Cycling

Fun by the bike load
Bendigo Weekly
BY HELEN CRONIN Rob learned there is a wrong way to try and persuade your partner to buy a Dutch style cargo bike. He suggested it might replace the family car. It was when their three-year-old son sat grinning with delight in the box seat of a Bakfiets during a test ride that she was w..
12-Jun-2015
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Hitting the trails
Bendigo Weekly
Spring Gully will soon be a hub of mountain bike activity as new sustainable trails are built. Many existing trails have become degraded and eroded over time and with the boom in cycling are being impacted on more than ever. But the Bendigo Mountain Bike Club has big plans for Spring Gully. ..
29-May-2015
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Why ride?
Bendigo Weekly
By CHRIS LIGHTFOOT Why do we ride? It’s good for us, keeps us healthy, helps control our weight, it’s fun and so on. Mostly true, if boring! However, there is really only one answer on which most riders, even the professionals, agree. Coffee! On any morning at coffee ..
15-May-2015
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Make riding a regular event
Bendigo Weekly
So it’s time to get back onto the bike and go cycling for fun and fitness. It may have been a long time since you rode a bike but things have not really changed. Borrow a bike, get the old bike out of the shed and encourage a neighbour, friend or family member to go with you. It..
28-Aug-2014
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Growing community
Bendigo Weekly
THE landscape of cycling is constantly changing across Bendigo and our wider region. There is no doubt there is an increasing community spirit of more people on more bikes more often. We can see quite clearly the demographic of cycling is expanding rapidly. There are no boundaries when..
01-Aug-2014
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Eddie heads to new horizons
Bendigo Weekly
After six years of providing the readers of the Bendigo Weekly with a cycling column, Eddie Barkla has decided to call it a day. He has managed to combine his love of cycling, and all those involved, with a love for spreading the word of God. Here, Eddie reflects and what has made his column suc..
25-May-2012
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Bay in a Day celebrates 20
Eddie Barkla
TWENTY years is a long time for anything in today’s society with the pace of change that we experience. It would be wonderful to have been asking the organisers back in 1993 at Bicycle Victoria, as it was known, then as to how successful the Around the Bay in a Day event could possibly beco..
18-May-2012
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The joy of hitting a new trail
Bendigo Weekly
By Helen Cronin Nothing gets a rail trail fan as excited as a new trail to explore, and the longest trail in Victoria is now complete. The Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail (www.victorianrailtrails.com.au) runs an enticing 134km from Tallarook to Alexandra and Mansfield. It was only fi..
11-May-2012
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The mother of all rides
Bendigo Weekly
No painter’s brush, nor poet’s pen, in justice to her fame, has ever reached half high enough, to write a mother’s name. – Author Unknown. Mother’s Day – a special day to remember we all have much to be thankful for to our mothers and their tireless work and ac..
04-May-2012
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‘Hard but fair’
Bendigo Weekly
By BEN CAMERON The umpire in charge of the Bendigo Thunder and North Ballarat Victorian Women’s Football League clash in which the visitors walked off with three minutes left on the clock, has said the game was played “hard but fair”. Controversy surrounds the match played at K..
27-Apr-2012
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ANZACs on two wheels
Eddie Barkla
Researching this year’s ANZAC Day article has taken me into history pages that I had not been exposed to before, and I thank God for peace. Officers and men for the Australian Cyclist Companies were found from volunteers from existing units and from reinforcements. On March 11 1916, HQ 1..
27-Apr-2012
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Learning about communities by bike
Eddie Barkla
LA TROBE University Bendigo Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities director John Martin is about to embark on a study of Canadian communities, travelling by bicycle. John is an avid cyclist and has cycled in many places across the world. He takes a very keen interest in their culture and inf..
20-Apr-2012
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Top week for cycles
Eddie Barkla
Last week marked another amazing week in the world of cycling, with Melbourne playing host to the UCI World Track Titles. What a sensational preview of the potential for the Australian Cycling Team in their individual and team quests for 2012 London Olympic Games. For those who watched the TV c..
13-Apr-2012
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Weekly cycling
Eddie Barkla
You 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 is a taste not known any other time of the year, the mixed fruits and spices that, when warmed..
05-Apr-2012
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How close was that?
Eddie Barkla
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 new comers to the cycling scene. Fear of corneri..
30-Mar-2012
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Working to improve
Eddie Barkla
Cyclists generally have a desire to measure performance and development to prepare for an event or just to ensure they are sustaining fitness levels. Recently the cycling community was offered a unique opportunity to undertake some different testing through the La Trobe University Exercise Physio..
23-Mar-2012
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Ride to school and stay active
Eddie Barkla
Friday, March 23 is the National Ride2School day when Australian students grab their wheels and ride to school, creating one of Australia’s largest celebrations of active participation. It is anticipated more than 140,000 Australian kids at 1000 primary and secondary schools will participat..
16-Mar-2012
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Hucker wins
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Cycling Club’s inaugural Café Roubaix Summer Series wound up last Sunday, with Tim Hucker bolting to the top of the Symes Motors A Grade aggregate at the very last moment and when it mattered most to claim the series win. The consistent Nick Gates won the Hume & Iser B Gra..
09-Mar-2012
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Brothers in cycling
Eddie Barkla
The Bendigo and District Cycling Club has many family names that created pillars within the club with just as many names that helped create a tapestry of character and colour. Many of these were brothers in arms and the following list is certainly not exhaustive. Frank, Harry and Tony McCaig f..
09-Mar-2012
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Quirks and quips
Eddie Barkla
THE Bendigo and District Cycling Club will hold a reunion on March 13. Like most Aussie gatherings there is a language known only to the members, such as nicknames for events and training tracks such as “the goose neck”, “the turdie”, “the ball biter”, “..
02-Mar-2012
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