Thanks to Kevin, ride leader for this report and ride photo.
Four riders left Balyang in wet conditions to be joined at Breakwater by Tina, Joe Edith.
The track was wet with some light rain at times, but the was a lot of people and dogs on the track.
Coffee was take away at Barwon Edge.
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 recites his poem at the start of the ride
At Rippleside Park
Kevin was keeping his distance
Doug and Tina take a group photograph at the Breakwater while Gavin looks on
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.
Near the Breakwater – keeping his distance
Fishermen – social distancing
We welcomed Helen to Cycling Geelong’s river ride
Signing Hermann up for the ride
Coffee stop at Barwon Edge
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.
Chatting near Princes Bridge
Charlotte and Caroline
Richard welcomes Ruth to Saturday riding with Cycling Geelong
Doug is all prepared to present on The Bicycle Show
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.
Rod addressing the group at Balyang
Ready to ride
The ride group at Balyang Sanctuary
Near La Trobe Terrace Bridge
At the Breakwater
Near Princes Bridge
The last few riders waited for a snake to cross the path near Queens Park
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.
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!
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.
Last week – Emergency sprinkler in hand
Geoff dons his CFA jacket to dowse the flames of a very enthusiastic ride leader’s bike
This week – Rain jackets near Barwon Bridge
Spot the difference
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