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20 Jan

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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

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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.

06 Jan

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Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 6th January 2019

26 riders arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were sunny with a southerly wind blowing and much cooler than previous days . We had some first time riders with us today and all rode the longer ride and coped well with the pace of the ride.

8 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 18 rode the longer ride. Ride conditions on the longer ride were at a fast pace with the wind assisting for most of the ride until reaching the turning point at Woodend for the ride back to Gisborne. As the ride back to Gisborne was mostly downhill after the climb out of Woodend the good speed continued for the remainder of the ride.

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

03 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 3rd January 2019

9 riders assembled this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool early but soon began to warm up as we commenced riding.

One member had the misfortune to have a puncture just as we were about to start. After replacing the tube with a new one, this tube would not inflate. This meant a further tube was used and this tube inflated correctly. A trip was made to the bike shop to get some replacement tubes to carry as all spares had been used.

We rode our usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Rd to Chases Lane and back to Woodend at Batters Lane. We had favorable winds for most of the ride with a head wind for part of the way back to Woodend.

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

30 Dec

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Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 30th December 2018

17 riders assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cloudy with showers about. By the time we commenced riding the sun had begun to shine. During the ride as we reached Anderson Road we began to ride into misty rain. It was then a question of whether to put on rain jackets or not. However once we reached Dons Road we rode back into sunshine for the remainder of the ride.

All riders rode the medium ride with 12 riders riding an extra 7km approx by going down Bryces Lane and back to Newham. The other 5 rode direct to Newham. With the ever present threat of showers members did not ride the longer ride just in case they were caught in the rain. One rider on the extended ride had the misfortune to suffer a puncture when riding into a pothole.

All riders were back together at the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

27 Dec

Thursday Ride – Woodend -27th December 2018

6 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. 3 other members were out earlier to beat the heat. 4 others missed the early start email or did not get the email at all. The morning was getting warm as we started and the wind was also strengthening.

We rode a modified 42km version of our normal route by eliminating Chases Lane and adding in Russells Rd and Crows Rd. The early part of the ride appeared to be into the wind until we turned at Cobb & Co to head back to Woodend where we had some wind assistance.

Dave’s bike also had an occurrence of a previous issue where it did not want to turn when on the way back to the cafe. Once back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments with the other members who also arrived at the cafe before we had departed for home.

23 Dec

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Sunday Ride – Woodend – 23rd December 2018

32 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were the best we have had for some weeks with a warm morning and the sun shining and only a light breeze. The wind seemed to be an assisting wind for the most part resulting in fast times being set on the rides. We also had 2 first time riders with the club this morning.

12 riders commenced on the longer ride, 18 started the medium ride and 2 rode the short ride. During the ride 2 riders on the medium ride decided to continue on and complete the long ride and a further 2 cut the medium ride short. 1 rider who had time commitments and the other who had a mechanical problem which meant a walk back to the start. Fortunately he had only ridden about 2 to 3km by the time the issue occurred That left 14 riders on the long ride, 14 on the medium ride and 2 on the short ride.

Once back at the cafe it was most of the riders together who enjoyed the usual refreshments and chatter before we all headed home.

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20 Dec

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 20th December 2018

4 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were warm with plenty of sun and a freshening Southerly wind.

We rode our usual 53km Loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, Chases Lane, Batters Lane and back toward to Woodend from Trio Road. The head wind on the way back was much stronger than when we started from Woodend. We had one of our regular Sunday riders riding with us for the first time on a Thursday and had no trouble keeping up with the pace.

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

16 Dec

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Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 16th December 2018

17 riders arrived in Kyneton this morning to tackle today’s conditions. The weather was cloudy with persistent rain for the entire rides. We had light rain followed by short patches of no rain again followed by more rain. This pattern continued for the entire ride.

2 riders rode the short ride, 6 rode the medium ride and the remaining 9 rode the longer ride. The longer split into 2 groups with the faster 5 riders in front followed by the other 4 riders. The longer ride also rode a modified 53km ride by eliminating the section in Chases Lane and instead riding direct to Kyneton. One rider on the longer ride also had a fall when on a turn he rode onto the white paint and slipped on the wet surface.

Once back in Kyneton it was into the cafe for refreshments or some riders went direct to the velodrome to change into dry clothes and then to the End Of Year Function which was held at the velodrome. The usual refreshments plus a feed was then enjoyed by all before we all headed home.