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[Mar 24, 2013] Black Dog Ride (Bacchus Marsh Vic)

Discussion in 'VIC' at netrider.net.au started by GreyBM, Jan 1, 2013.

Black Dog Ride
Start Date: Mar 24, 2013 08:00
End Date: Mar 24, 2013 13:00
Time Zone: Australia/Sydney +11:00 AEDT

Public Hall
207 Main street
Bacchus Marsh Vic 3340

Posted By: GreyBM

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  1. #1 GreyBM, Jan 1, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
    On 24 March 2013, rides will be held in in each Australian State and Territory to help raise community awareness of depression and suicide prevention and to help reduce the stigma associated with mental problems. Money raised from registration will be donated to Lifeline to assist in its fantastic work preventing suicide, mainly through its emergency telephone counselling service .

    The main Victorian Ride will start from the Public Hall , Main Street, Bacchus Marsh, (roughly opposite the servo on the corner of Main Street and Young Street) at 10:00 am. This location is only a short ride from Melbourne/Geelong/Ballarat. The ride will be preceded by check-in/registration, mental health expo and breakfast provided by the Bacchus Marsh Lions Club from 8: 00 am onwards.

    The ride will finish at Whittlesaea with lunch provided by the Whittlesea Lions Club and will cover around 220 Km.

    There will be no official fuel stop during the ride. However we will be taking a break at Seymour about half way through the ride and for anyone who cannot make the 220 km distance, fuel is available a few hundred metres from this stop. Fuel is available in Whittlesea at the finish. There are several servos in Bacchus Marsh (including one opposite the start point) and obviously people should start the ride with a full tank of fuel.

    Last year the ride attracted over 300 participants and because of this the ride is a relaxed affair rather than a race. The roads will mainly be cruisy with sections of good sweepers and just enough twisty bits to keep things interesting. The standard should suit all riders including Learners/New Riders provided they can do the speed limit on the open road and can ride for the required distance. If you are a new rider and haven't ridden this far before, I suggest you do a few of the Sunday Learner rides first.

    This should be a good ride and it is for a great cause, so mark 24 March in your diaries now.
    Details of Victorian Ride and registration as well as the rides in each state here. However the link to registration will not go live until 3 January. For anyone living in the North of the state, there is a second ride leaving from Bendigo and heading to Echuca
    UPDATE - Online registrations have now closed. However you can still turn up on the day and pay at the door.

    The site also includes a pdf version of a poster for the ride. It will be appreciated if anyone who can, could print this out and get a copy to their local bike shop or motorcycle club etc to help publicise this worthwhile cause. Also feel free to help spread the word by putting the poster up on your facebook page.

    Feeder Rides
    For people wanting to ride in a group to the Bacchus Marsh start point, there will be a number of feeder rides. Please turn up to the feeder ride with a full tank of fuel and on arrival at Bacchus Marsh, refill before registering.

    Geelong Feeder Ride:
    Meet Point: Sailors Rest, 3 Moorabool Street Geelong ( opposite the shark fin sculptures near Cunningham Pier)
    Google Map reference: http://goo.gl/maps/Pj4T4
    Time: 7:30 am for 8:00 am start
    For further details/questions: Contact HB

    Roweville Feeder Ride
    Meet point: 7-11 Servo, Cnr Stud Road and Wellington Road Roweville
    Google Map Reference: http://goo.gl/maps/mzyJP
    Time: 6:30 am for 6:45 am start - Note the changed times
    For further details/questions: Contact Greydog

    Mentone Feeder Ride
    Meet point: Tour de Cafe Carpark, Pier Rd, Mordialloc
    Google Map Reference: http://goo.gl/maps/L7V0W
    Time: 7.00am for 7.15am departure.
    For further details/questions: Contact Ultram
    Note: No fuel available at start meet point.
    This ride will stop at St Kilda Marina (BP Elwood) to pick up additional riders. This will be very short stop, please stay with your bikes and keep helmets, gloves etc on.

    St Kilda Marina Feeder Ride
    Meet Point: Car Park behind BP St Kilda Marina (Saturday Practice carpark)
    Google Map Reference: http://goo.gl/maps/qPYQU
    Time: 7.30 for 7.45 departure
    For further details/questions: Contact Bitsar
    Note: This group will be picked up by the Mentone feeder ride, and needs to be ready to leave immediately it arrrives. Please stay with your bikes.
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  2. GreyBM, how about corner markers? I'm happy to do the feeder from Rowville, but I've also volunteered to corner mark, so this might affect the time of the feeder ride, or mean that it might be better for someone else to do it. Will depend on how you intend to use the corner markers - on the way, or placed in advance etc etc.
  3. Always open to suggestions I wasn't planning to drop corner markers ahead of the ride, if that is what you were thinking. My plan is that people who volunteer to corner mark will ride as a group immediately behind ride leader and will then be dropped off as we come to corners in the usual way.

    This means that anyone running a feeder ride should get to the start at 8:30 ish for check-in and breakfast and then should be able corner mark when ride commences at 10:00 am.
  4. In that case, unless anyone else wants to lead a ride leaving slightly later, I will volunteer to lead the feeder ride to Bacchus Marsh from 7-11, cnr Stud Road and Wellington Road, Rowville. According to Google Maps, the ride takes a little over an hour, so I plan to leave at 7.00am which should give time to get fuel at Bacchus Marsh before proceeding to the start. Riders should ensure they have enough fuel to travel to Bacchus Marsh without a stop, aprox 90km.

    Map of route: https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sad...dSbCClh84SU3r_WajEosrld_RMfDA&t=h&mra=ls&z=10
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  5. And here is a copy of the poster to smash all over social media
  6. Registrations have now opened.
  7. Registered and ready to go.
  8. GreyBM, I have a couple of questions if you don't mind.

    I'm curious to know what the actual Black Dog Ride route is likely to be, but I couldn't see any details other than Bacchus Marsh-Seymour-Whittlesea. Any ideas?

    Also... You said it's a 320km "relaxed affair" with twisties, suitable for learners, but it's only 3 hours duration (10AM to 1PM), including a break in the middle. Assuming a 15 minute break to allow everyone who needs fuel to fill up, that's pretty quick (average speed of 116kmh). Is that for real? If so, I reckon your definition of "relaxed" might be different to mine LOL.
  9. As stated the ride will be a relaxed ride not a race with Lead will be pretty much sticking to speed limits.

    The planned break at Seymour will be about 30 mins and I am hoping that that will be enough to allow those who need fuel to get it. However if we have a lot of people needing fuel and it takes longer we will take longer. We won't leave anyone behind.

    I suspect lunch could be be more like 1:30 than 1:00. It will also depend on if we get away on time as it is difficult to get rides of this size moving and keep them moving.

    I do know the route and anyone who has ridden in the areas could make a pretty informed guess but don't want to give too muich away. We do want some mystery left for the day.

    If you have any specific concerns about a route let me know and I will see what i can tell you without revealing all.

    As I previously said however it should suit most riders.

    Hope this helps
  10. Clear as mud, mate :)

    I reckon I'll just register and take my chances.
  11. I'm in and can assist in any way if so required.....
  12. I'm in and be happy to assist as well.
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  13. I have all intentions of being a part of this ride for a great cause as it is close to my heart and head.
    The slight problem at the moment is I may be moving location around this time.
    I should have everything sorted the weekend before though.

    My intentions will be like last year to lead a feeder ride from Mordialloc to Bacchus Marsh.
    These details will be confirmed closer to the time.
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  14. Good job Micky boy......as always if you need a TEC or fellow miscreant to meet at Mordi and help with the escort you need look no further :D
  15. Gobberwart. oopsy

    I knew times could be tight so I didn't pay as much attention to your calculation as I should have. I now fully appreciate your concern. For some reason (dyslexia, alzheimers, early onset puberty or whatever) I originally incorrectly said the ride was 320 Km whch would have been a fairly brisk ride to complete in the allotted time. It is in fact about 220 Km (213 Km to be precise).

    Hopefully this lowers the average speed to a pace you are more inclined to regard as leisurely. It also means that a few more bikes are likely to be able to complete the distance without need for refuelling.

    I have amended the first post to reflect the proper distance.
  16. You are a champion mate.
    Will have you slotted in my plans.
    Maybe for a potential pick up point @ Elwood again
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  17. Roger, roger big bopper.......

    I am the road Warrior...........:D
  18. See you on the road Scag hahaha
  19. Cheers GreyBM, I had a feeling it'd turn out to be something like that. Puberty can play nasty tricks on the best of us. 213km is much more leisurely, and well within my range for a single tank.

    I'm in for the Rowville start. Will register on pay day :)
  20. The amended distance in that time frame is now do-able. This ride is defiantly on my must do list.....I work with people with mental illnesses so had landed on the radar
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