This beautiful 38km ride, starts on the Camden bike track, then loops through Cawdor via gorgeous quiet country roads to May farm Rd Brownlow loop, Cobbity, then back to Camden via Kirkham Rd.
The cake shop at Cobbity provided awesomly good cake and coffee to fuel the final leg of the journey.
I took these panorama photos on May Farm Rd showing magnificent views to Mt Hunter. Normally in February these hills would be brown, but our very wet and cool summer has provided the look of an English countryside.
I was born in the Riverina town of Narrandera in 1953. I did not know Narrandera ever had a velodrome but a friend sent me these photos taken at “Narrandera Velodrome”. One of the photos has 1934 0n the back, … Continue reading →
Recently BARBUG, participated with employees from the Wollondilly Community Health Centre on their Ride To Work Day. As most staff live out of the shire, they bought their bikes to work and enjoyed an early morning “Tour de Tahmoor” and a scrumptious breakfast before work. Everyone enjoyed their ride and hopefully BARBUG will gain some enthusiastic new members.
Some of the Wollondilly Community Health Staff and BARBUG members who Participated in 2011 Ride To Work
For their efforts the community health centre won the Community Health category for the highest proportion of staff participating in the Local Health Districts Ride to Work Day Awards!
Bargo Bicycle User Group members with staff from the Wollondilly Community Health Centre receiving their award from the Health Promotion Service of South Western and Sydney Local Health District.
Cycling has many health benefits like fitness, weight and stress management; environment benefits; fun and a great opportunity to meet new people.
The Bargo BUG organise rides and cycling activities in and around Wollondilly. The rides are open to anyone with a roadworthy bike and a helmet. We encourage new riders to join and learn to ride with confidence. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more details contact Bargo BUG on Ph 4684 1444
Choke point: Tahmoor cyclist Alan Willock has been advocating for a cycle network in Wollondilly for the last three years. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Living in Wollondilly means spending at least 100 minutes travelling every day, according to Transport Data Centre statistics. Michael Cox reports.
Wollondilly has the worst transport record among its regional neighbours, statistics from the Transport Data Centre’s 2007 household travel survey show.
The average resident spends more than 100 minutes in travelling time each day compared to Wingecarribee residents who travel just over an hour, according to the most recent figures available.
On average each Wollondilly household owns more than two cars.
Wingecarribee residents own less than one car per household.
Wollondilly Council has allocated an extra $100,000 towards developing a bicycle network for commuters, recreational users and families in this year’s budget to provide alternative transport measures.
Areas where cyclists need to merge into through traffic are referred to as “choke points”. And Wollondilly Council’s infrastructure and planning manager Dick Webb said Wollondilly had too many of them for cycling to become an alternative form of transport at the moment.
Cycle works recently finished on Remembrance Drive Tahmoor cost more than $150,000 to construct.
Mr Webb said the shared cycleway was one part of making Wollondilly more cycle-friendly.
He said support infrastructure including bike racks and toilet and shower facilities would be ideal.
Mr Webb said the council was considering merging its Alternative Transport Committee, Transport Forum and the Economic Advisory Group’s sub-Transport Committee into one transport advisory group.
The amalgamation means a wider range of alternative and public transport problems may be addressed and a focus could be placed on establishing shared cycleways.
“There will be less duplication across three groups,” Mr Webb said.
“Remembrance Drive has been historically not designed for cyclists,” he said.
A member of the Bargo cycling group BarBugs, Alan Willock, said he avoided using Remembrance Drive because he had a close call with two buses.
The 56-year-old Tahmoor man said he would prefer to ride via Thirlmere to get to Picton than to ride his bike on Remembrance Drive.
The transport committee is focusing on establishing a Picton/Tahmoor route for bicycles because the road was not wide enough for cyclists.
“People say they’d love to cycle but they’re too scared to get on the road — and I don’t blame them,” he said.
Mr Willock said the state and federal governments needed to contribute more to cycle networks.
“Councils can’t afford to put paths like this one (Tahmoor’s new path on Remembrance Drive) on every road,” he said.
Men’s National Road Series – Goulburn to Sydney, September 18-19, 2011.
The New South Wales State Government will partner the historic 170km Goulburn to Sydney (Camden) Cycle Classic (est 1902) which will be hosted by the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club on the 17th & 18th of September promoting the Goulburn Mulwaree, Wollondilly, Camden and Campbelltown regions to a broader Australia wide audience.
State member for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell has lobbied for $20,000 funding assistance from the Premier’s department to continue the history of this iconic sporting event that has assisted many Australian cyclists as a stepping stone to their international careers. Cycling has been receiving world-wide recognition since the victorious salute of Australian Tour de France winner Cadel Evans in Paris last month.
“New South Wales has an event that is older than the Tour de France and we have a unique opportunity to use sport to promote our towns and show off our area.
The event ambassador, Simon Poidevin has led the push to raising over $800,000 that has assisted our local charities like the Odyssey House Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre Families Programme, the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation ,Youth Solutions and Goulburn’s Palliative Care,” Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell said.
The race has a unique history starting in Goulburn, Australia’s first inland city and finishing in the birthplace of Australia’s wool, wine and wheat industries, the historic town of Camden.
This year a short time trial will be held at Goulburns’ Victoria Park from 11am on Saturday the 17th of September with the historic 170km classic commencing on Sunday the 18th of September at 7.45am.
The historic race departs Goulburn and follows the Hume Highway to Berrima and passes through Mittagong, Bargo, Tahmoor, Picton and the Razorback Range before finishing to a friendly Camden welcome at 11.15am.
Media enquiries: Simon Poidevin 0411 206 790 – Paul Hillbrick 0412 842 730.
BARBUG is a social cycling group based in the Wolondilly shire, south west of Sydney. Quiet rural roads, wonderful scenery, farm-gate produce and close proximity to Sydney makes Wollondilly a fantastic place to cycle. We have rides to suit every cyclist, so come and join us!