CHARITY BIKE RIDE
More than 350 participants soaked up the sun at the 11th annual Tatura 200 Charity Bike Ride.
The event on Saturday had cyclists and walkers spread across the region as part of six different events.
Event manager Georgia Vibert said the event had made for an enjoyable time for participants to be out and about in the sunshine while supporting regional charities.
She said the event, originally started by Tatura Milk Industries as a way of extending its community support beyond traditional stakeholders, had been able to raise significant funds each year for different community groups across the Goulburn Valley.
‘‘The main one this year is Marian Community, which is a division of VincentCare Victoria — they support local women and children affected by domestic violence,’’ Ms Vibert said.
Ms Vibert said this year’s event raised $90 000.
‘‘Next year we plan to hit the $1 million mark for the entire time,’’ she said.
Ms Vibert said the event catered for people of all ages and fitness levels and included rides of up to 200 km and a 10 km walking event.
‘‘Brand new this year we had the 25 km Gears and Graze Ride, which started in Tatura and finished at Murchison’s Longleat Wines, so that’s been booked out and we’re really excited to do that again next year,’’ Ms Vibert said.
She said following last year’s wet weather, the sunshine had come as a relief for all involved.
‘‘We couldn’t have asked for a better day,’’ she said.
Ms Vibert said the day was only made possible through sponsors Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries along with the 60 volunteers who assisted with traffic marshalling, registrations, drink stops and lead and tail vehicles during the day.
Participants get serious: Cyclists reach the 150 km mark with 50 km to go.
Pit stop: Tatura Milk Industries volunteers Janet Searle and Emma Pettifer tend to the 200 km cyclists in Murchison with food and drinks to fuel up for the last 50 km.
Feeling good: Tatura 200 participants John Sciacca, Deb Burch and Graham Cook looking strong with only a short distance to go of their 200 km ride.
Teamwork: Father and son Shane and Tim Slavin from Tatura braved the 200 km ride.
Fun day: Tyson Webb, 9, enjoyed the sunshine along his 25 km ride to Longleat Wines in Murchison.
Walking for a cause: Ann Lyons from Echuca came to Tatura 200, completing the 10 km walk.