The monthly meeting of the Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group (SBUG) will be held on Wednesday, 4 March, at the Bomaderry Bowling Club, upstairs in the Board Room, starting at 7:00 pm. All members and friends are welcome. You are also welcome to join some of us for dinner in the bistro at 6:00pm before the meeting or for coffee and cake after the meeting.

As a change from the usual SBUG midweek mountain bike, bush ride, last Thursday fourteen cyclists participated in a road bike ride to Minnamurra Rainforest. The riders started in Kiama and rode to Jamberoo and Minnamurra Rainforest, returning via Swamp Road, through Dunmore and Minnamurra. A coffee break was had in Jamberoo where the riders were welcomed and treated with friendly hospitality before the group rode along the coastal shared path back to Kiama for lunch. Another enjoyable ride was reported by all who took part.

Last Sunday seven Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group cyclists had a leisurely, easy ride from Berry railway station to Broughton Vale and back to Berry. The morning was very warm with little breeze. The riders rode to the end of Broughton Vale Road and then Bong Bong Road and back to the Bookshop Café in Berry for well earned refreshments.

Fourteen SBUG members and friends enjoyed ‘barefoot bowls’ at Bomaderry Bowling Club on Sunday evening. A few cyclists showed real talent on the bowling green, but most of the cyclists agreed that they should stay with riding their bike. After a load of fun on the green the group enjoyed a wonderful BBQ meal that was  prepared by the Bomaderry bowlers. There is no truth in the rumour that President Mel and Warwick will play number one pennants for BBC in 2015!

SBUG Rides for this week include:

THURSDAY 5/3/15 – MIDWEEK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE – WOOLLAMIA TO VINCENTIA RETURN; 30 km / Moderate pace / Medium difficulty / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Some traffic / Sealed and unsealed roads and bush tracks. The ride will start at 8:00am from the Falls Creek Fire Station and travel through the Woollamia Nature Reserve and Jervis Bay National Park to reach Vincentia for a coffee break. The return journey will be via Huskisson and Woollamia. Contact Jan (02) 4422 0793

SATURDAY 7/3/15 – 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 7/3/15 – 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 7/3/15 – 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 8/3/15 – CULBURRA BEACH ORIENT POINT; / 25 km return / Slow pace / Easy to Medium difficulty / Some Traffic. The ride starts at 9:00am from the Culburra Beach Shopping Centre. An easy ride around Culburra Beach and Orient Point. Plenty of stops to look at the views. Suitable for people who have done very little cycling. Those wanting an extra 10kms, start at 8:30am from the intersection of Coonemia Road & Culburra Road. Coffee in Culburra after the ride. Contact: Peter (02) 4446 0119 or Judi (02) 4421 5214.

MONDAY 9/3/15 – 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.

WEDNESDAY11/3/15 – 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 www.shoalhavenbug.com.au

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.