The BBTA has been around for over 30 years! We have grown from a small club offering a few bicycle tours and rides to a 250 strong member base offering over 30 rides a month plus numerous weekend tours.
In August 1983 a group of keen cyclists – Peter and Christine Brandis, Peter Muhling, Ken and Lee Sampson, Hazel Lombardo, Bob McQueen and Peter Behan – saw the need for a bicycle touring group in Brisbane and started the wheels turning. ‘Interested in Cycle touring’ leaflets were handed out at the Heart Foundation Cyclethon on Sunday 21 August 1983 and, under a large hand-painted sign (courtesy of Ken Sampson), about 50 names were collected from interested cyclists.
Thirty-five cyclists attended the foundation meeting on 22 August and the Brisbane Cycle Touring Association was born. The name was later changed to the Brisbane Bicycle Touring Association Inc when it became incorporated. Of the original committee only Ken and Lee Sampson remain members of the BBTA. In 1998 as part of the club’s 15th Birthday celebrations Ken and Lee were awarded life membership of the BBTA in recognition of their outstanding efforts in helping to found the club and their ongoing active involvement.
The first newsletter for October-December 1983 included a calendar of organised tours (rides) graded to suit different cycling abilities. Many of these rides listed below still make regular appearances on the BBTA calendar.
- Shorncliffe to Redcliffe
- Brisbane River Circuit
- Mt Mee via Samford and Dayboro
- City to Wellington Point
- City to Brookfield around the foothills of Mt Cootha
- Stradbroke Island (with the option of riding from the city)
- Around Lake Manchester