This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides.
Ride the iconic Warburton Rail Trail. This is of easy or medium difficulty (the full length has nearly one thousand metres of climbing) and approximately 80Km return to Lilydale Rail Station or it could be shorter, depending where one turns around to return to Lilydale.
Compacted gravel all the way.
Several possibilities for morning tea and afternoon tea on the way.
Many possibilities for lunch but a picnic lunch at Warburton by the river is fun.
Essentially, this will be a car based ride, as many lines have bus replacement on sections of many lines during this weekend.
Cars can be parked at Lilydale station, where we meet at 8:50 for 9am start.
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. 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.