Last Wednesday, 22nd April, the scheduled ride to Albatross Aviation Museum and café was called off due to inclement weather. But that didn’t stop a group of SBUG members from meeting at the café followed by a tour of the excellent museum. The tour was lead by SBUG Patron and Navy veteran Tom McDonald who treated us to a most informative and entertaining time.

Last Thursdays Midweek Mountain Bike ride was attended by 8 riders who enjoyed a ride to Hylands Lookout, on an overcast then sunny, warm morning. The ride was via Parma Road, Braidwood Road, Hell Hole fire trail, Turpentine Road and Deans Gap Road. The return journey included a good long downhill on Braidwood Road. The panoramic view from the lookout was very rewarding, as was the refreshment break back at the Albatross Aviation Museum 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.

SBUG Rides for this week include:

THURSDAY 30/4/15 – MIDWEEK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE, TALLOWA DAM LOOKOUT; / approx 40km return / Moderate pace / Medium to Hard / Some Traffic / Sealed Roads / Unsealed roads and bush tracks / includes a water crossing and significant hills / Mountain bikes are required. There are no facilities on this ride, so bring food and water and expect to be away longer than usual. The ride starts at 8:30am from Emerys Road Bugong. For a shorter ride there will be a second start point at the corner of Mt Scanzi Road and Bugong Fire Trail. Great views can be had from the lookout overlooking the dam and Shoalhaven River. Contact: Jan 0423 952 713

SATURDAY 2/5/15 – 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 2/5/15 – 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 2/5/15 – 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 3/5/15 – BERRY TO SEVEN MILE BEACH NATIONAL PARK; SBUG / 18 km return / Slow pace Easy / Some Traffic. 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 at Berry on return. Those wanting 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. (Ride Leader; Judi)

MONDAY 4/5/15 – NOWRA TO BERRY, RETURN; / 33km / Moderate pace / Medium difficulty / Some traffic / Sealed roads. Due to the current roadworks on Bolong Road there is a NEW START LOCATION & TIME, until further notice. The ride will start at 8:30am from the intersection of Bolong Road and Back Forest Road, east of the Broughton Creek Bridge. Great scenery with a few small hills. Suitable for riders looking for a medium challenge. A coffee break in Berry. There is always the option to take the train back to Nowra/Bomaderry. Contact Jim (02) 4423 2943 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

WEDNESDAY 6/5/15 – 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.

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.