Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, June 6th, 2020

Many thanks to Rod for this report and Kevin and Edith for the photos.

Eleven members took the now well worn trail around the Barwon River beginning at Balyang Sanctuary on a chilly but clear morning.

We share the trail these days with many more people out walking and jogging, parents with children and friends chatting and many singles with listening aids in their ears to make bell ringing sometimes irrelevant.

This morning we took the return route along the  south side of the golf course down at the breakwater end.

Coffee and a chat at Barwon Edge is always the right way to end the club ride.

We beat the rain which began to fall lightly as we rode home.

Kevin took photographs with help from Edith.

Riding with friends from Cycling Geelong

Thanks to Rod for letting us all know about his ride last Monday, led to pastures new by Kevin.

I went on Kevin’s Monday ride this week.

It was one of those all time memorable experiences like the ride I did with David Fisher to Torquay all those years ago.

 

Kevin took us through Warralilly  from the Barwon Heads road to the Torquay road along the Armstrong creek.

It was a beautifully conceived route exploring this new subdivision and came back via Waurn Ponds. We compared the bold and the new.

We talked town planning and  passed through stands of old red gums and so got onto things green.

As always the chums we ride with are integral, all good to talk with, we came home elated.

The ride was clearly very well  planned in detail, lead with panache.

This was one of those all time memorable rides which make being in CG so worthwhile.

Thanks Kevin and all those others who were part of the day.

Rod

Lara – Sunday, May 17th, 2020

This was Cycling Geelong’s first Sunday ride after restrictions were reduced to allow up to 10 people in groups outside.

On a very chilly sunny morning (4.7C in Geelong), Helen led David J and Matt from Rippleside Park to Lara via the waterfront and Hovells Creek path.  Conditions were still and sunny.  Due to bike issues, Helen was on her 16″ wheeled Tikit – a quick fold commuter bike, not intended for longer distances.

Bike Friday Tikit – fast fold, slow ride

However, Matt and David happily relaxed the pace to suit.  As usual, there was water under the highway near Rennie Street.

Water over Hovells Creek Path highway underpass, Lara

Coffee at X-presso was quickly dispensed and at their usual high standard.  Due to a late arrival at Rippleside when Doug missed the start by only a minute or two, he arrived at Lara in time for coffee – having sped up the highway and through Corio to Lara, reminding us that Forest Road is dangerous as there is no sealed shoulder for riding.

The return was via the same route.  Thanks everyone for a most enjoyable morning’s riding.

Helen

 

Drysdale via BRT

Out of isolation

Kevin led our first official ‘post-Covid19 isolation’ ride from the Showgrounds to Drysdale via the Ballarine Rail Trail.  .

Thanks, Kevin for this report and photos.

Thirteen riders rode to Drysdale today in two groups.  The weather was cloudy but fine, with very little wind.  The group photo did not include Lynton who arrived after the photo was taken.  Some riders left early to ride back to Geelong.  Peter O had to repair a puncture in Drysdale.

Covid, Covid, Go Away!

Doug penned this poem to entertain everyone on the River Ride on Saturday, 21st March.

Covid, Covid Go Away!

Covid, Covid go away!!!!

Don’t come back another day

 

Ride, ride the river now

We’ll all survive, not sure how?

 

Come ride your bikes with us

Let’s ignore all the fuss!

 

To ride with Cycling Gee

All these folks so full of glee!

 

Feeling strong in this fresh air,

Let the wind take away our cares!

 

At coffee later we will chat,

Not too close! enough of that!!

 

Now let’s away to share this day,

Not too sure, … come what may

 

God bless you all at this bad time,

I hope you live to share more bad rhymes!

Doug Merritt, 21st March, 2020

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Doug led 19 riders on the river ride.  Doug welcomed Helen, riding the river with Cycling Geelong for the first time.

No Touch Sing-on

Doug and Dave (Ride Coordinator) had devised a ‘keeping your distance’ method of sign on, where people sent the ride leader their name, contact name and details, via mobile phone.  This mostly worked, with some manual entry needed, by Doug on the paper from.  It was also a bit of a talking point for riders who weren’t sure just how much longer our club rides will be able to continue as the Covid-19 crisis deepens.

Doug, true to form, had penned a Covid-19 cycling poem, which he read (at a distance) before the ride start.  (I’ll add this to the ride report when I receive it.)

Cycling Australia recommends that for now riders keep at least 1.5m apart.  This meant that, except in short wider sections, our riders rode single file.  There was plenty of time for talk at the usual stopping points.  The path was busy – especially with small groups of walkers, riders, and dog walkers – possibly taking the opportunity to get out before lock down restrictions.  Barwon Edge cafe was quite busy, keeping to the 4m2 limit per person inside, so today, with pleasant weather, everyone sat outside.

Thanks to Doug and tail-end Charlie for a most enjoyable ride.

Keep your eye on the ride calendar for any changes.

Mystery Ride: Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

The first mystery was how to get to Rippleside Park.  Waterfront roads and Rippleside Park were closed due to an ironman event. However, showing great ingenuity and persistence, three riders took up the challenge – Richard, Lynton and Helen.

As there was no designated leader and the ride was listed as “Mystery Ride – 30km”, with southern paths closed, the obvious choice was a ride to Lara via Hovells Creek.

Ride conditions were pretty close to perfect, except that flooding is quite deep at the Hovells Creek underpass under the Melbourne Road, and maintenance of our northern bike paths is poor, with broken surfaces, debris and stones on the path, and encroaching vegetation.

Coffee was at X-presso, where Trish and her friend soon joined the refreshment stop.  This cafe is an excellent destination for cyclists with good coffee and lots of outdoor seating.

The return was via the same route.  Richard did his best to solve the third mystery – just when will the footbridge at St Georges Road will be replaced, by sending yet another incident report to CoGG.  (We hear that, after well over a year, the bridge is finally to be replaced in not too distant future.)

Last mystery – where is this picture taken, and who took it?

Full Moon Ride – Cement Works

Thanks to Tina, ride leader, for the ride report and photograph.  Tina led nine riders in all for the evening, leaving the Cement Works at 6pm.  There were four guests, friends of Tina’s, and it was a new experience of riding for one person in particular.  The weather was perfect, a warm balmy night, light breeze and clear skies to see the moon in all its glory.

The outward leg to the Corio Club was along the Ted Wilson Trail.

Kevin proved to be the full moon expert determining on which direction to go in for optimal view of the moon on our return trip in the dark. We returned via Cowies Creek, no uphills on our return much to the amazement and delight of a guest rider.  Kevin has great local knowledge and riding experience.  The ride finished at 10.30pm.  It was a perfect ride on a perfect night.

Two guests are so impressed with the introductory rides they have done with the club they are going to become members.

This ride was a replacement for a proposed ride St Leonards to Portarlington return with dinner at Portarlington Golf Club which clashed with a fun run along the same route.  Tina plans to lead this St Leonards-Portarlington route  for a Full Moon ride in March.