Walcha challenge for chopper

Ride with a view: Carl Hooton pumps the legs around the picturesque 14km Walcha Mountain Bike Challenge course on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin 161016PH

Ride with a view: Carl Hooton pumps the legs around the picturesque 14km Walcha Mountain Bike Challenge course on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin 161016PH

The 10th annual Westpac Rescue Chopper Walcha Mountain Bike Challenge attracted over 70 riders to the picturesque New England region.

Riders ranged from veterans mountain bikers like Tamworth based solo winner Michael Sherwood right through to amateur riders, like the Walcha swim clubs team, the Fish out of Water, who won the Mountain Motors Community Challenge division.

Isla Mademont took out the open female solo division, while pairs, triples and fours from all over competed in the teams and junior events on the day.

The riders were greeted by a beautifully sunny Walcha day on Sunday, with the hilly course located near the historical Langford Homestead on the Gloucester Road.

Organiser Carolyn Feltham said it was a big day and a great day.

“We were lucky to get the great weather,” Feltham said.

“We had riders from all over in the juniors, seniors, teams and families.” 

“It was just a great day.” 

The challenging course was a 14km loop ridden in a six hour format, with riders or teams competing to finish the most laps in that amount of time with at least one hour in the saddle each.

All the funds raised from the ride went straight to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, which was fortunately not required on the day as all riders finished with a smile on their face.

It was just a great day - Carolyn Feltham

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