Archive | November, 2015

A good write up from Sydney Night Rides

30 Nov

Lots of photos too !

Another (almost) claim for last

30 Nov

These riders were not quiet last, but fairly close, arriving at the Newcastle Baths just before 10am.

Jodie & Greg Hill are riders with NWSCC (North Western Sydney Cycling Club), and perhaps encouraged by the number of us doing the ride (a couple of us did it last year before the club existed!), Greg signed up himself and Jodie to tackle the ride…which just happened to be on the day of their 23rd Wedding Anniversary! Jodie was looking a little nervous at the start, and we did think that perhaps Greg might not survive the night, being the one responsible for signing her up.
At various points in the latter half of the ride there was offers to pull the plug and check into a hotel instead, which was more in line with the Anniversary theme. But no, Jodie refused the kind offer to stop (there were no vacancies anyway apparently!), and they both kept the pedals moving, more determined than ever to finish it off and stand triumphant at the finish. Finish they did, after Greg took them on a slight detour around Newcastle, adding an extra 8km!
As the Women’s Liason for our club (which is not even 12 months old yet), this is a massive inspiration for other members, especially the women, who think that taking part in such a ride is impossible. Jodie has set the bar pretty high with this effort. Unfortunately Jodie was denied the full distance being recorded when the battery on her Garmin watch died somewhere out of Budgewoi!


Photo: The Happy Couple, all smiles after arriving after an epic night!
Paul Murgatroyd

First Claim for Last place

29 Nov

Oliver, Garth and the team Thank you all for organising this amazing events..we had a tremendous good time and depite the little training we had managed to complete the ride in just ….13h and a bit !!! Quite exhausted but the spirit was quite high!!Unfortunately our frien Micahel Scarpin had to abandon the ride at the 12th hour due to mechanical problems. The rest of the team, Steeven Tennikov, Daniel Cunningham, Myself Michael Boulet anf Jonathan Boulet, yes THE Jonathan Boulet made it to the end and caught up the train at Adamtown at 11:36…! Again thank you and great work. Michael

Unless anyone else comes fwd they are it.

The Wrap Pt 1

29 Nov

So that was certainly the most riders ever.
285 Registered !
Hope everyone had a great time, the weather was pretty kind except for the persistent NE breeze.
Thanks so much to all our Volunteers
Yvonne David Cathy Natasha and Maddie at the start.
Yvonne Louise Michael Natasha Cathy and Maddie at Mt White
Lucie Kylie and Nazha at Budgewoi
Plus many more who helped out here and there.
Thanks to Lucie for taking photos and to Phil Pearce for buying a mountain of food for Mt White.

Also big thanks to Dieter for opening up York Lane Bar for us again and to the Newcastle Baths for opening up at 5.
Thanks also to AUDAX for helping us run the ride. If you want your ride recorded as an official Brevet please post your card to
Garth Davies
13 Buckland St
Alexandria 2015
If you have any good photos or words you want to share please send them to We can then pop them up here

#newcastleovernight seems to be getting a lot of traffic on Instagram.

We do have a couple of prizes to hand out.

If you think you might have been the last one to get there send an email to newcastleovernight We will have an excellent prize for you.

Least Appropriate Bike

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Unless there are any other nominations I think it’s the BMX, ridden by Jason. Jason has made a bit of a tradition of picking the wrong bike for this event, last year it was a track bike…

Biggest Ever !

26 Nov

Yes, entries ticked past 220 sometime last night !

Hopefully this sort of attire won’t be required this year.

Forecast has improved from “Scattered Showers” to “Possible Shower” hopefully it keeps moving in this direction and that it cools down a bit….

Reflective Gear

26 Nov

MonkeySee are going to have their High Vis Harness and High Vis Belts for sale at the start. They will be offered at the same (discounted) price as they were on the website.
We will have a range of sizes available.

They will be at York Lane from 6 till 8 and Observatory hill 8 till 9.

Cash Only !

We also have 30 or so vests from AUDAX first in best dressed etc. $5 a piece.


New Exciting Budgewoi Tea Stop

23 Nov

From Lucie, Nazha and Kylie our Budgewoi tea stop team…
As the second tea stop is a bit different this year, I thought I would give you an update. McKenzie Reserve has a large roofed area with a dozen picnic tables, and taps for you to fill up your water bottles. There is a toilet block next door, and a playground nearby – in case you have some extra energy you would like to burn off!

I had hoped to have power which would have meant “real” coffee, but the time of night means this unfortunately cannot be organised. However, we will heat up plenty of water for tea and coffee. I have done some research on the very best instant coffee available, so I don’t think you will be disappointed. For tea, there will be a choice of black, green and herbal.

The food supplies will be plentiful I hope, but the sooner you register for the ride, the better I can plan for what is needed. The signature cookie will be ANZAC biscuits, and there will lots of yummy homemade slices, some gluten free. There will also be fruit, muesli bars, lollies etc.

If you have any requests for favourite cycling snacks, feel free to use the comments section below, and I will consider all suggestions.

Look forward to seeing you, early on Sunday morning. Hopefully we will have some Christmas lights to greet you.