On a glorious day for riding (and for the Geelong Cup) Dirk led 20 cyclists on a ride to Torquay.
Horseshoe Bend Road is closed for road works north of Blackgate Road, so the ride route took Barwon Heads Road to Warralily Boulevard. Barwon Heads Road now carries very heavy traffic, even with a public holiday in Geelong. The closure of the bike lane for road works for some distance made for less than enjoyable riding. However, the ride along the wide bike lane in W Boulevard is a delight. Doug joined the ride at this point.
There was a mix up with a puncture which resulted in a mislaid rider (sorry, Hermann), but thanks to our wonderful tail-ender (who, having repaired his puncture, located Hermann and rode with him) the riders regrouped at Maccas Torquay for a refreshment break. (Most Torquay coffee shops were closed for the public holiday).
The return trip was via the same route, except that the ride through Warralily was on a delightful bike path beside a wetland park.
Thanks to Dirk and David for their wonderful support as ride leader and tail-ender and to all those who supported the ride.
The last of this year’s On Ya Bike! rides for Seniors Month is tomorrow, October 30th leaving from Rippleside Park at 8.30 am. Please note the earlier start for this longer ride. This final ride is “Allan’s Mystery Ride” – we find the destination and route when we arrive to ride. The ride is, I hear around 65km, and to the north of Geelong I believe. Riders need to be able to maintain an average (on the bike) speed of around 20kph for this ride.