Great Cycle Challenge

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The 2015 Great Cycle Challenge starts on Thursday…

Sign up now and challenge yourself to ride next month – entry is FREE!

Great Cycle Challenge is Australia’s largest virtual cycling event that encourages all riders to get on their bikes and clock their kilometres throughout October.

All ages. All fitness levels. Any location. Just ride.

There are 7,735 riders already registered across Australia to be part of this year’s challenge – will you join them?

To learn more, view about the challenge, how it works or go to the website.

How does it work? Good question!
The idea of Great Cycle Challenge is that you set yourself a KM goal to pedal throughout October and record your rides over the month to reach your target. Your target could be to pedal 100km or 1,000km and you can ride to work, on weekends or clock your kilometres indoors on a spin bike.

You’ll get the FREE Great Cycle Challenge app to record your rides, but you can also use Strava, MayMyRide or your existing GPS device (Garmin etc). All apps will automatically sync with your personal online rider page to track your progress throughout the month.

It’s a great way to get some exercise, achieve your fitness goals and get on your bike!

We hope to see you riding this October in the 2015 Great Cycle Challenge.

Have a great day.
The Bicycle NSW Team

P.S. Register now for FREE and join the challenge today – it starts on Thursday!

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Tonight’s dinner ride cancelled

The BOM is predicting a thunderstorm this evening with winds. With the already waterlogged ground we are concerned that the heavily treed areas we were going to ride through could be a little risky.

We’ll run the CBD to East Hills ride again in Spring when hopefully the weather will be kinder to riders.

Council commits to river crossing

Liverpool Council has committed to planning a pedestrian and cycleway linking Liverpool Train Station to the other side of the Georges River, using the existing historic pylons as foundations.

The announcement followed a NSW State Government promise of $273,000 to boost walking and cycling in and around Liverpool.

We welcome the announcement and look forward to the time when riders and walkers can cross the river safely and comfortably.

View the Council’s media release here.

 

M7 Share the Path Day

M7_share_the_pathSaturday 22nd November
10am to 12pm
Located off the M7 shared path at
101 Wallgrove Road Eastern Creek

  • Enjoy FREE coffee, sausage sizzle and giveaways
  • Learn about shared path etiquette
  • Talk directly to the M7 Team
  • FREE bike tune ups by expert Sydney Bike Skills staff

Entry to the event is just off the shared path in the M7 car park at 101 Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek. Park at the M7 office or ride or walk from home.

All shared path users are welcome.

For more information, visit the  M7 website, email info@westlinkm7.com.au
or call 9834 9200.

Petrol-powered bicycles banned from 1 October

From 1 October 2014, petrol-powered bicycles will be banned on NSW roads and road-related areas such as footpaths, shared paths, cycle ways and cycle paths. The ban will include bicycles that:

  • Have had a petrol-powered engine attached after purchase
  • Were bought with an attached petrol-powered engine
  • Are powered by any type of internal combustion engine.

The ban does not include:

  • Regular bicycles with no engines attached
  • Complying 250 watt pedelacs
  • 200 watt power assisted pedal bicycles that have an electric motor.

More information here.

CAUTION: MAGGIES ABOUT

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Photo from The Australian

It seems Magpie season has started early. John Raju has reported that there is a very aggressive Magpie near South Park Chipping Norton. John was attacked by the bird while riding along the bike path between the river and South Park and then again along Charlton Avenue (where he detoured on the way home to avoid the bird). There was blood and it wasn’t the magpie’s! Be careful out there folks.

The Google Magpie Map is a good resource to revisit at this time of year. If you encounter an aggressive magpie please log it for the sake of other riders.