Combined Ride with the GTC, Sunday 14th July 2019

Just 2 riders at the start today, Dave S from CG and John M from GTC. We waited an extra 15 minutes hoping that some more people would show but then headed off and did the planned ride.   We had a very nice tail wind all the way to Ocean Grove and set a fast pace!  While waiting in the queue at the Cheeky Cow for coffee we met John H, who was out walking and taking some photos.  We then had a bit of a head wind back via the Bellarine Hwy to Leopold.  A very enjoyable ride, and we managed to avoid the rain!

–Dave

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Drysdale Ride, Thursday 30th May 2019

We had 10 riders at the start today, braving the rather chilly weather. Luckily the rain held off for our ride to Drysdale.

We had a bonus today, courtesy of some work by Doug, we had a group picture taken on the newly sealed section of the Bellarine Rail Trail at Leopold by a photographer from the Bellarine Echo newspaper. Hopefully we will see the picture and story (and some publicity for the club) in next week’s paper.  Thanks Doug!

–Dave

 

Geelong Principal Bicycle Network – one step closer

SOUTHERN LINK APPROVED BY CITY OF GREATER GEELONG

After years of research and consultation, the Southern Link (Stages 1 & 2) were approved as recommended at last night’s meeting of Geelong City Council.

This means that Geelong will have separated cycling infrastructure from the foreshore, along Gheringhap Street, Carr Street, Moorabool Street and High Street Belmont, then along Colac Road to Waurn Ponds.

North-South bikeway – recommended route

After a robust discussion, the Southern Link Parts 1 & 2 were approved 6 votes to 3.

TAC funding is in place for Stage 1 – from Geelong City to the Barwon River, and work should begin as soon as the finalisation of detailed engineering of intersections and drive crossings has been completed.

We hope that this work is completed quickly, so as to reduce disruption for road users, businesses and the public.

Along with the Western Link, already approved, from the CBD to Minerva Road, this creates the first of a grid of safe cycling routes linking business, retail, and education hubs in our city.

We already have the beginning of an Eastern Link – with the shared path through Eastern Park, which will eventually link with the Western Link via the Green Spine bike path along Malop Street.

Green Spine – artist’s impression

Green Spine Stage 1 – completed section from Moorabool Street to Yarra Street

Easter Sunday 2019 ride to Lara

 

Happy cycling from ride leader Dave

We had 7 riders at the start at Rippleside – Sandra, David J, Herman, Allan M, Kelly, Dave S and guest rider Sylvia, who had driven down from Werribee just to ride with us 🙂

We rode around the familiar Bay and Hovells Creek trails, into a pretty strong N wind, which we hoped would stay and turn into a tail wind for the return journey (it did 🙂

As was the case last year, all the usual coffee stops in Lara were closed for Easter so we ended up at McDonald’s, where there is now a bike rack outside! It turned out to be a good move for those who had their Seniors Card, free coffee with a food purchase, so a $2 hot cross bun made for a cheap coffee stop! And I had brought a supply of Easter Eggs so we had ample sugar intake to fuel us for the ride home.

Thanks everyone for an enjoyable ride, and Happy Easter!

–Dave

 

Combined DIRT Ride with Cycling Geelong and the GTC from Torquay to Anglesea on Sunday 14.4.19.

Thanks to Peter J from the GTC for this report (and the great pics) on our joint ride Sunday 14th April:

Just 4 riders for our little run along the cliffs from Torquay to Anglesea, John M, Chris Ha, Peter J and our leader from Cycling Geelong, Dave S. It was a lovely day, lots of Sun and a light breeze. We followed the paths along the cliffs through Torquay, past the RACV Golf Resort and Jan Juc to Bells Beach where the Surf Classic is already under way, amazing the infrastructure set up on the cliff tops. A short run along the road and then we plunged back into the bush along a wide dirt track in front of the houses set in the bush. Looks good but not if there is a bushfire about. Followed a gravel road for a while with some good downhills but of course you get nothing for free and we had to climb out eventually. Some of the track is closed off for repairs and some because of dangerous cliff collapse but some good bypass track has been put in around and through the heather on the hillside. Passed by the Caravan Park, well supported by campers with lots of bikes and kids about. Hit the River and wended our way to the Café and enjoyed a well earned break before heading back along a slightly different route until we could get back on the cliff top track. Returned through Jan Juc as we considered the path would be super busy around Torquay.
A most enjoyable mornings ride, Thanks Dave!
Cheers, Peter J.

–Dave

 

 

Brighton Beach – Sunday, 24th February 2019

Thanks to Ride Leader Robert for this report and photos.

We set out for Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne, on the 11,26am Service from South Geelong Station. It was Sunday 24 February.  Hermann and Sandra were already aboard when Linton, Margy, Jeff, Peter M, Kevin and I boarded at South Geelong. Rod and Tina joined us at Geelong Station followed by Coralie at Lara; 11 of us in total.

We departed Southern Cross Station at 1.00pm cycling west up Collins Street which took us down into Docklands and onto the path that led us across the Yarra onto South Warf where we cycled around  ‘Jeff’s Shed’ making our way around to the path besides Normanby Road, that follows the route of the light rail to Port Melbourne.

On arriving at Port Melbourne, we linked up with the Bay Trail which took us past Middle Park, South Melbourne, St Kilda and Elsternwick  Beaches as we made our way to North Point Cafe at Brighton.

It was a beautiful day, the ocean was a lovely blue, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and there were many people out making the most of it; cycling, walking, skating, swimming, skiing, kite surfing, sky diving, playing beach volley ball or beach netball (there’s a new one!) to name a few of the activities.

We tentatively made our way through the busy area around St Kilda Beach but overall we didn’t have any real dramas. We just went at a steady past and kept an eye out for the unexpected; riding to the conditions.

We arrived at the Cafe at Brighton around 2,30 having covered about 20ks from Southern Cross Station.

We got our return journey back underway about 3.30 after an enjoyable break, some food and, for some, a nice coffee.

We retraced the route back to Port Melbourne where a P & O cruise ship was disembarking.

We continued on through Port Melbourne along the Bay Trail  to the West Gate Bridge where we followed a path that wound through West Gate Park and onto the Yarra.

Following the Yarra the path brought us onto Lorimer Street which led us back to a spot where we could get back onto South Warf, and from there, make our way back through Docklands to Collins Street and up the hill to Southern Cross.

By the time we got to the train it had 5 mins before departed which allowed us enough time to get the bikes on and ourselves sorted. Some of needed to stand until we got to a few stops past the City. There were a few tired bods on board but a great afternoons cycling was enjoyed by all.

Robert

 

Combined Ride to Armstrong Creek and Freshwater Creek – 10th February, 2019

John Hagan’s Circuit to Armstrong Creek & Freshwater Creek as a Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong on Sunday 10.2.19

A good turnup of 12 riders at Sth Geelong for our ride today. However, Ron made the mistake that many of us have in the past, and that is because he had a beanie on his head had the secure feeling that he had his helmet on – unfortunately he didn’t and had to head home. In the photo below (from L to R) we have: Lindy, Peter J, Dave S (only participant from Cycling Geelong), Ian, Rolf, Heather, Ron, a new rider – Jennie, Ross and Dr Mike. Photo was taken by John and Noel made a grand return to the Club just after the photo was taken. Sunday was a good day to be heading down Barwon Heads Rd as the traffic was not as heavy as on weekdays. We followed the scenic path along Armstrong Creek and crossed the Surf Coast Highway and on to Whites Rd. Here the road had been

narrowed in the rebuilding process and was cortrolled by traffic lights. However, we were unable to trigger the green light and had to make alternative arrangements. Being a dull morning (weatherwise) The Farmer’s Place was not overcrowded and coffee service was quick. The highlight of the return trip was taking the newly completed Pipeline Track through Highton. Our total trip was just over 40km and by the time we finished the sun was just starting to peep through the clouds. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable ride.

Keep Riding, John H.