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23 May

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 23rd May 2019

7 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool early but then became a sunny morning with a freshening Northerly Wind. A good ride with the head wind early and a tail wind for the ride back to Woodend.

The ride split into 2 groups with 4 riders riding our normal 53km loop to Newham via Bryces Lane, Chases Lane and turning to ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. The remaining 3 rode a shorter 47km loop without riding the Bryces Lane loop. All riders were together before we reached Woodend on the return. We also had a friend of one of the riders with us for the first time.

Once back in Woodend it was the usual chatter and refreshments before we headed home.

 

19 May

Ride News

Sunday ride – Woodend – 19th May 2019

27 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were a little cool early with a Northerly wind blowing. As the ride progressed the day warmed up and ended being a good day to be out on the bike. As the wind conditions were favourable all rides were conducted at a good pace with tail wind conditions for a large portion of the rides.

11 riders rode the long ride, 16 rode the medium ride with 4 riders electing to not climb Mt Macedon Road. 2 riders who climbed Mt Macedon modified the medium ride with one returning to Woodend at Newham and the other joined up with another club member at Straws Lane and they rode multiple climbs to the Camels Hump and back.

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

16 May

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 16th May 2019

4 riders arrived in Woodend this morning on a cold morning with some light frost in the area and the sun shining.

2 riders rode the normal 53 km Thursday ride with the other 2 riders eliminating the Bryces Lane loop and riding 47km. The cloud was still hanging about as we rode past Hanging Rock and the temperature was very cold at that point. Once back into Newham we were in the sunshine again with warmer temperatures. Both rides rejoined as we reached Batters Lane and then rode the remainder of the ride back to Woodend together.

Back at the cafe we were joined by Michael C and the usual chatter and refreshments followed before we headed home.

12 May

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 12th May 2019

21 members assembled in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold, windy with some sunshine patches. The long ride encountered some misty rain at the top of Kerrie Valley and around Woodend before riding out of the weather and back to sunshine.

9 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 12 rode the long ride. One rider on the long ride rode a modified version as he had time commitments. The long ride was fast for the first third of the ride followed by the climb up Kerrie Valley and a fast ride back to Gisborne to finish the ride. There were 2 lady members on the long ride who had never climbed Kerrie Valley before and both made the climb OK. I am unsure as to the medium ride but I assume there were some modifications of the published ride due to time constraints and the cold weather.

When the riders on the long ride arrived back at the cafe the others had already left so the usual refreshments were enjoyed by that group. I imagine riders on the medium ride were the same.

09 May

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 9th May 2019

5 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold with a very strong Northerly wind blowing. We also had a new lady member riding with us for the time. Today’s conditions were not ideal for a first ride however she coped well with the ride.

We split the ride into 2 groups with 3 riding a modified shorter version of our normal loop by eliminating Bryces Lane and Chases Lane loop for a distance of approx 35km. The other 2 riders rode the normal loop. On both rides it was difficult riding into the wind but good to have a tail wind back to Woodend.

Due to the cold weather riders on the shorter loop had left the cafe by the time the other 2 returned. One of the riders met us on the way back to the cafe to let us know they had not stayed for a coffee. Once we got back is was good to get out of the cold and into a warm atmosphere for a chat and a drink.

05 May

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 5th May 2019

25 riders arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool with a fairly strong southerly wind.

2 riders rode the short ride, 18 rode the medium ride and the remaining 5 rode the long ride. All rides rode the same route to the end of Youngs road where the medium and long ride went and climbed Shepherds Hill with the long ride continuing on to Fern Hill before returning to Kyneton while the medium ride rode back to Kyneton from the top of the hill. 3 riders on the medium ride climbed Shepherds Hill for the first with 2 of the riders being newer members who had never attempted a long climb before. A great effort from those 2 riders.

Members were together at the cafe where the usual chatter and refreshments were enjoyed before we all headed home.

02 May

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 2nd May 2019

1 member arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Another member was spotted in Woodend with bike on car but wisely decided to head home and not ride. As I had supermarket shopping to do I did that first to see if the weather improved. When I got back to my car the rain had all disappeared so I went for a ride and completed the entire ride without any rain and also had patches of sunshine during the ride.

I rode an extended 60km version of our normal Thursday ride. The roads varied from slightly damp to completely dry and with head wind out and tail wind back the ride was difficult early and fast for the ride home.

Once back in Woodend it was a quick drink and some food then home.

28 Apr

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 28th April 2019

23 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold, cloudy with a strong Westerly wind blowing. Most riders were wearing rain jackets to protect from the wind.

2 riders rode the short ride, 14 rode the medium ride and the remaining 7 road the long ride. Due to the westerly wind the medium and long ride were difficult early as both rides were into the wind. Eventually both rides had a tail wind and riding conditions were much better from then on. The favourable wind on the way back to Woodend meant ride speeds improved from then.

the medium and shot rides were together at the cafe and the long ride was just getting back as the last of the members were leaving for home. The usual refreshments and chatter were enjoyed before we headed home.

22 Mar

Ride News – 7 Peaks Climbs

3 club members Pene, Luke and Ken M have successfully completed the 7 Peaks Climbs this cycling season. Luke and Ken rode the last of their climbs Thursday 21st March and Pene completed her last climb on February 28th.

Other members have successfully ridden the 7 climbs in previous years and many members have climbed some of the climbs this year also. To complete the 7 usually involves multiple away trips, overnight stays and a lot of sustained climbing. The club’s annual Bright trip generally includes 2 of the climbs. 19 Members climbed Mt Buffalo and 4 Falls Creek during the last trip.

Congratulations to Pene for completing her first 7 Peaks climbs. A fantastic effort

24 Jun

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 24th June 2018

Sixteen riders assembled in Kyneton this morning . Conditions were cold but fine, with a moderate southerly wind. It was noted that numbers were down due to several members having fled to try their luck cycling in Europe. Five riders set out on the long ride, with one latecomer bolting to catch up, which he did shortly before the Burke and Wills track. It was the first time out the Sidonia road for two of the riders and much mention was made about the splendour of the scenery.

One rider on the medium ride skipped the coffee shop and returned to Woodend, from whence she had rode. All long distance riders shortened their ride due to the distinct aroma of coffee detected near the corner of Chases Lane. The short distance riders were well and truly finished refreshments by the time the last riders returned to join the medium group in the warmth of the coffee shop. Three riders then returned to Woodend on their bikes with one intrepid fellow riding all the way back to Gisborne.