Sandra and Craig’s childhoods are typical of generations of Australian kids where the hand-me-down push bike was the key to mobility around town. Whether it was going to and from school, catching up with friends during the weekend to head down to the shop or explore the surrounding countryside, the bike was the way to get around.
After they met in Geelong, cycling with their friends on weekends on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Brisbane Ranges or the Otways was an important aspect of the lives. Their holidays included cycling tours of Central Victoria and a lengthy tour down the northern coast of NSW.
This love of cycling continued on after they moved to Sandra’s hometown of Ballarat and began to raise a family. Many years later they continue to share this love with their two children, Athalie and Edward, who have come to be well experienced in fun rides, touring and club racing. The pair have progressed from being towed around in a ‘caboose’, to ‘tag-alongs’ and finally to racing in club and state championships.
The family’s major achievement together has been completion of the challenging 2009 Great Victorian Bike Ride along the Great Ocean Road when Athalie was eleven.
Based in Ballarat, there are not many places in the west of Victoria the family has not visited. Since coming to Ballarat they have been members of the Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club, which has a strong contingent of active cyclists who regularly organise rides around Ballarat and further afield. They have also actively been involved in the organisation of the club’s annual Ballarat Autumn Day (BAD) ride that attracts many riders to the magnificent cycling country Ballarat has to offer.
Sandra and Craig have utilised their skills as a teacher and a social planning consultant to produce Where to Ride Western Victoria. It has been a unique and exciting experience to further progress their passion for cycling.