Rockhampton Cup on Wheels

Over the weekend, I went to the Rockhampton Cup on Wheels track cycling meet.  I hadn’t been to a meet before.  It was run by the Rockhampton Cycling Club and attracted both local, interstate and international competitors to the event including special guest Anna Meares.

If you haven’t seen much track cycling before, it is kind of like the last stage of the Tour de France where they are doing the laps of the Champs-Élysées before hitting the sprint finish but inside a sloping closed circuit track.  So pretty much just the most exciting bits.  I had watched track cycling on TV before but seeing it in “real life” is much better.  They go really fast!

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Fitzroy Principal Cycle Network Plan – Workshop 9 Dec 2011

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:

Rockhampton

Date: Friday 9th December 2011

Time: 9 am – 12pm

Venue: Wentworth Room, Kershaw House, Glenmore Road, Park Avenue, Rockhampton

RSVP:  cyclePCNP@tmr.qld.gov.au

Info: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/F/Fitzroy-Principal-Cycle-Network-Plan.aspx

Agenda: http://www.bq.org.au/_downloads/Rockhampton_Agenda.pdf

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.

Discovery weekend–Orange

The details for the Bike NSW Discovery weekend are up!  23-25 March 2012 in Orange.   They have multiple ride options including a mountain bike skills workshop, and road rides ranging from 50-120kms including stops at local wineries, berry farms and even a wind farm!

I did have to look up where Orange was, and apparently it’s about 260 kms west of Sydney.

It’s a bit different from Cycle QLD/Big Ride as you have to arrange your own accommodation – there is camping available.  Early bird cost is about $119 (no idea what this covers), and $30 for camping.  After the 22nd of December, cost goes up to $149.

Looks like it’ll be a fun weekend!

Happy Ride to Work Day!

Happy Ride to Work Day, everyone!  Hopefully, you had a pleasant journey to work today on your bike.

A very humid day presented those who gave riding to work a go in my town today!  Over 80% humidity for the prime riding time.  It seems that my town wasn’t alone.  I had a quick look over at BOM and found that most of Queensland rode to work on a very humid morning!  Congrats to all who gave it a go.  Some tough conditions.

We had 23 people from my work riding this morning.  A good number hadn’t ridden to work before or didn’t regularly ride to work.  Some even borrowed a bike for the event.  Nationally, Ride to Work had over 150 000 people register for the event.

Today’s bike outfit was the Ride to Work t-shirt with my work slacks and my new shoes.

Hopefully, everyone who gave it a go will continue to ride to work!

Brisbane To Gold Coast 2011

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.

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Cycle Qld 2011 – Trip Report – Part 1

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………

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Cycle Qld 2011, done and dusted.

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!