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.
View from the top of Chalambra Crescent / Westbury Terrace is great but hard to get to. Good luck to David Salamy and Doug Merritt and any other Cycling Geelong members doing the Cadel Evans People’s ride tomorrow morning. For the first time People’s Ride includes the infamous Chalambra Cres climb with maximum 22 degree elevation that only Elite Mens Race used to do. I thought I’d try it 3 times this afternoon just like the professionals but gave up after just 1.
I believe Geoff and Stephanie Andrews are also involved in helping to run the event as volunteers. The ride starts at 7am tomorrow (Sat Jan 27) in front of Steampacket Gardens on Western Beach Road.
Some photos I took from this morning’s ride. Torquay to Anglesea via Surf Coast trail. 12 riders and 1 snake and 1 lizard. Fantastic ride led by Dave Simpson – thank you.
After Tina Gordon’s terrific Super Moon ride on Monday night (New Years Day) with over 30 riders, 9 riders turned up this morning for weekly Wednesday ride. Magnificent Bells Beach loop and perfect tail wind all the way back home. Chocolate and ice cream for morning tea where we met up with Rick Diamond and his wife. Total distance 101.82km.
Perfect weather and perfect tail wind on the way home from Barwon Heads. 13 riders and 1 non-rider led by me (John): Barb, Colleen, Karla, Edith, Spencer, Dave J, Dave S, Lynton, Kevin, Dirk, Russell, Joe, Alex
- 1 E Bike, 2 mountain bikes, 1 touring bike, 9 road bikes
- 1 boy, 4 women, 9 men
- total 50km
W.O.W: Wheels on Wednesday
Dec 6: Ride to Lorne (95km) – beautiful mild weather
Dec 13: Ride to Bannockburn (65km) – very hot weather