On Ya Bike! 3 – Moriac: Wednesday 19th October, 2016

Once again the On Ya Bike! turnout was splendid – 22 cyclists braved the strong wind and icy morning to cycle to Moriac via the old Princes Highway and Mount Moriac, returning via Ghazeepore Road and Grovedale.  Helen led the ride.  (Click on map for route details)161019-map-screen-shot-south-barwon-to-moriac161019-john-h-1-group-sbracr-editThe outward journey was taxing, with the long climb to Mount Moriac made worse by an the unrelenting westerly wind.  Most of the height was lost in a wonderful downward sweep on Hendy Main Road, with the promise of coffee and warm at Moriac General Store, which is extremely welcoming to cyclists.

Sheltered from the wind, the group lingered in the warm sunshine before taking off to the south and east for the return to South Barwon.

With the westerly now a helpful tail wind, the group’s speed and spirits were high, and the return was uneventful except for a front and rear puncture caused by a pothole in Ghazeepore Road – courtesy of the recent wet conditions.  In the usual way of punctures, the puncture happened half way up the Ghazeepore Road hill, with no flat surface in sight.  Thanks to Doug (our tail-ender) who mended one puncture, and then waited until back-up “i.e. partner-assist” arrived.

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Cheerful competence. Thanks, Doug.

Thanks to all riders for making this series so successful.  Thanks again to John Hagan for coming along and taking photos.

The final On Ya Bike! ride is on Wednesday, October 26th, leaving Rippleside Park at 8.30am.  This ‘ultimate’ ride has become a favourite over the years as ‘Allan’s Mystery Ride’.  Once again, Allan has selected an enjoyable circuit, with a bit of challenge and an excellent coffee stop.  As this is the hardest ride of the series, riders need to be able to maintain an on-the-bike average of at least 20kph and be able to cycle comfortably for an extended distance (usually around 60-70km).  As it’s a ‘mystery’, you’ll need to come along to find out more.

Moriac: Sunday May 22nd, 2016

This is what leadership is all about…

We all like event-free riding…  No close calls with cars or touching wheels, no raging winds or torrents of rain.  Sometimes things just happen.  This is when the support of your ride leader is vital.

This morning, Rick had an altercation with a bollard which intentionally jumped out into his path as he crossed the bridge over Waurn Ponds Creek.  Rick came off worse, though, being Rick, he jumped up and was ready to ride on, despite having had a nasty collision.  Ride leader, David, made the correct decision.  He would take Rick and his less injured bicycle home by car.  Luckily, David lives close to Waurn Ponds Creek, so his car wasn’t far away.  David not only drove Rick home, but took Rick and Wendy to their doctor.  He was checked out, with a diagnosis of internal bruising.  He’s OK, but in quite a bit of discomfort.

Luckily, Karen and Helen, who were behind Rick on the path, were able to avoid the collision.  David Jones then took the lead with Colleen, and the eight remaining riders headed for the original destination – Moriac.  As the riders waited to turn right into Heyers Road from a side street, a ute behind tooted angrily, before turning right and parking in the bike lane, ready to harangue the group.  He promptly drove off when he saw us taking his picture.

Kelly, as usual, shepherded the slower riders, making sure everyone had a pleasant ride at a moderate speed.  Alex showed his fearlessness with a very fast descent of Cape Otway Road, with Russ, Neville and Kelly.  Coffee at the General Store was excellent as usual.  The store has been sold – let’s hope the new owners are as hospitable to cyclists as the old.

The return ride was uneventful.  Congratulations to Colleen for, once again, stepping outside her comfort zone to do a harder ride, in new territory.  The Cycling Geelong Citizenship Award goes, of course, to David Fisher, for stepping up to a tough leadership decision.

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