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Aussie wins 5000 km race across America

Riding across AmericaNeed to recuperate on the sofa after a 60km ride on a Thursday morning? How would you go clocking up 5000 kms in 10 days? (Without batteries!)

When 54-year-old Allan Jefferson signed up for the Race Across America — billed as the “world’s toughest bicycle race” – he never expected to win.

The rescue helicopter crewman from North Queensland rode almost non-stop for 5,000 kilometres to cross the finish line after 10 days and 15 minutes.

This year, 33 solo racers took part – but 19 of those did not finish.

“There’s nothing in the book that tells you about how much it hurts afterwards,” he laughed.

Jefferson arrived home in Townsville on Thursday, receiving a hero’s welcome from a legion of supporters who followed his race online.

Read more at ABC News >>>

Encounter Bikeway – SA

Planning a cycling holiday? Here is one to jot in the diary…

Encounter cycleway

The Encounter Bikeway, south of Adelaide, is a scenic trail on shared paths quiet residential streets, linking the four coastal towns of Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton and Goolwa. The distance of The Bikeway is 30km in each direction (60km return).

A range of riding distances are available, making it suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

There is also an option (on Wednesday and Sunday) of catching a train back to the start of the ride.

The Bikeway is suitable for use by cyclists, walkers, skaters and roller bladers, and is wheelchair accessible.

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Monaro Rail Trail agreement signed

While the current wet weather here in Kiama has limited our local cycling opportunities, progress has been made in the establishment of a rail trail on the old rail line south of Queanbeyan – a line that we have all pondered from the car on our trips to the Snowy region.

Old rail switch

The Snowy Monaro Regional Council has announced it is working jointly with the Monaro Rail Trail group and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council on the next steps towards developing a rail trail between Queanbeyan, Cooma and Bombala. Continue reading Monaro Rail Trail agreement signed

Illawarra Ride Guides

Map marker iconMembers of Kiama BUG have been pooling their knowledge and resources to provide enjoyable rides for local cyclists over many years.

Many of these rides have now been documented with maps and directions, mainly for use by visitors to the local area.

The documented rides are categorised in geographical areas, and many include a link to a GPX file containing GPS information.

These maps and guides are now available at the Ride Guides page on the Kiama BUG web site.

Canberra Ride Week – April 2019

Canberra 2019

Tuesday April 2nd to Thursday April 4th

This year’s Kiama BUG bike ride trip will be in the nation’s capital Canberra, the home of our political masters. It’s rumoured our most famous pedalling pollie Tony Abbott will make an appearance just to appease all you “lefties“ out there!

For accommodation the ALIVIO Tourist Park is recommended.
– Website – aliviogroup.com.au
– Phone -(02) 6247 5466.

The park covers a wide range of accommodation. It is also where all the rides will be starting from. (Checkout the reviews on google or look for other accommodation under Canberra accommodation.)

It is a 2 ¾ hr drive from Kiama, so you will need to book from Monday 1st.

Rides will be planned for the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The rides will be on Canberra’s extensive network of bike paths.

The drill will be the same as in previous years – ride in the morning, afternoons free, then meet in the evenings for a meal.

A more detailed programme of the rides and evening meal arrangements will be sent out closer to the event

Please could you click on the link below and fill in the form if you are joining us.

http://bit.ly/2Tm7LAS

Cycling fines soar

Cycling FinesMost of us have heard recently about warnings issued by police to local riders for rolling through STOP signs.

The SMH reports that the number of fines handed to cyclists in NSW has surged by more than a third in the first year of increased penalties, which has led to the state government collecting more than $2.2 million in revenue from the top-five offences.

Almost two-thirds of the 9760 infringement notices issued in the 12 months after the new laws were introduced were for failing to wear helmets, the fine for which quadrupled to $319 on March 1 last year.

Read more at the SMH >>>