GTC News Wednesday 19.6.19
Events this Week
Thursday 20th June - am Church St/Ted Wilson Path - 50km to Lara via Lovely Banks - pick a leader on the day.
Saturday 22nd June - 8:30am from Geelong Showgrounds - 70km to Drysdale & Portarlington - Trudi Bellia to lead.
Sunday 23rd June - 9am from South Geelong Station - 50km to Drysdale - pick ride leader on the day.
Peter Jones & Chris Hume Ride to Moriac via Dog Rocks & the Barrabool Hills on Tuesday 18.6.19
As I headed for the start of today's ride at Church St in a light shower I thought there was little chance our glorious Leader Trudi would be there, and maybe no one else except for Chris Hu, and I was right, no Trudi and shortly after I got there Chris rolled up on his gravel bike ready to go find some gravel roads.
At 9-00 am we headed off to Moriac via Dog Rocks. The showers had disappeared, a bit of a cool wind but nothing us tough riders couldn’t handle. Took Merrawarp Rd up to Barrabool Rd, in the second dip took a nice gravel road out past the Horse indoor Training Arena then back on Barrabool Rd towards Hendy Main Rd. Trudi turned up in her car and followed us into Moriac, taking a few photos on the way. Enjoyed a coffee and the biggest Brownie I have seen for a while, had to get a doggie bag
The weather was overcast, a bit of Sun now and then with a fresh West South Westerly so a nice tailwind home, sought out a few gravel roads ending up on Waurn Ponds Drive for an easy roll home. A most enjoyable morning on the bike.
Greg Allerton's 100km+ Ride to Inverleigh & Winchelsea on Sunday 16.6.19
It proved to be a perfect winter day for a long ride. John Carleton came specially just to take the start photo before Chris Hume and I rode off at 8-06 am. It was a chilly descent down the Deviation and out through Fyansford on the quiet Hamilton Highway. There were a few brief spits of drizzle but it was basically fine as we made good time out to Inverleigh. After a brief stop we then meandered along some quiet backroads passed the Cemetery,left at Mahers rd over the railway, then right at Morgans Rd and right at Barwon Park Rd which took us back to Hamilton Highway where we turned left. After 2 km we turned left into Flemings Rd which led us past an abandoned two storey bluestone cottage close to the road, in the middle of nowhere. Soon after we took a short out and back detour along McIntyre Rd to check on an un-named lake which was a bit smaller than other times I have seen it. There were a few cars as we pushed on south after rejoining Barwon Park Rd. We eventually reached Winchelsea for a well deserved coffee stop after about 60 km.
The trip back was more direct via Atkins Rd,then South Buckley Rd and left into Cape Otway Rd. After a few km we veered right passed Brown's Swamp and into Larcombes Rd. Hendy Main Rd took us through Moriac and up towards Mt Moriac before turning right into Reservoir Rd for a quiet run and left into Pettavel Rd. After a short section along Princes Hwy we cruised into Waurn Ponds Drive and along to Pigdons Dve where Chris went left and I crossed over onto Waurn Ponds Creek bikepath and over Breakwater arriving home by around 1-30 pm. I rode 111 km, average 23.1 I enjoyed the ride and would like to thank Chris for his company and John Carleton for the start photo.
Ross Glover's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 16.6.19
Six riders for today's bike trail ride. The ride leader suggested an interesting route incorporating the Pipeline Track and a nice ride up Hyland Street but we actually set out for Drysdale via the rail trail. Rolf, Peter J, Janet, Elizabeth, new prospect Ian and Ross set off from South Geelong Station, meeting Trudi just after the first highway crossing. No much to report on the ride out to Drysdale. All very pleasant, though as the only person in shorts, the ride leader was finding the weather slightly cool. Refreshments were taken at The Bungalow Cafe with half the group choosing a nice warm inside table. Afterwards, the group again divided this time for the trip home with a few choosing a longer route via Princess Street, rather than back down the rail trail. Thanks to all for their company.
Peter Jones' Ride to Little River, The You Yangs & Lara on Saturday 15.6.19
Seven hardy riders this morning , including Sue and her new Pilot Richard, joining me were Trudi and Leo, Laurie and Rolf. Took the Hovell Trail out to the outskirts of Lara and then along the Old Melbourne Rd. Through Little River and back skirting the You Yangs to Xpresso for a well earned coffee, there was a bit of grumbling about over 50 ks before coffee, Rule 5 applies! Home was via The Ted Wilson Trail everyone turning off as we went along, quite a nice morning on the bike if a little brisk early on.
Dr Mike's Ride to Torquay on Thursday 13.6.19
Ron and I were surprised by a light sprinkle of rain and a very large rainbow as we cycled towards Grovedale. Fortunately the rain soon cleared and we were treated to an excellent riding day. Eleven intrepid riders turned up at Grovedale pub. Mike, Mike C, Ron, Rolf, Chris Hu., Nick. Sarah, Wee Dave, Jackie, Ted Peter and Ross. We all had an excellent run out to Torquay, not realising I suspect that we had a tail wind. Jackie excelled leading out on Grossman’s Rd although Rolf (as usual ) won the sprint. There was coffee and cakes and great conversation at Mejavos. The ride leader almost managed to find yet another way of breaking a bone when he stupidly climbed on the outdoor table for a photo. This foolish feat should not be attempted again as one of the beams on the table top has large crack in it. We came back along Horseshoe Bend Rd into something of a headwind. Ted excelled up the hills on his new steed. Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very enjoyable ride.
CLUB DINNER - Held at Cucina One 12 Restaurant in High St Belmont on Wednesday 12.6.19
Ange & Paul, Carol & Ron, Jo & Ted, Marion & Peter, Sarah & Nick, Trudi & Leo, Janet, Sue, Andrew, John, Ken, Mark, and Mike Currie made up the 19 who attended last night's dinner. From the feedback I received, everybody had a most enjoyable evening. There would seem to be good reasons to consider holding a dinner twice a year, perhaps March and September or even close to Christmas. It would be improved if we could guarantee a number in excess of 30 so we coule have exclusive use of the Sandstone restaurant on a midweek night. I would gladly receive any comments that members might have both in relation to last night and possible future dinners.
Many thanks to all that attended.
Peter Jones' Ride from Rippleside to Melbourne on Tuesday 11.6.19
Seven keen riders on a cool and crisp morning, Sarah, Trudi, Ron, Nick, John M, Ken and myself. Overcame the first problem when Ken turned up wearing a lovely warm beanie, but no helmet. Luckily Rolf only lives a few minutes away so a quick phone call and Ken had spare helmet, problem solved.
Headed out to Lara via the Hovell Creek Trail, then via Little River, Edgars Rd, Bulban Rd into Werribee for a well earned coffee and cake. From Werribee we made our way to the Federation Trail for about 5 klm then cut across via Palmers Rd to Skeleton Creek Trail to the Bay Trail and via Altona, Williamstown to Docklands for an even more well earned coffee and bite of lunch.
As the day wore on the Northerly freshened which made pretty hard work of it but we persevered and after our refreshment break we got to Southern Cross just in time to catch the 2-30 pm Sth Geelong train. We were thinking of Ken who turned back at Altona, at least he should have had a nice tail wind home. A cracker of a day on the bike in excellent company.
David Innes' Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Millars in Lara on Sunday 9.6.19
It was a peloton size group that showed up for a as good as it gets winters day with bursts of sunshine though rather windy. Starting from the train station combined ride with Geelong Cycling we decided a different direction was needed instead of the slightly over done Drysdale Bungalow coffee ride. Ross guided us through the city down an ally - a safer route to get onto Aberdeen street - heading for the Ted Wilson Trail, Church Street entrance from there it was the usual Lovely Banks route so often taken with lovely views at the top of a short sharp climb of 13% the rest of the way was into a head wind. This made it tough going at times but the final stretch along Elcho Road was easier with the wind coming from a north easterly direction. We soon arrived at the welcome sight of Millars coffee. The route home was along the Hovell Trail with the wind behind us we enjoyed a much easier ride home. Thanks to all who attended. I’m sure everyone enjoyed the ride. A special welcome to Ian Busch a new rider to our group. In attendance were: Ross, Chris Hume, Rolf, John Miro, Janet, Marg Smith, Dr Mike Taylor, Dave Simpson, Wendy Timms and Ian Busch (new).
Trudi's Saturday Ride to Curlewis, Wallington & Barwon Heads - 8.6.19
With a cold frosty Saturday morning start, eight riders: Rolf, Mark, Ross, Jennie, Paul and Ange, Leo and myself set off for the Portarlington Rd, Coppards Rd, Balleranie Rail Trail, Curlewis Rd, Wallington Rd. My Cafe of choice today was at The Paddock. Deciding to take full advantage of the table outside that was bathed in glorious warm sunshine. With all of our refreshments gone and the chatter slowly fading away, it was time to get back on our bikes. Our route home was Barwon Heads, Thirteenth Beach, Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Rd. Thanks everyone for joining me today on what turned out to be a magnificent winters day for a ride. Sorry to John Miro, who was only a tiny bit late this morning and missed us. "Life is better a your bike."
Ron's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 6.6.19
Ten riders, comprising Ron, Ken, Peter J, Chris Hu, Rolf, Mike T, Ted, Laurie, Nick and Sarah. Headed off from the Show Grounds via the rail trail, crossing the highway onto the new smooth and fast 4klms sealed strip and up to our regular coffee shop at The Bungalow. The usual swift service and nice hot beverages were enjoyed b the chatty group, sheltered from the drizzle outside.
On leaving we split up into groups of 5, some returning via Princes Street site so that Ted could try ou his new E-Bike on the hilly sections. Ken left them and returned via Banks and Grubb Roads to Barwon Heads. The rest of us headed back to the rail trail. Nick punctured on the trail being the only one for the day. A pleasant ride was had in good company.
Ken's Ride through the Barrabool Hills to Moriac on Tuesday 4.6.19
With a 40% chance of rain up to 1300 and winds up to 35 kph, it was understandable that many members would not be inclined to get out on the bike. However, Julia, PJ, Chris Hume and John Miro turned up to keep me company and we made our way to Moriac via Merrawarp, Devon, Reservoir and Hendy Main. Such was the strength of the southerly a change of route was proposed during our refreshment break at Moriac. The thought of 18 kms into the wind heading south along Hendy Main and Forest to Anglesea was not appealing so opted instead to return to Highton via Hortips, Considines and Barrabool. We rode through rain shortly after leaving Moriac but the roads were dry once past Pollocksford. I followed close behind Peter for a while uphill to listen for the sound of the power assist - I could not hear anything unusual. It was a good ride but I think all were glad when it was over.
Ken's 100km Ride to the South West of Geelong on Sunday 2.6.19
The 100 km option surged in popularity this week when twice the number of riders of a fortnight ago set out from South Geelong. On the road along the river, close to the pedestrian bridge, Laurie Atkins came from the opposite direction. He turned around and joined us as far as Ceres. Greg and I followed Merrawarp, Hamilton Hwy and Pollocksford back to Barrabool Rd. We stopped for refreshments after 34 kms at the "Cafe With A View" where Christines fresh-out-of-oven rhubarb cake was again delicious. Greg headed home along Grays Rd whilst I continued to the end of Forest. From Bellbrae on, I was conscious of rain in the west. 10 minutes after arriving home it set in for much of the afternoon. Given the forecast, luck was on our side. I rode with cleats for the first time in 3 months which made climbing significantly easier. A very satisfying 5 hours pedalling.
Lyn's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 2.6.19
We had 13 riders front up for today’s coolish ride down to Drysdale and return. We followed the usual trail down to The Bungalow for coffees/cakes and chatter. On the home run some went back down the trail, and the rest took Princes Rd, Swan Bay Rd and home. Thanks to the following for a good ride: Trudi , Leo, PJ , Ross, Chris Hu, David, Rolf, Mike, Pam, Butch, Marge, Andrew and Lyn.
NEWS - 23.5.19 - news also that Lyn Kerr's husband Keith John Kerr passed away recently. Our sympathies to Lyn and family. Lyn is a great supporter of the club and was a very keen rider in the early days of the GTC.
20.5.19: news that Cycling Geelong member Max Wilkinson passed away yesterday (19.5.19) after a battle with cancer. Many GTC riders will remember Max as a thorough gentleman from the combined rides a number of years ago. He will be sadly missed. John H.
Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Bannockburn - 1.6.19
Just six for my Saturday ride out to Bannockburn: Sarah, Trudi, Leo, Rolf, Nick and myself. Took the Ted Wilson Trail to Ballarat Rd, followed the path to Ballan Rd and out to Steiglitz Rd. This is a lovely road, meandering through the countryside over some rolling hills, all looking good as the bit of rain we’ve had starts to green the paddocks up even though we are officially now in Winter. Took Parker Rd down through the Moorabool valley, lovely. Then payback, the long climb up to the Midland Hwy, then on into Bannockburn for a well earned coffee at Le due Sorelle. After coffee and chat took Burnside Rd back to the Hamilton Hwy for an easy ride back into Fyansford where the bunch split and headed for home. A most enjoyable ride in good company.
Sarah Reports on the Ride to Torquay on Thursday 30.5.19
Five riders braved the elements to start from Grovedale Hotel, namely Peter Jones, Ken, Chris Hu, Sarah and Nick. Thank goodness Trudi and her spare tube also caught us up at Warralily. Amazingly, in spite of the chilly and damp weather, we worked up a light sweat before coffee and cake at Mejavo's. Thus fortified, we pressed on for what we thought would be a fairly quick trip home. This was not to be however as Sarah got two punctures, both front and back, and her bike mechanic husband was frustrated in his attempts to use his brand new CO2 cylinder inflater, plus one valve failed, hence the need for a third tube. Nick ate humble pie at Hendry's and now can use the device. All's well that ends well though so all in all a good day out.
Ross' Ride around the Barwon & Waurn Ponds Creek on a very windy Tuesday - 28.5.19
Just 5 intrepid riders for today's ride. It was scheduled as a 70 km ride through the Barrabool Hills but given the forecast, a unanimous decision was made to set our sights slightly lower and less wind-swept. Julie, Peter J, Chris Hu, John M and Ross set out for a leisurely tour around the river path with a detour via the Waurn Ponds Creek path and Pipline track to Two Sugars in Highton for a even more leisurely refreshment break. Drink, food and conversation over, each rider set off for home in a different direction.
Thanks to all for a very pleasant outing. Cheers, Ross.
David Innes' Ride to Lara on Sunday 26.5.19
A sunny day no rain in sight but very windy day met half a dozen hardy souls for a short ride to Lara. Starting from Rippleside Park taking the usual route but this time with a twist riding past Geelong Grammar School we joining an old disused road taking us past the old rubbish dump then back into the Hovell Trail. We arrived in Lara battling a strong head wind which seemed to be determined to stay in our face all the way around the circuit. Anyhow Millars was a welcome respite from the wind as we sat in a sheltered spot outside in the sun enjoying our coffees. Heading home we decided to take the Bacchus Marsh Road then onto the Ted Wilson Trail with a liffle relief from the wind. Once we were headed home it seemed then like we all had e-bikes as the wind finally assisted us.
A good enjoyable ride with no problems. With thanks to the following: Peter Jones, Chris, Dr Mike, Rolf, John Miro, and David Innes (ride leader).
Trudi's Ride to Anakie on Saturday 25.5.19
Five riders this morning for my ride to Anakie: Jennie, Peter, Mark, Greg and Trudi. Ride route taken was Ted Wilson path, Anakie Rd, Ballan Rd. As usual it was a slow pace out to Anakie due to strong headwind all the way. Coffee wasn't at the usual stop though, The Old Workshop Cafe was our cafe of choice. And what a lovely spot to stop, highly recommend this Cafe next time you're out that way. "Only open from Thursday till Sunday" all home made cakes, sponges, slices, pies and pickling produce from their garden. With coffee and tea consumed it was time for our lovely run home or should I say a lovely wind assisted ride back along Ballan Rd. Just a side note, I counted only four trucks that passed us, and all trucks took the option of going wide giving us plenty of space. Thanks to those who rode today, as for everyone else you missed a great ride and an even better coffee stop.
"Life is better on a bike", Trudi.
Chris Halpin's Circuit to Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove on Thursday 23.5.19
Another magical Autumn day and 15 GTC members waiting eagerly at the Grovedale Hotel for yours truly. All agreed it was time to revisit Groove - so off we set along Torquay Rd, Warralilly, Lakes, then to 13th Beach which looked a picture at low tide. Interesting that most of the gang rode in formation today, 2 x 2 chatting in the lovely sunshine. A bit of a spurt into Barwon Heads - not sure who won as I was too busy photographing the surf. Coffee at Groove was the usual high standard as was the conversation. A brief pause to film a video to acknowledge Ted's Wedding Anniversary (congratulations to you both). Back along the beach again because it was so lovely, up to Horseshoe Bend and home thru the rapidly growing suburbia. Thanks to Paul & Ange, Ken, PJ, Trudi, Ron, Dr Mike, Sue & Tom, Rolf, Mark K, David, Chris Hi and yours truly Chris Ha.
The Magnificent 7 - David Innes' Ride to Little River and Werribee on Tuesday 21.5.19
The magnificent 7 turned up on a fine morning ready to ride to Werribee with relatively light to moderate winds we headed off from rippleside park along the foreshore bike path through to north shore onto the hovel trail to Lara. First stop was for a coffee in Lara where somehow Peter jones and my coffees got mixed! up I having to endure a soy! milk coffee whilst Peter my skinny milk in his. With our coffees finished we saddled up again heading for a long stint to Werribee taking in the sights of Lara as I finally got my bearings to get us to flinders Rd where apon reaching the end of it Rolf had to leave us to go back home the rest of the trip to Werribee we alternated direction into a head wind wth some favourable winds pushing us towards Werribee. Arriving in Werribee I discovered I had a flat tyre so changed that quickly while the rest of the group ordered their lunch and beverages, after lunch the trip home was pretty good with the wind mostly behind us and easier than it was going to Werribee. Thanks to the magnificent 7 we had a great ride uneventful which is the way I like it no! Accidents!!
Attending were: Peter Jones, Rolf, Trudi, Chris, Ron, John Miro and your ride leader
Roads less travelled - GTC long ride Sunday 19 May 2019
It was a cool start but a great autumn day for riding in near calm conditions. The route down the Deviation and out the upgraded Hamilton Highway to Inverleigh was enjoyable with very few trucks. The ride leader then modified the intended course to visit some quiet backroads to the west of the town doing an out and back section. A seemingly abandoned car near the Warrambine creek bridge with all 4 doors open and no one in sight was a puzzle. Further on was an isolated impressive but derelict two storey bluestone cottage located close to the road. There were only eleven cars in over thirty km in this section. The earlier puzzle at the bridge was solved when I stopped and chatted with an engineer who had been earlier under the fifty year old structure checking its safety when I crossed overhead. Back to Inverleigh it was then an uneventful trip home along the busier Hamilton Highway, to complete 104 km average 22.4 I enjoyed the ride and thanks to JC for coming to the start. Sorry but I declined the solo photo.
Lyn Gregg's Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 19.5.19
A great turn out on a very crisp morning. There were 18 of as we headed off to The Bungalow in Drysdale. We went on the new part of the rail trail which is great. We met Geoff B on the trail and Heather at Melaluka Rd. We enjoyed coffee, tea and some cakes and lots of chatter. Apologies I lost 75% of the group on the way back. Hope everyone arrived home safe.
Thank you to PJ and Marion, Pam, Ron, Trudi, Leo, Marie, Geoff, Heather, Geoff, Ross, Chris H, David, Rolf, Butch, Jennie, Mick and Lyn.
Turned to a lovely sunny day.
Cheers, Lyn. .
Check out the "Unofficial" Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 18.5.19 - This was a big group - Photos by JC. - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS.
Chris Halpin Reports on the Saturday Ride to Moriac - 18.5.19
No ride leader at Bunnings this morning, Mike obviously overwhelmed by his Polling Booth duties. Nothing lost as the 8 waiting riders (PJ, Paul & Ange, John M, Andrew, Trudi & Leo) did their own quick poll and elected the deaf bloke to fill in. Off we set in the freezing sunshine up Ghazepore to the Anglesea Rd, up Blackgate and on to the Moriac Store. Coffee, gossip and cakes in front of the open fire was just fabulous. Very hard to leave. Home via Hendy Main where the group split - 4 down Reservoir Rd and on to Waurn Ponds Dve, Trudi, Paul Ange and John soldiered home over the Barabool hills.
Lovely riding in perfect winter sunshine. Thanks everyone. Chris Ha.
Trudi's Ride to Lara on Thursday 18.5.19
With a very cool start for today's ride to Lara, eleven cool cyclists turned up. Ken and Lyn, Chris Ha and Chris Hu, Peter, Rolf, Ron, Sarah and Nick, Jennie and Trudi. Our ride route today was Ted Wilson Path, Creamery Rd, Ballan Rd, Stacey's Rd, Bacchus Marsh Rd and Windermere.. Coffee was at Cafe Blu, the choice to sit inside out of the cool air was a good decision. With coffee, cake, bananas and muesli bars all consumed it was time to head for Hovells Creek Path and home. Quite a quick run home with everyone heading in different directions at Rippleside. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable ride today....
"Life is better on a bike", Trudi.
Ken's Ride to The Barrabool Hills, Moriac and Freshwater Creek on Tuesday 14.5.19
10 riders who did not wish to venture into the wilds of the Otways, assembled at the Grovedale Hotel carpark. Ange & Paul, Sarah & Nick, Lyn & Ken, Chris Halpin, Dave, John Miro and Ron. Half way along Hams Rd we were alerted to the absence of Ange and Paul. Several attempts to message them failed so reluctantly we continued on via Lemins and WP Drive. Contact via text messages eventually resulted in the missing ones being welcomed back by John and Ken at the top of the Drive. The four then set out after the group ahead. Riding at a pace with which Ange was comfortable, we proceeded to Reservoir Rd via Pettavel before turning north up Cape Otway Rd. Dave passed us heading in the opposite direction and was not seen again. Because there had been no sighting of the group, I assumed they had continued along Reservoir to Hendy Main instead of tackling the hills of Devon and the strong headwind of Barrabool.
Eventually we all came together at the Moriac store and enjoyed refreshments. The wind was our ally as we sped down Hendy Main and Blackgate to the Anglesea Rd before being buffetted by crosswinds on our way to Dickins. Ghazeepore saw the departure of R, S, N & C. The 5 left in the group then headed to Highton via Pigdons, the pipeline and Wandana. Most would have clocked up 60+ kms with A, P and R significantly more. here were no photos by request!
Peter Jones Leads the Ride from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Deans Marsh on Tuesday 14.5.19
Five riders including myself on todays ride from Winchelsea, Trudi, Julie, Chris Hu, Rolf and myself. A cool morning with a cool breeze as we pedalled over to Birregurra for a coffee, very enjoyable. Then it was off to Deans Marsh, very quiet and peaceful, rolling hills, fairly green, lots of cows and beef cattle grazing on the countryside. We got harassed by an old lady walking her dog, “Not all you have lights on, why don’t you obey the rules” she shouted at us, some people have some strange ideas of the law.
Enjoyed lunch at Deans Marsh General Store, Morokan Lamb Pies were popular, of course Trudi went for the Vegan Pie. Met up with a local rider who knew Greg, “just tell him Nick the Fireman says hello”, he said. From Deans Marsh it is undulating and up to Bambra then a long downhill, firstly through the Otway Forrest Park, then through open farmlands back to Winch. Lovely day out on the bike in excellent company.
Cheers, Peter J.
Ross Glover Leads Cycling Geelong & GTC on a Circuit of Geelong on Sunday 12.5.19
Had an excellent turnout for today's combined easy Geelong loop. Present at the Rippleside start were Kevin, Helen, Dave, Margy, Coralie from Cycling Geelong, Rolf, David I, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, and Ross from GTC plus a late arriving John M representing both clubs.
There was very little other traffic on the path so it was a nice easy ride along the waterfront towards Corio, then some interaction with traffic along St Georges Road as we made the transit to the Ted Wilson Trail. The green light duration across the Princes Highway seems to get shorter each time I ride the road. Even the front riders can barely make it across before the change to amber. Normal service was resumed on the Ted Wilson with very few other users. After some debate about riding via the new road/housing development at Church Street, we continued via the "traditional" route down Hyland Street and the river path to Barwon Edge. Concerns about Mother's Day crowds weren't realised with a choice of (outside) tables. Refreshments and conversation continued until a light shower provided the impetus to continue on. The first early finishers left here with the group gradually diminishing until just 5 finishers (4 CG, 1 GTC) arrived at the finish point.
Thanks to all participants for a very pleasant outing. Regards, Ross.
Peter J and Monica Ride to Lara on Saturday 11.5.19
Dismal looking morning early, obviously put everyone off, I was there on my lonesome, just as well I had a potential new member there to keep me company. Come 8-30 am no one else had fronted so Monica and I rolled on out to Millar’s for a pleasant coffee and chat before heading for home via the Hovell Creek Trail. Going out we took the Ted Wilson Trail. The Floodway was closed at Lara but there was only a little bit of water under the Freeway and not much head wind, and of course not a drop of rain. Very enjoyable morning, just a pity there were no members to introduce to Monica.
Chris Halpin's MTB (with Road Alternative) Ride from Torquay to Anglesea - Thursday 9.5.19
Ten intrepid riders started in Torquay this morning. Trudi, Paul and Ange rode down on their road bikes. PJ, John M, Nick & Sarah, Mark K and myself sported various Gravel bikes. Then who should rock up with 2 minutes to go but Ross Glover on his bespoke Surly. An amazing effort having only arrived home from his 1000km WA trip at midnight. The weather report was pretty dire but as the great man said - "No such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing". Yeah! So off we rode, 3 road bikers on the bitumen, 7 gravellers on the clifftop trail. This is a fabulous ride. Skirting Torquay's beautiful beaches, Jan Juc, then to Bells for a breather. A short loop around Bells on the bitumen, then rejoined the trail thru the Ironbarks to Point Addis and down to the river mouth at Anglesea. Coffee was popular and the chatter noisy. Unfortunately the road bikers were too quick and headed off. The return leg took us up the hill beside the Hwy, then along the ridge to Point Addis and back the way we had come. No rain, lots of fun and thanks for the company.
David Innes' Ride to Anakie and Lara on Tuesday 7.5.19
It was a sunny but very cold morning and my Garmin read below 5c! Our ride was from Church Street/Ted Wilson Trail heading out to Anakie via the Anakie Ballan Highway. A seedy bunch of riders turned up once again to tackle the advertised 80 km ride that ended up been over 90 km but that’s okay. So off we went starting well we were soon battling a strong head wind making it difficult to keep the bunch together as a few struggled along but we made it to Anakie for a very well earned coffee. The usual chatting and laughter as we enjoyed our coffee outside in the courtyard for perhaps the last of the sunshine for a while as winter is definitely here. A good rest and we saddled up and headed up the road past Fairy Park to Staughton Vale Road for the nice down hill run. It wasn’t until Balliang Road that the wind finally favoured us pushing us along at a nice pace to the Baccus Marsh Highway We decided to head straight along the highway to take advantage of the wind direction soon realising if it was the right decision because of the major road works going on there. Anyhow we navigated safely along the highway turning into Windermere road to Lara.
John Miro and myself left the rest as they stopped for lunch taking the Hovell Trail home. Thank you to all who rode today for a sometimes challenging ride but enjoyable one. In attendance were: Peter Jones, Rolf, John Miro, Ron, Trudi and ride leader
Ken's 100km Ride to the East of Geelong on Sunday 5.5.19
10 men and 2 women assembled at SG Stn for the two Sunday rides. Those opting for the mystery ride of around 50k were a seedy looking group so the ladies decided to throw in their lot with the endurance squad. Ange, Lyn, Greg, Ken, Paul and Mark S set out on what was more of a mystery than the rather predictable rail trail to Drysdale embraced by the other group.
Travelling on the Bellarine Hwy and then turning up Curlewis Rd, we came to the RT crossing lights on the Portarlington Rd just behind them. We continued along the following roads - Grubb, Swan Bay, Banks (both left and right) Shell and Grubb- in making our way to Van Loon's Nursery Cafe for a refreshment break. Ange and Lyn had recovered well from their hard ride to Lorne the previous Tuesday and all (apart fom Mark who left us early) comfortably achieved the 100.
The Mystery Ride Goes to The Bungalow at Drysdale on Sunday 5.5.19
A big turn out for two rides today meeting at the south Geelong station today one the 100 km and the other half the distance for the retired racers lol.
For the 50 km ride the elite riders of the club and one new electric bike headed off to the usual Drysdale fav coffee at the bungalow nearly catching the 100 km riders we took to the dirt along the rail trail possibly for the last time as it’s soon going to be sealed. Arriving in Drysdale for a well earned coffee and considerably long social chat we then headed back along the way we came.
Thanks to the following elite who attended the harder ride: Rolf, Myself, Dr Mike, Mike Curry, Peter Jones, and Ian Fraser.
Cheers, David Innes.
GTC & Bicycle Network do a Combined Ride to Drysdale and Barwon Heads - Saturday 4.5.19
Five GTC members in this group of 14, Andrew C, Mark K, Peter M, Chris Ha and myself. Met the bunch at Barwon Valley Park, took the bike path out to Drysdale, bypassed the gravel sections by heading out past Bunnings and up Grubb Rd to Swan Bay Rd., then across on Banks Rd through Collendina and over the Barwon River bridge. Took coffee at The Beach House in Barwon Heads with a Florentine on BN. A rather large shower went through while we enjoyed our coffee and thought we might be lucky but another good one caught us on 13th Beach, of course we battled on and came out the other side ok. Took HSBend home with a very nice tailwind, finishing back at Barwon Valley Park. A most enjoyable morning riding with some new friends. Distance approx. 75 klm
Cheers, Peter J.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ross & Chris Hume on COMPLETING the 1,067km Munda Biddi Trail from Perth to Albany - 3.5.19
Greetings from Albany. We have done it! The Munda Biddi has been conquered. Probably should confess that we have taken twice as long as some people to do it. Over 1000 km at an average of less than 10 kph! The last few days have been a gradual wind-down - last day in the bush, last night in a M-B hut then last riding day. We are in remarkably good condition. No real mechanical problems other than some fairly constant gear changing issues for Chris. Mind you, we have been changing gear several hundred times a day. No punctures and no injuries other that scratches. We have a few days in Albany to rest up and look around before taking the bus back to Perth. Should be back doing club rides late next week.
Regards, Ross and Chris.
Peter Jones' SOLO Ride in the Rain to Torquay - Thursday 2.5.19
Today was the day for the real cyclist, not the fair weather cyclist who appears when the Sun is out, there is no wind, there is no rain, the real cyclist rides for the sheer joy of riding, for the challenge of overcoming the weather, and the wonderful buzz from completing the ride. Lovely peaceful ride, excellent coffee at Mejavo's now I'm off to pick up my new bike.
Paul M's Ride from Torquay to Lorne on Tuesday 30.4.19
Distance 93km. Coffee/lunch at Lorne Larder. Photos by Peter Jones.
Chris Halpin's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 28.4.19
A round dozen dedicated riders met at Sth Geelong station this morning. Peter J, Rolf, Janet, Marie, Geoff C, Mike C, Mick G, Pam, John M, Nick and then good to welcome Dr Mike. Winter seems to have arrived - blustery westerly winds, cold and a light drizzle. Who could blame Trudi for sleeping in? The pace was very gentle down the Rail Trail, on to the Bellarine Hwy, around Bunnings and back down to rejoin the Rail Trail. Here we were joined by Heather C and Lyn G. Quite a group. Lovely tail wind took us to Bungalow in no time. Coffee was excellent, and the chatter flowed. Time for me to hit the road home to make an appointment. I forgot to nominate a replacement ride leader so I hope everyone made it home in good time.
Thanks all. Chris Ha.
Peter O'Brien's Gentle Ride to Leopold - Saturday 27.4.19
Leanne, Ian and myself met at the Showgrounds to ride to Leopold. We rode along the Bellarine Rail Trail path to Leopold and onto Panache for a coffee break. We returned to Geelong on the trail. Thanks to all who have participated in the easy ride each Saturday over the April period. Distance 18kms.
Peter Jones' Saturday Ride to Collendina - 27.4.19
Only the tough today, Ron, Mark S and myself took a quiet down wind spin to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina via Warrilly, Lake Rd, 13th Beach, Ocean Throughway. Had a most enjoyable coffee and chat before heading back into the wind via Grubb Rd, Rhinds and Malpas through Leopold where Ron headed home leaving Mark and myself to spin on home. Cool breezy day but every day on the bike is a great day.
Cheers, Peter J.
Ross Glover & Chris Hume in Pemberton on the 1,067km Munda Biddi Trail from Perth to Albany
Hello from Pemberton. Having a rest day here. Lovely weather, clear skies, nice and warm. Arrived yesterday after a hard 87 km ride from Manjimup. The trails are less technical now and the surfaces are generally better so it is possible to shift focus from the trail immediately in front and admire the scenery occasionally. We are mostly riding through karri forests now and they are most impressive. Will be riding past the famous Gloucester tree tomorrow. No decision as yet on whether we will climb it.
Seems my schedule was rather optimistic or we are slow as we have had to change our flights home to ensure we get to the end of the trail. Otherwise, all is going well. No real dramas other than a few saddle sores and some bikes in need of adjustment.
Peter O'Brien Leads the Thursday Ride on ANZAC Day to Lara - 25.4.19
Nine riders assembled at Eastern Beach this morning to ride to Lara. Rolf, Mike, Jenny, Sarah, Nick, Noel, David I, Ron and myself meandered our way through the back streets of Geelong, Drumconda and Rippleside and onto the Hovell Creek Adventure Track with our destination being Millars Café in Lara. Unfortunately Millars was closed so we moved to Plan B, the Xpresso Café in Lara. The Xpresso Café were doing a roaring trade and when we eventually found seats we enjoyed a well-earned coffee. Our return ride to Geelong was via the same route. A very enjoyable ride. Distance 64kms.
Peter O'Brien's Ride to Barwon Heads and Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 23.4.19
Eleven riders, Trudi, Paul, Angie, Peter J, Adam, Mark K, Noel, Ron, David I, Rolf and myself departed from Grovedale Hotel car park to Point Lonsdale today. We rode via Lakes Road, Thirteenth Beach, through Barwon Heads , past the Cheeky Cow and at this point Noel left the group to head back to Geelong. Some of the riders were starting to feel distressed at having ridden 30 kms without their shot of coffee. This situation was not helped as we had ridden passed two of our favourite coffee cafes. We continued on to Point Lonsdale where we took an extended coffee break taking in the views of the bay. John M joined the group after riding solo from Geelong.
We rode back to Geelong along the Bellarine Highway. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. The total distance covered was 72kms.
Regards, Peter O.
Greg Allerton's 100km Ride out through the Barrabool Hills - Sunday 21.4.19
Just 2 riders on this one - Greg and John Miro. Coffee was at The Cottage Farm Nursery at Gnarwarre.
Mark Boynton's Sunday Ride to Torquay - 21.4.19
Nice weather for a gentle ride to Torquay via Horseshoe Bend Rd, Reserve, Barwon Heads, Lake, Blackgate, Horseshoe Bend. To Torquay for coffee at The Stoop and back via Surf coast Highway.
Kind regards, Mark.
John Miro's Ride to Queenscliff on Saturday 20.4.19
10 riders on a perfect Easter Saturday morning: Trudy & Leo, Angie & Paul, Hannah & Adam, Janet, Lyn, Chris Ha and me. We rode through Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove to Queenscliff. Good to see lots of other cyclists on the road. Hot cross buns and coffee at Queenscliff Bakery. Total distance from home 93km.
See you on next ride. John M
Peter O'Brien's Easy Barwon Loop - Saturday 20.4.19
We had a good turn-out for the easy ride this morning. Peter J, Marion, Marcia, Lindy and Don and their guests Gordon and Susie and myself departed Landy Field, rode the river path to the Belmont Commons, returned back to where we’d started at Landy Field and then continued along the path to the Edge Café for a coffee break. Along the way near the rowing clubs, I had my seventh puncture within the last month so the other riders were forced to be patient as I changed the tyre. At the Edge Café there were several Geelong Cycling riders who had also stopped for a coffee so this was an opportunity for a catch up. Back on our way, Lindy, Don, Marcia and myself returned to the car park at Landy Field while Peter J, Marion, Gordon and Susie continued along the river path towards Queens Park. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable morning of cycling and conversation. Distance 15km.
David Innes' Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 18.4.19
The day started cool with only 3 early birds showing up at the start at Church Street/ Ted Wilson Trail. With only 10 min to go our numbers swelled by several heading towards Lara along the Ted Wilson Trail - Trudi and Noel joining us along the way.
Riding to the end of the trail we took to the road but came across road works and had to make a minor detour to get to Lara. Millars being our favoured coffee stop we had some conversation and a few laughs and then saddled up for the ride home using the Hovell Trail but cutting across the park lands into the estate I managed to lose a few of the riders. We waited but unbeknown to me they’d already gone ahead of us we were about to head off when I got a call from Peter Jones saying they were waiting for us on the trail lol. Rejoining the group we made our way along the trail enjoying for what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day no mishaps or falls made it even better thanks to all who attended - Sarah and Nick, Jenny, Noel, Trudi, Chris, Mark, & Peter Jones.
Ross Glover & Chris Hume in Collie on the 1,067km Munda Biddi Trail from Perth to Albany
As the subject says, we are in Collie. Staying at a backpackers with lots of Bibbulmun Track walkers so plenty of interesting people to talk to. Quite a nice little town with good services so decided on a rest day today. Tomorrow's forecast was so bad, we have extended that to two rest days so should be ready for a big effort on Saturday. All stocked up and bikes serviced, ready to go. The riding has been a bit easier (but still challenging) in the last few days with firmer tracks and quite a lot of incredibly beautiful single-track. Most of each day is in the forest so there is only an occasional vista. Can feel a bit weird when we cross a main road and see vehicles. Not a lot to report other than some 0 degree overnights and Chris only having a summer sleeping bag.... Will report from further down the track.
All the best, Ross.
Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac & Torquay on Tuesday 16.4.19.
Terry, John M, Trudi, Noel, Ken and myself set off from the Fyansford Hotel and headed to Merrawarp Road. Along this section of the road Peter J joined us and we then rode through the Barrabool Hills to Andersons Road. The decent down Anderson Road was a ride highlight, taking in stunning farm views against the skyline. We then proceeded to Moriac for our coffee break where we happened to meet up with Lyn L and Mark K.
At this point Terry departed to return to Geelong. With Lyn L joining the group we continued to Forest Road and the roundabout at the Great Ocean Road. As the Annual Rip Curl event was being held at Bells Beach, Jarosite Road was closed at this point. Ken, Lyn and John took the Addiscott Road route to Jan Juc whilst the rest of us continued on the Great Ocean Road to Torquay. The lure of the Bells Bakery at Torquay was too much of an opportunity to miss so pies all round were consumed, and enjoyed! The remaining four riders rode back home via Horseshoe Bend Road.
With the weather reaching 30 degrees the ride was taxing and this was particularly evident when Noel, Trudi and myself struggled to make it up the hill on Swanston Street. I was glad to finally arrive back home however my thoughts were with Trudi and Noel who still had a way to go. Ride distance 90kms.
Sunday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 14.4.19.
Sundays ride had David I, Jenny, Andrew, Noel, Trudy, Leo, Ian and myself, hope I didn't miss anyone, front up at South Geelong station. We headed down to the rivers path and onto Barwon heads road, took the bike path to the Surfcoast Hwy and through Armstrong towards Lake Road and into Barwon Heads, then to Ocean Grove to the Groove for a fast served coffee and a nice chat. The return trip was via 13th Beach Road to Lake road and from there we dispersed to our destinations. Only one minor incident when Andrew, who had upgraded to clip in pedals forgot for a moment that it was different and landed softly on the grassy edge of the road. No damage done and he was in good company to see him back on his bike. We all could enjoy a perfect day of perfect riding and great company.
Combined DIRT Ride with Cycling Geelong from Torquay to Anglesea on Sunday 14.4.19.
Just 4 riders for our little run along the cliffs from Torquay to Anglesea, John M, Chris Ha, Peter J and our leader from Cycling Geelong, Dave S. It was a lovely day, lots of Sun and a light breeze. We followed the paths along the cliffs through Torquay, past the RACV Golf Resort and Jan Juc to Bells Beach where the Surf Classic is already under way, amazing the infrastructure set up on the cliff tops. A short run along the road and then we plunged back into the bush along a wide dirt track in front of the houses set in the bush. Looks good but not if there is a bushfire about. Followed a gravel road for a while with some good downhills but of course you get nothing for free and we had to climb out eventually. Some of the track is closed off for repairs and some because of dangerous cliff collapse but some good bypass track has been put in around and through the heather on the hillside. Passed by the Caravan Park, well supported by campers with lots of bikes and kids about. Hit the River and wended our way to the Café and enjoyed a well earned break before heading back along a slightly different route until we could get back on the cliff top track. Returned through Jan Juc as we considered the path would be super busy around Torquay.
A most enjoyable mornings ride, Thanks Dave!
Cheers, Peter J.
Ross Glover & Chris Hume on the 1,067km Munda Biddi Trail from Perth to Albany - Days 1-4.
Just arrived in Jarrahdale after 2 and a bit days on the trail. Most of the people we met told us the first two days were hard and they were right! After the first half day, we started thinking that all the horror stories about pea gravel were just stories. Then we hit our first uphill with thick pea gravel and we were pushing. The first down hill and we were out of control. We have both had a few minor offs but have developed some pea gravel riding techniques that sort of work. If you are starting to think this is all about pea gravel, you might be right. We have already passed through some truly beautiful bush and are looking forward to more of the same tomorrow.
All the best, Ross and Chris.
Peter Jones Leads the Ride to Leopold on Saturday 13.4.19
On a cool and cloudy day Ian and Leanne were waiting for us at the Showgrounds. Marion and I were riding our Pino for this quiet ride out to Leopold. I’m not sure where Peter O had planned to go but as we were on the BRT seemed like a good idea. There were quite a few riders out in both directions, nice to see. Will be even more I reckon when the rest of the BRT has been sealed out to Leopold. Enjoyed our coffee at Panache at Leopold then cruised back to the Showgrounds where Ian and Leanne had the car.
Pleasant ride with good company. Cheers, Peter.
Terry Hamilton's Thursday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 11.4.19
On a Beautiful autumn morning 17 willing riders assembled at the showgrounds, Geoff and Marie, Lyn and Mike, Jack and Jill, David and Jackie, Trudi, Ken, Ted, Noel,Chris.Peter O ,Peter J, Ron and myself. We were about to set off when Jackie noticed that she had a flat tyre, while Jackie changed her tyre I sent the slow group out ahead. Finally we set off along the bike path to the Bellarine Highway turning left at Leopold and the back onto the bike path to the Bungalow at Drysdale where Coffee cake and chatter. Back on our bikes and headed back along Princess Street winding our way back onto the Bellarine Hwy through Leopold back onto the bike path to the showgrounds where we had two riders passed giving us all high fives.
Fantastic ride great company. Keep on pedalling. Terry.
A NEW INITIATIVE for NOVICE, RETURNING or NEW RIDERS:
Extra rides are scheduled each Saturday in April targeting new, novice or out of practice riders. Distances will be approximately 10-15km and vary according to rider capacity.
Surface: designated bike paths.
Speed: slow and steady.
Focus: to support and educate riders who want to get out there on a bike and be safe.
The ride dates and locations are:
- Saturday 6th April. 9am Landy Field, main gate entrance at Swanston Street. Barwon River path.
- Saturday 13th April. 9am Showgrounds, corner Carr Street and Breakwater Road. Bellarine Rail Trail.
- Saturday 20th April. 9.00am Landy Field, main gate entrance at Swanston Street. Waurn Ponds bike path.
- Saturday 27th April. 9.00am Showgrounds, corner Carr Street and Breakwater Road. Bellarine Rail Trail.
ASSISTANCE NEEDED - Spread the word!
GTC members please approach anyone you may think could be interested in giving this trial a go.
GTC riders who would like to come along and support would be most welcome and appreciated.
Any queries contact Peter O’Brien 0438 880 586.
Peter O'Brien's Circuit to Anglesea on Tuesday 9.4.19
I felt like the Old Mother Duck in the children’s nursery rhyme today as we started with a sizeable peloton that diminished as the morning progressed. Rolf, Peter J, David R, Jacki, Mark K, Mark S, Trudi, Terry and myself rode to Moriac via Ghazeepore Road (which is currently undergoing roadworks), then onto the Mount Duneed Road and Cape Otway Road. A coffee break was taken at the Moriac General Store and it was at this stage that Terry and Rolf decided to leave the group and return to Geelong. We continued to Forest Road and then to the Great Ocean Road where Jacki and David turned left and headed for home. The remaining riders turned right and enjoyed the downhill ride into Anglesea. Unfortunately we only caught a glimpse of Anglesea as at the first roundabout we took a 360 degree turn and then headed back up the hill. At this point, John M who had been chasing us since we departed Grovedale, caught up and joined the group. Great, after starting with nine riders, losing four then gaining one I was starting to get a complex! At the Forest Road/Great Ocean Road roundabout Mark S and John M decided to ride straight ahead back to Geelong. We were now down to just four remaining stalwarts, Peter J, Trudi, Mark D and myself. With a tail wind we enjoyed a fast ride into Torquay and had lunch at the usual bakery. Mark K then left the group but he did have a valid excuse as he lives in Torquay. Three lonesome riders then rode back home via Horseshoe Bend Road. Therefore, 9 – 2 – 2 + 1 – 2 – 1 = 3.
Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 80kms.
Peter Jones Leads Sunday's Dirt Ride to Freshwater Creek - 7.4.19
Four riders for John’s Dirt Ride today, Rolf, Greg, Peter O and myself. We started at Bunnings and headed up Waurn Ponds Dve, caught up with Ken and Lyn who were heading out for a training ride. Got to the top and crossed the Hwy and straight onto the gravel, a brief run on the bitumen of Reservoir Rd until Willowwite Rd where we turn left and followed it right through to Hendy Main Rd. The first part is marked Fire Access Only and is more of a track than a road but still quite ridable, the rest is good gravel, very peaceful out in the countryside.
After a short bitumen run it was left onto Loutit Bay Rd with the corrugations from hell, this road is in really bad condition and was very difficult for Rolf and his arthritic hands. A democratic discussion and we abandoned the dirt and headed for The Farmers Place for a coffee, only to find it is not open on Sundays, so the fall back option was Panache at Waurn Ponds, had our coffee and a chat and then headed home. A thought for future dirt rides, I think they need to be shorter, it is difficult to maintain a good average speed over gravel roads and it would be better if we could find some good single track around where cars can’t get on it and destroy it. A bit of wind but fine and Sunny, an enjoyable ride.
Lyn Gregg's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 7.4.19
On a nice morning there were 12 riders ready to go: Heather, Geoff, Trudi, Leo, Ian, Janet, Jennie, Noel, Chris, David, Mick and me. We followed the rail trail to Moolap on the highway and then picked upthe rail trail to the Bungalow in Drysdale where there was a lot of chatter and coffee and then we headed home via Jetty Road.
Thanks all for coming, cheers, Lyn.
Ted's Ride to Torquay on Thursday 4.4.19
After conscientiously advising members of the 9 am start via WhatsApp I seem to have suffered a brain fade and left home a half an hour late. A quick call to Peter O had him saddle up as alternate ride leader and he duly gave a safety talk reminding members of the dangers of riding too close together and keeping to a reasonable speed. Ange, Paul, Adam, Lyn, Ken, Peter J, Ron, Norm, Jacqui, David R, Chris Hu, Terry and Trudi formed the peloton of 14 along Torquay Road, turning off at the Surf Coast Council Offices and meandering through the residential area of Torquay to Mejavo’s Cafe. Good coffee and a chat with a local (Ross) filled in time until the esteemed leader caught up about 10 minutes later. Chris Hu left us at Torquay and the remainder headed for home along Horseshoe Bend Road. A lovely morning for a ride. Thank you one and all.
Peter Jones' Ride from Birregurra to Colac & Barwon Downs on Tuesday 2.4.19
A very cool start for our nine riders: Lyn L, Julie, Ken, David I, Mark K, Chris Hu, John M and myself. The road out to the highway was smooth with very little traffic, a herd of Black Angus were quite skittish and raced us along the fence for a while until they got tired of it all. The Highway wasn’t too bad, still a lot of road works but we managed to navigate our way through. Stopped at the Cake Shop for, you guessed it, Coffee and Cake. Then it was off on the Forest Rd into the foothills of the Otways, beautiful undulating country, some farmlands, some forest, some great downhills through the bush before we reached our turn off, the Seven Bridges Road, didn’t see 7 bridges but may have been in days gone by.
Lunch was taken in Barwon Downs in the Tennis Club’s shelter admiring their brand new nets before we hit the road back to Birregurra, undulating country again but mainly farmlands, reached our cars, packed up and headed for the coffee shop to rest and relax before heading home. Another fantastic day on the bike in the foothills of the magnificent Otways.
Peter O'Brien's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Tuesday 2.4.19
The weather was perfect when Terry, Jacki, David R, Ron and myself departed Geelong to ride to Ocean Grove this morning. The ride route taken was Lakes Road and Barwon Heads Road followed by the Groove in Ocean Grove where we had our usual coffee break. Our return route was back through Barwon Heads and Thirteenth Beach, along Horseshoe Bend Road and back into Geelong. Distance ridden = approximately 50km.
Peter O'Brien's Ride to Collendina on Sunday 31.3.19
On a rather overcast day Chris Hu, Peter J and myself headed off from the South Geelong Railway Station to Collendina. Not long after the start Heather M who rode in from Ocean Grove joined us. With the aid of a tailwind we rode along the Bellarine Highway to Banks Road and then onto Bonnyvale Road direct to the Cheeky Cow at Collendina for a coffee break.
The return route was through Barwon Heads and Thirteenth Beach and back to Geelong via Blackrock Road and Lakes Road.
Regards, Peter O.
Peter Jones' Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 30.3.19
Only three hardy riders this morning, Jennie, Rolf and myself, with showers forecast and imminent, Point Lonsdale was not an option, The Bungalow seemed much better so that’s where we went. Hadn’t got far and the showers started, and just kept going, not heavy but enough to make everything including us wet.
Got there and joined the regulars, took a lot of talk and two coffees before the rain stopped, the Sun came out and we took off back home. Might have been wet but still enjoyed the ride, had to ride through another shower before home but hey what’s a bit of rain, nothing we can’t handle.
Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie - 23.2.19
13 riders this morning in near perfect weather for a trip to the Bellbrae Chocolaterie. Ross, Mark S, Dr Mike, Mark B, Jackie & David, Sarah & Nick, Meri, myself, Heather, Leo and birthday girl Trudi. The usual route up Surf Coast Hwy, Baanip to Ghazeepore, Dickens, thru Freshwater Creek into Blackgate and Hendy Main. The turn into Gray's Rd was too tricky for the forward bunch and 3 speedsters disappeared. The Peloton cruised down Gray's and into Forrest for the long haul into the wind to the GOR. Some new tarmac and then ~200m of gravel roadworks provided a range of experiences. Met the speedsters at the Chocolaterie and the reunited bunch then enjoyed coffee, cakes, fudge brownies.... plus a free sampler of choccy buddies on the way in - and out!! A few issues leaving, at one stage the ride leader found himself alone and leading himself. How could this have happened? The Peloton soon reformed and a tail wind along the GOR to Torquay was magic, as was the beachfront, then into Horseshoe Bend Road. Heather punctured here and Leo gave us a lesson in repairs. Thanks Leo. Then safely back to Grovedale and everyone going their separate ways home. Thanks all for a top ride in the sunshine. Chris.
Ted's Ride to Millars in Lara for Coffee - 21.2.19
An overcast sky greeted 11 riders at the top of Church Street but the wind was blowing favourably from the south so we were all were keen to begin. Only problem, we lacked a leader. After a few minutes of chatting and waiting for someone to put their hand up it was clear that we weren’t going anywhere – and there was no coffee shop there! In the absence of El Presidente and the Sexy Secretary it fell to Treasurer Ted to take control. Of course this meant another croozy ride so Paul, Ange, Chris, Rolf, David, Noel, Sarah, Nick, Jennie and two Mikes set off down the Ted Wilson to Bacchus Marsh Road. A short diversion down O’Brien’s Road, McManus Road, and Heales Road had a few riders shaking their heads but it added a couple of k’s so that made it worth while. Coffee at Millars was good but noisy and it got even louder when Trudi arrived having scouted all the other coffee shops in Lara before finding our hiding place. Trudi failed to produce a late note but was forgiven as she went above and beyond the call of duty to find us. Sarah and Nick set off quickly as they had an appointment while the rest of us waited patiently for Trudi to finish her coffee before tackling the head wind back to G-Town via the Hovells Creek path. A very pleasant ride after a confusing start. Thanks for coming and sorry for picking on you Troods.
Ken's Ride to Mannerim & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 19.2.19
The programme listed today's alternative ride, for members not doing the out-of-town journey to Williamstown, as Showgrounds to Ocean Grove. This gave ride leader Ken the option of choosing any route he fancied as long as it passed through OG. Ange, Paul, Jacqui, David and Chris Hume completed the group. We took the rail trail as far as the traffic lights before taking to the road. The leopold climb was being reconstructed so onto the footpath to avoid the surface of loose crushed rock. Swan Bay Rd took us away from the traffic and eventually to Banks Rd.
Turning back onto the Bellarine Hwy we rode to the large roundabout at the Grubb Rd intersection, turned left then right into Rhinds Rd - the gentle downhill, a lack of traffic and the many fine homes on large blocks made for a very pleasant section of the route. A refreshment break was taken at The Groove cafe which was almost devoid of customers. The quick service resulted in us being back on the bikes in only 25 mins.
13th Beach and Lake Rd were the popular choices for the return to Geelong. We split into 2 groups of 3 at the entrance to Armstrong Creek. A most enjoyable small group ride with favourable weather. With all riding to the start, most would have completed between 75 and 80 kms.
Peter Jones' Ride from Williamstown to Westmeadows - Tuesday 19.2.19
Very happy to see 14 roll up to my trip on bike paths out to Westmeadows Tavern for lunch, also noticed that Noel was there on time and in the right place. There was a cool breeze and it was a bit cloudy but promised to be a good riding day. A helpful passer-by took our starting picture, what a fine bunch, Sarah, Lyn, (visitor) Dr Mike, Laurie, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ross, Mark K, Zdenko, Noel, Ian, Nick and myself.
We all rolled off along the Williamstown waterside parklands, overlooked by some lovely homes, I always wonder if the full size horse looking out over the Yarra is a real one “stuffed”, or just a statue, maybe the owner sits astride the horse’s back and watches the world go by along the water and paths. First little excitement is the diversion under the Westgate Bridge which entails a little bit of a gravel road, a concrete pier, and then a long wooden pier, quite bumpy but ridable by our team of elite riders. Our next bit of excitement was a gigantic bang as Zdenko’s tyre and tube blew out as we crossed Sheppard’s Bridge over the Maribyrnong River. The tyre, including the bead was completely destroyed, so end of ride for Zdenko, he spent his time walking back and checking out the shops and met us when returned, sorry Zdenko will have to be next time. Continued on the Bay Trail into Melbourne turning off onto the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and making our way out to Essendon for our coffee break, only about 20 klm but hey this is a fun ride of laughter and exploration. Good coffee and chat so back to the path and out to the Tavern for lunch, with Dr Mike and David I on strict diets we had our own guards to make sure the bikes were safe.
Following lunch there is a little bit of road riding to get across to firstly the Steele Creek Trail which then leads onto the Maribyrnong River Trail, after a little climb we enjoyed the views over the Maribyrnong River to the city and beyond. Rolling on it is just a matter of following the paths back to Williamstown and the cars, Ian and Ross cut off at Footscray to catch the train back home. A very enjoyable day on the bike.
Pam's Ride to Tuckerberry Hill on Sunday 17.2.19
Today 13 riders turned up on a beautiful morning for a ride: Marie, Mark, Noel, Ross, Meri, Lovro, Chris, Chris, John, Lindy, Peter, Pam, Mike. We started on the rail trail and rode to Drysdale, once we reached Drysdale we turned up Murradoc Road. The hill we found a bit of a challenge for a few of us. Morning tea was at Tukerberry Blueberry Farm. It was a new destination for a few riders. The return journey was along SwanBay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. The team dispersed a little with some needing to return home quickly and others going in different directions to get a few more Kms in. The distance was 60 kms.
Paul McMahon's Saturday Ride to Moriac General Store - 16.2.19
We had 15 riders for today’s ride to Moriac. We started the ride at Bunnings in Waurn Ponds, heading up the well ridden route of Waurn Ponds Drive, over the Princess H’way into Pettavil Rd, Reservoir Rd to Hendy Main for the fast ride to the Moriac General Store for coffee. On my arrival at the coffee shop I was somewhat struck and amazed at Peter Jones’ speed. With no official duties for the day, Pete was a man possessed and on a mission to be first to order his coffee. I think, due to a few witness statements and sceptical concerns, Pete’s request for an ebike needs to be reviewed. The Peloton was seated orderly, coffee’s received and the group was greeted by the always happy and smiling Chris Halpin who had joined us via a different route. I was deep in thought on Chris’ arrival, and the old saying ‘the blister always turns up after the hard work is done’ came to mind.
We proceeded the ride back down Cape Otway Rd, towards the Barrabool Hills. This is where the group split, Pete kindly taking charge on getting the second group back to Bunnings. However, I will confirm this upon watching the 6pm news to ensure no riotous behaviour was conducted by this group. The rest of the group had a lovely mountainous ride through the hills, with Dr Mike powering on. There was mumblings that he is replicating Lance Armstrong’s ability, and further testing needs to be sought. When we got to Cochranes Rd Janet continued on to head home. The remaining had a wonderful decent back to Bunnings. Cheers…Paul.
Peter Jones' Thursday Circuit to Torquay - 14.2.19
Eighteen riders for my little ride to Torquay, 16 at the start and David and Jackie joined us at Mt Duneed Rd., also forgot Noel joined at Mejavo’s but not in time for a coffee. Those at the start were: Ange and Paul, Lyn L, Adam, Rolf, David I, Laurie, Mike C, Dr Mike, Ross, Chris Ha and Hu, Terry, Ron, with helmet, Nick, without Sarah who had a better coffee offer and myself.
Rolled up Torquay Rd and had to weave our way through banked up traffic to get to the Bike Path to head over to Ghazepore Rd and on to Anglesea Rd . Regrouped at Coombes Rd, wended our way through Ocean Acres to Grossmans, Paul won the sprint points from Adam at the Hwy and we headed to The Stoop, oops, closed Thursdays, so across the car park to Mejavo’s for a very enjoyable coffee and quite a few cakes, the Barista was enjoying herself putting designs on the top of our coffees. Headed home via HSBend Rd, a most enjoyable morning on the bike in excellent company.
Ross' Otway Tour - Day 3 - Gellibrand to Birregurra - 13.2.19
3 ride leaders for the final day of the Otways Tour. Is that a record? It started last night while we were discussing which railway station we wanted to target for the ride end. My plan had been to head back from the end of the trail to Birragurra over some of the same day 1 dirt roads but there were some rumblings of discontent and in a remarkable coincidence, Greg already had a fully formed plan to get us there using only sealed roads!
Despite it raining heavily overnight, we set out along the last of the Beechy Rail Trail with sunny skies. Most enjoyable going with the after-rain smell of the bush and mist rising through the trees. Other than one very steep section that really tested the legs, the riding was good and all too soon, it was done.
At the end of the trail and the start of bitumen at Bullengarook, Greg took over leadership duties. About 500 metres up the road, the heavens opened up. It was short lived but the roads were drenched and one particular log truck moved across in to the some of the deeper puddles, throwing a sheet of water across the road that drenched any parts of us not already very wet. Luckily, that was the last of the rain and we progressed in sunshine until we reached an intersection where the sign showed Birragurra directly ahead, just 4 kilometres down a dirt road. The alternative was to stay on the bitumen and go nearly 12 kilometres around 3 sides of a rectangle to reach the same end point. What to do? What to do? At this point Peter mentioned he had previously ridden this road on his road bike so he led us off (leader number 3). Just a few corrugations later, the tour was over. Lunch in the main street then off to the train station and home. Now looking forward to the next opportunity to tour. Thank you to Greg, Chris and Peter for their good company.
Ross' Otway Tour - Day 2 - Forrest to Gellibrand - 12.2.19
I am sitting in our cabin at Gellibrand listening to the rain hammering on the roof. The other 3 set off for a walk in sunshine, just 5 minutes ago. That sums up the weather we have had today. Rain storms, strong wind gusts, hail, sunshine but mostly drizzly rain. Despite all that, we had a great days riding despite it being a bit harder than I expected. Turtons Track in misty rain was an absolute highlight. Loved it. The long down hill on the Old Beechey Trail was almost as good. Both highly recommended.
Ross' Otway Tour - Day 1 - Winchelsea to Forrest - 11.2.19
Greetings from Forrest. Just 4 for the trip and we met up at Winchelsea for the "start". Two arrived by car, one part by car and bike and the true hard man of the group rode from home. No names, no excuses. Had a nice ride over to Birragurra for refreshments and to check there were no unexpected starters at the alternative start point. There weren't. A nice little hill out of Birragurra followed by some nicely corrugated dirt road. Hit the right corrugations at the right speed and you could feel your brain shaking in your skull. Peter J with his dual suspension mtn bike glided over these roads. A mixture of dirt and bitumen with plenty of undulation until Yeodene, then bitumen all the way to Forrest. A late lunch then dumped our luggage at the cabin before setting out fot Lake Elizabeth. Great scenery and some more very corrugated road before we swapped to the mtn bike tracks to and back from the lake. Lots of fun and again the mtn bike led the way. Now nicely tired and waiting for the pub to open. A good first day.
John Hagan's Circuit to Armstrong Creek & Freshwater Creek as a Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong on Sunday 10.2.19
A good turnup of 12 riders at Sth Geelong for our ride today. However, Ron made the mistake that many of us have in the past, and that is because he had a beanie on his head had the secure feeling that he had his helmet on - unfortunately he didn't and had to head home. In the photo below (from L to R) we have: Lindy, Peter J, Dave S (only participant from Cycling Geelong), Ian, Rolf, Heather, Ron, a new rider - Jennie, Ross and Dr Mike. Photo was taken by John and Noel made a grand return to the Club just after the photo was taken. Sunday was a good day to be heading down Barwon Heads Rd as the traffic was not as heavy as on weekdays. We followed the scenic path along Armstrong Creek and crossed the Surf Coast Highway and on to Whites Rd. Here the road had been narrowed in the rebuilding process and was cortrolled by traffic lights. However, we were unable to trigger the green light and had to make alternative arrangements. Being a dull morning (weatherwise) The Farmer's Place was not overcrowded and coffee service was quick. The highlight of the return trip was taking the newly completed Pipeline Track through Highton. Our total trip was just over 40km and by the time we finished the sun was just starting to peep through the clouds. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable ride.
Keep Riding, John H.
Mike Taylor's Short Ride to Pakington St due to the Rain on Saturday 9.2.19
I set the alarm for 5.30 AM this morning thinking that they would be easily enough time. Unfortunately I wasn’t banking on the rowing, the stray dogs, the 1000 runners, errant kids and raging headwind along the river. After getting to the base of Cementies I was already 1 minute late and it was raining. I phoned through to PJ who assured me that the team would wait. I arrived as the rain was beginning to pelt down. We had 8 riders at this stage… PJ, Rolf, Nick , Sarah, Peter O, Mark , new rider Jenny and myself. The initial plan had been to go down Ted Wilson but the group unanimously decided that the Hovell Trail would be more protected given the weather.
As we moved off down Church St the rain was becoming heavier. PJ mentioned that he had checked the satellite and it looked like it was setting in, so he was pulling out for a coffee in Pako. At this stage Nick, Sarah, Rolf and myself decided that , on the surface, this seemed like a good idea and we decided to accompany PJ. The more courageous portion of the group decided to proceed on valiantly to Lara. The coffee in Pako was good but the 85 decibel doof doof music unfortunately made conversation all but impossible. After mentioning this to the waitress the volume was ‘helpfully’ turned up higher for us! I arrived home early with a wet tail and still ringing ear drums and with a measly 18km on the Garmin.
Thanks to everyone for a very memorable morning ride. Mike.
Ted's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 7.2.19
Predicted thunder storms didn’t deter 16 fearless riders this morning and the weather turned out almost perfect anyway. A gentle north westerly propelled us from the Showgrounds to Drysdale and the pace was well within Ted’s Tolerance so thank you all. The role call recorded the attendance of Peter O, Peter J, Meri, Ange, Adam, Paul, Ron, Chris Hu, Rolf, David I, Nick, Sarah, Dr Mike, Mark, Norm and myself and we were joined for coffee at The Bungalow by Mick and Lyn. Shade was important at that stage as the sun started to heat things up a bit and the guys had begun to sweat while of course the ladies just glowed. On the return trip Lyn and Mick were accompanied on the rail trail by one or two who needed to get back home quicker while most went home along Princess Street and Swan Bay Road to the Bellarine Hwy. The peloton stretched out a bit on Alpe d’Leopold but regrouped a couple of times to allow the kelpies to catch up. A very enjoyable Croozy Thursd’y ride of 41.3 km.
David Innes' Ride to Anakie, Staunton Vale & Lara on Tuesday 5.2.19
Eleven riders left Church St with destination Anakie for coffee in mind with David at the helm. The roads today were fairly busy as we headed out along the Ballan Rd with a reasonable tail wind and arrived at the Moriac General Store in good time. On completion of our coffee and chat time the group headed north to Staunton Vale and then east across to Sandy Creek Rd. This was quite a challenge for the road tyres as the first part is gravel and at times heavily corrugated - there were a few spills. When they reached Lara quite a few of the group stayed for lunch at Xpresso Lounge Cafe before heading back along the Hovell Trail to Geelong for a total of about 100km.
Mike Taylor's Ride to Torquay via Freshwater Creek on Sunday - 3.2.19
There was much trepidation in the Taylor household this morning with the prediction of 40 degree temperatures and a howling northerly wind. Mrs Taylor advised me not to worry because most likely no one would turn up. Much to my astonishment I found 10 riders waiting for me at South Geelong Station….. John H, Chris Hu, Lindy, Janet, Ken, PJ, Ross, Rolf, Dave I, Lyn. It must have been the advertised “slow” pace which attracted people.
As it turned out the weather was perfect for riding with just a light westerly and temp around 24 degrees down to Torquay. After our customary mini sprint down Grossmans we stopped at Growlers for coffee. Despite the massive crowd of “beach people”, the service was incredibly fast and we left for Geelong at 10.05AM. The ride back along Horseshoe Bend Rd was uneventful and we were home just as it started to heat up.
Thanks to everyone for a most enjoyable ride! Mike T.
Peter Jones' Ride to Ravens' Creek Farm at Moriac Saturday 2.2.19
Ten riders at Grovedale for our Sat morning ride, happy to welcome Wendy and Marg back to the fold now they have completed their relocation from Sydney to Geelong. Also there was Ange and Paul, Tom and Sue on the Tandem, Dr Mike, Rolf, Andrew and myself. Let everyone know as leader I wouldn’t be going up any hill I could avoid, headed out to Baanip Bike Path, to Ghazepore, to Dickens, along the Anglesea Rd, following Blackgate and Hendy Main Rd to Raven’s Creek. On our way there ran into Terry who joined us for coffee. Very pleasant sitting in the shade looking over the Raspberry Vines discussing the worries of the world, of course if we asked we can fix it all, but no one asks, we’re stuck with the world as it is. As we were leaving Lyn L turned up, some problem with getting out of bed. Took the easiest way home via Mt Duneed Rd, a most enjoyable morning on the bike in excellent company.
Lyn Loudon's Mystery Ride South of Geelong - Thursday 31.1.19
It was no mystery that 12 riders were up for the challenge as they were given no indication of the planned route except to say that it was a combination of residential streets, bike paths & some hills!
Meri, Rolf, Dave I, Ron, Peter J, Ross, Nick & Sara, Ken, Ted, Mike T & myself headed out from the Sth Geelong station down Yarra St to the bike path around Corio Bay Rowing Club and over the McIntyre footbridge where we accessed the bike track on the opposite bank. Once we reached Highton it was a pleasant jaunt up Mt Pleasant Road with some going all the way to Scenic & others cutting through to Barrabool and finally onto the pipeline track with its numerous ups & downs and steep new section. It was at the top here that Ted felt unwell and decided to cut the ride short and headed to Panache for a cafe break accompanied by PJ Ross & Mike.
I had already decided not to continue as planned over Ceres to Cochranes, so the rest of us carried on to the path around Deakin, the cricket club & out to WP drive where Meri & I met them. A sharp left hand turn took us up the formidable Marendaz Rd along the ridge to Luggs Rd for a sight seeing expedition then back again & onto Hams Rd, the path along Baanip Blvde and a welcome coffee break at Club Armstrong (9 Grams Cafe). After much chatter we departed on our separate ways homeward as we did not need to return to the starting point. It was an interesting ride with some grumbling but what can I say - it's all a mystery!! But thanks everyone for your company.
Peter O'Brien's Ride to Bellbrae, Bells Beach & Torquay on a HOT Tuesday - 29.1.19
What a great month it’s been for cycling with both the Adelaide TDU and the Geelong Cadel Evans Road Race last weekend. Seeing the elite male and female cyclists power over the course, and particularly the men climbing over Challambra four times, reinforced what exceptional athletes these professional riders are.
I digress, so it’s back to the reality of the everyday cyclist. Thirteen riders gathered at the Grovedale Hotel this morning to ride the Bells Beach section of the Cadel ride. Today’s peloton consisted of Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter J, Ange, Paul, Andrew, Meri, Trudi, Ken, Ross, Mike T, Julia and myself, who all rode to Belbrae via Dickens Road and Anglesea Road then enjoyed a coffee break on the Great Ocean Road at Belbrae.
Following our break, we rode to Addiscott Road and completed the Jarosite Road, Bells Beach Road and Bones Road circuit and then headed back to the Great Ocean Road and to Torquay for lunch at the Bakery. While the views of the ocean at Bells Beach are breathtaking, it’s important to maintain your concentration as you hurtle down the road!
The return ride to Geelong was via Horseshoe Bend Road. Distance travelled 70kms.
Happy Pedalling, Regards, Peter O.
Mick Gregg's Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 27.1.19
Six riders fronted at Maccas corner in Leopold for the run into Sth Geelong stn, they were your leader Mick, Lyn, Geoff, Marie, Barry & Butch (visitor). We arrived at station after dodging a big fallen tree on bike path in Sth Geelong and no one there. Thought everyone might be at Cadel ride start. Slowly they started to come in and we ended up with 15. The others were Ian, John, Chris Hu, PJ, Rolf, Meri, Paul & Angie, Dr Mike. From this point on the ride turned into a bit of a circus!! I had a puncture before I left the station, Dr Mike fell off before even starting…what else could happen. Down the rail trail to showgrounds and new rider Butch hit the bitumen not yet used to cleats. At crossing the highway the group split considerably with some hooking down hwy at great rate of knots, some doing the dirt section and your leader losing sight of everyone! Rejoined at Melaluka bike path with Butch again hitting the dust in front of a girl group of riders, think he was hoping for mouth to mouth but it didn’t eventuate. Ian also had a puncture along the dirt bit. As we were leaving we noticed a back pack on a seat, John H had left it with his camera in it. Joined up at toilet block and again off we went, with everyone going every which way. Got to our coffee stop at Bungalow for drinks, eats, talk. Home was along Princess Rd, Swan Bay Rd and Bellarine Hwy. Some went back along bike path. I had a second puncture just before Leopold where I rested in a bus shelter for Lyn to come back in car. Hope all riders got back home in one piece. Thanx to all for a good but hectic sort of ride, cheers Mick.
JH went home via Barwon Heads and took a few pics of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Rd Race - see pics below.
The Cadel Great Ocean Rd Race riders approach The Bluff at Barwon Heads - first 3 riders were about 3mins ahead of the main bunch.
David Innes' Saturday Ride to The Stoop in Torquay - 26.1.19
Saturday morning and the Cadel race was in town - woman's race day but no racing for us as we lined up for the ride to Torquay with a thought to heading north to Lara and avoid any possible congestion on the roads leading to the coast but was promptly howled down so south it was as it turned out the roads weren't as congested as I thought they'd be passing the many offical Cadel people's ride cyclist in blue this year doing the shorter route as we quickly rode out to Torquay.
I punctured not far out of Torquay whilst the rest of the group rode on into town for coffee at The Stoop. After considerable time chatting we headed back along the Horshoe Bend Rd when the professional men's teams passed we encouraged them in French go faster but they didn't appreciate it and told us to go forth and multiply Hmmm guess they were having a bad day.
After all had departed Rolf and I made our way home via Rippleside Park. On the path we came across a little boy of maybe 4 yo on his balance bike pushing his little legs for all he was worth with Rolf encouraging him to push faster terrified the little guy made the mistake of looking back losing balance and fell off crying as I helped him off the ground he wasn't harmed just a fright is all by a scary old cyclist lol. Thanks to all who attended: Andrew, Paul & Ange, Peter O, Peter J,Rolf, Meri, Trudi & Leo, Dr Mike.
Report by David Innes.
Ted Reeve Leads the Ride from Rippleside to Lara on Thursday 24.1.19
Welcome to this week’s edition of GTC Extreme Cycling Adventures, a minimal fact and maximum exaggeration account of, as they are starting to be known as, Ted’s Thursdays. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to sort the fact from the fiction. So, on with the show. An enthusiastic bunch of 12 members showed up to the Rippleside start line at the extremely early hour of 7.30 in order to avoid some of the predicted extremely hot weather that the Tour Down Under contingent had kindly brought over with them from Ad-extreme-elaide. After the obligatory pep talk from the ride leader we set off at an extremely leisurely pace around the back of the new Rippleside apartments to St Helen’s and everyone behaved themselves for at least 3.25 minutes until we hit the first hill when Meri, who was sporting an extremely smart new top and extreme fitness sped off into the distance. Of course the peloton wasn’t about to let this cheeky upstart break away on her own for too long so, led by Andrew and Rolf, the pace picked up significantly. Regrouping at Sexyland (not that I noticed) we sped around Corio Quay and Sarah, Peter O, Nick and the two Mikes took pity on the ride leader at various times and held themselves back for an extremely quick chat.
Arriving in Lara at the designated coffee stop of 7-Grams but soon decided that the seating area was too exposed to the extremely hot sun and walked around the corner to Xtreme-presso Lounge where David, who mustn’t have listened to the pre ride briefing, was waiting. Once again, Noel joined the group at the coffee shop which appears to be coming an extremely common event. Chris proudly wore his TdU jersey which seemed to have departed from previous styling and was extremely orange. Peter J explained to anyone who was interested the benefits of E-assistance and it looks like we might have to watch carefully for the first appearance of a sneaky E (an E-bike that doesn’t look like an E-bike). All semblance of order vanished as the ride leader abandoned his post and left the group to its own devices. Half made their way home extremely carefully via Forest and Heales Roads while the more cautious contingent retraced their pedal strokes along Hovells Creek. Well done if you’ve read all the way to the end of this EXTREMELY long report and I hope you noticed the extremely subtle use of today’s buzz word. Ted-X.
Mike Taylor's Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 22.1.19
With the club elite still away in Adelaide there were still 8 keen riders in attendance at the Showgrounds for the ride to Queenscliff via Drysdale. The weather was pleasantly cool with no wind. The riders were: Rolf, Andrew H, Ron, Nick, Sarah , Dave I, Julie and Mike. Mike arriving latest , was duly elected ride leader. We took the easiest route up the rail trail to Drysdale and with an immense effort of willpower avoided stopping at the Bungalow for coffee. We proceeded up Princes St and left down Swan Bay Rd. Again we (incredibly) avoided temptation at Pik Nik and rode straight through to Queenscliff Harbour arriving there at around 10:30. After much pleasant conversation and coffee, we headed back towards Point Lonsdale and Shell Rd. Dave decided to take the rail trail back. Nick, Sarah, Julie and Ron took Grubb Rd. The remainder of the group did the Thatcher St big dipper and turned right a Wallington Rd.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and a very enjoyable ride. Mike.
TOUR DOWN UNDER - 114km to Willunga to watch Final Stage of TDU Race - Sunday 20.1.19
All but Ross fronted up for the final pilgrimage out to McLaren Vale for the final Stage, 48 klms via some Roads and then the Expressway Bike Path and the Coast to Vines Rail Trail. A good run out, coffee at The Bakery while waiting for the race to pass through on lap one. After they passed through we headed up the course to Willunga to see the race pass through, then it was time to head up the Hill, Peter O, Trudi, Leo and Chris H decided to head home so I was on my lonesome up the Hill to watch Ritchie breakaway again and take the Stage.
Then it was just time to head home via the paths and Main South Rd, it’s been a great week in Adelaide and we’ve booked again for next year. Fabulous!!
Greg's 104 km Ride on Sunday 20.1.19
This long ride attracted 6 riders on a pleasant mild morning. Laurie A, John C, Ken G, Andy H, John M, Scott Sampson (brother of Nicole Collins, whose parents were GTC founding members) and myself. We took Ted Wilson Trail, Bluestone Bridge Rd (the first steep climb), Lower Anakie Rd, Robbs Rd (a lesser steep climb) then out almost to Maude where Russells Bridge Rd led to the long Clyde Hill. It was then through Bannockburn on Burnside Rd, with a good downhill. We were soon on the long climb up Pollocksford Rd then through Gnarwarre and had a welcome stop after 66 hard km at the delightful Cottage Farm Perennial Nursery Cafe. Considines then Cape Otway Rds took us to Moriac. The return was via Hendy Main / Reservoir /Pettavel Rds before Waurn Ponds Dv and the WP Creek bike path took us home. Thanks to those who did part or all of this enjoyable 104 km ride.
John Hagan's ride to Curlewis and Collendina on Sunday 20.1.19
Excellent weather for the comfort of our riders this morning. Ten Riders: Janet, Lindy, Marie, Heather, Pam, Rolf, David I, Mick G, Mike T and your ride leader John. We took the Bellarine Rail Trail out to Curlewis then came through the back roads of Wallington, where the beautiful mansions are, and then through to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina. There was a long line out the door to order our coffee but the service was good. We divided two ways for the trip home - the Leopold/Ocean Grove group headed north and the rest of us came back via Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd for a round trip of about 60km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.
Ron Little's Saturday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 19.1.19
13 club members: David Innes, Rolf, Meri&Lovro, Mike T, Chris Ha, John H, Sue&Tom, Paul & Angie, New member Andrew & Ron left Sth Geelong in perfect sunny weather heading onto the rail trail to Eddys and the Bellarine to Leopold & rejoining the rail trail to The Bungalow. On departing, Meri&Lovro went home from here & we assembled across the busy main road. I then noticed David heading back as well. The remaining ten of us then headed up to Princess St.etc and entered the Bellarine at the Flying Brick back to Geelong where we dispersed at the Barwon river trail.Thanks to John Hagan for the photos.
Sue and Tom on the tandem.
TOUR DOWN UNDER - 103km from Myponga to Strathalbyn - Saturday 19.1.19
Very early start today, all departed Caravan Park by 5-00 am, Peter O to Glenelg to start the 158 km stage, Ross, Trudi, Leo, Chris Hu and myself to Myponga to Start the 102 km course, all to finish at Strathalbyn before the Pros came in. Cool start to the day, but soon forgotten on the first hill. Peter O had a really good day powering up the hills and flying down. The 102 km group also enjoyed their ride, starting at Myponga meant being at the top of one of the main hills so just after starting the run downhill seemed to go forever.
Lovely day on the bike in heaps of company, after finishing did a car shuffle to get our vehicles at the finish area then settled down to watch the race, initial result of Caleb winning, fantastic, but not to be, poor Caleb was DSQ, so sad. Paddy Bevin also going down was also so disappointing, nobody wants to see a race lost in this way. Tomorrow is the final stage on The Old Wilunga Hill, and we’ll all be there, where else would be!
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Friday 18.1.19
Some took a rest day, getting ready for tomorrow’s Challenge Ride, but some wanted to keep their hill legs. Ross, Trudi and Leo headed up to Mt Lofty, Chris Hu and myself headed to the Beach via the River Path, nice and flat. Chris and myself enjoyed a coffee at Henley Beach before cruising home on the Light Rail Path. After lunch Peter O and myself headed out to the Stage 4 finish at Campbelltown, very exciting, great fun joining all the Punters and the Pros, flying down hill back into town.
Ted's Ride to Growler's for Coffee in Torquay on Thursday 17.1.19
With a forecast of 39 degrees there was some trepidation as 10 riders assembled at the Grovey Pub for the print to Torquay. I say “sprint” but in my case it was more of a plod. Having said that I racked up 10 PR’s on Strava. Yay for me. Anyway, enough about me. Mike C, Ken, Andrew, David I, Rolf (Coffee Shop Name Jack), Paul, Ange (CSN Sally), Nick, Dr Mike and I headed off at a briskish pace along Torquay Road, then the Ring Road path to Ghazepore, Dickens and Anglesea Roads, through Ocean Acres to Torquay. A change of coffee shop scenery was on the cards so we stopped at Growlers where we had good coffee/hot chocolate and great service. Home via the normal Horseshoe Bend route where the numbers gradually dwindled as riders found their preferred way home. My Garmin stopped at 43.37 km which I was more than happy with. The temperature stayed within a very narrow band of 22 to 25 so we were happy with that. Did I say I had 10 PR’s?
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Thursday 17.1.19
A hot night again but the crew were all at the start at 6-30 am to head into the hills again on another of the iconic Adelaide Rides, Norton’s Summit. Many, many, riders heading up, our Mountain Goats rocketed up to the pub at the top, would have taken coffee but very early in the morning, only 7-30 am and not enough staff and too many cyclists. Intended to head across to Montacute Rd but discovered not all roads in the hills are sealed, so plan B. Returned to the Summit after riding through a very pleasant valley and took the Old Norton’s Summit road back into suburbia. Asked Trudi to jump on the front and find us a nice coffee shop, as usual she came up trumps spotting the Hibernian Café where we enjoyed a very pleasant break before rolling home, another fantastic morning on the bike.
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Montacute, Corkscrew, Gorge Rd Circuit - Wednesday 16.1.19
Another hot day forecast, nice round 40 deg, early start again at 6-30 am when the temperature is quite pleasant for riding. Headed out to the hills, Trudi’s sister Jodi joined us, at Montacute Trudi, Jodi, Leo and myself turned right, Peter O, Ross and Chris Hu continued out to Gorge Rd intending to ride up Corkscrew while the smart operators took Montacute intending to ride down Corkscrew, Trudi, Jodi and myself rode it last year, no need to do it again! Reached the top, brief rest before heading down Corkscrew looking forward to see Peter O, Ross and Chris Hu grinding up, very disappointing, no sign of them, they missed the turn off and rode another 5 or 6 kms up Gorge Rd before coming back to do the climb. After both our circuits it was back to Norwood for coffee and breakfast and to watch the Start. Another great days riding, back to the hills again tomorrow up Norton’s Summit.
Unofficial Ride by Mike T, David I and Rolf to Drysdale on Tuesday 15.1.19 - click here for photo and Map
Ken's Ride Through the Barrabool Hills to Moriac on Tuesday 15.1.19
The predicted maximum temp of 33 deg must have deterrred some riders. This, together with the absence of several members in Adelaide, resulted in a small group of 5 setting out from the Highton river carpark. Mt. Pleasant, Scenic, Grantham, Barrabool, Devon, Princes, Andersons, Barrabool, and Hendy Main took us to Ravens Creek cafe for a variety of refreshments. Ange, Paul, Laurie, Meri and Ken appreciated that cloud cover and cool air temperature kept the temperature around the mid 20's whilst the hills were climbed. The sun came out and it got warmer so we returned via the shortest, easiest route - Reservoir, Pettavel, WPDrive and Pigdons Roads. The ride was complted a little after noon, well before the day's maximum was reached.
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Tuesday 15.1.19 - Stage ONE of the TDU
Another early start, with 41 deg forecast no point in hanging around waiting for the heat. Todays ride was over through Port Adelaide to North Haven where we joined Adelaide’s “Beach Rd” along the coast to Glenelg for coffee. Marcia and Marion joined us while we relaxed amongst many different cycling groups. Sitting in the shade chatting was very enjoyable.
After coffee we headed back into Adelaide and beyond to North Adelaide for the start of Stage 1. Thousands of people enjoying the spectacle, fantastic! Following the start we rolled back home to the Caravan Park, about 5 km, a bite of lunch, shower, and sit back to watch the race on TV. Happy hour 5-00 pm at Ross and Chris Hu’s cabin. Another nice ride on the bike on the flat, back into the hills tomorrow, some are keen to climb the Corkscrew, been there, done that last year, I prefer to ride the corkscrew going down!!
TOUR DOWN UNDER in Adelaide - Monday 14.1.19
With a forecast 39 deg it was best to get out early so at 6-30 am all but Trudi were ready to ride. A climbing ride today, headed across to the Crafers Bikeway a climb of about 9 km averaging about 5 to 6 %, from Crafers it is about 3 klms further up to Mt Lofty. Lovely views, fairly clear even though apparently there had been a fire overnight in the ranges. Arrived at about the right time, the café wasn’t open and about 50 cyclists were all hanging around not knowing what time it would open with no sign of a notice about opening times. A big bunch gave up and left, 2 minutes later it opened at 8-30 am, great! Enjoyed a nice coffee and break while heaps of cyclists rolled in and out. Marcia picked up Marion and Trudi and joined us at Mt Lofty, then it was time for the good bit, all down hill via Greenhill Rd back to Levi Park. Great mornings ride, I think we’ll do a flat ride around the beach tomorrow.
David Simpson leads the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Queenscliff on Sunday 13.1.19
Have attached some photos from our ride - Taken at Port Philip Heads in Pt Lonsdale. We stareted with 6 - myself; Mark B; Mike; Rolf; John Miro and Dave Simpson (leader from CG). Had coffee at Garage (very busy but great coffee). Great ride, cool breeze etc.
Saturday Ride to The Stoop in Torquay - 12.1.19
A total of ten riders rolled into the Grovie Pub site for the ride to Jan Juc: Rolf, Paul & Angie, Meri & Lovro, David & Jackie, Mike T, Peter M and yours truly. We set off up to Baanip Blv and turned left into Ghazeepore Rd then right into Dickins Rd and left onto Anglesea Rd. Owing to the heavy traffic, we opted for Torquay and made our way to cafe Stoop - good bike parking & seating options here. On leaving there we took the straighter route along the foreshore to Horseshoe Bend soaking in a lovely tailwind. Another beautiful day.
FOOTNOTE: Loved the big serve handed out by Big Paul to the impatient& ignorant driver in his works van overtaking him on double lines. Cheers till the next ride.
Keep pedalling, Ron.
David Innes' Ride to Millars in Lara - Thursday - 10.1.19
A short ride on a perfect day to Lara. It was my turn to lead and what a start to the day when I discovered that my rear tyre was flat! This was at 8 am with the start for 8.30 am so I quickly changed the tube and off I went pedalling fast as I could arriving with only 5 min to spare. The group was already assembled and ready to go so off we went via the new path along the back of Rippleside through the boat launch area winding our way through north shore to eventually get onto the Hovells Trail. A most uneventful ride out to a favourite coffee stop Millars where the coffee was good and a long lost beloved member finally showed up Noel! Was greeted warmly by those who knew him another member blew in at speed only 5 min after we'd arrived Rolf who explained to us he had not one but two punctures so well done to him for finally making it. After coffee there was much discussion about which way we'd head back. I was in favour of just going back along the Hovells Trial as it was the safest way home and to avoid the heavy diversion of traffic due to the road works but I was out numbered and everyone except me headed back across the Bacchus Marsh Highway onto the Ted Wilson Trail. Thanks to all who attended and hope everyone enjoyed the ride on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Attending were: Trudi, Mike C, Chris Hu, Peter J, Rolf, Meri, Ron, Paul & Ange, David & Jackie.
Chris Hume Leads the Cadel Evans Preparation Ride on Tuesday 8.1.19
I was amazed to see so many riders turn up for today's ride! There were 19 riders at the Eastern Beach Car park - Greg, Trudi, Ken, Ross (having left Torquay in early morning darkness and done the second harder part of the circuit already!!), David I, Peter J, Peter O, Mark K, Rolf, Meri, Julia, Paul and Ange, John M, Mark S, Dr Mike, and guests Dave S and long John C and yours truly Chris Hu. We headed off in perfect weather along Limeburners Rd, Boundary Rd, Breakwater Rd and onto Barwon Heads Rd, here Sara, Nick and Mark K joined the peleton. From here we continued to Barwon Heads, a bit of traffic, but not too bad. John C left us at Lake Rd.. Onto 13th Beach, Blackgate Rd, Horshoe Bend Rd and into Torquay for coffee at The Stoop. 50km down! Here Ross returned home having completed his 116km, David I, Rolf , Sarah and Nick headed home at this point.
From here it was uphill to the Bells Beach turn off. The Bells Beach section involved a few hills!! We regrouped at Surf Coast Hwy then up Forest Rd to Moriac for lunch at the Moriac Store. Here we were joined by Mark B so at this stage we had all three Marks in our club present!! Off up Hendy Main Rd, Mark S returned home Via the Hwy, the rest continued on. On reaching Barabool Rd some went ahead and the rest of us continued on at a more sedate pace. Meri and Trudi headed home at Meriwarp Rd. The rest of finished the Course including a couple of steep hills and had a photo shoot at the Shark Fins Sculpture at the end. All in all it was a great ride, in good weather with an enthusiastic bunch of riders.