09 Feb

Ride News

Sunday Club Ride – Gisborne – 9th February 2020

28 members arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cloudy and clearing by the time the ride began. Once the skies cleared the day warmed up and finished being a good morning for a ride. We also had 2 first time riders with us.

19 riders rode the medium ride with some members modifying the ride by adding on the loop to McBean Ave and return. The remaining 9 rode the longer ride with one rider shortening the ride by not climbing Governor’s Road. Due to the wind conditions all rides were ridden at a good pace with a head wind early followed by a tail wind for the ride back to Gisborne.

Back at the cafe all riders were together enjoying the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

02 Feb

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 2nd February 2020

25 members arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride with overcast skies and a strengthening southerly wind. Early in the ride the cloud began to lift and the skies cleared followed by the temperature increasing making the latter part of all rides pleasant.

1 rider rode a modified version of the medium ride and met up with the others on the medium ride part way through. 15 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 9 rode the long ride. The ride had a tail wind for the first portion of the ride followed by a head wind on the climbs and then a tail wind or cross tail wind for the ride back to Kyneton.

All riders were together back at the cafe apart from one rider who had ridden up from Woodend and returned along Ashbourne Road and another who had time commitments. It was the usual chatter and refreshments at the cafe before we all headed home.

30 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 30th January 2020

11 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. The morning had already began to warm up by the time we commenced riding. At the start of the ride the wind was light but strengthened during the ride and by the time we were on the way back to Woodend we enjoyed a nice tail wind back.

2 riders rode a modified vesion of our normal ride by eliminating both the Bryces Lane & Chases Lane loops. The remainder set of to ride our usual 53km ride out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain rd, Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. As occasionaly the plans falls apart and this morning one rider had a puncture and the group had split slightly by this time and one of the front group went back to assist. The remaining 4 riders continued on the full ride and the other 5 modifief the ride by eliminating the Chases Lane loop.

By the end of the ride it had become very warm so sitting outside in the shade was the order of the morning.  Back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home

 

26 Jan

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 26th January 2020

31 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were ideal for riding with a warm morning and a  light southerly wind blowing. We also had a first time rider with us this morning and another who travels up from Melbourne visiting relatives and rides with us on occasions.

4 riders rode the short ride with 2 of the riders having their second ride with the club, 19 rode the medium ride and the remaining 8 rode the long ride. Due to the light wind all rides were ridden at a good pace. Riders on the medium ride split into 2 groups for part of the ride before rejoining for the last portion of the ride. Riders on the long ride maintained a fast pace and the group were all together at the finish.

Most riders were together at the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before we all headed home. Some of the riders who rode from Gisborne went back shortly after the ride and the 2 who rode from the Kyneton area went back part way through the ride.

23 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 23rd January 2020

3 foolhardy members turned up this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold, wet with a strong northerly wind blowing, just like a normal mid winter ride. Conditions did not improve during the ride and if anything they got worse with the rain stinging and in our faces for the early part of the ride so we shortened the ride.

We rode the normal short Woodend weekend ride out to the Carlshrue Roadhouse and back via Cheveley Road plus Russells Road, Crows Road for a distance of 40km. Towards the end of the ride conditions eased slightly with the ran stopping and a tailwind for the last portion.

The only good point of the mornning was the warmth of the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home to dry out followed by cleaning all the muck off our bikes.

19 Jan

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 19th January 2020

23 members arrived in Gisborne on a foggy start to the morning. We had one new member having his first ride with the club and another new first time rider also. The fog began to disperse as the morning warmed and riding conditions were very good with a light wind blowing.

11 riders rode various versions of the medium ride to accommodate the first time riders with us and some others who had time constraints. The remaining 12 riders rode the long ride.There were multiple incidents on the long ride with the first being a tube exploding with a bang and riders ducking for cover wondering what had happened. A few km’s later another rider had a puncture. One member stayed with him as he replaced the tube and later another member also waited for them at one of the regrouping points. This left the group split with 9 and3 riders. Further up the road another incident with a front light falling off a bike.

After all the incidents most of the riders were together at the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home. We were able to sit under a big tree at the cafe which was nice and cool and very pleasant.

16 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 16th January 2020

6 members arrived in Woodend for today’s ride under very trying weather conditions, a cold and very strong southerly wind. During the ride we were able to feel a couple of spits of rain but fortunately nothing more than that. The skies began to lift early and the smoke haze was not as present as in the previous days.

4 riders rode our normal 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend, The other 2 riders eliminated the Bryces Lane and Chases Lane loops to avoid as much of the wind as possible for the ride back to Woodend. Ride speeds were down from previous weeks as for much of the ride the wind shifted continuously from cross tail wind to cross head wind.

Back at the cafe we were all glad to be able to sit inside out of the wind and in the warmth for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

 

 

12 Jan

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Kyneton- 12th January 2020

19 members assembled in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were not at all friendly for riding with very strong south easterly winds blowing. This made for a fast start to the ride with the tail wind, a middle section with a lot of climbing directly in the wind followed by some cross tail wind sections and then a tail wind back into Kyneton.

4 riders rode the long ride of which 3 had ridden to Kyneton and returned direct to Woodend along Ashbourne Road. The remaining 15 riders rode to the end of Youngs Road together where 3 decided to ride back to Kyneton from there. The 12 riders left then continued on the medium ride.

All the riders on the medium ride plus 1 who rode the short ride were together for the usual chatter and refreshments at the cafe before heading home. Unfortunately the 1 rider remaining on the long ride arrived back in Kyneton just after we had left the cafe as I spotted him as I was getting into my car.

09 Jan

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 9th January 2020

11 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride on an overcast morning with a light south wind blowing which changed to a more Easterly wind. Once we commenced riding the skies started to clear and the temperature started to warm up.

We rode our usual loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. The wind was very friendly for a change this morning with a tail or cross tail wind for most of the ride. The ride was therefore ridden at a fast pace due to the wind assistance and average speeds were in excess of 24.3kph. to approx 26kph.

Back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments sitting under trees in the shade before heading home. It was also good to see Russell on his feet and looking very well and hoping to have  him back on the bike as soon as he is able.

 

 

 

 

05 Jan

Ride News

Sunday Ride – Woodend – 5th January 2020

6 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride with 3 of the riders having ridden from Gisborne. Due to the very strong winds and the amount of fallen trees, branches and litter on the roads the club ride was cancelled.

The 3 members who rode to Woodend then had the task of riding back into the wind and  heavy rain. The other 3 members went to the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.