John Hagan led the ride to Lara, with a good turn up of 11 cyclists. The ride route was along the coast to the Grammar School, then through Corio to Millars in Lara for coffee. The return was via Hovells Creek.
Despite bad weather (cold, wet and windy) 10 riders arrived at Rippleside Park for this month’s Joint Ride. The route was from Rippleside to Point Henry, then to Moorabool Valley Chocolate for refreshments before the return to Rippleside. Riders were Helen (Ride leader – Cycling Geelong), John H (GTC), Mike (GTC), David S (CG), John M, who is a member of both clubs, Rolf (GTC), Ian (GTC), David J. (CG), Kelly (CG) and Janet, a visitor on her first ride with either club.
With a strong tail wind, the going was easy to Point Henry – marred by rubbish and glass on the road which led to a puncture for Janet, efficiently mended by experts from both groups. Most riders braved the gravel to ride to the point.
From Point Henry the ride turned south and west – into the wind, though once in the urban area the wind was less of an issue. A shower had a few resuming rain tops. The riders wended their way through Moolap, Breakwater, Newtown, Geelong West and Herne Hill to arrive at Moorabool Valley Chocolate at around 11.15, where Heather of Cycling Geelong, the voice 94.7 The Pulse’s The Bicycle Show (Saturday mornings at 11am) joined them for coffee.
After various refreshments (I recommend the hot chocolate on a cold day), the group disbanded with only Kelly and Helen returning via Rippleside Park.
Thanks to all riders, John for taking photos. We hope to see you all on next month’s joint ride.
Thanks to Peter for this ride report and John Hagan for the photographs.
Peter O’Brien’s Combined Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove – Sunday 10.6.17
Five riders John H , Rolf, John M, Mike and myself set off from South Geelong Station to Ocean Grove. We left Geelong in sunshine and rode to Leopold and then onto on to rail trail. As we approached the Grubb Road exit of the trail the fog had set in and this made riding a bit more difficult. Upon reaching Ocean Grove the sunshine had returned and we enjoyed coffee at the Groove. The ride back to Geelong was via thirteenth beach and Lakes Road. A very enjoyable ride. Distance 65kms.
Joint Ride with Geelong Touring Cyclists
Dave Simpson led twelve cyclists from Eastern Park to Basil’s Farm via Drysdale and Swan Bay Road. Basil’s Farm, was once a hobby farm owned by Basil Halsall, a cyclist who won the Sun Tour in 1952. The farm today is an organic masterpiece, with cafe and huge outdoor seating area overlooking Swan Bay. Most of the food served is either from the farm, or local area. After a long stop for refreshments (due to Sunday business – a large number of brunch customers eating for the whole week if appeared), and with well-caffeinated legs to bolster the return, the group set off to complete the circuit via Bellarine Highway, with a split organised to allow faster riders to go ahead. The riders today were (from L to R in the photo below): John M, Chris Hu, Helen, Rolf, Doug, Peter J, Peter O’B, Dave, Dirk, Barbara and John H. John C joined a few km into the ride.
Thanks to Dave, ride leader, and John Hagan for the photos and map.
This ride was led by Ross G. from Geelong Touring Cyclists. Unfortunately, there was only one representative from Cycling Geelong, for this most enjoyable and easy circuit ride. Thanks to Ross for leading this ride and to all riders for their friendliness and good company.
Thanks to Ross for this report:
Ross’ Circuit of Geelong leading the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong – Sunday 18.2.18
A good ride leader plans the ride route carefully and does their best to ensure there are no unexpected road works or other impediments or interruptions that might impact on the safety and enjoyment of the ride participants. Unfortunately, today’s ride leader showed himself to be particularly inept in that regard, not realising there was a major event, a triathlon, happening along the planned route. Luckily some of the ride participants do read the local papers and listen to the local radio so we set out knowing there might be quite a few detours along the way. Helen (representing CG), Marion, Peter J, Marie, Geoff, Chris Hu and Ross managed to skirt the triathlon mainly due to Helen’s detailed knowledge of the back streets of Drumcondra. We did get to see some very pleasant suburban streets and a heritage listed concrete road along the way. Eventually we found our way back on to the “planned” route, heading out along the bay before turning up Plantation Road and detouring around the closed section of the Ted Wilson path (which also came as a surprise to the ride leader) before regaining the bike trail. Definitely a squeeze for some getting through the partially open barriers at the Church Street exit, then continuing on to Cementies Hill (aka Hyland Street) where some of the group stopped for a close look at the silo murals, before the big run down the hill and a right turn up to the paper mills where we were greeted by a camera-wielding John H (in civvies after already having completed his early morning ride). Luckily, the Doors Gallery Café owner had already had his first coffee of the day and was able to produce our orders in reasonable time, encouraged and ably assisted by Peter J’s waiter service. After a leisurely break, we parted company with John, heading back along the river path, dropping people as we passed their exits. A great riding day.
A great riding day. Thanks to all for their company. Ross.
Photos: John H, Helen L
Only two riders opted for the road option on the joint ride from Torquay to Anglesea – Helen (ride leader) and Mike T. (from GTC). The route was minor roads to meet up with the Great Ocean Road about 3km from Anglesea at the Forest Road roundabout. It was a cool January day.
Quiet roads make for pleasant cycling, though the south-westerly wind slowed the outward trip somewhat. The new roundabout at the Forest Road-Ocean Road intersection made the right turn much safer as traffic on the highway was heavy. Coffee at Cafe Daniele was most welcome, though, having heard from Dave that the mountain bikers were still a long way away, it was decided not to wait (the surf coast trail people didn’t arrive till 11.27 – about an hour after the road riders). With assistance from a strong tail wind, the return journey on the road was accomplished in around 45 minutes.
Thanks to Mike for being happy to dawdle along at the ride leader’s pace on the outward leg. It was a most enjoyable morning’s ride. We’re still waiting to hear the stories of the more adventurous mountain bike crew.
Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Jack Rabbit near Drysdale on Sunday 10.9.17
As we assembled for our ride today at the ‘Park N’ Ride’ carpark near the Botanical Gardens we were drawn in by the beautiful scenery on this sunny Sunday morning. The Crimson Rosellas were in the tree besides us so I snapped a few shots. David Simpson from Cycling Geelong led the group of 13 riders from both clubs out along the Portarlington Rd to the House of Jack Rabbit Cafe just past Drysdale. The views were even better there and we enjoyed coffee out on the patio with Corio Bay stretching in the sunshine almost to the You Yangs. Our return tip was via Portarlington, St Leonards, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. From Cycling Geelong we had David Simpson, Linton, Brigid, Doug and Richard and from GTC Pam, Marie, Lyn G, Ben, Chris Hume, Chris Halpin, Mike T, and John H. We covered approximately 90km on our lap of the Bellarine Peninsula
Keep Riding, John Hagan.