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18 Aug

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 18th August 2019

14 members arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. The conditions  were a lot better than the snow of last Sunday where there was no ride. The morning was much milder than previous weeks but with a very strong North Easterly wind blowing.

5 riders rode an extended version of the short ride, 5 rode the medium ride and the remaining 4 rode the longer ride. The rides were difficult early as the first part of the rides were into the wind, fortunately by the mid point of the rides all groups were heading back toward Kyneton and had the benefit of the tail wind for most of the remainder of the ride.

Once back in Kyneton it was all together at the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home. Everyone did agree that while the conditions were difficult they were glad they made the effort.

15 Aug

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 15th August 2019

6 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were frosty early with the sun shining and a strong Northerly wind blowing. We were joined by another member during the ride who after arriving late rode the route in reverse and met up with us in Pipers Creek Road. We also had 2 of our lady members riding with us who do not normally ride on Thursdays.

5 riders rode our normal 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, Chases Lane, Batters Lane back to Woodend. On the ride the temperature began warming up by the time we reached Newham. One member cut the ride short by eliminating the Chases Lane loop as he was having his first ride back on the bike after some months. The ride was into the head wind or cross head wind for most of the way out to Batters Lane before we then had the tail wind back to Woodend.

Once back in Woodend it was into the warmth of the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before we headed for home.

 

08 Aug

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 8th August 2019

4 members (misguided souls) arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were appalling with low cloud, rain and a strong wind blowing. 3 of the riders left home to drive to Woodend in sunny conditions which got worse the closer we got to Woodend. We decided to ride a very short ride and soon after we started the sun began to shine but by that time we were all very cold and we just rode a short loop back to Woodend. Ride distances varied between approx 23km’s & 14km’s.

Once back in Woodend it was into the cafe for a warming drink before heading home for hot showers.

 

 

 

 

 

04 Aug

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 4th August 2019

12 brave riders (Foolhardy) assembled in Gisborne this morning on a cold, wet miserable morning. During the ride weather conditions improved slightly at various points during the ride. The improved conditions were only when we were not riding in the clouds and at one time the sun momentarily shone through. One of our riders who regularly travels from the Gold Coast was certainly suffering from a temperature shock.

7 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 5 rode the longer ride. All rides were modified from the posted rides due to the weather with neither ride climbing Mt Macedon because of the potential treacherous conditions possible on the descent. Ride distances were approx 10km shorter than the original rides.

Once back at the cafe it was a bedraggled bunch who enjoyed the chatter and refreshments before going home for a hot shower to warm up and a change out of wet clothes.

01 Aug

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 1st August 2019

6 members arrived in Woodend this morning to tackle today’s conditions. The weather was very cold with a strengthening south wind blowing. Even when the sun began to shine through it never felt warm. We also had Bruce riding with us for the first time in many months. Remarkable what a 100km event coming up will do to encourage people to get out on the bike in this weather to prepare for the ride.

We rode our usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, then 3 Chain Road to Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. The wind while mainly a tail wind early with sections where it was a cross head wind before becoming a full head wind for the ride back to Woodend.

Once back in Woodend it was into the warmth of the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

 

28 Jul

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 28th July 2019

16 members assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride on a cool start to the ride. 1 other member who had ridden to Kyneton joined us during the ride making 17 members in total. After the ride commenced the sun began to sign through and with only a slight breeze it was a very enjoyable ride.

12 riders rode the medium ride including a new member and a first time rider with us, the remaining 5 riders rode the long ride. 5 riders on the medium ride rode down Metcalfe Hill and climbed back up adding an extra 5km,s to the ride before rejoining the other members later in the ride. Both rides were ridden at a brisk pace with the early part of the rides being mainly downhill and the return ride with a tail wind assistance of the light breeze that was blowing.

All riders were together at the cafe as the long rider group returned as the medium riders were enjoying the usual chatter and refreshments. Once suitably refreshed we headed for home with some riders having to ride home.

 

25 Jul

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 25th July 2019

7 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool, cloudy with a north west wind blowing. As we commenced to ride the cloud on the mountain descended and we were in the cloud as we went around the back of Hanging Rock. Once into Newham we rode into clearer skies and had no more low cloud for the remainder of the ride.

2 riders rode the 45km shorter loop by not going down Bryces Lane and the other 5 rode the normal 53km via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane to Batters Lane. We had a head wind for most of the ride out to Batters Lane before turning for the ride back to Woodend and the tail wind home.

Once back in Woodend it was into the warmth of the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home. We were also joined by Michael C for a coffee with good news that he has been cleared to begin riding again. After a holiday soon we can expect to have him back riding with us.

 

21 Jul

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 21st July 2019

20 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride on a windy start to the day. One other rider joined up with the group during the ride late due to the strong head wind as he rode up from Gisborne. As the ride commenced the sun began to shine through and we also enjoyed a tail wind for the latter part of the ride. It was also great to see Kath back riding with us again.

2 riders rode a modified short ride, 11 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 started on the long ride. Riders on the long ride split into groups according to their pace with 2 riders cutting the ride short due to time commitments, one rider left the group at Kyneton where he started his ride.

Riders were together at the cafe with the last of those on the long ride arriving with most of the medium group still present. We all enjoyed the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home with many riders having to ride back to their starting locations.

18 Jul

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 18th July 2019

7 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were the best for many days with the sun shining and a light breeze. During the ride the wind speed picked up before the turning point to ride back to Woodend which meant a tail wind for way back.

5 riders rode our normal 53km loop to Newham via Bryces Lane, then 3 Chain Rd, Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. The other 2 riders rode the shorter 45km loop minus the Bryces Lane section. Most of the ride was on dry roads and bikes will most likely not need cleaning as has been the case for the majority of rides lately.

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

 

14 Jul

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 14th July 2019

15 members assembled in Gisborne this morning on a cold, wet & windy start to the day with the temperature about 1 degree. One rider commenting we must all be insane. Riders on the long ride were joined by another member making 16 in total, who had commenced riding from home which is along the route of the ride.

3 riders rode the short ride due to the weather conditions, 5 rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 rode the long ride. The medium ride was modified by all riders again due to weather conditions with ride distances averaging between 20kms and 40kms. There was an accident on the long ride from a clash of wheels resulting in 1 member being transferred by ambulance to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone and another suffering severe bruising. The rider who joined the ride late suffered a puncture and after effecting repairs returned home. As most of the others on the long ride having ridden to the start in Gisborne they rode directly home. One rider on the long ride rode back to the cafe to report on the condition of the fallen riders.

The riders on the short and medium ride were together for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.