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.
John explains the ride
Russ & Kelly
Jim Day Memorial seat, Bellarine Rail Trail, Dtysdale
Coffee at Cafe Zoo
Thanks to John for leading a most enjoyable ride.
Six riders enjoyed a simple circuit of Lake Connewarre – David F, John M, Alex, Russell, Neville and Helen (ride leader).
The lake is looking full and beautiful. Coffee was at Groove in Ocean Grove. In order to avoid the busy show traffic and congestion on the new Breakwater Bridge, the ride returned to the Breakwater from Wilson Road and wound its way around Leather Street to the old breakwater and back to the start at South Barwon Reserve.
Thanks to all participants.
This is somewhat of a historic ride for Cycling Geelong. The circuit was first set as “Around Lake Connewarre” by Jim Day, who was one of the very early members of the club. Jim led two special rides each year to help with the pre-tour preparation for club members attending The Great Victorian Bike Ride. We remember Jim every year when we ride his other ride – The Jim Day 100. This is a full circuit of the Bellarine Peninsula. Jim put this one on the Cycling Geelong calendar because The Great Vic always has one day of 100km+ distance.
At Lake Connewarre lookout
Nev and Russ
John, Davids and Ru
Neville & Alex