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Discover Batemans Bay by bicycle this Autumn

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Batemans Bay, NSW. Bicycle NSW Discovery Rides. Cycle Traveller

There's no better way to discover a place than by bicycle and being given a little inside knowledge about where to ride is a major help. Combine that with the safety and fun of a group spread over three days of cycling celebrations in beautiful Batemans Bay, and you've got a great weekend of family entertainment.

As part of Bicycle NSW's Discovery Rides program, hundreds of cyclists will join forces in Batemans Bay on the state's south coast this May to take part in a selection of 10 rides. Each ride uncovers a different part of the coastal region – from pristine beaches, wildlife reserves, bushland and cafes – with something for all abilities.

Batemans Bay rests in the picturesque Eurobodalla region, which means 'land of many waters'. The bay, which forms the mouth of the Clyde River, was first named by Captain Cook on his own discovery mission along the coast in 1770. With scenic beaches and fresh local seafood, visitors won't be short of enjoyment.

Cycling routes range from 19km to 100km, with on and off-road options, all with full support. Cyclists can also ride each route at their own pace. All rides can be ridden using a mountain bike, eight routes are suitable for hybrid bicycles and five are suitable for road bikes.

The weekend is perfect for families, with rides such as the 20km Foreshore Ride, which has an average speed of 5-15km, suitable for children over five. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

The Batemans Bay discovery runs from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 5. Riders can register for one day, all three days or turn up for some free rides on Monday hosted by the local bicycle user group (BUG). For those who want to make their trip even easier, there are options to book transport, meals or even tickets to a gala dinner event.

Rides, route maps and registrations are available on the Discovery Rides website. Early bird pricing is available until Sunday, March 2, with early registrants able to order an event jersey for a lower price of $60.

Note: The Batemans Bay Discovery Ride was originally scheduled for December 2013, however, was moved to May 2014 to remove conflicts with Christmas and take advantage of the crisp Autumn weather. 

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