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.

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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.

Barwon River Circuit: Saturday 13th January, 2018

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.

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.

Little Geelong Tour: Sunday January 7th, 2018

On any medium to long ride, the tail-ender is probably the most important person on the ride.  Today’s riders were lucky enough to have two exemplary tail-enders – Dirk and Lynton.  The ride was a medium 57km tour around Geelong, the weather cool and the route varied, with the plan to ride at a medium pace.

Eleven riders set out from Rippleside – Helen (ride leader), Trish and Shane, Barbara and Dirk, Karen, Stella, Coralie, Kelly, Lynton and David J.  Dirk offered to be tail-ender and the riders set off through Rippleside Park and St Helens towards Geelong Grammar.

Click the map to see a detailed map in Strava

The pace was good – aided by a brisk southerly wind.  The route then turned to the west, joining the Ted Wilson Trail at the end of Pioneer Road.  The first hill of the day, up to Creamery Road, was slow for some.  The cream always comes to the top, however, with Karen, Shane (in training for the Alpine Classic), Kelly and Lynton powering ahead.  The Ted Wilson trail is still closed at the Church Street end – it has now been closed for 11 months!

Today (7th January 2018)

Closure of Ted Wilson Trail at Church street – photo posted in August 2017 when the path had been closed for 6 months.

The riders continued along roads to Hyland Street, then along the Barwon River path to Highton for Coffee.  The service at Darriwill Farm made us all more appreciative of the speed and friendliness at Barwon Edge and Cafe Zoo.  Eventually, the riders set off again.  Trish and Stella had always planned a shorter ride and set off around the river for home.  David also left the ride to return home with Nancy who had joined the group for coffee.

As it was already 11.30, the Deakin University circuit planned on the original route was left out.  The riders proceeded to ride the southern end of the Ted Wilson Trail at Waurn Ponds, where Lynton took over as tail-ender from Dirk.  The riders returned to Rippleside Park via Grovedale, Breakwater and the waterfront (see the map above for the full route details).

Thanks to all riders, especially our long-suffering tail-enders Dirk and Lynton, for their patience and positive attitude.

The ride was approximately 57km, with Karen, Kelly, Dirk, Barbara and Lynton still needing to ride some distance home to Corio, Norlane West and Highton.

Keep those pedals turning…

 

A windy ride to Lara: Sunday July 30th, 2017

It’s been windy the last couple of days with ‘surf’ on Corio Bay, and tree branches down all over!  A northerly wind was predicted, to turn westerly ‘around the middle of the day’.  A short ride to Lara seemed a safe bet.

From the first, it was clear that even at 8.30am, the wind was clearly from the west!  As the deadline approached, and no riders appeared, would I ride anyway, or throw in the towel and go to a movie in Melbourne instead?  The decision didn’t need to be taken as a solitary rider appeared on Bell Parade.

The two of us, Brigid and I (Helen) pedaled north along Corio Bay and over Hovells Creek to Lara.  An early coffee break at X-presso was most welcome.  The return deviated a little from the original plan, reducing the amount of time riding directly into the gale-force wind.  Forest Road still has no sealed shoulders on the busy section between Canterbury Road and the rail crossing, but motorists were pretty courteous this morning, as we battled the cross wind.  The Heales Road section was slow, but, once Ted Wilson Trail was reached, there was some protection from noise barriers as we wended our way back towards Church Street.

 

The wind had got the better of this porta-loo at Matthews Road.

The Ted Wilson Trail was very quiet.  There was only one pedestrian in the whole distance to Church Street and beyond.  This is usually a very popular path with cyclists – but there were none to be seen anywhere!

I’d forgotten it’s National ‘Plant a Tree’ day.*  A bevy of wonderful volunteers were busy along the path near Drysdale Street.  Thanks to these people we’ll watch this section of native plants as they develop over the next weeks and years, bringing with them native birds.

For the final 5 kilometres down Church Street, it was a most welcome tail wind.  Though a short ride, it was most enjoyable and a good chance to chat on safe bike paths.  Thanks Brigid for sharing the ride.

Brigid – Ted Wilson Trail

Ride Map

As I rode home I spotted one other cyclist – Rolf from GTC returning home along Balmoral Crescent.

A little later, I also spotted our president, John, riding along Douro Street in North Geelong.  So it wasn’t only women who were cycling today!

*Listen to 94.7 The Pulse FM next Saturday at 11am to hear how Heather got on on the opening of one of the paths along Kororoit Creek – another event on National Tree Day.

 

Ted Wilson Memorial Ride – Sunday 2nd July, 2017

It was Geelong’s coldest morning for years – -2C at Rippleside Park.  The grass was white with frost.  Thirteen hardy riders turned up to celebrate the life of Ted Wilson, and to ride a 45 km circuit including the northern section of the Ted Wilson Trail.  Maree Burn once again set the scene with a memory sprig of rosemary for each rider.

The circuit took the cyclists north along the waterfront, to School Road, and north along the Melbourne Road service Road to the start of the Ted Wilson Trail on Broderick Road.  Cold was the operative word!  Riders warmed a little on the ascent to Ballarat Road.  However, the coffee stop at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road was most welcome.

The ride continued along the Cement Works Rail trail to McCurdy Road, and down the steep descent of Hyland Street.  There were still patches of white on the grass at Fyansford.   With the sun low in mid-winter, this area is in shadow until around mid-day.

The river path was much less busy than on the club’s Saturday rides, so a good pace was kept until Landy Field, where a rest stop was held (during which there was an excellent demonstration of puncture repair on Barbara’s flat tyre – thanks to those who stepped in to accomplish this).  From the Breakwater the return to Rippleside Park was via the Waterfront, which was busy as people enjoyed the cold winter sunshine.

Thanks to Maree for once again running this ride.