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When:      Sunday 20th August 2017

Meet:        Nth Melbourne Railway Station.

Time:    1000 – 1015 am

Distance:   55 klms – Undulating ride.

Cost:   Free, Adults, any maintained bike, BYO nibbles

Description: An undulating ride exploring the trails along side the Eastern Freeway and down into Mullum Mullum Reserve –  Ringwood area.   Train return / ride home – riders option.  Coffee stops lunch planned. BYO or buy.

Report:  A longer ride with few rest stops.  A good cycling day

When:    Sat 5th August 2017

Meet:    Caltex Service station.  cnr WRR & sunshine Ave Kealba

Time:    10:00 am

Distance:    50 klms

Suits:    Any rider with maintained bike.

Description:    The ride follows the WRR to divert onto  the Darebin Creek trail & follow this scenic route

towards Alphington Station.

Wonderful city views along parts of this route.  Bail out points available for train exits.  Coffee stop.  BYO or buy lunch.

Contact   Ferdi    0409 384 977

Report:      A small group explored this beautiful trail.  Tricky to find the turn off along the WRR but a good ride for all.

SUNDAY 30th JULY – National Tree Day 2017.

Hobsons Bay City Council, Toyota Australia, the Victorian Government and Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek invite you to the opening of the first major section of the Kororoit Creek Trail in Hobsons Bay.

BrimBug riders plan to cycle to Altona North to join the Friends Of the Lower Kororoit Creek  (FOLKC) for tree planting, celebrations, BBQ lunch & trail ride.


Meet:    More Park, Ballarat Rd Ardeer

Time:    0930

Group cycle to the main event.


Where:     G.J. Hosken Reserve, Blackshaws Road Altona North, Mel Ref 40:H12

1000 – 1200   Tree & native grass planting.

1230- 1 pm     Welcome to country,  speeches & trail opening

1 pm onwards   Exploration of new trail

Contact:   Ferdi   0409 384 977

Report:   A good turn out, many trees planted.  A great extension to existing trails.  This section will be called “Toyota Way”

Date:     Saturday 15th July 2017

Meet:    1000 am

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

Distance:    45 klms  occasional on road  riding – mostly paved / gravel trails.

Cost:          Free,  BYO nibbles, food

Description:  Following a brief on road detour the route continues along the WRR till a deviation to West Meadows area & we pick up  the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.  The trail takes riders into the southern end of Woodlands Park.  A gravel trail leads to the café.  Return via the same route.

Note:  There is only one train “bail out point” on this ride for the weary.

Contact:    Ferdi   0409 384 977

Date:     Sunday  2nd July 2017

Meet:      SUNBURY  Railway Station – on the bus side.  Plenty of free parking

NOTE:  Sunbury train arrives at 1027 am  if arriving by rail route.

Time:     1030  am

Distance:   Total  30 – 35 klms.

Cost:  free, need a maintained bike, nibbles, MYKI etc;

Description:  From the railway station it is x2 undulating LOOP Rides exploring the surrounds of this growing area.

Lunch break in between the ride loops.  Lunch in local parklands with a café nearby.  BYO or café – riders choice.

Contact:   Vince   0401 184 969

Report:    15 riders braved the icy winds & enjoyed the expanding surrounds of Sunbury.  Occasional hills, great views & good company.

Date:    Sat 24th June 2017

Meet:    Caltex Service Station, cnr WRR & Sunshine Ave Kealba  Melways 26 H2

Time:   1000 am

Distance:      40  klms

Free ride, need maintained bike.  BYO morning tea.  Café lunch OR BYO.

NOTE:   If attending this ride please contact the ride co-ordinator(s) to enable lunchtime café / coffee seating to be planned & booked as appropriate.

Description:     From the service station the route crosses the E J Whitten bridge & after a little road work deviation we re-join the WRR path & continue over Sydney Rd to the Dalton Rd area where we turn R) onto the Merri Creek Trail.  This trail takes us to our lunch stop along the trail (at Brunswick East) at a cafe OR BYO.  Rides end is Nth Melb station BUT exit points along the route.

Contact:  Ruth  0417 110 880     Ferdi   0409 384 977

Report:   Well attended ride on a crisp morning.  MT at Jack Roper reserve.  Distance ridden by all – 45 klms to Nth Melb station.  Most riders continued cycling to their home destinations.

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.