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Image for story Anytimeeeeeee...

Anytimeeeeeee...

The beauty of cycling is that as long as YOU are ready, you can cycle anytime of day. Morning, afternoon, evening or very late/early hours. That's what I do, cycle odd hours and just have fun &... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

On our way back from the Gong on Saturday morning, myself, Jim Ponton and Nigel Lamb decided that instead of riding around the Woonona Surf Club where 'NSW's angriest Magpie' lives, we would form a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

1986 Riding in China

In 1986 I joined a group of 12 people who cycled in the Foshan and Guangshou Areas of China for 3 weeks. We cycled through lots of different weather, ate some amazing dishes, & cycled approxim... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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"Some one has to die to get a car space"

I started at the Kids Hospital Westmead earlier this year. On the first day I enquired about staff parking. My colleague said "You have to wait for someone to die to get a car space". I replied wi... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bathurst to Sydney

30 years ago, I was 27, with a desk job and needed a challenge. I rode a 5 speed bike from Bathurst to Thornleigh in Sydney, via Bell's Line of Road. It took me 13 hours. I hit a lump of tar going ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story A 15 year old's Cycling Dreams

A 15 year old's Cycling Dreams

When I was15 I wanted to be a professional cyclist. Cycling wasn't the coolest sport at Peninsula Grammar where cricket and footy (VFL) rule but I was in the cross country team and swim squad and h... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Beautiful country road ride in Crookwell

Beautiful country road ride in Crookwell

Visiting a friend in Crookwell, on way to Canberra for some riding. He took us on a beautiful flat ride along a country road. So nice getting out amongst the sounds of cows, kookaburras, frogs and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Parramatta

My favourite place to ride would be Parramatta. I love riding there and that's where I hire my bike. Around the Parramatta river there is plenty of space to ride and also around Parramatta Park the... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Invite your work buddies to register

Invite your work buddies to register

Great prizes to be won! Including bikes, back packs; adventures trips; restaurant vouchers and so much more. If they haven't rode much and or want to particiapte in riding opportunities, check out... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling to RPA from Coogee film ...

Cycling to RPA from Coogee film ...

Watch this space for - workers cycling to and from RPA to Coogee

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 1 Month, 1 Goal, Fight Cancer!

1 Month, 1 Goal, Fight Cancer!

Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer, the biggest killer of children from disease in Australia. Children deserve to be living life, not fighting for it. This October, I'm riding 500... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story SLHD has been winning cycling challenges for years

SLHD has been winning cycling challenges for years

Back in 2015 The Public Health Unit won a cycling challenge that City of Sydney hosted and the SLHD Health Promotion Unit coordinated. The team enjoyed their winning prize of a day at the Hunter V... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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And now we are 5... almost 6?!

A “Biketober” email in my “Inbox” piqued my interest. As a regular bicycle commuter for many years, I’d let myself get a bit lazy over winter and the cooler months… too hard, too cold, easier opti... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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NSW Department of Education

There are a few different teams out there who are essentially part of the one organisation. Love2ride asked me to be Champion for NSW Department of Education because that was included in my regist... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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You have to be in it....

I have been a regular supporter of bike riding events that encourage everyone to ride more and have supported the workplace challenge for many years. I've seen it help motivate riders to start a ha... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Denim Jeans hoodie baby distance and hot day

3 months prior I had met a guy who was partner to my wife's friend who was a cyclist and suggested that we should do a ride together. Well finally 3 months later we got that ride in. He turned up o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Post-lockdown ride

Post-lockdown ride

Out for my first ride with friends after the lifting of the 5km radius restriction, went big and did 100km and loved chatting with loads of other cyclists at this beautiful spot in Kurnell, looking... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

I have found a nice 10klms loop near my place with some hills and some Strava segments to benchmark and motivate my unfit just back on the bike dad bod. First couple of times I had no trouble, but ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Go the bike

Go the bike

Just a quick one - I rode my bike so much that my actual car battery has gone flat.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Addicted to chain lube.

Addicted to chain lube.

I think that as a mechanised society we have lost sight of how incredible the human mind and body really are. We're built for going incredible distances in hot and cold with just the power of our m... read more

Topic: Other

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Going For Broke!

[address removed] Depression is an insidious disease which at best impacts its victims and everyone around them and at worst makes suicide appear as the only option. In Australia eight people ea... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Blayney to Bathurst 2019

Blayney to Bathurst 2019

Adventurously, we attempted the 2019 Blayney to Bathurst purely to feel like real cyclists by receiving a number we could pin to our shirts. After 70km, one flat tire, the consumption of many, man... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycling, a wheely great love story!

When people ask me why I love riding so much it’s hard to give a wheely short answer! Perhaps first and foremost it’s a great fitness activity that you can incorporate into and around your daily co... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A time saver, good for the environment and me

A time saver, good for the environment and me

Lexy loves to ride to and from home to work at RPA campus "..it saves me time and I don't have to sit in crowded transport or a car - it works for me. Also great for the environment and I get my h... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story KGV RPA bike parking see other site bike parking

KGV RPA bike parking see other site bike parking

Across SLHD there are bike parking facillities see your site's Transport Access Guides for end of trip facilities: Balmain Canterbury Concord RPAH SLHD Community Centres have their own TAG... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling mums

Cycling mums

Nadia and Ana from the Health Promotion Unit SLHD enjoy their commute to work by bike. They cycle together to and from Coogee and work at RPA campus. They make the time by organising their busy y... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story King Carl Gato Lives

King Carl Gato Lives

There is but one human truth and that is there are many truths. I know this because I ride a bicycle. My cat does not ride on a bicycle, but he is alive. For him that is blessing, I suppose, and fo... read more

Topic: Other

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N+1

It doesn't matter how many bikes I have or how many rides I do, how many places I visit or how far I go, only that there is always one more person to bring on the journey - you!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Its great to be an encourager

Its an amazing feeling to see your colleagues and friend follow your envouragemnet and go sustainable and carbon free. Their stories of enjoyfull ride are so exciting

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Stories from around the world

Bike Maintence

Nearly all drivetrain delivered ready for me to fit, will have half a new bike. just over 1500 miles and I have worn out the lot this will be third replacement of parts. So hopefully get another 1... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding at dusk

I've found a place to bike where the hills aren't too steep and there aren't too many people driving around. It is pure bliss. I look forward to coming home and waiting for when 8pm rolls around. I... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Cake at the end of it

Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Got kids that love cycling?

Got kids that love cycling?

Then get them racing! CycleStars.co.uk have qualified British Cycling coaches and run sessions in Gloucester and Cheltenham, training kids (ages 6-16) to race in road, circuit, cyclo-cross, grasst... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Cheeky

Did a 40k ride not going to lie i loved it but my cheeks didnt 🤣

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story Queens Birthday ride

Queens Birthday ride

As much as I'm looking forward to the new cycle path to Port Chalmers being completed, I still enjoy the alternative route through St Leonards Drive and Sawyer's Bay. I always throw in a loop arou... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Défi de mobilité durable 2022

Mon défi pour favoriser la mobilité durable est d’utiliser autant que possible le vélo pour les déplacements de moins de 10 hm aller. Je vais au travail en vélo 3 fois par semaine, un aller-retour ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Pidgins

I like riding through groups of pidgins and watching fly always. It’s the best. I really hope I don’t accidentally run one over one day.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Riding with my Grandson

I have taken my grandson Jonathan on several rides, I've watched his development from training wheels to a two wheeler and it's been a delight ! Now he's a showoff and loves to ride !

Topic: Ride with kids

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Beau début de saison

Le 29 mai 2022, première sortie vélo de la saison. C'était peut-être la journée la plus parfaite : 25 degrés Celcius, petits nuages, petite brise. Sherbrooke-North Hatley aller-retour en passant pa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Our first ride

Our first ride

Can't believe I got him to ride with me. Same guy .. new hobbie

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Unattainable Badges

The one "weather" course that would apply to me right now -- riding in the heat -- doesn't exist so no, I can't do it and of course I can't get the weather badge. Technology's great when ... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Coffe and Cake Detour

Coffe and Cake Detour

On a beautiful sunny June morning I set off to meander through Calverton, Epperstone, Fiskerton and over the Trent at Newark. On the way home I took a quiet country road to find Cafe Velo Verde in ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story What I learned during Bike Month

What I learned during Bike Month

I spent the month of May intentionally riding my bike instead of using a car. It was exhausting, sometimes uncomfortable, and a ton of fun. Biking / commuting by bike has always been part of my lif... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Very very very long bike ride

Prior to moving to NWA I lived in Boulder/Longmont CO where hiking running and biking is almost a lifestyle DNA. So, naturarlly, I biked and run a lot, biking=250 miles/week, running= 25 miles/week... read more

Why I started cycling longer distances.

As a 13 year old I had an end of year week at school where I could choose an activity. Two geography teachers took a group of us cycling on 4 discrete routes. Being not used to it I couldn’t walk b... read more

Topic: Other

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Un mois de vélo boulot... Non! Un an

Je fais du vélo boulot depuis le mois de ...avril 2021. Je me suis procurer un vélo d'hiver en Novembre 2021, parce que La pandémie, parce que le train en panne, parce que le temps fou de me rendre... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story I street Bridge at night

I street Bridge at night

I like doing a loop through Old Town and across the bridges as part of my evening ride(s). The View from the I street bridge at night is amazing, even if the narrow sidewalk is a little treacherous... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Get Back on the Saddle!

My husband and I enjoy our bike rides together and we ventured out on a new route that was going to be a nice 20+ mile ride. Six miles out, my front tire clipped the curb as I crossed one curb to ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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