Cycling in Sydney Australia
The Herald article on injuries to MAM started off with "hordes of middle aged men have taken up cycling..." so I thought it appropriate to mention the Horde of MAM (quite a few MAW too) I saw in Annandale on Sunday. I was just returning from a ride with LBUG via some of Clover's new cycleways. We started with 10 riders, which is about an average turnout for LBUG. Sometimes we get 15 or even 20, and sometimes only a few gnarly old regulars turn up, but it doesn't matter, we go regardless.
On the way home people drop off (to go home, not because we lose them, or not usually anyway) so we were down to 3 riders ( a perfect ride is when I am the only one left at the finish) by the time we got to the light rail underpass near Railway Pde in Annandale. A few cyclists were coming the other way and someone yelled out "Gday Bob", and it gradually dawned on me this was a long line of Bike North riders, on our turf too. It somehow felt like they should be paying a fee.
We stopped to chat to one of the "pointers" who was signalling the route to the group and jokingly said to him "you are starting late", since it was about midday, and he said something like, " jeez, its going to be a long ride, we are only just finished riding around Balmain". Cyclists kept coming down the street and he said there were 41 on the ride. Mate, I was jealous, but our smaller groups are probably more manageable. Must have been fun crossing The Crescent. I was even a little miffed, because a few riders I recognized could possibly have come on our ride, but I had to repress that thought, it's a free market, and maybe people like riding in big groups. More strength to Bike North. But if you have a few spare riders, send them over to Leichhardt.