Celebrating Women Riding Bikes: The Women’s Ride – Sunday 6th March 2016

the womens ride bannerCycling Geelong is proud to sponsor two special club rides for International Women’s Day joining in at least 60 other participating rides in Victoria.

Our two rides both start at 9am on Sunday 6th March at Balyang Sanctuary, Marnock Road, Newtown (see a map on our Ride Calendar).  The rides celebrate women, the advances in equality, and the emancipating effected of cycling for women.  These rides are not exclusive – men and boys are welcome to help us celebrate. 

The Short Ride – The Barwon River Circuit:

  • a clockwise circuit of the Barwon River Path.  This is all on sealed bike paths, with no road crossings.  You’ll pass through bushland, parklands, sporting facilities and the famous rowing precinct, over the Breakwater, past golf courses and playgrounds, under the historic Queen’s Park Bridge, over low level bridges over the Barwon and Moorabool Rivers at Fyansford, with a stop for refreshments.   We’ll pause at ‘The Women’s Park’ to reflect on women who’ve worked so hard over many generations to make our society a better place for women and girls.

Images of the “Women’s Place of Peace” near Queen’s Park Bridge.

  • (Please bring enough money to cover your coffee etc.)  Easy – 20kmrowers
  • Expect to see walkers, jogger, cyclists, dogs (on and off leash), water and other birds, rowers.  You may also see other wildlife – reptiles and, occasionally, wallabies, possums and kangaroos.

Please register for the short ride at http://thewomensride.com.au/event/womens-day-rides/

The Long Ride – Tour of Geelong 

  • This ride takes in a mixture of sealed roads and sealed shared paths.  The course moves from Balyang Sanctuary, through Highton to Wandana Heights, with a circuit of Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus.  A short path takes the ride to the old Princes Highway in Waurn Ponds and up to the newly completed dual highway near Mount Moriac (Pettavel).  Following quiet roads, the route leads back to Highton and Belmont, where we cross the old breakwater into the inner south eastern suburbs.  From Breakwater the route moves past the Geelong Race Course and Showgrounds, past Eastern Park to the waterfront, where there’ll be a coffee stop. 

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    Nancy Nattyknickers – Bollard by Jan Mitchell, waterfront path, Griffin Gully

  • From here the route turns north, along the waterfront to North Shore, before heading inland through Norlane and Bell Park and onto Cowies Creek Path to join the Ted Wilson (Ring Road) Bike Path.  An easy incline follows to Bell Post Hill and Herne Hill.

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    Across Moorabool Valley from northern end of Ted Wilson Trail

  • The fast descent of Hyland Street (newly re-sealed for safe cycling) returns the cyclists to the Barwon River with a short section on the Barwon River back to the starting point.  60km with a few hills.  Medium pace (around 20kph)/medium grade160306 women's ride geelong circuitClick the map to see the route in detail on Map My Ride
  • Please register for the ride at http://thewomensride.com.au/event/international-womens-day-ride-60km-in-geelong-area-sunday-march-6th-2016/

Or just turn up on the day, with your roadworthy bike, helmet, puncture repair kit and some money for coffee.

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