Around the Bay in a Day – Dave’s story

Thanks to Dave Simpson for his take on Around the Bay 2018.

Richard, Peter and Dave

Having experienced the difficult start at Rippleside last year (the start line had been placed at the beginning of the ramp up to the Esplanade, causing many people to fall off as they were starting in too high a gear) we decided to hang at the back of the crowd and to let the crowd get out of the way. This worked well when we did eventually get going as for some reason the start was delayed by 15 minutes.

We set off in the dark for Queenscliff, saying hello to some of our team of CG volunteers on marshaling duty as we went past. The ride down to Queenscliff was fine, no delays and importantly, no wind. We decided it was going to be hard to get onto the 8am ferry owing to the late start (and it would be crowded).  So I decided to resist the calls of the people on ticketing duty at Queenscliff, who were trying to give us 8am tickets, and we held out for tickets for the 9am ferry and had a coffee, having found a seat in the sun at the Marina.

Consequently the ferry journey was great, the ferry was only about half full and we sailed off into the fog which had come in from the bay.

We arrived at Sorrento at 9:50am and got straight out on the road and made good time, stopping off a few times for necessary ‘natural breaks’. There was still just a very light wind, cross/tail, and the other riders were well behaved. I think we had managed to fall into a very well placed time window as the 210km riders hadn’t arrived yet and the 200km ‘Sorrento Return’ riders were just arriving so we didn’t have to contend with too many large pelotons whizzing past!

We eventually got to our lunch stop at Frankston and after a nice rest in the sun we headed off for the final run, with the wind, up to the finish at Albert Park, making sure that we crossed the finish line together!

My certificate says my total ride time was 7hr24m, and my Strava timing says I did the 100km Sorrento-Melb in 4hr41m, including a 30min stop for lunch. Our average speed was 22km/hr.

After (another) coffee we set off to Southern Cross to get the train home.

A big thankyou to my fellow riders, Pete and Richard, and to the team of volunteers.

–Dave

 

Around the Bay in a Day: Sunday 7th October, 2010 – 1

Stephanie and Geoff’s ATB

Thanks to Stephanie for this ride report and photos.

Geoff and I rode the 50km Route from Albert Park to Williamstown and back.  The day was fantastic with perfect weather conditions for riding.   With 10,000 riders registered for the day riding from 20-210 kms it showed the motorists on the Westgate Bridge …. cycling is now here  to stay and grow!

Geoff and I had no issues with the younger kids, most riding responsibly all day.

The climb over the Westgate Bridge and back wasn’t hard and we had plenty of room taking up 2 lanes of the bridge.The views from the top were superb, many stopped and took photos.

Surprisingly most motorists accepted a very  long wait and didn’t abuse us or other cyclists! FANTASTIC

With over 80 cyclists registered as Members of Cycling Geelong it would be good to see a Team of 6 to 8.

(Editor’s note:  Congratulations to Stephanie and Geoff on their personal achievement.  We also had club 20 members and friends working as volunteers on ATB and 2 members at the Cycling Geelong stand at the Humans in Geelong Expo.)

If you participated in Around the Bay, or volunteered the event, please send in a ride report and your photos so we can share them with other club members.  Send to Helen.

St Arnaud Tour: Day 3 – Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Redbank Winery (Sally’s Paddock) via Carapooee and Stuart Mill

Even the best-planned tours can have issues.  As the group packed up their belongings and prepared to cycle out of the St Arnaud Caravan Park for the last time, something entirely unforeseen happened.  The bus, which had behaved perfectly for the entire time, developed a jammed accelerator!  Stephanie and Geoff must have had a premonition of this.  They had chosen to travel independently on this final day.

Nick, our valiant and technically competent bus driver got to work to solve the problem, with some assistance – a small amount of which may have been helpful.

Finally, at around 9.20, the problem was resolved, and the cyclists set off for Carrapooee (a crossroads in the midst of farmland), Stuart Mill (an old mining settlement) and Sally’s Paddock winery for lunch.

Time was short, with a late start and lunch booked at the winery for noon.  All but one cycled off towards the Sunraysia Highway at Stuart Mill.  (Helen needed to pick up her car back at the caravan park.  As shorter ride, but including a 4km hill.  Fitness was an issue.  Back at the park, all was quiet, except for some dog walkers lining up at the dog wash.)

Because of the late start, some cyclists opted to continue in the bus.  Others sprinted valiantly down the highway.  Kelly had to back track to retrieve his gloves, but was soon in the lead again.

Helen was the first to arrive, only to be informed that the booking was for 1pm, not noon!  Texts to key people followed, and the riders could ride at a more leisurely pace.  After coffee, and a wine tasting for Helen, the first cyclists appeared, triumphant with their achievement – a 50km ride, including sprinting, gravel and hills!  More coffee was drunk, other drinks ordered, and Nick, Kelly, Kevin and a few others loaded up the bikes on the trailer, before a final lunch together.

Thanks Karen and Kelly for a wonderful weekend.

Thanks to Karen and Kelly, our leaders and joint organisers with Allan.

For those who’ve never been on a Goldfields tour with Allan, they are highly recommended.  Allan is already considering the best place for next year’s tour!  It will be important to get in early as the Grand Final weekend is always popular for travelers.

St Arnaud Tour – Day 2: Saturday, September 29th

Grand Final Day

Ride to Logan Pub

The ride headed out via quiet unsealed country roads to the Wimmera Highway and then on to the Logan Pub.  The return was via the Wimmera Highway.  There were several stops to re-group, and visit friendly local horses.  Part of the trail was along the Henty trail, which goes from the Murray to Portland.

Margy discovered some new wheels at the Pub.  The three motorbikes stopped just as we pulled up.  Our stereotypes were thrown away when the bikies ordered coffee!

The riders returned to the Caravan Park in time for the important TV coverage of the game.  Not all were happy with the outcome.  A barbecue helped drown a few sorrows.  No swooping maggies this year.

Thanks again to Kelly and Karen for exemplary planning and leadership, and to Stephanie and Geoff for organising food for the barbecue.

St Arnaud Tour – Day 1: 28th September

The group set off at 8.30 from Allan’s place, with Nick driving the bus.  (Thanks Nick for once again giving up Grand Final weekend to support the club.)  Heather and Edena, Helen and Sally drove independently.  Stephanie and Geoff had taken an extra day, and gone to St Arnaud on Thursday.   Allan, who, along with Kelly, had planned the trip, was unable to attend.  We kept him posted with regular Facebook updates.

Kara Kara Winery was the first stop, which a pause to hear about the Goldfields wine district, check out the wines, and make a few discreet purchases.

After a quick settle in at the St Arnaud Caravan Park, it was off to lunch.  The bakery had run out of food, but the alternative, a newly opened cafe,  The Dabbling Duck, was excellent.

Lunch at the Dabbling Duck

A 20km tour of St Arnaud, including the Wax Gardens, bush lookout, steam engine and Love Cottage (a National Trust property and the oldest miner’s hut still standing) gave the legs a stretch after the long bus ride.  Some (your author included) whinged about the loose gravel, but the bushland and lookout were worth the angst.  Early wildflowers were spotted by those ‘with eyes to see’ in the Wax Gardens.

Dinner was at the St Arnaud Sportsman’s Club.

On Ya Bike! 2018

Starts tomorrow!

Starters at Balyang 2017

Our very popular ride series On Ya Bike! for the Seniors Festival begins tomorrow with History Around the Barwon led by our very own cycling historian Rod Charles.

Come along to Balyang Sanctuary car park at 9am.  The ride is 20km, with coffee at Barwon Edge

The series is every Wednesday during October.  Rides are:

Date Title Starting time & Place Distance Grade and details
Wednesday 3rd October Historical around the Barwon 9:00am

Balyang Sanctuary Car Park, Marnock Road, Newtown

20km Easy (all bike paths)
Wednesday 10th October Lara via Hovells Creek path 9:00am Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground) 36km Easy (mainly sealed bike paths)
Wednesday 17th  October Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail 9:00am Bellarine Rail Trail (cnr Tucker Street/Carr Street)

near Showgrounds entrance

36km Easy (mainly sealed bike paths)
Wednesday 24th October Moriac South Barwon Reserve, entrance, Barwon Heads Road,

 

50km Medium (some hills)
Wednesday 31st October Allan’s Mystery Ride 8:30am, Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground) 60-80km Medium/hard (sealed roads)
    Riders need to be able to maintain an average of around 20kph for this ride. 

 

 

Remembering Russell Mockridge: Sunday16th September, 2018

On the weekend of 15th and 16th September, 2018, three events were held, to mark the anniversary of the death of Russell Mockridge, who was killed while competing in the Tour of Gippsland, on 13th September, 1958.

Legends Plaza, Kardinia Park, Geelong, 9am

Drysdale Ride:  Reenactment of Russell Mockridge’s first bike race*

Before the Sunday ride from Legends Plaza Kardinia Park, David Kelly, from the Legends Plaza Trust, addressed the group about the plaza, and Russell Mockridge’s place within it.  Only those who grew up in Geelong, and were at the forefront of their sport, both in Australia and internationally, are honoured.

The ride, lead by Doug Merritt and Rod Charles, went first to the former Geelong Amateur Cycling Club rooms in East Geelong, then along the rail trail to Drysdale.  After a brunch stop Cafe Zoo, and more discussion about Russell Mockridge, the group returned via the road route.  Two Olympians, John Hine and Don Allen were among the 27 cyclists.  The weather very cold and blustery but no rain.

Thanks to Ray Bowles (The Cycling Scrapbook) for the two photographs above.

*Russell Mockridge turned up for a ride with Geelong Amateur Cycling Club one morning in 1946.  He’d never raced before, and was unknown to any of the other riders.  Bespectacled, and dressed in shorts, jumper and white shirt, and normal work shoes (but with leather thongs to bind his shoes to the pedals) he paid his entry fee and lined up with the rest of the field.  It was a handicap race, and as a new rider, Russell was sent off at the front of the field.  After a while, he asked if those with him would mind if he went on ahead.  They were happy to let him do so, expecting this raw amateur on a ‘normal everyday bike’ would soon run out of puff and they’d pass him again.  This didn’t happen!   He was seen by some of the faster riders on the return journey as the were still on their way to Drysdale, by which time he was 7 miles ahead.  Hearing this, the  club handicapper checked with the drinkers at the Drysdale pub whether Russell had ‘gone around the tree’ – which was near the current roundabout outside the hotel, and the turning point in the race.  “He’s been and gone,” they replied.  Before the handicapper had time to return in his car, Russell was back at the start/finish of the race.  No one was there.  Soon a few early spectators arrived, to enjoy the park and cheer the cyclists as they finished, only to find Russell already finished.  When the handicapper arrived, it’s reported that Russell was sitting in the gutter.  He had finished seven and a half minutes ahead of the front of the field.  A new chapter of cycling history was about to begin…

This information about Russell Mockridge’s first race is from Rod, Charles book, A Whirr of Many Wheels, Volume 3. 

The cyclists leave Legends Plaza to reenact Russell Mockridge’s first race with ride to Drysdale…

 About the Remembering Russell Mockridge weekend

The weekend was initiated by Tim Alexander from Albury who made a preliminary visit to Geelong to ride with Rod Charles and Coralie Jenkin to Drysdale and plan the event.

Rod Charles invited Doug Merritt to MC the weekend.  Doug’s planning for the rides was meticulous, including rest stops, and contingency plans for inclement weather.

Jason Hunt, a non-Cycling Geelong member, came out of the blue to initiate a social media campaign which proved very effective in finding outsiders who may be interested in joining locals.  From his contacts, Melbourne based Ray Bowles, a cycling photographer from the 1980s attended the days and recorded the events.

To gauge numbers, a Trybooking site was established by Tim Alexander, who also organised the Saturday evening Q&A.

Our special thanks to Rod Charles, Doug Merritt and Tim Alexander.  Thanks also to cycling photographer Ray Bowles, authors Martin Curtis, Daniel Oakman, Ben Schofield, Marcus Arnold and Rod Charles, John Hine, Don Allen and other cyclist friends of Russell Mockidge, the Mockridge family and all who attended the events on the this most successful weekend.  Thanks to John Hagan for photos of the Geelong ride on 15th September.

 

Remembering Russell Mockridge: Saturday 15th September, 2018 – 1

On the weekend of 15th and 16th September, 2018, three events were held, to mark the anniversary of the death of Russell Mockridge, who was killed while competing in the Tour of Gippsland, on 13th September, 1958.

Saturday, 15th September, 9am, Balyang Sanctuary Car Park, Newtown, Geelong

Mockridge Tour – a cycle ride around points of significance in and around Geelong.

Doug Merritt, of Cycling Geelong, led about 20 riders from Balyang in terrible conditions – rain, cold and wind – for a tour of Geelong visiting places about the city which connected to the life of Russell.   The were participants from Cycling Geelong, Life Activities Geelong, Geelong Touring Cyclists, Geelong Cycling Club and visitors from out of town.   Also in attendance were Johne Hine, a local Olympian and Russell Mockridge’s nephew, Robert Mockridge.

From Balyang, the tour took the river path to the steep zig-zag to Pakington Street.  All but an agile and fit few, including GTC’s John Hagan, walked the zig-zag.

Thanks to Ray Bowles (The Cycling Scrapbook) for the two photographs above.

The first stopping place was The Geelong College, where participants were treated to a tour of the old school, including the hall of famous ex-students, where Russell’s photo features.  From there, a detour to near St Joseph’s showed participants the type of hills Russell could have used for training in Geelong.

Next the tour wended it’s way to Russell’s family home in Roebuck Street, before cycling part of the proposed east-west cycling corridor, along Villamanta Street, and to the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre over the cycle bridge over the railway line on Little Malop Street.

Outside the Mockridge family home in Newtown (Photo: Ray Bowles)

Thanks to Ray Bowles (The Cycling Scrapbook) for the photograph above.

Here, the participants had the opportunity to view a historic display about Russell at the Heritage Centre, and take a refreshment break at the newly opened Cafe Public.

The new bike racks at the library are finally full…

As the tour wound its way back to Geelong West, the clouds that had been hovering all morning, became black and angry.

Clouds gathering before the storm

The wind intensified as the group entered the Geelong West Football ground, to cycle the velodrome and hear more about Russell’s racing in and around Geelong.  The storm broke with a tree-bending south-westerly gale, and icy horizontal rain.  Shelter in the grandstand was more than welcome.

With these conditions, it was decided to ‘call it a day’.  The tour was truncated, with a plan to complete the ride in the next month or so.  (Keep an eye on the Cycling Geelong Ride Calendar to find out the date and time.)

Thanks to John Hagan for photographs.

Russell Mockridge with the winner’s trophy, Sun Tour, 1957

 

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road people’s ride

Reports from club members:

115km ride – the whole circuit of the race, including all the hills around Bells Beach, Barrabool Road, and the dreaded Challambra climb and Melville ‘wall’.

From Dave S (ride coordinator)

I had a good day yesterday, managed an overall avg of 24.9 for the 115km, including the Challambra and Melville climbs. I did the ride in 4 and a half hours of active time. I was doing very well, had an avg of 26.6 at Moriac but the climbs at the end reduced that a bit! We had a bit of mixed wind conditions this year but generally the weather was good.  I saw David Salamy at the rest stop at Moriac but headed off again as he was waiting for his buddy to turn up.

Dave’s view of the riders in the 115km ride – at the 7am start.

Am heading out soon to see the peloton whiz by at Boundary Rd but will head home and watch the rest of the race on TV as it will be too hot to hang around outside to wait for them to do the climbs this afternoon.  Pity about that but I just went outside and that North wind is already bring the temp up. There’ll be a few sunburned spectators out there today.

From David S (member)

“I started at 6:30am with Mike, a weekend riding ‘buddy’. We didn’t push too hard, in order to conserve energy for the hills in the last 60kms but still averaged 26kph for the 51kms to Jan Juc. It was very humid and misty and visibility was quite poor thru my wet sunglasses 😎. After coffee, a good feed and some stretching at Mike’s house in JJ (how convenient is that 😊) we headed for Bells. Our solid training, combined with a very favourable SSE breeze enabled us to do Bells, Forest Road and the hills to Ceres, and arrive in better shape than previous Cadel rides.  Now for Challambra!  On the climb to North Valley Road there were some ‘early warning cramp signals’, so we stopped for a stretch and then successfully did Challambra/Westbury/Melville before coasting home to the finish.

It was a very enjoyable ride, in favourable conditions with terrific support from cheering people all around the course. The atmosphere out on the road was very friendly, the volunteer marshalls were very helpful and there were lots of places to top up our water bottles.

Another great day on the bike!”

65km ride

From Margy M

All I would like to say I had fabulous fun;  happy with my time of 3 hours 20 minutes which included rest stops along the way.

From Kevin

My tyre problems started on Friday afternoon when the rear tyre bulged.  With the shops shut I could not buy a new tyre.  So I borrowed a used tyre from my Son in law.  On Saturday morning on my way to the start of the ride that tyre blew out.  I then put a patch inside the and fitted a new tube, but I could not put much pressure in the tyre.  I made the start ok, but peddling was harder than usual and I could not keep up with Margy.  Otherwise the ride was good and the tyre lasted the distance.

Thanks to Dave, David, Margy and Kevin for these reports.

If anyone else has reports or photographs of their experience over the two days of the Cadel Evans GOR ride and races, please send them in to Helen.

Full Moon Ride: Monday 1st January 2018

Thanks so much to Tina (ride leader) for leading this splendid ride and for this report.

Massed moon riders at Point Lonsdale Ripview carpark.

We met at Ripview car park Point Lonsdale. There was a great response to the invite for the first full moon ride of the year on the eve of New Years Day.  33 riders, 1 tandem and 3 fat bikes.  The riders on their fat bikes cycled along the sandy beach. We cycled along the main street of Point Lonsdale  then along the foreshore, crossed the road then down the rail trail into Queenscliff. We rested and had tea on the gree across from the fish and chip shop where most people bought their meal. After eating we regrouped and cycled to Queenscliff Ripview car park at the end of Hesse St.

One of the highlights for me was to see the long line of cyclists circling the car park with their lights on. We returned the same way we came. Part way along the foreshore the full moon was already  risen and at our rear. I took a wrong turn and cycled into a path designated for walkers only.  This part of the ride was a challenge for some.  For others it was enjoyable evidenced  by the looks on their faces as they emerged at the end of the trail and into the car park.  To finish the night off I played Blue Moon on the ukulele accompanied by some willing singers and percussionists.

Thanks Tina, Robert and all our friendly bike riders.