Capitol City Trail – Tuesday 21st December, 2021

Thanks to Robert, ride leader, for this report and photos.

City Ride – Capitol City Trail alternative

Tuesday 21 December presented a beautiful summer morning for Kevin, Lynton, Margy, Jeff and I to catch the Geelong Flyer into Victoria Harbour for the start of a City Ride; the first one I had been able to run for quite some time. Tina had planned to join us but was unable to on the day due to ill health.

To make use of the 9 hours we had between Ferries the plan was to make our way to Footscray followed by Williamstown, Altona, Footscray, Maribrynong, Port Melbourne then back to Victoria Harbour, Docklands, for the trip back to Geelong.

Construction, as part of the Westgate Tunnels system could be seen as we cycled the path adjacent to Footscray Road. Turning left over the Maribrynong River took us onto the paths that lead to Williamstown. Once under the Westgate Bridge more peaceful cycling was experienced as the path moved away from roads that can carry a lot of traffic.

We made our way to Williamstown Beach via the track that follows the coast. A lot of beautiful seaside scenery can be enjoyed along this section. We enjoyed a break and refreshments at a Cafe at Williamson Beach where children and families were starting to gather for a day’s beachside activities.

Following morning tea we continue onto a lovely Park at Altona Beach. There is a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the Park. The route to the Park had been great cycling on excellent paths that weren’t heavily trafficked and wound the way through wetland parks and by the seaside.

After a break and, for some of us, a check out of the local market that is held on Tuesdays we began making our way north towards Maribrynong. This leg of the route was largely uncharted by me. We cycled Millers Road before being able to pick up a bike path along Kororoit Creek where we found our way to Greive Parade, on which we crossed over the Westgate Freeway.

From there we rode a few back streets eventually finding a service road adjacent to the old Geelong Road. Riding this we got to the West Footscray Station where we were able to use the ramps to cross to the north side of the railway line. Yours truly had the idea of having lunch at the Cafe at the Western Bulldog’s Head Quarters, which was close to the Station. Unfortunately it wasn’t open. This led us on a search for a Cafe which we eventually found in Barkley Street, West Footscray. We were all a little frayed by this time and in need of some food, fluid and rest; which we found at the Cafe.

At this time it was realised by one of the group that a backpack had been left in the Park at Altona Beach. After enjoying a refreshing lunch and reporting the lost bag to Police it was decided that one of us would cycle back to the Park to see if the Backpack was still there while the remainder of the group made their way back to the Maribrynong River and, eventually, back to Docklands. This all took place. The good news is that the Backpack was still where it was left, on a seat in the rotunda at the Park. How good was that!

Eventually we all met up back at Victory Harbour for the trip back to Geelong on the Ferry, which was a great experience in spite of some rolling waves in the middle of the Bay that rocked the boat a bit.

Hopefully, a few more City Rides can take place over coming months.

Robert

Ride Leader.

Red Rock Ride – Sunday November 28th, 2021

Thanks to Allan Marshall, ride leader, for this report and ride photo.

We left Bunnings Carpark on time with 12 trusty riders and had a good clear run to Colac arrived there before 9 30 am. We let Simon in the Routley’s Bakery know that we had arrived.

When we unloaded the bikes Peter Baker introduced me to a chap from the Colac Herald, he took quite a few pictures & asked me quite a few questions but got my age wrong. I did mention that we had a rider 85 years old.

Again, we got away on time we all stayed together around Lake Colac to the Princes Highway roundabout .(By the way this roundabout & its entry points have no consideration for Cyclist whatsoever. VicRoads will hear from me about this.)

Article from the Colac Herald (thanks to Peter for arranging this,)

I told the five 70 k riders to go on from here. Surprise! Surprise! They found a new coffee shop in Beeac, so in the end the 50km riders joined them as we were making good time.

After topping up with drinks and toilet stop the 2 rides went their separate ways. When the eight 50k riders came to the crossroads 3km from Alvie we rang Dirk only to find they were about 5km back, so we decided to push on. We arrived back at the trailer ahead of time.

50km riders (photo – Allan M)

I let Simon at Routley’s know we had arrived back. He warned us to get our orders in as food was running out fast. I don’t know how many small pies he gave away to the rest of us but he gave me two, Kelly one I hope we can give this business a card of appreciation at some time.

The weather was fine some of us got sunburnt through the helmet grooves – the worst of getting old. We all arrived back at Bunnings safe and sound with the only complaint was Hermann is too afraid to use a bit of power on the flat stretches.

Let’s do it again next year I might ad a little twist to the long ride & maybe the short one as well. The total riders were 13.

I hope to see you all back next year Ride leader Allan Marshall

On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara via Hovells Creek

Fourteen cyclists rode to Lara for the second On Ya Bike! ride for the 2021 Seniors Festival. Helen led the ride of 10 Cycling Geelong members and 5 visitors – Brenda, Bev, Terry and Gerry from Portarlington and Noel from Lara. Kevin was tail-ender, supported by Doug and Hermann.

The outward route, via the port area and Hovells Creek path, was hard, due to a very strong head wind. The route passes the Grain silos, Corio Quay (site of the Tasmanian Ferry terminal from next year), woodchip terminal, Moorpanyul Park, Lascelles Wharf, past the Refinery Pier and onto the Hovells Creek path along the estuary to Lara.

The coffee stop was at Xpresso Coffee Lounge where the coffee and service was, as ever, excellent. Many thanks to the staff who are working so hard in this difficult time.

The return route to the Hovells Creek trail was via Lara Lake. The strong wind continued, powering the group back to Rippleside Park by soon after midday.

Thanks to all cyclists, and Kevin our tail-ender.

Some of the group near Rennie Street Lara
On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara via Hovells Creek

Next week’s On Ya Bike! ride is along the Bellarine Rail Trail, leaving at 9am from the trail at Showgrounds (near Breakwater Road). The distance is around 36km, mainlyon the rail trail, but with a number of road crossings and an on-road section at Drysdale. All cyclists welcome. .

On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara – Tomorrow

Tomorrow our On Ya Bike! series travels to Lara, via the Hovells Creek shared path. There is some road riding, but all of this is on quiet roads. Our refreshment stop is in the main Lara shopping centre.

All cyclists are invited. The ride start is Rippleside Park, near the Adventure Playground, and starting time is 9am. The distance is around 36km. Tomorrow’s ride leader is Helen.

Covid-safe rules apply. Please ensure you have a face mask. Participants also need to ensure that they have a roadworthy bike, and wear an approved bike helmet. As there may be showers tomorrow morning, it’s also advisable to bring a rain jacket.

Last week’s ride was perfect – with 26 happy riders. It was good to meet old friends and make new ones.

On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara – Tomorrow

On Ya Bike! – revision

The Barwon River is in flood! Therefore the first ride “History around the river” will be varied.

The starting point (car park at Balyang Sanctuary) remains unchanged. However, the route will be along roads and Rod has varied the commentary to include points of historical interest along the way. There will be a coffee stop, but, due to Covid restrictions, capacity for sit-down refreshments may be limited. You may wish to bring a Keep Cup.

On Ya Bike! – revision

On Ya Bike!

Victorian Seniors Festival 2021

Every Wednesday in October Cycling Geelong presents On Ya Bike! – a series of bike rides.

All cyclists are welcome – you don’t need to be a senior. Rides are free but there is always a stop at a cafe or coffee shop, so please bring some money if you’re looking to buy refreshments.

The series begins with Rod’s History Around the Barwon River ride – an easy 20km circult, all on sealed bike paths) and culminates in a 60km Mystery Ride mainly on sealed roads.

We will be following Covid safe guidelines for ride size, mask-wearing, distancing etc. We also expect all participants to follow current road rules, ride a roadworthy bike, and wear a bike helmet.

There is no need to pre-book. Please direct any queries to Helen (On Ya Bike! coordinator).

TitleStarting time & PlaceDistanceGrade and details 
History around the Barwon9:00am Balyang Sanctuary Car Park, Marnock Road, Newtown 20kmEasy (all bike paths)Rod Charles
Lara via Hovells Creek Trail9:00am Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground)36kmEasy (sealed bike paths and roads)Helen
Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail9:00am Bellarine Rail Trail (cnr Tucker Street/Carr Street) near Showgrounds entrance36kmEasy (sealed bike paths and roads)Dave Simpson
Northern Mystery Ride9:00am, Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground)  60kmMedium (sealed roads and bike paths)Dirk
On Ya Bike! photos



On Ya Bike!

Red Rock Ride – 2021

Allan is once again running his most successful Red Rock ride this coming Sunday – May 2nd.

There are two routes – a longer route of around 70km and a short-medium route of around 50km.

Riders can avail themselves of the club bike trailer with the ride leaving Rippleside Park at 8am with a second pick-up at Bunnings Car Park Waurn Ponds at around 8.30.

This year the ride starts at Red Rock picnic ground, about 200 metres up the Red Rock turn off from Alvie, near Colac. Allan expects the ride to begin at around 10am.

There will be a lunch stop at Colac – at an Italian restaurant – La Porchetta, 35-37 Murray Street.

Bookings for this ride are essential. Please contact Allan Marshall to ensure your place on the ride.

Photos from previous Red Rock rides.

LANEWAYS 1.5 Sunday 7th March 2021

Gary once again offered his leading skills to show us a new (and a few old) lanes in East, South and Geelong CBD.

We had a group of 9 riders for the start at Little Creatures, Swanston St. It was a nice ride, at an easy pace, of around 20km and we got back to the start pretty well in time for a relaxing refreshment when Little Creatures opened at 11am.

Thanks again to Gary for leading!

Here’s a link to a map of our ride:

–Dave