Our end of month ride for March is a longer one, but it will be broken up with a lunch stop half way and there is an option to catch a train back from near the lunch stop if you don’t feel up to riding the whole distance.
Meeting at Velo Cycles at 10am, we’ll follow Capital City Trail to Flemington Bridge Station then change over to Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. From there we ride upstream all the way to Westmeadows, where we’ll stop for lunch at Westmeadows Tavern (a pub).
After lunch, we back-track slightly to the Western Ring Road Path (which runs alongside the Western Ring Road – no surprises there, surely?). It’s a short but steep climb from Moonee Creek up to Jacana Train Station. If you aren’t planning to ride the whole circuit, there are a couple of options to catch a train back to Flemington (where Moonee Ponds Creek Trail joins Capital City Trail), and Jacana is the first. Refer to the images below for other options.
I have checked and as at the time of posting, there are no planned works (at all!) on either the Craigieburn or Upfield lines…
Here are the important details if you can make it along:
Official Start/Finish point: Velo Cycles, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North. You can find parking along Park Street, or it’s a short ride from Rushall Station, or it’s a 3km ride from Parliament Station. Meet at 9:50am to ride by 10am
Secondary meeting point: Flemington Bridge, where Moonee Ponds Creek Trail meets Capital City Trail. MPCT does a bit of a loop to come up to street level and there’s plenty of room to gather off to the side of the path. Meet about 10:10am to ride by 10:15am
If you’re running late to either meeting point, please message me to let me know!
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Ride length/duration: Moonee Ponds Creek Trail leg (from Velo Cycles to lunch stop at Westmeadows Tavern) is about 24km, and should take about 1.5-2hrs. Return leg along Western Ring Road Trail and Merri Creek Trail is approx 27km and should take about the same time.
What to bring: Water bottle, spare tube, suncream, MYKI, lunch money (if you intend to buy lunch, appropriate clothes, smiles 😀
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A reminder that the next Brompton Maintenance Session being run at Brompton Junction Melbourne will be Sunday 14 April (the weekend before Easter). Follow this link to find out more, or to book your place.
Until next time, happy Bromptoneering! 😀