Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Thanks to Paul Cooney for this ride report and photo.

There was much congestion in the area near the Moorabool Street Bridge due to the rowing. This was the most crowded I have seen this area and rowing officials had manned access points on the track, presumably to restrict traffic. One of the people manning these suggested to us that we shouldn’t be there. By proceeding slowly, I consider we were no problem to the rowers nor contributed much to the general congestion. As it is hard to predict how busy this area will be during rowing season I suggest we continue to ride as normal on the Saturday ride.

There were 17 cyclists.

Paul Cooney.

Editor’s note – We’ve had issues before with over-officious marshals during rowing season.  The path is public, and, as long as users proceed with caution and courtesy as usual, there is every right for members of the public, including cyclists, to use it.  The School Girls Rowing Head of the River will be without spectators this year.

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday 4th February, 2021

Kevin Clingan led the ride, with 19 participants. He reports

Eighteen riders left the start on a fine cloudy morning, with little wind, ideal for riding. We met Gavan at Coppards road. The group spread out as some riders rode ahead of the group, with Hermann as tail end Charlie. The ride back was uneventful with Hermann leaving early, but waiting for the us along the track. It was a very good day for bike riding.

Lara via Shell Parade and Rennie Street

Helen led 7 riders from Rippleside Park, with Kevin as tail-ender.  Richard caught up with the group near Lascelles Wharf.

Due to the water on Hovells Creek Path, under the highway overpass, the route was via Shell Road and Rennie Street, rather than  Hovells Creek path.  Kevin had a puncture, and asked the group to go on to the coffee shop.  He and Hermann joined the group after this was fixed.

David J did and exploratory ride along Hovells Creek Path, coming out onto roads that join Shell Parade near just before it goes under the highway overpass.  This route takes around 10 minutes longer, but avoids Shell Parade.

The cyclists regrouped and rode on to Cafe X-presso along Rennie Street, resuming Hovells Creek Path at the ford.

The return trip was via via much the same route, with some riders joining David on the Hovells Creek Path alternative route, and Keith braving the water under the highway underpass.

Thanks to all riders – David J, David F, Karen, Margy, Virginia, Hermann (on his new e-bike mark 2!), Keith,  Richard, Kevin, and our tail-enders and ride leader.