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Adelaide Cyclists saved by advocacy group Bicycle Institute, SA as new operators

As you know, I announced in early September that Adelaide Cyclists would have to close. I'm really happy to announce that the site has been saved. The Bicycle Institute, SA will take over all of the site's operations from next month and I will retire to ride my bike. You can read more in a joint media release we just made.

Thank you all for your support. I can say that I was overwhelmed by it all and thank the Bicycle Institute for making their offer. It really is…


Added by Gus on October 21, 2016 at 14:30 — 10 Comments

Vic Park crit track users upset at new 'go slow' near grandstand signage

Nat Redmond has shared a photo on Facebook of new signage that has appeared around the Victoria Park grandstand and 'Velo Precinct' asking cyclists to ride slower. As we come into warmer weather and the crit racing season starts many are asking what's the point of a purpose build crit track that allows racing to be held even when the work is underway for Clipsal when training can't be done at speed?

The 'Velo Precinct' cafe, function centre and spin training rooms operated by Stuart…


Added by Gus on August 18, 2016 at 13:00 — 9 Comments

New signage to help keep cyclists safe on Norton Summit Rd

This is really great news from DPTI, Nine of these signs are coming soon along Norton Summit Road between Magill Road and Stony Rise Road/Monomeith Road at Ashton. They aim to serve a timely and visual reminder along this popular cycling route.

Let's hope they make a difference. For me the bit of road…


Added by Gus on August 2, 2016 at 12:37 — 8 Comments

State Cyclocross champs to be held on August 14 followed by Nationals series event


It's the next race on our calendar, Sunday 14th August. Entries open NOW. All age groups catered for; as it's the 2016 championships it's your age on December 31 2016. People aged 23 or older can also enter the Elite event (just enter both…


Added by Gus on August 2, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Review: Cycliq nail it again with Fly12 camera light combo

It's a great Australian business success story. A couple of cyclists from Perth see the need for a 'black box' style camera that doubles as a rear red light. They design something, pitch it on crowd funding website Kickstarter and receive a near record level of funding response.

The camera, the Fly6, went on sale in February 2014 and received great reviews and…


Added by Gus on July 14, 2016 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

TDU 2017 routes announced

At Adelaide's Velo Precinct this morning the TDU organisation revealed the routes for the 2017 race.

At a glance there's much the same but also some different routes mostly staying close to town which proved popular with fans over recent years.

The prologue is the usual East End crit.

Stage one is Unley to Lyndoch with the KOM at Kersbrook…


Added by Gus on July 11, 2016 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

SA couple and son to ride across US for a family experience of a lifetime

Starting out in mid-July, SA couple Fiona and Travis, along with their seven-year-old son Patch, are riding 5000 kms unassisted across the US in an adventure they're calling School of the Road.

The aim of their challenging adventure is to celebrate their family bond and give Patch unique experiences to assist in his learning and development. Patch, who is autistic, will be riding on board Travis' Hasa Pino semi-recumbent…


Added by Gus on July 1, 2016 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

SA advocacy update from the Bicycle Institute

The Bicycle Institute have just published their June newsletter. It contains lots of local cycling advocacy news that's worth sharing here, especially off the back of their special presentation from Transport Minister Stephen Mulligan and a one-on-one with Minister for Road Safety, Peter…


Added by Gus on June 28, 2016 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Vale Hans Penning, Adelaide cycling advocate and Bike Direct creator

Some older cyclists in Adelaide would know of Hans Penning who passed away on Saturday. The Bicycle Institute writes in an email to its members that Mr Penning was the inaugural President of the Bicycle Institute (then called the Cyclist Protection Association) in the mid-1970s.

His very notable achievement was his voluntary mapping of what he thought would be a quiet but effective network of bike routes over all the Adelaide…


Added by Gus on June 28, 2016 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Patrick Jonker tells he was in the right place at the wrong time

Adelaide former professional rider, Patrick Jonker, has told in a podcast interview how he avoided being forced into a doping program while racing along side Lance Armstrong in the Discovery Team because he was sidelined by injury.

In an interview picked up by InDaily, he says, 'I have no doubt that if you were in the US Postal Tour de France team then you had to then get onto the program of performance-enhancing drugs… I don’t think it’s possible to have ridden at the Tour…


Added by Gus on June 16, 2016 at 15:28 — No Comments

DPTI is seeking feedback on two options to improve the Levels-City Bikeway crossing of Regency Road / Galway Avenue

DPTI is investigating options to improve safety of the crossing of Regency Road at the junction with Galway Avenue, Broadview. Crossing Regency Road while walking or cycling is difficult due to the high volume of traffic and vehicle turning movements at Galway Avenue.

Email feedback on the design options to by 5pm Friday 1 July 2016

Option 1: Install a signalised bicycle and pedestrian crossing on Regency Road between Galway Avenue and…


Added by Gus on June 8, 2016 at 16:00 — 14 Comments

A couple of cycling initiatives from Adelaide City Council

It's winter but Adelaide City Council want to keep you motivated to ride, not just for commuting but for fun and to explore the city.


Throughout the year there are a number of themed recreational rides held around Adelaide which are a whole lot of fun. A special Winter Coat Guided Ride has been organised for cool climate enthusiasts on Sunday 5 June, from 10.30am-12.30pm. Wear your favourite winter coat and explore the back streets and laneways of…


Added by Gus on May 27, 2016 at 11:52 — 1 Comment

Film screening: Bikes vs Cars

The Bicycle Institute, SA are encouraging anyone interested in cycling advocacy to come along to a screening of the Swedish documentary Bikes Vs Cars this weekend as a part of the Transitions Film Festival at the Metro Theatre.

The film follows a group of bicycle activists’ crusades 'to foster meaningful change and documents the struggle for cyclists in a society dominated by cars'. From…


Added by Gus on May 25, 2016 at 10:21 — 4 Comments

Ride with Stuart O'Grady and SAPOL commissioner Grant Stevens for Vinnies

Commissioner Grant Stevens and cycling legend Stuart O’Grady will be riding from Police Headquarters to The Bay and back to raise funds for the Vinnies 2016 CEO Sleepout, and they would love some company along the way, so please lend your support and come along for the ride.

The ride will depart from Police Headquarters at 6.15am on Friday, June the 3rd heading towards West Terrace, Port Road, West Lakes Boulevard, Seaview Road, Glenelg North, Anzac Highway and back to Police…


Added by Gus on May 24, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Adelaide Cyclists' H'eroica ride back for sixth year with a few tweaks

The Adelaide Hills have so many hidden unsealed roads, and the ever-opening vistas of hills and car-less roads provide a sublime experience, that need to be shared. On the same day in Italy the famous L'Eroica ride is being held that take on the dirt roads of Tuscany through the wine region of Chianti. Logically the Adelaide Hills are an ideal region to have it's own L'Eroica on these mostly unsealed roads.…


Added by Gus on May 24, 2016 at 16:30 — 8 Comments

More on the Tour of the Barossa to be held in October

News release from Cycling SA on the three day Tour of the Barossa originally announced in April.

Barossa Secures Major New Cycle Event

Barossa Council and Cycling South Australia have partnered to introduce an iconic new event to South Australia’s cycle calendar.

Seed funding of $10,000 from Council will be…


Added by Gus on May 23, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Australian Walking and Cycling Conference Adelaide open for registrations

The The Australian Cycling Conference has been running annually for a few years. Last year it took a break while Velo Adelaide rolled into town but this year it's back with an expanded brief to take in walking as well as cycling. It's on in Adelaide on the 18-19 July.

The new website is up and open for rego along with the conference program.

More from the conference:

The new…


Added by Gus on May 20, 2016 at 11:36 — No Comments

Transport minister Stephen Mulligan to speak at Bicycle Institute meeting

The Bicycle Institute is holding a special meeting with special guest speaker Stephen Mullighan, minister for transport. The meeting (that includes their AGM) is on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide (the old bus station) at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

We need to know how many chairs to find, please let them know. Send an email to secretary@bisa

The general business of the AGM will start after the Minister has spoken. All committee positions will…


Added by Gus on May 18, 2016 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

CX season kicks off this weekend in Adelaide

Despite the warmer than average autumn, the winter cyclo-cross racing season gets underway this Sunday in Adelaide with round one of the 2016 Focus Crossfire Cup being hosted by Port Adelaide Cycling Club at at Park 6 in the Adelaide Parklands.

Where: Park 6 - Potting Mix Park, North Adelaide.

When: Sunday, May 22 from 8am

Entries close: Midnight Thursday 19th May. Series e…


Added by Gus on May 17, 2016 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

PACC to host CX Nationals for second time in 2016

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA), who oversee the competition for cyclocross racing in Australia, have today announced the dates for the Cyclocross National Series held around the country as well as the and the National Championship race.

For the second time the National Champs has been awarded to Port Adelaide Cycling Club to host in Adelaide (the last time was 2014). That's a huge credit…


Added by Gus on May 12, 2016 at 17:03 — 1 Comment

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