GTC News Thursday - 26.1.23
Rides This Week:
Club Apparel Ride, members are encouraged to wear their club kit on these rides (optional)

Saturday 28th Jan - 7:30am (NOTE CHANGE OF START TIME) from Fyansford - medium/hard ride of 60km to Moriac - Nick Tarnay to lead.
Sunday 29th Jan - 8:30am from Sth Geelong Station - easy ride of 43km - Dead End Roads of the Bellarine Peninsula  - Hermsley Rd in Curlewis & Brinsmead Rd in Leopold - coffee at the Range @ Curlewisclick here for map  - John Hagan to lead.

Janet Leads the Gravel Ride to Moriac - 26.1.23
A beautiful morning for a gravel ride to Moriac. Up Ghazeepore to Whites, down bumpy Bogans, Dickens, Pettavel, Louttit Bay, Vickeries, Norton's, Flaxbourne then into the General Store via the back door for a welcome coffee.  Return home via Cape Otway, Ervins (sneaking through the road closed area) Revervoir, Draytons the WPD.
Thanks to Chris Hu, Jo, Mike, Nick, Noel, Ross and Sarah for joining me.

Kim Leads the Bitumen Ride to Moriac 26.1.23
Perfect conditions for todays ride with mild temperature and only a slight breeze. After a quick safety review for the roadies circuit, David S, Doug, Jennie, John H, Ken S, Kim, Peter C, Peter N, Phil and Steve proceeded up Ghazeepore Rd where we were joined by Lyn L & Greg, and this gave us 12 riders in all. We followed the usual route of Dickens, Blackgate etc but while traveling along Larcombs we were treated to a fabulous site of a Penny Farthing peddling towards us. Soon after we arrived in Moriac but due to the public holiday the general store was only open for papers. Fortunately, I had previously arranged with them for us to be catered for. So we peddled around to the backyard and after giving our orders to Gayle the coffee started coming out to us. It was very pleasant sitting out there having a chat and lapping up the sunshine. We were almost ready to leave when the gravelers arrived, so we vacated the seating and mounted up to head for home along Mt Duneed Rd.
Special thanks to TEC Phil and Steve for taking the lead when required, also to photographer John H. Distance travelled 45km.

Peter Jones Leads the Tuesday Ride to Little River - 24.1.23
18 riders: Janet, Alison, Trudi, Jennie, Sarah, Meri, Ray, Paul B, Steve, Nick, Peter N, Peter C, Ken, Noel, Kim, Doug, Lovro and myself. Took the usual way out to the outskirts of Lara and cut across to the Old highway. Sent the fast girls and boys on to Little River to spread the load on the coffee machine. After our break regrouped at the Sports Ground, pedalled down the road to find that the road really was closed, so came back and took another route back to Lara and home via Patoulos and Ted Wilson Trail. Thanks everyone for joining me this morning.
Cheers, Peter.

John Hagan's Easy Ride to Pt Henry, Leopold & St Albans Park on Sunday - 22.1.23
We had a Baker's Dozen for the ride today - from L to R in the photo below: Leo, Kim, Mark L, Lindy, David L , Jennie, Paul Ba, Craig, Peter C, John H, David B.S, Noel and Andrew who missed the photo. We tried a few different streets today just to get another view of our city - Little Richmond St which comes off the Richmond Oval would be an example, as well as a few different roads in Leopold to get between Christies Rd and Melaluka Rd. The conditions were good for cycling with a bit of a breeze to work into. Our route took us to Pt Henry where we viewed the 9am Port Phillip Ferrry heading for Docklands. We then did a circuit through Leopold and stopped for coffee at the Fork N Flower on the Bellarine Highway in Moolap. We were pleased with the friendly service in what is a fairly busy restaurant. Our return was via the back streets of St Albans Park and Breakwater. Thanks all for an enjoyable experience.
John Hagan.

Greg Allerton's Fast 50 Ride to Sutherland's Creek on Saturday - 21.1.23
At the start, there were seven (7) riders! Obviously, the word has got around about how much fun it is on Greg's rides! Riders were: Jo, Hugh, Steve, Ken, Greg, Mark & me. Riders headed out on Ted Wilson Trail, through to Ballan Road, where JC took the lead & picked up the pace, before turning onto Stieglitz Road, before the 1st climb. Everyone climbed well & waited for JC to lead them through Sutherland's Creek & the 2nd climb of the day - stiff pinch! After all had crested the climb, a truck very loudly (& persistently) expressed support for the riders' efforts! Then home, via Bluestone Bridge which was dusty & then home along the trail. Av speed - 22.2kph

Ken Smith Leads the Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 21.1.23
Today's ride started at Bunnings Waurn Ponds due to the construction which had commenced on the rail bridge over the surf coast hwy at Grovedale. This meant that we came back onto the surf coast hwy via Baanip Boulevard. Sixteen riders took part: Brian, David L, David S, Doug, Jennie, John H, John M, Kim, Lindy, Lyn L, Meri, Lovro, Peter N, Richard S, Leo, and myself. There were many cyclists out and about and we encountered them coming towards us and from the rear, although the Groove Cafe was crowded, we did not have to wait that long for the orders to come. Leaving the cafe six riders went a different  direction and when we arrived at the BRT four more rode home on the Portarlington Road. We meet Chris H Jean and Mick on the track and the group stopped for a chat before making our way to the show grounds, where a caravan show was under way with plenty of people and cars around. Thank you to Leo for taking his usual place as T E C .
Ken Smith.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 7 in Adelaide - 21.1.23
Another Tour is coming to an end. Today we took an easy ride out to West Beach and along to Henley Beach for Brunch. A beautiful day for a ride and the beach was magnificent, lots of the beautiful people out and about. This tour has been an adventure, so many interesting times, easy and tough, you may hear a whisper of the lovely busty Jennifer at Port Fairy, Raymond and his kilo of Coorong Mullet at Policeman Point or the bitter disappointment and joy at Salt Creek, but everyone knows what goes on tour stays on tour. So the two Peters are on the Overland, tomorrow, Ted and Jo and caravan are heading home and Ross heads home Monday.
Cheers, Peter J.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 6 in Adelaide - 20.1.23
I rode the first 40km and the last 40km of the course this morning. Norton Summit is a lovely climb - it's one we do each time we come over here but as you go over the hills there are some ripper downhills but always followed by some steep uphills. At about 40km our course cut across on Torrens Valley Rd and picked up the pro course back into Adelaide up and over the Corkscrew.
Cheers, Peter.

Janet Leads the Thursday Ride to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara - 19.1.23
Joining me at Church Street today were Chris Hu, David S, Gary, Ken S, Lindy, Lovro, Meri, Nick and Sarah.  A lovely tail wind took us into Lara via the TW Trail,  Bluestone, Anakie and Tower Hill roads. Excellent service as usual at Xpresso then a strong wind back via Hovels Creek and the Port area.  The path around the new ferry terminal is proving a little difficult to navigate with at least one rider not noticing the kerb in one section.  There is a lot going on there and it's very easy to miss.  Thanks to Gary for TEC and to everyone for their company.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 5 in Adelaide - 19.1.23
Lovely ride down to Brighton Beach for Heat 2. Huge crowds, much excitement. Absolutely gorgeous beaches and magnificent homes. Easy ride of about 40km.
Cheers, Peter J.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 4 in Adelaide - 18.1.23
No bike day today for Peter O'B, Ted, Ross and myself. Ted took us out to Tanunda for Heat 1 of the Men's TDU, meanwhile Mark, Trudi and Leo rolled into town (see map) to visit Rapha and the Cycling Expo.
Dinner at the Sussex tonight before Mark, Trudi and Leo head home tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter J.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 3 in Adelaide - 17.1.23
Busy day today, went into Adelaide to watch the start of Heat 3, final heat of the WTDU starting from the Torrens Bridge. Coffee in the Rundle Mall before a visit to Rapha and home before heading out to see the finish in Campbelltown. Tonight we are taking a picnic tea into Adelaide to watch the Men's Prologue through the Park.
Cheers, Peter J.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 2 in Adelaide - 16.1.23
The stage was a bit far out for us to ride to so we decided a ride to Henly Beach for brunch would be very nice, and it certainly was. An easy ride down, taking a number of bikeways as they are called over here and quiet roads. The beach and sea looked absolutely stunning. Many cyclists like us enjoying the day. Came back via Glenelg and some other bikeways for a nice easy morning's 40km ride.
Cheers, Peter J.

Doug's Ride to Armstrong Village on Sunday - 15.1.23
The Good Church of Cycling met at the South Geelong Railway Station this morning. The congregation consisted of: Brian, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, John M, Kim, Lindy, Nick, Richard S, Sarah and Steve. At the start, Reverent (not be confused with reverend) Brother Doug (our spiritual ride leader) mounted the pulpit to deliver a brief sermon, before the start of the ride. A couple of sinners in the congregation displayed unruly behaviour which prompted Sister Sarah to immediately intervene and restore order. Bless you Sister Sarah for your excellent handling of the situation. The congregation was then advised of the following: We will be visiting the Mount (Mt Duneed that is) and we will be bypassing that sinful place at Mt Duneed where they serve coffee, eventually. We will be collecting Brother Noel just before Fryers Road and then proceed to Sullies Café at the Armstrong Village Shopping Centre. We traversed the path along the south side of the Barwon River which proved to be in a very reasonable state now that the floods have subsided. Our next challenge was the downhill section of Pigdons Road where the head wind was so strong, I braked just to make sure I was not blown back up the hill. At the café, some riders who were time short continued on with the ride. The ride back to SGRS saw all but two riders continue on past Grovedale which was the home of those that turned off. Thanks to volunteer ‘Tail End Charlie’ Nick. In closing, it was Noel’s first ride for the year and he rode in from Lara – good effort for first ride of the year. Distance was 41.7 kilometres.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 1 in Adelaide - 15.1.23
Easy day today, rode down the Torrens Linear Trail to Glenelg. Had coffee and cake at Banjos, one of our favourite cafes there, along with hundreds of cyclists. Great atmosphere, watchid the women head off on their first Stage, then rode back to the Tour Village and watched the race on the big screen. Back at the park Ted and Jo had arrived, happy hour norphed into a BBQ for tea and the day was done.
Cheers, Peter J.

Nick & Sarah Lead the Saturday Ride to Moriac - 14.1.23
Today’s early start at Fyansford was vindicated by the pleasant cool humid conditions and the good rider turnout. Fourteen riders: David S, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John M, Ken S, Mark K, Meri, Lovro, Sarah, Richard and Sue plus yours truly Nick T. We rode to coffee at Moriac via Hwy, Pollocksford, Barrabool, Larcombes, in two groups which worked well and allowed some riders to go a bit faster too. Richard and Sue on the tandem set a mean pace once up to speed to going downhill. Traffic was light which was another bonus. 
After coffee and good conversation at Moriac we headed home along HM, reservoir and WPD. Thanks to second group leader Sarah and TEC Mark. A most enjoyable morning out and we beat the heat too!

To the Tour Down Under - Day 7 - Murray Bridge to Adelaide - Saturday 14.1.23
Final day - day 7 - Murray Bridge to Levi Park in Adelaide - 86km with 1,127m of climbing. Started at 6:30am to avoid most of the heat. Enjoyable ride up into the hills, stopped at Nairne for coffee and cake after 43km. Continued through the hills, lovely riding, final climb up past Stirling then ripper ride down the CraftersBikeway and on to Levi Park.
Cheers, Peter J.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 6 - Policeman Point to Murray Bridge - Friday 13.1.23
Last big day today. Policeman Point to Murray Bridge. Stayed at the Coorong Hotel Motel, out host Raymond had some interesting stories. He cooked us up a meal of Coorong Mullet, very nice, went down well with a Somersby Pear Cider.
Left early to beat the heat, coffee at Meningie, no problem getting through yet but Lake Albert which is well up and starting to flood the paddocks and the edge of the road. Lunch at Tailem Bend at 103km, temp was getting up there and the last 25km into Murray Bridge was tough and hot. Got into our rooms at Murray Bridge Hotel and went straight to the bar to rehydrate, a pint of lemon squash hardly touched the sides. Last leg into Adelaide tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter J.

Doug's Thursday Ride to Lara - 12.1.23
In perfect cycling weather I was joined at Rippleside Park by: Chris Hu, David S, Gary, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Lovro, Mark S (good to see Mark on his first Club ride for the year), Meri, Mike C, Nick, Peter K, Peter N, Ray, Sarah and Steve. Metres after the start, Kim had to do a U-turn due to mechanical problem which ended his ride. Towards the end of Hovells Trail Ken punctured which conveniently split the group into two. Several riders assisted Ken and because of the large number of riders, the first group opted to push-on the Millars Café with the thought of getting a speedier service if we all didn’t arrive at the same time. Arriving at Millars we found the café sparsely populated, to our delight and with our orders placed, it wasn’t long before the second group arrived.
Post coffee we had Lovro and Meri leave us for a longer ride to Little River. Nearing Bluestone Bridge Road, a couple of riders ahead of the Ride Leader, turned left and sped down the Anakie Road hill towards Geelong. Being unable to catch them we opted to leave them to their own devices. The rest of us rode a further 100 metres up the hill and turned onto Bluestone Bridge Road. At the very old bluestone rail bridge we turned left onto the bike path, thus deliberately avoiding the steep hill past the bridge. Just prior to the concrete bit of the path there was very loose gravel and our pathfinder was the first to discover just how soft the gravel was and took a tumble with no serious consequences (thankfully). At this point, everybody else dismounted and walked through the 10 metres or so of quicksand. We should all thank our pathfinder for alerting us to the problem. We then joined the Ted Wilson Trail heading towards Lara and a number of ‘Ye of little faith’ were concerned that we would end back at Lara, however the Ride Leader (with a cheeky grin on his face) assured them that we would not be going to Lara. We left the bike path at Plantation Road and had a smooth ride back to Rippleside Park. At the finish, several riders were very complimentary about the quiet roads and the fact that they had never been on several of them, making the ride even more enjoyable. The distance was 49.3 kilometres which was just short of the advertised 50 kilometres. Thank you to ‘Tail End Charlie‘ Chris. Chris handed over the baton to Nick when he turned off the Ted Wilson Trail. Thanks to Nick who led the second group to Millars and was TEC for the later part of the ride. Good team work with thanks. In closing, feed-back is always welcomed – good or not so good.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 5 - Robe to Policeman Point - Thursday 12.1.23
Our second big day - 137km - Robe to Policeman Point. Another cracker of a day with a good tail wind. Coffee and slice at Kingston SE and on to Salt Creek for muffins and coffee. A pretty good road, mostly flat. A lot of cars and caravans on the move but all very courteous. Not too hot yet but is supposedly getting hot tomorrow. Last 135km day. Lake Albert is getting close to closing the road at Meningie, fingers crossed we can get through tomorrow.
Cheers, Peter J.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 4 - Mt Gambier to Robe - Wednesday 11.1.23
Longer again today, 137km from Mt Gambier to Robe. Got away at 8:00am in cool conditions, almost a drizzle. Took the Mt Gambier RT and then a little on the Millicent RT before having to move on to the road. Took a breat at Tantanoola opp the Tantanoola Tiger (local Pub). Coffee and cake at Millicent and on to Beachport for lunch, popular place for a holiday and easy to see why, it is lovely. Then on to Robe, and Caledonian Inn for the night. Another lovely place for a holiday.
Cheers, Peter J.

Gary Broughton Led the Tuesday Ride to Torquay & Connewarre - 10.1.23
Joining me for Today’s ride to Torquay, which was held in great mild sunny weather, except that is for the gentle head wind all the way to Torquay, was Brian, Chris H, Kim, Ray, Richard S, Ted and with Lindy and Nick joining us at the corner of Ghazeepore and Mt Duneed Rds. The ride to Maple Bakery for coffee and the ride home both followed the advertised route with no mishaps or punctures. We did however take the liberty of a small detour riding back where we continued on past Lake Rd to see the beautiful surrounds of Lake Connewarre. What a beautiful site, and for me, fourth generation Geelongite, it was the first time I had been there. Thank you riders for a great ride and great company.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 3 - Portland to Mt Gambier - Tuesday 10.1.23
Longer ride today but an absolute cracker. Portalnd to Mt Gambier a bit over 100km but averaged just over 26kph because of the strong south easterly wind at our backs. Fantastic ride, arrived too early to get into our rooms so headed up to take a look at the Blue Lake, and boy it was Blue!
Cheers, Peter J.

Doug's Tuesday Ride from Lara to Little River, Balliang, Anakie & Back to Lara - 10.1.23
Meri and Lovro rode to Lara in record time with a tailwind behind them. Steve rode to the Geelong Station and caught the train to Lara and the rest of us drove to Lara. The motorists were Doug, Geoff, Janet, Jennie, Ken S and Mark K. A few weeks ago, we rode from Little River along Farrar’s Road and it was closed at Branch Road requiring us to detour along Branch Road. Today, we found Farrar’s Road closed again, this time between Branch Road and You Yangs Road thus disrupting our intended course which then required us to turn left and head for Sandy Creek Road in order to get back to our original course. The downside of this detour was the 2 unavoidable kilometres on the unsealed road between the Ford Proving Ground and the Ripley-Little River Road. With no spills (thankfully) on the unsealed road it was great to reach bitumen again. I must add that the motorists along this section were very kind and all but one vehicle slowed significantly (there’s always got to be one) and by doing this, very little dust was thrown into the air. Fifteen minutes later we turned right onto one of the best rural roads that I have ever been on, that being Granite Road. There were a couple of hills to climb along Granite Road, before we reached Anakie and they were equal to riding along Vickerys and Grundys Roads. The road surface along Granite Road was first class, the scenery was fabulous with trees on our left side, interspersed with giant granite boulders whilst the right-hand side showed acres and acres of farmland with more hills beyond them. There were patches of shade for some of the course.
The Anakie General Store was our coffee stop and the food and drinks were served in a very reasonable time (a sore point for me after our 1-hour stop last Sunday). Leaving Anakie, we headed back to the Staunton Vale Road (and our last serious hill for the day) and on past Granite Road heading to Balliang. The rural roads we were riding on had very little traffic on them, much to our delight. Not long after our photoshoot at the Balliang Memorial Hall, we turned onto Gilmores Road which had such a smooth surface and although there was no picturesque scenery on this road, it was still delightful to ride on. Our next destination was Little River via Kirks Bridge Road and Edgars Road. A quick comfort stop at the sporting complex at Little River followed by the final stop at the Lara Station. Meri and Lovro rode home whilst Steve opted for the train again. A fabulous day for cycling, weather wise and a fabulous course to compliment such a day. Thank you to: Mark for taking on the role as Tail End Charlie and thanks also to Steve for assisting with photographs. Distance was 98 fabulous kilometres. Out of ten I would give this course a nine out of ten. One point deducted because we had to use both the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road and the Anakie-Ballan Road for a very short distance, with no alternatives. Collectively, we rode 892 kilometres with one very minor mishap whereby Jennie’s taillight fell off. It was found.
Great course well ridden by all riders, give yourself a big pat on the back.

To the Tour Down Under - Day 2 - Port Fairy to Portland - Monday 9.1.23
Much cooler day for riding from Port Fairy to Portland. Coffee at Yambuk, reasonably easy ride with a slight side tail wind. Arrrived in Portland about lunch time before heading to our accommodation at the Royal Hotel.
Cheers, Peter J.

Doug Wyatt's Sunday Ride to Eastern Gardens and to Mt Duneed - 8.1.23
Some rides go very smoothly and some don’t. This morning’s ride was one that didn’t because; two riders didn’t get the What’sApp advising them of the changed start time; a couple of riders were late to the start; the Ride Leader inadvertently took a wrong road resulting in one rider not seeing the peloton go past: the coffee stop left a lot to be desired (more on that later). Joining me at the start were: Janet, Jennie, John M, Julia, Lyn L, Mark L, Mike C, Peter C, Ross, Steve and Ted. Along the way the peloton grew in number with Andrew joining us just after the start then Joanne followed by Kim then Ian and Lindy was waiting for us at the cafe. On a side note, it was great to see Ian, Lyn, Mike, Ross and Andrew on today’s ride as they had not ridden on a Sunday for some time (Ted almost snuck into that category). It must have been the great cycling weather that lured them to today’s ride. ‘The Coffee Stop @ 9 Grams” can best be illustrated by the following: If I had parked my car in a One Hour metered parking space outside the cafe, I would have needed to put more money in the meter to avoid a parking fine before being served with my coffee. Suffice it to say 9 Grams will not be on any of my future rides as the coffee stop. The one thing the café had going for it was the fact we sat in beautiful shade on the deck. The long coffee break resulted in the proposed route back to Geelong being changed and a flat course was undertaken rather than the hilly proposed course. Thank you for your patience with this morning’s disjointed ride and thank you to TEC Peter C.

Greg Allerton's Long Ride to Avalon on Sunday 8.1.23
Greg had only one rider to accompany him on the 100km ride and that was John C. This was a flat ride out along Hovell's Creek to Lara and then around Avalon Airport. John reported that not one car was sighted for most of the ride. John did about 70km and Greg managed to do his 100km. The only photo we have is the one John took at the beginning with Greg in it but also Ross and Peter C who were waiting for the Doug's shorter ride.

Peter J and Peter O'B Ride from Warrnambool to Port Fairy to Start their Tour Down Under - Sunday 8.1.23
The two Peters caught the train to Warrnambool and rode the first day of the tour to Adelaide to watch the Tour Down Under and do their rides around this event. The rest of the group will join them tomorrow at Port Fairy for the journey to Adelaide.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Portarlington & St Leonards - 7.1.23
Twelve riders were at the start: Lovro and Meri joined us at Drysdale and Lindy, Peter J and Leo turned back at Drysdale. Jennie volunteered to be the TEC - thank you Jennie. We did not have any punctures- it was great having her warning us as vehicles came up to us from behind. The rail trail did have many bikes and walkers , and during a chat with Lindt before the ride it had been suggested by the safety Committee that we ride in small groups, a safe distance apart, to reduce the chance of a collision with on coming bikes and walkers. This we endeavoured to do. As expected Portarlington had many people and it did take a little longer at Daniels Donuts but it was worth the wait. The ride home was via Indented Heads and St Leonards were  there was a Fete on the shore and there some impatient drivers sounding their car horns at us other wise we enjoyed the ride. Thank you to Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John M, Julia, Lindy, Lovro, Meri, Peter C, Peter J, Steve and Leo.
Ken Smith.

GRAVEL & Bitumen Rides to Torquay - Thursday 5.1.23

1/ Chris Halpin Leads the Gravel Ride:
Ten gravel riders this morning - maybe a new record? 2x Chris, 2 Mark's, 1 Mike, 1x Nick & Sarah, Craig, Janet and Peter K left the Hotel pretty much on time. Overcast skies, a cold wind, a touch of drizzle - perfect weather for gravelling. We headed south through Armstrong Ck, past the Mt Duneed Primary to Dickins, Anglesea Rd and off on the glorious Loutit Bay Rd. Corrugations were a challenge but the quiet gravel roads and the kangaroos were worth it. We soon turned east on Hendy Main to enjoy a free coffee at Maple Bakery - thanks Steve.
Home via Surf Coast Hwy and Horseshoebend back to Grovedale. Approx 50 Km and special thanks to Nick for providing 'Kelpie' duties. an enjoyable ride and I trust those new to gravel riding will join us in future
Chris H.

2/ Steve McDonald Leads the Bitumen Ride:
Whilst we were expecting a head wind to Torquay we did not anticipate rain which stuck with us until the Black Rock Wind Turbine. A small and hardy  group of 12 comprising: Doug, Gary, Geoff, Julia, Ken G & S, Meri and Lovro, Peter J & Trudi and Leo (TEC) plus me, made the way to Maple Bakery. Thanks to Maple Bakery for donating 20 free coffee vouchers which was spread amongst this group and the Gravellers, who arrived as we were departing. A trouble free ride assisted with a tailwind on the way home.
Cheers, Steve Mc.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Winchelsea - 3.1.23
The weather forecast promised cooler conditions. Would we finally have a good ride to Winchelsea? No wind. No rain. No punctures. No turning back. Well, we did have a very light shower at the beginning of our trip along Ghazeepore but after that the conditions were like Baby Bear’s porridge: not too cold, not too hot, just right. We set out in two groups and made good progress along Blackgate, Larcombes, Layards, Cape Otway, the delightful Mathiesons and into Winchelsea were we enjoyed great coffee and pastries at Cafe La Hoot. Fortified, we traced our steps back on a slightly alternative route. The long straight roads allowed a variety of speeds. At Moriac half the group stayed on for more coffee and lunch whilst the rest of us headed home on via Reservoir and WP drive.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable ride: Doug, Janet, Jennie, Ken G &S, Mark K. Meri, Lovro, Peter J & O, Ray, Sarah, Trudi and ever reliable TEC Leo. (Only one slight mechanical for Leo to sort out so I’d call that a win!) Gary, Peter N and Chris Hu went home early along the route.  Cheers (a much relieved) Nick. About 80kms.

Ted Reeve's Ride to Curlewis and Drysdale on New Year's Day - Sunday 1.1.23
Nine members shrugged off the after effects of the previous night’s celebrations to join me at the Showgrounds for today’s easy ride to Drysdale. We took the ride description seriously and made our way leisurely to the Curlewis Golf Driving Range for coffee as we were unsure if Drysdale coffee outlets would be open for business. Of course the shorter than normal pre coffee ride had to be paid for by a longer than normal ride home where the pace picked up considerably and the peloton commander was left behind. Fortunately, traffic lights were in my favour and we regrouped at Bunnings before rejoining the BRT to our start/finish line. Thanks to new member Brian and Chris Hu, Craig, Jennie, Mark L, Peter C, Peter J and Leo (our faithful tail end Charles) for joining me today.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Saturday Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie in Bellbrae - 31.12.22:
This morning seventeen riders participated in a ride to the Chocolaterie in Belbrae.  Being the last day of 2022, we were fortunate to have perfect riding conditions.  In attendance today were Doug, Greg, Jennie, John M, Ken S, Leo, Lindy, Lovro, Mark J, Meri, Paul, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Phil, Trudi and myself. Wishing all GTC members a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year, and in 2023 keep on peddling.
 Peter O.

Ted's Thursday Loop to Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara - 29.12.22:
An embarrassing start to the ride saw me five minutes away from the start line at 8.30 am. A quick call to PJ and a big peloton of 18 riders set off down the Ted Wilson with Big Pete in the lead. Pete followed my instructions to take the group up the nasty Bluestone Bridge Road hill and Tower Hill Drive while I took an “accidental” short cut straight through to Bacchus Marsh Road. At Houston Road I caught sight of the peloton ahead but couldn’t quite catch them. At Elcho Road they took a sneaky left at Links Road which I again “accidently” missed and arrived at the Xpresso Lounge ahead of the mob by five minutes. At this point Jennie and Chris Hu left us and we filled the two big tables for refreshments. The trip home via Hovells Creek Trail was uneventful but quite hard with a brisk southerly head wind slowing some down a bit. Others raced ahead and the peloton was totally out of (my) control for the remainder of the trip. Pretty much the story of the day really. Thanks to Chris Hu, Gary, Geoff, Jennie, John M, Julia, Ken S, Leo, Lovro, Meri, Mike C (welcome back), Nick, Peter C, Peter K, Peter J, Sarah, Steve and Trudi for surviving the ride without much help from me. I’ll try harder next time.

Nick's Tuesday Ride to Moriac General Store for Coffee - 27.12.22:
I was surprised to have such a large group to ride to Moriac. Eighteen riders: Alison, Brendan, Janet, Jennie, Jo, John M, Julia, Ken G, Mark J, Meri, Lovro, Peters K, J, O, Richard, Sarah, Nick and Steve fronted Fyansford pub early to beat the heat. Clearly, the 7.30 start didn’t deter riders and from the positive comments has much to recommend it. Please consider as we may need to do it more often. 
We headed up Ham Hwy at a moderate pace in two groups enjoying the hazy vistas with less truck traffic but plenty of 4x4 holiday makers. Pollocksford was tough but the  Barrabool/ Considines / Church loop into Moriac was most pleasant. At Moriac a number of riders headed off for coffee elsewhere but 10 of us stayed on for a secret coffee out the back in the cool garden. My group of seven headed back along Mt Duneed and Ghazepore finally encountering significant holiday traffic. I trust everyone got home safely into the cool. Thanks to TEC Mark and all who rode.

John Hagan Leads the Pre-Christmas Ride to Curlewis - 24.12.22:
For our Saturday ride we had 15 starters: Leo, Paul, Mark , Peter J, Kim, Ken S, Ray, Lovro, Jennie, Peter C, Arno (guest rider & friend of Ray's), Meri, Jo, Julia & John H. We were joined after coffee by John M. I had planned to keep mainly on the Bellarine Rail Trail because I expected pre-Christmas traffic to be heavy - it wasn't as hevy as I thought! We were fortunate at Brown Shugar to have all the tables outside vacant after we had ordered. After enjoying our coffee and cake we followed the trail down Grigg's Creek to the Bay before coming back via Clifton Springs and Drysdale. Thanks to all for your company this morining.
John Hagan.

Kim's Thursday Ride to Moriac General Store - 22.12.22:
A morning of indecision as 15 fools, I mean riders, met at Bunnings. Leo was there before heading off to work. He was doing shady deals out of the back of his ute. After referring to the radar it was decided the rain had passed us by. So off we went up WPD, then Ken S punctured, PJ was very pleased he was able to assist by using his new tyre remover successfully, thanks Leo. After catching up to the others and travelling along Reservoir Rd the rain started, (obviously the radar is totally unreliable). Now we are approaching Hendy and I decided to shorten the ride by going straight to Moriac for coffee. A decision that was welcomed by everyone. We had already lost 1 rider and another left us at Moriac. While enjoying our beverage and chit chat the rain really came down but Lovro insisted his radar said the rain would end in 10 minutes, what did I say about the radar earlier. Before leaving Moriac Ken checked his punctured tyre which required a top up of air. Again, we made the decision to shorten the ride more by going home via Mt Duneed Rd. This turned into the wettest section of our ride this morning with a big dumping of rain and spray from the tyres in front.
A stop at the regular spot just over Anglesea Rd roundabout gave us the opportunity to regroup. Fingers like prunes and shoes full of water we were all making light of the situation because we were nearly home. But wait, Ken required more air in his tyre and asked if anyone had a better pump. Sarah, always willing to assist, pumped up Ken’s tyre when we realised that all us strong masculine blokes were standing around watching. So sorry Sarah, the rain got to our brains, I think. Those who braved todays ride were: David S, Geoff, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lovro, Meri, Nick, Norm, PJ, Peter N, Richard W, Ross, Sarah and Steve. Thank you everyone for enduring such a wet ride but at least it wasn’t cold and windy. Special thanks to PJ for being TEC.
We travelled a distance of 34k which was well short of the expected 55k.

Doug Leads the Bitumen ride and Janet the Gravel ride to Queenscliff - 20.12.22:
Joining me today, for the bitumen ride to Queenscliff were: David S, Jennie, Julia, John M, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Lovro, Mark K, Meri, Paul B, Peter N, Ray (joined us on the BRT due to a puncture on the way in), Richard W and Steve. With about a kilometre under our belt, there was a mishap which resulted in one rider being on the ground. Assistance was provided and eventually the ride recommenced with those involved in the incident opting for a different route to Queenscliff. During this occurrence, the communication was superb and sincere thanks to Kim, Mark, Nick and Steve who all provided intel of what was going on. The outward trip to Queenscliff was into a stiff breeze which saw everybody bunch-up and make it easier to push into the wind. At the Rolling Pin we reunited as one group. The inward trip saw Paul peel-off at Point Lonsdale, as he had ridden in and Ray took a detour to Ocean Grove then headed home. Reaching the corner of Wallington Road and Thatcher Street saw Lovro and Meri turn right to head back to Geelong on a marginally shorter route whilst the remaining riders turned left and headed to 13th Beach Road. Our next stop was at the corner of Warralily Boulevard and Barwon Heads Road where the riders partaking in a second stop, dined at the Cockatoo Café, whilst the rest of the riders proceeded along Warralily Boulevard and then home. Perfect weather for this long ride of 89 kilometres. The tailwind most of the way back was bliss. Thank you to ‘TailEnd Charlie’ Peter N. The lack of photography skills via a mobile phone continues as a patron of the Rolling Pin Cafe kindly offered to take our photos BUT no photos of such on the phone. Back to the safe and sure method of a camera, for the future!!
Safe Riding and safe driving, particularly over the holiday period and a Very Merry Christmas to All.

Alison's Sunday Ride to Lara - 18.12.22:
We met this morning at Rippleside for our ride to Lara via Hovell’s Creek trail. There did seem to be a proliferation of Peters today with Peters O’B, J, N and C in attendance along with Chris Hu, John H, Jennie, Craig and myself. We set off on our sunny albeit windy trek to Lara via Hovell’s Creek trail. I managed to find my way with my trusty GPS (Peter O’B). Another helpful Peter (Peter J) had self-selected as TEC given I had completely forgotten about organising this role! The ride proceeded uneventfully which was wonderful. You could hear the water pumps working overtime as we traversed the highway underpass at the end of the trail which was very close to being quite dry. We had coffee at the Xpresso Lounge in Lara with some managing to only look longingly at the cake display and some partaking less virtually (it’s tempting). Chris Hu returned via HC trail to check out the new Ferry terminal. The rest of us returned home via the Ted Wilson trail with the leader requiring frequent direction through the Lara leg (thanks again Peter O’B!). The group split at the end of Ted Wilson with some going back via the river track and the rest of us heading down Church St. We had managed to pick up a stray dog at this point which seemed to be intent on accompanying us but thought better of his decision when he realised the pace was a little more hectic than what he was used to! Thankfully we all managed to survive my first attempt at leading a ride including me! A very big thank you to all who assisted me (especially the extra-helpful-Peters) and for everyone’s patience. All very much appreciated! Alison.

Greg Allerton's Fast 50 to Dog Rocks & Waurn Ponds - 17.12.22:
This was a 're-ride 'of an interesting  course used on 15 October. We rode via Batesford, Dog Rocks, Ceres and Waurn Ponds. Highlights included 2 good descents : north side service road into Batesford and Cochranes Rd. Thanks to my companions John C, Peter O'B and Steve McD for an enjoyable and testing  51 km ride, av. 21 kph. I was home by 10:30am.  Greg Allerton.

Doug's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 17.12.22:
Participating in today’s ride were: Alison, Doug, Gary, Jennie, John H, Julia, Ken S, Kim, Leo, Lindy, Mark K, Nick, Peter J, Phil, Sarah and Trudi. The Ride Leader did some homework for today’s ride in as much as the route was in a clockwise direction for the following reasons, the wind would be in our face on the outward journey and not at its strongest so early in the morning, the hills along Curlewis and Wallington Roads would be done with before our coffee break, making the trip home with two piddly hills to climb and the wind mostly behind us (brilliant strategy even if I do say so). On the Bellarine Rail Trail, we met the Leopold crew and wished them a Merry Christmas. Joining us for coffee at The Groove were John M and Phil. I am always amazed at the very quick service at The Groove, today was no exception, despite our large numbers. On reaching 13th Beach Road, John M experienced a mechanical problem which we were unable to remedy, so John opted to leave us at that point. Stationary photos by John H and moving photos by Peter with thanks. As usual for a weekend ride, the Tail End Charlie was Leo, with my thanks. Nice to have some semblance of a summer’s day for a ride to the seaside.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Thursday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery Cafe in Gnarwarre - 15.12.22:
On an overcast and windy day ten riders fronted-up at Fyansford to ride to Gnarwarre. The ride to Gnarwarre was via the Hamilton Highway and Pollocksford Road and after conquering the climb we cruised our way to the Cottage Farm Nursery for coffee.
The ride back to Geelong was via the Colac Highway, Anderson Road, Barrabool Road and Merrawarp Road.  John Miro joined the group along this section of the ride.   When we turned into Merrawarp Road we were favoured by a very strong tail wind and this provided the riders with the opportunity to free wheel up to the Hamilton Highway.  We were brought back to reality by riding into a cross wind back to Fyansford. Thanks to David S, Janet, Julia, John M, Ken S, Lovro, Meri, Peter C, Peter J and Peter N for joining in today’s ride.
Note: It was a pleasure to see the four P’s riding today.
Regards, Peter O.

Ken Smith's Ride to Drysdale on Tuesday - 13.12.22:
First I will thank all the riders who took a risk with the forecast weather conditions and came to be part of the ride, and especially those who rode to the start after only limited notice that I would be the leader. Alison, Chris Hu, David S, Janet, Kim, Paul Ba, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Sarah, Nick, Ted, Jennie and myself. We went along the B.R.T. to Curlewis Road and along the road to the Bellarine H.W.Y. and up Swan Bay to Princes Street and into the Bungalow Cafe. After joining us for coffee and a chat Chris and Peter J headed to Queenscliff, the rest of us headed home via Jetty Road bike path and the B.R.T. Now we had a side head wind but we had some shelter from the trees and most of the riders would have made it home before the rain commenced.
Ken Smith.

Doug's Sunday Loop to Eastern Gardens, Breakwater, Armstrong Ck, Mt Duneed & Deakin - 11.12.22:
For the second Sunday in a row, we were treated to a hot summer’s day (over 30 degrees) and joining me for today’s ride were: Janet, Jennie, John H, Julia, Kim, Leo, Paul and Peter C. It was very peaceful riding through the suburbs of Newcombe, Whittington, St Albans Park, Breakwater, Grovedale and eventually our coffee stop at 9 Grams Café. A long stop ensued due to very slow service. The chit chat filled the time in most adequately. From there it was mostly downhill till we went through the Uni and then faced our only real hill for the ride, up past the Epworth on Pigdons Road. Turning right onto Burdekin Road it was downhill again, into the stiff headwind to Highton. We then took the bike path on south bank of the Barwon River. A lot of clean-up work has been undertaken along the path however a big broom sweep is still required to bring the path back to just bitumen. Today’s ride was easy paced on a course which is mostly flat with Mother Nature providing a hot strong North wind. Taking all things into account, it was still an enjoyable ride. Distance: 42 Kilometres.

Nick's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre, Modewarre and Moriac - 10.12.22:
On a lovely sunny day thirteen riders completed a rolling Barrabool hills circuit to Moriac.  Our group consisted of Greg, Jennie, John H & M, Ken S, Paul, Peter J & O, Phil, Sarah, Trudi, leader Nick and TEC Leo. We made good progress to coffee at Moriac via Merrawarp, Barrabool, Considines and the CO. We enjoyed the usual good conversation and coffee before heading home along CO and Mt Duneed. Ride conditions don’t get much better. And no punctures! Thank you riders it was a pleasure!

Doug Leads the Thursday Ride to Annie's Provodore in Barwon Heads - 8.12.22:
Braving the elements today were: David S, Doug, Janet, John M, Julia, Kim, Lovro, Mark J, Meri, Peter J, Peter O’B, Ray, Steve and Trudi. Making our way to Barwon Heads we endured a short shower of rain followed by sunshine. Our coffee stop at Barwon Heads was to be the Beach House café because we could put our bikes undercover. The early bird catches the worm however that wasn’t the case for the Beach House because they were not opening till 10.00am so we settled on Annie’s Provedore for coffee, instead. Coffee done, it was back in the saddle and along a very windy 13th Beach Road. Hitting Horseshoe Bend Road, the wind was now at our backs, blowing us along. Summing-up today’s ride, I would call it the three seasons ride as we only needed summer to appear to complete the four seasons in one day. I am pleased to report I had NO punctures today and no other rider had any issues which made TEC (Peter J’s) job a soda. Thank you, Peter, for being TEC. Distance: 54 Kilometres.

TWO Rides on Tuesday 6.12.22:
1/ Peter O'Brien's Ride from Rippleside to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne:
‘Murphy’s Law’ applied to today’s ride. We encounter rain followed by a puncture, another puncture, another puncture, another puncture and one more puncture! Then, we experience the good old V-Line run-around at Spencer Street where we alternated from train to bus to train.
Home at 5:15pm. Otherwise, a great day was had by all.
Thanks to Alison, David S, Doug, Gary, Janet, Jenny, Julia, Ken S, Nick (our puncture repair specialist - sorry Leo you’ve lost your star billing), Peter C, Peter F, Phil, Ray, Sarah, Steve, Trudi and guest rider David B for joining us today.
Peter O.

2/ Peter Jones' Loop to Queenscliff via Drysdale & Return via Pt Lonsdale & Barwon Heads:
A most enjoyable ride on the Bellarine. Chris Hu, Lovro and Kim joined me on a cracker of a ride on a cracker of a a day. Coffee at Cafe in the Park before the Chris Hu tour of lookouts and Point Lonsdale. Excellent day, thanks for coming along.
Cheers, Peter J.

TWO Rides on Sunday 4.12.22:
1/ Greg's Hard Ride to Lethbridge:
Today proved to be a hot, hard and hilly ride - the first 33 max day since May. I was pleased to find John C, Steve M and John H at the start, though JH was unable to ride needing to meet a colleague at Lethbridge. Our group of three rode out TWT to Creamery Rd overpass where JC turned off. Steve and I soon warmed up on Bluestone Bridge Rd hill then took Lower Anakie Rd and felt a NW wind in our faces. Robbs Rd led us to Sutherlands Creek then it was a strengthening head wind out to Bunjil Lookout for the obligatory stop. Perdrisat Rd offered a tempting shortcut to Lethbridge but the strong valley wind would have made for a dangerous descent and a hard climb up out of the Moorabool valley. Instead Steve and I rode on to Sheoaks, with its new town sign more than 1 km before the road junction. It was a safer descent over the river going this way but still a hard climb on the other side. The old river gums provided a good wind break as we headed to Midland Hwy where we turned left. There was a reasonable sealed shoulder and a great tail wind as we cruised along  doing 46 kph. We then turned off into Lethbridge and met John H at the only shop.. After a welcome break, Steve and I enjoyed more tail wind as we sped down English Rd with very little traffic. We then took Masons/Spring Ck and Brislanes onto Hamilton Hwy. Steve had a rear puncture at Murgheboluc but a new tube was soon fitted and we resumed our side/tail wind run back to Fyansford. The now reopened N river path provided an easy way to finish the ride. Great riding by Steve, who was very strong on the climbs. Thanks for your company, as it would have been a tough solo ride otherwise.  Greg Allerton    Ride Leader. 

2/ Doug's Dead End Ride to Pt Henry - then to Curlewis and Leopold:
Joining me today were: Chris Hu, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, Leo, Peter C, Peter N and Trudi. With the early December start time, we were underway at 8.30am in a perfect temperature for cycling, of around 22 degrees and a not so pleasant forecast of the 33 degrees later in the day. Due to the expected hot temperature, the planned course was changed and we only went down one dead-end road, that being the Point Henry Road. To take advantage of any shade that would be available en route, we joined the Rail Trail off Melaluka Road all the way to Curlewis Road were we had a tail-wind and a fair amount of shade to the Bellarine Highway. Reaching Leopold, it was a smooth downhill run to our coffee shop, the Rolling Pin Bakery. On the way back to Geelong we again used the BRT enjoying the limited shade it provided and by now the temperature was in the low 30’s with a hot dry northerly wind. The earlier start and the resulting earlier finish (before noon) was certainly appreciated by me (not a hot weather person) and hopefully by the majority of riders. Distance was 44 kilometres which was just 4 kms over the advertised distance. Today we had the luxury of two tailenders, that being Leo and Peter N and thankfully they were not required to deal with any issues.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Moriac & Torquay - 3.12.22:
Todays ride started and finished in warm weather and this had the riders happy as they chattered more so as we rode along Alison, Chris H, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, John H, John M, Julia, Kim, Lindy, Peter J, Peter OB, Philip, Trudi, Leo and myself. As we rode along Hendy Main toward Torquay coming towards us were riders in the Great Victoria Bike Ride and in the ride were three members of our Club all wearing the Club colours: Ian B, Jesse H and Mark L. At the Maple Bakery Cafe we enjoyed the conversations and coffee and eats. When it was time to go it was decided to go along the highway to Geelong as Horseshoe Bend had traffic lights on it because part of the road had washed away. Nearing Grovedale the riders went their own way home. Thank you to Leo for taking on the task as the rear rider although we did not need his skill as there were no punctures. To all riders thank you for taking part.

An additional note - on Cape Otway Rd club cyclists blocked the roadway in both directions to allow a very heavy vehicle to manouver into a driveway - the driver was grateful for their assistance - see 2nd photo below. JH.

GTC CHRISTMAS BBQ at Eastern Park - 1.12.22:
We had 17 participants for the Christmas BBQ with our Kris Kringle and plenty of conversation. Leo demonstrated the use of the Tyre Glider which is a different type of tyre lever and a number of the women tried it out on a tyre that would normally be very hard to get on and off the rim.
John Hagan.

Ted Leads the Thursday Ride to Lara - 1.12.22:
Neither the weather gods nor The Bureau appear to be reading our GTC WhatsApp group messages otherwise we would not have had a continuation of the miserable weather we have experienced in G-Town over the past few months. Fortunately most of the attendees did take note of my request to wear club apparel so we were able to get a very impressive picture of 100% in uniform at the Xpresso Lounge. PJ, Peter O, Steve, Ken S, Jennie, Gary and myself remembered to set our alarms a half hour early for the 8:30 start. Unfortunately the miserable mizzle had already soaked Gary to the skin having arrived sans jacket so he headed home to warm up by the fire. The slippery roads and increased traffic convinced me that the safest route would be via shared paths which we stayed on for most of the trip out to Lara. The rain didn’t get serious and we had dried out by the time we arrived for coffee which was the usual high standard. Much discussion ensued regarding the best way home until a captain’s call decided we would try out the new path from Curlett’s Road to Station Lake Road (excellent) then onward up Patullos to Bacchus Marsh Road. At the Ted Wilson the group split with a couple heading off via that path and the rest continued along BM Road to the new path outside Hird’s Abattoirs. Unfortunately that path is still under construction so another detour took us down Plantation Road to home. Thanks to everyone who braved the summer freeze.

Doug Leads the Tuesday Ride to Little River - 29.11.22:
Joining me for today’s ride were: Gary, Jennie, Julia, Ken S, Peter N, Peter J, Steve (having left Steve out of last Tuesday’s write-up, I thought he deserved prominence in today’s write-up (with my apology for last week’s omission)) and Trudi. Further, the Patron Saint of Cycling (La Madonna del Ghisallo) was also with us as she provided us with a tailwind all the way too Little River, resulting in a very enjoyable ride to our coffee break. Having declared a mystery outward course, I managed to take a wrong turn resulting in riding the entire length of Tower Hill Road (great downhill section) rather than joining it near the Ring Road. Thanks to Trudi and Ken for getting me back on the planned course.
The Little River General Store again provided us with a biscuit with our coffee, a small gesture but greatly appreciated. The major discussion over coffee was about the head wind we will have to put up all the way back. Our Patron Saint came through again, by shifting the direction of the wind a little to the right and the wind was now hitting our right cheek rather than head-on. This made the journey back much more pleasurable. Road works on Farrars Road continue, which forced us to use You Yangs and Flinders Roads yet again. At Lara, Peter J turned off to have lunch in Lara and the peloton continued to Canterbury Road where half the riders turned right onto Canterbury West Road and Ted Wilson Trail back to Church Street. The other half turned left onto Canterbury Road East then along the Geelong waterfront and eventually to the top of Church Street. Thanks to TEC and one of three photographers, Peter J. The other photographers were a patron of the servo (elegantly dressed gent with a bow-tie) and me, armed with a digital camera. Distance was 71 Kilometres. A great course in great company. Thanks everyone. Doug

Doug's Sunday Ride to Cafe El Nido in Torquay - 27.11.22:
Arriving at the South Geelong Railway Station this morning I found a big slice of the car-park fenced-off for building alterations to the station however as it was Sunday there was no issue with carparking or our new start location in Verner Street. Joining me were: Jennie, Julia, Leo, Peter J, Peter O’B, Paul and Trudi. With a strong westerly wind blowing it was smooth riding until we were a couple of hundred metres along Charlemont Road where we were confronted with a ROAD CLOSED sign. Plan B was enacted and we went the shortest possible way to Torquay. Just a couple of hundred metres from our coffee stop (El Nido Café) a large black cloud was about to drop its load on us and to avoid the rain our speed increased threefold enabling us to get undercover with seconds to spare. During coffee the black rain clouds passed and it was fine weather from then on.
Our course back to the station saw us ride on roads we don’t usually use and these included Breamlea Road and Bluestone School Road (heading in a North Westerly direction). Positives from today’s ride included all riders using lots of hand signals, combined with loud voices relative to those signals. As today’s ride requested riders to wear the GTC jersey it was impressive as we almost had a full house, re club jerseys, well done. At the finish, Leo gave a demonstration of removing a tyre from the rim with the new red whizz bang lever in record time (thanks for the demonstration, Leo). As usual T.E.C. was Leo, so another thanks to Leo. Distance was 52 kilometres.

Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove - 26.11.22:
As we gathered at the start of the ride, the riders were thankful that they would not have to be riding in the rain. The riders were Chris Hu, Greg, Hugh, Jennie, Joanne, John M, Peter J, Philip, Ray, Steve, Trudi, Leo, and myself. The roads had plenty of traffic on them especially thirteenth beach as the the surf was ideal for surfing. We enjoyed our ride with out any incident . The Groove Cafe was very busy and the good system they have meant the wait was not that long and we were on our way again riding into a North East wind giving us a tail wind along the B.R.T. Thank you to all who participated.
Ken Smith.

TWO Rides to Moriac - Gravel & Bitumen on - 24.11.22:
1/ Sarah Leads the GRAVEL Ride to Moriac:
Today six riders opted for a gravel ride from Bunnings, namely Chris Hu, Janet, Mark K, PJ, Nick and Sarah. With cool but dry, calm weather prevailing (Hooray!) we headed south along Ghazeepore Road, encountering road grading machinery en route. Turned at Blackgate, then left along Loutitt’s Bay Rd. (Fun fact:  Prior to its current name, Lorne was known as Loutitt’s Bay) Although there were many potholes on the gravel roads we traversed, there were no water crossings and few corrugations. We continued on incident free enjoying the rural scenes in between watching out for the aforementioned potholes and stopping briefly at Drol Kar Buddhist corner for a drink before continuing on to Moriac for coffee. The road cyclists arrived there simultaneously so we all had coffee together. We continued back to Bunnings via Erwin’s, Reservoir and the ever enjoyable down hill run along Waurn Ponds Drive. Overall a very pleasant and safe ride, notwithstanding the potholes.

2/ Lovro Leads the Bitumen Ride to Moriac:
Riders on this ride were: Trudi, Lovro & Meri, David S, Peter F, Gary B, Ray and Ken.

Doug's Tuesday Ride to Winchelsea - 22.11.22:

With a reasonable weather forecast for today's ride I was joined by Chris Hu, David S, Janet, Jennie, John M, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Mark J, Peter J and Ray. We headed along the Baanip bike path and received a free tyre wash on a low spot just near Sovereign Drive. Mother Nature provided us with a howling head-wind all the way to Buckley South Road. Before then, a small group decided to break-off at the end of Reservoir Road and go to Moriac (a wise decision). The rest of us continued on the Princes Highway where Ken S had a puncture and thanks to Mark for assisting Ken. Just a short distance on, Jennie’s back tyre stated oozing a white fluid, which indicated she had punctured and the goo in the tyre did its thing enabling Jennie to ride on without any issues. Arriving at the corner of Aitkins Road and Buckley South Road, I informed the group that I had an afternoon Club meeting and in order to ensure I was not late, I opted to go to Moriac rather than Winchelsea. The group wanted the challenge and kept riding into the wind to Winchelsea (great effort by those riders). Chris joined me and we rode along Cape Otway Road at nearly 30 kph with a tail wind. Riding along was euphoric and I didn’t keep an eye on Chris and when I discovered he wasn’t there, a U turn followed and a few kilometres later I found Chris repairing a puncture (the 3rd for the day). Jennie and Julia arrived back at the hotel in a short downpour, had they been 5 minutes earlier, they would have missed the shower. Ray was riding back to Leopold and became the 4th rider to have a puncture today. Summary of today’s ride: Because of the strong wind, a most challenging ride and with four punctures, this topped off a very forgettable ride. Well done to all for accepting the challenge. Thank you to ‘Tail End Charlie” Peter.

Peter O'Brien Leads the Sunday Ride to Lara - 20.11.22:
This morning nine enthusiastic cyclists met for the planned ride from Rippleside to Lara.  Despite the BOM indicating misty rain, the sky told a different story with rain appearing to be imminent. Due to the heavy rain last night, we encountered several sections where water was across the Hovells Creek Trail, forcing riders to take care to prevent getting their shoes and socks wet.  As has frequently been the case, the downpour meant that Hovells Creek was flooded and the road closed yet again. We verged off the path onto Cummins Road and from there to Rennie Street where we wove our way through Lara to the Expresso Café for a break. 
The return ride to Geelong was by the shortest possible route that included Shell Parade.  Just before School Road we again encountered water, and as there was quite a bit of traffic along this stretch we all had to be particularly vigilant. We concluded the ride at Rippleside. Thanks to all riders for a pleasant Sunday outing - Craig, Hugh, Ian, Jennie, Joanne, John H, Julia, Paul and myself.
 Peter O.