Boderee NP MTB Ride Proves Lots of Fun!

On Sunday last, seven mountain bikers started the Currambene Forest adventure to Callala Bay, one developed mechanical problems and had to pull out of the ride but the remaining cyclists pushed on through some very wet and badly cut up tracks, as a result of trail bike usage. The riders were surprised at the wet state of the fire trails and tracks with the majority of cyclists experiencing some minor falls. The Bay was looking picturesque and colourful, dotted with yachts and clear views to Beecroft Peninsula and beyond. Refreshments were enjoyed at Callala Bay, before heading back through the forest on an alternate route back to the starting point. An enjoyable but challenging ride.

Last Thursday’s Midweek Mountain Bike ride was attended by 15 riders who enjoyed a very scenic ride in the Booderee National Park, to Murrays Beach via Caves Beach and the Lighthouse Ruins. The day was sunny and mild, a perfect winters morning for a cycle. The views of the ocean and Jervis Bay were magnificent. One whale was spotted and two of the riders stopped for a swim at Murrays Beach. A leisurely lunch was consumed at the Bayview Cafe in Vincentia, whilst basking in the warm sunshine.

Membership Renewals

Membership renewal time is here again. Membership renewals for 2015/16 are due by 30 June 2015 and the annual membership fee is still only $20.00. Please arrange your membership renewal as soon as possible to ensure you continue to receive an email copy of our weekly media release, as well as general emails to all member from our committee.

This year, new and renewing members will receive an email containing an SBUG Membership Card. The card is credit card size and contains the members Name, ID number, Membership expiry date, Rider’s mobile phone number, Emergency Contact number and a space for any Special Medical Information. As well as the membership card all members will receive an Emergency Contact bike tag to be attached to the underside of their bike seat for quick reference in case of an emergency.

ALL membership renewals need to be completed on the SBUG website, in the Membership/Forms section, Online Membership Application/Renewal form.

Existing members renewing their membership are not required to fill in all fields if their contact details have not changed since their original application. Details of which fields can be left blank are given at the beginning of the online form.

Jamberoo Ride 27 – 28 June

SBUG are organising a weekend ride to Jamberoo and district in June. On Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 June we are planning to ride to Jamberoo and then explore the wonderful countryside around town, staying overnight at the Jamberoo Pub.The ride will start in Nowra, riding to Gerringong Railway Station where we will catch the 10.50am train to Kiama. We do this to avoid riding around the Kiama bends. After arriving in Kiama we will have coffee/lunch. The group will then ride to the Jamberoo Pub where we will have the evening meal and stay overnight.Next day, Sunday, we will take the scenic ride to Minnamurra Falls and then returning to Kiama to catch the train to Bomaderry or riding back to Nowra from Gerringong. A safety vehicle will accompany the riders and you will be able to leave any additional luggage in this vehicle. For more infprmation about this terrific weekend away go to the SBUG website’s HOME PAGE and look for the story in Breakin News.
SBUG Rides for this week include:

THURSDAY 18/6/15 – MIDWEEK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE, BELLAWONGARAH TO RED ROCKS LOOKOUT; / 35 km return / Moderate pace / Some Traffic / Medium difficulty / Significant hills / Sealed and Unsealed roads and sandy tracks. The ride will start from the Bellawongarah end of Tourist Road (before the intersection of Tourist and Kangaroo Valley Roads) at 8:30am. Great views to the coast and down into Kangaroo Valley. Dress warmly and bring water and snacks. Coffee and food either at Cambewarra lookout cafe or in Berry after the ride. Contact Jan 0423 952 713

SATURDAY 18/6/15 – FAST TRAINING RIDE TO GREENWELL POINT and 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 20/6/15 – NOWRA TO GREENWELL POINT, RETURN; / 40 km / Moderate pace / Medium difficulty / Some Traffic / The ride starts at 8:00am from the Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. Contact: Peter (02) 4446 0119

SATURDAY 20/6/15 – SATURDAY MORNING MEANDER; / 15 to 20 km / Slow pace / Easy / Some traffic / Sealed roads / Starts at 8:00am 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

SUNDAY RIDE 21/6/15 – COOLENDEL LOOKOUT; / 40 km return / Moderate pace / Significant hills / Some traffic / Unsealed roads / 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 10:15am. Bring water and snacks. Contact; Peter (02) 4446 0119 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

MONDAY 22/6/15 – NOWRA TO BERRY, RETURN; / 50 km / Moderate pace / Some traffic. The ride starts at 8:00am 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 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

WEDNESDAY 24/6/15 – NOWRA TO COMERONG ISLAND FERRY; SBUG / 25 km return / Slow pace / Easy / Flat terrain / Some traffic / This is a relatively easy ride suitable for someone returning to cycling. Starts at 8:00am from Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. Contact Jim (02) 4423 2943 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

For information about Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group, including our monthly rides calendar, cycling news, photo gallery, on-line membership application and lots more, log onto our website at A variety of rides are scheduled over five days each week. Our rides calendar is updated weekly and occasionally changes are made at short notice so it is recommended that you check the website ride calendar a day or two before an intended ride. Shoalhaven BUG welcomes all riders on their rides, children 13 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.