Please note that other departure points may be nominated by the ride leader. Check the ride calendar here Also please note that Sunday Rides depart @ 0900 and Wednesday rides depart @ 0930 unless otherwise advertised.
Please be ready to go with a full tank 10 minutes before that for a pre ride briefing.
Planning your ride is they key to everything. Things you need to consider are:
Your destination (i.e. lunch break) will generally determine your starting point. An example would be starting at Tooradin for a destination like Inverloch.
Starting times for Sunday rides are 9.00am and for Wednesday rides 9.30am. Riders will generally start to assemble from 8.30am.
Cafe's and Bakery's are great places for morning tea. Usually stop about an hour and a quarter after start (around 100 Kms). It is a good idea to have the owners phone number so you can call ahead to let them know about how many to expect. Depending on how many you have for the ride allow about half an hour for morning tea.
Allow about an hour for lunch. If you like, arrange a group booking at a venue such as a pub, but people usually like to make their own arrangements. Let people know when you will be moving out and make sure they have fuelled up for the afternoon leg.
Afternoon Tea (or ride finish)
It is a good choice to finish the ride in the same area you started. For instance, starting at Berwick, you could finish at Pakenham or Lang Lang if you go south or back at Berwick if you go north. If you start at Todd Road, then you would consider a round trip and finishing in the east, such as Healesville, Emerald or Berwick or just doing a big loop and finishing back at Todd Road.
Fuel Stops and Type of fuel available
It is more common these days to have bikes that need to run on premium fuel. So finding fuel stops where this is available should form part of your ride planning. Fortunately, this fuel is becoming more widely available so figuring it into your plans should not be difficult. Also, as some bikes have a lower fuel range, making sure fuel is available at each break is important
We are all human and need to stop from time to time to rest the bum and empty the bladder
Mostly, pick made roads for road bikes. The all road bikes like V-Stroms and BMW GS's can cope with gravel, but most road bikes like to stay on the tarmac (or at least the riders do).
Length of the ride
A good ride length would be between 300 klm and 350 klm. This depends on what you want to do along the way, like stop at scenic points or if there will be an activity such as a BBQ. Some ride leaders like to do longer rides, so a ride in excess of 400 klm is not unreasonable in the summer months when the days are longer.
Pre Ride It is important that you pre-ride your ride if you can. This will help you get the timing right, check out road conditions, help you find refreshment spots and toilets and get a feeling for the ride in general. You may pick a road in your planning, but when pre riding find that it is closed, or gravel. Or it may be covered in loose screenings from road works, or there may be road works. Also, some of the C class roads can be narrow and in a state of bad repair. A pre ride will help you locate these things on your route. On the Day Before you start the ride, you will conduct a Riders Briefing. It is at this that you will let your fellow riders know where you are going, where the stops are, where the fuel is, about how long the ride is, who the Tail End Charlie is. You will explain the corner marking system and the Buddy System. You will get the riders to fill in the ride Sheet with their details such as name and emergency contact number.
Buddy System The buddy system is designed to account for each rider at each stop. Before starting the ride, "buddy up" with someone else and at each stop make sure your buddy is present. If not, then let the ride leader know. It may be that they have pulled out of the ride but the buddy system will make sure everyone is accounted for during the ride.
It is a good idea to keep the lights of the bike behind you in sight. If you haven't seen anyone for 5 minutes or so, then slow down, let them catch up a little. This is particularly relevant if you are immediately in front of Tail End Charlie, because if something happens to that rider (breakdown), then there is no one coming along behind to notice.
We can't tell riders how to ride. It is expected that all riders obey the various road rules and Ride in a Safe and Courteous manner. It is expected that all Riders be appropriately licenced and that their bike is fully registered and roadworthy.
Also on the day there maybe riders new to the club and/or new to riding a bike, then someone needs to be assigned to befriend that person and make them feel welcome and secure. It is recommended that riders be insured, in the event of an incident it is expected that arrangements will be made under the terms of their registration and insurance.