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…
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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