Despite bad weather (cold, wet and windy) 10 riders arrived at Rippleside Park for this month’s Joint Ride. The route was from Rippleside to Point Henry, then to Moorabool Valley Chocolate for refreshments before the return to Rippleside. Riders were Helen (Ride leader – Cycling Geelong), John H (GTC), Mike (GTC), David S (CG), John M, who is a member of both clubs, Rolf (GTC), Ian (GTC), David J. (CG), Kelly (CG) and Janet, a visitor on her first ride with either club.
With a strong tail wind, the going was easy to Point Henry – marred by rubbish and glass on the road which led to a puncture for Janet, efficiently mended by experts from both groups. Most riders braved the gravel to ride to the point.
From Point Henry the ride turned south and west – into the wind, though once in the urban area the wind was less of an issue. A shower had a few resuming rain tops. The riders wended their way through Moolap, Breakwater, Newtown, Geelong West and Herne Hill to arrive at Moorabool Valley Chocolate at around 11.15, where Heather of Cycling Geelong, the voice 94.7 The Pulse’s The Bicycle Show (Saturday mornings at 11am) joined them for coffee.
After various refreshments (I recommend the hot chocolate on a cold day), the group disbanded with only Kelly and Helen returning via Rippleside Park.
Thanks to all riders, John for taking photos. We hope to see you all on next month’s joint ride.