L’e Tape Australia

L’Étape Australia is the only official Tour de France event in Australia. It is open to riders of all abilities and provides cyclist with the closest experience to riding in the Tour de France an amateur can have.

At the front of the main peloton, there is an official Elite Wave sanctioned by NSW – AusCycling. The best cyclists in the country will come to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands to compete in L’Étape Australia.

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2021. On Friday 19 March, only the Event Village will operate. The Event Village is located in Coronation Park (Kiama). Saturday 20 March is the race day and both the Event Village and the Route will welcome riders and their supporters. The detailed route for The Race can be seen here. The detailed route for The Ride can be found here.

Christmas Party 2019

SBUG CHRISTMAS PARTY – Thursday 28th November, starting at 6:00pm.

All members, partners and friends are welcome to attend the 2019 SBUG Christmas Party which will be held at the Cambewarra Estate Winery Restaurant, 520 Illaroo Road, Bangalee, just 230m west of Hockeys Lane.

The meal will include pre-dinner nibbles, mains, desserts and surprises for only $39 for members and $49 for non-members.

Please make payment into our SBUG Social Account;

Bendigo Bank: BSB 633000,
Account Name: Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group Inc.,
Account No: 156 821 456
Don’t forget to add your name in the payment reference box of the Electronic Funds Transfer so we know who has paid.

For further details contact Anne Cornish on 0413 389 376 or Les 0477 902 590

Week away at Myrtleford Victoria

WEEK AWAY AT MYRTLEFORD VICTORIA
This year’s October away ride for SBUG members is to Myrtleford, Victoria from 28th October to 1st November staying at Myrtleford Holiday Park 8 Lewis Ave Myrtleford ph 03 5752 1598. All rides are on sealed trail trails or roads, suitable for Road or Mountain bikes. 
We have powered sites and Bluegum, Wattle and Snowgum Cabins on hold. When booking quote SBUG or Cornish to find booking. We need to book by end of September. If you are looking to share a cabin, ring Les 0477 902 590 or Anne 0413 389 376. To ensure a spot the sooner you let us know the better. 
Remember Top Parks members get 10% discount. Please contact Les to register your attendance

Christmas in July Dinner

Those interested in attending the Christmas in July dinner on 27th July, 6:00pm, at the ‘Butter Factory’ restaurant, please note we need names , money and choice of food by 13th July.  If you would like to bring friends and make a party all are welcome, come along and have some fun. Remember to dress for Christmas.

Contact Anne at  mailto:cornish460@gmail.com or phone Anne 0413 389 376, or Les 0477 902 590 for more details.

SBUG Trip away in Canberra – 29th October, 2018

Last years midweek rides in the Canberra area were so popular we are doing it again! Some changes in the rides but essentially same arrangements as last time. Dates are Monday 29th of October to Friday 2nd of November, Arrive anytime Monday, for those who would like a possible short ride to the lake and back in the afternoon . Tuesday is a ride around Lake Burley Griffin. Wednesday is a ride to Queanbeyan Thursday is riding to Lake Ginninderra or Lake Burley Griffin As last year, we are staying at Alivio Tourist Park, 20 Kunzea Street, O’Connor, ACT 2602, phone 02 6247 5466. Become a member for free and book online and get 10% Discount .aliviogroup.com.au Best to book right now as this place is central and very popular For those who would like, bring BBQ supplies for one night . For further details ring Les Cornish on 0477 902 590 or Anne on 0413 389 376 Hope to see you there .

SBUG Christmas Party 30th November 2018

The SBUG Christmas Party will be held at the “Dish and Spoon” Cafe, 1A Scenic Drive, Nowra, opposite the Nowra swimming pool, on 30th November at 6:00pm. The menu will be Portuguese Tapas of your choice.

All those wishing to attend the Christmas function need to pay a deposit of $25 per person into the SBUG Social Account as soon as possible so numbers can be finalised.

Bendigo Bank, BSB: 633 000, Account Name: Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group Inc., Account Number: 156 821 456

Please ensure that you include your name as the payment reference so we know who has paid.

For further details contact Anne Cornish on 0413 389 376 or Les 0477 902 590

SBUG Scenic Cruise on Port Hacking River, Sydney

SBUG are organising a scenic cruise on the Port Hacking River on Wednesday, 12th September, 2018.

The three (3) hour cruise is run by Cronulla River Cruises and starts at 10.30am from the Public wharf, Tonkin Street, Gunnamatta Bay (behind the Cronulla Railway Station).

Morning tea is provided along with an interesting commentary of the history of the area. Fares are: Adults $35, Concession $25. Pay onboard the boat.

Bookings are essential. A booking has been made with the cruise company and a holding deposit paid by SBUG. Those interested in attending MUST contact Jan or John Van Duin on ph 4422 8991 or mob 0401 439 310 to reserve your seats. The cut-off date for reservations is Friday, 17th August.

Some people will be travelling by train to Sydney. Train times are as follows;

Catch train from Kiama Station. Departs 7.55am. Arr: Sutherland 9.35am. Depart Sutherland 9.51am. Arr: Cronulla 10.06am.

Afternoon Train Timetable. Depart Cronulla 14.32pm. Arr: Sutherland 14.49pm. Depart Sutherland 14.55pm. Arr: Kiama 16.35pm.

For any further details contact Jan or John on the above numbers.

SBUG Weekend away to Broulee – 24th August, 2018

Riding Two Abreast

30 May 2018

Cyclists often ride two abreast for a reason.  It’s safer. It increases visibility and reduces the chances of being in an accident with a motor vehicle.

Bicycle riders are one of the most vulnerable road users, and riding two abreast make them more visible.  Two riders cycling side by side can be seen from much further away, than a single rider. Being able to see riders from a further distance will enable drivers to prepare to overtake the riders safely, in accordance with the Minimum Passing Distance law.

Riding two abreast also allows the motorist to overtake the group of riders more quickly as the line is only about half as long. This allows the vehicle to pass the group less time (giving for moving in and out to the correct location on the road).  A good overtake is safer for everyone, the other vehicles on the road, the driver and their passengers and all the riders on the road in the group.

Broken Centre Line Overtaking is legal, when safe to do so.

Unbroken Centre Line Overtaking is legal, when safe to do so.

What do cyclists need to know about riding two abreast?

Cyclists must be within 1.5 metres of each other when riding two abreast.  A third rider can overtake these two riders, but cannot continue to ride beside them.

Riders should be courteous and consider other roads users around them, and if safe may change to single file in some circumstances.

What do drivers need to know when overtaking cyclists riding two abreast? 

Only overtake when it is safe and legal to do so. We want all road users to get to their destinations safely.

Drivers in NSW must provide a minimum of 1 metre when overtaking 1 bike rider or multiple.  When the speed limit is 60km/h or under, drivers must provide 1 metre when overtaking – this is measured from the furthest point of vehicle (i.e. mirror) to the furthest point of the cyclists (i.e. handle bars, cyclists elbow). If the speed limit is over 60km/h, drivers must provide 1.5 metres of space when overtaking.

Drivers are able to cross double lines and go on painted islands to provide bike riders with this distance, if it is safe to do so.

 

A few seconds can save a life so please be patient. Our roads are shared spaces. Mutual respect and cooperation are the key to ensure everyone remains safe. 

Minimum Passing Distance – Update

In May 2018, after a 2 year trial, the Minimum Passing Distance became permanent law in NSW.  Providing space when overtaking cyclists, is helping to protect our most vulnerable road users.

 

What is the Minimum Passing Distance? 

When driving 60km/h and under, a motor vehicle must provide bike riders 1 metre of space when overtaking.

When driving over 60km/h, a motor vehicle must provide 1.5 metres of space when overtaking.

 

The measurement is taken from the widest part of the bike (i.e. handle bars) to the widest part of the motor vehicle (i.e. a mirror)

Exemptions to the law that enable driver to provide bike riders with this space. 

 

Drivers will be exempt from the following rules, as long as it is safe to pass the bicycle rider with at least a metre of space and they have a clear view of approaching traffic:

  • Keep to the left of the centre of the road (two-way road with no dividing line)
  • Keep to the left of the centre of a dividing line – broken and unbroken lines
  • Keep off a flat dividing strip
  • Keep off a flat painted island
  • Driving within a single marked lane or line of traffic
  • Moving from one marked lane to another across a continuous line separating the lanes

Extending the courtesy to paths

When riding on shared path and footpaths, we strongly encourage riders to give pedestrians and other riders 1 metre of space when overtaking.

Bike riders are allowed to ride on footpaths if they are under the age of 12, or are with an under 12 bike rider. This means that parents, guardians, friends and siblings aged 12 years or over are legally allowed to ride on the footpath if they are accompanying a rider under 12. Read more about footpath riding in NSW here.

L’E TAPE ASTRALIA

L’Étape Australia is the only official Tour de France event in Australia. It is open to riders of all abilities and provides cyclist with the closest experience to riding in the Tour de France an amateur can have.

At the front of the main peloton, there is an official Elite Wave sanctioned by NSW – AusCycling. The best cyclists in the country will come to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands to compete in L’Étape Australia.