Is there a better name for a cyclocross series than Fields of Joy? I don’t think so.
Last Monday Val and I’s guest on the Yarra BUG Radio Show was Colin Bell of Sunbury Cycling Club and the aforementioned, Fields of Joy Cyclocross series. There are so many amazing levels to this story and as usual, in a half hour show, we only just touched on a few.
How often does someone come to a cycling club and say we have some land we’d like you to use, here, take it? The Fields of Joy story is well worth hearing and you can tune into the podcast here. After that go and check out their blog and Facebook page.
Like most community radio stations 3CR Community Radio relies heavily on subscribers and donations from it’s listeners to be able to stay on air. 3CR is a really important station in Melbourne as it gives a voice to many people who just aren’t heard in mainstream media, and certainly not on their own terms. It is also the station that hosts the Yarra BUG Radio Show. Val Nagle and I present this half-hour of radio every second Monday (our colleagues, Chris and Steve present on alternative Mondays) and it gives us thirty minutes to talk about issues important to riders in the inner-north of Melbourne and beyond. It might be about budgets, advocacy, politics, infrastructure, or mad rides, riders, fun on bikes and the people behind it all. 3CR is Melbourne’s activist radio station and is the platform we use to actively inspire those who ride, or would like to ride in Melbourne. We need your support to stay on the air so it would be great if you could donate to the Radiothon, and mention Yarra BUG radio show in the appropriate box when doing so. In return, here’s a podcast from last week’s show where we were joined by City of Melbourne Cr Cathy Oke. We spent half an hour chatting about the next set of bike projects to be included in the draft budget for the city, the city’s Walking Plan and how it may or may not affect riders, Flemington Rd and Velo-city Global. Cathy generously donated to the Radiothon and in return, I’ll be sharing my riding-with-a-baby-on-the-bike expertise so that she and her daughter can hit the bike paths!
The Velo-city Global conference last week brought 600+ delegates from all over Australia and the world to Adelaide and provided some serious networking, ideas and expertise sharing, not to mention the dancing! There was also the opportunity for lots of fun with the locals as well through the Velo-fringe program and some other unofficial events.
A half hour radio program can’t even begin to scratch the surface but we thought we’d give it a shot anyway. Val Nagle and I invited another Melbourne delegate, Nik Dow of Freestyle Cyclists onto the Yarra BUG Radio Show on 3CR Monday June 2nd to run through the highlights and big issues from the conference.