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

Bookings via Trybooking Russell Mockridge Ride

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.

Spinning to help the Royal Melbourne Hospital

I would like to thank the riders who gave me  generous support  for the RMH –  Ride To Recovery-  Fun Raiser for their Medical Research on Friday in Melbourne yesterday

I was  delighted to be able to collect $206 in mainly gold coins towards this wonderful Hospital.

The  Spin Class at lunchtime went extremely well with lots of medicos, research workers, nurses, hospital workers and dedicated supporters including some ex-patients  doing what they love best -raising much needed money for their favourite Hospital.

Fiona Gillies, Director of the RMH Foundation, a beautiful girl with perfect people skills and who rode her self thanked me most sincerely with a hug  for my excellent contribution and moral  support for the hospital.

Warm  wishes
— Geoff

Cycling Without Age – try the Triobikes

On Friday, 9th February, Vicki will hold another session for our Cycling Without Age pilots to familiarise themselves with the new electric-assisted trikes at MACS.  The session is from 1-4pm, at MACS, 100 Weddell Road, North Geelong.

We’re still recruiting new pilots.  If you’d like to be part of this world-wide cycling movement, please send your expression of interest to Helen or Vicki.  Help those who can’t ride enjoy the experience of ‘wind in the hair’ through a slow bike ride with friends.

Road trials with volunteer pilots as passengers, near Multi-cultural Aged Care

Support new Cycling Infrastructure for Geelong – have your say

To promote the safety of separated bicycle infrastructure, these kids have produced a music video…

Please find the time to comment on Geelong’s proposed new cycling infrastructure –

To view the detailed plans, there’s one final drop-in session from 3-6pm, next Tuesday (February 13th) from 3-6pm.

Let the strength of our cycling voices lead to positive, safe cycling infrastructure!

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.

Cycling Geelong Christmas Party

Around 40 members and friends attended last night’s Christmas function at the Belmont Hotel.  There was lots of chatter and laughter, a little music supplied by Tina, Joy and the band of trusty ukulele players, and, as Santa was off riding his sleigh somewhere, the Good Christmas Fairy (AKA Heather) took on the role of gift giving for Kris Kringle.

It was wonderful to see a wide range of members, both new and older.  Thanks to Stephanie for her sterling work in organising social functions throughout the year.

If any members have photos of last night’s event, please send them to Helen so they can be added to this report.

In the interim, apologies for the quality of these mobile phone shots taken in poor light.

Jingle Bells (Cycling version)

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Cyclists on the roam

Oh what fun it is to ride when it’s downhill coming home.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Cyclists on the track

Oh what fun it is to ride with a tail wind coming back.


John is out the front, with David on his wheel,

Not far back is Kellie Rowe with Margy Mac at heel.

Allan’s next to Rod, who’ll tell us all a tale

Of just how far we’ve come since bikes were first made and for sale.


Tina’s puffing hard, ‘I need a coffee break!’

Dirk and Barbara stop their bikes for latte, chat and cake,

Magpies on the swoop, Paul’s helmet’s all a-spike

Shane’s spinning past on tiny wheels – now that’s a snazzy bike.  OH!


George’s eyes a-shine, he dreams of rides outback

Bush flies, punctures, mud and dust then sleeping on the track.

Geoff and Stephy save to cycle overseas

While puffing hard up Highton’s hills is hard upon their knees.