Cadel Evans GOR Ride – 4

Thanks to David Salamy for this report.

David’s ride bib

I (#448) rode with just one friend (#1705 aka Barry) this year, being my fifth time doing the long 100kms+ ride. As usual we left a little earlier than the official start time. We miss out on the buzz and adrenaline-filled atmosphere but don’t have to deal with the stop-start getaway 😴

Heading out we found two friendly riders tagging along and since we were all comfortable doing around 27kph, we kept each other company until 13th Beach Road. We had gradually caught up to a bunch a few kms before Barwon Heads so we ended up at the head of the bunch for a while, which I always find a bit unnerving 😕

The conditions were ideal with the cloud cover keeping the hot sun out, whilst the wind was moderate and from a favourable direction most of the time.

After our new friends (#675 and #888) stopped for a break, Barry and I picked up the pace and except for a very brief stop so I could open a muesli bar, we hit the Breamlea path. The lead and fastest bunch caught us just as we reached the start of Blackgate Road and boy oh boy were they in a hurry!! It was definitely a race for them as they powered past us slow amateurs! There had to be 50 in the bunch, riding 3, 4 of more abreast, jockeying for position, not wanting to lose contact with the lead pace-setters. Some were over the centre lines with on-coming traffic not far away!! They’re the ones that give all cyclists a bad name!

Anyway, we reached Torquay in good time and stopped at the rest area to grab some food and water before having a well-earned coffee at Moby’s. We saw our earlier friends and it turned they weren’t a couple, she was seven years his senior and was in fact his aunt! Pays not to assume anything these days!

After a relaxed break we took off for the first of the hills. Our solid training meant that we tackled Jan Juc, the three *itches into Bells and the challenging Jarosite Road hills without any drama. The stretch to Forest Road was fine and once we turned North we had a little tail wind to boost our average. I should mention that Barry has just turned 72 and that I struggle to stay with him on the big hills!! I always had him in my sights on Forest Road but it was only after I had finished chatting to #702 aka Greg, that I found some extra energy to bridge the 50-100 metre gap.

So we arrived in Moriac ready for another break and ate or stocked up on fruit, muesli bars, gels and water.

I was happy to forego a second coffee once I discovered they had expresso gels😋

I should mention that a nice touch this year was that fifth time riders had their name on their jersey ‘bib’, so it was a bit of fun noting all the names and saying g’day occasionally. I had joked that everyone was going to have DAVID since both Dave Simpson and had that, but ironically, I never saw another DAVID all day!! Whilst we thought that the female numbers were significantly higher this year, I don’t recall seeing any fifth timers.

Anyway back on the bike! We were really in home territory now! The Hendy Main and Barrabool Road hills to Ceres were no problem although my new back tyre ‘let me down’ (ha ha get it?) in between. Through Ceres and down into Highton I could sense that everyone was starting to focus on the Challambra/Westbury challenge ahead. No chit chat, being careful with the increased traffic and the Highton roundabouts and getting ready for the hard work ahead, no doubt.

All ride I had been  careful to not overwork my left hamstring which I had ‘tweaked’ on a fast lap of the river last Tuesday. Heading up Barwon Boulevard I felt a slight cramp in it but it seemed to hold up okay up to North Valley Road, so I kept a steady rhythm and pushed on. I didn’t want to risk standing up on the pedals so Westbury was just a tough grind. I think I counted my pedal strokes up there but what I really wanted to do was swear my way up!!

I rolled through the The Ridge calling out to Barry to keep going. 😏 Scenic Road downhill was fantastic but we had to stop at the bridge before doing the Aphrasia and Melville climbs. I did my good deed for the day, giving a first timer and non-local the heads-up about Melville 😇 I think the word is finally getting around about our ‘lovely’ hills because the vast majority of riders seemed to handle them very well this year, with no sudden stoppers 😬 Of course, there were a few walkers, even as early as the hills into Bells.

The top of Melville is always a great feeling, even if I always tend to want to cramp all the way home. This year was the best I’ve felt so we enjoyed the quick ride to the Waterfront, especially after I convinced Barry that a sprint finish wasn’t really necessary 😉

The Waterfront was really buzzing with satisfied riders, beautiful weather and lots of family and friends supporting the riders and enjoying the atmosphere. Geelong at its best👍

For those interested in the numbers, Barry and I averaged ~26.7 kph. (That was my average after 125kms since I’d ridden from home via Newtown to meet Barry).

A big thank you to all the club volunteers for helping to make this year’s ride run smoothly and safely. Also a big thank you to anyone who got out and gave us encouragement along the course, it’s always much appreciated.

Me on Westbury

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Cadel Evan’s People’s Ride and races – 3

Dave Simpson’s report on his ride:

I had a great day, conditions were perfect. I had planned to start further back than usual this year to avoid being constantly passed by other riders so got away from the line at 07:25.  I rode on Boundary Rd with Peter Horan, occasional WoW rider, until South Barwon reserve where I made a quick pitstop.  I had a good ride down to Barwon Heads as we had a closed road in the Southerly direction and I managed to keep up a 30-35km/hr speed. I saw Doug along Blackgate Rd until he turned right, heading back to Geelong, and I turned left towards Torquay. Further on I saw Jeff Peck at the Torquay rest stop. Then it was on through the hills at Bells and onto a fast ride up Forrest Rd with a slight tail wind.  I saw David Salamy fixing a puncture on Barrabool Rd at Ceres but flashed past and couldn’t stop!   Then it was up the final climbs of Challambra, Westbury and Melville and then the annoying sets of traffic lights (all red 🙂 on the way back to the finish line. I managed an overall average speed of 23.5km/hr, slightly slower than last year.  I briefly stopped to say hello and congrats to Margy, who was at the finish line, then I headed home to rest!  A great day (and I’ve already signed up for next year’s ride).

I’ve attached a couple of pics (one taken by Linda Salamy on Challambra).

…and I watched the men’s race yesterday at the summit of Westbury. It’s amazing the way the pros ride up that climb!  Shame that Caleb couldn’t get the win, he was looking good each time we saw him go past.

–Dave S

David Salamy also completed the long course.  Thanks to Linda for the photos of David and Dave on Westbury (the last part of the Challambra Climb).

 

 

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – more photos

Our Cycling Geelong volunteers for Sunday’s Elite Men’s Road Race.

 

Robert, Mike C, Helen, Margy and Hermann

Robert reports that his first placement was along Boundary Road before moving to be a field-of-play marshal at Queen’s Park Bridge.  His role was to wave a flag directing the cyclists onto the bridge.  You may have seen him on TV!

Charlotte was at Barwon Heads.

Richard volunteered on Sunday 20th and Saturday and spotted this crocheted bike along the course.  Another of Fiona’s creations?

Geelong themed yarn bombed bike along the course for the 2019 Cadel Great Ocean Road Race

“Pearly” spotted near Lara in September 2010, before she popped up around the course at the World Championships held in Geelong.

 

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2019

One volunteer’s experience

The Elite Women’s ride – Saturday 26th January

As we arrived at Deakin Waterfront at 10am, there were already cyclists arriving back at the finish line after achieving the 35 or 65 km rides.

We were deployed into buses around the course for the Elite Women’s race.  My first position was on Boundary Road, about 100 metres past the official race starting point, which was on Boundary Road near Portarlington Road.  The whole group of elite cyclists flashed past in the blink of an eye, then it was off for us in the bus for a quick break at the Barwon Valley Fun Park (toilets, not playtime) before redeployment.  Our group was near Queen’s Park Bridge.  By sheer luck I was placed at the top of the course’s last short, but extremely steep hill, on Melville Avenue!  Flash past? – the cyclists did not!  The women’s race only completes one circuit, so the first riders up here had a very good chance of winning.  By this point, the race was very fragmented, with at least 10 minutes between the first group and the last rider.

They all had one thing in common – this was a hard climb!  Without exception, the cyclists were in their lowest gear and off their seats for the steepest part!

A small crowd of cycling fans and locals were assembled and cheered the riders, from first to last.

By the time we were collected and returned to the Waterfront, it was all over.  Who won?  We only heard later!

Sunday, 27th January – Elite Men’s Ride

As the elite men’s ride included the whole course to Barwon Heads, Torquay, Bells Beach and Moriac, as well as an extra 3 complete circuits of the Geelong course, marshals were bidden to be at Deakin Waterfront by 8.45am.  Once again, buses deployed us around the course.

My first placement was on Barwon Heads Road, in Marshall, opposite Barwarre Road.  A group of 3 had formed a breakaway, and, despite the closeness to the start, were already minutes ahead of the field.  The peleton showed no interest in chasing, and were cycling at a sedate pace – 35, 40, 45 kph – who can tell but, in Rod’s words it was ‘a whirr of many wheels’.

Our road closures removed, we were once again redeployed.

Once again, I was fortunate – marshaling pedestrians crossing Western Beach Road on the corner of Gheringhap Street – around 300 metres from the finish.  The cyclists passed this point four times, the last one flat out in the sprint finish.

Once again, it wasn’t till later that we learned the placings.

Elite Women’s Ride

  1.  Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team
  2. Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
  3. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women

Elite Men’s Race

  1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
  2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
  3. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott

Helen Lyth (Route Marshal)

Add to the CEGORR 2019 story

Cycling Geelong members, please send in your own stories and photos of the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and People’s Ride so we can share them on this website.

 

Goldfields Tour 2019 – update and venue change

27-30 September 2019 (Grand Final Weekend)

After much research, the venue for this year’s Cycling Geelong Goldfields Tour will be Heathcote.*  Accommodation will be at Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park.  Allan has already booked the available cabins.

The O’Keefe Trail will be on the itinerary, and a winery visit or two.  Allan, Karen and Kelly have already visited, ridden some of the area, and checked out wineries and eating out venues.

Please contact Allan (03 5275 2612 MB 0418992672) if you’d like to be part of this tour.

*The main reason for the change is the lack of accommodation in Rushworth, and the unlikelihood of getting sufficient numbers for the original holiday park.

Goldfields Tour 2019 – News flash

Our avid tour leader, Allan, along with hench-cyclists Karen and Kelly have been busy since new year researching the Goldfields Tour – 2019.  Once again the tour is on Grandfinal Weekend – September 27-29th.

This year’s base will be near Rushworth – at a holiday camp on the shores of Lake Waranga.  https://www.lakewaranga.com/?page_id=23

A minimum number of 30 is required to secure this accommodation, which contains shared rooms with single beds and bunks, large, well appointed bathrooms, huge kitchen and communal areas and easy access to the lake and local attractions.

The group will travel via Heathcote, and, naturally, the area abounds with wineries!

The rides will be on quiet roads, with some gravel sections, and the Murchison-Rushworth Rail Trail.  Therefore Allan recommends that participants bring bikes with wider tyres – at least 35mm.

Murchison-Rushworth Rail Trail

Please let Allan (0418 992 672) know as soon as possible whether you are interested in attending this year’s Goldfields Tour.  This will allow Allan to decide whether it is plausible to book the holiday camp.

Because a firm booking must be made, and a minimum number of 30 is required to secure the holiday camp, there will be a non-refundable deposit required, payable around Easter.

It is expected that, as on previous tours, a bus and bike transport will be provided.

Goldfields Tour 2018

Map of the area of the 2019 Goldfields Tour