While we try to have a MBC social ride at least once a month – usually on the last Sunday of the month – there is nothing currently planned for April.
To make up for it, we are piggy-backing on three family-friendly events in May that are open to the public.
BALLARAT AUTUMN DAY RIDE
Sunday, 7 May 2017
“BAD” by name, but not by nature. The Ballarat Autumn Day Ride is open to all bicyclists.
Registration fees are very reasonably priced, at $30 for an adult early bird registration (this increased to $40 from 27 April). There are also concession and family registration options, and lunch can be pre-purchased as long as you register prior to 27 April. Click here (or above) to register to ride.
There are two route options; 50km and 100km – I expect most, if not all, of Melbourne Brompton Club will chose the 50km option. The route is not expected to be excessively hilly, and you can ride at your own pace.
The ride starts early on Sunday, so if anyone is planning to make a weekend of it and wants to catch up for dinner at The Forge on Saturday night, let me know by Saturday, 29 April.
MELBOURNE TWEED RIDE AT THE GRAINGER MUSEUM
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Tweed rides are a lot of fun! If you don’t have actual tweed to wear, search online for inspiration and maybe visit a few op-shops to help you get close to the right look. They also tend to be easy rides because the vintage bicycles – while fabulous to look at – are not the sturdy or comfortable ride your Brompton is.
The Grainger Museum is within the grounds of the University of Melbourne. The event website provides a map as well as written details on how to find the museum.
Start time is 9am. Registration is free. Attendance is indicated via the ride’s Facebook page, which confirms this the 2017 event will follow “the same format as last year, starting at the a Grainger Museum in Royal Parade, Parkville, riding through the parklands and behind the zoo to the river, them along the river into Dockland, into the city along the Yarra and finishing at the Mitre Tavern in Bank Pl”
FEDERATION UNIVERSITY TWEED RIDE (BALLARAT)
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Previously held on the same weekend as Mother’s Day, this year the Ballarat Tweed Ride is at the end of the month, amongst the Ballarat Heritage Weekend (“BHW”) festivities.
There is no registration fee, and as yet nowhere to indicate your participation, but keep an eye on the Facebook page for further updates. The start time (10am) and starting location (the street behind the art gallery) are the same as last year. This even is very easy to do as a day trip from Melbourne by car or train, or stay the weekend and check out some of the other BHW events while you’re there.
The 2016 Ballarat Tweed Ride was quite short, but there was an unofficial ride around the lake afterwards. As per my comments above regarding the Melbourne Tween Ride, the group is not riding at a fast pace due to the social nature of the activity and the tri/bicycles themselves.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
In contrast to the social, family-friendly, fun rides in May, riding Roobaix is designed to be a challenge. The tag line isn’t “The Hell of The Northcote” for nothing. However, unlike the Paris Roubaix which inspired this event, Melburn Roobaix ISN’T a race… but it does still have a number of cobblestone sectors which, on a cold (and possibly wet) mid-winter morning can be very slippery. The official route will take you down dirt tracks which are likely to be deep and slippery mud by the time you get there. There will be steep streets, tree roots and traffic.
So if you’re up for a challenge register online ($80 per rider, includes insurance) and let us know you’re coming along. The start is frequently at Hawthorn Velodrome and last year the finish was in a park near Brunswick Velodrome (because that was obviously the perfect weekend to start resurfacing the velodrome…)
Dress up or dress sensibly. In the end, it’s all for fun.
And either way, you’re gonna get dirty.