Bulletin: ‘e-bike’

For an ever-increasing number of us, riding a bike with a variable level of pedal assistance has some significant benefits.

It may be the difference between being able to keep cycling or not; or so you can keep up with and continue to enjoy the on-road comradeship of the group. It could be so you can confidently tackle longer distances and it’s  great for building confidence, especially for a newbie.

This is reflected within our own VetRide group and a number of our riders, including our ride captain, vice-chair and myself, who have all now made the transition. ‘e-bike or no bike: no brainer’.

Chair: Peter Liefman

The exponential growth in the number of brands and models on the market is testament to their rapidly increasing popularity and Dyson Bikes, a local (Mulgrave) company are producing a number of models, including the above Hard Tail Evo.

The proprietor David Metzke is offering a discount of $100 and q further $100 donation to VetRide, if you purchase one of his bikes. Website is dysonbikes.com.au and for David : 9503 8880 or mobile 0497 357 117. David welcomes you to pop down and try one for yourself, just call first.


Ride of the Century 100 years : 100 kilometres – Saturday 10th November 2018

Come and join us for a ride to commemorate the Armistice

Be the bearer of the Flanders Poppy Wear their colour patches and honour those who cycled with the 1st Anzac Cyclist Battalion Carry the message of service and sacrifice

What?   One day ride  When ?  Sat 10th November 2018  Where ?   NE suburbs Melbourne

Contact VetRide Organisers if you are interested:

Chair: Peter Liefman

E:  liefman1948@gmail.com

M: 0418 992 525

 Secretary: Rhys Thomas

E: rhysthomas510@gmail.com

M: 0400 886 072

Download Entry form here: VetRide-entry-form-Centenary of Armistice

Around the Bay 2018 – Sunday 7 October 2018


Around the Bay 2018 – Sunday 7 October 2018

100km Frankston return

Sunday 7 October 2018


Ride your way past icons of Melbourne, past famous sea baths and coastal bike paths, waving to people fishing from the pier before you finish with a cheer.

Ride features – Return ride, Rest stop, Super stop, Scenic Closed roads

The 100km Frankston return ride starts in Melbourne and heads along the iconic Beach Road to Frankston before making it’s way back to the finish line in Melbourne.

Over the total ride you will gain only 300 metres of elevation. The longest ‘climb’ is out of Ricketts Point, which lasts two kilometres and only reaches a gradient of 1% (that’s one metre of climbing for 100 metres of forward movement).

Early Bird Until Friday 27th July  – Adult $145.00 and Youth $105.00

Enter Now and get a bonus jersey!!

What’s included?

  • Full route, medical and mechanical support
  • A free jersey if you enter before the early bird deadline on Friday 27 July**
  • A medal for anyone who crosses the finish line
  • An unforgettable day out, getting active and creating lifelong memories
  • Our Super rest stop (in Frankston) is the perfect place to refuel and recharge during your ride.

Please note: *Family pack option includes a ride entry for two adults and two children

Flyer: Around the Bay – 100km Frankston return
**The bonus early bird jersey is not available to children taking advantage of the free ticket option.

***You can double check jersey sizing for unisex jerseys (included with early bird entries) and elite fit jerseys (300km riders only) before entering.
Terms and conditions apply










Don’t miss this opportunity! Purchase a signed copy of ‘Victoria Remembers Vietnam’

Personally signed by Dave Sabben

Victoria Remembers Vietnam



‘Victoria Remembers Vietnam’ is a wonderful record of all that took place in 2016, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan; includes a four-page spread on our ride of commemoration to Canberra.

As a special offer and for only $25, a considerable discount off the original price, you can purchase a copy of one of these books, personally signed by Dave Sabben.

In January 1966 Dave was posted to 6RAR at Enoggera in Brisbane and was appointed platoon commander of 12 Platoon, Delta Company. The battalion deployed to Vietnam in June and on 18th August, he and the other just over 100 members of D Company, fought what was a ‘David and Goliath’ battle at Long Tan.  

In support of the 50th anniversary of the battle and in memory of the eighteen young lives lost, Dave generously agreed to be part of our VetRide Planning Group for the ride. He also rode with the peloton and completed the long ride to Canberra.  

The books are available for payment and collection from our Secretary, David Price at the Greensborough RSL, or alternatively, with the cost of the postage added, he has also kindly offered to send you your copy.  If you require the book to be posted, please contact David Price at drctprice@optusnet.com.au prior to making payment to discuss postage costs.

Payment options:

  1. Cheque – send a cheque to our Secretary David Price, VetRide c/- Greensborough RSL, 111 Main St, Greensborough VIC 3088
  2. EFT via our VetRide account BSB: 633 000 AC: 161 376 645

Please ensure you contact VetRide with details of your order: email vetride@vvaavic.org.au or include with cheque. If paying by EFT please place your name in the details.

Copies of brochure can be downloaded using this link: Victoria Remembers Vietnam – Commemorative Book






Connect. Converse. Coffee – Winter Weekend Away


Our next away weekend:

 AUGUST 24th,25th & 26th 2018


What is The Away Weekend?

The away weekend is primarily organised as a social weekend, a get together with other like minded folk with the option to ride. Do your own thing. Bring your family and friends.

Arrive Friday: meet and greet, do your own thing/join us for drinks at the pub. Open discussion and plan of attack for Saturday.  Organise a ride yourself and discuss if anyone wishes to join in.

Saturday: Walk, Ride, Tour and take in the sites. It’s up to you.

Saturday evening:  BYO BBQ (food & drinks) Saturday night and/or sit around the fire.

Sunday: Breakfast, goodbye and check out, unless you are staying on.


Forrest, is a small rural township in the Otway Ranges, Victoria, 2 h 2 min (159 km)via M1 and Cape Otway Rd from Melbourne CBD.

‘Make your own booking and travel arrangements’

(It is advisable to book early)

Forrest is a small rural township in the Otway Ranges originally established to support the forestry industry of the area. In modern times the town has become known as the Gateway to the Otways and consists of a microbrewery, upmarket restaurant, “pub”, general store, bike hire cafe, guesthouse, and a variety of accommodation rentals. Modern times have seen the town rapidly become a hub for foodies and adventure tourists.

Things to do and see       https://www.forrestvictoria.com/activities

On ya Bike

Darren Smith has mapped out rides for the skinny tyred brigade “these are for you”. Check out on RidewithGPS links below.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27554516 (Beech Forrest)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27433564 (Birregura)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27444591 (Skenes Creek)

NOTE: these are not organised rides, just suggested routes you may wish to ride.


For those of you with mountain bikes – there are 60 kilometres of sign-posted single track that circles the town.  In nearby Beech Forest there is Old Beechy Rail Trail which provides 50km of gradual downhill all the way in to Colac. If gravel is more your style there is the Tiger Rail Trail departing from Forrest, although only 7 km in length. Of course, there is plenty of ‘undulating’ roads in the area for the skinny tyred brigade.

Forrest Walking Tracks & Hiking Trails

Whether it is an afternoon stroll with the whole family, or a challenging hike, Forrest’s nature walks, walking tracks and hiking trails have something to suit everyone. Brochures with details on the variety of walks, and general Forrest tourist information are available from local visitor information centres.

Forrest Brewing Company is an equal parts microbrewery, eating place and mountain biking hang-out. Offering a true boutique product not widely available outside of Forrest, all beers are brewed using water from the Otways rainforest.

Otway Estate Winery and Brewery occupies a forest clearing in the northern foothills of the Otway ranges, 10 minutes south of Colac. Set amidst the backdrop of native eucalypts, the estate is home to a winery, brewery, function centre and café, as well as three self-contained spa cottages.

Accommodation     Accommodation in Forrest is a booming industry. While the number of places to stay has markedly increased in recent years, it’s the wide variety of accommodation types now available in Forrest that is most impressive. There is something for just about any holidaymaker and budget.

  • Forrest Caravan Park/ The Wonky Stables Holiday Park – Located at no 1 Station Street in the beautiful township of Forrest. The park is set on approx. 20 acres (8 hectares) with a lovely panoramic view taking in undulating landscape & bush surrounds. – Wonky Stables Holiday Park.

Note: If you choose to stay here mention to Rob that you are with the VetRide Group

1 Station St, Forrest VIC

Call 03 52 36 6275

Email: info@wonkystables.com.au

Website: http://wonkystables.com.au/


  • Otways Forrest Retreat – Otways Forrest Retreat is a fully self contained two-bedroom holiday house. Comfortable accommodation in the heart of the Otways – http://www.otwaysforrestretreat.com.au/

Note: 2 minute walk from Wonky Stables


  • Forrest River Valley B&B – Situated only 2 hours from Melbourne or 30 minutes from the Great Ocean Road and in the heart of the Otways, Forrest River Valley B&B offers that unique experience for the visitor seeking a quiet restful weekend away with nothing to do but lay back and soak up the peaceful ambience of our rural property adjacent to the Great Otway National Park. – https://www.forrestrivervalley.com.au/

Note: 4 Minute drive. 9 minute on your bike. 29 walk if so inclined.  2.9 K’s from Wonky Stables.


We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have questions please contact us:

VetRide Chair Email: vetride@vvaavic.org.au

Steve Masters Email: steve3154@gmail.com

Print here: CCC-Wonky Stables August 2018






Connect Converse Coffee. Weekend Away.

Connect Converse Coffee.  Weekend Away. Success!

Well what a enjoyable and relaxing weekend away, the weather was kind, the company even better and the beer was cold.

We arrived mid afternoon on Friday.  Peta and Darren had been there since Wednesday, already ridden the bike trail into nearby Maffa for coffee and cake and had been out and about exploring the nearby sites.  Not long after Pam and l had set up, Clive and Vicki arrived after travelling from Armstrong Creek.  Late afternoon saw Noel, then Ted and Alan also arrive.

After everyone had settled in we had a few drinks around the campfire then took the short walk to the Avon Hotel for a pub meal.

Saturday mid-morning, the 6 of us rode to Maffa stopping for a coffee and snack. (Alan missing from photo)

L – R:  Clive, Noel, Ted, Darren and Steve

Leaving Maffa we headed off for Briagolong where we meet up with the girls for a very hearty meal. If you’re ever out this way we all highly recommend the Briagolong Hotel.

Left to Right Rear;  Peta,Ted,Steve, Alan and Clive.  Left to Right Front: Darren, Noel, Vicki and Pam

My good friend who l joined up with at HMAS Leeuwin and then served with on HMAS stuart, Chris Lawless, met us at the Briagolong RSL. We were treated to a very enlightening history lesson on this unique log cabin RSL. Big thank you to Chris Lawless.

Ted, Alan (back to camera), Vicki, Clive holding his mate Coco, Noel and Chris Lawless from the Briagolong RSL.

Back on the bikes we rode the remaining 15 kilometers back to the Stratford on the River Caravan Park.

Saturday night the Girls prepared a beautiful BBQ with a variety of salads. Big thank you to Vicki, Peta and Pam for all their hard work.   The caravan park is set on 4 acres and is only a very short walk from town.

I personally would like to thank everyone for taking part in our first VetRide CCC Weekend Away Ride.

The next Weekend Away ride can be found on our calendar.




Bulletin – The 2017 Great Vic Washup





The dust has not settled in Uruzgan (Fred Smith), but it has definitely done so on the VetRide Great Vic. Bike ride for 2017. The skyline that developed over Tidal River during the afternoon of our first day was ominous.

Nevertheless three thousand one hundred riders made the climb out of Wilsons Prom. and as became the pattern for every day of the ride thereafter, two of our current serving veterans showed the way. Seen here is one of them passing a more senior member of our team uphill. Go Darren.





Wherever we rode the flying poppies were noticed and many in the group were repeatedly asked about its meaning and that of the word Passchendaele inscribed below – fancy that !





Each day presented a new personal challenge, in terms of both the terrain and the weather; however the completion of a days ride brought about a renewed sense of achievement and the joy of sharing the experience over a glass or two at the local RSL.







After a week of riding and a bit over 400k we were told of the upcoming storm ……….


We had made it as far as Maffra, but with the police escort recalled to Melbourne and 1500 kids in the ride, the event had to be cancelled.





As one of our number quipped, it was a dramatic finish to a great (Vic) event.








Peter Liefman

VetRide Chair

February 2018




Bulletin – March 2018 – Bicycle Lane Filtering

Reproduced from a newsletter article by Bicycle Network Victoria

1/3/2018     Melbourne crash causes confusion – You tube video (below)

The online, morning show and talkback debate raged about who was at fault and (unsurprisingly) whether bike rego was needed. Before we start appropriating blame and fault, our key concern should always be for all people involved in the crash. Media stories failed to report on whether the pedestrian or the bike rider was hurt, but we hope both are ok and didn’t sustain any serious injuries.

The crash – The issue of bicycle lane-filtering

According to Alice Lau from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, there is no specific road rule in Victoria allowing bicycle lane filtering, as there is for motorcycles.

In the absence of a road rule allowing bicycle lane filtering, other road rules still apply. So, in the case of this crash, we need to take a closer look at whether any other road rules have been broken.

Ms Lau highlighted that bike riders are allowed to overtake to the left of vehicles and to the right of vehicles unless those vehicles are turning.

However, the Victorian road rules also say that bike riders (as with any other drivers) are required to travel so that their vehicle is completely within the lane markings, unless they are changing lanes.

The issue is complicated further by a bicycle lane on the far side of the road. According to the road rules, bike riders must use a bike lane if there is one, unless it is not a practical option – for example, if the lane is blocked by a branch.

Similarly, if there is a bike box marked at an intersection, bike riders must use the bike lane to enter the bike box until that is not a practical option.

So Ms Lau concluded that the person riding the bike in the video should not have been travelling between two rows of stationary cars in that fashion given that there is a bike lane, and bicycle lane filtering is not expressly allowed.

According to the video footage, it appears that the man was within 20 metres of a signalised pedestrian crossing which means that he should not have crossed the road where he did.

It is important that pedestrians look out for their own safety as they do not always have right of way. Pedestrians only have right of way in limited circumstances, for example at pedestrian crossings, intersections, driveways or special shared zones.

Fault is not clear cut

Under the road rules as they stand, there’s no simple answer to show who is definitely in the wrong when it comes to this crash.

Ms Lau said that the footage appears to show that both the person riding the bike and the elderly man crossing the road have broken the road rules.

A safe systems approach to road safety accepts that humans mistakes. The best way to prevent crashes such as this one is to take care on the roads, and design and build a transport system that will protect road users.

We’re lucky the results weren’t worse.


Bicycle Network members receive free consultation with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers if they are involved in an incident and need legal support. Click here to see more about Bicycle Network membership.


Supporting Soldier On Events & Programs

VetRide support and encourage all programs and events that are aimed at providing an opportunity for current and ex-serving national security personnel to meet with like-minded people to enjoy social and sporting avenues.

Soldier On’s mission is to work side by side with those who serve and protect Australia, and their families, HELPing them to secure their futures.


VetRide would like to share Soldier On’s events and programs as per below:



St Kilda Football Club

St Kilda Football Club have kindly invited Soldier On participants to take part in there Community Camp in February. This will be held on Tuesday 13th February, 1.15pm to 2.15pm.

Further details will follow once confirmed, however if you would like to express interest in this event please email vic@soldieron.org.au.



Last Wednesday Soldier On hosted it’s first and very successful Spouses Morning Tea! We had 22 adults, only 6 of who had been involved with Soldier On before, and 8 children attended the morning tea.

The event allowed spouses to come together and chat about their shared experience in a relaxed environment. Two topics they have discussed in detail were employment and education opportunities, which Soldier On staff were only happy to assist with.

We look forward to hosting more Spouses Morning Teas in the future. For more information about upcoming events head to Soldier On Calendar



Kilmore RSL invite all current and ex-serving national security personnel, their spouses and/or carers to attend their monthly coffee catch up.

This is held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Kilmore Memorial Hall, 14 Sydney Street, Kilmore VIC 3764.

The coffee catch up runs from 10am until 12pm.



Gippsland Wellbeing Catch Up

The Gippsland Wellbeing Catch Up for current and ex-serving national security personnel will be held at the Drouin RSL, 136 Princes Highway, Drouin on Thursday 25th January, from 7pm til 9pm.

You don’t need to be suffering from a mental illness or injury to attend these catch up’s. This is designed to be a group of like-minded people getting together to support one another. It is a great platform for building networks and to pick up some very helpful information along the way.

Future meeting dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 22nd February
  • Thursday 22nd March and
  • Thursday 19th April

For further information please email ben.vahland@gmail.com.


VVCS Group Programs

Mastering Anxiety – Veterans, Partners & Families

10 Session program, Melbourne

Thursday evenings, 8th February through to 12th April from 6pm to 8pm

Mastering Anxiety is an educational and skills based group program assisting participants to better understand anxiety and factors that maintain it. The program aims to promote a sense of wellbeing through developing strategies to reduce anxiety and associated stress.


Communication and Conflict Resolution – Veterans, Partners & Families

3 Day Workshop, Melbourne

Wednesday 21st February to Friday 23rd February from 9.30am to 4pm

The communication and conflict resolution program is an interactive psycho-educational and skills based group program designed to assist individuals to understand the nature of communication and conflict problems, and to provide participants with strategies and skills for managing communication and conflict.


Sleeping Better – Veterans, Partners & Families

2 Day Workshop, Melbourne

Thursday 22nd March to Friday 23rd March from 9.30am to 4pm

Sleeping better is an educational and skills based group assisting participants to understand the sleep process and learn ways to reduce or eliminate factors detrimental to sleep and to introduce or enhance those beneficial to sleep.


Beating the Blues – Veterans, Partners & Families

2 Day Workshop, Wodonga

Thursday 8th March to Friday 9th March from 9.30am to 4pm

Beating the blues is an educational and skills based group program assisting participants to understand the situations and thinking patterns that can contribute to depression, and to develop strategies to manage depression symptoms more effectively.

For more information on VVCS groups please visit www.vvcs.gov.au.


If you have any questions or would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact me or email vic@soldieron.org.au to register for activities and events.

Kind Regards,

Rachel Byron 

Program Officer



Gregory Sher Reintegration & Recovery Centre

Mayfair House, 351 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC 3052                                                   Direct: +61 2 6188 6161


Last chance to buy the Flying Poppy Jersey!

Due to popular demand for the Flying Poppy jersey and  for the complete outfit of jersey and knicks,

VetRide will be placing only one further order in the next two weeks!

Jerseys and knicks $45 each

Jersey / knicks combo $80  

Orders must be in by COB Friday 23rd February, 2018 – Payment details below image.


Payment options:

  1. Cheque – send a cheque to our Secretary David Price, VetRide c/- Greensborough RSL, 111 Main St, Greensborough VIC 3088
  2. EFT via our VetRide account:

BSB: 633 000

AC:   161376645


Please ensure you contact VetRide with details of your order: email vetride@vvaavic.org.au  or include with cheque.

Flyer attached:  Flying Poppy Jersey Flyer