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CY­CLISTS in the Swan Val­ley will cel­e­brate a mile­stone for Bike in the Val­ley this Sun­day.

The an­nual event cel­e­brates its 21st an­niver­sary, with cy­clists in a 9km, 23km or 34km ride.

The event is free and caters to all fit­ness lev­els, with a “sag wagon” sup­port ve­hi­cle to help any­one who needs as­sis­tance.

Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright said more than 400 rid­ers at­tended last year.

“It is a fun fam­ily event that tra­di­tion­ally at­tracts rid­ers from all ages, from tod­dlers on bike seats to cy­clists who are al­most 90 years old,” he said.

“Au­tumn is also a great time to visit the Swan Val­ley on two wheels, with the ideal weather, green­ery and pad­docks of an­i­mals to ad­mire dur­ing the ride.”

The cir­cu­lar ride starts and fin­ishes at West Swan Oval, where there will also be a ‘bike doc­tor’, cof­fee van and sausage siz­zle.

Rid­ers can also bring along a pic­nic.

The three routes will be marked and key cor­ners will be manned by mar­shals.

Swan Val­ley-Gidgegannup ward councillor Rod Hen­der­son said cycling was one of the best ways to take in the Swan Val­ley.

“You re­ally get a feel for the Swan Val­ley as you pedal past the vine­yards, pad­docks and tourist at­trac­tions that you can’t re­ally get when driv­ing through,” he said.

Reg­is­tra­tions open at 9am at West Swan Oval, with the ride start­ing at 10am

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d468079

Cr Rod Hen­der­son gets ready for Bike in the Val­ley.

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