GTC News Muesday 25.9.18

Rides this week:
Thursday 27th Sept - 9am from Rippleside - 50km to Drysdale - Adam Illingsworth to lead.
Saturday 29th Sept - 9am from Grovedale Pub - to Ocean Grove/Barwon Heads or Collendia - Lyn Louden to lead.
Sunday 30th Sept - 9am from Sth Geelong Station - Mystery Ride of about 50km - Nicole Collins to lead.

John Miro's Ride to Queenscliff on Tuesday 25.9.18
Cool overcast day with moderate Southerly wind. 12 riders today: Team Gold (Chris Hu, Peter J, Andrew H, me - John M), Team Silver (Angie, Paul, Ron, Laurie, Rolf, Dave I, Dr Mike), Team Bronze (Trudi). Unfortunately Team Bronze missed the start and went straight to Lara. The rest of us followed the Around the Bay route to Queenscliff. I had a feeling Trudi may be heading to Lara so asked Dr Mike to send her a text message - but she received it too late. Nice coffee break at Lara and Queenscliff Marina. After coffee Trudi rode home along the Hovells Creek trail with brisk headwind, while we enjoyed a nice tailwind back to Geelong from Queenscliff . Team Silver took the shortest route back home, straight up the Bellarine Highway. Team Gold did Bellarine Loop through Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. We had a hearty lunch of Cornish Pasty and giant vanilla slice at Barwon Heads Bakery before tackling the 13th Beach Road. Total distance 93km.
See you on next ride, John M.

Chris Hume's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 23.9.18
Eight riders gathered at the Show Grounds today: Trudi and Leo,Dr Mike, Lyn L, Rolf, Ken, new member Mark and me!! After a discussion about who will lead and what way we will go to Point Lonsdale, I ended up being leader and the destination changed to Drysdale. We headed out along the Rail Trail to the Bungalow for coffee. Then onto Princess St, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Hwy. Ken and Lyn headed left at Wallington Rd to add a few kms for the home run and the rest of us continued on to Geelong. Weather was cool with a moderate Southerly wind. An enjoyable Sunday morning's cycling.
Chris H.

Ian & John M on Sunday 23.9.18
Unfortunately Ian & John M were at Sth Geelong Station for the ride today while the others gathered at the Geelong Showgrounds so they rode down to Barwon Heads.
Ian's Report > I waited @ the station by myself until 8:58 am when I was happy to see John M turned up. We both waited until after 9 am in case anyone else turned up. Because there were only the two of us and dark looking clouds, we decided to cut the ride short and just ride to Barwon Heads via Lake Rd and 13th Beach. After a very enjoyable coffee at Annies we returned to the  Railway Station. Total Distance 50 km. Thanks John for a nice ride.
Ian
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David Innes' Ride to Swell at Jan Juc on Saturday 22.9.18
Today's ride started at the Grovdale carpark. A big turn out of riders showed up with fine weather. We all headed off to Jan Juc via Torquay heading along the Surf Coast Highway. Arriving in Jan Juc at the Swell Coffee Shop it was found to be very busy with seating sparse. Never the less we manged to arrange some chairs and tables settling in for a chat and hot coffee. Heading back to Geelong Chris Halpin managed to lose his compact mirror luckily Trudi was there to rescue it on the road. Riding through Torquay we headed back via the Horseshoe Bend Road as the sun started to shine through. The ride was uneventful and thankfully no accidents, no punctures or mechanicals and a good time was had by all. Thank you to all attended with the following who took part: Trudi Bellia, Andrew Hanns, Chris Hume, Chris Halpin, Adam Illingworth, Rolf Kohnert, Paul and Ange McMahon, David and Jackie Rae.
David I.

Ken Gawne's Ride to Moriac on Thursday 20.9.18
10 riders started out from the Grovedale Hotel - Jacqui, Lyn, Marie, David, Ken, Mike, Peter J, Rolf, Ron and Terry. Made our way across to Hams, through the tunnel (joined by Ange & Paul), along Lemins, up WP Drive. At the intersection of Reservoir and Cape Otway, David& Jackie, Peter & Terry opted for the shortest route to coffee - down The Cape road. 8 then continued along Reservoir, turned right into Ervins then left onto the Princes Hwy. Rolf, Ange and Paul turned left at Hendy Main whilst the remainder U turned and headed back to Andersons. The climbs up to Barrabool were not as hard as was imagined with Mike T having little difficulty. The group was brought to a standstill when Lyn had problems with the rear derailleur. The loss of time meant we arrived at Ravens Creek Cafe after the others had departed. Trudi had joined them after riding from home. A cold start, plenty of sunshine, a manageable breeze, an interesting course and good company combined for a most enjoyable ride.
Ken.

East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day THREE - Nowa Nowa to Bairnsdale - 19.9.18
94 Km.

John Miro's Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and to Jan Juc and Torquay on Tuesday 18.9.18
Unlike last Tuesday when I was swooped by a magpie on De Motts Road, no killer magpies today. May be too windy for them. Great ride to Bells Beach on  sunny mild day,  70km total distance. 8 riders: Trudie, Julie, Jackie & David R, Ted H, Ken, Peter J and me. Rode along Reservoir Rd, Cape Otway, Moriac, Hendy Main Rd. At Larcombes Rd turn off we said good bye to  Jackie, David & Ted who took a shorter route to Torquay. Rest of us went Forest Rd to morning coffee at the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie. Then spectacular Bells Beach loop, through Jan Juc to lunch in Torquay at Bells Bakery. Wind was generally kind with tailwind or cross wind all the way to Horseshoe Bend Road. We only felt strong headwind in the last 5 km when we turned west back to Waurn Ponds.
See you on next ride, John M.

East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day TWO - Orbost to Nowra - 18.9.18
36Km.

East Gippsland Rail Trail Tour Day ONE - 17.9.18
Chris Hume, Chris Halpin and Greg Allerton on the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Perfect weather. Even a slight tail wind.

Pam Morrow's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 16.9.18
Today nine riders turned up to ride to Drysdale. Ian, Janet, Peter, Ron, Chris, Rolf, Marie, Alistair and Pam rode along the rail trail with a lovely tail breeze. Russell joined us for coffee at The Bungalow. On the way back Ian, Peter and Chris returned via the trail and the other riders rode via Princess Street, Swan Bay Road and the Bellarine Highway.
A very pleasant ride. Pam.

Greg Allerton's Ride to Portarlington & St Leonards on Sunday 16.9.18
Just 3 riders for Greg's long ride: Greg, John M and John H. With a forecast for thunderstorms and snow in various parts of the state we did fairly well weatherwise. Greg will be riding tomorrow with the two Chrises down on the Gippsland Rail Trail so aware of a very early start he reduced the ride to about 90km. We headed down through Drysdale to St Leonards with a strong tail wind for coffee at The Fig Tree. The wind then eased off for our return trip via the Queenscliff-Portarlington Rd and Swan Bay Rd. Coming back to Leopold Greg took us down the hill via the back streets to the south of the highway.
A delightful day out on the Bellarine. Thanks Greg.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

The Russell Mockridge Memorial Ride on Saturday 15.9.18
This event was organized by Doug Merritt from Cycling Geelong to commemorate 60 years since the famous Geelong cyclist, Russell Mockridge aged 30 years, was killed when hit by a bus on Dandenong Rd as he rode to the start of the Tour of Gippsland Race. The group met at Balyang Sanctuary and consisted of cyclists representing most of the cycling groups of Geelong. The 3 from the GTC were: John Miro, Greg Allerton and John Hagan. Amongst those on the ride was the nephew of Russell, Robert Mockridge, as well as John Hine, an Olympic cyclist and winner of the 1980 Melbourne to Warrnambool Ride - they are at the front of the first photo below. Rod Charles, author of Whirr of Many Wheels, the 3 Vol history of cycling in Geelong, also contributed to our understanding of cycling at the time of Russell.
Doug took us first to Russell's school, The Geelong College, where we were shown aroung by staff from the College. We had many stops along the way at important locations in Russell Mockridge's life. We stopped at the Geelong Library for coffee and to look at a display on Russell's life. After visiting places in town where he bought his bicycles and where his father worked, we headed out to the Geelong West Velodrome where Rod Charles spoke to us of many aspects of Russell's life and Doug recited an important poem about Russell's life. We finished the day by riding down to Fyansford and back along the Barwon. The circuit was approximately 25km in length and the weather was a bit challenging at times.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.


Report on Ken Gawne's Solo (unofficial) 150km Ride from Anglesea to Apollo Bay and Return on 11.9.18
I decided to submit a report on my ride from Anglesea to Apollo Bay and return in order to dispel mistaken ideas held by many members about the safety of cycling the magnificent GOR. It is a lot way safer than Anakie Rd  which a group of 12 negotiated last Tuesday. The GOR has a good shoulder for most of the way, traffic moves slower and extensive works have seen the road widened in places , much new bitumen laid and an increased number of protective structures to limit rock and debris from obstructing the inside lane. The traffic today was very light between Lorne and AB. Many fit and fast cyclists were out checking out the course for Sunday's Gran Fondo. The best time to ride the GOR - anytime outside of peak holiday periods.  It is fantastic Autumn through to Spring. The hills are many but not overly demanding. I recorded 1459 m of climbing today. It is a wonderful asset and so scenic to cycle.
Check it out. Ken.

Ross' Ride to Torquay on Thursday 13.9.18
We had 8 riders at Bunnings for the start of today´s ride to Torquay. Andrew, Chris Hu, Rolf, Peter J, PO´B, Dr Mike, Ross and Trudi (who arrived exactly at the 9.00 am start time) set off up Ghazepore Road only to find the way blocked due to roadworks. The sensible course of action would have been to backtrack and make some progress into the wind via Anglesea Road but instead, we went with the flow (and a tailwind) down Whites Road where we were joined by Chris Ha who had arrived early, set off on a lap of the local area, only to arrive late for the start. He had us in sight but had taken a while to catch the peloton. Further wind assisted progress was made through Warralily and down Horseshore Bend Road to Torquay where we were too early for The Stoop and took our business to Mejavos instead. Very pleasant in the sun, sheltered from the wind but eventually we headed off via Grossmans Road. The original intention was to go via Paraparap but when the leaders turned north on to Anglesea Road, no one complained. There were roadworks right along Anglesea Road with single lane diversions in some places so it was very nice to get on to the bike path near Hams Road and complete the ride in relative peace. Thanks to all participants for a very pleasant (if slightly short) outing.
Ross.

Trudi's Ride to Anakie & Steiglitz on Tuesday 11.9.18
On a beautiful spring morning twelve cyclists for today's ride to Steiglitz: Peter O, Julie, Peter J, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, John, Laurie, Ken, David, Ange and Paul, Trudi... Our destination for coffee was the Anakie store. Getting there was a slow steady push into a strong headwind, that seemed to be getting stronger every second. Arriving at Anakie we all enjoyed our coffee break, while the two Peter's took care of Ange's left pedal.
Reluctantly we rode away from Anakie, turning up along De Motts Rd and into the hills. Such a pretty road to ride along, the Wattle trees giving off a lovely scent, birds chirping away, beautiful fresh air, not many cars to deal with. Today as always we stopped for lunch at my little hut in Steiglitz. Lunch was consumed while awaiting the slow boiling kettle. After a nice cuppa we were off again, this time enjoying a lovely tailwind. Only a few little rises to mention, once again a beautiful area to ride through. Ange and Paul left us just after Maude, The rest of us riding back together with a few dropping off every so often,  heading for home. Thanks everyone for such a great ride, I hope that you all enjoyed yourselves. Thanks Peter O for taking the photos.
Life is better on your bike !!!! - Trudi.

David Salamy from Cycling Geelong Leads the Combined Ride to Portarlington on Sunday 9.9.18
For the Combined ride to Portarlington we had mainly CTC riders with Rolf, Peter J, Ken, Chris Hu, John M, who belongs to both clubs, and the ride leader David S from Cycling Geelong. John H and John C both turned up at the start to take photos and Rolf and Peter could not do the full distance because of time constraints. There was a beautiful tail wind for the riders as they headed east but the would have battled with their noses into the wind on the way back.
John H.

Mike Currie's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 8.9.18
It was a beautiful spring morning with light winds when 14 riders set out from the Grovedale Pub. We headed down the Surfcoast Hwy to Warralilly Dve and then followed Horseshoe Bend Rd to Blackgate Rd and 13th Beach Road. The waves were dotted with surfers like so many seals. After some prior discussion re the choice of Garage or Groove for coffee, we chose the latter and were rewarded for our loyalty with freshly made cake. Back on the bikes, we continued along Wallington Rd to the Bellarine. There we negotiated a number of rivets dangerously strewn across the bike lane before arriving back in Geelong around 12:15. Good company and perfect weather made for a great ride. Mike.

Ted Leads the Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 6.9.18
On a pleasant but very windy Thursday morning just three riders assembled at the end of Church Street for the ride to Lara. Rolf and myself welcomed back the prodigal son, Peter Jones and Trudi repeated all our questions a few minute later as we met her on the Ted Wilson Trail. The Trail is now open all the way to Broderick Road (near Beckley Park) so we decided to “go all the way” and then detoured up O'Brien's Road, McManus Road and Heales Road to get ourselves back to Bacchus Marsh Road. The headwind was ferocious as the BOM screen print below shows but we battled manfully and womanfully on to a welcome stop at Millars where the chat mainly focused on the recent trips North by Peter and Rolf. Peter and Trudi also took the opportunity to try to find accommodation in Queenstown (NZ) for the November tour. The temptation to book the $76,000 per week Matakauri Lodge was clearly very strong but good sense prevailed and Leo can eat for another week. Due to the overwhelming response to the portraits posted on a recent ride report it seemed only fair to include Peter and Rolf and of course Trudi isn’t one to be shy and retiring so she got a second helping. A short cruise through Grand Lakes estate led us to Canterbury Road and the Hovells Creek Trail where I left the others to find their own way back to Geelong while I went home for a nice lie down. Thanks for the ride. Ted.

Chris Hume's Circuit from Winchelsea to Birregurra & Deans Marsh on Tuesday 4.9.18
It was a great roll-up today ten riders for an out of town ride: Ken, Lyn L, Trudi, Andrew, Paul, Ange, Julie, John M, Laurie and yours truly Chris Hu. The weather was perfect for riding: fine, no wind but a little cool to start with - around 5 degrees. We headed out along Barwon Terrace to Atkins Rd turning at Mathison and onto Cape Otway Rd which we followed to Birregurra. Morning tea at the General Store. Next we headed to Deans Marsh via Forrest Rd then Division Rd. Lunch at The Corner Store, great pies!! From here straight back to Winchelsea. I ended up with 79.98km on my Garmin, pretty close to the advertised 80km!! Six of us then stayed in Winch for a third coffee at Cafe La Hoot.
Special mention to the rugged RSL trio Ange, Andrew and Paul who rode from Belmont clocking up 140km for the trip!!!
Chris Hu.

John Hagan's Ride to Moriac on Sunday 2.9.18
Although we were bathed in sunshine at the start there were certainly threatening skies in the background. Just 2 riders for our ride on Fathers' Day: Greg and myself. We headed out along the Barwon and up Bellview Ave and took Waurn Ponds Drive and Cape Otway Rd down to Moriac. Raven's Creek Farm was particularly crowded because of Fathers' Day and it was quite a long wait for the coffee. We had sprinted to Moriac to beat the rain but this soon cleared to sunshine as we chatted and waited for the coffee. Our return trip was via Paraparap, Freshwater Creek and Armstrong Creek for a total of about 65km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Ken Gawne's Saturday Ride to Barwon Heads - 1.9.18
Not sure how many riders on this one - but at least Ken, John M and a new rider Mark S. Welcome Mark. It was certainly raining outside when the photo was taken by John M. at Barwon Heads.

A number of GTC Riders - Chris Ha, Chris Hu, POB, and Andrew - on Bicycle Network's You Yangs - Brisbane Ranges GRAVEL Ride 1.9.18
Stats on the Map are from Chris Halpin's bike computer.

Jacki's Ride to Torquay via Freshwater Creek - Thursday 30.8.18
Nine riders - Marie, Lyn, Trudi, Mick, Terry, Chris Hu, Peter O, David and Jackie, left the Grovedale Hotel on a dry, but chilly morning.  We went on the bike path to Ghazeepore Road riding down to Dickins Road, where most of us turned right towards Anglesea Road.  Peter O and Chris Hu went straight on here to get some practice on the gravel road, agreeing to meet us later on Coombs Road.  We discovered a lot of road works on Anglesea Road, which didn't cause any problems apart from a bit of dirt in the bike lane.  We turned left into Coombs Road where we met up with Peter and Chris again.  We made our way through Ocean Acres and onto Grossmans Road into Torquay.  The plan was to go to Majevos for coffee, but as it was a bit busy we went to Torquay Orange next door, where Ross paid us a visit.  It was nice to see him, but no good news regarding him getting back to riding, as he was still experiencing pain with his knee.  After an enjoyable coffee break we headed off again to Horseshoebend Road. Everyone except Peter O turned left at Warralily Boulevard and continued up the Surf Coast Highway back to the Grovedale Hotel.  Luckily we managed to complete our ride before the rain started. Good to be back riding with the group!
Jacki.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Portarlington & Queenscliff on Tuesday 28.8.18
Eleven riders: Trudi, Paul, Angie, John M, David I, Jacki, David R, Terry, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Chris Ho Ho Ho and myself departed the Geelong Showgrounds on a sunny day to ride to Queenscliff. The traditional coffee break was held at The Bungalow in Drysdale.  After sitting in the warm, cosy environment of The Bungalow, we got back on our bikes to find the weather had changed and became quite cold.  After coffee Terry, Jacki and David R headed back to Geelong - it was great to see David back on his bike. A group decision was made to travel to Queenscliff via Portarlington.  Even though this was going to add kilometres to our overall journey we decided it was well worthwhile.  The ocean views were stunning with Melbourne easily visible on the horizon.  David I left us along the way as he had priorities to attend to at home while the remaining riders continued to the Marina in Queenscliff for lunch.  We practically had the entire place to ourselves so I assume after the carryings-on at the Brewhouse a few days prior, maybe all the Queenscliffians had decided to stay home! We headed back to Geelong along the Bellarine Highway where a slight tail wind made this section of the ride more enjoyable.  The total distance covered was 95kms. NB Like many of the riders, I rode the extra distance home so as to ensure I achieved the magical 100kms.
Thanks everyone for a great ride. Regards, Peter O.

Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Bannockburn and Gnarwarre on Sunday 26.8.18
I was pleasantly surprised to have 5 other riders to start this 100km journey : P O'Brien, P Maurer, J Miro, JC and J Hagan, though the latter two could only go a short way with us. I felt the odd one out amongst so many Peters and Johns! We took my usual backstreet route out to Ted Wilson Trail then the off road path to Ballan Rd where JC and JH left us to do a shorter loop via Dog Rocks.
We continued into a stiff head wind via Bakers Bridge Rd (the most gentle climb out of the Moorabool valley) to Bannockburn for a short stop. It was a fast run down Burnside Rd to Hamilton Hwy. There was an all to brief section of tail wind before we turned into Pollocksford Rd. It was here that my legs began to feel the toll of the previous 2 days of 100km rides as the 3 other strong riders got well ahead. On regrouping I persuaded them to have a coffee stop at the isolated Nursery Cafe about 1km beyond Gnarwarre where Barrabool Rd heads south. Set well off the road amongst beautiful gardens we were the only customers  and enjoyed a hot drink and home made macadamia tart for only $8. John M was particularly impressed by the toilet made from a converted water tank.
We cruised across Princes Hwy in cooler conditions until we reached Cape Otway Rd where we turned right into an even stronger head wind. Turning left into Larpent Rd gave us a tail wind back via Larcombes Rd to Hendy Main Rd and then up to Moriac. There was then a long grind in side wind up to Princes Hwy where we cruised long at over 60 kph down into Waurn Ponds Dve. The WP creek path gave us a traffic free route (apart from a few rd crossings) to he Barwon River where people made their own way home.  Good riding by you all and thanks for your company.
100.4 km   av 23.2kph  4h19 m riding time. Home by 1-15pm. Greg.

Lyn Gregg's Ride to The Bungalow Cafe in Drysdale on Sunday 26.8.18
On a rather fresh morning 10 braved the weather for the ride to Drysdale.  We took the normal route down to Drysdale to The Bungalow for coffee which was a bit slow today. After a lot of chatter we headed for home with Trudi, Leo, Chris Hu, and Marie going down Princess Street and Dr Mike, Ian, Chris Ha, Mick and Lyn returning home via the Trail.
Thank you all for coming. Cheers Lyn.

John Hagan's Ride to Donut King in Ocean Grove on Saturday 25.8.18
What a beautiful morning for riding - sunny and almost windless with magnificent scenery on the Bellarine Peninsula. We started from the Grovedale Pub with 6 riders: Trudi, Chris Hu, David I, Greg, Chris Ha and John H, but soon encountered Mark B as we came down Gundog Rd to bring our total to 7. We took the back streets of St Albans Park and with the way the streets turned some thought we were doing circles! Then out to Wallington where we pedalled along Orchard Crescent and Malpas Drive on our way to the Donut King in the Ocean Grove Marketplace just off Shell Rd. The doughnuts and the coffee were excellent. Chris Ha had to ask about the price as he was being charged under $5 for a large coffee and 2 doughnuts - the lady told him that this was the special for Seniors! Our return trip was via 13th Beach and Lake Rd for a total of about 60km.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Some of our riders were out at The Bungalow in Drysdale this Saturday Morning - JC took the photo - 25.8.18

David Innes leads Thursday Ride to Lara - 23.8.18
Thursdays ride started from Rippleside and was listed to go to Wallington but it was decided to go same old, same old, but pleasant ride out to Lara via the Hovells Trail. The ride was a slow gentle pace and as we rode along the foreshore of Rippleside around North Shore it was decided that Ted would lead us on a route through the Grammar School though technically not open to the general public. No one took any notice of us and it was a very different way and all enjoyed the alternate route which led us back to the Hoval trail continued along the trail instead of the road to arrive in Lara for a hot coffee in the sunshine and extended chat. Paul and Ang left us at that point to ride back to Bannockburn as myself John miro and Ted headed back along the Hovells Trail back through the Grammer School where this time we were challenged by a teacher saying it was private property. I replied "sorry" and continued on our way. An enjoyable ride on a rare sunny windless day more like a spring day than a winter's day.  Thanks to those who attended - it was a small group as most of our group are up north. Photos by John Miro.
David Innes.

Ted also sent in a report:
A Fabulous Five riders turned up at Rippleside for what was to be a ride to Wallington. For no apparent reason it was decided to head in the opposite direction so Paul, Ange, John, David and Ted headed North on a perfect day for riding. David was sad that he missed the detour through the Grammar School on the last trip out this way so we dutifully negotiated the styles, gates, potholes, masters, mistresses and children for a pleasant ride through “Olde England”. Coffee at Xpresso lounge was highlighted by meeting up with various locals (Ted knows nearly everyone in Lara) and another ride group (John knew them anyway). Paul & Ange headed back to Bannockburn via the Western route while the rest of us returned on the Hovells Creek track. Another detour through the GS created a bit of a stir as one of the “mistresses” took umbrage and advised us that this was “private property you know”. We decided to remain respectfully ignorant and ignored her. Fortunately no one was wearing GTCC colours so we shouldn’t get the club into trouble. Might avoid that detour for a few weeks.
Ted
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Peter O'Brien's Ride to Moriac & Torquay on Tuesday 21.8.18
This morning John M, Chris Ha, David I, Laurie and myself met at the start line to head off for Moriac.  We navigated the normal ride route along Waurn Ponds Drive, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road to Moriac where we stopped for a coffee break. Back on our bikes we rode along Forrest Road to Bells Beach and continued onto Torquay for lunch.  We then returned to Geelong via Horseshoe Bend Road. The weather was kind to us for the entire ride with bouts of intermittent misty rain followed by sunshine.  What else would we expect in the Geelong region? Distance travelled 82kms.
Happy pedalling, Regards, Peter O.

Sunday 19.8.18
Because of the harsh weather conditions the dirt ride was cancelled.
Ross, turned up as ride leader for the easy ride from the Sth Geelong Station and was happy not to have to mount his bike as no-one else turned up.
Keep riding (in better weather), John Hagan.

Mark's Ride to Collendina on Saturday 18.8.18
Just 2 riders, Janet & Mark - a bit windy out to Cheeky Cow cafe //
Regards Mark.

Unofficial Ride from Geelong to Melbourne via Rosebud - Friday 17.8.18
Five riders meet at South Geelong station for an early start of 7.30, ( ride leader )Peter, Ange and Paul, Andrew, Trudi. We were hoping to catch the 9.00 ferry at Queenscliff, so the pace down was quite quick, arriving at terminal with a few minutes up our sleeve. Once on board some enjoyed a coffee, but our official coffee stop was at Dromana. Back on our bikes we thought that Frankston would be our lunch stop. Here we all enjoyed a well earned rest and some delicious food, toastie's were popular as well as milkshakes and a lovely green smoothie. With 50kms to go we knew that catching the 3.30 train wasn't going to be an option, but thought we'd give it a good go. Not long after lunch the wind thought it would show it's ugly face, making our ride all that harder.
We arrived at the station, boarded the train, tied up the bikes, grabbed a seat and waited. Then a announcement came over that that train had now been cancelled, so we grabbed our bikes and headed for another platform. Standing room only, squashed like sardines was an understatement. Arriving at North Geelong station at 5.32 it was a quick race home before it got to dark. All in all a good days ride except for the wind that buffeted us around.
Trudi.

Peter O'Brien leads the ride to Moriac on Thursday 16.8.18
Rolf, John M, David I and myself, set off from the Fyansford Hotel and headed to Merrawarp Road and then on to the Barrabool hills.  We decided to take Andersons Road which was a highlight given the backdrop of green pastures and a blue/grey sky.  As we approached the last uphill section on this road an unusual event occurred. Rolf and David captured, on camera, walking their bikes up the hill.  We rode on to Moriac for our coffee break where we happened to meet up with Terry Hamilton. After the coffee break we enjoyed the ride back to Geelong and with a strong tail wind we were home in no time at all. An enjoyable ride of approximately 60kms.
Riding is fun. PeterO.

John Miro leads the ride to Bannockburn, Teesdale & Inverleigh on Tuesday - 14.8.18
A magnificent ride by the Magnificent 7 on a magnificent sunny mild day: Trudi, Ted, Lawry, Peter O, Rolf, David I and me (John M). Our original leader Chris Hume is riding in Darwin instead. We rode to Bannockburn, Teasdale and Inverleigh to celebrate Peter's birthday and David's new Ultegra groupset. Strong headwind heading west but made worthwhile by strong tail wind on the way home.  Coffee at Bannockburn Sorelle Cafe and Inverleigh Bakery. Total distance 81km.
See you on next ride. John M.

David Innes' Combined Ride - GTC & Cycling Geelong - to Bannockburn on Sunday 12.8.18
It was a sunny but cold windy Sunday morning with a small group of hardy keen riders ready for the challenge of a westerly ride towards Bannockburn into the wind. Starting from South Geelong Station we headed through the city to join up to the Ted Wilson Trail then onto Ballarat Rd, down the Batesford Hill, stopping for that all important coffee at the railway station in Bannockburn. After a nice chat and a few laughs it was time to head home. This time with the wind and it was mostly down hill, except for a few uphill bits. At this time Dr Mike had been struggling and wasn't well so he had decided to call his wife to pick him up in Bannockburn with a substitute rider joining us in John Miro. We crossed the highway down a lovely hill over Russells Bridge with a gentle gradual climb heading back to Geelong via Anakie and the Ballan Rd. Here I had left to go back home via the Ted Wilson Trail and Peter O'Brien took over to lead the riders for the offical opening of the bike path opposite Myers in the city. Thanks to all that had come and to Cycling Geelong member David Salamy with the following for GTC: Mark Boyanton, Dr Micheal Taylor, Rolf Kohnert, Peter O'Brien and John Miro. Thanks to Dr Mike for the photos.
Ride report by David Innes. Keep padalling and hope to see you all again soon. 

Unofficial Ride - The Two Johns Ride to Drysdale and visit the Basin on Saturday 11.8.18
Despite the dire warnings of the weather bureau John H and John C headed out on the Bellarine Rail Trail with fattish tyres on our bikes and explored The Basin and did a bit of cross country in the Drysdale Recreation Reserve. Coffee and museli bars were consumed at The Bungalow before a return home on the same semi-flooded trail. We avoided all the rain for a pleasant Saturday morning's ride.
Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Trudi's Ride to The Farmer's Place in Freshwater Creek on Thursday 9.8.18
On a overcast day with light winds, a small group assembled at Bunnings. Riders were Ange and Paul, Chris, Rolf, Peter, Andrew, Dave and birthday boy Ted. Our destination was The Farmer's Place Freshwater Creek. Our route was via Old Colac Highway, Pettavel Rd, Reservoir Rd, Hendy Main Rd into Moriac. I had to restrain some riders, as they were very eager to stop for a coffee, but no, not today. We rode on through Moriac turning onto Blackgate Rd, Anglesea Rd stopping for a coffee at The Farmer's Place. Ted order some slices to share for his birthday, which was a welcomed gesture. (Thanks Ted) After birthday celebrations we were off again down Dickins Rd,  Ghazeepore Rd and back to where it all began. Thanks everyone for a lovely ride, happy birthday again Ted. Life's better on a bike.... Trudi.

Peter O'Brien's Ride from Eastern Park Geelong to Drysdale & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 7.8.18
As I lay in bed this morning I could hear the rain on the roof and thought this was probably not the best day to head out for a ride.  Upon checking the Weatherzone app, the rain appeared to be passing south of Geelong across the bay, so not being a wimp, I got on my bike!
I arrived at the Eastern Gardens car park about 8:50am to find most of the car parking spaces were already taken.  It seems many workers park their cars there and catch a bus into central Geelong.  I started to worry that no-one would turn up for the ride but then along came Julie.  Julie and myself wait until after 9am, the start time, and then the two of us set off for Drysdale.  As were leaving the car park John M joined us so our merry band of three rode off into the distance.  The ride to Drysdale via the rail trial was very pleasant with a tailwind to assist us.  Coffee was enjoyed at the Bungalow where it was pleasant sitting outside in the sunshine.
We decided to push on to Ocean Grove via Grubb Road and after riding through Ocean Grove Mark passed us riding in the opposite direction.  Mark turned around and joined us for the ride along Thirteenth Beach where he went straight to the front of the peloton and kindly protected us from the headwinds all the way back to Armstrong Creek.  Mark continued back to Geelong while the rest of us stopped for a lunch break at a local café in the Armstrong Creek shopping centre. Back on our bikes we continued to ride into a strong head wind all the way back to Geelong. In what started out as a ride that could have had many challenges, it turned out to be a very enjoyable ride.  
Thanks to Julie, John and Mark for their company. Total distance 65kms. Regards, Peter O.

Ian Fraser's Ride from Eastern Gardens to Lara on Sunday 5.8.18
I enjoyed the company of John Hagan, John Miro, Rolf, Andrew and Chris Hume and I would Like to thank them all for coming. The ride was windy but without any mishaps even though the ride leader took himself down a one way street (just to make it more interesting) but nobody followed - lol. We were joined by dolphins @ Rippleside. We took the usual
way to Lara, but when we came off the Hovells Creek Path we took a detour up Rennie Street into Windemere Road to a welcome coffee @ Xpresso Lounge.
Hope everyone got home OK - Regards, Ian
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Peter O'Brien's Ride From Rippleside to Drysdale and Ocean Grove on Saturday 4.8.18
Five riders Rolf, David I, Trudi, John M and myself set off from Rippleside Park to Ocean Grove. It has been a long time since Rippleside has been used as a start point for a ride to the Bellarine.  This provided an opportunity to ride along the new green spine bike lane on Malop Street to the eastern gardens. The route to Ocean Grove was via rail trail at Leopold to Grubb Road and on to the Groove or coffee. Back on our bikes we returned to Geelong via thirteenth beach and Lakes Road.  The head winds provided a challenge but the riders took this in their stride. Total distance 70 kms.
Thanks for a great ride. Peter O.

Ted's Ride from Rippleside to Lara & the You Yangs - Thursday 2.8.18
As Phil Liggett would say of certain stages of the Tour de France, today is a day for the sprinters. After signing everyone in via portrait (I forgot the ride sheet) a gentle pedal around the bay to Millars with nary a hill in sight was, to my mind, the perfect day on a bike. Unfortunately the ride schedule said "and the You Yangs" so of course certain people found it impossible to resist the climb to the turntable. Nine of us started at Rippleside: Rolf, Ian, David, Peter O, Ron, Trudi, Chris, Norm and myself. A complex (for some) detour through the Grammar School saw two of our senior members dropped but they somehow made it to the coffee stop before us. Ian called it a day at that point and I was tempted to do the same but my ride leader responsibilities weighed heavily on my shoulders so I led the way to the You Yangs gate. A photo op at that point was considered inadequate so the group slogged on up the slope to a better vantage point before I decided enough was enough and headed home. Hopefully every one made it home safely.
Ted.

Peter O'Brien's Ride to Ocean Grove & St Leonards on Tuesday 31.7.18
Today was a most intriguing day as nine riders commenced the ride and only two finished.  Rolf, David I, Lyn L, Ken, Mike T, Chris Hume, John M, Laurie and myself headed off from the Showgrounds via Grubb Road to  Ocean Grove.  The sun was out and with a slight tail wind it made for a great riding environment.  The coffee break was taken at the Cheeky Cow in Collendina. We then rode to St Leonards via Banks Road, Swan Bay Road, Queenscliff Road and Murradoc Road.  At the intersection of Banks Road and Swan Bay Road Ken and Lyn headed back to Geelong.  At the intersection of Queenscliff Road and Murradoc Road  Chris and Laurie headed back to Drysdale for lunch.  The peloton numbers were starting to decrease and I was wandering if there was something in the coffee at the break.  The circuit around St Leonards via Bluffs Road back to Murradoc Road was a pleasant ride taking in the views of the Bay. The lunch break was at Ground Zero, Drysdale and it was here that David Rolf and John decided to keep riding as they wanted to get back to Geelong before the rain.  Mike and I decided to have a short break and enjoyed the culinary delights which were delicious. On the ride back to Geelong we encountered a head wind with a couple of drops of rain. The sky looked threatening as the light deteriorated and you would have thought it was late in the afternoon not 1.30pm.  As we approached Geelong the light improved dramatically.
Total distance 80km. Another great day on our bikes.
Regards, Peter O.

Greg Allerton's Geelong Loop on Sunday 29.7.18
The forecast was grim - showers, possible hail, strong westerly winds increasing to 65 kph later! I was pleased to see John Hagan  and John C at South Geelong station, though the latter was only there to take a photo and wish us good luck, but that did make 3 at the start. JH and I headed to the waterfront and he made the good suggestion to use the lower foreshore path via Rippleside to St Helens which gave shelter from the strong west wind. We rode past Corio Quay and the back of the refinery then left along School Rd and Broderick Avenue to the start of Ted Wilson Trail. We were helped along here by the noise barriers which made a great wind break. It was a head wind along Creamery Rd and the speed down the Midland Hwy through Batesford was much reduced. There was a quick tour through the new Riverdance Estates NW of the hamlet, then left along Daruma Way around Dog Rocks. It was a side wind down Friend In Hand Rd to Hamilton Hwy, where a strong tail wind helped us speed back to Fyansford. Alas there was nowhere open for coffee  so we took the north river path hoping to enjoy a break at Barwon Edge. Unfortunately it was closed for a special function. We continued down stream  and parted ways when I turned off at Yarra St and was home (dry) by 11-30am after a tough 54 km ,average speed 18 kph. Thank you to my loyal hard ride companion JH and to JC for his best wishes.
Greg.

Pams' Ride to The Bungalow in Drysdale on Sunday 29.7.18
Three riders braved the rough conditions this morning. Janet, Chris and myself rode along the rail trail to Drysdale. It was a great trip down to The Bungalow Cafe with a very strong tail wind.  The rain held off for the return journey. The only hold up was a puncture to Janet’s rear wheel.
Pam.

David Innes' Ride The Cheeky Cow in Collendina on Saturday 28.7.18
Saturday's ride started with sunshine though little wind was rather cool but warmed up to a beautiful day with a top of 18c!. A good turn out for the ride starting in Grovedale heading out to Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove via Boundary Rd, Barwon Heads Rd, Lakes Rd then back onto Barwon Heads Rd where the pace picked up a bit. Riding into Barwon Heads arriving there the group largely intact we waited for a few stragglers that arrived very soon after. I apologise to those who thought the pace was a bit high but the speed was modified to suit everyone for the rest of the ride. Our next stop was coffee and The Groove though nice was decided we needed a change so headed for the Cheeky Cow. After coffee and a chat we headed home the reverse way except we rode along Bluestone School Road on the way back Barwon Heads Road then through the estate onto Horseshoe Bend Road. Most enjoyed the rare sunshine and light winds and thanks to the following who attended: Andrew Hanns, Rolf Kohnert, Lyn Loudon, Peter O'Brien, Mike Taylor, Trudi Bellia, Greg Allerton, Chris Hume, Sue Vivian and Tom.
David Innes Report and Photos by Dr Mike.

Ted's Ride to Bannockburn on Thursday 26.7.18
Today’s ride from Fyansford to Bannockburn was my first on this route and I was a bit nervous about the potential number of hills along with a brisk head wind. Rolf gave advance notice that he wanted to get home early so he made an early break from the Peloton and we didn’t see him for the rest of the ride (hopefully he got home safely). Chris Hu said he was keen for some extra hill practice so headed off along Pollocksford Road with Trudi tagging along. We didn’t see them for the rest of the morning either but my spies tell me they have a nice break at Moriac General Store and returned via Reservoir Road and Merrawarp Road for a total of 56k. That left Ken, David, Norm and myself to ride the official circuit of just over 42k which we did with some aplomb (always wanted to use that word in a report). Coffee and cake in Bannockburn (sorry, no incriminating pictures) and we hit the road again with a lovely tail wind and mostly downhill especially into Batesford where we gave 50 kph a nudge. The final run into Fyansford was a bit tricky with road works closing the downhill lane of Cementies but the bike track was a good alternative.
Ted.
PS. Norm and I were given a reminder that we should never assume a car will stop for a cyclist even if the cyclist has right of way. A fast moving ute driver coming from a side street in Bannockburn was obviously focusing on the car traffic and looked straight through us. Fortunately he and we stopped in time but it was a close thing.

Rolf Leads the Ride to Cafe Blu in Lara on Tuesday 24.7.18 - The Ride from Meredith was cancelled due to bad weather.
It was a very democratic ride today, no leader was selected before we met, only a destination which was Lara.  Julia, Trudi, Chris Hu., John M., Laurie, David I. and Rolf met on a clear but windy day at the top of Church Street.  I was the first off from the start and was so elected to lead the ride with no competition for that job.  We went along the Ted Wilson trail, Blue Stone Bridge Road and down to Bacchus Marsh Road, all into a nasty headwind.  Turning into Windemere Road presented us with a lovely tail wind into Lara and café Blu for a well earned refreshment and social time.  The return ride was mainly tailwind, but at sections we had to battle an even stronger headwind as was forecast by the BOM this morning.  No incidents happened and we all got back to Geelong after a lovely mornings ride. Photos by Trudi. Thank  you to all for coming and making it a great day on the bike.
Rolf.

John Hagan's DIRT Ride to Pt Lonsdale on Sunday 22.7.18
Ten riders turned out for this ride with all sorts of bicycles: Laurie, Trudi & Leo, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David I, Rolf, John M, Dr Mike, and your ride leader John H. John C turned out to be the official photographer at the start and thanks to him for those photos. We had everything from road bikes to outback FWD track bikes. The road cyclists took all the bitumen roads and took detours when the rest of us hit the gravel. So, we went out the Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale Station. Here we paused, in case there were any new riders joining us for a shorter 35km ride, as advertised. Trudi & Leo, on their road bikes, waited while the dirt riders went on down the Rail Trail. There were no takers for this shorter ride so Trudi & Leo rode down the bitumen to meet us where the trail intersected Banks Rd.
We followed Banks Rd over the Highway and stopped at Creswell Rd. Now David I had decided to do all the rough sections, even though he was also on a road bike. Creswell Rd and the turn into Clows Lane turned out to be the big challenge. First off it said that it was "No Through Road" but your ride leader had done a night ride a few years before and found that it was possible to get through. Undeterred we pressed ahead. However, as we turned into Clows Lane we hit very soft sand, as I had on the night ride, and 2 cyclists fell off and all were forced to walk for a short section. In the photo below the sand doesn't look very deep but the wheels certainly disappeared down into it. After successfully getting on to Shell Rd we went down to the roundabout at Point Bvde and rode through the new estate of The Point. With coffee in mind by this time we got back on the Rail Trail and the Portarlington-Queenscliff Rd through to Basil's Farm for coffee, cake, conversation and excellent views across Swan Bay - we could clearly see through to Arthur's Seat and Mt Martha. Since our last visit to Basil's Farm they now sell coffee in mugs if you are after the larger size.
Our return was on a very pleasant 5km of Knights Rd and we eventually paid a visit to The Basin at Drysdale which is a great flora and fauna reserve. We were back at Drysdale by about 1:30pm so were getting hungry. We called in at the Drysdale Station to buy snacks and drinks to sustain us on the way back. By the time we got back home most would have covered about 80km and would deserve a well earned rest.
Thanks to everyone for a delightful day out in the sunshine. Keep Riding, John Hagan.

Chris Halpin's Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove on Saturday 21.7.18
Nine warmly dressed riders met at the Grovedale car park this morning. Dr Mike and Rolf greeted the ride leader, Trudi, Mark, Tom and Sue on the tandem, Chris Hu and finally John M rolled in. The weather was pretty good by recent standards, even some weak sunshine trying very hard to be noticed. We set off on time down Surf Coast Hwy turning into Boundary to Horseshoe Bend, then Blackgate and 13th Beach Roads to Barwon Heads. We passed a number of other riders mending punctures along the beachfront - hopefully just coincidence and not deliberate bastardry?  Coffee was very tasty and social at Groove. A group decision took us up the Wallington Road to the highway and into Leopold where Mark found he had a puncture, which he managed to fix in no time. Down the Leopold hill into Geelong saw the group break up and head for home. Many thanks to everyone for a very pleasant ride, great company and great exercise.
Chris Ha.
Footnote:   Congratulations were shared this morning with young Tom who has been selected for the Police Academy.  Club members will sorely miss him but we are very pleased that he has achieved his aim and we look forward to following him in his chosen career.  Well-done mate.

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.