Ride reports news archive

Date:   Sunday 4th June 2017

Meet:   Nth Melbourne railway station

Time:     1000- 1015 am

Distance:       approx. 20 klms

Cost:     free.  BYO nibbles.  BYO/Buy Lunch.

Need a maintained bike & an interest in Melbourne’s history.

Description:  John will be taking us on a cycle tour to explore some interesting & perhaps lesser known areas & history of Melbourne.  Includes stop / start & on road riding & (hopefully) a lap outside the grounds of the MCG.  LUNCH stop:  is planned for the area near St Vincent’s Hospital, Nicholson St – café available OR BYO.  Ride concludes with lunch (unless we can cajole John to continue).

Contact:  Ruth   0417 110 880

Report:    Well  attended ride (x15).   From Nth Melb we headed to docklands area & the Upside down cow sculpture.  Our route made its way past Polly Woodside and along to the northern banks of the Yarra – stopping at Banana Alley, The multicultural bridge crossing & Sandgate bridge before continuing to Burrurung Marr & the chimes.  We completed a circuit of the MCG taking in the sculptures of our sporting heroes then headed off through Treasury Gardens & on to the Petition scroll & parliament buildings.  Melbourne’s hidden “Madame Brussels Lane”, early dwellings & historical diggings were fascinating.  A look at Melb Gaol and then on to Exhibition fountain & gardens for rides end.   Thank you John for a fascinating tour of Melb & some of the “hidden treasures”.  Distance or ride under 15 klms.  As planned – cyclists made their own home journeys.

When:          Sunday  21st May 2017
Meet:              10 00 am
Where:          Caltex Servo, Kealba,  Melways Map 26  H2
Distance:       30 klms – one way  plus optional extras.
Cost:             Ride free,  money for Food or BYO,
Description:      Meet at the Caltex Service station in Kealba, on Western Ring Rd and Sunshine Rd corner.  We’ll ride via the Edgewater Estate to Docklands area and then across Port Melb & bayside to Acland Street – St Kilda for rides end with refreshments.
Lots of options for return trip depending on weather, rider numbers.  Minimum distance from servo to Acland St is 30 klms.  Includes on road riding.

Contact:  Ferdi  0409 384 977

Report. Well attended ride. Many cyclists & good weather make this a very popular area to explore. 

Date:    Sat 6th May 2017

Meet:      Parliament Railway station

Time:       0915  approx.  MEETING ON THE RAILWAY PLATFORM No 1

Distance:       approx  45 klms – undulating  mostly on trails.

Suits :     Adults with maintained bike

Description:   Train leaves Platform No 1 at    0927 on the Hurstbridge Line.    Train trip to Diamond Creek takes 60mins.  Picturesque cycling from Diamond Creek is 8 klms to Eltham then following the Main Yarra Trail to the City area.  Lunch stop along the way.  BYO nibbles.  Route may vary depending upon walking traffic & markets.

Contact:      Ruth   0417 110 880      Ferdi  0409 384 977.

Report:    Cool start – 14 keen riders with glorious autumn weather and an afternoon shower. Diamond Creek Trail to lunch stop in Heidelberg – limited bike parking  & few cafe’s open in easy reach in this busy area.  BYO preferred next time. After lunch  followed Main Yarra Trail – joined Capital City trail and across to Nth Melb station.  Distance to Nth Melb station 45 klms.

Date:   Sunday 23rd April 2017

Meet:    More Park, Ballarat Rd, Ardeer  Mel  25 K9

Time;   1015 am.

Distance:  35 klms

Free local ride.

Description: After meeting at More Park the route takes us via the WRR path to Fitzgeralds Rd where we link up with the Deer Park wellness trail and continue in to Caroline Springs and the West waters lakeside Bistro/cafe for refreshments.  The return route is on the Kororoit Creek Trail and back to the More Park starting point.  Plenty of free parking at the start.

Contact:    Ferdi   0409 384 977

Report:  Scenic ride to the bustling lakeside area for good coffee.  A pretty return along the Kororoit Creek.  Many frogs.  Distance 35 klms.

Date:  Saturday 1st April 2017.

Meet:  Nth Melbourne Railway Station

Time:   1015 am

Distance:  50 klms – return.

Cost:  Free,  need any maintained bike & MYKI card.

Description:  From Nth Melb it is a pleasant ride taking in many of Melbourne’s trails.  Capital City, Main Yarra, Anniversary (Outer Circle) & Gardiners Creek.  This ride can be reversed depending on riders wishes.  Mostly on made trails, small amt on road riding.  Bail out points available.

Contact:  Ruth  0417 110 880

  Report:   A great, well attended ride.  Busy but a pleasant well travelled route we rode clockwise this time.  Trying several different stops for coffee.   Track improvements on the Gardiners Creek Tail made for easy cycling. Distance covered 45 klms.

Date:   Sunday  19th March 2017

Meet:  South Geelong  Railway Station.

Finish:  South Geelong Railway Station.

Time:   1000 –  1015 am.

Distance:   max  65 klms

Description:  Many rides are available in the Bellarine Peninsula area.  Weather, rider turnout & discussions on the day will determine this ride.

One example is the The Bellarine Rail Trail from Sth Geelong to Queenscliffe and return – approx. 65 klms.

Riders to make your own way to / from the start & finish.

Contact:  Ferdi  0409 384 977

Report:   A hot day & good rider turn out.  Riders decided to follow the trail along the Barwon River past the old paper mill & towards Bunyip Pool.  Return to Geelong foreshore via the trail on the opposite side of the Barwon river.  Distance cycled 35 klms.  A busy weekend in the Bellarine area – rowing regatta was on.

 

Date:    Sat 4th March 2017

Meet:    1015 am

Where:    Caltex Service station, cnr WRR & Sunshine Ave, Kealba   Melways 26 H2

Suits:   any rider, any maintained bike,   free ride

Distance:  25 klms – one way (approx.)

Description:  This ride follows the picturesque gravel Maribyrnong River trail to the Footscray area where we take some on – road routes to Williamstown area & the foreshore for well earned rest, coffee.  Return trip is planned.  Cyclists free to cycle/train ride home.  Several “bail-out” points on this easy route. Note – Maribyrnong River trail is NOT perfectly flat.

Contact:   Ruth  0417 110 880

Report:  x10 riders, lots of sunscreen & a good ride.  Several rest stops to enjoy the Maribyrnong River & the lookout views.  The trail before Canning Reserve needs care as several sections are rather rocky for skinny tyres.  Great lunch at Williamstown.  Distance from Caltex servo start to Williamstown  30 klms.  All riders rode part way home.  Only x1 flat tyre.

When:      Sunday 19th Feb 2017

Where:   Nth Melbourne Station

Time:      1000 – 1015  am

Distance:    35 klms   (optional cycle return  70 klms)

Suits:    Adults, any maintained bike includes some on-road riding.  Need MYKI CARD.

Description:       From North Melbourne Station its a road route via South Melb to the light rail which we follow to Beach Parade and then in to St Kilda for some legendary cakes and morning tea.  Then its via the coast route to Ricketts Point and the Mordialloc area rides end.  Train return or cycle as individuals desire.

 

Contact:        Ferdi    0409 384 977   

Report:  Very inclement weather had riders making a group decision to vary the route for this ride.  A good day was had by all.

When:       Sunday  20th Nov 2016

Meet:        More Park,  Ballarat Rd, Ardeer  Melways  25 K9

Time:        1000 am 

Distance:    45 klms,  Mostly on trails

Description:         After meeting at More Park it is a gentle flat ride along the WRR path & Federation trail towards Werribee.  After a tricky route at the Princes Fwy its on to Werribee Mansion for refreshments and hopefully the beautiful rose gardens.  Cycle to Werribee station for official rides end.

Contact;    Ferdi  0409 384 977

Date:    Sunday 6th Nov 2016

Meet:      Parliament Railway station

Time:       0900  approx

Distance:         50 klms – undulating  mostly on trails

Description:   Train leaves Platform No 1 at    0927 on the Hurstbridge Line.    Train trip to Diamond Creek takes 1 hr.  Picturesque cycling from Diamond Creek to Eltham then following the Main Yarra Trail to the City.

Contact:       Ferdi  0409 384 977