At the Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group Inc. (SBUG) Christmas function held on Friday 28 November at the Lookout Café, Cambewarra Mountain, Jim Florence was awarded Life Membership of Shoalhaven BUG. Jim has been a tireless worker for the group since its inception seventeen years ago either as Secretary or President. At the group’s Annual General Meeting held last September Jim announced that he would not be nominating for any positions on the committee this year. He said “The reason for this is not because these are arduous jobs, but because I feel it is in the best interest of the BUG to have new, fresh, enthusiastic people with new ideas in these positions. It is easy to get stuck in a rut and I am looking forward to a revitalised BUG under new leadership. I will remain an active BUG member and offer the new leadership all the support they need for a smooth transition.” Congratulations to Jim on his award, the first Life Membership awarded by Shoalhaven BUG. The Christmas function was attended by more than thirty members and guests who enjoyed a variety of excellent Tapas dishes as well as some fine wines. Thanks to Paul for organising the function.

The last monthly meeting of the Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group for 2014 will be held tonight, 3 December, in the Meeting Room, basement level, Nowra Library, Berry Street, Nowra, starting at 7:00pm. All members and friends are welcome. There will be a change of meeting venue next year with monthly meetings being held on the first Wednesday of each month in the meeting room of the Bomaderry Bowling Club, Meroo Road, Bomaderry. The first meeting is scheduled for 4 February 2015, starting at 7:00pm.

Last Sunday, 30 November, five riders rode from Nowra to Berry for breakfast. The group were joined by partners and friends for a relaxed breakfast at the Book Shop Café before the group returned to Nowra via Coolangatta Road, Back Forest and Bolong Roads. The weather was fine and hot but the cyclists were assisted on the return journey by a light northerly breeze.

On Thursday, 4 December, SBUG will be riding to Upper Kangaroo River. The ride will start at 8:00 am from Kangaroo Valley Show Grounds and will follow the Upper Kangaroo River to the rock pool, a distance of 35 km return. Bring swimmers if you would like to have a swim before the return journey. This ride is classified as Moderate pace / Some Traffic / Easy to Medium difficulty / Mountain Bike Required. For those wanting a shorter ride of around 10kms, start at the Upper Kangaroo River Hall at 9:00am. Coffee and food in Kangaroo Valley after the ride. Contact: Jan (02) 4422 0793.

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.

Next Sunday, 7 December, Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group will be riding from Berry to Seven Mile Beach and return, a distance of 18 km. The ride is classified as; Slow pace / Some Traffic / Sealed and unsealed roads. The ride starts at 9:00am from Berry railway station. This is a pleasant ride on sealed country roads to the beach and back to Berry. Coffee break will be in Berry after the ride. Those wanting a longer ride of about 52km, meet at Nowra visitors centre 8:15am to cycle to Berry. Contact: Peter (02) 4446 0119 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

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A variety of rides are scheduled over five days each week. Shoalhaven BUG welcomes all riders on their rides, children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.