Cyclists ready for charity ride

By Shepparton News

Between 80 and 100 riders will take to the region’s roads next Friday for the annual Good Friday Bike Ride.

The event which raises money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal is now in its 17th year and has raised more than $30000 according to organiser Phil Stevenson.

‘‘It’s a great day and we’ve always had great weather,’’ Mr Stevenson said.

Inspired by a family tragedy, the details of which he would prefer to keep private, Mr Stevenson started the event and although its popularity has waxed and waned over the years, it is still going strong he said.

Around 20 riders have participated in every single ride according to the organiser.

While he has also ridden every year himself, age is slowing him down and this year he will not be riding the full course.

Riders converge on the Butter Factory Restaurant at 8am on the day for a 9am start.

Every rider donates $20, and raffle tickets are also available.

The full course runs for about 40km according to Mr Stevenson, with participants encouraged to ride to their ability, and commences with the help of a CFA truck which leads the initial course along Wyndham St.

Anyone is welcome to attend, Mr Stevenson said.