I've been playing around with Mapbox this weekend and am loving it. I spent a week cycle touring through Moss Vale to Albury in New South Wales so all the trips were recorded on different files in the garmin and uploaded into strava. Some of the route deviated from the original plan. The data for 2 days was mashed up into 1 file. Argh, how to get it all nicely into one map with all the camping sites, interesting bits and pieces we found along the way?
We heard from tourism departments of New Zealand, Japan, Tasmania, Flight centre's active travel direct, councils from Australian country towns all discussing the economic benefits of Cycle Tourism to their communities and the economy.
As you can imagine Cycle Tourism comes in an assortment of flavours. I've broken them down to 4 major areas:
The needs of the Cycling tourism industry
The best place to get a Vietnamese Pho in Sydney is in Cabramatta. The same Cabramatta that was deemed a no-go zone in the 1990's because of the heroin issues and the Vietnamese ganstas. But that image is not reality these days. What Cabramatta should be known for is its amazing Vietnamese food and cycleways.
Also its home of the most amazing vegan food. Since a lot of Vietnamese people are buddahists it's only natural that the biggest Vietnamese community has atleast 5 vegan friendly restaurants. So perfect, as an Asian vegetarian who loves cycling, Cabramatta is the ultimate weekend day trip. Did I mention how amazing all the cycling routes in this area is? No? Well they're some of the most extensive in Sydney.
2. Organise a group ride
So I organised a ride out to Cabramatta along the cycleways to eat amazing Vietnamese food and started blogging about the amazing adventure. Through some social media magic a twitter conversation caught the attention of the local newspaper journalist. This then subsequently led to an invitation to be photographed for a story to promote Cabramatta cycleways and Cabramatta as a food destination.
3. Organise a Vietnamese feast
The killer formula
In summary how to convert your town into a food destination:
More Info on cycleways in Cabramatta:
One night last week I saw a post on Facebook calling out for more female participants in the Goulburn Great Divide Race. The organiser was appealing to the women's cycling group for more participants to support the event so it could continue.
So, being all obsessed with cycling as I am, I thought this might be an interesting experiment.
I set myself a challenge to find out what it takes to be a competitor in a cycling race and what it takes to organise one.
What I want to know about the race before signing up.
As a first time racer before getting myself into anything crazy, I had a few things I wanted clarification:
Sign me up already
When it came to actually registering for the race it was all a bit confusing.
I was sent to the race event website but then couldn't enter the competition because I wasn't registered as a race.
So first you need to register with Cycling Australia and nominate a membership "type". The website's a bit confusing but the types are:
The Steps to register in a race:
What should you do when you stuff up your registration?
I stuffed up the Cycling Australia membership and couldn't enter the race. But I was able to call up the office and was relieved to find a real person offering help.
Registration complete but where is the info pack?
I received the registration complete email, but still waiting on the complete details of the race. Details are to be released the tuesday before the race, so the wait begins.
Not sure what time I start, what I need to bring, where I should be meeting people.
Some info I found
Strava activity from last year's participant: http://www.strava.com/activities/178669297/segments/4178269918
Route I created in mapmyride: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/829471375
Last year's results: http://nsw.cycling.org.au/Events-Results/Results/2014-goulburn-great-divide-road-race-results - First place time was 1h21 mins. That's fast.
So the 1 week countdown to the race....
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