News archive for April, 2011

Date: Sunday 29th May 2011

Start: 0900 am

Where: “The Hunt Club”, Ballarat Road Deer Park.

Finish: Overnewton Castle off “Old Calder highway”

Distance: 15 klms via Brimbank Park

Suits: Families, Any Bike

Description: Meet in Deer Park and ride along the WRR bike Path. The ride is an easy 45 minutes to Brimbank Park. At the park there will be activities and information around the significance of this area to the aboriginal community.

From the park the cycle route takes in the side streets and service road through Keilor village to Overnewton Castle. This section could be a little hilly for some people but don’t be put off as it is not a race and any hill can be walked. Overnewton castle grounds is a lovely spot for lunch and finishing the ride.

Contact: Ferdi 0409 384 977 Ruth 0417 110 880

Ride Report 12 riders (including police escort and first aid back up) completed this event starting at the Hunt Club. Riders followed the WRR path to Brimbank Park and after an official ” welcome” and historical ride through Brimbank Park the ride proceeded onwards to Overnewton Castle. Riders joined other “walkers” for this reconciliation event and were provided with a very generous lunch. The ride and activities were enjoyed by all who attended. Weather was excellent and distance covered approx 20 klms.

COMMUNITY AWARENESS

7 BrimBUG cyclists recently attended this 65 klm fundraising ride to assist the victims of the recent disasters in Japan.  Over $5,000 was raised to assist victims on this rather short notice community ride.

WELL DONE   There is a positive power in those pedals.

Date:            Saturday 21st May  2011

Time:           0900  am

Start:           Southern Cross Railway Station, forecourt,  cnr Collins /Spencer sts

                   0913 am  TRAIN to Heatherdale station

Distance:      70 klms  approx (Riding)

Cost:            Free,  train and refreshment money

Suits:           Adults,  any bike.

Description:          Starting the actual riding at 1000 from Heatherdale station.  Via Molan street Ringwood we join the Eastlink Trail and meander our way  –  mostly downhill  –  towards Carrum and the railway station.  The path is well defined and joins up with the Dandenong Creek Trail on several occasions.  Bail out point at approx 25 klm point at  –  Yarraman station.  The last 10 klms  from Greens Rd is on a well made but gravel path and we hope ther is a tail wind in to Carrum.  DISTANCE  35 KLMS  approx.

Several Options for return  –  train.        –  same route back.       – ride through the Edithvale wetlands to a great coffee stop and then continue by bike  (of course)

Contact                   Ruth         0417 110 880

Ride report    9 riders gathered on a glorious day at Southern Cross and proceeded by train as planned to Heatherdale station where the ride proper started.  A lovely tail wind propelled us along the well marked route to   Greens Road  where we followed the easy but well worn gravel section in to Carrum.  A group decision and we continued in to Mordialloc via the Edithvale wetlands  (long Beach Trail) for a well earned rest and lunch stop after meeting the opposing “head wind”.          Of note is the newly installed  “ExeLOO”  toilet facilities in the wetland area of Oakwood Park  (the amphitheatre area before Yarraman station).   Distance ridden  approx 50 klms.  Train back to the city as no-one fancied the “head wind” which was building for our return.

Date:               Sunday  May 1st  2011

Time:                   1000  am

Start:             Caltex Service Station   26 h2

Distance:         50 klms   approx

Cost:                   Free,  train money,etc

Suits:                   Adults,  any bike

Meeting at Caltex service station ,the ride will be to North Altona for the opening new Kororiot creek path ,on the new 2.5 klm path along Kororiot Creek   .Then returning home via same route   Options to stop for coffee.

Contact        Ferdi        0409 384 977

Report:           10 riders BrimBUG riders attended this very sucessful day.  The Mayor of Altona opened the “Lower Kororoit Creek Trail” which is a 2.5 klm addition to the walking trails and cycling network in the Hobsons Bay area.  There was the opening ceremony, tree planting, BBQ lunch and entertainment provided for the many attendees.   Check the photos in our photo gallery tab.

Many thanks to the “Friend of the Lower Kororoit Creek”  whose perseverance has seen this path become another link in the cycling adventures possible in the west.

Date: Friday 22nd April “Good Friday”

Time, Start, Route, ALL TO BE ARRANGED

If you are not going away for the Easter break and feel like joining 4 other members on a casual ride then get in touch and we’ll make a day (or half day) of it.

Contact: Ruth 0417 110 880

Report: A glorious morning exploring some of the new routes marked in Brimbank shire and on thru Sunshine and Footscray to the city. Several coffe shops open on Good Friday for that coffee stop. Ride distance 30 klms – a “welcome back” for one of the BrimBUG riders on the injured list.