Gravel Ride from Torquay to Anglesea on Sunday 8th March 2020 with the GTC

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).

–Dave

 

 

 

 

Full Moon Ride – change of route

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.

A Saturday ride to Waurn Ponds to celebrate Christmas – 22nd December, 2019

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.

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.

Thanks to Geoff and Stephanie, ride leaders, Santa and all riders.

 

Christmas Lights – Moonlight ride to Waurn Ponds

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.

‘City by the Rouxbay’ Laneways Explorer Ride, Sunday 10th Nov 2019

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!

–Dave S

Ride to Work Day 2019 – Wednesday 16th October

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