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  • Winter Wednesday: The streets are paved with Gold

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    Catch 0736 Train from Southern Cross to meet at Ballarat Station at 0914. Leave the hectic hustle and bustle of Melbourne bike paths behind and enjoy riding on quiet regional town roads with plenty of fresh air. This is a easy-to-medium ride Distance 70km. The ride will mostly be on quiet country roads. You should be confident riding in traffic and negotiating roundabouts. Ballarat City pioneers were keen to establish a fine city based on the ‘Garden City’ concept they set about doing this with proceeds from the Gold diggings. There will be regular stops to take a closer look at some of the fine buildings and admire the gardens and get to know some of the stories connected to them. Bring snacks for morning tea and afternoon tea on the way. Lunch will be at a local eatery. Don’t forget to bring your payment means card. Train Departs Southern Cross at 0736 for Ballarat station, where we meet at 0914 for 9:30am start. First stop for coffee would be right in Ballarat. At the end of the Ride Trains leave Ballarat hourly (except 1700) returning to Southern Cross. A valid Myki is required for this journey. All roads are sealed a road or touring bike would be best. Your bike should be in a good well Maintained condition with good brakes and functioning front and rear lights. Your front light should enable you to see the road ahead. Route: Gold’n’Green: Get out of town. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33266280 We are now doing all rider registration via on-line forms. You must fill in the ride registration by the day before the ride. These can be found at http://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-ride 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. 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.

  • Spring to Radio Springs, Lyonville Weekend

    Southern Cross Station

    A plastic card weekend to spoil yourself at "The centre of the universe". Book a room for Saturday night (phone[masked]) at the fully restored historic hotel, with full cooked breakfast included. For those on a budget, camping option (free) also possible at Coliban Springs picnic ground, byo supplies and tent. Day 1 - Take the 7:19am Bendigo service to Kyneton. We plan to leave Kyneton at 8:30am and ride to Glenlyon general store passing Lauriston reservoir, then a bit of a climb along little Hampton Rd through Wombat state forest then descend the Loddon river road, looking down through old growth, smooth barked, eucalypt forest to the head waters of the Loddon river. BYO refreshments for a break at Lyonville mineral springs picnic ground. Then a track that follows the former rail track to the Radio Springs Hotel for dinner (booked for 8) and peaceful break. (about 55km, easy going pace) . Day 2 - It isn't very far from Lyonville to Woodend in a straight line, so we will take a more scenic route through the forest. The road that takes my interest looks like it winds around a lot, which suggests it will be very nice to ride along. Lunch will be at Trentham most likely at Redbeard bakery. After lunch, we will go along some more pleasant forest roads taking us back to Woodend, from where we can catch a train back to Melbourne (or back to Kyneton for those with cars there). The map suggests this will be about 60 km. Route for day 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32137227 CAMPING EQUIPMENT: As it is winter, it can be quite cold in the Woodend & Trentham area; potentially sub-zero temperatures overnight especially if the weather is fine (and there's no cloud cover). You will need to have a 4 season tent, a good quality & well insulated sleeping mat, and a winter sleeping bag rated for the conditions (temperature rating of -5 should be sufficient). Also bring warm clothing for during the day, and when we get up in the morning. RIDE REGISTRATION FORM This is to be completed preferably when you RSVP, but no later than the the day before the ride. It can be found at www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider. 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 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.

  • Spring to Radio Springs, and sleep in Hepburn Springs

    Southern Cross Station

    A plastic card weekend to spoil yourself in the warmth at Amara Springs, [OR for those on a budget, camping option (free) also possible at Coliban Springs picnic ground, Campers byo supplies and tent and be ready for a chilly night, after dinner at Radio Springs Hotel.] Day 1 - Take the Swan Hill train at 8am from Southern Cross, arriving at Woodend at 9.02am or meet at Woodend station carpark for 9.15 start, ride to Red Beard's, Trentham for lunch, sit down or take-away. to comply with current rules, then to Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville, for a quick refreshing afternoon tea, via the Domino trail, about 9km in a straight line through the forest,(could be damp), then continue to Hepburn Springs via Daylesford for overnight at Amara. Day 2 -Ride to Glenlyon after breakfast, then to Malmsbury for lunch and continue to Kyneton, from where we can catch a train back to Melbourne (or back to Woodend for those with cars there). The map suggests this will be about 60 km. Route for day 1:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33096634 Route for day 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33181919 IF CAMPING: As it is winter, it can be quite cold in the Woodend & Trentham area; potentially sub-zero temperatures overnight especially if the weather is fine (and there's no cloud cover). You will need to have a 4 season tent, a good quality & well insulated sleeping mat, and a winter sleeping bag rated for the conditions (temperature rating of -5 should be sufficient). Also bring warm clothing for during the day, and when we get up in the morning. RIDE REGISTRATION FORM This is to be completed preferably when you RSVP, but no later than the the day before the ride. It can be found at www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider. 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 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. 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.

  • Greendale Gravel Loop (Med- 34kms,+740vm)

    Greendale Pub

    Let's check out the Western end of Wombat Forest. Meet at the Greendale Pub, unfortunately they don't serve breakfast so we could catch up in Bacchus Marsh earlier for food & coffee. The terrain will vary from well maintained unsealed roads to fire access trails to rough dirt tracks. A reasonable level of fitness and endurance will be required but it's also not a race, and the pace will vary according to the terrain. Bring enough food & water for the day, we'll stop for a snack somewhere along the way. Lunch at the Greendale Pub is a possibility if we get back on time. Bikes to be in good working order with minimum 32mm tyres suitable for rough unsealed surfaces. Check out he route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33131029 ***Note: End time is a guesstimate only*** RIDE REGISTRATION FORM This is to be completed by the day before the ride and can be found at: www.mbtc.org.au/rides-program-2/registration-forms-rider 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 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 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.

  • Yarra Glen Gravel Explorer - via Yering Gorge, Maroondah Aqueduct, & Tarrawarra

    Yarra Glen Recreation Reserve and Showground

    Take in great views over Yarra floodplains, and the Yering back swamp, gorge and pumping station from the quiet, peaceful Maroondah aqueduct. Discover recently piped sections of aqueduct, paths and backroads into the rolling hills east of YG. Descend on scenic back roads to Tarrawarra, then the recently upgraded rail easement to finish. 41km. 540vm. 80% off-road, unsealed & gravel surfaces. A small amount of major sealed roads. Not too hilly. A dozen or more gates and obstacles to negotiate & lift over, and a few new rail bridges to walk. I’ll rate it as medium difficulty due to gravel surfaces and number of gates, low fences, and rail bridges to negotiate. Suitable for gravel, touring or mountain style bikes with mid-large sized off-road suitable tyres (ie > 26 x 1.75, 700 x 40 etc). Suspension not necessary, but fatter tyres would make the last 3.5km rail easement section more comfortable. Expect some wet and muddy sections. Good fitness and medium-fair pace essential. Ability to assist lifting your own bike over fences essential. Hand-sanitiser will be provided. Route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33129067 You will need to bring all food, lunch, snacks and drinks with you, as we will not be going near shops once ride is under way. Town centre, shops and toilets only a few hundred metres from start. Drinking water should be accessible enroute. Bikes must be suitable, serviced, & fully functional. Please carry your own spare tube and pump please. 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 This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. 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 member please see Enews that was sent via email on 20 May 2020 Rider number limited to 10 max.

  • Le 14 Juilliet - en Velo

    Clunes Railway Station

    Catch 0916 Train from Southern Cross to arrive at Clunes Station at 11:14. Maybe at this time of year you would be bleary eyed watching Le Tour as le cyclistes meandered through valleys and cols passing beautiful chalets... Let’s ride together and enjoy fine food, scenery and fresh air. You just might be able to imagine an authentic French experience. Leave the hectic hustle and bustle of Melbourne bike paths behind and enjoy riding on quiet country roads with great views of bushland and green farmland, to smell the fresh air. This is a medium difficulty ride Distance 70km we will navigate the contours to give a rolling ride. You should be able to ride a sustained 20km at 23-25kph on the flat. Bring snacks for mid stops on the way. Two water bidons are advised. A highlight of the ride will be Lunch at the Magnifique Le Peche Gourmand. Don’t forget to bring your payment means card. We will stop at *Eastern Peake fine Wines an award winning cool climate winery to sample and purchase a momento of the day. (*TBC - Subject to availability) Train Departs Southern Cross at 0916 for Clunes station, where we arrive at 11:14 for 11:30am start. First stop for coffee would be right in Clunes to recover from the rigours of the journey thus far. At the end of the ride Trains leave Ballarat hourly (except 1700) returning to Southern Cross. A ‘Paper Ticket is required for the forward journey to Clunes and a valid Myki is required for the return journey From Ballarat. (That’s so confusing it’s a system that could have been designed by the French) All roads are sealed a road or touring bike would be best. Your bike should be in a good well Maintained condition with good brakes and functioning front and rear lights. Your front light should enable you to see the road ahead. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33095583 We are now doing all rider registration via on-line forms. You must fill in the ride registration by the day before the ride. These can be found at www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider 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. 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.

  • Warby trail in Winter - med-hard, 80 kms.

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    Ride the iconic Warburton Rail Trail. This is of easy or medium difficulty (the full length has a steady incline) 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 at Warburton, but a picnic lunch at by the river is refreshing. Essentially, this will be a car based ride, as public transport use is discouraged at this time. Cars can be parked at Lilydale station, where we meet at 8:45 for 9am start. First stop for coffee would be Mt Evelyn, 7kms after steady incline. Any well maintained bike would be OK. There're ample parking spots near the station if you wish to drive to starting/finishing point. Sunday forecast: 14 deg max. with 25% chance of drizzle mainly 4am to 7am, so have spare clothes for trip home plus wet weather jacket which we may or may not need. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27889875 We are now doing all rider registration via on-line forms. You must fill in the ride registration by the day before the ride. These can be found at http://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider A few things to note about following Victorian Government guidelines: • do not attend if you have the slightest cold, flu or COVID 19 symptoms • no more than 10 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. 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. 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.

  • Castlemaine - Maldon rail trail, 50 km med/hard

    Castlemaine Station

    We'll meet at Castlemaine station at 08:45, then head directly to a cafe in town for second breakfast. Then we will cycle along the rail trail from Castlemaine to Maldon, which runs mostly through bushland all the way. We will have lunch at Maldon, and may take the opportunity to tour an historic tunnel under the town center (BYO torch and solid shoes). Heading back to Castlemaine, I'd like to take a scenic route (rather than simply retrace our steps), via forest roads, before meeting up with the rail trail again. I would expect we will arrive back in Castlemaine by around 4 to 4:30 pm, depending on how long we spend in Maldon. Proposed route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33083532 TRANSPORT: Drive up to Castlemaine, park at the station. Some people may also catch the train, although space for bicycles is limited. 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 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.

  • Lilydale - Evelyn - Gruyere - Warramate - Seville - Coldstream Gravel Explorer

    66 kms hard. Hilly. 75% off-road gravel, paths, trails and backroads. Rolling hills, lakes, valleys, flora reserves, vineyards, rail trails. Possible woodfired pizza lunch at winery in Seville (time & booking dependent), otherwise Carriage Cafe stop (maybe skipping the 5km Seville loop). Also coffee and produce options in Coldstream. Another 8km shorter rail-trail bail-out option at 50km mark, skipping Coldstream section if we are running late. Good fitness, pace and dirt skills required. Not for beginners. Some possible muddy sections. Suitable for touring / cross / hybrid / dual-sport bikes with mid-sized, gravel suitable tyres. Route here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33181864 Park cars at train station. 0646 train from Richmond arrives Lilydale at 0741. Meet 8.00 at Locavore Cafe for pre-ride coffee at 148 Main Street, Lilydale (opens at 8.00am) Pedal off at 8.30am 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 This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. 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 member please see Enews that was sent via email on 20 May 2020 Rider number limited to 10 max.

  • Where the hell is 7 Acre Rock (62kms,+1278m)

    Gembrook Puffing Billy Railway Station

    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."