10th ANNUAL RIDE HELPS RAISE 100k
Tatura’s annual bike and charity ride has raised more than $100 000 this year as the event celebrated its 10th birthday.
About 300 competitors took part in the Tatura 200 Charity Bike Ride and Walk despite internment bouts of rain.
Organiser Georgia Odgers said it was a really good day out where cyclists rode a variety of distances, with the longest length the 200 km ride.
She said a private function was held on Friday evening to celebrate the milestone year with the event raising $750 000 since its inception.
This year’s event once again supported the VincentCare Victoria Hume Community Hub through Marian Community, an organisation that supports women and children affected by domestic violence.
The event will also provide funding towards The Community Fund Goulburn Valley’s Education Lift Off Scholarships, Tatura Walks and Rides Group, Give Me 5 For Kids, FamilyCares Sporting Chance program, Teen Challenge and a number of service organisations.
Ms Odgers said she would like to thank the sponsors, in particular diamond sponsors Tatura Milk Industries and Bega Cheese Limited.
‘‘We also had over 60 volunteers from various organisations,’’ Ms Odgers said.
The event was held from 6.30 am to 5 pm on Saturday, with riders starting and finishing at the Tatura Italian Social Club.
On the go: Tatura Milk employee Carmel Bicknell from Shepparton grabs her bike.
Right: Ian Chilman rolls into finish line.
Leaders: The first riders to return from the initial 100 km (part of the 200 km course), Tony Michel from Shepparton and Byron Woods from Nathalia.
All smiles (above): Gino Attana, Shepparton’s Katie Ross-Soden and Kialla’s Vince Grifo.