To explain, I must go back to 12 months ago when a friend of ours announced he was going to organize a charity ride, for himself, to ride from Meadows to Melbourne in September 2015. John, who was organizing this, has suffered from Leukemia for many years and has found the Leukemia Foundation had helped him through some bad times and that he would like to repay some of this by organizing a charity event on their behalf with all proceeds going to them.
Well, when Lynn herd this she said she would like to support him by riding along with him on his ride and that when she was unable to that I would step in and keep him company. The ride route planned was just on 1,000km’s, far more than Lynn could imagine riding in the 2 weeks planned. Lynn arranged holidays for this period and then, after our return from the UK at the end of January, she started training to improve both distance and endurance.
The most Lynn had ridden in a single month was…Continue
At the beginning of the year, Kate and I had just returned from our summer holidays, and while still on a high, we started planning our next trip:
This time we fancied a touring holiday on our Tandem bike, so we grabbed a map & looked towards Kangaroo Island.
We decided we wanted to use self-contained units, so we booked our accommodation along our chosen route, which would cover Central, Southern and Eastern Kangaroo Island.
Ten months on, and plenty of training rides later, we were fit & ready to go.
But, just two days before we were due to go, I was hit with a chest infection. I found extra room in the panniers for some antibiotics, and we were off.
Gavin Nugent from AvantiPlus Salisbury had done a good job getting our bike ready for our tour, so we were confident with our bike, but we took plenty of spare bits and pieces anyway. (You never know what might happen).
The next few days are best described in photos, so, here is our…Continue
My name is Kylie Smith, and I am a cyclist.
I suppose I started out the same way as most kids. I learned to ride at a pretty young age and enjoyed occasional rides with my parents along linear park or over to grandma's house. In my final year of primary school there was a small group of us that would ride together. But once high school started, it was too far to ride and the friendships that sustained my earlier riding days fell away, so the bike was relegated to the back of the shed.
Once I moved out of home, my boyfriend and I lived within riding distance of the city. Our bikes were rescued from the back of our respective sheds and started getting a workout. He soon upgraded to a shiny new road bike, but I didn't see the point. My old mountain bike from when I was 12 worked perfectly fine. I started commuting to the city for uni (about 5km) and to the airport for work (about 15km). But I was a person who rode a bike to work, I wasn't a cyclist.
The Age have been running a series of articles about cycling (presumably reflecting the interests of its readership). Last week was an article about getting into cycling in adulthood (dare I say it in middle age?). One of the comments suggested that one of the reasons people have to take up cycling in middle age is because its so hard these days to get kids into cycling. But I thought to myself – that’s not true on Adelaide Cyclists! I would say instead that we all go out of our way to encourage our children to cycle – taking them on rides, buying them bikes as early as we can, teaching them to ride without trainer wheels, giving them opportunities to ride longer and longer distances or try gentle competitions or attempt personal challenges. Obviously, cycling isn’t hard to encourage in children if you are already enthusiastic yourself. So I wondered whether maybe the problem (if there is one) is getting parents to ride so that their kids will too? It didn’t used to be like this.…Continue