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

 

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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.

The Bikes of Wrath – A literature cycling challenge

The Bikes of Wrath is a documentary film made to reenact the journey depicted in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Five Australians attempt to cycle 2600kms from Oklahoma to California in honour of the westward migration undertaken by ‘The Grapes of Wrath’s’ Joad family. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists expand on the novel’s core themes of migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity. The group explores whether America has progressed since the book was written, discussing the wealth gap, immigration and the American Dream. The fascinating people they meet along the way reveal the enduring strength of human spirit despite the inequality and disenfranchisement which runs as deep today, as it did in Steinbeck’s seminal novel. The Bikes of Wrath is a unique, funny and insightful documentary filled with adventure, literature, music, and human connection.

A Geelong screening of The Bikes of Wrath will be given on Thursday 28th February at 6.30pm at the Pivotonian Cinema in South Geelong.  https://tickets.demand.film/event/6923

Cadel Evans GOR People’s Ride – the 65km route

Thanks to Margy for this report and photos of her ride with George and Kevin, and her volunteering for the Elite Men’s event on Sunday.  .

George, Margy and Kevin at the start

With the probable confusion of finding each other amidst 3500 riders, George, Kevin and I rendezvoused in Car Park on  Yarra Street, and made our way together to mingle with the excited riders at the starting line.

We actually started in a faster group than we had designated, and although it was extremely orderly, I found the pace a tad fast heading into a head wind on way to Barwon Heads. Thanks to my gentlemanly co riders and their support, we made the rest area at Barwon Heads in good time.  After skulling a bottle of Lucozade, my legs started turning, adrenaline kicked in and the three of us had a wonderful ride along 13th Beach and home stretch including some fast peddling all along Horseshoe Bend Road.

Another great experience to be involved with fellow Cycle Geelong members.

Sunday I was a Volunteer for the Elite Men’s Race, which was an eye opener to the organizing of the event.  First placement was at car park along Eastern Beach. Quite a serious role with erecting a street barracade sign, and stopping groups of tourists quite insistent on carrying their picnic baskets across the road from the car park to the beach.

Next marshall spot was on a quiet stretch of Barwon Blvd, stopping cars from entering from Cedar Grove.

An interesting exercise to observe the amount of police, support vehicles and traffic control to run the event safely.

Margy

Drysdale Ride, Thursday 20th Dec 2018

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!

–Dave

 

Ride to Ocean Grove, Sunday 16 Dec 2018

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!

–Dave S

Torquay-Anglesea via Surf Coast Trail, Sunday 11 Nov 2018

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.

–Dave