Unlike the previous combined ride (when foul weather meant that only the leader turned up), the weather was perfect for yesterday’s combined Cycling Geelong and Geelong Touring Cyclists ride lead by Peter O’Brien.
Here’s Peter’s ride report (courtesy GTC website)
On a brisk Sunday morning, eleven riders, including Marie, Ian, Ross, John, Peter J, Pam, Noel and myself, plus three CG riders, headed off to Point Lonsdale. The route travelled took in Swanston Street, down to the river, through the Belmont Common to the Barwon Heads Road. We proceeded to Lakes Road, Blackrock Road and 13 Beach. The peloton split along the 13 Beach stretch with some riders showing their competitive spirit. Peter J showed his experience and edged out Ross and Noel as they crossed an imaginary finish line on the last incline before the descent into Barwon Heads!
With a rest stop at Barwon Heads, we proceeded through Ocean Grove to Shell Road for a well-earned coffee break at Point Lonsdale.
After a re-energising break in Point Lonsdale, we rode back to Geelong along the Bellarine Highway.
Around Suma Park Hill, Doug, from Cycling Geelong, realised he had left his illuminated water bottle at the café in Point Lonsdale. He then departed the peloton to return to Pont Lonsdale to retrieve it.
Pam left the group at Leopold and the rest of us travelled back along the rail trail to the Showgrounds where we dispersed and went our own ways.
A big thank you to all for a very enjoyable ride. It would remiss were I not to mention John Hagan who took a myriad of photographs throughout the ride. John, your work is well appreciated by all.
All up, the total distance travelled today was 75kms.
Did you retrieve the drink bottle successfully, Doug?
Here are some of John Hagan’s photos. Many thanks for these John.