Mudgee Bike Muster 2010

Peter Scott sent me this information

Just a quick invite to you and your cycling group to attend the 2010 Mudgee Bike Muster.

Held over the Easter weekend (April 2-5) at the Australian Rural Education Centre, Bike Muster is an excellent way to get out into the country and take in some excellent cycling in and around the picturesque NSW central ranges town of Mudgee.

Featuring rides to suit everyone (road, dirt & mountain bike) Bike Muster allows you to ride and explore at your own pace.

Apart from the great cycling there is nightly entertainment on-site, lunches at local wineries, regional produce to sample at the farmers market and a few other fun activities thrown in – it really is a weekend celebration of cycling!

Designed to be an affordable family friendly weekend away there is camping on-site with excellent facilities and even a fully catered option so all you have to do is turn up, set up camp and get out on your bike – how easy is that!

For more information including how to register, go to

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email:

We look forward to seeing you at Easter!


Peter Scott
Mudgee Bike Muster

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Burrawang Bash – Sunday 15th November – Great Ride!

Ronde de Southern Highlands

Ride Leader – Phil Rylatt

80km, fast pace, some traffic, significant hills, experienced riders

We met at 8.15 m at Burrawang Hotel for 8.30am start

Challenging circuit on some very scenic roads. Ride takes in Fitzroy Falls, Moss Vale, Glenquarry and Robertson for lunch  before returning to the Burrawang Hotel.

Call to confirm Phil: 8795 0546 or email


Awesome scenery! . This  beautiful ride starts from the picturesque village of Burrawang. We rode  via Fitzroy Falls through beautiful lush ,  rural countryside to Moss Vale then on to Bowral.  A quick circuit of the velodrome,  before we returned via Glenquarry through forested bushland to East Kangaloon and then to Robertson for a very nice lunch at Pirouette Cafe.  There were a few ups and downs, but the ride was worth every pedal stroke.  A cold beer at Burrawang Pub, with views seemingly to Sydney, was a wonderful finish to a spectacular ride. This one will definitely go on the list to do again!

Phil Riding Bowral Velodrome

View from Macquarie Pass near Robertson

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Kevin Alfred Wetherall

Spinning Wheels, Broken Bones, Flying Fists – A Journey Through Time

Here is a site well worth reading. The autobiography of a racing cyclist in the 30’s and 40’s.  What bought him to the sport and growing up tough!
It includes early memories of the Goulburn to Sydney Race

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Canyonleigh Cafe Ride – Enjoyed on Sunday 18th October

Ride Leader – Phil Rylatt

See write-up

65km, Moderate Pace, some traffic on road (some are good quality unsealed), moderate hills

Meet 9am Bundanoon Hotel, Erith St Bundanoon

This medium ride begins with a moderate climb and a short section of rough road with a shallow causeway ( OK for road bikes ), then undulating through quiet and scenic rural roads. Stop for lunch at the Canyonleigh General Store.Return to Bundanoon via Exeter

Call to confirm – Phil:  8795 0564 or email


A thoroughly enjoyable ride. Lovely and varied countryside – from rolling hills  to bush and vistas to the mountains. Rural township to stunning properties and vineyards, it had a bit of everything. Canyonleigh “General Store” is something else. Set in picturesque gardens, it boasts “GROG, VITALS, GRUB, COW JUICE” and more. We sat out in the garden and enjoyed a lovely glass of local “Canyonleigh Quaffing Red” with our excellent meal. This place is a real treasure!

We will definitely be doing this ride again some time soon!

Canyonleigh Cafe

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BARBUG’s 2nd Winery Wander – Sunday 11th October

Wingecarribee Winery Wander

Ride leader: Sally Knyvett

Read the write up below

40 km, scenic ride (slow pace), some traffic, some (good quality) unsealed roads, moderate hills. Hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

Meet on cnr of Old Hume Highway and Wombeyan Caves Road at 10am.

A roller-coaster ride of 3 or 4 steep, short hills gets the difficult part of this ride over early. It’s worth the effort to see the rolling countryside and vineyards of this district. To enjoy the view you may wish to walk .

Beautiful Views from Woodlands Rd

The rest of the ride is fairly easy, with spectacular scenery and bushland.

There will be a tasting and tour at picturesque Joadja winery ($3.00/head), before we ride about 10km to Bousaada Winery for lunch.  ($15 – $20 /head) Bousaada prides itself in using local produce. It is only a short ride (downhill) back to the cars from Bousaada.

We will provide a van at Joadja and Bousaada for those who wish to purchase wine or produce. (The Cuttaway Creek raspberry sauce from Bousaada is to die for!!)

The Ride

The day dawned overcast with misty rain, which put a few people off, however they needn’t have worried.  It was a lovely ride and the weather held.

A last minute change of plans because, unfortunately Bou-saada Winery is no longer open for cellar door sales.

Fortunately Blue Metal Winery stepped into the breach providing us with a wonderful wine tasting and lunch.

The ride started with a roller coaster of hills along Woodlands Rd. The rolling countryside and views over grazing properties, dairies  and vineyards made the effort more than worthwhile! We then headed towards Joadja and turned left along Greenhills Rd. Again, there are views to take your breath away with long vistas across the Southern Highlands.


Phil Gary and John on Greenhills Rd The view is spectacular!

Blue Metal Winery:

Turning right into Compton Park Rd we headed up the hill to a wine tasting at Blue Metal Winery.  We tasted  a selection of delightful cool climate wines, all having the definitive taste of wines grown and produced in the Southern Highlands, then an early lunch of scrumptious pies (beef and guiness or lamb and rosemary) with salad and of course, a very nice bottle of red.


Great Lunch at Blue Metal Winery

After leaving Blue Metal, we rode down to Old Mandemah Rd . This is the part of the ride requiring mtn. bikes.  A few km of bush and track, in part lined with  silver eucalypts,  were a big contrast to the open vistas earlier in the ride. Alpine grasses indicated that we really were in the Southern Highlands.


Old Manemah Rd

Joadja Winery:

From Old Mandemah Rd we turned right into Joadja Rd and headed to Joadja winery for our next tasting. This beautiful winery is set in stunning grounds is always a delight. Kim Moginie, winemaker, was informative and entertaining as he described each wine to us. Among others I bought a bottle of Joadja’s famous Brambelini.

A flavoursome fruit liqueur made from grape spirit, grape juice and brambleberries. It is best served chilled with champagne, on the rocks, over fruit or with ice cream. This luscious 21% alcohol liqueur tastes of raspberries and is an absolute treat for those with a sweet tooth!

Joadja Tasting

The weather was beginning to look a bit rainy, so we quickly rode the 9km back to our cars.

I think the day went very well, the wines were wonderful and the route offered a wide variety of terrain and interest.  I look forward to riding it again. hic……

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Sydney Bicycle Film Festival

Hi there all you film buffs

Scott Drummond has sent me details of a bike film festival to be held in Sydney from the November 11th – 15th

Scott and four other co-producers, Andy, Ash, Josh and Karla, want to take the opportunity to reach out to  let you know more about the festival.

The five  have been working on organising the festival for the last four months, and with just over a month to go they’re finalising the details of the film program and the program of events. Here’s a break-down of the five-day festival so far:

Wednesday 11th November – BikesRock opening night party
Featuring bands The Middle East, Talons and The Canvas Kites, and DJs – venue to be announced.

Thursday 12th November – art show openings
Francophile Velostyle – Will French at the Monster Children Gallery
Photography show curated by Julia Shauenberg – venue to be announced

Friday 13th November – film program opening at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
7pm film session
9pm film session

Saturday 14th November – film program continues at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington, street party
Free ride – culminating at the street party
Street Party – featuring BMX and trials showcase
7pm film session
9pm film session

Sunday 15th November – BFF BBQ
Festival wrap BBQ in the park

Scott also says:

We’re excited to say that we have the full support of the City of Sydney and a number of festival sponsors (Crumpler, Onitsuka Tiger, Bianchi, Knog and more), which is half of the battle when organising a festival of this scale.
The support is great, but the festival is really all about Sydney’s cyclists, whether they ride BMX, fixed, road, mountain or whatever. We wanted to personally reach out to you to consider spreading the word about the festival through your network and to turn out for what we hope will be a great festival.
We appreciate that it’s a good ride into the city – maybe you could organise a group ride into the city for a day-trip to the festival? It could be a really fun day out and a great chance to connect with other cyclists and cycling advocates.
We just wanted to properly introduce ourselves and to start a conversation with you about the festival. We’d love to talk more about the details of the festival, and, of course, we would really appreciate your support in celebrating Sydney’s growing bicycle community.
If anyone wants to make a day of it please comment or contact me- Sal
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2009 Sydney Spring Cycle

A contingent from BARBUG rode in yesterday’s BNSW’s Spring Cycle event.

The wind was howling a gale here in Bargo. I think  those brave souls who participated deserve a medal!

This is Alan Willock’s account of the day:

We all arrived at the Liverpool start before 7.30am, Rosie, Baz, Gary, Gina and myself.

The wind was a bit chilly however it wasn’t too strong.

We had an enjoyable ride with a couple of exceptions: We got lost a couple of times as we reached intersections that did not
have signs telling which way to go. Some cyclists went in one direction and we went in another, we  eventually found each other and made it to the finish (although I  nearly didn’t make it after hitting a speed hump at high speed), Gina
almost hit a pole as well.

At the finish we were able to enjoy our lunch after joining long  queues.  Whilst waiting in the queue for coffee I was amazed to watch the skill of some riders playing hockey on uni cycles.

We decided to ride back to the start for the return journey and thats  when the wind came back with a vengeance with some areas being  sheltered and some completely open to the wind resulting in some  nervous riding.  We again took a wrong turn on the way back however  this worked out OK as we missed out on a very steep climb (the one  which on the way down I nearly launched myself into orbit on the speed  humps).

Rosie had a flat about half way. We all got back to the car park when Gina said “wheres Rosie”,

Well Baz went back to look for her and in the mean time Rosie shows up  and we had to wait for Baz to return.

After that we went to Maccas  for coffee ending a hard but enjoyable  ride.  My trip meter made it just under 104km travelled which is the longest distance that many of us have ridden (except for Gary).

Would we do it again?  well I think so although I would have preferred  it without that horrible wind.

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2009 Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycling Classic

Sunday September 20 saw the 2009 Pengana 2009 Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic run and won. The weather was great and atmosphere exciting as the cycling event rolled through. This year there were 176 entrants and 20 teams.

The race was preceded by a  charity ride of 120 riders led by Simon Poidevin, with the hope of raising $200,000. This year the ride included an 80km start at Mittagong for women.

Charity Ride Heading out of Picton Towards Razorback

As the race proper rolled through Picton  in 3 separate packs, a group of us offered  water bottles to the riders, so they could rehydrate before tackling Razorback. After the race had passed we headed across to Camden to see the finish.
Camden main street was in festival mode with a street fair run by the Lions Club. The main street was closed to traffic and the street was lined with stalls. Circus performers, clowns and many children’s favourite characters  entertained the crowd. (Photos at end of post )

The barriers along the finish straight were lined with people and, as the lead bunch thundered across the line the crowd went wild.

The clock was stopped at 3:45:31 (a 21 minute race record!) by Richard Lang from the Budget Forklift Team, 2nd was Jonathon Cantwell  and 3rd  Bernard salzberger, both from team Fly V Australia.

NSW Premier Nathan Rees and the Member for Wollondilly, Phil Costa were among the VIP’s on hand to present the winners with their prizes. Mr. Rees also presented a cheque to the race organising committee on behalf of the NSW State Govt. for $20,000 as official sponsors.

Winning the 2009 Goulburn to Citi

2nd and 3rd Across the Line

Nathan Rees has a chat with Phil Costa

Winner of Division 2 Benjamin Harvey

KOM Winner, Peter McDonald of Team Drapac Porsche is presented by Nathan Rees and Lauren

Richard Lang, Jonathon Cantwell and Bernard Salzberger on the podium

The winning team Budget Fork Lifts

Children's characters and circus performers created a festive mood while the crowd waited to see the final dash for the line

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Aquafit Charity Ride

Aquafit Campbelltown organised a charity ride to coincide with the Goulburn to Citi race. The ride started at the Catholic Club in Campbelltown. The route included the steep climb up Old Razorback Rd that the Goulburn to Citi riders would soon negotiate for KOM3. After a rest at the top of Razorback the Aquafit ride headed  back to Camden to enjoy the finish of the pro-race.

Alan Willock  writes:

We had a very short briefing before the ride and then took off in a fairly brisk pace.

The police were amazing in the way they kept us moving and even blocked off traffic for us to get the 200 or so riders through.  The pace quickened and although the ride is not a race it soon became a friendly competition.

From the start to the Cawdor turn off we averaged 32kph.  Baz dropped off the pace a little at Camden Valley Inn with me dropping back at the Cawdor turn off.  I should have done the same as it cost me on the climb up Old Razorback Rd.  Having said that we still managed to keep the leading group in sight.

Baz caught me up about 1km from the top and we met up again at the  rest area at the top. Gina and Leisel turned up shortly after and we had a bit of a break before heading down Razorback on Remembrance Drive.

I would have to say that this was the most memorable and enjoyable ride that I have ever been on.

It’s amazing how much better the ride was with the excellent roads and  the full police escort.

After a coffee in Camden we all walked down to the roundabout at the entrance to the main street to watch the pro-riders finish their race

And what a fine spectacle that was with everyone of us being left stunned by the blistering pace set by the race leaders on the up- hill finish.

I think I can safely say we will be back next year to do this ride again.

Aquafit Charity ride on Razorback

Through main street to finish

Pro riders racing up main street to finish

Goulburn to Citi race leaders setting a blistering pace, approaching the finish

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1934 Goulburn To Sydney Cycle Race

Steve Daniels has kindly sent me photos of the 1934 Goulburn To Sydney Race.

They were taken by Sam Hood whose collection resides in the State Library of  NSW

The photos  are very appropriate as the 2009 race will be run on the 20th September.

For more info go to: The Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic

If anyone has other historic photos or stories of the race they would like to share,  I’d be happy to display them for you.


1934 Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic Picton Rail Bridge

1934 Gpulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic
1934 Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic
Over Razorback
Over Razorback
Ouch! Somewhere on Razorback
Ouch! Somewhere on Razorback
Picton looks very wintery.
Picton looks very wintry.
On Razorback

On Razorback

Receiving a Drink

Receiving a Drink

Not all roads were sealed

Not all roads were sealed


Start in Goulburn

Start in Goulburn

Moss Vale

Moss Vale

Off road

Off road

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