On Ya Bike! 3 2015: Barwon Heads

Today, despite a bad weather forecast 20 riders cycled to Barwon Heads via Lake Road and Thirteenth Beach. We welcome five new riders this week.  We welcomed ride leader, John Miro, and four other cyclists new to this year’s On Ya Bike! series, Michael Lindsay, Russ Ison, Ian Duncan and Jeff Wright.  Jeff was on our original series of seniors rides in 2008 and has been in the regular Wednesday riding group.

Lake Road was quiet, giving photographer John a chance to slide ahead for some great shots.

A short detour allowed for a rest stop beside Lake Connewarre – an estuarine lake on the Barwon River and a group photo.  (Maxine is hiding at the back.)151021 OYB Barwon Heads (16)acr edit

Coffee was a noise affair at At the Heads.  The return was along 13th Beach, the new Black Rock bike path, and Barwon Heads Road.

Well done everyone.  Thanks to ride leader John and John H for more memorable photos.

On Ya Bike! 3 – a ride to Barwon Heads

To celebrate Seniors Month in Geelong, Cycling Geelong is delighted to present our third ride in the On Ya Bike! series for 2015.

John will lead us on a ride to Barwon Heads.  We set off from South Barwon Reserve (entry off Barwon Heads Road) at 9am.  It’s a round trip of 44km.  The route is all sealed roads.  Click the map for a larger view.  151021 OYB 3 Barwon Heads

A recent Cycling Geelong ride to Barwon Heads.

A recent Cycling Geelong ride to Barwon Heads.

Russell, David, Rick and David

Riding near Barwon Heads.

Barwon Heads on a sunny Sunday: 19th July, 2015

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Report from David Jones (Long ride leader)

Ten riders were on the long ride to Barwon Heads via Horseshoe bend Road, Blackgate Road and 13th Beach Road with a return via Wallington Road and the Bellarine Highway.   The riders included Colleen Bourke and Peter Kokalis who were on there first longer Sunday ride.  Also on the ride was Terry Twiss just back from a work assignment in Los Angles.  Collen and Peter rode well on the long ride.

Rod Charles led the shorter return ride to Barwon Heads via Lake Road, Blackrock Road and 13th Beach Road with 5 riders.

It was a perfect day for riding with welcome sunshine, warmth and no wind.  The coffee stop was ‘At the Heads’ the pier cafe’ where both groups met in the sunny back room for the social get together over coffee and cake.

The longer ride group had to contend with some hills on the return trip but arrived at South Barwon Reserve about  12:30pm.  Rod’s group had arrived earlier, they claimed it was an hour earlier – ho ho.
Rod’s report (Rod led the shorter ride)

The mid winter excursion to Barwon heads on 19 June began with  one degree showing on the thermometer. Appropriate, but what a lovely ride it turned out to be. Down the highway before the traffic got too heavy, then Lake Road to 13 Beach road and into the Heads for coffee with the ‘fast’ group. Return was by the main road exiting the town then at the aerodrome we turned off on to the Lake road once again, again out of harms way from traffic, time to chat. The ride to Barwon Heads is the classic Bike Hike of the 1930s, we rode in the wake of decades of previous bicycle tourists which tells us this ride is a ‘beauty’.

Click the maps to see more detail.

The longer ride circuit

The longer ride circuit

David Jones led the longer route along Horseshoe Bend Road to Blackgate, then to Barwon Heads via 13th Beach Road.  The return was via Wallington.  This ride is similar to a ride which used to be held annually, A circuit of Lake Connewarre led by one of our early members, Jim Day.

This ride, as its La Grande Boucle time has some jersey winners:

  • Ride Leaders’ Yellow Jersey:  David Jones and Rod Charles
  • Polka Dot Jersey (King of the Mountains):  Doug Merritt for his sprint up Wallington Road.
  • Green Jersey – sprinter:  John Miro
  • Pink Jersey –  Most determined (rather than most aggressive):  Colleen who pushed herself to complete a ride (and a big hill) that she thought was beyond her.
Short ride

Short ride

Near Horseshoe Bend (long ride)

Start of Black Rock trail

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Coffee at At the Heads.

The Cadel Evans Road Race in Barwon Heads

Report by Geoff Andrews

Stephanie & I were very grateful to be asked by Cycling Australia to work the Sprint Finish Line, Hitchcock Ave ( the main street ) in Barwon Heads yesterday.150201 CEGORR men's Barwon Headsweb01

We arrived early at The Workforce Tent is drizzling rain & mist, there were very few people around, it looked such a grey & miserable  “Send Off ” for such a wonderfully dedicated, disciplined & modest  World Class Cyclist. He NEVER deserved to be sent off in miserable conditions !!

By  11am there was only a small number of dedicated, enthusiastic followers who had taken up their favourite position on the portable wire barricades lining either side of the main street. The southerly wind was strong & cold  & the drizzle continued to the extent that it looked as if the weather was going to totally RUIN Cadel’s last UCI Ride !

Twenty minutes later the crowds appeared from nowhere with lots of young children on their bikes, dogs on leashes, ( Stephanie &  I can’t work out why  people bring their dogs to the bike races  !!!  ) avid cyclists arrived in bunches on carbon fibre bikes in lycra, lots of shopping & mountain bikes & I spoke to a lot of spectators who came from Melbourne & locals who wanted to know what time the cyclists were expected.

We were only too happy to ask the kids to ring their bells for Cadel & most adults got a laugh when I asked  them to yell  “Farewell to Cadel ” The atmosphere was electric, & full of excitement as the sun came out, which was wonderful & very appropriate.

At 11.30 am Hitchcock Ave was packed from top to the  bottom corner with spectators 3-5 people deep along the whole street !

A few minutes to 12 MD the Peloton turned right into Hitchcock Ave & there on the front row was his entire BMC team &  with Cadel riding in the middle taking in the enthusiastic atmosphere with all the applause & appreciating how many people  came out to show their loyal support for him.

As he passed over the Sprint Finish Line he shook his head  gently from side to side in amazement of the huge crowd who yelled out “Go Cadel ” “Go Cadel”. I am sure it was a very exciting yet- sad moment for him. Watching this put a lump in my throat & I for one shed a small tear as many other spectators did.. !150201 CEGORR men's Barwon Headsweb02 150201 CEGORR men's Barwon Headsweb03

What a momentous occasion for Geelong.

Geoff Andrews

Barwon Heads: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Twelve riders assembled at South Barwon Reserve on a beautiful autumn morning.  Nancy led the shorter ride joined by Sandra and Rod.  David’s longer ride included Coralie, David F (for his first ‘real’ bike ride since his broken arm), Terry T, Geoff and Stephanie, Alex, John and Helen.

The shorter ride took the Barwon Heads Road and Lake Road option, while the longer route went down Horseshoe Bend Road to Blackgate Road, and along the new path to Thirteenth Beach Road.

Coffee was at Annies Provedore and Produce Store

The elite eat here (though Cadel was cycling in Europe today).  It was busy but the coffee was good (though one of the most expensive around at $5!).

The short route riders (joined by David F) returned via the Barwon Heads Road.  The longer route took in Ocean Grove, Wallington Road and the Bellarine Highway.

Many thanks to David and Nancy for this wonderful morning’s riding.