George Belcher led 10 cyclists around the Barwon River for Saturday’s regular Barwon River ride. With the path closed under Moorabool Street, a detour was taken for this section. Thanks to George, ride leader and to the passer-by who took this ride photo taken at the Breakwater. .
Thanks to Rod and Kevin for their reports and expert leadership.
Rod’s comment on his ride on 17th October, “No troubles. Another good ride with good cobbers.”
Kevin, David J, David F, Peter O, and George rode the river track, which was wet after the rain, but we had no rain on the ride. Doug joined us for coffee at Barwon Edge.
David Fisher led the fifteen or so cyclists on a cold but sunny morning from Rippleside Park. They were joined along the path by Doug, and then by several others at the Breakwater. The path was reasonably busy. There seemed to be more joggers than usual – perhaps leaving later than the running group’s usual 8am start due to the frosty morning.
The reward for cycling on such a cold morning was that the Barwon and its trees were looking magnificent. As usual, the coffee stop was at Barwon Edge.
Thanks to David for leading the ride, and to all our intrepid cold morning riders.
Kevin led 12 riders the river track on Saturday, the weather was cloudy and cool with no rain, ideal for riding.
At the Breakwater stop a very kind young lady offered to take the photo for us, that was much appreciated by the all male group. (Where were all the women on this fine Saturday morning.)
Thanks Kevin for the report and photo.
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.
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 led 19 riders on the river ride. Doug welcomed Helen, riding the river with Cycling Geelong for the first time.
No Touch Sing-on
Doug and Dave (Ride Coordinator) had devised a ‘keeping your distance’ method of sign on, where people sent the ride leader their name, contact name and details, via mobile phone. This mostly worked, with some manual entry needed, by Doug on the paper from. It was also a bit of a talking point for riders who weren’t sure just how much longer our club rides will be able to continue as the Covid-19 crisis deepens.
Doug, true to form, had penned a Covid-19 cycling poem, which he read (at a distance) before the ride start. (I’ll add this to the ride report when I receive it.)
Cycling Australia recommends that for now riders keep at least 1.5m apart. This meant that, except in short wider sections, our riders rode single file. There was plenty of time for talk at the usual stopping points. The path was busy – especially with small groups of walkers, riders, and dog walkers – possibly taking the opportunity to get out before lock down restrictions. Barwon Edge cafe was quite busy, keeping to the 4m2 limit per person inside, so today, with pleasant weather, everyone sat outside.
Thanks to Doug and tail-end Charlie for a most enjoyable ride.
Keep your eye on the ride calendar for any changes.
Kevin led a group of 17 cyclists on the river circuit. The riders welcomed Ruth, new to this ride, who, despite not riding for some time, accomplished the whole ride, including riding to an from the circuit from Belmont. There were plenty of rowers on the river, but the path wasn’t too busy.
Geoff and Ian made short work of puncture repair (with support, both actual and oral from other riders) and caught up by Fyansford.
Doug joined the group along the way but had to leave the ride before the mandatory coffee stop due to his being a presenter on the Bicycle Show.
As it was the first Saturday in the month, Barwon Edge was very busy, but, as usual, service was fast and friendly.
Cycling Geelong historian, Rod Charles, led 21 cyclists around the river path, with stops on the way for short talks about the history of Geelong around the river. It was a perfect day for cycling. This was the first of the annual On Ya Bike! series, run by Cycling Geelong as part of Seniors Month.
It was wonderful to have Maxine, who was an original rider in the very first On Ya Bike! rides, and a regular rider, meet the group at the start, despite not being able to ride.
Stops were near La Trobe Terrace (woollen mills), the Breakwater, Princes Bridge (Shannon Avenue) and Queen’s Park, before a final stop for coffee at Barwon Edge.
Thanks to Rod for once again leading this most enjoyable and enlightening ride. Every year, not matter how many history rides I’ve been on, I’ve learned something new about Geelong’s history.
This Wednesday’s On Ya Bike! ride is a 29kmGeelong circuit, on roads and paths, taking in the old Cement Works Railway path to the Cement Works, the new path through Fyansford development, the river, Eastern Park and Geelong Waterfront. This ride begins at 9am on Wednesday, October 9th, at Rippleside Park near the Adventure Playground. There’s plenty of parking available.