• Gravelling it to Gembrook (63kms,+620m)

    Old Caltex Service Station

    Picnic at Four Brothers Rock (cancelled as Bunyip State Park is Closed Still from the Bushfires in March) New Ride - Gravelling it to Gembrook Ride from Bunyip North to Gembrook Loop - 63Km, 720 m Medium / Hard Ride - This ride is doable on road bike but having wider tyres would have an easier ride as majority of this ride is on gravel. You can catch a Vline Train to Bunyip. It is about 4km ride up the hill to Sherwood Park Orchard / Cafe which will be our starting point. There is Vline train leaving at 7.20am from Southern Cross. This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. Don’t let this ride fooling you into think it is a pleasant ride. This ride guarantees to raise your heart rate, build up the lactic acid in your legs and but give you that exhilarating feeling as you fly down the hill you have just climbed. See how a forest recovers from a bushfires. You will be surprised on how quickly the forest regenerates. Relax at Gembrook where we will have lunch. If you desire arrive early and pick your own fresh apples at Sherwood Park Orchard/Bakery or just have breakfast/coffee with me at Sherwood Park before setting off on this adventure. No parking in Sherwood Park Orchards parking area - Please park out on the street or at the old Caltex service station that has been pulled down on old Princess Hwy. Ride GPX Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29801609?privacy_code=A9FFBBxj0kJXWVqe 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."

  • Redcastle - Nagambie Loop (Hard-105kms,+680v/m)

    Gaffney's Bakery

    This ride is open only to financial MBTC members only. This is a car based ride starting at the historic Redcastle Cemetery. Note that even though Redcastle is marked on the map it is just a locality, not a town and there is nothing there and no phone reception, so we will meet in Heathcote for breakfast and drive out to Redcastle as the cemetery is not accurately marked on the map. There is no food or water available at the start of the ride so we will get what we need for the first 50kms at Heathcote on the way to Redcastle. Lunch will be in Nagambie and this will be our only water stop. We will be riding on lightly undulating dirt backroads and tracks with the majority of the ride being in bushland and open farmland. We will keep up a pace of approx. 20kph. Bikes to be in good working order. Preferably touring, cx, offroad bikes with minimum 32mm tyres that are suitable for unsealed surfaces. Check out the route at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28278872 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 fully understand and agree that I am riding at my own risk and accept without exception full and complete liability for all and any risks I have chosen to take, and will not hold responsible nor make any claim against the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc., its committee members, ride leaders, agents or servants for any loss, damage or injury however caused in relation to my riding or participation in any event/activity with this club. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

  • Drouin - Poowong Loop (64km, 762m climbing)

    Drouin - Poowong Loop - enjoyable countryside ride with lots of undulating hills. Rated as medium - hard ride, suitable for touring / road bikes. "This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. GETTING THERE: Drouin is approx 98kms from Melbourne CBD. To get to the start of this ride you can either travel by train or drive. Please remember though that there is very limited space for bikes on Vline trains these days. MEET: We will start this ride in Drouin meeting at Nick's Bakehouse but if you wish to have breakfast or a cuppa prior to ride, please make sure that you are ready to depart at 10.00am. RIDE: Distance - 64 kms We will be travelling on a couple of main roads prior to lunch but as they are country roads the traffic is fairly light. The ride consists of wonderful views with lots of undulating hills and good company. In the afternoon the views are breathtaking as we make our way back to Drouin. MAP, PROFILE & GPS FILE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29792572 LUNCH: We will either be stopping at Poowong or East Poowong (no shops) for lunch depending on time so best to either bring your lunch or buy at bakery prior to ride. ESSENTIAL ITEMS: Water Functioning headlight & tail light Spare tube and a puncture kit / basic tools Appropriate clothing including rain gear MYKI card, ATM card/cash, 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."

  • Eltham to Fairfield Boathouse

    Eltham Station

    25 km easy Meet at 10:15 at: Little Drop of Poison Cafe 937b Main Road, Eltham Near to Eltham station, Hurstbridge Line. Apparently it is in the lane from Main Road to the railway car park - opposite Arthur St. This ride is basically the old ‘Books to Boathouse’ ride. Trains run on the Hurstbridge line every half hour on a Sunday - services from the city arrive at: 9:35 (ample time for a coffee, etc) and 10:05 (time to buy lunch to carry, but not time for coffee). Half hourly service on a Sunday No trains replaced by buses that day, according to current PTV website. "This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. RIDE DESCRIPTION: Easy Social ride, mainly on bike paths. Cafes at start and end - picnic lunch (bring, or buy in Eltham) depending on the weather. More details soon. SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING Spare tube and a puncture kit, basic tools. MYKI card, rain gear, etc Water, snacks, lunch. Check here in Meetup for any changes two hours before the aride 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. Ride route and times may very due to circumstances on the day."

  • Cycology, Dinner and Drinks (Club social night)

    Belgian Beer Cafe

    Our social nights are held on the first Thursday of every month at various public venues in or around the CBD, so come along and join us. Have a meal and a drink Meet like minded people Get new ideas for riding/touring Share your cycling stories and experiences Learn new tricks on setting up your bike for touring Get to know each other Newbies and experienced riders all welcome

  • Let's ride a Marathon along the Northern suburbs (42.2 K's)

    Southern Cross Station

    To all MBTC members and visitors that are thinking of joining the club but haven't completed three rides with us yet, please join me to explore the Northern suburbs along the pretty Moonee Ponds creek bike trail, the ring Road bike path and the St Georges rd bike path. OK, we all know that the record for a marathon is 2 hours 1 minute & 39 seconds, but we've no intention to beat this time, although "Pie Time", in Thomastown where we can find a fine assortment of yummy food, we'll be our official feeding station. The ride finishes at Rushall station. We'll keep a steady pace of around 18 k/hr. Any bike in good working order is OK. Bring full water bottles and nut bars/scroggin, as we're planning for only one meal stop. We'll stop regularly to regroup and at main junctions. Check the route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29899164 Check your app for any changes two hours before the ride, as it 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. ESSENTIAL ITEMS - Functioning headlight & tail light - Spare tube and a puncture kit - MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear. 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. DISCLAIMER "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 organizer 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."

  • Easy Social Ride - Caulfield - Carrum (Train based)

    Caulfield Station

    Easy Social Ride - Caulfield - Carrum (Train Based) - 36km "This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. MEET: Caulfield Station outside platform 4 RIDE: Suitable for touring / hybrid bikes. This is your chance to ride along the Djerring Trail which is beneath the Sky Rail. There will a stop along the way for morning tea. Once we leave the Djerring Trail we will continue on the East Link/Dandenong Creek Trail which takes us along Patterson Lakes and through to Carrum for our lunch spot and end of ride. Trains regularly leave Carrum Station. MAP, PROFILE & GPS FILE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29970271 LUNCH: Will be at Cafe Moto in Carrum which is a classic motor bike themed venue. ESSENTIAL ITEMS: Water Functioning headlight & tail light Spare tube and a puncture kit / basic tools Appropriate clothing including rain gear MYKI card, ATM card/cash, 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."

  • Social ride to an art discussion.

    Visitor Centre at Federation Square

    This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. We'll be doing an easy, short (5k) ride to join like minded people for a meal or a drink and pleasurable & cheerful conversation at the Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy. https://www.meetup.com/Connect-art-discussion-Meetup/events/njqnrpyxjblc/. Meeting at the visitors centre at Fed Square we'll be heading north. Remember to have lights on your bike as it will dark by the time we get to the Union. Here's the route we will be travelling: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27716769 Check your app for any changes 2 hours before the ride as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. On the day, 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.

  • Cycology, Dinner and Drinks (Club social night)

    Our social nights are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month at various public venues in or around the CBD, so come along and join us. Have a meal and a drink Meet like minded people Get new ideas for riding/touring Share your cycling stories and experiences Learn new tricks on setting up your bike for touring Get to know each other Newbies and experienced riders all welcome

  • Warby Rail Trail

    Lilydale Railway Station

    Warburton Rail Trail This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. If trains are not running I will change the date for this ride Come and join me in riding the Iconic Warburton Rail Trail. This is a Medium difficulty and approximately 80Km return to Lilydale Rail Station or if you want you can do half the ride and arrange for someone to pick you up at Warburton which would be an Easy ride. This ride would be suitable for all types of bikes but it is gravel all the way for those on Road Bikes. We will decide on lunch closer to the date. The must dos for this ride:- Enjoy the ever changing scenery but especially those mountain views, riding beside the Yarra River where you will be smelling fresh air and hearing the sound of river running beside you, visiting some lovely towns and their old train stations. If time permits we will explore the Park at Warburton and visit the Swing Bridge. Hopefully the one thing we will not have to do is jump into the river to save a screaming kid on a floating tyre! Believe me this has happened. We will be meeting at Lilydale Railway Station at 8.50am and riding the trail by 9am. This means if your catching trains you will need to be on the 7.39am Train from Southern Cross. We will need to keep a good steady pace to make it back to Lilydale in daylight hours. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27889875?privacy_code=QKzQ0yIECtUF8xFv ESSENTIAL ITEMS 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."