05 Jul

Sunday Club Ride – Gisborne – 5th July 2020

20 members arrived in Gisborne this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold with low cloud around. Once we commenced the rides the skies began to clear and sunny conditions were present for most of the rides.

4 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 16 rode the long ride. The long ride soon split into multiple groups depending on the speed of the riders. The long ride was fast early as it was mainly downhill until the Kerrie Valley climb. Once over the top of the climb the remainder of the ride was either flat or downhill with only a small section of uphill on the way back to Gisborne. As the long ride was finishing the cloud and some misty rain began to fall.

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

28 Jun

Sunday Club Ride – Kyneton – 28th June 2020

17 members assembled in Kyneton this morning for today,s ride with temperatures of minus degrees being recorded. The weather warmed up once we started riding with the sun shining and a light breeze.

3 members rode the medium ride, 14 rode modified versions of the long ride. Riders on the long ride split into groups depending on riding speeds and varying distances. As the weather improved during the morning everybody had an enjoyable ride. 2 riders on the long ride were having their first taste of the circuit and had a good ride.

Back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments in smaller groups as riders arrived at the cafe after some rode direct and others riding to their vehicles first then the cafe.

 

25 Jun

Thursday Club Ride – Woodend – 25th June 2020

9 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today,s ride. Weather conditions were cold, cloudy and damp roads with a strengthening North Westerly wind blowing. We also had a first time rider with us this morning. The weather improved during the ride with  occasional patches of sunshine.

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. With the north westerly the sections directly into the wind were a challenge however we all enjoyed the tail wind from Batters Lane and the ride back was much easier.

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

 

21 Jun

Sunday Club Ride – Woodend – 21st June 2020

16 members arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. It was good to see members riding again after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.  Weather conditions were cold with a light north wind and foggy conditions. One other member was spotted riding to Woodend for the ride but unfortunately did not catch up with the others until the cafe stop.

4 riders rode the short ride, 9 rode the medium ride and the remaining 3 rode the long ride.  By the time riders crossed the freeway out of Woodend the sky had begun to lift and we then enjoyed some sunny patches and no sign of any rain. One of our members was riding Ashbourne Road for the first time and acquitted himself well on the hills back.

Following the ride members were together at the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.

09 Mar

Labour Day Public Holiday Club Ride – Monday – 9th March 2020

17 riders arrived in Woodend this morning for today,s ride. The weather was cool with a very strong southerly wind blowing making the temperature feel colder. Due to the wind direction the ride distance of 61km was in 2 parts as the first segment to Malmsbury having a tail wind the speeds were high and a slow ride back to Woodend into the head wind. 2 riders modified the ride by returning to Woodend part way through the ride.

After the coffee break at Malmsbury it was a shock to get back on the bike for the ride back and everybody’s average speed began to decrease due to the head wind. It was a welcome relief to get back and finish the ride and be out of the wind.

20 Feb

Thursday Club Ride – Woodend – 20th February 2020

10 riders assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold, overcast with the threat of rain and a strong southerly wind blowing. We had one new rider with us this morning having his first ride for a couple of years on his road bike and rode a short ride. The remaining 9 split into 2 groups of 6 riders and 3 riders.

The 3 riders rode a modified normal loop of 48km eliminating the Bryces Lane section. The remainder rode our normal ride. When we reached Pipers Creek Road there was road sealing with a delay of at least 10 minutes.  We retraced our steps back to 3 Chain Road and continued on from there riding 50km. Riding conditions were similar to previous weeks with a strong tail wind early and an equally strong head wind back to Woodend. We managed to complete the ride with just a few light spits of rain as we finished.

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

 

06 Feb

Thursday Club Ride – Woodend – 6th February 2020

10 members assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. The weather was foggy and cool early. Once we commenced riding we soon rode out of the local fog and the sun came out and temperatures began to warm up.

7 riders rode our normal 53km loop out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Rd, Chases Lane and turning at Batters Lane for the ride back to Woodend. The other 3 riders rode a shorter modified version of the ride. The wind strengthened during the ride and shifted slightly from a Northerly wind to a North Easterly mid way through the ride. The wind change meant a head wind for some of the early part of the ride followed by a tail wind for most of the way back to Woodend. With the generally favourable wind the average ride speeds were in the mid 20’s.

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

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

Ride News

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.