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SOUTH GIPPSLAND TOUR
Saturday 8 March 2014
Hills, hills and more hills. Last weekend I climbed Mt.Buffalo on the back of Richard Penson’s Avanti tandem bike with relative ease but I must say that I found the South Gippsland Tour on the rear seat of Bob McPherson’s Duet tandem bike somewhat more challenging.
We started and finished the ride at Grantville Community Centre. The ride was basically uphill for most of the 118 km journey with a few short downhill runs. Bob, my very brave pilot had not been on a bike for a couple of months and this was only meant to be a tune up ride in preparation for the Lions 2014 Ride for Sight during April throughout Gippsland and the Phillip Island districts. However, even though Bob was struggling, he toughed it out and completed the ride without complaint and he had to put up with me whinging away on the back seat every time we encountered another hill.
At the end of the day, this was a great ride along some very quiet country roads with breath taking scenery and in particular along the coastal roads. The route included riding through Wonthaggi and Inverloch where we stopped for lunch. These towns were very busy with tourists enjoying the fine weather on this long weekend.
Many thanks to Dan Price and Neil Griffiths for organising this gruelling event. A very special thank you to our fabulous group of Melbourne Cyclists for sticking together and for waiting for us slow old codgers on the tandem bike.
ROAD RIDE: TOUR OF THE BELLARINE PENINSULA
Saturday 22 February 2014
The Kelly Gang created havoc on the Bellarine Peninsula with a United Energy fully charged ride around the coastal towns in this district.
Ned led the bunch of Melbourne Cycling cyclists on a 113 km high voltage quick paced ride along some of the nicest quiet country roads that you could ever wish to ride on. The gang met up in Geelong and set off to Drysdale for the first designated pit stop and after a short break headed down to highway to Portarlington for a photo-shoot.
The United Energy bright sparks on board the Cannondale tandem had a bit of fun in transit to the pier for this photo with a lightning fast sprint leaving Ned’s better riders chewing on their dust. The next designated stop was the Rolling Pin Bakery in Queenscliff for lunch. Ned’s bright sparks were at it again setting a cracking pace leading the gang on a merry dance on route to Queenscliff. The old greyhounds on the tandem got a sniff of a rabbit and off they went charging into a stiff breeze at near top pace. A couple of members of Ned’s gang tacked onto the rear of the tandem and enjoyed the tow.
After refuelling on pies, pasties and other tasty treats, it was time for the gang to re-mount and make our way to the pub at Ocean Grove to re-fuel before riding back to Geelong. The old bright sparks had a minor hiccup on their way out of Queenscliff when the Cannondale tandem decided to shed its cycle computer which caused an un-scheduled stop to collect this device off the road.
In the meantime Ned and her gang of merry men (and woman) rode off into the sunset. Having re-fitted the computer it was time to play catch-up and the bright sparks eventually caught up to Lee-Lang and passed her and believe it or not it wasn’t long before they caught her and passed her again. Yes you guessed it; the bright sparks navigation system failed and they took a wrong turn and put in an extra couple of kilometres before they managed to reel in the rest of the gang.
Well, after re-fuelling at Ocean Grove it was time to climb back onto the saddle and ride back to Geelong.
This was yet another great Melbourne Cycling/Tandem Bike Victoria event with an awesome bunch of cyclists and well organised by Kelly O’Brien (Ned).
Many thanks again to John Cafarella for doing such a sterling job on the front on the Cannondale tandem.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON RIDE CITY TO FRANKSTON AND BACK
16 February 2014
Stoker Peter Fletcher Captain John Cafarella
This was yet another great training ride and workout for the old stagers on board the Cannondale flying tandem bike. On the way down to Frankston the Cannondale was hovering between 30 km and 40 km into a bit of a gentle breeze which was no problem for the United Energy Team who were lighting up the road with an electric generating pace.
The old chaps were first to arrive at all finish stages of this event apart from the Oliver’s Hill climb. However, nobody matched the 77 kph speed of the Cannondale on the Oliver’s Hill downhill run.
The biggest thrill we got on this ride was the electrically charged sprint into Mordialloc on the return journey when the old bight sparks shocked a few of the front runners when we passed them in a flash like grease lightening.
The final stage to Port Melbourne was a tad disappointing because all our completion had disappeared in a cloud of dust emanating from the rear wheel of the tandem. Having said that, much to our surprise we were overtaken by supercharged Roger around Hampton and he was generation about 1000 watts of high voltage power and he got the jump on us when our circuit breaker shut us down at a set of traffic lights. Yes, Roger charged away into the distance from us chappies and try as we may we could not reel him in because he had had actually turned off at the Elwood canal.
So that put full of United Energy boys back at the head of the pack and first into Port Melbourne. Our Smart Meter reading on the day was an average speed of 29.2 kph for the 95.4 km round trip.
Thank you to the multi-phased power of John Cafarella who was the captain in charge of the United Energy Cannondale tandem.
Thank you Brian Smith for organising this event.
TANDEM BIKE RIDE TO WILLIAMSTOWN/ALTONA
Sunday 9 February 2014
It was Anchors Away the Tandem Bike Way
Congratulation to Brian Smith and the members of Melbourne Cycling for reaching the 500th Meetup Ride today. This was a fabulous achievement and the way we are heading with More Cycling More Often, it won’t be long before we will be celebrating our 600th Melbourne Cycling event.
What a way to celebrate this milestone on our ride today with some unbelievably extreme weather conditions. Yes we just about had the full bag with winds gusting up around 55 kph (Felt like 100 kph) trying to blow us back to where we had just come from and we copped the full force of these winds as we entered Altona and we were sand blasted from head to foot.
Coming back was a different storey as we were almost blown back to the city where we finished the ride with a cool drink at the Time Out Café in Fed Square.
This is normally a very gentle social ride so I feel sorry for everyone who took part in this event because of the not so nice weather conditions. On the bright side of things, it was great to see so many members join us on this ride along with the three tandems.
This was Maree’s first time on a tandem bike ride with Melbourne Cycling/Tandem Bike Victoria and she did an awesome job piloting Barry’s tandem. Bob (The Human Compass) also did a splendid job piloting Ron’s tandem but they were not satisfied with the distance we had covered so they decided to keep riding to Brimbank Park and back to Fed Square just to rack up some additional kilometres. Well, the couple of old farts on the Cannondale tourer (John and me, the Greyhound) were the pace setters riding with our brakes on for most of the journey so we wouldn’t get too far ahead of the pack. Joke only. Riding into that massive headwind was just like trying to ride a bike with its brakes jammed on.
Thank you to all the fabulous members of Melbourne Cycling for joining us on the Williamstown/Altona extreme endurance ride.
A very special thank you to all the sensational tandem Captains, Maree Collie, Bob McPherson and John Cafarella for piloting the three tandems today for Barry, Ron and I.
BEAT THE HEAT TRAINING RIDE: CITY TO FRANKSTON AND BACK
Saturday 1 February 2014
The Kelly gang were on the highway at 7:00 am on Saturday morning. No it wasn’t at Glenrowan but it was on Beach Road and the Nepean Highway where they were creating havoc with other cyclists in never ending large pelotons traveling south to Frankston and beyond. It was the usual speed demons at the front of our pack setting the pace and rounding up seasoned riders in other pelotons with relative ease. Oh yes, I better mention that yours truly was in the stokers seat (Co-Pilot) with high flying John Cafarella in the Pilots seat on board John’s low flying tandem bike representing Tandem Bike Victoria.
It was certainly tandem a Go Go with heaps of Mojo on this ride. We were moving that fast that we actually burnt a deep groove in the bitumen that had to be filled in later that day. Joke only. However, seriously we were overtaking huge peloton as if they were stationary which caused a few comments from the peanut gallery. We think some of these younger blokes got slightly embarrassed being passed by a couple of old codgers on a tandem bike because the increased their speed and overtook us which was short lived as we waited for our opportunity and rounded them up again leaving them in a cloud of dust.
Man we had that tandem smoking and we rolled into Mordialloc leading the Kelly gang and we performed the same feat when we reached Frankston. However, we were brought back to reality when it we time to tackle the climb up Oliver’s Hill where we did struggle a bit getting up that short sharp hill. Anyhow, after arriving at the top of Oliver’s it was time to hook a uturn and head back down the slippery slope.
Believe it or not we were humming down that hill at more than 73 kph and fearless Pete (The Greyhound) hit the panic button when we were passing cars that looked like they were parked on the side of the road. It was a case of co-pilot to pilot requesting the wind brakes to be lowered and applied but we were experiencing communication difficulties because the pilot couldn’t hear my instructions. Seriously, that was awesome and something to remember and do again in the future.
Anyhow, we all made our way to the Frankston Visitors Centre to take a short break and re-fuel before heading back to Melbourne. I could hear Neil Griffith’s bike horn in the background which of course meant that Neil was about to arrive. Well, this mighty mountain man had run out of steam and couldn’t match the pace of Ned’s gang. Neil had to bail out of our ride and take a Metro train back to the city.
It was soon time to make our way back to Mordialloc for a compulsory pit stop to re-group before making our way to Port Melbourne on route back to Federation Square.
The old codgers bicycle built for two was still setting a sizzling pace although there were some other members of Ned’s gang who had found an extra gear and were ahead of the pack for most of the run home.
We had a slight hold up on the tandem going past the Crown Casino as tent city had been erected along banks of the Yarra River as part of the Chinese New Year’s celebration and there were people everywhere. So we had to disembark our low flying machine and walk the entire length of the Crown complex.
By the time we reached Federation Square, the Kelly gang had already invaded the Time Out Café for a well-earned feed and drink before saying our goodbyes and heading for the hills.
Starting such rides at an early time makes a lot of sense particularly in the summer and we will endeavour to schedule similar events at around 7:00 am in the future.
This was obviously another successful Melbourne Cycling event along with a couple of old codgers from Tandem Bike Victoria.
Congratulations Kelly for arranging and organising this great ride and I’m looking forward to your next event. Well done to the rest of the Kelly gang who did such a fabulous job during the 100 km Frankston and Oliver’s Hill challenge.
MONDAY MORDY HOLIDAY RIDE
Monday 27 January 2014
It was Tandem A Go Go with plenty of Mojo on Beach Road during the Monday Mordy Holiday Ride from Fed Square to Mordialloc and back on a very hot summer’s day.
Fourteen very enthusiastic and dedicated Melbourne Cyclists tackled this ride in the searing heat of the day and didn’t complain too much even while we burning up the bitumen at between 30 kph and 40 kph on some sections of the extremely busy Beach Road. Oh yeah, Bob McPherson (Captain) and yours truly in the Stokers seat had that Cannondale Tandem really humming along at record breaking pace. However, we did manage to maintain an average speed of 23 kph overall for this ride and mostly sitting on 25 kph for the majority of the ride.
When we arrived at Mordy we all had a good intake of fluids as well as a timely rest before throwing the leg over the bike again to make our way back to the city via Port Melbourne. Given the fact that some of the group were feeling the effects of the heat we decided to have another break at Black Rock on the way back which was a great idea as there was some nice shady trees and fresh water available near the clock tower were we camped for a while.
After a short stop we climbed back onto our comfortable saddles and made our way to Spontino’s Café at Port Melbourne for some more refreshments before heading off home. There are some toilets along Beaconsfield Parade that have showers so Jeanette took advantage of these facilities to cool off. Yes, with her clothes on.
This was the second Melbourne Cycling event that I had organised and led on a tandem bike in association with Tandem Bike Victoria.
Thank you Bob for volunteering to Captain my tandem in this event and you did a sensational job given that you had not ridden a bike for more than a month. Thank you Brian for allowing us to lead the event on a tandem. It worked very well indeed.
AUSTRALIA DAY LILYDALE TO WARBURTON AND BBQ
Sunday 26 January 2014
“Come On Aussie Come On” The Australia Day Lilydale to Warburton and BBQ Rail Trail Ride was yet another smash hit with 39 Melbourne Cyclists together with some guests rode up the Warby Trail basking in beautiful sunshine and very little wind on route to the banks of the Yarra River in Warburton for a BBQ feast of chops, hamburgers and snags.
On arrival, Aussie Brian was hard at work with spatula in hand cooking our tasty delights on the newly acquired Melbourne Cycling BBQ. What a great addition to the group has this BBQ has been having already cooked the Christmas Party Banquet.
Anyhow, one by one the happy hungry little vegemite’s arrived and gathered around the BBQ with plate in hand ready to sample some of Brian’s gourmet meats. Man, this food was a vegetarian’s worst nightmare but did it hit the spot. There were salads and sauces on hand as well as plenty of delicious fresh bread and rolls which were being prepared by Tram Tack Nora and Tiny Tim who were doing a splendid job. There were also ice cold drinks on hand to satisfy our dry and thirsty throats.
This particular event was a special one for me in many ways as it was the first time I had ridden a tandem bike to Warburton and back in one day. It was also the first time I had ridden a tandem bike as a Stoker with Nick Milton as my Captain in the driver’s seat. It was also the first time that Tandem Bike Victoria had led a Melbourne Cycling group on a Meetup. So this was indeed a very special occasion for me and Tandem Bike Victoria with our association with Melbourne Cycling. Thank you Brian Smith (Aussie Brian) for allowing us to do that. Also a very big thank you to Nick Milton for volunteering to Captain my tandem and for doing such an awesome job.
This was a truly great day out and I’m sure will be a feature event on future Melbourne Cycling event calendars.
Well done Brian for doing such a great job of organising this event.
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Next Tandem Bike Ride
The City to Frankston and Back Tandem & Single Bike Dash
Saturday 22 March 2014
Meeting at Federation Square Melbourne at 8:00 am
Please note! Melbourne Cycling and Tandem Bike Victoria and it's Organisers are not responsible for any accidents or injuries you may have on this or any ride with Melbourne Cycling we do however suggest you find Bike Insurance with RACV OR Bicycle Victoria Thank you.
This ride is will be a faster paced ride starting at Fed Square, along Beach Road and the Nepean Highway to Frankston and up Olivers Hill and back and finishing at Port Melbourne. A quick stop at Mordiallic (Tour De Café) both ways and a quick snack at the Visitors/Information Centre in Frankston and finishing at the Café in Port Melbourne opposite the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Terminal for a hot or cold drink. You may like to have lunch at Federation Square before heading home.
This will be a higher than normal paced ride with average speed of 25 to 30+ km/h
NOTE: This will be a faster than normal paced ride and it is expected that participants have the experience and fitness to ride this distance and will need to have a road bike or tandem bike as well as all the necessary gear for this ride.
Fitness level, A good degree of fitness to complete this ride as well as the skills to ride in a bunch and a fair deal of road riding experience, Novice riders are warned that this ride will not suit you so please take that into account, even the basic rider will find it tough going, so please realize your capability before RSVP please.!
Please contact Pater Fletcher on 0407 848 181 if you would like to take part in this event.
THE BLIND CHALLENGE (Mt Beauty to Falls Creek)
Here is a challenge that you might like to tackle.
A 32 km ride from Mt Beauty to Falls Creek which involves some very serious hill climbing.
This ride should only be done by very fit and competent hill climbers.
The ride starts in Mt Beauty on Saturday 29 March 2014, at 8:00 am.
This is a tandem bike ride to raise money for The Mae Sot Blind Centre - Boon's Residential School for Blind Children in Mae Sot , Thailand.
Entry is free for tandems with a blind/Vision Impaired stoker and sighted pilot on board.
Entry for tandems with two sighted riders is $200
Please refer to The Blind Challenge web site for additional information.
We will be travelling to Albury by V-Line train on Friday 28 March 20014, with our tandem bikes and we will be picked up from the Albury station and transported along with our tandems to Mt Beauty.
Train departs Southern Cross Station at 7:10 am and arrives in Albury at 10:55 am.
Blind Travel Passes and Companion Cards can be used on this service.
Accommodation will be arranged for blind tandem riders together with their volunteer pilots to stay in Mt Beauty on Friday night.
There will be an option of staying in Falls Creek on Saturday night.
These arrangements are yet to be confirmed.
I will send the Registration Form for this ride to you when available later this week if you would like to enter this event.
Please ignore the current closing date for this event as it will be extended. Also please ignore the Fundraising Target you are required to collect for this event as it is now up to you how much you are able to raise.
This should be a fantastic event and well worth supporting. Please help the blind cyclists in Albury to make this a successful event by registering and taking part in The Blind Challenge.
Should you require any additional information regarding this event please don't hesitate to contact me (Peter Fletcher) on 0407 848 181.
Hope to see you on this ride.
Tandem Bike Victoria in association with
Melbourne Cycling host many cycling events each week. These events vary in distance and speed as well as cater for people of all abilities.
Melbourne Cycling are a very inclusive cycling group and therefore tandem bikes are very welcome and encouraged to take part in any event that are suitable for tandem bikes.
To participate in a Melbourne Cycling event simply click here to access the Melbourne Cycling website for details of coming cycling events.
Tandem Bike Victoria Partnerships
Tandem Bike Victoria is pleased to announce that Melbourne Cycling and YHA Cycling are both tandem bike friendly and are also inclusive to people with blindness and low vision. These organisations welcome people with blindness and low vision to join them on various rides compatible with tandem bikes.
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