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.

Northern Bike Paths: Sunday June 24th, 2017

We’re past the shortest day and winter has set in with strong cold winds and grey skies.  Only two riders appeared at Rippleside for the start of a short circuit on a few of our norther paths.  Karen had been foiled by an incident which closed North Shore level crossing.

Richard and Helen (ride leader) set off north around the waterfront to the School Road path near GGS.  This leads to the Ted Wilson Trail.  Along the trail ride numbers increased by 50% when Lynton (somewhat sleep deprived) joined the ride.  The route followed Ted Wilson Trail to Church Street.  It was then a quick wind-assisted descent to coffee at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road.  The cafe was warm, coffee good, and conversation flowed.  It was difficult to get back into the cold and onto bikes for the ride home.  At this point riders went their separate ways, with only Helen completing the circuit along the Cementworks Railway path to Douro Street (via a stop-off to visit Coralie in rehab. at Grace McKellar) and then back to Rippleside Park via the Margaret Street overpass.  By this time the skies were stormy and the wind gale-force.

However, this was a most enjoyable ride – short enough and easy enough that it can easily be accomplished by most riders.

Next week’s ride is the annual Ted Wilson Memorial Ride, led by Maree Burn.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Riders on last year’s Ted Wilson Memorial Ride

Joint Ride to Lara via Lovely Banks: Sunday May 14th, 2016

Thanks to John Hagan for this ride report, and also for the excellent photos and map.

When we looked to the west before starting the dark thunder clouds were threatening. However, the wind dropped to almost zero and the sun came out for a near perfect morning’s ride. The riders were: Rolf, Mike T, Mike C, David I, and John from GTC and Helen, Coralie, Rick, and Kelly from Cycling Geelong with Mike C being a member of both clubs. Helen Lyth took us out along Bluestone Bridge Rd, through Lovely Banks and out to the You Yangs on Forest Rd and we returned to Lara on Flinders Avenue. We struggled to find space in any of the cafes in Lara as it was Mothers’ Day but squeezed into Cafe Blu with some outside and others inside. The return trip was via Hovell’s Trail with a stop at Limeburners Lagoon to admire the reflections off the water in many directions. The loop from Rippleside was about 57km. A very enjoyable ride.
John Hagan.

Thanks to everyone for a most enjoyable ride, and to John H for being a most supportive tail ender.

Little Geelong Tour GADding around Geelong: Sunday May 7th, 2017

Several members were busy riding the Ballarat BAD ride, so an easier home ride was chosen for Cycling Geelong members.

Helen led David J and Barbara a circuit ride to the north south and west of Geelong.

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After following the coast north to the Grammar School, the ride headed west for the Ted Wilson Trail.  It is noted that this trail is still closed at the southern end (more than 8 weeks after the re-opening date shown on the road work sign).

Still closed on Friday May 12th.

After a fast descent of Hyland Street, the riders followed the Barwon Trail to Highton, for an enjoyable coffee break, with Nancy at Two Sugars.

The ride resumed along Bellevue Avenue and Waurn Ponds, following the final section of the Ted Wilson Trail from Waurn Ponds to Hams Road.  The return was via Heyers Road, Bailey Street, Barwon River Trail, Swanston Street and the waterfront.

Thanks to all riders for an enjoyable morning’s ride.

If you cycled the BAD ride, we’d love to have your personal story and photos to publish on our website. 

A northern circuit to Geelong Art Gallery

Cycling conditions were perfect for this ride.  Seven riders assembled at Rippleside Park – Helen (leader), Karen, Margie, Stella, Kelly, Lynton and David J.  For once, women outnumbered men.  Karen and Kelly (our Corio contingent) – had already ridden a fast 20km.

After ambling along the waterfront, through the dock area and past the refinery, the group turned west along School Road and Pioneer Road to Ted Wilson Trail, following it all the way south to Church Street.  The long hill between Anakie Road and Ballarat Road was the only cycling challenge for the day.  The route then turned east along Autumn Street and Villamanta Street, crossing the railway bridge on Little Malop Street before a stop at Geelong Art Gallery.  This was the first time for some, and for others the first time for some years.  Nancy joined us at the gallery, and also for our coffee stop.  The new exhibition celebrates Australian women artists who work in abstract art.   Lynton was very keen to find all the common objects in one work but no one could spot a bicycle – too concrete to be in an abstract exhibition maybe!  You can have a sneak preview of most of the works here.  However, it’s much better to see this exhibition in the flesh.  The Gallery is always worth a visit – at present you can vote to choose a favourite work from some of the most popular works in the permanent collection.  There is also an exhibition of a selection from the permanent collection called Atmospherics (which, incidentally, includes a whimsical and colourful plastic sculpture by another Aussie woman, Louise Paramor, whose work you may have seen if you’ve ever driven Peninsula Link).

Louise Paramor, Panorama Station, 2012 Image source: http://www.louiseparamor.com/panorama_station.html

With plenty of bike racks right outside the new library (next door), you’ll never have to pay for parking again.  (We’re awaiting for the new coffee shop at the library which we hope is opening soon – so we can have and art and a caffeine hit at the same time.)

Our group then sauntered downhill to the waterfront, and had a most enjoyable refreshment stop at The Geelong Boathouse.  Conditions were perfect on Corio Bay for a longish stop and there was lots of entertainment available.

Margie enjoys watching a surf skiing dog.

Margie enjoys watching a surf skiing dog.

It was only a couple of kms back to Rippleside Park along the lower path beside the bay.  This was a most enjoyable ride.  Thanks to all who participated.  Ride distance 33km.  See you on the bike next time we mix culture, coffee and cycling.


Barwon River Trail – future extension

Thanks to John H for this map of the proposed new paths to the west of the existing Barwon River Trail.  These paths will eventually link up with the Ted Wilson Trail along the Ring Road.  E:A - TBLD MAIN DATA BASEGeelong (City of Greater)Mt.Brandon

In the meantime, we’re starting a grass roots push to get the remaining section of the existing trail at Fyansford completed.

Barwon Path Ring Road unfinished section with labels


Ted Wilson Trail memorial ride: Sunday 3rd July, 2016

Once a year, Maree runs a ride in memory of Ted Wilson, an extraordinary man and one of instigators of the Geelong Bike Plan in the 1970s.  Before Ted died some years ago, his huge contribution was honoured by in the naming of the Ring Road shared path.  This was exactly the sort of safe, separated infrastructure that Ted had advocated over many years.

Seventeen riders, including leader Maree, honoured Ted on this morning’s ride.  It was good to see a few regular Saturday riders among them – some completing a Sunday ride for the first time.  Riders were Maree and Bill, Kevin, Dianne and Paul, Rosemary, Stella, Tricia and Shane, Kelly, Allan, Ric, Rod, Neville, Roger, Helen and Karen (who joined the ride at Broderick Road).  Before the ride, Maree continued the tradition of giving riders a sprig of rosemary for remembrance of Ted.

Conditions were cool, traffic light, and the north westerly led to a comfortable ride along the trail from Broderick Road to Church Street, before a detour to Soft Cafe  in Minerva Road for refreshments.  The riders then cycled the old Cement Works Railway path to the Cement Works before a swift descent to the river, completing a circuit back to Rippleside along Swanston Street and the waterfront.

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At the Church Street end of the trail, Rod reminded the group of Ted Wilson’s accomplishments.

Lara via Sutherlands Creek and You Yangs

Allan Marshall led this ride- conditions were perfect, cold start, windless and six enthusiastic cyclists – Allan, Rick, Kelly, Neville, Russell and Helen.

It’s good to ride with someone who knows all the back ways to go places.  If you’re riding to the north, Allan is unsurpassed for this.  The riders headed west from Leisurelink in Anakie Road, under a tunnel (seemed more like a drain) under the Ballarat railway line, then ascended through a maze of paths and streets to finally come out at Rollins Road.  Creamery Road was quiet, as was Anakie Road this early on Sunday morning.  On the first sweeping downhill on Stieglitz Road Allan showed off the fearless ascent skills of his racing youth.

One positive feature of this ride for Helen was that, while the ‘Tuesday Boys’ are fast riders of the highway to Werribee, they rarely complete hilly rides.  Allan’s course was a challenge.   Despite his sore knees, Kelly once more shone on the ascents.  Some very slow speeds were achieved by the others on the short steep ascent of Robbs Road, but the group made up for this with the long ascent on Staceys Road.  That was the end of the hills.

After the gentle climb on Forest Road to the You Yangs, coffee was calling so the group high-tailed it back down Flinders Avenue to Rob’s Bakery.  (There was a little issue with quality control here – hot seemed to mean lukewarm, bottomless mugs seemed less than full!)

The return was via Elcho Road, Bacchus Marsh Road, Ted Wilson Trail, Pioneer Road, Matthews Road and Anakie Road.

Thanks to Allan for leading the ride, and to all the riders for a congenial morning’s cycling.

Allan arrived home in time for his roast dinner!

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Geelong Tour – Joint ride with Geelong Touring Cyclists: Sunday 13th March, 2016

What did I do wrong?  Eight cyclists started the tour.  Only two completed it!

Eight cyclists arrived at Rippleside to ride this circuit to the north, west, south and east of Geelong – Ross, Peter and John H (GTC) and Neville, John M, David J with son-in-law Neill and Helen (ride leader) from Cycling Geelong.

Note the late rider on right (John's skill with Photoshop comes to the fore)

Note the late rider on right (John’s skill with Photoshop comes to the fore)

After hugging the coast to GGS, the ride turned west to the Ted Wilson Trail.

Conditions were perfect – overcast and cool with minimal wind.  The quick descent of Hyland Street brought the group to Fyansford, with a lllooonnnggg coffee stop at The Door Gallery Cafe.  (The proprietor is not a morning person – and so this stop stretched to almost an hour.)

After a quick and quiet ride to Highton via the river (Neill left the group at Queens Park to take over child-minding from Nancy)  it was up Barrabool Road to Wandana Heights Drive to resume the interrupted Ted Wilson Trail.  A detour into the campus showed that Deakin is a very quiet place on Sundays (perhaps the library was buzzing).  From there the last ascent of the day stretched up the old highway at Waurn Ponds and onto the new highway towards Colac for a couple of hundred metres.  Peter took off on the steeper ascent of Cochranes Road to Ceres, David tried the new highway back to Highton and Neville retraced the old highway at this point.  This left two Johns with Helen for the return to Waurn Ponds via Reservoir Road, and the Ring Road path and Hams Road.  (We noted that Mount Duneed Winery in Pettavel Road has a cafe for next time.)  The ride continued east, crossing the Surfcoast Highway and meandering down to the old breakwater.  At this point John H took off around the river, leaving John M and Helen to continue back to Rippleside via the very busy Waterfront (past the throbbing of the Motor City Music Festival at the Showgrounds and the Wooden Boats Regatta near Steampacket Gardens).

Mainly due to the long coffee stop, it was 1:20pm when the tour was completed – 69km.  Thanks to all riders for a most enjoyable ride.  Thanks to John Hagan for the map and photos.  (Click the map to see detail in Map My Ride)


Suburbs – Rippleside, St Helens, North Geelong, North Shore, Corio, Lovely Banks, Norlane West, Bell Post Hill, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Fyansford, Highton, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds, Grovedale, Belmont, Breakwater, Thompson, South Geelong, East Geelong, Geelong, Drumcondra.

Women’s Day Rides – The “Little” Geelong Tour

Twenty-two cyclists arrived at Balyang Sanctuary to ride on Cycling Geelong’s two celebratory rides for International Women’s Day. * 

As well as 12 riders for the shorter, river ride, and nine for the longer circuit, Shane came along with Tricia but, parted ways with the longer circuit to cycle the steeper section of Scenic Road.

The nine Geelong Tour riders were Di and Paul, Gail, Lucy, Maryke (Micky), Moira, Angelika, Donna and Helen (ride leader).  Donna comes from Bendigo and joined the Women’s Ride after seeing off riders on the final leg (Geelong-Melbourne) of Tour de Transport 2016She had completed a couple of hours riding, escorting the tour on the start of this final leg along the Ted Wilson Trail before doubling back to join the Little Geelong Tour. 

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Ted Wilson Trail, Wandana Heights – before the descent to Deakin.  (Camera blur – not fog – the mist was light)

The Geelong ride started off through Highton and Wandana Heights, enjoying/enduring the ascent of Ted Wilson Trail from the Ring Road underpass to Pigdons Road.  After a side trip around Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus, the tour turned west on the old Princes Highway.  The furthest point west was Pettavel Road, before the group doubled back to Geelong via Reservoir Road.  Donna and Moira left the group here, seeking a faster pace, and breakfast back in Geelong before Donna’s return to Bendigo.

The remaining seven riders meandered through paths and roads, through Waurn Ponds, Grovedale and Belmont before crossing the breakwater and heading to the waterfront.  By this time the sun had made its presence felt.  Coffee at the Boathouse (we resisted the best fish & chips around) was a delightful rest stop – with the light wind giving just enough coolness to make the top deck cool enough).


Due to the increasing temperature and extended time – it was now after mid-day – the tour to the north was truncated.  Taking the Cement Works Rail Trail from Church Street to the Cement Works meant the group was soon whizzing down Hyland Street and onto the river path for the final few kilometers back to Balyang.

Thanks to all riders.  Thanks especially to Angelika who was delegated to be ‘tail end Charlie’.  With lots of traffic light crossings, the final riders usually miss the lights, so there was lots of catching up – Angelika and Micky coped admirably.  We hope that next year’s tour will be even more enjoyable.

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*International Women’s Day is next Tuesday – March 8th.   There’s a good article about the origins of IWD here.