Tour rid­ers sup­port lo­cals

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - Be­nalla and Nagam­bie MND team rid­ers with Stu­art O’Grady and other rid­ers who rode 50 km across the dis­trict be­fore the stage start at Mitchel­ton. Pic­tures: Rid­ers start the 214 km race to Lake Moun­tain, stage three of the Jayco Her­ald Sun Tour, from Mitc

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

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