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(Note that stories relating to pre 2007 rides can now be found HERE)

Upcoming Rides in 2011

Rides & Activities
Ride Organiser*
Sun Jan 9th Social Ride Holmesglen to the City (Bike Paths) Geoff James
Tues Jan 11th MTB Ride Emerald to Gembrook MTB Ride Dennis Dawson
Thur Jan 13th Warby Trail Breakfast Ride Join us for an early ride & breakfast (also celebrate a big birthday) Dennis Dawson
Sat Jan 15th Cathedral Mountain Climb A bush walk to the summit of Cathedral Peak Dennis Dawson
Wed Jan 26th Australia Day Ride FTG to the city bike paths(2 start points) TBC
Tues Feb 1st MTB Ride Emerald to Gembrook MTB Ride Dennis Dawson
Sat Feb 5th Toolangi Hill Climb A great way to improve your climbing Dennis Dawson
Sat Feb 19th Pakenham to Drouin Road ride to Drouin (or maybe Warragul) Dennis Dawson
Tues Mar 1st MTB Ride Emerald to Gembrook MTB Ride Dennis Dawson
Mon Mar 14th Labour Day Special Partners' Ride Royal Park to Williamstown Geoff James
Thur Mar 24th Warby Trail Breakfast Ride Join us for an early ride and Breakfast Dennis Dawson
Sun Mar 27th Reefton Pub Ride Follow the roads from Launching Place to Reefton Pub and back Dennis Dawson
Fri Apr 1st to Sun Apr 3rd Wangaratta Rail Trail Ride the trail from Wang to Bright and share a weekend with the Ghostriders TBC


2009 Major Rides Calendar

Rides & Activities
Ride Organiser*
3rd Jan Warby Trail Social Ride   COMPLETED
11th Jan Yarra Junction to Noojee Ride 80 km ride with 1 significant climb. Lunch at Noojee COMPLETED
26th Jan Belgrave to South Bank Follow bike trails all the way to the city COMPLETED
31st Jan Annual Awards Night The most important event of the year COMPLETED
15th Feb Pakenham to Warragul A new variation on an old favourite COMPLETED
27th Feb to 1st March Wangaratta to Bright Rail Trail 100 km of sealed bike trail POSTPONED TILL MAY
9th March Marbyrnong River Rail Trail Lovely safe ride to Brimbank Park COMPLETED
28th March Dandenong Creek Social Ride Mulgrave to Carrum and back via Eastlink & Dandenong Creek Trails COMPLETED
Sun 12th April
Easter Sunday
Buxton Loop   COMPLETED
Sat 25th April
Anzac Day
Great Southern Rail Trail Explore the classic Gippsland scenery on this most enjoyable ride COMPLETED
Sun 3rd May Walhalla Forest Ride A pleasant mountain bike ride along the Walhalla Rail Trail COMPLETED
Fri 15th - Sun 17th May Wangaratta to Bright Rail Trail Postponed from earlier in the year COMPLETED
Sat 23rd May Eastlink Trail Mulgrave to Carrum A mixture of Eastlink and Dandenong Creek Trails COMPLETED
Mon 8th June Queens Birthday - Inner City Bike Trails A fascinating tour of some of Melbourne's inner city bike paths COMPLETED
Sat 20th June Reefton Pub Ride Great ride up to the Reefton Pub for a drink and a burger. Starts at Launching Place at 10.00 am COMPLETED
Sat July 4th Belgrave to Jells Park Social Ride Follow the bike paths from Belgrav eto Jells Park and back again 10.00 am start at Belgrave
Sat Aug 8th Bayside Bike Paths Ride A wonderful ride along Port Philip Bay to Docklands COMPLETED
Sun Aug 23rd Warburton to Marysville Ride Follow the Acreron Way to Marysville COMPLETED
Sat Sep 5th Annual Phillip Island Ride A great road ride to Phillip Island CANCELLED
Sun Sep 13th O'Shannesy Aquaduct Ride Mountain Bike Ride Watch for details
Sat Sep 26th Annual Lungbuster Test your stamina against Donna Buang POSTPONED
Sun Oct 11th Diamond Creek Ride   COMPLETED
Sun Oct 18th Big Bay Ride   COMPLETED
Sat Oct 24th Upper Yarra Dam Ride start at Launching Place Pub at 9.00 am  
Sat Oct 31st Lungbuster Revisited Staggered start from 8.00 am COMPLETED
Tues Nov 3rd Tonimbuk Loop   COMPLETED
Sun Nov 8th Poowong Circuit Start at Lang Lang at 10.00 am  
Sat Nov 14th Donna Buang Bushwalk This is NOT a ride but a bush walk Watch for details
Sun Nov 22nd Phillip Island Ride This ride will only go ahead if sufficient interest is shown  
Sat Dec 5th Toolangi Hill Climb 9.30 am start from Healesville  
Sun Dec 27th Annual Bellarine Peninsula Ride 10.00 am start at Queenscliff  

*Ride Convenor

For all major scheduled rides held in 2008 we will have a nominated "Ride Convenor ". The responsibilities of the organiser will be as listed below
(1) To be thoroughly familar with the exact route of the ride, including any potential danger spots, etc.
(2) To conduct the pre ride briefing and pass on any important instructions to the riders.
(3) To officially start the ride when they consider it appropriate.
(4) To conduct the ride in a fashion which is safe and enjoyable for all those taking part.
(5) To keep an eye out for anyone who may be in need of assistance during the ride.
(6) Any other tasks as required during the ride as may be considered important., such as delegating someone to be the "tail end charlie".
(7) To assist with the running of any particular ride it may be wise for the convenor to arrange for a "deputy" to assist as required.
(8) If for any reason the designated ride convenor cannot attend the ride they need to arrange a suitable replacement well before the scheduled ride date.
(9) After the completion of the ride, the convenor is requested to prepare a brief account of the ride for posting on the web site.

If riders are running late for the start of a ride it is important that they contact the organiser to advise them of their situation.

No rider is to deviate from the prescribed route without first informing the ride convenor. It is important that the convenor knows the whereabouts of each rider during the ride. It is expected that all riders participating in any ride obey their directions. Any rider not willing to do this may be advised to leave the ride immediately.

Past Rides.....

Rides & Activities
"2007 - The Year of The Sprocket "
Sunday 14th January
The Poowong Classic
75 km of pretty Gippsland countryside COMPLETED
Friday 26th Jan Australia Day Ride Belgrave to South Bank COMPLETED
Sat Feb 10th Double Toolangi Hill Climb Start from Healesville at 10 am . COMPLETED
Sat Feb 17th Pakenham to Drouin and back A 6.00 am start made this a fantastic ride. COMPLETED
Sunday March 4th Triple Toolangi The ultimate heart starter, but a great achievement. Start from Healesville at 10 am COMPLETED
Monday March 12 Maribyrnong River Trail Start from Newport at 10 am COMPLETED
16th - 18th March 2007 Great Alpine Ride Wangaratta to Harrietville and back again COMPLETED
April 2007 2007 Great China Ride Even bigger and better than the 2006 ride. Sorry now booked out. COMPLETED
Sunday April 8th Buxton Loop See Peter Warren for more details COMPLETED
Wed April 25th (Anzac Day) Great Southern Rail Trail Start from Meenihan at 10.30 am (don't be late) COMPLETED
Sat May 12th 2007 Picnic at Hanging Rock Ride Start from Gisborne Station at 10 am sharp. COMPLETED
Sun May 27th Kirth Kiln
Mountain Bike Ride
This ride is being run by Hall's outdoor Education and is designed for all those who love mountain biking COMPLETED
Mon June 11th Inner City Bike Paths   COMPLETED
Sat June 30th Ride to Frankston Lovely ride along Beach rd COMPLETED
Sat July 14th Social Night Valentinos Restaurant COMPLETED
Sun July 29th Pakenham - Kooweerup Circuit   COMPLETED
Sun August 26th Reefton Ride have a burger at the Reefton Pub COMPLETED
Sat Sep 8th Phillip Island Bicycle Grand Prix Ride from Cranbourne down to the Nobbies COMPLETED
Sat Sep 29th Donna Buang Lung Buster test your stamina against the mountain COMPLETED
Sun 21st Oct Big Bay Ride Join the 1000s of cyclists riding around the Bay COMPLETED
Sat Oct 27th Upper Yarra Dam Ride Picnic at Upper Yarra Dam COMPLETED
Sat Nov 3rd Tonimbuk Loop An exciting 75 km mountain bike ride through the Black Snake Range COMPLETED
Fri 16 to Sun 18th Nov East Gippsland Rail Trail Join us at Bairnsdale & Lakes Entrance on this fun weekend COMPLETED
Sat Dec 1st Glenda's Christmas Party    
Thur Dec 27th Annual Bellarine Peninsula Ride 90 km around beautiful Bellarine Peninsula COMPLETED
Feb 29-Mar 2nd Annual Wangaratta to Bright Rail Trail Probably our most popular ride of the year Bookings Essential
March/April 2008 2008 China Ride The famous "Trail of the Dragon Ride " in China sold out !

Please note that the above calendar is tentative only, but may assist you with future planning. If you have any comments or suggestions PLEASE pass them on to me

* Ride Classification - to assist potential riders I have introduced a ride classification system. This gives an indication of the pace that the ride will be conducted at.

IP (Individual Pace) - all riders ride at their own best speed (usually 30 to 40 kph) but with stops to allow slower riders to regroup.

FCP (Fastest Common Pace) - the group rides at the fastest speed of the slowest rider, keeping all riders in a bunch. (usually 28-32 kph)

BP (Brisk Pace) - a pace roughly equivalent to 80-90% of maximum effort. A good workout without leaving anyone behind. (probably 25- 28 kph)

MP (Moderate Pace) - a pace suitable for newer riders and also allowing conversation to take place. Also suitable for longer rides. (usually 22 - 25 kph)

SP (Slow Pace) - suitable for social rides with new riders in the group. Where the social interaction is just as important as the ride itself. (probably less than 22 kph)

Many rides will actually have combinations of the above speeds. For example the ride might be mainly at BP but with a couple of IP stages to assist fitness training.


Upcoming Rides & Activities (or download full calendar here)

  • Thurs July 30th - alternate Thursday ride - start at FTG at 10 am
  • Saturday Aug 1st - Saturday morning Social Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 10 am
  • Thurs Aug 6th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
  • Sat 8th and Sun 9th August - Social Weekend in Echuca - Train from Melbourne
  • Thurs August 13th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Blackburn Lake at 10 am
  • Sat 15th August - Dan's Mystery Ride - start at Lilydale Lake at 10 am
  • Thurs August 20th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
  • Sat August 22nd - Saturday Morning Social Ride - start at Pakenham at 10 am
  • Tues August 25th - Ghostriders 2015 European Rides start
  • Thurs August 27th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Malvern East at 10 am
  • Sun August 30th - Upper Yarra Dam Ride - start at Launching Place Pub at 10 am

Ride Stories

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For all previous weekday ride stories click HERE
Lots of other weekend stories can be found HERE


Rider List
A list of current riders and their numbers

Overseas Adventure Challenges

Click HERE for 2006 China Ride
Click HERE for 2007 China Ride
Click HERE for 2008 China Ride
Click HERE for our 2009 Himalayan Challenge and pictures
Click HERE for the 2009 Danube Ride Story
Click HERE for some pictures of the 2010 South America Challenge
2011 Ulm to Vienna Ride - see the video on YouTube
2011 Prague to Dresden - video available soon
Click HERE for the 2012 Under African Skies Story
2012 Under African Skies - African Safari (completed)
2012 "Turkish Delights" Adventure (completed)
2012 "Greek Odyssey" Adventure (completed)
2013 French Revolutions - Cycling Trip (completed)
2013 Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon -completed
2013 Thailand - Burma Railway Cycle - completed
2014 New Zealand South Island - completed
2014 Scandinavia Ride in Finland and Sweden - completed
2015 Italy Ride (full)
2015 Loire Valley Cycle from Orleans to the Atlantic (full)
2016 Bruges to Amsterdam by bike and barge (full)
2016 Donaueschingen to Passau (full)
2016 Passau to Vienna (full)
2016 Vienna to Budapest (full)
2017 Turkey Panorama


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