The High Country – touring with bikes

Stephanie and Geoff have been cycling from Mount Beauty in the Kiewa Valley.

Thanks to Geoff for these photos and report.

We have been riding one of our favourite rides, Mt.Beauty to Mount Creek and return on the tar and gravel on our mountain bikes.

We have also ridden Mt.Beauty to Tawonga and back with lots of uphill several times on the road! Cycling any where up is here is deemed safe and was safe.

Our weather has been good with only a few drops of rain. Geoff hates to get his rims dirty!!

Sorry to hear the Skipton Ride is cancelled but the right decision was made Dave.

Hope everybody is well.

LANEWAYS 1.5 Sunday 7th March 2021

Gary once again offered his leading skills to show us a new (and a few old) lanes in East, South and Geelong CBD.

We had a group of 9 riders for the start at Little Creatures, Swanston St. It was a nice ride, at an easy pace, of around 20km and we got back to the start pretty well in time for a relaxing refreshment when Little Creatures opened at 11am.

Thanks again to Gary for leading!

Here’s a link to a map of our ride:

–Dave

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Thanks to Paul Cooney for this ride report and photo.

There was much congestion in the area near the Moorabool Street Bridge due to the rowing. This was the most crowded I have seen this area and rowing officials had manned access points on the track, presumably to restrict traffic. One of the people manning these suggested to us that we shouldn’t be there. By proceeding slowly, I consider we were no problem to the rowers nor contributed much to the general congestion. As it is hard to predict how busy this area will be during rowing season I suggest we continue to ride as normal on the Saturday ride.

There were 17 cyclists.

Paul Cooney.

Editor’s note – We’ve had issues before with over-officious marshals during rowing season.  The path is public, and, as long as users proceed with caution and courtesy as usual, there is every right for members of the public, including cyclists, to use it.  The School Girls Rowing Head of the River will be without spectators this year.

National Road Championships – Ballarat, 3-7 February, 2021

Stephanie and Geoff once again volunteered at the event.

Thanks to Geoff for this report and photos.

Stephanie and I enjoyed our time working 4 days at the Nationals ( Road NATS ) in Ballarat.  We were asked to attend  two meetings re our marshalling duties etc at the Mt. Buninyong RSL Hall at 6.15am with Cycling Australia  (GTR Events). We were asked to be “In-The Field of Play ” by 7am.  It was a pleasure to have responsibility ensuring  the success of the bike races.

Our roles and crucial responsibilities were explained fully, as Stephanie and I  were working at a critical road closure, on the Midland Hwy with Inglis St, where motor bike escorts, Commissaire Cars, emergency vehicles, police motorbikes and cars, Race Director, and cyclists entered and exited constantly, necessitating removing the four witches hats for every vehicle needing road access by  waving them through when the road was clear of cyclists, official cars, motor bikes.etc.  We than had to replace them very quickly so the road was closed to the locals & general public!!  We certainly slept well at night.

The days were long but greatly rewarding to know that we had  “put our shoulder to the wheel ” and contributed in a small, significant way to the great success of the bike races once again.

After 37 Wonderful Years of Volunteering, for Stephanie and I, working for the NSWCF, Cycling Australia (now AusCycle ) Cycling Vic, Womens Tour Down Under (in recent years ) in Adelaide was a milestone in our lives.

It was lovely to be recognised and acknowledged by the womens elite cyclists, Netti Edmondson, Alexander Manly (S.A) Ash Akudinoff (N.S.W) and Georgia Baker (TAS) when they stopped and said ” G’Day  Geoff “. I was lucky to have  a brief chat, with so many Olympic and World Champions both on the Road & Track as they walked down the Buninyong Hill to the Start/Finish line.

We look forward to Volunteering again at most major cycling events in 2022

Cheers, Geoff.

North Bellarine GRAVEL Loop – Sunday 7th Feb 2021

5 riders today at the start at Drysdale Station. After pre-ride coffee for some of the team we headed around the Drysdale Bypass bike path then via Portarlington Rd to Scotchman’s Hill gravel. Only a small amount of complaining from at least one of the riders about the condition of the road (!) We made it through to St Leonards after a very pleasant ride around the ‘noisy’ gravel path on the Esplanade for a coffee stop at The Fig Tree where we were able to sit outside.

It was then back on the gravel around to Bluff corner, through the back streets of St Leonards and back to Drysdale Station via Manifold Rd and Andersons Rd. 46km in total.

Luckily the weather stayed pretty good, just a small amount of occasional drizzle and not too windy.

–Dave

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday 4th February, 2021

Kevin Clingan led the ride, with 19 participants. He reports

Eighteen riders left the start on a fine cloudy morning, with little wind, ideal for riding. We met Gavan at Coppards road. The group spread out as some riders rode ahead of the group, with Hermann as tail end Charlie. The ride back was uneventful with Hermann leaving early, but waiting for the us along the track. It was a very good day for bike riding.