The High Country – touring with bikes

Stephanie and Geoff have been cycling from Mount Beauty in the Kiewa Valley.

Thanks to Geoff for these photos and report.

We have been riding one of our favourite rides, Mt.Beauty to Mount Creek and return on the tar and gravel on our mountain bikes.

We have also ridden Mt.Beauty to Tawonga and back with lots of uphill several times on the road! Cycling any where up is here is deemed safe and was safe.

Our weather has been good with only a few drops of rain. Geoff hates to get his rims dirty!!

Sorry to hear the Skipton Ride is cancelled but the right decision was made Dave.

Hope everybody is well.

Ballarat – Bicycle tourism with Stephanie and Geoff

Thanks to Stephanie, who has taken a bit of time off from organising our social calendar to spend time cycling in Ballarat, for this account and photos.

Geoff and I recently spent a few days in Ballarat cycling with our friends from the Scenic Cyclists.  We rode the Lake and Victoria Park with them a couple of times & elsewhere.

Geoff and I rode to Clunes and back from Leamonth one day, a terrific ride on quiet country roads with little traffic that always gave us a wide berth !!

Other days we rode the Yarrawee Cycle Path to Buninyong & back a few times.

Our weather was a bit cold with a stiff South Westerly winds.

Warrnambool to Koroit via Tower Hill – Wednesday 23rd December, 2020

Thanks to Robert, ride leader for this report and photos.  Thanks also Robert for your quick thinking when all the bikes were not allowed onto the train.

Warrnambool-Tower Hill- Koroit Ride

Ten of us recently set off on a day’s cycling adventure to Warrnambool for a ride from Warrnambool Station to Koroit via the Rail Trail.

Nine of us traveled by train from Geelong and Waurn Ponds Station; One needed to take a vehicle due to the fact that all of the ten bikes couldn’t be transported on the Train Service.

On request, Dave Simpson ably led us to the Rail Trail and onwards towards Koroit. The track was in basic condition in some places due to recent rains and upgrades along the way. Overall, it was a lovely route with the trail winding through a range of farm lands. Part of the last section is a long, gradual climb towards Koroit.

On arrival at Koroit we found the local bakery where we enjoyed a break and lunch.

In departing Koroit, we cycled a road that ran along the side of the Post Office leading us to a T intersection and Tower Hill. A decision was made not to cycle down into the crater. Some wonderful sights were enjoyed from lookout points.

Following the sight seeing we high-tailed it back into Warrnambool via sections of the Rail Trail followed by the highway and streets in the City. Our destination? Pavilion Cafe and Bar, by Lady Bar, for refreshments before returning home by train; and car, for those who couldn’t get their bike on the train.

An enjoyable and safe ride was had by all.

Cycle touring around Myrtleford

Stephanie and Geoff are continuing their cycling holiday around Myrtleford…

Hello Cycling Friends

Stephanie  and I are enjoying a marvellous time up here cycling in Bright, Milawa, Tarrawingee, Bowmans Gap, Everton etc.  The weather has been superb with clear blue skies and lush green countryside both on the Rail Trail and on very quiet country roads.  Gapsted wines really are great to taste & buy!

Well hope everybody is safe & well.

Stephanie and Geoff

(Gapstead wines are right beside the Murray to Mountains trail 6km west of Myrtleford.)

Murray to Mountains – Stephanie and Geoff’s tour

Stephanie and Geoff have had a few days in Myrtleford riding the Murray to Mountains trail.  Thanks for sending this report and photos.

We left very early & beat the heat riding Porpunka and back.  The Rail Trail has been totally  resurfaced.  It would be safe and easy to ride a road bike with only 23mm wide tyre on and still average.  Over 20  km per hour!

Stay Safe

Stephanie & Geoff

Goldfields Tour 2020: Westward Ho!


Keep Grandfinal Weekend 2020 free!  We’re off to Ararat for the latest version of Allan’s Goldfields Tour.  (Grandfinal Day is 26th September, so we’ll be setting off on Friday 25th and returning to Geelong on Sunday 27th September.)

Ararat is on the western side of the goldfields triangle, on the Western Highway.  Allan has planned accommodation at the Acacia Caravan Park.  There are cabins with en suites, in various configurations, as well as caravan and camping sites.

Allan has already visited to check possible wineries (most important), riding options (very important) and refreshment stops (pretty important too).   There’s also lots to do around the town and region for those partners etc. who don’t cycle.  Naturally, the ride will be supported with our club bike trailer, and Allan will organise shared transport.

If you haven’t joined Allan for a Cycling Geelong Goldfields Tour, they’re a highlight of the club year.  Ask anyone who’s been before.  You can check out some highlights of last year’s tour here.

For forward planning, if you’re interested, please contact Allan directly, as soon as possible.

Red Rock Ride – Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Thirteen enthusiastic participants attended Allan’s annual Red Rock ride, first ridden at least 10 years ago. Riders were Allan, Russell, Kelly, Karen, Hermann, Barbara, Dirk, Peter S, Swee, Ian, David S and Kevin with Heather driving the sag wagon.

There were two ride options, of 46km and 70km, with Kelly leading the shorter (medium grade) ride and Kelly the long (hard grade) ride.  This year’s rides begain at Beeac (following the closure of one of our favourite cafes, Cafe Rooke at Corrorooke).

As is often the case, there were issues with weather.  This year it was a strong southerly wind, which plagued the riders for all but the final Colac-Beeac leg.  The lunch stop was at a bakery in Colac, which was great but busy.  Once again the newly refurbished trailer did a fantastic job.

One of the good things was the lush green countryside.  Visual highlights also included a beautiful roadside garden, and some bales of hay done up for Santa.  Traffic was light (and there is a wide sealed shoulder on the highway section).  David S. learned that it’s not advisable to attempt to video a low-flying plane while cycling, and a couple of riders may have over-extended themselves with the distances attempted.  (It’s a good idea to realise that riding further than usual, with a set time, may be difficult, especially if there’s a strong wind.  Don’t be embarrassed to use the friendly service of the sag wagon.)

It was a great day’s adventure, and Allan plans to continue the tradition of Red Rock rides again next year.  Keep watching the ride calendar for details.


Goldfields Tour 2019 – Heathcote

Gold fields 2019 Travel & Ride Report

From Allan Marshall – Tour leader, chief planner and guide extraordinaire! 

Three cars set off from Allan’s place at 8 45 am, driven by George Belcher, Kevin Clingan, and with Nick driving Allan’s car and towing the newly renovated bike trailer.

The adventurers ready to leave from Geelong

We only made one stop at Woodend then travelled through the lovely granite rocky hills past Lancefield. We arrived at the Heathcote Bakery at about 11.35am for lunch before checking in at Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park to get ready to ride.

Day 1 ride – Heathcote Environs

Led by Kelly, this ride went first to the Pink Cliffs Geological Reserve, then along High St to Argyle, where the ride turned and onto Forest Drive to the Powder Magazine building then onto North Costerfield Rd, in the McIver Ranges.  It was here that Kelly decided to cut the ride short so there was time to enjoy wine & beer tastings back in town. The ride took the road along the creek reserve and back to High Street (Northern Highway) at Heathcote Winery.  They didn’t answer my phone call early in the week so were understaffed for the 22 riders plus Nick and Heather.  Wine was sampled, and some bought.  Next it was beer tasting or coffee at Palling’s Brewery.  Finally, those who had stood the distance went for more wine tasting at Heathcote Wine Hub which received thumbs up for both tastings and tapas.   Allan drove Richard up Viewing Rock that overlooks the town and offered to take others wanting to go but no takers.  Dinner this night was at The Commercial Hotel, at 6pm.

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Day 2 Ride – Merindoc Wineries and Tooborac Hotel

The ride to Merindoc Wineries led by Allan.  Starting at 9am we arrived at 10 30am.  It was a slow ride with a South Eastly head wind.  We rode single file on the shoulder of the Northern Highway to Tooborac, to the Merindoc Vineyard just around the corner on the Lancefield Rd.  They gave a nice talk on their wines and the reason for the soil and what they do to the vines.  I learnt a lot. It was a good speech over tastings & finger foods.

Then we were back on the bikes to the Boutique Brewery & pie bakery at the Tooborac Hotel for lunch with a 12-2 booking.  They catered for all types of meals.  Nick took the car and trailer to cart the grog and as sag wagon for a couple of tired cyclists.  The return was via the same route for most riders.  Six hardy riders attempted the more difficult (hilly and gravel) ride route along to Old Dairy Flat Rd to Heathcote 6 riders took up the challenge. Allan lead the rest back on the Northern at speeds of up to 40k at times total distance 36 km.  I am proud of Denise who rode well and was always up on the wheel of the leaders.  Well done, after 2 years ago!  Keep it up Denise.  Then on Saturday afternoon, we watched the Grand Final at various places.  (Editor’s note – Knapps Cottage, where Helen and Stella were staying, was declared a ‘footy free’ zone with tea and birdsong on the veranda for Tina, Heather, Edena, Sally, Helen and Stella.)

BBQ tea was at the Caravan Park Camp Kitchen.  Everyone had a good time. Dirk lit the fire, which was most welcome, especially when the chill came down after sunset.  The barbecues were a male-only zone, supervised most ably by George and Richard (who kept the vegan hotplate pristine – even supplying gluten-free fried onions as needed).  Thanks to Heather and Edena for making sure all goodies were prepared, and to Allan with his foresight in pre-ordering the excellent meat.  Finally, the whole camp was led in a sing-along by Richard and Tina on ukuleles.

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Day 3 Ride – Bendigo on O’Keefe Rail Trail

The plan was to pack up and leave Caravan Park by 9am to commence ride on The O’Keefe Rail trail of 49 kilometres.  We got away a bit late “But all was ok in the end”.  Allan organised a car shuffle, with cars taken to Axedale, then Nick bringing the drivers back to Heathcote to ride.  Karen and Kelly each led for half each.

We parted with Helen and Stella at Knowsley then we somehow parted with Tina to drive her car to Bendigo.  We are booked in for lunch at The Tavern in Axedale, in the room that can cater for 25 people.

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The ride finishes at The Lake Weeroona.  Nick again took the drivers to Axedale to pick up their cars, while the rest of us loaded the bikes on the trailer.  Then we all headed for home. Some went for coffee at the coffee man (pity they forgot to ask Allan, who was loading the bikes, if he’d like one!).

Total riding distance day 3 – 54 km.  Everyone made it, with only one puncture (Dirk’s – about 5km from the Lake).

We headed for home via the Calder Highway Gisborne & Bacchus Marsh arrived at Allan’s just before 6 30 pm and unloaded some bikes, then wheeled the loaded trailer into Allan’s garage for rest of the owners to pick up their bikes the next day.

I believe everyone had a good time so we will ride again somewhere in the Golden triangle next year. We all would like to say a big thankyou to Nick for his support on these rides I believe Nick is spending time with the boys next year only Thanks mate.

The Terrific Treadly Trailer

I defy anyone to say the trailer didn’t do an excellent job.  This is the best fit out we have ever had.  Even the ladies in the group were helping with the loading and I heard Tina say she could use it for some away Moonlight rides.  Please use it. It’s there for all the members to use as long as the towing car has full comprehensive Insurance and the driver has a full licence and towing experience.  (Editor’s note: Kevin, who was driving behind the trailer, commented that the bikes did not move at all.)

Trailer trial loading – Thursday ride, August, 2019

Many Thanks for your Company Allan Marshall

 Thanks to Allan Marshall, our Goldfields Tour leader for this most comprehensive report.  Thanks to Allan and other tour participants for photos.


Better than brand new: Trailer refurbishment

The trailer is transformed.  Allan and Kelly have spent many hours reconfiguring and strengthening the Cycling Geelong bike trailer.  This will not only make it safer and fix problems exposed in the original design, but will make the trailer much easier to load and unload.

Thanks to Allan and Kelly and their engineer welder mate for this wonderful transformation.  The trailer is now ready for this year’s Goldfields weekend which it based around Heathcote.

The Bikes of Wrath – A literature cycling challenge

The Bikes of Wrath is a documentary film made to reenact the journey depicted in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Five Australians attempt to cycle 2600kms from Oklahoma to California in honour of the westward migration undertaken by ‘The Grapes of Wrath’s’ Joad family. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists expand on the novel’s core themes of migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity. The group explores whether America has progressed since the book was written, discussing the wealth gap, immigration and the American Dream. The fascinating people they meet along the way reveal the enduring strength of human spirit despite the inequality and disenfranchisement which runs as deep today, as it did in Steinbeck’s seminal novel. The Bikes of Wrath is a unique, funny and insightful documentary filled with adventure, literature, music, and human connection.

A Geelong screening of The Bikes of Wrath will be given on Thursday 28th February at 6.30pm at the Pivotonian Cinema in South Geelong.