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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.

On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara via Hovells Creek

Fourteen cyclists rode to Lara for the second On Ya Bike! ride for the 2021 Seniors Festival. Helen led the ride of 10 Cycling Geelong members and 5 visitors – Brenda, Bev, Terry and Gerry from Portarlington and Noel from Lara. Kevin was tail-ender, supported by Doug and Hermann.

The outward route, via the port area and Hovells Creek path, was hard, due to a very strong head wind. The route passes the Grain silos, Corio Quay (site of the Tasmanian Ferry terminal from next year), woodchip terminal, Moorpanyul Park, Lascelles Wharf, past the Refinery Pier and onto the Hovells Creek path along the estuary to Lara.

The coffee stop was at Xpresso Coffee Lounge where the coffee and service was, as ever, excellent. Many thanks to the staff who are working so hard in this difficult time.

The return route to the Hovells Creek trail was via Lara Lake. The strong wind continued, powering the group back to Rippleside Park by soon after midday.

Thanks to all cyclists, and Kevin our tail-ender.

Some of the group near Rennie Street Lara

Next week’s On Ya Bike! ride is along the Bellarine Rail Trail, leaving at 9am from the trail at Showgrounds (near Breakwater Road). The distance is around 36km, mainlyon the rail trail, but with a number of road crossings and an on-road section at Drysdale. All cyclists welcome. .

Barwon Heads Road works – detour needed for cyclists

Thanks to David S for forwarding this information from Major Road Projects Victoria,

Construction is well underway on the Barwon Heads Road Upgrade which includes adding new lanes and an on-road cycling lane between Settlement Road and Reserve Road.

We’ve started installing barriers in sections along the Barwon Heads Road, and more barriers will be installed in the coming weeks. As we finalise these works, access to road shoulders will be reduced and the existing vehicle lanes narrowed.

Therefore, cyclists are recommended to plan ahead and seek an alternative route around the works on Barwon Heads Road between Settlement Road and Reserve Road.  

For road cyclists, an alternative detour route is via Warralily Boulevard, Surfcoast Highway and Francis Street in Belmont. To support the detour route, we’re increasing the shoulder sweeping frequency on Surf Coast Highway to weekly.

We’ve consulted with bicycle representatives as well as the City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Transport to finalise a cycling detour that is a safe and alternative route for all cyclists. We’ll soon share a detour map for you to promote to your networks and also have detour signage on site.  

On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara – Tomorrow

Tomorrow our On Ya Bike! series travels to Lara, via the Hovells Creek shared path. There is some road riding, but all of this is on quiet roads. Our refreshment stop is in the main Lara shopping centre.

All cyclists are invited. The ride start is Rippleside Park, near the Adventure Playground, and starting time is 9am. The distance is around 36km. Tomorrow’s ride leader is Helen.

Covid-safe rules apply. Please ensure you have a face mask. Participants also need to ensure that they have a roadworthy bike, and wear an approved bike helmet. As there may be showers tomorrow morning, it’s also advisable to bring a rain jacket.

Last week’s ride was perfect – with 26 happy riders. It was good to meet old friends and make new ones.

On Ya Bike! 1, 2021 – History around the Barwon River

Rod led a total of 26 cyclists on the first of 2021’s On Ya Bike! rides for 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, there were three groups of up to10, led by Rod, Doug and Lynton. As well as 14 Cycling Geelong members, we welcomed twelve visitors – Brenda, Annie, John G, Bev, Mick, Marie, Geoff, Jay, Paul, Vicki, John P and Tseviet. Thanks for your participation.

At the start and along the way, there were stops for history of the river, including pre-European settlement.

Due to flooding there was a deviation at the Breakwater end – around the Barwon Valley Golf Course and past the criterium track, rejoining on the Belmont ride of the river, near the James Harrison Bridge. As the course near Queens Park Golf Course was flooded and muddy, a decision was made to return via Queens Park Bridge. The refreshment break was at Barwon Edge.

The weather was magnificent – especially after the windy, cold and wet weather we’ve had in the last month or two.

Thanks to Rod for leading the ride, our group leaders, Doug and Lynton, those who contributed snippets of cycling history, and all those who joined the first On Ya Bike! ride for 2021.

On Ya Bike! – Week 2 – Wednesday 13th October.

Next week On Ya Bike! visits Lara, via the northern waterfront and Hovells Creek Track. The ride leaves at 9am from Rippleside Park (near the adventure playground).

Participants waiting for ride start

On Ya Bike! – revision

The Barwon River is in flood! Therefore the first ride “History around the river” will be varied.

The starting point (car park at Balyang Sanctuary) remains unchanged. However, the route will be along roads and Rod has varied the commentary to include points of historical interest along the way. There will be a coffee stop, but, due to Covid restrictions, capacity for sit-down refreshments may be limited. You may wish to bring a Keep Cup.

On Ya Bike!

Victorian Seniors Festival 2021

Every Wednesday in October Cycling Geelong presents On Ya Bike! – a series of bike rides.

All cyclists are welcome – you don’t need to be a senior. Rides are free but there is always a stop at a cafe or coffee shop, so please bring some money if you’re looking to buy refreshments.

The series begins with Rod’s History Around the Barwon River ride – an easy 20km circult, all on sealed bike paths) and culminates in a 60km Mystery Ride mainly on sealed roads.

We will be following Covid safe guidelines for ride size, mask-wearing, distancing etc. We also expect all participants to follow current road rules, ride a roadworthy bike, and wear a bike helmet.

There is no need to pre-book. Please direct any queries to Helen (On Ya Bike! coordinator).

TitleStarting time & PlaceDistanceGrade and details 
History around the Barwon9:00am Balyang Sanctuary Car Park, Marnock Road, Newtown 20kmEasy (all bike paths)Rod Charles
Lara via Hovells Creek Trail9:00am Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground)36kmEasy (sealed bike paths and roads)Helen
Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail9:00am Bellarine Rail Trail (cnr Tucker Street/Carr Street) near Showgrounds entrance36kmEasy (sealed bike paths and roads)Dave Simpson
Northern Mystery Ride9:00am, Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground)  60kmMedium (sealed roads and bike paths)Dirk
On Ya Bike! photos



Ted Wilson Trail – Sunday 1st August, 2021

Helen led Dave S and Hermann on a repeat of the Ted Wilson ride – truncated at our last attempt by bad weather.

The conditions were cold and sunny with an increasing westerly wind, so the ride direction was clockwise, incorporating part of the Gabrielle Blythe trail (Cements Works Rail Trail) to the Cement Works, the the Ted Wilson Trail to its end in Corio. A slight glitch caused by no electric boost was an issue for Hermann at first, until the problem was diagnosed and fixed – a disconnected electrical lead.

A short ride around the local streets from the end of the Ted Wilson Trail brought the group to the Corio Bay Roadhouse for refreshments – plenty of seating and good service makes this an ideal stop for a northern ride. The circuit was completed with more quiet streets, then across the Melbourne Road on Refinery Road, North Shore Station Road and the waterfront back to Rippleside Park.

Near Church Street

Ted Wilson Memorial Ride- Sunday, 4th July 2021

Despite the cold, wet and extremely windy conditions, four people – Dave S, Karen, Kevin and Helen (ride leader) rode the annual ride to commemorate the life of Ted Wilson, and his enormous contribution to cycling. All riders received a sprig of rosemary (for remembrance).

Due to the conditions, the route was modified, with the coffee stop early in the ride at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road – welcoming, warm and good coffee. From there it was up Church Street and down the Ted Wilson Trail to Pioneer Road. Leaving the trail, the westerly wind pushed the riders to the Grammar School and Bay Trail for the return trip.

Despite some flurries, there was no rain during the ride. The wind increased as the ride went on – an exhilarating ride home to the peninsula for Dave – but a bit of a battle for Kevin.

Due to the bad conditions, many people who would have liked to do this ride missed out, so the ride will be re-scheduled in a couple of weeks, hopefully on the original route.

Red Rock Ride – Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

This is one of Allan’s regular ‘classic’ rides for Cycling Geelong. This year, riders were Allan M, Kelly, Karen, Kevin, George, Barbara and Dirk, David S, Keith, Virginia, Denise and Richard, Tina and Russell. The ride start was Red Rock Picnic Ground, part way up the Red Rock volcano at Alvie, north west of Colac.

This was the starting point for Allan’s first Red Rock ride, way back in around 2003! In this group, along with Allan, were Helen and John, Rod C, Marilyn T, Joy, Coralie? and several others. It was a drought year, with the surrounding lakes mainly dry. That year the group rode to the north and east, skirting Lake Corangamite, and through volcanic plains, lakes and dairy farms back towards Beeac, returning via Warrion – with a stop at the Warrion Pub. From the following year, rides began in Colac.

This year’s ride made use of the club’s bike trailer, leaving from Rippleside at 8am, with a second pickup at Waurn Ponds. The group arrived at Red Rock Picnic Area at 10.30.

Thanks to Allan M, ride leader for this report and photos.

When we arrived at Red Rock we went up to the top at the look out for all to see over the western plains and the lakes around there. Then we came back down to the picnic ground to unload the bikes .

The wind was blowing at a stiff NW so the whole group agreed to do the 50 K ride and look after one another. Off we went with Kelly yelling at me that I hadn’t locked my car. I was at least 100 meters down the hill before I stopped. Richard H was delegated to take the keys back up the steep hill!

It was great travelling with the wind to Coragulac. We then turned left into a side wind to Warrion Three of the slower riders  turned off just before Warrion to bypass Beeac  saving 8 k, with the whip opting to support them. From Beeac we had a tail wind all the way to the M1 (Princes Highway). A potentially dangerous right turn across the dual highway and round the roundabout was successfully negotiated with our ‘faster’ group crossed back to the northern side of the highway to take the road down to Colac Lake.

Just before the Colac Botanic Gardens we met up with the other 4 riders. We then took a back street so as to come down to  Murray Street to the La Porchetta for lunch at about 1pm. We spent about 1 ½ hours there as they were quite busy. There were lots of talk and laughter and friendly banter. We all had a good meal then headed for the highway again.

The sky looked very dark and there is a chance of getting wet. As we had arrived at the cross over to leave the highway back towards Red Rock, it just poured down. Some of us tried to get our rain jackets on .

The rain stopped for a while and we made good time. On the  way from Cororooke to Coragulac it thundered lightning rain and hail we were like drowned rats. The faster riders were under a shop veranda from there. We had  5k to go. The water was gushing down the road like a River, and we had to ride in the middle of the road to keep out of the flood.

It was nice to see the “Red Rock 300 metres” sign. That last 300 metres up to the cars was extra tough as water had washed gravel all over the road surface.

We packed up, took some more pictures then headed for home . Once again, the trailer didits job admirably! Not a thing went wrong. Most of the riders said that they would do it again.

Next time we might revert back to starting in Colac, with the lunch stop at Colac.

My report – Allan

Allan finally reached home at 6pm.

Red Rock Ride – 2021

Allan is once again running his most successful Red Rock ride this coming Sunday – May 2nd.

There are two routes – a longer route of around 70km and a short-medium route of around 50km.

Riders can avail themselves of the club bike trailer with the ride leaving Rippleside Park at 8am with a second pick-up at Bunnings Car Park Waurn Ponds at around 8.30.

This year the ride starts at Red Rock picnic ground, about 200 metres up the Red Rock turn off from Alvie, near Colac. Allan expects the ride to begin at around 10am.

There will be a lunch stop at Colac – at an Italian restaurant – La Porchetta, 35-37 Murray Street.

Bookings for this ride are essential. Please contact Allan Marshall to ensure your place on the ride.

Photos from previous Red Rock rides.