Riding with friends from Cycling Geelong

Thanks to Rod for letting us all know about his ride last Monday, led to pastures new by Kevin.

I went on Kevin’s Monday ride this week.

It was one of those all time memorable experiences like the ride I did with David Fisher to Torquay all those years ago.

 

Kevin took us through Warralilly  from the Barwon Heads road to the Torquay road along the Armstrong creek.

It was a beautifully conceived route exploring this new subdivision and came back via Waurn Ponds. We compared the bold and the new.

We talked town planning and  passed through stands of old red gums and so got onto things green.

As always the chums we ride with are integral, all good to talk with, we came home elated.

The ride was clearly very well  planned in detail, lead with panache.

This was one of those all time memorable rides which make being in CG so worthwhile.

Thanks Kevin and all those others who were part of the day.

Rod

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Doug led the first post-lockdown river ride.  It was a cold, still sunny morning – perfect for cycling.  With a field of 13 riders, Doug asked David to lead a second group, with the groups setting out a couple of minutes apart.  However, before the start, Doug handed members of each group a chant, to be yelled at the top of voices.  He also had a post-lockdown poem to share.

The river path was busy, but quite navigable.  At the Breakwater, Hermann joined the ride, and Tina and Gavin (who is still recovering from surgery) greeted the group for a quick chat.

Helen didn’t make it all the way around due to bike problems, pulling out near West Fyans Street for a car ride home.  The rest of the group congregated at Barwon Edge for take-away refreshments.

Perhaps it was jinx day as Doug reports a broken gear cable cramped his style on the ride home.

Thanks Doug and David for leading a most enjoyable ride.

 

Lara – Sunday, May 17th, 2020

This was Cycling Geelong’s first Sunday ride after restrictions were reduced to allow up to 10 people in groups outside.

On a very chilly sunny morning (4.7C in Geelong), Helen led David J and Matt from Rippleside Park to Lara via the waterfront and Hovells Creek path.  Conditions were still and sunny.  Due to bike issues, Helen was on her 16″ wheeled Tikit – a quick fold commuter bike, not intended for longer distances.

Bike Friday Tikit – fast fold, slow ride

However, Matt and David happily relaxed the pace to suit.  As usual, there was water under the highway near Rennie Street.

Water over Hovells Creek Path highway underpass, Lara

Coffee at X-presso was quickly dispensed and at their usual high standard.  Due to a late arrival at Rippleside when Doug missed the start by only a minute or two, he arrived at Lara in time for coffee – having sped up the highway and through Corio to Lara, reminding us that Forest Road is dangerous as there is no sealed shoulder for riding.

The return was via the same route.  Thanks everyone for a most enjoyable morning’s riding.

Helen

 

Drysdale via BRT

Out of isolation

Kevin led our first official ‘post-Covid19 isolation’ ride from the Showgrounds to Drysdale via the Ballarine Rail Trail.  .

Thanks, Kevin for this report and photos.

Thirteen riders rode to Drysdale today in two groups.  The weather was cloudy but fine, with very little wind.  The group photo did not include Lynton who arrived after the photo was taken.  Some riders left early to ride back to Geelong.  Peter O had to repair a puncture in Drysdale.

Covid, Covid, Go Away!

Doug penned this poem to entertain everyone on the River Ride on Saturday, 21st March.

Covid, Covid Go Away!

Covid, Covid go away!!!!

Don’t come back another day

 

Ride, ride the river now

We’ll all survive, not sure how?

 

Come ride your bikes with us

Let’s ignore all the fuss!

 

To ride with Cycling Gee

All these folks so full of glee!

 

Feeling strong in this fresh air,

Let the wind take away our cares!

 

At coffee later we will chat,

Not too close! enough of that!!

 

Now let’s away to share this day,

Not too sure, … come what may

 

God bless you all at this bad time,

I hope you live to share more bad rhymes!

Doug Merritt, 21st March, 2020

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Doug led 19 riders on the river ride.  Doug welcomed Helen, riding the river with Cycling Geelong for the first time.

No Touch Sing-on

Doug and Dave (Ride Coordinator) had devised a ‘keeping your distance’ method of sign on, where people sent the ride leader their name, contact name and details, via mobile phone.  This mostly worked, with some manual entry needed, by Doug on the paper from.  It was also a bit of a talking point for riders who weren’t sure just how much longer our club rides will be able to continue as the Covid-19 crisis deepens.

Doug, true to form, had penned a Covid-19 cycling poem, which he read (at a distance) before the ride start.  (I’ll add this to the ride report when I receive it.)

Cycling Australia recommends that for now riders keep at least 1.5m apart.  This meant that, except in short wider sections, our riders rode single file.  There was plenty of time for talk at the usual stopping points.  The path was busy – especially with small groups of walkers, riders, and dog walkers – possibly taking the opportunity to get out before lock down restrictions.  Barwon Edge cafe was quite busy, keeping to the 4m2 limit per person inside, so today, with pleasant weather, everyone sat outside.

Thanks to Doug and tail-end Charlie for a most enjoyable ride.

Keep your eye on the ride calendar for any changes.