The fantastic, annual Cycle Queensland this year is from Gayndah to Noosa with the rest day in the picturesque Hervey Bay.
I’m not one for ever doing any New Year’s Resolutions. So these are both belated and aspirational rather than resolutional.
Ride when ever I am able.
This is deliberately open ended. Riding is already my primary means of getting to and from work but I could probably move more journeys to the bike for social events, to and from sport, the shops, etc. Some of these, I currently bum a lift or catch the bus/taxi.
Buy Australian made cycling products.
If possible, I hope to buy Australian made cycling products. I bit of a long shot for many things but plenty of the things that make cycling fun and add novelty are made in Oz.
If not Oz made, then from the Local Bike Shop. If not from the LBS, then from an Oz retailer.
It’s unfortunately all too easy to get that thing you want online from overseas much cheaper than here.
Try to normalise cycling.
Both to myself and others. Even though I ride every day as my primary means of transportation, it still doesn’t feel normal. This is a terrible admission on my behalf and probably a bit of a reflection on the poor state of cycling in Australia. Cycling doesn’t feel like something normal people do. I’m going to try to wear normal clothes, cycle to normal everyday activities, talk down cycling short comings and encourage others to give it a go.
Write more, tweet more, contact members of government more. Join the local BUG. Complain when important public facilities have no/inadequate bike infrastructure. Take down number plates and report to police poor behaviour.
Don’t forget to ride for recreation.
I do a lot of commuting. It’s easy to forget that riding for the sake of it is fun.
Cycle to the beach
Something I’ve wanted to do but haven’t gotten around to. It isn’t even that far!
Coming up on 9 December 2011 is the community consultation for the Fitzroy Principal Cycle Network Plan (PCNP). Basically, this workshop is to provide local user input in to the PCNP as part of the Queensland Cycling Strategy.
Details are as follows:
Date: Friday 9th December 2011
Time: 9 am – 12pm
Venue: Wentworth Room, Kershaw House, Glenmore Road, Park Avenue, Rockhampton
First of all, for shame DTMR! The community consultation and workshop is on during the middle of the day on a weekday! How the proverbial are normal daily commuter cyclists supposed to attend this meeting? Isn’t this the exact target market you are trying to reach with these programs? Certainly not a great way to reach them by putting on the program during the most inaccessible time for them. At least the venue is bicycle accessible, I guess…..
Secondly, for shame DTMR! Your website on this process contains no information or dates on when this meeting is going to occur. So, apart from the e-mail I got from BQ that this was going to occur, I had no knowledge of its existence and I do have fair access to what’s going on in the local biking community. There has been no general talk about it and no notices that it was going to occur.
I don’t know if I will be attending or not. I will certainly try to get there but most people just can’t up and leave work for half a day.
If you aren’t in the Fitzroy area and want to participate in these events, I would look up your area on the Projects Page (not an easy navigation) and contact the relevant addresses about the dates for your area. If you are a member of BQ, I’d imagine you will probably get an e-mail about it as a reminder.
Last Sunday, I did the Brisbane to Gold Coast with approximately 7000 others. It was a bit of a last minute decision as I only registered at 3pm on Friday after they reopened entries. I had ummed and ahhhhed about it for two weeks and finally decided that I really wanted to go. So, much flight checking was done and some quick smart bike packing on Friday afternoon saw me bundled on to a plane bound for Brisbane on Friday night.
Well, Cycle Qld is over for another year. What a holiday. It always comes to an end far too soon but seems like a holiday of much more than a week. I get much more than a week’s worth of enjoyment and fun out of the trip.
So this is going to be a bit of a round up with picture of my CQ adventures this year. Warning – will be long and photo intensive!
Also, a preemptive apology – most of the photos I’ve taken are actually whilst still riding the bike so the focus isn’t great on some of them.
Rest of the post after the cut………
Thanks everyone for a fantabulous week. Nat is doing a roundup, but I just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone – Bicycle QLD, all the vollies – in Goodtimes, logistics, catering, first aid, massage, ambos, police and everyone else who made it possible. The organisation was superb (as usual), and everything that we have come to expect from Cycle QLD
I had a fantastic time. The scenery was spectacular, the company wonderful. It was great to see old friends, and meet new ones.
Next year is Gayndah to Noosa – if you missed CQ this year, make sure you come next year!
Well, what a wonderful Cycle Queensland. Some of the best and most scenic touring I have ever done as well as a wonderful time with friends. I’ll do another post about the actual tour but this post is going to be a gratuitous photo post on some of the clothes we wore on CQ.
We certainly had a lot of fun making/selecting the outfits and buying some additional pieces along the way. The op shop at Killarney was a real stand out as it was one of the best stocked and organised ones I had ever been in.
The outfits attracted a lot of attention and hopefully a few new readers – hello to you out there! Thanks to everyone on CQ who commented or said hello because of what we were wearing. It was a real conversation starter and certainly made our trip. We love talking to everyone! Also a special mention to those who are now reconsidering what you can wear on the bike. As I’m sure you can see below, pretty much anything is suitable!
Day 1: Goondiwindi to Yelarbon 57km 15°C
Kathamandu travel dress plus handmade armwarmers.
The Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge is a favourite event of mine. It is Queensland’s biggest bike ride and attracts thousands of riders out there giving it a go. It is not a race and there are no prizes for first. Just a giant, mass participation event to raise some funds for charity and give yourself a challenge to crack that 100km barrier. There is also a 60km option if you don’t want to do the 100km ride.