River Ride: Saturday January 2nd, 2016

In July 2004, Maree Burn, who was running a pilot program for Vic Health called Cycle For Health*, asked Cycling Geelong if the club could run some short safe rides to support the participants.  The club’s weekly river rides were the result of this.  After more than eleven years, the weekly rides are still operating.  Today’s ride, with 22 participants, shows that there are still lots of people who enjoy a pleasant Saturday morning’s ride with good company.

Balyang Sanctuary - ride start

Balyang Sanctuary – ride start

After last week’s ‘backwards’ ride on a rainy morning, the turn up was splendid.  Tina Gordon, the new membership secretary, dropped by at the Breakwater.

Cycling near Barwon Bridge.

At Fyansford…

The Barwon Edge was busy.  By this time, there were 25 from Cycling Geelong.  Heather, Stephanie and Geoff joined the group for coffee.  Geoff was nearly over his spill on The Great Vic – he’s back on the bike in early Feb after he sees the specialist.  Heather’s hardly ever available to come to the river ride, due to her commitment as presenter of The Bicycle Show (which resumes on January 16th)**.

Thanks Michael for running the river ride this morning.

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Keep those pedals turning.


* In 2004, Vic Health started a pilot for a new women’s health initiative titled Cycle for Health.  Geelong was the guinea pig, with Maree Burn running the program for Wilcare Services.  Maree and Ted Wilson had founded Wilcare as a provider of training for Bike Ed instructors, and to run programs in cycling and cycling safety.   Maree had the support of some members of the club to look after the first pilot group of novice riders (the program’s target was to improve the health of women over 35).  Cycling Geelong offered those completing the course complimentary membership of the club.

Maree still runs courses for adults wanting to ride.  The course is now known as Cycology and usually runs a couple of times a year in Geelong.  One of the features of the course is for people to ride socially and to find social cycling groups.   The weekly river ride gives both confident and novice riders the chance to cycle with friends.

Bronwyn Pike - Victorian Minister for Health, 2004

Bronwyn Pike – Victorian Minister for Health, at the launch of Cycle for Health on the Geelong waterfront on 9th July 2004.

**The Bicycle Show, focusing on all things cycling, runs each Saturday at 11am on 94.7 The Pulse fm radio.  Heather Howard, Maria Neyenhuis and Angelika Butler are the regular presenters, with guests from the cycling community.  The show is now available as a podcast (especially good for Cycling Geelong members who will probably be out on the river ride at 11am on Saturday).