The Loop Charity Ride

Next Ride 8th March 2020

 

 

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Registrations are now OPEN

 

Don’t forget to register early for the Loop Charity-Ride on the 8th of March next year

 

We might not go right around the lake anymore, but people who enjoyed the ride this year say that while the distance is about the same as the old route, the scenery and interest along the way is ‘heaps better’.  The ride after Toronto used to be a bit ’hairy’, running the gauntlet of narrow busy roads and later, fast traffic in freeway conditions. Apart from Dora Creek, the scenery and places of interest from that point until Swansea was a bit ordinary with very few glimpses of the lake even.

The new ride is more interesting and varied, with the Fernleigh track section, a ride along the old route of Hunter coal trains.  The track is maintained in great condition by local councils… The route also goes through a corner of the Wallarah National Park. The tracks are built for walking and cycling and the remote nature of the park offers delightful forested areas and views of the wide Pacific ocean.  Catherine Hill Bay is a sleepy historical seaside village which was once the ships’ loading point for local coal … most of the old jetty is preserved and makes a great subject for photographs. After turning around for the return sector, going through Swansea foreshores is another delight for the eyes, and a great spot to pause for a breather.

Lunch and the usual facilities including a free swim at the pool will as always, be at Speers Point Park.

The provision of morning tea and water stops along the way will still be there, and there are now more marshals than ever to assist, all connected by a wide ranging radio network.

Please donate to our chosen charities*

*100% of your donation via Rotary goes to the nominated charity

Early-Birders…

Early-early bird registration is still available until September.  Registering online now will save you $20 on the December price.

See you there…On March 8th 2020

The new ride is still swept during the night before…

To minimise punctures and other ride hazards, James Reid, general manager of Advance Sweepers gets a sweeper truck out of the shed very late on the Saturday night before the event. He and one of his team then travel the route, looking for gravel, glass and any other cycle hazards they can find, and sweep them up off the road.  James and his wife Annette own the family business and have been super-generous in doing this for our riders for many years.

 They are our unseen and often unsung heroes because they do it for nothing, volunteering their time and and their expensive machinery. We are very grateful for their important nocturnal contribution.

Why doesn’t the ride ‘Loop the Lake’ anymore?

Last year’s ride-director Craig Henningham explains…

For over 20 years, until last year, our ride-route did a full loop of Lake Macquarie, hence the ‘Loop’ branding. Of course riders who have participated over the years enjoyed that idea, so we are still getting quite a number of emails asking why the route has changed.

Over the last few years of the original Loop the Lake ride, the police were becoming more and more concerned about the safety of riders, particularly on the western side of the lake. There is a greater population down that side than there was when the event first started, so there’s a lot more traffic on the road. Most of that side is just a single traffic lane with poor shoulders. With speed limits up to 90k’s in places, it was considered that the risk of having large numbers of cyclists on that part of the route had become too great. Nobody wants to be knocking on the door of a rider’s family to deliver bad news.

At first it seemed that the event would no longer receive approval and we at Warners Bay Rotary Club would have to find another avenue for fundraising. But one experienced traffic officer worked with us to come up with an acceptable route on the east side. The first ride on the changed route presented a number of unforeseen problems so again we sat down with the police to iron out the bugs. The changes we made for this year’s event resulted in great, positive feedback. (See the video clip on this page).  We are now confident that we have a safe, interesting and enjoyable new ride and we’re looking forward to many more of our previous Loop the Lake riders enjoying the new ‘Loop charity ride’.

Thank you for all your support in the past. We are all volunteers using our experience to provide an enjoyable day while raising much needed charitable funds to help people not so fortunate as ourselves.  If you weren’t able to make it this year, we hope to see you around dawn at Speers Point Park in March 2020.

Craig…

Something different…

We are always looking for something different for Speers Point Park on the day.  In 2020 Steve Whitby will have a display of his wonderfully restored bikes. It’s hard to believe they have already lived a life, before being brought back to as-new condition to be admired and ridden again.  Save some time to wander over and have a chat.

 

If you would like to be informed by email when next this webpage has been updated, just register your email address HERE

Thank You To Our Partners

Thank You To These Supporters

Lake Macquarie Area Command

A BIG Thank You to these Rotary Clubs for their generous assistance.

Belmont

Greenhills

Cardiff

Charlestown

Toronto

Toronto Sunrise

The Loop Charity Ride
Next ride 8th March 2020

 

Update For JUNE

Registrations are now OPEN

Don’t forget to register early for the Loop Charity-Ride on the 8th of March next year

We might not go right around the lake anymore, but people who enjoyed the ride this year say that while the distance is about the same as the old route, the scenery and interest along the way is ‘heaps better’.  The ride after Toronto used to be a bit ’hairy’, running the gauntlet of narrow busy roads and later, fast traffic in freeway conditions. Apart from Dora Creek, the scenery and places of interest from that point until Swansea was a bit ordinary with very few glimpses of the lake even.

The new ride is more interesting and varied, with the Fernleigh track section, a ride along the old route of Hunter coal trains.  The track is maintained in great condition by local councils… The route also goes through a corner of the Wallarah National Park. The tracks are built for walking and cycling and the remote nature of the park offers delightful forested areas and views of the wide Pacific ocean.  Catherine Hill Bay is a sleepy historical seaside village which was once the ships’ loading point for local coal … most of the old jetty is preserved and makes a great subject for photographs. After turning around for the return sector, going through Swansea foreshores is another delight for the eyes, and a great spot to pause for a breather.

The new ride is still swept during the night before…

James Reid

To minimise punctures and other ride hazards, James Reid, general manager of Advance Sweepers gets a sweeper truck out of the shed very late on the Saturday night before the event. He and one of his team then travel the route, looking for gravel, glass and any other cycle hazards they can find, and sweep them up off the road. James and his wife Annette own the family business and have been super-generous in doing this for our riders for many years.

Advance Sweepers

They are our unseen and often unsung heroes because they do it for nothing, volunteering their time and and their expensive machinery. We are very grateful for their important nocturnal contribution.

Something different…

We are always looking for something different for Speers Point Park on the day. In 2020 Steve Whitby will have a display of his wonderfully restored bikes. It’s hard to believe they have already lived a life, before being brought back to as-new condition to be admired and ridden again. Save some time to wander over and have a chat.

If you would like to be informed by email when next this webpage has been updated, just register your email address HERE

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