Albatross ride to health

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross

Cyclists participating in Albatross' annual Ride2Work team, cycle through the gangway to HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)
Cyclists participating in Albatross' annual Ride2Work team, cycle through the gangway to HMAS Albatross.

Lycra was optional for the HMAS Albatross team who chose pedal power for their daily commute on Ride2work day, 16 October. The annual event promotes the health and financial benefits of commuting by bike and aims to inspire those who have never ridden to work before to give it a go and encourage the more frequent riders to keep at it. 

Albatross Commanding Officer Captain Simon Bateman proved worthy of his nomination as a Workplace Ambassador setting off from Gerringong at 5am for the 50km commute and said it was a great way to start his busy day. 

“As a keen MAMIL (Middle Aged Man in Lycra) I have always been a supporter of the Ride2Work initiative. It’s not only about the fitness aspect it’s also about educating other road users,” he said.

Fleet Air Arm Business Manager, Mr David Robinson joined Captain Bateman at Gerroa for the ride in.

“I’m after some general aerobic fitness aerobic for summer and cycling to work certainly provides that,” Mr Robinson said. 

“There are numerous other benefits though, in particular an early morning ride around the back of Berry which is fantastic at daybreak and was well worth the early start."

Captain Bateman and Mr Robinson then joined 50 other riders from Berry, Bomaderry, Cambewarra, North Nowra, Worrigee and Vincentia before they all converged on Nowra to form a peloton for the 9km - uphill all the way - ride to the Albatross gates.

Albatross Ride2Work Coordinator Lieutenant Commander Jeff Choat, who aims for a 30km cycling commute at least once a week, said he was pleased with the level of enthusiasm and participation.   

“The ride was delayed by 24 hours due to storms that lashed the South Coast which would have kept all but the hardiest of cyclists away. Fortunately, the weather on the day was all clear skies and light winds which was perfect for the first time riders who had thought about making the journey to work by bike but had never got around to doing it.

“Ride2Work is a great initiative, it encourages people to make a lifestyle change and other benefits include saving money on transport costs, getting fit, relaxing after work and not having to find a parking space," he said.

Navy members across the country continue to find more ways to keep fit, to fight and win at sea.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143085.