Faith Hunter: words and pictures: on air, in print and online
Old enough to know better, collector of rusty bikes, presenter on 3CR's Yarra Bike Radio Show. Living in Melbourne, Australia with the Dutchman, the Flipster, Spike the Staffy, five chooks and too many veggies. Spreekt ook een beetje nederlands.
Last week Val and I rung in spring with studio guests Pip Carroll and Jette Achleidtner from The Squeaky Wheel. The Squeaky Wheel runs rides and programs that foster engagement with Australian culture by bike, one of my annual favourites with them is the MoreArt bike rides, and since spring is a busy time for them we wanted to run through what they have coming up. Have a listen to hear about whats going on and also to hear about the other programs they run and they way in which they use engagement with Australian culture as a tool for getting people onto their bikes.
We also remembered Bill Deller, a colleague at 3CR who sadly, passed away suddenly recently. RIP Bill. We’re going to miss you.
It’s a few weeks ago now but a quick trip to Japan and an imploding laptop have slowed things down around here. Back in September, the 22nd to be precise, Val and I enjoyed having Rod Charles, author of ‘A Whirr of Many Wheels’ on the Yarra BUG Radio Show.
Rod is a very entertaining guest, as you’ll hear, and has written an incredibly comprehensive history of cycling in Geelong from 1869 to 1914. Of course, since everything that happened in Geelong came via somewhere else, his history of course ends up spreading a far wider net and is in effect a history of cycling worldwide, as it arrived in Geelong. One aspect that particularly impressed me is the inclusion of women and women’s cycling in the history, to an extent that is all too rare. You can catch up with the podcast of this program here;
It was a stunning spring morning when Val and I took to the 3CR studios earlier this week. This week on the Yarra BUG Radio Show we were joined by Andrew Miller from BASE (Bright Alpine Sporting Events) and Richard Read. Andrew and some mates from Bright were so inspired by everything Bright has to offer riders they have put together their own event, the Bright 24hr. Mountain biking is booming and we talk about its growth, the culture and the different ways a 24hr can be ridden. BASE have come up with an ingenious way to make 24hr events accessible and fun for all sorts of riders. Richard rode the inaugural Bright 24hr last year and chimes in with his take on the best way to enjoy 24hrs of riding. We did manage to also squeeze in a little news and events. You can catch up with the podcast here.