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Danish Cyclists visit to Geelong – Cycling Without Age

Multi-cultural Aged Care, North Geelong

Monday 9th October, 2017

Six young Danish cyclists are spending a short time in Geelong, as they tour eastern Australia riding passenger tricycles, and promoting Cycling Without Age.  This morning, they visited macs (Multi-cultural Aged Care) in Weddell Parade, North Geelong.

Residents, their family members and staff had the opportunity to take a ride.  Vicki, Rosemary and Helen, from Cycling Geelong all had the opportunity to try out the bikes – which have electric power assist (not used on today’s rides).

Once people got into the passenger seat, it was smiles all around, with reminiscences flowing about the last time they were able to be on a bike, and general excitement.

Despite the cold south-westerly wind, everyone had a great time.  Once up and running, with two new tricycles, the residents and cycling pilots will be able to explore Geelong, with the first route to the waterfront already mapped out.

Cycling Geelong is a partner with Cycling Without Age, Geelong Sustainability and macs (Multi-Cultural Aged Care)  in Geelong’s first Cycling Without Age chapter.

We’ve already started recruiting cycling pilots.  If you’re interested, contact Vicki or Helen.

Humans in Geelong Expo, Sunday, 8th October, 2017

Humans in Geelong Expo, Sunday, 8th October, 2017

Humans in Geelong began in August 2016 ago as a Face Book page telling good news stories about people and organisations making a difference to the Geelong Community.   This year, Humans in Geelong ran a most successful EXPO at Deakin University Waterfront Campus.

Cycling Geelong was one of over forty groups represented.  Rod Charles, Mike Currie and I ran the table with photos, giveaways and lots of interest from the many hundreds of visitors to the EXPO.   As well as cycling in general, Rod had his three volume history of cycling in the Geelong region on display.  He was surprised that one visitor is planning to buy a penny farthing – Rod’s comment was that they had gone out of date by the 1880s.  However there is now a lot of interest in historic bikes, and the Victorian Penny Farthing Championships will be held at Geelong West Velodrome in early December.

Helen & Rod at Humans in Geelong Expo – a lull in customers

Several other Cycling Geelong members including Vicki and Rosemary were also working on the EXPO – Vicki with Geelong Sustainability and Rosemary with the Humans in Geelong Committee.  Quite a few Cycling Geelong members visited the Expo – some after completing their stint working on Around the Bay in a Day.  We also had a visit from Maria from 94.7 The Pulse’s The Bicycle Show.

Another Cycling Geelong visitor was Tina, who came along with her mother.  They were delighted to meet up with six young Danish guys on a gap year between school and university, who were spending that time promoting Cycling Without Age.  These men rode in on two passenger tricycles, which they had ridden all the way from Newcastle to Geelong via Sydney, Dubbo, Canberra and Bendigo (which all have Cycling Without Age programs running).  People at the EXPO were invited to have a ride on the bikes – Tina and her mum are looking forward to the program starting in Geelong.

The Expo included a program of performers, speakers and other entertainment.  The winners of the first ever Humans in Geelong Writing Competition for schools were announced.  The primary school winner was Hamish West, , Year 3, Ashby Primary School, with runner up Indigo Niblett, Year 6, Clairvaux Primary School.  The secondary school section was won by Bridie Griffith who is in year 7 with year 8 student Archer Drummond second.  Both these students attend The Geelong College.

* For Cycling Without Age, the passengers do not require helmets.  The demonstrations were held in Deakin’s enclosed courtyard.  Normally, the riding tricycle pilots always wear helmets.

It is also legal in Victoria to ride these passenger tricycles on footpaths – speeds with passengers are usually around 3-6kph.  Geelong’s first Cycling Without Age program will be at Multi-cultural Aged Care in North Geelong and is expected to get underway early in 2018.

Maryborough Tour – Grandfinal weekend:  Friday 29th September-Sunday 1st October, 2017

Maryborough Tour – Grandfinal weekend: Friday 29th September-Sunday 1st October, 2017

Thanks to Allan Marshall, ride leader and organiser extraordinaire for this report!

We left Allan’s place at about 9am for Bannockburn to pick up the rest of the Riders.  We got away from there at 9.50 am with a full complement of Cycling Geelong riders.  I was told they had a ball on the bus to Maryborough.  We arrived at the Park at 11.50am took the bikes off the trailer then headed for lunch at the Old MKM chimney café for lunch. The management there were very cooperative and set tables for the 17 of us. On the walls were pictures of history of workers in the mill.  I wouldn’t be surprised if my wife was in one of them.  After lunch we headed off around town for a history ride with comments given by Allan and supported by Russ.  Then we rode to the old Grand Duke mine in Timor from there back to Dunolly and base camp (Lake Laanecoorie Caravan Park).  That night we had to be back at the Maryborough Golf Club for dinner and meet up with Steff & Geoff so there were now 19 of us.

Day 2 Allan,  Russ,  Kelly, Dave, Richard and Karein decided to take a bush trail to Dunolly and meet the rest of the riders going to Avoca and the Blue Pyrenees winery.  It was a head wind all the way.  Allan broke some spokes in his back wheel from riding in low gears.  There are only 16 flat spokes in the wheel so that put him on the bus near Homebush to join Kelly who was having back pains.  We picked up more just up the road, some of the riders plugged on we passed them with about 4 k to go to the Winery.   I could see the look of disappointment on Barb’s face, but it was going take longer to re adjust the bikes than it was for her to finish the ride for lunch.  Well done mate and the others who did about 60 ks.  After a great lunch, we put the bikes on the trailer and headed back to base camp to see the yellow & black give the Crows a hiding.  That night we had a great Barbecue dinner where Tina organised a great sing along to finish the day off over a nice red wines or two.

Day 3 We left the bikes on the trailer and headed for Carisbrooke stopped at the old log jail.  We unloaded the bikes then Allan gave a talk about his grandparents owning that piece of land along there and took them for a short tour around the town before heading for the old mining town of Majorca.  There we had a discussion about the way they would like to go to Clunes.  We decided to bypass the ride to Talbot and go via the Tullaroop dam wall to Clunes as it turned out this was a windy ride again but more than half of the riders rode all the way, though Allan was on a borrowed bike and was getting tired so decided to give it away with about 6ks to go.  (Well done, Allan.  It’s hard riding a bike that’s not set up for you.)

We had lunch at the Widow Twankey’s Cafe in Clunes where we had a reservation out the back.  It was a shame that we all couldn’t be there together over lunch as three of the men stayed with Nick to load the bikes on the trailer.  After all had eaten we took the historic drive of Clunes mining area then headed for home. There are plenty of pictures with Tina Gordon.   

This ride can only be successful with the support of Heather and Nick.  I take my hat off to them for their support. We have proved it now that the bus is a must.  A feature of this trip was Nick becoming an Honorary member of Cycling Geelong.  I was asked to make the rides a little bit shorter next year.  I think everyone had a great time and they now understand that I do all in my power to get good accommodation for the two night stay.  I hope that we shall ride again at Ararat or Stawell area with Ararat looking the best option providing that the railway workers haven’t taken all of the available accommodation around the town.  There were a couple of presentations of thanks to Allan, Heather and Nick.

See you next year on the 28/9/18

A couple of pictures from Allan below.  More to follow.

Altona Beach Ride, Sunday 17th September, 2017

Thanks to Robert, ride leader, for this report.

Thirteen of us, Club members, some family and friends, gathered at Footscray Station as the starting point of a ride to Altona Beach, via Williamstown on Sunday 17 September. We have a beautiful, sunny spring day.

We rode the path along the Maribyrnong River, Hyde Street, to under the Westgate, and along paths that followed the YarraRiver and the Bay to Williamstown. The sunny day saw many people out enjoying the weather and beautiful location. The path through Williamstown was quite congested with pedestrians, prams, other cyclist and a couple of young fellas who hadn’t yet learnt the etiquette of sharing paths!

There was much to see and enjoy as we cycled along passing Williamstown Beach and then on into the Altona Coastal Park and tracks to Altona Beach where we enjoyed a bite to eat and relax. There were plenty of people out and about making the cafes quite busy.

Neil and Laura and Sally left us at Altona Beach. The remainder of the Team cycled back through Williamstown to Footscray Road where we headed for Southern Cross station the catch the train back to Geelong.

The ride took longer than anticipated but we all enjoyed our day. With the warmer weather we spotted 3 blue tong lizards then a tiger snake sunning themselves at the edge of a path. Being an observant leader the call went out to following cyclists something like this; Lizard, lizard, lizard, snake!!!!

Well done to everyone on the ride. We had a great day.

The next City Ride is from Southern Cross Station to Abbotsford Convent/Dwight’s Falls on Sunday 22 October at 1.00.

Cycling visitors from Denmark: Cycling Without Age Crosses Australia

Try a trishaw on Sunday

Humans in Geelong Expo 10am -3pm, Deakin Geelong, Waterfront Campus

A group of six riders is riding across Australia on Cycling Without Age trishaws.  The ride is to raise awareness of Cycling Without Age which gives older people the chance to once again experience the joys of cycling.

The riders have now reached Victoria and are cycling towards Bendigo tomorrow.  They’ll be visiting Geelong on Sunday – mingling with the Around the Bay riders near Deakin Waterfront campus, and visiting our Cycling Geelong booth at the Humans in Geelong Expo at around midday.  Come along and give tri-shaw riding a go!

Here’s a report from their visit to Canberra.

Cycling without age – Sandringham

Portarlington – combined ride: Sunday10th September, 2017

Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong to Jack Rabbit near Drysdale on Sunday 10.9.17
As we assembled for our ride today at the ‘Park N’ Ride’ carpark near the Botanical Gardens we were drawn in by the beautiful scenery on this sunny Sunday morning. The Crimson Rosellas were in the tree besides us so I snapped a few shots. David Simpson from Cycling Geelong led the group of 13 riders from both clubs out along the Portarlington Rd to the House of Jack Rabbit Cafe just past Drysdale. The views were even better there and we enjoyed coffee out on the patio with Corio Bay stretching in the sunshine almost to the You Yangs. Our return tip was via Portarlington, St Leonards, Swan Bay Rd and the Bellarine Highway. From Cycling Geelong we had David Simpson, Linton, Brigid, Doug and Richard and from GTC Pam, Marie, Lyn G, Ben, Chris Hume, Chris Halpin, Mike T, and John H. We covered approximately 90km on our lap of the Bellarine Peninsula

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Keep Riding, John Hagan.