Meet Our Team - The BBCC Committee
Over 20 years riding with the Byron Bay Cycling Club. I know where the bodies are buried.
Keen recreational rider and occasional racer. Still squeezing the juice out of a 2015 Giant TCR.
Have occasionally practiced the dark arts of triathlon, duathlon and distance running. Bike packing enthusiast.
Coffee fiend and founder of Shit Kit Friday.
I started cycling to get to Uni in Newcastle. It made sense as I didnt need to keep to someone elses timetable and could stay relatively fit at the same time. During my studies, I met some mates who also liked to ride and we started to plan a touring trip to Tasmania. We did that over 3 weeks of a christmas break and that was that..... I have been a cycling tragic ever since.
Theres lot more stories in between, but safe to say that once I started full time work I needed a way to keep my riding going. Longer adventures were not out, just not as practical as they were when your at uni. I started road biking in the mornings and weekends and that has been my modus operandi ever since.
At one stage whilst in my mid thirties, I was competing all over the Northern Territory and attending events in NSW and SA. I won the NT state road titles in 2008. The highlight of my racing at this time was winning a race in South Oz whilst riding for Team OGrady after being invited down by one of the team management.
These days, I enjoy finding gravel rides and races in the Northern Rivers and surronds and love nothing more than a weekend bikepacking. I saw being involved with BBCC was a way of giving back to the sport I love.
I spent a good amount of my childhood riding bikes and onto road bikes later in my teens but after that, and apart from a brief foray into mountain biking, I didn’t get back into my cycling for another 25 years. Nowadays, I’m a bit more serious and a lot more consistent. I’m trying to add some gravel races into my cycling year and I really want to do some longer bike packing trips. Mostly though for me, cycling keeps me happy. And that’s why I love to ride a bike.
I’m a late comer to cycling, getting my first serious road bike when I was 49 years old. It’s been a life saver and life changer for me. I’ve improved my health, my social network, and of course, increased the number of bikes I own. I live in East Lismore and love riding in the hills and on the coast of northern NSW. BBCC has been and is the gateway to racing for me, which has become a serious addiction. I love being in a bike race, watching a bike race, and now creating a bike race. My personal aim for BBCC and racing is: more. This is my first year on the Committee and in the Racing Sub-committee. It’s great being amongst great people in the best part of the world riding bikes.
Club Member from 2003. The early days back when it was Byron Freeiders club was racing the mountain bikes in Qld series, back in the day meeting at the hinterland trails.!Racing now on the road Club Handicapper. Besides the club racing a passion for touring rides in Europe mostly France. Tapping up iconic Pyranean mountains or Sportive riding including Etap de Tour a TdF stage.
As a long distance runner Deb discovered the cross training benefits of cycling which soon became a passion. In 2011 she committed herself to the Sport by joining the BBCC Committee initially as Club Treasurer, Club Secretary and then Membership Officer until 2022 where she now represents the Triathlon Club. Over the years Deb has competed in road races, criteriums, gran fondo’s and is now a committed Triathlete. She has been actively involved in the development and growth of the club and her greatest achievement was securing a grant to finalise the construction of the criterium cycle track at the Cavanbah Centre.
Since 2007 Deb was part of an unofficial group who ran and swam a couple times a week and was asked by a couple of overseas Triathletes why Byron Bay had a yearly Triathlon event and no Triathlon Club. Byron with its ideal climate and surroundings was a perfect location to swim, cycle and run. This interest opened up an opportunity to set up an associated club with the view of offering its members a choice of a bike or a triathlon licence. The Byron Tri Club was formed in 2017 integrating the Two Clubs within One Community.