I have just found the forum, what a great site.
I started cycling in Australia approx. two years ago having been introduced to it by my husband who has only been riding for 3 years.
We both really got the bug, getting up at 5.30am in the morning and riding along Beach Road in Melbourne, it was truly amazing. I did my longest ride in March this year of 125km on The Ottway Ride. My husband has done 250km Round the Bay - as I say we got the bug!
I never through I would be wearing Lycra, have my feet locked into pedals and be up so early in the morning!
I must admit it's not the same riding in the UK, do miss the beach and the fantastic feeling of riding in a bunch but I will still keep it up now I'm home.