GTC News Thursday 14.11.19
Events this Week
Saturday 16th Nov - 8:30am from Church St/Ted Wilson Path - medium ride to You Yangs Car Park & Lara - Chris Halpin to lead.
Sunday 17th Nov - Two Rides:
1/ 8am from Sth Geelong Station - 100km ride - watch here for details - Greg Allerton to lead. 
2/ 9am from Sth Geelong Station - easy bike path ride to Waurn Ponds - pick ride leader on the day.

Mike Taylor's Thursday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 14.11.19.
It was a lovey day for riding today. Just a hint of chill in the air and a predicted maximum of 22C. I arrived rather late for a designated ride leader,  but was excited to find around a dozen keen GTC riders waiting at the Showgrounds. We had a lovely tail wind to Drysdale and really hardly needed to pedal. Coffee was at The Bungalow where service was, as always,  exceptional. Peter O’B and Ted were waiting for us  there after riding up the trail from Point Lonsdale. It was great to catch up with lots of GTC riders and the conversation was, as always, stimulating. We headed back down the path into a fairly stiff headwind. Riders were: Yours Truly, Rolf , Dave I,  Mike C, PJ, Chris H, Nick, Sarah, Terry, wee Dave, Jackie and Norm.

Ken Gawne's Ride from Buninyong to Mt Egerton & Ballan on Tuesday 12.11.19.
Club members aversion to out-of-town rides was evident yet again when only Greg and I fronted up at Buninyong. A tail wind blew us up 4 significant climbs on our way to Mt. Egerton and again on the road to Ballan. Food and drink were devoured there before heading off towards Gordon into a gusty westerly. Several showers hit us before Dunstown but mercifully they were short. The downhill plunge on Fisken then the highway back to Buninyong was exhilarating. Because of lack of support for rides that I have led, I have informed the ride programme sub-committee that I do not wish to lead any rides in the Jan-Mar quarter. It will be more satisfying to arrange to do challenging rides through quiet and beautiful locations with like minded people.

Peter Jones' Ride to Moriac via Freshwater Creek & Paraparap on Tuesday 12.11.19.
Good turn out of alternate riders today, Jackie, Sarah, Marge, Julie, Meri, David R, Nick, Terry, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Barry and myself. Some riders had time constraints so started at 8-30am at the Grovedale Hotel. A few very light showers about with a stiff head wind. Took usual route out through Baanip Bike track and Ghazepore to Anglesea Rd. Turned into the wind again at Blackgate Rd but in amongst the trees it wasn’t too bad, even had a bit of Sun every now and again. Some had removed jackets but we ran  into a slightly heavier shower on Hendy Main Rd and  stopped to put on jackets before continuing into Moriac for a well earned coffee and for some, cake. Terry was already there after a bit of a mistake about the start time. Enjoyed a good chat and the ride split to come home, some took the full hills, some the half hills and the rest came with me along Mt Duneed Rd with a roaring tailwind, great stuff. Thanks for coming everyone, a most enjoyable ride in good company, also good to see Barry on his first Tuesday ride, welcome.
Cheers, Peter.

GTC 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Grovedale United Services Hall - 10.11.19.
Our last reunion was in 2009. The organising sub-committee (Nicole Collins, Julia McKeag, Nick Tarnay and myself) chose the United Services Hall in Reserve Rd Grovedale as the venue. This location and date had historic significance as this was the start for several of the Geelong Otway Challenge rides which were always held on the Sunday after Melbourne Cup, as was the day of our reunion.The organisers arrived at 10 am and set up the tables and chairs before decorating the big room with Otway T shirts and ride tops, banners, posters, ride signage and a Cadel framed photo. 
People began arriving at noon with a good mix of current and former members. The level of conversation increased until I used my blue cow bell to gain their attention. Vice President Lindy Lester welcomed everyone and then I gave a speech briefly covering the history and activities of the GTC over 40 years. It was great to have several former Presidents there - Frank Kinnersley(our first President)  Craig Blackman, Dave Ellis  and myself. Six of our Life members attended: Fran Forsyth, Lyn Kerr, John Hagan, Geoff and Heather Christmas and myself. It was then time to sample some of the fine food  people had brought and catch up with old friends. The memorabilia, old photo albums, historic documents and the three volumes of Rod Charles' Whirr of Many Wheels attracted much interest. John Hagan had painstakingly assembled a vast range of photos which were shown in rolling rotation on Nick's large TV screen. I really enjoyed catching up with lots of people including Janette & John Shandley (who travelled from Korumburrah), Gill Broadwood, Betty& Mel White, Bill & Val Rae and so many others. There was about 50 attendees. I would like to thank everyone who came (sorry, too many to mention by name) and also the sub-committee and John Hagan for his great camera work.
Greg Allerton.

Peter Jones' Ride to Waurn Ponds before the 40th Anniversary Celebrations - 10.11.19.
Expected a few more takes for my easy ride around the bike paths but it was not to be. Janet turned up, then Dr Mike and lastly a possible new member Geoff Cameron. As the 40th Celebrations were on at Grovedale at 12-00 O’clock, set a course that would get everyone back home by about 11-15 am. Rode out to Fyansford on the river path and back to the Highton turn-off. Through Highton Village up Belle Vue Ave and down to Panache Waurn Ponds for a coffee returning home via the Waurn Ponds Creek track and the River Path. A nice little ride to keep the legs turning over.
Cheers, Peter.

Heather Christmas' Report on the Shopping Trip in aid of Breast Cancer - 19.10.19.

Mike Taylor's Saturday Ride to Pt Lonsdale & Ocean Grove - 9.11.19.
It was a remarkably cold November day. When I woke up it was 8 degrees but according to the computer it felt like 4 degrees. Fortunately, as it turned out, I decided to go with the full on rain jacket with my winter top underneath. I was greeted at the station by just four extra keen riders: PJ, PO’B, Mark and Chris Hu. Feeling somewhat daunted by the high quality of the field we headed as planned to Point Lonsdale. Fortunately we had quite a nice tail wind for much of the ride and made very good time. After much pleasant conversation and arguably a few too many cakes we headed back into the wind (and by this time light rain) proceeding back along Shell Rd to Banks Rd. From Banks Rd we turned left onto the Bellarine Highway and much to everyone’s surprise, the headwind wasn’t actually too bad.
Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable ride. Mike.

Peter Jones' Ride to Waurn Ponds on Thursday - 7.11.19.
Just Chris and myself willing to brave the wind this morning. Banockburn was not an option for me as I had to be back early, it was also a long ride into a gale and a very exposed road. A ride around the bike paths  to Bunnings seemed much more protected and sensible. From there it was up past Deakin, along the Pipe Line Track and a blast down Barabool Rd to Two Sugars for coffee. Enjoyed our coffee and headed home just before the weather really cracked up. Thanks for your company Chris it was nice to turn the legs over for a couple of hours. 
Cheers, Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Rippleside to Dockside in Melbourne on Tuesday 5.11.19.
On a rather brisk morning Lovro, Meri, Andrew, Zac and myself set off from Rippleside for the annual ride to Melbourne.  We rode out to Lara and various back roads to Little River and Werribee where we stopped for a coffee break. We proceeded towards the Federation Trail and then worked our way across to the outskirts of Point Cook to the Skelton Creek Rail Trail.  To access the trail required traversing a bridge over the creek which was a challenge in itself as pools of water at the foot of the bridge meant we needed to cross with care.  As the ride leader I thought it my duty to go first and we all managed to cross the water successfully. Riding along the Skelton Creek Trail and the Bay Trail provided many fabulous view of the Melbourne skyline.  We stopped and took in the sights from the top of the 100 Steps viewing point.  Between Altona and Williamstown we encountered another water crossing and Meri took up the challenge to cross first and demonstrated how to do so with a minimum of fuss. The ride from Williamstown to Docklands enabled us to again appreciate the sights of the city as we weaved our way towards Southern Cross Station.  We then caught the 1:50pm train to Geelong and I managed to make it home just in time to see the running of the Cup. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable bike ride.
Peter O.

Ken Gawne's 100km Ride to Jan Juc on Sunday 3.11.19.
Greg and Peter joined me this morning at SG station. Peter was playing chef - he had a roast in the oven due out at 2pm and therefore wanted to be home before that hour. We followed Barwon Terrace up to the racecourse, around Breakwater and onto Barwon Heads Rd. A detour via Horseshoe Bend and Boundary Roads saw us back on BH before turning onto Lake. Peter tried to set various section speed records but found that the leader did not respond. The bike path at the end of 13th Beach took us to Blackgate where Greg paced us into the westerly wind right through to Horseshoe Bend Rd. Much appreciated Greg. Through Torquay which was packed with Melburnians on a 4-day weekend. Swell cafe at Jan Jug was doing a roaring trade but we found a table and enjoyed a well earned refreshment break.
Then came the hills - Bells, Bones, Gundrys and Vickerys. Hendy Main, Grays and Forest before El Presidente left us to head home and weave his culinary magic. Greg ignored my instructions to take off and leave me to slowly wend my way back. Instead he conned me into raising another effort until the strong wind blew us at good speed along the length of Barrabool Rd to Highton. Glad to get off my heavy Specialised cycle after 100.1 kms. Thanks to my companions for what turned out to be an excellent 5h of exercise. The only shower occurred whilst we were in the cafe.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Brown Shugar in Curlewis on Sunday 3.11.19.
There was a good turnout for our easy Sunday ride. As I was taking the photo at the start Peter M & Prue turned up all loaded for a camping tour to Pt Lonsdale. They were trying out their new equipment ready for their ride around the World which will start soon. They stayed with us until Curlewis and then rode on to Pt Lonsdale. From L to R below: John H, Barry T, Jennie, Doug, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Janet, Heather, Prue, Peter M and Pam. Peter J was to join us further down the track. Although overcast it was a good temperature for riding. We followed the Bellarine Rail Trail to the end of the golf course at Curlewis and were able to gain access to Tivoli Rd which took us through to the Curlewis Shopping Centre and our coffee destination, Brown Shugar. Here we drooled over the magnificent cakes on display and some were tempted to buy! Our return trip took us briefly along Griggs Creek and up Jetty Rd and as we approached Leopold we encountered some heavy rain with very big droplets. We returned to the Geelong Showgrounds via the Bellarine Trail for a total distance of 34.6km.
Keep Riding, John H.

Chris Hume's Thursday Ride to Moriac & Jan Juc on 31.10.19.
Four riders assembled at JB Hi Fi (near Bunnings!): Sarah, Nick, Peter J yours truly Chris Hu. It was a very warm morning with a strong N to NW wind blowing and forecast to become windier and hotter!! We headed to  Moriac via Waurn Ponds Drive, Reservoir Rd  and Cape Otway Rd. Here we topped up our water bottles and continued along Hendy Main Rd to Vickerys Rd and Gundrys Rd. This roller coaster section was most enjoyable. From here onto Swell in Jan Jac for a well earned rest, rehydration , coffee and cake! We returned home home via Horseshoe Bend Rd then through Warrilily as there is a roadwork detour. On entering Grovedale split up to head home.
Chris Hu.

Tuesday Ride to Portarlington - 29.10.19.
With the temperature predicted to be in the low 30’s, five riders set off from the South Geelong Railway Station for Portarlington by way of the Bellarine Highway, the Bellarine Rail Trail and then through to Jetty Road in Clifton Springs.  This route was selected as it enabled us to by-pass Leopold and tackle some hill climbs on the Portarlington Road.  It was along this particular section that Julia noticed she had a bent derailleur which made changing gears extremely difficult.  Not to be deterred she soldiered on and conquered all the hills. Well done Julia. A coffee break was taken at the Bakery in Portarlington and, it being such a beautiful day, the vistas across the bay were simply stunning. Following the break, with the deep blue colour of the bay as our backdrop, we rode to Indented Heads and through to St Leonards.  Along the way, Ken heard a ‘twang’ and noticed that one of his spokes had snapped.  After some quick repairs, he was able to continue the ride as we wound our way back to Geelong via the Queenscliff Road, Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway. Thanks to Mark B, Julia, Kim and Ken for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 80kms.
Peter O.

Traralgon-Orbost Tour - Day 7 - Orbost to Cape Conran & Return - Final Report.
Fine day with a light cool wind for our last ride, mostly Sunny with a few fluffy clouds and smooth flat roads made riding a joy. Left just before 9-00am and rolled into Marlo just before 10-00am, tossed up whether to continue to Cape Conran or take coffee, coffee won. After some excellent coffee and yummy food we headed for Cape Conran, another lovely road with great views out over the contained Snowy River to the ocean. The Snowy is not really a river at the moment, just a long thin lake, hopefully when the rains come the Snowy will break out and flow again. After a bit of a walk on the beach we headed back to Marlo and back to Orbost. Final dinner at the Orbost Club and will be on the road and tracks home again Tuesday.
Cheers, Peter.

Mike Taylor's Sunday Ride to Millars at Lara - 27.10.19.
The easy ride to Lara again proved very popular with ten riders turning up at Rippleside. Many of them returning after a quite a lengthy absence. The riders were Geoff, Heather, Marge, Wendy, Noel, John, Mark B, Pam, Doug and Mike. It was a remarkably cold day for late October with a fairly strong northerly wind. Due to the ride leader’s rather shaky knowledge of Lara geography it was decided to do the Hovell trail in both directions. This provided wonderful seaside views in both directions. The only incident of note was the finding of a large fallen tree blocking the path near the freeway. Coffee was at Millars where the service was excellent. Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable ride.

Mark Shying's Saturday ride from Fyansford rerouted to Moriac via Barrabool Hills - 26.10.19.
The ride calendar set today's ride as Fyansford to Bannockburn via Burnside Road.   At the signing on, the talk between Marge, Wendy, Ian and Mark centred on the wild weather - 35kmh north-west winds turning west along with expected gusts up to 65kmh and rain squalls.  After discussing some alternate routes along the river, we agreed to ride on to Merrawarp Road for reassessment.  Well, in that short ride each of us experienced the full force of head and side winds...not the best on a busy highway.  We decided to take Merrawarp Road and reroute our ride to Moriac.  With little traffic and occasional protection from the head and side winds we cycled through to Hendy Main Road.  Through rain squalls we forged on to Moriac.  The coffee break was taken at the General Store...and the rain came tumbling down.  After good conversation and some nice food, and with no let up in the rain, it was time to get back on the bikes.  We road back along Hendy Main Road, Reservoir Road, Pettavel Road and then on to Warun Ponds where each went their separate ways.  All enjoyed the return journey, with strong tail wind and the decreasing precipitation!
Thanks Marge, Wendy and Ian for cycling with me today, Mark S.

Traralgon-Orbost Tour - Day 6 - Bruthen to Orbost.
Today the wind had abated, fairly Sunny with a bit of cloud. By about 9-00am we were ready to go and took the trail on towards Nowa Nowa for coffee. Immediately we were climbing, only about 2% but about 3 to 4 klms. Elizabeth had a bad nights sleep and ran out of energy so we called in the vehicle to pick her up. The trail was very good, fine hard packed gravel, saw several wallabies, a few klms out of Nowa Nowa passed the first of two trestle bridges, magnificent structures. Had an enjoyable coffee at Nowa Nowa, egg and bacon rolls were popular plus a number of other goodies. Moved on along the trail, found some Echidnas, Trudi had a flat tyre, took lunch along the track and rolled on into Orbost about 3-00pm. Bit of relaxation and then it was time for Happy Hour followed by a BBQ, lovely.
Cheers, Peter.

Traralgon-Orbost Tour - Day 5 - Paynesville to Bruthen.
Morning dawned fine, clear and calm, Sun was up and shining, felt like a lovely day ahead. As is often the case in good old Victoria the wind roared in at about 8-00am which sent everyone diving for extra layers. About 9-00am we headed off into a solid Nor wester, a bit cloudy but lots of Sun, a couple of showers on the horizon. Took the back way out of Paynesville and crossed the main road making our way through Eagle Point to the Bluff Lookout over the Silt Jetties along the Mitchell River, longest in the Southern Hemisphere we are told. Took the old Paynesville Rd and river path to the main Paynesville Bairnsdale Rd and to the Lake Whaddie Café in Bairnsdale for our coffee break. Coffee done we rolled on to the East Gippsland RT, out to the Nicholson River is sealed, sort of, a lot has broken up but repairs have been done in the last few days. From the Nicholson it is good gravel, just when we were stripping off layers a big squall passed over and cold driving rain fell for 15 to 20 minutes, not heavy rain but enough to get everyone rugging up. When we reached Swan Reach Rd we had a quick tea and coffee break before heading the last 10 klm into Bruthen, the pie shop was doing a roaring trade, Pepper Pies were lovely. A couple of solid squalls passed through but we were home and dry. Olde world accommodation at the Bruthen Inn Hotel is good with an excellent bistro. On to Orbost tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter.

Traralgon-Orbost Tour - Day 4 - Ride & Rest Day.
The weather forecast didn’t look good for another sailing day so a 6-30am was floated and most joined in. At 6-30am 13 riders were ready to go. It was a warm night, still 19 deg at 6-30am with a light Northerly. Rolled out through the countryside to Wattle Point, stopped at Millenium which is a Low Energy Design Earth Shelter, ie an underground home. Only about 22 klm on good sealed roads. Unfortunately we were met at the waters edge by hordes of hungry mozzies so our turnaround was pretty quick, as we headed back the forecast strong winds built up very quickly and made our trip back to Paynesville a bit of a slog at times but eventually we were away with a great tailwind. French Toast, Bacon and Egg Rolls, Poached eggs, Vanilla Slices  just a few of the delights enjoyed with coffee before returning to the units and packing up the boat and motoring back to the pen.
Cheers, Peter.

POB's Ride from Rippleside to Lara & The You Yangs on Thursday 24.10.19
Five riders assembled at the Rippleside start line this morning for the ride to the You Yangs.  With the temperature expected to be in the mid-thirties, and a hot north easterly breeze, we set a brisk pace as we headed towards our destination.  The route taken was slightly different to the usual one as we stayed on the road along Shell Parade, MacGregor Court and Cummins Road and then joined the Hovells Creek Trail onto Lara. As we pedalled along towards the You Yangs, we encountered strong head winds on  Flinders Avenue.  Happily, this same wind was a tail-wind on the return trip down Forrest Road when we rode back to Millars for coffee. To complete the circuit route, we rode home via the Ted Wilson Trail where Doug had a puncture that was caused by a fair-sized piece of wire that took some manoeuvring to remove. Thanks to Noel, Kim, Doug and Norm for an enjoyable ride. Distance ridden 60 kms.
Happy birthday on Monday for Doug. Peter O.

Traralgon-Orbost Tour - Day 3 - First rest/ sailing day followed by our Pasta Night.
Woken early by ED and Rayner arriving with a cup of tea after Marion said the night before she wanted breakfast in bed. Headed around to pick up the boat to find that the batteries were flat, must have forgotten to turn them off last August. Started the motor with my jump pack and motored around to the Fisherman's Wharf and took our coffee. Had a lovely little sail and returned to our digs for lunch. After lunch the breeze had picked up and we enjoyed a very pleasant sail before returning to Happy Hour and then Pasta Night, yummy.
Cheers, Peter.

Traralgon-Orbost Tour - Day 2 - Maffra to Paynesville
Wednesday morning was foggy early but cleared before we headed out, a quick trip to Stratford, at first on the road but the traffic was a bit busy and the trail runs next to the road so we switched, again we were aiming for a “frothy coffee” and this time we succeeded before heading to Paynesville via Meerlieu, where we had lunch and Bengworden. The roads were good with very little traffic, rolling undulating country, sheep, cattle and cropping, although the further East we went the drier it seemed to be. Rolled into our accommodation for the next three nights, Captains Cove Resort, about 3-15pm. Pizza night, 11 large seemed to keep them all satisfied, another lovely day on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

THREE Rides on Tuesday 22.10.19
1. Traralgon-Orbost Tour - Day 1
Early start for everyone on Tuesday, train travellers on the 6-32 am, and the car at 7-00 am, all calculated to get to Traralgon just before 11-00am. The train was a little late and the car encountered our usual peak hour crawl from the Maltby bypass. As it turned out we all came together at about 11-00am in Victory Park, the bikes and luggage were quickly unloaded and within an hour the group had put their bikes together, had a bite of lunch and changed into bike gear. A short trip on the road to the start of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail and we were away on the gravel path, a bit rough in places but nice to be away from any traffic. Initially the paddocks were lush, could have been more rain but also it is an irrigation area. It was a pleasant ride passing through all the small towns the rail would have served in its heyday, there was a big Sugar Beet industry on the plains way back when, our target was Cowwarr for a “frothy coffee”, but we were to be disappointed, the store had closed, the Pub closes Monday and Tuesday so we had to take our fallback option, our own coffee, tea and slices, we carry for just such an emergency, problem solved. We continued on to Maffra to our motel and enjoyed a BBQ together before calling it a night.
Peter Jones.

2. Ken Gawne Leads the Ride from Anglesea to Wye River and Return.
On a near perfect Spring day Greg. President Peter and Ken set off up the steep climb out of Anglesea. We passed through Lorne after 70 mins and arrived at Wye River after 1h 55m. Returned to Lorne for our one and only refreshment break of 20 minutes. Back at Anglesea in 3h 54m saddle time. I will not describe the beauty seen and the exhilaration felt on this ride. It would have you weeping into your beer, wine, spirits or soft drinks, such would be your disappointment at not having participated ( for a variety of reasons). All 3 of us on the ride today noted the big improvements made, and still being made, to this road. Far from being dangerous, you should pencil it in as a 'must do'.

3. Grovedale to Torquay.
With nearly twenty club members heading for the tour of Gippsland today, I thought I may have been the only starter for today’s ride to Torquay as there was no appointed ride leader. Gladly I was joined by Ron, Kim and Julia. With no ride leader discussions took place as to which course to take to Torquay. Kim and Ron assumed the role of course directors, Doug the scribe and Julia official photographer. Truly a collaborative effort from all. In bright sunshine and with a zephyr wind we rode the cycle path from Grovedale to Waurn Ponds then Ghazeepore Road and then the regular course to Mejavo’s Café. The warm sunshine made pleasant riding which was only surpassed by the excellent company.
Doug Wyatt.

Greg's Hard Ride to Lethbridge, Sheoaks and Maude on Sunday 20.10.19
3 starters at 8 am on a cool morning with an already strong west wind - Ken G, Ian B and myself. After some discussion we decided to take Aberdeen St and the Deviation to Fyansford rather than the river path which was lucky because we would otherwise have missed meeting John Miro near Geelong Junior College as he was running a bit late. It was hard pedalling into a strengthening head  wind out Hamilton Hwy. Alas Ken had an important function to attend so he turned back near Burnside Rd. 3 of us continued through Murgheboluc, R up Brislane then L into Harvey and R along quiet Spring Ck finding it easier in the side wind. There was more head wind as we turned L at Teesdale Rd but only 2 km and R into English Rd. This was a quiet road gradually rising up to Lethbridge, where a coffee in the warm shop was most welcome .Impressive stone walls, some bluestone , are a feature of this small town.
Pushing into the wind out Tall Tree rd we passed the well named Rocklands property, R into Lairds Rd then at last some tail wind for 2 km as Lower Plains Rd took us at speed down to Midland Hwy. This section was tough as we rode northwest past the sizeable Lethbridge Airport. Ian was very glad when we went R at Sharp Rd but the steep climb up to Sheoaks had him struggling in his lowest gear. From here there was more downhill and the strong wind was now very helpful. We had a short stop at Bunjil Lookout, Maude, where I was anxious the bikes might be blown over. We flew through Sutherlands Creek and returned home via Ted Wilson Trail by 1:30 pm after 104 km at av 21.4 Thanks to my fellow riders and congratulations to Ian for completing his first club century - it was a very hard one.   
Greg Allerton.

Trudi's Easy Ride to Lara on Sunday 20.10.19
With a cool start to the day brought 10 riders out: Chris Hu, Meri and Lovro, Janet, Jennie, Doug, Kim, Ron, Leo and myself. Setting off riding through North Shore joining up with the Hovells Creek path. Cafe of choice today was Cafe Blu, but to my surprise it's had a change of ownership, and it's now called the Friendly Bean Cafe. Sitting inside, out of the cold, we all enjoyed our refreshments while catching up with each other. Our return route was along the Ted Wilson path. Thanks everyone who braved the cold and wind for an easy ride to Lara.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills - 19.10.19
The last time I led this particular ride we missed the turn at Merrawarp Road off the Hamilton Highway and took the longer route to Moriac via Pollocksford Road, so this time I needed to be on my mettle to ensure this error did not re-occur.  As you will see below I did not need to worry about this.
I arrived early at Fyansford around 8.40am for the 9.00am start when I noticed a missed call on my phone from Trudi,  so I rang her only to find out the ride had started at 8.30am and they were nearing Merrawarp Road.  Well, riding into a head wind I actually caught up to them on Merrawarp Road as they had decided to wait for me.  Thank you Trudi, Leo, Mark S and Peter this was most considerate.  We then rode to Andersons Road and enjoyed the great views of the surrounding pastures.  With a head wind prevailing we continued along the highway and the ride down Hendy Main Road to Moriac was a cyclist dream.  The coffee break was taken at the General Store where we met up with Ted Reeve.
After the coffee break we parted ways at the Hendy Main Road and Reservoir Road corner as Leo and Trudi rode home along the same route that we had ridden out whilst Peter, Mark and myself set sail with a strong tailwind back to Geelong.
Riding is fun, Peter O.

Mike Currie's Ride to Swell at Jan Juc on Thursday 17.10.19
With strong winds and rain forecast, this morning’s ride to Bellbrae Choclaterie didn’t look promising, but this didn’t deter Peter J, Doug W & Chris Hu. Our plan was to ride direct but a short detour to Nick's to pick up a helmet was the first plan modification. At Bellbrae we decided that the pleasures of the Choclaterie weren’t worth riding 6km into a stiff headwind so a quick spin along Bones Rd brought us to Swell at Jan Juc for coffee. From there it was back through Torquay and Horseshoe Bend turning through Warralily to avoid the roadworks and home. An enjoyable if windy morning.
Mike C

John Miro's Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday 15.10.19
Nine riders: Trudi, Julie, Chris Hu, Peter J, Doug, Ken, Mike C, Nick and me. Nice mild sunny day with slight wind. Rode from Fyansford to Burnside Road where Trudi caught up with her donkey. Then into headwind from Bannockburn to Teasdale.  We turned left to a beautiful quiet country road to Inverleigh for coffee. There Peter and Chris left the group for their gravel adventure, hope they survived. Seven of us rode back home along Hamilton Highway with gentle tailwind. Total distance 75-85km for most, may be 100km for Peter and Chris. See you on next ride.
John M.

Peter O'Brien's Sunday ride to Drysdale - 13.10.19
The ride this morning was a combined ride with Cycling Geelong.  GTC riders were: Nicole, Kim, Geoff, Heather, Jenny, Zac, John, Doug and myself, together with four Cycling Geelong members.  We set off to Drysdale at a leisurely pace with the intent being to enhance social interactions between club members and there was certainly a lot of chatter as we trundled along the Bellarine Rail Trail.  The coffee break was taken at The Bungalow. On the return journey we decided to give the infamous magpie who terrorises cyclists in the vicinity of Palmerston St a miss and headed to the rail trail.  With a tail wind behind us it was a lovely ride back to Geelong. 
Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 40kms.
Peter O. 

Ron's Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 12.10.19
With a sunny day forecast,  we headed along the rail trail to the Bellerine and turned right for the climb up to Grubb Road into a medium head wind.  On turning into Grubb Riad we pushed on turning down Martin Drive and along Ocean through way to Cheeky Cow.   The return trip was taken with a lovely tailwind up along 13th Beach Road, Horseshoe Bend onto Warralily estate before splitting up enroute to Geelong. Our 2 weekend only riders, Andrew and Hugh put in a gutsy effort on the climbs and showed good stamina to finish the ride.
A great ride in good company. Cheers, Ron.

Nick's Ride to The Bungalow at Drysdale & Return - PJ & CHu on to Queenscliff on Thursday 10.10.19
Ten riders: Nick, Doug, Rolf, MarkK, PeterJ, Kim, Dr Mike, Mike C, Chris Hu and Ron met at the Showgrounds for an pleasant saunter up the rail trail to Drysdale. Dog walkers and Mum's with prams were few and far between. Although the clouds promised a shower or two we stayed dry in the cool conditions. After coffee and cake at The Bungalow, Chris and Peter continued to Queenscliff on the rail trail whilst the rest of us returned back to Geelong before splitting off in various directions.

Peter Jones' Ride to Bellbrae, Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 8.10.19
With an absolute rotten forecast I didn’t expect too many starters for my ride to Jan Juc and Torquay, Chris Hu rolled in and I expected thatwould be it but Nick also arrived so come 9-00am we took off. There had been some showers pass through but there were also long periods of bright blue sky and Sun, we didn’t actually get a shower until well down Anglesea Rd and that only lasted 5 minutes and cleared. I had decided on a slight change and headed out Anglesea Rd to Hendy Main Rd and turned right making our way to Vickerys Rd. Caught up with a group from Torquay Coasters just around the corner who were doing the same route, decided to join them at Bowside for a coffee, had another light shower for a couple of minutes and that was the last for us for the day. Enjoyed a long coffee break and chat, waited for another shower to pass through before taking Addiscott, Bones, Sunset through Jan Juc, Torquay, up HSBend Rd and home through Warralily, a good ride with a lovely tail wind all the way home.
Cheers, Peter.

AROUND THE BAY IN A DAY on a Very Windy Sunday - 6.10.19
Five starters today for around the bay ride: Peter J, Peter O, John M, Leo and myself. On a warm still morning saw us up very early to start our ride. Meeting the two Peter's on Boundry Rd at 5.30 to ride down to catch the ferry by 7.00. On my way down I rode over a big pothole and immediately came to a holt. Lucky I had Leo for backup, he was driving down to Queenscliff to start his ride. Once on the ferry we meet up with John M who had ridden from home. On debarking the ferry we were greeted by very strong winds whipping around us. To our surprise it seemed to be on our side if not slightly behind us Yay. First stop coffee in McRae, then onto Frankston for an early lunch by 10:30. Time seemed to fly by way too fast, before we knew it it was time to watch out for the clock tower at Black Rock for our second coffee for the day. It was here that we caught up with John M. Twenty kms to go and another around the bay was done and dusted. Fantastic day once again can't wait till next year.

Zac also rode and did the long one - 306.7km - well done under the difficult conditions.

Ken's 82km Very Windy Ride to Moriac & Bellbrae on Sunday 6.10.19
It was no surprise that only Greg turned up to accompany me on what was programmed to be a ride of over 100kms. The WNW wind was very strong and predicted to reach 40kph later in the morning. We decided to forget about riding Barrabool Rd and then further West. Instead we passed through Highton Village on route to Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel, Reservoir, Hendy Main and Forrest roads. The wind was diabolical and it took 2 hours to cover 29kms.
Greg had to be home by 1 o'clock so turned back after around 6kms on Forrest. The cross wind blew so hard that I was forced off the tarseal and onto the gravel more than once. The legs were not happy and started to complain so I imitated Jens Voight and responded with "shut up legs". But, to pacify them, I turned left out of Forrest instead of right to Anglesea. A detour via Jarosite and Addiscott got me away from the traffic before a return to the Anglesea Rd and onto Dickins and Ghazeepore. By the time I arrived home I had ridden 82 kms in 4h53m. I would usually expect to cover around 110 in that time - an indication of how tough the conditions were. No coffee stop.

Dr Mike's Ride to Lara on Sunday 6.10.19
I was expecting a good turn-up as the schedule indicated that  it would be an “easy” ride. However, I was astonished to see several hundred riders milling around the small hut at Rippleside at 9AM.  Of course I had inadvertently booked the start of our ride  at one of the major feeding stops for Around the Bay. However I was soon delighted to find quite a few GTC riders including Rolf, John, Chris Hu , Chris Ha and Jenny.
The wind was blowing a gale or possibly even a houlie but we were reassured by the thought of a very fast ride home. (By some strange meteorological quirk this did not actually eventuate and we had a howling headwind in both directions). We initially stopped at Millars but for some reason the place was incredibly busy. So we proceeded into  Lara CBD to Xpresso Cafe. After very pleasant conversation and various assorted drinks we headed back into the gale.
Thanks to everyone for a very pleasant and very windy ride.

Mark's Ride to Moriac via Freshwater Creek on Saturday 5.10.19
Report soon.

Trudi's Ride to Anakie on Thursday 3.10.19
With a wonderful warm start to the day, I was expecting a big turn out for my ride out to Anakie. But to my surprise only three riders were eager to show up on such a stunning 27deg morning: Mike C, Norm and myself. Setting off along the Ted Wilson path we came across a familiar face one that we haven't seen for quite a while, Noel. We had quite a good run out to Anakie, stopping for our refreshments at the "Old Workshop Cafe" Choosing a table outside in the shade, was just glorious.. After a enjoyable coffee and catch up, we were soon back on our bikes heading for home. Thanks to those that rode today a most enjoyable ride in the fresh countryside air with beautiful sunshine on our backs.

Chris Hume's Tuesday Ride to Queenscliff - 1.10.19
With perfect weather for riding there was a good turn out today. The peleton consisted of Trudi, Mick, Sarah, Barry, Butch, Kim, Nick, Peter O, John M, Ken and yours truly Chris Hu. We headed along the rail trail to Curlewis Rd where Butch, Barry and Mick continued on to Drysdale and rest of us headed south to the Bellarine Hwy, where Ken headed home via Wallington Rd. With a peleton of seven we rode to Swan Bay Rd and onward to the Ferry Terminal at Queenscliff, Roro Cafe, for coffee and snacks. This was followed by a scenic tour of Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and Barwon heads where we stopped at the bakery for lunch. From here 13th Beach Rd, Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Rd and home. A great ride!! warm weather and we seemed to have a tail wind for most of it!
Chris Hu.

Dr Mike's Ride to Freshwater Creek & Torquay on Sunday 29.9.19
It was a great day for riding with a predicted maximum of 17. There was a slight southerly breeze which made it still feel rather cool. Ten riders assembled at Grovedale Hotel at 9am:  Peter, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Ray, Mark Bo. Trudy , Leo, Rolf, John Miro , John H, Peter, Kim and yours truly. We were joined soon after the start by John Miro. Due to the rather indifferent recent form of the ride leader it was destined to be rather a slow ride. We took the usual route across Barnip Boulevard and down Gazepoore Rd where the webmaster obliged with some excellent action shots. It was then onto Anglesea Rd, Coombes Rd and Ocean Acres Drive, followed by the customary sprint to Torquay Rd. After coffee and cakes at The Stoop we headed home along Horseshoe Bend Rd.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and a very enjoyable ride. Mike.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - Saturday 28.9.19
On an overcast morning Doug, Andrew, Peter Richmond, Hugh Palmer, Chris Ha, Julia, Trudi, Leo, Ron, Chris Hu, Ian and myself set off from the South Geelong Station and rode along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale. A coffee break was taken at the Bungalow Café in Drysdale and the number of bikes lined up against the fence was spectacular.  There was a large crowd including more GTC members and friends resulting in the queue for coffee being particularly long.  Regardless, it was great to catch up with everyone. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. Distance 45kms.
Peter O.

David Rae's Ride to Swell at Jan Juc on Thursday 26.9.19
5 riders: Trudi, Chris Hu., Doug, and David and Jackie set off from the Grovedale along the bike path to Ghazepore Rd. on a cool but pleasant morning. We made our way along Anglesea Rd. to Ocean Acres and on to Torquay. We rode past the RACV golf course which was looking good after some milder weather, then down Hoylake Rd. to the Swell Cafe where we had our coffee break and a chat. Doug intrigued us with his photographic skills till Lorraine took over to get a couple of good photos.
We returned along Horseshoe Rd. to Warralilly Boulevard and onto Torquay Rd, where we made our separate way home.
David R.

Chris Hume's Gravel Ride in the Brisbane Ranges - 24.9.19
I arrived at the Anakie Recreation Reserve fully expecting to do a solo ride as I had not heard from anyone who intended to come, then Nick and Sarah arrived! Great! Weather was cool and overcast with a bit of a breeze but good conditions for riding. We headed towards Mt Anakie on Mount Rd then onward to Anakie gorge. Next onto Staughton Vale, Murphys Road, Thompsons Track and the challenging Macs Track to McLeans Highway stopping at Little River Picnic Ground. From here onto Switch Road to Stony Creek, where we visited the Reservoir, then up again(!) to the Ballan Rd and Butchers Rd and onto Steiglitz. Asphalt now! Returned to the Reserve via De Motts Rd. We arrived at 2:00pm having done 50km in 5hours, 3hr ride time and 2 hr looking around - walking and admiring the rugged scenery the abundant wildflowers. After packing up we headed to the Anakie General Store for coffee and late lunch. All in all a very enjoyable ride.
Chris Hu.

Greg's Sunday Ride to Moriac - 22.9.19
It looked to be a pleasant sunny morning but outside a strong bitter west wind  made me glad I was wearing full tights and a  winter top. I was pleasantly surprised to have 9 starters: Mike C, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Mark S, Dr Mike, NIck T, Doug W and official start photographer John C. We rode out Swanston St to the river path, over Breakwater and along Bailey St  then via Burleigh & Hansen St to Surfcoast Hwy. The Baanip path was hard work with a gradual climb and head wind. Hams Rd  led us to Anglesea Rd and we soon turned into quiet Reservoir Rd. The bunch was keen for hot coffee so we took the  direct route down Cape Otway rd to Moriac Store after 27 km. It was a welcome stop out of the cold wind. From here Doug headed home to Jan Juc while we battled more head wind up to Mt Moriac, where Reservoir Rd at last gave us an overdue tail wind. We then took Pettavel Rd  and soon turned off the highway into Waurn Ponds Drive. At Pigdons Rd we separated and riders made their own way home. 54km.  Average speed: 20.3kph.                                      
Thanks to all riders for an enjoyable morning. Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara - 21.9.19
Two riders assembled at Church Street this morning for the ride to Lara.  No doubt, with the Cats losing last night, many of the Geelong faithful stayed at home to lick their wounds/paws.  Go the Pies this afternoon. The proposed route to Lara was somewhat different to normal routes previously ridden.  After a flying start down Church Street we connected to the Tom McKean Trail from Church Street to Douro Street, then worked our way across the North Geelong overpass to Corio Quay Road and onto the Hovells Creek Trail to Lara. A coffee break was taken at the Expresso Cafe and this enabled Ron and myself to enjoy the ambience in a warm and cosy environment.
On the return ride we headed back along the Hovells Creek Trail.  Around the Corio Quay area we encountered strong gusts of wind and light rain that continued all the way back to Geelong. At the Deakin University Waterfront Campus, a small crane had toppled over and was leaning against the building.  Consequently, the street was blocked off by emergency vehicles and a much larger crane that had be brought in to right the smaller one that had fallen. Distance 40 kms.
Peter O.

Thursday Ride to Moriac led by Peter O'Brien -19.9.19
A plaintive cry from Trudi’s sick bed prompted me to volunteer Peter O to lead the ride to Moriac. Peter’s pre ride pep talk to Doug, Norm, Sarah, Chris Hu, Janet, Nick and me included the words “not many hills”. Well, he lied. Not deliberately of course but due to the failure of his uncanny sense of direction (see picture below) we missed the “not many hills” turnoff and climbed, and climbed, and climbed our way to the summit of Mont Moriac where Chris Ha was patiently waiting for us having, obviously, found the “not many hills” route. The usual excellent coffee and egg and bacon muffins, for some, was followed by earnest discussion about the best route home. Those of us who felt that 32 Klms to a coffee shop on a Thursday was a few Klms too far opted for the short way home while others who had more time and energy took longer options. No incidents to report on the way out except for a pathetic magpie swoop on Sarah who didn’t even realise she was attacked. Hopefully everyone made it home safe. Note photo of glamorous chap in full club kit including 40th anniversary gloves and socks. I am considering a new career as a super model. Feedback not required thanks.
PS. Get well soon Trudi. We need someone who knows the way to Moriac!

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Forrest to Beech Forest & Return on Tuesday 17.9.19
Today the hill climbers came out to play.  Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Ken, Kim, Julie, Zac and myself assembled at Forrest for the programmed ride to Ferguson in the Otways. The temperature was about 2 degrees when we departed Forrest but we well and truly warmed up riding the first 18km up steep and challenging hills.  Zac raced up the hills as he's in training for the 300km ride Around the Bay in a Day. Turtons Track is an iconic track within the Otways where rainforest flora abounds and riding along the track feels like riding through an avenue of ferns.  Stunning.  But, it was cold, teetering on going below zero into the minus degrees. We reached Beech Forest and made the decision not to proceed to Ferguson but rather have lunch there.  Chris Ha gave some professional advice to a couple from Sydney who were aimlessly wandering around endeavouring to find Red Woods in the Otways.  Chris clearly has hidden skills! After lunch at Beech Forest we returned to Forrest via the same route at a much faster rate given the downhill descent. At Forrest, we decided to celebrate our achievement of completing the ride with a coffee at the local café, and can I say, their pies were in great demand.   In fact, the pies were apparently so delicious they ran out so I had to settle for my second choice of a pastie. Thanks to everyone who participated today.  I think we should enact Ken's suggestion of repeating this ride along this same route, but in the warmer months. Distance: 68km, but as my  Garmin packed-up I'm unable to tell you how many meters we actually climbed.  It was a lot!
Peter O.

Sarah Leads the Ride to The Groove in Ocean Grove on Tuesday 17.9.19
A small group met at the Grovey Pub on a beautiful sunny but brisk morning. Sarah T was elected ride leader to take Jacqui, David, new member Doug, Dr Mike and yours truly to the The Groove via Warralilly and the Lake Rd before a brief stop to admire the views of Connewarre.  Thirteenth Beach was breezy and relatively quiet before reaching coffee where we discovered John Miro had caught us. John did not have a note from home to explain his lateness. The return trip by the same route was now warmer and more enjoyable with a helpful tail breeze pushing us along. Thanks to all for a lovely  ride on a beautiful day.  And no flat tyres!
Nick Tarnay.

Ken's 108km Ride to the South West of Geelong on Sunday 15.9.19
Alone in the Carpark of the Grovedale Hotel at 0855. Then out of an unfamiliar car stepped Zac. Because of an unfavourable forecast, I decided to abandon the route which included the Winchelsea/Inverleigh loop so as we would not be caught with a long ride home in wind and rain. Zac is training for a 300 km event in 3 weeks so expressed a wish to do some hills. I agreed and planned a course with that in mind. For around 90 kms the weather was excellent - warm, only a few drops of rain every now and then (not sufficient to wet the roads) and a moderate breeze. However, our luck finally ran out and we got a drenching over the last 17 kms.

John Hagan's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Sunday 15.9.19
On returning to Club riding with the GTC after my February accident I was 'leading' mostly from the back of the bunch. A good turn-up for our moderately paced ride (my av. was 20kph). The riders were from L to R in the photo below: John, Lyn, Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Janet, Mike, Pam & Jennie. To keep the ride to under 50km, as advertised, we rode out along the Barwon in great weather for riding, then through the ovals and on to the Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd, back on the Barwon Heads Rd to Barwon Heads and over to The Groove for coffee. Russell Morrow had got there before us and reserved a table as the venue was quite crowded. Despite this they are fast with serving. Dr Mike showed us the weather radar and as we left it started to rain lightly. However, it soon evaporated and we only got a few spits for the rest of the ride back through Leopold. Here Pam, Mick and Lyn left us to go home and we proceeded back along the Bellarine Highway and the Bellarine Rail Trail. Thanks for all who helped me get through the ride and I think the pace was suitable for a leisurely Sunday ride.
Keep riding, John Hagan.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 14.9.19
A beautiful morning and only 7 keen riders. Geelong supporters were having a sleep in surely.  After a comprehensive briefing from yours truly Chris Hi, Trudi & Leo, Andrew, POB and Mark headed off to Moriac via Baarnip, Ghazeepore, Hams Rds, under the freeway on to Lemins and Waurn Ponds Drive then Pettavel, Reservoir and Cape Otway Rd to Moriac.  Very social chatter over coffee and a healthy breakfast of egg'n'bacon rolls and choc donuts, then back home much by the way we'd come.  Thanks all for an enjoyable sunny morning.
Chris Ha.

Ted's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 12.9.19
Ten members gathered at the Eastern Beach car park and, after a period of confusion regarding the actual meeting location (we settled on the bus stop) and need to pay a parking fee (the consensus in the end was that we didn’t) Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Peter O, Zac, Trudi, Sarah, Nick, Norm, Kim and myself set off through Eastern Park to Portarlington Road, Melaleuca Road and the Bellarine Rail Trail. A pleasant tail wind helped us to Drysdale in good time and coffee and cake at The Bungalow was up to its usual high standard. The pleasant tail wind turned into a nasty head wind for the return journey which was primarily via the Rail Trail. The ride was incident free apart from an attack by the Wyndham Street magpie who focused his attention on Chris Hu, our trusty kelpie. I’m convinced my magpie dissuading helmet protected the riders at the front of the peloton and will accept thanks in the normal manner via my Swiss bank account. Car park to car park was just under 42 kilometres at an average speed of 21.3 km/hr. Thanks for the great company.

Ross' Ride to Paraparap, Bellbrae & Torquay on Tuesday 10.9.19
Eleven riders left Waurn Ponds on a perfect spring morning. Ken, Trudi, Julia, Janet, Sarah, Nick, Chris Hu, Peter O, Doug, Kim and Ross enjoyed some intermittent sun and light winds as we took Ghazeepore, Anglesea and Blackgate Roads before turning south on Hendy Main Road. We picked up another rider at Paraparap when John M joined the pelaton. During a quick rest stop at the start of Vickerys Road, the ride leader offered the possibility of an easier route to morning tea but all participants were happy to take the Vickerys/Gundrys rollercoaster. Refreshments were taken at the Bowside Cafe at Bellbrae where we were joined by Mark K who had been cruising the back roads looking for us. Plenty of conversation and some substantial snacks later, we continued via Addiscot and Bells Beach and were soon riding through Jan Juc where Doug left us. We lost Mark K in Torquay and continued on to Horseshoe Bend Road where the pelaton broke in to several groups, traveling at different speeds. At this stage, the ride leader was at the back in a small group of 3 that happily cruised in towards Geelong. Our group broke up in Marshall with the ride leader returning to the start point and my companions continuing on towards home.
Thanks to all for their good company, Ross.

Combined Dirt Ride with Cycling Geelong to Anglesea on Sunday 8.9.19
Five riders for today's combined dirt ride to Anglesea. Our ride leader Dave, Margy, Jeff, Chris Hu and Ross set out under blue skies, through Torquay and along the Bells Beach path. It was slow going with lots of trail runners, walkers and dogs, plus plenty of stops to admire the views. Margy and Jeff decided Bells Beach was far enough and headed back, leaving three of us to continue on to the best part of the ride. Absolutely beautiful riding through the trees and along the cliff tops with just the occasional wet and muddy section to look out for. Chris was getting extra value for his money with his road tread tyres making for some interesting sideways action through the soft stuff. There was some discussion about the ethics of riding through the scout camp but the steps are in very poor condition so some trespassing was the better choice. A fast run down to Anglesea had us soon enjoying refreshments in the main street.
We experienced the first few drops of precipitation as we left Anglesea by the highway, crossing back to gravel path at the top of the hill. The ride through the forest was just as good on the way back and we were soon back on the bitumen section up to Bells Beach car park. Halfway up the hill the rain started, quickly followed a loud wooshing noise from Chris's new tubeless front tyre. A quick inspection showed a largish hole in the tyre and a lot of sealant over Chris and his bike. We tried pumping it back up but it only lasted a few metres before going completely flat. Time for plan B. Chris found some shelter under a tree and proceeded to remove the tyre, wash out the sealant and fit a tube, all while the rain came down. Deciding it would be best to take the shortest way home, we rode the bitumen through Jan Juc and back to the Beachfront Cafe. Just made it back before the heavy rain started. Thanks to Dave for a great ride, to Chris for providing some entertainment along the way and to all participants for their good company.

Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 8.9.19
Five riders participated in the ride from South Geelong to Drysdale this morning.  John, Rolf, David I, Doug and myself took the Rail Trail and had a coffee break at The Bungalow in Drysdale.  On the return trip John left the group while the remaining riders returned along the same path.  Interestingly, the infamous Leopold magpie must have thought we weren’t  juicy enough and only made a half-hearted swoop before returning to his tree.
Peter O.

Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove - 5.9.19
No ride leader for today's ride to Barwon Heads so after some negotiation amongst the riders assembled at the Showgrounds, we had a volunteer leader, a volunteer photographer and a volunteer report writer. Peter O led out Mike C, Trudi, Chris Hu, Norm, Doug, Dr Mike, Rolf and Ross via Belmont Common, Barwon Heads Road and Lake Road on to 13th Beach. Blue skies, light winds and very little traffic made for a most enjoyable run in to Barwon Heads, across the river and on to Groove. We weren't the only GTC riders who chose Groove, with Geoff, Marie, Lyn and Mick already enjoying refreshments in the sun. After the usual coffee and conversation and far too many photographs by Dr Mike, the group split with Doug, Chris Hu and Ross returning along 13th Beach and the remainder heading for home via Wallington and Curlewis Roads and the rail trail. Hope the little tail wind made their return trip as enjoyable as ours.
Thanks to all for their company, Ross.

Trudi's Ride to Anakie & Steiglitz on Tuesday 3.9.19
On a beautiful Spring morning, seven riders were awaiting me for my ride out to Steiglitz. Riders today were: Chris Hu, Julie, Greg, John M, Zac, Doug and myself. Setting off along the Ted Wilson path turning onto the Ballan Rd and riding straight into Anakie. Our coffee today was at the Workshop Cafe which just happened to be open for a function and were happy to serve us. We enjoyed our coffee served out in the veggie garden that just happened to be bathed in glorious sunshine.
After a nice break it was time to tackle De Motts Rd, once the hills were conquered we then could turn our attention to the sweet fragrance in the air of the wattle trees in bloom, the chirping birds, barking dogs and with the warmth of the sun on our backs. Lunch was at the hut in Steiglitz, with tea and coffee enjoyed out in the bush garden setting.  Our return route was on the Steiglitz Rd, stopping for a quick photo shoot over the Moorabool valley, then continuing on to Lovely Banks Rd and back onto the Ted Wilson path. "Thanks to those that rode today I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did."

Mike Currie's Fathers' Day Ride to Torquay - 1.9.19
Todays ride was listed as a 50km ride from Sth Geelong Station to Torquay. However at 8:55, I was thinking that it might be a solo expedition, with all the fathers enjoying breakfast in bed. To my relief Chris Hu arrived followed by prospective member Doug Wyatt, who had already cycled up from Jan Juc. We headed off to join the river trail to Reserve Rd, from whence we followed the usual route along Baanip, Ghazeepore, Anglesea and Coombes Rds into Torquay with coffee at Mejavo's. At this point Doug headed home while Chris and I returned to Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Rd. Despite threatening rain near Torquay, we enjoyed fine weather and great company.

Peter O'Brien's Saturday Ride to Portarlington - 31.8.19
On the last day of winter, with the sun shining brightly, eight riders set off for Leopold along the Bellarine Highway and the Bellarine Rail Trail.  The views of the bay were stunning as we rode over the various hill  climbs towards Portarlington. The coffee break was taken at Daniel’s Donuts Café where a magnificent range of delicious donuts were on display.  Some riders even went back for a second donut, under the pretext they needed an additional sugar fix to tackle the hills on the return trip.
On the way back to Geelong, just after departing Leopold, there was a bit of commotion in the main ride group.  Thinking someone must have had a mishap, we all stopped only to learn that a particularly nasty and aggressive magpie had swooped Leo and in the process landed on his shoulder and with murderous intent commenced pecking his ear.  Leo must have pretty tasty ears as this magpie refused to fly away despite his protestations.  With no blood drawn, Leo composed himself and soldiered on and now has an entertaining story to tell his granddaughter. Thanks to Mark S, Mark K, Greg, Trudi, Leo, Julia and Andrew for a very enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Nick's Ride from Waurn Ponds to Anglesea via Moriac on Thursday 29.8.19
There are many possible loops when contemplating a trip down the coast. Do you go direct by main roads and suffer the car traffic or take a hillier, longer but more peaceful route. No contest really. So it was that Peter Ob & J, John M, Chris Hu, Norm and new riders Doug and Peter (welcome!) headed off on Nick and Sarah's treddle to the coast via, the gentle climb up Waurn Ponds Drive and the Highway before enjoying the long downhill to Moriac.  The Forest road was ablaze with wattle and quiet enough so we could ride together and chat easily. Even the downhill into Anglesea was relatively car free. After excellent coffee and cake we headed back up the hill now aided by a tail wind. Chris and Doug left us at the Bells turnoff and we carried on at a good clip along the GOR through Torquay for Horshoebend Rd. All was well until Sarah scored a flat which Nick promptly fixed only for another piece of glass to cause another flat a km later. This time Sarah's pump wouldn't attach, Nick had forgotten his old trusty, but luckily Norm saved the day. Why do Tarnay's score all the punctures? The rest of trip home went smoothly. Phew! Thanks to all for a great day out. We hope to see our new riders out again soon.

Chris Hume's Ride to Winchelsea & Moriac on Tuesday 27.8.19
Six riders fronted up at the Fyansdord Hotel for today's ride: Trudi, Mark K, John M, Peter J, Nick and Chris Hu. We headed out along the Hamilton Hwy then turned into Pollocksford Rd. Great to get off that Highway!! Continued onto Winchelsea via Barrabool Rd, the M1, South Buckley Rd and Atkins Rd ending up at La Hoot for coffee and snacks. Now onto Moriac along Barwon Terrace, Mathisons Rd and Cape Otway Rd. Along the way we stopped off at the Wurdiboluc Reservoir and rode/walked to the lookout for the photo shoot. At Moriac the peleton split, half continuing on and the other half stopping at the Store for a break and more refreshments. Those that stopped Chris Hu, PJ and Trudi headed home via the Barrabool Hills back to Fyansford. The loop ended up being 96km so most ended up with over 100km by the time we rode home. It was an enjoyable ride with good weather and good company.

David Innes Ride to Lara on Sunday 25.8.19
A very cold morning of 4.8c riding  from home but sunny day starting from the top Eastern Beach carpark we headed to Lara via the usual route through North Shore onto the Hovells Trail. Pleasant riding with scenic views along the way a most enjoyable ride was had by all. Coffee was at Millars a favourite as always sitting outside enjoying the increasing sunshine and conversation. We decided to head back the same way we had come. By then the temperature was more mild making the ride home more enjoyable. Thanks to all who came along: Marie Bagley, Chris Halpin, Pam Morrow, Jennie Prince, Mark Shying, Sahra and Nick Tarney.
David Innes.

Trudi's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 24.8.19
With a beautiful sunny start for my ride out to Moriac, brought six keen riders out: Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Peter J, Greg, Leo and myself. Unfortunately before we even moved an inch Chris Ha left us, as he had  to be home early for grandpa duties. Our ride route today was Hamilton highway, Merrawarp and straight up and over the Barrabool hills. Our coffee destination was to be at the Cottage Farm Nursery. Unfortunately for us today we found it to be closed. Feeling a little disappointed we pushed on into Moriac. It was here that we found John M, waiting patiently for us at the Moriac Store. Coffee was served while sitting inside in front of the open fire. Bacon and egg muffins were popular and were quickly devoured as well as a sausage roll. Our return route was Hendy Main Rd, Reservoir Rd, Pettavel Rd and onto Waurn Ponds Dr. This is were John had a puncture, it was also were we said goodbye to John as he rode back along the bike path. Leaving the four of us to ride up Pigdons Rd, it was here we broke into two groups of two, as Leo's legs were starting to cramp up. A very enjoyable ride under sunny blue skies, the only let down was the wind.

Trudi Reports on the Ride to Bannockburn on Thursday 22.8.19
Today's ride to Bannockburn encouraged six riders out for a ride: Peter J, Chris Hu, Norm, Kim, visitor Peter and Trudi. Our ride route this morning was Ted Wilson path, Cox Rd, Lovely Banks Rd, Steiglitz Rd and Parker Rd. Coffee was enjoyed at the Bannockburn Station sitting inside in front of the open fire. With coffee cups empty and all sweet treats consumed it was time to get moving. Our return route was Burnside Rd then onto the Hamilton Highway. Waving goodbye to Peter and Chris at Fyansford, so that left the four of us to climb up Monier Way back to the start. Such a beautiful ride out in the country side.

Ross' Ride to Drysdale, Queenscliff & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 20.8.19
Poor weather forecast but a great turn-out for today's ride to Quenscliff. Twelve riders set out from the showgrounds, along the rail trail. Very cruisey riding with a significant tail wind pushing us along, had us in Drysdale in well less than an hour. Unfortunately this was where the ride leader showed a complete lack of judgement, allowing the group to get too close to the Bungalow Cafe.
Only six of the original group were able to resist the siren call and continue on towards Queenscliff, with Sarah, Nick, Ben K, Rolf, David I and Dr Mike choosing an immediate caffeine fix and a short up-wind return home. Trudi, Julia, Peter O, Chris Hu, Mark K and Ross continued downwind towards Queenscliff, living for the moment and trying not to think about what it would be like heading back. Refreshments were taken at the Queenscliff marina before we started our grind back towards Geelong. The group worked very well, swapping leads and pushing through the gusts. A second break (lunch) was taken at Ocean Grove where a consensus decision was made regarding the route home. It turned out to be a good choice with some shelter on Wallington Road, Curlewis Road and the rail trail. Despite the wind, we arrived back at our starting point in reasonable physical condition and good spirits. Thanks to all for their good company.

Greg Allerton's Ride to the North West on Sunday 18.8.19
Forecast 45 kph north winds led me to change the intended route as we would have battled strong head wind back from the dead end road to Point Addis. Instead I told the 4 other starters (John Miro, Nick Tarnay,Chris Hume and start photographer and rider John C) we would do a scenic circuit that never took us more than 30 km from Geelong, in case of bad weather. After Ted Wilson Trail we took Bluestone Bridge Rd with its steep climb to Lovely Banks then out to the junction with Ballan Rd, where Chris left (feeling unwell) and John C also headed home. Robbs Rd gave us another short hill across to Sutherlands Creek. Our reduced bunch of 3 began to do turns to provide more wind protection. Parker Rd provided a great downhill into the Moorabool Valley before the long climb up Clyde Hill and into Bannockburn for a brief stop. A strong tail wind enabled us to speed down Burnside Rd at 40 kph + then a short section along Hamilton Hwy led us to Pollocksford Rd. On this long climb my legs began to complain after a fast 100 km ride the previous day and I rode at a more sedate pace to rejoin John M and Nick who waited at Barrabool Rd. We were soon at John's favourite Cottage Nursery Cafe at Gnarwarre and were again the only patrons. Hot coffee/tea with home made macadamia tart or rhubarb slice was only $8 which we enjoyed in the warmth looking out over the beautiful native gardens. It was hard to warm up again with the downhill start. Dark clouds were lurking on the horizon. Considines  then Cape Otway Rds brought us to Moriac before Hendy Main Rd gave us a long climb up to Reservoir Rd. Pettavel Rd soon had us on the Princes Hwy and Waurn Ponds Dve provided a good tailwind downhill. We were soon at Pigdons Rd where Nick left. John and I headed along Waurn Ponds Creek path and across the old Breakwater. Here we parted as I had to do a few back streets to bring up my 48 th century. I was home dry by 1:15 pm just before a few spits of rain began. Thanks to the participants for an enjoyable ride.    100 km in 4 h 19 min  average 23.2 kph       Greg Allerton      Ride Leader

John C took the photo below and wrote a report on the first part of the ride.
Obviously what follows is just an introduction, as Greg will provide you with a lot more. Soon. Ride started with John Miro, Chris Hume, Nick Tarney, Long John & ride leader, Greg. Good start, rolling up Yarra street, before cutting across through backstreets to avoid traffic (& the train), before popping out at Ryrie street, just before crossing Latrobe. Meandered up to & then along the Ted Wilson path. After getting off that, we went down & then UP the famous Bluestone Bridge road - where there were 17% pinches, according to my computer! After leaving LJ struggling up the hill, Chris & Nick turned left at the top. Greg just continued straight ahead, however. A quick right then left got us onto lower Anarkie road, which we followed until Ballan road. Here, the peleton fractured - LJ turned left to go home, Chris turned back to go home & the rest turned right, to head for Robbs road ... Weather-wise, it was not too cool - although everyone else was quite rugged up! The wind, however, was quite ferocious & messy! However, with Greg's planning, this meant that there were some very sweet spots with tailwind :-) This, however, did have the drawback of making it hard to stop! Was rolling down the hill after Kardinia college, touching 60 kph & then the lights changed - was too far away to roll through & yet too close - especially with the wind assist - so had to do some emergency (i.e. panicked) braking ...

Ron's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 18.8.19
8 riders gathered at Sth Geelong including 2 visitors: Hugh and Peter. Regulars comprising Rob, Mick, Mike T, Rolf, Jennie, Marie and Pam. On a partly sunny morning we set off onto the rail trail, passing numerous clumps of the dreaded yellow oxalis weed along the way. Later on blending in with a large crop of Canola to the left. As the Bungalow was fairly empty on our arrival we sat outside in the Sun, enjoying good coffee and conversation. After ample time we noticed the wind strengthening and grey clouds appearing so we decided to leave before the rain came. John Hagan was there and took some photos for the website. We returned back to the starting point ending a nice easy ride in great company. 
Cheers and Happy days to all, Ron.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 17.8.19
Eleven riders met at the Show Grounds today: Trudi, Andrew, Harry, Ross, Dr Mike, Peter O'B, Julia, Rolf, David, Chris Ha and yours truly Chris Hu. A great day for riding, fine and little wind!!
We headed South, over the Barwon at Breakwater then found our way onto Horseshoe Bend Rd, Armstrong Creek and Lake Rd. Here Chris Ha left us and returned home as he was off to see the mighty Saints play in Melbourne. Onward to 13th Beach then over the bridge at Barwon Heads and onto the Groove at Ocean Grove for coffee. Here Ian joined the group and Ross headed off home to Torquay. After coffee Wallington Rd, Curlewis Rd and the Rail Trail returned us to the Show Grounds. 53km of very pleasant riding.
Chris Hu.

Trudi's Ride to Inverleigh Bakehouse on Thursday 15.8.19
With no sign of rain and with the sun poking through the clouds. Seven riders were waiting at Fyansford for my ride out to Inverleigh: Peter, Mark, Mike, Norm, Sarah, Nick and of course me. It was great to be out riding without having to bring along our rain coats. Our route today was easy, straight down the Hamilton Highway and straight into the Inverleigh Bakery for a well deserved break from the wind. With the sweet bakery delights consumed, coffee mugs empty, it was soon time to head back out on our bikes. Returning the same way we came out, but with a nice breeze over our left shoulder all the way back to Fyansford.

Nick T Reports on the Tuesday Ride to Moriac, Jan Juc & Torquay - 13.8.19
After the horrendous windy and inclement weather of the weekend it was pleasure to be out pedalling. A small bunch of Chris Hu and Ha, Trudy, John M, Kim and Ross turned up to enjoy the Moriac hills where Chris Ha abandoned us for his coffee fix but we rolled coastward via Reservoir Rd and the Henty main road before turning down Vickerys and popping the big dippers; pedal like crazy down and hope to make the top without too much effort. We stopped at Bellbrae Nursery for coffee cake and good conversation before pushing off toward the splendid scenery of the Bells loop and then the back way into Torquay before heading home along Horse Shoe Bend road. It was a great ride, one of my favourite loops. A special thanks to Ross for making sure I didn’t take too many wrong turns.
Cheers Nick T.

Chris Hume leads the ride to Torquay on Sunday 11.8.19
The ride today was a bit of a misadventure!! I went to the Grovedale Hotel for the start of the ride expecting no one else to turn up, which they didn't, so I headed off on my own ride to Moriac!! I should have gone to South Geelong Station!! Ross was waiting there for the leader who did not arrive!! Ross contacted me and we ended up meeting in Grovedale and heading to Torquay via Armstrong Creek and Horseshoe Bend Rd into a very strong and gusty Southerly wind, Ross doing most of the hard work at the front. There was plenty of water around with Thompson's Creek in flood and a lot water over the road near Blackgate Rd. We pushed on into Torquay to have refreshments at Mejavo's, where John H joined us. John took some photos and we headed home.
Chris Hu.

The regular rides for Saturday were cancelled due to bad weather - 10.8.19
However, this did not deter all of our riders from getting some exercise - photos of Chris Hu taken this morning at Drysdale.

Ted Reports on the Thursday Ride to Pt Lonsdale via Barwon Heads - 8.8.19
The bad weather forecast and ride schedule may have put a few off but four gallant Storm Troopers rocked up to the Grovey for the 60-70 km cruise to Point Lonsdale, an annual event which is slightly different to the usual Thursday offering and, with the prevailing nor-westerlies blowing at up to 30 km/h, was an “interesting” ride. The trip out, via the Surfcoast Highway, Warralily Blvd, Lake Road and 13th Beach was a breeze, literally, and we sailed along at a brisk rate of knots. Past numerous coffee shops at Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, even the Cheeky Cow, it was starting to look like one of Greg’s 100 km non-stoppers but eventually we paused in Lonnie to coffee up and prepare for the slog back to G-Town. Much discussion about wind and new babies (somehow the two seem related) and the obvious photo opportunity of the Rip before setting off on the grind into the wind. We pretty much returned the way we came except for a couple of loops to get some respite from a constant head wind. It was here the wonderful Orbea e-bike came into it’s own and powered me up the hills and into the gale. Thanks to Trudi, Chris Ha and Nick for being an excellent team of domestiques.
Ted (Grandad of 10 – as of today).

Ross Glover's Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday 6.8.19
Nine riders assembled at Fyansford for today's ride to Inverleigh. Slight precipitation prior to the start caused some re-assement of riding gear but we still managed to head off close to time. No complaints as this was the only rain for the day.
The ride up out of Fyansford is always awful and even worse at the moment. A lot of dirt alongside the road means you have to ride well out in to the car area. Nasty but we all managed to get through unscarred although I did swear rather loudly at a truck that got too close for my comfort. We had a good run along the Hamilton Highway to Burnside Road with fewer than usual trucks. Turning off the highway got us out of a slight headwind and we had a nice roll along to the outskirts of Bannockburn. A group vote chose a late stop in Inverleigh over an early coffee stop in Bannockburn, so we rolled on. More headwinds along the road to Teesdale before we turned down wind and enjoyed a terrific run along the Inverleigh road - good surface, nice scenery and no traffic. All good things come to an end and we were soon heading back along the Hamilton Highway to the Bakehouse in Inverleigh for drinks and cake.
The weather seemed much cooler as we stepped back out to the bikes so it was good to start pedalling. A nice steady cruise had us back at Fyanford in good time. Thank you to Kim, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Trudi, John M, Sarah, Nick and Julia for your good company.
Regards, Ross.

Greg Allerton's 100km to the West of Moriac on Sunday 4.8.19
I was pleased to have 3 other starters for Dead End 100k Part 3: the South West. Andrew Chin, Chris Hume, Mark Shying and I set off at 8:05 after the start photo kindly taken by deputy club photographer John Carleton. It was good winter conditions for cycling being fine, not cold and near calm. We took backstreeets onto Baanip path and then Ghazeepore Rd to Freshwater Creek. It was a quiet run along Blackgate Rd before we met racing cyclists warming up for  the Veterans race at Paraparap. We headed in the opposite direction to them and turned off Grays Rd down Flaxbourne Rd,our first "dead end road"(a sealed road which became gravel) where we turned back after passing the Buddhist Retreat. Forest and Larcombes Roads soon took us to Nobles Road for our second "dead end". We stopped to chat with the Vets race turning marshall and watched as bunches of riders did the U turn in front of us. Our final "Dead End" was  Gherang Road where we turned back at the small hamlet.  Cape  Otway Road took us back to Moriac where the shop stop refueled us. The return trip via Hendy Main, Reservoir, Pettavel and Waurn Ponds Drive took us back to Geelong where the group split up at Pigdons Road. Congratulations to new "Centurion" (100 km rider) Andrew, who we hope to see on future long rides. Thanks guys for your company. 102 km   4hours 55 minutes riding time  Average 20.6 kph.
Greg Allerton.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 4.8.19
At 9am this morning Rolf, David I, Jenny, Pam, guest rider Barry, Ian, Mike C, Chris Ha and myself set off from the South Geelong Station and rode along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale.  Our ride leader Chris had a very important luncheon engagement to attend so he left the group at Leopold.  A coffee break was taken at the Bungalow Café in Drysdale where we were joined by John Hagan and Russell Morrow – thanks for the photos John.  Back on our bikes, we had a leisurely ride home along the Bellarine Rail Trail.  It’s the first time I’ve  ridden on the newly sealed section between Moolap and Leopold  and what a  delight it was to ride this path rather than the highway.
Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. Distance 40km.
Peter O.

Trudi's Saturday Ride to the You Yangs - 3.8.19
With grey skies above eleven riders assembled at the top of Church St for my ride to the You Yangs: Peter, Chris, Rolf, Greg, Janet, Julie, Sue, Richard, new rider Hew, Leo and myself. Before even setting off, my numbers quickly dropped to ten. With a fine mist of rain was enough to send one cyclist running. Today I let Greg take the lead out along the Ted Wilson path, Bluestone Bridge Rd, Anakie Rd, Ballan Rd, down Stacey's Rd, West Gateway, Goulburn park Dr and into Windermere Rd. We then turned left into Forest Rd North and up to the You Yangs. It was at this point of taking a photo, that Julie asked aren't we riding up to the top. At first thought everyone said no, except for Peter, then a few more decided well, why not. Leaving Greg, Janet, Leo and myself to ride off to Miller's for a coffee. Not long after we arrived in rolled the rest of the group for their well earned break. Our return route was handed over to Peter to get us back out onto Canterbury Rd and Hovells Creek path. With everyone splitting up at the Melbourne Rd lights. Thanks everyone for joining me today, I'm so glad that we managed to miss the drizzly rain, too bad that we didn't manage to miss the wind.. "Life is better on your bike".

Ted's Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday
Seven of us dedicated professionals turned up at Rippleside on a cool, overcast but dry morning with just a whisper of a breeze. After a brief briefing regarding the route, proposed speed and coffee stop we set off at a leisurely pace along the shoreline to St Helens, Lascelles Wharf, Corio Quay, Hovells Creek Path and Canterbury Road. That’s where disaster struck. Dr Mike punctured and then followed a lesson in how to quickly change a tube using the latest gas cylinder technology. All went well until the time came for actual inflation. Four attempts and two cylinders later “Old School” technology was introduced in the form of a hand pump. Fortunately there were a couple of us old enough to remember how to use one and young enough to remember to bring it. The problem seemed to be Mike’s new 202 Zipp wheels and Giant P-SLR tyres which didn’t appear to be absolutely compatible as the tyre kept falling off the rim. The lesson then turned into how NOT to quickly change a tube. Unfortunately the video was not running otherwise I’m sure it would have been a film worthy of screening on Foxtel’s Documentary Channel, or Comedy Channel. Except for a close encounter with a texting driver (silly cow) the rest of the ride to Millars was uneventful and we enjoyed great coffee before the group made its way back to Geelong the way it came. Thanks to Ross, David, Rolf, Dr Mike, Chris Hu and Kim for the company and roadside entertainment.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Werribee South on Tuesday 30.7.19
Nine riders departed Rippleside for the ride to Werribee South yesterday.  John M, Trudi, Julie, Nick, Sarah, Mark, Ken, Zac and myself rode to Lara and then proceeded down the highway to Werribee.  We had lunch at Ramae’s at  Wyndham Harbour, Werribee South. Our return route to Geelong was along the back roads via Werribee, Little River and Lara. A long yet enjoyable ride with good company.
Peter O.

Mike Taylor's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 28.7.19
It was certainly a chilly start to the day with 4 degrees outside at 6am. Definitely a day for the long leggings. Seven riders assembled at Geelong South Station at 9am.  Ross, Ted, Ian, Trudy , Leo, Rolf, John Miro , Peter and yours truly. After quite  long absences it was great to have Peter and Ian back in the peloton. The plan was for a relatively easy ride to Moriac. We proceeded out via Grovedale and eventually onto Hendy Main Rd.  Leo showed exceptional form as we approached the coffee shop in Moriac. Terry and John Hagan were waiting for us at Moriac and John obliged with some excellent photos.
After much pleasant conversation and coffee and quite an assortment of cakes at the Moriac General Store  we headed back along Cape Otway Rd. Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and a very enjoyable ride.

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Trudi Reports on the Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 27.7.19
Today's ride saw nine riders attend at the Grovedale Pub for the advertised ride to Ocean Grove: Lovro and Meri, Ted, Julie, Rolf, Mike, Dave, Leo and myself. Ride route was Torquay Rd, Warralily Blvd, Lake Rd, Barwon Heads Rd and Sheepwash Rd. Cafe of choice today was the Garage, just to mix things up a bit. But next time I think we'll probably give this one a miss. I didn't  think it lived up to the expectations of the Groove. As the coffees arrived Ted noted that everyone's coffee order was different and quoted a reference to the LA story by comedian Steve Martin who knew that there could be so many different ways of ordering the hot beverage we know and love as Coffee. Our return route took us back along Thirteen Beach, to witness many surfers trying to catch a wave. A very enjoyable ride, weather was behaving itself with very little wind and no rain "Yeah". Thanks to everyone for the comradeship without you all it would've been a lonely ride. "Life is better on your bike"

Ron Little's Ride to Drysdale on Thursday 25.7.19
The trail ride to Drysdale is obviously a popular ride judging by the large attendance today. The fact that you can ride on a nice, safe smooth ground surface away from traffic, wind noise and fumes with the ability to ride and chat along the way makes for a very pleasant ride. Puncture free I thought, until Mick picked up one on the return trip. A special welcome to new ride member Kim, who joined the other 14 riders today: comprising myself, Mike C, Mike T, Mick, Trudy, Butch, Ralph, David I, Jennie, Meri, Ted, Chris, Nick and Sarah.
Cheers - safe and happy riding.

Chris Halpin leads the Ride to Swell in Jan Juc on Tuesday 23.7.19
A wee bit chilly this morning at the meeting spot.  Ken and Julie took off early claiming they needed a head start, then Ross and Trudi appeared.  The JBHiFi door lifted to announce the start so off we went, a small and enthusiastic group. Our ride south via Ghazeepore, Blackgate, Vickerys and Gundrys has to be one of the best in the Geelong region. Sure it was windy but in bright sunshine these roads are beautifully sheltered.  We even had a platoon of kangaroos chasing us along Vickerys. John Miro joined us as we cruised along the rolling hills in Gundrys, with a lovely tail wind. Coffee was enjoyed at Swell in Jan Juc. Then back on the bikes thru Torquay and up Horseshoe Bend thru the estates to Ghazeepore and Bunnings.  This last bit was a bit of a slog into the now Houlie but as they say - "What doesnt kill you makes you stronger".  Feeling very strong now.  Thanks all for a pleasant ride.
Chris Ha.

Ross' Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 21.7.19
The ride calendar said today's ride was to be 50 km on a rail trail. That sounded very much like a ride to Drysdale without actually mentioning Drysdale, so that is where we went. Mike C, Dr Mike, Janet, Sarah, Nick, Rolf, David I and Ross duly set out along the rail trail with a definite tail wind pushing us along. No or minimal pedaling required down hill and on the flat meant we reached the Bungalow Cafe in very good time. We enjoyed the mild weather with an outside table in the sun for our refreshments. There was some discussion about a possible wind reversal if we stayed long enough but most considered returning home at a reasonable hour as a preferable course of action. The ride back along the rail trail was not quite so idyllic but other than in a few exposed locations, was not too onerous. All in all, a very pleasant outing. Thanks to all involved.

Chris Halpin Reports on the Saturday Ride to Lara - 20.7.19
"Dreadful place to start a ride from" I moaned as I struggled up Hyland Way to the Church St meeting point.  Rolf, Dr Mike, Trudi, Leo & Greg Allerton looked fresh and gave me no sympathy. Off we set up the Ted Wilson trail to the overpass down Bluestone Ridge and into the Lower Anakie Rd.  Never been this way before and very impressed. Turned into the main Anakie Rd to Staceys and a glorious down wind run to Bacchus Marsh Rd, Wyndamere and onto Xpresso Cafe in Lara.  Lots of chatter, gossip, even a few terrible jokes as we waited for the forecast northerly buster to arrive.  Unfortunately the Met Bureau seemed to have over-calculated and we had to make do with a gentle tailwind back down Hovells Ck Trail and home.  Thanks all for an enjoyable  ride in beautiful sunshine.
Cheers, Chris Ha.

Chris Hume's Ride to The General Store at Moriac on Thursday 18.7.19
Six club riders (Trudi, Ken, Ross, Sarah, Nick & Chris Ha) welcomed a visitor, Kim,  for today's cruise from Bunnings to Moriac. Dont you just love the symbolism of the JBHiFi security door rising to indicate our 9am ride start time - one can only obey.  So off we set up Waurn Ponds Dve past the lonely coffee barista in the horse float, over the Hwy and up Pettavel, Reservoir, Hendy Main and into the General Store.  Still one of the best coffee stops with a warming open fire, comfy seating and great chatter. Very hard to leave, but a fine tail wind pushing us down Hendy Main to Blackgate made up for the temperature. Here we said goodbye to Ross, and headed back along Anglesea Rd, Dickens, Ghazeepore and home. A pleasant ride in good company.  Thanks all.
Chris Hume.

Tuesday Ride to St Leonards - 16.7.19 - TWO Reports:
A cold damp morning met a small group of riders keen to get some winters riding in before the rains come again. Meeting at the show grounds our destination was for Saint Lenords the wind was what seemed to be coming from the south west making it not so hard going to our first destination Drysdale. Riding along the rail trial now sealed is a wonderful experience smooth riding all the way  was an enjoyable ride. Arriving in Drysdale we stopped for coffee at the usual place The Bungalow taking over the largest table inside sheltering from the cold and the wind as there was very little sunshine outside. It has been mostly cloudy anyhow it was decided that the ride leader duties would be delegated to Ken Gawne who would then take the die hards the rest of the way to St Lenords - thanks Ken. Rolf and I decided to head back home via the way we had come on the rail trial only this time the wind was to our front making the ride back somewhat tougher. I enjoyed the ride to Drysdale and hope that the rest of the group enjoyed their extended ride without incident thanks to all who came along I enjoyed the company to Drysdale now over to Ken?.
Those that attended were: Ken Gawne, Chris Halpin, Rolf, Sarah and Nick, Trudi, Dr Mike, David Innes ( part A ride leader).
David I.

This could be one of several reports on today's ride. It was supposed to go to St. Leonard's via Ocean Grove but, before the start from the Showgrounds, leader David announced we would ride to Drysdale via the rail trail for coffee at The Bungalow (less than 20kms). After taking refreshments, when asked where people were going from there, I replied that as the calendar said St. Leonards that was where I would be heading.
The group of 8 split with David, Rolf and Chris heading in a different direction to myself, Sarah, Trudi, Mike Taylor and Nick. We enjoyed the traverse of the Port hills pushed along by a strong tail wind.. The flat section between Portarlington and St Leonard's was done at a good speed but, on turning back towards Drysdale on Bluff Rd, it was different as we battled the now head wind. Trudi and I turned off Swan Bay Rd into Banks Rd whilst the other 3 opted for the shorter way home via the Bellarine Hwy. The 2 of us made good time to Barwon Heads where we stopped for further sustenance at the Beachhouse Cafe on Hitchcock Ave. We progressed along Barwon Heads, Lake and B H roads before going our separate ways at the intersection with Marshalltown Rd. My stats for the ride - 102.8 kms, 4h 36m, av 22.3 with 673m of climbing. Trudi and I enjoyed our ride and we hope the rest did as well. Photos taken by Mike Currie who arrived with a companion just as we were leaving The Bungalow.

Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong leads the Combined Ride with John Miro on Sunday 14.7.19
Just 2 riders at the start today: Dave S from CG and John M from GTC. We waited an extra 15 minutes hoping that some more people would show but then headed off and did the planned ride.   We had a very nice tail wind all the way to Ocean Grove and set a fast pace!  While waiting in the queue at the Cheeky Cow for coffee we met John H, who was out walking and taking some photos.  We then had a bit of a head wind back via the Bellarine Hwy to Leopold.  A very enjoyable ride, and we managed to avoid the rain!

Saturday Ride was cancelled due to wild weather - 13.7.19
JH took the picture below as the bad weather was about to hit the coast at Ocean Grove.

Tuesday Ride to Lara - 9.7.19
Five riders rolled up today: Ron, Rolf, David I, Meri and Dr.Mike. On leaving, I suggested to the group that we take another route. All agreed, so I turned to local scout David for guidance. Off down the Ted Wilson path, this time continuing on right down to Forest Rd. Sth. and then turning into the shops to Xpresso Cafe, when seconds later local boy Ted turned up by surprise. Some interesting & important conversation ensued during the usual lovely coffee break. Farewelling Ted, we then set off onto the Hovell Trail to the Geelong Esplanade where each of us could take off locally to our homes. Special thanks to David for the navigation.
Cheers, Ron.

Ken Leads the Tuesday Ride from Meredith to Morrisons and over the Masters Race Course - 9.7.19
John Miro and Ken travelled together to Meredith where they met up with Trudi. It was a cold start but the climb up to Morrison's warmed us up. Crossing the highway at Elaine, we took the Mt. Mercer road. Then followed the Master's championship course back to Meredith. After 43 kms it was time for refreshment. Unfortunately, the Back Creek Cafe was closed because of school holidays and we had to settle for the General Store (a poor substitute).
As we were preparing to resume, rain started which delayed us by about 15 minutes. However, after that it was sunshine all the way round the Meredith, Bamgarni, Cameron and Meredith roads circuit. Over the whole of the 69km ride traffic was very light and, apart from occasional mud from trucks leaving farms, roads were in good condition. Well worth the 35 minutes of travel each way.

Ken, in the company of Greg, do the Barrabool Hills and Beyond on Sunday - 7.7.19
Only 2 dedicated randonneurs were at the start of today's 100km ride from the Grovedale Hotel. Greg and Ken made their way to Waurn Ponds Drive via Heyers, Wingarra, Sugargum, Hams and Lemins. A short stint on the Princes Hwy led to Pettavel then Reservoir. The hills of Devon warmed us up and made us feel good about the undulations of Anderson's. The downhill into Moriac was fast and furious before a more sedate pace along Cape Otway to Hortips. Considines and several kms of Barrabool brought us to the Gnawarre Nursery Cafe. Christine's delicious rhubarb cake was the unanimous choice and it did not disappoint.
Aware that rain was forecast for early afternoon we were back on the road in about 35 minutes. Buckley Rd South, Cape Otway, Layards, Larcombes, Hendy Main, Grassdale, Blackgate, Anglesea, Dickins and Ghazeepore returned us to Waurn Ponds where we went separate ways. As this was my third ride of over 100kms in a week, it was not surprising my legs did not enjoy the uphill section of Pigdons Rd. The day was mild, the breeze light and we beat the rain by more than an hour.

Chris Halpin leads the ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday - 7.7.19
Nine keen riders at the start today at South Geelong Station.  No volunteers for assuming ride leader job, so Trudi nominated me and Dr Mike seconded and it was a done deal.  Rolf, David I, Leo, Jenny, Marie and Pam made up the participants. Off we set down the trail to Drysdale and coffee at  Bungalow. No problems to report, a slight headwind meant a lovely tail wind home.  Lots of joggers, prams, dogs and kids to wheel around but no accidents and a very pleasant ride. Thanks everyone.
Chris Ha.

Dr Mike's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 6.7.19
After changing the ride from 8.30AM to 9AM I was concerned that some people might still arrive at the old time. I arrived at 08.37 and there was no one around so hopefully no one missed out. On a beautiful sunny morning an elite team of six riders gradually assembled, first Rolf , then Andrew, Ross and finally Trudi and Leo as well as yours truly. We set off down the highway to Warralily Boulevard. It was a smooth run down Warralilly and Lake Rd to Barwon Heads Rd. We turned left there and were surprised by the very large amount of traffic for a Saturday morning. We headed on to Ocean Grove via the Sheepwash Rd “shortcut”. After much pleasant conversation and coffee at the Groove, we headed back along Thirteenth Beach and Horseshoe Bend Rd. Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and a very enjoyable  ride.

Ross Leads the Thursday Ride to The Chocolaterie in Bellbrae - 4.7.19
Nine riders for today's ride from the Grovedale Hotel to the Bellbrae Chocolaterie. I arrived thinking that it was a nice mild winter's morning but the main topic of conversation prior to the start seemed to be the need (or not) for leg warmers and whether tights were superior to leg warmers. Seven sets of covered legs and two sets of bare legs set out via Baanip Blvd and Ghazepore Road to Anglesea Road. All pleasant riding with blue skies, no breeze and very low traffic levels (school holidays?). Some effort involved in getting up to the roundabout from Bellbrae then back to easy riding to the Chocolaterie.
Definitely school holidays here with people everywhere. Despite this we had our drinks (and snacks) fairly quickly and then settled in for some extended conversation. David I. took the lead to get us out of the car park with some cross country riding and wrong-way down a one-way road involved. Then it was back to business but with a slight headwind this time. Still made good time straight down the GOR, through Torquay and on to Horseshoe Bend Road. The ride leader abandoned the group at Blackgate Road. Hopefully all made it home safely.
Thank you to Trudi, Mike C, David I, Rolf, Ron, Meri, Sarah and Nick for your company.
Cheers, Ross.

p.s. Given that the ride was advertised as being 50k's, we probably should have headed to the Ballarat Road Chocolatier as there was some mumbles of discontent over the ride distance blowing out to nearly 60 k's. Apologies to anyone whose legs failed them before reaching the end.
p.p.s Happy World Chocolate Day for Sunday.

Sarah leads the ride to Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 2.7.19
This Tuesday saw a good turnout of seven riders: Nick, Sarah, Trudi, Dr Mike, John M, Ron and Ken ready for a rerun of last Tuesday’s ride. We elected Sarah to be this week’s ride leader ably assisted by her 2IC, domestique Nick. Sarah set a solid pace toward the Lake Rd and onto Barwon Heads / Ocean Grove where Ken led us through the ritzy waterside route along the dunes toward Collendina to avoid the traffic. Approaching Point Lonsdale, after a brief stop to fix her flat tyre, Trudi led us to coffee from the Lighthouse end of town. The surf was up on the bay beach with the foreshore awash from the strong waves.
After the usual deserved cake and coffee we all headed back along the Swan Bay Rd in a pace line set against a reasonably strong head wind. At the Bellarine Hwy the group split apart as Nick, Sarah and John needed to get back home more quickly. It was a very enjoyable ride but hard and tiring work into the wind. Thanks to everyone!

Ken & Greg ride 100km to the West of Geelong on Sunday 30.6.19
On a cool but sunny morn I was surprised to find  only Ken and official club photographer John Hagan waiting at the start. Ken and I set off on an amended route given the already moderate north-west wind. I enjoyed pedalling along some less familiar roads and onto the steep Pipeline Track through Highton, which soon warmed us up. Heading into the wind along Waurn Ponds Drive there were quiet a few oncoming racing cyclists appreciating their great tail wind. We progressed more slowly along Reservoir Rd and then down Hendy Main Rd through Moriac.
Some Veteran racing  cyclists were ahead of us as we turned into Larcombes Rd. I stopped briefly to chat with an old racing colleague marshalling at the corner of Forest Rd, where we also turned. The strengthening wind was a bit more side on now and there was  a bit more tree shelter. At the Ocean Rd we turned left and managed to pass The Chocolaterie without stopping.There was a testing out and back diversion to Point Addis with big hills but sensational views. We were soon approaching Jan Juc where the Swell Cafe was a welcome stop at 11.45 am after 65 km. I though the hills might be all done but Ken headed along undulating Duffields Rd before we reached Anglesea Rd. Ken had a rear puncture but that was quickly fixed. We at last enjoyed a tail wind  along Dickens Rd before turning left into Ghazeepore Rd where it became a 45 kph  side wind. I turned off into Baanip Blvd and got home by 2-40 pm after 100 km, average 20.3 kph. Thanks to Ken for an enjoyable ride.

David I, Rolf and Dr Mike ride to Lara on Sunday 30.6.19
Cold and very windy would describe Sunday's ride with only three of us turning up: myself, Dr Mike and Rolf. Starting from Rippleside carpark we headed off to Lara along the usaul route along the Hovell Trail but this time we had to contend not only with the elements but lots of runners from the GCCC. The strong wind making the going tough we reached the end of the trail passing under the bridge with water up to our derailleurs! We decided to head into the centre of Lara in the shopping area having coffee there instead of Millars. Having had our coffees we headed back the way we came. The runners had finished their race and we enjoyed our ride back with the aid of the wind instead of a head wind. Thanks Rolf and Dr Mike for the cold but enjoyable ride.
David I.

Chris Hume & John Miro Ride to Moriac on Saturday 29.6.19
Arrived at the Grovedale Pub car park about 8:20 no one around so did many laps of the carpark to keep warm and see if anyone would turn up on this slightly wet and windy day. At 8:30 still no takers so did a few more laps and 8:35 headed off to Moriac anyway!! When I arrived at Ghazeepore Rd I was joined by John who had been running late, seen my lights in the distance and followed me. John was on his mountain bike so decided to head right at Whites Rd, a short section of smooth gravel, then onto Reservoir Rd. Then it was Cape Otway Rd with a nice tailwind but some very big puddles, both of us ending up with very wet feet, to a nice warm fire and drinks at the Moriac General Store. Coming back we used a bit more gravel, Ervins Rd, which was a bit soft and into a headwind. From here it was straight forward trip home. John and I split up to head home at the Mt Pleasant Rd - Barrrabool Rd intersection. John and I both enjoyed the ride. Where were the rest of you??
Chris Hu.

Ted Leads the GTC on a Circuit of Geelong on Thursday 27.6.19
Six riders turned out at Rippleside this morning in crisp but clear skies. I decided we would do the Geelong Circuit clockwise and include the Cementies Climb at the end. Grimaces on a few faces (especially Meri) made me reconsider but she assured me she was up to it even though she had been off the bike for four months. My suggestion that we ride through the “Green Spine” on Malop Street was also greeted with some initial displeasure but again the ride leader prevailed so off we went. The peloton of Rolf, Ron, Chris Hu, Meri, Dr Mike and I set off along Western Beach at a steady pace once Meri’s technical problems were resolved. The traffic on Moorabool and Malop wasn’t too bad and the green spine was quiet. Through Eastern Park and on to Boundary Road and Fellmongers to the Barwon River Trail and coffee at Barwon Edge Boathouse. At this stage we revisited the Cementies suggestion and Chris decided once a day is enough so he left us at Fyansford. Rolf then suggested we try a different route through the new housing estate which he explained was just as big a rise but broken down into three kicks. Here the Orbea e-bike started to justify itself and I met the rest at the top of the hill. The consensus seemed to be that this hill was just as hard as Cementies with a maximum gradient of 16.4% even though there were a couple of “rest” sections. A very pleasant ride on a perfect winter’s day. Thanks for coming.

Nick Tarnay Leads the Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 25.6.19
What a difference good weather makes. After a cold but sunny start from the Grovedale Hotel we soon began to warm up as we rode via Warralilly, Lakes Rd toward the beach and onto Barwon Heads. Along the way the fanatastic seven caught up with John Miro. Chris Hu then took us a quiet alternative route to get onto Shell Rd toward Point Lonsdale where we then sat outside at Plated enjoying coffee in warm sunny conditions. Just lovely. To our surprise Ken turned up.
The return journey saw a variety of paths taken, Jackie and David rode directly back the way we came in, Ken took Trudy and Julia up to Queenscliff and then back through BH, Chris took the gravel  rail trail and Tarnays accompanied by John took the Swan Bay Rd option. What a delightful day’s riding! (No punctures and no dirty bike for a change!).

Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 23.6.19
There was no unanimous agreement about who would be the ride leader as the 5 riders, Rolf, Elizabeth, Chris Hu, John M, and Dr Mike, headed out from Sth Geelong Station. Elizabeth needed a slower pace and asked the others not to wait for her - unfortunately they did not see her again. The sun was out as they left but after Leopold they rode into the mist which did not lift at Drysdale until nearly midday. At coffee they were joined by John H who had been taking photos of the ride. The return trip was back via the Bellarine Rail Trail as had been the outward journey.
John H.

Trudi's Ride to Swan Bay, Portarlington & Drysdale on Saturday 22.6.19
On the shortest day of the year, just happened to be one of the coldest wettest days of winter that I've ridden in this year. Seven riders today: Sue, Richard, Ross, Chris, Greg, Leo and myself. Our destination today was Daniel's Donuts in Portarlington. Our route taken today was rail trail till Queenscliffe highway, Swan Bay Rd, Portarlington highway. Having ridden in sunshine followed by drizzly rain we were looking forward to sitting inside to enjoy our coffee and donuts. Ross and myself resisted the temptation of consuming any sweet treats, but I did purchase myself one to take home. Our return route was up over the humps back through Drysdale, rejoining the rail trail on Jetty Rd. Thanks everyone who braved the cold wet weather and decided to go out for a ride. "Life is better on your bike".

Chris Hume leads the ride to Millars at Lara on 20.6.19
Four riders assembled at Church St all rugged up for the cold conditions: Ken, Nick, Ted and Chris Hu. On heading off along Ted Wilson Trail we meetup with Trudi, a peloton of five now. We continued on through Lovely Banks on the way to Millars in Lara where the sticky date muffin was popular. After coffee we headed to Ted’s place as Nick wanted to give Ted’s Giant Defy a quick check out before purchasing it. We then left Ted, he had already ridden from Lara to the start, and headed to the Hovells Creek via a new route which involved a little bit of gravel!! From here into Geelong splitting up at Rippleside and heading home. I Managed to get home before the rain.
All in all an  enjoyable ride.
Chris Hume.

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.
Cheers, Peter.

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.
Greg Allerton.

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.
Cheers, Ross.

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.
Cheers, Peter.

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.
Cheers, Peter.

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).
David I.

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.
Cheers, Ron.

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.
Cheers, 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.
Cheers, Peter.

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
David Innes.

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.
Greg Allerton.

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.
Cheers Peter.

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.
Chris Ha.

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
David Innes.

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.
Cheers, Peter.

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 O.

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. 
Cheers, Ross.

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.

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.