On Ya Bike! 4 – You Yangs via Hovells Creek and Ted Wilson Trail

Dirk and Barbara led this delightful ride on a day of perfect weather. After the initial photo was taken at Rippleside Park, Kevin and Lynton appeared to take the numbers to 20. There were 10 visitors – 9 from the Portarlington, Indented Head and Drysdale, and one from Geelong West. The route was around the Balmoral Quay shared path to St Helens – then following paths and roads to Limeburners Lagoon and on to Lara. Doug joined the group at Lascelles Wharf making a total of 21 cyclists.

From Lara the group turned north for the You Yangs along Mill and Branch Roads, before turning south along Flinders Avenue. There was a short detour to the Kevin Hoffman walk, before a refreshment stop at Xpresso Coffee Lounge. (Helen and Hermann shortened the route by a few kilometres by cutting back to Lara from Windermere Road.)

The return ride skirted Lara Lake to Canterbury Road and Hovells Creek Trail, with the main group turning along School Road to join the Ted Wilson Trail back towards Geelong and Rippleside Park. The distance for the full route was 68 kilometres. Helen, Sharon and Hermann returned via the waterfront route – for a total of 41 km.

It was wonderful to welcome back some of our earliest On Ya Bike! participants from 2008 – Paul, Terry and Gerry were on our earliest rides, and became core members of the Wednesday riding group that formed in around 2008-9 after riders from On Ya Bike! decided to continue riding as a group on Wednesdays.

Riders at Rippleside Park.

WOW – Wheels on Wednesday

For those who would like to ride a longer ride (around 70-100km) at a medium speed, Wheels on Wednesday meets every Wednesday. Currently the regular meeting time is 8am, and the regular starting place Swanston Street, South Geelong, near Landy Field. The rides are varied, with the group deciding on the destination and route at the start of the ride. There are occasionally special rides, including rides to Arthur’s Seat via the Queenscliff Ferry, and rides to Lorne.

(The rides are listed on our Cycling Geelong Ride Calendar for further details.) This ride is not affiliated with any club, although its origin was Cycling Geelong’s Seniors Month series. All cyclists welcome.

Ted Wilson Trail – Sunday 1st August, 2021

Helen led Dave S and Hermann on a repeat of the Ted Wilson ride – truncated at our last attempt by bad weather.

The conditions were cold and sunny with an increasing westerly wind, so the ride direction was clockwise, incorporating part of the Gabrielle Blythe trail (Cements Works Rail Trail) to the Cement Works, the the Ted Wilson Trail to its end in Corio. A slight glitch caused by no electric boost was an issue for Hermann at first, until the problem was diagnosed and fixed – a disconnected electrical lead.

A short ride around the local streets from the end of the Ted Wilson Trail brought the group to the Corio Bay Roadhouse for refreshments – plenty of seating and good service makes this an ideal stop for a northern ride. The circuit was completed with more quiet streets, then across the Melbourne Road on Refinery Road, North Shore Station Road and the waterfront back to Rippleside Park.

Near Church Street

Ted Wilson Memorial Ride- Sunday, 4th July 2021

Despite the cold, wet and extremely windy conditions, four people – Dave S, Karen, Kevin and Helen (ride leader) rode the annual ride to commemorate the life of Ted Wilson, and his enormous contribution to cycling. All riders received a sprig of rosemary (for remembrance).

Due to the conditions, the route was modified, with the coffee stop early in the ride at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road – welcoming, warm and good coffee. From there it was up Church Street and down the Ted Wilson Trail to Pioneer Road. Leaving the trail, the westerly wind pushed the riders to the Grammar School and Bay Trail for the return trip.

Despite some flurries, there was no rain during the ride. The wind increased as the ride went on – an exhilarating ride home to the peninsula for Dave – but a bit of a battle for Kevin.

Due to the bad conditions, many people who would have liked to do this ride missed out, so the ride will be re-scheduled in a couple of weeks, hopefully on the original route.

Ted Wilson Memorial Ride, Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Thanks to Maree for this report.

I was not able to lead the ride today due to injury, but Bill took over the ride leader duties for me.
This fine morning, 14 people started from Rippleside Park – 12 as in the group photo and Doug & Karen (in separate photos) because they arrived just after the main group was leaving.
I was at Rippleside Park at the start of the ride and handed out sprigs of rosemary in remembrance of Ted.  It was the 10th anniversary of his death on 1st July.

The group rode north on the Bay Trail and picked up the Ted Wilson Trail at Broderick Road.  Coffee was meant to be at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road but when the group arrived, the cafe could not accommodate the riders, as too many were already on the premises (COVID-19 restrictions striking again!) and we could not book in advance.  By that stage, a few people had left the group at different points, so 11 people remained.   Those 11 then rode to Raw Cafe in Geelong West.  With the disruption caused by the change of location for coffee, people were happy to get their own way home from Pako – so a shorter ride than expected.

Cheers, Maree

 

 

Full Moon Ride – Cement Works

Thanks to Tina, ride leader, for the ride report and photograph.  Tina led nine riders in all for the evening, leaving the Cement Works at 6pm.  There were four guests, friends of Tina’s, and it was a new experience of riding for one person in particular.  The weather was perfect, a warm balmy night, light breeze and clear skies to see the moon in all its glory.

The outward leg to the Corio Club was along the Ted Wilson Trail.

Kevin proved to be the full moon expert determining on which direction to go in for optimal view of the moon on our return trip in the dark. We returned via Cowies Creek, no uphills on our return much to the amazement and delight of a guest rider.  Kevin has great local knowledge and riding experience.  The ride finished at 10.30pm.  It was a perfect ride on a perfect night.

Two guests are so impressed with the introductory rides they have done with the club they are going to become members.

This ride was a replacement for a proposed ride St Leonards to Portarlington return with dinner at Portarlington Golf Club which clashed with a fun run along the same route.  Tina plans to lead this St Leonards-Portarlington route  for a Full Moon ride in March.

Full Moon Ride – change of route

Saturday, 8th February, 2020, 6pm

The Full Moon Ride will now commence at the Cement Works Bowling Club, corner, McCurdies Road and Autumn Street, Herne Hill, at 6pm.  The ride will be along the Ted Wilson Trail to the Shell Club in Corio.

Please let Tina know you’re coming so she can confirm numbers for dinner.  RSVP Tina 0412 431 526

Riders on a Full Moon Ride in March 2019

The reason for the change is that the St Leonards ride clashes with a fun run on the same route.

North western Geelong loop – Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Two cyclists set off on this morning’s ride – Helen (leader) and Kevin.  Perhaps the predicted rain and strong wind and Father’s Day clash daunted other riders.  Wherever you were, you missed a most enjoyable ride.

The ride route was to Soft Cafe in Minerva Road, via a loop from Rippleside – following the waterfront to Geelong Grammar, then across School and Plantation Roads to follow the Ted Wilson Trail to Church Street and coffee.

The coffee shop was very busy (perhaps a few Father’s Day breakfasts were responsible for this).  Kevin’s hot chocolate finally arrived. It’s great to see our coffee shops doing such good business on weekends.

With a Father’s Day lunch date, Kevin then rode home (to a three generations lunch at his daughter’s – Kevin is the proud great grandpa to a three week old baby boy).

The return to Rippleside was via the Cement Works Trail to Douro Street, then Margaret Street overpass.

There was no rain (though by 1.30 a thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail to Rippleside).

Lara via Ted Wilson Trail and Hovells Creek

This most successful ride was led by Allan Marshall, with thirteen participants, of whom 11 signed on at 8am at Leisuretime Centre in Anakie Road.  The ride route was via the Ted Wilson Trail to Broderick Road, then via School Road to Shell Parade before joining up with the Hovells Creek trail at Rennie Street.  Coffee was at Xpresso Cafe in Lara. 

The return was via Hovells Creek Path and Ted Wilson Trail.

Thanks to Allan for leading and to all participants.

One rider who shall remain nameless missed the ride, due to misreading the starting point – perhaps we need more northern rides, so our members can experience the excellent riding opportunities on the northern side of Geelong.

Geelong Circuit – Joint ride with GTC: Sunday, 18th February, 2018

This ride was led by Ross G. from Geelong Touring Cyclists.  Unfortunately, there was only one representative from Cycling Geelong, for this most enjoyable and easy circuit ride.  Thanks to Ross for leading this ride and to all riders for their friendliness and good company.

Thanks to Ross for this report:

Ross’ Circuit of Geelong leading the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong – Sunday 18.2.18
A good ride leader plans the ride route carefully and does their best to ensure there are no unexpected road works or other impediments or interruptions that might impact on the safety and enjoyment of the ride participants.  Unfortunately, today’s ride leader showed himself to be particularly inept in that regard, not realising there was a major event, a triathlon, happening along the planned route.  Luckily some of the ride participants do read the local papers and listen to the local radio so we set out knowing there might be quite a few detours along the way.  Helen (representing CG), Marion, Peter J, Marie, Geoff, Chris Hu and Ross managed to skirt the triathlon mainly due to Helen’s detailed knowledge of the back streets of Drumcondra. We did get to see some very pleasant suburban streets and a heritage listed concrete road along the way.  Eventually we found our way back on to the “planned” route, heading out along the bay before turning up Plantation Road and detouring around the closed section of the Ted Wilson path (which also came as a surprise to the ride leader) before regaining the bike trail. Definitely a squeeze for some getting through the partially open barriers at the Church Street exit, then continuing on to Cementies Hill (aka Hyland Street) where some of the group stopped for a close look at the silo murals, before the big run down the hill and a right turn up to the paper mills where we were greeted by a camera-wielding John H (in civvies after already having completed his early morning ride).  Luckily, the Doors Gallery Café owner had already had his first coffee of the day and was able to produce our orders in reasonable time, encouraged and ably assisted by Peter J’s waiter service.  After a leisurely break, we parted company with John, heading back along the river path, dropping people as we passed their exits. A great riding day.
A great riding day. Thanks to all for their company. Ross.

Photos:  John H, Helen L

Ted Wilson Trail Update

Church Street end now re-opened, but beware of temptation

Finally, after over a year, the Church Street end of the Ted Wilson Trail and western end of Church Street have reopened.

The shared path along Church Street that leads to the Ted Wilson Trail (newly re-opened Church Street on the left)

However, avoid the temptation of the new sweeping path down the hill to Fyansford!

The path makes and abrupt halt at the bottom of the long hill – at the edge of the estate.  When it will be finished nobody knows.  Cyclists need to pedal back up the hill and take the usual route along Hyland Street to access Fyansford.

“Fyansford” end of the new path from Church Street to Fyansford

Riding along the re-opened Ted Wilson Trail isn’t all roses either.  The path is seriously overgrown with weeds, which are beginning to compromise the integrity of the path surface.  Hopefully, CoGG will soon rectify this.  (If you have Snap, Send, Solve  on your phone – send in a request to have this fixed.  The more people who do so, the more likelihood of fast action.)

We note that the Ted Wilson Trail is now closed between Bacchus Marsh Road and Anakie Road for 5 months from 8th January till 8th June.  Cyclists detour to Matthews Road, and have to negotiate the very busy multi-land roundabout at Cox, Anakie and Matthews Road.

Path closure sign on Ted Wilson Trail near Pioneer Road.