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New approach

I have taken over the running of Port Stephens Cycle Group to take a bit of pressure off Warwick who is progressing very well with his recovery.  Warwick said to me and is happy for me to mention in this post that he was too relaxed in trying to generate interest in the group.  In fact he was happy if there anyone to ride with. 18 months ago I along with another guy, Steve, thought it would be a good idea to form a cycling group, we bumped into Warwick at Village Grind one morning and got him involved.  He created the Facebook page and this website as well as managing to get our rides listed on PushOn. Warwick also did some good work bringing cycling issues to the attention of Council. There was a lot of work done by Warwick and I would like to thank him.

Not sure if I can make a difference in increasing numbers of riders but I will try.  Warwick organized this website until April 2015 so that will be the cut off if things do not improve numbers wise.

If you read this and it seems many people do please let me Ron Miller ronmiller100@outlook.com or click on the CONTACT US tab  why you do not ride with us is it the timing of the rides, the distance, the pace or any other impediments.  Poor Warwick said to me a while he thought it may be him because quite a few people have ridden but not returned.  He is so relaxed about things he probably does not encourage people to come along regularly.

This week's rides w/e 27 Dec


Riders Choice 7.15 Salamander Bay Oval, depending on who is there to ride we will decide where to ride probably around 25 klm.  Please contact Ron on ronmiller100@outlook.com  or pscg@y7mail.com to confirm.  If no one confirms there will be no one to lead the ride. 

All rides will be cancelled if it is raining.


The search for the best Coffee and Cake

We are looking for the best coffee and cake combo in the area.

Suggestions to date have been Crest, Village Grind, Bay Dreamz and The little Nel Café.  And while the coffee has been reported as fine the cake offerings have not been real what people are looking for.

Please let us know your thoughts on this matter of vital interest  https://www.facebook.com/portstephens.cyclegroup

This is what comes from not being able to ride --- very sad.  My aim is to try most cafes in the area and then report my findings. Probably end up the size of a barn and unable to ride when I am cleared to do so due to bulbousness after many cakes and the steroid medication. 

Please save me from this by doing some research and reporting back this will save both my waistline and wallet.   

Here some Facebook posts from local cafes

Longboat Cafè n Cake's please visit Longboat cafe page. thanks you for the mention Longboat is always accommodating as they can be in the busy season
Bay Dreamz Bay Dreamz Cafe Gladly combines any of our cakes/muffins/ Slices/ Breads and scones with any coffee for $8 any day any time :-)
Pauline Foster My husband went to the Boatshed Cafe at Soldiers Point and had a great coffee and Apple Slice in a relaxed atmosphere with really nice staff.  He says a real winner.
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CREST Birubi Beach Hi Ron. Thanks for the message and for sharing our details. We have our lovely fresh baked scones every day- perfect with a coffee for the ride home. Hope to see you soon.
Sammii Page  Cups and Saucers at the Gazebo Raymond Terrace
Warwick Durrant I had a great coffee at Boathouse(?) on the marina at Soldiers Point.  The atmosphere was great as was the location.  Well worth a vist.
Village Grind Hi Ron. We have great Allpress coffee and many daily specials available. These include cookies only $2.50 with coffee on Monday, banana bread only $2.50 with coffee on Wednesday and coffee and cake $7.00 on Friday! Much more available as we increase our menu options. Hope to see you for a coffee soon.
From our Comments Page posted by Louise Taylor
Been staying at Shoal Bay for week and agree with you about cakes we went to Sandy Foot in the pub the coffee was scarcely drinkable weak and coldish and the cake selection was very poor.  another day we went to the bakery in the courtyard but it is now a dress shop so we tried Gilligans(?) it was OK.
Email sent by Port Stephens Mountain Bike Adventures
In terms of coffee and cake, we usually stop at the Inner Light Tea Rooms – we love the coffee, usually plenty of cake options and hard to beat those views! I tried to click on the Facebook link to comment but it seems to be restricted from my business FB page for some reason there is no box to allow comment.

Lake Macquarie Cycle Paths

Lake Macquarie City Council has put out a pamphlet about their cycle paths.  There are some very interesting paths particularly what is essentially an extension of the Fernleigh Track from Belmont to Booragul which adds around 36 klm return.  Some of our members rode Fernleigh Track some time ago and enjoyed the variety.

We are thinking about doing the Adamstown to Booragul return and welcome anyone who wishes to ride with us. Please contact us to register interest or enquire.

The pamphlet can be found at http://www.lakemac.com.au/downloads/E6C346D097EDFF30CD267AEE739B8D2DBBD5470F.pdf


Our route maps are now available

The maps of our ride routes are on the RIDE DESCRIPTION page.  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.

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)  We also put out a fortnightly newsletter which you can subscribe to. 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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