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Saturday 7 December
As of 7 December a longer ride will be scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, departing at 7 am from the Eynesbury Golf Club car park.
These rides will be of varying distances and loops with the exact course to be determined on the day, taking into account likely weather conditions.
These rides may venture towards Gisborne and Woodend in the north, Anakie and Meredith in the south and Ballan and Blackwood in the east.
This ride is only recommended for experienced riders that are able to maintain a reasonable pace.
The usual Saturday ride option departing from the Jolly Miller café by 7.30am remains as an alternative. Sunday 15 December
This is the third Sunday of the month and we thought it time to revisit the Trentham (Good Friday) ride.
Riders will meet in Gisborne at 7.30 am before heading to the Red Beard café for a snack.
Refreshed, some riders may wish to tackle Mount Macedon before returning to their cars.
Course details can be found HERE Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day)
For those riders wishing to burn some excess Christmas calories, we will meet at Hannah Watts Park at 8 am for a leisurely ride to Bacchus Marsh with a refreshment break yet to be determined. Saturday 4 January
The first Saturday of the month ride departs 7 am from the Eynesbury Golf Club car park. Sunday 19 January
Suggestions are welcome for this one but perhaps it is time to ride to Eynesbury via Bacchus Marsh with the option of continuing through to Toolern Vale before returning home. Monday 27 January (Australia Day)
This ride is also open to suggestions but maybe a ride to Williamstown or Newport via sealed roads and avoiding bike paths is worth consideration.
Details for the November S3 ride (Sun 17 Nov) have now been posted.SEE HERE
for further info...
Due to the Djerriwarrh Festival that is being held in Melton this weekend there will likely be road closures on High Street affecting access to Jolly Miller etc.
As a result the ride details for this Saturday 9 Nov will be as follows:
Eyensbury Golf Club car park
Leaving Eyensbury, riders will follow Exford Rd through Rockbank and make their way up to Toolern Vale, then onto Bacchus Marsh before returning to Eyensbury to complete the course.
As usual the ride will be weather permitting, so if it is raining in the morning assume the ride is cancelled.
Otherwise, please consider the forecast and dress accordingly.
Please note that the Wednesday evening club rides are back on again (as of Wed 6 November 2013).
As usual, the meeting point is Waves car park on Coburns Rd and the departure time will be 6pm.
Also, the next organised club ride will be held on Sunday 17 November 2013.
We will be re-visiting last month's Sunbury ride and details will be posted shortly.
A number of MCC members achieved their 2013 Around the Bay
goals yesterday but one in particular stands out.
Mark Mangion achieved an amazing ride distance yesterday of 328 km’s (yes,
three hundred and twenty-eight kilometres).
Mark posted his thoughts about the ride on Facebook and with his permission I
have included it below.
To everyone who rode in the trying conditions yesterday,
well done in achieving your goals and I hope you are recovering well today.
And to Mark, that is one
serious achievement to be very proud of.
Congratulations on being daring enough to set your goal so high and then
having the conviction and determination to achieve it!
Around the Bay 2013 - 20/10/13
(by Mark Mangion)
(Sorry this is a long post but not nearly as long as my day)
After telling people for 27 years about my longest ever ride, I thought that it
was time to outdo what I did when I was 17 and my ride from Footscray to
Bairnsdale in a day (285km's).
As there seemed to be a fair level of participation in the 250km version from
members of the Melton Cycling Club, I thought there would be an opportunity for
me to use the ride and tag a few km’s either side to reach a goal of 300km’s in
a day or perhaps ride to the start, complete the event then catch a train home.
Well that was the plan.
After an interrupted sleep (5 hours in bed, around 2 hours of solid sleep) I
got up at 2:30am I did what I needed to do and got on the bike around 3:15am
for a slow roll into the city, it was a perfect morning for a ride, nice and
warm, which meant I had no need for extra clothing. I arrived at Alexandra Gardens at 5:00am
giving me 30 mins to freshen up and refuel before lining up in wave 2 of the
250km event. ..45km’s done.
We headed off at 5:33am, and it seemed to take forever to get to the Westgate
Bridge, then we were away. Most of this time I was still bleary eyed through
lack of sleep. Eventually the sun got up
around Altona North and I woke up a bit and started chatting with the odd
cyclist as it turned out 4 out of the 5 I spoke with were from interstate. Moving through Werribee I was greeted by my Mum who was waiting on the side of the road so I took my first stop just before
7am. After a short break and a selfie of
me and Mum (on her 69th birthday) on Mum’s phone I headed off to Geelong, no
longer paced by the large group that got me to Werribee...81Km’s done
Not long after getting back onto the freeway, a large group of riders caught
me, most of whom were wearing Sydney CC tops - this was the ticket I needed. We
scooted all way to Geelong at a great pace fanned along by the gusting
Northerly winds. I stopped at the
Geelong rest stop and from then on was in no particular group, just rode with
whoever I could to get me to the ferry. I passed on two rest stops on the way to
Queenscliff but nearly came undone just out of St Leonards so took respite in
the shade of a tree while I had some electrolyte jells and a couple of pain
killers for my back. After my break I
managed to stay with a group of riders to Queenscliff arriving at 10:40am to be
told I was on the 12:00noon ferry. Having
a bit of a wait for the ferry was a blessing in disguise as it gave me ample
time to refuel and rest before getting on the ferry, and when I did I got
another 30 mins shut eye...180 km’s done
While getting off the ferry I saw two other MCC riders in Charlie Aquilinia and
Tom Connelly. After my rest I was
feeling the best I had all day and we rode together for a bit through to
Dromana but lost contact with the many traffic lights. At that point my primary
focus was the Everest of the ride - Mount Martha. I continued to take on as much food and fluid
as I could while sitting in with groups that were riding at my pace. Eventually when the hill came I instinctively
backed off but then realised I wasn't doing so bad and started passing a few
(to anyone who knows me overtaking others on a hill is a rarity for me). At this point the heat off the road was quite
extreme, as the hill and trees protected the area from any of the winds that
were blowing off the water - my Garmin data would later reveal that we were
riding in the mid 30's at that point. After
getting over the hill I headed to Frankston for my last rest stop...234 km’s done.
The ride into Melbourne was a lot slower than I had hoped. Most
were doing it tough and the groups were fairly fragmented until around Sandringham
where the traffic lights got us back together again. I finished the ATB around 5:20pm but was still
a long way short of 300km’s and knew that I would have to ride a lot further
than Southern Cross station to reach my goal...282 km’s done
I collected my bag, refuelled and topped up my water bottle and at 5:40pm
headed for Sunshine in the hope that I would get there before the 6:08 from SC
arrived. Unfortunately the North Westerly wind and my aching body didn't allow
me to beat the train. With an hour between trains, I figured that I may as well
just push on and do the whole thing under my own steam and after a couple more
breaks I got home at 8:30pm - 328km’s done.
Distance: 328.10 km
Avg Speed: 25.0 km/h
Elevation Gain: 1,796 m
Calories: 13,953 C
Avg Temperature: 21.0 °C
Obviously I had to do a bit of planning and prep for this ride by myself,
probably could have done more prep but managed with what I had done, there are
also many people that need to be mentioned.
Natalie, thanks for always saying, "you can do it" and letting me
plan our weekends around training rides. Mum for calling my bluff when I was 15 and I
asked her "How about next year when we go to Tongio, I ride there over two
days (385klms) her reply, "If you think you can”. My Brother Gerard (Jed), who has done the 250
km version multiple times on "Modified" training on his undersized
bike he raced as a juvenile in the 80's, his pragmatic approach has had me
rethink my own preparations. Mark, Beanne and Greg, having ultra focussed
athletes on my (Facebook) friends list provides me all sorts of motivation. Steven and Samantha Sutton you have both dived
in the deep end and set yourself goals that you are no doubt going to achieve.
To the others, some who finished, some who trained but missed out due to injury
Ray (Buttegieg), illness or timing and others that went along for the ride you
have all provided motivation for me along the way.
For those participating in the Around The Bay ride (or any other large rides over the coming months), Michael Wright (MCC member) has kindly offered his services to give your much-loved bike a tune up in preparation for such rides.
For any MCC members that are interested, Michael will be available this coming Saturday (9am to 3pm) to conduct this service.
Michael will be conducting these services from his home in Melton.
For those members that do not have Michael's address and/or phone number, please contact Tom Connelly (MCC President) who can provide this for you.
The cost of the service will be up to $40 Max (depending on what work is done/required, it may be cheaper).
Obviously, this does not include replacing any parts. If you have any questions at all please contact Michael to discuss.
What to bring with you on the day:
- Your bike
- Your shoes and helmet
Once your bike has been tuned, Michael will take you on a short ride to ensure everything is OK and you are happy.
Deer Park Wellness Trail (Christies Rd to Robinsons Rd)
For any Caroline Springs locals who have been detouring around the Deer Park Wellness Trail, due to the Regional Rail Link works that have been taking place over the past several months, the path is now open for use again.
I rode down the path earlier today to check it out and it is fine to use.