ride leader wasn’t able to duplicate Chris Hu's knowledge of the Queenscliff area and there was a stumble or two trying to retrace his route to Point Lonsdale but we managed to find the way, enjoying outstanding views across the water along the way. Return was via the rail trail, with Peter J stopping for lunch in Drysdale while Chris and Ross continued on for a late lunch at home. Does it get any better than perfect riding weather, good company, some kilometres away from cars and great scenery (did I mention gravel roads)?
Cheers, Ross

Pam's Ride to Tuckerberry Hill Cafe on Sunday 11.2.18
Six riders: John, Rolf, David, Marie, Peter and Pam enjoyed a ride down to Tukerberry Blueberry Farm in Drysdale. We rode along the rail trail to Drysdale  then turned up Murradoc Rd to the Blueberry farm. After coffee we rode down to Queenscliff - Portarlington Rd turning at Swan Bay Rd then along the Queenscliff Highway back to Geelong. The only drama was when Marie fell off her bike in the gravel as we turned into the Blueberry farm, luckily she was ok.

Ted's Ride to The Moorabool Valley Chocolate Cafe on Thursday 8.2.18
The allure of the chocolate factory must have been strong today, along with perfect conditions for riding, as 15 riders turned out at the Showgrounds where I promptly delegated Peter J as navigator and Ron as kelpie. Adam, Paul, Ange, Andrew, Peter’s J and O, David’s I and R, Jacqui, Julie, Rolf, Ken, Ross, Chris Hu and myself followed PJ along the bike path towards Leopold, the wrong direction for the Chocolate Factory, but this was just a tactic to ensure we didn’t arrive too early for the opening at 10 am. A short trek on gravel (Rolf didn’t complain – too much) led us to Moolap Station Road and Portarlington Road where we turned for chocolate via Eastern and Western Beaches. A technical “hook” turn at Boundary Road had many riders initially confused however the peloton successfully negotiated the crossing to the Eastern Gardens track and it was plain sailing from there on. Coffee and an entertaining Love story from Julia (Love) under the peppercorn trees at the Choc Factory was so pleasant we nearly lost track of the time but eventually someone said we’d better get going – and so, after nearly an hour, we did. The Bannockburn crew headed west for home and the remainder of the group returned to G-Town via the Ted Wilson Trail, Cementies Hill (descent) and Barwon River Track. A short stop to admire the silo art at Fyansford was a great way to finish the day. Thanks everyone for coming, especially Peter J who knew the way!

Peter Jones' Ride to Anakie, Staunton Vale & Lara on Tuesday 6.2.18
Ten riders for our ride to Anakie and Lara, Julie, Rolf, Andrew, (Visitor) Meri, Chris Hu, Peter O and myself met at the top of Church St., Paul, Ange and Trudi met us at Ballarat Rd and we all headed out the path to Ballan Rd., everything was going swimmingly the peloton was pedalling along nicely until it was time for a stop and a small lack of communication and a little bit of inattention left poor  Julie on a very rough bit of road. Having just been re surfaced the stone ripped into Julie’s skin and produced plenty of “sauce”, one stitch and multiple bandages with one wedding ring cut off I’m told. A lovely lady stopped and offered to take Julie and her bike into Geelong which was accepted, whilst Julie felt quite ok in herself she was a bit of a sight. That bit of a shock overcome we all pedalled on into Anakie for a coffee and chat. By 10-30 am it was time to move on up the hill and on to Lara via Granite Rd and Bacchus Marsh Rd., David I met us part the way along Granite Rd after taking young David to Kinder. We partook of lunch at the Xpresso Café in Lara and returned to Geelong via the Hovell Trail on a cracker of a day.
Cheers, Peter.

Ross' Ride to Torquay via Moriac on Sunday 4.2.18
12 riders on 11 bikes for today's ride to Torquay. There was some grumbling about the route (unadvertised hills) but the ride description did say 65 kilometres and you don't get that from taking the shortest way there and back. Peter and Marion on the tandem, Ange, Paul, Rolf, Ian, Chris Hu, David I, Mark, Mike C, John H and Ross rolled out of South Geelong station and headed along the river track, Waurn Ponds Creek track and Waurn Ponds Drive before crossing the highway and continuing up Pettavel and Reservoir Roads. At the intersection with Cape Otway Road, the group divided with the fast riders taking the more direct route straight down in to Moriac while the even faster riders continued on Reservoir and then the big run down Hendy Main. We all arrived around the same time and after re-grouping, Chris Hu led an enthusiastic bunch via Vickerys and Gundrys Roads while a smaller more sensible group continued down Hendy Main to Coombs Road and then into Torquay via Ocean Acres. Again we all arrived at the Stoop around the same time. The staff had learnt from yesterday's experience, taking names and delivering all drinks in very reasonable time. All is forgiven. A nice tailwind drove us back along Horseshoe Bend Road with the group breaking up as we neared Geelong. Thanks to Chris Hu for leading the fast group and thanks to all for the good company.

Met former GTC Members Mel and Betty White as we passed through Moriac.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Saturday 3.2.18
It was great to have fourteen riders turn up for today’s ride. Greg, Rolf, Trudi, Ross, Peter J, David I, Chris Hume, Meri, Paul, Angie, Thomas, Sue, Andrew Harris who is a new rider and  myself departed Grovedale for Bellbrae via Torquay. The coffee break was at The Stoop Torquay where the majority of riders received their fix. New owners have taken over the café and there’s room for improvement with their ordering system. Back on our bikes we travelled to Bellbrae and it was along this section of the route that Chris Hume decided he needed more training and headed towards the hills and Jan Juc. The rest of we mere mortals headed back to Geelong. Generally we do this ride route in the reverse direction and it was interesting to ride down, rather than up, the hill at Bellbrae.  A tail wind was certainly welcome on the return journey.
Regards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Ride to Raven's Creek Farm in Moriac on Thursday 1.2.18
Twelve riders to Moriac, ten at Bunnings, Ange and Paul, Jackie and David, Ted, Ian, Rolf, Chris Hu, Ron and myself, while we headed out via Anglesea Rd and Blackgate Rd Trudi and Meri left from home and we all came together at Raven’s Creek Moriac. After a very enjoyable coffee we all headed for home, some via the Barrabool Hills and the rest via the Highway and Waurn Ponds Bvd, a most enjoyable mornings ride. We did have a little drop of rain both going and coming but being tough we ignored it and pedalled on.
Cheers, Peter .

Tuesday Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 30.1.18
With no Ross and no one knowing his planned route we decided a coffee/hot Chocolate at the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie would be a good option, particularly as there was a good Southerly blowing. Participating was Paul and Ange, Rolf, David I, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Ken and myself. We headed down through Moriac via Reservoir Rd., Ken likes his hills so he took it right through to Hendy Main Rd while the rest of us took the short cut via Cape Otway Rd., and Ken caught us up at coffee. The ride down Forest Rd was it’s usual long drag particularly into the wind but we were rewarded with a nice tail wind on the way home. To keep the legs ticking over we went through Bells Beach and took Ocean Bvd through Jan Juc for a change. Being early into Torquay no one needed to stop to refuel so everyone rolled on home via HSBend Rd. A very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's Ride to Curlewis & Collendina on Sunday 28.1.18
At 8:30 at South Geelong Station your ride leader was still looking for company on the ride but alas there were no takers! I decided to take the rail trail out to Curlewis and cut through some of the back roads of Wallington to have coffee at the Cheeky Cow in Collendina. Although the temperature was high the strength of the wind helped to keep the body at a good temperature. Service was slow at the Cheeky Cow and I had my eye on the clock as I wanted to intercept the riders in the Cadel Evans GOR Elite Race and take a few photos. After a milkshake I rode along the Barwon Heads Rd to the Bluestone School roundabout and waited there with quite a few locals for the race to come through. The first photo below shows the breakaway group and the second photo the main group. By the time I climbed up from the Barwon to Belmont at about 12:30pm the temperature was about 38 degrees and I could feel the impact of the heat but was well satisfied with the 63km ride.
Keep Riding, John.

What our Riders are up to on Saturday 27.1.18 - Cadel Evans Ride & Unofficial ride to Drysdale.

Lyn & Ken's unofficial 101km ride Thursday 25 January
It was a lovely cool morning when we set out along WP drive, up Pettavel then Reservoir to HM Rd past Moriac and onto Forest Rd where we encountered Richie Porte & the BMC team out training for the UCI event. At the end of Forest Rd we continued to Jarosite and after  some  undulations through beautiful bushland around Jan Juc we arrived at our chosen cafe Swell having ridden 50kms. Much refreshed we continued to Torquay to Barwon Heads via Blackgate & 13th Beach where photos were taken. The return journey was on Lake Rd thru Warralily estate & HB Rd.- a great day out on the bike.
Cheers  Lyn L

Trudi's Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 25.1.18
On a overcast muggy day I had twelve riders: Ross, Chris, Peter, Rolf, Meri, Ange and Paul, Mike, Sue, Reece, Julia and David, Ted. Today's ride seemed to be all about road works, starting at Church St. Once around the closed start of Ted Wilson Path and onto the Ballan Rd, Peter informed me of the two sections of road that were being  re serviced. Lucky for us it was finished and quite nice to ride on, we turned onto Stacey's Rd, Bacchus Marsh Rd, Windermere Rd coffee was at my favourite Cafe Blu. On finishing our chosen beverages and all refreshed the group split into two groups to head home.
Thanks everyone for joining me today. Trudi.

Ross' Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 23.1.18
Today was a perfect day for a bike ride and some others agreed as we had 11 people assemble at the show grounds for a cruise down to Point Lonsdale. Rolf, Chris Hu, Adam, Jackie, David, Ange, Paul, Ron, Dr Mike, Mick and Ross set out for Boundary then Portarlington Roads. The action stated with a (possibly unhinged) walker hurling abuse at us as we passed him on the rail trail. This was followed by a run of bad luck for Ron who had 3 punctures and a chain derailment in the first 10 kilometres. He decided that was enough "excitement" for one day. The only up side was that all this happened close to home. The rest of us continued on to a right turn in to Curlewis Road then on to a long run down Swan Bay Road then on to the Queenscliff Road and on to Point Lonsdale. After refreshments and conversation in the sun, we set off up Shell Road to Collendina where Mick left us, then on through Ocean Grove and on to Barwon Heads. David, Jackie and Dr Mike had decided they preferred a more sedate and direct run home, leaving the rest of the group to take advantage of a slight tail wind along the 13th Beach Road.  It felt like a quite fast run but the more sedate trio were just behind us when we arrived at Black Rock Road. The "faster" group continued on via Blackgate and Horseshoe Bend Road towards home.
Thanks to all for a great day out. Ross.

Sunday Ride to Basil's Farm at Swan Bay - 21.1.18
Dr Mike, Chris Hu & John H turned up at Sth Geelong on a rather pleasant morning for riding. We decided to head down Swan Bay Rd and possibly have coffee at Picnic if it was not too crowded - well, it was crowded so we moved down the Portarlington-Queenscliff Rd thinking that Pt Lonsdale might be the next stop. I then remembered that someone had told me there was a farm that served up pretty good coffee along the way so we turned left down the dirt track at Basil's Farm and were delighted at what we found. Check out the pictures below. Unfortunately they don't have large coffee mugs but Chris and Mike say the cakes are to be savoured. Our return was through Pt Lonsdale, Collendina, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Lake Rd. We were surprised at the very heavy traffic, especially through Barwon Heads - there was a traffic jam at the roundabout at the end of the bridge!
Keep Riding - John Hagan.

TWO Rides - 1/ to Groove in Ocean Grove & 2/ the Unofficial Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay - 20.1.18
Thanks to Mike for most of the photos
Ten riders gathered at the Grovedale pub this morning - a good turnout seeing as the A team was busy at the TDU. Paul & Angie, Adam, Ken, Dr Mike, 2x Chris’, Peter, Jacqui and ride leader Wee Davey. With a gentle south easterly to point the way we headed down Surf Coast Hwy and thru the estates towards Ocean Grove. The Sheepwash deviation provided opportunity for the sprinters before a relaxing coffee at Groove. The return journey along 13th Beach was very pleasant. Met Geoff and Marie along the way returning from their coffee run. Indecision saw the bunch split at Breamlea - some taking the shortcut via Lake Road and others across to Horseshoe Bend. Was perfectly timed as we met up again at Warralily. Thence home as best we could.
Thanks all for a pleasant ride. Chris Halpin.

Ted's Ride to The Flame Tree Cafe at Roraima Nursery in Lara on Thursday 18.1.18
It was a balmy 18 degrees when 9 riders assembled at Rippleside for a trip to Lara’s Roraima Nursery. By the time we returned to the start/finish it was 30 and later in the day 41 degrees so the early starts during summer are well worth while. Mick, Chris Hu, Dr Mike, Adam, Paul, Ange, Ron and myself headed out towards the North Geelong Railway Station where we enjoyed a smooth ride on the new concrete path along the Korean War Avenue of Honour and then under the Separation Street Bridge. We joined the bike path at the wood chipping facility although some preferred the road option until we met up again on the Grammar School Road. After a  short run of 16k to Roraima we sampled their coffee and batted away a few mozzies. The Aeroguard supplied by the coffee van was empty but having experienced the Roraima mozzies before I remembered to bring the Rid. Following coffee we headed through Lara to Windermere Road and along Bacchus Marsh Road to Stacey’s Hill. At that point the peloton split with Paul, Ange, Adam, Dr Mike and Chris Hu tackling the hill and the rest taking the softer option of Bacchus Marsh Road and the Ted Wilson. The Soft Crew found an interesting track through Norlane at the Fountain of Friendship Park and returned to Rippleside exhausted (well I was anyway – leading is quite stressful!). The Stacey’s Hill Commandos successfully negotiated the hill and Ballan Road although there was a brief moment of panic when a truck passed them a bit too close for comfort.Thanks for the ride and thanks Mike for the photos. Ted.