Cyclists out in force – exercise during the pandemic – Thursday to Drysdale 13th August 2020

With distancing in place several members were riding to Drysdale on Thursday morning.

Kevin sent these photos

Here is a picture of George and Paul ready to leave for Drysdale.

Here is a picture of Joe, on his way home after starting early and breaking a gear cable.

And Kevin had a rear wheel puncture, picked up a paper staple. Many thanks to David Salamy for helping to change the tube.  Hopefully the next ride will be trouble free.

Editor’s note… Are you wearing a mask while cycling?  How do you find the experience?


Drysdale via BRT – Thursday, 6th August, 2020: showing you can still ride safely during Stage 3 restrictions –

While Cycling Geelong’s club rides are suspended, there’s nothing stopping our cycling friends from riding, as long as numbers are kept to twos or individuals.

Kevin found that several club friends were riding the BRT to Drysdale last Thursday.  Here’s his report and photo from the start of the trail.

On Thursday riders rode in pairs or solo, with David S and Bill J the only two to leave at 9 o’clock.  Joe W and Peter O having left earlier, and George B taking a short cut.

Kevin C and Doug M met up on the track later.

Take away was at cafe Zoo.

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail, Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Thanks to Joe for the photos and ride report.

I am pleased to report a successful ride with eleven riders taking part as per images with Kevin as tail-ender.

The overcast weather was perfect for riding with a little head wind upon returning.

Overall a nice ride with a coffee stop at Cafe Zoo enjoyed by all.

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.