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Barwon River Circuit:  Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Barwon River Circuit: Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Rod, ably supported by David F and Peter B (tail-ender) led 28 cyclists on the Barwon Circuit on a warm morning.  It was Girls Head of the River, with the consequent excited girls and family members buzzing around, along and across the track.  The rowing fraternity had marked off a cycling route behind the spectators at the finish line – up and over a steep grassy hill.  It was remarked that this is not the preferred way to detour – as a flat route is available!  However, once the cheering crowds and boat sheds were negotiated, the peace of the river returned, with the whirr of wheels and chat of cyclists and other path users mixing with birdsong and wind in the branched.  Several riders joined the group at the Breakwater.

Forewarned to Cycling Geelong’s large influx, Barwon Edge had reserved two tables for thirsty cyclists.  As usual, the service was fast (and iced coffee outstanding).  Another patron came up to congratulate our Cycling Geelong river riders for their excellent riding behaviour.  She remarked on our friendly bell ringing and maintaining single file when passing.  Thanks everyone – people do notice your good manners.

Photos from Barwon Edge

However, a question remains.  Rod, was your granddaughter’s quest for Head of the River glory successful?

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail: Thursday, March 15th, 2018

David Salamy led the regular ride to Drysdale this week.  Thanks David for leading the ride and for this report.

Twelve (male) riders left South Geelong at 9:05 and Gavan was waiting at Café Zoo for the return ride.  It was a very relaxed ride at a moderate pace in very pleasant conditions.  There were no incidents and nothing of note to report apart from the road graders ripping up one of the dirt roads at the Drysdale end.  All riders disembarked and most carried their bike over the dirt mound.

David, as well as being a regular rider on Thursday rides to Drysdale, is now a fully accredited Cycling Without Age pilot.  Along with Dirk, also from Cycling Geelong, he forms the team to take residents from MACS our for a spin every Friday afternoon.  You can hear more about this program at Cycling Geelong’s dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at the Belmont Hotel.

Swan Bay – Sunday 11th March, 2016

Swan Bay – Sunday 11th March, 2016

Joint Ride with Geelong Touring Cyclists

Dave Simpson led twelve cyclists from Eastern Park to Basil’s Farm via Drysdale and Swan Bay Road.  Basil’s Farm, was once a hobby farm owned by Basil Halsall, a cyclist who won the Sun Tour in 1952.  The farm today is an organic masterpiece, with cafe and huge outdoor seating area overlooking Swan Bay.  Most of the food served is either from the farm, or local area.  After a long stop for refreshments (due to Sunday business – a large number of brunch customers eating for the whole week if appeared), and with well-caffeinated legs to bolster the return, the group set off to complete the circuit via Bellarine Highway, with a split organised to allow faster riders to go ahead.  The riders today were (from L to R in the photo below): John M, Chris Hu, Helen, Rolf, Doug, Peter J, Peter O’B, Dave, Dirk, Barbara and John H. John C joined a few km into the ride.

Thanks to Dave, ride leader, and John Hagan for the photos and map.

Barwon Heads:  Sunday, February 15th, 2018

Barwon Heads: Sunday, February 15th, 2018

Thanks to Barbara for this report.  Thanks to Dirk and Barbara for their expert ride leading.   There were 10 cyclists – Dirk and Barbara, Colleen, Russell, Neville, Kevin, Lynton, David J, Helen, and John M (who joined the ride along 13th Beach).

Sunday 25th February dawned overcast with some threatening clouds but at lease the humidity was at a more comfortable level. The predicted southerly was not blowing too hard but it would make the trip out to Barwon heads a bit more challenging on the legs.  The promise of a good tail wind on the return journey brought out 10 riders for this great ride.

Dirk led the band of yellow Lycra clad riders out on the Barwon heads road, turning to Horseshoe bend road. We road in single file trying to get any draft advantage from each other as we battled the stiff southerly. Russell was amazed at the number of houses that has mushroomed since he last rode past Charlemont Rise.  We then turned left at  Warralilly  Boulevard reconnecting with the Barwon Heads road. Some road work on the right hand side made a short distance challenging as there was lots of blue metal stones in the bike lane.  The bike path from Blackgate road to 13th Beach road was admired and enjoyed by all the riders. Pity it’s not all the way and connected to the Geelong bike lane infrastructure.

As we came to the 13th Beach road, it looked as if we’d have to change our route because the road was closed to traffic due to the triathlon. To the relief of all the riders the smiling marshals waved us through as all the triathlon  riders had passed and the road wasn’t due to be opened for another 30 mins. We enjoyed the road minus all car traffic.

John Miro joined us at the 13th Beach comfort stop. He was late and was riding fast to catch up with the group. Considering he’d given the group almost 30 mins head start he did well to catch up at that point.

As we rode past the hotel the crowd was beginning to disperse so traffic, both car and pedestrian was heavy. We carefully negotiated past all obstacles and made it to Annies for a well-deserved coffee and treats.

Traffic in Barwon Heads was easier on the return journey and 13th beach road was quiet as many people were aware of the road closure and had chosen alternative routes. As we rode along the clouds parted and the sun shone making the return journey past the beach a wonderful vista.

Because of the road works on Barwon Heads road the group chose Black gate road to Horseshoe Bend road for the return journey.   Average speed to Barwon heads was a credible 17.5 km per hour considering the headwind. The return journey was at an average of 20.5 km’s per hour with a helpful tail wind.  Everyone returned safely and happy with their achievements and a great social catch up.  Thanks to all riders for a great Sunday morning ride.


Ballarat Cycle Classic

Thanks to Geoff Andrews for this report.

Stephanie and I returned once again to ride our 4th Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute Cycle Classic on Sunday in Ballarat.

The weather was perfect for cycling and to raise money for a worthwhile cause. We rode the 50 km road ride through Warrenheip Rd, Navigators Rd, Yankee Flat Rd, Yendon Rd Dunnston and back to Ballarat on excellent roads with pro-active road marshals on every corner.  Riders were looked after very well with water, fruit cake, jubes and bananas freely available at the feed and fuel stations.

Dave Simpson said hello to us as he passed us on our 29 inch wheel mountain bikes.  Dave was a little late arriving — he was on his way to complete the 100km Ride.  We were pleased to catch up briefly with Doug at the finish after completing his 100km Ride in Windmill Drive

The whole day was a wonderful success for the hundreds of people involved with the ride.

The huge village set up was catered for alll age groups including something for the hundreds of kids who rode their favoured distance.

It would be nice to see more club members enter the ride next year as it is not a demanding course and well within the abilities of many members.




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.