12 Dec

Thursday Ride – Woodend – 12th December 2019

5 members arrived in Woodend this morning on an overcast day with a very strong Southerly wind blowing and temperatures more like a mid winter ride. The day warmed up only slightly as the ride progressed.

We rode our usual Thursday ride out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. The ride out to Batters Lane was fairly fast as we had a tail wind or a cross tail wind for most of the way. Once into Batters Lane it was straight into the head wind for the ride back to Woodend for a hard finish to the ride.

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

08 Dec

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Sunday Ride – Gisborne – 8th December 2019

16 members arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride on a cool start to the morning. Once the ride commenced the weather soon began to warm up and most riders who were wearing arm warmers, Gilets etc soon began to take off the extra layers. It was very good to see Michael H. back riding after his fall some months ago and he rode the long ride with the fast group. An excellent effort.

As the first part of the ride was identical for all rides everyone commenced together. The group soon split into 2 groups with the faster 5 riders followed by the other 11 riders.

14 of the riders climbed over Mt Gisborne with the other 2 riding through the housing estate. Riders then regrouped in Coungalt Road. From there all rode back to Black Forest Drive, Ferrier Road corner with one rider heading back to Gisborne. The other 15 riders then rode the long ride with 5 climbing Waterfalls Road and 10 riding direct to Baringo. The 10 riders had only been back at the cafe for a few minutes when the other 5 arrived.

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.