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As we all start to wind down for the year (and/or start running around like crazy trying to organise things, I know it's more of the latter for me...) - take a moment to check your diaries and lock in these couple of events.
See below for details of the next two Social Gatherings in December (including a Christmas lights ride) and January (at the beach!).

In this newsletter:
- Upcoming Dec social gathering & Christmas lights ride
- Also January social gathering on the beach!
- January rail trail ride - Bellarine
- MTB trip to Rotorua, NZ in March !!
- Events calendar

Sun 18th Dec from 4pm : Bike it Better Social Gathering

You might think that Bike it Better is all about cycling. But really, it's a thinly-veiled excuse to create a community of like-minded people who also just happen to ride bikes! So let's all get together, without our bikes, to catch up and enjoy the community that we have built. 
The location this month will be at my home, in Kew East. Date is set for Sunday 18th December, from 4pm, for a BBQ meal together. BYO meat/veg for BBQ, salad to share & drinks.
Following that, those of us that want to, will go for a Christmas Lights ride around Ivanhoe Boulevard! Lights required, decorations optional.
Please RSVP by Friday 18th December so I have an idea of numbers. Full details will be sent closer to the date! Message me if you have any questions.

Mountain Bike trip to Rotorua, NZ in March 2017 !!

I've booked my flights - I'm going to Rotorua! If we can get a few people, we can book a house for the week, and also a small minivan and bike trailer. Shared costs, book your own flights.
Jetstar is having a sale at the moment so plan ahead and save! I'm flying in on the 18th Mar at 1620, and returning on 29th Mar at 2050. 
Contact me ( if you are interested in coming along. I will be making more formal accommodation and transport arrangements closer to the date, but wanted to let you know well in advance so you can book your leave, and get onto the cheap flights!
Need inspiration? Visit this website. I've been before, and it really is breathtaking! It is my favourite place to ride in the world.. so far.
Also, CRANKWORX Rotorua (MTB event/festival) is happening from 25th March - so the place will be BUZZING. And if you're sick of riding (really?!) by then, we can go to the event and watch how the pros do it.
So much fun, so excited!!! Hope you can come :)

Bellarine Rail Trail

Join me for a rail trail ride from South Geelong to Point Lonsdale for our January social lunch (details below). The Bellarine Rail Trail is beautiful with sweeping views of Swan Bay, farmland, Geelong, You Yangs, and runs beside the tourist railway from Drysdale to Queenscliff. As this ride is almost all on gravel or dirt trails, road bikes are not recommended, unless you are comfortable riding one on dirt/gravel. 35km each way, with shorter options.
More Info

SUN 15th JAN January Social Gathering (lunch)

The location this month will be at a beach house in Point Lonsdale. Date is set for Sunday 15th January, from 1pm, for a shared lunch together. If you are driving, please bring meat/veg for BBQ, salad to share & drinks. If riding from Geelong (see left), never fear - there will be lunch supplied! Bring your bathers and have a paddle in the ocean, there are surfboards and boogie boards at the beach house for loan.
More Info

Bike it Better Rides & Events Summary:

Saturday 17th December - Bicycle Network Ascent Training Ride info
Sunday 18th December 4pm - Bike it Better Social Gathering, Kew East info

Saturday 14th January - Bicycle Network Skills Session info
Sunday 15th January - Path Ride, Bellarine Rail Trail info
Sunday 15th January - Bike it Better Social Gathering, Point Lonsdale info

18th to 29th March 2017 - MTB Trip to Rotorua, NZ !! More details to come.

Bike it Better Weekly Rides:

Every Tuesday - 10am MTB Ride Candlebark Park info (no ride 27th Dec)
Every Wednesday - 6:30am Road Ride Kew / Ivanhoe info (no ride 28th Dec)

Click here for full details of upcoming rides and events.

Also check out a full calendar of FREE training events for the Bicycle Network RACV Ascent ride - What's On

Bicycle Network's RACV Ascent women's challenge ride

In fantastic news, this great event will be happening again in 2017, and Bike it Better is excited to be an official Partner for the event. I have written the training programs for each of the 3 ride distances (they will be available on the website soon), and I will also be leading some of the training rides and skills sessions.

Visit the website for more details and to view the calendar of upcoming events!

Partner Spotlight for November

Bike it Better PRO Members have access to Discount codes for various businesses that I have selected as partners. These are products and services that I myself choose to support - I wouldn't recommend them otherwise! This month, I would like to draw your attention to one of my partner businesses:

Balwyn Sports & Physiotherapy Centre - Bike Setups: Ensuring a correct position is vital for avoiding injury and ensuring comfort for long sessions in the saddle. BSPC offers a comprehensive service for cyclists of all levels in a custom studio with cycling Physiotherapists, Andrew WyndPat Ryan and TJ Chan. Our cycling Physiotherapists are keen riders themselves, with a combined 25 years of experience in assisting professional cyclists to first timers. They understand what it feels like to be in-tune with your bike and out on the open road.

Bike it Better PRO Members get: 10% off Physiotherapy and Bike Fit services. 

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