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27-30 September 2019 (Grand Final Weekend)
After much research, the venue for this year’s Cycling Geelong Goldfields Tour will be Heathcote.* Accommodation will be at Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park. Allan has already booked the available cabins.
The O’Keefe Trail will be on the itinerary, and a winery visit or two. Allan, Karen and Kelly have already visited, ridden some of the area, and checked out wineries and eating out venues.
Please contact Allan (03 5275 2612 MB 0418992672) if you’d like to be part of this tour.
*The main reason for the change is the lack of accommodation in Rushworth, and the unlikelihood of getting sufficient numbers for the original holiday park.
Our avid tour leader, Allan, along with hench-cyclists Karen and Kelly have been busy since new year researching the Goldfields Tour – 2019. Once again the tour is on Grandfinal Weekend – September 27-29th.
This year’s base will be near Rushworth – at a holiday camp on the shores of Lake Waranga. https://www.lakewaranga.com/?page_id=23
A minimum number of 30 is required to secure this accommodation, which contains shared rooms with single beds and bunks, large, well appointed bathrooms, huge kitchen and communal areas and easy access to the lake and local attractions.
The group will travel via Heathcote, and, naturally, the area abounds with wineries!
The rides will be on quiet roads, with some gravel sections, and the Murchison-Rushworth Rail Trail. Therefore Allan recommends that participants bring bikes with wider tyres – at least 35mm.
Please let Allan (0418 992 672) know as soon as possible whether you are interested in attending this year’s Goldfields Tour. This will allow Allan to decide whether it is plausible to book the holiday camp.
Because a firm booking must be made, and a minimum number of 30 is required to secure the holiday camp, there will be a non-refundable deposit required, payable around Easter.
It is expected that, as on previous tours, a bus and bike transport will be provided.
Map of the area of the 2019 Goldfields Tour
Thanks to Tina for the ride report and to Richard for the photos.
As we gathered for the start at Balyang Sanctuary it rained heavily so we waited a while. We set off soon after 6, no rain thereafter. Barwon river trail and Waurn Ponds creek trail with just a very short ride on the road. We all enjoyed a meal at Waurn Ponds hotel. We left the hotel around 9.30. It was dark. The moon was visible high in the sky as we set off on our return journey. We returned a different route. Towards Deakin University climbing Pigdons Rd was a superb view of the moon where we stopped for for a while. It was all down hill from there. The unexpected highlight was the Christmas lights along the way. The return route was entirely road.
We had a group of 13 riders this week.
First up we had a surprise Christmas present of a mini dustpan and brush for Geoff from David & Linda. This was put to good use a few minutes later when we stopped several times to clear some broken glass from the trail.
Track cleared we headed for Drysdale. Linda had a puncture as we got to Leopold so the group split into two.
At our coffee stop at Cafe Zoo we were wished a Merry Christmas by Mark, Julie and the team and thanked for our patronage over the past year.
Thanks everyone for making the regular Thursday club ride such a success!
I arrived at Sth Barwon Reserve expecting that no riders would turn up as the weather forecast didn’t look too promising. But I was surprised to see Hermann waiting in his car. We were discussing whether to abandon the planned ride and go home when David Fisher arrived on his bike so we decided to ride after all.
I was impressed that Hermann kept up a good pace on his trusty ebike, as I had only ever seen him riding on the Barwon Trail or the Bellarine Rail Trail, and we managed around a 20km/hr average on the ride down Barwon Heads Rd, Lake Rd and 13th Beach Rd to our coffee stop at Garage in Ocean Grove.
After a nice coffee break we headed home via Wallington Rd and Bellarine Hwy. Just as we turned into Bellarine Hwy there a loud bang (I thought it was a gunshot 🙂 and we saw that Hermann had stopped. When we checked we saw that he had a major blowout in the rear tyre. There was no chance of a roadside repair so we decided that I would ride home (just a few km away), get my car and come back for Hermann and his bike. David waited with him and until I returned with the car (thanks for waiting, David) and soon we had the bike in the back of the car and were heading back to Sth Barwon Reserve. Not the planned end to the ride but all was well anyway.
Thanks Hermann and David for an enjoyable and memorable day!