The Article that should have published in the CWD
HELPING TO MAKE CYCLING EVEN MORE ATTRACTIVE
Cycling is on the rise with more Australians speaking with their pedals.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that for the tenth year in succession Australians have purchased more bicycles than cars, purchasing 1,154,077 bicycles in 2009. Across the ten year period since 2000, over 11,000,000 bikes have been sold in Australia, 2,000,000 greater than the car industry.
It is clear Australians are buying bicycles in record numbers and using them increasingly as a replacement to short and medium car trips.
Here in Orange, cycling is booming with a commitment and vision from the bicycle industry, cycling clubs, cycling teams and businesses helping to create more cycle friendly communities.
FFI racing owner Owen Macphillamy (pictured holding bike) resides in Orange with a passion for competitive racing.
“ The creation of a cycling team based out of the central west of NSW offers a great platform to compete on the world stage in the not too distant future.”
Owen Macphillamy has raced in Belguim and works at Darryl Grants Cycles, offering a wealth of industry knowledge to customers.
The Orange Cycle Club, driven by volunteers also provides regular cycle races, with the upcoming Christmas Cup to be held at the Forest Reefs Tavern on 18th December.
Keen supporters such as Darryl Grant (holding trophy) of Darryl Grant Cycles has been in the cycling business since the 1980s and is excited with the transformation taking place in Orange.
“Cycling is helping make our communities more friendly, fight climate change, address the obesity epidemic, reduce congestion and make Orange more liveable for all,” said Darryl Grant.
“Most important whether competitive or social, people are realising just how much fun riding a bike is,” said FFI racing owner, Owen Macphillamy.
Aldi area manager Rodney Forrest has thrown his support behind FFI Racing and Orange Cycling
“Cycling is a fantastic sport that promotes healthy living and supporting community wellbeing is imperative to a better society.”
SO LET DARRYL GRANT CYCLES PUT THE FUN BETWEEN YOUR LEGS
Media Contact: Darryl Grant
Words: MacPhillamy, Troy, Forrest, Grant