Red Rock Ride – Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

This is one of Allan’s regular ‘classic’ rides for Cycling Geelong. This year, riders were Allan M, Kelly, Karen, Kevin, George, Barbara and Dirk, David S, Keith, Virginia, Denise and Richard, Tina and Russell. The ride start was Red Rock Picnic Ground, part way up the Red Rock volcano at Alvie, north west of Colac.

This was the starting point for Allan’s first Red Rock ride, way back in around 2003! In this group, along with Allan, were Helen and John, Rod C, Marilyn T, Joy, Coralie? and several others. It was a drought year, with the surrounding lakes mainly dry. That year the group rode to the north and east, skirting Lake Corangamite, and through volcanic plains, lakes and dairy farms back towards Beeac, returning via Warrion – with a stop at the Warrion Pub. From the following year, rides began in Colac.

This year’s ride made use of the club’s bike trailer, leaving from Rippleside at 8am, with a second pickup at Waurn Ponds. The group arrived at Red Rock Picnic Area at 10.30.

Thanks to Allan M, ride leader for this report and photos.

When we arrived at Red Rock we went up to the top at the look out for all to see over the western plains and the lakes around there. Then we came back down to the picnic ground to unload the bikes .

The wind was blowing at a stiff NW so the whole group agreed to do the 50 K ride and look after one another. Off we went with Kelly yelling at me that I hadn’t locked my car. I was at least 100 meters down the hill before I stopped. Richard H was delegated to take the keys back up the steep hill!

It was great travelling with the wind to Coragulac. We then turned left into a side wind to Warrion Three of the slower riders  turned off just before Warrion to bypass Beeac  saving 8 k, with the whip opting to support them. From Beeac we had a tail wind all the way to the M1 (Princes Highway). A potentially dangerous right turn across the dual highway and round the roundabout was successfully negotiated with our ‘faster’ group crossed back to the northern side of the highway to take the road down to Colac Lake.

Just before the Colac Botanic Gardens we met up with the other 4 riders. We then took a back street so as to come down to  Murray Street to the La Porchetta for lunch at about 1pm. We spent about 1 ½ hours there as they were quite busy. There were lots of talk and laughter and friendly banter. We all had a good meal then headed for the highway again.

The sky looked very dark and there is a chance of getting wet. As we had arrived at the cross over to leave the highway back towards Red Rock, it just poured down. Some of us tried to get our rain jackets on .

The rain stopped for a while and we made good time. On the  way from Cororooke to Coragulac it thundered lightning rain and hail we were like drowned rats. The faster riders were under a shop veranda from there. We had  5k to go. The water was gushing down the road like a River, and we had to ride in the middle of the road to keep out of the flood.

It was nice to see the “Red Rock 300 metres” sign. That last 300 metres up to the cars was extra tough as water had washed gravel all over the road surface.

We packed up, took some more pictures then headed for home . Once again, the trailer didits job admirably! Not a thing went wrong. Most of the riders said that they would do it again.

Next time we might revert back to starting in Colac, with the lunch stop at Colac.

My report – Allan

Allan finally reached home at 6pm.

Red Rock Ride – 2021

Allan is once again running his most successful Red Rock ride this coming Sunday – May 2nd.

There are two routes – a longer route of around 70km and a short-medium route of around 50km.

Riders can avail themselves of the club bike trailer with the ride leaving Rippleside Park at 8am with a second pick-up at Bunnings Car Park Waurn Ponds at around 8.30.

This year the ride starts at Red Rock picnic ground, about 200 metres up the Red Rock turn off from Alvie, near Colac. Allan expects the ride to begin at around 10am.

There will be a lunch stop at Colac – at an Italian restaurant – La Porchetta, 35-37 Murray Street.

Bookings for this ride are essential. Please contact Allan Marshall to ensure your place on the ride.

Photos from previous Red Rock rides.

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.