Ted Wilson Memorial Ride, Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Thanks to Maree for this report.

I was not able to lead the ride today due to injury, but Bill took over the ride leader duties for me.
This fine morning, 14 people started from Rippleside Park – 12 as in the group photo and Doug & Karen (in separate photos) because they arrived just after the main group was leaving.
I was at Rippleside Park at the start of the ride and handed out sprigs of rosemary in remembrance of Ted.  It was the 10th anniversary of his death on 1st July.

The group rode north on the Bay Trail and picked up the Ted Wilson Trail at Broderick Road.  Coffee was meant to be at Soft Cafe in Minerva Road but when the group arrived, the cafe could not accommodate the riders, as too many were already on the premises (COVID-19 restrictions striking again!) and we could not book in advance.  By that stage, a few people had left the group at different points, so 11 people remained.   Those 11 then rode to Raw Cafe in Geelong West.  With the disruption caused by the change of location for coffee, people were happy to get their own way home from Pako – so a shorter ride than expected.

Cheers, Maree

 

 

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, June 6th, 2020

Many thanks to Rod for this report and Kevin and Edith for the photos.

Eleven members took the now well worn trail around the Barwon River beginning at Balyang Sanctuary on a chilly but clear morning.

We share the trail these days with many more people out walking and jogging, parents with children and friends chatting and many singles with listening aids in their ears to make bell ringing sometimes irrelevant.

This morning we took the return route along the  south side of the golf course down at the breakwater end.

Coffee and a chat at Barwon Edge is always the right way to end the club ride.

We beat the rain which began to fall lightly as we rode home.

Kevin took photographs with help from Edith.

Deakin/Highton Loop – Sunday 7 June 2020

Six Cycling Geelong riders and one guest rider (my brother, Gary) today. It started out looking like rain but things improved and we even had periods of sun as we took a leisurely ride around a short 20km loop. From Sth Barwon Reserve to Waurn Ponds, a lap around Deakin on gravel, the Highton Pipeline path, coffee at Highton Shopping Centre and finishing up back to Sth Barwon via the Barwon River path.

It was great to introduce some of our members to bits of cycle paths that they hadn’t ridden before (always a good thing 🙂

Thanks for the ride.

–Dave

 

 

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.