GTC News Sunday 21.1.18

Rides this week:

Tuesday 23rd January - 8:30am from Geelong Showgrounds - medium ride to Pt Lonsdale - Ross Glover to lead.
Thursday 25th January - 8:30am from Church St/Ted Wilson Path - 40km to Lara via Lovely Banks - Trudi Bellia to lead.
Saturday 27th January - Cadel Evans Ride is on so many of our members will be riding - no official club event.
Sunday 28th January - 8:30am from Sth Geelong Station - medium ride - looking for a ride leader.

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

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

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

Our GTC Riders at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide - 17.1.18
Forecast 37 deg today so we have decided to take a break at Mt Lofty and then head home instead of staying in the heat to watch the race at Stirling. 

Ken's Ride Through the Barrabool Hills, Moriac & Freshwater Ck on Tuesday 16.1.18
Thanks to Mike Taylor for the photos. Sunshine, a light breeze and cool air attracted 9 riders to the start at the river carpark at Highton. Ross, Chris Hume, Ange & Paul, Adam, Mike T, Rolf, Ken and Lloyd Ashley (a visitor from Footscray holidaying at Jan Juc). No one took up the offer to ride Challambra so we went up Mt. Pleasant then Scenic before turning into Province Blvd en route to Ceres. A variety of misadventures resulted in the group splitting so Ross led the bunch whilst Ken waited a few minutes for Lyn L.  A nice tail wind helped us speed to the end of Barrabool. Considines, Hortips then Cape Otway brought us to our coffee stop at Moriac. Lloyd told us about his club rides around the bayside suburbs of Melbourne and said how nice it was to be riding out of town. Ross left at the corner of Hendy Main and Grassdale and we travelled Blackgate, Dickins, Ghazeepore, Baanip path, Reserve, Bailey and the bike path to Breakwater. Back to our starting point via the river path was enjoyable as there were no dogs and very few walkers. A hard but satisfying ride on a terrific day. Ken.

Our GTC Riders at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide - 16.1.18

Dave Simpson's Combined Ride to Anglesea - MTB Trail and Road on Sunday 14Two combined rides today, one on the road and one on the trails between Torquay and Angelsea..1.18
Two combined rides today, one on the road and one on the trails between Torquay and Angelsea. Dr Mike joined Helen for the road ride and nine riders including Fiona, Ben and Ross from GTC followed ride leader Dave along the forest trails. The mtb route was in surprisingly good condition despite yesterday's rain with just a few puddles to be dodged. It was a nice leisurely ride with plenty of sightseeing stops and a demonstration by the ride leader of the advantage of tubeless tyres. We arrived later than the arranged time in Angelsea to find Helen and Dr Mike had finished their break and moved on. We enjoyed some refreshments and conversation in the sun before heading off ourselves, with the nice steep McDougall Road as an introduction to the climb up out of town. Some excitement trying to cross a very busy GOR, Ben tried unsuccessfully to convince a passing ambulance to use its lights and siren to force a traffic break, then back on the bush tracks. Some more excitement when we almost ran over a snake, then a very pleasant (mostly) downhill run back to Torquay. Thank you to Dave for a great ride and to all participants for the good company. Ross.

Ross' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 13.1.18
If nothing else, today's ride proved that not everyone has gone to the TDU (yet). 11 of us keen cycling types assembled at the Grovedale pub for the run to Groove in Ocean Grove. Greg, Jackie and David, Rolf, Mark, Chris Hu, Ken, Peter M, Adam, Ron and Ross set out up Torquay Road (where we were joined by Terry). We took Warrilly Drive to Barwon Heads Road then Lake Road to 13th Beach, all with a nice tail wind to help us along. At the Barwon Heads roundabout, the group split with the keen types doing a lap via Sheepwash while the rest of us headed to Groove. The ride leader should have realised that on a Saturday morning in January, any coffee place near the beach would be busy and Groove was definitely busy. No big table for us but by quickly grabbing any chair that became vacant, we accumulated enough for all the group to sit down. The crowd put Groove's usual quick service to the test and there were some grumblings about a lack of coffee from the late comers (the Sheepwash folk). The last drinks arrived at about the same time as some dark clouds and after a forecast update via Mark's phone, we hit the road with half the group heading back the way we came and the other half heading back via Wallington and the highway. The pace was slightly down into the wind but still good fun. Closer to Geelong, the group started breaking up with riders taking the most direct way home. Mark's forecast was extremely accurate with a short but heavy shower hitting Torquay two minutes after I got home. Hope everyone else was similarly lucky.
Cheers, Ross. 

Terry's Ride to The Farmers Place in Freshwater Creek on Thursday 11.1.18
It was a magnificent day with a fantastic turnout of 11 riders: Ken, Lyn, Rolf, Adam, Peter, Ian ,Ross, Mick , Ted, Chris and myself. We headed off to The Farmers' Place on the Anglesea Rd at Freshwater Ck. Leaving the Grovedale Hotel and riding out along the Surf Coast Highway, turning left into Warralily Blvde, then right into Horseshoe Bend Rd and following this through to Torquay. Here we turned right through the Torquay Estate into Fischer St, turning right into Darian Rd and crossing the Highway to Grossmans Rd. It was here, on a previous ride, Lyn Gregg came off the bike and was taken to hospital. We then went through Ocean Blvde to Coombes Rd, turning right at the roundabout and heading along Anglesea Rd to the Cafe. After a welcome rest with great coffee and conversation we headed back along Ghazeepore Rd. A most enjoyable ride of about 40km.
Keep on Pedalling, Cheers, Terry.

Peter Jones' Loop from Birregurra to Colac & Barwon Downs on Tuesday 9.1.18
At 2 minutes to go it looked like Ken Lyn L and myself would be it but low and behold Chris Halpin turned up with his bike rack full, Peter O and Mike C having taken up his offer of a ride, and right behind Chris was Leo and Trudi so our 3 jumped to eight in minutes. Took a few minutes to get sorted and we all rolled out to Colac into a pretty stiff head wind. A few road works going on down that way kicking up a bit of dust but we got into Colac in reasonable time and stopped at the first coffee shop with the benefit of hindsight probably better next time to go on to the next one which is a bakery and their prices may be a bit more palatable. Had a few spits of rain before Colac and a little shower went through while we had coffee. At least after coffee we were going with the wind at times and across it at others, pulled up at the Murrroon Rd to wish everyone goodbye and Chris Ha found his cable on the rear cassette had broken leaving the chain on the smallest sprocket, not sure how he went on the later hills. That’s all for me hope someone else can add anything of interest.
Cheers Peter.

Rolf Leads Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 7.1.18
A large turnout of two people this morning, everyone else must have gone to Ballarat to watch the championships.  Mike C. and myself voted to go to Drysdale for coffee and back along Princess Road and Swan Bay Road and down the highway home.  We did notice one positive change on our way, all the New Years Eve glass had been swept off the rail trail, how good is that!  Had a quick ride to the Bungalow Café in 42 minutes which guaranteed us a nice mug of coffee.  The run home was smooth as the conditions could not have  been any better for cycling. 
Thanks for your company Mike,

Peter Jones Ride on a Very Hot Saturday - 6.1.18
Fifteen riders, the early start seemed popular on a forecast hot day of 42 degrees. When Sue and I arrived at the Pub there was already three waiting, and they rolled in right up to 7-00 am. Sue, Jackie, Lyn L, Ange, Paul, Leo, Ross, Peter O, Ken, Adam, Chris H, Rolf, David R, Mark and myself rolled out on the specified route to Barwon Heads via 13thBeach. It was very pleasant riding with the Sun just up and the air cool. 13th Beach looked a picture with the early morning Surfers out looking to catch a wave. We regrouped at Barwon Heads before doing the Sheepwash Circuit returning to Grovedale via Lake Rd and HSBend Rd. The Northerly was increasing but it was warm rather than hot as we headed up Reserve Rd taking a short left and into Sandstone Café for coffee at about 9-10 am. A nicely timed ride as Sandstone doesn’t open until 9-00 am. Everyone enjoyed their coffee/milk shakes with the odd cake before heading out into the now hot North wind and home. Thanks for coming.
Cheers Peter.

JC Reports on the Unofficial Alternate ride to Drysdale on Saturday 6.1.18
Simon, Coop & I set off early down the railtrail, as the day was predicted to reach 42c, with strong Northerly winds. A text was sent to the official alternative Saturday bunch to notify them that we would meet them at the cafe. Where they were all gathered. However, none seemed to have ridden ... After a quick coffee & a long chat, the three 'musketeers' headed back. It was 36c, with a 30 kph NNW wind, by the time we got back to Geelong! Phew! Thanks be to Coop & Simon for coming out - it is no exaggeration to say that I would not have made it otherwise!

Ted's Loop of Geelong on Thursday 4.1.18
In perfect conditions for riding 9 members: Peter J, Sue, Adam, Ken, Peter O, Ian, Ross, Ron and your trusty correspondent arrived at Rippleside with 8 bikes. Fortunately one of the bikes was a tandem so everyone saddled up and headed off along Western Beach to the Eastern Gardens. A slight detour along Portarlington Road and back along Bellarine Highway added 3k as the ride was going to be a bit short otherwise. With no verges along Moolap Station Road and the first part of Townsend Road it was a bit tight and it was suggested we should eliminate this part of the route in future. Once on Fellmongers Road things freed up  and we were soon at Breakwater and the Barwon River Trail – South Side. A very cruisey ride to the Moorabool Street bridge was followed by laps of the Criterion Circuit where some riders excelled with 3 or 4 while others were happy with 1 or 2. My suggestion of a time trial was diplomatically rejected although Peter O couldn’t resist telling me his 3:50 well and truly eclipsed my effort of 4:37 a few days earlier. Coffee at the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club was excellent but the place was a bit quiet with no one on the main courts providing the hoped for free entertainment. The last stage of the ride was along the Barwon River to Fyansford and then the dreaded Cementies Hill. I was berated for including an “unnecessary hill” between the tennis club and river but of course ignored the criticism as I’m sure it was in jest (wasn’t it?). Total circuit was between 38 and 46 klms depending on how many circuits of the crit you did. Thanks for joining me.

Sue and Peter ride the tandem on the Criterium Track

David Rae's Ride to Drysdale and Queenscliff on Tuesday 2.1.18
Thirteen riders turned up for the ride to Queenscliff this morning: Mark, Zac, Ross, Mick, Terry, Rolf, Lyn L, Peter O, Ken, Adam, Ron and Jackie and David Rae.  We followed the rail trail (dodging glass on the way) to Drysdale, stopping at The Bungalow for coffee.  We then had a very pleasant ride down Murradoc Road onto the Portarlington/Queenscliff Road, turning left at the Bellarine Highway and into a very busy Queenscliff.  We spent a pleasant 40 minutes at The Marina, where most riders had their lunch.  How good was it to be cycling along in the bike lane while the cars were bumper to bumper and at a standstill some of the time due to temporary traffic lights!  The conditions were favourable for our ride home.  When we arrived at Leopold the group stopped by to see how Lyn was doing and she had very kindly made some sandwiches and provided lovely biscuits and chocolates.  She was pleased to see us and seems to be making progress.  It was also nice to catch up with Chris H and Jean, who had popped over to see Lyn.  Mick kindly offered to take Jackie home as she had not been doing much riding lately and felt that the 75km was far enough. The group said their goodbyes to Lyn and made their separate ways home. An enjoyable day was had by all.
David Rae.

Ross Leads the Ride to Raven's Creek Farm on Saturday 30.12.17
No ride leader for today's ride so in the absence of a volunteer among the assembled riders, I was nominated. With a strongish westerly wind, Moriac was suggested as a suitable destination with the promise of a nice tail wind return. Angie, Paul, Adam, Terry, Rolf, Peter O, Peter M, Chris Ha, Ken and Ross set off in to the wind via Baanip Boulevard, Hams Road, Waurn Ponds Drive and Reservoir Road before turning for the big run down Hendy Main to morning refreshments at Ravens Creek Farm. It was suggested that Cape Otway Road should be avoided given the volume of holiday traffic so we returned back up the Hendy Main Road hill and turned on to the highway for a fantastic wind-assisted mostly downhill run back towards Geelong. Not sure what speed the others were making but I was following Terry who reported a 68 kph speed at one point. All too soon we were back at the Waurn Ponds Drive turn-off and riders were taking their own way home.
Thanks to all for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.

Chris Halpin also reported - (asked by the webmaster before Ross' ride report arrived) .....Designated leader Peter J was apparently a late scratching and the assembled crew decided the default option was Club President Ross. A roaring westerly made the choice of Moriac easy, so off we set up to Ghazepore. A surprise turn to the right took us to Hams Rd and under the freeway and through Upper Waurn Ponds to the old Princes  Hwy then on to Ravens Ck for coffee. A well earned break considering the head wind.  Return journey was a lovely wind assisted 'fly' back down the Hwy and into Waurn Ponds......

CONGRATULATIONS to Greg Allerton on Achieving 100 x 100km for 2017 on Boxing Day.
Despite Greg's recent accident and hospitalizaton I knew he was very determined to complete 100 x 100km this year. On Boxing Day he headed out on the flat course behind Avalon Airport and made good use of the terraine along Pt Wilson Rd and its extension to complete his challenge for the year. I think Greg is not firing on all cylinders yet but that didn't stop him. Well Done! I was tipped off by JC as Greg is not one to throw a big party about such achievements.
John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Millars at Lara on Thursday 28.12.17
On a barmy morning eleven riders (Ian, Julia, Ken, David I, Rolf, Ron, Paul, Angie, Ross, Michael and myself) departed Church Street for Rippleside, via Hovells Creek Trail and onto Lara. Along the way we met up with Trudi who had ridden like the wind to catch us but only to realise she was actually a long way in front! Trudi was found patiently waiting for us at the Hovells Creek bike underpass at Lara.  At this point Julia left the peloton to head to her home which was just a short distance away, and given that both Julia and Ian had ridden into Church Street from Lara for the ride, it was not unreasonable as they were due for a rest. We proceeded to Millars for a coffee break after which Ian headed for home.  The rest of us went on a tour of Lara around to Ted’s place in the hope of scoring another coffee, this time a freebie, courtesy of Ted’s grand Aldi machine. No luck.  Ted must have an inkling that we were about to descend upon him and he fled the district!  Disappoint and forlorn, we then returned to Geelong via the same route. 
Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. 
Peter O.

Peter O'Brien's Boxing Day Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale and Inverleigh - 26.12.17
Today’s ride was from Fyansford to Inverleigh, a total of approximately 75km. Seven members who were keen to counteract their Christmas over-indulgence: Peter J, Angie, Adam, Rolf, Paul and myself, rode to Bannockburn where we’d planned to have a coffee break.  Maybe it was due to the excess Christmas kilos but we didn’t set a fast pace averaging 25km/h over the distance.  PJ left the group at Bannockburn to get back home in time for the start of the Sydney to Hobart race.  Being Boxing Day, all of the Bannockburn cafes were closed so we continued onto Teesdale where thankfully their coffee shop was open.  We then headed to Inverleigh and proceeded straight back to Fyansford.  Sadly nobody had been good enough to get a new bike from Santa let alone a bike accessory.  How sad.
Peter O.

John Hagan's Ride to Moriac & Torquay on Sunday 24.12.17
Nine riders surprised me by turning up on Christmas Eve for our Sunday circuit to Moriac, Torquay and back into Geelong on the Surf Coast Highway. Many were splendidly attired in the yellow club cycling jersey. The riders were: Ian, Peter O, Ken, Peter J, Ross, Mike, Rolf, David I and your leader John H. The plan was to go out to Moriac on the Old Princes Highway (Waurn Ponds Drive) and then follow Hendy Main Road and Coombes Rd through to the Surf Coast Highway. Thus far the plan worked well until we called into our coffee destination the Uforic Food Cafe to find that it was CLOSED. Undeterred we pressed on to give the Two Wrens Cafe a try - it too was CLOSED. By this time Ross had ridden back to his starting point of Torquay and Rolf and David I skipped the next place and headed home. The 3rd choice - The Sandstone Cafe in Grovedale was OPEN and here 6 of us enjoyed coffee and cake and long conversations about computers and technology. On that last leg of the ride we enjoyed a strong tail wind to push us home.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Terry's Ride to Front Beach Cafe in Torquay on Saturday 23.12.17
As I was the last to arrive I was elected ride leader, a fantastic day, we decided to go to Torquay, there were 8 riders, Angie, Paul, Adam, Rolf, Chris, Ron, Mike and myself headed off along the Surf Coast Hwy to the bike path, riding to Ghazeepore Road, then Dickens to Anglesea Road, turning left into Coombes Road, then through Millionaires estate to Grossmans Road where the peloton really picked up the speed, Adam was the first to go but couldn’t keep up the pace, next to go was Paul who kept up a steady pace which was hard to peg back and kept his slender lead all the way to the SC Hwy. We then cruised on down to the Front Beach Café, charged $5 for coffee, and then told to remove our rubbish and take it to a bin across the road,(Front Beach Café out). Great conversation, we then cruised back along the front beach to Horshoebend Road then through Warralily to the Surfcoast Highway back to the Grovedale Hotel, great ride fantastic company cheers. Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all.
Keep on Pedalling, Terry.

Peter O'Brien's QUIZ Ride from The Showgrounds to Ocean Grove on Thursday 22.12.17
The Quiz Ride always attracts a good field of riders and today was no exception.  Fourteen riders were primed and ready to go on the start line at the showgrounds.  Trudi, Ted, David L, Terry, Paul, Angie, Mike, Adam, Meri, Ross, Rolf, Lyn, Norm & myself rode to the Groove Café in Ocean Grove via the Bellarine Highway, Grubb Road and Thacker Street.  Hopefully no speed limits were exceeded on the Thacker Street descent! During the coffee break yours truly hosted the quiz which this year was based on two themes, namely cycling knowledge and local geographical knowledge.  Lucky for me the Groove provided, at no cost, lollies to be given to those who answered correctly.  Thanks Tony and Ivy.  Unbeknown to the quiz master a certain rider was caught taking a photo over my shoulder of the answer sheet!  It just goes to show what extent some people will go to get a lolly.  Shame on you Ted.  For those riders who are unfamiliar with the Banjo Patterson classic Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, attached is the proof (including a diagram) that the creek he and his resplendent bicycle ended in was Dead Man’s Creek. At the coffee break Ted provided feedback to the group re lessons learned from the ride and this was well received.  In turn, it generated useful discussion among the riders on several issues associated with bike etiquette and safety. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Thirteenth Beach and Lakes Road to the Showgrounds.
Merry Christmas to all.  I hope Santa brings club members lots of shiny new bike presents.
Regards, Peter O.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Jan Juc on Tuesday 19.12.17
Eleven keen riders turned up for an early start due to a hot weather forecast - Chris Hu, Peter O, Dave I.Ken, Ross, Mike, Julia, Paul & Angela & friend Adam plus myself with apologies from Trudi. We cruised up Ghazeepore Rd to Dickens, the All together again we cycled the undulations of Vickerys & Gundrys though lovely bushand, everyone at a cracking pace in the cooler temperatures. Anglesea Rd and turned into Blackgate then Hendy Main Rd at a good pace until Vickerys where some missed the turn off.  After crossing the Gr Ocean Rd we tackled Addiscott, Bones and on to Sunset Strip & Swell cafe in Jan Juc for a much needed break, arriving at 10am. Peter O paid the group a great compliment by remarking that everyone obeyed the road rules by always riding single file where there were double lines. Well done all!! A few more hills was on the agenda for the return trip but I miscalculated so we rode through Torquay instead, on HSB Rd to the  Warralily estate, across to Whites Rd then Ghazeepore where the wind had picked up significantly and the sun was really hot by then. A timely return to Bunnings for most with a distance of approx 60kms -  enough on such a hot day. Thanks to everyone for a great ride and your company of course.
Lyn L. 4

Nicole Collins' Ride Around the Barwon River on Sunday 17.12.17
8.40 I was at the station.  Ian had arrived,  then David I,  Chris, Rolf, Mike and John H arrived.  Yes note I was not last to arrive today.  For my first ride after Great Victorian Bike Ride it was an easy one for me. Mike was Kelpie and did a good job. Yarra Street to the river.  North side passed the rowing sheds and watched for boats. Cruising at about 18 to 20 km per hour.  First questions about coffee were at Fyansford we were too early for the Door Gallery Cafe.  So RnR Cafe near the caravan park won the day. Where we found Lindy,  David and Barb enjoying coffee. Our coffee stop included much discussion about Elvis and German heritage in the family tree. Quiz questions to David I.  Returned to the river trail to Breakwater and back to the station. Mike decided that he would do a couple of more loops and John joined him for one.  Note Mike's new look body after his extra effort today.

Peter Jones' Ride to Torquay on Saturday 16.12.17
Thirteen riders for a nice Saturday ride to Front Beach Café at Torquay: Sue, Trudi, Angela, Lyn L, Paul, Peter M, Ron, Rolf, John H, Chris Hu, Mike T, visitor Reece and myself. It was a lovely day, fine and warm with a little bit of a Southerly breeze. Took the usual way, across to Ghazepore, Dickens, Anglesea Rd to Coombes and through Ocean Acres to Grossmans. Enjoyed a very nice coffee and then rolled on home via HSBend Rd., a great morning out on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter and Sue on the tandem at the corner of Ghazeepore and Dickens Rds, Freshwater Creek.

Video Excerpts from Peter Jones' Camera on the Goldfields Trail with Chris Hume and Ben Kersten

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on thursday 14.12.17
There was a good show of riders today with eighteen turning up at the Grovedale Hotel. Trudi, Mark, Ian, Ted, David and Julia Love, Terry, Chris Hume, David I, Peter J, Ron, Ken, Paul, Angie, Mike, Adam, Ray & myself (phew I think I got the names right) rode to Ocean Grove via Thirteenth Beach and Barwon Heads. At various stages along the ride the peloton spread out, given that some riders couldn’t help themselves and took advantage of tail winds. Coffee was at the Groove where as usual, the service was high quality.  While there, Mike managed to get all the riders together, not an easy task, for a group photo shoot. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Barwon Heads Road and Lakes Road. All up a very enjoyable ride.
Pegards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Ride from Ballarat to Creswick on Tuesday 12.12.17
Eight lucky riders for this wonderful ride on an absolute perfect day. Ken, David I, Rolf, Mike C, Mike T, Chris Ha, Ron and myself set off a bit late after roadworks held up everyone’s arrival. A very short ride to the Bike Rack coffee shop where a most enjoyable coffee really hit the spot. After coffee and checking out the latest Specialised Bikes we headed through Ballarat suburbs including Brown Hill to the Daylesford Rd. This can be a busy road but wasn’t too bad today, there are a couple of undulations and probably the only major hill which took us up past the White Swan Reservoir. At the Bungaree Creswick Rd we turned left and with a few more undulations we arrived at Wattle Flat, from here it is all pretty well down hill so off we went and enjoyed a 5 or 6 klm downhill run into Creswick. We arrived at about 11.45 so ordered a few drinks and relaxed before ordering lunch. We arrived at about 11.45 so ordered a few drinks and relaxed before ordering lunch. My Mum arrived at about 12.00 to join us for a lovely lunch before we headed back to Ballarat via the Bald Hills Rd and Gillies St.
First stop when got back to the Lake was Pipers by the Lake for a coffee, milkshake, Hot Chocolate or Iced Coffee. Home was via Godzilla for us to avoid the road works which worked out really well, a great day out on the bike in good company. Thanks again for the pictures Mike T.
Cheers Peter.

BBQ Christmas Lunch at Don & Lindy's Farm at Charlemont on Sunday 10.12.17
There was a slight delay as a number of the GTC members arrived at Charlemont with the sheep being moved on the road into the farmhouse. As you can see from the photos below the event was much enjoyed by those present - especially when it came to the Kris Kringle and the special rules the Club has for sharing these presents around. A big thank you to Don and Lindy for being such gracious hosts.

John Hagan's Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Waurn Ponds on Sunday 10.12.17
This was a good morning for a loop around to Panache at Waurn Ponds. For those in the GTC there was a time limit of 2 hours as the 2nd GTC Christmas party was to be held on Don and Lindy's farm at Charlemont at midday. We had 13 riders with a majority from CG: Linton, Dave, John M, John & Carla, Helen, Ron and Kevin and from GTC: Peter J & Marion, ChrisHu., Ian and your ride leader John H. The path under Pioneer Rd at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is now open for bikes so we scooted down there and had coffee at Panache. The return trip was via Deakin and Belle Vue Avenue and back along the Barwon was a circuit of about 20km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Ross Rides Through VIETNAM & CAMBODIA - Updated: 9.12.17 click here to see PHOTOS and the STORY OF HIS TRAVELS.
I am currently on a bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. The cycling component of my trip is over. I stripped all the good bits (pedals, seat, rack) off my bike and gave the rest to a young guy in PP. This was planned, not a reaction to riding over here. In fact, the riding was so good that I will be back again in 2018. The wifi on the bus is very poor so will send a few pics when I get to my hotel. Will be back in Torquay on Tuesday but may not have a chance to catch up as am heading off to Tas almost immediately after. If not, Merry Xmas to all.
Regards, Ross.
Below - Ross tries out something a little different!.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Torquay via Bellbrae on Saturday 9.12.17
It was great to have twelve riders turn up for today’s ride. Rolf, Peter J, David I, Mark, Ken, John, Chris Halpin, Paul, Angie, Michael, Peter M and myself departed Grovedale for Torquay via Bellbrae.  The ride conditions to Bellbrae were overcast with light showers prevailing however this did not affect the riders as they conquered the Bellbrae hill.  The ride into Torquay was sensational and a number of our riders teamed up with a rival peloton and proceeded at pace to the Frontbeach Café for the obligatory coffee stop. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Road. Total distance travelled was 50kms. Regards, Peter O.

DAY 4 - Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 7.12.17.
Check out this animation of the whole route :
The final day, the Leanganook Track!!  Headed off early again and were soon into slow careful riding in difficult terrain, heading east towards Chiltern then Northwards to Harcourt. At Harcourt we had second breakfast/brunch, enough fuel on board to get us to Bendigo. We then climbed to a granite ridge below Mt Alexander. A little further on we arrived at the Coliban Water Race which we followed most of the way to Bendigo. The gravel road here generally contoured and was pleasant riding. However there two 200m climbs for us as the water went through long tunnels. Near Bendigo the GFT meandered up and down around mullock heaps, was slow going for weary riders. On nearing a sealed road we decided to use it and head for the Station ASAP, arriving there at 2:00pm. We made it!!! Distance 63km. Chris.

Trudi Bellia's Ride to Lara on Thursday - 7.12.17.
Today's ride started at the usual spot at the top of Church St, the riders were: Meri, Marie, Peter O, Ray, Ron, Ted, Ian, Mick, Dave, Mark, Julia and David new members. We started our journey along Ted Wilson path, Ballarat Rd, Ballan Rd. We all enjoyed a lovely run along Stacey's Rd with the very enjoyable down hill run till Bachus Marsh Rd. While sailing down the hill I noticed a parked car on the side of the road, with a quick look around on the opposite side I spotted some paparazzi laying low in the scrub. It didn't take me long to recognise who that paparazzi was, it was our long lost fellow cyclist Noel. We then turned left then right onto Windermere Rd, and at the roundabout Noel stopped to say hi. It was great to see him again, I hope that he is soon back on his bike to join us. Coffee was at my favourite cafe, Cafe Blu were we made ourselves comfy inside on a large table that could accommodate us all. Our return journey was the Hovells Creek path, with everyone dropping off at different points along the way. Thanks everyone for your company on what was a very enjoyable mornings ride.
Thanks to Noel Pownall for the on-road photos.

DAY 3 - Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 6.12.17.
Left Daylesford at 7:00 heading towards Castlemaine on the Dry Diggings Track soon stopping at Hepburn Springs General Store for a coffee and snack as no more shops until Castlemaine.eport coming soon. Headed off into the bush, this section of the trail proving to be the most challenging with some very steep climbs and large fallen trees to haul our loaded bikes over and very rocky sections at times. We lunched at Vaughan Springs and sampled the mineral water. Not to my liking!!  Then onto Castlemaine stopping at the first coffee shop. Arrived there at 3:30, distance 55km.

David Innes' Ride to Werribee on Tuesday 5.12.17.
A cloudy moderate temp and windy day with a few spots of sunshine greeted us today. With a good turn out of enthusiastic cyclists showing up for the ride to Werribee taking the usual route to Lara via the refinery to Hovell Trial we had to take a detour in Rippleside to avoid the lollipop man with his stop sign. Our first stop Millars coffee shop where we usually like to stop in Lara these days having a good chat and a few laughs. Our next destination was Werribee but only half of the group decided to battle on we headed there via Flinders Avenue then to Little River taking the back roads to Werribee. Winds were blustery but not too bad. Arriving in Werribee we had our lunch at the Coffee Pot Cafe after which we headed back to Geelong via the highway fearing that the ride back would be a difficult one - it turned out the wind wasn't bad at all. The ride was incident free with no! falls! The GTC has has its share in recent weeks. Thankfully the rain kept away apart from the constant wind it was a good day's ride with just over 100 km's. Personally most would have done 90 km's or so. Thanks to the following for coming - my apologies if I've missed a name or two: Meri, Trudi, Julie, Rolf, Ted, Ken, Paul and Ang, Adam. Agian my apologies as I didn't have a ride sheet.
Thanks for all those that attended. David.

DAY 2 - Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 5.12.17.
Continued on the Wallaby Track to Daylesford. Weather great, fine with a SE breeze. Had a few navigation difficulties on the edge of Creswick!! See map. Track was similar to yesterday with plenty of obstacles, mainly water and logs. By the time we reached Daylesford we were tired, especially me! Hopefully recover overnight ready for the Dry Digging section of the track.

Chris Hume, Peter Jones & Ben Kersten on the Goldfields Trail from Ballarat to Bendigo - 4.12.17.
Three riders Ben, Peter and Chris Hu started off from Mt Buninyong on a cool overcast day. Great downhill run to start but on reaching Granny White Lane had our first walk of the day! Continued into Sturt Street Ballarat where we had coffee/lunch. Then off to Creswick. The track was challenging - plenty of rocks, ruts, tree roots and water hazzards. 
All arrived safe and sound. First half of the Wallaby track done.

The First of a number of Christmas Gatherings for the GTC - this one at Mt Moriac Pub - Saturday 2.12.17.
This was a very enjoyable evening for the 16 who gathered at the Mt Moriac Pub. Lyn Gregg had done all the organizing for the event but because of an unfortunate fall from the bike is now in rehabilitation at Grace McKellar so was unable to be to enjoy the evening. We were fortunate to have the function room to ourselves - the rest of the place was packed out. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
John Hagan.

Sue and Marion enjoy the dessert.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Farmer's Place in Freshwater Creek on Sunday 3.12.17.
Three arrived to do the ride today: John, Dr Mike and Chris H. DR Mike was there first!! Decided to head to Torquay as there was a strong SW wind blowing. Headed towards Breakwater and along to Waurn Ponds but were soon seeking shelter. Once it cleared, a bit, we were off again. More rain, more wind!! Decided just to go to The Farmer's Place. Had an enjoyable coffee and decided to head home via the shortest route. A  speedy return and no rain.  Good to get out but looking forward to better riding conditions.

Peter Jones' Ride to Ravens Creek Farm Cafe on Saturday 2.12.17.
Only three hardy souls this morning, not sure why, there was no rain and the roads were dry as a bone, it was a bit windy, seemed to be pretty well due South so a ride out to Raven’s Creek at Moriac seemed like a good idea, being across the wind it worked out very well and Chris Hu and Peter O, my companions this morning, all enjoyed the ride via Waurn Ponds Drive, M1 and Hendy Main Rd. Had a very nice coffee and rolled on home via Mt Duneed Rd., again across the wind with maybe a little bit of help on the tail. A very enjoyable morning on the bike yet again. Cheers Peter.

Mick Gregg Leads the Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 30.11.17.
On this rather warm morning 14 riders fronted up at the showgrounds for an easy ride to Drysdale and return.  We followed the rail trail down to the Bungalow for refreshments where the weather was starting to get rather hot.   Afterwards the group broke up some heading back down the trail and others going via  Princess Rd , Swan Bay Rd, Bellarine Hwy. All in a good ride tho short.  The participants were Trudi,Marie,Mark,Chris/Jean,David, Rolf,Ray,Peter O, Peter J, Ron, Barry,Dr Mike and Mick. Thanx to all for coming.   Cheers Mick      PS just a note I heard later Jean had a fall on her way home and finished in hospital.  Lyn G is now at Grace McKellar for rehab soon. Update on Jean from Mike T - Jean just got home from hospital (9:55pm).

Criss-crossing the Barrabool Hills with Ken on Tuesday 28.11.17.
7 riders presented at Bunnings for the ride advertised as "hard". Julia, Lyn L, Chris Hume, Ange & Paul, Peter O and Ken rode conservatively out along Waurn Ponds Drive aware of the long climb to follow up Cochranes to Barrabool Rd. We were joined at the intersection with Merrawarp by PJ and Trudi. Ange showed the benefit of recent training not losing any ground over the 2 climbs on Barrabool Rd en route to Andersons. Riding Andersons Rd on such a beautiful day was a delight. Turning left onto the Princes Hwy the group made its way up to Devon and enjoyed the long downhill before the climb. Try as I might I could not catch Lyn up the Devon hill. Julia, only recently returned to cycling after her fall, was coping well with the hilly terrain. The undulations on Hendy Main followed by the glorious downhill brought us to our coffee stop at Moriac. 
When is a "hard" ride not hard enough. Trudi wanted to add extra kms and proposed riding towards Torquay on Hendy Main. Ken said this could be achieved by turning onto Ghazeepore near the finish back at Waurn Ponds. The upshot was T, CH and PJ went one way whilst the rest of us went back up the Hendy hill to Reservoir and relished the undulations back to Pettavel. The speed was on down Waurn Ponds Drive and when Ken asked how they felt about more climbing ( up Lemins) all declined. PO'B rode straight on towards town, Lyn went left up Pigdons whilst Julia, A & P went back to their vehicles. Paul stated it was the best ride he had done in his short time with the club. We are lucky as cyclists to have the Barrabool Hills on our doorstep.

Ross Rides Through VIETNAM - click here to see PHOTOS and the STORY OF HIS TRAVELS.

Chris Hume's Ride to Lara on Sunday 26.11.17.
Weather report was poor! Being leader I thought that I had better turn up. Mike C was the only other rider to arrive, his first ride with GTC since NSW. We headed off then the rain started!! Sheltered at Simmond's Stadium until the worst of it was over. I phoned Trude to say that the tide was off. Mike and I then decided to do something and headed for Creamery Rd then decided to continue to Lara. Tried to find shelter from time to time and made it to Millars. After coffee heded home via Hovells Creek. A workthwhile though damp outing.

Peter Jones Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 25.11.17.
Eight riders for our Sat morning ride: Lyn L, Ange, Paul, Mark, Peter O, Chris Hu, Ron and PeterJ. We were a little late getting away - I had a call from Sue, they were having trouble with a flat tyre on the Tandem. After a bit of toing and froing we left on our ride and the tandem would hopefully catch up at Groove. Lyn L left us at HSBend Rd., she was feeling a bit flat and decided she would head home. It was a pleasant riding and we rolled into Groove at about 9:45am. I had invoted Rolf to come and join us for coffee which he and his friend Graeme from Adelaide did. Enjoyed out chat and coffee then headed home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd. A most enjoyable morning on the bike. Cheers Peter.

Terry's Ride to The Farmer's Place in Freshwater Creek on Thursday 23.11.17.
It was a magnificent day 17 riders fantastic turnout: Marie, Trudi, Mark, Ian, Lyn L, Mick, Chris, Peter and Marion, Ron, Lyn, Paul and Ange, Ray, Ted and Norm. We headed off to the Farmers' Place Anglesea Rd Freshwater Creek, leaving the hotel and riding out along the Surf Coast Highway, turning left into Warralilly Blvde, then right into Horseshoe Bend Road and following this through to Torquay, before turning ritht through the Torquay estate into Fischer Street turning right into Darian Road crossing the Highway to Grossmans Rd. Then when Lyn Gregg came off and was taken to Hospital, through (Millionaires' Row) to Coombes Road, turning right at the roundabout and heading along Anglesea Road to the Ghazeepore Rd,. A most enjoyable ride of approx 40klms.
Keep on Pedalling, Cheers Terry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sue enjoying coffee at the Groove.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROLF WINS GOLD - 2017 Australian Masters Champion - CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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

Heather Christmas.

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

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

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

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

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