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17 Nov

Ride News

Bright Trip Day 1

Weather conditions were so bad that no one rode that day.

Day 2

Mount Buffalo Climb

17 riders tackled the climb from Bright to Mt Buffalo, a return ride of approx 70km to 78km depending on the finish at the top of the climb. We had 6 first timers climbing the mountain including a newer lady member who only began riding in March of this year. A terrific achievement for all of those riders.  We were in the clouds and fog at the top of the mountain when we felt some spits of rain and within minutes we were in the middle of a thunder storm plus hail which was directly overhead making for a very interesting descent down the mountain. Everybody made it down the mountain safely. Once halfway down the sun began to shine and it was warmed up quickly. Some riders who started the descent first managed no rain at all.

Lake Buffalo ride.

8 riders rode from Myrtleford to Lake Buffalo and back a distance of approx 44km. The riders had some rain but more the inconvenience of getting wet and then drying out. One rider had the misfortune to have a puncture and once that was repaired another member of the group found that he also had a puncture. After both were repaired they completed the rides and enjoyed lunch in Myrtleford.

Details of tomorrow’s ride to come in the next installment.

12 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 12th November 2017

25 riders assembled this morning for today’s ride. Conditions were warm with a light breeze and some local fog starting to lift. We had two new riders this morning, one a friend of a member and the other an international visitor. Both riders enjoyed their rides and company. Also 2 members had just returned from overseas and were suffering from jet lag so the rides were a struggle.

16 riders rode the longer ride, 8 the medium ride and one member with time commitments rode the short ride which included the first part of the medium ride with the group.

After the rides all members had a good time sitting under the shade at the cafe with the warmth before they all departed for home.

09 Nov

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend – 9th November 2017

9 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were excellent for riding with the sun shining, warm and very little wind. It was good to be able to ride without multiple layers to protect against the cold.

We rode one of our normal loops out to Newham via Bryces Lane, Chases Lane and back along Batters Lane. As there was only a slight breeze the ride was quick, being warm during a ride was a novelty that we had not had for many months.

Once back at the cafe we all enjoyed sitting outside in the shade having our refreshments before heading home.

05 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton – 5th November 2017

25 riders assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cloudy with a strong southerly wind blowing, which gave way to sunshine by the end of the rides. 10 riders rode the longer ride, 12 the medium ride and the remaining 3 the short ride.

As the ride commenced with a strong tail wind one Muppet (Me) in the medium/ short ride group decided to try and improve a Strava segment time to Malmsbury and the group averaged 28.8kph out . (New PB time. yeea) Other riders in the group on Strava would also have achieved PB’s as well. The ride split into two groups at the end of Youngs Road where the rides parted in different directions. Once we were on the climb up Shepherds Hill average speeds quickly came back to more normal speeds. From the top of the hill back to Kyneton we enjoyed a assisting tail wind all the way back. Riders on the long ride also had similar conditions except they had a longer ride into the head wind before having the tail wind back to Kyneton. As a result all rides were ridden at a fast pace.

Everyone was then together back at the cafe where we enjoyed the usual noise, chatter before heading home.

 

02 Nov

Thursday Social Ride – Kyneton – 2nd November 2017

4 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were typical for Woodend lately, cold, wet and windy. . We decided to ride from Kyneton instead of Woodend as 2 riders came from Kyneton where the weather was fine.

We rode a 40km loop out to Malmsbury, Young’s Rd and Shepherds Hill then back to Kyneton. The weather was fine with some sunshine during portions of the ride. Definitely much better than the conditions we encountered in Woodend. With the tail wind to Malmsbury and being sheltered in Shepherds Hill Rd followed by a tail wind back to Kyneton it was an enjoyable and fast ride.

Once back in Kyneton it was then to the cafe for the usual chat and socialising before heading home.

 

29 Oct

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Woodend – 29th October 2017

33 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Another excellent number of members riding now. The weather conditions were warm with a strong north wind blowing which meant a strong tail wind back to Woodend for the latter part of the ride.

12 riders rode the longer the ride and the remaining 21 all rode out together to the point where the medium and the short rides separated. The ride then split into 18 on the medium ride and 3 on the short ride. The 3 riders on the short ride was one of our mum’s with her 2 children who had just completed the club’s skills training course. We also had 2 members who had their first ride last week with us and turned up again today for some more punishment.

With the tail wind back to Woodend all rides were conducted at a brisk pace even with the amount of climbing at the finish in Ashbourne Road.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual good chatter before we all headed homeward.

26 Oct

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend – 26th October 2017

Today’s ride report will be very brief as only myself and Jennie arrived in Woodend for a ride. Conditions were wet, cold and very windy so we both decided not to ride. Jennie returned home where the weather was fine when she left and was going for a ride. I returned home and hoped for fine weather later in the day for a ride.

22 Oct

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Lancefield – 22nd October 2017

22 riders arrived in Lancefield this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool with light misty rain. Fortunately by the time the ride commenced the cloud had lifted and no further rain fell during the ride. There were also areas of sunshine during the morning. The Southerly wind helped on the outward climbing portion of the ride and the head wind return was mainly downhill.

11 riders rode the longer ride and 7 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 4 rode the shorter ride. Riders on the longer ride were also joined by Luke during the ride. We also had 2 riders who were members of the autumn skills classes riding with us on new road bikes plus 2 first time riders as well. Hopefully they will all continue riding with us and further develop their skills. All of today’s rides included a fair amount of climbing and were difficult rides especially for the new comers.

Once back at the cafe after the rides it was the usual chatter before we all departed for home.

19 Oct

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend – 19th October 2017

3 riders arrived this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were warm with a Northerly wind blowing.

A word of caution for those members who regularly park near the cafe. Parking restriction signs were being placed when I arrived this morning. Also someone appeared to be checking cars as soon as the time ticked over at 9.00am. Copy of sign attached.

We rode a modified 42km version of our normal loop out to Carlshrue and back along Russells Road but did not ride along Chases Lane as we could see rain about. We rode into a head wind out via Newham and enjoyed a nice tail wind back from Carlshrue.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual chat before heading home.

15 Oct

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton – 15th October 2017

30 riders arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Nearly a record number of riders on our social rides. Weather conditions were close to perfect, the sun was shining and there was very little breeze. It was good to see some of our members who have been missing over the cold months back riding with us again. It was still a little bit cool at the start so judging what to wear for the ride was a tricky.

18 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 12 rode the longer ride with the group splitting into 2 with 7 in the faster group and 5 in the slower group. Riders on both rides rode modified versions of the rides by eliminating one or more sections to shorten the ride. Also one rider on the medium ride missed a turn off and rode an extra 2.5km before turning back to the correct road. No names mentioned ( Initial of J) and ended up riding an extra 5km’s.

About half of the riders were at the cafe when I arrived back.  There was considerable banter about everyone shortening the rides. Maybe as punishment I will have to include a 100km ride next week. (Joking everyone). After refreshments we all departed for home.