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10 Dec

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Woodend – 10th December 2017

25 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Conditions were ideal for riding with a light breeze and plenty of sunshine.

3 riders rode the short ride, 15 the medium ride and the remaining 7 the long ride. There were also 4 members riding for the first time for many months. We were joined at the cafe by 2 other members who rode later due to time constraints. Due to the favorable weather conditions all rides were ridden at a good pace.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual refreshments and good company before heading home.

 

07 Dec

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend – 7th December 2017

4 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were mainly clear skies and warm with a light wind blowing. We rode our usual 53km ride out to Newham via Bryces Lane, Chases Lane and back to Woodend.

We had an interesting experience on the ride when a kangaroo decided to jump directly in front of us, then proceed across the road, come back again and then continue down the road in front of us before heading into the bush on the side of the road, and still continue for a considerable time before finally stopping. The roo was there in front of us for over 2 or more km’s traveling in excess of 27kph. We eventually managed to get in front and continue our ride.

Following the excitement we retired to the cafe , had a good laugh and enjoyed the company before heading home.

03 Dec

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 3rd December 2017

12 riders arrives in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cloudy with a strong Southerly wind blowing. We were joined by a long time club member (Lauretta)  who currently races with the women’s United Health Care Team in the USA for 7 months of the year and selected races in Aust when home.

All riders rode the long ride. Weather conditions on the ride alternated between mainly sunshine with patches of misty drizzle. This had riders stopping and putting on rain jackets then shortly taking them off when the shower stopped. On the ride there was quite a lot of leaf litter on the road and at one point riders stopped and removed a large branch which was blocking the road. Then as we headed back to Gisborne for approx the last 5km, the showers became a lot heavier and colder. Once back at the cafe the sun shone through again and we all sat outside getting warm and drying out.

All riders enjoyed the refreshments at the cafe before heading home just as another shower started.

30 Nov

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend – 30th November 2017

3 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were hot with a freshening North Easterly wind. To avoid the heat we rode a 55km modified version of our normal route. We rode direct to Newham, Carlshrue, Central Road and back along Ashbourne Road with the latter part of the ride mainly in the shade of the trees.

Once we started heading towards Carlshrue we enjoyed a tail wind for most of the remainder of the ride. With the favorable breeze the ride was conducted at a good pace.

Once back at the cafe it was inside in the air conditioning. A good chance to cool down from the heat on the ride. Following refreshments it was then back out into the heat and homeward.

26 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton – 26th November 2017

15 riders arrived this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were warm, overcast with thunderstorms in the area. The skies were clear in the direction that we were heading. The ride was a little late starting as one member arrived and it was noticed he was not wearing his helmet, a quick drive ensued to collect the offending missing article. Once properly attired we set off.

2 riders rode the short ride, 2 the medium ride and the remaining 11 rode the longer ride. One rider had a minor tumble being unable to unclip when halted by traffic leaving the velodrome. The roads were a little wet at the start of the ride but dried quickly and no rain was encountered on the long ride. There was some rumblings of thunder in the distance but nothing close to the route we were riding.

All riders on the long ride enjoyed the ride followed by socializing at the cafe before heading home. There was some rain commencing as we departed for home and 4 riders were riding home with varying distances.

 

 

23 Nov

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend – 23rd November 2017

5 riders assembled this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were warm with a medium North Easterly wind blowing.  We rode a 53km route to Newham via Bryces Lane, Chases Lane, Batters Lane and back to Woodend. The  ride into the breeze was cooling  but once we turned back to Woodend with the tail wind the heat became noticeable.

Once back at the cafe it was relaxing outside under the shade of an umbrella and enjoying the refreshments.

20 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Woodend – 19th November 2017

13 riders assembled in Woodend for today’s ride. Conditions were ideal with the sun shining and little wind. Rider numbers were 8 ladies & 5 men. Guys outnumbered again. An excellent number considering who many were away in Bright.

The group rode a modified version of the medium ride and then enjoyed refreshments in the sunshine at the cafe.

 

20 Nov

Ride News

Bright Trip – Day 3

15 riders rode 40.7km from Bright to the end of the sealed section along Buckland Valley. The ride was mainly flat with some undulations in the Buckland Valley section. Everyone enjoyed the easier ride after the climbing of the previous day. Just as we rode back via Porepunkah  some light rain started falling and most of the group continued on to Bright for lunch.

The remaining 9 riders rode a 78km ride from Myrtleford to Yackandandah with 2 riders returning via Beechworth. Riders were caught in a storm and were forced to shelter in a cafe at Yackandandah until the rain cleared. Some cyclists have to suffer for a ride.

Bright Trip – Day 4

13 riders climbed Falls Creek from Mt Beauty with 3 of the group riding from Bright over Tawonga Gap before the climb and 1 rider also rode back to Bright. Ride distances varied from 64km, 95km & 126km. All riders successfully completed the climb including 4 first time riders.

5 riders rode the rail trail from Bright to Myrtleford and back plus they were joined by 2 others who had ridden a 37km loop from Myrtleford. Conditions were ideal for the final day with warm sunshine and no rain.

Riders having to work returned home after the ride and 13 stayed in Bright for the evening.

Bright Trip – Day 5

2 riders decided to climb Mt Hotham this morning with 1 riding from Bright and the other from Harrietville. No further details of the ride available.

17 Nov

Ride News

Bright Trip Day 1

Weather conditions were so bad that no one rode that day.

Day 2

Mount Buffalo Climb

17 riders tackled the climb from Bright to Mt Buffalo, a return ride of approx 70km to 78km depending on the finish at the top of the climb. We had 6 first timers climbing the mountain including a newer lady member who only began riding in March of this year. A terrific achievement for all of those riders.  We were in the clouds and fog at the top of the mountain when we felt some spits of rain and within minutes we were in the middle of a thunder storm plus hail which was directly overhead making for a very interesting descent down the mountain. Everybody made it down the mountain safely. Once halfway down the sun began to shine and it was warmed up quickly. Some riders who started the descent first managed no rain at all.

Lake Buffalo ride.

8 riders rode from Myrtleford to Lake Buffalo and back a distance of approx 44km. The riders had some rain but more the inconvenience of getting wet and then drying out. One rider had the misfortune to have a puncture and once that was repaired another member of the group found that he also had a puncture. After both were repaired they completed the rides and enjoyed lunch in Myrtleford.

Details of tomorrow’s ride to come in the next installment.

12 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 12th November 2017

25 riders assembled this morning for today’s ride. Conditions were warm with a light breeze and some local fog starting to lift. We had two new riders this morning, one a friend of a member and the other an international visitor. Both riders enjoyed their rides and company. Also 2 members had just returned from overseas and were suffering from jet lag so the rides were a struggle.

16 riders rode the longer ride, 8 the medium ride and one member with time commitments rode the short ride which included the first part of the medium ride with the group.

After the rides all members had a good time sitting under the shade at the cafe with the warmth before they all departed for home.