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I run websites for The Choral Grapevine (a regional newsletter for choirs in Western Victoria and South-Eastern South Australia) and Cycling Geelong (a recreational cycling group). I am an artist and photographer, musician and recreational cyclist.

Goldfields Tour 2019 – update and venue change

27-30 September 2019 (Grand Final Weekend)

After much research, the venue for this year’s Cycling Geelong Goldfields Tour will be Heathcote.*  Accommodation will be at Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park.  Allan has already booked the available cabins.

The O’Keefe Trail will be on the itinerary, and a winery visit or two.  Allan, Karen and Kelly have already visited, ridden some of the area, and checked out wineries and eating out venues.

Please contact Allan (03 5275 2612 MB 0418992672) if you’d like to be part of this tour.

*The main reason for the change is the lack of accommodation in Rushworth, and the unlikelihood of getting sufficient numbers for the original holiday park.

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Goldfields Tour 2019 – News flash

Our avid tour leader, Allan, along with hench-cyclists Karen and Kelly have been busy since new year researching the Goldfields Tour – 2019.  Once again the tour is on Grandfinal Weekend – September 27-29th.

This year’s base will be near Rushworth – at a holiday camp on the shores of Lake Waranga.  https://www.lakewaranga.com/?page_id=23

A minimum number of 30 is required to secure this accommodation, which contains shared rooms with single beds and bunks, large, well appointed bathrooms, huge kitchen and communal areas and easy access to the lake and local attractions.

The group will travel via Heathcote, and, naturally, the area abounds with wineries!

The rides will be on quiet roads, with some gravel sections, and the Murchison-Rushworth Rail Trail.  Therefore Allan recommends that participants bring bikes with wider tyres – at least 35mm.

Murchison-Rushworth Rail Trail

Please let Allan (0418 992 672) know as soon as possible whether you are interested in attending this year’s Goldfields Tour.  This will allow Allan to decide whether it is plausible to book the holiday camp.

Because a firm booking must be made, and a minimum number of 30 is required to secure the holiday camp, there will be a non-refundable deposit required, payable around Easter.

It is expected that, as on previous tours, a bus and bike transport will be provided.

Goldfields Tour 2018

Map of the area of the 2019 Goldfields Tour

Full Moon Ride (almost!) – Friday, December 21st 2018

Thanks to Tina for the ride report and to Richard for the photos.

As we gathered for the start at Balyang Sanctuary it rained heavily so we waited a while. We set off soon after 6, no rain thereafter. Barwon river trail and Waurn Ponds creek trail with just a very short ride on the road. We all enjoyed a meal at Waurn Ponds hotel. We left the hotel around 9.30. It was dark. The moon was visible high in the sky as we set off on our return journey. We returned a different route. Towards Deakin University climbing Pigdons Rd was a superb view of the moon where we stopped for for a while.  It was all down hill from there. The unexpected highlight was the Christmas lights along the way. The return route was entirely road.

 

Warrnambool – Port Fairy Rail Trail: November 5 & 6, 2018

Thanks to Barbara van der Burg for this report.

Warrnambool to Port Fairy rail Trail ride

 Six eager riders Dirk, Barbara Carla, John, Dave S, and Lynton  met at the Geelong station in time to catch the 8:32 am train to Warrnambool on a grey looking Monday morning.

We all had reserved seats and our bikes were safely handed into the guard’s van for our trip to Warrnambool. Time passed quickly and a coffee and muffin was very welcome morning tea giving us the energy for the first half of the ride to Koroit  for our late lunch.

Sky was overcast and clouds threatened rain but the ride was mostly dry.

The track was firm packed gravel but with lots of embedded small rocks making the going as bit tough for Carla’s hybrid bike.  Lunch was a welcome break as the stiff headwind made the going a bit tough even though the gradient was small. We enjoyed our lunch break at Koroit and headed off with renewed vigour with Dave promising a downhill ride into Port Fairy.

Downhill it was but the stiff headwind made it seem an uphill push.  Once we arrived in Port Fairy we all enjoyed a coffee break and the clouds cleared to show a sunny afternoon for our ride round the town visiting all the sights that our two tour guides in Carla and Lynton had in store for us.

After exploring the town we went to our accommodation to shower and change ready for dinner at the local pub.  All riders retired after 9:30pm to rest up for the ride home in the morning.

Weather forecast for Tuesday promised  some rain and a tail wind which we all eagerly hoped for to speed the ride back to Warrnambool.

Breakfast at the Hub at 7 am meant that we were on the road at 7:45 to catch the 11:43 train back to Geelong.

As promised the rain came down for the first 6 Kilometers but then eased up and stopped. Unfortunately the promised tailwind didn’t happen so we were on our own with pedal power with no assist.

We stopped at Korouit to look at the Old Station buildings. Some very friendly locals happily shared information about the area as well as acted as photographer.

When we nearly reached Warrnambool the boys spotted a very steep track and walked up to take a look at the vista – both inland and to the ocean.

We arrived back at Warrnambool Station early enough to hose down our muddy bikes before the safe trip back to Geelong.

A great two days ride by 6 keen Cycling Geelong Club members.