If you enjoy cycling or want to get back on your bike then you really should do yourself a favour and check out what the Bribie Island Bicycle User Group has to offer. Affectionately known as Bribie BUG for short, this group comprising a 93 strong membership is very much about the social side of bicycling. However, if you are more into the Tour de France competition type of cycling then this group is definitely not for you.

Featured Image(above): Peter Crawford and Isabel Cooper enjoying the view at the foreshore

To be clear, if you enjoy cycling or would like to try cycling with all the health benefits that this activity offers then the Bribie BUG is a welcoming group that looks forward to hearing from you. Catching up with Bribie BUG members Peter Crawford and Isabel Cooper we learned a lot about the group’s activities. “Bribie BUG has rides every Saturday morning. The rides can either be on the island or to Ningi/ Sandstone Point, leaving the Information Centre located on Benabrow Avenue, Bellara at 8.00am,” said Isabel.

She said that rides generally take two to three hours (including coffee) and cover about 20-25km at a moderate pace to suit those participating. “We also have an Early Birds ride on Wednesday mornings leaving the Information Centre at 6:30 am in winter (May to August) and 6:00 am in summer (September to April). These are about an hour through the bush, beach, and streets of Banksia Beach with the option of coffee afterwards. Not long ago the Milk Run ride which used to be a circuit was renamed Monday ride as halfway through the ride we now choose either Woorim or Banksia Beach for coffee or the group may split up and go to both,” she said.

Isabel said the group also often have other rides and social activities on and off the Island. While primarily a social group the Bribie BUG has also supported charities with donations, their current charity being Bribie Hospice. The major annual event that the group holds “Ride Bribie Island” will be held on Sunday 27th October this year. Participants can choose from four rides ranging from a 40km road course down to a 10km cycle path course and two other courses in between.

Personalised nameplate is part of your membership

Participants in this major ride need to register at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of their ride. Isabel says that anyone who can ride a bicycle is welcome to come along for a free no obligation trial to see if the club suits them. “We have a range of memberships to suit people’s participation levels. The annual membership fees are Ordinary $20, Junior (under 17) $10.00, Family $50, Associate $5 and Visiting $5. Isabel says that all cyclists are welcome.

For more information contact Isabel Cooper 5496 8661 or just turn up at the Information Centre before 8 am. Website http://bribiebug.googlepages.com.