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17 Feb

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 17th February 2019

26 riders arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were excellent for riding with the sun shining and a lite breeze. We had 2 first time riders with us this morning and both rode the medium ride. We also had L. H back with us for his first ride for some time who rode the medium ride as well. Great to see him back on the bike.

15 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 11 rode the longer ride. There were riders on both rides that rode modified versions of the rides, eliminating part of the climb of Waterfalls Road on the medium ride and eliminating Baringo on the longer ride. Rides on both groups tendered to split into 2 groups due to varying speeds of the groups. Another rider with a new road bike had his first ride with us even though he had been doing some training before the ride. We wont be able to stop him in future.

All groups were together at the cafe but due to congestion we had to sit in 2 separate sections, however the usual refreshments and chatter were enjoyed before we all headed home.

14 Feb

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 14th February 2019

6 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold early and most riders were wearing arm warmers, wind vests etc to protect against the cold. Early in the ride the sun began to shine and the weather then warmed up by the time the ride was finished.

We rode our usual 53km ride out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. The wind was beginning to strengthen by the time we turned to come back to Woodend which meant a head wind back.

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


10 Feb

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 10th February 2019

29 riders arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool early which warmed up during the ride and good riding conditions were enjoyed by all. We had one first time rider with us also this morning.

One rider rode a modified short ride, 20 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 rode the longer ride. Unfortunately on the medium ride there was an accident after a clash of wheels resulted in one rider falling heavily. One of our members, a former ambulance officer was with us and a nurse also stopped to render assistance. An ambulance was called and the group directed traffic while we waited for the ambulance. The rider was then transferred to hospital by ambulance for evaluation and observation.

Once back at the cafe there was a reduced number due to the wait by the medium riders and some members who had completed their ride had already left. The usual refreshments were enjoyed with subdued chatter before we left for home.

07 Feb

Thursday Ride – 7th February 2019

3 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. We were also joined during the ride by one other member. Weather conditions were overcast and cool early. During the ride the sun began to shine through and the morning warmed up quickly.

We rode our normal 53km ride out to Newham via Bryces Lane, then to Chases Lane, and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. We had a head wind out to Batters Lane and a good tail wind all the way back to Woodend. This was nice instead of the usual head wind back to Woodend.

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

31 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 31st January 2019

4 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were a little cool with a very strong southerly wind blowing.

We rode our usual circuit out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. Due to the wind conditions the ride was in 2 parts with the first two thirds having an assisting wind followed by a head wind for the ride back to Woodend. We were also joined for the last part of the ride back to Woodend by Ken S. It was great to see him back on the bike again.

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

27 Jan

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 27th January 2019

26 riders assembled in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride with one rider joining part way through the ride. Weather conditions were much cooler than the past few days. Overcast early with temperatures around the 20 degree mark by the end of the ride with a light breeze blowing. We also had 1 first rider with us this morning who rode the medium ride.

12 riders rode the longer ride with one other member joining them on the ride making 13 in all. The remaining 14 rode the medium ride. The medium ride split into 2 groups with 11 riders climbing Mt Gisborne and 3 following the published route. Both groups rejoined after the descent from Mt Gisborne and continued for the remainder of the ride together. All rides were ridden at a good pace due to the absence of any strong wind.

After the ride all riders were together at the cafe for the usual refreshments and chatter before we all headed home.

24 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 24th January 2019

4 riders arrived this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were sunny and mild at the start and becoming much hotter by the time the ride finished.

We rode a modified 43km version of our usual Thursday Ride by eliminating the section along Chases Lane to enable us to finish before the weather got too warm. The plan worked out well and we were back in Woodend by the time the temperature started getting hotter.

We then enjoyed the usual chatter and refreshments under the shade of an umbrella before we all headed home.

20 Jan

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 20th January 2019

28 riders arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were warm with a strong Southerly wind blowing. Today’s ride was in 2 parts with a fast section out to Malmsbury with the tail wind, a harder section to the top of Shepherds Hill or for the longer ride the Pig and Whistle into the wind followed by another tail wind section back to Kyneton.

16 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 12 rode the longer ride. Everyone enjoyed the tail wind sections and not so the head winds. We had some riders climbing Shepherds Hill for the first time and all riders made it to the top without having to stop.

Once back at the cafe the early finishers were starting to leave when the riders on the longer were beginning to arrive. It was the usual refreshments and chatter before we all headed home. Good to see Ken S back on deck at the cafe also.

17 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 17th January 2019

4 riders arrived in Woodend for today’s ride. Weather conditions were warm, humid, overcast skies and only a light wind and some rain beginning to fall. The rain never got heavy and the moisture was cooling.

We rode our normal 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning back at Batters Lane. The roads were mainly dry with just a few areas where some surface water had pooled on the road. About half way through the ride the sun began to shine through the clouds and it became quite warm from then on.

We were back in Woodend before the temperature got hot. It was then into the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before we headed home.

13 Jan

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 13th January 2019

19 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were sunny, with a very strong southerly wind blowing. Conditions on the ride up Mt Macedon Road were difficult with the most amount of debris with leaves, branches, bark etc. making the climb up to Straws Lane a bit treacherous. Once off the mount we enjoyed a mainly tail wind until rides reached the turning point at the end of 3 Chain Road in Carlshrue. All rides then had a hard slog back to Woodend into the wind.

The ride was also one for mechanical issues with one rider having the rear derailleur move and completely jam under the cassette. Fortunately it was early in the ride and a relatively short walk back to the car. Another rider managed to have 2 punctures.

4 riders rode modified versions of the medium ride, 11 rode the medium ride and the remaining 4 rode the longer ride. We also had 3 first time riders with us this morning. Definitely not a good time to start.

All riders were together at the cafe for the usual refreshments and chatter before we all headed home.