Geoff and Stephanie led this ride with a huge (25) attendance of happy and festive cyclists. Some came dressed to ride, others for the occasion. Santa was showing some well-developed calf muscles as he once again led the throng, at times outdistancing the ride leader, Geoff. As usual, the Surf Coast highway crossing, required patience, with heavy traffic in both directions. Hopefully, at some stage lights will be installed here to make it safer for the large number of trail users.
Santa leads the pack
Tina’s Christmas goggles and decorated bike
The riders soon found their way to Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre and refreshments at Panache near the cinema. An overflow table was needed to accommodate the large group. Santa led everyone in the singing of Doug Merritt’s specially cycling focused Christmas carols.
Refreshments at Waurn Ponds
Santa with a decorated bike (borrowed, or purloined from Doug)
One of our youngest riders for ages, riding with proud grandparents Carolyn and Geoff
The ‘elite’ table
Thanks to Geoff and Stephanie, ride leaders, Santa and all riders.
Thanks to Tina, ride leader, for this report and photos.
Nine riders met at Balyang Sanctuary at 6pm. We rode along Barwon River to
the old Breakwater Bridge then joined Waurn Ponds Creek Trail almost all the
way to The Waurn Ponds Hotel. We enjoyed a meal and whiled away a little more
time than was needed to digest our meal while waited for the sun to go down. At
8.45pm we set off to see Christmas lights in the Waurn Ponds and Grovedale
area. This is the second year we have had a Christmas Lights ride and such was
the success I plan to make this an annual ride. The moon didn’t rise until 10.30pm
too late for us to be out and about to see hence the focus on Christmas Lights.
We had a team of 6 riders at the start point at Little Creatures, Swanston St, plus a message that Doug had a mechanical issue with his bike and would join us later on the route. Riders were: Dave, George, Roger, Lynton, John, and Ride Leader, my brother Gary.
Gary had planned (and memorised) a fantastic 27km route using laneways in East, South, West Geelong and Newtown, and Drumcondra, ending up, in traditional Roubaix fashion, doing a lap of West Geelong Velodrome.
We then cycled a short distance up Pako to have a celebration coffee at Pako Raw.
Thanks Gary, for a great ride, enjoyed by all!
Ride to Work Day is happening in Geelong in 2019! Even if you’re not riding to work, please swing by for a coffee, brekky, a tune-up and a chat on Wednesday October 16, between 7am and 10am, we’d love to get a good solid showing of Geelong cyclists.
Please see the attached flyer if you’d like to spread the word. I have some physical flyers and posters at the shop if you’d like some for your club or workplace. I’d be happy to drop some off wherever you are. Here are the essential details:
- Where: Corner of Little Malop and Moorabool streets, on the east side of Moorabool (7-Eleven and bus exchange side)
- When: 7am to 10am
- Who: Anyone on a bicycle
- What: Free bananas, brekky bag and coffee, and free tune-ups
Thanks to Ross Glover of the GTC for this report:
Five riders for today’s combined dirt ride to Anglesea. Our ride leader Dave, Margy, Jeff, Chris Hu and Ross set out under blue skies, through Torquay and along the Bells Beach path. It was slow going with lots of trail runners, walkers and dogs, plus plenty of stops to admire the views. Margy and Jeff decided Bells Beach was far enough and headed back, leaving three of us to continue on to the best part of the ride. Absolutely beautiful riding through the trees and along the cliff tops with just the occasional wet and muddy section to look out for. Chris was getting extra value for his money with his road tread tyres making for some interesting sideways action through the soft stuff. There was some discussion about the ethics of riding through the scout camp but the steps are in very poor condition so some trespassing was the better choice. A fast run down to Anglesea had us soon enjoying refreshments in the main street.
We experienced the first few drops of precipitation as we left Anglesea by the highway, crossing back to gravel path at the top of the hill. The ride through the forest was just as good on the way back and we were soon back on the bitumen section up to Bells Beach car park. Halfway up the hill the rain started, quickly followed a loud wooshing noise from Chris’s new tubeless front tyre. A quick inspection showed a largish hole in the tyre and a lot of sealant over Chris and his bike. We tried pumping it back up but it only lasted a few metres before going completely flat. Time for plan B. Chris found some shelter under a tree and proceeded to remove the tyre, wash out the sealant and fit a tube, all while the rain came down. Deciding it would be best to take the shortest way home, we rode the bitumen through Jan Juc and back to the Beachfront Cafe. Just made it back before the heavy rain started. Thanks to Dave for a great ride, to Chris for providing some entertainment along the way and to all participants for their good company.
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!
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!