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Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge 2015

Bicycle NSW is proud to partner with the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge to promote cycling in one of NSW’s most picturesque cycling environments. Come and join the C4 rides and experience cycling through forests and farmlands and along creeks and oceans.

The annual early-August Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge is gearing up to be another great event, with organisers aiming to break the 1,000 entry barrier in 2015.

Commencing in 2010 by the Coffs City Rotary Club, the event has increased in numbers from just over 200 to almost 900 in the space of just 5 years.

“Building our participation numbers is our main focus for 2015” said Ride Director Phil Price. “We are including additional rides this year, including a new 40km route for recreational cyclists, along with a category for disabled riders. The inclusion of a Schools Challenge will also add interest and variety to the Challenge rides.”

The 2015 rides will commence on Saturday 1st August with the very successful 13km Hill Climb from Coramba Village, about 12 km west of Coffs Harbour. The ride is an individual time trial, with the finish line approximately 600 metres above sea level. The inaugural Hill Climb last year attracted over 70 riders who relished the climb through the rainforest, and organisers would not be surprised to see 100 riders take the hill climb challenge in 2015.

On Sunday 2nd August there will be a range of rides to suit all cyclists, from experienced to beginner, abled and disabled. The 100km, 60km and 40km rides will follow the same route through picturesque forest, rolling farmlands and along oyster-farming creeks, while the 10km ride for families and disabled cyclists will follow a safe cycle path for most of the ride.

Phil Price continued “We are aiming to expand our program this year to include more recreational riders. We feel the C4 Hill Climb, the 100 and 60km routes cater perfectly for competitive riders, and hope that the introduction of the 40km ride in 2015 will increase the numbers of recreational riders. We have incorporated a “Women’s Only” start in the 40km ride and anticipate this will attract those women who are cycling in small groups or who are not confident to enter a ride without support. And we see the introduction of the “Schools Challenge” as a way of promoting safe cycling and physical fitness to school students in the region.”

“We are particularly delighted to invite cyclists with a disability into the 2015 ride. There are a number of disabled riders in our area currently using hand cycles, and with their support and encouragement, we will be incorporating a disability category in the 10km ride.”

Entries for the 2015 event open on 1st March with ‘early bird’ prices until 1st July. Riders from outside the area will be very interested to know that the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge weekend forms part of the week-long “Festival of Cycling”. The Festival has the support of a range of cycling organisations within the Coffs Coast who will welcome visitors to join their regular activities. The Coffs Harbour BUG and Dorrigo/Urunga/Bellingen BUG have schedules rides on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and cater for a range of ages and abilities. Both groups are most excited at the opportunity to showcase our wonderful cycling environment to riders from far afield.

For more information about the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge, please go to: http://www.coffscoastcyclechallenge.com or Contact Event Manager, Judy Smith email: manager@coffscoastcyclechallenge.com

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Meet Our Lisa… From 0 to 40kms in under a month!

Early in February, the team at Bicycle NSW and some of our loyal volunteer route marshals did a trial of the Heart Foundation GEAR UP GIRL Ride. For some of us (like triathlete Jane) it was a doddle; for others it was a challenge; for Lisa it was a personal milestone. Read her beautiful . . . → Read More: Meet Our Lisa… From 0 to 40kms in under a month!

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State Government’s celebrated transport strategy at risk

The State Government is set to demolish $4.9m worth of successful transport infrastructure, and the people of Sydney are questioning how does this jeopardise the ultimate delivery of the integrated transport solution that was promised.

Hundreds of concerned people gathered in Hyde Park on Sunday 8 February to show their concern and defend the . . . → Read More: State Government’s celebrated transport strategy at risk

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Colleen and Rolf’s epic trip on the Mundabiddi Trail

“Munda Biddi” means path through the forest in the language of the Noongar nation. It’s a 1,000km mostly off bitumen route that cuts across the south west corner of Western Australia. When Colleen and Rolf Muller found out that the trail was completed over its entire length, planning was started and tickets were booked. . . . → Read More: Colleen and Rolf’s epic trip on the Mundabiddi Trail

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Otford Tunnel Rail Trail opportunity

[We apologise that this story was originaly reproduced without proper acknowledgement of the author, Jamie Honan. Our careless plagiarism was in the interests of furthering the Rail Trails concept and no offense was intended. Ed.]

Original story by Jamie Honan

Photos and story courtesy of Rail Trails for NSW website, http://www.railtrailsnsw.com.au/

An 1880s . . . → Read More: Otford Tunnel Rail Trail opportunity

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Loop the Lake – then and now

The Rotary Club of Warners Bay has run the Loop the Lake event around beautiful Lake Macquarie for 18 years; we thought it worthy of recalling how it all began.

Alan and Laurie Beard, long time members of the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, were instrumental in kicking off the first . . . → Read More: Loop the Lake – then and now

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Have your say

Notice of 2014 Bicycle NSW Annual General Meeting 6pm Thursday 11th December 2014 at the Bicycle NSW Office, Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park.

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Lack of consultation for Castlereagh Street ‘part time’ Cycleway

Artist's impression of the original Castlereagh St cycleway

Following weeks of seeking information from both Minister Gay’s and Minister Berejiklian’s offices, Bicycle NSW is pleased to see our advocacy activity is reaching State Parliament.

Important questions were raised in Parliament yesterday by The Hon. Penny Sharpe MLC, Shadow Minister for Transport, as the . . . → Read More: Lack of consultation for Castlereagh Street ‘part time’ Cycleway

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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 . . . → Read More: 11th Annual Pilgrimage to Southern Highlands for Passionate Hill Climbers

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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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