heaps of organised cycling on offer - competitive events,
rides to suit the masses - and
more & more this usually means lots of bitumen. You
might think that you are spoiled for choice - but are you?
When you look at
what is being offered it is quite often the same old rides
at the same time every year, same people - nothing really
new (maybe a different section on the black stuff) and not
really that exciting. In the past few years cycling
has been hijacked!
A recent trip to New
Zealand has reminded me that cycling used to be, and should
always be, fun! The kind of experience that leaves you
at the end of the day with a tired body and a smile on your
face as you drift off to sleep, recalling the days ride, the
achievements and scenery, maybe a little residual adrenaline
and anticipating what tomorrow or the next ride will bring.
Bushranger Bikes has
always offered small group, high quality, a little indulgent
and adventurous stuff - cycling 'journeys' to interesting
places and exploration! I invite you to check out the
pictures of previous rides and tours on this page, and
across the whole Bushranger Bikes web site, and it will give
you an insight into what I mean and what Bushranger Bikes
offers. I'm sure this will bring back lots of great
memories for many people!
So for 2014 I'm ramping
it up - the Bushranger Bikes aim for 2014 - to bring
everyday cycling back from the boring.
What's 'Beat the
strives to offer something a little different – not just
your everyday events or rides - nothing competitive, nothing
big, nothing humdrum, no crowds and no queues – just high quality,
well managed and safe small group adventures to different,
interesting and amazing places. Trail rides - big on adventure and
fun - minimal on the black, 'boring', busy and
stuff - public roads.
So for those who like their cycling a little more
adventurous and are ready for (or want to continue down) the
road of exploration, discovery and cycling fun - there's
my program of
‘Beat the Boring’
Some are half day & day activities, others will be over nighters,
there will be bike path rides, coastal rides, food & wine rides, back roads,
dirt roads, rail trails & mountain biking, ‘Skilling Up to
Step Up’ activities, themed rides, and rides with friends - and there may even be the
occasional 'Short Break' creeping in to the
‘Beat the Boring’
hopefully something different and unique.
With already busy weekends there will be a number of
weekday rides as well – Monday Meanders,
Tantalising Tuesdays, Wednesday Wanders, Thrilling Thursdays
& Frisky Fridays! Perfect way to miss the crowds
and increase the cycling fun.
For 2014 the Grinders rides will be merged into my
'Beat the Boring' ride program as exploring new food and
coffee establishments is never boring!
the Bushranger Bikes rides below - for an overview of Grinders
Rides click here.
there's my tours.......
2014/15 - Bring it
on! Ride details below....................
Daisy Hill Trails
2014 - Beat the Boring - Bring on the Fun!!!!
Up For Adventure....including off-road fun.
Next: The plan is to
organise some fun adventure rides around the
Southeast in 2014 and below is a list of current
planned rides. Watch out
for newsletter updates:
morning Mountain Bike ride – Samford
Forest/Ironbark Gully – Ferny Grove –
July 2014 ** See below
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail adventure – Yarraman
to Moore – yes downhill – yippee –
North Coast Cycling Magic + Whales – Caloundra
to Point Cartwright return –
Monday 21 July 2014
** All these rides have
been completed and were fantastic day adventure
rides. A new program is currently in
development - just need to find some available
E-mail for more info or to book.
Ewen Maddock Dam (Landsborough) through to
Mooloolah (Kenny's cafe) return. Forest, dam, old train line plus a tunnel -
South Burnett Rail Trail Explorer
Xmas in August Wine Trail Weekend.
Mountain Biking - Ironbark Gully, Daisy Hill and
more! Designed as recreational rides - Come 'n'
Try and beginners MTB rides. See below.
Samford Valley Trail Explorer
Mountain Biking - Come 'n' Try and beginners MTB
Or check the
newsletter e-mailing list?
Click here to
Coastal Bike Path
Riding at its best.....
Bikes runs 4 Coastal Adventure bike ride options and
they are all fantastic rides:
- Fingal to Pottsville -
Thursday 26 June 2014 -
- Alexander Headland to
to Tewantin -
check activity profile
updates. These are fantastic rides and heaps of fun
PLEASE NOTE -
tours have always been a big part of my beat the boring
philosophy - just amazingly awesome! End of story!
Click Here for more tour info!
2014 Bushranger Bikes Local Ride Calendar:
Mountain Biking - Ironbark Gully.
Designed as recreational rides - Come 'n'
Try and beginners MTB rides.
Biking – Ironbark Gully Ferny Grove.
Mountain bike essential. Next date to be
Allow 2 hours + - $25pp - MTB hire available
e-mail for more info or to book.
Sunshine Coast Trail
Coolum to Noosa River
- Cruise the Coast -
next ride date to be set.
This really is a great ride (if its dry) – predominantly on
bike paths with some back roads and bike lanes, and lots of
fantastic views over the coast. Distance is around 50kms
return and the gradient is mainly undulating while following
the coast and flatter when we reach the Noosaville/Tewantin
area. There are some open sections that will be hot on a
fine day but expect sea breezes to assist with cooling.
As we are riding a reasonable distance the plan is to keep
moving along (with occasional stops to catch a breather,
have a drink, plus discuss track directions and options) at
a reasonable/more leisurely pace if it is hot to ensure that
we don’t burn out and have the energy to get back to
Coolum. I have a couple of lunch/coffee alternatives if we
decide to cut a little distance out of the ride.
You will need to allow the full day including travel time up
and back to Brisbane. Meet/Start time at Coolum is 9:00AM
and expect to be back in Brisbane around 4:40PM. We will
ride the coastal pathways through Peregian Beach, Marcus
Beach, Castaways Beach and on to Sunrise and Sunshine
Beaches. From here we pick up the bikeway that will take us
out around the wetlands and on to Noosaville/Tewantin and the
River front where we will have lunch at one of the great
The return will be via the Noosaville River bikeway and out
around Weyba Creek and Kayser Channel, then retrace the same
route back to Coolum with a coffee stop at one of my
favourite cafes at Peregian Beach before we get back – mid
Bring some $ for coffee and lunch. As it is a reasonable
distance you will need to be prepared to expend a little
energy and be comfortable riding your bike over this
distance and timeframe. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen
and an energy snack as conditions are likely to be warm.
Bushranger will provide an EMs Power Bite to keep you
is bike path/road. The tour is a
easy to intermediate.
Cost: $40, or $50 including a
Transport Option: There are limited seats are
available in the Bushranger Bus – first in basis. Ph
3139 1402 or e-mail -
details will be provided upon booking.
This trip is dependant upon minimum participant numbers and
Wander' (across the border) - Fingal to Pottsville -
Thursday 26 June 2014
is great and has it all
- fantastic scenery, relaxed cycling mainly on bike paths,
flat, cooling sea breezes, great food & coffee.
We start at Fingal and ride through to Pottsville stopping
for lunch here or at Salt on the way back.
Along the way
we pass through Kingscliff (gelato stop), Casuarina and
Cabarita Beaches, Hastings Point including riding through
the Salt complex of resorts and all the
amazing homes – plenty to WOW about here.
This is a great ride – predominantly on bike paths with
some quiet back road sections. Fantastic coastal views with nice
easy riding and some great gourmet options. Distance
will be around 55kms return and the gradient is mainly
flat. Expect sea breezes.
from Fingal is 9:30AM and there are some seats available in the Bushranger Bus
for those that want to relax on the way down and back. For those who are travelling down independently I will
provide all the meeting details after booking - it takes me
just under 2 hours to drive to Fingal from Ferny Grove so this will
give you a timing guide. The impact of any peak hour
traffic would need to be factored in. The aim is to be back at Fingal around 2:30PM
which should have everyone back in Brisbane around 5:00PM.
It is a reasonable riding distance (50kms) so you will need to be
comfortable riding your bike over this distance and
timeframe. Bring plenty of water and an energy snack as
conditions could be warm, and also pack wet/warm gear in
case of rain. BB will also provide an
EM’s Power Bite to
keep those legs spinning!
is bike path/road. The tour is a
easy to intermediate.
Meals etc. are at own expense, or $50 including a
There are limited seats are available in the Bushranger
Bus - first in basis.
Bike & equipment hire if required is $25.
Bookings essential so contact me mow…. Ph 3139
1402 or e-mail -