With the overcast again, and quite a strong wind, 18 enthusiastic riders set off from Eastern Park along the Geelong waterfront. Riders came from all over the Geelong region with representatives of Cycling Geelong and the Geelong Touring Cyclists well represented and a number of individual cyclists.
After negotiating the waterfront shared path to Rippleside, the group rode confidently through the northern docks area.
Negotiating the area near Steampacket Gardens.
The northern path is in the process of upgrade thanks largely to the work of Bike Safe Geelong. John H’s speedy recumbent allowed him to ‘ambush’ the group with his camera. These photos are entering the foreshore path near Shell Refinery, Corio.
From Corio, the group took the new path along School Road, and Plantation Road to the Ted Wilson Trail, where they turned south for the day’s climb up to Ballarat Road. Despite being long, this climb has a good gradient, and excellent surface. The slower one rides, the more the views across Geelong and Corio Bay can be appreciates as they unfold on the ascent. Once the end of the Ted Wilson was reached at Church Street it was pay back time. Speeds were up and the grimaces turned to grins and everyone freewheeled down to the coffee stop at Soft in Minerva Road.
Special thanks to John Hagan, our ‘official’ photographer.