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11th Annual Pilgrimage to Southern Highlands for Passionate Hill Climbers

From 8th to 16th November Muggaccinos.com BUG is holding its 11th Annual King of the Mountain Challenge from the pristine township of Berry in the foothills of the Southern Highlands.  Kangaroo Valley and Kiama access the ‘Bestest Cluster of Tough Climbs in NSW with 18.8km Jamberoo Pass and 5.5km Fountaindale Rd up Saddleback Mtn (with 2 x 17% sections) stand-out ‘Killer Climbs’.

Muggaccinos 1st Commandment is “Hills are your friends and mountains are your mates”. Scaling steep climbs is ‘Easy Peasy’ with a triple chain ring or at worst a compact crank (50T/34T) on the front and/or a long arm rear derailleur that will take a big cassette, say up to 32 teeth.

If you don’t have low gearing there are flatter rides around the coastline listed in The Bullsheet.

There are a few “pain-lovers” amongst Muggaccinos, as ten Muggs riders participated in its 2nd Tour de Conquer le Rhone Alps scaling all the famous ‘Cols’ and ‘Montagnes’ in the Rhone Alps, averaging just under 2,000 vertical metres climbing per day.

After two successful annual pilgrimages to Rhone Alps, last August Muggs participated in Tour de Conquer Italia – 18 days climbing in the Dolomites and Ortler Alps.

Three weeks before the pending 11th Annual King of the Mountain Challenge from Sat. 8th Nov to Sun 16th Nov, Organiser, Phil Johnston, had rec’d attendance confirmations from 31 keen climbers, albeit a few are more attracted to the leisurely pace of visiting the pubs and restaurantés in Berry ‘After Dark’.

Nearly all cyclists camp at the serene Berry Showground for a veritable pittance of $9 p/n where no bookings are req’d.  Accommodation is also available in a motels and B&Bs for the toffs.

If you fancy yourself as a hill climber and would like to tackle some of the 11 Climbs in their 9 day rides programme, even if you can only attend for a few days, the upper LHS of www.Muggaccinos.com home page provides a direct link to the 11th Annual King of the Mountain Challenge invitation. Then you can e-mail scribepj@bigpond.com from the ‘Contacts’ page to join the burgeoning throng or phone him on his mobile listed therein.

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Special Offer – 10% off Bike Insurance

To celebrate Real Insurance’s proud involvement in the 2014 Spring Cycle, Real Insurance are offering an exclusive 10% discount* on their bike insurance products to Spring Cycle participants and Bicycle NSW members and supporters.

Whether you use your bicycle to enjoy a weekend ride with your family or friends, a commuter . . . → Read More: Special Offer – 10% off Bike Insurance

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Real Insurance SPRING CYCLE invites everyone to ‘ride the Bridge, ride Sydney’ this October

Real Insurance SPRING CYCLE will take place on Sunday 19 October, offering families the unique opportunity to cycle across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Since 1984, Bicycle NSW has been delivering cycling events for Australian’s of all ages and abilities on bikes of all shapes and sizes to showcase Sydney’s growing cycling infrastructure. In . . . → Read More: Real Insurance SPRING CYCLE invites everyone to ‘ride the Bridge, ride Sydney’ this October

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“The Tour de Rosie”

Bryan Doyle MP finds his regular morning bike ride is just what he needs to face the day as the State Member for Campbelltown, mentally, physically and spiritually.

First bike experience

Back in the 1970s my first bike was a three speed hub geared bike with cruiser handles. With my mates we used . . . → Read More: “The Tour de Rosie”

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Cycling Safety Action Plan Recognises the Rights and Responsibilities of Bicycle Riders

Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay has released the Cycling Safety Action Plan as part of the Governments integrated strategy to reduce annual road deaths and serious injuries by at least 30 per cent by 2021.

The Cycling Safety Action Plan compliments the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan recognizing a range of improvements are required . . . → Read More: Cycling Safety Action Plan Recognises the Rights and Responsibilities of Bicycle Riders

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Join or Renew NOW. Belonging has its benefits!

Membership of Bicycle NSW opens up a world of benefits and experiences for everyone who rides a bike and those who would like to ride, and helps Bicycle NSW to build momentum and volume of voice as we advocate for improved infrastructure, policies and attitudes. Together we can create a better environment for cycling.

. . . → Read More: Join or Renew NOW. Belonging has its benefits!

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Safety for All is the Priority, Not Bicycle Licensing

In the last two weeks Sydneysiders have witnessed two fatalities and a serious injury as a result of collisions between bicycles and heavy vehicles. These tragic accidents stimulate people’s compassion and calls for action.

The NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has suggested a licensing system for cyclists, saying “We will look . . . → Read More: Safety for All is the Priority, Not Bicycle Licensing

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UTS Bike Club

BIKESydney attended the launch of the University of Technology Housing Service’s Bike Club in early April. Ella Bothmann-Barlow investigated further.   I’m on my way to chat with Andrew Redgrave about UTS Housing’s newly launched Bike Club.  I’d hoped to get myself from my Darlinghurst office to Ultimo on my much-loved bicycle.  Instead, I chicken […]

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A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race

Changing Gears

by Greg Foyster

Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas.

Preposterously underprepared, they are propelled by the inspiring and eccentric characters they meet . . . → Read More: A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race

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Australia’s Rich Cycling History

  The next in our series of BRAINSTRUST SEMINARS Australia’s Rich Cycling History by Jim Fitzpatrick Did you know that Australia once had the largest bicycle path network in the world? or that Australian soldiers were at the forefront of the first significant wartime use of the bicycle? Or that at one time, the world’s […]

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