Bike Friendly Roadies: Introducing NZ Cyclist
I’ve had a few run-ins with roadies over the years. This one started badly but ended rather well…
WordPress gives you all kinds of information about your blog. Statistics on hits and misses, links followed to other places and sites that have linked to you. I was looking through all that last week and noticed that a local site had linked to the BFNS blog.
“NZ Cyclist”, that sounds interesting, I’ll have a look at that. And what did I find? Half my bloody posts on their website, that’s what I found!
Unable to find contact details for these unscrupulous plagiarists I sat at the keyboard preparing to write a post full of enough venom and scorn to make a porn-star blush. One last check of the emails before the poison started flowing and what was sitting there in my inbox, not 15-minutes old? – a very nice letter from one of their members congratulating me on my blog and asking if they could contribute in any way. That’s what you call “timing”!
A simple misunderstanding of copyright etiquette was ironed-out with the exchange of a few emails and I’d quickly made some new two-wheeled friends. Excellent stuff.
From the horse’s mouth:
“We are a group of fairly diverse cyclists from a variety of backgrounds who have come together to form NZ Cyclist. It is a sociable cycling group that encourages safe cycling, organises group rides and promotes an environment whereby its members can feel free to share their knowledge and experience. The support and consideration we afford each other are cornerstones of NZ Cyclist. Whether you are serious about improving your cycling or just want a friendly group to enjoy a cycle and coffee with, we offer it.
We are all based on the North Shore basically from the bridge right up to Stanmore Bay. With a BIG range of ages from – at the moment – 15 right up to the 60’s. So everyone is welcome and everyone is catered for – nobody is left behind and encouragement is the name of the game.
We take part in various “races” (events) including Taupo and help each other to get there etc. We also entered the Rabobank Ridestrong Series as a group and dable in mountain-biking at Woodhill for a bit of fun. Sort of a social cycling group that likes to encourage each other to improve their cycling abilities, stay fit and healthy and promote safe cycling.”
These guys are predominantly road-riders but some commute, mountainbike, ride to the park with their kids – and they want to see cycling flourish on the Shore in a safe environment just like I do. Sounds like a plan.