Pedal the Peel for charity

YOUNG or old, fast or slow – it doesn’t matter what your riding ability is, Pedal the Peel has a course for everyone.

CYCLING CAUSE: The Broken Spoke owner Jamie Stanton and Terry Robinson said the more people pedalling the Peel, the more money the event will raise for charity. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090217GGD03

CYCLING CAUSE: The Broken Spoke owner Jamie Stanton and Terry Robinson said the more people pedalling the Peel, the more money the event will raise for charity. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090217GGD03

Registrations are open for the fund raising cycling event, with four different courses to choose from: the escorted 15km, the short 25km, the medium 55km and the long 115km.

All start and finish at the Moore Creek tennis club, and with staggered starting times, all riders should arrive back at the same time for a barbecue with live entertainment.

Event organiser Terry Robinson said he wanted to create an event that everyone could be involved in.

“The difference with Pedal the Peel is, with most events like this you have to raise a lot of money to ride,” Mr Robinson said.

“We are only asking people to register, which is $50 or $100 for a family, regardless of how many people are in the family.”

The money raised will go towards youth support program Youth Insearch and the Banksia Mental Health Unit.

“We’ve been supporting Youth Insearch for a number of years now,” Mr Robinson said.

“We try to support lesser known charities, that don’t get a fair chunk of the charity pie.

“We’re aiming for $30,000, but the only way we make money is by having hundreds of riders, rather than 10 or 15.

“Depending on how much we get, we might even add another charity.”

While many other charity cycling events cover hundreds of kilometres over a number of days, Mr Robinson specifically designed an event that could cater for everyone.

“The 15-kilometre course is escorted, so we have a couple of experienced riders up the front and back, and it will be led by a safety vehicle,” Mr Robinson said. “There’s no timing or anything like that, it’s a personal challenge.”

Regardless of what course you settle on, Mr Robinson guaranteed a scenic ride.

“These selected routes will take you around the some of the most picturesque countryside of Tamworth, Moore Creek, Kootingal, Loomberah and the Peel Valley,” Mr Robinson said.

“Last time we had about 300 people, so we’re aiming to get that again, if not more.

“Even if you don’t take the challenge, you can still show your support by joining us at Moore Creek Tennis Club on Moore Creek Road to support the riders.

“There will be delicious food and refreshments, including steak and sausage sandwiches at the Rotary barbecue, as well as live entertainment and a cake stall.”

The event is also looking for people to volunteer on the day to be road marshals and rest stop attendants. For more information or to register visit pedalthepeel.org.au.

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