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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.
Sunday Social Ride – Gisborne – 17 November 2019
Railway Station New Gisborne @ 9.00am
There are 3 ride options this week, a shorter 20k circuit with minimal climbing to Pierce Rd, Ferrier Rd, Mt Macedon Rd to McBean Ave and back,, a medium 37k circuit up to Baringo, climbing Waterfalls Rd, McBean Ave and back via Hamilton Road, Pierce Rd and a longer 62k circuit to Riddell, climbing Kerrie Valley and back via Colwells Road, Woodend.
Shorter 20k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/16591781
Medium 37k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/21691034
Longer 62k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/14616311
The medium ride can be shortened by not climbing Waterfalls Road but going direct to.McBean Ave
Hopefully most getting back for a coffee at about the same time.
See you all on Sunday
The MRCC Events Committee
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.
Sunday Ride – Kyneton – 10th November 2019
26 members arrived in Kyneton this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were windy with a strong south westerly wind blowing and overcast skies. The ride was a tail wind early followed by a head wind during the middle portion of the ride and then a tail wind back to Kyneton.
12 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 14 rode the longer ride. Both rides were ridden at a good pace with some of the climbing sheltered from the wind and then the tail wind back. One rider on the medium ride climbed Shepherds Hill for the first time with another having climbed once before. Both riders accomplished the climb without any problems. A good effort to both of them. 9 riders on the long ride who had ridden up from Woodend went back there along Ashbourne Road instead of riding to Kyneton.
The remaining riders were together at the cafe for the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home with the last of the riders on the long ride arriving as the remainder were about to leave.
Cup Day Ride 2019
13 riders met at Smeaton on a fine but chilly Cup Day morning for the 58 km loop via Clunes. Intrepid Ron had already completed an 80 km "warm up" riding from Gisborne. The first half of the ride was into an icy breeze which became more of a tail wind as we approached Clunes. We invaded a local bakery for a lunch stop in Clunes where the locals handled our diverse orders very well. A tail wind helped with the 18 km pedal back to Smeaton with a stray lamb crisscrosssing the road in the middle of the group increasing the level of concentration. It was duly reported to a local farmer. Back at Smeaton feeling much warmer we all packed up and headed home.
How to Race Handicaps
A series of race clinics for women to prepare for the TopBike Hanging Rock Womens Handicap in February 2010. Commencing 1st Dec 2019. See attached poster for details.
Sunday Social Ride – Kyneton – 10 November 2019
Kyneton Velodrome, Mollison Street @ 9.00 a.m.
Due to the predicted wind forecast for Sunday I have included the same ride as the last Kyneton ride to avoid head winds on the return ride.
There are 3 ride options this week, a shorter 26k circuit out to Malmsbury, Youngs Rd, Lauriston Reservoir Rd back, a medium 40k circuit along the same route but going up Shepherds Hill Road and back and a longer 64k circuit along the same route as the medium ride and continuing on to James Lane, Chanters Lane and back via Central Road.
Shorter 26k Circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/7165057
Medium 40k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/15938070
Longer 64k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/15938035
Hopefully most getting back at the same time for a coffee.
See you all on Sunday.
The MRCC Events Committee
Thursday Ride – Woodend – 7th November 2019
6 brave souls arrived in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. Weather conditions were cold with a gale force West North Westerly wind blowing, and the threat of rain, definitely nor ideal riding weather.
We rode our usual 53km ride out to Newham via Bryces Lane, 3 Chain Road to Chases Lane and turning for the ride back to Woodend at Batters Lane. One rider did not ride the Chases Lane loop as he had to be back early. The ride out to Batters Lane was mainly either a head wind or cross head wind making it difficult for that portion of the ride. Once turning at Batters Lane the ride back was tail wind or cross tail wind which was mush better than the earlier part of the ride. Riding in both directions the cross wind gusts made keeping the bike straight very tricky at times.
Back at the cafe it was the usual chatter and refreshments before we headed home with one member having to ride home but luckily it was a tail wind for the ride.
Sunday Ride – Woodend – 3rd November 2019
25 members assembled in Woodend this morning for today’s ride. The weather was overcast with some fog around Woodend and a light Northerly wind blowing. As the ride commenced the fog began to lift and we had patches of sunshine, however the morning was mainly overcast and mild.
18 riders rode the medium ride and the remaining 7 rode the longer ride. The medium ride split into 2 groups with the faster 9 in front followed by the remaining riders. Riders on the long ride maintained a fast pace and were back at the cafe just after the medium riders were getting settled. One of the riders on the long ride managed to get separated from the group and not having checked the map details for the ride turned right at the bottom of Bryces Lane and rode to Lancefield whereas the other turned left and rode in the opposite direction. The ride distance was much the same as the others, and everyone including the rider had a good laugh back at the cafe. To protect the foolish no names will be mentioned but I expect a closer look at the ride details in future.
All riders were together back at the cafe where we all enjoyed the usual chatter and refreshments before heading home.
Sunday Social ride – Woodend - 03 November 2019
@ Woodend Railway Station – Ashbourne Rd side at 9.00am
There are 3 ride options this week , a shorter 27k circuit out to Carlshrue Roadhouse via Cobb & Co Rd and back by Cheveley Rd, a medium 45k circuit along the same route to Carlshrue then Central Rd, Chanters Ln, Ashbourne Rd back, and a longer 62k circuit along the same route but going to Newham via Bryces Lane, then 3 Chain Rd and rejoining the medium circuit in Carlshrue Central Road.
Shorter 27k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/7119515
Medium 45k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/18692536
Longer 62k circuit – ridewithgps.com/routes/20991745
Hopefully most getting back at the same time for a coffee,
Melbourne Cup Day Ride 2019
The Club is planning a ride in the Clunes area on Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 5th November 2019. Starting from the Cumberland Hotel in Smeaton, meeting at 9.50 am for a 10 am start.
The ride will go ahead if there is enough people interested and the weather forecast is reasonable. The ride is 58 km on undulating sealed back roads. A stop is planned for coffee/lunch at Clunes. Current forecast weather conditions are for a partly cloudy day with a moderate NW wind and a top of 19 degrees.
Please fill out the form on the webpage Melbourne Cup Ride 2019 you will find it under Activities on the Club’s website.
See you all on Sunday,
The MRCC Events Committee