The Loop Charity Ride
Next ride 8th March 2020
Update For JULY
Registrations are now OPEN
… the indigenous name for Speers Point is …’Millabah’ … and guess what! … it means ‘place of fun’. How apt is that for so many occasions held at Speers Point Park throughout the year, but particularly as it’s the home of the Rotary Loop Charity Cycle ride on the second Sunday in March.
As we have been saying since our April Loop update, … the ride is better than ever! It might have been a rather ‘neat’ concept to ride right around the lake, but as the years progressed it became increasingly dangerous around the western and south-western parts of the course. So now we are taking a much more picturesque ‘loop’ down the eastern side of the lake to make the ride even more enjoyable. don’t forget the Family Ride.
Each year we run a same-day ride for families along the foreshore from Millabah … (Speers Point Park) to Warners Bay and back. Fabulous re-building and landscaping by the Lake Macquarie Council has turned Warners Bay foreshore into a great new area, where families can grab an ice-cream and relax for a minute to re-energise for the ride back. Tickets on sale soon. Watch this space!
But for the main ride, the early-early bird ‘loopy’registration offer of $57 is still available for a few weeks yet … Register online before the 8th of September to get the early-early bird rate.
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.
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.
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.
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