Capitol City Trail – Melbourne, 10th April, 2022

Thanks to Robert for this report and photos.

Five of us set off on a VLine Service to Melbourne on Sunday 10 April, arriving at Southern Cross Station about 12.38pm. By 1.00pm we were on our way heading down Spencer Street to the Yarra where we picked up the trail beside the River heading east to our lunch destination at Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford.

The Yarra Trail is a lovely ride meandering beside the River with many beautiful, peaceful scenes.

We arrived at the Convent Bakery at Abbotsford Convent about 2.20 and enjoyed a light lunch or snack and a bit of a rest.

Following lunch, we cycled up river to Dwights Falls where we enjoyed the lovely scenery. From there we made our way north to Rushall Station then cycling west past Royal Park Station and onto the Trail beside Moonee Ponds Creek which brought us back into Docklands and to Southern Cross Station.

It was a beautiful Autumn Day to be out cycling with good company.

Capitol City Trail – Tuesday 21st December, 2021

Thanks to Robert, ride leader, for this report and photos.

City Ride – Capitol City Trail alternative

Tuesday 21 December presented a beautiful summer morning for Kevin, Lynton, Margy, Jeff and I to catch the Geelong Flyer into Victoria Harbour for the start of a City Ride; the first one I had been able to run for quite some time. Tina had planned to join us but was unable to on the day due to ill health.

To make use of the 9 hours we had between Ferries the plan was to make our way to Footscray followed by Williamstown, Altona, Footscray, Maribrynong, Port Melbourne then back to Victoria Harbour, Docklands, for the trip back to Geelong.

Construction, as part of the Westgate Tunnels system could be seen as we cycled the path adjacent to Footscray Road. Turning left over the Maribrynong River took us onto the paths that lead to Williamstown. Once under the Westgate Bridge more peaceful cycling was experienced as the path moved away from roads that can carry a lot of traffic.

We made our way to Williamstown Beach via the track that follows the coast. A lot of beautiful seaside scenery can be enjoyed along this section. We enjoyed a break and refreshments at a Cafe at Williamson Beach where children and families were starting to gather for a day’s beachside activities.

Following morning tea we continue onto a lovely Park at Altona Beach. There is a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the Park. The route to the Park had been great cycling on excellent paths that weren’t heavily trafficked and wound the way through wetland parks and by the seaside.

After a break and, for some of us, a check out of the local market that is held on Tuesdays we began making our way north towards Maribrynong. This leg of the route was largely uncharted by me. We cycled Millers Road before being able to pick up a bike path along Kororoit Creek where we found our way to Greive Parade, on which we crossed over the Westgate Freeway.

From there we rode a few back streets eventually finding a service road adjacent to the old Geelong Road. Riding this we got to the West Footscray Station where we were able to use the ramps to cross to the north side of the railway line. Yours truly had the idea of having lunch at the Cafe at the Western Bulldog’s Head Quarters, which was close to the Station. Unfortunately it wasn’t open. This led us on a search for a Cafe which we eventually found in Barkley Street, West Footscray. We were all a little frayed by this time and in need of some food, fluid and rest; which we found at the Cafe.

At this time it was realised by one of the group that a backpack had been left in the Park at Altona Beach. After enjoying a refreshing lunch and reporting the lost bag to Police it was decided that one of us would cycle back to the Park to see if the Backpack was still there while the remainder of the group made their way back to the Maribrynong River and, eventually, back to Docklands. This all took place. The good news is that the Backpack was still where it was left, on a seat in the rotunda at the Park. How good was that!

Eventually we all met up back at Victory Harbour for the trip back to Geelong on the Ferry, which was a great experience in spite of some rolling waves in the middle of the Bay that rocked the boat a bit.

Hopefully, a few more City Rides can take place over coming months.

Robert

Ride Leader.

Red Rock Ride – Sunday November 28th, 2021

Thanks to Allan Marshall, ride leader, for this report and ride photo.

We left Bunnings Carpark on time with 12 trusty riders and had a good clear run to Colac arrived there before 9 30 am. We let Simon in the Routley’s Bakery know that we had arrived.

When we unloaded the bikes Peter Baker introduced me to a chap from the Colac Herald, he took quite a few pictures & asked me quite a few questions but got my age wrong. I did mention that we had a rider 85 years old.

Again, we got away on time we all stayed together around Lake Colac to the Princes Highway roundabout .(By the way this roundabout & its entry points have no consideration for Cyclist whatsoever. VicRoads will hear from me about this.)

Article from the Colac Herald (thanks to Peter for arranging this,)

I told the five 70 k riders to go on from here. Surprise! Surprise! They found a new coffee shop in Beeac, so in the end the 50km riders joined them as we were making good time.

After topping up with drinks and toilet stop the 2 rides went their separate ways. When the eight 50k riders came to the crossroads 3km from Alvie we rang Dirk only to find they were about 5km back, so we decided to push on. We arrived back at the trailer ahead of time.

50km riders (photo – Allan M)

I let Simon at Routley’s know we had arrived back. He warned us to get our orders in as food was running out fast. I don’t know how many small pies he gave away to the rest of us but he gave me two, Kelly one I hope we can give this business a card of appreciation at some time.

The weather was fine some of us got sunburnt through the helmet grooves – the worst of getting old. We all arrived back at Bunnings safe and sound with the only complaint was Hermann is too afraid to use a bit of power on the flat stretches.

Let’s do it again next year I might ad a little twist to the long ride & maybe the short one as well. The total riders were 13.

I hope to see you all back next year Ride leader Allan Marshall

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – October 28th, 2021

There were 11 riders today and we started soon after a major rain event had occurred in Geelong. The ride was pleasant with an overcast sky and little wind but a short rain storm caught us at Curlewis. Seven riders sheltered ( almost dry)  under a sheoak tree but 4 others sheltered under a pine tree and got wet and attacked by mosquitos. I am not sure what lesson can be learned from this.

After the storm we rode under blue skies to Café Zoo for a pleasant refreshment break and rode back as a group under more blue skies to the meeting point without incident.

All covid restrictions were enforced and road rules obeyed.

Thanks to Bill J, ride leader, for this report and photo.

On Ya Bike! 4 – You Yangs via Hovells Creek and Ted Wilson Trail

Dirk and Barbara led this delightful ride on a day of perfect weather. After the initial photo was taken at Rippleside Park, Kevin and Lynton appeared to take the numbers to 20. There were 10 visitors – 9 from the Portarlington, Indented Head and Drysdale, and one from Geelong West. The route was around the Balmoral Quay shared path to St Helens – then following paths and roads to Limeburners Lagoon and on to Lara. Doug joined the group at Lascelles Wharf making a total of 21 cyclists.

From Lara the group turned north for the You Yangs along Mill and Branch Roads, before turning south along Flinders Avenue. There was a short detour to the Kevin Hoffman walk, before a refreshment stop at Xpresso Coffee Lounge. (Helen and Hermann shortened the route by a few kilometres by cutting back to Lara from Windermere Road.)

The return ride skirted Lara Lake to Canterbury Road and Hovells Creek Trail, with the main group turning along School Road to join the Ted Wilson Trail back towards Geelong and Rippleside Park. The distance for the full route was 68 kilometres. Helen, Sharon and Hermann returned via the waterfront route – for a total of 41 km.

It was wonderful to welcome back some of our earliest On Ya Bike! participants from 2008 – Paul, Terry and Gerry were on our earliest rides, and became core members of the Wednesday riding group that formed in around 2008-9 after riders from On Ya Bike! decided to continue riding as a group on Wednesdays.

Riders at Rippleside Park.

WOW – Wheels on Wednesday

For those who would like to ride a longer ride (around 70-100km) at a medium speed, Wheels on Wednesday meets every Wednesday. Currently the regular meeting time is 8am, and the regular starting place Swanston Street, South Geelong, near Landy Field. The rides are varied, with the group deciding on the destination and route at the start of the ride. There are occasionally special rides, including rides to Arthur’s Seat via the Queenscliff Ferry, and rides to Lorne.

(The rides are listed on our Cycling Geelong Ride Calendar for further details.) This ride is not affiliated with any club, although its origin was Cycling Geelong’s Seniors Month series. All cyclists welcome.

On Ya Bike! 3 – Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail, October 20th, 2021

Kevin led 10 riders along the trail to The Bungalow Cafe at Drysdale, where Ron joined the group. Terry and Gerry had ridden from Drysdale to the start of the ride, and left the group after the coffee break.

With a strong tail wind, the ride back to the Showgrounds was easy and fast.

Thanks to Kevin, ride leader,

On Ya Bike! 3 – Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail, October 20th, 2021

Next Wednesday is the last of the On Ya Bike! rides for 2021. This is a mystery ride of around 60km starting at Rippleside Park at 9am. Dirk, ride leader, says it is an interesting ride of medium difficulty. All cyclists welcome.

On Ya Bike! 1, 2021 – History around the Barwon River

Rod led a total of 26 cyclists on the first of 2021’s On Ya Bike! rides for 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, there were three groups of up to10, led by Rod, Doug and Lynton. As well as 14 Cycling Geelong members, we welcomed twelve visitors – Brenda, Annie, John G, Bev, Mick, Marie, Geoff, Jay, Paul, Vicki, John P and Tseviet. Thanks for your participation.

At the start and along the way, there were stops for history of the river, including pre-European settlement.

Due to flooding there was a deviation at the Breakwater end – around the Barwon Valley Golf Course and past the criterium track, rejoining on the Belmont ride of the river, near the James Harrison Bridge. As the course near Queens Park Golf Course was flooded and muddy, a decision was made to return via Queens Park Bridge. The refreshment break was at Barwon Edge.

The weather was magnificent – especially after the windy, cold and wet weather we’ve had in the last month or two.

Thanks to Rod for leading the ride, our group leaders, Doug and Lynton, those who contributed snippets of cycling history, and all those who joined the first On Ya Bike! ride for 2021.

On Ya Bike! – Week 2 – Wednesday 13th October.

Next week On Ya Bike! visits Lara, via the northern waterfront and Hovells Creek Track. The ride leaves at 9am from Rippleside Park (near the adventure playground).

Participants waiting for ride start

Ted Wilson Trail – Sunday 1st August, 2021

Helen led Dave S and Hermann on a repeat of the Ted Wilson ride – truncated at our last attempt by bad weather.

The conditions were cold and sunny with an increasing westerly wind, so the ride direction was clockwise, incorporating part of the Gabrielle Blythe trail (Cements Works Rail Trail) to the Cement Works, the the Ted Wilson Trail to its end in Corio. A slight glitch caused by no electric boost was an issue for Hermann at first, until the problem was diagnosed and fixed – a disconnected electrical lead.

A short ride around the local streets from the end of the Ted Wilson Trail brought the group to the Corio Bay Roadhouse for refreshments – plenty of seating and good service makes this an ideal stop for a northern ride. The circuit was completed with more quiet streets, then across the Melbourne Road on Refinery Road, North Shore Station Road and the waterfront back to Rippleside Park.

Near Church Street