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



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!!

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Christmas Eve 2020

Thanks to David S for this report and ride photo.

Only five riders started from South Geelong with Gavan joining us en route. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable ride. To avoid the busy roundabout at the top of High St, and having to turn right off Murradoc Road, we stayed on the BRT past the railway station and until it meets the new bypass road. The two electric bike riders made very easy work of the long climb up to the cycle path and we then coasted down to the Murradoc Road roundabout where we turned left and headed for the cafe where we received good service and nice coffee.

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – 10th December, 2020

Paul led the ride.  He reports…

16 riders left our South Geelong starting point, joined a little later by Doug. A detour from the rail trail, caused by waterworks works, at Wilsons Road sent us around some suburban streets. On the return trip the only incident to report was when that I, while negotiating the detour turn off, exited the track into a drain. No injury was sustained to rider or bike. While this incident was witnessed by many, no video footage was taken which may be a good thing.  Thanks to Paul and all participants.