Drysdale via BRT

Out of isolation

Kevin led our first official ‘post-Covid19 isolation’ ride from the Showgrounds to Drysdale via the Ballarine Rail Trail.  .

Thanks, Kevin for this report and photos.

Thirteen riders rode to Drysdale today in two groups.  The weather was cloudy but fine, with very little wind.  The group photo did not include Lynton who arrived after the photo was taken.  Some riders left early to ride back to Geelong.  Peter O had to repair a puncture in Drysdale.

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

At least 25 riders (Doug counted 27) rode the BRT to Drysdale with ride leaders Geoff and Carolyn.  Conditions were perfect and the pace was well set by Carolyn up front. Geoff and Stephanie opted for a slightly shorter ride, stopping at the Curlewis Golf Driving Range for their coffee, while the rest of the group continued to Cafe Zoo, where, as always, the service was fast and friendly.

Thanks to Carolyn and Geoff for leading this most enjoyable ride.

On the trail at Leopold

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Coffee stop at Cafe Zoo

Boxing Day ride to Drysdale – 26th December, 2019

Public holidays don’t deter cyclists.  Seventeen riders joined with Dave and Kevin (ride leaders on outward and return leg) for a relaxed ride along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Curlewis (coffee at the golf driving range, as the usual cafe in Drysdale was closed).

On the return the group stopped to chat with Stella and Helen, who were having a breather on their shorter ride to Leopold.

On Ya Bike! Ride 3 – Wednesday 16th October, 2019

Despite a prediction for 2-10 ml of rain, 16 cyclists rode the railtrail to Drysdale, ably led by Cycling Geelong’s bus-driving cycle bard, Doug Merritt.  No rain fell during the ride!

Before setting off, Doug recited a new version of his On Ya Bike! poem, especially tailored to fit the ride along the Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale.  We welcomed at least one new rider to On Ya Bike! – Janet, who has just moved into the region from the cycling luxury of Canberra.

Along the trail near Moolap the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail were doing a marvelous job of planting and maintaining the trail.

The riders were made most welcome at Cafe Zoo in Drysdale.  This is one of the most cycling-friendly cafes in our region.

After a pleasant rest to refresh the legs and refuel the body, the return was by the same route.

Thanks to all riders and to Doug our most able leader.

By the way, it’s ride to work day today.  Doug and Lynton were both off to work after the ride – on their bikes, of course.

Make a donation for research to cure kid’s cancer. 

Margy and Richard, both members of Cycling Geelong, are riding the Great Cycle Challenge this month to raise money for research into children’s cancer at the Children’s Medical Research Institute.  We encourage everyone to make a donation to this cause.  You can go directly to the sponsorship pages via these links –


Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – September 5, 2019

George led around 16 cyclists on this mornings regular ride to Drysdale.  It was a beautiful morning for riding, and the pace was good.

Margy and Jeff arrived at Cafe Zoo to meet the group.  They had ridden the trail from Point Lonsdale as part of their training for Around The Bay in a Day and for Margy’s Great Cycle Challenge (to ride at least 500km in the month of October).  You can sponser Margy here.

The ride back to Geelong was fast – except for George who had a puncture (the second in two weeks).  Thanks to Lynton who stayed to help him repair it.


On Ya Bike! 3 – Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Once again, there was an excellent turn up, with twenty-one cyclists assembling near the Geelong Showgrounds.

After waiting for a few latecomers, the ride got underway.

The rail trail initially passes through Geelong’s south eastern suburbs, before crossing the Bellarine Highway at Moolap.  From there on the area is more open – farmlands.  Thanks to the work of the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail, vegetation shelters the path for most of the way to Drysdale.  Doug, the ride leader, joined the group at Leopold.  As rest stop was held at the top of the Leopold syncline at Christies Road.  The rail trail is the easiest way for cyclists to climb this hill, with all cyclists accomplishing this easily.

From there the group quickly traversed farmlands to the Portarlington Road, past Curlewis Golf Club, where a new path was underway into the cafe at the driving range.  From there, it was only a short way to Cafe Zoo, with the final section from the trail to Drysdale being on road.

As usual, the cafe was friendly and welcoming, and a noisy group only quietened a little for Doug’s latest On Ya Bike! poem, delivered in his best radio announcer voice.  The group was joined here by Jeff who’d ridden over from Point Lonsdale.

It was good to see a few new riders to On Ya Bike! for this ride – we hope to see them back next week.

The return to the rail trail was via Wyndham Street and Jetty Road before a return to the showgrounds at around noon (with afternoon storm clouds threatening).

Thanks to ride leader and bard Doug Merritt, Gerry and Terry our tail-enders, and photographer John Hagan.  Thanks to all riders.

The fourth ride in the On Ya Bike! series is to Moriac, leaving from South Barwon Reserve at 9am, next Wednesday, October 24th.  See you there on ya bike!


Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail: Thursday, 13th September, 2018

Thanks to Geoff Blyth, ride leader, for this report and photo. 

An interesting ride, leaving Breakwater with 13 riders and arriving at Café Zoo with 8. Despite great leadership, my tailend Charlie being Kevin C managed to loose 5 during the ride ! Maree B had an e bike issue as the bike’s previous week’s rider Bill J apparently failed to adequately clean the mud from the rear mudguard and the wheel started to make some strange noises. Maree and Bill decided to return to the bike repair shop, so 11 remaining. Geoff A and Stephanie A took the road route by themselves and Geoff had a puncture. Our expert club bike repairer Russell I returned with Stephanie A to assist, so this left the peloton with 8. Turning onto High Street, I was viciously attacked by the resident magpie to the delight of my followers who were unscathed. Thankfully, our number increased to 9 meeting Gavin V at Café Zoo. Eventually, we were joined by the 3 tyre repair riders and Russell was able to celebrate his 82nd birthday with a candle lit muffin.

It you thought that the ride couldn’t get any more challenging, I was once again singled out to be attacked by the resident magpie waiting for my return. More laughs again at my expense, but the pain was shared by all with a reasonable headwind for the return trip.

An enjoyable ride despite the little challenges of riding encountered on the way.

Best wishes to next Thursday’s ride leader !

Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale: Thursday 4th January 2018

After a very good turn-up for Tina’s full moon ride on Monday (New Years Day – report to follow), today continued the trend with 23 riders.

Ride leader Mike L reports:

A large group today with no incidents. Good weather and company made for an enjoyable ride. David Salamy stopped on the return journey to sweep up some broken glass with his trusty handleless straw broom. (see photo of his “drink stop”)

Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale: 23rd November 2017

In contrast to last week’s rainy ride, today’s ride was in sparkling sunshine, with little wind and a temperature in the high 20s.  Geoff led around a dozen cyclists for a fast ride to Drysdale, meeting Helen at Leopold.

Iced coffee was the chosen beverage for many at a welcome break at Cafe Zoo.

Thanks to ride leader Geoff and Kevin, trusty tail-ender.