The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Laura Briggs

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.

Pic­ture: Laura Briggs

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.

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