Free Cyclist Hotline!

Free Cyclist Hotline for Bicycle NSW Members

As Spring unfolds more and more people are getting out and about on bikes which we think is great.

It’s also a good time to brush up on the ‘essentials’ of what to do if you are involved in an accident.

Thankfully our legal partners Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers have developed a Fact Sheet on all you need to know. Click here to see Fact Sheet.

If you are a Bicycle NSW Member you can call Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Free Cyclist Legal Information Line on 1800 059 278 or email enquiries@codea.com.au anytime and talk to one of their experts to assist you with any legal problem.

 

 

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Meet Ambassador Shae Tye!

How did you get into cycling?
I was 39 years old at the time, panicking that I was soon turning 40 in 12 months... I was carrying an extra 20 kilos of weight after becoming a mother. After trying shakes and failed attempts of dieting, I finally realised the only way to loose my weight for my 40th birthday is to MOVE! I started with 5km walks, that eventuated into jogging then running. However the impact on my joints and high heart rate didn't agree with me. That's when I was advised by my friends to buy my first bike! It had been over 16 years since my last bike ride, so I quickly joined the 'She Rides' bike riding course to learn all the beginner skills.

 

What do you love about it?
I have made so many new local friendships in the past 3 years since taking up bike riding! I have joined a local bike club (North Western Sydney Cycling Club), riding with like minded bike addicted friends, that all look out for each other, and whom also enjoy the adventure, scenery and endorphin's guaranteed from every ride! I love the speed, the fresh air, the chance to appreciate the country scenery, the escape from the daily stress and the smile it always puts on my face! Its seriously impossible to be grumpy on a bike. The heart elevation and those yummy happy endorphin's are so addictive !

 

What did you enjoy about Spring Cycle in the past?
I last rode the Spring Cycle in 2015 and was so thrilled take over the closed off road over the Sydney Harbour Bridge! I couldn't believe it is over 1 kilometre distance. As I was only new to riding back in 2015, the distance was a new challenge for me. To have my young family cheer for me at the end of this scenic course, and receiving the keep sake medal upon completion, made me truly proud of how far I had come (from couch lazy,, to a motivated cyclists)

 

What is your favourite ride?
Lately I just love any kind of catch up rides with my friends. At the pace that we can chat, laugh, take photos and have a half way coffee!

 

What bike are you riding at the moment?
I ride a Specialized Amira Expert SLR 2016 - womens specific

What are some of your highlights in terms of cycling?

I enjoyed the competitiveness of racing for a few months last year in 2016, winning a few E grade races. However when I was moved up to D grade, I just couldn't compete with the final sprint power of the men.

Although I dread the exhaustion of hills, I tackled some of Adelaide's toughest elevations, including the 'Corkscrew'!

I am also very proud to achieve my personal goal to ride the distance of 10,000km in 2016 🙂

Giving All Children the Opportunity to Ride the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Ten year old Mitchel has cerebral palsy.  He can’t stand or walk independently but on Sunday October 20, 2013 he rode the Sydney Harbour Bridge on his own customised Freedom Wheels bike.

Riley also has cerebral palsy.  His legs and arms are severely affected by this condition and he normally moves around using a wheelchair.  But on Sunday October 18, 2015 he rode his customised Freedom Wheels bike over the bridge.

Seven year old Matthew has spina bifida. His lack of balance and limited core strength means he struggles to ride a standard bike.  But on Sunday October 16, 2016 he rode his Freedom Wheels bike over the iconic bridge with his family and Matt Keane MP, Member for Hornsby.

In 2017, Freedom Wheels will be providing other children with disabilities the chance to ride across one of Sydney’s most famous landmarks.  Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle is proud to once again say that we have partnered with Freedom Wheels!  They believe that every child – even with a disability – deserves the chance to ride a bike. At Spring Cycle we believe that every child deserves the chance to ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“Freedom Wheels does an inspirational job giving children with disabilities independence.  To see children that are unable to walk be given this independence on a bike is why they are our charity partner this year”, commented Craig Meagher, Bicycle NSW CEO. “Children have always ridden free in the Spring Cycle but with the help of Freedom Wheels, all children can ride in this iconic event.”

“We’re thrilled to be the charity partner for the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle so people who love their bikes can fundraise to share that joy with kids with disabilities. Cycling gives so much more than just exercise and we appreciate riders making their ride count to support more kids to ride for the very first time,” Danny Kapustin, CEO, Freedom Wheels.

Freedom Wheels are the only charity in NSW that design and build custom bikes for children with disabilities.  They give children the independence they or their families never thought was possible.

Building custom bikes for children with disabilities enables them to play on two wheels just like their friends.  Many of these children cannot walk but they can ride. These special bikes are designed to suit the individual child’s age, height, weight and physical and cognitive abilities.   Each bike is individually designed and built for the child. 

With the help of Spring Cycle riders, Freedom Wheels has been able to offer free assessments and subsidise costs of the bike.  This is the help those families need who often are facing overwhelming financial hurdles.  Each child deserves the equal opportunity and affordability of a bike.

This year, Spring Cycle riders will once again be given the opportunity to generously help Freedom Wheels and get every child pedalling.

Picturesque Venue Joins Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle

In 2017 the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle is growing to a cycling festival weekend – Spring Financial Group Spring Super Weekend on October 14-15.  With the heart of this festival based at Sydney Olympic Park, Waterview is in the prime location to support Spring Cycle Super Weekend as a Venue and Catering Partner. Located at Bicentennial Park in Olympic Park, it is known for its view over the picturesque parklands and lakes.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership,” stated Craig Meagher, Bicycle NSW CEO, “The Waterview is a great venue and their offering is vast allowing them to cater for all occasions, from a rest stop while out riding to corporate events. It really is a hidden gem within Bicentennial Park, and we are excited to showcase what they have to offer at this year’s Spring Cycle weekend.”

As a family business with over 45 years’ experience in the industry, Waterview hosts numerous successful functions from business events to weddings.  This year they will also be hosting the Bicycle NSW Fundraising Dinner on October 13.

Managing Director of Waterview, Theodore Drivas, says “This collaboration is a positive partnership for the community and welcomes members and guests alike, to enjoy all Waterview has to offer.”

When not hosting functions, Waterview Café offers exceptional, freshly roasted and brewed coffee, morning and afternoon treats. It is the ideal for breakfasts, lunches, business meetings and special occasions.

Waterview is also supplying the delicious all you can eat buffet for the corporate teams and VIPs at the Spring Cycle Finish Site.  Upgrading to a VIP for Spring Cycle enables you to relax and enjoy the full Spring Cycle treatment at the finish line. Receive a discount off the ride itself, free merchandise, private bike parking and a free massage. Along with the Waterview supplied buffet, their gourmet coffee and the opportunity to meet with our ambassadors – Robbie McEwen, Turia Pitt and Mike Tomalaris.

Become a Bicycle NSW Member today and enjoy the best worldwide insurance available in NSW, discounted entry off Spring Cycle and also entry into the Members Tent at the Spring Cycle Finish Festival. Keep the wheels rolling after Spring Cycle day.

Come and join us and Waterview for some VIP Treatment on Spring Cycle Day!

Trans Tasman Challenge – Amy’s Gran Fondo

Aim for that one day in September and Australia’s… Grandest Fondo 

This September 16 & 17, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road will again be home to Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo (Italian for a big bike ride). It’s Australia’s Grandest Fondo and there’s a stack of new events making it more exciting than ever before.

Now in its seventh year, Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo offers an impressive endorphin-inducing weekend of cycling to watch in awe or participate with vigour all on fully-closed roads with the spectacular natural backdrop that is the Great Ocean Road.

With events and distances to appeal to all in your family, from the youngest through to the most enthusiastic of cyclists, here’s a snapshot:

  • Go Long- 45km Medio Fondo or 120km Gran Fondo with 2021m vertical climbing
  • Go Short 14km Family Fondosat both Lorne & Apollo Bay
  • Go Gravel- 65km Amy’s Gravel Fondo - The perfect ride for those who want to take their riding off the bitumen and onto the gravel including 1,500 metres of climbing - ideal for those who prefer mountain or cyclocross bikes to road bikes.
  • Go CycloCrossCycloCross racing takes to the Apollo Bay foreshore, yep, on the beach. This event will take place on Saturday 16 September, enabling entrants to participate in this event as well as one of the longer rides on the Sunday, or just take in the spectacle.
  • Go Wall– Challenge yourself to a new feat, by taking part in Amy’s Wall – a hill sprint to add to the challenge - while only measuring 110 metres long, Amy’s Wall has an average gradient of 15% (yup, it's quite steep!).

Go Watch – Take in the atmosphere across the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo cycling festival with so much to do and see for participant and spectator alike, including the Women’s & Men’s  Subaru National Road Series events, with a new criterium course that now includes the infamous Amy’s Wall (wow! this will be exciting, bring the popcorn!!).

Don’t delay, continue training but remember to enter here.