Tour riders support locals
Cycling has become a global sport and it came right on our door step in Nagambie on Saturday when stage three of the 2018 Jayco Herald Sun Tour started at Mitchelton Winery.
Sunshine and a cool breeze met competitors, support crews and spectators at the winery and the exciting atmosphere captivated riders and spectators.
Before stage three started, riders from Benalla, Nagambie, Mooroopna and Seymour, who are part of a new group formed to support the charity Motor Neurone Disease rode off at 9 am on a 50 km ride in support of the cause.
The Neil Daniher MND entourage came through Nagambie last last year and the small team of riders wanted to make people aware and support the cause.
Support members of the group from Benalla organised souvenir and displays in marquees on the lawns of the winery.
Former professional rider Stuart O’Grady rode with the charity team which travelled from Mitchelton, to Mangalore and Avenel and back to Mitchelton.
They were welcomed back to Mitchelton under the Jayco Herald Sun Tour arch in little more than an hour’s time from the start.
Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Amanda McClaren welcomed everyone to the shire before the stage race started and said she proud of them coming to Nagambie in the middle of the tour.
Nagambie has hosted the major sporting event since 2007, when entrepreneur Gerry Ryan first entered the halls of fame in the town.
— Diane Grant
On the start line: Diane Grant
Riding for a cause:
Ready to roll: