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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

Date:      Sunday 23rd October 2016.


Charity ride run by the Rotary Club in Sunbury for

 Motor Neuron Disease

Date:    Sunday 2nd Oct 2016

Meet:    Caltex service Station, Cnr WRR & Sunshine Ave, Kealba  Melways 26  H2

Time:    1000 am

Distance:  35 klms

Suits:     Adults, any maintained bike.  Free ride.

Description:    Following the WRR the route takes in Jones’ Creek to Cairn Lea.  A pleasant detour via the Deer park Wellness trail takes riders to Caroline Springs & the Westwater Estate for refreshments & rides official end.

Contact :   Ferdi   0409 384 977

Date:       Sunday 11th Sept 2016

Meet:       0900  am –  approx.

Where:    Parliament Railway Station –  Belgrave / Lilydale Line platform No 4.

(Lilydale train leaves 0916)

Distance:      approx. 55 klms

Ride is free – need a  maintained bike, nibbles & MYKI card essential.

** MET train services interruption. No trains Box Hill to Ringwood**

**Suggested new route – Train to Box Hill then cycle side roads to Koonung Creek Trail & continue to Donvale & Eastlink Trail.

Description:    Plan to meet on the platform No 4 at Parliament Station- Belgrave / Lilydale Line and take the 30 min trip to Box Hill.  Hilly start to this ride then undulating route towards Carrum Downs.  Weather conditions may determine rides end as a strong head  wind can prevail after Greens Rd in Carrum area.  There are  “Bail out points” on this scenic route.

Contact:    Ruth   0417  110 880



Date:             Sunday 28th August 2016

Meet:           Nth Melbourne Station

Time:           1000 am

Distance:       40 klms approx.

Free ride, suits adults, some on road riding.

Description:     From Nth Melb station we head to Altona then follow the coastline past the significant 100 steps for a view of Melb.   Then its around wetlands and into Sanctuary Lakes for a coffee / lunch.  Cycle return to Williamstown for rides end.   Riders free ride / train to home destinations.

contact:          Ruth      0417 110 880

Report:      Well attended & relaxed ride with good weather.  Distance approx. 45 klms to Airport station where riders chose to train or continued riding to home destinations.  Helpful hint – remember to check Sunday train timetables.  :)

When:       Sunday 14th August  2016

Meet:         North Melbourne Station

Time:          1100

Distance:      45 klms

Suits:            Adults, any maintained bike,  Free ride

Description:      An easy ride exploring the reaches of the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.  Plenty of bail out points and a coffee stop.

Contact:        Ruth       0417 110 880

Report:    An interesting start to this ride at the exit from the city with many detours from the path due to freeway works/ path upgrades – would be more enjoyable if all were clearly marked.  Once back on the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail proper it was a pleasant ride following this meandering creek out to West Meadows.  Return to Jacana area where riders took there own routes home.  Distance Nth Melbourne to West Meadows – 25 klms.  This was a new area for some of the riders.