Thanks to ride leader Kevin for this report and photo.
20 riders rode the river ride on Saturday. The weather was fine and a good ride was had by all.
Thanks to Tina for the ride report and to Richard for the photos.
As we gathered for the start at Balyang Sanctuary it rained heavily so we waited a while. We set off soon after 6, no rain thereafter. Barwon river trail and Waurn Ponds creek trail with just a very short ride on the road. We all enjoyed a meal at Waurn Ponds hotel. We left the hotel around 9.30. It was dark. The moon was visible high in the sky as we set off on our return journey. We returned a different route. Towards Deakin University climbing Pigdons Rd was a superb view of the moon where we stopped for for a while. It was all down hill from there. The unexpected highlight was the Christmas lights along the way. The return route was entirely road.
Thanks to Barbara van der Burg for this report.
Six eager riders Dirk, Barbara Carla, John, Dave S, and Lynton met at the Geelong station in time to catch the 8:32 am train to Warrnambool on a grey looking Monday morning.
We all had reserved seats and our bikes were safely handed into the guard’s van for our trip to Warrnambool. Time passed quickly and a coffee and muffin was very welcome morning tea giving us the energy for the first half of the ride to Koroit for our late lunch.
Sky was overcast and clouds threatened rain but the ride was mostly dry.
The track was firm packed gravel but with lots of embedded small rocks making the going as bit tough for Carla’s hybrid bike. Lunch was a welcome break as the stiff headwind made the going a bit tough even though the gradient was small. We enjoyed our lunch break at Koroit and headed off with renewed vigour with Dave promising a downhill ride into Port Fairy.
Downhill it was but the stiff headwind made it seem an uphill push. Once we arrived in Port Fairy we all enjoyed a coffee break and the clouds cleared to show a sunny afternoon for our ride round the town visiting all the sights that our two tour guides in Carla and Lynton had in store for us.
After exploring the town we went to our accommodation to shower and change ready for dinner at the local pub. All riders retired after 9:30pm to rest up for the ride home in the morning.
Weather forecast for Tuesday promised some rain and a tail wind which we all eagerly hoped for to speed the ride back to Warrnambool.
Breakfast at the Hub at 7 am meant that we were on the road at 7:45 to catch the 11:43 train back to Geelong.
As promised the rain came down for the first 6 Kilometers but then eased up and stopped. Unfortunately the promised tailwind didn’t happen so we were on our own with pedal power with no assist.
We stopped at Korouit to look at the Old Station buildings. Some very friendly locals happily shared information about the area as well as acted as photographer.
When we nearly reached Warrnambool the boys spotted a very steep track and walked up to take a look at the vista – both inland and to the ocean.
We arrived back at Warrnambool Station early enough to hose down our muddy bikes before the safe trip back to Geelong.
A great two days ride by 6 keen Cycling Geelong Club members.
Dave led five cyclists (David S, Dave Simpson, Lynton, Doug, Kevin) to Waterland Farm in the Barrabool Hills to the boutique cinema to see One for All a documentary about the first five years of the Green Edge Cycling team. They were joined by Heather, Helen and Linda. They were hosted by Rick and Sheila who have a cinema in their shearing shed. Anyone who watches the tour will find this peak into the ethos of Green Edge a satisfying insight into the culture of this first Aussie team to compete at this elite level.
Funds raised from the cinema support Annam Cara House which provides palliative care in Geelong.
Thanks to Lynton for organising the ride, Dave for leading it, and Sheila and Rick the hosts.
Kevin led 15 cyclists around the river path, which was busy with the usual pot pourri of cyclists, walkers, rowers and dogs. The wind was strong from the west, but only slowed the cyclists in the open section near the Barwon Valley Adventure Playground. It was good to welcome Nell back into the group after her time away in Europe.
Coffee was at Barwon Edge.
Thanks to Kevin for leading and Michael who was trusty tail-ender.
There were 15 cyclists for the final ride of the On Ya Bike! series of rides for the Seniors’ Festival. Kelly Rowe led the ride – to a ‘mystery’ destination, on a route devised by our mystery ride man, Allan Marshall. Kelly led the riders to Limeburners Lagoon, then via the Hovells Creek path to Lara. Doug Merritt performed the latest verses in his poem “On Ya Bike!” punctuated by the hearty response of “On Ya Bike!” from all.
The feature of the ride was a full circumnavigation of Avalon Airport before coffee back in Lara at Xpresso. The service was friendly and prompt as usual before the cyclists set off back along Hovells Creek to Rippleside.
Thanks to Kelly for leading the ride, Allan and Kelly for devising it and Doug for his poetry interludes.