The Urbanist is giving away two copies of Where to Ride (in the city of your choice)


The Where to Ride series published by Bicycling Australia provides comprehensive guides to cycling paths and routes in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (SEQ), Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart (Tasmania).

Information on how to enter is provided below. The winners can choose the book on the Australian city of their choice.

These are high quality books, selling at my LBS for $34.95. Here’s the publishers blurb on the Sydney version of the guide:

The 144 rides included in Where to Ride Sydney range from short rides, suitable for beginners or younger riders, to longer distances that demand a reasonable degree of fitness and skill. Each of the rides described is rated to give a guide as to what to expect. There is also a location map and directions to help navigate you through the ride.

Designed to be a useful resource, Where to Ride Sydney is much more than just a good read. With clear directions, stunning photography, GPS generated mapping, and interesting background information for each ride, Where to Ride Sydney sets a new standard for quality and presentation in cycling guide books.

The book uses a gloss paper stock, tough enough to cope with the rigours of sweaty hands and plenty of use out on the trail. Riders will appreciate the sturdy construction and convenient spiral binding of the book, this includes a fold out overview map of all 144 rides that doubles as a book marker with map legend, ride ratings and terrain guide. Riders can refer between the map they are using and reference information with ease.

Author Simon Hayes, who is also Editor of Bicycling Australia, brings a wealth of experience to Where to Ride Sydney. He has personally ridden hundreds of kilometres around Sydney to map the rides for the book. An exciting bonus is a chapter on kid’s rides, so everyone in the family can join in the fun of cycling!

Bicycle Australia also has guides to cycling routes in regional Victoria, as well as mountain biking routes in Sydney and Melbourne.

It publishes guides to cycling routes in overseas cities too, including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and Washington DC.

To be in the running to win one of the two copies on offer, all you have to do is answer this simple question: How many bicycles in the one household is just too bloody many?

Post your answer in the Comments section below. Entries close midnight, Friday 10 May 2013. One entry per person and the books will only be posted within Australia.

The winners can choose which Australian cities they want. Books will be posted direct by Bicycle Australia.

As always, the quality of your nomination has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on whether or not you’ll win. The winner will be determined strictly at random.

There’s no correct answer – you just can’t be in the running unless you offer an answer of some sort.

Of course, a little explanation and even a modicum of wit would be appreciated, but isn’t necessary. If you can’t think of an answer, your entry will be valid if you put “too many is never enough” or “nil – everyone should walk”.