1997 - Four Spokes Riders participated in National Mountain Bike Championships held on Mount Majura in the ACT (Michael Johnson, Rob D, Jon Herron, Ken Ryan). Spokes was affiliated with the cycling federation at this time.


1998 - 2nd design of the Spokes Jersey becomes available. Green, white & violet in an elaborate & effective design.


1997 competition for the new Spokes jersey
(Richard ?, Robert M, Alvin P, Jon Herron)


1998 - Sydney Spokes 1st web pages went live (Sept 1998). This was sitting on a OneTel dial up account user page.


1999 – 2002 – Three years of fund raising to finance the hosting of the Gay Games cycling events & social calendar for visiting cyclists.


2002 - Sydney Spokes hosted the Gay Games cycling events


2002 - www.SydneySpokes.com Website Launched - after the club registers its domain name. Spokes is now able to publish its newsletter and ride guide online. 


2003 - Pdf's of the Spokes quarterly calendars get e-mailed to members. A small list of about 5 people still get their copy via snail mail because they don’t have an e-mail account.


2003 - Fair Day stall hired by Sydney Spokes. This becomes an annual commitment of the club. In 2004 the club also offer valet parking for cyclists attending Fair Day. The proceeds of the gold coin parking fees are donated to 2010.


2003 - On 31 March Bicycle NSW approved Sydney Spokes as a BUG (Bicycle User Group). For maximum impact and instant recognition “GAYBUG” was used as the name for BNSW affiliation. The lesbian members grumble about why LesoBUG wasn’t used instead.


2006 - 3rd design of the Spokes Jersey becomes available. This jersey features the freedom colours in horizontal bands.


History of Spokester Participation in the Gay Games:

1990 - Vancouver Games – Brett H & Frank Howarth

1994 - New York – Ken Ryan & Kate Rowe



Kate Rowe with medals won
at the 1994 New York Gay Games


1998 - Amsterdam – Kate Rowe, Michael Johnson & Rob D

2002 - Sydney Spokes hosted the 2002 Gay Games’ cycling events


History of Spokes Cycle Tours:

1991 - Mudgee to Sydney via the Hunter Valley (organised by Bicycle Victoria)

1991 - Great Ocean Road

1992 - Mt. Kosciuszko to Sydney

1993 - Flinders Ranges to Adelaide


Ken Ryan, Philip H, Ron G, David Smith, Kate H,
Liz M, Geoff C, Lachlan, Roger W, Glenys Wilson


1994          Northern Rivers region of NSW

1996          East coast of Tasmania

1997          Thredbo to Buchan (off road, mountain bike tour)



Michael Johnson, Jon Herron, Rob D, Ken Ryan, ?, ?. David Smith


1999 - NZ Tour – 2 separate groups (one women’s tour & one men’s tour)



1999 Tour of NZ South Island (Donna Richards,
Ron – Minneapolis Spokes, Ken, Michael I,
Stephen W, David Smith, Jon Herron,Michael Johnson,
?. ?, Robert Nash, ?. ?, Phil B -
San Francisco DifferentSpokes)


2000 - Tweed Heads to Sydney – NSW Big Ride


Anthony Green, Ross (Melbourne Spokes),
Ken Ryan, David Smith, ?


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