Wheel Turns in Networking; Business Types Seeing the Benefits of Cycling over Golf

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Byline: Richard Bruinsma richard.bruinsma@apn.com.au

FORGET the electric buggies and five-irons, local businesspeople are switching instead to peddle power and Lycra to get their afixa of professional networking.

Business deals and beers at the a19th holea are fading in popularity and being replaced by post-ride chat and cappuccinos at roadside coffee shops.

Bradley Conder, the food and beverage manager at Twin Waters Resort, is among the scores of businessmen and women who are former avid golfers, but are now seeing the benefits a socially, professionally and physically a of group road cycling and mountain biking.

The former five-day-a-week golfer now cycles for up to two hours, six mornings a week a sometimes in a group of up to 100 riders.

It is no surprise then that numerous personal contacts can be made a in stark contrast to golf, which takes more time and involves much smaller groups.

aI hardly play golf at all anymore a Iam lucky to get in two rounds a year now,a Mr Conder said.

aThereas a bit more physical competition in cycling than golf, and the health benefits are quite strong. Youare actually getting a pretty decent workout, where golf is a more laidback sport.

aThereas more deals done over coffee at the end of a ride than youad ever believe.a

Cycling among Australiaas professionals a particularly the middle-aged a is growing at a phenomenal rate. …