PORT STEPHENS CYCLE GROUP

Sharing rides around the Nelson Bay area

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Site/Group Closing

We have been going along for almost two years with peaks and troughs in our numbers; however the trough has become deeper and deeper recently and even the number of visitors riding with us over the break significantly dropped.

Put simply if people are not interested in riding in a social group so be it. I personally enjoy company when riding.

I honestly believe that whilst we have not got the number of "bums on seats" we would have liked some of the resources in this site have been valuable for people particularly our RIDE DESCRIPTION page. I overheard some riders at Village Grind saying they rode Birubi and Back following our mud map. Our ADVOCACY page has generated some requests, which to their credit Council addressed most of in a timely fashion.

The website fees are due for renewal on 6 April and they will not be renewed and the mess that was our FACEBOOK presence has been closed. 

Some of us ride Thursday arvo and Saturday mornings regularly and welcome anyone to join us. The email pscg@y7mail.com will continue as there are some people who contact us to organize rides and we/I am always happy to ride.

It has been interesting.

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THANK YOU WARWICK

Steve Hutchinson and I, Ron Miller, thought it would be a good idea to form a cycling group with absolutely no idea of how to go about it.  We met Warwick on a coffee stop one morning and got speaking to him about it. We had never met him before but seen him around.  He gave some good advice and suggestions based from his experience in a large group he was a member of in Sydney.  We did not have the skills to implement most of the things he suggested the Facebook page was a mess and advertising on local radio and message boards did not return the results anticipated.  I bumped into to Warwick on a ride one day and persuaded him to at least assist us in in our efforts.

He organised the website and designed the pages which has attracted a great deal of interest.  All the rides listed were ridden and downloaded by Warwick.  It was only last year that I managed work out how to enter data on this site even after Warwick explained how to do it several times.

Warwick was instrumental in making us look professional even if we were not and as such I must thank him for the time and effort he put into PSCG.  I am certain he would have much rather just ride around the area without all the problems we caused him although it was an interest and kept his mind active I am sure feels a sense of regret that this did not work.

So thanks Warwick for all the effort you put into what was essentially the pipedream of a couple old guys.

PS Warwick I have worked out how to change the password so you will not be able to delete this as you did the last time I praised you.

PPS Did you think I showed you everything.  I will leave you post on because it is true and I do not see what if any difference it will make at this point.

Thank you for your words and whilst at the start " I had no skin in the game" I always like to make things work -- this was not to be though.  Always keep something in reserve in life and particularly when riding.

Rides

We will run regular Thursday Arvo spins from 3.00 pm starting at Salamander Bay Oval corner of Soldiers Point Rd and Foreshore Drive. Please confirm by 2.00pm if you are riding with us.

 We have added a new ride to our list The Half Loop see the Ride Description page for details it is a bit challenging as some of the hills are short and sharp.

THURSDAYS

RIDERS CHOICE

 3.00 PM (2.00 PM from May) Starting at Salamander Bay Oval corner of Soldiers Point Rd and Foreshore Drive.

We will decide on the day where we ride.  Generally around 20-25 klm somewhere around 1.15 to 1.30 hours.

 Only run if people confirm by 1.00 pm on the day to pscg@y7mail.com or ronmiller100@outlook.com.

Cancelled if wet

SATURDAYS

7.30 AM  Starting at Salamander Bay Oval corner of Soldiers Point Rd and Foreshore Drive.

Usually do one of the longer rides ---- Birubi and Back, Fingal Loop or The Big Loop.

It would be great if people confirmed by Friday night to pscg@y7mail.com The ride will go ahead but if no one confirms the start time can be fluid from my perspective i.e a sleep-in or an earlier start probably the former though.

Cancelled if wet.

Upcoming Recreational Rides

The Mailrun Charity Bike Ride in Singleton 

22nd March

www.themailrun.org 

Please if you know of any charity/recreational rides and we will happily list them here.

Our route maps are now available

The maps of our ride routes are on the RIDE DESCRIPTION page click on the link.  Obviously because of the fluid nature of this group these are flexible and can be and are often adapted to suit the needs of participants.

We were unable to link them to the CALENDAR so if anyone has a clue let us know. 

About Port Stephens Cycle Group

We are a Bicycle User Group (BUG) who have organized rides around the bay area.  Our rides start and finish from the same points and cater for all ages and standards.  The rides vary from 15klm up to 50+klm. Most of our rides a such that riders can meet us at a point convenient to them

We are not competitive simply a social group who are hoping to grow.  Being “real” bike riders we always have a coffee stop usually at the mid point of a ride but some of our shorter rides will start and finish near a cafe.

The aim is to get riders to share their routes and lead rides along these routes.

We also act as advocacy for cycling related manners around eastern Port Stephens consulting with Council on important matters as they crop up.

Our Rides

Our rides are listed in our Rides Calendar and  Pushon  http://www.pushon.com.au/rides/RidesCalendar_filter.asp

which is Bicycle NSW calendar listed under PSCG (non affiliated).  Details about the rides are on our Ride Description page.

Please look at FAQ for details around requirements for participating in our rides

 

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