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Weekday cycling and coffee with the ‘EasyRiders’

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Long ride, every second Tuesday: Long rides are held every second Tuesday.  They depart from Black Pepper after coffee, about 8.30am.

The next long ride will be on Tuesday 16 January, followed by rides on 30 January, 13 February and 27 February.  Details will be provided later but, because of the (likely) hot weather, all these rides will be at the shorter end of the long-ride scale, in the 20-25kms range.

Recently happened

The EasyRiders contributed to another worthy cause on 12 December by donating $180 to the Red Cross to cover the payment gap in an ultrasound for a soon-to-be mum.  The total donated from the “coffee card” funds is now $5,907.

Breakfast ride, Tuesday 12 December.  Eighteen EasyRiders turned up at Black Pepper for a very enjoyable breakfast on a stunning morning.  Six had gone on the long(ish) 16kms ride from Melba Oval to Black Pepper via some of the north-eastern Belconnen suburbs and the UofC.  The others had taken the short cut way of riding, or even driving in a couple of cases, from home.

Long ride, 5 December (Tuesday).  Another beautiful morning for cycling saw nine EasyRiders head off from Black Pepper to the top of the hill in Dunlop via the bike path alongside Southern Cross Drive and through Latham and Charnwood.  The return was past the ponds in Dunlop and through Macgregor and Kippax.  A stop at the Lucky Shot Coffee Shop in Kippax provided a welcome break and some excellent coffee (highly recommended) before heading back to Melba.  Total distance was 25kms.

The EasyRiders contributed to another worthy cause on 28 November by purchasing a rear-vision mirror ($125) and fitting it to a car owned by a single mum.

Long ride, 14 November (Tuesday).  On another beautiful morning for cycling, six EasyRiders rode through the UofC and the AIS to O’Connor and then along the bike path through Lyneham and Dickson to Hackett.  After riding through Watson we went along the bike path on the eastern side of Northbourne Avenue, crossing over at Yowani and having a coffee break at the Hockey Centre.  A chat with some engineers on Northbourne Avenue confirmed the tram will go along the middle of Northbourne Avenue for its whole length from Civic to Flemington Road.  Parts of the roadway will be re-aligned to provide enough room for the tram in the middle.  The return from the Hockey Centre to Melba was via Kaleen and the bike path alongside Ginninderra Drive.  Total distance was 27kms.

Long ride, 31 October (Tuesday).  Six EasyRiders rode through the UofC and the AIS to O’Connor and then to Mitchell.  After a leisurely ride past the ponds in Franklin and Harrison they reached Horse Park Drive and rode to Amaroo from where they headed to Ngunnawal Ridge.  After a rest break to admire the view from the top of the ridge, they went through Nicholls to Crace and a coffee stop at the Guru.  The return to Melba was the usual one alongside Ginninderra Creek and over the Mackellar hill.  Total distance was 36kms.

Long ride, 24 October (Tuesday).  Three EasyRiders left on a ride that was going out to Horse Park Drive.  However, we diverted into Lawson to check the latest development (don’t bother if you haven’t been there).  We then rode through Kaleen, past Mitchell and through Palmerston  and Crace, where we had a coffee at the Guru.  We returned alongside Ginninderra Creek and Ginninderra Drive.  Total distance was 26kms.

Long ride, 10 October (Tuesday).  Taking advantage of a stunning Spring morning, seven EasyRiders rode through the UofC, AIS and O’Connor to Northbourne Avenue and, ultimately, Majura Road for the lovely downhill run next to the Majura Parkway.  The return to Melba oval was alongside LBG and through Civic, Turner, O’Connor, the AIS and alongside Ginninderra Drive.  Total distance was 49kms.

The EasyRiders donated $390 to another worthy cause on 28 September to enable a young girl with walking difficulties to participate in the holiday program at Pegasus (Riding for the Disabled).

Details about the “coffee card” donations are provided below in the section “Coffee Card” Contributions to Shed Funds or Worthy Causes.

Regular rides

Normal Riding around Lake Ginninderra every Monday to Friday with coffee at Black Pepper at 8:00am

More info? Call Paul McCarthy on 0435 008 442 or email: [email protected]  If unavailable contact Phil Hore on Phone: 6254 8272 or email: [email protected]

Wally Blumenfeld

Wally

Many shed members regularly go cycling in the morning (weather permitting). The meeting time for coffee is 8.00am (although some arrive earlier for a longer chat) meet at Black Pepper on Mondays to Fridays.  Some riders make their own way to meet about 7.45am at the coffee shop.

Vale Wally Blumenfeld and Ray Nelson

Two of the EasyRiders passed away in the last week of April 2016.  Wally died suddenly in Sydney on Monday 25 April after attending the Anzac Day march.  Ray died on Saturday 30 April after a lengthy illness, which had severely curtailed his riding activities during the past year or so.  Both Wally and Ray were popular members of the EasyRiders and will be sorely missed.

Ray Nelson

Ray

Wednesday 18 May 2016, Memorial ride and drinks                     

Wally’s son Michael and Ray’s son Rohan set off from Copland Drive with 15 EasyRiders for the ride in memory of our mates Wally and Ray who passed away in the last week of April.  Two more Shed members joined us at HaHa for  a drink on the deck where we have had many coffees and animated discussions over the past few years. Photos

Coffee

We have coffee every weekday at 8.00am at Black Pepper.  There is a loyalty card which we group for counting number of cups and pay as a bulk rate.  This reduces the amount paid overall and, because all riders pay full price for their coffee, we end up with a surplus which we use to benefit Shed funds and other needy causes.

Having coffee at Black Pepper every weekday has broken several years’ practice of coffee at Black Pepper on Monday and at HaHa from Tuesday to Friday.  The initial change was forced by HaHa changing its opening time from 7.30am to 9.00am in early November 2015.  At that time, the Easyriders moved to the Birrigai Cafe for coffee on Tuesday to Friday each week.  However, after a couple of months a large majority decided they preferred Black Pepper and so it became the coffee venue on every weekday as from mid January 2016.

Longer rides (20-35 kms)

Phil & Stuart on Otago Rail Trail

Phil & Stuart on Otago Rail Trail

These are now held every second Tuesday, leaving from Black Pepper after coffee at about 8.30-8.40am.

“Leaderless” Long Ride if a leader is unavailable – We shall start from Black Pepper about 8.40am, then ride alongside Ginninderra Drive to Kaleen, along the bike path next to the creek in Kaleen & Giralang, turn right on to the path along William Slim & Gundaroo Drives to an underpass in Nicholls that leads into Palmerston for a loop around Crace, followed by a break at the Coffee Guru in Crace. The return will back along the bike path next to Gundaroo Drive, William Slim Drive, Mackellar hill etc to Melba fields. See maps and details

Table of Approx Cycling Times
Departure/Arrival Times From Mon 11 Jan 2016
 From Melba 0730
 Coffee Stop Mon-Fri
0800 Black Pepper
 Home
0915 – 0930

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Archive of previous Cycling times in Excel 2003 format for viewing or downloading

“Coffee Card” Contributions to Shed Funds or Worthy Causes

Coffee Funds – Collection of excess funds available after Monday morning coffee was something Terry Mether started in early 2014. The funds come from the freebies on the Black Pepper coffee cards, some extra payments for the coffee and some special donations by the cyclists. Since that time the EasyRiders have contributed $696 to Shed funds and a further $4,087 have been put to the worthy causes mentioned below. Well done guys, keep on drinking that coffee!

The following article about the coffee card donations appeared in the Belconnen Community Newsletter in September 2016:
http://www.bcsact.com.au/latest-news/easyriders-big-hearts/

12 December 2017, Another worthy cause The EasyRiders contributed $180 to the Red Cross to cover the payment gap in an ultrasound for a soon-to-be mum.  The total donated from the “coffee card” funds is now $5,907.

28 November 2017 The EasyRiders purchased a rear-vision mirror ($125) and fitted it to a car owned by a single mum.

28 September 2017 – The EasyRiders donated $390 to enable a young girl with walking difficulties to participate in the holiday horse riding program at Pegasus (Riding for the Disabled).

1 September 2017 – The EasyRiders donated $289, via Uniting Care Kippax, to assist a pensioner to pay for medication and car maintenance.

29 May 2017 – The EasyRiders donated $400 to assist a high school student, whose father had died recently, to go on a major school excursion.

10 February 2017The EasyRiders donated $648 to Karinya House to assist three babies to learn to swim ($216 for each baby).   Some detailed information about Karinya is available on their website (www.karinyahouse.asn.au).

7 December 2016 The EasyRiders donated $600 worth of vouchers to Canberra City Care.  They consisted of two vouchers from Toys’R’Us (one for $300 and one for $200) to assist two families who were struggling to afford Christmas presents for their kids and a $100 dinner voucher at Bella Vista for a pensioner couple who have been in ill-health to have a night out.

23 September 2016 – This donation was $300 to assist a student who had been selected from a competitive field to attend a special educational forum and who needed to raise funds to be able to attend.

10 August 2016 – This donation was $359 for a bed base for someone who had recently undergone an operation and was having difficulty in getting into and out of bed because it was just a mattress on the floor.  The money was used to buy a bed base from Ikea.

27 June 2016 – The EasyRiders donated $100 to a person who was struggling financially and required the money for some urgent transport needs.

7 June 2016  –  The EasyRiders donated $450 to Karinya House for Mothers and Babies.  Part ($275) was to pay for medication for a pregnant woman who has been placed on a lot of expensive medication due to stress and extreme illness and is struggling to afford it.  The other $175 (consisting of $150 from “coffee funds” and $25 donations from some Easyriders) was for a young Mum on a low income who is at Karinya and needs to buy herself some specific items of clothing that cannot be acquired second hand.

Harry handing cheque to Sue Harding

Harry handing $230 cheque to Sue Harding (Principal, Mt Rogers Primary School)

Some detailed information about Karinya is available on their website (www.karinyahouse.asn.au).

6 April 2016 – The EasyRiders donated $230 to Mt Rogers Primary School to pay for a student to access the special instrumental band program.

3 September 2015 With the agreement of the Shed committee, the cyclists decided to direct the latest funds to a worthy cause. The latest coffee funds of about $175 were supplemented by some generous contributions by the cyclists to provide a $350 petrol card to a family who has a young daughter undergoing long-term treatment for cancer in Sydney. 16 November 2015, Continuation for this Worthy Cause – On this date another fuel card to the value of $250 was provided to help the family of the young girl. This takes to $600 worth of fuel cards provided. 18 February 2016, More Contributions – Whilst the unfortunate daughter is now back in Canberra receiving palliative care we decided to provide some more support to assist with the daughter’s care. We provided the father with $200 cash and $200 worth of Vouchers for Coles Supermarket. 22 February 2016 The father Gerry visited us at Black Pepper and thanked us for our support.

Other Cycling Groups

Some of us often cycle with others groups as some have long and harder rides or cycle on other day. Some of us often cycle with Pedal Power on Wed mornings. Henry, Phil and Stuart also cycle regularly on Thurs with MICE from South Canberra and they typically do 60Km; MICE – Mature Individuals Cycling Easily. Peter Hatfield cycles with a mature group from Kippax more in tune with Easy Rider distances. Not sure if they are VOMIT (Very Old men In Tights) or RATS (Retired Athletic Types). Crikey we needed a new catchy name! So some came up with: WOMBATS: this originally meant “Willing old men biking after their service” ie after working or retiring. Harry and Barry suggested some mods making it “Wise Old Men Biking After Talking Socially

General

27th Feb 2017 – Black Pepper Cyclists Coffee – Harry invited the two principals (Mark Arundel & partner) of Canberra Bike Tours & Mulga Bicycle Tours to talk to the cyclists about their unique commercial tours they organise around Canberra, the Region, Vic or Nth Qld ie across the cape to Karumba. For currently planned tours see this link. They are well organised and can cater for groups, singles, use mainly bitumen surfaces and normally do not camp out. Accommodation is to the standard as required by the group. Well worth thinking about guys

Harry Redfern’s poem on Ted Tregillgas having coffee with cyclers at Black Pepper 29th Jun 2015

1st Sep 2014 – Views when Cycling Around Lake Ginninderra and Environs

Bill Murray in Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride 2012

To plan cycle trips see: Canberra Cycling & Walking Map | Cycle and Walk ACT info | Direct link to new map (large pdf)

Open Street Map Routing Service | GPSies Routes and Maps around Canberra

Map of Mountain Bike trails in Namadgi and Brindabella National Parks (pdf document) Note many of these are in remote and hilly terrain

Longer Rides

These are every second Tuesday, weather permitting. The normal rides to and from Black Pepper are just under 20 kms and long rides are around 10-25kms longer and take about an additional 1-2 hour+.  A map can be seen on the CYCLING MAPS page

2017

Long ride, 26 September (Tuesday).  It was a lovely morning for cycling but only two EasyRiders fronted up the ride around the western part of Lake Burley Griffin.  The conditions were so pleasant that we went over Kings Bridge instead of Commonwealth and then back to Melba via the Bindubi Street hill and Lake Ginninderra.  Total distance was 39kms. 

Breakfast ride, 12 September (Tuesday).  Ten EasyRiders met up for breakfast at Black Pepper.  Five joined in the long ride (15kms from Melba Oval through Evatt, Mackellar, Giralang, Kaleen, Bruce and the UofC) while the other five took the easy option of cycling straight to Black Pepper for a very enjoyable breakfast.

Long ride, 21 August (Tuesday).  There were only two starters for the long ride.  We went through the UofC, O’Connor, Lyneham, Kaleen, Giralang, Evatt and down the hill in Spence to Melba Oval.  Distance was 22kms.

Long ride, 18 July (Tuesday).  A fine, warm(ish) winter’s morning saw nine EasyRiders head off to Throsby, the newest suburb in Gungahlin.  After riding through Kaleen, Mitchell, Franklin and Harrison, the group did a lap of Throsby, which has no residents yet, but the extent of the construction activity indicates that it won’t be long before they start to move in.  We returned to Mitchell, then through Palmerston to a coffee stop at the Guru in Crace.  The trip back to Melba oval was alongside the creek and over the Mackellar hill.  Total distance was 34kms.

Long ride, 4 July (Tuesday).  Four EasyRiders set off through the UofC, South Bruce, Aranda, Macquarie, Weetangera and Hawker to Drake Brockman Drive in Higgins, where we enjoyed the downhill run, followed by an even more enjoyable run down the hill at the golf course to Southern Cross Drive.  A couple of riders detoured to Harry’s place to watch “Le Ride”, a film about a re-enactment of the 1928 Tour de France.  It was 23kms from Black Pepper to Melba oval.

A special long ride was held on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 June.  Eleven EasyRiders rode from the Copland Drive bridge over the Mackellar hill, alongside Ginninderra Creek to Giralang, Kaleen, North Lyneham, O’Connor, the AIS and UofC to a drink stop at the HaHa Bar.  We found that HaHa is now closed on Tuesdays as well as Mondays so the drink stop was changed to the Lighthouse pub, which has good coffee as well as beers and wine.  Distance was 23kms.

Long ride, 20 June (Tuesday).  Another cold, foggy morning saw seven EasyRiders tackle a ride to Gungahlin, via Ginninderra Drive, Kaleen, Mitchell and then through Palmerston and the bike path that goes around the outskirts of Crace to a hot coffee at the Crace Coffee Guru.  Given that the fog was still hanging around we cut the ride short and headed back to Melba Oval alongside Ginninderra Creek and over the Mackellar hill (Bob in a car on the pretext he had a puncture).  Total distance was 26kms.

Long ride, 4 June (Tuesday).  This ride was cancelled because of rain, which stopped within half an hour of the ride being called off.

Long ride, 23 May (Tuesday).  After a warming coffee at Black Pepper on a cold, foggy morning, four EasyRiders disappeared into the fog around Lake Ginninderra and rode through Kaleen, Mitchell and along the Federal Highway to the Majura Parkway.  The fog cleared in time for the 11kms downhill run to Duntroon on the new bike path.  The return was along the northern side of LBG, then along the bike paths through the ANU, Turner, O’Connor, the AIS and alongside Ginninderra Drive to Melba Oval.  Total distance was 48kms.

Long ride, 9 May (Tuesday) – Phil’s Mystery Ride.  Four EasyRiders followed Phil along the bike path through Macquarie and down the hill in Bindubi Street to Lake Burley Griffin and then up the hill at the Arboretum.  A quick run back down the hill to the lake was followed by a trip to the ANU and a return to Melba via O’Connor, the AIS and Ginninderra Drive.  Total distance was about 30kms.

Long ride, 18 April (Tuesday).  The opening of the Freewheeling exhibition at the National Museum provided the opportunity for a special long ride (Freewheeling explored the history of cycling in Australia).  Nine EasyRiders took advantage of the special ride to visit the exhibition, which all agreed is very worthwhile for anyone interested in cycling.  After coffee at the museum, the EasyRiders returned home via the bike paths through the ANU, Turner, O’Connor, the AIS and alongside Ginninderra Drive for a total of 26kms back to Melba Oval.

Long ride, 11 April (Tuesday).  Six EasyRiders departed on the long ride on another beautiful autumn morning but Steve dropped out fairly early leaving five to cycle through Kaleen, North Lyneham, Lyneham, O’Connor and the AIS to Aranda for coffee.  The total distance back to Melba was 23kms.

Breakfast ride, 4 April (Tuesday).  To celebrate the extra hour of sunshine for cyclists each morning as a result of the end of daylight saving, twelve EasyRiders plus an important visitor (Wally Blumenfeld’s son, Michael) met at 7.00am at Melba Oval on a spectacular autumn morning.  We rode through several Belconnen suburbs and the UofC to Black Pepper, where we met up with six others for breakfast.

Long ride, 28 March (Tuesday).  A beautiful autumn morning saw seven EasyRiders set out for Gungahlin via the AIS, O’Connor, Lyneham, Mitchell, Franklin and Harrison to Horse Park Drive.  It was such beautiful cycling weather that we went further than initially intended and explored Moncrieff before riding through Amaroo, Ngunnawal and Nicholls to Crace, where we had coffee.  The ride back to Melba Oval was alongside Ginninderra Creek and over the Mackellar hill.  Distance was 42kms.

Long ride, 14 March (Tuesday).  Seven EasyRiders rode through the UofC, Bruce, Aranda, Macquarie, Weetangera and Hawker to Drake Brockman Drive in Higgins, which provided an enjoyable downhill run.  An even more enjoyable run was down the hill at the golf course to Southern Cross Drive and back to Melba alongside Ginninderra Creek in Latham, Flynn and Melba.  Total distance was 25kms.

Long ride, 7 March (Tuesday).  A special long ride was scheduled to provide an opportunity to see the historic cycle exhibition at the Canberra Museum in Civic.  Five EasyRiders took advantage on an ideal day for cycling – cool and a gentle sou’ easterly to assist on the way home.  The route was to Glenloch via Benjamin Way and the Bindubi Street bike path, around LBG to Regatta Point and over the pedestrian bridge to Civic.  The return to Melba oval was through Turner, O’Connor, the AIS, UofC and Florey.  Total distance was 29kms.

Long ride, 28 February (Tuesday).  Eight EasyRiders set off to Gungahlin, around Lake Ginninderra, alongside Ginninderra Creek to Gungahlin Pond, over the dam, around the western side of the Pond and through Ngunnawal to Horse Park Drive.  The new path on the southern side of Moncrieff provided a welcome downhill run, followed by a pleasant ride alongside, then through, the golf course and along the tree-lined path in Palmerston to the Guru in Crace for a coffee.  The ride back to Melba Oval was alongside Ginninderra Creek and over the Mackellar hill, for a total distance of 31kms.

Long ride, 31 January (Tuesday).  The long ride scheduled was to Gungahlin but, because of the heat, it was changed to a shorter long ride in Belconnen.  Six EasyRiders braved the hot conditions and headed up the hill from Black Pepper along the bike path to Florey, under Southern Cross Drive to Page, alongside Belconnen Way to Calvary Hospital and through the AIS to a drink stop in Kaleen.  The trip back to Melba oval was alongside Ginninderra Drive and over the Mackellar hill for a total distance of 19kms.

Long ride, 17 January (Tuesday).  Ten EasyRiders left Black Pepper on a very hot day but four of them dropped off at the far end of Florey, leaving six to tackle the rest of the ride, which was shortened because of the heat.  It went to Dunlop through Florey, Latham and Charnwood.  After the exhilarating downhill in Dunlop, we went around the ponds and then alongside Ginninderra Creek to Kippax for cold drinks before heading back to Melba Oval.  The distance was 22kms.

Long ride, 3 January (Tuesday).  The first long ride of 2017 saw eight EasyRiders tackle the hill through the UofC, enjoy the downhill run along the bike paths to O’Connor, followed by the flat paths through Lyneham, North Lyneham and then alongside Gungahlin Drive past Mitchell.  The tree-lined path through Palmerston brought some welcome relief from the hot day, as did the lovely downhill run around Crace (albeit after a bit of a climb) to the Coffee Guru for a well-earned break.  The return to Melba Oval was the usual way back, alongside Gundaroo Drive, William Slim Drive and over the Mackellar hill.  Total distance was 29kms.

2016

Breakfast ride, 13 December (Tuesday), as a Christmas get-together.  On a beautiful summer’s morning, 12 EasyRiders set off  from the Copland Drive bridge and rode over the Mackellar hill, through Giralang, Kaleen, the AIS and the UofC to Black Pepper for breakfast.  We picked up a 13th rider on our way through Kaleen and met up with 8 others who had gone straight to Black Pepper for breakfast.   A large table was set up outside, which was ideal given the noisy conversation from the group.  All-in-all, a great way for the EasyRiders to finish 2016.

Long ride, 22 November (Tuesday).  There were five starters on a hot, windy day.  They went to Amaroo via Gungahlin Pond and returned along Ngunnawal Ridge, with its spectacular views, then through Palmerston to Crace for a coffee.  The return to Melba Oval was along the bike paths next to William Slim Drive and over the Mackellar hill, for a total distance of 26kms. Photos

Long ride, 8 November (Tuesday).  Six EasyRiders rode through the AIS, O’Connor and Lyneham and along Northbourne Avenue to the northern end of Majura Parkway.  After the exhilarating, downhill ride along the new path, we stopped for coffee at Regatta Point before returning home via the ANU and the AIS.  Distance back to Melba Oval was 52 kms.

Long ride, 25 October (Tuesday).  Six EasyRiders headed off  around the eastern part of Lake Burley Griffin (Duntroon, the wetlands, Kingston etc), via Bindubi Street on the way there and the bike path through O’Connor and the AIS on the way back.  Cafe 21 in New Acton provided a pleasant coffee stop.  Distance was 41kms. Photos

Long ride, 27 September (Tuesday).  The weather was overcast and windy, following overnight rain.  As a result, we decided to postpone the scheduled ride to Lake Burley Griffin until 11 October and stay closer to home by riding to West Belconnen.  Six EasyRiders set out from Black Pepper through Florey, Latham and Charnwood to the top of the hill in Dunlop.   A wind-assisted descent took us to West Macgregor and a coffee at the Holt shops.  Distance back to Melba Oval was 24 kms.

Long ride, 13 September (Tuesday).  Eight EasyRiders set out from Black Pepper on an overcast day for the 31kms ride to Gungahlin and back to Melba Oval.  The ride went to Moncrieff via Nichols and Ngunnawal and returned through Palmerston and Crace.  Jim distinguished himself by attacking a post.  Not surprisingly, the post won but Jim managed to regain his composure long enough to get to the coffee stop.  Distance was 31 kms.

Breakfast ride, 1 September (Thursday).  Finally, we had some favourable weather for a special ride – a breakfast ride on the first day of spring or, as Terry insisted, National Wattle Day.  Six EasyRiders started from Melba oval at 7.00am and met up with seven others an hour later at Black Pepper for breakfast.  Terry lagged behind on the ride because of the extra burden of a wattle branch attached to his bike in honour of National Wattle Day.

Long ride, 25 August (Thursday).  Three EasyRiders set off on a leisurely ride along the cycle path next to William Slim Drive then along paths in Evatt, Spence and Fraser to Mt Rogers and home.  Distance was about 15 kms.

Long ride, 18 August (Thursday).  Four EasyRiders headed to Lake Burley Griffin via the Bindubi Street bike path and then through the ANU to Barry Drive, where Bob took the easy way back up the hill to Belconnen by putting his bike on a bus.  The return was through the AIS and Bruce.  Total distance was about 26 kms.

Afternoon ride, 9 August (Tuesday).  The ride to celebrate the horses’ birthday on 1 August was postponed for a week due to rain.  Five EasyRiders started from the Ginninderra Creek bridge on Copland Drive and went over the Mackellar hill, through Kaleen, past Mitchell and through Palmerston to Crace.  We did a loop on the bike path that runs around the eastern and southern edges of Crace and joined two others for a beer in the warmth of the District Bar in the Crace shopping centre before heading for home.  Total distance from Melba to Melba was about 28 kms.

Long ride, 3 August (Thursday). Stuart and Paul were the only takers on a very windy morning.  After heading off to Gungahlin they decided it would be a good idea to check out the new bike path alongside Majura Parkway.  They proved that the gentle downhill did not make up for the strong southerly blowing straight into their faces.  The only compensation was a wind-assisted trip up the hill in Bindubi Street for a coffee at Aranda.  Total distance was 54 kms.

Long ride, 21 July (Thursday). Four EasyRiders started on a cloudy morning alongside Ginninderra Drive and through Kaleen (where 50% of the starters headed for home).  The remaining pair went to Mitchell and through Palmerston to Crace for a coffee.  The return trip to Melba Oval was on the bike path alongside Ginninderra Creek and over the Mackellar hill for a total distance of 27 kms.

Long ride, 14 July (Thursday). Five EasyRiders headed off to Mulligans Flat on the bike path alongside Ginninderra Creek and Gundaroo Drive.  After coffee at Frankies (Forde shopping centre) we returned to Melba Oval, with the total distance being 32 kms.

Long ride, 7 July (Thursday). Six EasyRiders headed off to West Belconnen via Florey, Latham and Charnwood.  We climbed the hill in Dunlop and headed to Kippax via the path alongside Ginninderra Creek for a well-earned coffee.  Total distance from Black Pepper to Melba Oval was 21 kms.

A special long ride to celebrate the winter solstice was finally held on Wednesday 29 June, after being postponed due to bad weather.  Four EasyRiders set off from Melba Oval on a beautiful, sunny, winter’s afternoon and quickly met up with three others who were waiting along the route (shortcutters!!).  The ride went to the George Harcourt Inn via Kaleen, Giralang, Palmerston, Moncrieff and Casey, a distance of just over 27 kms.  The seven riders were met by four others at the George Harcourt for a convivial drink and chat before the ride continued back to Melba Oval.

Long ride, 23 June (Thursday) – Finally, a long-ride day and no rain.  A cold breeze did not deter 12 EasyRiders who set off from Black Pepper about 8.45am and rode through the AIS, O’Connor, Lyneham, North Lyneham and Kaleen to a warming coffee break at U and Co in Kaleen.  The return to Melba Oval was on the bike paths alongside Ginninderra Drive and over the Mackeller hill.  The distance was 21kms.

26 May and 9 June 2016 (Thursday) – Bad weather again caused the long ride to be cancelled on both these days.

12 May 2016 (Thursday) – Nine EasyRiders arrived at Black Pepper for coffee, although 4 had driven there because of the rain and wind.  Given the poor weather, no-one complained when the long ride was cancelled.

28 April 2016 (Thursday) – Gungahlin – Phil led 4 riders from Black Pepper to Gungahlin.  They went to Horse Park Drive via Gold Creek Village and travelled around the new part to Yerrabi Pond.  The trip back to Melba Oval was via Crace and the cycle paths along Ginninderra Creek and over the Mackellar hill.  It was about 30 kms in total.

14 April 2016 (Thursday) – LBG – 10 riders left Black Pepper after 8.30AM and went to LBG  via Cook and the Bindubi Street bike path to Glenloch and over Scrivener Dam.  After the climb up the hill next to Government House, the ride went via the Weston Park loop to Commonwealth Ave Bridge and a well-earned coffee at 21 Marcus Clarke St.  The trip back to Melba Oval was via cycle paths through the western side of Civic, O’Connor, AIS and over the Mackellar hill. Around 35kms.

Breakfast ride, Tuesday 5 April:  A breakfast ride to celebrate nothing in particular was held on Tuesday, 5 April.  Eleven riders started off at 7.00am at Melba Oval and travelled about 17kms through Giralang, Kaleen, the AIS and the UofC to the finish at Black Pepper at 8.00am where they met up with nine others who had decided to sleep in and go directly to Black Pepper.  The breakfast, coffee and debates were equally as good as the beautiful weather. Photos

31 March 2016 (Thursday) – Ngunnawal, Gold Creek – Eight riders started from Black Pepper after coffee.  The ride to Ngunnawal was uneventful but the situation changed while cycling on the path alongside Horse Park Drive in Casey.  Greg’s chain slipped off and by the time it was put back on, the front half of the group was out of sight and the remainder headed down the wrong road.  A mobile call sorted out the problem but then Martin’s front tyre started to deflate.  This was manageable but the blow out in his back tyre shortly afterwards was not and so he had to arrange a lift home while the rest of the group had a welcome caffeine hit at T On The Square in Gold Creek Village (a highly recommended spot on a fine day).  The ride back to Melba Oval was uneventful, with the total distance being about 24 kms

17 March 2016 (Thursday)– Kaleen, Mitchell, Franklin, Harrison, Forde – Seven riders started off from Black Pepper to Forde but two had notified their intention to drop out when we got to Kaleen.  The remaining five carried on to Forde via Mitchell, the ponds in Franklin and Harrison and then along Horse Park Drive.  After a coffee stop at Frankies we returned via Yerrabi Pond, Gundaroo Drive, William Slim Drive and the hill in Mackellar, which was 32kms for those that made it back to Melba oval.

3 March 2016 (Thursday) – Latham, Dunlop, Kippax – Eight of us started at 8.30am or so from Black Pepper, headed along the bike path next to Southern Cross Drive, through Latham to Dunlop. After climbing the hill in Dunlop we had a leisurely downhill run around the ponds to Ginninderra Creek and 6 of us had a coffee stop at Kippax at Cafe Okrich.  The ride will end at Melba Oval, with the total distance from Black Pepper to there being about 22kms

18 February (Thursday) – Tradies Club at Dickson – Leader Phil Hore – Started at Black Pepper around 8.30am.  Rode through O’Connor via Bruce to the Tradies Club to meet the father of the sick girl we have been helping, then back via Lyneham & Kaleen. Coffee at the Club. Total distance is about 30 kms

4 February 2016 (Thursday) – O’Connor, National Museum and return through ANU, Lyneham & Kaleen – Leader Phil Hore – Started at Black Pepper around 8.30-8.40am.  Total distance to Melba Oval about 30 kms

Selfie @ Maccas

Selfie @ Maccas New Years Day

21 January 2016 (Thursday) – AIS, O’Connor, Lyneham, Kaleen – Leader Paul – Started at Black Pepper around 8.40am, then rode around the western side of the lake, along the bike path alongside Ginninderra Drive & then through the AIS to O’Connor.  From O’Connor, we headed through Lyneham & North Lyneham on the bike path next to Mouat Street & on to Kaleen alongside Ellenborough Street, where we will stopped at the shops for a caffeine hit at U & Co.  After coffee we will took the bike path next to the creek through Kaleen & Giralang, turn left next to William Slim Drive near the Soccer Club & over the hill in Mackellar to the Melba Oval.  Total distance was about 25kms

1 January 2016 (Friday) – New Years Day – Four of us cycled with coffee at Maccas on New Years Day 2016.

2015

10th Dec 2015 (Thu) – End of Year Christmas Breakfast – Met at the underpass under Copland Drive, near the Melba Ovals, at

Coffee Hackett Shops

Coffee Hackett Shops

7.00am. Led by Stuart cycled over the Mackellar hill, along Ginninderra Ck to the bridge near the Soccer Club, then on the bike paths next to the creek in Giralang & Kaleen, under Ginninderra Dr to the AIS & back through UC for breakfast at Black Pepper. The ride was about 17-18kms. 20 attended for breakfast including 13 who rode

26th Nov 2015 (Thu) – West Belconnen – Started from Birrigai about 8.30AM heading out to West Belconnen, then back to Kippax for coffee at Cafe Okrich. Unfortunately one member had a fall under the bridge on Florey Drive

15th Oct 2015 (Paul McCarthy leader) – Gungahlin Ngunnawal Ridge – After leaving HaHa about 8.30am we went through Kaleen and Giralang to Gungahlin.  We will go over the dam and around the western side of Gungahlin Pond and then along the bike path that runs through the western side of Ngunnawal, returning along the ridge that runs through the middle of Ngunnawal.  We detoured through Crace to visit the Guru for a caffeine hit.  Total distance from HaHa to Melba Oval was about 24 kms

1st Oct 2015 (Paul McCarthy leader) –  8 of us left HaHa shortly after 8.30am & headed through the AIS to O’Connor, Dickson & Hackett where we stopped for coffee at the Siam Twist Thai restaurant at Hackett shops.  Some of us checked out the Monkey Wrench Bike Service Shop next door. The route back to Melba Oval area was via the Mouat St & Ellenborough St bike paths & then through Kaleen.  The total distance from HaHa to Melba Oval was about 29 Km, although most of us deviated past the Western Foreshores of Lake Ginninderra, which made HaHa to there being 27.8Km

17th Sep 2015 (Phil Hore leader) – 7 of us left HaHa about 8.40am and rode over Cook hill then around the western end of Lake Burley Griffin. We went around it in an anti-clockwise direction on the cycle path stopping to look at the Sri Chinmoy buddist statue, then past the Yacht Club and across Commonwealth Avenue bridge, to the ANU stopping for coffee at Old Canberra House. We then followed the bike paths north to Macarthur Ave then west and home through the AIS. Distance was about 36 Km from HaHa to near the Melba Playing Fields although most did at least 44Km and higher. Pictures of the cycle trip

20th Aug (Paul McCarthy leader) – “Gungahlin again”.  8 left HaHa about 8.40am & went via Kaleen past Mitchell looping around Crace. Total distance from HaHa back to Melba Oval was about 24kms. No-one got lost this time with 8 having coffee at Crace, however Jim disappeared up the Barton Highway shortly afterwards as we left Crace

6th Aug (Paul McCarthy leader) – “Scenic Gungahlin”.  5 of us left HaHa about 8.40am and went around Gungahlin Pond to Ngunnawal, where we returned along the ridge in Ngunnawal, which had some spectacular views.  We stopped at the coffee stop in Crace on the way home.  Total distance from HaHa back to Melba Oval was about 24kms

9th Jul 2015 – (Phil Leader) – This was an alternate route to that proposed. 5 of us started but only 3 finished cycling through Kaleen, Giralang and up along Gundaroo Drive to Yerrabi Pond Gungahlin and back around Gungahlin Pond and then along Ginninderra Ck to Melba fields. Was 29.5Km Ha Ha Bar to Melba Fields which took us about 1hr 40mins. However overall for shortest was 37Km and the longest rider from Holt 47Km total

25th June –  (Paul Leader) – Paul led leaving Ha Ha Bar about 8.40am and we went on the bike path through Macquarie and Cook to Glenloch interchange then along the north side of Lake Burley Griffin to the shipping container village at Acton, which was closed so we stopped at 21 Cafe on Marcus Clarke St.  The return to Belconnen was along the bike path on the western side of Civic, then through ANU,  O’Connor, past Bruce Stadium and along the bike paths near Ginninderra Drive to Melba Oval.  Distance was about 25kms

11th June –  (Paul Leader) – Paul led the ride leaving HaHa around 8.30-8.45am going through the UofC and the AIS to Aranda, Page, Florey and back to Melba Oval.  Distance was about 20kms

28th May –  (Paul Leader) – Paul led the ride to Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin with a stop at Coffee Guru in Crace on the way back.  The total distance from HaHa back to Melba oval was about 25kms

14th May – (Paul leader) – Paul McCarthy led the 25Km bike ride to Dunlop and environs, along the bike path next to Ginninderra Drive, returning to Melba Oval via the paths along the creek in Macgregor & Latham

16th April 2015 – (Paul leader) Went to Mitchell and Harrison. About 29Km

2nd April – (Harry Leader) Went out along Ginninderra Ck path to West Belconnen

19th Mar – (Steve leader) – Was to Lake Burley Griffin and then to the coffee shop & return via O’Connor Ridge to Melba

19th Feb 2015 – (Paul leader) Was trip through Kaleen, Palmerston and Crace and back.  Was approximately 32kms from HaHa back to Melba Oval, with no significant hills

5th Mar 2015 – (Paul leader)  We had 7 starters & 7 finishers.  We rode on the bike path alongside Ginninderra Drive, past the back of the stadium and then along the bike paths in O’Connor, Lyneham, Nth Lyneham, Kaleen & Giralang and over the hill in McKellar back to Melba Oval.  It was 22kms from HaHa

5th Feb 2015 – (Paul leader) Trip explored Belconnen (going through most suburbs from Aranda to Scullin and Florey) .  Approximately 22 kms from HaHa back to Melba Oval

8th Jan 2015 – Cycling Ha Ha to Gungahlin – Horse Park Drive – Gold Ck – 9 of us started & made it to Horse Park, Clarie Hermies & Gungahlin Dr intersection where we lost John A who turned down Gungahlin Dr & made it home. The rest continued on towards Gold Ck although only 6 of use made it. We all were home by 11.30AM. It was 43km journey Melba to Melba or 33km HaHa to Melba Fields | Map of trip | Google Earth File

2014

2014-12-09 Cyclers at Ha Ha Bar – Photos

13 Nov 2014  – Eight riders headed off from HaHa around Lake Ginninderra en route to Gungahlin.  After traversing the western side of Gungahlin Pond we tackled the hill alongside Gundaroo Drive to Yerrabi Pond.  We decided to make the most of a beautiful day and go a bit further than originally intended by exploring some of the furthest reaches of Gungahlin.  We rode along the new section of Horse Park Drive (between Moncrieff & Bonner) that was opened a few months ago.  A quick trip down the hill on the bike path through the centre of Ngunnawal brought us back to Gungahlin Pond & a gentle downhill ride to Mackellar.  The total distance from HaHa back to Melba was 33kms

16th Oct 2014 – We combined parts of a couple of our recent rides. We started from Ha Ha with a ride up the hill to UC & then along the scenic bike path past Bruce Stadium and down the hill to O’Connor.  After following the upper reaches of Sullivans Creek through Lyneham, we crossed the Barton Highway & tackled the wasteland of Mitchell along the bike path next to Gungahlin drive. We re-entered suburbia at Palmerston & rode around the western side of Gungahlin Pond.  We meet up with Gundaroo Drive just north of Crace & followed this familiar track along Ginninderra Creek back to the lake.  The climb up the hill on the bike path in Mackellar provided the opportunity for a fun downhill run to the Melba oval. 6 of us did the full trip although 3 peeled off to return through Evatt. Total distance from Ha Ha to Melba Oval was about 28kms while Melba to Melba return about 38Km. Pics of trip | Map of trip

2nd Oct 2014 LBG – We started with an easy ride to Lake Burley Griffin via the bike path through the Canberra Nature Park beside Bindubi Street. After a bit of a climb on the bike path in Macquarie, we had a lovely downhill run through the Glenloch Interchange underpasses until we reached Lake BG. From the lake shore we then turned left and rode through the ANU, North beside Sullivans Creek to Macarthur Avenue, then west on the bike path through the Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve to the AIS, stopping for coffee at Seasalt Cafe, before returning to the familiar banks of Ginninderra Ck and home. Total distance if starting from Melba was around 34Km. Pics of trip | Map of trip

18th Sep 2014 – From Ha Ha Bar we headed East through the University of Canberra (down 12 steps), before joining the cycle path outside Radford College. We then followed the picturesque cycle path that meanders through the spring blossoms in O’Connor, Lyneham, Kaleen and Giralang, then beside Ginninderra Creek back to near Melba Oval. Total distance about 20kms. The 20kms was from Ha Ha back to Melba Oval and did not include any allowance either for the trip to Ha Ha or for back home from Melba Oval. Map of the route 7 members particpated. Greg did 26.7Km return from Florey. Others may have done 30Km

2014-05-29 Cycling Forde Photos

2014-04-22 Evatt Ginninderra Cycle Path Photos

2014-04-02 Ha Ha Bar Photos

Cycling Lake Ginninderra Jan 2014 Photos

Myrtleford Trip 2013

Some Easy Riders cycled along the rail trails from Myrtleford to Bright and Beechworth in Victoria between Thu 16 May to Fri 19 May 2013. Report and details. Pictures | GPS files

Before 2014

Longer rides commenced on Thursday 17 March 2011. The first long ride began with the normal route to Lake Ginninderra (as shown on the route map), followed by a detour around Giralang and Kaleen; then back to Lake Ginninderra and to Ha Ha Bar (in the past). From the start to Ha Ha Bar was about 60 minutes. This “long ride” is about 6 kms longer than normal rides. It was repeated on the 31 March

Other long rides have been held to Gungahlin. This started with the standard ride meeting for coffee at Ha Ha Bar (in the past) by 7.30, then leaving around 8AM & heading back north around the east side of the lake but continuing north up to Gungahlin along the path next to William Slim, Gundaroo Road & onto & around Yerrabi pond & back. Its about 35Km in total (if your start at Melba) or about 15Km longer than the standard ride

On Thursday 5th May 2011 there was a longer ride which was repeated partially on 19th May with a special Harry deviation through Charnwood-Dunlop. This is the normal ride but after arriving at Melba ovals, those participating in the long ride continued along the Ginninderra Creek pathway past the southern boundaries of Charnwood and Dunlop, around Macgregor and back to Melba ovals.  Easy-Riders can leave this route at Melba ovals or at other convenient points to return home

On Thursday 2nd June 2011 there was a long ride to Lake Burley Griffin. See options on the CYCLING MAPS page. On 16th June we tried a long ride, planning to leave from Ha Ha at 1000AM and head up and around through Giralang, Kaleen then down Ellenborough Rd to Lyneham then along the cycle path to O’Connor and back up through the AIS and home. We got to Kaleen but unfortunately John A had a fall and had to be taken home by Stuart in his vehicle. Cycling can be dangerous! Anyway we will try that route again as a long cycle route. Its nominally 33Km return from Melba

On Thurs 22 Sep 2011 three of use did a long ride leaving HaHa about 10.15AM and went up towards Gungahlin, but left past The Lakes Club and back via the west side of Gungahlin Pond which is a nice ride with lovely views. Then back down Gundaroo Road cyclepath as per usual. Overall about 29Km from Melba

2013-04-04 Cycling West Belco Kippax Photos

2013-03-07 Cycling Gungahlin Forde Photos

2012-05-17 Cycling Harrys Park Holt Photos

2012-03-22 Cycling Lake Burley Griffin Photos

2012-03-02 Cycling Ginininderra Ck Photos

2012-02-23 Cycling OConnor Dickson Photos

2012-02-09 Cycling Gungahlin Forde Photos

2012-01-24 Greg Ws Recumbent Bike Photos

2011-08-09 Cycling –  Ha Ha Bar Steves Birthday Photos

2011-07-28 Ha Ha Bar – Lake Ginninderra Cycle Photos

2011-07-14 Lyneham Long Cycle Photos

2011-06-16 Kaleen Cycle Photos

2011-06-02 Shed Lake Burley Griffin Cycle Photos

2011-05-19 BelWest Dunlop Cycle Photos

2011-02-07 EasyRiders Photos

2010-08-12 Cycling Floods Photos

Refer to the Cycling Map page for such alternative rides. We welcome suggestions of routes for more longer rides. These continue with longer rides to Gungahlin, Kaleen, West Belconnen and places further afield occurring every fortnight.