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The Australian Bike Friday Club Inc. will hold its 18th annual gathering from the 2nd to 6th April 2014 in New South Wales at Mudgee. This is an elegant town of wines, honey and music on the banks of the Cudgegong River and among the hills in Henry Lawson country where bushrangers rode and fossickers found gold in past times.

As always, there will be choices of longer or shorter rides, hillier or flatter routes, depending on energy and inclination, but always passing beautiful rural countryside and autumn-leaved vineyards.

Winery visits, coffee breaks and good food will be on the agenda. For those who want a hot souvenir, take home some Mudgee mustard.

Local cyclists have published a booklet with 15 suggested tours to fill in any spare time. This is available online at www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au. Click on ‘what to do’ then in the dropdown bar choose ‘cycle the Mudgee region’. Here you can download the cycling booklet. Also download the Mudgee app.

TRANSPORT: Sydney Central Station train to Lithgow, bicycles travel free off peak. Then it is about 110kms ride via Wallerawang, Cullen Bullen, Ben Bullen, Ilford to Mudgee or through the spectacular Capertee Valley and the town of Rylstone.

There will be a group cycling from Lithgow to Mudgee via Glen Alice.

Email me for more details closer to the time.

ACCOMMODATION:  Mudgee Caravan Park, 22 Short St Mudgee. Contact Ian Mitchell for bookings. ph (02) 63722531 or email: info@mudgeeriverside.com.au  or  visit the website  www.mudgeeriverside.com.au

There are 25 cabins available and plenty of grassy campsites as well as a camp kitchen. The park is not far from the town centre. Get in EARLY if you want a cabin.

Ian is able to offer a 10% discount to group bookings so please say you are with the ABFC group when you book.

COST: The cost is $80 per person which covers the Saturday night formal dinner and the Sunday lunch.

REGISTRATION: Payment of $80 per person by 1st February 2014. This can be paid with by cheque postal money order or direct debit.

All cheques/money orders should be made out to Kim Sullivan. For information regarding payment and banking details please email abfc2014@hotmail.com

From 2014 onwards the organisers will be charging a late fee of $20 for those registrations received AFTER the closing date of February 1st.

The organisers have had to make this decision to try and make a hard job easier. There have been an increasing number of people paying either at the last minute or on arrival. This presents problems with meal arrangements and rides etc. As you can appreciate, managing the payments is a big job, made easier by everyone doing the right thing and paying on time.

Any refunds will be at the discretion of the organisers and the registration fee of $80 will be expected regardless of how much you participate in the four day event. For example, the weekend is NOT FREE if you are not eating or coming for only part.

POSTER DISPLAY/RIDE PRESENTATIONS: For the first time we will be asking for either a poster or an electronic presentation of interesting ride that you or a group of you have done. This has been a suggestion made by some of the ABFC members and it is hoped that this will be of interest to both existing members and the newcomers. In addition, we will be setting aside some time during the four days for a couple of BF owners to give trip presentations. If you would like to do this, please email closer to the time.

Please indicate any special dietary requirements at that time and include the model and colour of your Bike Friday.

All participants will be required to sign the ABFC indemnity form and all need to be responsible for their own insurance, road safety and bicycle repairs. Please bring spare tubes, patches, locks and big smiles.

Children are always welcome at ABFC. The charity recipient will be Guide Dogs. Please ask if there are any questions. Closer to the time an electronic version of the rides as well as a schedule for the weekend will be emailed.


Bronwyn Laing:  bicycle@aapt.net.au  or  phone (02) 6355 1195

Kim Sullivan:  Kim.Sullivan@lionco.com

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