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With the reintroduction of stage 3 lockdown restrictions on the 9th of July in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, we are unable to do group rides for at least 6 weeks. The wait may seem long but it will eventually end and we will be touring again.

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.

MBTC

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 http://www.mbtc.org.au and follow us at:

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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. Phone numbers of participants and their emergency contact details are required to be provided on each ride but are not kept afterwards.

Upcoming events (5)

Exploring the Grampians - 280 kms (approx), Med-hard rating.

A 9-day tour to explore the backtracks of the Grampians. Car-based starting from Halls Gap. This is a bicycle tour involving fully self-supported camping, mostly bush camping with minimal facilities. We will travel out to explore the national park, probably in two separate loops, returning to Halls Gap for supplies mid-way. Attractions to visit include Kalymna Falls, Victoria Valley, the Chimney-pots, Buandik (rock-art), McKenzie Falls, Mt Victory (The Balconies), Boroka Lookout, Troopers Gap, Mt Stapylton, Hollow Mountain and of course some of the Wonderland Range. We will have several rest days or half-days to do some walks to spectacular locations. Rated med-hard due to several steep climbs over the ranges, and a large proportion of the route being on rougher gravel tracks. The proposed route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32754049 A few things to note about following Victorian Government guidelines: • do not attend if you have the slightest cold, flu or covid19 symptoms • no more than 20 riders per event • always be 1.5 m or more away from other people - allow at least a 3-bike length distance behind other riders while riding • no bunching up, even at stop points • do not touch other riders’ bicycles or equipment • recommended to have hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol in your kit • recommended to have the covidsafe app installed on your phone. You must fill in the rider registration form for this ride by the day before the ride. These can be found at http://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider Check your app for any changes two hours before a day 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' within a reasonable time. 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. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. 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 Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

Where the hell is 7 Acre Rock (62kms,+1278m) - New date as VIC is in lockdown

Gembrook Puffing Billy Railway Station

PROPOSED DATE - May change depends on Covid19 situation Who wants adventure, who wants to explore, who wants to visit and climb rock with views and a waterfall on the way. May not be Uluru but certainly is closer to home. Come and join me on this adventure. This was my favourite ride that I did last year and am hoping this year the Weather Gods play nice and give us a sunny bright clear day. My plan is to have breakfast/coffee at Gembrook by 9:30am then ride out to 7 Acre Rock for lunch. Please make sure you buy /pack lunch This ride is Hard. RIDE REGISTRATION FORM Please fill in the rider registration form for this ride ASAP. You must complete it by the day before the ride. These can be found at http://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider. Please PM or email me for the password or if club member please see Enews that was sent via email on 20 May 2020 Please also bring a bike lock as when we get to 7 Acre Rock it is single track walk to it and then you climb onto the rock which means your bike will be unattended whilst we have lunch. Any bike that can go on gravel roads This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. Ride GPX Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30719991 ESSENTIAL ITEMS WATER - if you have no water you will not go on this ride! Functioning headlight & tail light Spare tube and a puncture kit MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear, 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 two hours before a day ride, or two days before a multi day 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' within a reasonable time. 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. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. 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 Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes."

Elmhurst Valleys Weekend- Elmhurst and Landsborough

Location visible to members

A ride opportunity for those who want to get out on a longer camping tour for this weekend. It is a repeat of the ride in November 2019 which was quite cool but still very fruitful. Commencing on Friday we take a scenic ride through Raglan and cross the lower ridge of the Great Dividing Range range to camp at Elmhurst Recreation reserve with excellent facilities, hot showers and great flat shady campsites. We have the hotel in town for dinner. On Saturday we can take a loop ride out to Landsborough, or a shorter ride to the Wimmera Hills Winery (just a short ride, 8kms away on the south side of the Pyrenees) and the nearby picnic ground at Glenpatrick. A second group may be able to come up on Saturday for just the overnight. The final day is a scenic route to Amphitheatre and over the Divide again to Chute, and returning along the quiet roads through Waterloo to Beaufort. This is a fairly easy ride with really just the one short steep hill each day. Bring all requirements; there is no shop along the route but there will be supplies available at the beginning in Beaufort. All meals must be carried. Grade E-M. Distance 148kms/89 kms Transport - Can be car-based, or use the Ararat train. I will be going by car. Train details - Southern cross; departs 8.16am, arrive Beaufort 10.31am Route details can be found here: Two-day route - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31467226 Three-day tour - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33020945 RIDE REGISTRATION FORM This is to be completed by the day before the ride and can be found at: www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider, preferably when you RSVP. CORONAVIRUS AND RIDES Please read the COVID guidelines on this group's front page before you RSVP to any events. https://www.mbtc.org.au/covid-19 Etiquette: Social pace. We wait for each other to regroup at key navigational points. No one is left behind with a puncture. On the day, if you cannot make the ride please change your RSVP. Recommend bring pump, tools, spare tube, money, phone with my number in it if we get separated, MYKI, bike lock, wet weather gear if raining. This is a camping tour so tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a night torch should be packed. Check your app on the day for any changes. Do bring lights in case we get delayed. 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. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. 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 Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. Photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes unless otherwise requested. Route and times may change according to circumstances.

Chasing Hiawatha, 274 kms

Warragul Station

This tour (postponed from Easter) is an exploration of parts of South Gippsland familiar to club members, and parts that are rarely visited. We shall commence from Warragul and ride across the ranges to Leongatha to join the rail trail and ride to Meeniyan for a delightful camp right in town. Next day we complete the rail trail to Welshpool (via Fish Creek, Foster and Toora) and camp at Port Welshpool. Monday will involve a visit to Hiawatha, then a climb into the forest to the Grand Ridge Rd from where we descend the Morwell River valley to Boolara for a campsite at the Boolara Community Hotel. The final day we take the Grand Ridge Trail to Mirboo North to follow the Grand Ridge Rd to Hallston, then the Moonlight Creek Rd past Mt Worth to return to Warragul. Route details are here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32142379 This tour is going to very dependent upon the situation re COVID 19 and everybody being able to access foodstuffs to carry. The first night we may be able to eat dinner in Meeniyan (several cafes), and possibly the second night at Port Welshpool pub. The final night we have the Boolara pub, so dinners are a choice of eating out, or carrying food. Lunch will definitely need to be carried for Monday, otherwise we are passing through townships with stores and bakeries. I have to put a limit of 10 riders for the time being, as this is the current Victorian Government rule. The ride is currently FULL, but please put your name on the wait-list and keep an eye out for changes to this number, as the rules will undoubtedly change by October. Note: this is a med-hard grade ride, involving a large proportion of gravel roads and rail trails. We will be camping for the three nights and all riders must be resourceful in their camping gear and on the road. ESSENTAIL 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 two hours before a day ride, or two days before a multi day 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' within a reasonable time. 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. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. 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 Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

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