GTC News Tuesday - 11.8.20
Notice from PRESIDENT - 3.8.20
Hello fellow GTC members,
Once again, in line with the reintroduced Stage 3 COVID restrictions, our ride programme has been suspended. This will take place immediately. Stage 3 restriction means you may ride solo, ride with one other person not from your household whilst maintaining social distancing or ride with household members. Masks must be carried and worn any time not on the bike. Note that cafes will again serve takeaway only. The extended club insurance is also still available. We are in the process of establishing a dedicated email account to manage this more sensibly. I will advise on the details ASAP. I'll also take the opportunity to remind riders that they could use WhatsApp to tee up a ride with another club member. Not everyone feels confident riding by themselves outside of Geelong. A very short write up and photo for the website would keep us connected.
Take care and keep well. Lindy Lester - President GTC.
With regard to insurance when riding in TWOS - email your ride plans beforehand (need only include your name, start time and location and intended destination, in advance of your departure of course) by 9pm the day before to GTCinsurance@yahoo.com and you will receive a confirmation.
Julia & Leo Ride from Grovedale to Torquay on Sunday 9.8.20
Julia & Leo started our ride at Grovedale heading to Torquay via Ghazepore Rd , Ocean Acres . Stopped for a coffee & food at Routley`s . Very quiet for a Sunday on the Surf coast A very pleasant ride with cloudy skies until our return ride in sunshine.
Ian B & John H to Drysdale & Collendina on Sunday 9.8.20
Ian and I headed out the Bellarine Rail Trail into a strong wind to the Drysdale Station and then down Princess St and Grubb Rd Ocean Grove. We turned left into the Oakdene Estate to take a back road through to coffee at Donut King in the Shell Rd Shopping Centre. On the way through Oakdene we met up with Geof Bagley with his dog Otto. Geof kindly took the photo below for us. We rode Bonnyvale Rd through Collendina - once we turned onto Ocean Throughway we had the wind behind us for most of the rest of the ride. The trip home was via 13th Beach and Horseshoe Bend Rd. The distance for me was 75.35km with av speed of 23.1kph.
Thanks Ian for the company and some good exercise!
Peter J & Trudi Ride to Torquay on Sunday 9.8.20
After yesterday's rain this morning was a pleasure. Even had some Sun from home but clouded over quickly. Just an easy ride today down to Torquay via Ocean Acres and back via HSBend Rd. Roads seem quiet without all the Melbourne people. A lot of bikes out riding two by two. Bit of a part head wind going to Torquay but nice run home.
Cheers Peter J
Julia and Peter J to Gnarwarre & Moriac on Saturday 8.8.20
Rainy morning so only the tough get out and ride. Meet Julie at Fyansford and headed out the Hamilton Hwy to Pollocksford, up to Barabool Rd and to Cafe with a View. After a warming coffee we headed home via Moriac and Reservoir Rd. Going down Waurn Ponds Dve, Cochrans called, so it was over Ceres and down Merrawarp and back to Fyansford. Damp at times but enjoyable morning on the bike.
Cheers Peter J.
Jennie & John H to Leopold & Waurn Ponds on Saturday 8.8.20
After putting off a longer ride in the morning due to the inclement weather, we took off about 1pm from Belmont and headed for Leopold on the Rail Trail into a stiff breeze and a few spots of rain. Coming back on the Bellarine Highway we then came along Townsend Rd to Breakwater and took the Waurn Ponds Trail to Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre. On arrival we found that Jennie had a puncture in the back tyre. However, coffee beckoned and we obtained coffee and tea at Muffin Break. Then the job was to repair the puncture - well, the tyre proved immovable - you could not even get the tyre lever under the tyre. Her bike had to be taken to a local expert to have it fixed. The ride had been well worthwhile - JH covered 36.52km and Jennie about 30km.
Keep riding, John H.
Julia and Jennie Head South on Tuesday 4.8.20
Jennie & Julia did a beautiful Thursday ride this morning from the Grovedale Hotel to Jan Juc, via Heyers, Ghazeepore & Anglesea Roads. Stopped for coffee at Swell which was very pleasant before winding our way home along Horseshoe Bend Road.
Trudi & Peter J to Jan Juc on Tuesday 4.8.20
Back to riding two by two, from Grovedale Pub across Heyers Rd to Ghazapore Rd and out Anglesea Rd to the GOR. Good riding but a bit of a slight headwind. A couple of rollers along the GOR to Bells Blvd then some really good rollers before we took Sunset into Jan Juc and a coffee at Swell. Home via Torquay and HSBend Rd with a lovely tailwind.
Cheers Peter J.
Peter O and Peter J Ride to Portarlington - Tuesday 4.8.20
As soon as our ride programme collapsed once again it was time to hook up again with my Iso Buddies for a ride to Portarlington. Trudi and Jennie and Peter O were all keen but come the morning with a bit of weather and an icy wind "the weaker sex"piked leaving just the two Peter's to roll on. A strong Westerly air flow was not good for Port so we enjoyed a nice run out to Curlewis in the Sun, cut across to Ocean Grove, stopped at "Stoked" for a very enjoyable coffee before heading home through a few scudding showers and wind. Very cold wind but we were dressed to cover the expected conditions. I enjoyed my morning out on the bike in good company, thanks Peter. Cheers Peter J.
Mark Shying's Easy Ride to Ocean Grove and his Longer Ride from there to Torquay, Bellbrae & Moriac on Sunday 2.8.20
The 100 kms two loops ride from Grovedale Hotel was today’s ride. Advertised as an easy ride, Geoff Cam, Andrew, Mike, John, Chris Hu, Katrina, Rob, Mark J, Julia, Jennie, Janet, Sarah, Nick and Doug joined Mark S to ride out. Social distancing required we split into two groups and within the groups keep the 1.5 metre distance. Down Surf Coast Hwy and Waralily, Lindy and Peter joined us at Lake road. Across to 13th Beach, all took in the calm of the sea, dotted with surfers. Riding under brilliant sunny skies soon we were at The Dunes for refreshments and chat. Departing The Dunes in three groups, we returned along 13th Beach. The group of Geoff Cam, Andrew, Mike, Lindy and Peter cycled back to Grovedale Hotel. The other two groups rode onto Torquay. There we split again. Doug headed home. Chris Hu and Julia rode direct to Moriac. The rest headed to Moriac via Great Ocean Road and Forest Road. A highlight was John powering up the climb out of Torquay. On reaching Moriac we all enjoyed more sustenance and chat. A great day for riding was fast coming to an end as we traversed the roads back to Grovedale Hotel. The adverstised 100 kms was achieved. A first for Jennie – congratulations! And a first for John since his serious accident – well done! Thank you for joining me for today’s ride.
Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Mannerim & Drysdale - 1.8.20
A cool morning 6 degrees with a warmer day to come had the ten riders ready to ride. We rode along the Bellerine rail trail to the pedestrian crossing at Moolap, we then proceeded along the Hwy and at Leopold Rob left us as he had to go home early. We took a different route to Drysdale and stayed on the Hwy passing through the round about at Wallington continuing to Banks Rd where we turned left and into a strong north head wind this prevailed until the peleton reached the Swan Bay intersection another left turn then we rode to Princess Street. Back into the head wind Ray took over the pace and we averaged 20 kph to the Bungalow Cafe. A enjoyable social time was had. We rode home on the rail trail, Johns e bike went well. Thank you for a good ride. The riders where: Barry, Ian Busch, Janet, John H, Kim, Dr Mike, Ray, Rob, Gary and myself.
Apologies - Dr Mike should have been on the left of the photo below - he is just east of the viewfinder!!
Peter O'Brien's Thursday Ride from Church St to Bannockburn via Fyansford - 30.7.20
It was cold and foggy this morning when Ross, Janet, Trudi, Ken S, Ted, Julie and myself turned out for the ride from Church Street to Bannockburn. We decided to ride down the new streets in Fyansford where the descents were exhilarating. Due to roadworks, we took an alternative route before connecting with the Hamilton Highway and at Pollocksford Road Doug was waiting to join the group having ridden across from Moriac. We continued along the highway to Burnside Road and then onto Bannockburn for a coffee break. On the return trip we descended Clyde Hill Road and as we turned into Parker Road we passed Lovro going in the opposite direction - it was good to see him back on the bike. We continued riding through the valley enjoying fantastic views of the surrounding hills. From there we conquered the Parker Road Hill followed by a pleasant ride back home to Geelong. Distance 55kms.
Mark Kelly's 96km Ride to Aireys Inlet on Tuesday - 28.7.20
Eleven riders turned up at Bunnings for the trip down the Surfcoast: Gary, Ben, Julia, Mark J, Mark K, Nick, Sarah, Kim, Chris Hu, Chris Ha and Peter J. Although the weather looked a bit gloomy it soon cleared and we had a pleasant ride heading out. Doug joined us on Blackgate Rd and the ride along Forest Rd was steady with the sun poking through. At Anglesea, despite the sunshine, most of the group decided to have coffee and head back up the hill. Only four - Julia, Ben, Chris Ha and Mark K headed onto Airey’s Inlet. We passed Ross G heading back the other way. He may have been trying to warn us that none of the cafes at Airey’s (at least those at the top of the hill) were open. Despite my encouragement for one of the group to ride down the hill to see if anything was open none volunteered so we headed back to Anglesea for coffee. I was trying to set a club record for distance before coffee but at just over 60kms not sure I succeeded. While the sun disappeared the wind was relatively light and we had good climb up the Anglesea hill and with a nice little tailwind cruised along the Surfcoast Highway back to Bunnings. A solid ride of 96km and 740m of climbing. Thanks to all the riders for good company and safe riding.
Mike Currie's Easy Sunday Ride to Lara - 26.7.20
A grim morning made me wonder how many would join me for today’s easy ride to Lara. To my surprise, ten hardy souls arrived, including Geoff C, Jennie, John H, Lindy, Pam, Peter N, Rob, Susannah and Ted. We set off along the Esplanade and Church St at an easy pace before following the Ted Wilson to Bacchus Marsh Rd where Jennie left us for a family gathering. Around the new roundabout into Elcho Rd, we had a good run down to O’Hallorans and Millars for coffee where Ian F joined us in recuperation mode. I had booked inside tables, to the dismay of the proprietor when we said we were only in for coffee, not lunch. Our route home was via Canterbury Rd and the Hovell’s Creek track. Over the course of the ride, the weather had improved and it all ended up as a very pleasant Sunday morning ride.
Thanks for your company this morning, Mike.
Julia's Saturday Ride to Breamlea - 25.7.20
Saturday's ride was lovely and sunny for most of the ride to Breamlea. Thirteen riders set off from South Geelong Station: Trudi, Leo, Ross, Kim, John, Chris Ha, Peter J, Ken S, Barry T, Doug, Janet, Lindy, Ray, Rob and Julia. Peter J kindly led the first group out. Julia led from behind with the second group. With little wind to speak of it made easy riding. On reaching Lake Rd we had 3 more riders join us.
Turning left towards Breamlea from the cycle path past Black Rock Treatment Centre we toured the quaint little village with quite a lot of history to it. Stopping at the Caravan Park for a very pleasant occasion with a very good friend of Lindy's running it. Lindy surprised us by paying the tab. Do not see Lindy paying for another coffee for the rest of this year. Returning then to Geelong via the Surf Coast. A good day had by all. A big thank you to my two photographers in Trudy & John.
Kim's Loop to Gnarwarre & Moriac on Thursday 23.7.20
We departed Bunnings with 17 riders: Barry, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, David S, Doug, Janet, Julia, Ken S, Mark J, Mark K, Peter O’B, Ray, Sarah, Nick, Ted, Rob and myself. Ken G called past on his way elsewhere. We divided into 2 groups and Sarah volunteered Nick to lead the 2nd one. Rob left us at the Barrabool hills and we were joined by Trudi and Peter J along Barrabool Rd. The weather although cool was clear and the road dry as we proceeded along Waurn Ponds Dr and then we came to the Cochranes Rd hills which spread us out a bit and then a couple more climbs along Barrabool Rd for good measure. We found Ross waiting for us at the Cottage Farm Nursery and because we were so many 7 opted to go to the Moriac Store. Meanwhile at the nursery we all enjoyed the house specialty of rhubarb crumble and coffee, a real treat. With the hills behind us we set a cracking pace past Moriac and along Mt Duneed Rd with some riders parting ways as we got closer to home. Finally, up Ghazeepore Rd and after 51ks we arrived at Bunnings just on midday. A most enjoyable outing with spectacular scenery throughout the ride. The roads were in great condition and we experienced very little traffic. Thankyou everyone for making my task as ride leader an easy and enjoyable one.
Nick's Ride to Jan Juc on Tuesday 21.7.20
18 riders turned up at Bunnings prepared for the Vickerys / Gundrys Rd roller coaster ride. Chris Hu kindly volunteered to lead the second group of Trudi, Ross, Gary, Chris Ha, Mark K, Julia, Janet, and David S. I presume they had a good ride too, also taking in the delights of the full Bells loop so that Mark could check out the surf.
Nick’s group of Sarah, Peter O’B, Kim, MarkJ, Mark S, Barry, Doug and Rob Headed off first and made good progress through the rolling countryside. Although it was cold and misty for short spell we avoided the showers. Traffic was minimal except for a close encounter with cars on the one way bridge on Vickerys. My brakes were severely tested!
At Swell we enjoyed a well earned coffee and met up with Peter J and Marian (we wish you a speedy recovery Marian). As Chris’ group arrived my small group departed to experience some more serious hills on Duffields Rd. It’s seems a good way to skirt around busy Torquay if hills are your thing. We then made swift progress down the Torquay Rd back home. Thank you riders!
Grag Allerton's 100km Circuit on Sunday 19.7.20
No other starters on a mild sunny morning. With strong winds forecast I changed the route to more of a circuit. From Rippleside I found the waterfront path to St Helens closed with no sign at the start. After the long climb up Tower Hill Rd to Lovely Banks, Lower Anakie Rd was closed to the South - lucky I wanted to go right. Further hills included Robbs Rd, Bakers Bridge, Dog Rocks, Pollocksford, and Devon Rd. A strong northwest wind helped me get home by 1 pm. 100 km average 21.8 kph.
John Hagan's Easy Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 19.7.20
Nine riders on a cool but sunny morning for our ride to Drysdale: Chris Hu, Geoff C, Janet, Marie, Mike C, Pam, Ron, Ted and John. Our aim today was to explore the bike path beside the Drysdale Bypass Road - this turned out to be a well made 3 metre concrete path which we took to Murradoc Rd and then came into the Cafe Zoo for coffee and cake. On the return trip your ride leader was attacked by a magpie twice just before the Drysdale Railway Station - a very early first attack for the year!! In other years we have had to come out of Drysdale via Wyndham St and Jetty Road to avoid this magpie. When we got down to Curlewis, where we have had a detour for quite a while, we were able to cross the new road on a sealed path - the traffic lights have not been turned on yet as the road is not open to cars. By this time the wind was blowing strongly from the north but the Bellarine Trail is reasonably well sheltered. We arrived back at the station at about 12:15pm.
Thanks all for an enjoyable morning, John.
Chris Halpin's Saturday Ride to Ocean Grove -18.7.20
Another good crowd of eager members lined up at the starting point this frosty morning. I tried to manage a head count but found myself confused by additional Surf Coast cyclists also meeting at the Grovedale. PJ lead off the A team of Trudi and Leo, Hugh and guest Jo, Ian, Andrew, Sarah, Rob and Dr Mike. The AA team followed a few minutes later. Kim, Julie, Mark, Barry, Ken, Doug, Ross and myself headed up Surf Coast Hwy to Boundary, into Horseshoe Bend and then Warralily. We welcomed Lindy into the group at Lake Rd and enjoyed a gathering Northerly into Barwon Heads, around Sheepwash and across to Garage coffee shop. Things were quite chaotic here - most of the AA team headed to Groove, several decided to forget coffee and head home. By this time the wind had picked up almost to ‘Houli’ status. The 13th Beach surf looked fabulous but the wind made the return trip along Blackgate and HSB Rds pretty tough. Back to the Grovedale at 59Km, a challenging ride in great company.
Thanks all, Chris Ha.
Peter O'Brien's Thursday Ride to 7 Grams at Lara - 16.7.20
Sixteen riders assembled at the Rippleside start line this morning for the ride to Lara. The riders weaved their way through the streets of Bell Park and Bell Post Hill to the corner of Ballan Road and Ballarat Road. At this point the peloton split into two groups and rode along Ballan Road to Staceys Road on the outskirts of Lara. The foggy conditions which prevailed along this section of road were such that visibility was down to 50 metres in parts. We emerged into sunshine and felt the exhilaration of riding down the Staceys Road descent into Lara with the aid of a tail wind. A coffee break was taken a 7 Grams in Lara and the return ride to Geelong was via Rennie Street and Corio Quay. Thanks to Sarah, Kim, Doug, Ted, Nick, David S, Ken S, Peter J, Trudi, Jennie, Chris Hu, Gary, Marge, Chris Ha and Janet for an enjoyable ride. Distance ridden 55 kms.
A Blast from the Past - GTC ride in the Murray to Moyne in the early 2000s - photo from Geoff Christmas.
Ken Gawne's Medium Ride to Drysdale, Swan Bay, Pt Lonsdale & Ocean Grove on Tuesday 14.7.20
Janet, Julia, Sarah, Ken G, Mark J, Mark K, Ben, Rod, Ron, Nick, David S, Ken S and Mike T separated into 2 groups for the ride along the rail trail as far as Christies Rd. Thereafter, separation was maintained through a series of stoppages - jackets off, jackets back on - and pace regulation as we progressed through Ocean Grove and onto Shell Rd. Passed many fine new homes going along Point Blvd on our way to the Queenscliff/Portarlington Rd. Mike and Ron were well looked after by Mark Kelly and Nick and were never far off the leading bunch. After 49 kms The Bungalow was a welcome sight. Upon resumption, all but David, Julia and Ken G opted to return via the trail and so missed out on a very fast run back into town along the Portarlington Rd. The finish of the ride coincided with the sun coming out - cannot complain, at least we did not get wet. Distance 67kms, ascended approx 470m.
Ken Gawne's Easy Ride from Deakin - Loop South of Geelong on Sunday 12.7.20
The clouds over Highton were dark and menacing at 08:30 but by 08:50 patches of blue sky and sunshine had arrived. Geoff Cameron, Ross, John, Lindy, Pam, Hugh Palmer, Jennie, Janet and leader Ken G started off with a lap of the Deakin Campus before heading down the Ted Wilson path to Wandana. A quick transit to the river path then onto the criterium track where any riders who wanted to test their speed legs and lungs were invited to push themselves around the smooth 2.2km circuit. Gundog Lane then around South Barwon Reserve before taking the pathway through to Bailey St. Made our way to Baanip Boulevarde and eventually to 9 Grams Cafe at Club Armstrong. A very pleasant half hour taking refreshments in the sun. Ross then left us to return to Torquay whilst we went back to Baanip. Hams, Lemins, Waurn Ponds Drive and Pigdons led us back to the University where several riders had left their cars. A relaxed pace, no wind and plenty of sun made for a very enjoyable morning on the bike. Distance 34kms with approx 350m of ascending.
Ken minus the familiar beard!!
Sarah's Ride to Moriac on Saturday 11.7.20
Starting from Grovedale Hotel 15 riders set out, and indeed safely finished, the familiar loop ride to Moriac and back. These riders were Trudy and Leo, Sarah and Nick, Ken S, Chris Hu, Chris Ha, Julia, Jenny, John Hagan, PJ, Doug, Greg , Kim and Peter N. According to COVID 19 restrictions, we split into two groups with Ken S kindly volunteering to lead the second group and Nick bringing up the rear. With the forecast threat of rain and even thunderstorms, I was highly motivated to save us all a drenching so the coffee stop was near the ride’s end; 9 Grams at Armstrong Creek. Amazingly, the rain failed to materialise and in fact we all had a pleasant ride and sociable time in cool but still conditions. An excellent way to spend a winter’s Saturday morning! 48 kms on my computer.
Chris Halpin's Circuit on the Bellarine Peninsula to Portarlington - Thursday 9.7.20
The promise of a sunny day and light winds bought out 18 riders to the Showgrounds this frosty morning. We easily split into two groups as per usual practice these days. Nick Tarnay 'volunteered' to lead the B team, with PJ acting as Sweeper. Myself, Gary, Ken, Marks K & S, Smiths K & D plus Doug headed off down the BRT first. Traffic on the trail was quite light, and the sunshine warming. Nick & Sarah maintained a suitable separation behind with Ted, Kim, Chris Hu, POB, Jennie, Mark J and PJ. Progress was brisk - needing to keep warm! Turned off the BRT at Jetty Rd and made our way across to the Bypass. Some rode the road, some took the adjoining shared path, and everyone was very impressed. The road tarmac was superb, and the roundabout lane markings very rider friendly I think.
On to Daniel's Donuts in Portarlington for refreshments and a convivial chat still in bright sunshine. The days sensation was the leg down the Queenscliff Rd with a gathering Northerly, again with light traffic. Into Swan Bay Rd and our first puncture. Mark politely dropped off the back of the A team and we left him for the B team to help. What are friends for? Home via the Bellarine Hwy for 72 km and about 450m, a challenging Medium ride. Thanks everyone for the wonderful company.
Mike Currie's Hard Ride through the Barrabool Hills to Ceres on Tuesday 7.7.20
A wet and misty morning saw three intrepid souls (David, Ben and self) leave Top o’ Church for the hard ride through the Barrabools to Moriac. Down Monier Way we picked up Nick and Ken C along the Barwon before making our way over Scenic Rd and along Province Bvd to Barrabool Rd and thence through Ceres to Andersons Rd. The weather was deteriorating as we faced the hills but improved for the lovely run along Andersons. Back along the Highway to Cape Otway Rd through increasing drizzle for a welcome coffee at Moriac where Chris Ha was waiting, suspiciously dry despite riding separately to Moriac. At this point we decided discretion was the better part of valour so looked for the quickest way home. Up Hendy Main Rd to Reservoir Rd, turning at Pettavel to cross the Hwy and get onto Waurn Ponds Drive for the exhilarating run back down to Bunnings. Here we went our own ways home to enjoy hot showers.
Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Bannockburn on Sunday 5.7.20
Peter O'B was the only other starter at Sth Geelong, however, John M joined us on the Ted Wilson Trail. There was a cool westerly wind blowing but we encountered no showers. It was hard work up Stacey's Rd with Peter leading strongly and more head wind in Robbs Rd. Coffee was at Le Due Sorelle Cafe in Bannockburn. We headed south on Burnside Rd to the Hamilton Highway with a tail wind at last and were able to chat at an easy pace up to Ceres. The trip down to Waurn Ponds Drive was via Cochranes Rd and we then took the Waurn Ponds Creek Trail. In order to get 100km up for the day we did four laps of the Criterium Track. Our average for the day was 20.5 kph.
Ted Reeve Leads the Ride to Drysdale on Sunday 5.7.20
A cool but dry morning welcomed fifteen riders at South Geelong Railway Station for an easy pedal to Drysdale. The consensus was that the current regulations allowed up to 20 to ride together in a group so we didn’t split up. The Bellia’s (Trudi & Leo), The Peter’s (Jones and Nice) or it could be the Jones’s (Peter & Mark), Geoff, Andrew, John, Chris Hu, Ron, Pam, Jennie, Janet, David (Smith) and myself set off on the Bellarine Rail Trail with a slight tail wind. It was a dry track at first but by the time we reached The Bungalow a fine mizzle had set in so we were pleased to be allowed inside for our coffee. A limit of six per room meant we were split up with the early arrivals grabbing prime position in the lounge, a few more settled into the Boardroom while the rest of us were assigned stools near the kitchen. After a pleasant half hour or so the group split up for the return journey with some deciding to back track to the Rail Trail, a few deciding to extend their ride to Ocean Grove and 13th Beach while the rest created a nice Strava Loop via Princess Street and the Bellarine Highway. Total distance, for me, was 46 klm with an ascent of 216 metres and descent of 299. If someone could explain to me how the descent can be greater than the ascent when the start and finish positions are the same I would appreciate it.
Thanks for the ride. Ted.
Yes, John had 4 punctures on the way home via the longer route (73km) - greatly assisted by Mark & Chris - home at 2pm!!
Ken Gawne Leads the Ride to Bannockburn on Saturday 4.7.20
The prospect of a dismal wet morning was not enough to deter 8 members rolling up to the start at Fyansford. Ian Busch, John H, Janet, Mark S, Ken S, Barry, Ken G and newcomer Rob McGlade made their way along Lower and Upper Paper Mill Roads to cut out the part of the highway which was undergoing reconstruction. It was a relief to turn into Brislane road after a lengthy slog into the westerly wind. We were able to sit at tables indoors at a cafe on the main street of Bannockburn. With the wind now at our backs we made good time before turning off the Midland Hwy at Blackall Rd. Back to Fyansford via Dog Rocks and Friend In Hand. Despite very black skies for much of the course, we arrived back dry. Distance 47 kms, 340m of climbing.
"Who said I didn't have a shower this morning?"
Update on Ian Fraser - 29.6.20 Recently Ian suffered a serious heart attack - he is now out of hospital but is struggling to walk with a frame. We wish Ian well in his recovery and hope he can soon return to join us in his favourite sport - cycling.
Ken Smith's Ride to Collendina on Thursday 2.7.20 & Mike Currie wrote the report.
A cool but clear winters day brought 16 riders to the Grovedale Hotel for the medium ride to Cheeky Cow. With Ken S as leader, riders included Mike C, David S, Kim, Chris Ha, Chris Hu, Nick, Peter J, Peter O, Mark K, Julia, Jennie P, Ted R, Barry T, Jean Paul and guest Susannah G. After breaking into 2 COVID aware groups with the second group led by Peter J, we headed down Torquay Rd in heavy traffic into Boundary Rd, Horseshoe Bend Rd, Warralilly Bvd and then Lake Rd before enjoying a lovely run with the wind along 13th Beach Rd. Across the bridge and past the Ocean Grove surf beach and trail to Ocean Throughway and coffee at Cheeky Cow. A flat tyre caused Mark to head directly back to Geelong (without passing Go) while the rest of us climbed the Bonnyvale Hill to Banks Rd noting the extensive new developments here and thence onto the Bellarine. While Chris Hu repaired another tyre, most of the group opted to check out the new Drysdale bypass while the rest fought the increasing wind back to Geelong along the highway. Overall a pleasant ride with great company.
Ken Gawne's Hard Ride to Bannockburn on Tuesday 30.6.20
Fresh but not freezing attracted 12 riders to the start from the top of Church. Kim, Gary, Chris Ha, Ben, Peter J, Julia, Jennie, Janet, David S, Sarah, Nick and Ken. Walkers and dogs were largely absent from the Ted Wilson Trail as we made our way to Bluestone Bridge, Lovely Banks (Anakie rd being closed), and the Ballan road. It was a pleasure to turn into Robbs which was quiet after we let a huge tractor through. The downhill on Parker was thrilling, not so the long climb up Clyde but there were no complaints. Takeaway coffee only at Bannockburn but it certainly did not bother Chris who only had eyes for the last sausage roll which he duly devoured before the arrival of his drink.
Because of the state of the Hamilton Hwy at Fyansford, and the fact that several riders had vehicles back at the start, it was decided to return via Clyde, Russells Bridge, Steiglitz, Parkers Bridge, Midland Hwy and Ted Wilson Trail. What a good decision it proved - the light tail wind resulted in the group flying down the long stretch of Steiglitz and enjoying the downhill on Parkers Bridge. The ride distance was 65.5 kms with 606m of climbing at an average of 20.6. Division into 2 groups occurred on the major roads with reasonable separation on others. I certainly got the impression all were pleased with the very scenic country that we traversed.
Greg Allerton's Hard Ride to Murgheboluc, Lethbridge & She Oaks - Sunday 28.6.20
On a sunny but very cold 2 degree morning I was surprised to find 6 members waiting at the start: Ian B, Ken G, Mark S, Nick and Sarah T and John C who kindly took the official photo. John had to leave us at Fyansford due to a sore knee. Lucky there was no fog or wind as we headed out Hamilton Hwy but it was very hard to warm up. The sharp climb up the bushy Brislanes Rd got our lungs working and then came more lightly trafficked roads as we headed to Lethbridge. Hot drinks were greatly appreciated as were hot jam doughnuts - thanks Nick. There were more backroads before a 5 km section along Midland Hwy. Cruising along Sharp Rd we met Peter O riding towards us. He had missed the start but rode the route in the opposite direction hoping to meet us. Alas he had to ride up the steep climb to Sheoaks again. Sorry I did not have my phone turned on and missed your messages. There was the usual stop at Bunjil Lookout, which Sarah had never seen. From there we made good pace back to Geelong. I was home before 2 pm having ridden 104 km in 4 h 43 m average 21.9. Thanks for coming and well done Sarah, the first time on one of my long rides.
Greg Allerton - Ride Leader.
John Hagan's 33km Circuit of Geelong - Sunday 28.6.20
A cool, still and sunny morning for our ride around Geelong this morning. Riders were (L to R below): Barry, Susannah, Pam, Lindy, Kim, Jennie, Dr Mike & John H. Taking the trails around Geelong we met with a few obstacles. On the narrow path below the new waterfront housing being built at Rippleside Mike caught his handlebar on the fancing and came down while avoiding an oncoming cyclist on the narrow path and about a kilometre later Susannah caught her mirror on the narrow path as the Melbourne Rd goes over Separation St - fortunately she did not fall. After following Corio Bay around to North Geelong we took the Tom McKean/Gabrielle Blythe Linear Path to Fyansford and viewed the site of the removed silos before taking the Barwon River Trail on the south side to coffee at Cafe RnR at Belmont. The return was via Breakwater and St Albans Park and the Bellarine Rail Trail back to the Sth Geelong Station. This was a fairly leisurely trip of 33km with not much climbing. Thanks to our riders for an enjoyable experience.
Ken Smith's Ride to Drysdale on Saturday 27.6.20
Mike Currie was to be the ride leader but was unavailable, Ken Smith lead. Seven riders braved the cold morning for the start from the show grounds on the Bellerine Rail Trail: John, Janet, Michael T, Barry, Peter N, Ken S and guest Rob. We rode along the Bellerine Trail to the pedestrian crossing at Moolap and then rode the Bellerine Hwy to the Swan Bay Road at Wallington, turning left on to Grubb Road then right on to the Swan Bay extension then along Princess St. This road is under going repair and the surface very muddy and slippery, the good thing there were few vehicles using the road. On reaching Drysdale we turned into Eversley St to the Bungalow Cafe, where a good chatter was had as well as enjoying the coffee and cake. They rode back to Geelong on the Bellerine Trail, no punctures, or incidents occurred on the ride, the weather may have been cold, but the company was warm and friendly.
Ken Gawne's Exploration of the Dead End Roads off the Portarlington Rd on Thursday 25.6.20
On a mild, overcast morning, 11members rolled up to explore roads off Portarlington Rd that ended up on the Bay's edge. Mike Currie, Ken G, Gary, Chris Halpin, Jean-Paul, Ron, Jennie, David Smith, Marge, Nick and Sarah. Accessed the Port Rd via Eastern Gardens. We went past the once, salt-producing evaporation lagoons and onto the end of Point Henry Rd where the dismantling of Alcoa's Aluminium plant was well advanced. Then took Hays Rd past the Winchester plant before turning round at the gates of the Dow Chemical works. Half way up the Leopold hill we turned onto the very scenic Alexander rd where not a single vehicle passed us in our down and back transits. Then it was onto Hermsley and Avila - no traffic but many beautiful properties. Few of our complement had ever traversed this area and most were very impressed. Out of Hermsley and almost immediately onto the rail trail to complete our journey to The Bungalow. Chris and Mike left the group at the end of the trail.
Time was of the essence for Jennie who had to work this afternoon so she, along with 5 others opted to return on the rail trail. Gary, Ken and Ron took Grubb, Swan Bay and then Bellarine Hwy. The wind was quite strong by this stage and rain threatened. Ron headed home along Melaluka, Gary & I got back on the trail which offered some shelter from the wind. After crossing Wilsons Rd we could see Sarah and others only 500m ahead. J-P and I took shelter at the station where a train was soon to depart. The temptation to get back to Lara in a dry state was irresistible and J-P got on board. An interesting, leisurely ride. I hope you all enjoyed it. Distance 66.6 kms, 450 m ascending.
Peter O'Brien's Ride from Bunnings Waurn Ponds via Barrabool Hills to Moriac - Tuesday 23.6.20
Today certainly was a beautiful sunny day for a ride. With the plan being to ride as many hills as possible, eleven riders threw their hat into the ring to tackle this quest: Ken G, Ken S, Nick, Sarah, Jennie, Janet, Ben, David, S, Chris T, Julie and myself. To comply with social distancing and group sizing we decided to break into two groups. The first group headed off on their journey and about 500 metres down the road Chris T had a puncture. The second group rode past them and continued to ride up Cochranes Road where Janet also experienced a tyre issue. Both groups traversed Devon, Andersons and Hendy Main Roads and then took a coffee break at the Moriac General Store.
Following coffee we rode Hortips Road, Considines Road, Barrabool Hills Road and headed to Pollocksford Road with the ride down Pollocksfords Road, with the wind at our backs, being sensational. From the Hamilton Highway we turned into Merrawarp Road and from there returned to Barrabool Road. A concern for me were sections along the Hamilton Highway that were extremely treacherous and dangerous. The last main hill climb along the ride was Ceres and despite tired legs this was accomplished by all. The final ride down Cochranes Road back to Bunnings was stunning.
One of the highlights of today’s ride was the spectacular scenery of the Barrabool Hills including the rolling hills, a magnificent skyline, glorious clouds and cattle and sheep grazing in the paddocks. What started out as a challenging ride turned into one where all riders conquered the hills. Undoubtedly everyone who rode today will be well pleased with their effort. istance travelled 75kms. Ascent 910 metres. Descent 963 metres.
Regards, Peter O.
John Hagan's Easy Ride to Connewarre, Blackrock & Mt Duneed on Sunday 21.6.20
The weather this weekend for Geelong has been a lot better than predicted so we had ideal riding conditions for our trip out to Connewarre, Blackrock and through to Mt Duneed. We had 14 participants with Janet missing the start with a puncture and she proceeded to meet us at coffee. On the starting line at Grovedale Pub were: Sarah & Nick, Jennie, Pam, Marie, Ian B, Greg, Andrew, Chris Hu, Barry, Susannah (new member), Kim, and your ride leader John. Our coffee spot was Uforic Food Cafe on the Surf Coast Highway at Mt Duneed where Lindy was already having coffee with Janet when we arrived. Due to the Covid restrictions Marie, Nick, Andrew and Greg ended up having their coffee standing and for some it took a while to arrive. Our return trip was straight up the Surf Coast Highway but we had not gone far when Janet's wheel suffered another puncture. Greg was on the job straight away and assisted Janet to completed the repair in record time. Thanks all for an enjoyable ride.
Peter O'Brien's Central Geelong Ride - Saturday 20.6.20
Despite predictions of bleak weather for this morning’s ride, the day turned out to be warm and sunny – a great day for a ride. Doug, Lindy, Don, Kim, Julia, Ted, Ken S, Janet and myself set off from the upper car park at Hearne Parade for a leisurely ride around the Geelong CBD. It’s not often the GTC focuses on inner city riding and this ride provided an opportunity to explore some back streets within the city precinct noting changes to the streetscape.
Highlights of the ride included the Eastern Gardens, Pevensey Park, the Malop Street green spine path, Johnstone Park and Little Malop Street. At Moorabool Street Ron Little joined the ride and we continued to the Road Criterium Circuit in Belmont, the school’s precinct in Newtown and the back streets of Geelong West. From the Geelong West Oval we rode back to Glenleith Avenue and meandered our way through McMahon and Vincent Avenues to Mercer Street, concluding the ride at Café Go in Swanston Street. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride. Distance 25kms.
Peter Jones' Ride to Millars in Lara on Thursday 18.6.20
Eighteen riders for our ride to Lara today, it was a crisp and chilly start to the day with my Garmin showing -0.7 deg on my way around the river to the Church St start. Those riding from left to right were: Trudi, Gary, Chris Ha, Mike C, Ted, Janet, Jennie, Ken S, Peter J, Peter, Marg, Lindy, Peter O, Ken G, Doug, Chris Hu, David S and Julie, what an excellent bunch.
Headed out the Ted Wilson Trail to Creamery Rd., and took Blue Stone Bridge Rd., down the hill and up the hill to the Lovely Banks Rd/ Anakie Rd intersection where we regrouped. Unfortunately I had a bit of a brain fade and took a hard left which put us on Lovely Banks Rd., instead of a softer left which would have put us on Anakie Rd., (didn’t realise my mistake until much later on Ballan Rd.) looked for Towerhill Rd., but of course it wasn’t there so being too late to turn back continued on to Ballan Rd and then to Stacey’s Rd. for a most enjoyable downhill to Bacchus Marsh Rd., etc. and to Millars for coffee.
Extremely busy for coffee but it was pleasant standing around chatting in the Sun before we mounted up and returned to Geelong along the Hovel Creek Trail. Easy ride back with a light Northerly tail wind. The bunch split at Swinburne Street with a small group heading down to say hello to Meri and Lovro, Ted reckoned Lovro would have Xray vision now after some radioactive treatment on his eye, Lovro agreed and said Ted was not a pretty sight. Excellent ride on a lovely day with a great bunch, ride on!
Cheers, Peter J.
Mark Kelly's Ride to Jan Juc on Tuesday 16.6.20
There were 15 hardy souls assembled for the ride to Jan Juc via Forest Rd with not a worry about the rain. However, shortly after heading up the Baanip bike path (which we found to be closed), the rain came and the first not so hardy soul to pull the pin was Sarah who headed home. The rest went cross country onto the road and then up Ghazeepore with the rain pretty persistent by now. Doug was the next not so hardy soul who left us a Blackgate road. We re-grouped at Hendy Main with the rain now stopped but Trudi, Chris Hu, Jennie and Peter J took the easy way home via Moriac. So we were down to just 9 truly hardy souls (Chris T, David S, Nick, Ben, Chris Ha, Janet and Julia, Ken and yours truly) for the rest of the ride. We had a nice tail wind along Forest Rd and even some sun but on reaching the GOR decided to give the Pt Addis leg a miss and headed straight for Swell cafe at Jan Juc via Bells Beach. A quick stop to check the excellent surf at Bells and then onto Jan Juc. We returned via Torquay, Blackgate and then back along the Surfcoast Highway, where we ended as we started with some more rain. Despite the weather a very enjoyable ride - thanks to all. Ride distance: 70km and around 500m of climbing.
Greg Allerton's 100km Ride to Staughton Vale & Anakie on Sunday - 14.6.20
This is one of Greg's favourite rides - to Balliang, Staughton Vale and Anakie. He was accompanied by Janet and Peter O'B who was on his third 100km ride for the week! They stopped at the Anakie General Store for coffee and refreshments and found it almost deserted in contrast to the easy riders who went to Barwon Heads and couldn't find a space anywhere. The return to Geelong was a dream run with the strong wind behind them they were sitting on speeds in the high thirties in terms of kilometres per hour. Greg was able to give me a verbal report on the phone as his computer was not working.
Mark Shying's Sunday Ride to Ocean Grove - 14.6.20
The easy return ride to Barwon Heads departing South Geelong station saw me joined by nine cyclists. Our route to the Beach House at Barwon Heads included one circuit of the Belmont criterum track and enjoying ideal conditions as we cycled along Barwon Heads, Lake, Black Rock and Thirteenth Beach Roads. On arrival at the Beach House our numbers had grown to 14 – Trudi, Leo, Andrew, Kim, John, Chris Hu, Peter J, Mark J, Lindy, Pam, Jennie, Mark S, Nick T and our newest member Peter N. The Beach House could not accommodate our number, so after some discussion we cycled to the Dunes minus Chris Hu who had other cycling adventures. The Dunes was both very busy and very quick with their service. With plenty of space we enjoyed drinks, nutrition, good conversation and a pleasant beach view. The return ride saw John and Pam ride on to Leopold. Taking Thirteenth Beach Road saw 11 cyclists buffeted by strong winds. With Trudi, Leo, Peter J and Lindy heading for Mt Duneed Road, the remaining group headed for South Geelong Station via Lake, Warralily and Horse Shoe Bend Roads – with more departing on the way. 62 kms of good riding. Thanks for joining me today.
Ken Smith's Saturday Ride to Armstrong Creek - 13.6.20
The ride started from the South Geelong Station with a total of twelve taking part, Peter O and John Hagan starting at Eastern Park. The other riders were Greg A, Ian Busch, Ken G, Chris Ha, Ken S, Jennie P, Nick and Sarah, Doug W, and new riders Rob and Katina Jeremiah. The ride went around Eastern Park along Boundary Rd, Leather St, Gundog Lane across the busy Barwon Heads Rd, on the bike path to Bailey St to Reserve Rd, along the Surfcoast Hwy to Armstrong Blv to the Armstrong Cafe, there a good social time was enjoyed. The ride continued through Baanip, Hams, Lemins, Waurn Ponds Drive, up Pigdons path and a sight seeing ride around Deakin Unversity, along Ted Wilson Path to Wandana Heights, the riders then made their way home. This being my first time to lead - thank you to all for the help.
Doug's Thursday Ride to Drysdale - 11.6.20
A big peloton assembled at the start line with the Geelong Cycling Club also starting at the Showgrounds and there were close to 35 riders in attendance. Twenty one of those riders were GTC participants and in first name alphabetical order, the attendees were Chris Ha, Chris Hu, David R, David S Doug W, Gary B, Geoff Cam, Jackie R, Janet R, Jennie P, John H, Kim G, Mark J, Nick T ,Peter O, Ross G, Sarah T, Ted R Trudi B and a special welcome to new member Katrina and also guest rider Susannah. Special mention to Gary who ensured Susannah was looked after throughout the ride. A big thanks to Kim for assisting one rider who was having difficulty with a new pair of cleats and also a big thank you to our volunteer “Tail End Charlie’ aka David R.
I made a mistake counting the numbers, as I didn’t include myself and repeated that mistake up until Drysdale. All is well that ends well. Weather Report: Cool at the start then glorious winter sunshine. A perfect winter’s day for a ride. Distance: 40.49km. Coffee: The Bungalow. GTC took over the empty outside table area, with six persons to a table. Post coffee, several riders went in different directions, some opting for a longer ride in the warm sunshine. Some opting for a more direct route back from Drysdale.There were a few members who had not been seen or heard of during the lock-down. It was great to see them again and they received a hearty welcome. Great camaraderie was on display throughout the ride. Well done all. Photographs courtesy of John H (with thanks).