We had a group of 13 riders this week.
First up we had a surprise Christmas present of a mini dustpan and brush for Geoff from David & Linda. This was put to good use a few minutes later when we stopped several times to clear some broken glass from the trail.
Track cleared we headed for Drysdale. Linda had a puncture as we got to Leopold so the group split into two.
At our coffee stop at Cafe Zoo we were wished a Merry Christmas by Mark, Julie and the team and thanked for our patronage over the past year.
Thanks everyone for making the regular Thursday club ride such a success!
I arrived at Sth Barwon Reserve expecting that no riders would turn up as the weather forecast didn’t look too promising. But I was surprised to see Hermann waiting in his car. We were discussing whether to abandon the planned ride and go home when David Fisher arrived on his bike so we decided to ride after all.
I was impressed that Hermann kept up a good pace on his trusty ebike, as I had only ever seen him riding on the Barwon Trail or the Bellarine Rail Trail, and we managed around a 20km/hr average on the ride down Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd and 13th Beach Rd to our coffee stop at Garage in Ocean Grove.
After a nice coffee break we headed home via Wallington Rd and Bellarine Hwy. Just as we turned into Bellarine Hwy there a loud bang (I thought it was a gunshot 🙂 and we saw that Hermann had stopped. When we checked we saw that he had a major blowout in the rear tyre. There was no chance of a roadside repair so we decided that I would ride home (just a few km away), get my car and come back for Hermann and his bike. David waited with him and until I returned with the car (thanks for waiting, David) and soon we had the bike in the back of the car and were heading back to Sth Barwon Reserve. Not the planned end to the ride but all was well anyway.
Thanks Hermann and David for an enjoyable and memorable day!
This was a joint ride with our friends from the GTC.
Ross Glover from the GTC has produced a great ride report and I have copied it below, Thanks Ross!
Dave Simpson Leads the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong from Torquay to Anglesea on Sunday 11.11.18
Just 5 riders for todays´ combined dirt ride to Anglesea – Dave the ride leader and Kevin from CG, Chris Hu and Ross from GTC and John M representing both clubs. The 40 km ride was advertised as 75 km on the GTC web site and that may have discouraged some potential participants. Also had an interesting range of bikes – one modern mtb, one classic mtb, one gravel grinder, one hybrid and one frankenbike – and all coped well with the varied riding surfaces.
As always, an enjoyable ride through the bush between Torquay and Angelsea. Nothing difficult but lots of great vistas and plenty of undulation. Nothing much to report other than a mixup on the return trip where 3 of us waited at Bells Beach for the other 2, only to eventually discover they had ridden past without seeing us. A very pleasant place to waste some time watching the surfers perform down below.
Thanks to Dave and the crew for a most enjoyable outing. Ross.
It was a great day for cycling on the BRT from Drysdale to Queenscliff. We had 5 riders, ride leader Dave S, Dirk & Barb, George and John M.
John got a puncture so we had a rest stop while he fixed it. We were impressed by the amount of spares and tools he was carrying and soon we were under way again.
We had coffee at the Marina in Queenscliff and then rode back towards Geelong and turned off at the traffic lights and onto the path along the sea wall to Pt Lonsdale. After a stop at Rip View we headed inland, past the golf course and back onto the BRT to Drysdale.
Thanks to the group for an enjoyable ride.
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.