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18 Jul

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 18th July 2019

7 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were the best for many days with the sun shining and a light breeze. During the ride the wind speed picked up before the turning point to ride back to Woodend which meant a tail wind for way back.

5 riders rode our normal 53km loop to Newham via Bryces Lane, then 3 Chain Rd, Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. The other 2 riders rode the shorter 45km loop minus the Bryces Lane section. Most of the ride was on dry roads and bikes will most likely not need cleaning as has been the case for the majority of rides lately.

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

 

14 Jul

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Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 14th July 2019

15 members assembled in Gisborne this morning on a cold, wet & windy start to the day with the temperature about 1 degree. One rider commenting we must all be insane. Riders on the long ride were joined by another member making 16 in total, who had commenced riding from home which is along the route of the ride.

3 riders rode the short ride due to the weather conditions, 5 rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 rode the long ride. The medium ride was modified by all riders again due to weather conditions with ride distances averaging between 20kms and 40kms. There was an accident on the long ride from a clash of wheels resulting in 1 member being transferred by ambulance to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone and another suffering severe bruising. The rider who joined the ride late suffered a puncture and after effecting repairs returned home. As most of the others on the long ride having ridden to the start in Gisborne they rode directly home. One rider on the long ride rode back to the cafe to report on the condition of the fallen riders.

The riders on the short and medium ride were together for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

11 Jul

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 11th July 2019

4 members (poor souls with nothing better to do) turned up this morning for today’s ride under very trying weather conditions. There was a very strong North Westerly wind, heavy drizzling rain and temperatures not much above zero degrees, Fortunately as we rode from Woodend the weather conditions improved slightly the further north we rode. Heading back to the finish of the ride the weather conditions changed to much the same as we left earlier.

We rode a 45km shortened version of the usual Thursday ride by eliminating the Bryces Lane section. The ride out to Batters Lane was into the strong wind being either a block head wind or a cross head wind after which we then picked up the tail wind for the return back to Woodend.

Once back at the cafe it was inside into the warmth for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

07 Jul

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Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 7th July 2019

 

18 members descended on Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool with a northerly wind blowing and a few spits of rain. During the ride the sun began to shine through and the wind strengthened and no rain for the entire ride.

5 riders rode the short ride, 8 rode the medium ride and the remaining 5 rode the long ride. The medium and short ride groups all rode together until the end of Youngs Road where the 2 rides went in different directions. All rides had a tail wind for a most of the first part of the rides followed by a head wind back to Kyneton.  Fortunately most of the ride back was basically down hill and not a big issue. Riders on the long ride split into 2 groups with some riders returning directly to Woodend where they started from this morning.

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

04 Jul

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 4th July 2019

7 members assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride on a cold morning with the sun shining and a southerly wind blowing. Jennie also drove into Woodend making 8 members and rode out to Carlshrue to join up with us and ride the way back. Great to see her back on the bike again. Whilst the temperature did not increase much during the ride all riders agreed it was one of the better Thursday mornings for some time.

3 riders ride the usual 53km loop to Bryces Lane, then Newham, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back. The other 4 bypassed the Bryces Lane loop for a total of 47km with the rides regrouping near the Carlshrue Roadhouse.

Once back in Woodend it was great to be able to sit in the sun while we enjoyed the chatter and refreshments before heading home.

 

30 Jun

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Sunday Ride – Woodend – 30th June 2019

16 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride with a very cold start to the ride. Temperatures were just above zero degrees as we were about to start riding. Midway through the ride the sun began to shine through at times without any warmth. One unnamed member also admitted to having a ride yesterday (Not me) and obviously got very wet.

8 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 rode the long ride. Weather conditions on the ride OK early as we were sheltered from the wind riding along Ashbourne Road. After that there were some head wind sections before reaching the turning point of each ride and then enjoying the tail wind back to Woodend. 

Once back at the cafe it was inside into the warmth for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home. 2 other members were also at the cafe. Unfortunately the long ride had split into 2 groups with the last 3 riders just getting back to Woodend after the others had left for home.

27 Jun

Thursday Ride – Woodend -27th June 2019

6 members arrived in Woodend for todays ride on a sunny morning with a strong northerly wind blowing. Ride conditions did not change during the ride except that maybe the wind became stronger.

4 riders rode our usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane then 3 Chain Rd to Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. 2 riders rode the modified 47km shorter version by eliminating the Bryces Lane loop. Both rides had regrouped by Clancys Lane and rode together back to Woodend. The wind on the way out to Batters Lane was strong and made the ride difficult when riding directly into the wind, but from when we turned into Batters Lane it was a case of sails up and getting blown back to Woodend. It was also good to see Michael M back riding with us again.

Once back in Woodend it was into the warmth of the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home.

 

 

 

23 Jun

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Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 23rd June 2019

23 members assembled in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were very cold with areas of frost still on the ground and the sun beginning to shine through the cloud and fog. As we commenced riding the sun began to shine more and the temperature slowly started to warm up.

13 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 10 rode the long ride. 7 riders on the medium ride climbed Mt Gisborne and the remainder followed the published route. Both groups arrived together at the regrouping point and continued back to Gisborne. One rider went past the turning point and we had to send one of the faster riders to retrieve him. A different 7 riders then added riding to McBean Ave to the published ride for a distance of 45 km for their ride.

Both groups were together at the cafe. Everyone enjoyed being able to sit in the sunshine for the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home.

20 Jun

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 20th June 2019

4 brave souls arrived this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were very cold with temperatures not much above zero degrees, heavy drizzle and a strong southerly wind blowing. Not ideal conditions for a ride.

2 riders rode the usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane and the other 2 rode a 48km modified loop by eliminating the Bryces Lane loop. Once we rode away from Woodend the weather began to clear and we had no more rain until heading back to Woodend near the Carlshrue Roadhouse. The roads were wet the entire ride with a lot of spray coming up from the road and keeping dry was difficult.

Once back at Woodend it was into the warmth of the cafe for the usual refreshments and chatter before heading home a little dryer and warmer. Back home it was then the chore of hosing down the bike and re-lubing chains etc. for the next ride.

16 Jun

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Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 16th June 2019

15 riders arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’ ride. The smallest number of riders for a Sunday ride for a long time. Weather conditions were cold with very wet roads from a shower that came through at about 7.00am this morning. We also had a first time rider with us this morning. As we commenced riding along Baynton Road we rode into thick fog which continued until Pipers Creek Road for the medium ride and to the Burke & Wills Track for the long ride.

9 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 6 rode the long ride. One rider on the medium ride had a puncture which slowed the group down and the riders waited whilst the tube was replaced. As a result the riders on the long ride were back in Kyneton before the medium ride.

Once all riders were back together at the cafe we enjoyed the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home.