Combined Ride to The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, Sunday 8.4.2018

Once a month we have a Combined club ride with the Geelong Touring Cyclists (GTC). We take turns in leading the ride. This month it was the GTC’s turn to lead. From Cycling Geelong we had 5 members: Dave S, Doug, Linton, Russell and me (John M).

Here’s ride report from Chris Halpin who led the ride:

Sunday Combined ride to the Anglesea Chocolaterie started off a beautiful morning. Five Cycling Geelong members (David S, Russell, Doug, John M & Linton) joined Chris Hu…, Greg and myself at the Station meeting point. Unfortunately Doug punctured as he arrived and was forced to quit after more bad luck. Off we set on John Hagan’s prepared route to Anglesea via the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek, Torquay Baarnip and Ghazeepore Roads. Here we met up with guest rider Graham on a well used Salsa Gravel Grinder. Quick Introductions and onwards again to Dickens and Blackgate where the weather spat the dummy and decided to turn quite nasty. Gusty North Westerlies followed us along Forest road and into the Chocolaterie. Not a good spot in the school holidays – the place was packed, but we did manage to down several of their famous fudge brownies. Further gusty tail winds pushed us down the road to Torquay before we turned into Horseshoe Bend Road for a bit of a slog back home. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable and challenging ride.

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