Gear­ing up for ACE ride

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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. ac­ 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.

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