Marist Sion stu­dents make up pele­ton

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - COUNCIL NEWS -

Tak­ing on the Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride will pose a phys­i­cal chal­lenge for 13 stu­dents and five adults from Marist Sion Col­lege.

Hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in last year’s ride from Wil­son’s Promon­tory to Trafal­gar, stu­dents, staff and par­ents from the col­lege will take in beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, great coun­try towns and a hol­i­day at­mos­phere like no other fea­ture for the 35th edi­tion of the an­nual event.

The group has been work­ing on its cy­cle fit­ness since Au­gust, but the 339km jour­ney from Bright to Ruther­glen which be­gan on Sat­ur­day re­quires that they dig deep into their en­ergy re­serves.

The event be­gan in Bright, fa­mous for be­ing one of Vic­to­ria’s most scenic and bike friendly des­ti­na­tions, nes­tled in the foothills of the alpine re­gion.

There are overnight stops at: Beech­worth (two nights), Tal­lan­gatta, Ruther­glen (two nights and rest day), Yar­ra­wonga and Glen­rowan. It will fin­ish after 541 kilo­me­tres in Be­nalla. The Marist Sion team will com­plete the five-day ride.

Marist Sion Col­lege ride co­or­di­na­tor Peter Cogh­lan said Marist-Sion Col­lege has a keen cul­ture of cy­cling within both staff and stu­dents, with this year see­ing an in­creased use of the pur­pose­built bi­cy­cle com­pound, par­tic­u­larly for stu­dents and staff mak­ing their daily com­mute from home to school.

“Rid­ers this year have been sup­ported by the risk man­age­ment team at the col­lege, in­clud­ing Jacque­line Fox, Sian Van Berlo and Sally Ablett to en­sure a pos­i­tive and safe ex­pe­ri­ence is had by all,” he said.

“This epic trip of­fers stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to gain many of life’s nec­es­sary per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, self-reliance and in­de­pen­dence skills through a com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride is a fully sup­ported camp­ing hol­i­day and is the big­gest multi-day bike ride in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

There is ex­ten­sive sup­port pro­vided in­clud­ing meals, lug­gage trans­port and on-route as­sis­tance. It in­cludes a li­censed cafe, bar and restau­rant un­der can­vas, full med­i­cal team, en­ter­tain­ment and bi­cy­cle main­te­nance fa­cil­i­ties.

Bi­cy­cle Net­work has been of­fer­ing the event since 1984, and in 2018 more than 30 schools and peo­ple from across the state and be­yond make up the 3000 strong pelo­ton.

Ready to take on the Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride are Marist Sion Col­lege stu­dents and staff, from left Man­fred Nor­man, Jack Cham­pion, Jude White­side, Harry Graaf­sma, Caspian Jack­man-Riches, Huon Cogh­lan, Ni­cholas Winch­combe, Mitchell Al­latt, Tom Brook and Peter Cogh­lan (seated at front); Ab­sent: Fletcher Wad­dell, Max Richards.

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