Jim Day Ride to Drysdale: Sunday November 15th, 2015

Jim Day was an early member of Cycling Geelong.  He was active as Ride Coordinator and on the committee.  Jim was passionate about cycling and supporting cyclists.  Each year, to support cyclists attending The Great Victorian Bike Ride, Jim ran two Cycling Geelong bike rides – Around Lake Connewarre and The Bellarine 100.  This ride had two options, a shorter ride on the Bellarine Rail Trail to Point Lonsdale, and the longer circuit of the Bellarine, via Drysdale, Portarlington, Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.

The Jim Day Ride is held each year at around this time (also near Jim’s birthday).  This year all eight riders chose the shorter option ride (which, since Jim’s death is along the Rail Trail to Drysdale).  John Miro led Karen, Helen, Sandra, David J, Kelly, Neville and Russell on a leisurely ride.

Thanks to John for leading a most enjoyable ride.


On Ya Bike 2 – Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale

Twenty-three riders appeared out of the mist to ride this morning’s ride on The Bellarine Rail Trail from the Geelong Showgrounds to Drysdale.  The fog made it chilly and may have put some people off, but, by Curlewis, the sun had appeared and the temperature rose.

Ride leader Doug Merritt started the ride with a little history of the rail line, including a personal account of riding a steam train to Queenscliff from Geelong many years ago.  He then read Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem – From a Railway Carriage – with the strong metre evocative of the sound of a steam train.

The riders enjoyed refreshments and sunshine at Cafe Zoo at Drysdale before the return journey, assisted by a bit of a tail wind, caffeine and a few nice downhill sections.

Thanks to ride leader Doug and Tim Warfe, who led the return ride ably.  Well done to all riders, especially Hermann who is returning to cycling after a break of some years.  Thanks also to our ‘official’ photographer, John Hagan, for these shots taken with the Go Pro.

It doesn’t happen by magic.  Today there were a big group of volunteers from The Friends of the Bellarine Railtrail working near Curlewis.  The beautification of the trail and the facilities on it are largely the work of this group of people.  Many thanks.

A volunteer watering recently planted trees near Curlewis Golf Club

A volunteer watering recently planted trees near Curlewis Golf Club

On Ya Bike 2 – Rail Trail to Drysdale

This week’s On Ya Bike! for Senior’s Month takes us to Drysdale via the Bellarine Rail Trail.  The surface is mainly bitumen (with a section of good compacted gravel).  Suitable for all bikes.  Coffee will be at Cafe Zoo in Drysdale.

The ride leaves at 9am from the rail trail entrance on the corner of Breakwater Road and Carr Street (near the Showgrounds).

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Bellarine Rail Trail to Drysdale: Sunday, February 16th, 2014

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With the weather finally cooler, Max gathered six cyclists – Glen, Doug, Graeme, Karen, John M and Helen at the Geelong Showgrounds to cycle the rail trail to Drysdale.  There had been just enough rain to make the unsealed sections of the trail very dirty.

Barry joined the group at Leopold.  At Drysdale, Karen decided to eschew coffee and ride on to Queensciff.  Barry, always ready to accept a challenge, joined her.

The core of the riders enjoyed a pleasant coffee break at Cafe Zoo.  (Service on Sunday morning is leisurely!)

Back at the bikes, Max discovered his pride and joy had a puncture.  The others cyclists gave invaluable advice and learned a few lessons about thoroughness!

After this extended break, and energised with caffeine and chatter, the group made good time back to Geelong.

If you’re riding the rail trail, watch out for soft sand/gravel near Curlewis Golf Course.  The trail is rideable by all bikes, but wider tyres give a more comfortable ride.

Both cyclists and bikes needed cleaning after this most enjoyable ride.