GTC News Wednesday - 8.12.21
GTC Annual General Meeting Report - 2.12.21:
The AGM held on December 2nd was a successful event attracting 24 members who were entertained by “The Wheel Thing” and enjoyed pizzas before getting down to the business of wrapping up the year. Lindy summarised the club’s activities in her Presidents Report and Ted reported on the financial and membership status. The adoption of a new mission statement was carried unanimously by those present. ie “GTC is an inclusive community based recreational cycling club for members of all ages, sharing a wide variety of single and multi-day rides”. Membership fees for non Bicycle Network annual payment members was kept the same as last year and is payable by February 28, 2022.
Congratulations to the following members who were elected to lead our Club:
- Lindy Lester
Vice President - Ted Reeve
Secretary - Janet Roussety
Treasurer - Mark Shying
Committee - Trudi Bellia, Peter O'Brien, Nick Tarnay
Rides with the GTC logo - - beside the date are “Club Apparel Preferred” rides. This means, if you have a GTC jersey, we would love it if you wore it on these rides. Please note this is not compulsory so, if you don’t have one, you are still very welcome.
Rides This Week:
Thursday 9th Dec - 8:30am from Fyansford - medium/hard ride of 65km - Barrabool hills traverse: Merrewarp, Barrabool, Devon or Anderson or Hendy Main to Moriac and return - Peter O'Brien to lead.
Thursday 9th Dec - From 4:00pm at the Pavilion Eastern Gardens Geelong - GTC CHRISTMAS PARTY - BYO picnic or food to BBQ - bring a $5 Kris Kringle for each person attending.
Saturday 11th Dec - 8:30am from Church St/Graylea Avenue - medium/hard ride of 65km to Lara via Little River - Trudi Bellia to lead.
Sunday 12th Dec - TWO RIDES:
1/ 8am (NOTE START TIME) from Sth Geelong Station - hard ride of 100km - watch here for details - Greg Allerton to lead.
2/ 8:30am from Sth Geelong Station - easy ride of 45km to Wandana Heights, Mt Duneed, then Sullies Kiosk at Armstrong Ck for coffee (10am) - & Eastern Gardens - there will be a few dirt tracks along the way which will be suitable for road bikes - click here for map - John Hagan to lead.
Nick’s wet ride without coffee - Tuesday 7.12.21
Sometimes the Geelong weather gods are kind to us, sometimes not. Today was one of the unlucky days where it starts a little wet and just gets worse. David S, Gary, Janet, Jesse, Jennie, Mark, Noel (tail end Charlie), Peter J & O, Ray and Sarah and yours truly donned wet weather gear in light drizzle and rode forth. By the top of WPD there were four abandonments David, Gary, Sarah and Mark turned around and headed home. All things considered, a wise decision. It didn ’t improve as our bedraggled and increasingly cold riders rode Devon and Barrabool hoping for some improvement and perhaps a coffee at Moriac rather than Winchelsea. At the highway intersection the group decision was to hightail it back to Bunnings by the shortest possible route. The irony being that to the west it was clearing. Too late, too wet, too cold. Only Peter J, hardy soul that he is, turned off for a coffee at Moriac.
No photos today. But I bet you can picture the scenes. And we don’t need reminding. It’s been a very long time since I got both wet and cold. Especially, considering the fact that it’s supposed to be summer. Go figure! Better luck next time riders!
John Hagan's Ride to Drysdale - Checking Out a few Interesting Dead Ends on the Way - Sunday 5.12.21
A good turnout for our ride this morning with 13 riders at the start: John H, Jo, Leo, Peter J, Jennie, Chris Hu, Ron (welcome back), Craig, Mark L, David L, Janet, Ted and Andrew arrived after the photo. We rode into a reasonably brisk SE breeze on the way out with out first dead end turnaround at Pt Henry
and the second was in Curlewis at the end of Hermsley/Avila Rds. Here we were able to view the beautiful mansions in this region and wonder at how much time they must spend riding a motor mower! Our next detour was past the Curlewis Shopping Centre and down the beautiful path beside Griggs Creek to Corio Bay where we posed beside the impressive art work with the You Yangs in the background. We took the back streets up to The Bungalow Restaurant for our morning coffee. Paul T had arranged through a WhatsApp message to meet us there and we were right on time. Here Janet decided to share her large coffee muffin with PJ taking the choc bits off the top (see photo below) and yours truly devouring the coffee cream on the top! The vanilla slices were a highlight for one unnamed rider in our group!!
For our return trip there was a delay when Mark L had to pump his rear tyre so the front group, led by Peter J, took the larger group back along the Rail Trail and John H led the second group not too long after. Thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride in the breeze and sunshine.
Keep Riding, John.
Kim Gorell's Saturday Ride to Moriac & Torquay - 4.12.21
The sky was a bit grey at the Bunnings start but as we got going the blue sky appeared which made for pleasant cycling. Those who took part were, Alison who turned back after Moriac due to commitments, David L, Doug, Janet, Jennie, John H, John M, Julia, Ken G, Ken S, Kim the ride leader, Leo, Peter J, Peter O’B, Ray, Sue & Richard. We were also joined by a prospective new member Paul Broughton, Gary’s nephew. Being a gathering of 18 cyclists we split into 2 groups with Janet leading the second group and Leo took up his usual position on the tail end, thank you both for your assistance. The route took WP Dr, Reservoir, Cape Otway and onto Hendy Main through to Ocean Acres, Grossmans, and S C Hwy to the Maple Bakery. This was a most enjoyable stop in the sun and sheltered area, it must be said we all added a few calories just by looking at the selection that was on offer. Mark S met us here and Doug, Sue & Richard made their own way home while the rest of us took Horseshoe Bend, Warralily and from there riders gradually broke away to head for home. Thanks to everyone for a good ride with good company, a most enjoyable morning with the only down side being we got a bit wet in the last 6 ks, but that’s cycling. Distance 56k and elevation 423m.
Trudi Bellia Leads the Ride to Lara & 3 go on to Top of You Yanfa - Thursday 2.12.21
With the start to the summer earlier starting time, it was good to see that nine members didn’t miss the opportunity for a short easy spin to Lara. Alison, David S, Jesse, Jennie, Ken S, Peter J, Peter O, Ted and Trudi. I’ll keep it short and sweet just like the ride. Three takers for the longer option of riding up the You Yangs, David, Jesse and Ken. The rest of us headed back to Xpresso Lounge Cafe for our refreshments, enjoying our coffee inside in the air conditioned cafe. Hovels Creek quickly saw us back in Geelong everyone dropping off at different locations. Thanks everyone for joining me today for a nice social ride in the beautiful sunshine.
Peter O'Brien's Tour de Bellarine - Tuesday 30.11.21
Last night when I heard the forecast of the mid-30s I was of two minds as to whether I should shorten the route and/or have an earlier start. Due to the late notification, I decided to keep the start time at 9am and let the group decide the distance they felt they could manage. It was already warming up when we met at Showgrounds and from there we rode onto Portarlington. At Drysdale Doug and Barry departed the group as they only wanted a short ride. After Portarlington, the rest of the riders continued to Queenscliff and then to Point Lonsdale for lunch. By now it was about 2pm so with the temperature still rising we all decided to take the most direct route back to Geelong. Thanks to Jennie, Mark J, John M, Trudi, Julie, Janet, Doug, Barry, David S, Ken S and Ray for a very enjoyable ride. Distance 101 kms.
Greg Allerton's Dead End Roads Ride to Moriac and the South West - Sunday 28.11.21
A select group of four keen riders set off from South Geelong station at 8 am on a pleasant morning. We were pedalling along the south side river path when John C caught up to us for a belated start photo. Ian B, Peter C, David L and I rode out Bellevue Avenue and Pigdons Road then Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Rd then Reservoir Rd before enjoying the downhill on Cape Otway Road. We turned left into Mt Duneed Rd then immediately right into Hunts Rd for our first out and back (O&B) leg. After 2 km at the T junction with the gravel end of Dickins Rd we turned back and rode down to Moriac then south to Larcombes Rd where we met the Vets racing around their usual course. It was then Forest Rd,Grays Rd and right into Flaxbournes Rd for 4 km where the road became gravel and we turned back.It was then along to Nobles Rd where Peter turned R being a bit tired after 95 km in the strong wind yesterday and was going to wait for us at Moriac shop.
David, Ian and I took Layard Rd then Cape Otway Rd to Gherang Rd. I always enjoy this section through the hamlet of Gherang as the road rises gently up into the bush. We turned back before the road became gravel and returned to Cape Otway Rd. There was a stiff head wind back to Moriac shop for a much needed refreshment break. It was then along Cape Otway Rd, Reservoir Rd, Pettavel Rd then into Waurn Ponds Dve and more head wind back to Pigdons Rd where we parted ways. I was home by 1-15 pm after riding 101 km in 4h 27m average 22.7 Thanks to Ian B, Peter C and David L for your company and to John C for our belated start photo.
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader .
Chris Halpin's Sunday Ride to Torquay - 28.11.21
Seven riders at the revised starting point, the Grovey, this fine morning - Andrew, Barry, Chris Hu, David BS, Jennie and Peter J fresh back from conquering the Mountains. Lindy met us at Warralilly Bvd, but battery troubles forced her home again to return and join us for coffee at Mejavos in Torquay. This was an easy ride, very easy, which left lots of time for coffee and extended chatter. Headed for home thru the centre of Torquay and back onto Horseshoe Bend Rd, this time with a lovely tail wind. Just on 40km and back in time for an early lunch. Thanks everyone for a relaxing ride.
Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - 27.11.21
These are the ten riders who assembled at the Grovedale start: Doug, Hugh, Janet, Jennie, Jo, Julia, Kim, Mark S, Peter C, and myself and John M, met us along the road. We rode into a strong wind coming from the south east direction along the Surf Coast Hwy, Blackgate and Thirteenth Beach Roads, and we were looking to our refreshment break at the Groove Cafe. Their service and coffee and cake were of the usual high standard. After our stop we made our way toward Curlewis Road and onto the B.R.T with the assistance of a tail wind, as we rode along towards Wallington where trees had been felled and left on the shoulder of the road putting riders at risk as they swerved out on to the road. A BIG thank you to Kim for taking the photos and as there was not an official tail end Charlie I thank all who took part in this important safety role.
Ken Smith .
Kim Gorell's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 25.11.21
With the bulk of regular riders being in Bright there was a small but exclusive turnout of 7 participants for today’s ride. They were Barry, Chris Ha, Doug, Jennie, Kim (leader), Peter C and Nick. The forecast was mild but cloudy however at the starting point there were layers being added as we were colder than we had expected. Leaving Bunnings we climbed up Ghazeepore and made our way over to Blackgate then down to Greys and Forrest roads eventually finding ourselves at Moriac for a very timely coffee. After a lot of deep discussion about electric vehicles it was time to continue so we ventured up Hendy Main to tackle the ups and downs of Reservoir Rd which lead us to the sweet down hill ride of Warn Ponds Dr to home. Thank you to the magnificent 7 for your company on a very enjoyable and casual ride. I must say well done to Doug as this was the longest ride he has done since his comeback. Good to have you back Doug. Distance - 50km, average speed - 22.5kph, elevation 416m.
Nick Tarnay Leads the Ride to Jan Juc - Tuesday 23.11.21
A small group of riders; Chris H, Barry, Janet, John M, Julia, Ken S, Kim and yours truly met at Bunnings to ride the ‘big dippers’ to Bells and Jan Juc. The warm, humid conditions with only a whisper of breeze made pedalling along WPD, Reservoir and Hendy M pretty easy. Turning on to Vickery the fun started. Unfortunately, Julia punctured at the Gundry intersection which split the group temporarily until we all met up to ride the second set of dippers along Bells and into Jan Juc where we enjoyed coffee and conversation at Swell cafe. I met a young tradie there who knew what the blues music on PA (Taj Mahal - The Rising Sons circa 68) was and we had a short but interesting chat. Young people continue to surprise me what they listen to.
The way back along the esplanade and Horseshoe Bend was accomplished without incident and good time before we headed in different directions after Warralily. There is no doubt that a slightly smaller group can cover ground a bit more quickly. Thank you riders! Cheers Nick T.
John Hagan Leads the Sunday Ride to Lara - 21.11.21
The big news of today's ride was the return of Doug Wyatt to riding with the GTC after a long recovery from a painful injury. Well done to Doug who completed the whole course today. We had 16 starters: Jennie, Doug, Mark L & S, Geoff C, Noel, Jo, Craig R, Hugh, Janet, Julia, Peter R, Paul B, Ian, Lindy and your ride leader John H. Our first task on arrival was to select a ride leader and I got the job as I had brought along a ride attendance form. Janet took on the job of booking our seats at Cafe Xpresso in lara and Noel was assigned to the task of tail end Charlie to make sure we didn't lose anyone (and he was successful!). On the early part of the ride we were careful not to take Doug through any difficult nagivational squeeze points so to make the journey a little easier on his braced right arm. We were booked in for 10:15 and as we looked like arriving early we rode past the Lara Station up to cross the railway line at the Mcintyre Rd crossing, along Windemere Rd and Flinders Ave to arrive at Cafe Expresso right on time. The staff at the cafe are very obliging in the way they look after us. Noel is waiting for his second needle so Julia joined him just ouside our glassed-in area to enjoy their morning coffees.
Our return trip was via the usual Bacchus Marsh Rd, Ted Wilson Path and Church St for a total distance of 44km on a good morning for riding - mostly sunny with a bit of a breeze. Thanks all for coming.
Nick's "Lassoo Loop" to Moriac on Saturday 20.11.21
Fifteen riders turned up today for a shortish but hard hilly lasso loop ride to Moriac: Greg, Janet, Jo, Jennie, John H &M, Julia, Ken S, Kim, Lindy, Noel, Peter C &J, Ray and yours truly.
We made light work of the Ham Hwy, turning south into the breeze on Merrawarp before climbing up to Ceres to enjoy the fast downhill of Cochrane, along Reservoir and down into Moriac where we enjoyed coffee and good conversation. The return journey, now with a smaller group sans Jennie, Jo, John H, Greg and Peter J we cruised up to Hortlips along Considines, then a stretch on the Hwy to enjoy Anderson’s, the prettiest little back road in the district. Barrabool Rd offered views to Melbourne before we enjoyed the mainly downhill run of Merrawarp and a short stretch of highway to complete the lasso. Merrawarp rides and looks completely different in each direction. I much prefer the faster northern journey! Thank you riders! As a side note, my legs are tired today. Bon voyage to the Bright riders and happy climbing.
Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove - Thursday 18.11.21
Will it rain was the first burning question. Then it moved to 'Who's Eric'? But that was at coffee. So 15 odd riders gathered at The Grovey at 9am - Alison, Barry, 2 Chris', David, Janet, Jennie, Julie, Kim, Ken S (Asst Leader), Lovro, Nick, 2 Peter's with Trudi volunteering as Tail Ender. We soon had to don our rain jackets heading up Surf Coast Hwy to Warralilly, and it seemed to have set in by the time we reached Lake Rd. Here we lost Jennie to work?, gained Lindy and pretty much left the rain behind. 13th Beach Rd was busy with surfers, sorry Tradies! The surf did look inviting on a light northerly.
On to Groove for coffee and a few laughs as 'Eric' refused to own up to a mocha latte. Eventually a sheepish Barry admitted to an alias. This was greeted with lots of laughter - I think the new moniker will stick! Got a bit of class about it. Back on the road thru Wallington then Curlewis Rd to the BRT and more rain, plus a sighting of Ross riding counter clockwise. Arriving at the Showgrounds the group pretty much went home as quickly as possible - most of us quite wet by now. About 60km all up and a very enjoyable ride. Thanks everyone.
Peter O'Brien's Ride from Anglesea to Wye River on the GOR and Return - Tuesday - 16.11.21
Thirteen riders left Anglesea at 9:30 this morning in overcast conditions. The riders were Nick, Ken G, Gary, Mark K, Mark J, Trudi, Noel, David L, Richard, Lyn P, David Smith, John M and myself. We’d barely departed Anglesea when Ken G encountered a problem with his derailleur resulting in him aborting the ride. At Aireys Inlet we were joined by Peter J, Alison, Julie, Chris Ha and Kim. We had a short rest stop at Lorne where Gary left the group and returned to Geelong and Mark K and Nick headed off to ride up to Benwerrin. The remaining riders continued to Wye River where we enjoyed a well-earned lunch break at the local café.
On the return trip Nick and Mark re-joined the group at Lorne having successfully conquered Benwerrin. Well done Nick and Mark. The total distance covered was 91km and an elevation of 1052m. Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride.
Barry Tippett Leads the Ride to Drysdale - 16.11.21
Four GTC riders rode to Drysdale this cool morning. The ride advertised effectively as a “Mixed Pace” ride drew Peter C, Chris H, Paul T and myself to the showgrounds. The ride to The Bungalow Cafe was pleasantly down breeze and full of musical conversation ranging from 6-12 string guitars through to Cat Stevens through to the best pitch for bagpipes (usually off a cliff apparently). At the cafe we were joined by President Lindy where engaging conversation was enjoyed by all. The return route via Swan Bay Rd and Curlewis Rd was enjoyed on quiet roads.
And then it went BANG!!!!!!!!! Chris H left us at Princess St Drysdale and took the rail trail to Queenscliff. Luckily for Chris he took a rest break at Wallington only hear an almighty bang and the damage done to the bike's 40c gravel tyre (see photo below).
Thank you to all for making this ride such an enjoyable event. 45kms with 252 m elevation gain at the advertised speed of 18.9 km/hr.
Greg Allerton's Shortened Ride Around Geelong - Sunday 14.11.21
It was a grim forecast: 80% chance showers, possible hail, wind increasing to 45 kph. Hence I had shortened this event to a city ride instead of the usual 100 km. John Hagan and I set off at 8 am on a meandering tour through Eastern Gardens, the waterfront ,then Geelong West. We enjoyed the gradual downhill along the Gabrielle Blythe / Tom McKean Linear path following the old Cementworks railway line to North Geelong. The Pickers Union Cafe provided a welcome break sheltered from the cold strong wind. We pedalled around the back of the Refinery then it was a tough head wind section across to join the Ted Wilson Trail. We followed this to the top of Church St where we parted ways. Thank you John for your great company. It was a tough but dry ride. I was home by 11 am after 50 km in 2 h 30 m riding with an average speed of 20.3kph.
Janet Roussety's Sunday Ride to Wandana Heights, Mt Duneed & Armstrong Creek - 14.11.21
I wasn't sure anyone was going to turn up today after looking at the weather report. However we had 11 hardy souls in total. Chris Hu, Jennie, Ken G, Leo, Noel, Paul, Peter C, Peter J, Trudi and myself. We met Julia 2 minutes away from the start. Our route took us through Highton, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds, Armstrong Creek and Warralily to coffee at Cockatoo. We found a table available outside and very quickly realised why it was vacant, copping the cold wind throughout our stop. Not to be deterred we got back on our bikes to make our way to Eastern Gardens. After riding into very heavy wind along Reserve Rd we stopped in Barwarre Rd and decided to just make our way back to the station. As usual riders departed as we went along and the official ride finished without us getting wet. Those with much further to go would not have been so lucky though. For myself the rain started 1 second after turning into my carport!
Thanks all for your company, Janet.
Peter Jones Leads the Saturday Ride to Moriac General Store for Coffee - 13.11.21
Thirteen riders this morning on a blustery but fairly dry morning. Jo, Jennie, Julie, Janet, Chris Ha, Peter C, Ken S, Hugh, Ian B, Mark J, John H, Barry and myself. John M joined at Moriac as is his want. Took a fairly direct route to Moriac, across Heyers Rd to Ghazapore to Hams and the cycle path beside the Anglesea Rd turning right into Reservoir Rd. We had some direct head wind sections but the bulk of the time we were riding across wind. At Cape Otway Rd it was all down hill pretty much but into the head wind we had to keep working. Hugh had to get to work so he and Jo headed back before coffee and should have had a great run back. Reached the Store and enjoyed our refreshments before continuing on Hendy Main Rd into the wind for a few Ks before we gained relief as we turned East and flew on home along Grassmere, Willowite and Blackgate to Anglesea Rd. There was a bit of traffic about but not too bad and the tailwind was very enjoyable. Heading up Ghazapore Jennie suffered a puncture which was soon fixed and we headed home across Baanip Blvd with a splitting of the ranks the closer we got to home.
Thanks for your company everyone. Cheers Peter J.
Ken Smith's Loop to Le Due Sorelle Cafe in Bannockburn on Thursday - 11.11.21
The Morning was pleasant for a ride to Bannockburn. Six riders met at the start at Graylee Ave: Peter C, J, O, Ray, Trudi and myself. Barry, David S, Jennie, John M, and Kim joined us at Fyansford. Nick became part of the group along the Hamilton Hwy. We were delayed along the Hwy due to road side trees being removed. Once on our way it felt like a south east wind was assisting us to Bannockburn. At the Le Due Sorell Cafe the friendliness of the staff show us how our custom is appreciated. Once we were refreshed we made our way down Clyde Road and up Parker and when we came to Steiglitz Road we stopped for one minutes silence for Remembrance Day even though it was nine minutes late it did not matter. We rode down Lovely Banks and along the Ted Wilson Path to Graylee Ave from there we all went our different ways home.
Thank you to all who rode. Ken Smith
Ken's Ride from Lethbridge to Meredith, Morrisons & Elaine on Tuesday - 9.11.21
Great weather for our ride along mainly quiet country roads. Jenni, Ken & David Smith, Nick, Noel, Peters Nice & O'Brien and myself met in the carpark of the Lethbridge Public Hall. We passed through Meredith, after riding 16 kms up the Midland Hwy, before turning onto Ballan Rd. Enjoyed a great downhill before having to brake and turn onto the challenging climb to Morrisons.
Passed through scenic farmland enroute to Elaine. A short distance along the Mt. Mercer road I stopped with a back wheel puncture. A group effort soon had me mobile. A section of the course used for a Master's road race took us back to Meredith where, after 58 kms, the Back Creek Cafe made us very welcome.
A very fast run along Shelford, Lower Plains, Laird anf Tall Tree roads resulted in a great average speed. The distance of 82kms, with around 550m of climbing, was covered in 3h 22m at 24.0 kph. I enjoyed the experience immensely and hope everyone in the group did too.
Tuesday Ride to Bean Cravin' Coffee Van at Drysdale and on to Pt Lonsdale & Barwon Heads - 9.11.21
A small group of 6 riders meet at the showgrounds for the alternative ride this morning. They were: Chris Hu, Julia, Kim, Lindy, Peter J, and Ray. While I (Kim) was distracted, I was elected to lead the group to Drysdale via the BRT. The weather was perfect for such a casual ride with plenty of chatter along the way. We arrived at the caravan for our coffee hit and were fortunate enough to take custody of a table for us all to sit at. A bit more chatter, then Chris, Julia, Peter and Ray decided they would proceed to Point Lonsdale but Lindy and myself had other commitments so we made the return trip via the BRT. Thank you everyone for your company.
Trudi's Ride to Lara on Sunday 7.11.21
With a grey start to the day this didn’t discourage fourteen riders to Rippleside for an easy ride to Lara: Alison, Chris Hu, Janet, Jennie, Joanne, John H, Leo, Lindy, Mark L, Noel, Peter J, Ray with visitor Paul and Trudi. I was very excited to see so many ladies out riding this morning six girls to eight men excellent numbers.. Today I decided to ride the nearest route to hug the Bay shore line all the way to Shell Refinery, then onto the Hovells Creek path. Turning left after Ted’s no longer puddle saw us meandering a little longer to Cafe Xpresso. As usual service was excellent, everyone enjoyed their coffee while they chatted among themselves. Ted Wilson path was my choice for our return route with a little detour off the usual route home. Had us puffing up Bluestone Bridge Rd rejoining the path further along. Everyone dropping off at different locations along the way, thanks for your company today on a pleasant morning’s ride.
John Hagan Leads the Saturday Ride to Cafe El Nido in Torquay - 6.11.21
As you can see from the photos we had a sunny morning for our ride to Cafe El Nido in the northern part of Torquay. We started with 12 riders: Hugh, Leo, Trudi, John H, David S, Peter O'B, Jennie, Ken S, Mark J, Peter C, Jo and Alison and picked up John M, Geoff C, Kim and Lindy along the way for a total of 16 riders. On the way out we navigated our way around the South Barwon ovals in a clockwise direction past the covid testing and through the roadworks. On the return trip we bypassed the heavy traffic by taking Bailey St through to its end, crossing at the lights at Breakwater Rd and going over the Breakwater Bridge. We had no mishaps or punctures and the service at Cafe El Nido was fast and well organized. Thanks to Leo who kept the tail end in order.
Keep Riding - John.
Kim Gorell's Thursday Ride to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie - 4.11.21
The weather this morning was very pleasant for the 17 -2 +2 riders who took part in today’s ride. Meeting at Bunnings for the start were Alison, David S, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Ken G, Ken S, Kim, Peter’s C, J, N and O’B, Nick, Trudi and Mark K being the leader and sole gravel rider. He started with us to Pettavel Rd and we meet up with him again at the coffee stop. Apparently he had a few words with the gravel ride leader on route, but it was like water off a ducks back. Janet and Jennie both had to turn around at Moriac but we caught up with Lyn on the way. From there we went down Cape Otway Rd and found our way onto Forest Rd, a long stretch and still with a slight head wind until we arrived at the Chocolaterie. Lindy was there waiting for us and we all enjoyed the offerings to replenish the energy level. There was another large cycling group there and several of us made the mistake of going to the wrong table, well these things happen when we are getting older. No photo’s were taken here as they could have been used as incriminating evidence, that’s my story, or I forgot. It was a slow bunch leaving the midway stop, not sure why, leave that to your imagination. We ventured along the GOR and turned onto Jarosite Rd through to Bells for a photo opportunity, Jan Juc and onto the Surf Coast Hwy home. An enjoyable morning with great company. Thank you to everyone for coming and thank you to Nick for following up the rear. Distance travelled 71km.
Peter O'Brien's Tuesday Ride from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea - 2.11.21
Well, what began with foggy conditions turned out to be a magnificent day for cycling. The first stage of today’s ride was similar to last week’s route from Waurn Ponds to Moriac via Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Road, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road. Coffee was taken at the Moriac General Store and following the break Nick, Kim, Julie, Ian and Chris Ha left the group and headed back to Geelong.
For the second stage we ventured from Moriac to Winchelsea incorporating a section of the Cape Otway Road followed by some back roads to Winchelsea. These back roads were relatively quiet and enjoyable to cycle with the down-hill section along Atkins Road into Winchelsea being the highlight of the day. A lunch break was taken at Café La Hoot abutting the Barwon River where the outstanding facilities enabled all riders to refresh prior to the return trip.
The third stage was from Winchelsea to Geelong, along Deans Marsh-Winchelsea Road then back to Cape Otway Road. The ride along Cape Otway Road back to Layards Road required riders to ride in single file due to the increased holiday traffic along this route. We again ventured onto back roads as we weaved our way across to Blackgate Road and The Great Ocean Road and from there onto Dickens Road and Ghazeepore Road back to Bunnings. Riders who completed the Winchelsea route were: Trudi, Jenni, Ken S, Peter J, Peter N, David S, David L, Ray, Mark K, John M, Allison, Janet, Garry, Noel, John H and myself. The total distance covered (from my start point) was 100kms. Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride.
Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Bannockburn and Environs on Sunday - 31.10.21
Today was a very enjoyable ride with 4 companions: John H, Ken G, Noel P and Peter Ch. We rode out TW Trail in fine sunny conditions to Bacchus Marsh Rd. We only had about 2 km on this busy road by using Houston Drive and Links Rd. After climbing the long hill in Staceys Rd a large kangaroo leaped onto the road ahead of us and continued for over 100 m before bounding over the fence into safer territory. Robbs Rd is now much wider and more pleasant when cars pass. Russells Bridge Rd gave us a better descent than the usual Parkers Rd with its rough blind corner. Clyde Hill was tough but we knew Bannockburn and hence coffee was very close. Alas we had to try 2 different places which were closed before finding the bakery had coffee, though the sign "Enter by other door" had us confused. We then took Masons / Spring Creek Rd which was new to Ken. He turned off soon after wanting to return via Pollocksford. Harvey Rd led us back to Bannockburn then down Midland Hwy before turning into Bakers Bridge Rd. From there we returned through Moorabool and used TW Trail from where we all headed home. I did 105 km in 4h 48 m average 21.8 Good riding my fellow centurions - thanks for your company.
Peter O'Brien Leads the Sunday Ride to the Cheeky Cow in Ocean Grove - 31.10.21 and Ted Reeve Reports
Todays ride from South Geelong Railway Station was leaderless until Peter O stepped up to the plate after having been “volunteered” to be leader. Peter immediately responded by “volunteering” me as ride reporter. We set off down the BRT to Curlewis where we farewelled Julia who was having mechanical issues. Onward to Wallington where Jennie called it a day in order to get home in time for a family get together. A left turn at Orchard Ave took us through the Wallington five acre block estate where we marvelled at the impressive homes and immaculate gardens. Grubb Road was busy with locals and long weekenders heading into Ocean Grove and the Cheeky Cow at Collendina was chock a block but the coffee and cake was excellent, if a bit slow. Peter and Marion J joined us there for a catch up with Peter assuring us that he would be back on the iron horse very soon after his “recharge”. The group split for the return trip with about half heading through Ocean Grove and the rest on to the Bellarine Highway and home. The mayhem caused by the mid week’s storms was evident with many fallen trees and lots of branches on the bike lane. Thanks to Chris Hu, Geoff and his son Scott, Ian B, Jennie, Julia, Lindy, Mike C, Peter O, Nick, Leo, Trudi for their excellent company on a perfect day for riding.
Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Cottage Farm Nursery in Gnarwarre - 30.10.21
Twelve riders came to the start of the ride at Fyansford: David L, Hugh P, Janet R, Jennie P, Joanne F, John H, John M, Julia Mc, Ray C, Trudi B, Leo B, and myself, Kim G meet us on the Barabool Hills, Alison G, did not ride but drove to the Cottage Farm Nursery to meet us and introduce her friend Peter to us. We started the ride into a strengthening head wind along the Hamilton Hwy and remained this way until we reached our refreshment stop. As we rode towards Moriac, the rain clouds were threatening but with the strong wind assist we made it to the Hwy at Pettavel Road when the rain commenced . Thanks to all who rode, and to John H for the Photos.
Regards Ken Smith.
Chris Halpin's Thursday Ride to Lara - 28.10.21
A bit of everything today. A SEVERE weather warning on the 7am news threatened mayhem, but still 10 hardy members meeting at Rippleside plus a lost LAC member, Ian, who decided to join us. So off we rode towards Lara in bright sunshine but soon enough the weather turned and we were donning our wet gear in North Shore, then sheltering under trees on the Hovell Trail. Loud thunder claps nearby had Jenny heading back for a work commitment and some others questioning going on. But the clouds then blew away and more bright sunshine took us to Lara. Coffee and some large cakes improved our spirits for the return leg up Staceys and Anakie Rd to the Ted Wilson Trail and home. Thanks to Alison, Garry, David, Jenny, Julia (tail end keeper), Ken S, Peter S, John M, Ted and Ian of course, around 60km and we beat the elements.
Peter O'Brien Leads the Tuesday Group to Moriac & Jan Juc - 26.10.21
Due to the large number of riders, today’s ride was split into two groups. Thanks to Mark K for leading the second group. The first stage of today’s ride was from Waurn Ponds to Moriac with the route incorporating Waurn Ponds Drive, Pettavel Road, Reservoir Road and Hendy Main Road. The downhill ride into Moriac provided splendid views of the countryside. A coffee break was held at the Moriac General Store where we were met by Lindy who had ridden in from home.
The second stage was from Moriac to Jan Juc and John Miro joined the group as we were departing. This route took us along Forest Road, which is relatively flat, and covered a distance of about 15 kms. When you think of Jan Juc you also think of hills. The ride along Jarosite, Bells Beach Road, Bells Boulevarde and Sunset Strip provided ample opportunities for riders to display their descending and climbing skills. With the sun shining the views over the bay were spectacular. A lunch break was taken at the Swell Café in Jan Juc and it was great to catch up with Doug Wyatt who is still recovering from his broken wrist. It was a day for catch-ups as Lyn L had ridden to the Café directly from her home and Nick arrived on four wheels. The second group arrived a bit later than expected as Allison had a puncture along the way.
The third stage was from Jan Juc to Geelong. The route taken was through Ocean Acres, Coombes Road, Dickens Road and Ghazeepore Road back to Bunnings. Riders who participated were: Kim, Trudi, Jenni, Ken S, Peter J, David S, Ray, Mark K, John M, Chris Ha, Peter N, Ken G, Allison, Janet, Garry, Noel, Greg and Andrew. The total distance covered was 67kms.
Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride. Peter O.
Janet's Sunday Ride to Pt Henry, Curlewis & Leopold - 24.10.21
We had quite a crowd at the showgrounds this morning for an easy ride to coffee at Leopold. They were Alison, Barry, Chris Hu, Craig, Geoff, Hugh, Ian, Jennie, Jo, John H, Leo, Lindy, Mark L, Noel, Peter C, PJ, Peter R, Ray, Sarah, Trudi, guest rider Paul and myself. The weather covered all bases with a little rain, sunshine, strong headwind, lovely tail wind and everything in between. Our route took us through the Eastern Gardens, Point Henry, Portarlington Rd, Curlewis Rd, Bellarine Hgw, coffee at the Rolling Pin in Leopold and back to the showgrounds via the back streets of St Albans Park and Breakwater. Thank you to John for leading the second group and to tail end charli's Barry, Geoff and Leo.
Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove & Drysdale - 23.10.21
After a night where some suburbs of Geelong had been battered with a storm that included hail during Friday evening , it was a surprise to awake to a still morning with out rain. Although there was some drizzle on the way to Grovedale, and I was amazed to have twelve riders come to enjoy the the ride: Chris H, Hugh P, Jennie P, Joanne F, John H, John M (met us at the Groove), Julia M, Mark S, PeterC, Peter J, Trudi B, Leo B, and myself . The first part of the ride was to the Groove Cafe , and we went via the Surf Coast Hwy, Blackgate and Thirteenth Beach Roads, and we arrived without any rain. After we were refreshed we rode to Drysdale, on the Wallington, Swan Bay, and Grubb Roads. It was here we had the rain start and kept falling until we reached the B.R.T at Curlewis Road. Thank you to all who participated and to Leo for being Tail End Charlie and to John H for the photos .
Barry Tippett's Thursday Ride to The You Yangs - 21.10.21
16 riders turned up on a warm and overcast day for the ride and potential ascent of the You Yangs summit. The riders included Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Clint P, David Sm, Gary Br, Ken S, Kim G, Lyn P, Lovro L, Noel P, Norm L, Peter C, Peter J, Peter N, Trudi Be. Both Chris Hu and Gary B had indicated at the the start of their ride their intention to break off from the group part way through the course and complete their own individual rides. Two groups were created with Ken Sm and Gary B opting for second leader and tail end Charlie roles. Thank you for volunteering. Chris Ha had a tyre puncture near Geelong Grammar which was quickly repaired and the two groups proceeded to the You Yangs.
With a tail wind and a slight downhill gradient assisting riders a nice rhythm was created on the Flinders Avenue 4.8km section. Our coffee stop was again located at Xpresso Lara. After our coffee the group divided into two groups with Peter J leading the group of 4 riders returning on the Ted Wilson trail. The now remaining 10 riders ventured back to Rippleside via Rennie St and Shell Pde where again we enjoyed a tailwind back to the start. Thank you to all riders for turning up. 64km covered at 23kms/hr with 381m of climbing.
Trudi Leads the Asphalt Ride & Chris Hume the Gravel Ride to Queenscliff - Thursday 19.10.21
Quite a crowd today for Chris’s ride to Queenscliff and return. 15 riders: Chris Hu and Ha, David S, Gary, Janet, Jennie, John M, Ken G and S, Kim, Peter J and C, Ray, Sarah and Trudi. Pretty easy riding along the rail trail saying bye to Janet at Drysdale, while the two Chris’s headed for the gravel option. Having released Chris of his leadership duties I took over the rest of the ride. Out onto the road up and down some lumps we arrived at Portarlington for coffee. Today I had to race over and retrieve some eager, thirsty, hungry cyclists from Daniels Donuts premises. (Lucky for me they came quietly) Because today I wanted to go back to a old favourite coffee stop the Bakery. Plenty of seating outside under umbrellas, service was quick and was a very pleasant setting. Well refreshed and refuelled time to get on the move, the esplanade was stunning as ever. Unfortunately we had a shower come through while riding in St Leonard’s, lucky for us it didn’t last long but long enough to wet us. Murradoc Rd, Queenscliff Rd saw us sailing along, three turned off at Swan Bay Rd. The rest of us headed into Queenscliff for our second stop of the day lunch at the Bakery. Our return route was straight back down the Highway rejoining the rail trail at Moolap. Thanks everyone for your company today for what was our first longer ride since the lockdowns started, most of us reaching the 100 km mark or over.
Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Shelford & Inverleigh on Sunday 17.10.21
I was pleased to be joined by regular Sunday Long rider John Hagan and Mark Jones doing his first Sunday Long Ride with me. We took an indirect route to Fyansford with an exciting descent down Monier Way. There was brief drizzle as we rode out Hamilton Highway into a slight head wind. After Murgheboluc we took the quieter Brislane and Spring Creek Roads. Then came a less enjoyable section along busy Shelford road though there were only two big trucks. A pleasant off road path led us into Teesdale where coffee and cake awaited us, though we should of course have had tea in Teesdale! The offroad path continued for a long way and then we enjoyed the great downhill into Shelford. It was a pleasant ride along the valley road following Leigh River. Quiet backroads led us into Inverleigh for a brief stop.There was steady traffic back along Hamilton Highway and at Fyansford the river path lead us home. Distance was 104 km in 4 h 34 min av 22.8 I was home by 1-15 pm. Thank you John and Mark for joining me.
Janet's Circuit of Geelong on Sunday 17.10.21
An easy ride around Geelong attracted the following riders to South Geelong Station: Alison, Hugh, Ian, Jennie, Julia, Leo, Mark L, Noel, PJ,Trudi and myself. We broke into two groups with PJ and Julia leading the second group and Leo taking tail end. It felt a bit like a train along Barrabool Rd as we picked up Kim, Jo and Mike C at various points and then Geoff in Pigdons Rd. We rode through Highton, Wandana Heights, Armstrong Creek, Breakwater to our coffee stop at Mercy Cafe in the Eastern Gardens. Excellent coffee and nibbles (as long as the weather is ok for outdoor seating). Just a short journey back to the station to finish.
Thanks everyone for a lovely morning. Janet.
Trudi's Saturday Ride to Bannockburn - 16.10.21
This morning I wasn’t expecting to be riding due to the rain that poured down from the skies above yesterday. And I was certainly not expecting to find ten cycling friends at the top of Church St ready to ride. Lucky for us all we didn’t encounter any rain on our ride to Bannockburn or the return. Today riders were Barry, Hugh, Jennie, Jo, John M, Julie, Ken S, Leo, Nick and Sarah, Trudi. Heading out on the Hamilton Hwy into a head wind saw Barry, Ken, Nick and John taking turns out the front to protect the rest of us (thank you fellas). Brislane Rd was a delight with some assistance from the wind. Cafe of choice as always was Cafe Le Due Sorelle, having our beverages outside on the sidewalk, service was excellent. Today we helped celebrated Nick’s birthday so Sarah kindly offered to pick up the tab. Our return route saw us descending quite fast down and through Clyde and Parker Rd’s. Once on Steiglitz Rd we had a great tailwind to blow us homeward. Crossing the Ballan Rd and along Lovely Banks Rd we rejoined the Ted Wilson Path, before we knew it we were soon back at Church St.. Thanks everyone for coming out on a very grey morning to join me on what turned out to be a fantastic ride. Thanks again Sarah for the refreshments it was so nice to be able to share in Nick’s birthday celebrations.
Janet's Loop to Ocean Grove on Thursday 14.10.21
We had a beautiful ride to Ocean Grove today via Lake Rd and 13th Beach. Coffee at The Groove was good and quick as usual. Heading back via Wallington and Curlewis Rd to the BRT we came across a turtle in the middle of the road which Chris kindly picked up and moved to the side. Hopefully the turtle was happy with the side of the road he chose! With dark clouds looming we all went our shortest route home. Today's riders were: Alison, Barry (tail end Charli thank you), Chris Ha & Hu, Jennie (who left us early to go to work), Ken S, Kim, Nick, Noel, Peter O'B, Sarah and myself.
Thank you all for a fun ride, Janet.
Tuesday 12th Oct - TWO RIDES:
1/ Loop from Colac to Beeac & Red Rock led by Ken Gawne
11 members (see photos) made their way to Colac to experience one of the top rides on the GTC calendar. The group had travelled less than 3 kms when Ken Smith was halted by a broken chain and had to abandon. We battled a fresh crosswind to Beeac where, even though barely 18 kms had been covered, a coffee break was taken as there would not be another opportunity before arriving back in Colac. Around Lake Cundare and on through Dreeite and Alvie before the climb of Red Rock. Our reward, panoramic views over lakes and craters. Down the hill past Alvie, along the edge of Lake Corangamite and then back onto roads leading to the Princes Hwy. Thanks to all for supporting a unique out-of-town ride.
2/ Chris Halpin Leads the Ride to Jan Juc & Moriac
Six starters - Chris Hu, Julia, Lindy, PJ, Ray and Trudi met me at the Grovey this beautiful morning. We quickly decided to try our favourite Vickerys/ Gundries ride in reverse, so headed for Horseshoe Bend Rd via Warralily to Torquay. Around the Esplanade with a pleasant easterly to Swell for coffee and chat with Doug. Doug is making progress with his broken arm but would like it to be mending a bit quicker - a familiar story. Back on our bikes we headed for Bones Rd, across the Hwy to Gundries, Vickerys, then Hendy Main and more refreshments at Moriac. Just short of town Ray punctured after hitting a pothole. Luckily it was only a puncture - easily fixed. I needed to be home so I left the happy group hopping into lunch at the store. A great ride of just on 70km for me, great company and even better weather.
Jesse does a GRAVEL Ride to Torquay - 10.10.21
Jesse was the only one to turn up and here is a short description of where he went. Cycled from Bunnings down Ghazeepore on to Whites Rd then on to Pettavel then down Loutitt Bay Rd on to Vickerys then Elkington Rd then down the Great Ocean Rd riding around the foreshore to Safeway at Merrijig Drive. Back around the foreshore up the Great Ocean Rd stopping at Elkington Rd. Much of it gravel - total 68km.
John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Moriac - 10.10.21
A good turnout for our ride to Moriac. At the starting line: Ken, Jennie, Trudi, Julia, Ray, Leo, Ian, Peter C, Noel, Janet and your ride leader, John H. The breeze was nippy but the sun was out when we started. The first part of our ride was on bike trails - first the Barwon Trail to Breakwater, then the Waurn Ponds Trail, where Kim joined us, then to Ghazeepore Rd. The next trail was up the side of the Princes Highway, through the Hams Rd underpass and up to the Anglesea Rd/Princes Highway roundabouts. Lindy joined us and Jennie left us at the intersection with Mt Duneed Rd which we took through to Cape Otway Rd. Half way along it started raining and persisted almost through to Moriac Store. As you can see from the photo below we were fortunate to have the sun out for most of our coffee break. The return trip was via Paraparap and Freshwater Creek. Thanks to Leo who kept the end of the line in order and thanks all for an enjoyable morning's ride.
Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Portarlington - 9.10.21
A timely COVID negative text message at 7am released me to lead today's ride and join 14 GTC riders enjoying the sunshine at the Showgrounds meeting point. So 2 groups, with Janet kindly offering to lead the 2nd, and John Miro providing 'tail end' duties. It was great to welcome Ray back from an extended break - also riding were David BS, Geoff, Jenny, Ken S, Kim, Mark S, Peter C, John H, Trudi & Leo. Traffic on the Rail Trail was quite light thru to Jetty Rd. Kim and Geoff headed back from Drysdale, while the rest of us tackled the Bypass and the rolling hills into Portarlington. Daniels Donuts was a popular choice for coffee and treats and the brilliant sunshine was very welcome. We tracked back to Drysdale the same way and headed south on Princess St to Swan Bay Rd. Here Peter punctured and the groups split with Leo and myself assisting Peter and the remaining riders racing to the Bellarine Hwy and home. There and back was just on 70Km - a pretty and challenging ride. Thanks everyone especially John H for the photos.
TWO Rides on Thursday to Moriac and Beyond - 7.10.21
1/ Kim's Ride to Ashphalt Loop to Moriac:
The numbers kept growing at the Bunnings starting point so we decided to split into 2 groups. My group of 6 were, Gary, Janet, Jennie, Kim, Peter N and Trudi. Ken S was kind enough the take the second group of 7 being, Geoff (back from FNQ), Ken, Lindy, Noel, Norm, Peter C and Barry as Tail end Charlie. We took WP Drive and Pettavel and onto Moriac via Reservoir and Cape Otway. Lindy and Geoff stopped for refreshments while the rest of us continued down Church, Larcombes and up Hendy to meet at the coffee stop. Ken’s group rolled in soon after so we were just one big happy group. After lots of chatter and a beverage to top us up we headed back down Hendy, over to Blackgate, Dickens and Ghazeepore to home. The wind had become stronger and quite cold and rain was threatening all the way home from Moriac. Fortunately we kept dry but Ghazeepore Road was very wet from the railway line to Bunnings so a shower had just gone through. Thanks to Ken and Barry for your assistance today, and to all the participants for a very enjoyable ride. We travelled 50k with 410m elevation. A great mornings ride.
2/ Mark Kelly's GRAVEL Ride through to Gherang and Back to Moriac for Coffee:
Only three Graveleurs today for a loop out the back of Moriac - Chris Ha, David L and Mark K. We took Willowite Rd then headed across to Hendy Main Rd and Larcombs Rd where we passed the roadies doing it easy with a nice tailwind heading into Moriac for coffee. After turning onto Layard Rd we took a left at Dangers Rd to get into the good gravel. Heading up Wombete Station Rd we enjoyed the lush looking country side. The weather cooled down somewhat and it looked like we might get some rain but only a few drops eventuated. After a quick stop at the Tanners campground with some brief orchid spotting and with the sun returning we headed back along Tanners Rd to Forest Rd and into Moriac for coffee. We then enjoyed a tailwind assisted ride back to Waurn Ponds. Thanks David and Chris for your company and special thanks to David for keep us honest on the pace. A very enjoyable gravel ride of just on 70kms and not as muddy as we thought it might be.
Peter O'Brien's Ride to The GOR Chocolaterie - Tuesday 5.10.21
This morning eight enthusiastic riders turned up for the planned ride down to Anglesea. Strong prevailing winds meant we had to keep our heads down along the first part of the ride that incorporated Gazeepore, Dickins, Blackgate, Hendy Main and Larcombes Roads. When we turned into Forest Road there was some relief from the wind allowing riders to enjoy a relatively quick ride to the Great Ocean Road. It was at this point we decided not to go to Anglesea but rather succumb to the allure of a coffee at the Chocolaterie. Surprisingly, the Chocolaterie was practically empty, a good thing for us given these Covid times.
On the return ride we forewent the hills on Gundry and Vickery Roads in favour of the more direct route back to Geelong via Torquay and with the aid of strong tail wind we were home in no time at all. The total distance covered today was 82kms. Participating riders were: Peter J, Peter C, David, Mark K, Kim, Ken S, Ken G and myself.
Sunday 3rd October - TWO RIDES:
1/ Greg Allerton's Hard Ride.
I was pleased to be joined by John C, Peter C, Jesse H and Noel P at South Geelong station for the early 8 a.m. Summer Time start. We rode out TW Trail to Midland Highway where it was a bit foggy. We then took the service road down through Batesford expecting bad fog but it was clear. Daruma Way lead us through the quiet estates then over Dog Rocks and down to Hamilton Highway.John C left us as we headed out Pollocksford Rd through more light fog. We explored the dead end Nobles Rd,which ended at the elaborate security gates of Rosemont horse stud. It was a tough climb back up to rejoin the main road.It was then out Gnarwarre Rd for 4 km before we turned back and made our way to Cottage Farm Nursery for much needed refreshments.Fog had cleared as we cruised down over Princes Highway and along Considines and Hortips Roads.It was an easy ride on Church, Larcombes,and Hendy Main Road before pedalling through Moriac up to Reservoir Rd. Pettavel Rd ,Waurn Ponds Drive and the creek path took us back into South Geelong. I was home at 2 pm having ridden 100.5 km , average 22.2. Both Peter and Noel rode over 120 km having ridden from home. Good pedalling everyone!
Greg Allerton, Ride Leader.
2/ John Hagan's Easy Ride to Lara.
Our riders today were: Ted, John H, Trudi, Kim, Jennie, Janet, Lindy, Peter J, Leo, Barry and Chris Hu.
As we headed off on the Bay Trail to Lara we encountered light fog which eventually lifted to give us some beautiful sunshine. Along the Hovell Path we had to skirt around a burnt out car on the middle of the path with broken glass strewn in all directions. Coming under the Princes Freeway we found that the pump was working well to take any excess water away - Ted had been a great campaigner to see that this formerly flooded path was trafficable in wet weather. When we arrived in Lara we did a loop up to the next level crossing on the railway line to make sure we were arriving at the booked time of 10:15am at Xpresso Lounge Cafe. Service was at a reasonable pace for the majority but Leo and Chris quite a wait as there was a big birthday party group there. Our return trip was via the Ted Wilson Path and Church St. Thanks to Leo for being our 'tail end Charlie'.
Keep Riding, John.
Nick's Saturday Ride to Gnarwarre - 2.10.21
Its a well known truism that Peter J can pick the weather and then choose the right garb to wear for the conditions. He was right on Thursday where Tarnay’s predicted a ‘wet ride’ that was not to be and that today would be showers. Right Again. Chris Ha, David L, Jennie, Jo, John H &M, Julia, Ken S, Leo, Nick, Peter J, Sarah, Ted and Trudi turned up expecting the odd shower or two and weren’t disappointed. 400 metres up the road it was jackets on ! Peter, Ted and Chris continued up the Hwy to Pollocksford whilst my group turned at Merrawarp before puffing up the steep hills of Barrabool. The group split again when Jo punctured requiring team mechanic ‘Mr fixit’ Leo to expertly do the repair whilst the rest of us had a chat. One very small piece of hard to find glass. Gnarwarre road extension was abandoned in favour of catching the rest of the group for coffee and cake at the nursery. The return route via Moriac and then along Mt Dunneed was pleasantly tailwind assisted and certainly much easier than the trip out. Most riders stayed together up Pigdons Rd before branching off for home. Thankyou to all riders and tail end Charlie Leo.
Chris Halpin leads the ride to Barwon Heads on Thursday 30.9.21
Six warmly dressed riders, 2x Chris, Jesse, Noel, PJ and Peter C, met at the Grovedale this morning. Ride Leader Sarah and Nick were there to see us safely on our way, as was Trudi - too wet for them. The weather was very kind to us actually and we were soon complaining about being "too hot". Off we pedalled along Surf Coast Hwy to Warralilly, into a light easterly to Lake & Barwon Heads Rd, around Sheepwash and into the Beach House for coffee and treats. Lots of lively discussion before we headed back along 13th Beach to HSB Rd and back in to Geelong and a little more misty rain. You can be lucky! All up about 55km little wind and pleasant company.
Thanks all, Chris.
Tuesday 28th Sept - TWO RIDES:
1/ Nick Leads the Ride from Anglesea to Wye River on the Great Ocean Road
Delightful spring weather at Anglesea welcomed Ken S, Janet, Jenny, John M, Nick, Sarah, Peter C & J and Trudi back from lockdown to test the legs on the iconic GOR. In spite of the school holidays, traffic was relatively light and drivers were courteous. We had a lovely run into Lorne where we had coffee and conversation before deciding to ride at least to the Mt Defiant Lookout. Once there the group thought at least the outskirts of Wye River would be achievable and so we pressed on and made it within sight of Separation Creek before turning around. Only Peter C completed the listed course into Wye itself. Chapeau Peter! Cycling is hungry work so we stopped again in Lorne for excellent toasted Sangas. Fortified, we headed back; however despite the balmy conditions, Big Hill and Aireys were now more challenging with tired legs and bodies unused to the longer distance and saddle time. After all the hard work the downhill into Anglesea was fantastic and a fitting finish to one of the best rides on the calendar.
Thank you riders and Well Done! Special thanks to tail end Charlie’s Peter J and Peter C.
Cheers, Nick T.
2/ Kim's Loop to Moriac
My request in triplicate for a nice day was answered with perfect conditions for the 11 riders gathering at Bunnings. We decided that one group spread out was the best option with Alison, Chris’s x2, David L, Gary, Ken G, Kim, Lindy, Lyn L, Noel and Peter N, all eager to get out on the bike following yet another lockdown. We headed up Ghazeepore to Dickens and over to Blackgate, Hendy Main and Church then finding our way to the Moriac Store for coffee. Here we were greeted by another group of riders who filled the deck table area so most of us went out to the back yard which was very pleasant with ample tables and seating. It was here, in front of everyone, that Lindy asked if she could feel me. We had been discussing the club jersey at the time so I think that’s what she meant. Once we were refreshed we headed back up Hendy Main to Reservoir, Pettavel and down Waurn Ponds Drive, then everyone made their way home. An uneventful but a very pleasant mornings ride with a great group for company. Distance 44km.
Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Moriac & Bannockburn - Sunday 19.9.21
I was pleased to have 4 other club members (Peter C, John H, Peter O'B and John C at the start for my GTC Long ride,though John C only came to take the start photo - he probably thought I would have no other takers given the grim weather forecast. We were to ride the Great Circle circuit clockwise instead of the usual opposite way. Conditions were OK until we reached Reservoir Rd when the NW wind began to strengthen. We took the short cut on Cape Otway Rd to Moriac as there was little traffic. Along Hortips Rd the resident magpie took exception to our presence.
Cottage Farm Nursery was a welcome stop with hot coffee and a choice of home made slices. Soon we were descending Pollocksford Rd. The 6 km west along Hamilton Hwy was very tough into a gale force head wind. Brislanes then Harvey Rd took us to Bannockburn. After a short stop we went through the new roundabout and down Clyde Hill. Peter O'B powered up the climb to Steiglitz Rd. Peter C then relished the great tail wind and got well ahead. We regrouped at Ballan Rd and had an easy ride back to Geelong. I was home by 1-30 pm after exactly 100 km in 4 h 33 m, av 21.9 Thanks to my companions and well ridden Peter C who did 120 km.
Janet's Sunday Ride to Drysdale - 19.9.21
Today's 6 riders abandoned the proposed ride to Torquay and opted for Drysdale with the thought that the BRT would shelter us a bit on the way back. A lovely ride down the Bellarine Hgw, Swan Bay, Princess and coffee at the Bungalow. The maggie at the Drysdale station took a persistant liking to Trudi on our way to the BRT.
Thanks to David L, Kim, Leo, PJ, and Trudi for your company. Janet.
Chris Halpin's Ride to Lara on a very WINDY Saturday - 18.9.21
At the 9.00am start point we had 10 hardy GTC riders sheltering in the Rippleside pavilion. Straight out of 3 Little Pigs - with the wolf threatening to blow the house down. Lots of discussion about safety and options before the call was made to proceed up the sheltered back streets to Lara and abandon the You Yangs summit option. Those present included David L, Greg, Janet, Ken S, POB, Peter C & PJ, Trudi & Leo. By this time we had been joined by Johns M & H, plus a windblown Jenny. Peter O’Brien lead us past the old Powerhouse and the port, and onto Station St all the way to the Princes Hwy. All good so far. A handy bike friendly path alongside the Hwy took us into School Rd then left into Shell Pde and on to our booking at Xpresso Coffee Lounge in Lara. Of course we were now 30min early for the booking but all were happy to accept takeaways and gather in the sunshine out the back. The homeward option was out to Windermere Rd into the wind to Bacchus Marsh Rd and down to the relative shelter of the Ted Wilson path along the freeway. All up a bit over 40km and a very challenging ride. Thanks everyone for the company and assistance, and a special mention to Leo for his tail end support role.
1/ GRAVEL RIDE from Torquay to Anglesea led by Chris Halpin - Thursday 16.9.21
Only 3 eager gravelleurs today. Chris Hu and I welcomed Peter J back from his Northern holidays and we set off from Torquay heading along the Surf Coast track to Anglesea. Beautiful sunny morning with a chilly easterly wind to help us along the way. It was a bonus to meet up with Doug out walking in Jan Juc. Track conditions were pretty good, a smattering of joggers, walkers, dogs and prams. A gorgeous Wallaby in the Ironbark forest was another bonus, and then a Brown snake enjoying the sunshine certainly caught our attention. Pleased to report no Magpies! The track gets quite difficult closer to Anglesea but we managed easily enough. Toasties and coffee in Anglesea were much appreciated before tackling the return leg. All up just on 40km of most enjoyable traffic free cycling.
2/ Ken Smith's Thursday Ride to Moriac - 16.9.21
The day started with a 5 degree morning and as the Sun appeared the temperature rose making the ride pleasant,with only a slight breeze. As there were fifteen riders two groups formed so as to comply with the Covid requirements. Ken G volunteered to lead the second lot and oversee their safety. Barry was my tail end charlie, thank you both. We rode on Ghazeepore, Dickens, Anglesea, Blackgate, Larcombes, Church, and Cape Otway Roads to the Mt Moriac Store. There we enjoyed coffee and cake and good service. On the homeward route we rode Hendy Main. Reservoir, Waurne Ponds Drive. Good ride, no punctures, thank you to those who participated: Alison, Barry, David L, David S, Gary, Ian B, Janet, Ken G, Kim, Lyn, Norm, Peter C,Ted,Trudi.
Regards, Ken Smith.
Janet Roussety's Tuesday Ride to Bannockburn - 14.9.21
A lovely morning saw 9 riders meet at Church Street for a ride to Bannockburn. We were Jennie, John M, Julia, Ken S (tail end), Kim, Peter C, Ted, Trudi and myself. Kim had his lovely new shiny bike to show off. With a sight tail or cross wind we enjoyed the run along Ballan Rd, Stiglitz Rd, Parker Rd (where there was a very large pot hole down the bottom of the hill) and then the climb up Clyde Hill. Coffee, munchies and chatter in Bannockburn before heading down the busy Midland Hwy, Dog Rocks and coming into Geelong along the Hamilton.
A lovely morning thanks to all, Janet.
Janet Roussety's Ride to Drysdale on Sunday - 12.9.21
Today saw 9 riders head from the Sth Geelong Station to Drysdale. We had a terrific run all the way down the Bellarine Hgw with a fabulous tail wind before turning at Swan Bay and making our way to the coffee van at the station. Excellent coffee served at lightening speed. Home was via the BRT. Thanks to Barry, Chris Hu, Jennie, John H, Leo (tail end) Peter C, Ted and Trudi.
Happy riding, Janet.
Ted's anti magpie gear below.
John Hagan's Saturday Ride to Portarlington - 11.9.21
Sixteen riders turned up for the GTC ride today and were divided into 2 separate groups to meet the covid standards. On top of that number Julia arrived without her water bottle so headed back to get it and do her own ride. Janet volunteered to lead the second group (top photo below). It was sunny and later cloudy but very windy. In the first group were Mark S, Nick, Peter O'B, Jesse, John H, Ken S, and Jo and in the second group Ian B, John M, Mark L (a new member - welcome Mark), Peter C, Chris Hu, Janet, Chris Ha, Mark J and
Jennie. We made good progress under a NW wind out on the Rail Trail, Bellarine Highway, Swan Bay Rd, the Queenscliff Rd to Portarlington. Mark J and Chris Ha left the group at Princess St to head for coffee at Drysdale. On arrival at Portarlington the rest of the 2 groups called at Daniel's Donuts to get coffee and donuts. We copped a bit more of the wind on the way back but the Bellarine Rail Trail is reasonably well protected and this was very much appreciated. The total distance for our ride was just over 70km. Well done all for a good morning's exercise. It was good to be back on the saddle and able to do that sort of distance after our last lockdown.
Keep riding, John Hagan.
Ken Smith's Thursday Ride to Drysdale, Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads - 19.8.21
The air was cold about 5 degrees as we gathered for the ride to commence, we warmed up once we got under way. As there were fifteen riders two groups were formed Barry volunteered to lead one with Noel as the tail end charlie. Peter N undertook that role with me thank you. The B.R.T was very busy with walkers and cyclists, the other cycling club [not sure of their name] started at the same time on their ride to Drysdale. When we reached the pedestrian lights at Jetty Road we waived to Ross as he rode towards Geelong. We rode along the bypass to Princess Street to Swan Bay Road, crossing Grubb Road down the Swan Bay extension through Wallington to the Groove Cafe . There we enjoyed their fast service and refreshments and then we were on our bikes to stop at the car park above the Golf Links to watch the waves coming on to shore, and to be thankful that we have this scenery to enjoy. Thank you to the riders who participated. Barry, Chris HU, David L, David S,Gary, Jennie, John M, Julia, Marge, Mike C, Peter C, Peter N, Noel, and Trudi.
Regards, Ken Smith.
Chris Halpin's Tuesday Ride to Jan Juc - 17.8.21
Only 15 riders today for the best ride in Australia to Bells Beach via Vickerys and Gundrys. At the Bunnings start we had Ben, 2x Davids, 2x Chris', Doug, Janet, Jenny, 2x Kens, Noel, Peter and Trudi. Lyn rang in from the Grovey Hotel and organised to meet us, and then John M arrived for the coffee break. Ken Smith gallantly volunteered to lead the required group 2, and Chris Hume assumed Kelpie duties.
Traffic was hectic in Geelong but quiet on our back roads - Ghazeepore, Dickens, Anglesea, Blackgate to Hendy Main, Vickerys, Gundrys to Addiscott and on to Bells Beach. Little wind, lovely scenery, a couple of light misty showers - great riding weather really. Coffee at Swell was very enjoyable as we regrouped for a chat, and a banana bread fix of course. Back on our bikes we enjoyed a gathering tail wind thru Torquay to Horseshoe Bend Rd and home in a little under 70km.
Thanks all for a very enjoyable morning. Chris.
John Hagan's Sunday Ride to Brown Shugar in Curlewis - 15.8.21
Beautiful sunshine greeted eight riders at Sth Geelong Station this morning: Trudi, Leo, Jennie, Lindy, Noel, Chris Hu, Peter C and your ride leader, John H. We took the Bellarine Rail Trail as far as Bawtree Rd before heading on about 50 metres of gravel to join the Portarlington Rd to avoid some of the roadworks on the Curlewis Rd intersection. At this point riders were asked to make a decision as to whether they would go via Hermsley and Coriyule Rds with 2.5km of dirt road and some great scenery across the bay or stay on the bitumen along the BRT and Tivoli Rd to coffee at Brown Shugar in the Curlewis Shopping Centre. Three of us took the gravel option and Peter C led the others who arrivived at the cafe first. There were some beautiful cakes on display and 3 of us tucked into giant carrot cake laced with thickened cream! We perhaps had not ridden far enough to deserve such a treat but couldn't resist. Your ride leader pulled out of the ride to take a person in care for their covid jab so Trudi took over the leadership at Princess St and led the group back via Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. They were battered by the strong wind from the north when joined the Highway. Thanks to Chris Hu for guarding the tail end and all for a very pleasant ride.
Keep riding, John Hagan.