Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Saturday Cyclist Numbers Soar

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Saturday Cyclist Numbers Soar

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SINCE we first caught up with the group of enthusiastic cyclists who get up early on Saturday mornings to meet at Gladstone Bicycle Centre and ride 20km-plus, their numbers have skyrocketed.

C[pounds sterling]I am continually getting phone calls or emails regarding our rides, maybe 10 a week,C[yen] Gladstone Bicycle Centre owner and ride organiser Dave McIntosh said.

C[pounds sterling]And when people can't make it they are ringing me to let me know and telling me that they will be back next week. Everyone loves it.C[yen]

Last Saturday, more than 30 riders attended, the week before there was more than 40.

The ride has expanded from two groups to four.

C[pounds sterling]It is good to be able to cater to all levels of riding ability,C[yen] McIntosh said. C[pounds sterling]My goal is to get as many people on bikes as possible, in a good social and safe environment.

C[pounds sterling]I think that we are getting there. If everyone that has been on these rides were to turn up at once we would have close to 60 riders if not more. …

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