05 Dec

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 5th December 2019

9 members assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were sunny early with a strong Westerly wind blowing. As the ride commenced the weather began to cloud over and remained much the same for the rest of the ride.

We rode our usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. We had a head wind for most of the way out to Batters Lane then a tail wind back to Woodend. The ride pace was fairly quick considering the amount of head wind riding with the average speed being over 23kmph.

Once back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments before we headed home.

01 Dec

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 1st December 2019

12 members ( hardy souls) arrived in Kyneton this morning for the first day of summer and were greeted with a day that was definitely not one for the summer. Very cold with a strong north wind and showers during the latter part of the ride.

With the threat of rain all riders chose to ride the medium 43km ride to the top of Metcalfe Hill. On arrival at the top of the hill 8 riders chose to descend the hill and climb back up. The other 4 riders rode the main route without the descent. The 8 riders encountered drizzly rain for the last 8kms or so of the ride. With the tail wind at this stage of the ride the rain was not a significant issue as the roads stayed fairly dry.

Once back in the warmth of the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

28 Nov

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 28th November 2019

6 members assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. The sun was shining with a cool South Easterly wind blowing. Conditions warmed up during the ride and were very good for riding.

We rode our usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. We had an assisting wind for most of the ride to Batters Lane followed by cross head wind mainly back to Woodend.

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

25 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 24th November 2019

Due to the number of members away at Bright the rider numbers at Woodend were only small. 4 members assembled in Woodend for the ride. They were joined by another member early in the ride and the 5 rode the 56km long ride. 2 of the group  had also ridden up from Gisborne, Conditions for the ride were ideal according to reports.

The ride was followed by the usual refreshments and chatter at the cafe before heading home.

25 Nov

Ride News

Bright – Sunday – 24th November 2019

18 members rode 69km from Bright to Mt Buffalo with an 8.00am start.  3 other members started riding from Porpunka with an earlier start and a shorter distance of 54km. As the last of the climbers were reaching the top some of the quicker riders were starting their descent as the coffee van which is usually staffed at the Chalet Car Park was not open. Some of the riders waited for the last riders to reach the summit before they commenced the descent. One member also ran down the descent for training.

Riders then regrouped at the Rail Trail cafe for refreshments before riding back to Bright.

Some of the group then drove home with the remainder having an evening meal in Porpunka.

25 Nov

Ride News

Bright – Saturday – 23rd November 2019

3 riders rode the climb of Mt Hotham on Saturday morning early to avoid the conditions due to the heat later in the day. 2 other members rode Mt Hotham on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th November.

8 members rode an 54km ride from Ovens to Lake Buffalo and back with plenty of time sitting under the shade of trees at Lake Buffalo and enjoying the scenery before returning back to our starting point. The remainder of the group rode 50km from Bright to Harrietville. From there all returned to Bright for lunch at one of the cafe’s.

The ride was followed by the traditional BBQ at the caravan park with the usual chatter and refreshments.

25 Nov

Ride News

Bright – Friday – 22nd November 2019

21 members rode the 65km climb up Falls Creek from Mt Beauty on a good morning for climbing. 3 members also rode over the Tawonga Gap before starting the climb with one riding back over to Bright. We had 8 members riding the climb for the first time and all members made it to the Falls Creek Village. It was very busy at the top as the mountain bike season was having its opening day and as a result there were bikers everywhere. Riders then began the descent in smaller groups and then enjoyed refreshments in the bakery in Mt Beauty before driving back to Bright.

The remainder of the riders rode the Bright to Buckland Valley ride.

The evening meal was then had at the Bright Brewery.

 

25 Nov

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Bright – Thursday – 21th November 2019

4 members rode a 40km out and back loop to Buckland Valley on a hot afternoon with a lot of smoke hanging around in the area. The remainder of the group decided not to ride due to the heat. As we were riding the heat was not bad as the air movement managed to keep us cool. When we were about to start the ride back we could hear a loud burst of thunder so we rode back as quick as possible to beat any storm.

Following the ride it was takeaway evening meal in the park which we managed to finish just as rain began to commence.

17 Nov

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne -17th November 2019

21 members arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride with another member joining the long ride after starting from home as the ride was going past the front door making 22 riders in all. The weather was overcast with a cold southerly wind blowing which remained constant for the entire ride.

9 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 13 rode the long ride. Both rides were tail wind or cross tail wind early in the ride with the opposite for the latter portion of the ride. As the latter portion of both rides were mainly down hill the head wind was not such a big issue. 2 riders on the medium ride rode a slightly shorter version with another rider adding in some extra hills just for practice. The medium ride was all back together for the last portion of the ride.

Back at the cafe it was everyone together for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

 

14 Nov

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 14th November 2019

5 members arrived in Woodend this morning under grey skies and some misty cloud present with a strong North Westerly Wind blowing. The sun began to shine soon after we commenced riding and we had sections of sunshine followed by overcast skies. Numbers were down as a few members were away at this time.

We rode our usual ride out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Rd, Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. The ride out to Batters was mainly a head wind or cross head wind. Once in Batters Lane we then had a tail wind for most of the way back to Woodend except nearing Woodend the wind seemed to shift to a more South Westerly direction just to make things difficult. Ride speed was good considering the amount of head wind riding.

Back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home.