• Craigieburn to Essendon- (46kms Easy/Social)

    Craigieburn Station

    The windy app tells me it's unlikely to rain on Thursday at Craigieburn so let's make the most of it.

    Meet at Craigieburn Station and we'll check out the local Malcolm Creek & Aitken Creek Trails before taking the Broadmeadows Valley & Moonee Ponds Creek Trails back to Essendon Station.

    The steam train may not turn up but the bridge will definitely be there.

    Suitable for beginners as this is mostly a downhill run.

    The pace will be social and we will regroup as needed.

    Any type of bike in good working order will be ok.

    Check out the route at:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35984565

    RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
    This is to be completed when you RSVP and 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.

  • Ruffy Camping Weekend, 120 km Hard, steep hills, all on gravel, dinner at hall

    We will catch the Saturday morning train to Euroa and ride across to Ruffy via gravel roads. There's a bit of climbing but not particularly steep. The Ruffy produce store cafe is well worth a visit and although they don't sell much in the way of groceries, they do have excellent cakes and good coffee. We will aim to arrive mid afternoon, so that we have a good amount of time to set up tents and gather wood to have a camp fire.

    The rec reserve hall has a kitchen where we can cook or heat up dinner and also have a shower.

    For those who wish to purchase dinner or breakfast at the Ruffy produce store, the store can be contacted and meals ordered and left in their out door fridge if you want meals outside their opening hours.

    On Sunday we will ride down to Seymour via the Hughes Creek road.

    There aren't any shops along the way (only a cafe at Ruffy) so you it's BYO lunch (x2 days), dinner, and breakfast. Water is available at the Ruffy rec reserve where we'll be camping, but not along the road. Of course, you will also need to carry camping gear (tent, bedding, stove etc).

    TRANSPORT:

    7:05 am train from Melbourne to Euroa.
    Please be at the platform by 6:40 am. There should be plenty of space thanks to the Powercars, but it helps if we're there before any other groups with bikes.

    Returning from Seymour there are sprinters about every hour or so, and a loco hauled train later in the evening which has lots of bike space.

    ESSENTIAL ITEMS
    Paper ticket for the train from Melbourne to Euroa (and no need to touch on your Myki)
    Myki for the train from Seymour to Melbourne
    Food as indicated above
    Water for during the day

    RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
    This is to be completed when you RSVP and 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.

    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.

  • The Colours of Autumn (45 km, medium)

    Fed Square

    Join us for a ride around the Yarra River and suburbs to enjoy the colours of autumn. Starting at Fed Square, we ride along the Yarra to Fairfield for lunch at Oasis Bakery (other options close by). We pick up the Outer Circle and Anniversary Trails to Ashburton for a coffee stop. The home run will be via the Ferndale Trail and Gardiners Creek Trail.
    We will be travelling along sealed bike tracks mostly with the exception of roads in Fairfield and gravel on the Ferndale Trail.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35698346

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

    RIDE REGISTRATION FORM: This in now available and can be found at http://www.mbtc.org.au/registration-forms-rider

    CORONAVIRUS AND RIDES
    Masks not compulsory, but common sense IS compulsory.
    See our COVID-19 page (https://www.mbtc.org.au/covid-19/).

    ESSENTIAL ITEMS: Sense of humour, warm jacket/top, water, MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear ...

    Check your app for any changes two hours before the ride, as it may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather, COVID lockdown 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.

  • Federation Square to 100 Steps in Altona (50km)

    Time Out Fed Square

    Get out before the end of autumn for a 50km round trip on mostly flat terrain, good for new members to try out the club riding experience, if you cannot make the distance there are a number train stations on route.

    The ride destination celebrates the 100 steps taken to form the Australian Federation in 1901 it is called Truganina Coastal Parklands Altona.

    The Park is home to the well-known 100 Steps to Federation, a stone staircase made of basalt rock recycled. The steps lead to the highest land point between Melbourne and the You Yang’s Mountain ranges where you can take in sweeping panoramic views of Melbourne City, Port Phillip Bay, and the adjoining Cheetham Wetlands on a clear day. At
    the top of the stairs is the sculpture ‘Time Beacon’ by artist Cameron Robbins.

    The ride travels down the Yarra River to docklands then along well organised bike paths along Footscray Road past the container terminal for Melbourne. Then we head to Williamstown, a coffee stop is available at this point, or we could wait until Altona beach.

    Then we can ride along the edge of Port Philip Bay getting very fresh air and an excellent view along bike paths to Altona. You can buy takeaway lunch on the journey, or it would be best to bring your own while we stop for lunch at the 100 steps park, Truganina Coastal Parklands Altona.

    Check out the route at:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35964767

    RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
    This is to be completed when you RSVP and 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.

  • Millgrove - Starlings Gap Mountain Forest Gravel Loop

    Rail Trail Car Park opposite Millgrove Mill & Shops

    50km. 1000vm. 80% gravel. 20% bitumen. Hard. Good fitness and dirt skills essential.

    After the Millgrove Bakery, we pedal off at 8.30am, warming up along the rail-trail with views of the valley and ranges. We soon start the long, winding dirt road climb into the tall trees and fern gullies of the State Forest, passing Britannia Creek Caves on the way.

    Contouring around the flanks of Mt Myrtalia with views back down Big Pats Creek, we continue traversing & climbing Blacksands Road into Mountain Ash & Myrtle Beech territory to our lunch stop at Starlings Gap Campground.

    Short walks to a nearby old boiler and winch and a giant sawdust heap in the forest are reminders of century-old logging.

    Descending after lunch, we are soon made aware of more recent logging activities with a large clearing on Smythe Creek Road, well worth stopping at for the panoramic views of surrounding mountains and valleys.

    Continuing on and down through picturesque Big Pats Creek, we soon join riverside trails into Warburton for cake & coffee, or straight back along the railtrail to Millgrove for fish’n’chips.

    Route here:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36008261

    PS: the main photo location is NOT a track we are going on, but the background is!

    Suitable for gravel, touring, mountain or CX bikes with suitable dirt road tyres > 35C / 1.5”. Skinny road tyres NOT acceptable. Being winter, be prepared for possible damp, slippery road conditions.

    BYO lunch, water and snacks. Drop toilet and tank water at lunch spot. BYO tools and spare tube etc for your bike.

    We ascend to around 800m, and it is winter, so please be prepared for cool, damp conditions.

  • Spring to Cosmopolitan hotel and accommodation in Trentham.

    Southern Cross Station

    A weekend to spoil yourself, dinner at the "Cosmopolitan Hotel" in Trentham while staying in accommodation in Trentham.

    Contact Vera if you wish to stay in accommodation in Trentham, there are still a couple of spots left.

    There is a free camping option although it is 6km up the road at Lyonville Springs picnic ground.

    We would encourage as many as possible to drive rather than catch the train to the starting point, Kyneton, because getting a bike on a V-line service can be a fickle process, depending on the conductor on the day.

    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 to Trentham where most people will be staying in accommodation.
    There is a free camping option at lyonville springs picnic ground, about six kilometers from Trentham.

    Setup in Trentham accommodation and then the Cosmopolitan Hotel for dinner (booked for 20) (about 55km, easy going pace).

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32138098

    Day 2 -
    Brunch at Redbeards and then back home.

    For those who drove, they will continue on Chanters Lane, to Central Road, a quick and pleasant run back to Kyneton.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35706599

    For those catching the train, a prompt return to Woodend, turning right from Chanters Lane into Ashbourne Road.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35698047

    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 when you RSVP. 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.

  • Mawson Trail & Parachilna- 942kms,+8257vm

    adelaide

    Come and experience a changing landscape as we leave suburbia through the Adelaide Hills and head into country South Australia travelling to the Outback towns of Blinman & Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges. We will return to Adelaide on a bus service that caters for trail users and the bikes.

    The trail includes little-used country roads, state forest and national park fire trails, farm access tracks and unmade or unused road reserves. It avoids traffic and bitumen roads as it passes through South Australia's remote rural areas and the Flinders Ranges.

    The trail takes riders through the Adelaide Hills, traversing forests, farmland, and historic towns such as Lobethal and Birdwood. It passes the world-famous Barossa wine region to the mid-north towns of Kapunda, Claire, and Burra; and from here, winds through the towns of Hallett and Spalding, the Bundaleer Forest, Wilmington, Quorn, Hawker into the Flinders Ranges.

    This is not an easy ride but spectacular views, abundant wildlife, unique flora, and extensive vistas are the rewards for your hard yakka and determination.

    After the ride some us may take a half day or full day historic rail journey on the Pichi Richi Railway. Old steam trains depart regularly from Port Augusta and Quorn.
    https://www.pichirichirailway.org.au

    The Mawson Trail is designed for mountain/bikepacking/touring bikes with minimum 40mm touring/gravel/knobbly tyres (preferably tubeless).
    Bikes to be well maintained and in good working order.
    This trail is not suitable for road bikes.

    Mawson Trail Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32075552

    This ride is open only to MBTC club members that are known to have previous touring experience, or are willing come out and get the experience before the ride.

    We will keep up a reasonable pace according to the conditions on the day with the aim being to cover 60 - 100+kms per day.

    Overnight stops will be a combo of roadside campgrounds, caravan parks, and pubs/motels.

    Eating will be a combo of takeaway, pub/restaurant, and camp cooking.

    You must carry all tools, spares, first aid kit, and any other equipment required for you or your group to be fully self sufficient.