Daniel Pomering never used to be interested in cycling.
It took a serious workplace injury for the Mount Annan local to get on the bike - and he hasn't looked back since.
Pomering is now part of the Camden Cycle Club and races in huge challenges year after year.
But five years ago, the very thought of hopping on a bike seemed ludicrous.
"I had a serious injury at work - I fell off of a boom lift and damaged both of my hips," he said.
"I was in an out of hospital for about a year - I had seven operations. I now have two titanium hips and some titanium in my back.
"We didn't know how well I'd be able to move after the operations."
But during this time Pomering's wife picked up cycling as a hobby and once he got some movement back, he decided to join her.
"At first I hated it, I was so sore," he said.
"I was really nervous about falling off in case I injured myself again.
"But I pushed through and it was a really good way to keep fit.
"I loved the freedom of riding the bike."
Pomering now rides every week and is particularly looking forward to the Southern Region Interclub Series event at Menangle next weekend.
The road race will see Camden Cycle Club members compete against riders from Nowra Vero Club, Southern Highlands Cycling Club, Illawarra Cycling Club, Goulburn Cycling Club and Jindabyne Cycling Club.
Pomering said cyclists received points for taking part in each race of the Interclub Series and more than 90 riders were expected in Menangle on July 13.
The race is about 60 kilometres, but the distance barely phases Pomering.
"The race is half over before we've warmed up," he said.
"I'll be heading to France shortly after Menangle to race in an event before the Tour de France.
"I qualified for that event through the Le'tape road race last year - that race was 175 kilometres.
"They were looking for riders with interesting stories to be ambassadors in France, so I sent in my story and I was chosen - it's something to really look forward to."
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