Barwon River Circuit – Saturday 17th August 2019

The ride began with 10 cyclists, led by Helen – but we picked up three more on the way – Hermann, Sally and Richard.  The other  riders were, Carolyn, Geoff (trusty tail-ender), Kevin, Charlotte, Denis, Lynton, David J, David S and Russell.

Conditions were perfect weather-wise, but less so on the path.  While this is sealed except for the notorious short section at Fyansford, the ride was ‘all terain’ with a bit of amphibian added. Flood waters had receded, leaving only a few places where there was water over the path, but after the water came the mud!  At Queens Park Bridge we noticed cyclists using the grass to avoid a muddy patch on the path.  This should have been a warning but your intrepid riders continued undaunted.  Some rode the path, others took to the grass.  The ride leader soon became tail-ender as mud and grass caked bike wheels, brakes and settled in huge clumps where the wheels pass the bike frame.  David F had a spill on the slippery grass – the fall somewhat broken by the muddy grass.  It seems only pride was wounded.

Finally, very spread out, all riders reached Barwon Edge for coffee, where they were joined by Nancy and Heather.  After some more hasty mud clearing from wheels, all riders successfully made it back to Balyang.

Before the mud!

Saturday afternoon sorted – bike clean!

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Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, 9th February 2019

David led 11 enthusiastic cyclists on a cool and rainy circuit of the Barwon River.  Unlike last week, when ride leader Herman grew so hot that his sizzling bike had to be doused by our trusty CFA officer, Geoff, it was rain jackets all round.

A couple of non-cyclists (Gavan and Heather and her granddaughter) joined the group for coffee at the Barwon Edge.

Charlotte, David, Caroline and Paul

The rowers were undeterred by the rain.

Rowers on the Barwon

Barwon River Circuit: Saturday 3rd November, 2018

Kevin led 15 cyclists around the river path, which was busy with the usual pot pourri of cyclists, walkers, rowers and dogs.  The wind was strong from the west, but only slowed the cyclists in the open section near the Barwon Valley Adventure Playground.  It was good to welcome Nell back into the group after her time away in Europe.

Coffee was at Barwon Edge.

Thanks to Kevin for leading and Michael who was trusty tail-ender.

On Ya Bike! 2018 – Ride 1: Wednesday, 3rd October

History Ride around the Barwon River Trail

Thanks to Rod Charles, our cycling historian for leading this ride, and to Hermann who was his excellent tail end Charlie.

There were over 30 participants, on a pleasant overcast morning. 

Rod began with a short explanation of the founding of the area by Foster Fyans.  Doug provided light entertainment with a newly penned poem “On Ya Bike! – Barwon River Ride”.  There were riders of all abilities and a large variety of bikes – seriously light road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, historic bikes like Rod’s Peugeot, at least one e-bike, small wheels, cruisers, Doug’s recumbent Cruzebike and a single speed retro ladies bike.

The group set off around the river path in a clockwise direction.  Several regrouping stops were held, with Doug giving a progressive rendition of AB Patterson’s “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”.

The river circuits provides lots of options for those who would like a shorter ride.  One or two decided to head straight to coffee from the Queen’s Park Bridge.  The rest completed the circuit through Fyansford Common.

As usual, the service at Barwon Edge was excellent, with the whole group served coffee (and other refreshments) with friendly speed.

2018 is our 11th year of On Ya Bike! as part of the Seniors Festival.  With around 100 participants each year, in the last 10 years, we’ve had about 1000 riders.

On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara

Next Wednesday’s ride in the 2018 On Ya Bike! series is to Lara.

The ride begins at 9am, on Wednesday 10th October, at Rippleside Park, near the Adventure Playground.  It’s an easy ride, along quiet roads and paths, of around 36km distance.  There are a couple of small hills.

The ride will be lead by Helen.

See you ON YA BIKE! 

More photos from the Barwon River Circuit ride…

On Ya Bike! 2018

Starts tomorrow!

Starters at Balyang 2017

Our very popular ride series On Ya Bike! for the Seniors Festival begins tomorrow with History Around the Barwon led by our very own cycling historian Rod Charles.

Come along to Balyang Sanctuary car park at 9am.  The ride is 20km, with coffee at Barwon Edge

The series is every Wednesday during October.  Rides are:

Date Title Starting time & Place Distance Grade and details
Wednesday 3rd October Historical around the Barwon 9:00am

Balyang Sanctuary Car Park, Marnock Road, Newtown

20km Easy (all bike paths)
Wednesday 10th October Lara via Hovells Creek path 9:00am Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground) 36km Easy (mainly sealed bike paths)
Wednesday 17th  October Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail 9:00am Bellarine Rail Trail (cnr Tucker Street/Carr Street)

near Showgrounds entrance

36km Easy (mainly sealed bike paths)
Wednesday 24th October Moriac South Barwon Reserve, entrance, Barwon Heads Road,

 

50km Medium (some hills)
Wednesday 31st October Allan’s Mystery Ride 8:30am, Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground) 60-80km Medium/hard (sealed roads)
    Riders need to be able to maintain an average of around 20kph for this ride. 

 

 

Barwon River Circuit: Saturday 7th July, 2018

Thanks to ride leader Richard for this report

Ride leader’s selfie with friends at ride start

Ride leader: Richard

Ride participant: Kevin, Doug

Coffee groupees:) Gavin, Helen

On a chilly wet Saturday, Kevin and I braved the conditions to complete the cycling Geelong Saturday river circuit. We waited until 9:01, and we lulled into a false sense of security with the tailwind, and little rain towards Breakwater.

Kevin has just returned back from a Canadian summer, so full marks to him for turning up in the first place (If he hadn’t I couldn’t guarantee the ride would have gone ahead)

There was no one at the Breakwater stop, so we carried on around the other side of the river into the driving wind and rain. We stopped under the bridge to get some air into Kevin’s front tyre, and Doug caught up with us.

After the rain subsided we headed towards the next stop at Shannon. We considered taking the short hop over the bridge and round for coffee but decided to press on in the elements.

The wind was confronting towards Queens Park – (Doug took a moment in the midst of this to check out the frisbee golf) – the weather looked like it was going to be kinder, and we were getting a bit warmer, so we each removed a layer of clothing.

There wasn’t too much traffic on the pathway around Fyansford loop and we were staying dry, but it wasn’t to last and we were spurred on with a cold shower towards the cafe.

Gavin and Helen joined us for a coffee. Contented with a warm coffee in hand, and good company, we ticked off another circuit completed, even if it was the smallest group to complete the ride this year. The tradition continues.

Editor’s comment:  Wow!  This is way beyond the call of duty.

Do you like chocolate?  Maybe we’ll see you on the joint ride with GTC to Moorabool Chocolate tomorrow.  This is a slow meander – starting at Rippleside Park at 8.30am – to Point Henry, then circling to the south and west to arrive at Moorabool Chocolate in Ballarat Road at 11am when they open.   Easy 48km.  Click the map for more detail.