Cycling in Sydney Australia
Feeling faintly guilty for not riding to Wollongong, I rode out to Parramatta and back on Sunday morning. Round the park - all of that. At a leisurely pace in gentle sunshine. Thought about having coffee, but didn't stop.
What surprised me, given that 10,000 of Sydney's finest cyclists were heading south, was how many others there were on the road elsewhere that day. I don't want to knock the Gong ride, which I've done four times (only once to Wollongong; the other three when it ended rather disappointingly in Sutherland).
But I wonder if anyone else had worthwhile non-Gong experiences on Gong ride day?
(Hidden agenda: I think mass rides to publicise cycling may be passé. And I think that might be a sign of cycling's growing popularity, not the opposite, and so very welcome.)
On it's beak? It will wear socks on it's claws, silly. It's beak will be busy shrieking at motorists...
"Rawwwrrrk! Get off ya f*n phone! Rawwwrrrk!"
And hopefully it will teach you how to use apostrophes proper-like, too... :-)
"Its" - possessive (as in the claws on this particular bird).
"It's" - contraction of 'it is'.
Sorry, Kylie... I'm just saving you from a squawking Neil!
:-) Just ask yourself before you write, 'if I put 'it is' here instead, would it make sense?'. On that score, 'its raining outside' is obviously wrong (not least 'cos it isn't!) and so is 'the dog chased it's tail'. Or the cocky put socks on... well, whatever.
I guess a fair number of the 10,000 on the Gong ride wouldn't otherwise be out cycling on any given Sunday. Thus, it is not as if 10,000 of the normal crowd are missing from Parramatta park and other popular venues.
Over the years, entering the Gong ride has become more bothersome and I reckon a lot of the regular Sunday riders find it easier to stick with their usual bunch of friends doing their usual ride. I know a lot of people I speak to have a 'been there, done that' attitude to the Gong ride and have a whole string of reasons why they wouldn't do it again.
I can't agree with your theory about mass participation rides going out of fashion. The well-known existing ones are getting good numbers, and new ones are popping up too. But yeah, there are a lot more cyclists around, and they have hugely diverse ways of enjoying themselves.