Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail, Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Thanks to Joe for the photos and ride report.

I am pleased to report a successful ride with eleven riders taking part as per images with Kevin as tail-ender.

The overcast weather was perfect for riding with a little head wind upon returning.

Overall a nice ride with a coffee stop at Cafe Zoo enjoyed by all.

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Kevin led 12 riders  the river track on Saturday, the weather was cloudy and cool with no rain, ideal for riding.

At the Breakwater stop a very kind young lady offered to take the photo for us, that was much appreciated by the all male group.  (Where were all the women on this fine Saturday morning.)

The coffee was at Barwon Edge take away.

Thanks Kevin for the report and photo.

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.