A reminder to all cyclists riding on bike paths, especially the Barwon River Path which is very busy at present. Please check the path before you step or cycle out.
At the Queens Park Road bridge stop Peter Olsen was walking across the path when he was hit by a rider travelling south on the path. Both Peter and the other rider fell onto the path. Peter suffered a graze to his left elbow. The other rider appeared to be uninjured. Names were not exchanged.
The ride participants were: Karen Anderson, Geoff & Steph Andrews, George Belcher, Rod Charles, Kevin Clingan, Pau Cooney, Russell Ison, David Jones, Lynton Leigh, Margy McIntyre, Herman Mennerich, Doug Merritt, Peter Olsen, Ron van Oosten, Gavan Vigar.
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.
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.
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.
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