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Welcome to bicycle touring!

It’s all about what the great Australian outdoors has to offer, the only thing missing is you! This is the Meetup page for Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club.

There’s nothing quite like the ‘spirit of place’ and freedom you will experience when riding a bicycle on an isolated back road through farmland, along a bush track, over a mountain range, or across a desert. The satisfaction and sense of independence is incomparable.

The Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club has been running recreational rides and tours continuously since 1973. Check out our rides program and see what’s coming up this weekend.

At MBTC we aim to give you a large variety of rides that cater for a broad variety of people, from simple sightseeing metro rides all the way up to multi week expedition touring and everything in between. Many of our rides are suitable for many different types of bikes as we often ride along bike paths and rail trails. We run social get together rides that start in the CBD and take us along a beach or river path to have either breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a nice place with some amazing people.

Our most common rides are one day urban or country tours which may start in Melbourne or at a country location. These rides may be either car or train based.

We regularly run overnight tours that will cater for people who prefer to travel light and stay in accommodation, but we also cater for the hard core tourers who prefer to load up their bikes, carry everything out to a great spot in the bush and tell stories around the campfire. We also run regular social nights at various venues near the CBD, as well as special club meetings throughout the year.

Meetup Riders are not automatically financial MBTC Club Members, but are welcome to take up full club membership by visiting www.mbtc.org.au/membership. Our club policy is that visitors may participate on three rides before making the decision to join our club for an annual fee of $25. Benefits include other club rides and activities not listed on Meetup, member-only rides, weekly club emails, social events, club meetings, Ride With GPS club subscription with premium navigation features & offline maps, etc.

For more information about MBTC please feel free to take a ride through our website www.mbtc.org.au and follow us at: 
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Understandably COVID-19 is affecting how we do our rides. Our COVID-19 page ((https://www.mbtc.org.au/covid-19/) describes what you must do when riding with us.

Everyone is riding at their own risk and the club does not take responsibility for any injuries or accidents you may have on any of our rides.  It is now a requirement of this group that you use a recognizable profile photo of yourself.

Upcoming events (4+)

Kyneton-Radio Springs-Woodend Weekend.

Kyneton Station

Radio springs Weekend.
We will depart Kyneton Station at 10.15.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41367156
For those wishing to have brekky after arriving in Kyneton, at Grist Artisan Bakers, and are catching the train, there is a train leaving Southern Cross 7.01, arriving Kyneton 8.11.
Grist Artisan Bakers is at 18 Piper Street, Kyneton.
For those happy to get straight on the road at 10.15, there is a train leaving Southern Cross 9.05.
This ride is ideal for those who choose to drive.
A Rides with GPS route is available for those who wish to loop back to Kyneton on the Sunday.

After leaving Kyneton we will cycle past Lauriston Reservoir, and have lunch at Glen Lyon General Store.
We will then take the Little Hampton then Loddon River Road to Lyonville.
Bring refreshments for a snack at Lyonville Springs Picnic Ground.
There is State Forest camping available at Lyonville.
Those who wish to stay in accommodation, they need to arrange it for themselves.
Dinner is at the famous Radio Springs Hotel.
https://www.radiospringshotel.com.au/
In the morning we trek back to the Radio Springs Hotel then down the Domino Trail to Redbeards Bakery, Trentham for lunch.
Then on to the Ashbourne Road back to Woodend.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41367179
For those who drove, a loop back through Tylden to Kyneton.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41367204

RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
This will be available within a day of the ride being announced. Preferably it is to be completed when you RSVP, but no later than the day before the ride. It can be found at
https://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider.

CORONAVIRUS AND RIDES
Understandably COVID-19 is affecting how we do our rides. Our COVID-19 page (https://www.mbtc.org.au/covid-19/) describes what you must do when riding with us.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS
Functioning headlight & tail light
Spare tube and a puncture kit
MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear, food/snacks, etc

WATER
It's your responsibility to check the temperature and distance for the day and carry an appropriate amount of water. When riding outside suburbia remember that carrying too much water is better than not enough as the distances between water availability may vary greatly from the planned route due to road closures or other unforeseen circumstances.

Check your app for any changes the day before a the ride, as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
If you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' at least one day before the ride day.

This ride is for MBTC club members, or those who have not yet done 3 days riding with us. To join our club check out https://www.mbtc.org.au/membership

When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Australian Consumer law. I acknowledge that photos may be taken of me during MBTC rides and social events, and that it is club practice that these photos will be published on Meetup, Facebook, and the club website. I will notify the ride leader and other riders if I wish to not be photographed. MBTC cannot guarantee that my photo will not be published and will promptly honour requests to be removed from MBTC controlled sites.

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Junction - Warburton - O’Shannassy - Woori - Gravel Loop

Red Relish Cafe

JUNCTION - WARBY - O’SHANNASSY - WOORI - GRAVEL LOOP

48km, 700vm, intermediate.

75% gravel, 20% sealed, 5% single track.

Suitable for most bikes with suitable off-road tyres - no skinny slicks please. Good fitness, with some basic off road skills required.

Car parking near the Yarra Junction footy ground. Meet at cafe start at 9.00am for pre-ride fuel. Supermarket nearby if you need to get lunch supplies. Pedal off at 9.30.

We take the rail-trail to Warburton, then take some back roads and riverside trails to East Warby and back, before climbing up to the O’Shannassy aqueduct.

We follow the aqueduct trail westwards for 17kms, (stopping half way for lunch - BYO), before descending and linking through to some single track through Yarrabridge reserve, then back onto the rail trail at Woori.

A couple of kms before the finish, we can drop into the recently refurbished Home Hotel beer garden for some refreshments!

Route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41539991

Any questions, please ask.

RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
This will be available within a day of the ride being announced. Preferably it is to be completed when you RSVP, but no later than the day before the ride. It can be found at
https://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider.
WATER
It's your responsibility to check the temperature and distance for the day and carry an appropriate amount of water. When riding outside suburbia remember that carrying too much water is better than not enough as the distances between water availability may vary greatly from the planned route due to road closures or other unforeseen circumstances.
Check your app for any changes the day before a the ride, as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
If you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' at least one day before the ride day.
This ride is for MBTC club members, or those who have not yet done 3 days riding with us. To join our club check out https://www.mbtc.org.au/membership
When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Australian Consumer law. I acknowledge that photos may be taken of me during MBTC rides and social events, and that it is club practice that these photos will be published on Meetup, Facebook, and the club website. I will notify the ride leader and other riders if I wish to not be photographed. MBTC cannot guarantee that my photo will not be published and will promptly honour requests to be removed from MBTC controlled sites.

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Pyrenees Wineries Extended Weekend Tour; intermediate

Beaufort

There are a whole selection of wineries that we rarely have the opportunity to visit, in the Pyrenee Ranges out in NW Victoria. This is a moderately-paced tour to ensure the chance to visit 2-3 wineries each day. The land should be green, fading to gold, with scenic blue hills, and the chance of some hot weather. The towns are small and iconic with a great deal of historic charm. We will need to carry a fair bit of our supplies for meals each day as supermarkets are pretty scarce, but there are a couple of towns with nice pubs for dinner. There will be options for a shorter loop for those who have less time-off-work for the tour.

This is the planned route.

As this is camping ride plan to carry all suitable gear (tent, sleeping bag, mattress etc) and carry necessary foods, snacks etc.

RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
Preferably it is to be completed when you RSVP, but no later than the day before the ride. It can be found at
https://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider.
CORONAVIRUS AND RIDES
Understandably COVID-19 is affecting how we do our rides. Our COVID-19 page (www.mbtc.org.au/covid-19) describes what you must do when riding with us.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS
Functioning headlight & tail light
Spare tube and a puncture kit
MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear, food/snacks, etc
WATER
It's your responsibility to check the temperature and distance for the day and carry an appropriate amount of water. When riding outside suburbia remember that carrying too much water is better than not enough as the distances between water availability may vary greatly from the planned route due to road closures or other unforeseen circumstances.
Check your app for any changes the day before a the ride, as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
If you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' at least one day before the ride day.

This ride is for MBTC club members, or those who have not yet done 3 days riding with. To join our club check out https://www.mbtc.org.au/membership

When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Australian Consumer law.
I acknowledge that photos may be taken of me during MBTC rides and social events, and that it is club practice that these photos will be published on Meetup, Facebook, and the club website. I will notify the ride leader and other riders if I wish to not be photographed. MBTC cannot guarantee that my photo will not be published and will promptly honour requests to be removed from MBTC controlled sites.

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MBTC Christmas BBQ (Social)

Studley Park Boathouse and Picnic Area

The MBTC Christmas BBQ is back. Join us for a Sunday afternoon by the Yarra.
Bring a your BBQ foods, drinks and a glass or your favourite drinking vessel. Tables are available but added picnic chairs may be desirable.

Check your app for any changes the day before the event, as the location may be altered in the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

This event is for MBTC club members, or those who have not yet done 3 days riding with us. To join our club check out https://www.mbtc.org.au/membership

When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Australian Consumer law. I acknowledge that photos may be taken of me during MBTC rides and social events, and that it is club practice that these photos will be published on Meetup, Facebook, and the club website. I will notify the ride leader and other riders if I wish to not be photographed. MBTC cannot guarantee that my photo will not be published and will promptly honour requests to be removed from MBTC controlled sites.

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