SHOALHAVEN BICYCLE USERS GROUP
A HISTORY IN THREE PARTS
EARLY DEVELOPMENT STAGES
Before the early 1970s
Bicycles were used in many ways, for transport, for recreation and for competitive racing, Cycling of one sort or another has been in existence since early in the 19th century, but, before the 1970s; cycling clubs concentrated mainly on road riding and racing, and Mountain Biking (MTBing) as we have come to know it did not even exist. One exception was Cyclocross, a form of cycling in which crazy cyclists were willing to risk life and limb by riding ordinary bikes off road in difficult and dangerous terrain – only for the foolhardy, of course!
During the 70s and 80s, some American bike companies such as Gary Fisher and Specialised had been experimenting with the production of bikes specially built for recreational use, but it wasn’t until 1978 that they and their subsidiaries had been credited with introducing the first purpose built Mountain Bike (MTB). By 1986, MTBing had been launched as a separate sport, and it quickly spread worldwide. Consequently, throughout the 80s, 90s and first two decades of the 21st century, MTBing has moved from a little known sport to a mainstream activity.
A cycling enthusiast arrives in the Shoalhaven – 1993
In 1993, Terry Threlfall, a MTB enthusiast previously employed by Defence Department, had left the profession and had established a new recreational cycling business in the Shoalhaven region, This had two separate elements, number one was to operate a ‘bike hire’ service, and the other was to operate ‘one-day MTBing adventures’ for holiday makers or visitors, where he would both organise and lead the rides.
To do this, he bought his first set of MTBs from Bomaderry Cycles, then owned by Doug Holland, former professional road cyclist, and founder/secretary of the revived Nowra Cycle Club (NCC). Doug had an idea that might help Terry’s new project and showed him recent correspondence from Bicycle NSW which had asked him, Doug, to call a meeting to try to set up an off-road cycling group for his NCC members. In fact the Bicycle NSW request was a general one sent out to prominent community members like bike shop owners to encourage them to set up ‘cycling groups’, the precursor to the Shoalhaven Bicycle Group (SBUG).
However, because both were too busy with their other interests at the time, nothing much happened. A couple of years later, now aware that Terry was having success, Doug again called him about running one-day MTBing adventures around the Shoalhaven, and asked him specifically about helping his contingent of young NCC racing members. The fact was that now many of them now also owned one of these new-fangled MTBs, but had no idea where they could ride them to their full potential. Doug’s motivation was possibly not entirely altruistic – perhaps he may have felt he was in danger of losing some of his young members to clubs in Sydney and elsewhere, because he knew that organised mountain bike activity was already thriving there!
Terry joins the NCC
Terry then officially joined the Nowra Cycle Club not only to advance and implement his future plans, but also for insurance and public liability purposes. He then started organising monthly Sunday morning off road bush rides (quite challenging for himself) in places like Currambene forest, Bamarang, Yalwal, Comberton Grange and Jervis Bay. Doug Holland was right, the rides took off spectacularly, and on some Sundays between twenty and thirty riders turned up. All were much younger, fitter and faster than Terry himself, so the normal ride pattern was that he would give directions for the first few kilometres, the group would go off at a cracking pace, and then Terry, panting and puffing, would catch up with them sitting on their bikes, arms folded, waiting for further directions.
As word got around over the next two years, they were joined by other recreational bike riders, without any particular connection with the NCC, many just looking for some group to go cycling with. In contrast, and simultaneously, Doug’s young fast, racing club based riders began drifting off, having gained the knowledge to organise their own challenges, like racing up and down Meryla Pass after work! Now the puffing and panting group had grown to include much older people like Jim Florence, Tony Farmilo, and Tom McDonald!
Pre – SBUG Launch – 1997
In addition to the above proceedings between Terry, Doug and the NCC, a number of other enthusiasts had become very much involved in establishing a regular Shoalhaven cycling social group. Foremost among them was Naomi Spencer, a Naval Social Worker, and three military men, Chris Langmaid, Jim Florence and Tony Farmilo. The latter, newly posted to Albatross, had heard the talk about the need for an organised Shoalhaven recreational MTBing group, took the initiative and discussed the issues with the cyclists he met during those earlier NCC rides.
Naomi Spencer, in her Navy Social Worker role, and amongst her other commitments, was aware of the need to extend cycle paths and promote cycling as a credible alternative to driving to work, because too many young families were stranded at home with dad taking the car to work .This led to weekly lunch time meetings at Albatross over a period of 18 months, during which time people joined/left and contributed to researching and planning for our BUG.
Meetings were held during 1996 and early 1997. Terry, Tony and Jim obtained the appropriate paperwork from Bicycle NSW, and having worked through it, called a public meeting to form such a group. All the above mentioned people were amongst those present at the inaugural Meeting, which was held one evening in August 1997 at Bridgeton House in Berry St Nowra (the meeting room of the Defence Community Organisation). More than thirty people attended, the Shoalhaven BUG was launched, and the first committee positions duly filled, with Tony as Secretary, his wife Donna as President and Chris Langmaid as Treasurer.
Regular SBUG Rides start under the new name
In 1997, the monthly Sunday morning rides previously run by Terry for the benefit of the NCC young riders were discontinued and immediately became the first official SBUG rides under their new name. A new format was soon established and implemented, which included a number of special features.
First, and by far the most significant feature, all rides were MTB only. Almost all the regular riders were now older, although with just one exception, all were under the age of 60, and all were in full or part-time employment. There were also a small but significant number of school-age riders.
Second, whereas initially there had been just one monthly ride, on Sunday mornings, rides now took place every Sunday morning
Third, Tony planned and led all the rides. In the latter days of the NCC rides, the starting point was usually Rotary Park South Nowra. However, when the weekly SBUG rides began, the starting point was usually the Shoalhaven Council Administrative Centre car park in Bridge Road.
Fourth, as time went by, many routes became far more ambitious, and the starting locations were now often more distant from Nowra central.
Within a year Terry presented a total of about 60 regional MTB rides to a committee established by Duncan Marshall, and which now included SBUG members such as Jim Florence and Tony Farmilo. The list of rides was eventually whittled down to about 35 and in year 2000 they were published in a booklet and on a CD entitled Shoalhaven Cycling Guide, and made available to the general public from the Shoalhaven Visitor Information Centres. They were both wide ranging, comprehensive, and became very popular. Terry was paid for his contribution but somehow Duncan managed to do it all within his otherwise impossibly busy road safety job.
Summary of the first 10 years
From 1997 to 2000, the SBUG membership continued to increase, although there was still only one Sunday ride weekly,. This situation changed when, on Tom McDonald’s retirement, he was asked to establish and lead a new Wednesday mid-week MTB ride, which operated quite successfully for the next few years. Though the numbers were usually moderate, these mid-week rides soon became accepted, and have continued to this day, currently led by Jan Furyk and Rod Pierce, though now on Thursdays. This was the basic pattern for the first ten years, but, by no means, does it tell the whole story.
For example, when Squadron Leader Farmilo was posted around 2001, the SBUG experienced a minor crisis, due to the fact that he had managed just about everything during those first few years. Terry then proposed the setting up of a new structure, which was duly accepted by the Committee. Now officially appointed ‘Rides Coordinator’, Terry, would be responsible for planning one month’s rides well ahead and having them published in “Push On”, incorporated in the Bicycle NSW monthly Magazine which all members received, Committee members and experienced riders then took turns to lead the rides, and their details were also published in the “Push On” section After a few years, Paul Coombes took on this task, and the feature continued until the magazine moved on into the email era.
Terry adds to his business interests
At this point, it’s both important and necessary to point out that the next two paragraphs describe events which, strictly speaking, are not actually part of SBUG’s history, but because they had such a massive positive impact, albeit indirect, on the group’s overall success, it would be remiss if they were not included.
The important change is that, in addition to his bike hire business and one-day MTB rides, Terry had also simultaneously expanded his business interests by operating a third and very much bigger element, officially known as “Terry’s Cycling Adventures”. These were almost exclusively multi-day rides, essentially 14, 5 or 3 days duration, and actually started just before the formation of the SBUG, the first one being from Nowra to Melbourne In 1996. They continued throughout those first ten or eleven years, and covered a huge geographical area from north of Brisbane to south of Adelaide. The 14-day rides were usually about 1,200km, with commensurate distances for the others, and the final one-off ride of nearly 2,000km took place over three weeks in 2007. Again, with few exceptions, they were exclusively MTB rides and many SBUG members participated.
Overall, these spectacular rides comprised more than one visit to the summit of Kosciusko, the Great Ocean Road, The Murray Valley, the Otway Ranges The Coorong Coastal Desert, the Brisbane area, Power’s Lookout, the Adelaide area and numerous mountain climbs and highlights in the Great Dividing Range from the Victorian High Country to west of Toowoomba in Queensland. And there were many others! Sydney to the Gong also started to become a regular ride, as did The Harbour Bridge Ride.
An Impressive Very Special SBUG Ride
The single most impressive SBUG ride was the Centenary of Federation Bike Ride in May 2001, when 35 members and friends rode from Nowra to Canberra via Nerriga and Tarago over a period of three days. A few were lucky enough to have 3 more days to ride back to Nowra after the celebrations via the Araluen Valley, Moruya and Batemans Bay). In Canberra, we were joined by many thousands of other cyclists who had ridden from every corner of the continent to get there. Two cycling friends of the Shoalhaven SBUG, Luke and Marie Wensing, both senior professionals at the Australian National University, took a complete year’s sabbatical to organise that huge undertaking.
Big changes take place after 2007.
There are considerable differences in the way SBUG has operated since 2007. At that time, two unrelated events occurred which together significantly changed the status quo.
First, after Terry decided it was time to call it a day after his hectic and amazingly successful 10 years, which included him leading no less than fifty two-week rides alone. Simultaneously, he reduced his overall involvement in all routine SBUG matters, and consequently some important changes were inevitable.
Second, though the two events are not connected in any way, two regular members, Bob Burton and Tom Hemington, both dedicated MTBers, suddenly decided to dust off their road and racing bikes on Saturday mornings and started a regular 40km road bike ride to and from Greenwell Point. Originally the ride included a significant coffee break at Linda’s Anglers Rest. This road ride soon became an established fixture on the SBUG rides calendar.
Third, at approximately the same time, two more regular mid-week rides were launched, one a 30km ride on Wednesdays to the Comerong Island ferry and the second on Mondays a 50km ride to Berry and back via Broughton Creek, Back Forest and Bryce’s roads on Mondays. During the first few years of the latter, there was still several rough unsealed kilometres on the Bryces/Back Forest section, which prompted most riders to continue using their MTBs, and this in turn gave them the opportunity to negotiate Swamp Road’, a short cut yes, but more often than not a very wet one! Thus the single regular MTB ride left was Jan Furyk’s mid-week one, though on Sundays there are still regular combined MTB and road rides.
Current regular one-day rides
Summarising, the current situation is that the SBUG now has five regular rides per week, with one every day except Tuesday and Friday, but with one dedicated MTB ride, plus an occasional Sunday combined road/MTB ride.
Other multi-day rides and social activity
During the past five or six years, several entrepreneurial members have added a welcome new dimension to our range of activities, not experienced since the early SBUG years. Some have since left the Group, but others have taken their place and successfully organised a wide range of activities. Foremost among them are the organisation and management of three, four and five day rides, but they also include the organisation of a diverse range of social and cultural interests. For the majority of this latter activity, SBUG is indebted to the contemporary and continuing efforts of Les and Anne Cornish.
Regions visited include the Central West, Far South Coast of NSW Victorian rail trails and High Country. Various places of interest have been visited, concerts attended, funds raised for charitable institutions and advocacy work carried out toward the improvement and betterment of road conditions and cycleways
OFFICE BEARERS AND MEMBERSHIP
During the life span of the SBUG many hundreds of bicycle riders have participated in at least one ride, By the year 2000, less than 4 years since the Group was launched, 536 cyclists had taken part in at least one SBUG ride! Clearly it is beyond the capacity of this document to name most of them. However, almost a complete record of correspondence, AGM and Monthly Minutes have been saved ‘on line,’ during the entire 20 year period, which would facilitate any research into other matters pertaining to the life of the BUG should there be a requirement.
Nevertheless it would be remiss not to acknowledge those who have made both a significant and lengthy contribution to the overall success of the Group during the years since its formation. Many of them have made a positive contribution to a particular position, though often only for only a very brief period, and again too numerous to mention. In contrast, other members have held executive committee and other positions continuously for many years, as listed below.
Life Membership is an honorary award given to a member who has given long and meritorious service to the BUG above and beyond normal expectations, and or has made an outstanding contribution to the aims and objectives of the BUG. Currently, three BUG members have received this award:
Patron (Position first Initiated 2007)
2007 to ….. Tom McDonald
1997 to 2000 Donna Farmilo
2000 to 2001 (Apr) Chris Langmaid
2001 to 2008 (Sep) Cathy Bennett
2009 to 2010 Cindy Florence
2010 to 2014 Jim Florence
2014 to ……. Mel Gillott
2012 to 2015 Bob Lavender
1997 to 2010 Jim Florence
2010 to 2017 Julie Bourke
2017 to …… John Wooster
2000 to …… Judi Puru
2012 to ………… Kathy Beckenham
2013 to ……… Wayne Beckenham
1998 to 2005 Kathy and Wayne Beckenham
2005 to 2013 Jan Furyk
2013 to 2016 Wayne Beckenham
2016 to ……. Jim Florence
2010 to ……. Peter Hewlett
2012 to …….. Les and Anne Cornish
2014 to 2015 Bob Lavender
2015 to ……… Wayne Beckenham
Members remaining active since the Group’s foundation 1997
Jim Florence Tom McDonald Cathy Bennett Wayne Beckenham Kathy Beckenham Peter Hewlett Judi Puru Peter Steele
OTHER HISTORIC EVENTS
22 July 1997. Steering Committee is formed with Guy Cooper, Naomi Spencer, Rod McDonald, Chris Langmaid, Duncan Marshall Tony Farmilo, and is tasked with defining the role and rules of the new SBUG.
24 September 1997 Group holds its inaugural meeting to elect a committee. This meeting also doubled as the inaugural AGM and 14 members attended. Of the 14, only Jim Florence (elected Secretary) remains a Group member 20 years on.
22 September 1999 Group lobbies hard for the construction of the Collingwood Beach cycleway, which was opened a year later in September 2000.
2000 During the early part of the century, Ernie Fenske, a retired engineer and keen Group member with a passion for MTBing, single-handedly, voluntarily and comprehensively surveyed the local Currambene Forest in order to establish mountain bike trails. The project took a year to complete and the result was four different trails, with four different degrees of difficulty, all carefully marked with colour coded triangular metal discs. Relevant detailed maps are held and distributed by the visitors Information Centre.
2001 The ‘Sydney to Gong’ ‘RTA Cycle Sydney’ ‘Centenary of Federation’ rides were all four very significant events held in one calendar year and which were extremely productive in furthering SBUG’s progress. The publication of the ‘Shoalhaven Cycling Guide’ also occurred in the same year.
2002 With the assistance of a few SBUG members, Terry Threlfall organised the collection of hundreds of unwanted bicycles, all models and makes, and for male, female, young and old. The team serviced and repaired them, and they were then shipped for distribution to the citizens of East Timor.
2005 SBUG participates in fund raising by way of ‘Relay for life’ organisation, in conjunction with the Australian Cancer Council.
2007 The Group sees the end of an era with the sale of Terry’s Cycling Adventures
2008 Group Vice President, Bob Lavender was the SBUG representative on the RMS community forum, a role which was concerned with the aim of getting the ‘Shoalhaven Bike Plan’ resurrected, in addition to his initial role in getting the SBUG website up and running, and as the ongoing task of webmaster.
2008 Monday, Thursday and Saturday rides are now well established
2008 In that year Social Cycling Weekends were almost exclusively organised and managed by SBUG Treasurer Judi Puru, Each attracted about 150 participants. A hundred plus cyclists riding down Junction Street was a sight to see. During the weekends, visits to the Fleet Air Arm Museum were arranged and conducted
2010 In our other role as representatives of the local cycling community, Jim Florence played a leading role in pushing the Shoalhaven City Council to formulate a long overdue Bike Plan. Group still needs to monitor its development to ensure the Council maintains its commitment.
2011 When the Group became incorporated in 2011, as a requirement of the Department of Fare Trading, it was a milestone in the SBUG history, as the Group then became a legal entity with a formal Constitution. Consequently, the Group now also has a membership roll with a modest yearly fee rather than the gold coins we used to collect on Sundays and Thursdays. Finally, being incorporated and a legal entity also gives us more credibility when working with others such as the Council and RTA.
2012 SBUG Website established
2014 Revised membership renewal and subscription format introduced.
2017 During March, at a special social celebration, SBUG celebrates its 20th anniversary. Certificates of appreciation were presented to Naomi Spencer, Duncan Marshall and Terry Threlfall, for their contribution during the Group’s earliest beginnings.
24 November 2017
1 This history would not have been possible without the most valuable assistance from Jim Florence, Wayne Beckenham and Terry Threlfall. Jim has faithfully and meticulously kept the Group Minutes and Correspondence during his long years as Secretary, for which I am truly indebted.
2 The Group is a dynamic organisation, well led and managed, with an enterprising and hard working executive committee, wholly committed to ensure its continuing success.
3 Though much research has gone into the accuracy and recording of names, places and events which are the subject of this initial historical document, there will no doubt be a number of discrepancies in the detail, both in commission and omission, for which the author apologises.
4 Therefore, with regard to item 3, the author will be pleased to receive constructive comments or clarification, and the necessary corrections will be implemented wherever possible and applicable.
Tom McDonald – November 2017
We are now taking bookings and monies for our annual party to be held at Portside restaurant (indoors), Huskisson on Saturday evening 9th December.
Prices for three courses – $35 members and $45 non members if accompanied by a member. ie, if you and your non-member partner come it will be $80 total.
Please pay by direct deposit to BSB 633000 ACC 156821456
REMEMBER YOU MUST PUT YOUR NAME IN THE REFERENCE BOX WHEN PAYING.
We have booked out the whole restaurant but numbers are limited. Pay now and don’t miss out!
Menu and other details to follow.
The project received funding from three partners including $20,000 from the Gilmore Stronger Communities Program Federal Funding from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; $5000 from Sussex Inlet Rotary and the bulk of the funding $65,000 from Shoalhaven City Council’s minor improvements budget.
Mayor Amanda Findley is very thankful for the funding, “We would like to thank the Federal Government and Sussex Inlet Rotary for supporting the project to ensure children can learn to ride their bikes safely, off the roads, in a simulated road environment. This facility educates children on road safety, provides enjoyment, as well as peace of mind to parents. The extra funding and support is very much appreciated to allow us to build something for the children and parents in the area.”
Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said she was delighted to support a facility that teaches children how to ride a bike and bike rules, “It is great to see this project come to together, it will be an important community asset offering both a fun environment for young people and the opportunity to practice their skills,” she said.
Council worked side by side with the community in consulting with their needs holding onsite meetings with community group representatives and local primary school students to examine the need for a Learn to Ride facility and potential new sites. Site investigations specifically focused on public reserves with existing recreation facilities and how to minimise the requirement for vegetation removal.
On Sunday 17th September, 50 riders joined our Bike Week ride from Huskisson to Plantation Point, Vincentia and return. The day was fine and sunny with a light breeze. Riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed an easy ride along the shared pathway beside the picturesque Jervis Bay. Thanks to Shoalhaven City Council, Bicycle NSW and Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group members for organising and supporting this annual event.
Photo #1. Peter Hewlett, SBUG Rides Coordinator, Nam Collins, Bicycle NSW, Sharon Liddicoat, Shoalhaven City Council and Menno Van Doorn SBUG Ride Leader.
Photo #2. Riders at the halfway point of the ride, Plantation Point, Vincentia.
For more photos of the event go to the website Gallery.
Fun and friendly cycling events around the Shoalhaven
Get active Shoalhaven – It’s Bike Week! Shoalhaven City Council is inviting the community to jump on your bike and join fun filled rides around the Shoalhaven area during NSW Bike Week which is held from 16-24 September 2017.
NSW Bike Week is an annual celebration of cycling which aims to:
- Increase the use of local cycling infrastructure for transport and recreation
- Provide a safe and secure environment for new and less confident cyclists to improve their cycling skills
- Educate the community on the importance of road safety and road rules
- Promote cycling as a safe and healthy mode of transport for short trips.
There are two NSW Bike Week events in the Shoalhaven:
Saturday 16 September from 2pm Dolphin Point. Join an easy paced mountain bike ride through the pristine National Park enjoying the terrain and the wonders of nature. On your return, enjoy lunch and cook a BBQ or have a picnic using BBQ facilities available in the park. Meet at 2pm at Lions Club Park, Dolphin Point. Mountain bikes are advisable. Suitable for beginners.
Sunday 17 September 2017 from 9am Huskisson. Join an easy flat bike ride from Huskisson to Plantation Point. Flat roads and generous shared pathways will make your ride enjoyable while you take in the breathtaking scenery of Jervis Bay. The ride is 12 km from White Sands Park (next to Huskisson Pub) Huskisson where you meet at 9am to ride to Plantation Point and return. On return, support the Jervis Bay Lions Club who will be providing lunch (at your own expense) at White Sands Park.
Transport for NSW, in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services has provided funding for Shoalhaven City Council to run Bike Week events. A special thank you to Mountain Cycles (Ulladulla), Milton Ulladulla Mountain Bike Club and Shoalhaven Bicycle Users Group (SBUG) for supporting these events.
For further information please contact Shoalhaven City Council’s Traffic Unit on Tel: 4429 3625.
A vision for cycling and walking trails in the Northern Shoalhaven
The vision for the Berry Estate Trails project is for a network of interconnected trails for cycling, walking, running and horse-riding. These would connect Bomaderry, Shoalhaven Heads, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, and Gerringong. For more information see http://berryestatetrails.org.au/
In February, Bicycle NSW along with 75 other bodies, made a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry in to Driver Education, Training and Road Safety. You can read our submission on the NSW Parliament Inquiry website.
Our main recommendations were:
- To include approved bicycle safety courses in the total training hours for Learners that count towards their logbook.
- Driver Education be included as a compulsory part of the Year 10 PDHPE curriculum in NSW High Schools
- Include a Vulnerable Road Users component in the Learner rules testing and practical examination
- For NSW Drivers to undergo a computer based Rules test every 5 years which must include a Vulnerable Road Users component
- A high priority be given to ongoing driver education through effective media campaigns
- Transport infrastructure projects to include a component for the Positive Provision of Active Transport Infrastructure
- The bicycle infrastructure component of the total transport infrastructure budget be raised to 5%
On May 22nd, we appeared alongside the Amy Gillett Foundation and the Australian Cycle Alliance, to present further to the inquiry on our recommendations and need for greater education across all road users.
The topic has garnered significant media interest resulting in news articles and radio interviews.
We spoke to 2HD Newcastle ahead of the hearing and discussed the proposal and the work our local affiliated BUG, Newcastle Cycleways Movement have been doing in pushing for the CycleSafe Network.
We will continue to update our members and stakeholders as the outcomes from the Inquiry are made available.
Bicycle NSW has released a new initiative on the Minimum Passing Distance Rules.
See the details at https://bicyclensw.org.au/giveametre/
Spring Cycle returns to Sydney on the 15th October and the 2017 ride will be bigger and better than ever!
The 10km Sydney City Ride, 50km Classic Ride and 105km Challenge Ride will once again take you over the Sydney Harbour Bridge main deck car free, past the Opera House and into the historic Rocks area. The 10km Ride will finish in Pyrmont while the 50km and 105km rides will continue through the eclectic Inner West suburbs and finish at Sydney Olympic Park.
This year also sees the introduction of the 16km River Ride, perfect for families and novice riders who are keen to explore the wonderful cycleway along the Parramatta River. This ride will start in Parramatta Park and finish in the festival atmosphere of Sydney Olympic Park with the 50km and 105km ride.
From beginners to seasoned cyclists, Spring Cycle is one of the best days you will experience in the saddle. Join Bicycle NSW and 10,000 plus riders for the event that shows off Sydney like no other!
From 22 to 27 October SBUG members will be visiting Canberra for a few days cycling. There will be various rides to cater for all levels of riders. All rides will be suitable for Road or Mountain bikes. All SBUG members are welcome. Contact Les or Anne Cornish on 0413 389 376 for more details.
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.