Yeoval Country Energy – MULGA BILL FESTIVAL


Mulga Bill

Mulga Bill

Alf  Cantrell
Festival Coordinator writes:

I am writing to ensure that all our bicycle enthusiast friends are informed that the Annual Yeoval Country Energy Mulga Bill Bike Ride, sponsored by Darryl Grant Cycles of Orange, is now well into the planning stage for this year. Although many of you are unable to make the distance, we do hope that lots of your members will make a long weekend of it and travel to Yeoval for this exciting weekend of Festival.

This year we have worked very hard to ensure that a very good safety record is continued, and with the help of the RTA and both Cabonne and Wellington Councils,

The Ride has been split into two sections. Both sections are to be operated on asphalt roads and under closed Road Conditions. Both rides are on very quiet and picturesque routes, with the more professional, faster riders being on separate route to the mum and dad family groups, who are slower and tend to use up the whole road as they enjoy the experience

Both Rides will start and end in Yeoval with registration early, ready for a 10.30 am start. Light Breakfasts will be available and the start and finish will be in the Banjo Paterson Bush Park on the Wellington end of town. Here we have plenty of parking and the main festival is across the road at the Showground on the Sunday. The same cost as in previous years – $5 adults, $3 children, $10 Family. At the Start it will be more professionals to the right and mums dads and families to the left. The more professional will ride to Cumnock and back a return distance of some 52 kms. Mums Dads and Family Groups will ride over the new bridge on Buckinbah Creek and the on the RTA Bicycle pathway to the Bournewood Road, which will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the event. Every 3 kms they will pass through a town from the Paterson Mulga Bill Poem – Conroy’s Gap, Castlereagh, Eaglehawk, Walgett and the final turn around point will be Dead Mans Creek – a return distance of 30 kms, keeping in mind that the participants can turn around anywhere along the road, riding only the distance they feel comfortable with.

The Lucky rider of the day will be drawn and the beautiful new Bike donated by Darryl Grant Cycles of Orange will be their proud new possession. The Draw will be at the Festival at 2.30pm sharp and the winner will have to be present to collect. All riders receive a wristband and this not only covers them for insurance but also allows them free entry to the Festival.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Mulga Bill Festival as we endeavor to increase our number past the 630 riders we had last year. The website has all details:-

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Help Improve Cycling in Australia

Damien Azzopardi is  a final year Industrial Industrial design student studying at the University of  Technology Sydney in NSW. He is currently doing his final year dissertation paper on ‘Cycling in Australia’. The purpose of the paper is to identify design needs in the recreation industry of cycling, and to develop it into a design project based on the research for my major project next semester.

I’m a cyclist myself and  I’m hoping to somehow improve cycling in some way shape or form, and if I am going to understand what cyclists needs or wants are, then I’ll need to get feedback from cyclists. I’m hoping you will be able to help me get some feedback from cyclists. My research relies heavily on the kindness of others to spare me some of their time,

If it is at all possible i was hoping you could circulate the below link for my 5min Survey to any willing members. Or if not to your members, just to yourself and any friends or family who also cycle. I don’t need a vast amount of responses, but the more i get the richer my report will be.

This is the Survey Link

Thanks for your time!

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Cycle South Sulawesi

Join me, Colin Freestone, on the second Indonesian Sulawesi Tour, August 2009.
Sulawesi’s that spidery shaped island east of Borneo, north of Bali.
The island hosts the Wallace Line which divides Asian and Australian vegetation.

After 40 years of family, work and recreational travel all over the archipelago I’ve concluded that Sulawesi is the best place for cycling in Indonesia.
I want to share, through cycling, my experience, love and knowledge of Indonesia.


Trip includes:
·      Makassar (capital of the historic spice trade)
·      Malino Highlands (tea plantations, waterfalls, rustic mountain villages)
·      Tana Beru (home of Indonesia’s wooden sail boat building industry)
·      Tanjung Bira (white sands and crystal clear waters)
·      Bantaeng (spectacular Bisappu waterfall)
·      Jeneponto (Horse, corn and salt making regency)

Trip features:
Leader                                Fluent Indonesian speaking Australian
Timing                                1-9 August 2009
Cycle days                          6
Distance                             500 km
Terrain                               4 mountain, 2 coastal days, 1 day beach relax
Accommodation (nights)   Hotel (6) beach cottage (2) guesthouse (1)
Yoga (led)                           Every day
Swimming                          8/9 days
Cost                                    US$ 1099 (all in after touch down in Makassar)
Options                               6 day option half distance daily rides
Phone                                +61 2 9983 0205

Hope to see you along.
Colin Freestone

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Goulburn To Crookwell Lifeline Fundraiser

Paul Agius, a Goulburn cyclist, bike shop owner, tour operator and  who also works avidly for charity writes:

Dear Fellow Cyclists,

As you all know very well by now cyclist ride extraordinary distances for fun, getting fit and also for charity. a lot of much needed money is raised by people who appear common but achieve great feats of endurance etc.

I am asking cyclists to come on board with our fund raiser rides the first for this season will be Saturday 23rd of May and the ride will go from Blue Hills to Crookwell Via Mummel, Bannister and Kialla a distance of 48 kilometres one way.

Riders can do just Goulburn to Crookwell and we will bus them back or Goulburn Crookwell and back to Goulburn.
the road will be sign posted and escort vehicles will be on hand.

Riders can use their bicycles or hire from us but would have to get to blue hills early so everyone is ready to ride by about 11.00am

bike and helmet hire $40.00 for the day
entry fee $30.00

Prizes: there will be Cash or voucher prizes awarded to participants who pay and ride in this tour.

We also hope to have a barbecue at the end of the ride somewhere in Goulburn all invited to that.

The first ride will be raising money for LIFELINE in honour of Richard Jansen who was in Goulburn on my birthday 6/4/09 on his awareness ride from Melbourne to Cairns. go to for more info

If successful we will have a fundraiser ride every third Saturday of the month through Autumn before the weather gets colder.

I hope to hear from cyclist, volunteers to help with staging the ride and sponsors please call me on 48223780.

Many Thanks


  • I own the oldest bicycle shop in Goulburn
  • I also design and manufacture for disabled kids, and now adults including exercise machines of Para/quadriplegics.
  • I also run olympicycle tours and we can do any bicycle tour including moving up to 80 bikes without trailer 4WD and busses.
  • I run a small charity called “action Foundation incorporated” we run this at no cost to it as we use only volunteers and we raise money for youth charities and projects.

To find out more go to:

or email

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Easter Braemar Ride

We had 17 riders for our Braemar loop ride.  Despite forecast rain, it stayed fine and mild, perfect for a strenuous ride. John provided back-up with the van for the most difficult climb up Range Rd.

Getting Ready forthe Ride

Getting Ready for the Ride

We meandered through the back streets of Mittagong before heading up Range Rd, turning at Old South Rd. Here the road goes down fairly steeply before flattening out. We rode several kilometres through farmland which looked very green after recent rain.

Phil at Alpine

Phil at Alpine

Leisl at Alpine

Leisl at Alpine

The road undulated up to Alpine  passing  some of gorgeous homes along the way. It’s all downhill from Colo Vale, with Drapers Rd providing beautiful views across the Southern Highlands and an awesome run back to Braemar.

A light meal, coffee and a few little Easter eggs thanks to Jen at Jen’s cafe was a great way to finish our Easter ride.

Coffee at Jen's Cafe

Coffee at Jen's Cafe



One of the participants, Kevin from Canberra, rode a recumbent and generously gave us all a go. He reached a scorching 77km/hr. on the decent down Old South Rd from Range Rd. Amazing what a low centre of gravity does for your confidence!

John on Kevin's Recumbant

John on Kevin's Recumbent








Jim and Kevin

Some, who were not regular riders, did fabulously well, as this ride was quite tough. I hope they have ot been put off riding  and will join us again.

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Canberra Gear Up Girl

Gina, Maddi and I headed headed down to Canberra on Saturday 4th April for the Gear Up Girl Challenge. We stayed overnight in a cabin at the Canberra Motor Village. In the morning, We made our way across to Weston Park. Maddi fed the swans while we waited for the ride to get under way.

Swans on Lake Burley-Griffin

Swans on Lake Burley-Griffin

We were attempting the 60k ride to Pt. Hut. There were 5 or 600 participants, some doing a 20k loop.

Receiving Instructions at The Start

Receiving Instructions at The Start

The ride was mainly on cycleway, winding around Lake Burley Griffin to the Governer General’s residence, then up into Weston Creek. We rode around Lake Tugeranong and then on to Pt Hut. Both were very beautiful, with a large lakes and parklands.




To this point the ride had not been strenuous, so we were surprised when we reached the first major hill on the return journey. This half of the ride proved to be the challenge, but the bike paths and parkland throughout the journey made all of us NSW folk realise just how lucky those that live in our National Capital are.

Gina at Finish

Gina at Finish

We thoroughly enjoyed Gear Up Girl and were thrilled to receive a beautiful GUG helmet each. Maddi even won a jersey!
As usual the volunteers who made the event run so smoothly, were friendly and did an awesome job. We can’t thank them enough, these events could not happen without them.

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Australian Cyclists Learning to Go Dutch

Paul van Bellen of Gazelle Cycles sent me this media release:

Until now, the Australian bicycle industry has been profoundly out of touch with the urban cyclist.
Finally we are joining the new bicycle lifestyle revolution.

With Australian’s reconsidering transportation options, the bicycle will only change urban landscapes if it is low maintenance, out-door storable and above all, clothing adaptable.

Introducing GAZELLE, the quintessential Dutch city bicycles, now available in Australia.

Established over a century ago in Holland – the world’s capital of cycling – GAZELLE is Holland’s No.1 brand, having been masterfully designed for city environments worldwide.

With GAZELLE, Australian commuters have the security of Holland’s oldest and most prestigious company producing the highest quality city bikes in the world.


Learn more about Gazelle on their website at

or contact Paul on: (02) 9666 9497 Email:


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Vintage Bike Photos


Awesome cycling images from the Hutton Getty collection:

Joy’s Joy

Ken Joy 1945
Ken Joy 1949

Ken Joy  accepts a bidon of milk and honey during his successful 1949 bid to break the London to Brighton cycling speed record.

Photo by Bert Hardy

Obviously the “lift and separate” bra was popular and  “a beauty spot” all the rage!



Flying Low

Cadets in 1947
Cadets in 1947

Air cadets learn how to fly in formation
Photo by Kurt Hutton



Crashing Over The Line

Swiss Cycle Race 1949

Von Bueren Wins By A Spoke!

Swiss championships 1949

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BARBUG Weekend Wanderers


Everyone is welcone to our regular Sunday rides. We meet at 9am most Sundays, usually at Rest A While Reserve, Bargo, near the railway station.

I advise you to contact me first, because occasionally this plan varies and we might meet elsewhere.

Call Sally (46841444) or email me from the contact page.

Bargo Bike Rack

Bargo Bike Rack

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BARBUG Midweek Munchers

Tuesday BARBUG

We welcome everyone to our Tuesday rides, but you must bring your appetite!

Contact me first, because we cycle from a different location every week, thereby sampling most coffee shops and patisseries in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Shires.

Cycling Energy!

Cycling Energy!

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