The wheels are well and truly in motion for next month’s Pedal the Peel cycling event.
The second-ever event is looking to build on the inaugural one last year, which saw more than 275 riders pedal one of three courses, from a 15km route to a 115km slog around the Moore Creek, Moonbi, Limbri, Kootingal and Daruka countryside.
It’s a family-first rather than fitness event and last year raised more than $10,000 for four charities.
This time around the event, run by the Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light, will have four courses, to cater for all types of pedallers, in the hope of getting a few more cyclists on board. The club is aiming to raise twice as much money as last year.
Spokesman James Roger said the outstanding success of the first Pedal the Peel taught them some valuable lessons, but the first and most important point to note was it was a fundraiser and a fun event, and designed to be more about community connections.
“We’re looking to build on the 2012 event, with more participants, more courses, more signage, more food and drink stops and more on-course marshalls,” Mr Roger said.
Cyclists came from Gunnedah, Armidale, Inverell, Scone and even Sydney last year to join the Tamworth contingent and organisers expect even more entrants from other places like Coffs Harbour and Narrabri this year.
The event will be held on Sunday, October 13, and start and finish at the William Cowper campus of Calrossy Anglican School on Moore Creek Rd from 7am.
And if you don’t want to ride, you can still participate. The organisers are hoping to attract more volunteers to take part, too.
Registrations are being taken online at www.pedalthepeel.org.au and cost $50.
The four courses this year include a short escorted one of 15km (designed for novice riders and less experienced and younger entrants), 30km, a 55km route and the supreme 110km.
This year Tamworth’s Billabong Clubhouse, YouthInsearch and Ronald McDonald House are the recipients of funds raised.