15 Nov

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 15th November 2018

7 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were sunny skies and a strong and very cold South Easterly wind. Conditions remained the same for the entire ride which made for a difficult return to Woodend into the head wind.

We rode our normal 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, then Chases Lane and return at Batters Lane. The early part of the ride was with the tail wind and good speed was encountered until Batters Lane and the inevitable head wind back.

Once back at the cafe it was inside to get out of the wind. The usual refreshments and chatter was enjoyed before we all headed home.

 

11 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 11th November 2018

32 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. We also had students, staff, and parents from Salesian College Sunbury who are in training for the Great Vic Ride. Weather conditions were sunny with a strong southerly wind blowing early which shifted during the ride.

22 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 10 rode the longer ride. 4 riders on the medium ride opted not to climb Mt Macedon Road and instead went direct to Newham. All others and the students rode up the Mount. Riders on the medium ride were back together at the end of 3 Chain Road and returned together.

Early during the long ride one member Ken S suffered a puncture as a result of riders in the group not indicating a pot hole in the road and he rode into the pot hole and had the puncture. As an add to the incident as he was about to leave the cafe to return to his car he observed what he thought to be some grass on the rim but on closer inspection revealed that the rim had a approx 50mm crack near one of the spoke holes. The rim will need to be replaced. Members are reminded that as etiquette and for safety reasons on group rides the necessity of pointing out obstacles by hand signal and or calling out.

After the ride members enjoyed the usual refreshments and chatter at the cafe before heading home.

08 Nov

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 8th November 2018

4 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were sunny with a cold South Westerly Wind blowing. The biggest decision of the morning was what to wear, winter gear or a combination of winter and summer gear. Most riders chose the latter combination. Once on the ride the wind seemed to be a head wind for most of the ride with only a few short sections where we had a definite tail wind.

We rode our normal 52km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, then 3 Chain Road to Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane the ride back to Woodend. When the sun was out during the ride conditions were warm but when the sun went behind a cloud the temperature dropped and became very cold.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual refreshments and chatter sitting outside in the sun before we all headed homeward.

04 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 4th November 2018

27 riders assembled in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool with a strong North Westerly wind blowing. Conditions warmed up slightly during the ride with some sun shining through.

18 riders rode the medium ride with the remaining 9 the longer ride. 5 riders on the medium ride elected not to climb Waterfalls Road and went direct to McBean Ave and one rider had to return home for an early commitment. We also had 2 first time riders with us this morning who acquitted themselves well. Riders on the medium ride regrouped at the end of Mcbean Avenue and returned together. The only drama on the medium ride was to get Dave to ride past 3 cafes without stopping.

Most riders were together back at the cafe as the riders on the long ride were back with most of the earlier riders still being present at the cafe. the usual refreshments and chatter ensued before we all headed home.

01 Nov

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 1st November 2018

9 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were a little cool early but soon warmed up as the ride progressed. By the mid point of the ride members with vests or arm warmers were soon removing vests or rolling arm warmers  down.

We rode a 57km modified version of our usual Thursday ride. We basically rode the ride in reverse with a detour out via Boundary Road to dodge any school traffic near the primary school. We rode to Batters Lane, Chases Lane, Newham and back going up Bryces Lane, Boundary Road back to Woodend.

The ride pace was fairly brisk with wind assistance early. A light head wind along 3 Chain Road then further wind assistance at the finish.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home.