Russell Mockridge Memorial Weekend: September 15 & 16, 2018

Saturday, September 15th

  • Geelong Memories Ride – 9am, Balyang Sanctuary car park ( Map )- Local ride of places of significance in Russell’s growing up in Geelong.  Ride leader – Doug Merritt .
  • Memorial Gathering with Q&AAuthors’ talk with refreshments:  Russell Mockridge Pavilion, 1 Barwon Heads Rd Belmont ( Map) 6-7.30pm.  Speakers include Rod Charles, Dan Oakman, Marcus Arnold, Martin Curtis and Ben Schofield

Sunday, September 16th

  • Russell Mockridge Memorial Ride – Legends Plaza, Kardinia Park, South Geelong (Map)- Geelong to Drysdale – to mark the route of Russell Mockridge’s first cycle race.  (Alternative off-road route via Bellarine Rail Trail)  Ride leader:  Rod Charles
  • Rod Charles is the author of A Whirr of Many Wheels: Cycling in Geelong,  A Chronicle

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Remembering Russell Mockridge Weekend

September 15th & 16th

A weekend of cycling events to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of Russell Mockridge, local and international cycling star, tragically killed while competing in The Tour of Gippsland on 13th September, 1958.
Saturday September 15thBike ride of significant sites in Geelong area, starting 9am at Balyang Sanctuary.
Dinner – details and venue TBA to commemorate Russell’s life.
Sunday, September 16th – Geelong-Drysdale ride (cyclists’ choice of on road or on the Bellarine Rail Trail).

All cyclists are invited to attend.  Some volunteers needed to support the rides.  Please contact Doug to volunteer.

Thanks to Cycling Geelong members Doug Merritt and Rod Charles who, along with Tim Alexander (from Albury) for taking on the organisation of this event.

Barwon River Circuit: 27th January, 2018

Alex led 20+ cyclists on the circuit.  We had two new riders – Roman and his daughter Lily.  Lily is probably our youngest rider ever and did the ride from the comfort of dad’s small-wheeled trike, which converts into a stroller.

There was a rowing regatta so a dismount was needed near Moorabool Street.  Otherwise, the path as reasonably quiet.  The ride strung out with lots of gaps to allow other path users plenty of space.  Passing under the Queen’s Park Bridge, the first bunch of Cadel Evans People’s riders came through.  David estimated that, to have made this point before 10am, these riders must have averaged around 40kph.  They were riding very strongly and looked as if the Aphrasia climb and Melville Avenue ‘wall’ would be no problem.

As usual, the coffee break was at Barwon Edge.  While sitting there, resting and enjoying refreshments, it was enjoyable to watch the later people’s riders on the lower slopes of the Challambra climb on the other side of the river.  By this time (around 11am), it was the average recreational cyclists making the climb.  The distance and hills were beginning to take their toll on some riders. 

Thanks to Alex for leading this most enjoyable ride.

Congratulations to all our Cycling Geelong members who rode in the Cadel Evans GOR People’s ride this morning – Margy, Kevin, Doug, David S, and any others.  It’s a wonderful achievement whichever ride you chose.  Thanks also to Stephanie and Geoff who were marshalling.  (I think I spotted a glimpse of Stephanie on the lower part of the Chalambra climb – directing the riders past a central road island – they were moving too quickly to be sure.)

On my ride back home, I enjoyed a spin down Church Street.  There were still riders completing the Cadel Evans People’s Ride 110km course at that time (around 12am).

Later, after watching the women’s event live, I cruised down to Steampacket Gardens for the presentations.  With the roads still closed to motor traffic, it was an easy quiet ride.

Congratulations to Chloe Hoskins (who also won the Tour Down Under last week).  Chloe also won the sprint jersey.  Congratulations also to the other place getters, Gracie Elvin (2nd) and Georgia Bronzini, and to Katrin Garfoot (Queen of the Mountains), and Sabrina Stultiens who staged an amazing breakaway on the Chalambra climb and was only caught in the last few hundred metres along the waterfront.

National Road Cycling Championships – Buninyong 5-7 January, 2017

As usual, our trusty social coordinators Geoff and Stephanie were working as volunteers for Cycling Australia at Buninyong last weekend.

Thanks to Geoff for this report.

Stephanie & Geoff are working hard to ensure the Womens Road Race is the Success it deserves. We have been out as Course  Marshalls most days on busy streets .. stopping traffic.  It was as hot in Lobethal as it was in Mt. Buninyong …39-41 degrees.

Kimberley Conte …The glamorous  35 year old ..Race Director ( Geoff  said she is Lovely ! )   greatly appreciated our efforts in such hot conditions along with all the other workers  The conditions on the longest day  (Saturday ) been  extremely  windy with  heavy short showers.

Never let anybody under estimate the outstanding fitness and endurance of the Girls in UCI level road racing .

The National titles  in Mt Bunninyong  were as exciting and  we  were  pleased to  see  so many of  our favourite  riders win the Australian  jersey.

Tonight we will  see them again and many of the competitors we know well from our years of involvement at the track and road events as the TDU women and men teams will be presented at the  City of Adelaide Tour Village.

There are plenty of cycling paths around Adelaide that  we  are taking advantage of them.

150th Anniversary of the Bicycle! Celebration weekend

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Sat Nov 19:

  • 1pm ride led by Cycling Geelong Life Member Rod Charles
    from Geelong West velodrome (cnr Church & Weddell st)
  • 6.30pm spit roast dinner & guest speakers (enter online)
    Geelong West velodrome (cnr Church & Weddell st)

Sun Nov 20: 

  • 9am  swap meet
  • 9am Show & Shine (enter online)pre 1900 bikes
    Vintage racing bikes up to 1960
    racing bikes 1985-2000
    Best Australian bike
    Best overseas bike
  • 1pm Victorian Penny Farthing Championship (enter online

Volunteers wanted

 

Vintage bike collectors Pat and Robin Evans who attends Rod Charles annual Heritage ride is organising the event. If you want to help on the day contact them by email.

Entry online: http://geelongcycling.com/#pennyfarthing

Nové Město na Moravě hosts World Mountain Bike Titles: that other bike race in July

While you’ve been burning the midnight oil watching the Tour, Steph and Geoff, our travellers in Europe, have been watching the World Mountain Bike Championships in Moravia. 

Stephanie and I returned last Monday (11th July) from the Czech Republic after a fantastic 10 days. The 4  days spent at Nové Město na Moravě high up in the Moravian Mountains amongst the beautiful pine forests was  terrific. The Australian men, women and girls gave a gutsy effort on the steep and rugged terrain in front of a crowd of 55,000 people each day!!  They all encouraged the local Czechs, Swiss, French, German, Danes etc. on which meant it was a very hard task for our riders to finish with the top Europeans!  We gave our riders vocal support on every lap and they saw us draped in the Australian Flag on different parts of the course!

The bright and sunny weather with blue skies and no wind  meant the conditions were ideal for fast laps in ideal conditions on a very difficult and steep course.  The crowds were massive on The Cardiac Climb with spectators 6 to 7 deep for hundreds of metres on the climb.  We got our perfect positions a few hours earlier against the fence so we could see everything without an interrupted view.  The riders rode through the massive Rock Gardens with a superb sense of balance and agility at speed that had to be seen to believed.

We were lucky to be with  the parents of the Womens and Mens 2016 Under 23 World Champions. The Mens World Champion is a Kiwi!!! The Girls’ Under 23 World Champion  is Swedish  –  she was like a beautiful Model wearing lycra!!   She was very fast, strong & agile on the bike as well !

I said to Stephanie how lucky we were  to be in the right place at the right time that day!

Prague is a beautiful Medieval city  with its Gothic  Renaissance, Baroque Architecture  everywhere. We spent each day walking the cobbled streets from  9 am until evening admiring and absorbing  the history. The Czech people are very friendly  with warm personalities who like Australians very much.

We enjoyed  many evenings sitting in historical squares enjoying a beer or 2 and a lovely meal on balmy evenings watching the different number of nationalities walking past. One morning we took the open air bus tour of the city which was  outstanding, visiting the Old Town, the New Town, the Jewish Quarters and the magnificent castle with a bonus view of the Changing of the Guard.

After a frustrating 5 hour wait at Prague Airport we arrived at Gatwick very late  last night meaning a 14 hour door to door  day…  due to a British Airways aircraft being replaced because of a technical failure.

We have a few more weeks in England visiting family in the north and in the south and in London.

We trust Everyone is fit & keeping well. Stay safe please.

Best wishes

Stephanie & Geoff

Thanks to Geoff for this report and photos.