Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday 15th October 2020

Thanks to ride leader Bill for this report and photos.

Today we had 13 riders who set off for Drysdale. It was a  warm and very humid day with rain expected in the afternoon.

Unfortunately Peter Olsen had a flat tyre along the trail in Whittington. While repairing the tyre we were attacked by huge numbers of mosquitoes. The group was sent on and Peter and I stayed to repair the tyre. We were not able to fix the tyre and Peter decided to walk back to the start and I rode on to Drysdale. Peter did get his wife to pick him up and had the tyre repaired at de Grandi’s.

I was killing 5 mosquitoes at a time  but they still were unbearable.

Otherwise the riders had a nice coffee and cake at the Zoo and rode back together to the start point.

I would recommend that future rides carry plenty of insect repellent

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 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

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!