GTC News Thursday 19.7.18

Rides this week:

Saturday 21st July - 9am from Grovedale Pub - 50km to Ocean Grove/ Barwon Heads or Collendina - Chris Halpin to lead.
Sunday 22nd July - 9am from GEELONG SHOWGROUNDS - 69km Bellarine Dirt Ride
OR - 10:15 from Drysdale Station - 35km Bellarine Dirt Ride - you will need touring or mountain bike tyres for this ride - John Hagan will lead both rides - see Ride Calendar for link to map of both rides.

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Peter O'Brien's Ride to Torquay on Thursday 19.7.18
As we turned onto Coombes Road I took some photos of the riders and it was only at the coffee break, at The Stoop Torquay, that I realised I had taken a photo of a rider who was not part of our group. Upon showing the photo to Ken he informed me this fellow rode past the group, at speed, on the incline on Coombes Road.  Evidently he was on an e-bike and I was impressed by his riding outfit. Refer photo. Rolf, Ken, Chris Hume, Lyn Loudon, Mike C and myself departed Grovedale Hotel for Torquay.  The ride conditions were favourable on the way down to Torquay.  Road works were being undertaken on the Anglesea Road just after Dickens Road and it might pay for future rides to take a different route until these works are completed.With the weather looking overcast and the threat of rain imminent we high tailed it back to Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Road as quick as we could. Total distance travelled was 50kms. 
Pegards, Peter O.

David Innes' Ride to Werribee on Tuesday 17.7.18
Tuesday's ride started with bright sunshine but the ride could only be described in one word windy!!.. The few that did turn up were in for a tough day as we headed off from Rippleside Park along the back way through North Shore and the Hovell Trial. After reaching the bridge we waited for Julia and Chris Halpin both deciding to turn back - thanking them for their participation. We then rode on to our 1st stop Millars Coffee Shop however when we got there it was closed! So as not to miss our coffee we headed over to the usual reliable Blu with good service and good coffee we enjoyed our respite from the wind.
Our next destination would be Werribee via Flinders Ave then out to Little River. From there the intensity of the wind seemed to increase with nowhere to hide we rode into the jaws of a wind that ate us up barely managing to ride at 17 kph. Relieved to have reached the turn off to head towards Werribee we took a break to recover from the ordeal. Enjoying a more favourable wind we took it easier until we once again turned into it for the last leg into Werribee. Here we encountered  road works that didn't allow cyclist only cars with a detour that added a few more km's. This is where Rolf and Mark decided to turn back for home leaving myself, John and Peter O'Brien to carry on. Peter having to visit his mother in the nursing home in hoppers crossing later rejoined us at the coffee shop. 
Looking forward to a gale force wind to push us home we were sadly disappointed as it was coming more from the west than the north but did give us some assistance as we travelled at a much higher speed averaging around 30+ kph along the highway. Stopping at the BP service centre for a break from buffeting wind after a short stop we headed off to be met with even stronger! Winds! Threatening to literally blow us off of our bicycles. Luckily I have a bit more ballast than most but had to hang on to the handlebars with a death grip in order not to be blown! Away!. It was a welcome relief to see the Hovell Trail once agian where we did get some shelter from the streathening winds. With an eye to the sky we could see the dark clouds heading our way wondering if we had done the right thing in stopping at the BP. Anyhow I made it home at 2.34 pm and about 3 pm the predicted storm hit with a tremendous force thankful to be home indoors when it came. Thanks go out to Julia McKeag, Rolf, Peter O'Brien, Chris Halpin, John Miro and Mark Boyanton.

David I.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 15.7.18
Rolf, Chris Hume, Janet (a new club member), Lyn Gregg, Mick, David I,  Pam, and myself all set off from the showgrounds to Drysdale this morning.  We left Geelong in sunshine, rode to Leopold and from there proceeded onto the rail trail.  Upon reaching Drysdale we enjoyed a coffee at The Bungalow. Following our break, the majority of the group returned to Geelong via the rail trail whilst Rolf, Janet and myself returned via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and then onto the Bellarine Highway.
Don’t you love cycling?
Distance = 45kms
Peter O.

Ken Gawne's Ride to Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads on Saturday 14.7.18
Thirteen riders started on a magnificent winter's day. The drama started early with Lyn Loudon getting a puncture on Pioneer Rd less than a kilometre from the Grovedale Hotel. Peter Maurer aided the damsel in distress and we got under way around 0910. The 2 Chris's, Rolf, Ange & Paul, Sue and Tom, Peter O,John Miro, Mike and me completed the group. Just past Warralily Blvd, Chris Hume had to stop to replace a tube - all bar Chris, Mike, Chris Ha and Ken  rode on along the Surfcoast Hwy before turning off into McCanns Rd. After traversing Horseshoe Bend and Blackgate, the whole group came together at the start of the bike path that led to 13th Beach.
We went across the bridge, around the roundabout at the turnoff to Ocean Grove and returned to At The Heads for the coffee break. After refresments, Chris Hu headed east to clock up extra km whilst the rest of us navigated Sheepwash, BH, Bluestone School and Black Rock Rds. 6 riders turned down Lake Rd but Ken, Lyn, John, Mike and Peter continued onto the lookout over Lake Connewarre which was glistening in the sunlight. An excellent ride on a day which lifted the spirits of the whole group.
Ken.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Wallington & Ocean Grove on Thursday 12.7.17
On what turned out to be a great day for riding, Trudi, Meri, Chris Hume and myself set off from the Showgrounds and headed to Wallington.  The route we travelled included the Bellarine Highway, the Wallington-Ocean Grove Road and Orchard Road where we weaved our way through to Grubb Road.  As we approached Ocean Grove I decided to take a different route to the  normal one and cruise through the back streets of Ocean Grove. Unfortunately I got lost and it took about twenty minutes to find our way back onto the Wallington–Ocean Grove road near the Groove.  We continued along this road with the intention of having a coffee break at the Paddock Café in Wallington but it was about then that I received a call from Trudi advising she had puncture and was about one kilometre back towards Ocean Grove.  At this point we were all spread out so Chris and myself returned to assist Trudi with her repairs. We finally arrived at the Paddock Café to join Meri for a well-earned coffee break. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via the Bellarine Highway. Distance 50 kilometres.
Regards, Peter.

Lyn Loudon's Ride to Paraparap, Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 10.7.17
The forecast for the day was very favourable - no rain or wind and 8 riders assembled at Bunnings - Peter O, Chris Hume, Rolf (aka Jack), Julia, Ken, Mike, John M and myself. When the starters gun sounded (the roller door at JB HiFi was raised) we took off up Ghazeepore Road and it was a miracle that the team leader made it to the top given the mechanical problems that arose. However that was sorted in a flash by our club expert (thanks Rolf) and on we rolled to the Anglesea Rd, then Blackgate Rd where we encountered some recreational riders from Torquay who we passed rather quickly, then Hendy Main Rd and Vickery & Gundrys. What a beautiful route this is - wonderful farmland country, rolling hills, lorrikeets, plenty of trees lining the road and very little traffic. After crossing the GOR we continued with the undulations on Bones Rd and arrived at the top of Bells Boulevarde (see photo courtesy of M Taylor productions) with the azure blue sea of Bells Beach in the background. Following a fast descent the ride continued on to Ocean Blvd with a nice little kicker of 8 to 10 percent - quite a surprise to some, before arriving at Swell Cafe for our food & rest stop. My apologies to Julia who did not see the turn into the cafe and rode around the back before we spotted her and John M took off to direct her in.

After much conversation & refreshment we started off again for the final leg into Torquay and the return journey along HSB Rd to Warralily where we parted company with some and Ken, John, Julia & I rode back to Bunnings via Whites Rd. A rather moderate ride of 62kms but plenty of hills although Ken & I did some extra riding to increase the total as did most of the group who rode to the starting point.
Thank you everyone for a great day out. Lyn.

Helen Lyth from Cycling Geelong Leads the Combined Ride to Pt Henry & Batesford on Sunday 8.7.17
Ten riders for our combined ride with Cycling Geelong. Helen Lyth as leader was joined by Ian, John M, David J, Janet (her first ride with either group), David, Rolf, Kelly, Mike T and John H. It was a windy day for riding with just a splatter of drizzle on the glasses on a couple of occasions but a reasonable amount of sunshine in between. It was an interesting course starting at Rippleside with a visit first to Pt Henry and a good look at the demolition of the Alcoa plant. We then went via St Alban's Park, through the city to The Moorabool Valley Chocolaterie for coffee, cake and conversations. The total for most riders was about 55km. Thanks Helen for a good ride.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Official GTC Ride called off due to weather - Saturday 7.7.17
Your webmaster did a 21km loop through Waurn Ponds - sunshine, strong winds and rain. Check out the photo taken from the Waurn Ponds Trail looking north. Regards, John H.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Fyansford to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills - Thursday 5.7.17
Upon waking up this morning and checking the weather map I was undecided whether I should ride.  Seeing I had missed a couple of recent rides I thought I better do so to maintain fitness.  After getting dressed in the cycling gear I received a message from our fearless leader Trudi that she had abandoned the ride for the day.  Not to be deterred I rode to Fyansford and approaching 9.00am I thought I would be the only one riding.  Then along came Chris Hume and we set off on our way.  We both had our off road bikes and Chris took the opportunity to lead me down many gravel paths to Buckley Falls and then back onto the road.  We rode to Merrawarp Road and proceeded to the base of Barrabool Road where we turned left onto a gravel road.  This road had several gradients of 10+ and provided great views across to the You Yangs.  We  turned off the gravel road on to Devon Road we proceeded back to the Barrabool Road and onto Hendy Main Road to Moriac for our obligatory coffee break.   We met up with Mark who had taken a different longer route to get there.
The three of us rode back along Cape Otway Road to Mount Duneed Road.  At Petteval Road Chris and I decided we needed more dirt road riding and left Mark who headed home on the bitumen.  This dirt section was not long and we eventually weaved our way back to Bunnings and went our separate ways home. Very little rain was encountered on the entire journey  and in actual fact it turned out to be a good day for a ride. The gravel roads sections of the ride provided great views of Geelong and surrounds. Total distance covered 60kms.
Cheers, Peter O.

Chris Hume's Ride to Swan Bay & Pt Lonsdale on Tuesday 3.7.17
Ten riders for the Pt Lonsdale ride today: Peter J, Ken, Julie, Rolf, David, Meri, John M, Lyn L, Trudi and yours truly Chris Hu. Weather was good to start with, mild temperature an a light NW wind. Headed to Pt Lonsdale using part of the Rail Trail and Swan Bay Rd - the highlight being the cycle path next to the beach from the Narrows to the Pt Lonsdale shops. Had extended brunch break here and met up with Peter O and Marcia and Ted and Jo who were caravaning at Queenscliff!!
Headed home along Shell Rd to Collendina and on Barwon Heads. By the end of 13th Beach Rd the wind had picked up making for a challenging push home. Special mention for Trudi, two punctures today, front and rear tyres.
Chris Hu.

John Hagan's Ride to XPresso Lounge Cafe in Lara on Sunday 1.7.17
We had 8 riders on a beautiful, fog free morning: John H, Peter J, Chris Ha, Mike T, Rolf, Trudi, Chris Hu, and Ross. Our route took us out Church St to the Ted Wilson Path and then we left the path at Creamery Rd taking the big dipper on Bluestone Bridge Rd and through Lovely Banks to coffee at XPresso Lounge Cafe in Lara. The return trip to Rippleside was via the scenic Hovells Creek Bike Path for a distance of about 40km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan
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Saturday 30th June - if anyone rode from Grovedale please send in a report. There were no Strava maps of anyone riding.

Peter O'Brien's Loop of Geelong - Thursday 28.6.17
Today was a great opportunity to experience a number bike trails within the Geelong region.  At least, that was the plan.  In sub-zero temperatures and dense fog, Rolf, Mike and myself set off from Rippleside Park, to Deppeler Park and onto the Cowies Creek bicycle path, a route that then weaves its way through to the Ted Wilson Trail.  With fog making riding difficult, in fact rather dangerous, we headed to Church Street and through the back streets of Herne Hill and Queens Park then onto the Rotary Walk where a very hot coffee was enjoyed at the Barwon Edge. We’d hoped that while having coffee the fog may lift enabling us to continue our planned ride, however, this was not the case.  By 10:30am the temperature had risen to minus 0.6 degrees so we decided to head home, having only ridden approximately 30kms, to the comforts of our warm houses. This is the first ride that I’ve had where the temperature didn’t exceed zero for the entire ride.
Cheers, Peter O.

Mike Taylor's Ride to Drysdale & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 26.6.17
It was rather nippy today. Overnight low of 4 degrees with maximum 14 predicted. Nevertheless nine intrepid riders turned up at the showgrounds at 9AM. Mike, Ron, Trudi, Meri, Julie, John M, Ken, Lyn, and Chris Hu. Everything went very smoothly out to Drysdale with a lovely run up the rail trail. Meri was very snug in her new winter outfit. Ron unfortunately was still suffering with his chillblains. After a nice chat and coffee we proceeded along  Princess Street and Grubb Rd  and on to Barwon Heads. At the rotunda Ken and Lynne decided to proceed forthwith to Geelong and Ron took Wallington road back to Leopold. The remaining six riders had a short brunch break then took 13th Beach, Blackgate Rd and Horseshoe Bend Rd back to Geelong. The only notable incident was the leader getting a bee in his bonnet while travelling at high speed along Horseshoe Bend Rd. Fortunately it didn’t sting!!
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very enjoyable ride.
Mike.

John Hagan's Loop South of Geelong - Sunday 24.6.17
Cloudy and cool but a fine day for our loop south of Geelong today. We had nine riders: Greg, Ian, Peter O, Rolf, Chris Hu, Dr Mike, Ross, Lyn and John H. There were quite a few hills in the first half of our 38km. We left the Barwon Trail at Highton and climbed up to the Pipeline Track - which is the boundary line between Highton and Wandana Heights - and then through the tunnel on Wandana Drive, onto the Ted Wilson Path to take us down to Deakin. Here we rode into Deakin and down to their oval on the Old Princes Highway (renamed Waurn Ponds Drive) - see the photos below. Then heading south up the path beside the Princes Freeway, onto the Anglesea Rd, 6km of Mt Duneed Rd, back down Horseshoue Bend Rd and took the Armstrong Creek Path through to Warralily. We had hoped to have coffee at the Warralily Cockatoo but all tables were taken so went next door to Sullies Kiosk. The service was a bit slow but the coffee and cakes were good. Ian reminded me that the club had visited here before. Our return trip was via Barwon Heads Rd.
Hope you enjoyed the company and the terrain.
Keep riding, John Hagan.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Saturday 23.6.17
Twelve riders: Chris Hume, Mike, Trudi, Sue, Tom, Paul, Angie, Peter M, John M, Adam, Greg and myself departed from Grovedale to Point Lonsdale today.  We rode via Lake Road, Thirteenth Beach, past the Cheeky Cow and onto Point Lonsdale for coffee.  This particular ride route provides fantastic views of the bay, making riding a pleasure. We headed back to Geelong along the Bellarine Highway and as usual incurred slight head winds. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. The total distance covered was 75kms.
Regards, Peter O.

David Innes' Ride to Millars at Lara on Thursday - 21.6.17
A very! cold! but later fine sunny day greeted us for Thursday at one point my Garmin showed it was less than 1c!. A larger than expected group showed up at the top of Church Street and Ted Wilson Path including the RSL members fresh from their grand tour to Canberra all very keen cyclist with half frozen toes and fingers showed up with our destination being Lara via lovely Banks with a fast brisk climb up Bluestone Bridge Road we soon warmed up and was the only hill of any consequence for the day with little wind about it was an easy shorter ride.
Thanks to all who attended and hope everyone enjoyed the ride as I did. Attending were: Trudi, Ian, Andrew, Rolf, Meri, Lyn Loudon, Norm Lowe, Paul and Ang, Ted, Dr Mike and myself.
David I.

Paul McMahon's Ride from Bannockburn to Teesdale, Meredith & Steiglitz on Tuesday 19.6.17

Ross' Sole Easy Ride on Sunday - 17.6.17
Just the one rider for today's easy ride. I had driven in and was still warm and dry when the 9.00 start time ticked past. I put the bike back in the car and considered driving home but I had a nice new waterproof jacket to try out so decided to modify the planned route and do a ride around Waurn Ponds, starting and finishing on Torquay Road. The weather was kinder than the forecast suggested. Other than the occasional strong wind gust and some light drizzle, my ride was uneventful. Very few walkers, no other cyclists, nice hot hot chocolate at Panache. Got back to the car and the sun came out so decided to do another loop. Life is good.
Ross.

Very, Very Short Sunday Ride - 17.6.17
On a dark & stormy Sunday morning, Greg patiently waited for all comers at the station. Alas, the only taker was Long John. With the expectation of 45 kph WSW winds & 25mm of rain already fallen, they discussed the best way of doing 100 km in these conditions. Greg made the sensible suggestion that it would be best to ride in such a way that avoided the wind as much as possible & then coming back with a tailwind. With that established, they put their lights on, girded their loins & set off into the rapidly darkening sky to go have a coffee & biscuit ...
JC.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Grovedale via Barrabool hills to Moriac - Saturday 16.6.17
The wind was blowing and it was freezing cold when four stalwarts: Ken, Rolf, John M and myself, set off from the Grovedale Hotel and headed to Cochranes Road.  The climb up Crochranes Road was particularly arduous given the strong headwinds however the downhill ride from Ceres was unusual in that the head wind meant you had to pedal hard to maintain a 25kms descent speed.
We stopped at the Merrawarp Road intersection to regroup only to realise Rolf was missing.  Whatever had happened to Rolf?  Was there a shorter route that only he was aware of?  One minute he was riding in the middle of the bunch and the next he’d disappeared.  John went back to scout around for Rolf but he wasn’t to be seen, even in the distance.  We concluded Rolf must have turned right at the top of the Crochranes Road and headed home so we decided to continue along to Moriac via Hendy Main Road. 
After the coffee break we enjoyed the ride back to Geelong.  With a strong tail wind all our earlier efforts to get to Moriac were rewarded with a fast return trip.  It was one of those occasions where you want to continue riding, experiencing the exhilaration of speeds that are normally attributed to a slow ride day in the Tour de France. 
An enjoyable ride of approximately 60kms. Peter O.

Ted's Ride to Moorabool Valley Chocolate on Thursday 14.6.17
It was brisk (10 degrees), windy but sunny as 12 chocaholics set out from The Showgrounds bound for the Moorabool Chocolate Factory this morning. After my pathetic attempt at finding this destination last time I sacked myself and appointed Peter as chief navigator. Rolf, David, Peter, Mike T, Mike C, Meri, Heather, Sarah, Geoffrey, Norm, Ron and myself set off down Boundary Road and it wasn’t long before the Puncture King stopped the peloton for a quick repair. Fortunately he is pretty good at this now, having had plenty of practice, so we were soon off and racing into a steady northerly breeze around Eastern Gardens, the Waterfront, St Helens and North Shore. An interesting tour through Norlane’s back streets led us to Cox Road and a steady grind up the Ted Wilson Trail to Ballarat Road and a welcome coffee (and cake for some). The trip home saw riders steadily drop away as they arrived at their preferred route home until it was just Mike T and myself to complete the circuit via the Breakwater Bridge.
Thanks for coming everyone. Ted.

Trudi's Ride to Anakie General Store on Tuesday 12.6.17
Tuesday's ride out to Steiglitz was cancelled due to the weather. But a coffee ride to Anakie was our next best option. With a text and phone call early this morning, I wasn't expecting to see a crowd waiting at Church Street. On my arrival there was Peter and Rolf, and a few minutes later I had doubled my number of riders. John rolled in followed by Chris Ha. We rode the Ted Wilson Path then turned onto the Ballarat Rd,  Ballan Rd. Today we were all on Struggle Street, with the wind right on our noses, we pushed into the strong head wind all the way out. It was a nice reprieve for us to be finally at the general store, we all enjoyed our well earned rest. Our return run was to take Carr Road but we quickly changed our minds and decided that it would be far more fun to fly home. Thanks fellas for joining me today in the wind, I enjoyed myself and hope that you did too. " Life is better on your bike " - Trudi.

Peter O'Brien's Combined Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - Sunday 10.6.17
Five riders John H , Rolf, John M, Mike and myself set off from South Geelong Station to Ocean Grove.  We left Geelong in sunshine and rode to Leopold and then onto on to  rail trail.  As we approached the Grubb Road exit of the trail the fog had set in and this made riding a bit more difficult.  Upon reaching Ocean Grove the sunshine had returned and we enjoyed coffee at the Groove. The ride back to Geelong was via thirteenth beach and Lakes Road. A very enjoyable ride.  Distance 65kms.
Peter O.

Chris Halpin's Ride to The Paddock Cafe in Wallington on Saturday 9.6.17
We started with 8 chilled riders this morning at the Grovedale - Rolf, Greg, Harry, John H, Peter M, Mike, John M and myself. A quick pace down to the Breakwater, along Leather St and into St Albans Park, down to the Bellarine Hwy and on to the Wallington turn off. Was a nice surprise to meet Ron for Coffee at The Paddock Cafe. This was very social and we even remembered to pay! Home via 13th Beach and Horseshoe Bend Roads and a relaxing roll along the Barwon River. Great ride and thanks to all. Chris Ha.

Lyn's Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Thursday 7.6.17
There was a good turn up for the days ride to the Bungalow today:  Heather, Geoff, Trudi, Ian, Ross, Chris H, David, Rolf, Ron, Peter O, Jackie, Mick and me. We left the show grounds down the rail trail to the highway crossed over and travelled a bit then went around the back of Bunnings coming out at Melaluka Road up to the rail trail and down to The Bungalow where there was coffee and a lot of chatter then we headed home. It was great to see all the group again
Thanks for comimg out. Lyn.

Chris Hume's Ride to Torquay via Moriac - Tuesday 5.6.17
Seven riders assembled at JB Hi Fi (near Bunnings!): Chris Ha, Julie, Peter O, Peter J, Lyn L, Rolf and yours truly Chris Hu. It was a very cool morning, wet roads, light winds and the promise of fine weather - a great day for a ride. Headed  to the Moriac General Store for coffee via Waurn Ponds Rd, Reservoir Rd  and Hendy Main Rd. Here three others joined the group: Trudi, Meri and John M. After coffee we continued along Hendy Main Rd, Lyn leaving us Grassdale Rd, to Vickerys Rd and Gundrys Rd. This section was most enjoyable with rolling hills, avenues of eucalypts, no cars and abundant bird life. At Bones Rd the peleton split with three doing the Bells Beach Circuit. On regrouping headed through Jan Juc and onto the Bells Bakery in Torquay for lunch. Here Peter O took over leadership duties heading home via Horseshoe Bend Rd as the two Chrisses went home via Bike Matters and the Ghazeepore Rd dirt.
Chris Hu.

John Hagan leads the ride to Torquay via Barwon Heads & Pt Impossible - Sunday 3.6.17
When we assembled at the Sth Geelong Station we had Meri, Chris Hu, Dr Mike, Peter J, Rolf and John H, who became the ride leader. On travelling down to South Barwon reserve Mark B caught up with us and joined the group. Later on Ross rode in to join us at coffee. After some research I managed to find a cafe we had not visited before - El Nido at The Sands in Torquay. So this was to be our coffee destinationy for the day. But ... the riders had to earn it so we headed down to Sheepwash at Barwon Heads via Lake Rd and then we became separated in Barwon Heads when 2 of the group stopped at the toilets before the bridge and the other stopped at the toilets in the caravan park. The first group did not realise we were in the caravan park so Peter and Meri raced off to try and catch us thinking we were ahead of them and we wern't sure whether we were ahead or not. After a phone call we all joined up at the Point Impossible Road corner. We all (except Mark) headed down the dirt road to Pt Impossible and found it to be rather smooth for our road tyres. After congratulating ourselves we went down the narrow path to join the The Esplanade - however, the early parts of The Esplanade were very rough and we found that this section had been blocked off for cars - but we conquered the road without any spills. Meri said that she had recently attended Ross' lesson on how to ride gravel roads and the information got her through. We then went up Horseshoe Bend Rd and into The Sands area to find El Nido (The Nest) and although the place was quite crowded the cakes and the coffee were delightful. Unfortunately Peter and Rolf had to leave us before the coffee break. Our return trip was via Horseshoe Bend Rd on a day which was nippy at the start but beautiful for the rest.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Update on the RSL Ride to Canberra - Day 2 - Sunday 3.6.17
Well it's been a challenging ride today - we had a couple fall off - it was Paul and Ang luckily no broken bones or serous injuries and the bikes only minor damage. Anyhow we've made it to Tallarook and staying in the Cricket Club Reserve and staying inside the club. The magpie was very friendly (in the photo below) and took food from your hand - that was at the Mt Macedon caravan park yesterday.
David Innes.

Peter Jones' Ride to Accompany the RSL Ride to their first coffee stop on their way to Canberra - Saturday 3.6.17
Special day today our Vet members are heading for the War Memorial in Canberra to lay a remembrance wreath. Departure time was 8-30 am from the RSL, with a bit of effort we eventually got away,  it was amazing the amount of stuff that 6 riders require to ride to Canberra. We took the scenic route down to the Bay trail, around the Bay, picking up Trudi at Rippleside and on to the Hovel trail to Millars in Lara. Very busy morning, took a while for our coffees but everyone filled in the time chatting. The escort group had plenty of time but some of the Vetride were getting a bit toey, they wanted to get to Bacchus Marsh for lunch and to Gisborne for the night. Coffee over it was time to split up, us back home, the Vetride on to Bacchus Marsh. We wished them well and headed home.
Escort riders: Trudi, Rolf, Chris Ha, Dr Mike, Peter O, Tom, Peter M, John H and myself.
Vetride: Ange, Paul, Andrew, Adam, David I, Ken (to Mansfield only).
Cheers, Peter.



The Participants on the Canberra Ride with the bus driver. Ken will do the early stages of the ride.

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday 31.5.17
Seven riders on a cool day with a chance of a shower and/or sun: Mike, Terry, Rolf, David I, Chris Hu, Ted, and myself. We headed down to Torquay via Ocean Acres into a light Southerly, had a little bit of a misty spit and also sunny breaks. Enjoyed our coffee at Mejavo’s and then rolled on home down HSBend Rd with a freshening Southerly to blow us home.
Cheers, Peter.

Lyn's Mystery Ride in lieu of Colac/Red Rock ride postponed until warmer months - Tuesday 29.5.17
A total of 10 keen riders fronted up for a ride of unknown destination and were challenged by strong winds, the threat of rain and a surprise sightseeing tour which included a nasty little climb out. The participants were: Chris Hu & Chris Ha, Peter J & Peter O'Brien, Ken, Julia, Dave Innes, Paul & Ange and myself. We set off along Ghazeepore Rd heading to Blackgate Rd then turning out of Grassdale to Hendy Main, Grays and Forest Rd where the fierce wind was finally behind us.
A welcome respite awaited us at the Chocolatier cafe before we were on our way again along the Great Ocean Rd to Pt Addis where we enjoyed wonderful views of the ocean & surrounding cliffs followed by a steep climb out and on to Jarosite Rd, Bones and into Torquay for more fuel at the bakery in Bell St. Several of us munched on tasty pies while sitting in the warmth of the cafe & having a good chat. On our way again with Chris Hu leaving us to visit the bike shop for some secret shopping.(Dave & Chris having previously gone their separate ways) We travelled along HSB road back to the start at Bunnings for approx 78kms of great cycling. Thanks everyone for your good company and fine riding in a bunch to support all riders in the strong windy conditions.
Lyn.

John Hagan's Ride to Avalon Beach on Sunday 27.5.17
A good turn up of riders in pleasant weather: Mick, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ken, Mike, Peter O'B, Lyn, Greg and your leader John H. Most of this ride followed the water - first the path around Corio Bay, then up Hovells Creek to Lara and down south beside the former salt pans along Avalon Road to Avalon Beach. Three of our riders had not previously visited this out of the way place before. As the wind was a northerly we had to push back against it to arrive at our coffee stop, the Expresso Lounge Cafe, in Lara. The return trip was pleasant with the assisting tail wind back to Geelong.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Saturday 26.5.17
Thirteen riders on time for our ride to The Stoop Torquay today: Meri, Lyn L, Ange, Sue, Paul, Rolf, Ken, Andrew, Adam, Peter O, Tom, David I, Harry and myself. Harry arrived with a  lovely buff but minus helmet so after deciding where we were going he took off for his helmet and met us down in Torquay. Dr Mike and John M were late and guessed incorrectly that we would be heading to The Groove, but it was such a lovely day riding anywhere was great. We took the Ocean Acres option and had a very enjoyable ride with lots of Sun. After a good coffee and chat we returned via HSBend Rd.
Keep those pedals turning. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Barwon Ebb & Flow in Barwon Heads on Thursday 24.5.17
Eleven riders for our Barwon Heads Ride: Ange, Trudi, Meri, Paul, David I, Terry, Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter O, Ron and myself. With a light to moderate Westerly our ride down to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd was quite pleasant, cruised around the Sheepwash before stopping at the café on the Bridge Roundabout for coffee. Lots of chatter before we took the 13th Beach option to Blackgate Rd and HSBend Rd for everyone to eventually branch off and head home. Had a very brief sprinkle of a few drops of moisture but in general quite dry if a little overcast.
Life is better on my bike! Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride from Moriac to Aireys Inlet on Tuesday 22.5.17
Six riders today for my ride from Moriac: Julie, David I, Chris Hu and Chris Ha, Dr Mike and myself. Not much scope for a circuit on this course so it was down to Anglesea via Forest Rd. Forecast was not fantastic but turned out quite pleasant, a bit overcast and a little bit of breeze but nothing of any great concern. Enjoyed our coffee in Anglesea then headed out to Urquhart’s Bluff for a bit of a photo opportunity, then on to Airey’s Bakery for a pie, I can vouched for the Pepper Pie, plenty of pepper! Then it was back to Moriac the way we had come, even had some sunny breaks, a most enjoyable ride in really good company.
Cheers, Peter.

Sunday Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale - 20.5.17
Only two starters for today's ride Rolf and Chris Hu and no official ride leader! Anyway we decided to head to Drysdale along the Bellarine Hwy then Swan Bay Rd and onto Princess St. We had a great run with a SW tail wind and were at the Bungalow by 10:00. Not many there at this time at this time of the day had a coffee and chat. We returned via the rail trail which was a pleasant run as the trees offered good protection from the wind. At Melaluka Rd the duo split Rolf heading North and Chris south and headed for home. Quite an enjoyable ride.
Chris Hu.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - Saturday 19.5.17
A great turnout of 16 riders gathered at the Grovedale pub on Saturday morning and naturally split into 2 groups. Geelong RSL was well represented in group A by Andrew, Adam, Paul & Angie, new member Lachie, with Tom and Sue on the tandem. The ride leader was relegated to group B with Dr Mike, Chris Hu, Ken, Lyn, Ron and John H. David and Rolf rotated between the two. Groove cafe in Ocean Grove was the target and we enjoyed a westerly wind for much of the way down Surfcoast Hwy, Boundary, Horshoebend, Warralily, Lake and Barwon Heads roads, around Sheepwash and across the bridge. Coffee and chatter were excellent as usual. Lots of discussion about the planned ride to Canberra in June. Hoping for lots of sunshine!! Returning via 13th Beach was sensational riding before the slog into the wind to Horseshoe Bend. Interesting to see a peloton form to cope better with the wind. Nice return to Geelong city.
Thanks again for a great ride, Chris Ha.

Trudi's Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 17.5.17
With a cold grey start for our ride out to Lara, we had a good show of riders: Peter, Meri, Chris, Mike, Ken, Mark, Andrew, Norm, Rolf, Ron, Dave and me. Setting off on the Ted Wilson path until the Ballarat Rd, turning right onto Ballan Rd. It was a steady push until we reached Stacey's Rd. Then it was a lovely tailwind, to blow us along and down Stacey's Rd. Once onto Bacchus Marsh Rd once again a slow slog, but we were rewarded with another wind assisted push on Windermere Rd. Coffee was at Cafe Blu, some choosing to sit outside in the cold, but the minority sat inside in the warm.  After a nice coffee and chat it was time to get going. The homeward route was the Hovells Creek Path, everyone dropping off at different points to make their way home to the warm. Once again another great day out and about on our bikes, thanks everyone for joining me. " Life is better on a bike "
Trudi.

Lyn's Ride to Pt Addis - the rain scattered riders in a number of direstions - 15.5.18
Ken's Report:
The forecast was not the best but Andrew, both Chris's, David, Ken, Peter J and leader Lyn were starters. We had only gone a little way on Ghazeepore before the rain set in. As most of us were only wearing light jackets we got soaked by the time we turned off the Anglesea Rd into Blackgate. Lyn was cold as well as wet and decided to head home. Ken took over as leader. At the end of Grassdale Ken passed Andrew and David so as to indicate that we were turning left. Ken did, the rest did not (having decided amongst themselves to abandon the ride route and head to Moriac). This decision proved to be somewhat premature as by the time Ken turned into Grays Rd the rain stopped and did not return. An expensive hot chocolate at the Chocolaterie warmed me up and I continued on to Point Addis - the southerly was blowing strong and so Lyn's decision to cancel the original ride from Lorne to Apollo Bay was a smart one. After the climb away from Point Addis, I was never cold again on the remainder of the ride. Horseshoe Bend Rd was traversed at high speed with the wind at my back. Apart from the first hour, I enjoyed my 83km pedal.
Ken.

Peter Jones' Report:
Lots of changes today, the forecast for showers was actually rain which soaked everyone, I had dressed for showers as everyone had, Lyn bailed in Blackgate Road and Ken took over as leader, when everyone reached Hendy Main Rd Ken had disappeared into the mist towards Gray’s Rd and Forest Rd whilst everyone else had decided they were wet enough and a hot coffee at Moriac was a better option so David I, Chris Hu and Ha, Andrew and myself took that option after ringing Ken and leaving a message. Hot coffees and sausage rolls and toasted banana bread went down well before we headed home as the weather cleared.
Cheers, Peter.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong - Karndoor-Kapa Loop of Geelong on Sunday 13.5.18
Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong led the ride today and from their club was Helen and Stella with John H and David I from GTC. The field was a bit small as many were off celebrating Mothers' Day. Dave took us up Church St and then north on the Ted Wilson Trail - with the detour up Matthews Rd where the Trail is cut off due to construction work. This circuit which includes the Bay Trail and Cowies Creek Trail is known as the Karndoor-Kapa Track and is an aboriginal name encompassing the areas we travelled - except we did not do the Cowies Creek part of the trail. We stopped at Moorpanyal Park where there is a stone naming the track. Here we met Shane and Tricia from Cycling Geelong. On heading south we had coffee at The Pickers Union in Geelong North. This time the coffee was hot - good news! David I missed out on the coffee as he had to head home at St Georges Rd to prepare for Mothers' Day celebrations. On the last part of the trail to Rippleside we took the path around the new development on the seashore - not officially opened yet (officially they say 2020) but you can get through at the moment (see 6th photo below). Overall a very pleasant ride at a moderate pace.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 12.5.18
Nine starters assembled at the Grovedale Hotel well rugged up for the cool, breezy (windy!!) conditions: Mark, Chrises Ha and Hu, Andrew, Peter J, Dr Mike, Paul and Ange and Rolf, just back from Japan and raring to go. Headed to the Cheeky Cow following a zig zag course trying to avoid long pushes into the wind. At the BH Airport Chris Ha left us as he had an appointment at the MCG at 2:15. At the Cheeky Cow we hung up our bikes and watched them swing side to side as we were having coffee!! After coffee had a great tail wind along Banks Rd. It was along this stretch that I warned those behind me of glass on the road, about 200m later my rear tyre deflated rapidly!! With the help of the crew, found and removed of the glass shard from the tyre, replaced the tube etc and were soon rolling again. We turned left into Swan Bay Rd  then on to the Bellarine Hwy. Once through Leopold the peleton split up as made their own way home. An enjoyable ride in good company.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to Mejavo's Cafe in Torquay on Thursday 10.5.18
Only three hardy souls this morning, Ken, Chris Hu and myself. Not sure why, it was a fine sunny day, no rain, a bit of a breeze but it was Westerly so our run straight down Surfcoast Hwy was quite comfy with a side wind. Headed straight to Mejavo's for a coffee before heading home via HSBend Rd. Took the Warralily option which was a bit of a head wind for about 10 minutes then back to a side wind. All in all quite a nice morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter.

TWO Rides - 1/ Ken's Loop of the Barrabool Hills and Down to Torquay - 109KM - on Tuesday 8.5.18
A glorious morning to ride. "The Cream" did not turn up, neither the Curds nor Whey. So Ken set himself the challenge of doing a solo, non-stop ride over the numerous hills that give this course character. It had been a while since I had ridden Duffields but it did not present a problem. Neither did Bells Blvd, Jarosite or Vickerys but the gentle undulations of Hendy Main were welcome. Passing the Moriac Store I saw Terry out on the deck, so I spent a little over 5 minutes havind a chat - he had ridden out conservatively hoping to have a coffee with the "group"b. It was a good feeling reaching the top of the Pollocksford climb. The light westerly helped me speed along Barrabool before enjoying the fast downhills on Andersons. Turning onto the Princes Hwy my new Garmin froze on 96 kms-so do not believe the info on Strava. I was back the Grovedale just after 1345 and home at 1350 having covered approx 109kms.
Ken.

2/ Mike's Loop to Drysdale & Barwon Heads on Tuesday 8.5.18
It was a glorious autumn day today. Blue skies and light wind. Perfect for cycling. What could possibly go wrong? Eight riders turned up at the showgrounds Mike, Ron, Peter,  Marion, Sarah, Trudie, Julie  and Chris Ha. All seemed excited about the leaders guarantee of a slow paced ride. Everything went very smoothly out to Drysdale with a lovely run up the rail trail. After a nice chat and coffee we proceeded down Princes Street and Grubb Rd  and on to Barwon Heads. After some light refreshments at the rotunda we set off at 28km per hour down 13th beach. As we reached Blackrock Rd we suddenly realised that Marion and Peter in the PA quick phone call revealed that they were 3km back repairing a front wheel puncture on the pino.After a short period Pete and Marion reappeared and we headed off down Blackrock Rd.Much to the leader’s astonishment the pino suddenly veered headlong into a deep grassy ditch beside the road leaving Marion and Pete sprawling in the grass. The front tyre had suddenly gone down and steering had become impossible.Through incredible good fortune both riders were uninjured. Further attempts to repair the Pino understandably were abandoned and Peter and Marion caught a taxi home.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very memorable ride. Mike.

John Hagan's Circuit of Werribee on Sunday 6.5.18
A beautiful day for exploring the trails around Werribee. Seven riders arrived at Watton St in Werribee for the start with Greg and David Innes riding out from Geelong and Ron, Mike, Mick, Peter J and John travelling up by car. We first went west along the Werribee River with the intention of crossing to Little Skeleton Creek but your ride leader missed the turn so we were feeling our way from Tarneit to Hoppers Crossing and eventually arrived at the main Skeleton Creek Trail. We then did a short part of the Federation Trail and Peter Jones suggested a better way of crossing the Princes Freeway by using Palmers Rd at Williams Landing and then back on Skeleton Creek Trail to take us through to the Bay. Next we travelled around the waterways of Sanctuary Lakes and arrived at Alamanda Cafe & Bistro at Point Cook for coffee. There was a long wait here for coffee and it was nearly midday but watching the bird life on the lake in the sunshine made the waiting worthwhile. We returned to the Federation Trail and came in to Werribee on the Werribee River from the other direction. Our total distance for the circuit was 46km. David rode home along the Highway for a much higher total.
Keep on Riding, John.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 5.5.18
Ten riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel for today's ride: Peter J, Ron, David I, Ange, Paul, Andrew, Dr Mike, Ken Greg and Chris Hu. We headed down to Warralily  then Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd, 13th Beach Rd etc to the Groove. Enjoyed a moderate NW tail wind on the outward journey and a bit of a head wind on the way home. We took the shortest way home via Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd etc. A most enjoyable ride and all arrived home without getting wet!
Chris.


Ted's Ride to Moorabool Valley Chocolate on Thursday 3.5.18
Five Club members were waiting patiently at the Showgrounds at 9 am for the arrival of the ride leader and were almost ready to give up on him when I arrived claiming traffic on Latrobe Terrace was “horrendous”. We thought a late start was the worst that could happen but despite my meticulous pre planning and bringing a map a few navigation errors later that theory was proved wrong. Anyway, David, Ron, Andrew, Chris Hu, Sarah, Ian and myself finally managed to find the elusive chocolate factory and settled for a well deserved coffee/hot chocolate about 10:45. As you can see from the ride map the route could have been more direct but a bit of a detour was good for the legs as we managed to get the ride up to 38 klms in the end. Two interesting high/low lights were the new path around the new apartments at Rippleside which is a pleasant way to get to St Helens and the flooded tunnel under Thompsons Road which needs to be avoided. It was good to welcome back Ian after an absence of a couple of months and Sarah who we hadn’t seen for nearly a year. Peter’s J and O were late withdrawals. PO did not bring a note for the teacher but PJ’s puncture on the Haas seemed a reasonable excuse. The trip home via the Barwon River track was uneventful however my curiosity got the better of me at the rowing clubs where I had to find out what the people were doing with their white eel and statue. It turned out to be preparations for a passive demonstration about the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef which they were planning to coincide with the Mount to Mouth walk this Sunday. Thanks to everyone for putting up with my poor navigation today. I will accept a week’s suspension without appeal.
Ted.

Meri's Ride to Moriac and Bannockburn on Tuesday 1.5.18
A sunny and fresh start to our ride with Dave, Mark, Julie, Mike, Trudi, Angela, Paul, Andrew, Ken and myself, hoping for a wonderful ride with the forecast of very little wind. Down Cementi Hill and on To Merrawarp Road where we hooked up with Lyn who had ridden over from home. Continuing on over The Barrabool Hills and onto the General Store at Moriac for a coffee break. Sitting in the sun which by now was warm, was lovely, but we had some distance still to cover. So out to Hortips Road and Considines Road, heading North to the great downhill run on Pollocksford Road. Stopping at the Barwon River Bridge for a photo or two and then up the Hamilton Highway, down Burnside road to Bannockburn for lunch. Paul, Ange and Andrew had ridden in from here, so were leaving the rest of us to ride home out the highway with three less. Dave suggested we ride up the service road out of Batesford which was a far safer option, though the gradient was far greater also.  A sensible option without a doubt. Astonishing what some achieved. Julie hadn’t ridden for quite a while and managed extremely well, Mike had ridden for the previous 15 days consecutively and pushed through, the Bannockburn contingent continue to ride in to do the ride from the “starting point” and remain cheerfully fit. Great stuff!!
Thanks to everyone for a great day riding in the sun. Tomorrow is a rest day .... Yay!!
Meri.

Ron's Ride to Piknik at Swan Bay on Sunday 29.4.18
7 Riders turned up today: Chris Ha, Dr. Mike, Paul and Ange,  Andrew, Chris Hu and Ron. We hit the Rail Trail watching the approaching rain on a still morning around the back of Leopold shops on to the Rail Trail.   100 metres later I spotted Paul slowing to a stop with a puncture.   We waited and noticed him pull out a large canister from his container.    First time use become complicated.   After 15mins. Paul decided to leave the group and limp on back to his Ute with Ange in tow. "Magnificent composure and decision making". So we pushed on and headed off to "Piknik" for Coffee. Puncture No. 2 for Chris Hu,.  By then it had dried up and the sun was out.  We left "Piknik" with smiles and wondering what else would happen on this fun morning continuing on the Bellarine Highway. Mike told us he had lost his goggles before finding them on the back of his helmet. "Who put them there"??? Thanks for a fun filled morning and thanks also to Mike for the photos.
Ron.

Ken's Ride to Torquay on Saturday 28.4.18
13 Riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel carpark on a very chilly but sunny morning. Trudi, both Chris’s, David Innes, Meri and Lovro, Lyn, Ange and Paul, Sue and Tom on the tandem, Mike and ride leader Ken.  The group negotiated the several sets of traffic lights on Torquay Rd before turning right and warming up on the gentle climb up Whites. Lovro, on his first club ride for many months, appreciated the downhill on Ghazeepore leading to Dickins. The group spread out on the stretch on the Anglesea Rd to Coombes and then rode mainly single file before turning into Ocean Acres. The Coffee Club in Bristol Rd provided good seating outdoors in the sunshine.  Peter Jones, all smiles and dressed in lycra, joined us here – he assured us he was fit to ride even though he did not have a medical clearance. Chris Hume left us at the intersection of Horseshoe Bend and  Blackgate to clock up some extra kms out towards Ocean Grove. The remainder of the group must have been feeling a little weary as only Lyn, Trudi, Peter and Ken completed the Kalkarra/Kestrel loop before continuing along HSB to Warralily Blvd.  No “serious racing” today but a very enjoyable morning on the bike.
Ken Gawne .

Mike's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 26.4.18
The forecast was for 19 degrees with a medium strength westerly. Only four riders showed up at Bunnings for the Thursday ride.  Mike, Ken, Chris Hu, and Ted. Mike was elected team leader, despite pleading a lack of detailed geographical knowledge of the Moriac region.  Ken soon received a phone call from Lynn who was wondering why she was the only rider at Grovedale pub. We set off up Ghazeepore Road where we met Lynn, and proceeded via Dickens Rd to  Anglesea Rd. After negotiating the tricky right hand turn we had a very pleasant run up Blackgate Rd encountering only one car. We arrived at Moriac to meet Meri and Trudy. After a very pleasant coffee break we proceeded home with a lovely  tail wind down Reservoir Rd and on to  to Waurn Ponds Drive. At this stage something inexplicable possessed us and we decided to climb Cochranes Rd to Ceres. Then it was downhill all the way to Geelong. Thanks to everyone for the excellent company and very enjoyable ride.
Mike.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac, Bells Beach, Jan Juc, Torquay and back home to Geelong on Tuesday 24.4.18
This morning Ken, Mike, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Paul, Angie, David I and myself met at the start line at Bunnings to head off to Moriac.  Before departing we were greeted by Jacki and David Rae who were doing a bit of early morning shopping at Bunnings.  It was great to catch up with both Jacki and David who were looking extremely fit given all the walking they have been doing since David had his fall from the bike.  David still has his right arm in a sling and hopefully he will have full use of the arm in about two weeks time.
We navigated the normal ride route along Waurn Ponds Drive, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road to Moriac.  Trudi and Meri rode a different route and joined us at Moriac as well as Peter Jones, who being out of action, decided to take the easy way and drove down.  Well, it was like old home week with Jacki and David also arriving and everyone enjoying catching up.
We left Peter, Jacki and David and rode along Forrest Road to Bells Beach and continued on to Jan Juc for lunch at the Swell Cafe.  Back on our bikes we headed through Torquay to Horseshoe Bend Road and returned to Geelong. Distance travelled 82kms.
Regards, Peter O.

Snday Ride which split up after Freshwater Creek - 22.4.18
Here is Rolf's report:
Ange, Paul, Dr Mike, Chris Hume, David Innes, John Hagen and Rolf K. assembled at the South Geelong station at 9 a.m. for the official 40km ride as was posted on the website. John wanted to go a bit further, so the group split up at Blackgate Road, David and Rolf continuing on along the Angelsea Road to Coombes Road and through Ocean Acres to Torquay.  Coffee was had at the ex Kobo coffee shop and then we continued on to HSB Road and along the river to home. By the time we passed South Geelong station again, we had covered 60.5km, so just a little over 50% above the advertised distance.  I hope the rest of the group enjoyed their extended ride like we did. Cheers, Rolf.
John H's report:
We ended up doing just one kilometre more at 61km and went to coffee at Uforic Foods Cafe in Mt Duneed. As we had covered about 47km by this time we decided to come straight back along the Surf Coast Highway.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 21.4.18
On a cool and slightly foggy morning ten riders headed off to the Groove from the Grovedale Hotel: Peter M, Tom and Sue on the tandem, Ron, Rolf, David I, Ange, Paul, Adam and Chris Hu. The route was via Horseshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd 13th Beach Rd etc to the Groove returning along 13th Beach Rd again then Lake Rd etc to home. The pace quite quick  at times! As the morning progressed the fog disappeared and we enjoyed fine still weather, great for cycling, not like last Saturday!!
Chris Hu.

David Innes' Loop to Millars in Lara on Thursday 19.4.18
Thursdays ride was out to Lara via Lovely Banks after meeting at Church Street. Only 4, including myself, were up for the challenge. It would of been 5 but Meri turned up on her bike disgusted that her bikes electronic gears once again had failed her through lack of charge after she had just got it back from the bike shop so unfortunately she went home. It was a cold start but later warmed up to a beautiful day with a couple of us having jackets on for the first time - a sign of things to come I think. We took off along the Wilson Trail out to Lovely Banks with scenic views of the bay then along the Bacchus Marsh Highway enjoying the sunshine and very light winds reaching speeds of up to 31 kph heading into Lara. It was easy pedalling as we headed to Millars to our usual favoured coffee stop. After coffee we headed back along the Hovel Trail, a nice mornings cycling thanks to Rolf, Norm Lowe and Dr Mike who's recovering from his injured wrist.
David Innes.

What our Riders are up to - Lyn & Kens ride to Mt Buller on Wednesday 18.4.18
It was a beautiful sunny morning of 8 degrees when we rolled out from the Pinnacle Valley resort for a 6km warm up before hitting the base of the climb. From then on a steady slog to the first stop at the Indian (the halfway point - see photo) for a snack break. We continued slowly & surely up the mountain, past waterfalls & wonderful alpine scenery, with the strong scent of eucalyptus in our nostrils. Past the switchbacks, under the chairlift and onto Hells corner, for the final ascent to the village, a tough 1.5 km climb. After a short photo break we donned our jackets for an exhilarating 16km descent which was our reward for all the hard work. A total ascent of 1300 mts.
Cheers Lyn L.

Dargo Tour MAP

Chris Halpin's Report on The Dargo Tour
The usual starting point for a trip to Gippsland is the 5.22am from Waurn Ponds.  The first phone call was Peter at 5.20am – “On the wrong train??”  With that crisis quickly remedied we made our way to Southern Cross for the connecting train to Bairnsdale.  Traditional lunch at the pie shop and off we trekked, heading north out to Wy Yung, turning onto the Calulu Rd - Great names, eh?
With Chris Hu’s skillful navigation we rode along the north face of the bountiful Mitchell River valley, with lots of ups and downs, crossing the river at a brand new bridge at Glenaladale.  It was now that we started climbing, up Friday-Alexanders Road and down into the Echo Bend Caravan Park. This was a very pleasant surprise.  On-site vans dotted around a grass and bush setting, adjacent to the Den of Nargun and the Mitchell River National Park.  The riding was challenging on this minor gravel road and veery steep in parts but no problem for us and very little traffic.  The Park was a perfect setting, comfy caravans, a couple of quiet school groups, and most importantly, our camp cook for the occasion – Mr Patrick Halpin. Pat cooked up a feast and aided by a glass of very pleasant red wine we all slept like logs.
Up with the Kookaburras, we froze watching Pat cook bacon and eggs for an early breakfast.  More bacon and eggs for a packed lunch – perfect service – we wished Pat goodbye and set off quite early for Dargo.  Some gravel up the hill till we met the main Dargo road, and then bitumen all the way from there. This was a lovely ride, amazing scenery, perfect weather, capable bikes and again very little traffic.  A very pleasant lunch stop was by the Castleburn Creek, which was dry as chips - East Gippsland badly needs rain. Lots more hills into Dargo and my legs were feeling it.  We stayed at the Dargo River Inn, one of several accommodation options.  This place was very comfortable and well appointed.  Dinner at the Dargo Hotel was a feature.  Menu options included Parma plus whatever pizza topping of your choice.  Traditional, Napoli, Salami, Aussie (with 2 eggs), even an Avocado deluxe presumably for the greenies??
An even earlier start for Peter and me next morning, trying to keep ahead of the climbers. The route back to Stratford returns along the Dargo rd about 30Km to the Freestone Creek turn-off.   This gave us another aspect of yesterdays hills.  Greg calls this ‘Just a repetition’, I called it something else!!
Anyway, the mysterious Freestone Creek ROAD(?) proved a delight.   A very little used track through some of the least travelled parts of Gippsland.  A rough but reasonably graded track, which our bikes handled well, and pretty much all down hill for about 3 hours.  Fantastic.  A humorous moment when a navigational error on our mapping App meant the ‘mountain’ we were expecting to have to climb was actually an unnecessary sidetrack to a fire tower.  Peter was very pleased.  And so back onto the bitumen and civilization, then into Briagolong for a welcome drink, cake and rest.  Then the last leg onto Stratford and a reviver drink with some friendly locals.  Unfortunately a medical emergency delayed our return train and we didn’t get home till about 1am.  Made for a big, but very pleasant trip.  Perfect weather, no bike problems, fantastic scenery catering and accommodation, and good company.
Thanks Peter O (especially for the last minute call-up), Greg and Chris Hu for such great company.
Chris Ha.

Dargo Tour - Day One - 17.4.18

About ready to head to the hills



Our leader with Mitchell River in background



Is there a problem.?



Peter’s new bike



Where is the bitumen?



Are we there yet ?



Our leader's penthouse.

Dargo Tour - Day Two - 18.4.18



No bike gear here. 2 degrees crickey.



Let stay on the main road.



We will be returning to this point tomorrow.



Chris and Chris humming along.



Lunch stop.



Up market accommodation everything you need is provided.

Dargo Tour - Day Three - 19.4.18



Great Scenery.

Lovely Sunrise.

Life is good on a bike!

At Castleburn Hill.

The Fab Four.

Blue Pools on the Freestone Creek.

Magnificent Bitumen.

On the return journey at entrance to Freestone Creek Road.

The outdoor guys.

Slow as we go.

Naturally under brakes.

Peter Jones' Bellarine 100+ on Tuesday 17.4.18
Seven riders to start our ride to Queenscliff via Portarlington: Trudi, Meri, Rolf, David I, Ron, Andrew and myself. Took the usual route via Queenscliff Rd and BRT through Leopold, picked up Mark at the Port Rd crossing. Caught up and chatted with Zdenka and Elizabeth before we left the Showgrounds and latter at Jetty Rd and Port Rd beyond Drysdale. Meri pulled the pin at Drysdale because the battery which was supposedly charged last night for her Di2 gears went flat, Trudi couldn’t face riding the rest of the way without her mate so turned back with her. The cream continued on to the Bakery at Portarlington for a coffee and then on to Rollin Pin Queenscliff for lunch. Mark, Rolf and Andrew disappeared into the distance and missed the turn onto the BRT into Queenscliff, it took a little time for the bunch to come together for lunch then home via the Queenscliff Rd. A most enjoyable day on the bike, a pleasure to not have the roaring gale of the weekend.
Cheers Peter.

John Hagan's Mainly DIRT Ride to St Leonards on Sunday 15.4.18
Despite most of the photos showing bitumen underneath most of the ride was on DIRT. Peter J, Greg and John H travelled approximately 76km with the very strong wind mainly behind us on the trip to St Leonards but with squalls of rain coming through from time to time. We rode first to Drysdale where the main advertised ride was to start from, but alas, the prevailing weather had put all other comers off a ride this morning. Our first port of call after the railway station at Drysdale was a visit to The Basin, which according to historical documents, is an extinct volcano. We then exited Basin Rd to Princess St heading up the hill to Andersons Rd. Greg had recently ridden the section of this road further East and told us it was in a terrible state. We headed down to Soho Rd and decided to risk those awful corrugations and found that the graders had been and smoothed it out beautifully for us. We took all the back tracks to St Leonards and settled inside The Fig Tree for coffee. Our return trip was via Coatsworth and Scotchmans Rds and then the Bellarine Rail Trail to Geelong. We met quite a few riders doing the Ride the Bellarine, who were doing the ride to raise money to end Polio. Our first encounter was on the way out on the Bellarine Rail Trail at Curlewis and we found ourselves riding with Dave Simpson and Terry Power from the Wheels on Wednesday Group that some of our GTC riders do. We encountered the riders at two other places as we crossed main roads. The return trip was into a fierce headwind with a number of showers. Seeing all those rarely travelled roads was a delight even though it was through rain speckled glasses.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Peter Jones' Ride to Torquay on a Wet & Windy Morning - Saturday 14.4.18
Three optimists for todays ride, Rolf, Chris Hu and myself, discussed the options, nothing in the East as that would mean a dead block headwind coming home, maybe West to Moriac, but we were there on Thursday so South to Torquay would seem to be the way. Took the usual route through Ocean Acres with plenty of tailwind, as it was expected to go more West when the front arrived we were hoping it wouldn’t be too bad on HSBend Rd which sort of turned out right with the wind mainly on the side and a little ahead. It  was a little wet even though we waited at Mejavo’s and had a second coffee before plunging into the showers. Arrived home a little before 12-00 wet but happy to have been out for a ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Meri's Ride to Moriac via the Barrabool Hills on Thursday 12.4.18
A bit windy and a few drops of rain, and a warm start to our ride, with Rolf, Peter O, Norm, Chris Hu, David I, Peter J, Paul and Ange, Andrew, Trudi and myself. Left top of Church Street for Queens Park Bridge and up the Scenic Road. Met Chris Ha at the bridge and continued up Scenic Road, Right turn at the top took us to the dreaded Grantham Road Hill, onto Barrabool Road to Ceres. A lot of climbing, but certainly no one was incapable of the strenuous climb. Good to see riders taking the initiative to find an easier/safter path. Out the Barrabool Hills after the wonderful downhill from Ceres. Turned left at Hendy Main Road, to be treated to some rather strong side wind gusts into Moriac. Just before the highway Terry joined us for the run into Ravens Creek Farm for coffee. Lyn L and Ken joined us for coffee after riding out and up Pollocksford Road. After coffee, many headed home, hoping for and getting a tailwind most of the way. Four of us wended our way to Gnarwarre and on to Pollocksford Road and home via the Hamilton Highway. Again, the last straight was with a tail wind. Yay. Thanks for a great ride and company with variable weather. Who cares! We were out "in it".
Meri.

Naming of Cycling Building on Criterium Track - Wednesday 11.4.18
Today the Mayor of Geelong, Bruce Harwood, named the new cycling building on the Criterium Track after Geelong's most famous cyclist, RUSSELL MOCKRIDGE. Click here for more details on Russell. In the photo below Bruce is in the blue shirt, Melissa Mockridge who is Russell's daughter is in the centre of the picture, with John Burtt, the President of Geelong Cycling Club, and Rod Charles on the right. Rod has written the History of Cycling in Geelong. GTC hope to make use of the building in the future.
John H.


Peter O'Brien's Ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday 10.4.18
We had an interesting start to today’s ride with David I having two punctures even before leaving the Fyansford car park. We didn’t know it at the time, but more excitement was in store for us. Ken, Lyn L, Andrew, David I, Paul, Angie, Tom, Michael and myself got straight down to business and cruised up the Hyland Street hill. We took the Ted Wilson Trail where we were joined by Meri and Trudi and headed to Anakie Road with the goal of riding to Parkers Road. It was along this section that Mike had a puncture and ‘mechanic Meri’ assisted Michael in carrying out repairs. The ride along Parkers Road was exhilarating on the downhill section but daunting on the incline.
Today’s coffee break was at the Red Dog Café Bannockburn and it was here that Michael took a tumble on the slippery tiles just as we were all about to disembark. Michael continued to ride so we hope he’s okay. Fully fuelled we headed to Teesdale and just out of Bannockburn Angie had a major mishap with her bike. The derailleur had twisted and locked up the wheel forcing Angie to end her ride. Luckily Paul and Tom were on the ride today so they headed off to get the car in order to get Angie and her bike back home. At this stage we were only half way through the ride and I was wondering what else could possibly go wrong. We continued onto Teesdale and then Inverleigh where we enjoyed a lunch break. From there we rode into a slight headwind back to Geelong with the good news being we noted substantial improvements to the road shoulder on the Hamilton Highway. Total distance travelled 75kms.
Peter O.

Chris Halpin's Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie on Sunday 8.4.18
Sunday Combined ride to the Anglesea Chocolaterie started off a beautiful morning. Five Cycling Geelong members (David, Russell, Doug, John & Linton) joined Chris Hu, Greg and myself at the Station meeting point. Unfortunately Doug punctured as he arrived and was forced to quit after more bad luck. Off we set on John Hagan’s prepared route to Anglesea via the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek, Torquay Baarnip and Ghazeepore Roads. Here we met up with guest rider Graham on a well used Salsa Gravel Grinder. Quick Introductions and onwards again to Dickens and Blackgate where the weather spat the dummy and decided to turn quite nasty. Gusty North Westerlies followed us along Forest road and into the Chocolaterie. Not a good spot in the school holidays - the place was packed, but we did manage to down several of their famous fudge brownies. Further gusty tail winds pushed us down the road to Torquay before we turned into Horseshoe Bend Road for a bit of a slog back home. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable and challenging ride.
Chris Ha.

Chris Hume's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 7.4.18
Fifteen riders for today's ride: Trudi, Meri, Ken, Peter M, Peter O, Sue, Dr Mike, Thomas, Paul, Ange, Lyn L, Adam, Andrew, Rolf and yours truly Chris Hu. We did one of the popular Saturday rides heading to the Groove via Torquay Rd, Warralily Blvd, Lake Rd and Barwon Heads Rd returning via 13th Beach Rd and Horseshoe Bend Rd. Had a pleasant stop at the Groove, plenty of room today, and the service was excellent as usual. The weather was great for riding, sunny cool and little breeze. All in all a most enjoyable morning on the bike. Thanks to Peter O for doing "kelpie" duties.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Stoop in Torquay on Thursday 5.4.18
Thirteen riders to Torquay on an overcast and cool day: Meri, Trudi, Lyn L, Ken, Rolf, Terry, Mick, Mike C, Dr Mike, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Peter O and myself. Took the Ocean Acres route as we often do. The Grossman’s Rd sprint was hotly contested, Mick sprinted away closely followed by a bit of a breakaway until Terry put the power on, his legs were pumping like pistons, I went into the red zone to get on his wheel, then some Roadworks forced a slowdown and the break closed behind us very quietly, as the road cleared about 400 mtrs from the lights Rolf powered through catching us all by surprize, Mick powered past with Dr Mike with the pedal to the metal, in all the excitement I’m not really sure who was first but great fun was had by all. Following coffee it was home via HSBend Rd, a fun morning on the bike in good company.
Cheers, Peter. .

David Innes' Ride to Lara & Little River on Tuesday 3.4.18
Tuesday morning turned up a good number of riders all keen to go on a day that was cloudyand dry with little to no wind. Our destination was to be Avalon Beach but later over coffee it was decided that as we've been there before with little to see except some squatters huts it wasn't worth the risk of another GTC rider fall along the corrugated dirt Rd. Our first stop was at our old fav Millars coffee shop where the setting and scenery is always nice and the coffee too. From there we headed for Little River via the old Mel Rd and as we left out the Avalon beach we decided to head further afield riding past the Werribee turn off turning left to eventually end up on the Rd back to the You Yangs and a nice down hill run into Lara via Flinders Rd. Lunch was welcomed a little over due as it was after 12.30 but well earned. I myself had to leave but I'm sure everyone enjoyed the ride and best of all incident free no! Falls! Thanks to all those that attended the following were: Trudi, Zac, Chris H, Peter J, Rolf K, Ron L, Meri L, Paul and Ang, POB, Andrew.
David.

Chris Hume's Unofficial Ride along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Queenscliff on Easter Monday - 2.4.18
Magnificent weather for riding on this holiday Easter Monday so Chris led us out along the Rail Trail to Queenscliff. Riding today were from L to R below: John, Lyn, Mick, Jean, Greg, Barry and Chris. Our coffee spot was Lix Cafe at the Queenscliff Marina and this was followed by a tour of the town as Chris had lived here as a young boy. We were amazed by the number of people out walking or riding, especially on the dirt sections of the Rail Trail. We came back to Leopold to the Rolling Pin Bakery for lunch and most of the riders finished their trip there. Greg had left us at the first coffee stop to do his 100km for the day. Thanks to Chris for organizing the day.
John H.

Chris Hume's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 1.4.18
There were 6 riders who started from the station this morning: Peter J, Paul, Ange, Greg, Rolf and Chris Hu. All were early due to being the end of daylight saving. We used some back streets through Geelong to get to the top of Cementey Hill, here we were joined by Trudi and Leo. Downwards and onwards to Hamilton Hwy, Merrawarp Rd then Barrabool Rd here we met up with John near Devon Rd, peleton of 9 now. Continued along Barabool Rd then Hendy Main Rd to Moriac. Disaster!! No coffee!! Both options closed!! Decided to go to Waurn Ponds for coffee. Headed there via Resevoir Rd, Pettavel Rd, Waurn Ponds Dr then Waurn Ponds Creek Path. We had a well earned break at Panache, coffee and cake for some. After a pleasant chat there we split into three groups and headed home. A great day to be out riding.
Chrus Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale and Return via Barwon Heads on Saturday 31.3.18
15 riders for our Saturday morning ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale. Ange, Lyn L, Sue, Trudi, Leo, Rolf, David I, Ken, John H, Andrew, Chris Hu, Ron, Paul, visitor Peter M and myself. We headed out to Drysdale via the usual course to the BRT and Jetty Rd and Wyndam Rd. Extremely busy at the cafe because of the Easter Holiday, a bit slow on the ordering but eventually everyone had their coffee. Had arranged to meet David and Jackie for coffee so was nice to catch up with them. David is doing well and healing fast. Came home via 13th Beach and HSBend Rd with some taking the Thacker option through Ocean Grove, big hold up for cars getting over the Barwon Heads Bridge, it was nice to pass them all on our bikes.
A most enjoyable Autumn day for riding. Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks on Thursday 29.3.18
Ten riders for my ride to Lara: Trudi, Rolf, Mike C, Ted, Peter O, Ron, Chris Hu, Andrew, visitor Gary, (Rolf’s neighbour) and myself. We headed out the Ted Wilson Trail, left on to Creamery Rd the right on to Blue Stone Bridge Rd. Climbed the hill to the ridge and enjoyed the views over Geelong to Corio Bay. Took Anakie Rd to Ballan Rd and enjoyed a good run along Staceys Rd with a nice tailwind and to Millars Café via Patoulos for a very enjoyable coffee. After coffee and chat returned to Geelong via the Hovell Trail. A most enjoyable morning on the bike in excellent company.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Circuit of Melbourne on Tuesday 27.3.18
Eight riders for our cruise around the Capital Trail, Rolf, David I, Zdenko, Chris Ha, Ross, Peter O, Ted and myself, left about 15 minutes late after a difficult drive to Melbourne. A truck fire near Little River closed the Geelong Rd for hours meaning a drive via the back roads.
Headed off and got about 2klm before a bit of adventure riding left one rider’s skills a little wanting. Another 1klm and a loud bang signified a rear tyre blowout and a replacement tube. Didn’t take long to change but a little delayed when the gas bottle was another dud, seem to have had a few of those lately.
Peter O supplied another gas cannister and we were soon on our way past the Marina over the Yarra and through Docklands. At the turn to the Capital Trail a French Cycle tourer who had been following us along was asked where she was going, when she said Geelong we suggested she not follow us but head towards Williamstown. Hope she got there ok, she had ridden from Sydney so I guess she has some good map reading skills.
A later start meant hanging out a little for coffee but we were soon at the coffee shop satisfying our craving before continuing on to Dights Falls where we connected with the Main Yarra Trail. After a word of warning at coffee about a “wall” that pops up after a blind corner everyone was ready and all would have handled it but for a dropped chain at the wrong time.
We stopped at Dights Falls and were entertained by a couple of kayakers practicing their white water skills. Followed the Main Yarra Trail into Melbourne, lunch at the Food Court Southgate before heading back to the cars via the Light Rail Trail. A short but very pretty ride in good company.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's 100km Ride to Sutherlands Ck, Shelford & Inverleigh on Sunday 25.3.18
A pleasing turnout of five riders for our hard ride today, especially as the wind was so strong and there was light rain as we started. Those who braved the elements were: Peter O'B, David I, Greg A, Ken and your ride leader John H. To make sure the ride was of 100km we headed out the Steiglitz Rd to Sutherlands Ck and crossed the Moorabool on Parker Rd before climbing the other side into the wind on Clyde Hill Rd. After a short stop at Bannockburn we headed west through Teesdale to Summer Sensations Cafe and Berry Gardens a few km before the turn point at Shelford. We then followed the Leigh River valley to the Hamilton Highway just out of Inverleigh. At this stage we had a roaring wind behind us to take us back into Geelong. Despite the wind it was an enjoyable journey with good company.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Hume's Solo Ride to Moriac 25.3.18
Chris Hu was due to do the easy ride today but he was the only one to turn up. As you can see from the report above, the weather was rather challenging with the very strong WNW winds. Chris rode out to Moriac and had coffee at the Moriac Store.


Peter Jones' Ride to Ceres on Saturday 24.3.18
As I rode out to the Grovedale Pub in a light spit of rain I wondered if anyone else would be as silly as me. Having studied the radar I could see a lot of blue heading my way. Great surprise to see Paul and Ange waiting in the car, bet they were hoping no one else would come and they could head off home in their nice warm car. I had already decided that I would be doing a nice short circuit, I included a bit of a climb so although short we would get a workout. In the light rain we headed up to Heyers Rd, across to Waurn Ponds Blvd, right turn into Cochranes Rd and on to Barrabool Rd. The rain increased and we even had some lightning and thunder, as we rolled into Highton Paul and Ange decided they were wet enough and to stop for coffee probably wasn’t a good idea, better to keep going back to Grovedale and their car. Good move I reckon so we split at Roslyn Rd and headed home, a wet and soggy ride but I felt good for having been out on the bike. No photos, too wet.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter Jones' Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Thursday 22.3.18
Fourteen riders for my ride today, Julia, Lyn L, Marion, Ken, Rolf, Ross, Terry, Dr Mike, Andrew, David I, David L, Peter O, Ted and myself. Trudi had some lame excuse for not riding because her brand new Grand Daughter Indi had just arrived, have to do better than that Trudi. Although the ride was down as Barwon Heads took the opportunity to go to Groove instead seeing we missed out on Saturday, not too busy today. Bit of a head wind to get there but after our coffee it was lovely to cruise along 13th Beach with a nice tailwind. The bunch split at the end of the Blackrock path, some taking Blackgate and HSBend Rd the others heading towards Barwon Heads Rd and Warrilly Blvd. Held up for a few minutes at the roadworks on Barwon Heads Rd. The bunch came back together at HSBend Rd and split again as everyone headed for home. Very pleasant riding, a good morning on the bike.
Cheers, Peter .

David Innes Ride to Moriac, Jan Juc & Torquay on Tuesday 20.3.18
Cool,  cloudy and blustery winds would be a fair discription of the weather that met us for Tuesdays  ride a good number of riders turned up to take on the challenge with PJ, Meri and Trudi taking the hilly route to Moriac which was our first stop for coffee. Heading to Moriac we went along Barwon river path Barwon reserve eventually onto the surf cost highway then Bunyip bike path to Gazzapore road far less hilly which most appreciated along the way we collected couple of stragglers in Paul and Ang who had to play catch up as there wasn't any parking available at the train station. Coffee at the general store was good as usual and after some time and polite conversation we headed off but on a not so usual route along larcomes road towards parraparap then onto the Anglesea road where Rolf paul and Ang left us as we headed into bells and Jan Juc with our final destination Torquay were the rest had lunch. This is where I had left and handed the lead over to Peter jones till then was thankfully uneventful with no accidents or broken bones the ride enjoyable if not a little challenging because of the windy conditions but all in all everyone enjoyed the ride. I myself recorded 103 km's for the day with most doing roughly the same. Thanks to the following who attended: Greg Allerton, Ross Glover, Ken Gawne, Chris Hume, Rolf Kohner, Ron Little, Meri L, Trudi, Peter Jones, Paul & Ange McMahon, Mike T and Ted.
David I .

John Hagan's Solo Ride Around Geelong - Sunday 18.3.18
There was quite a bit of waiting on this ride - first, to see if anyone else would turn up with severe weather threatening and secondly, the need to sit out the first part of the storm. When there were no other takers for the ride I headed down to Corio Bay as a rather fierce storm came through - sheltering behind the Carousel. Before it had completely subsided I crossed to The Edge for a coffee. I decided to do a loop out to Lara with very interesting sea vistas with the dark storm receding in the background. Then I followed the Freeway and Ted Wilson Path and made my way to Fyansford. I was nearly blown over about 4 times and at one stage had to get off the bike and brace myself against the bike to stay upright. Going down Hyland St to Fyansford I was hit by stinging hail and a short dust storm - was only doing 25kph down the hill! The concluding part along the Barwon was much more peaceful with the wind behind. A challenging but enjoyable 51km.
Keep Riding, John H.

Chris Hume's Ride to The Paddock Cafe in Wallington - Saturday 17.3.18
Seventeen riders assembled at the Grovedale Hotel car park for today's ride: Greg, Trudi, Dr Mike, Peter O, Peter J, Paul and Ange, Lyn, Meri, Ken, Ross, Terry, Andrew, Ron, Rolf, David I and Chris Hu. We headed to Ocean Grove via Torquay Rd, Warralily Drive, Horshoe Bend Rd, Blackgate Rd (here Greg left us), 13th Beach Rd etc heading to the Groove. When we arrived there it was very crowded!!! Rolf suggested we continue onto the Elk (Horn) cafe which we did. Now called The Paddock Cafe there was plenty of room and very good service. After Coffee continued along Wallington Rd to Bellarine Hwy and back to Geelong. The weather was great with very little wind and mild temperature. Thanks to Ross and Peter J for being kelpies for this large group.
Chris Hu.

Peter Jones' Ride to The Starfish Bakery in Barwon Heads on Thursday 15.3.18
Fine cool day for a ride to Starfish Barwon Heads - Jackie, Trudi, Meri, Ange, David I, David R, Paul, Andrew, Chris Hu, Rolf, Terry, Burnie, Mike, Norm, Ken and myself. Could almost say we had 18 as President Ross called in on the way home to Torquay after his Tassie trip. Took the Surfcoast Highway to Warralily and through to Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd. Everything going well until a large sand truck passed us going in the opposite direction throwing up lots of dust and grit which caused some in the bunch to slow, a moment's inattention and Dave R is on the ground with a broken collar bone, maybe a broken scapular (awaiting CT scan). Ambulance called and a bit of an enforced break. After the ambulance arrived and looked after our patient we left Jackie to organise the paramedics and we rolled on to Starfish with no further incident. Enjoyed a coffee and then rolled home via 13th Beach, Blackgate and HSBend Rds. Apart from David's unfortunate accident, a most enjoyable ride.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Rippleside to Melbourne on Tuesday 13.3.18
Chris Hume,  Zac,  Meri, Trudi, Rolf, Chris Halpin, Ken, Andrew, Peter J, Ron, David I  and myself departed from Rippleside and headed to Lara.  At Lara Ted & Ian joined the peloton and we proceeded along back roads to Little River (where Ted did a U-turn) and onto Werribee.  After 50kms, a number of riders were chafing at the bit for a coffee break so we stopped at the Coffee Pot Café in Watton Street, Werribee.
Back on our bikes we headed to the Federation Trail and to Yarraville.  There’s lots take in along this section of the trail, from the open plains through to industrial sites with their variety of smells, both good and bad, as you ride along.  There were many roads to be crossed, the majority well controlled with bicycle signals.  Unfortunately, like many other bike trails, this trail ends in no man’s land.  You need to meander through streets to link-up with the Bay Trail and then the Capital Trail at which point you cross the Maribyrnong river onto Footscray Road.  It was here that Ken decided to leave us and head back to Geelong. As we rode towards Docklands, the path along Footscray Road provided a fantastic view of the Melbourne city skyline.  We crossed the Yarra River near North Wharf Road and proceeded to Southbank where riding the promenade was surreal, especially given the views across the Yarra.  The sheer volume of pedestrians meant we were constantly on high alert. The lunch break was taken at the food court where an abundance of cuisines was on offer. After lunch we rode back to Southern Cross Station and caught the 1:50pm train to Geelong.  Fortunately there was enough room on the train to store all of our bikes. I’m awarding an honourable mention to David I and Andrew who elected to ride back home to Geelong.  As they were going into a head wind I’m not sure what time they would have made it back home. Total distance 90kms. Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride.
Peter O.

Below - David & Andrew - photographed by John H near Little River on the Princes Highway on their return journey.

Addendum to Tuesday's Ride - 10.3.18 - by Ken.
Tuesday provided the ideal opportunity to do a really long ride and enjoy company for the first half to Melbourne. Not wishing to return via the Federation Trail or through busy Footscray, I left the group upon reaching Williamstown Rd. Passing under the Westgate Bridge I followed a path along the shoreline to Williamstown (93.5kms) and stopped for lunch. Heading out along Yarra Scenic Drive I got onto the very picturesque Foreshore Trail which took me past Avalon Beach and onto Point Cook. Continuing around Werribee South I passed many acres of market gardens before turning onto Duncans Rd which took me back to the Werribee main street. About 1 km before the turn off the freeway to Little River, a rear-wheel puncture halted my progress.  Went into Lara for refreshments and with 177 kms completed decided to jump on a train back to Marshall. An excellent day's pedalling.
Ken.

Update on MAXINE - 10.3.18.
Maxine is now in GEELONG PRIVATE HOSPITAL. She would welcome visitors.
John H.

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Basil's Farm on Swan Bay on Sunday 11.3.18
Dave Simpson from Cycling Geelong led 12 riders out to Drysdale on the Portarlington Rd and then down Swan Bay Rd to Basil's Farm which is situated off the Port-Q'Cliff Rd. There was some trepidation about the 500m journey on the gravel road (Nye Rd) into Basil's Farm but this was soon forgotten once they soaked in the wonderful ambience of the place which is in a garden setting overlooking Swan Bay. The cool change came through as we arrived but it did not dent our enjoyment of the occasion. The return trip was via the Bellaring Highway for a round trip of about 60km. The riders today were (from L to R in the photo below): John M, Chris Hu, Helen, Rolf, Doug, Peter J, Peter O'B, Dave, Dirk, Barbara and John H. John C joined us a few Km into the ride.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Saturday Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Collendina - 10.3.18
There was a good turnout of about a dozen riders for this loop down Horseshoe Bend Rd, through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove to the Cheeky Cow for coffee. The return trip was via Mannerim, Swan Bay Rd and Leopold.

3rd Report - 9.3.18 - Ross & Chris Hu Across Tasmania the Hard Way - 26th Feb-9th March 2018
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
The Tasmania Trail is done. We arrived in Dover yesterday, tired but still in good health. The bikes and gear faired even better with no breakdowns and no punctures. Since the last report, we rode from New Norfolk across the Wellington Ranges to Judbury. Lots of climbing and some very rough tracks but really enjoyable riding, lots of variety in terrain and surface and no other traffic other than near the start and end. Most of the time our focus was immediately in front of the bike so when the occasional vistas opened up, usually at the top of a steep climb, they were enjoyed as a good excuse for a break and photo. The ride on through Geeveston and Dover gave us more of the same. Overall, this ride is a great opportunity to see areas of Tasmania that are not usually available to the public. Lots of locked gate HEC and forestry tracks and roads plus 4wd tracks that are rarely used. Highly recommended if you enjoy a challenge and the road less travelled. Thank you to Chris for his good company, his good humour and his tolerance of my tendency to rant on about how good life is. This is not a ride to do alone.
Regards, Ross.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Five - Rye to Geelong - 9.3.18
Enjoyed our final dinner at the Rye RSL with a couple of my old friends, Peter and Meg. We were up and on our way the following morning to catch the 9-00am ferry, had a bit of time up our sleeve so called in to see the Lime Kilns at Rye and the Memorial to the Collins settlement at Sullivan’s Cove, the well-known William Buckley was the only convict to escape and survive. The ferry was very busy with quite a number of caravans and cars, no doubt heading away for the long weekend. The sea was smooth with a beautiful vista, could have been the South of France, just lovely. Rolled off at Queenscliff and headed up the highway, at Rollin Pin Café in Leopold stopped for a final coffee and Hot Cross Bun, Vanilla Slice and Party Pie for DJ which Lyn G had brought down to greet us. From there we bid farewell to Mick and Mike, Chris and myself rolled off home, a most enjoyable weeks riding through some really great country and fantastic weather. Thanks for keeping me company lads.
Cheers, Peter.

Peter O'Brien's Loop to Curlewis and Ocean Grove on Thursday - 8.3.18
Today Rolf, Meri, Lyn L, Trudi, Jacki, David R,  Ange, Paul, Ron, Norm, Ian, Ken and myself headed off from the showgrounds to Ocean Grove.  The bike route taken included the Bellarine Rail Trail, Curlewis Road, the Wallington-Ocean Grove Road, local roads through to Rhinds Road then onto Grubb Road.  At the corner of Thacker Street and Shell Road the peloton split into two groups.  The first group were the risk takers who decided to hurtle up and down the hills of Thacker Street en route to the Groove Café.  The second group took the less adventurous route of Tuckfield Street taking in the ocean vistas and proceeding through Ocean Grove to the Groove Café.  Interestingly, both groups arrived at the Groove Café at around the same time.  At the Groove Ted and Smithy joined us for coffee and as usual the service provided was first class.  We were even treated to special jelly cakes from the owners and needless to say they were delicious.
The planned route back to Geelong through Wallington was reviewed by the group, and after a short debate it was decided to return through Barwon Heads and along Thirteenth Beach.   Terry joined the peloton at this point, having ridden to Drysdale trying to find us.  Needless to say Ocean Grove is a fair way from Drysdale so I’m unsure just what ride calendar Terry was looking at. At Blackrock Road the peloton split with half the riders continuing along to Blackgate Road and the remainder deciding to go back to Geelong via Lakes Road and Barwon Heads Road. Total distance 60km.
Regards, Peter O.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Four - Carrum Downs to Rye - 8.3.18
A most enjoyable evening meal at Fat Chef last night, the Baked Pasta was
pretty good. We got away just after 8-00 am for our run down to Rye of about 60 klm. Headed down the Frankston Dandenong Rd to the Penninsular Link Trail andfollowed it to Baxter where we followed the Mornington Tourist rail for a
while. Stopped off at the Service Centre for a coffee and chocolate donnut, Chris went for the Egg and Bacon McMuffin but only rated it 1 out of 10. On the next leg across towards the Bay Map my Ride played one of it's little tricks and sent us bush bashing but we pushed on arrived at the Nepean Hwy through Mornington and took Benton's Rd down to the coast road
overlooking the Bay. Just as we were enjoying the road and scenery those rotten road builders closed the road and detoured us straight up Mt Martha, a climb of about 3 klm at about 11%, Mick reckons it was 300 klm, he reckoned his legs were
empty as he dropped the bike, threw the helmet and Sunnies down. At least we had a good view as we headed back to the coast road. Stopped at our usual cafe in Mcrae for lunch and rolled on to Rye for an icecream and to the Kanasta CP for the night.
Cheers Peter.

Peter Jones' Tour - Day Three - Warburton to Carrum Downs - 7.3.18
After an enjoyable meal at the Alpine Retreat Hotel and a good sleep we were up ready to go at 8-00 am. The first order of business was breakfast at Yarra Junction where the good old Egg and Bacon Roll got a real good run. Suitably refreshed we rolled on back to Mt Evelyn and towards Lillydale on the Lillydale Warburton Rail Trail. At Old Gippsland Rd we turned off and plunged into the wilds of suburbia, took a turn around Lillydale Lake where the Sailabilty boats were racing and after quite a few ups and downs emerged at Mt Dandenong Rd which we followed through to Eastland where we rejoined the Eastlink Trail for the run down to Carrum Downs. We were feeling a little peckish by now so at the first opportunity we had
Mac Attack going for the Chicken Wrap Seniors Free Coffee deal. With energy stores topped up it was on down the Trail as the temperature rose, we rolled into the motel at about 2-30 pm after approx 92 klms and into the pool for a quick dip, a hot and fresh clothes.
Cheers, Peter.