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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
5 riders today at the start at Drysdale Station. After pre-ride coffee for some of the team we headed around the Drysdale Bypass bike path then via Portarlington Rd to Scotchman’s Hill gravel. Only a small amount of complaining from at least one of the riders about the condition of the road (!) We made it through to St Leonards after a very pleasant ride around the ‘noisy’ gravel path on the Esplanade for a coffee stop at The Fig Tree where we were able to sit outside.
It was then back on the gravel around to Bluff corner, through the back streets of St Leonards and back to Drysdale Station via Manifold Rd and Andersons Rd. 46km in total.
Luckily the weather stayed pretty good, just a small amount of occasional drizzle and not too windy.
Thanks to Stephanie and Geofs for organising this and to Geoff for this report and photos.
The Social Dinner at the Spinx was very successful for the 20 members who attended. It was planned to be informal & everybody enjoyed themselves by the amount of chatting, laughter & having a good time.
The Service was terrific with Pippa welcoming us with open arms and spent time in conversation with us. The meals were great & plentiful, the sea food platter especially for Nick & Karen.
5 riders today at the start at Sth Barwon Reserve. A great day for riding, not too hot and no wind. Minimal traffic at the start of the ride down Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd (we took a slight detour over to look at the view of Lake Connewarre from Taits Point as Margy had never been there) but it became very busy as we got into Barwon Heads and through into Ocean Grove for coffee at The Dunes. We opted for takeaway as the seated area of the restaurant was full.
We made our way home via my usual sneaky route using the back streets through Ocean Grove, and Kingston, which avoids a busy section of Grub Rd before using Rhinds Rd and Malpas Drive to Wallington and then the Bellarine Hwy, BRT and Leather St back to the start. A very enjoyable approx 55km ride at an average speed of 19.8km/hr.
Helen led 7 riders from Rippleside Park, with Kevin as tail-ender. Richard caught up with the group near Lascelles Wharf.
Due to the water on Hovells Creek Path, under the highway overpass, the route was via Shell Road and Rennie Street, rather than Hovells Creek path. Kevin had a puncture, and asked the group to go on to the coffee shop. He and Hermann joined the group after this was fixed.
David J did and exploratory ride along Hovells Creek Path, coming out onto roads that join Shell Parade near just before it goes under the highway overpass. This route takes around 10 minutes longer, but avoids Shell Parade.
The cyclists regrouped and rode on to Cafe X-presso along Rennie Street, resuming Hovells Creek Path at the ford.
The return trip was via via much the same route, with some riders joining David on the Hovells Creek Path alternative route, and Keith braving the water under the highway underpass.
Thanks to all riders – David J, David F, Karen, Margy, Virginia, Hermann (on his new e-bike mark 2!), Keith, Richard, Kevin, and our tail-enders and ride leader.