Barwon River Circuit: Saturday October 3rd, 2020

Thanks to David Jones for this report and photos.

A reminder to all cyclists riding on bike paths, especially the Barwon River Path which is very busy at present. Please check the path before you step or cycle out.

At the Queens Park Road bridge stop Peter Olsen was walking across the path when he was hit by a rider travelling south on the path. Both Peter and the other rider fell onto the path. Peter suffered a graze to his left elbow. The other rider appeared to be uninjured. Names were not exchanged.

The ride participants were: Karen Anderson, Geoff & Steph Andrews, George Belcher, Rod Charles, Kevin Clingan, Pau Cooney, Russell Ison, David Jones, Lynton Leigh, Margy McIntyre, Herman Mennerich, Doug Merritt, Peter Olsen, Ron van Oosten, Gavan Vigar.

Barwon River Circuit: 29th August, 2020

Kevin reports that, once again, people are still riding the river circuit.  These Cycling Geelong members were spotted riding singly, and in pairs, at the Breakwater on a sunny Saturday morning.

Thanks to Kevin for this brief report and photos.  We look forward to the easing of Covid19 restrictions and being able to ride club rides again.

Cyclists out in force – exercise during the pandemic – Thursday to Drysdale 13th August 2020

With distancing in place several members were riding to Drysdale on Thursday morning.

Kevin sent these photos

Here is a picture of George and Paul ready to leave for Drysdale.

Here is a picture of Joe, on his way home after starting early and breaking a gear cable.

And Kevin had a rear wheel puncture, picked up a paper staple. Many thanks to David Salamy for helping to change the tube.  Hopefully the next ride will be trouble free.

Editor’s note… Are you wearing a mask while cycling?  How do you find the experience?

 

Drysdale via BRT – Thursday, 6th August, 2020: showing you can still ride safely during Stage 3 restrictions –

While Cycling Geelong’s club rides are suspended, there’s nothing stopping our cycling friends from riding, as long as numbers are kept to twos or individuals.

Kevin found that several club friends were riding the BRT to Drysdale last Thursday.  Here’s his report and photo from the start of the trail.

On Thursday riders rode in pairs or solo, with David S and Bill J the only two to leave at 9 o’clock.  Joe W and Peter O having left earlier, and George B taking a short cut.

Kevin C and Doug M met up on the track later.

Take away was at cafe Zoo.

Lara – Paths and Lakes – via Hovells Creek Path, Sunday, 26th July, 2020

Dave led a group of 10 on a relaxed ride to Lara, via Hovells Creek path.  In contrast to Saturday’s sunny weather, conditions were overcast and misty.  However, these still conditions were perfect for cycling.

Water under Melbourne Road at Lara hasn’t cleared in over a year.

Bikes got wet in the usual flood at the highway underpass.  (It really is time the problem was fixed.  While it’s a nuisance for cyclists, walkers either get wet feet, or have to balance their way along the kerb.)  Coffee was at at Cafe Xpresso.

After coffee, the group explored the concrete path from Flinders Avenue to Patoulis Road which ends with a quite dangerous road crossing.  After this the route led to paths and roads around Lara Lakes – on the eastern and western side of Forest Road.  Several families of Cape Barron Geese were grazing around the western lakes.

The return  to Geelong was once again via Hovells Creek  arriving at Rippleside Park around 12.30pm.

Thanks to Dave for leading a most enjoyable ride.