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This week’s ride starts in the city and will follow the popular Capital City trail to Fairfield boathouse, then the Main Yarra Trail to Bulleen, arriving at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen for lunch. As we ride, we’ll enjoy the serene bushland and parkland of Melbourne’s inner east all from the seat of our bikes, with almost no use of public roads. It is generally an easy ride with a couple of short hill climbs.

The newly renovated Heide is surrounded by a sculpture garden and open, shady grass areas, perfect for picnicking. Bring your own lunch, or dine at the Heide Café, where they serve up great coffee, delightful cakes and lunchy things. If you’d like to visit the gallery spaces, the admission price to Heide I, II, and III is $12 per adult, or $8 to Heide I only. Concessions are available, and entry is free to the garden area and sculpture park. More info about Heide.

After lunch, a visit to the gallery area (admission price applies), a stroll around the gardens or a lie down in the sun, we will catch a train back to the city at Heidelberg (about 2km from Heide) or from Fairfield (about half-way back to the city). For those with the energy, there is the option to cycle all the way back to the city via the same route, and the total return distance for the day would be approx 52km.

Details
Location City to Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen
Date Saturday, 7th October 2006
Meeting place  City, outside Time Out Café, cnr Swanston and Flinders St, Federation Square (opp Flinders St station)
Ride start time 10:00 am
Surface Easy, mainly flat with some undulation, asphalt and firm gravel
Distance 28km one way, 52km return
Suited to  mountain bike or hybrid
Cost
Free, or to go inside gallery $12 per adult
What to bring

Check the weather forecast and dress comfortably. Bring waterproof jacket, plenty of drinks/water, snacks, sunscreen. Bring money to purchase lunch, or bring your own if you prefer. Bring a spare inner tube, pump, puncture kit and a secure bike lock.

Helmets must be worn on all rides.

Contact/Leader

Please call Andrea on Friday 6th October after 5pm for further info and to confirm your attendance. If no answer, leave your name and phone number with message in case you need to be contacted.

Phone: 9999 9999, or mobile 0444 444 444.

It’s a good idea to phone ride leaders for confirmation in case the ride has been cancelled for some reason.

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