On Ya Bike! 1, 2021 – History around the Barwon River

Rod led a total of 26 cyclists on the first of 2021’s On Ya Bike! rides for 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, there were three groups of up to10, led by Rod, Doug and Lynton. As well as 14 Cycling Geelong members, we welcomed twelve visitors – Brenda, Annie, John G, Bev, Mick, Marie, Geoff, Jay, Paul, Vicki, John P and Tseviet. Thanks for your participation.

At the start and along the way, there were stops for history of the river, including pre-European settlement.

Due to flooding there was a deviation at the Breakwater end – around the Barwon Valley Golf Course and past the criterium track, rejoining on the Belmont ride of the river, near the James Harrison Bridge. As the course near Queens Park Golf Course was flooded and muddy, a decision was made to return via Queens Park Bridge. The refreshment break was at Barwon Edge.

The weather was magnificent – especially after the windy, cold and wet weather we’ve had in the last month or two.

Thanks to Rod for leading the ride, our group leaders, Doug and Lynton, those who contributed snippets of cycling history, and all those who joined the first On Ya Bike! ride for 2021.

On Ya Bike! – Week 2 – Wednesday 13th October.

Next week On Ya Bike! visits Lara, via the northern waterfront and Hovells Creek Track. The ride leaves at 9am from Rippleside Park (near the adventure playground).

Participants waiting for ride start

On Ya Bike! 3 2015: Barwon Heads

Today, despite a bad weather forecast 20 riders cycled to Barwon Heads via Lake Road and Thirteenth Beach. We welcome five new riders this week.  We welcomed ride leader, John Miro, and four other cyclists new to this year’s On Ya Bike! series, Michael Lindsay, Russ Ison, Ian Duncan and Jeff Wright.  Jeff was on our original series of seniors rides in 2008 and has been in the regular Wednesday riding group.

Lake Road was quiet, giving photographer John a chance to slide ahead for some great shots.

A short detour allowed for a rest stop beside Lake Connewarre – an estuarine lake on the Barwon River and a group photo.  (Maxine is hiding at the back.)151021 OYB Barwon Heads (16)acr edit

Coffee was a noise affair at At the Heads.  The return was along 13th Beach, the new Black Rock bike path, and Barwon Heads Road.

Well done everyone.  Thanks to ride leader John and John H for more memorable photos.