While Cycling Geelong’s club rides are suspended, there’s nothing stopping our cycling friends from riding, as long as numbers are kept to twos or individuals.
Kevin found that several club friends were riding the BRT to Drysdale last Thursday. Here’s his report and photo from the start of the trail.
On Thursday riders rode in pairs or solo, with David S and Bill J the only two to leave at 9 o’clock. Joe W and Peter O having left earlier, and George B taking a short cut.
Kevin C and Doug M met up on the track later.
Take away was at cafe Zoo.
Dave led a group of 10 on a relaxed ride to Lara, via Hovells Creek path. In contrast to Saturday’s sunny weather, conditions were overcast and misty. However, these still conditions were perfect for cycling.
Water under Melbourne Road at Lara hasn’t cleared in over a year.
Bikes got wet in the usual flood at the highway underpass. (It really is time the problem was fixed. While it’s a nuisance for cyclists, walkers either get wet feet, or have to balance their way along the kerb.) Coffee was at at Cafe Xpresso.
After coffee, the group explored the concrete path from Flinders Avenue to Patoulis Road which ends with a quite dangerous road crossing. After this the route led to paths and roads around Lara Lakes – on the eastern and western side of Forest Road. Several families of Cape Barron Geese were grazing around the western lakes.
The return to Geelong was once again via Hovells Creek arriving at Rippleside Park around 12.30pm.
distancing at Cafe Xpresso
Speed to Lara was gentle – 15.3kph
The ride routs
Lara route detail
Thanks to Dave for leading a most enjoyable ride.
David Fisher led the fifteen or so cyclists on a cold but sunny morning from Rippleside Park. They were joined along the path by Doug, and then by several others at the Breakwater. The path was reasonably busy. There seemed to be more joggers than usual – perhaps leaving later than the running group’s usual 8am start due to the frosty morning.
The reward for cycling on such a cold morning was that the Barwon and its trees were looking magnificent. As usual, the coffee stop was at Barwon Edge.
Thanks to David for leading the ride, and to all our intrepid cold morning riders.
Dave snaps the group at the Breakwater
Thanks to Joe for the photos and ride report.
I am pleased to report a successful ride with eleven riders taking part as per images with Kevin as tail-ender.
The overcast weather was perfect for riding with a little head wind upon returning.
Overall a nice ride with a coffee stop at Cafe Zoo enjoyed by all.
Joe and Lynton
The starting group
Kevin led 12 riders the river track on Saturday, the weather was cloudy and cool with no rain, ideal for riding.
At the Breakwater stop a very kind young lady offered to take the photo for us, that was much appreciated by the all male group. (Where were all the women on this fine Saturday morning.)
The coffee was at Barwon Edge take away.
Thanks Kevin for the report and photo.
David J led the ride with 14 riders: Karen Anderson, George Belcher, Rod Charles, Kevin Clingan, Tina Gordan, David Jones ,Lynton Leigh, Doug Merritt, John Miro, Peter Olsen, Joe Wansink. John Miro and Karen Andrews joined the ride at Princes Bridge. Tina and Doug left the ride at Queens park.
A short break at Breakwater
Thanks to Maree for this report.
I was not able to lead the ride today due to injury, but Bill took over the ride leader duties for me.
This fine morning, 14 people started from Rippleside Park – 12 as in the group photo and Doug & Karen (in separate photos) because they arrived just after the main group was leaving.
I was at Rippleside Park at the start of the ride and handed out sprigs of rosemary in remembrance of Ted. It was the 10th anniversary of his death on 1st July.
The group rode north on the Bay Trail and picked up the Ted Wilson Trail at Broderick Road. Coffee was meant to be at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road but when the group arrived, the cafe could not accommodate the riders, as too many were already on the premises (COVID-19 restrictions striking again!) and we could not book in advance. By that stage, a few people had left the group at different points, so 11 people remained. Those 11 then rode to Raw Cafe in Geelong West. With the disruption caused by the change of location for coffee, people were happy to get their own way home from Pako – so a shorter ride than expected.
Trail sign near Cement Works
Rosemary for remembrance – this plant from a previous ride’s sprig
13 riders braved the cold and frosty start for the ride to drysdale. Coffee was at Cafe Zoo, with tables for four spread well apart. The ride back was much warmer and uneventful, with plenty of sunshine. Good riding weather after the cold start.
Thanks to ride leader Kevin for this report and photo.
Many thanks to Rod for this report and Kevin and Edith for the photos.
Eleven members took the now well worn trail around the Barwon River beginning at Balyang Sanctuary on a chilly but clear morning.
We share the trail these days with many more people out walking and jogging, parents with children and friends chatting and many singles with listening aids in their ears to make bell ringing sometimes irrelevant.
This morning we took the return route along the south side of the golf course down at the breakwater end.
Coffee and a chat at Barwon Edge is always the right way to end the club ride.
We beat the rain which began to fall lightly as we rode home.
Kevin took photographs with help from Edith.
Thanks to Kevin, ride leader for this report and ride photo.
Four riders left Balyang in wet conditions to be joined at Breakwater by Tina, Joe Edith.
The track was wet with some light rain at times, but the was a lot of people and dogs on the track.
Coffee was take away at Barwon Edge.