Next Sunday, 19th October, Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group (SBUG) will be riding from Nowra to Coolendel Lookout and return, a distance of 39kms. The ride will be at a moderate pace on sealed and unsealed roads with some traffic. There are some significant hills along the way and mountain bikes are required. The ride starts at 9:00am from the Nowra Visitor Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. This ride provides spectacular views of the Shoalhaven River and Coolendel camping ground, from the lookout. For a shorter ride of 15km, and to avoid some long climbs, there will be a second starting point at the intersection of Bugong Road and Emerys Road at 9:45am. Bring water and snacks. Contact Jim (02) 4423 2943 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

Last Sunday a handful of riders had a great morning of riding and whale watching in the Booderee National Park. The group rode along Jervis Bay Road, Wreck Bay Road and Stony Creek Road to the ruined lighthouse where they watched a number of whales on their migration south. The riders spotted more whales from the cliff tops on the way to Governor Head and Murray’s Beach. Jervis Bay looked beautiful under a cloudless sky.

As this version of SBUG Weekly Cycling News goes to press over 20 members and friends are enjoying riding the wonderful Murray to Mountains rails trails. During the week, cyclists will enjoy rides from Myrtleford to Bright, Beechworth, Everton and Wangarratta. Some of the more adventuresome riders will tackle the challenging Mount Buffalo ride. Towns of the Victorian Alpine Region boast some of the best views, wineries, cafe and restaurants in eastern Australia.

This Wednesday is NATIONAL RIDE TO WORK DAY. So join the fun, get out your bike and ride to work on Wednesday 15 October. Even better, find a work colleague, and ride to work together!

SBUG Rides for this week include: 

THURSDAY – MIDWEEK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE TO HYLANDS LOOKOUT; 35 km return / Moderate pace / Medium difficulty / Sealed and unsealed roads and tracks. The ride starts at 9:00am from The Aviation Technology Park, Wugan Street, Yerriyong, off Braidwood Road (MR92) adjacent to HMAS Albatross. Bring plenty of water, sun screen and snacks. Coffee/lunch will be in South Nowra after the ride. Contact: Rod 0428 211 487.

SATURDAY – FAST TRAINING RIDE TO GREENWELL POINT, RETURN; 40 km / Fast pace / for experienced cyclists. Starts at 7:00am from the Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra (Not an official BUG ride). The fast group usually ride as a rotating peloton. Contact: Rod 0428 211 487.

SATURDAY – NOWRA TO GREENWELL POINT, RETURN;  40 km / Moderate pace / Medium difficulty / Some Traffic / The ride starts at 7:00am from the Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. Contact: Peter (02) 4446 0119.

SATURDAY MORNING MEANDER: 15 to 20 km / Slow pace / Easy / Some traffic / Sealed roads / Starts at 7:00am from the Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. The ride route varies week to week and is chosen taking into account prevailing weather conditions on the day. The ride is always within the Nowra area. Contact: Tom (02) 4421 6719. Enjoy coffee and a chat at a local Cafe in Nowra after the rides. All welcome.

MONDAY – NOWRA TO BERRY, RETURN;  50 km / Moderate pace / Some traffic. Starts at 9:00am from Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. A medium ride with a few small hills. Great scenery. Suitable for riders looking for a medium challenge. Always the option to take the train back. Coffee at a Cafe in Berry. Contact: Peter (02) 4446 0119.

WEDNESDAY – NOWRA TO COMERONG ISLAND FERRY, RETURN; 25 km return / Slow pace / Easy / Flat terrain / Some traffic / Suitable for beginners. Starts at 8:00am from Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. Contact Jim (02) 4423 2943.

Shoalhaven BUG welcomes all riders on their rides, children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Our monthly Ride Calendar and lots of information on cycling in Shoalhaven can be found on our website at www.shoalhavenbug.com.au