Many thanks to Rod for this report and Kevin and Edith for the photos.
Eleven members took the now well worn trail around the Barwon River beginning at Balyang Sanctuary on a chilly but clear morning.
We share the trail these days with many more people out walking and jogging, parents with children and friends chatting and many singles with listening aids in their ears to make bell ringing sometimes irrelevant.
This morning we took the return route along the south side of the golf course down at the breakwater end.
Coffee and a chat at Barwon Edge is always the right way to end the club ride.
We beat the rain which began to fall lightly as we rode home.
Kevin took photographs with help from Edith.
Six Cycling Geelong riders and one guest rider (my brother, Gary) today. It started out looking like rain but things improved and we even had periods of sun as we took a leisurely ride around a short 20km loop. From Sth Barwon Reserve to Waurn Ponds, a lap around Deakin on gravel, the Highton Pipeline path, coffee at Highton Shopping Centre and finishing up back to Sth Barwon via the Barwon River path.
It was great to introduce some of our members to bits of cycle paths that they hadn’t ridden before (always a good thing 🙂
Thanks for the ride.
Doug led the first post-lockdown river ride. It was a cold, still sunny morning – perfect for cycling. With a field of 13 riders, Doug asked David to lead a second group, with the groups setting out a couple of minutes apart. However, before the start, Doug handed members of each group a chant, to be yelled at the top of voices. He also had a post-lockdown poem to share.
The river path was busy, but quite navigable. At the Breakwater, Hermann joined the ride, and Tina and Gavin (who is still recovering from surgery) greeted the group for a quick chat.
Helen didn’t make it all the way around due to bike problems, pulling out near West Fyans Street for a car ride home. The rest of the group congregated at Barwon Edge for take-away refreshments.
Perhaps it was jinx day as Doug reports a broken gear cable cramped his style on the ride home.
Thanks Doug and David for leading a most enjoyable ride.
Doug recites his poem at the start of the ride
At Rippleside Park
Kevin was keeping his distance
Doug and Tina take a group photograph at the Breakwater while Gavin looks on
Out of isolation
Kevin led our first official ‘post-Covid19 isolation’ ride from the Showgrounds to Drysdale via the Ballarine Rail Trail. .
Thanks, Kevin for this report and photos.
Thirteen riders rode to Drysdale today in two groups. The weather was cloudy but fine, with very little wind. The group photo did not include Lynton who arrived after the photo was taken. Some riders left early to ride back to Geelong. Peter O had to repair a puncture in Drysdale.
Thanks to Peter Jones from the GTC for this report and pictures:
Nine riders today on our Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong. Dave S, (CG) Lynton, (CG) John M, (CG & GTC) Chris Hu, Ross, Mark K, Kim, Geoff and myself. We headed off around the path with a strong wind which came around on to our tails as we made our way dodging many, many walkers, dogs and other bikes. This is a tough ride for most and a definite challenge. John M had a couple of little lie downs but we made him get up and continue as it was too early to rest.
Stopped at the usual places to admire the view and cruised along enjoying the ride. Extremely busy on the road, just as well we were off road. Traffic was backed back to the Forest Rd Roundabout going through Anglesea. Enjoyed a coffee and slices at Anglesea then took the usual tracks up hill, Lynton had a puncture near the top of the hill out of Anglesea but we were soon on our way wandering through the bush until we reached Bells Beach where we transitioned to the road through Jan Juc and back to Torquay, a most enjoyable ride as usual.
…and thanks to Ross for showing me a new way through the Eumeralla single track area to get away from the noise of traffic on the GOR on the ride back to Hurst Rd. (Ride on track 2 Green, then an easy piece of single track back to Pt Addis Rd).
Caroline, Geoff and Iancompleted the 65km course.
Thanks for the photo Ian.
Saturday, 8th February, 2020, 6pm
The Full Moon Ride will now commence at the Cement Works Bowling Club, corner, McCurdies Road and Autumn Street, Herne Hill, at 6pm. The ride will be along the Ted Wilson Trail to the Shell Club in Corio.
Please let Tina know you’re coming so she can confirm numbers for dinner. RSVP Tina 0412 431 526
Riders on a Full Moon Ride in March 2019
The reason for the change is that the St Leonards ride clashes with a fun run on the same route.
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!