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Point Henry and Moorabool Valley Chocolate – Joint Ride with GTC:  Sunday 8th July, 2018

Point Henry and Moorabool Valley Chocolate – Joint Ride with GTC: Sunday 8th July, 2018

Despite bad weather (cold, wet and windy) 10 riders arrived  at Rippleside Park for this month’s Joint Ride.  The route was from Rippleside to Point Henry, then to Moorabool Valley Chocolate for refreshments before the return to Rippleside.  Riders were Helen (Ride leader – Cycling Geelong), John H (GTC), Mike (GTC), David S (CG), John M, who is a member of both clubs, Rolf (GTC), Ian (GTC), David J. (CG), Kelly (CG) and Janet, a visitor on her first ride with either club.

Rippleside Park

With a strong tail wind, the going was easy to Point Henry – marred by rubbish and glass on the road which led to a puncture for Janet, efficiently mended by experts from both groups.  Most riders braved the gravel to ride to the point.

From Point Henry the ride turned south and west – into the wind, though once in the urban area the wind was less of an issue.  A shower had a few resuming rain tops.  The riders wended their way through Moolap, Breakwater, Newtown, Geelong West and Herne Hill to arrive at Moorabool Valley Chocolate at around 11.15, where Heather of Cycling Geelong, the voice  94.7 The Pulse’s The Bicycle Show (Saturday mornings at 11am) joined them for coffee.

After various refreshments (I recommend the hot chocolate on a cold day), the group disbanded with only Kelly and Helen returning via Rippleside Park.

Thanks to all riders, John for taking photos.  We hope to see you all on next month’s joint ride.

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Barwon River Circuit: Saturday 7th July, 2018

Thanks to ride leader Richard for this report

Ride leader’s selfie with friends at ride start

Ride leader: Richard

Ride participant: Kevin, Doug

Coffee groupees:) Gavin, Helen

On a chilly wet Saturday, Kevin and I braved the conditions to complete the cycling Geelong Saturday river circuit. We waited until 9:01, and we lulled into a false sense of security with the tailwind, and little rain towards Breakwater.

Kevin has just returned back from a Canadian summer, so full marks to him for turning up in the first place (If he hadn’t I couldn’t guarantee the ride would have gone ahead)

There was no one at the Breakwater stop, so we carried on around the other side of the river into the driving wind and rain. We stopped under the bridge to get some air into Kevin’s front tyre, and Doug caught up with us.

After the rain subsided we headed towards the next stop at Shannon. We considered taking the short hop over the bridge and round for coffee but decided to press on in the elements.

The wind was confronting towards Queens Park – (Doug took a moment in the midst of this to check out the frisbee golf) – the weather looked like it was going to be kinder, and we were getting a bit warmer, so we each removed a layer of clothing.

There wasn’t too much traffic on the pathway around Fyansford loop and we were staying dry, but it wasn’t to last and we were spurred on with a cold shower towards the cafe.

Gavin and Helen joined us for a coffee. Contented with a warm coffee in hand, and good company, we ticked off another circuit completed, even if it was the smallest group to complete the ride this year. The tradition continues.

Editor’s comment:  Wow!  This is way beyond the call of duty.

Do you like chocolate?  Maybe we’ll see you on the joint ride with GTC to Moorabool Chocolate tomorrow.  This is a slow meander – starting at Rippleside Park at 8.30am – to Point Henry, then circling to the south and west to arrive at Moorabool Chocolate in Ballarat Road at 11am when they open.   Easy 48km.  Click the map for more detail.  

Cycling Without Age- Cycling Geelong acknowledges the support from Geelong Connected Communities

Cycling Without Age- Cycling Geelong acknowledges the support from Geelong Connected Communities

Cycling Geelong acknowledges the support received from Geelong Connected Communities for the Cycling Without Age program at MACS.

Cycling Geelong’s application for a grant towards the purchase of a second CWA Triobike was successful, resulting in a grant of $3000.  Along with our club donation of $2000, a matching donation of $2000 from Geelong Sustainability, fundraising by both groups, and some individual donations, has gone a long way towards the purchase.

Cycling Without Age Geelong’s first chapter was launched at MACS on May 23rd.  Visitors had the chance to welcome the two Triobikes, their pilots Leanne, Robyn and Tony, and their MACS resident passengers, before a formal launch and afternoon tea in MACS’ chapel.

Thanks to Geelong Connected Communities for their generous support of this program, which enables aged care residents to enjoy the pleasure of a slow social bike ride in our beautiful city.

Ocean Grove – Joint Ride: Sunday, June 11th, 2018

Thanks to Peter for this ride report and John Hagan for the photographs.

Peter O’Brien’s Combined Ride to Groove in Ocean Grove – Sunday 10.6.17
Five riders John H , Rolf, John M, Mike and myself set off from South Geelong Station to Ocean Grove.  We left Geelong in sunshine and rode to Leopold and then onto on to  rail trail.  As we approached the Grubb Road exit of the trail the fog had set in and this made riding a bit more difficult.  Upon reaching Ocean Grove the sunshine had returned and we enjoyed coffee at the Groove. The ride back to Geelong was via thirteenth beach and Lakes Road. A very enjoyable ride.  Distance 65kms.
Peter O.


World Bicycle Day – A visit to the cinema:  Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

World Bicycle Day – A visit to the cinema: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Lynton and Dave led seven cyclists – on a ride from Deakin University, Waurn Ponds to Waterland Cinema in Barrabool Road.  The The ride route was via the old Waurn Ponds highway to Hendy Main Road, then north to Barrabool Road.  It was a very cold morning – a frost at the cinema.

The fit pedallers were met by a group of less-energetic drivers for the movie – Le Ride (a documentary about a re-enactment of the Aussie/NZ team in the 1928 Tour de France).  The cinema is in a shearing shed – with its own small cinema – designed by farmer and film buffs Rick and Shiela.  The cinema seats 22 in comfort.  All proceeds from the cinema go to Anam Cara.

Before the film was coffee and chat time – in the foyer/sheep shed.

The film is guaranteed to make modern-day cyclists feel lucky to have modern, safe, light bikes, and bitumen beneath the wheels.  The distances ridden day after day in the 1928 Tour on historic heavy bikes, with dodgy brakes and no gears would make the most intrepid Audax rider blanch!

After the movie, more chat, in the glorious sunshine was the order of the day, before the cyclists, rather reluctantly it seemed, flashed off down Barrabool Road for a fast and direct ride back to the start.  The only negative was the bees who have taken up residence in the shearing shed wall – Margy was stung while brushing a bee from Jeff’s jacket.

Thanks to Lynton for organising this most fitting event to celebrate World Bicycle Day, Dave for being co-leader and
Rick and Shiela for welcoming Cycling Geelong to Waterland Cinema.

Skipton- Nimmon’s Bridge:  Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Skipton- Nimmon’s Bridge: Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Thanks to Barbara for this report and Barbara and Dirk for leading this wonderful rail trail ride.  Photos by Barbara and Dave.

Sunday dawned foggy and calm. Club members set off early from Geelong by car with hopes of the fog clearing as we neared Skipton.  It looked like Dirk and Barbara, Helen and Dave S were the only riders that braved the foggy and cool conditions outside the Skipton Garage.  Time was still 5 minutes early but we were eager to set off as it was a little chilly.  No sooner that we had decided to set off, when along came Richard and Denise swelling our numbers by two.

After setting up their bikes we posed for a new shot including our new arrivals. The band of riders set off towards the rail trail. A friendly local pointed us in the right direction and we were off. The track looked newly graded so some parts were loose and soft. Helen on her trusty bike Friday decided the riding conditions did not suit her so decided to return to the car.  We were not to know that the track conditions would improve after 1 km but discretion is always best when you don’t feel secure on your bike.

The fog slowly cleared and the views were wonderful. Some local flora and fauna kept us entertained as we cycled through the countryside.  Our first stop was at Pittong to look at a rest stop/chalet available for overnight stays next to a kaolin mine; the white clay is used for porcelain. Once we left we rode through sheep country and rolling farmland.

The decent to Linton was a buzz as little effort was needed to cover quite a long stretch of km’s through the state forest giving the legs a welcome rest.

Once we arrived in Linton Richard led the way turning right heading into the little township. A Great café tucked into a quaint old cottage on the right side of the main road just past the antique shop. The service was very friendly and food was yummy. Locals remembered Richard from a previous visit well over a year ago.

After refreshments we cycled back to the rail trail and continued on to the Nimmons Bridge. Where we stopped to chat to some other tourists standing on the bridge while Dave and Dirk cycled down the track to the Valley below to get a shot of the trestles.  The valley views were beautiful in the clear autumn sunshine.

Sadly we had to leave as time was marching on. We decided to return to our café for lunch. The café menu looked really good and the food didn’t disappoint. Everyone enjoyed their food and great coffee. The locals were very friendly and welcoming.

With tummies full we tackled the return journey to Skipton. The riding was easy and lots of freewheeling as the track slowly descended to Skipton.

A great ride! Well worth the effort of leaving Geelong early for the 9 am start.

Barwon River Circuit:  Saturday 21st April, 2018

Barwon River Circuit: Saturday 21st April, 2018

Barbara and Dirk led 27 cyclists on the Barwon River Circuit on a sparkling Autumn morning.

There were multiple path users enjoying the sunshine, and a canoeing event on the Barwon added to the enjoyable experience.

Doug recounted his experience with newly painted slick white lines while riding along Jetty Road in the Bellarine 100 last weekend.

  • White lines + rain = Ambulance ride + multiple scans and x-rays + 1 night hospital + 2 broken ribs

Along with 15 other experienced cyclists, the newly painted road marking caused Doug to lose control of his bike.  Russell recounted that the previous Thursday, he almost had the same experience on the other side of Jetty Road.  Luckily, the road was dry, and Russell was able to correct the slide and keep riding.

Thanks to Barbara and Dirk for leading the ride.