News archive for September, 2011


STAY TUNED: The route / destination will probably change.

Please make contact with ride co-ordinator if attending.

Date: Sunday 2nd October 2011

Time 1000 am

Start: Caltex Servo, cnr Western Ring Rd, Sunshine Ave, Kealba, Melways 26 H2

Distance: 22 klms to Woodlands Park (Northern end), Return trip approx 50 klms

Suits: Adults, any maintained bike (see note below)

Cost: Free, BYO nibbles, lunch, NB All rubbish must be taken out of Woodlands park please.

NOTE: Most riding in Woodlands Park is on gravel trails – Care is needed if riding a road bike.

Description: Meeting at the Caltex servo it is an easy cycle along the Western Ring Road path to Gowanbrae where we’ll cross over the Ring Road and head down to the Jacana Wetlands and in to Westmeadows. A few short streets later we re-join and follow the Moonee Ponds Creek path in to the southern end of Woodlands Heritage Park and historical Homestead site. Lots of paths to explore and a viewing point to the end of the airport runways for that extra thrill of planes taking off. Return trip is a slightly different route – planning to bypass that steep hill out of Jacana wetlands. Coffee, nibbles in the Woodlands Park cafe OR Westmeadows area (cafe).

Contact: Ruth 0417110880 Stuart 93642956

Report: With glorious sunshine and a gentle breeze x8 riders took a unanimous vote to do a longer ride (as the paths in Woodlands were not suitable). Down to Werribee we went via the Federation Trail and explored the trail extension and new bridge over the Werribee River. An excellent lunch stop in Werribee and an exhillerating tail wind home with a few magpies for good measure. Distance covered for most riders 80 klms – a good preparation for RTB and The Great Vic bike ride. Woodlands still awaits us!

Date: Saturday 17th Sept 2011

Time: 0900

Start: Southern Cross Railway Station – 0913 train to Croydon.

Distance: 40 klms

Cost: Free – train, lunch money

Suits Adults, any maintained bike

Description: Meeting at Southern Cross railway station we’ll take the 0913 train to Croydon. From there it is a short street ride to the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail and in past the start of the Eastlink Trail we keep to the Koonung Creek Trail and follow the Eastern Freeway. Before the end a short cut leads us via Alphington to some terrific cafes for lunch in Clifton Hill. From there it is a short ride to the city for riders to choose their favourite route home.

Contact: Ruth 0417 110 880 Stuart 9364 2956

Report: yes ! 12 riders headed out on a glorious day and tackled the small hills of the Mullum Mullum reserve on this picturesque ride through the green belt of the south eastern suburbs. Plenty of bird life and smells of spring time in Melbourne. A wonderful feast and hot drinks were taken at our favourite cafe in Clifton Hill – Oh! – of course we had that mandatory flat tyre which was quickly changed and re-inflated with one of those new gas cylinders.