Tour de Range celebrates another year

TAKING OFF: Riders taking part in the 2016 Tour de Range last Sunday. PHOTO: Supplied (Facebook: Tour de Range).

TAKING OFF: Riders taking part in the 2016 Tour de Range last Sunday. PHOTO: Supplied (Facebook: Tour de Range).

The 2016 Tour de Range was held last Sunday, bringing together cyclists from across the region to take part in a cycling event that spans almost 90 kilometres and raising money for local causes.

This year saw 80 entrants get on their bikes at Wallerawang to ride out to Portland, Garlands Hill, Meadow Flat, Dark Corner and Sunny Corner before doubling back.

Wallerawang Bowling Club hosted the riders for a meal after they returned, where they also auctioned off a jersey from international cycling star Mark Renshaw—who hails from Bathurst—which sold for $700.

Money raised on the day went to local causes, including helping a young local girl with learning disabilities to afford help with speech therapy among others.

Prizes donated included a $7,000 pushbike from Goulburn Greengrocer Cycling, equipment from Kable’s Auto Electric, as well as prizes from Zig Zag Brewery, Newnes Hotel and 2BS Gold and more.

Local riders in the event included George and Billinda Auld, Jill and Graham Stait, Kym MacCullagh, Jo Staines, Garry and Bryson Dukes and more.

Event organiser Glen Partridge said it was another great year for the Tour de Range.

“Everyone went away with a full belly and a smile on their face,” Mr Partridge said.

Mr Partridge wanted to thank all who donated prizes and sponsors including Centennial Coal, Thales, Valley Bob Cat, Bathurst City Council and members of Bathurst Cycle Club who helped with leadout cars and safety at the event.

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