On Ya Bike! 3 – Moriac: Wednesday 19th October, 2016

Once again the On Ya Bike! turnout was splendid – 22 cyclists braved the strong wind and icy morning to cycle to Moriac via the old Princes Highway and Mount Moriac, returning via Ghazeepore Road and Grovedale.  Helen led the ride.  (Click on map for route details)161019-map-screen-shot-south-barwon-to-moriac161019-john-h-1-group-sbracr-editThe outward journey was taxing, with the long climb to Mount Moriac made worse by an the unrelenting westerly wind.  Most of the height was lost in a wonderful downward sweep on Hendy Main Road, with the promise of coffee and warm at Moriac General Store, which is extremely welcoming to cyclists.

Sheltered from the wind, the group lingered in the warm sunshine before taking off to the south and east for the return to South Barwon.

With the westerly now a helpful tail wind, the group’s speed and spirits were high, and the return was uneventful except for a front and rear puncture caused by a pothole in Ghazeepore Road – courtesy of the recent wet conditions.  In the usual way of punctures, the puncture happened half way up the Ghazeepore Road hill, with no flat surface in sight.  Thanks to Doug (our tail-ender) who mended one puncture, and then waited until back-up “i.e. partner-assist” arrived.

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Cheerful competence. Thanks, Doug.

Thanks to all riders for making this series so successful.  Thanks again to John Hagan for coming along and taking photos.

The final On Ya Bike! ride is on Wednesday, October 26th, leaving Rippleside Park at 8.30am.  This ‘ultimate’ ride has become a favourite over the years as ‘Allan’s Mystery Ride’.  Once again, Allan has selected an enjoyable circuit, with a bit of challenge and an excellent coffee stop.  As this is the hardest ride of the series, riders need to be able to maintain an on-the-bike average of at least 20kph and be able to cycle comfortably for an extended distance (usually around 60-70km).  As it’s a ‘mystery’, you’ll need to come along to find out more.

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