Update on April EOM ride and upcoming events

Change of plans for April’s end of month (EOM) club ride

We were all set for a day-trip to Geelong for our EOM ride. Right up until VLine posted the following disrupted services warning:

While there’s not reason why we couldn’t still go if we HAD to, coach travel just isn’t the same as train travel – and there’s more likelihood of scratching your bike, the possibility of it being stolen by someone claiming it as “their’ luggage…

The Geelong ride has been rescheduled to Sunday 6 May. Stay tuned for a separate post in the next week or two.

NEW details for ride on 22nd April 

Instead of Geelong, we are going to attempt the southern half of Eastlink Trail again. The other month we were thwarted by… wait for it… “service disruptions” to the Metro Train schedule. On that day we still had a great ride thanks mainly to Ian and David’s local knowledge of the eastern suburbs, where we got to explore some of the bicycle paths between Jells Park (Glen Waverley) and Fern Tree Gully.

This month, we’re going to give it another go! Here are the key details:

Meeting point: Heatherdale Station (one stop before Ringwood Station)
Meeting time: 10:00am at the street entrance to Heatherdale Station
Route: Following Eastlink Trail south to Yarraman Station (Dandenong)
Ride length: Approx 22km
Ride duration: Approx 2hrs plus rest stops & optional lunch afterwards

Heatherdale Station – our meeting point

Getting to Heatherdale Station from the CBD
From Flinders Street Station, catch the 9:06am train on Platform 3 towards Lilydale.
We will meet in the second from front carriage.
Train arrives at Heatherdale at 9:55am

Remember to bring
– Myki if you’re catching PT before/after the ride
– Water, snacks
– Suncream
– Appropriate clothing for the weather

Want more Brompton fun? Here are additional dates to keep in mind:

Saturday 28 April 2018
Brompton Maintenance Session @ Velo Electric & Folding

Basic maintenance sessions are being run by Velo E&F every two months. This is a 2hr hands-on course for anyone who would like to learn how to remove/refit their wheels and adjust their gears. Maximum of 10 students per session, bookings can made via the Velo E&F link above (search “Brompton maintenance” in their online shop – check closer to the date if only a past session appears). Alternatively, phone or visit Velo Cycles or Velo Electric & Folding to register your place.

Explaining how to adjust hub gears

Weekend of 26-27 May
Ballarat Heritage Weekend, including Ballarat Tweed Ride

Details of the ride are yet to be confirmed, but it is definitely one not to miss if you fancy stepping out in some tweed (or suitable period looking clothes) and having a super fun day (or weekend) out! If you’re not sure what to wear, there are plenty of images posted under “tweed ride” from both here and the UK (London) so have a look and be inspired!

Sunday 24 June
Melburn Roobaix

In the spirit of Paris-Roubiax, FYXO are bringing the “Hell of Northcote’ to ‘Melburn again this year. Tickets are available for purchase THIS SATURDAY (14 APRIL) from 8:30am-2:30pm at Coffee Supreme (28 Grosvenor St, Abbotsford). Registration is $75 per rider. The cash queue moves fastest; there is a surcharge of 3% on credit card payments. Bonus snapback cap available to first 500 riders registered. Complete your registration form before you go:
2018_melburn_roobaix_rider_registration_form

Online registrations open Friday 20 April at 9am – note, online registrations are $85 per rider.

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2018 Ride Calendar

Welcome to 2018 and another year of fun on two wheels!
Below I’ve drafted out a calendar of events, followed by a list of trails (share paths around Melbourne and Rail Trails around the state) that we may wish to consider, either as a group or individually.
As always, ride suggestions are welcome (in advance), whether they be from the list below or new ones you have to contribute. Suggestions made in person, perhaps while on a group ride, will almost certainly attract preference votes. 😉
Looking forward to seeing you soon! 😀
JANUARY
Sun 21/01 – MBC Ride
Fri 26/01 – Australia Day (long weekend) – Are you up for a climb? Why not spend the weekend in Marysville (it will be very popular there) and ride up to Lake Mountain with us?
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FEBRUARY
Sat-Sun 10-11/02 – Sustainable Living Festival at Birrarung Marr. Velo Electric & Folding will have a stall should you wish to come and say hi.
Sat 24/02 – Basic Brompton Maintenance Session at Velo Electric & Folding, 10am-12noon. Maximum of 10 participants. Reserve your place at: https://shop.velocycles.com.au/productDetail/Service/Item/Brompton-Basic-Maintenance-Sat-Feb-24th/47743
Sun 25/02 – MBC end of month (EOM) Ride
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MARCH
Mon 12/03 – Labour Day (long weekend)
Sun 25/03 – MBC EOM Ride (postponed to 08/04)
Fri 30/03 – Good Friday (Easter long weekend)
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APRIL
Sun 01/04 – Easter Sunday (Easter long weekend)
Mon 02/04 – Easter Monday (Easter long weekend)
Sun 08/04 – MBC (EOM ride for March); Bay Trail
Sun 15/04 – MS Melbourne Cycle
Sun 22/04 – MBC EOM Ride to Geelong
Wed 25/04 – ANZAC Day
Sat 28/04 – Brompton Maintenance Session at Velo Electric & Folding (tbc)
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MAY
Sat 05/05 – Rutherglen Tweed (food & wine) Ride (suggestion if you’re looking for a weekend away)
Sun 13/05 – Mother’s Day
Sun 20/05 – Melbourne Tweed Ride – date TBC
Sat-Sun 26-27/05 – Ballarat Heritage Weekend (including Tweed Ride & morning tea on the Sunday)
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JUNE
Mon 12/06 – Queen’s Birthday (long weekend)
Sun 17 – MBC Ride
Sun 24/06 – Melburn Roobaix
Sun 01/07 – MBC EOM ride
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JULY
Sun 29/07 – MBC EOM Ride
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AUGUST
Sun 26/08 – MBC EOM Ride
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SEPTEMBER
Sun 02/09 – Father’s Day
Fri 28/09 – Grand Final Friday (long weekend)
Sun 30/09 – MBC EOM Ride (or Sunday 23rd?)
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OCTOBER
Sun 07/10 – Around The Bay – date TBC (Various ride distances to choose from. If we’re organised early we can enter as a team and design our own jersey, or simply register as individuals)
Sun 28/10 – MBC EOM Ride
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NOVEMBER
Tue 06/11 – Melbourne Cup Day
Sun 25/11 – MBC EOM Ride
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DECEMBER
Sun (TBC) – MBC Xmas/End of Year Ride
DAY RIDE SUGGESTIONS
Bay Trail (east towards Black Rock)
Bay Trail (west towards Altona)
Capital City Trail
Eastlink Trail
Gardiner Creek Trail
Maribyrnong River Trail
Merri Creek Trail
Moonee Ponds Trail
Outer Circle (Rail) Trail / Anniversary Trail
“The 1 in 20” from The Basin to Sassafras in the Dandenongs
RAIL TRAIL ADVENTURES
Bass Coast Rail Trail 
23km, flat from Wonthaggi to Kilcunda, then easy climb to Anderson (near Phillip Is) – could be a day trip, or as a weekend away
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Bellarine Rail Trail
32.5km from South Geelong to Queenscliff, but why not combine with the Bellarine Railway to make the return journey (uphill) a little easier? Do it as a day trip or weekend away.
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Lillydale to Warburton (Yarra Valley) Rail Trail
40km. Some people race there and back in a day, but Warburton on a beautiful morning is really something to behold!
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East Gippsland Rail Trail
94km from Bairnsdale to Newmeralla (near Orbost)
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Great Southern Rail Trail
74km from Leongatha to Port Welshpool (not far from Wilsons Prom)
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The Great Victorian Rail Trail (previously the Goulburn Valley Rail Trail)
120km from Tallarook to Mansfield (optional side trip to Alexandra). Can be done easily enough in two, but why not take three if you have the time and relax and enjoy the countryside? Definitely worth it.
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Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail
57km, although the iconic Nimons Bridge is somewhere around the middle/two thirds mark.
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Castlemaine to Maldon Trail
18km, can be combined with a heritage steam train one way. Defintely a one day ride not to miss out on!
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O’Keefe Rail Trail
50km from Bendigo to Heathcote. A two-day trail. Mind the Magpies around Axedale.
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Murray to Moutains Rail Trail
116km, Wangaratta to Bright (optional side trip to Beechworth). At least three days of enjoyment there, or more if you can stretch it out?
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Calling all new and unconfident riders!

Do you want to join a ride, but haven’t because you’re worried about being left behind?

We know that joining a new group can be pretty daunting. When you’re new to riding a bike, or haven’t ridden one for a good while, trusting someone who says “I’ll ride at your pace” to do just that takes a big leap of faith. And that’s when you don’t find the length of the ride too intimidating!

Neighbourly Ride has organised a fun social ride for this Sunday, starting at Velo Cycles. Just 40min in duration (plus 15min prior to meet & greet and check over bikes), it will be a safe and leisurely ride for people who need to build their confidence.

Details are as follows:

Starting location: Velo Cycles, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton Nth (on the Capital City Trail)
Meeting time: 10:45am
Riding from: 11:00am-11:40am
Route: Capital City Trail

Although the ride is FREE, please follow the link below to REGISTER YOUR PLACE.

The link below also lists one or two things to do before you arrive and what to bring with you.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/neighbourly-ride-velo-cycles-tickets-44394312584

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