Gearing up for ACE ride
Wimmera residents and visitors who want to enjoy the picturesque landscape between Horsham and Natimuk can sign up for the 2018 Arapiles Cycling Event. This year’s ‘ACE ride’ is on Saturday, October 6. Organiser and Horsham councillor Mark Radford said the event provided an opportunity for cyclists to get out and about and enjoy their own patch.
“It is also an opportunity for visiting cyclists to explore the ‘big sky’ Wimmera landscape as they ride to and from Mount Arapiles,” he said.
“With rest stops along the way, the ride is an opportunity for new cyclists to stretch their legs on the 53-kilometre route from Natimuk or a nice workout for the more experienced riders along the 128-kilometre circuit from Horsham.”
The Horsham loop starts at Sawyer Park at 7.30am and the Natimuk circuit starts outside the shire office, NC2, in Natimuk at 9am. The ACE ride avoids main roads and is not a race. “For people who would like to support the event, but not ride, extra marshals are always appreciated to guide the cyclists along the way,” Cr Radford said.
The annual event raises money for the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce.
“Alcohol abuse and issues with other drugs in our community is a real concern, particularly for our young people,” Cr Radford said.
“The taskforce is active in our schools, our sporting clubs and through public forums, informing the community about strategies to counteract the impact of illegal drugs and misuse of legal drugs.
“Taskforce representatives include medical professionals, welfare service providers, police, council, alcohol and other drug counsellors and concerned parents.”
People can enter the 2018 Arapiles Cycling Event online at www. aceride.com.au or at Horsham Cyclery. Riders can also sign up on the day but will pay a higher fee. Entry is $65 for the 128-kilometre circuit or $75 on the day, and $55 for the 53-kilometre circuit, or $65 on the day.
An optional end-of-meal ride is $15.