Barefoot Bowls a Great Success!

Last Sunday eight Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group cyclists had a leisurely, ride around Culburra Beach and Orient Point. The group met at the Culburra Shopping Centre and rode on local streets and tracks around the perimeter of Culburra and Orient Point with stops at the Orient Point and Crookhaven Heads boat ramps, Crookhaven Lighthouse, Culburra Beach, Penguin Head and Lake Wollumboola before returning to the Culburra shops. The morning was warm with little breeze. The riders concluded their ride with refreshments at a Café in Culburra.

Last Thursdays Midweek Mountain Bike ride was attended by thirteen riders who enjoyed a mostly bush ride through the Woollamia Nature Reserve and Jervis Bay National Park to Vincentia. After a coffee break in Vincentia the group returned via the shared cycleway through Huskisson and Woollamia. It was a beautiful clear, sunny morning, making for excellent views of Jervis Bay on the return journey. Another bush track adventure enjoyed by all.

On Sunday March 1, SBUG had another social function, this time at the Bomaderry Bowling Club. Our Barefoot Bowls evening gave members, partners and friends an opportunity to demonstrate another of their sporting abilities. Some interesting techniques were observed and lots of fun resulted. Many thanks to our coach and chefs Dan, Charlie and Wendy. A particularly BIG thank you to Paul Taylor for organising Barefoot Bowls at the BBC!

Paul Taylor is the SBUG Social Organiser. Paul is currently very busy organising tickets to the “Roy Orbison Show” and the “ABBA Show” at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. If you are interested in joining SBUG members to see this show you should contact Paul at

The Monday ride to Berry now features a new coffee venue. SBUG rider, their friends and Monday morning coffee ‘tragics’ are now enjoying their coffee at the “BOOK CAFE”. The best way to access the Book cafe is via the IGA carpark. If you would like to join the riders for coffee on a Monday morning, you should arrive at the cafe between 9.15 and 9.45am.

SBUG membership now stands at 60 members. It is great to see new members on rides and I know that existing members make new members feel very welcome.

SBUG President, Mel Gillot, would like to remind all members that the position of Correspondence Secretary is still vacant. The Correspondence Secretary’s role is to send and receive correspondence for the Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group and to work with other members of the executive to produce correspondence of interest to SBUG and its membership. Mel stated, “The role of Correspondence Secretary is not an difficult one. This position would give  a person a good understanding of all aspects of the SBUG organisation. If there are any members who might be interested in this position they should contact me for a chat”.

SBUG Rides for this week include:

THURSDAY 12/3/15 – MIDWEEK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE; / 35 km / Moderate pace / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways / Sealed and Unsealed Roads and Bush Tracks. The ride will start at 8:00am from Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way Nowra and will be a mountain bike ride around Bomaderry and beyond. Suitable for average riders. Coffee stop on the way back to the start. Contact: Rod 0428 211 487

SATURDAY 14/3/15 – 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 14/3/15 – 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 14/3/15 – 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: Peter (02) 4446 011 or Judi (02) 4421 5214. Enjoy coffee and a chat at a local Cafe in Nowra after the rides. All welcome

SUNDAY RIDE 15/3/15 – HUSKISSON TO WRIGHTS BEACH RETURN; / 27 km / Moderate pace / Some Traffic / Mountain Bike Required / Unsealed Roads. The ride starts at 09:00am from the Huskisson Hotel car park. The ride will be on the shared cyclepath, sealed country roads and rough gravel tracks. Mountain bikes are essential. Coffee after the ride at a local cafe. Contact: Peter (02) 4446 0119 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

MONDAY 16/3/15NOWRA 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.

WEDNESDAY18/3/15 – NOWRA TO COMERONG ISLAND FERRY, RETURN; / 25 km return / Slow pace / Easy / Flat terrain / Some traffic. Starts at 8:00am from Nowra Visitors Centre, Pleasant Way, Nowra. Contact Jim (02) 4423 2943.

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 under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.