On Ya Bike! 1, 2021 – History around the Barwon River

Rod led a total of 26 cyclists on the first of 2021’s On Ya Bike! rides for 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, there were three groups of up to10, led by Rod, Doug and Lynton. As well as 14 Cycling Geelong members, we welcomed twelve visitors – Brenda, Annie, John G, Bev, Mick, Marie, Geoff, Jay, Paul, Vicki, John P and Tseviet. Thanks for your participation.

At the start and along the way, there were stops for history of the river, including pre-European settlement.

Due to flooding there was a deviation at the Breakwater end – around the Barwon Valley Golf Course and past the criterium track, rejoining on the Belmont ride of the river, near the James Harrison Bridge. As the course near Queens Park Golf Course was flooded and muddy, a decision was made to return via Queens Park Bridge. The refreshment break was at Barwon Edge.

The weather was magnificent – especially after the windy, cold and wet weather we’ve had in the last month or two.

Thanks to Rod for leading the ride, our group leaders, Doug and Lynton, those who contributed snippets of cycling history, and all those who joined the first On Ya Bike! ride for 2021.

On Ya Bike! – Week 2 – Wednesday 13th October.

Next week On Ya Bike! visits Lara, via the northern waterfront and Hovells Creek Track. The ride leaves at 9am from Rippleside Park (near the adventure playground).

Participants waiting for ride start

Barwon River Circuit – 2nd January, 2021

The first club ride of 2021 was led by Kevin.

There were 10 cyclists – Kevin, Karen (not from Brighton), Kelly, Lynton, David F, David J, Gavin, Hermann, Peter, Doug and Helen who was tail ender.

The trail was reasonably quiet, and conditions were perfect.  At the Breakwater, Kelly did  a running repair on his water bottle cage, with lots of verbal support from the rest of the group – and physical support from Doug in the form of a strap.

At Queens Park, Doug informed the group that rain would arrive intermittently in 1 minute (thanks to his new phone app.).   This didn’t eventuate despite a few dark clouds.  Coffee was at Barwon Edge where Nancy joined the group for the first club coffee of the year.

Happy New Year everyone.

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday 17th and 24th October, 2020

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 reports:

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.

Ride photograph taken at the Breakwater.  

Barwon River Circuit – 25th July, 2020

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.

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, July 11th, 2020

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.)

The coffee was at Barwon Edge take away.

Thanks Kevin for the report and photo.