Cycling the Easter experience

8 April, 2012

Painting of bicycle hanging from a wooden crossYou might well ask what does Easter and cycling have in common? For my thinking there is much that can be pondered on. The Easter icons signify this special time in our calendar.

The hot cross bun a taste that is not known any other time of the year the mixed fruits and spices that when warmed up fill the heart with a special fragrance.  The Easter egg made with a chocolate that has a taste all of its own wrapped in bright coloured foils. Both a great source of energy that can be used for fuelling a rider before and after a ride. Read the rest of this entry »


Oh how close was that?

29 March, 2012
Cyclist on MTB with foot on kerb and large truck about to turn left

Give me space: cyclists are vulnerable road users and vehicles passing to close are both frightening and dangerous.

A common fear among cyclists (most would think that it is falling off, which is part of the truth), is that their actions may well cause someone else to fall off and be injured. There are many other fears that riders can suffer from particularly newer comers to the cycling scene. Fear of cornering, going downhill too fast, are all factors that are faced and overcome through gaining experience and given encouragement.

There are however some sharing the road fears that we have very little control over but to be mindful they exist and try our best to be predictable in the manner in which we share the road and place ourselves in the view and flow of other traffic users. We appreciate that some professional drivers such as taxi, bus and truck drivers have great judgment and precision skills but this does not take away the shock of when vehicle of any kind suddenly appear very close in the shared space.  Read the rest of this entry »

VO2 max testing

29 March, 2012
Peter Ladd wearing mask and seated on test bike

Peter Ladd at the tail end of the VO2 test

Cyclists generally have a desire to measure performance and development to the ends of preparing for an event or just for the sake of ensure we are sustaining fitness levels but not at the expense of our overall health and well being. With electronic monitoring device so readily available we can take account of speed, distance, cadence, heart rate altitude, temperature and power outputs have all this graphed and GPS coordinated.

Recently the cycling community was offered a unique opportunity to undertake some different testing through the Latrobe University Exercise Physiology Laboratory with VO2 max testing in lab controlled conditions. VO2 max (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, peak oxygen uptake or maximal aerobic capacity) is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 National Ride2School Day 23 March

15 March, 2012
Three primary school age girls on bicycles

Ride2School Day encourages kids to use active modes of transport.

Friday 23 March is the National Ride2School day Australian students will grab their wheels and ride to school, creating one of Australia’s largest celebrations of active participation. It is anticipated that over 140,000 Australian kids at over 1,000 primary and secondary schools will participate. Students and school communities across Australia will embrace a healthier start to the day.

National Ride2School Day is an opportunity to promote riding, scooting, skating and walking to school as a means of transport, which has proven health and wellbeing benefits. The biggest day in the Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program calendar, National Ride2School Day sees student’s in registered schools average riding rate increase to 48 percent, more than double the national average.

Here in Bendigo Schools such as Spring Gully, White Hills, Epsom, St Monica’s Kangaroo Flat, Big Hill Golden Square, California Gully and Axedale Primary Schools have embraced this day with great enthusiasm innovation and connection with the wider cycling community. Read the rest of this entry »

Old cycling quirks and quips

2 March, 2012

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The Hashbrown HasBeens

24 February, 2012
Group of recreational cyclists lined up in a caravan park

Social: the Hashbrown HasBeens have been riding together for some 20 years.

Bendigo bike riding groups, range from serious, competitive groups to informal, recreational groups who regularly ride for the exercise and friendship.

The “HashBrown HasBeens” commenced over 20 years ago with 3-4 riders and now has 9 regulars who meet for a weekly ride. The name comes is a description of the ages of most of the riders, as one member coined, “when we look in a mirror, it’s obvious why we’re called HasBeens, most of us retired or semi-retired. The HashBrown name comes from their regular habit of starting from a McDonalds and finishing there for breakfast”.

The group ride starts at 7.00am (7.30am during the winter) for a 25-30km ride around Bendigo, using a variety of routes. On the last Sunday of each month, the group does an off-road ride on mountain bikes, riding through the many and varied forests, parklands etc. which surround Bendigo. Even though many of the riders are long term inhabitants of Bendigo, it is always surprising to them to discover all sorts of new, interesting sights and places which exist in and around our city. Sometimes, after these off road rides, the group finishes up at someone’s house where breakfast is provided. Read the rest of this entry »

Invitation one and all to BDCC reunion

17 February, 2012
Group of cyclists posing formally

Reunion: the Bendigo and District Cycling Club is hosting a reunion during the Bendigo Madison carnival

Coming up soon, in just 3 weeks, 9th – 11th March Bendigo hosts their biggest weekend on the cycling calender the Bendigo International Madison.

Starting Friday night, a street criterium, showcasing the Madison riders of international and national fame along with many other top bike riders seeking to win this the prestigious curtain raiser event. Past famous name to have won this race have been Manx Flyer, a winner of the green jersey of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish, and we hope to see another rising star this year. Read the rest of this entry »