03 Dec

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 3rd December 2017

12 riders arrives in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cloudy with a strong Southerly wind blowing. We were joined by a long time club member (Lauretta)  who currently races with the women’s United Health Care Team in the USA for 7 months of the year and selected races in Aust when home.

All riders rode the long ride. Weather conditions on the ride alternated between mainly sunshine with patches of misty drizzle. This had riders stopping and putting on rain jackets then shortly taking them off when the shower stopped. On the ride there was quite a lot of leaf litter on the road and at one point riders stopped and removed a large branch which was blocking the road. Then as we headed back to Gisborne for approx the last 5km, the showers became a lot heavier and colder. Once back at the cafe the sun shone through again and we all sat outside getting warm and drying out.

All riders enjoyed the refreshments at the cafe before heading home just as another shower started.

10 Sep

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Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 10th September 2017

18 riders arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Conditions were perfect with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing. One of the best mornings for some time.

7 riders rode the longer ride and the remaining 11 rode the medium ride.  Some riders on the medium ride  rode a modified version by eliminating part of the climb up Waterfalls Road.

Riders on the longer ride also modified the ride by eliminating the loop into Gisborne and arrived back at the cafe at the same time as the medium ride. Everyone then enjoyed the company and refreshments before heading home.

03 Sep

Ride News

Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton – 3rd September 2017

14 members assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Conditions were cold with heavy misty rain falling. As we were about to commence riding the rain became even heavier with a little hail. This prompted 3 members to decide not to ride and head for the cafe. The remaining 11 riders then started on their merry way.

5 riders rode the longer ride, 2 rode modified versions of the medium ride and the remaining 4 rode the shorter ride. As we rode over the freeway out of Kyneton the rain ceased and apart from a light shower the rest of the ride was on dry roads with a fair amount of sunshine. Everyone also enjoyed the tail wind back to Kyneton.

Special mention must be made of one member who was riding in a coat more suitable for the snow fields. Good work Rob. However as he said later at least he was dry and warm. All members who rode were together back at the cafe after the ride an enjoyed the warmth and company before heading home.


16 Jul

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Sunday Social Ride – Woodend – 16th July 2017

15 riders assembled in Woodend this morning on a very cold and frosty day. The sun came out once the ride commenced. There was no warmth but it felt good to have the sun shining.

11 riders rode the medium ride, 3 the short ride and one member who had to be home early rode up the Mount and back down. We also had one first time rider with us who joined some friends for the ride.

After the ride all members were together in the cafe enjoying the warmth and being out of the cold. 2 other members who were in the area also called to say hello. After warming up we all departed for home.

07 May

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Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 7th May 2017

10 riders assembled in Gisborne for today’s ride. Conditions were cool with a northerly wind blowing. Numbers were down due to many members riding the BAD ride in Ballarat today. We had 2 new riders with the club today, Tim who lives in Mt Macedon plus Julia one of the femmes Saturday beginner riders with us for the first time.

5 riders rode the longer ride and the remaining 5 a modified version of the medium ride with distances varying from 25km for 4 members and myself 38km. The ride included climbing Waterfalls Road for all. A milestone achievement for Julia especially as she had climbed Mt Macedon Road to the saddle the previous day. Both climbs were a first. Roscoe also had the misfortune to have a cut tyre and puncture. Part of the fix meant a new tube and a $10 note to patch the hole. Just another use for the currency of the land.

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

20 Mar

Sunday Social Ride – Woodend 20th March 2016

24 riders were on the rides from Woodend today on a sunny day with a cool southerly breeze. An additional 2 riders, no prize for guessing who, joined the long ride near Lancefield. 12 riders enjoyed the long ride which included the seemingly non-optional extra coffee stop at Lancefield.

There were also 12 riders on the medium ride, with no one opting to do the short route. The group included a couple of new riders to the club – one of whom became separated from the group and found himself riding with the long ride group. The climb up Mount Macedon as far as Straws Lane might have come as a bit of a shock to our newer riders, but one was overheard to say that she felt a sense of achievement after completing the 4k climb. Emma took a spill whilst slowing at the top, experiencing the dreaded failure to instinctively remove one’s feet from cleats, that some say usually becomes automatic after the third fall off your bike.
We tested out the coffee for the second time at the new cafe and celebrated long standing member Lance’s birthday (the long riders followed habit and took their second coffee at the Chambers and so missed raising their cups to Lance). A couple of our newer riders – still finding their feet, (normally positioned below the ankles) – reflected that perhaps their tired limbs should have travelled the short ride after all.
Good spirits all around, and looking forward to the next ride.

18 Mar

Ride News – Thurs. 17th March

6 riders headed out north from Woodend, facing a sometimes stiff headwind. (Although it didn’t seem as strong as the Bureau predicted).  David led us down a road that a few of us looked suspiciously at, wondering what the unmade surface would do to our bikes. However, the unmade section (part of Mowbrays Road) was in good condition, quite short, and an attractive variation to our usual routes.

In addition to trying out a new section of road,  for a change we also tested ‘Milko’, a new coffee shop that has only been open for a week or so. The milk shakes were great, but the jury is still out on the coffee. The operator took pains to check out our opinion of the drinks. We were joined for coffee by Penne and Mark, riding bikes that I think would survive a direct hit from a nuclear weapon. Luke was observed as we were leaving, is recovering quickly from his broken ribs, and expects to start riding again soon.

An enjoyable 45k+ ride, held in generally good weather conditions.

14 Feb

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Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton 14th Feb 2016

24 club members took part in our Sunday rides this morning from Kyneton, in great weather conditions. 25 actually showed up, but our somewhat laconic leader left his shoes and helmet at home. Perhaps he just wanted an unearned coffee? A waste of getting out of bed early, if you ask me.  Apparently, these 8.30am early summer starts are a bit of a problem for some of us. There are some who think it should be a criminal offence to get out of bed before 8am!

We split up into three ‘official’ ride groups.  The long ride group were heroic today as they managed to pass through Lancefield without the controversial extra coffee stop, mainly due to our two most prominent coffee demons not being on that ride. The seven who completed the ride arrived back in Kyneton in time for conversation over a much anticipated coffee with the other riders.

We had two new riders today checking us out, one doing the shortest of the three rides with two club stalwarts as companions – the other breezed through the long ride. Eleven of us completed the middle distance ride, with only one mishap – a long standing club member who will remain unnamed, fell off her bike. I missed seeing the event, but it may have happened as her partner walked past us as we were riding along High Street. Perhaps it was a swoon related to St Valentine’s day?

Two of our rider’s bikes seemed to be floating above the road, brightly polished and newly acquired. It’s amazing how many justifications there are for getting a new bike – fitness, lifestyle, companionship etc!

Good spirits all around, lots of conversation, and the usual anticipation of our next ride. Next week, our regular ride reporter will be back from climbing the mountains to keep you up to date with the news.

27 Dec

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Sunday Social Ride 27th Dec 2015

28 riders took part in our post-Christmas ride – a club record for a Sunday ride. (At least, I think there were 28, I didn’t bring my calculator). Ken M, who usually writes the ride reports missed today’s ride, for perhaps the first time this year. I wouldn’t dare suggest that his absence was a causal factor in so many turning up. Perhaps it was more a case of a bunch who were desperately trying to remove some Christmas pudding off their waistlines. Only four of the group completed the long ride – Julie, Mark, John McB and Francis, our visitor from Canberra. Some of us did not want to face the 30k headwinds back into Woodend.
We have observed that riding skills can be in inverse proportion to map reading skills, as the group out front turned right out of Anderson’s Road instead of left. I don’t know who the black sheep was that led out, but I was one of the sheep that followed. No great harm done though, as we managed to bunch up again. A small group decided that the attractions of coffee were too great to complete the ride, and they peeled off to get the best seats in the cafe.
This was of course our last Sunday ride of the year. It was great to finish on such a good note in terms of numbers, lively spirits, and apart from a bit of wind, good conditions. The club is still growing rapidly, and we hope that the new riders stick with us. It takes time to form connections, but the enjoyment that many get from riding with the club is palpable.
22 Oct

Thursday Social Ride – Woodend 22nd October 2015

Two riders chose to venture out in drizzling rain with the hope that conditions might improve, which they did once north of Hanging Rock. After the descent from Bryce’s Lane the skies cleared and the roads were dry towards Newham and along Don’s Lane. Discouraged by the head wind, we shortened the trip via a detour along Mowbray’s Rd which included perhaps a kilometre of firm gravel to Anderson’s Rd, up to the roundabout and back into Woodend where the weather was the same as when we left – damp!. Not withstanding, both riders agreed that the effort was truly worthwhile.