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20 Sep

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 20th September 2018

9 riders assembled in Woodend this morning on an excellent day for riding. Weather conditions were clear skies and a light breeze after a frosty start to the day.

We also had a first time rider with the group this morning. We rode our normal 52 km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road to Chases Lane then returning back to Woodend at Batters Lane. As the wind was light the ride was conducted at a brisk average speed. We had a head wind (Breeze) early and a tail wind for the return.

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

16 Sep

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Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 16th September 2018

14 riders assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold with some sun shining. Members reported that many of them saw overnight snow at their homes. The wind was from the west and during the ride the wind was either a cross head wind or cross tail wind. Member numbers were down due to many riding the Amy’s Grand Fondo today.

10 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 4 rode the longer ride. On the medium ride 2 riders rode down Metcalfe Hill, myself and one other. As we crested the top of the climb on the way back one of our lady riders was stuck on the side of the road having trouble with a puncture. We both stopped to assist. The tyre was very difficult to remove from the wheel so no wonder the rider was having trouble. Once fixed we then proceeded with the ride.

We also attempted to intervene with an incident with a dog attacking a kangaroo. Fortunately the dog’s owner arrived on the scene and as best we were able to judge intervened and saved the day. We had some very light rain on the way back which only lasted a short dictance and not enough to think about putting rain jackets on. We then rode out into sunshine for the remainder of the ride.

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

13 Sep

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 13th September 2018

7 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride on a frosty morning. The sun was shining  with a light north westerly wind blowing. Once we commenced riding everyone warmed up quickly and we all enjoyed a good ride in the sunshine.

We rode our usual 52km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, then to Chases Lane and return at Batters Lane. Once we turned to head back to Woodend we then had a tail wind all the way back.

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

09 Sep

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Sunday Ride – Woodend – 9th September 2018

27 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cloudy with a freshening North Westerly wind blowing. It was nice to be a little warmer than lately and not to have multiple layers to protect from the cold.

6 riders rode the longer ride and the remaining 20 rode the medium ride or modified versions of the ride with 1 rider riding the short ride. The numbers on the long ride were less than normal with many riders having later commitments and who rode the medium ride instead. 6 riders rode the modified version and bypassed the climb up Mt Macedon Road and instead went direct to Newham via Bryces Lane. Riders on the medium and short ride joined up at Cobb & Co Road and rode back to Woodend together. The wind was a head wind riding along Don’s Road and 3 Chain Road which then changed into a nice tail wind all the way back to Woodend.

Riders were all together for refreshments and the usual chatter at the cafe before heading home.

06 Sep

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 6th September 2018

6 riders arrived in Woodend to do battle with this mornings conditions. The weather was cold, very windy with a strong North Easterly wind blowing and the ever present threat of rain. We managed to avoid almost all of the rain as we rode between 2 showers.

We rode a modified 42km version of our normal Thursday ride by eliminating the loop along Chases Lane to avoid the head wind. On the way back we rode Russell and Crows Road for some extra distance. We enjoyed a tail wind back from the end of Dons Road back.

Once back in Woodend it was the usual refreshments and chatter before we headed home. One rider had to ride back to Gisborne but would have had a nice tail wind for the ride.

 

02 Sep

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Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 2nd September 2018

21 members arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold with the threat of rain and a south westerly wind blowing. Riders on the medium ride completed their ride before any rain and riders on the long ride were just getting back as rain began falling.

9 riders rode the longer ride and the remaining 12 rode the medium ride with some variations. 6 riders on the medium ride climbed waterfalls Road to Douglas Road, 6 climbed Waterfalls Road only. The other 2 riders elected not to climb Waterfalls Road and rode a shorter version of the medium ride.

After the ride it was good to find a slightly warmer spot for the usual refreshments and chatter before heading home. Most riders were together at the cafe except for those with Father’s Day commitments.

30 Aug

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 30th August 2018

4 hardy souls arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were very cold with a strengthening north wind and the threat of rain. One rider had some business to do at 9.00am and started later for the ride.

The remaining 3 rode a modified 40km version of our normal Thursday ride by eliminating the Chases Lane loop as the skies were looking very black part way through the ride. We arrived back in Woodend and were putting our bikes away as the rain began to fall. Good timing. Unfortunately the rider who had a later start was caught in the rain on the way back.

We were all together in the warmth of the cafe having our usual chatter and refreshments before all heading homeward.

26 Aug

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Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 26th August 2018

19 riders arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were frosty at the start with the sun shining and a light breeze. As the ride progressed and the frost disappeared riding conditions were excellent.

8 riders rode the long ride, 9 the medium ride and the remaining 2 rode the short ride.  As usual riders on the long ride went off first and the remaining 11 rode together to the end of Youngs Road where they split into the medium and short rides. Conditions on the rides were good apart from a change of wind direction from the forecast for a light head wind on the return ride.

All riders were then together at the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home. One unnamed member of the medium group kept inquiring how long the long ride would be while waiting for her husband to return. Once all riders were back then everyone was happy.

 

23 Aug

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 23rd August 2018

6 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were frosty early ,sun shining and a light breeze. As we commenced riding the day warmed up quickly and was a great morning for a ride. It was good to be able to ride wearing a bit less gear for the cold.

We rode our usual 52km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, Chases Lane and back at Batters Lane. The ride pace was good due to the light wind.

Once back at the cafe it was warm enough for refreshments and the usual chatter outside in the sun before we headed home.

19 Aug

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Sunday Ride – Woodend – 19th August 2018

6 brave riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. As we started we were joined by another rider having ridden up from Gisborne. Weather conditions were sunny, cold with a  very strong South Westerly wind blowing.

All 7 rode a 42km modified version of the published rides going to Newham via Bryces Lane, Carlshrue and back along Cobb & Co road. The first part of the ride out to Carlshrue was ridden in fine conditions with mainly a tail wind. As we commenced to ride back to Woodend into the head wind we could see dark skies ahead. Passing the Carlshrue Roadhouse the weather changed into Rain, followed by Sleet and finally Snow as we reached our cars in  Woodend.

It was a welcome relief to get into the warmth of the cafe for hot refreshments before heading home. 2 riders unfortunately had to ride their bikes home but the rain had ceased when they left the cafe.