No Lycra

April 12th, 2018
No Lycra
It’s time to dig around in your garden shed and pull out those dusty vintage bikes for the annual Woodside to Charleston vintage bike ride.

The event will be held on Sunday, 15 April after the Woodside swap meet from 11am.

Event organiser Mark Bartlett invites everyone to take part in the easy bike ride along the Amy
Gillett Bikeway to the Charleston Hotel for lunch.

“It started with just me and my friends getting out all our old unused bikes once a year to
try and ride them and now we’ve opened it to the public,” Mark said.

“Vintage pre-1970’s bikes are what we’re looking for. We had 40 last year with a lot of home built custom ones that have been modified.

"It’s a good way of getting people into the local area - we get a lot of people coming from the city, to go to the chocolate factory and other local attractions.

“And it coincides with the Woodside Swap Meet which is a big community event.

Darren Cranwell took part in the event last year and encourages people to join him again this year.

“It’s fun, you’re out with people getting fit in the sun and being social.”

Darren said it was an event for all fitness levels and capabilities.

“I’ve actually got a back injury and I can manage it easily - come along for some fun and have some nice lunch.”

All ages are welcome as Mark said that the youngest rider so far has been four with the oldest being 60.

“We do have a support vehicle for anyone who doesn’t make the ride or whoever gets a flat,” Mark said.

“The only person who fell over last year was my wife - she forgot to put her feet down because she hadn’t ridden in so long!”

Mark only enforces two strict dress codes which are: no lycra, and helmets are essential.

“We don’t want people to wear Lycra so that the elite athletes aren’t separated from us because it’s just a leisurely ride not a competition,” Mark said.

Mark encourages people to fish out old costumes or vintage outfits to wear on the ride.

For more information or to loan a bike from Mark for the event, contact him on 0406 107 983.

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