The Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group Inc. (SBUG) was founded in September 1997 and is affiliated with the state body, Bicycle NSW. Our aim is to create a better environment for cycling and cyclists in the Shoalhaven region. We promote, advocate and support cycling in all its forms as an environmentally sustainable and healthy form of transport and recreation. Over the years our membership numbers have varied but twelve months ago our official membership was 35 riders. After a concerted effort to attract new members, the membership has now risen to 60, the highest number since we have been keeping official membership records. We would like to welcome our latest and 60th member, Monika Palczewski, to our group.

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.

In the next few weeks we are planning another social outing to the “ABBA Show” 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.

SBUG Rides for this week include:

THURSDAY 19/3/15 – MIDWEEK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE; / 35 km return / Moderate pace / Unsealed Roads and Bush Tracks. The ride will start at 8:00am from the service station on the Princes Highway, south of Falls Creek (the Old Log Cabin) and will be a mountain bike ride in the Parma Creek Nature Reserve using bush tracks and gravel roads. There are a few creek crossings along the way. Suitable for experienced cyclists. Coffee after the ride at the new service station. Contact: Jan 0423 952 713

SATURDAY 21/3/15 – 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 21/3/15 – 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 21/3/15 – 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: Tom (02) 4421 6719. Enjoy coffee and a chat at a local Cafe in Nowra after the rides. All welcome

SUNDAY RIDE 22/3/15 – COMERONG ISLAND BREAKWALL; / 40 km return / Moderate pace / Some Traffic / Easy to Medium difficulty / Mountain Bike Required. Starts at 9:00am from Nowra Visitors Centre. Ride along Comerong Island Road through Terara and Numbaa to the ferry. Take the ferry across to the island and ride to the breakwall at the southern end of Comerong Island and then return the same way. A shorter ride of 17.5km can be had by starting and finishing at the ferry. Contact: Peter (02) 4446 0119 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

MONDAY 23/3/15 – 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.

WEDNESDAY25/3/15 – 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.