It’s got to be some kind of record, Dorrigo Urunga Bellingen Bicycle Users Group (DUBBUG) recently celebrated another active member riding into the “80’s Chapter”.
Photo: From L-R (back) Robert Sauer, George Smith, (front) John McCormack, Alan Brighton, Herb Simpson
About The 80s Chapter
This exclusive group in DUBBUG is only for riders, aged over 80, who remain active with the club, and are recognised as participating in regular cycling rides.
It’s not easy to qualify, as any keen cyclist would know. DUBBUG is renowned for long, often fast cycle rides and there are plenty of hills on the regular rides. One thing though, it’s very sociable and there is always the mandatory stop for coffee and chats.
DUBBUG is quite a small, dedicated bike riding club and, for the more senior members, an institution of immense pride. Many of the cyclists choose to participate in this healthy sport regardless of rain, wind, heat or cold. Perhaps this is one of the secrets to good health and sound minds.
The seniors also inspire the “younger” members (many of whom have trouble keeping pace with the “top gun” seniors) with the benefit of creating strong cohesion within the group.
What makes this a record is nearly 20% of DUBBUG active cyclists are drawn from seniors (over 80’s). DUBBUG challenges other bicycle clubs to grow their senior membership ratios. It just shows how age is no barrier when it comes to keeping fit & active.
“I love cycling, friendship & challenge. Even when recovering from a health issue, I can’t wait to get back on the bicycle”, says Al Brighton, long time member of DUBBUG.
To keep fit, DUBBUG holds at least three cycle rides each week for members to regularly participate – Wednesday, Friday & Sunday and the program is detailed at www.dubbug.org.au