GTC News Saturday 20.10.18
Rides this week:
Sunday 21st Oct - 9am from Sth Geelong Station to Wallington (Flying Brick Cider Co) & Curlewis - John Hagan will lead as Ian Fraser is unwell.
Saturday Ride to Donut King in Ocean Grove - 20.10.18
With one minute to start time I took the almost obligatory 'selfie' thinking that I must be the only one silly enough to ride in the constant rain that was falling. However, a minute later along comes Chris Ha and then shortly after, Peter O'B. It rained all the way to Barwon Heads and was heavy at times. Wanting to take a photo that was characteristic of the day I parked beside a big puddle, near Sheepwash, to take a photo of Peter and Chris as they splashed past - the rain had just stopped then. We decided to go to Donut King in the shopping centre off Shell Rd as it would be warm and indoors. Peter had trouble getting his helmet off as his hands were so cold. We had no trouble obtaining the special offer for Seniors despite none of us carrying a Seniors' Card - for a large coffee and 2 doughnuts. The coffee served as a welcome hand warmer for Peter. For the return trip we went via Grub Rd, Rhinds Rd and through Malpas to the Wallington Rd and back via the Bellarine Highway. We were 50km into the ride before we sighted the first cyclist at Wilson's Rd in Whittington!! Weatherwise, you would think it was a different day as we headed home with sunshine for the last part of the trip.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.
Terry Hamilton's Thursday Ride to Barwon Heads - 18.10.18
A cold overcast morning saw 6 hardy cyclists turn up at Grovedale pub carpark for the ride today Ray, Ross, Lyn, Mike, Norm and myself. We proceeded along Surf coast highway to the Estate turning left and proceeding to HSB road then onto the bike path continuing on to Lake Road. Onwards to Barwon Heads a lap around the sheepwash and then to Starfish for coffee & much chatter. The return journey took us along 13th Beach into a head wind continuing along Blackgate road to Horshoe bend road, thru Warralily, to the Torquay Road to the pub 50 kms with good company so thanks to everyone. I counted only 25 drops of rain on the journey.
(As per photo Lyn couldn’t decide which way she should get home Ha Ha)
Keep on cycling. Terry.
Laurie & Julie Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday - 16.10.18
At 0905 still only two riders; Julie and Laurie. We decided to set off on the scheduled ride anyway following the standard route to Bannockburn, Teasdale and Inverleigh. The NE wind had picked up by the Inverleigh break and we opted to return to Geelong via the much quieter (traffic-wise) roads of the Winchelsea-Inverleigh, Gnarwarre, and Barrabool, finally splitting up at Queens Park Bridge to go our homeward ways. Even a little precipitation at Gnarwarre didn’t detract from a very enjoyable ride - good cycling conditions, very scenic and challenging. Fyansford- Queens Park Bridge approx. 78 km; 1700 m gained; approx. 4 hours of cycling.
Final Day of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - Numurka to Echuca - 16.10.18
Everyone was a bit nervous overnight, the wind blew, the rains came and it was a bit of a wild night. At happy hour everyone decided we should get on the road at 8-30 am that meant that most were ready by 8-00 am. The rain continued to spit as we left our Motel with a really strong tail wind, everyone rolled along at a really good rate on our way to Nathalia for coffee at the Bakery. The road was fairly dry for a long time but eventually a bit of a shower arrived which was a bit damp for a while but the shower cleared and we rolled into Nathalia about 10-30 am after covering about 28 klms. Excellent Bakery, good coffee. Another shower passed through while we had our coffee. Refreshed we rolled on along quiet roads to Barham for lunch. Theoretical stamping of Passports as we crossed over into NSW yet again, the Sun almost broke through and the wind continued mostly at our backs, the MTB, Gravel Bike brigade were sent off on the Old Barham Rd while the Barham Rd took us all to the Cobb Hwy where the wind was really blowing us home to Echuca. About an hour after everyone was settled in the Thunder Storms rolled in and the rains fell heavily, good timing. Tomorrow it is sightseeing time and a Paddle Boat ride before everyone heads home on Thursday.
Day Seven of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - Yarrawonga to Numurka - 15.10.18
Strong East North East winds provided a lovely push along the road firstly to the Boosey Creek Café, and then on to Numurka. We pedalled along on long flat roads flanked by paddocks of crops, some lovely and green, others sad and wilted. The difference is irrigation, the roads are closely followed by Irrigation Channels and some paddocks get it and others don’t. One of the saddest things was a mob of cattle in a dry and parched paddock, there were troughs so they were obviously being fed but when they saw us riding by they thought we were going to feed them and charged towards the fences kicking up loads of dust, so sad. After coffee we continued the slide down wind and arrived in Numurkah about 1-00 pm. An easy day on the bike, may not be quite as good tomorrow, rain is forecast but we’ll see how we go.
John Hagan's Ride to Brown Shugar in Curlewis on Sunday 14.10.18
A good turn up of 8 riders at Sth Geelong: Ray, Ross, Marie, David I, Ian, Mike T, Dave S and your ride leader John H. Dave S was the only Cycling Geelong member. We travelled out to Leopold with the dirt riders taking the Rail Trail and the hard surface riders taking the Bellarine Highway and Melaluka Rd. At Leopold Heather & Geoff joined us for the trip to Curlewis. At Curlewis Rd we again separated and the dirt riders took Hermsley & Coriyule Rds to meet at Brown Shugar in Curlewis for coffee. Our return trip was along Curlewis Rd and the Bellarine Highway. It was fine and sunny with a good assisting wind home.
Thanks to all who came. Keep Riding, John.
Day Six of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - Rutherglen, Corowa & Yarrawonga - 14.10.18
Good days ride from Rutherglen to Corowa for coffee at The Whisky and Chocolate Factory. Very enjoyable, I thought we may be too early for them but the joint was buzzing with locals coming in for breakfast. Coffee done it was time to move on, took the Rail Trail which was sealed until almost the end, then disaster for our Pino, the gravel covering the rails and points had come a little uncovered leaving rails sticking up to catch our front tyre, skidded to a stop but too late both lugs on the front forks were smashed. No more Pino riding on this tour. Luckily Ted had come up for a few days so I’ve been able to get the seat up far enough for me to ride it for the rest of the tour. The road through to Mulwala is fairly flat and with a tail wind it was easy riding, stopped at the Bill Leahy Reserve for lunch and a cuppa before heading across the weir to our caravan park for the night. Decided a BBQ was the easiest as there is a BBQ right behind our cabin.
Heading for Numurka tomorrow. Weather is still fine and warm, about 27 deg today. Happy hour has just started better go, don’t want to miss out. Cheers, Peter.
Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Raven's Creek Farm -13.10.18
With the Club's A team pedalling furiously somewhere North, your ride leader planned an easy ride for those left behind. Was quite surprised to be welcomed by a keen group at South Geelong Station at 8:25. Perhaps it was the beautiful morning sunshine. Paul and Angie, Tom and Sue on the tandem, Trudi and Leo, Rolf, Ron, Ray and Ross, Dr Mike, Mark and myself left pretty much on time. Down to the river, past the Lil Aths and cricketers, left onto the Surf Coast Hwy, and then west on the Baarnip path. Here we met Lyn by arrangement making it 14 riders! A small detour on Ghazeepore then under the freeway and out to Waurn Ponds Drive, the Hwy to Pettavel, Reservoir and the lovely downhill sprint on Hendy Main all with kind tail winds. Our coffee at Ravens Creek was lively. Leo agonised over the cake cabinet before settling on a delicious scone, jam and cream. Good choice. Home via more of Hendy Main to Blackgate, Angelesea Rd and back into Geelong. Very pleasant ride on a magic day.
Thanks everyone. Chris Ha.
Day Five of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 13.10.18
Day 5 Albury Echuca Tour, another good weather day, fine and Sunny, maybe a little cloudy at times and windy off and on. The suggestion of Brunch at The Pickled Sisters was well supported, the most direct route was via the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail so it was off and away at 9-00 am. The rail trail is sealed all the way to Wahgunyah where it starts. Everyone enjoyed their brunch before some headed back to Rutherglen whilst most took the riverside path round and about Corowa and environs. The path is excellent sealed most of the way and extremely scenic. Ben and Fiona had a little excitement when one of three dogs playing an extremely high speed game of chasey ran full tilt into their back wheel, luckily they weren’t moving very fast and managed to remain upright. Following our little jaunt around the paths most headed back to have a shower and a cuppa before spending the afternoon chatting and listening to the live music downstairs. Moving on to Yarrawonga tomorrow and looking forward to Pasta night. Have enjoyed having Marcia visit for our two nights in Rutherglen and have heard from Ted that he is awaiting our arrival in Yarrawonga and may ride out and meet us tomorrow.
Day Four of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 12.10.18
Day 4. Started lovely, if a bit cool early, and continued all day. After our breakfast the trailer all packed, it was time to move on. The initial run was down through Albury on the bike path connecting to the Murray River path which ran all the way out to Wonga Wetlands. A lovely ride through various wetlands and past wonderful sculptures, and bird life. Morning tea was had and the bunch moved on to Howlong for lunch at the bakery, I can recommend the Pepper Pie. The final 20 klm leg into Rutherglen was most pleasant through fantastic green countryside, I don’t know if this area is supposed to be in drought, even the so called “green drought” but the country looks great.
The Pickled Sisters Café at Wahgunyah for brunch tomorrow.
Ted's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 11.10.18
Eight riders assembled at the showgrounds for a pleasant cruise to Drysdale. Paul, Ange, Adam, Lyn, Ray, Mike C, Ian and myself were joined by the slightly late Ron about half a K along the track and by the very late Dr Mike at the coffee stop. As ride leader I was determined to not repeat the agony of last Thursday’s grind through the Moriac Mountains and Alpe d’Pollocksford and was pretty much successful except for the brisk southerly breeze that slowed some riders (rider) down on the way out. Of course that was more than compensated for by the downwind and mostly downhill ride home. Coffee at The Bungalow was excellent as usual and we all decided to be dead boring and headed back home the same way we came. On return to the showgrounds I was pleasantly surprised to see someone had left a subtle reminder that it’s not a race, and if it is, the tortoise can sometimes do OK. Sorry, Peter J, not a very exciting ride map.
Day Three of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 11.10.18
A fine Sunny day, top of 22 deg, who could ask for a better riding day! After a hearty breakfast provided by our hosts everyone was ready to hit the road heading to Lake Hume. A short run down Logan Rd took us to the Bungambrawatha Creek Trail which runs right down through Albury to the Botanic Gardens, a quick run around the gardens took us to the Mighty Murray River, a beautiful path beside the river, set in well mown parklands and many old River Red Gums.
Just after crossing back over the Murray River and into Victoria we stopped at the Gateway Village for our first coffee, after about 7 kms I think we deserved it. Chatting, taking pictures of flowers took some time but eventually we moved on via the Wodonga Trail to Wodonga past even bigger River Red Gums. Those without lunch headed to the bakery before we wended our way through Wodonga and on to the High Country Rail Trail, which was a good surface of fine gravel and a mixture of crushed glass, most unusual. After a few kms we came upon a section that hadn’t been topped with the fine gravel and was still bare ballast, very rocky so whilst some persevered, the wide tyre brigade, the smart ones diverted to the paved path beside the road, all came back together just down the road. The fine gravel trail continued pretty much out to Ebden Reserve, through various patches of wetlands, over bridges and boardwalks.
Lunch was taken overlooking Lake Hume before we headed across to the Old Weir Rd which after some antics to get our bikes through the narrow opening, led us across the Weir to Lake Hume Village for coffee and/or ice-cream again overlooking Lake Hume. Magnificent views across the Lake to the Snowy Mountains with snow still clearly visible. Of course there were some who hadn’t listened to the plan and belted away missing the Old Weir Rd and collecting a nice steep hill for their troubles. The way home was on the Riverina Hwy, a good stiff climb out of the Village but followed by a glorious downhill that seemed to go on forever, fantastic! Closer in to Albury we were able to switch to a lovely bike path which took us almost all the way before we took to the road and meandered home to our motel. Happy hour started at about 5-15 pm and morphed into Pizza Dinner at about 6-30 pm, a wonderful way to round off a great day on the bike in the most excellent company. Tomorrow we move on to Rutherglen and the fun continues.
2nd Seniors Ride - Rippleside to Lara - Organized by Cycling Geelong with a number of GTC Participants - 10.10.18
Day Two of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 10.10.18
Overnight rain which continued into the morning didn’t encourage everyone but breakfast was taken in good spirits and the rain cleared by our planned 9-00 am departure. Whilst the rain stopped the wind didn’t so we battled a good strong headwind for some time until we turned away and found a lovely new bike path following Table Top Rd to the Ettamogah Pub for coffee. Continued on to Jindera for a bit of lunch, before visiting their magnificent Pioneer Museum and heading back to our motel. Good climb up to the Gap, again into a good stiff head wind, before a long downhill to Burrows Rd and a bit of up and down back to the Sundowner Hume Motor Inn.
Day One of Peter Jones' Albury-Echuca Tour - 9.10.18
Just a quick report, everyone has arrived at Albury, 9 by train, 4 in the car with the bikes and luggage and 3 from Coffs Harbour. As usual we had a BBQ at our Motel, a few wines from our Barman Ken and salads and fruit salad to finish. There was a few spits of rain but it is quite mild everyone is looking forward to getting out on the bikes tomorrow.
Pam Morrow's Ride to Torquay Orange for coffee on Sunday 7.10.18
Ride Report to follow. Group photo by JC.
Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 6.10.18
12 riders turned up on time at the Pub, 2 turned up half an hour late, Ange, Paul, Jackie, David, Sue, Tom, Greg, Dr Mike, Chris Ha, Ray, Ron and myself. Ron didn’t stay long, forgot his helmet etc. so off he went home in the car agreeing to meet at the Groove in Ocean Grove. We went via Warrilly, Lake Rd, Barwon heads Rd and over the bridge to the Groove. Usual good coffee and fast service, Ron turned up as arranged and Trudi and Leo rolled in half an hour late after failing to look at the start time.
Rolled home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd., excellent ride on a real beauty of a day.
Unofficial Ride to Drysdale - Saturday 6.10.18 - Photos courtesy of JC. Lyn G is only showing her shoes and lower legs!
Trudi's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills - Thursday 4.10.18
On a cool Spring day Andrew, Mike C, Ron, Rolf, Mark and Ted were waiting at the top of Church St for a lovely ride out to Moriac.... Not long after setting off we made a quick stop at the Fyansford Pub to pick up a few more riders Laurie, Lyn L, Ken, Chris Hu and Peter J. Not long after starting off again Rolf decided that he wasn't quite well enough to continue on, so turned back. Today I had decided on a different route to Moriac, this would give us a longer ride out. So we turned onto Polllocksford Rd, Barrabool Rd, Hortips Rd, Cape Oatway Rd. Our Coffee destination was the General Store, we soon took over a few tables, service was quick the coffee and treats didn't last long. With all our refreshments gone it was time to get moving. Everyone rode up Hendy Main Rd at Reservoir Rd everyone except for Chris, Ron and myself turned right. We had decided to go on and ride the Barrabool hills back to Church St. Thanks everyone for joining me today, I hope that you all enjoyed riding a few hills.
Peter Jones' Ride to Drysdale and Queenscliff on Tuesday 2.10.18
19 riders today: Trudi, Julie, Ange, Lyn G, Lyn L, Laurie, Ken, Mick, Chris Ha, Terry, Andrew, Chris Hu, Adam, Ron, Paul, John M, Dr Mike, Ray and myself. The Life Activities Cycle group was also starting at the Showgrounds so it was big group getting ready to head off. At 9-00 am we were first away and made our way to The Bungalow in Drysdale, two of our number had headed to the wrong start point but all gathered at the Café, unfortunately the Café was a little under staffed so coffees took some time but the chatter made up for that. After coffee there was a bit of a parting of the ways, Lyn and Mick, Dr Mike, Ron, Ray and Terry headed back via various ways the rest heading for Qcliff, Ken, Lyn L, and Julie via Swan Bay Rd the rest via Murradoc Rd, we were all back together at the Café and enjoyed sitting in the Sun for lunch. Home was via Ocean Grove, I couldn’t resist taking Thacker for a bit of fun on the Roller Coasters, had a puncture, lost Trudi, lost Ken, lost John M, found Trudi, found Ken, couldn’t find John M but rest assured I have talked to him and he did make it home ok. Enjoyed our run along 13th Beach with a nice tailwind, rolled along HSBend Rd as our group slowly dispersed to home.
Great ride on a cracker of a day. Cheers, Peter.
Nicole Collins' Mystery Ride around Geelong on Sunday 30.9.18
We found a street library. Do you know where the street library is? We had one flat tyre. Thanks to the youngest eyes for finding the smallest piece of wire. We didn't have enough sun and we visited streets I had not seem before. Then we had too much sun? Few laughs and no coffee call. Lucky we found coffee on the waHome was via Ocean Grove, I couldn’t resist taking Thacker for a bit of fun on the Roller Coasters, had a puncture, lost Trudi, lost Ken, lost John M, found Trudi, found Ken, couldn’t find John M but rest assured I have talked to him and he did make it home ok.y. Heather, Russell, David and Barb joined us at the secret coffee shop. Thanks to Pam, Mick, Lyn, Ian, John H, Ron, David I, Ray, and Scott. See the map of the mystery tour.
Lyn Loudon's Ride to Barwon Heads on Saturday 29.9.18
A cold 3 degree morning saw 11 hardy cyclists roll up at Grovedale pub carpark for the ride today. Paul, Ange, Andrew, Peter J, Ken, Chris Hu,Trudi, Leo, myself & two new ladies from NSW, Wendy & Marg. So a very big welcome to them from our club. We proceded down the highway to Boundary, HSB Road thru the estate and on to Lake Road. Then we took a small detour to Lake Connewarre lookout to admire that beautiful lake & surrounds. Onwards to Barwon Heads for coffee "At the Heads" where we enjoyed the views, sunshine & much chatter. The return journey took us along 13th Beach & back to Lake Road, thru Warralily again but this time via the bike paths and then to the Torquay Road to the pub carpark except for Trudi, Chris & Peter who decided to cycle some extra kms. It was a very pleasant ride of approx 50 kms with good company so thanks to everyone.
John Miro's Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 25.9.18
Cool overcast day with moderate Southerly wind. 12 riders today: Team Gold (Chris Hu, Peter J, Andrew H, me - John M), Team Silver (Angie, Paul, Ron, Laurie, Rolf, Dave I, Dr Mike), Team Bronze (Trudi). Unfortunately Team Bronze missed the start and went straight to Lara. The rest of us followed the Around the Bay route to Queenscliff. I had a feeling Trudi may be heading to Lara so asked Dr Mike to send her a text message - but she received it too late. Nice coffee break at Lara and Queenscliff Marina. After coffee Trudi rode home along the Hovells Creek trail with brisk headwind, while we enjoyed a nice tailwind back to Geelong from Queenscliff . Team Silver took the shortest route back home, straight up the Bellarine Highway. Team Gold did Bellarine Loop through Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. We had a hearty lunch of Cornish Pasty and giant vanilla slice at Barwon Heads Bakery before tackling the 13th Beach Road. Total distance 93km.
See you on next ride, John M.
Chris Hume's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 23.9.18
Eight riders gathered at the Show Grounds today: Trudi and Leo,Dr Mike, Lyn L, Rolf, Ken, new member Mark and me!! After a discussion about who will lead and what way we will go to Point Lonsdale, I ended up being leader and the destination changed to Drysdale. We headed out along the Rail Trail to the Bungalow for coffee. Then onto Princess St, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Hwy. Ken and Lyn headed left at Wallington Rd to add a few kms for the home run and the rest of us continued on to Geelong. Weather was cool with a moderate Southerly wind. An enjoyable Sunday morning's cycling.
Ian & John M on Sunday 23.9.18
Unfortunately Ian & John M were at Sth Geelong Station for the ride today while the others gathered at the Geelong Showgrounds so they rode down to Barwon Heads.
Ian's Report > I waited @ the station by myself until 8:58 am when I was happy to see John M turned up. We both waited until after 9 am in case anyone else turned up. Because there were only the two of us and dark looking clouds, we decided to cut the ride short and just ride to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd and 13th Beach. After a very enjoyable coffee at Annies we returned to the Railway Station. Total Distance 50 km. Thanks John for a nice ride.
David Innes' Ride to Swell at Jan Juc on Saturday 22.9.18
Today's ride started at the Grovdale carpark. A big turn out of riders showed up with fine weather. We all headed off to Jan Juc via Torquay heading along the Surf Coast Highway. Arriving in Jan Juc at the Swell Coffee Shop it was found to be very busy with seating sparse. Never the less we manged to arrange some chairs and tables settling in for a chat and hot coffee. Heading back to Geelong Chris Halpin managed to lose his compact mirror luckily Trudi was there to rescue it on the road. Riding through Torquay we headed back via the Horseshoe Bend Road as the sun started to shine through. The ride was uneventful and thankfully no accidents, no punctures or mechanicals and a good time was had by all. Thank you to all attended with the following who took part: Trudi Bellia, Andrew Hanns, Chris Hume, Chris Halpin, Adam Illingworth, Rolf Kohnert, Paul and Ange McMahon, David and Jackie Rae.
Ken Gawne's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 20.9.18
10 riders started out from the Grovedale Hotel - Jacqui, Lyn, Marie, David, Ken, Mike, Peter J, Rolf, Ron and Terry. Made our way across to Hams, through the tunnel (joined by Ange & Paul), along Lemins, up WP Drive. At the intersection of Reservoir and Cape Otway, David& Jackie, Peter & Terry opted for the shortest route to coffee - down The Cape road. 8 then continued along Reservoir, turned right into Ervins then left onto the Princes Hwy. Rolf, Ange and Paul turned left at Hendy Main whilst the remainder U turned and headed back to Andersons. The climbs up to Barrabool were not as hard as was imagined with Mike T having little difficulty. The group was brought to a standstill when Lyn had problems with the rear derailleur. The loss of time meant we arrived at Ravens Creek Cafe after the others had departed. Trudi had joined them after riding from home. A cold start, plenty of sunshine, a manageable breeze, an interesting course and good company combined for a most enjoyable ride.
East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day THREE - Nowa Nowa to Bairnsdale - 19.9.18
John Miro's Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and to Jan Juc and Torquay on Tuesday 18.9.18
Unlike last Tuesday when I was swooped by a magpie on De Motts Road, no killer magpies today. May be too windy for them. Great ride to Bells Beach on sunny mild day, 70km total distance. 8 riders: Trudie, Julie, Jackie & David R, Ted H, Ken, Peter J and me. Rode along Reservoir Rd, Cape Otway, Moriac, Hendy Main Rd. At Larcombes Rd turn off we said good bye to Jackie, David & Ted who took a shorter route to Torquay. Rest of us went Forest Rd to morning coffee at the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie. Then spectacular Bells Beach loop, through Jan Juc to lunch in Torquay at Bells Bakery. Wind was generally kind with tailwind or cross wind all the way to Horseshoe Bend Road. We only felt strong headwind in the last 5 km when we turned west back to Waurn Ponds.
See you on next ride, John M.
East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day TWO - Orbost to Nowra - 18.9.18
East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day ONE - 17.9.18
Chris Hume, Chris Halpin and Greg Allerton on the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Perfect weather. Even a slight tail wind.
Pam Morrow's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 16.9.18
Today nine riders turned up to ride to Drysdale. Ian, Janet, Peter, Ron, Chris, Rolf, Marie, Alistair and Pam rode along the rail trail with a lovely tail breeze. Russell joined us for coffee at The Bungalow. On the way back Ian, Peter and Chris returned via the trail and the other riders rode via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway.
A very pleasant ride. Pam.
Greg Allerton's Ride to Portarlington & St Leonards on Sunday 16.9.18
Just 3 riders for Greg's long ride: Greg, John M and John H. With a forecast for thunderstorms and snow in various parts of the state we did fairly well weatherwise. Greg will be riding tomorrow with the two Chrises down on the Gippsland Rail Trail so aware of a very early start he reduced the ride to about 90km. We headed down through Drysdale to St Leonards with a strong tail wind for coffee at The Fig Tree. The wind then eased off for our return trip via the Queenscliff-Portarlington Rd and Swan Bay Rd. Coming back to Leopold Greg took us down the hill via the back streets to the south of the highway.
A delightful day out on the Bellarine. Thanks Greg.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.
The Russell Mockridge Memorial Ride on Saturday 15.9.18
This event was organized by Doug Merritt from Cycling Geelong to commemorate 60 years since the famous Geelong cyclist, Russell Mockridge aged 30 years, was killed when hit by a bus on Dandenong Rd as he rode to the start of the Tour of Gippsland Race. The group met at Balyang Sanctuary and consisted of cyclists representing most of the cycling groups of Geelong. The 3 from the GTC were: John Miro, Greg Allerton and John Hagan. Amongst those on the ride was the nephew of Russell, Robert Mockridge, as well as John Hine, an Olympic cyclist and winner of the 1980 Melbourne to Warrnambool Ride - they are at the front of the first photo below. Rod Charles, author of Whirr of Many Wheels, the 3 Vol history of cycling in Geelong, also contributed to our understanding of cycling at the time of Russell.
Doug took us first to Russell's school, The Geelong College, where we were shown aroung by staff from the College. We had many stops along the way at important locations in Russell Mockridge's life. We stopped at the Geelong Library for coffee and to look at a display on Russell's life. After visiting places in town where he bought his bicycles and where his father worked, we headed out to the Geelong West Velodrome where Rod Charles spoke to us of many aspects of Russell's life and Doug recited an important poem about Russell's life. We finished the day by riding down to Fyansford and back along the Barwon. The circuit was approximately 25km in length and the weather was a bit challenging at times.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.
Report on Ken Gawne's Solo (unofficial) 150km Ride from Anglesea to Apollo Bay and Return on 11.9.18
I decided to submit a report on my ride from Anglesea to Apollo Bay and return in order to dispel mistaken ideas held by many members about the safety of cycling the magnificent GOR. It is a lot way safer than Anakie Rd which a group of 12 negotiated last Tuesday. The GOR has a good shoulder for most of the way, traffic moves slower and extensive works have seen the road widened in places , much new bitumen laid and an increased number of protective structures to limit rock and debris from obstructing the inside lane. The traffic today was very light between Lorne and AB. Many fit and fast cyclists were out checking out the course for Sunday's Gran Fondo. The best time to ride the GOR - anytime outside of peak holiday periods. It is fantastic Autumn through to Spring. The hills are many but not overly demanding. I recorded 1459 m of climbing today. It is a wonderful asset and so scenic to cycle.
Check it out. Ken.
Ross' Ride to Torquay on Thursday 13.9.18
We had 8 riders at Bunnings for the start of today´s ride to Torquay. Andrew, Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter J, PO´B, Dr Mike, Ross and Trudi (who arrived exactly at the 9.00 am start time) set off up Ghazepore Road only to find the way blocked due to roadworks. The sensible course of action would have been to backtrack and make some progress into the wind via Anglesea Road but instead, we went with the flow (and a tailwind) down Whites Road where we were joined by Chris Ha who had arrived early, set off on a lap of the local area, only to arrive late for the start. He had us in sight but had taken a while to catch the peloton. Further wind assisted progress was made through Warralily and down Horseshore Bend Road to Torquay where we were too early for The Stoop and took our business to Mejavos instead. Very pleasant in the sun, sheltered from the wind but eventually we headed off via Grossmans Road. The original intention was to go via Paraparap but when the leaders turned north on to Anglesea Road, no one complained. There were roadworks right along Anglesea Road with single lane diversions in some places so it was very nice to get on to the bike path near Hams Road and complete the ride in relative peace. Thanks to all participants for a very pleasant (if slightly short) outing.
Trudi's Ride to Anakie & Steiglitz on Tuesday 11.9.18
On a beautiful spring morning twelve cyclists for today's ride to Steiglitz: Peter O, Julie, Peter J, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, John, Laurie, Ken, David, Ange and Paul, Trudi... Our destination for coffee was the Anakie store. Getting there was a slow steady push into a strong headwind, that seemed to be getting stronger every second. Arriving at Anakie we all enjoyed our coffee break, while the two Peter's took care of Ange's left pedal.
Reluctantly we rode away from Anakie, turning up along De Motts Rd and into the hills. Such a pretty road to ride along, the Wattle trees giving off a lovely scent, birds chirping away, beautiful fresh air, not many cars to deal with. Today as always we stopped for lunch at my little hut in Steiglitz. Lunch was consumed while awaiting the slow boiling kettle. After a nice cuppa we were off again, this time enjoying a lovely tailwind. Only a few little rises to mention, once again a beautiful area to ride through. Ange and Paul left us just after Maude, The rest of us riding back together with a few dropping off every so often, heading for home. Thanks everyone for such a great ride, I hope that you all enjoyed yourselves. Thanks Peter O for taking the photos.
Life is better on your bike !!!! - Trudi.
David Salamy from Cycling Geelong Leads the Combined Ride to Portarlington on Sunday 9.9.18
For the Combined ride to Portarlington we had mainly CTC riders with Rolf, Peter J, Ken, Chris Hu, John M, who belongs to both clubs, and the ride leader David S from Cycling Geelong. John H and John C both turned up at the start to take photos and Rolf and Peter could not do the full distance because of time constraints. There was a beautiful tail wind for the riders as they headed east but the would have battled with their noses into the wind on the way back.
Mike Currie's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 8.9.18
It was a beautiful spring morning with light winds when 14 riders set out from the Grovedale Pub. We headed down the Surfcoast Hwy to Warralilly Dve and then followed Horseshoe Bend Rd to Blackgate Rd and 13th Beach Road. The waves were dotted with surfers like so many seals. After some prior discussion re the choice of Garage or Groove for coffee, we chose the latter and were rewarded for our loyalty with freshly made cake. Back on the bikes, we continued along Wallington Rd to the Bellarine. There we negotiated a number of rivets dangerously strewn across the bike lane before arriving back in Geelong around 12:15. Good company and perfect weather made for a great ride. Mike.
Ted Leads the Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 6.9.18
On a pleasant but very windy Thursday morning just three riders assembled at the end of Church Street for the ride to Lara. Rolf and myself welcomed back the prodigal son, Peter Jones and Trudi repeated all our questions a few minute later as we met her on the Ted Wilson Trail. The Trail is now open all the way to Broderick Road (near Beckley Park) so we decided to “go all the way” and then detoured up O'Brien's Road, McManus Road and Heales Road to get ourselves back to Bacchus Marsh Road. The headwind was ferocious as the BOM screen print below shows but we battled manfully and womanfully on to a welcome stop at Millars where the chat mainly focused on the recent trips North by Peter and Rolf. Peter and Trudi also took the opportunity to try to find accommodation in Queenstown (NZ) for the November tour. The temptation to book the $76,000 per week Matakauri Lodge was clearly very strong but good sense prevailed and Leo can eat for another week. Due to the overwhelming response to the portraits posted on a recent ride report it seemed only fair to include Peter and Rolf and of course Trudi isn’t one to be shy and retiring so she got a second helping. A short cruise through Grand Lakes estate led us to Canterbury Road and the Hovells Creek Trail where I left the others to find their own way back to Geelong while I went home for a nice lie down. Thanks for the ride. Ted.
Chris Hume's Circuit from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Deans Marsh on Tuesday 4.9.18
It was a great roll-up today ten riders for an out of town ride: Ken, Lyn L, Trudi, Andrew, Paul, Ange, Julie, John M, Laurie and yours truly Chris Hu. The weather was perfect for riding: fine, no wind but a little cool to start with - around 5 degrees. We headed out along Barwon Terrace to Atkins Rd turning at Mathison and onto Cape Otway Rd which we followed to Birregurra. Morning tea at the General Store. Next we headed to Deans Marsh via Forrest Rd then Division Rd. Lunch at The Corner Store, great pies!! From here straight back to Winchelsea. I ended up with 79.98km on my Garmin, pretty close to the advertised 80km!! Six of us then stayed in Winch for a third coffee at Cafe La Hoot.
Special mention to the rugged RSL trio Ange, Andrew and Paul who rode from Belmont clocking up 140km for the trip!!!
John Hagan's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 2.9.18
Although we were bathed in sunshine at the start there were certainly threatening skies in the background. Just 2 riders for our ride on Fathers' Day: Greg and myself. We headed out along the Barwon and up Bellview Ave and took Waurn Ponds Drive and Cape Otway Rd down to Moriac. Raven's Creek Farm was particularly crowded because of Fathers' Day and it was quite a long wait for the coffee. We had sprinted to Moriac to beat the rain but this soon cleared to sunshine as we chatted and waited for the coffee. Our return trip was via Paraparap, Freshwater Creek and Armstrong Creek for a total of about 65km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.
Ken Gawne's Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads - 1.9.18
Not sure how many riders on this one - but at least Ken, John M and a new rider Mark S. Welcome Mark. It was certainly raining outside when the photo was taken by John M. at Barwon Heads.
A number of GTC Riders - Chris Ha, Chris Hu, POB, and Andrew - on Bicycle Network's You Yangs - Brisbane Ranges GRAVEL Ride 1.9.18
Stats on the Map are from Chris Halpin's bike computer.