Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday, January 6th, 2021

Dave led the ride, with 13 cyclists starting from the showgrounds, and others joining along the route to a total of 18. Conditions were perfect and, as usual, the welcome and service at Cafe Zoo was great.

Keith led on the return as Dave and Joe left at Drysdale to visit The Pedal Shed in Clifton Springs. Helen, Stella and Karen left the ride at Moolap Station Road, to return home via Eastern Park and the waterfront.

Thanks to Dave and Keith, ride leaders, and to Dave for the photo from the Showgrounds.




GEELONG LOOP – Sunday 10Jan 2021

We had 8 riders today for the rescheduled Geelong Loop ride (postponed from last week’s bad weather Sunday). We left from Rippleside to check out progress on the Boral cement processing factory which has slowly been taking shape on the Esplanade at North Shore. It’s an amazing building to see up close.

We then headed back and crossed over the railway line to Douro St and followed the Tom McKean shared trail and Church St up to Fyansford and then around the Barwon River trail to Highton shopping centre. Then over to Waurn Ponds via the Colac Rd shared trail for a coffee stop at Panache.

We then made our way back to Rippleside via South Barwon Reserve, Breakwater Rd, Carr St, Swanston St and Eastern/Western Beach trails. Total distance 42km.

A great morning’s riding!


Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – 22nd October, 2020

David S led a total of 19 cyclists.

Thanks to David for this report and ride photos.

Sixteen riders (including (Dr) Mike from GTC) left South Geelong in two groups. Along the way we picked-up Gavan, Ron L. (GTC) and Doug creating the largest number of Thursday riders since before COVID-19.

As usual, Cafe Zoo were right on to it with tables ready for us in the front garden and courtyard. In future, I recommend the ride leader should appoint someone to lead each group, to help things run more smoothly. No incidents occurred and the High Street magpie has ceased surveillance operations! Yay!!

Lara via Hovells Creek path – November 22nd, 2020

Barb led the group of six rider with Dirk, Richard, Kevin, Hermann and Helen starting from Rippleside Park.  Doug caught up with the group further near Lascelles Wharf.

There is still water on the path under the highway near Rennie Street.

Coffee was at  Cafe Xpresso in Lara.

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Christmas Eve 2020

Thanks to David S for this report and ride photo.

Only five riders started from South Geelong with Gavan joining us en route. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable ride. To avoid the busy roundabout at the top of High St, and having to turn right off Murradoc Road, we stayed on the BRT past the railway station and until it meets the new bypass road. The two electric bike riders made very easy work of the long climb up to the cycle path and we then coasted down to the Murradoc Road roundabout where we turned left and headed for the cafe where we received good service and nice coffee.