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15 Apr

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 15th April 2018

12 misguided members assembled this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were very windy with persistent misty rain for the entire ride. Riders on the long ride also caught up with a club member who thought he had missed the start of the ride which made 13 members riding.

Another member was also spotted when we returned to Woodend. He most likely  also missed the start of the ride and rode in the reverse direction to meet the other riders.

9 riders rode the medium ride and 4 rode the long ride. Weather conditions on both rides were tough with a strong head wind and rain for the first half of the ride. Once the turning point was reached then everyone enjoyed a good tail wind back to Woodend.

Once back at the cafe we managed to drip water all over the floor and chairs as we dried out. Everybody was wearing good wet weather gear and were dry under the rain jackets. The usual chatter and fun was had while we warmed up with hot drinks before all going  home.

08 Apr

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 8th April 2018

32 riders arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were warm and very windy with a strong North Westerly Wind blowing.

4 riders rode the short ride, 13 rode the medium ride and the remaining 15 rode the longer ride. The strong wind made sections of all rides difficult but all groups enjoyed a tail wind back to Gisborne. 3 riders on the medium ride shortened the ride by not climbing Waterfalls Road and rode directly to McBean Avenue and waited for the others to get down off the mount.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments. The riders on the longer ride started arriving back in Gisborne just as most of the earlier riders had left.

05 Apr

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 5th April 2018

7 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were ideal with sunny skies and a light wind blowing. 4 riders  rode earlier as they had commitments in the morning. 1 rider on the early ride  broke a spoke and had to shorten his ride.

We rode our usual 53km route out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and back along Batters Lane. 1 rider noticed before the ride commenced that his front Tyre had a bulge and was not safe to use. He returned home, replaced the wheel and rode the ride in reverse direction and joined up with us 2/3 of the way through the ride. 1 rider rode a shortened version by eliminating Chases Lane loop.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual chatter, refreshments before heading home.

 

01 Apr

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 1st April 2018

32 riders assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. First ride after the end of daylight savings and no one got the clocks wrong. Weather conditions were excellent with some cloud and light winds which did get stronger towards the end of the ride.

12 riders assembled for the challenge ride of 100km at 8.00am for a early start, with 1 rider arriving late and decided to chase the group ahead.

The first of three punctures occurred just after turning into Metcalfe Rd, the second (different rider) stopped us in our tracks just after the Malmsbury turn off on the way to Metcalfe. We proceeded without further incident all the way to Faraday and over  Mt Alexander to the Tracks Cafe in Harcourt. For several riders this was their first venture into this territory. Not long after leaving the cafe, our third puncture occurred (repeat offending tyre). Repairs were quickly made and we proceeded back to Kyneton where some riders planned to ride an extra couple of kms around the streets to achieve 100 ks for the day.

19 riders commenced at 9.00am with all riders riding together to the point where the 2 rides separated.  7 then rode the short ride and the remaining 12 the medium ride. There was some consternation when one rider rode past the turning point at the start of Youngs Road, ( Name will not be mentioned) Luke got the job of chasing after the lost sheep and bringing them back. Unfortunately the rider had ridden all the way up the other side of the hill in Malmsbury ans then had to ride back into and up the hill to Youngs Road.

Once back at the cafe there was  bit of fun when the rider in question mentioned that they had a turned based app on the phone, too busy enjoying the ride on a new road bike. After the usual refreshments we all headed for home.

29 Mar

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 29th March 2018

7 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold with a thick fog in Woodend and a southerly wind blowing. The sun was starting to break through the clouds as we began to start the ride. Once we reached Newham we rode out of the foggy weather and then enjoyed sunshine for the remainder of the ride.

5 riders rode our usual 53km route to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Rd, Chases Lane & Batters Lane back to Woodend, 2 riders shortened the ride by not eliminating Chases Lane and riding back to Woodend.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments sitting in the sun before heading home.

18 Mar

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Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 18th March 2018

15 riders arrived in Gisborne this morning to tackle today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool and not ideal for riding with very high winds and the threat of rain.

9 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 6 rode the long ride. 5 riders on the medium ride also rode over Mt Gisborne and rejoined the others in Deverall road. As riders were on the climb in Deverall Road there was some light sprinkles of rain plus some hail also. Riders were stopping at the top of the hill to put rain jackets on but fortunately that was the last of the rain. Riders on the long ride varied the ride with some not going to Waterfalls road and 2 who rode from Woodend returned home over Mt Macedon.

The remaining riders had the usual chatter and refreshments at the cafe before heading home.

16 Mar

Ride News – 7 Peaks Climbs

5 club members traveled to Dinner Plain on Wednesday 14th March to ride the final peaks to qualify for the 7 Peaks Challenge. 2 other members also traveled to Dinner Plain to do some riding.

Brett, Mark H and Ken M climbed Mt Hotham from Harrietville on the 14th and then continued on to Dinner Plain.

Brett, Mark H, Luke, Lindsay, and Ken M rode from Dinner Plain to Omeo and back the following day to complete the final climb and we were accompanied by Ken S & Jennie who drove to Omeo and had a ride from there.

Unfortunately Ken had a puncture which caused a tyre blowout but managed to get a lift  of  approx 20km with a Parks employee back to his car in Omeo. When Jennie got back to Omeo she then rode the climb from the top of ridge out of Omeo back to Dinner Plain, a distance of 35km plus the 44km’s previously ridden.

The 5 members who were riding the peaks have now completed all the climbs and are now eligible to purchase a 7 Peaks Jersey as an acknowledgement of their achievement.

 

11 Mar

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton – 11th March 2018

28 riders assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were clear skies and quite cool with a light wind blowing. As the ride commenced the weather soon began to warm up and the breeze freshened also. Fortunately the wind was from the north which meant a tail wind back to Kyneton.

17 riders commenced the long ride plus 2 others joined during the ride and the remaining 11 riders rode the medium ride. Ride conditions were ideal with a mainly downhill start and the return ride with the tail wind.

Both groups were together at the cafe which was mid ride at Malmsbury due to the Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton and the possibility of very crowded cafes. Once riders had finished their refreshments we then rode back to Kyneton together. Some riders started from Malmsbury and finished their ride after refreshments.

For the first time in living memory Davo did not have a second coffee stop when we returned to Kyneton.

08 Mar

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend – 8th March 2018

9 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were ideal for riding with a fairly light Northerly wind and the sun shining. We rode our usual 53km  route to Newham via Bryces Lane, then onto Chases Lane and back along Batters Lane.

2 riders who had not ridden for some months rode a shorter 40km route by not riding Chases Lane and returning direct to Woodend from Carlshrue. The weather conditions were a head wind for the first half and a tail wind back to Woodend. Love a tail wind home.

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

04 Mar

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Woodend – 4th March 2018

28 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were overcast with a cold south wind blowing. 12 riders started on the long ride, 15 on the medium ride and one riders rode the short ride. Riders on the long ride were joined by 5 other members who had sneaked out earlier at 7.15am  and climbed the mountain and back down to Straws Lane  where they waited for the other riders to arrive. The long ride  then became 17 riders.

One member on the medium ride had the misfortune to have a puncture just before commencing the climb up Mt Macedon Road and 3 members chose to stay and ride with him. They then rode up to Straws Lane and then the reverse direction of the ride and rejoined the remaining 8 riders on the medium ride near Carlshrue.

3 riders  rode a modified version of the medium ride by not climbing Mt Macedon Rd.

Once this was all sorted out and everyone was back together at the cafe there was a lot of chatter and fun about the various options chosen. After suitable refreshments we all went home with one rider riding back to Gisborne into the head wind.