Last Sunday, despite the extreme wind, two BUG riders did a new ride from Berry to Shoalhaven Heads. The ride left the heads along Coolangatta Road, Agars Lane, took a loop to Moyen Hill reserve to include some off road, through to Berry then and back to Shoalhaven Heads via the Stone Gallery and some local bush tracks. After this new and enjoyable ride, the cyclists met with friends at the Table Talk Cafe for coffee and socialising.

Last Thursday’s mountain bike ride four cyclists road out to the Bamarang reserve and to Long Pt lookout, on a fine sunny, windy morning. The views were clear and picturesque, though the trails were a little wet in places. One cyclist developed mechanical failure half way through the ride, and had to return to Nowra on a fixed gear. The remaining three riders completed the scenic trip, and enjoyed hot drinks at the Uni Campus Cafe.

SBUG’s next social outing will be to the “ABBA Show” on Saturday 30 May, at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. If you are interested in joining SBUG members to see this show you should contact Paul Taylor on 02 4446 1052 as soon as possible.

BUG members and intending members are reminded that membership dues for 2015 / 2016 can be paid now. If you pay now your membership will take you through to June 30th 2016 which will give new members a bonus of two months. Log onto our wesbite to join or renew and pay on line.

SBUG Rides for this week include:

THURSDAY 14/5/15 – MIDWEEK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE – Booderee National Park, cycling a loop to caves Beach and return via Ellmoos Road and Bherwerre Beach at low tide; / 30 km return / Moderate pace / Medium difficulty / Some Traffic / A mix of sealed and unsealed roads and bush tracks / Mountain bikes are required. The ride starts at 8:30am from Hyams beach turnoff (corner of Booderee Ave and Naval college Road). Contact Rod on 0428211487.

SATURDAY 16/5/15 – 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 16/5/15 – 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 17/5/15 – BERRY TO WERRI BEACH; SBUG / 35 km return / Medium pace / Medium difficulty / Some Traffic / Significant Hills. The ride starts at 9:00am from Berry railway station. The route travels along Beach Road, Toolijooa Road and the Princes Highway to Gerringong and Werri Beach. The return journey is via Gerroa Road and Beach Road. Coffee break will be in Gerringong. Contact: Judi (02) 4421 5214 or Peter (02) 4446 0119. (Ride Leader; Menno).

MONDAY 18/5/15 – 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 20/5/15 – 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.

, 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.