Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – October 28th, 2021

There were 11 riders today and we started soon after a major rain event had occurred in Geelong. The ride was pleasant with an overcast sky and little wind but a short rain storm caught us at Curlewis. Seven riders sheltered ( almost dry)  under a sheoak tree but 4 others sheltered under a pine tree and got wet and attacked by mosquitos. I am not sure what lesson can be learned from this.

After the storm we rode under blue skies to Café Zoo for a pleasant refreshment break and rode back as a group under more blue skies to the meeting point without incident.

All covid restrictions were enforced and road rules obeyed.

Thanks to Bill J, ride leader, for this report and photo.

On Ya Bike! 3 – Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail, October 20th, 2021

Kevin led 10 riders along the trail to The Bungalow Cafe at Drysdale, where Ron joined the group. Terry and Gerry had ridden from Drysdale to the start of the ride, and left the group after the coffee break.

With a strong tail wind, the ride back to the Showgrounds was easy and fast.

Thanks to Kevin, ride leader,

On Ya Bike! 3 – Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail, October 20th, 2021

Next Wednesday is the last of the On Ya Bike! rides for 2021. This is a mystery ride of around 60km starting at Rippleside Park at 9am. Dirk, ride leader, says it is an interesting ride of medium difficulty. All cyclists welcome.

On Ya Bike!

Victorian Seniors Festival 2021

Every Wednesday in October Cycling Geelong presents On Ya Bike! – a series of bike rides.

All cyclists are welcome – you don’t need to be a senior. Rides are free but there is always a stop at a cafe or coffee shop, so please bring some money if you’re looking to buy refreshments.

The series begins with Rod’s History Around the Barwon River ride – an easy 20km circult, all on sealed bike paths) and culminates in a 60km Mystery Ride mainly on sealed roads.

We will be following Covid safe guidelines for ride size, mask-wearing, distancing etc. We also expect all participants to follow current road rules, ride a roadworthy bike, and wear a bike helmet.

There is no need to pre-book. Please direct any queries to Helen (On Ya Bike! coordinator).

TitleStarting time & PlaceDistanceGrade and details 
History around the Barwon9:00am Balyang Sanctuary Car Park, Marnock Road, Newtown 20kmEasy (all bike paths)Rod Charles
Lara via Hovells Creek Trail9:00am Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground)36kmEasy (sealed bike paths and roads)Helen
Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail9:00am Bellarine Rail Trail (cnr Tucker Street/Carr Street) near Showgrounds entrance36kmEasy (sealed bike paths and roads)Dave Simpson
Northern Mystery Ride9:00am, Rippleside Park (near Adventure Playground)  60kmMedium (sealed roads and bike paths)Dirk
On Ya Bike! photos



On Ya Bike!

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday 4th February, 2021

Kevin Clingan led the ride, with 19 participants. He reports

Eighteen riders left the start on a fine cloudy morning, with little wind, ideal for riding. We met Gavan at Coppards road. The group spread out as some riders rode ahead of the group, with Hermann as tail end Charlie. The ride back was uneventful with Hermann leaving early, but waiting for the us along the track. It was a very good day for bike riding.

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday, January 6th, 2021

Dave led the ride, with 13 cyclists starting from the showgrounds, and others joining along the route to a total of 18. Conditions were perfect and, as usual, the welcome and service at Cafe Zoo was great.

Keith led on the return as Dave and Joe left at Drysdale to visit The Pedal Shed in Clifton Springs. Helen, Stella and Karen left the ride at Moolap Station Road, to return home via Eastern Park and the waterfront.

Thanks to Dave and Keith, ride leaders, and to Dave for the photo from the Showgrounds.

 

 

 

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – 22nd October, 2020

David S led a total of 19 cyclists.

Thanks to David for this report and ride photos.

Sixteen riders (including (Dr) Mike from GTC) left South Geelong in two groups. Along the way we picked-up Gavan, Ron L. (GTC) and Doug creating the largest number of Thursday riders since before COVID-19.

As usual, Cafe Zoo were right on to it with tables ready for us in the front garden and courtyard. In future, I recommend the ride leader should appoint someone to lead each group, to help things run more smoothly. No incidents occurred and the High Street magpie has ceased surveillance operations! Yay!!