25 Apr

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 25th April 2019

9 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cool early with the sun shining. Once we commenced riding and rode out of the treed area the temperature soon warmed up.

We had Ken S back riding his first official club ride for some time. He and one other newer member rode a modified version of our usual Thursday ride by eliminating Bryces Lane and Chases Lane loop for a distance of 40km. The remaining 7 rode the usual 53km loop. With a tail wind out to Batters Lane and the fast riders out the front towing the lesser riders along a fast pace was set for the ride. Once we turned at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend the wind had begun to shift to a North Westerly direction which also made for a faster return to Woodend without the head wind.

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

21 Apr

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 21st April 2019

20 riders assembled in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. We were greeted by a warm, overcast and very windy morning. All rides were modified from the published routes due to road works at one of the intersections by eliminating that section and rejoining the route at a later point.

3 riders rode the short ride, 9 rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 rode the longer ride. All rides had a head wind when riding in a northerly direction. Once at the top of the climbs we then had a strong tail wind for the later part of the ride.

Both the medium and the long rides arrived back at the cafe at nearly the same time and the riders on the short ride were still there waiting for the others to return. We then enjoyed the usual refreshments and chatter before heading home.


19 Apr

Good Friday Ride – Woodend – 19th April 2019

20 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride on a sunny morning with a light southerly wind. With the tail wind the ride was fast out to Malmsbury especially as the hills are easier when riding in the direction we were traveling. Once in Malmsbury we then enjoyed our liquid refreshments sitting in the outdoor area with hot cross buns and everyone had a good chat before we commenced the return ride to Woodend.

As we returned to Woodend the wind began to change to a northerly direction and we had an assisting wind for most of the ride back. This resulted in a fast pace for the entire ride. Nice to get a ride in without having a tail wind followed by a strong head wind for the return ride.

Once back in Woodend it was to late for a second cafe stop due to early closing so after further chatter we all headed homeward.

18 Apr

Thursday Ride – Woodend -18th April 2019

5 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. We were greeted by another sunny morning with a strong cold Southerly wind blowing. All riders wore jackets to protect from the cold wind.

We rode our usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain road, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. 2 riders modified the ride by not riding 3 Chain Road and returned to Woodend from Newham. Once we reached Batters Lane it was a direct head wind all the way back with only a few spots where we sheltered slightly from the wind.

Back at the cafe where we were joined by Michael C who has been unable to ride for some weeks and the usual refreshments and chatter followed before we all headed home.

14 Apr

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 14th April 2019

22 riders assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. We enjoyed ideal weather conditions with the sun shining, a light wind and warm temperatures. 2 more riders joined the medium ride part way through after missing the notification of change of start venue.

2 riders rode the short ride due to time commitments, 14 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 rode the longer ride. 6 riders on the medium ride modified the route by eliminating either Chases Lane or Woodend North loop and the remaining 8 rode the published route.

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

11 Apr

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 11th April 2019

7 members assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were sunny with a South Easterly wind blowing. We were joined by Ken S for the latter portion of this morning’s ride. Good to see him back riding again.

We rode our usual 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Rd to Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. Once we turned at Batters Lane it was into the head wind for the ride back to Woodend. This weather pattern has been a consistent factor for the last few months. The ride was ridden at a brisk pace due the tail wind for the early part of the ride.

After the ride we enjoyed sitting in the sun with the usual refreshments and chatter before we all headed home.

07 Apr

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 7th April 2019

29 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride on the first day following the finishing of daylight savings. Weather conditions were sunny with a strengthening north wind. As we rode out into the wind for the first part of the ride we enjoyed a tail wind for most of the return ride to Woodend.

3 riders rode the short ride, 13 rode the medium ride and the remaining 13 rode the long ride. Riders on the medium and long ride were all back together at the cafe at nearly the same time. Riders on the short ride had early commitments and had left before the other riders returned.

We then enjoyed sitting in the sun with the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home.

04 Apr

Thursday Ride – Woodend -4th April 2019

4 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride on a cold and windy morning. Weather conditions improved during the ride with some sunshine. We also had a former member riding with us who has moved back into the area and is looking to rejoin the club.

We rode a 40km modified version of our usual Thursday ride by eliminating the section of Chases Lane and Batters Lane. 2 riders rode Russells Road, Crows Lane back to Woodend with the other 2 riding Clancys Lane back. The ride back to Woodend was unfortunately back into the wind from Carlshrue making things a little bit more difficul.

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

31 Mar

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 31st March 2019

19 members assembled in Gisborne this morning on a very wintry morning. The weather was cold misty and with the threat of rain. Most riders were rugged up in full winter gear for the ride. As the ride progressed we had patches of sunshine and all rides were completed without any rain. Either mugs luck or good judgement.

6 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 13 rode the long ride. Some members on the medium ride rode modified versions by climbing Mt Gisborne and also continuing on to McBean Ave which added approx 10kms to the ride.

All riders were together back at the cafe where we enjoyed the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

28 Mar

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 28th March

4 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. We were greeted by a very cold start to the morning and most riders were wearing arm warmers and or long sleeve jackets. Once we began to ride the sun started to shine through and the day warmed up quickly.

We rode our usual 53km route to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. We had a fairly light head wind out to Batters Lane followed by a tail wind back. By this time the wind had strengthened and we enjoyed a fast ride back to Woodend.

Back at Woodend we enjoyed the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home. Ken S also joined us for a coffee as well. Good to see him getting better all the time.