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Thanks to Ross Glover of the GTC for this report:
Five riders for today’s combined dirt ride to Anglesea. Our ride leader Dave, Margy, Jeff, Chris Hu and Ross set out under blue skies, through Torquay and along the Bells Beach path. It was slow going with lots of trail runners, walkers and dogs, plus plenty of stops to admire the views. Margy and Jeff decided Bells Beach was far enough and headed back, leaving three of us to continue on to the best part of the ride. Absolutely beautiful riding through the trees and along the cliff tops with just the occasional wet and muddy section to look out for. Chris was getting extra value for his money with his road tread tyres making for some interesting sideways action through the soft stuff. There was some discussion about the ethics of riding through the scout camp but the steps are in very poor condition so some trespassing was the better choice. A fast run down to Anglesea had us soon enjoying refreshments in the main street.
We experienced the first few drops of precipitation as we left Anglesea by the highway, crossing back to gravel path at the top of the hill. The ride through the forest was just as good on the way back and we were soon back on the bitumen section up to Bells Beach car park. Halfway up the hill the rain started, quickly followed a loud wooshing noise from Chris’s new tubeless front tyre. A quick inspection showed a largish hole in the tyre and a lot of sealant over Chris and his bike. We tried pumping it back up but it only lasted a few metres before going completely flat. Time for plan B. Chris found some shelter under a tree and proceeded to remove the tyre, wash out the sealant and fit a tube, all while the rain came down. Deciding it would be best to take the shortest way home, we rode the bitumen through Jan Juc and back to the Beachfront Cafe. Just made it back before the heavy rain started. Thanks to Dave for a great ride, to Chris for providing some entertainment along the way and to all participants for their good company.
George led around 16 cyclists on this mornings regular ride to Drysdale. It was a beautiful morning for riding, and the pace was good.
Margy and Jeff arrived at Cafe Zoo to meet the group. They had ridden the trail from Point Lonsdale as part of their training for Around The Bay in a Day and for Margy’s Great Cycle Challenge (to ride at least 500km in the month of October). You can sponser Margy here.
The ride back to Geelong was fast – except for George who had a puncture (the second in two weeks). Thanks to Lynton who stayed to help him repair it.
Protected bike lanes make cities safer for everyone, and promote healthy and sustainable commuting.
“The bike lanes were 99% of our headlines, but only 1% of our budget.”
“If you want to build a better city, you can start by building better bike lanes.”
Two cyclists set off on this morning’s ride – Helen (leader) and Kevin. Perhaps the predicted rain and strong wind and Father’s Day clash daunted other riders. Wherever you were, you missed a most enjoyable ride.
The ride route was to Soft Cafe in Minerva Road, via a loop from Rippleside – following the waterfront to Geelong Grammar, then across School and Plantation Roads to follow the Ted Wilson Trail to Church Street and coffee.
The coffee shop was very busy (perhaps a few Father’s Day breakfasts were responsible for this). Kevin’s hot chocolate finally arrived. It’s great to see our coffee shops doing such good business on weekends.
With a Father’s Day lunch date, Kevin then rode home (to a three generations lunch at his daughter’s – Kevin is the proud great grandpa to a three week old baby boy).
The return to Rippleside was via the Cement Works Trail to Douro Street, then Margaret Street overpass.
There was no rain (though by 1.30 a thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail to Rippleside).
This could work for Geelong – especially the CBD. Imagine the enjoyment of coffee or a meal in an outdoor cafe in Geelong CBD, with no parked cars or exhaust fumes.
On yesterday’s Bicycle Show on 97.4 The Pulse, our mayor, Cr Bruce Harwood, postulated a car-free CBD for Geelong.
The trailer is transformed. Allan and Kelly have spent many hours reconfiguring and strengthening the Cycling Geelong bike trailer. This will not only make it safer and fix problems exposed in the original design, but will make the trailer much easier to load and unload.
Thanks to Allan and Kelly and their engineer welder mate for this wonderful transformation. The trailer is now ready for this year’s Goldfields weekend which it based around Heathcote.
The ride began with 10 cyclists, led by Helen – but we picked up three more on the way – Hermann, Sally and Richard. The other riders were, Carolyn, Geoff (trusty tail-ender), Kevin, Charlotte, Denis, Lynton, David J, David S and Russell.
Conditions were perfect weather-wise, but less so on the path. While this is sealed except for the notorious short section at Fyansford, the ride was ‘all terain’ with a bit of amphibian added. Flood waters had receded, leaving only a few places where there was water over the path, but after the water came the mud! At Queens Park Bridge we noticed cyclists using the grass to avoid a muddy patch on the path. This should have been a warning but your intrepid riders continued undaunted. Some rode the path, others took to the grass. The ride leader soon became tail-ender as mud and grass caked bike wheels, brakes and settled in huge clumps where the wheels pass the bike frame. David F had a spill on the slippery grass – the fall somewhat broken by the muddy grass. It seems only pride was wounded.
Finally, very spread out, all riders reached Barwon Edge for coffee, where they were joined by Nancy and Heather. After some more hasty mud clearing from wheels, all riders successfully made it back to Balyang.
Saturday afternoon sorted – bike clean!