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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.

We are currently not riding due to the covid19 lockdown

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:

https://twitter.com/MelbourneBikeTC
www.instagram.com/melbournebicycletouringclub (https://www.instagram.com/melbournebicycletouringclub/)
www.facebook.com/Melbourne-Bicycle-Touring-Club (https://www.facebook.com/Melbourne-Bicycle-Touring-Club-21311767190)

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 (4+)

Woodlands Park Loop (Full vax & digital cert)

Canning Reserve

Meet at the pergola at Canning Reserve and we'll start off along the Maribyrnong River Tail riding the following trails- Steele Ck, Western Ring Road, Moonee Ponds Ck, some main & back roads, and finishing off along the Maribyrnong River Trail back to Canning Reserve.

Lunch stop will at the Woodlands Homestead is it's open, otherwise there are multiple places to get food, coffee & water, and there are plenty of toilets along this route.

Route length is 56kms with a few hills.

Suitable for any bikes in good working order.

Check out the route at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37806822

***Note: End time is a guesstimate only***

RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
Complete when you RSVP. It can be found at:
www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider

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

ESSENTAIL ITEMS
Spare tube, puncture kit, pump, 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.

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 Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Commonwealth). I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

Skipton Rail Trail; Grade - Intermediate, 120km (full vax)

Ballarat Station

**We are FREE to travel outside Melbourne**

Skipton is a small town in the Western District at the end of a rail trail which has very nice camping sites at the recreation reserve. This will be a good training prep for any doing the Great Central Goldfields Tour 4 weeks later. As I am working on Monday this is only going to be a two-day ride.

This can be a ride using VLine or going up by car, as it is a loop tour. There is some parking around the railway station area, but it does often fill quickly.

We will meet at the railway station, then possibly stop for a quick coffee/lunch supply stop, before heading out. We soon get onto the rail trail after Wendouree. The grades remain quite moderate as a result. Lunch stop may be at Scarssdale or the highlight of Nimmons Bridge. We have a couple of hills to climb to Linton and Pittong, but still a gentle "locomotive-grade" then we run down into Skipton. The Skipton Recreation Reserve has basic facilities. There is no pub in Skipton, there is a roadhouse only, and the small IGA closes at 7.30pm, so it may be best to bring supplies for dinner.

Out return ride to Ballarat will commence with a return along the rail trail to Pittong, then we take a back-road to Snake Valley, cut across to Smythesdale, then another back-road to Sebastopol, followed with the Yarrowee Trail into Ballarat city centre.

The ride route can be found here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37853304

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

Woodend - Gisborne Gravel Ride (Full vax & digital cert)

Woodend Station

If we're still not able to travel by this date the ride will be on the first allowable Saturday.

Catch the 10.06am Bendigo train from Southern Cross to arrive at Woodend at 11.05am. The ride will start immediately from the station.

The terrain will be mainly well maintained unsealed roads with a few rough bits thrown in to keep us awake. A reasonable level of fitness and endurance will be required but it's also not a race, the pace will vary according to the terrain.

Total- 61kms, +690vm
Unsealed- 51kms
Bitumen- 10kms

Bring lunch, snacks & water for the day as there are no shops along the way. Lunch stop will at the Firth Park Campground where there are toilets.

This ride will be suitable for gravel beginners but not cycling beginners.

Bikes to be in good working order, suitable for touring or gravel bikes with minimum 35mm+ tyres.

Check out the route at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37805977

***Note: End time is a guesstimate only***

RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
Complete when you RSVP. It can be found at:
www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider

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

ESSENTAIL ITEMS
Spare tube, puncture kit, pump, 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.

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 Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Commonwealth). I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

Inner North Eastern Parks Loop, 17 - 21 kms (Easy, Social, Vax Unknown)

As this is a vax status unknown ride, it's not mandatory to be double vaxed to join us.

This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides.

This is an easy afternoon loop through the inner north eastern parklands of Melbourne to freshen limbs and reinvigorate the mind.

We’ll be starting and finishing at Rushell station on the Capital City Trail.

We meander around three golf clubs nestled along the Yarra before heading to the Darebin Parklands for a break.

Now comes a bit of street grind, taking us back to the station with a cafe stop along the way.

The pace will be easy. There are a couple of bailout points, the first at Alphington station (17km).

Check out the ride at:

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34991850

RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
The online registration form for this ride can be found at https://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider You must complete it by the day before the ride.

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
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.

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 Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Commonwealth). I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

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