Ringwood Road Ride (RRR)

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Ringwood Road Ride (RRR)

Postby jmcleod » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 3:58 pm

Updated 20 September 2011 by Snuffy

This weekly Saturday morning ride takes in some of the hills of the City of Maroondah. The focus is as a social ride, with regroup points at the top of all of the major climbs.

Every Saturday (BBC Saturdays may see lower numbers)

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/australia ... /713113002

Pace will sit at around 30km/hr along the flats of Wantirna Road & Mountain Highway
Climb at your own pace
Aim to finish at just after 8:00am

Regroup points
Regroup points as needed include...
- Corner Wantirna Road & Boronia Road
- Mountain Highway at Bayswater Cycles
- First carpark on the left along Dorset Road
- Base of the Kent Avenue climb
- Corner Kent Ave & Maroondah Highway
- Top of the hill on Wonga Road

Café stop
The Firehouse
There is no official bike parking at this venue however in nice weather we sit overlooking the bikes. BYO bike lock if you're worried about leaving your pride and joy out of sight.

Original Post
Because I'm frequently too lazy to leave home at 5:15am to get to the MRR, I propose a leisurely ride around Ringwood.

I'm thinking Mondays and Fridays at 6am at this stage, meeting at the Ringwood clock tower.

The initial route is http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Ringwood-Road-Ride but is completely flexible as I'm not 100% sure about road quality or traffic levels.

27 km, nothing very hilly, should be doable in an hour (27 km/hr). Does anyone know a suitable cafe in the Ringwood area that'll be open by 7?

Who's up for a go this Monday, April 21?
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Postby squeaza » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 4:01 pm

Wouldn't mind giving this a go - it's about the same distance from the start as the MRR, but the idea of nothing very hilly appeals :) (apart from getting there :()

Not sure I can make it on Monday, but as soon as I know I'll let you know. 27kph sounds lovely :)

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Postby Fraggle » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 4:09 pm

My only concern would be that the round-a-about at Mooroolbark can be a bit sticky!!
Dorset Road is ok. The Eastern Vets use it quite a bit!

Nice route but!
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Postby vidman » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 4:24 pm

All that way and your not going up the 1/20?

So, do you like... STUFF?

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Postby Snuffy » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 5:28 pm

Not next week, but I'm game for the week after :)
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Postby mickwa » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 6:31 pm

Dammit, ride starts near me.
But, i'm moving from Boronia to Lysterfield in 2 weeks. I will however come along to a next week.

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Postby ian » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 7:02 pm

I might give this a crack tomorrow morning just to see how the route pans out.
Anyone who is interested, I'll be at the Ringwood clocktower @ 6:30
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Postby roshea » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 7:03 pm

Good onya for starting this jmcleod! I would be interested occasionally (when life conspires against me doing MRR). Hopefully you can get it all nicely organised (route + COFFEE STOP!) before I appear. :wink:

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Postby evildoombunny » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 7:13 pm

Aw damn, I'd love to, but I'm much too slow :(

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Postby Pete » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 7:14 pm

This ride is right near me, and would be a good training outing, buut......

Not supposed to do anything heavy with my arm for another four weeks (broken elbow) so I guess riding the bike is going to be out? Sheesh, just 27kms, should be easy :wink:

Well, I may join you, if the ride takes off, after 22nd May :(

Hey, it has a few good hills, though only short - Boronia Rd, Lincoln Rd.

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Postby Duck » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 7:35 pm

Almost worth moving home for!! :cry:
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Postby sbad » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 7:44 pm

I'd also be interested in giving this a go. Although next week no can do

Cafe' wise.....I know that Smoken Joe's (opposite Ringwood Lake) does breakfasts. Whether that's from 7.00am is another matter :?

There's also Workout Cafe, part of the Genesis gym at the roundabout of Seymour & Market Streets (near Target). You'd imagine that people go in for an early workout - so the cafe maybe open early too....

And if we get real desperate, we can all head back to Snuffy's new abode for coffee. It's practically within bidon chucking distance from the Clocktower I believe :wink: :lol:


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Postby lisanne » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 8:37 pm

sbad wrote:And if we get real desperate, we can all head back to Snuffy's new abode for coffee. It's practically within bidon chucking distance from the Clocktower I believe :wink: :lol:


+1 for that! ;) Snuffy might not feel the same way though :D heheh

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Postby Kaz » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 9:04 pm

How would Maroondah Hwy be by that time of the morning? I really do like riding against the peakhour nonsense.

I could try to get a leave pass every second Friday- hardly reliable, I'm afraid. (when will the kids be old enough to leave home alone :? ? I guess when they are old enough, they will be dreaded teenagers, and I'll have something else to whinge about :lol: )


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Postby Spoken4 » Thu 17 Apr 2008, 9:41 pm

Mrs H wrote:How would Maroondah Hwy be by that time of the morning? I really do like riding against the peakhour nonsense.

Good point, is the ride clockwise or anti-clockwise? Which direction will you head first?
I would suggest clockwise as the outbound traffic on Maroondah is nowhere near as bad as the inbound at that time of the morning.

The other suggestion I have is to follow Maroondah Highway all the way to Dorset Rd onto Lincoln Rd rather than use Lincoln Rd off Croydon Road simply because its a real drag to have to stop at the bottom of the hill for the right hand turn when you come flying down the hill. If you get the lights, you almost don't need to touch the pedals until you hit Dorset Rd if you get in the tuck. :wink:
(But Lincoln Rd is prettier.)

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