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.
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.
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).
Kevin (taken after Cadel Evans ride in January)
Coffee at Soft Cafe
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.
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.
Closure of Ted Wilson Trail northern end
Bollards obstructing exit from Ted Wilson Trail near Church Street
Bollards at Ted Wilson Trail near Church Street
Hyland Street Ascent
Doors Gallery for Coffee
Helen, Chris, John
Ross (ride leader)
Peter and Marion
Approach to Fyansford Paper Mill
John, Maree, Geoff
Photos: John H, Helen L
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!
Ted Wilson Trail northbound on the right.
New path to Fyansford – maybe?
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.
Kevin led a group of around 22 cyclists on the river path. Conditions were cool with a south-west wind, but the riders had completed the ride before the afternoon storms set in. Rod was a congenial and supportive tail-ender. Nancy joined the group for coffee at the Barwon Edge.
At Queen’s Park
Thanks to all cyclists, and especially Kevin and Rod.
On my ride home, I noted that the Church Street end of the Ted Wilson Trail and the western end of Church Street are still closed – a closure which began on 8th February, 2017! While it’s an issue for trail users, it is much more of a problem for the local residents who have had limited or no access to their driveways during this time.
Ted Wilson Trail at Church Street – Still closed on Friday May 12th – the original sign, stating the path would close for 1 month from 8th February.
Church Street and Ted Wilson Trail Trail still closed after more than 11 months.