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.

How the Netherlands reclaimed their country from the internal combustion dragon

Just like Australia, the Netherlands had a culture of cycling for transport after World War II.  Just like Australia, as prosperity increased, cars took over.  Traffic accidents increased.  Look what happened next…

<p><a href=”″>Cycling For Everyone</a> from <a href=””>Dutch Cycling Embassy</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

200 Years on 2 Wheels – Celebrating the bicycle: Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Although it was also a joint ride day, Rod had been invited by Bicycle Network to run a Geelong event to celebrate 200 years since the invention of the bicycle.   The ride began in Eastern Park.  Thirteen cyclists braved the chilly morning. 

Rod explained that the first recorded 2-wheeled human powered vehicle was the running machine (laufmachine or Draisine) invented by Karl Von Drais in 1817.

Karl von Drais on his original Laufmaschine, the earliest two-wheeler, in 1819 By photo Lesseps artist unknown – Self-photographed, Public Domain,

This had no pedals – the rider scooted and rolled.  The machine was constructed of wood and iron, and the weight meant that only able-bodied men were likely to be users.  As the roads were too rutted by cartwheels for easy riding, Draisine riders took to the footpaths – leading to the first conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians.  Despite their weight, Velocipes (as they were soon named) were fast and efficient.  The reaction of governments was to ban their use in several countries including Great Britain, USA and Germany.

Today’s bicycles have firmly established the use of pedals for propulsion.  The oldest bicycle on the Cycling Geelong ride was a Gazelle, purchased some decades ago and ridden by Simon Watt.  This bike is steel, and sturdy – 22kg, with front and aft racks.  While in Amsterdam, adults are often be seen riding on the racks, Simon assured us that he uses his for transporting a crate of wine.

The group heard more of the history of bicycles, and their use in Australia and Geelong whilst waiting for a photographer from the Geelong Advertiser.

The group finally got underway along the new Eastern Beach bikeway to Point Henry.  In early years Point Henry was a popular tourist and recreation destination.   However, if one wished to ride through Eastern Park, it was necessary to dodge the many goats which grazed there.

Thanks to Rod for once again running a most successful history ride.

Read the article in this weeks Geelong Indy about the birthday of the bicycle

Keep your eyes open for news of our Seniors Month rides, when Rod will again lead the popular “History around the Barwon River” ride.





“Le Ride” – a movie record of a historic Aussie team in the 1928 Tour de France

Le Ride is the story of the 1928 Tour de France team led by Sir Hubert Opperman who, with Percy Osborn, Ernest Bainbridge, and New Zealander Harry Watson took part in what is widely regarded as being the single most difficult race of its kind ever. Of the 161 cyclists who started the race in Paris, only 41 made it the whole way back. Over 22 grueling stages, covering 5,476km, crossing the Pyrenees and the Alps, the race itself was enough to put a fresh team, many considered a joke, off competing. But after 6 weeks at sea getting to the South of France, their troubles started as soon as they arrived in Paris.

Le Ride retraces the journey of the four Antipodeans, follows all the hardships they suffered, and puts into perspective how massive an achievement the gargantuan effort was. New Zealand TV personality and host of the American The Amazing Race, Philip Keoghan is a cycling enthusiast who retraced the steps of the 1928 Tour De France and documented the feat in this tremendously entertaining full length movie.

The venue is again the wonderful Pivotonian Cinema in South Geelong and tickets are $20 each plus a small booking fee. Any profits will go to SAS (Support After Suicide) a new organisation set up to help families and others affected by suicide. See for more info.

The first session is now sold out, but a second session at 6pm on Thursday March 2nd is now available.  To book go to