Inverleigh via Russells Bridge and Bannockburn: 5th April, 2015 (Easter Day)

Easter Day – where to go for coffee with so many businesses taking the opportunity to close for a four day long weekend?  Surely the Inverleigh General Store would be open, and, with a westerly wind forecast, this became the destination for our Easter Eggstraordinary Tour.

Five cyclists took off at 8:30 sharp from Rippleside.  With the extra morning daylight, David F cycled in from Marshall – adding almost 20km to his total for the day.  The others were Rick, Kelly, John M and ride leader Helen.

To earn chocolate, a few hills were in order.  The first was the short sharp pinch up Neill Street in Hamlyn Heights, before heading up Creamery Road to Ballan Road.  There was little traffic and even less when the riders turned into Steiglitz Road heading for the delightful long sweep to the Moorabool River on Parker Road.  A little two foot gear was in order for one or two on the long ascent to the Midland Highway.

By now, the beautiful sunny morning had clouded over – coffee shops in Bannockburn were closed: lucky the tour was to Inverleigh.

Kelly set off strongly up the hill out of Bannockburn towards Teesdale, just as Rick’s chain jumped off the sprockets of its own accord.  Kelly continued past the Harvey’s Road turnoff – giving John the opportunity to show his racing skills for a fast sprint to put him back on track.

Harvey Road was very quiet – this is a delightful short-cut from Bannockburn to Inverleigh – one of three very attractive rides across from the Bannockburn Skipton Road to the Hamilton Highway.  With no more significant undulations, coffee was almost within tasting distance.

Inverleigh attained – the front-runners, noting that, as expected, The Red Door was closed – cruised over to the store.  Shock-horror!  How could a general store possibly be closed?  Things would have been very grim for the ride leader if a third option (the ‘back-up’ position) hadn’t been open.  It can now be reported that the strongest drink consumed at the recently renovated Inverleigh Hotel was coffee.  John reports that this watering hole is worth a return ‘for the toilets’.

A small amount of chocolate was consumed to energise tired legs for a fast pedal back to Geelong.  The riders took the hills in their stride, though David’s route home meant he missed the delight of the final ascent of Hyland Street.

Thanks for another enjoyable morning’s riding.  150305 easter day ride map inverleighClick the map to see more detail.

  • 75km
  • total ascent of 482.23 m
  • 3 categorised climbs