Due to some unforeseen illnesses there are now a few places available for the ever-popular Goldfields Tour.
This year’s ride is based in St Arnaud, with rides to points of interest, including a winery lunch ride.
Allan Marshall, ride organiser, has spend many hours finding the most interesting and safest rides over this years Grandfinal Weekend.
Allan works hard to keep costs down so, if your budget it tight, you should still be able to manage this weekend. Transport and accommodation are already organised. All that’s needed is you, your bike and your overnight bag.
For you footy addicts, Saturday afternoon is reserved for the Grand Final (and there’s lots to do in the local area for those otherwise inclined).
For more details contact Allan Marshall (0418 992 672) as soon as possible (deadline September 5th so details can be finalised).
Some snaps from previous goldfields rides…
Rod & Rosemary
Kelly checks the bike trailer
Kelly and Karen in civvies
Heather’s new book has just arrived…
Russell as prosecutor
Robert tries out the feel…
A mid-ride rest
Allan in front of his grandmother’s house where he spent a lot of time in his youth. This photo was taken on Allan’s last Cycling Geelong Maryborough tour in 2010.
We had 8 riders at the start point at Sth Barwon reserve. As it was a strong Northerly wind I initially thought about doing the ride in the reverse direction, to get a tail wind on the Highton Pipeline path, but Lynton had to get back early so we set off in the planned direction, heading to Waurn Ponds first. It was a good day for riding, no rain. When we got to Deakin I led the group around the gravel loop and we stopped for a picture by the lake on the western boundary of the campus (picture kindly taken by Tim who was out walking his dog).
We then continued on for a quick tour through the middle of the campus, with ‘tour guides’ Lynton and David S who told us about the roles of the various buildings.
Heading off after a short ‘pitstop’ we made our way into the headwind along Pigdons Rd and then along the Highton Pipeline bike path, then down Roslyn Rd to a coffee stop at Two Sugars where we found a nice table in the sun. After coffee we rode along the river path, stopping to watch a Dragon Boat race, back to Sth Barwon Reserve. A great ride, thanks everyone.
We had 3 riders, Dave S, Lynton and Colleen, at the designated start point at Rippleside. It looked like a great day for riding, with no wind at the start and predicted North wind later, which would help us get home.
We met Coralie on the road at Corio Quay where we saw that some gigantic wind turbine blades were being unloaded.
After a quick pitstop at Coralie’s house to add some pressure to the rear tyre on her Bike Friday we continued around the Esplanade and then the Bay and Hovell’s Creek trails to stop for coffee at Espresso Blu, Lara.
On the way back Coralie offered to show us the roads around the Hovell Park area which were new to me and we then retraced our route back to Rippleside, taking advantage of the tail wind.
A very enjoyable ride.
Despite bad weather (cold, wet and windy) 10 riders arrived at Rippleside Park for this month’s Joint Ride. The route was from Rippleside to Point Henry, then to Moorabool Valley Chocolate for refreshments before the return to Rippleside. Riders were Helen (Ride leader – Cycling Geelong), John H (GTC), Mike (GTC), David S (CG), John M, who is a member of both clubs, Rolf (GTC), Ian (GTC), David J. (CG), Kelly (CG) and Janet, a visitor on her first ride with either club.
With a strong tail wind, the going was easy to Point Henry – marred by rubbish and glass on the road which led to a puncture for Janet, efficiently mended by experts from both groups. Most riders braved the gravel to ride to the point.
From Point Henry the ride turned south and west – into the wind, though once in the urban area the wind was less of an issue. A shower had a few resuming rain tops. The riders wended their way through Moolap, Breakwater, Newtown, Geelong West and Herne Hill to arrive at Moorabool Valley Chocolate at around 11.15, where Heather of Cycling Geelong, the voice 94.7 The Pulse’s The Bicycle Show (Saturday mornings at 11am) joined them for coffee.
After various refreshments (I recommend the hot chocolate on a cold day), the group disbanded with only Kelly and Helen returning via Rippleside Park.
Thanks to all riders, John for taking photos. We hope to see you all on next month’s joint ride.
Ascent from Point Henry
Cycling Geelong acknowledges the support received from Geelong Connected Communities for the Cycling Without Age program at MACS.
Cycling Geelong’s application for a grant towards the purchase of a second CWA Triobike was successful, resulting in a grant of $3000. Along with our club donation of $2000, a matching donation of $2000 from Geelong Sustainability, fundraising by both groups, and some individual donations, has gone a long way towards the purchase.
Cycling Without Age Geelong’s first chapter was launched at MACS on May 23rd. Visitors had the chance to welcome the two Triobikes, their pilots Leanne, Robyn and Tony, and their MACS resident passengers, before a formal launch and afternoon tea in MACS’ chapel.
Pilot Robyn and a MACS resident return from a CWA ride to Rippleside Park
Tony returns with two MACS residents.
MACS Chair Gael Perry welcomes Councillor Sarah Mansfield and her new baby to the CWA launch at MACS
Launching Cycling Without Age at MACS
Helen, Cycling Geelong
Vicki, Geelong Sustainability
Thanks to Geelong Connected Communities for their generous support of this program, which enables aged care residents to enjoy the pleasure of a slow social bike ride in our beautiful city.
Thanks to Peter for this ride report and John Hagan for the photographs.
Peter O’Brien’s Combined Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove – Sunday 10.6.17
Five riders John H , Rolf, John M, Mike and myself set off from South Geelong Station to Ocean Grove. We left Geelong in sunshine and rode to Leopold and then onto on to rail trail. As we approached the Grubb Road exit of the trail the fog had set in and this made riding a bit more difficult. Upon reaching Ocean Grove the sunshine had returned and we enjoyed coffee at the Groove. The ride back to Geelong was via thirteenth beach and Lakes Road. A very enjoyable ride. Distance 65kms.
Once a month we have a Combined club ride with the Geelong Touring Cyclists (GTC). We take turns in leading the ride. This month it was the GTC’s turn to lead. From Cycling Geelong we had 5 members: Dave S, Doug, Linton, Russell and me (John M).
Here’s ride report from Chris Halpin who led the ride:
Sunday Combined ride to the Anglesea Chocolaterie started off a beautiful morning. Five Cycling Geelong members (David S, Russell, Doug, John M & Linton) joined Chris Hu…, Greg and myself at the Station meeting point. Unfortunately Doug punctured as he arrived and was forced to quit after more bad luck. Off we set on John Hagan’s prepared route to Anglesea via the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek, Torquay Baarnip and Ghazeepore Roads. Here we met up with guest rider Graham on a well used Salsa Gravel Grinder. Quick Introductions and onwards again to Dickens and Blackgate where the weather spat the dummy and decided to turn quite nasty. Gusty North Westerlies followed us along Forest road and into the Chocolaterie. Not a good spot in the school holidays – the place was packed, but we did manage to down several of their famous fudge brownies. Further gusty tail winds pushed us down the road to Torquay before we turned into Horseshoe Bend Road for a bit of a slog back home. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable and challenging ride.