All eyes on Nati for ACE Ride

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

A‘bou­tique’ com­mu­nity cycling event will start and fin­ish in Na­timuk for the first time this year.

The 2019 Arapiles Cycling Event, of­fer­ing peo­ple a chance to pedal the Wim­mera countrysid­e on three dif­fer­ent cour­ses of vary­ing dif­fi­culty, will be on Oc­to­ber 5.

In pre­vi­ous years, the ‘ACE ride’ has seen par­tic­i­pants from across Vic­to­ria start and end their trip in Hor­sham.

Come Oc­to­ber how­ever, and it will be Na­timuk that wel­comes more than 40 cy­clists keen on mak­ing the trip through pic­turesque Grampians.

Event man­ager Mark Rad­ford said or­gan­is­ers tried to al­ter routes every year to in­spire re­newed in­ter­est.

He said cen­tring rides to Na­timuk would cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for the township, par­tic­u­larly be­cause most riders were from out­side the re­gion.

“We have 40 riders who have al­ready signed up, and only two peo­ple are from Hor­sham,” he said.

“We have a large amount from Mel­bourne and War­rnam­bool. It cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Na­timuk ho­tel, café and milk bar for ac­com­mo­da­tion and serv­ing lunch and din­ner.

“It’s very en­cour­ag­ing that we have so many

peo­ple from out­side the re­gion who are in­ter­ested.”

Cy­clists can choose from a 100, 50 or 20-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit, which all avoid main roads and in­clude manned rest stops for riders to pace them­selves and di­vide their trips into stages.

As well as a chance to en­joy a ‘quiet scenic route’, Mr Rad­ford said riders would also be sup­port­ing the Wim­mera Drug Ac­tion Task­force.

He said $20 from every 100 and 50-kilo­me­tre en­try would go to­wards sup­port­ing the task­force.

“We had 65 riders last year, and it would be fan­tas­tic if we had equal to or bet­ter than that,” he said.

“We re­ally want to en­cour­age riders of all abil­i­ties to have a crack.

“If we can get 100 riders that is $2000, which is an in­cred­i­ble do­na­tion.”

For early-bird en­try fees, the 100-kilo­me­tre route costs $75, the 50-kilo­me­tre route $65, and the 20-kilo­me­tre route $10, or $30 for a fam­ily.

All cir­cuits start from out­side Na­timuk Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The 100-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit starts at 7.30am, the 50-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit at 9am, and the 20-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit at 10am.

Peo­ple can en­ter on­line at­ or at Hor­sham Cy­clery.

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