The Loop Charity Ride

Next ride 8th March 2020

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Registrations are now OPEN

 

Cock-a-hoop about the Loop!….

Welcome to all those who enjoy a great cycle ride that many have said is the best organised ride of them all. Not to mention that it has raised almost 2 million dollars over the years.

The big news this month is that early-early-bird registrations are open …

…by registering before September you can save $20 on the December ride registration fee. (You pay only $57). There’s a link on this page that will take you there … have your ride-diary ready and ink-in the Loop event for the 8th of March 2020.

 

 

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.

 

 

Early-Birders…

Entrants undertaking the ‘serious’ ride on March the 8th next year, will be able to take online advantage of two early-bird opportunities.
If you book from 8th May to 7th of September, registration will cost only $57.  Between 8th September and 7th of December you’ll be able to get a bargain at $67.  From 8th December to Loop on the day in March… registration will still be great value at $77.

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…

A feature you may notice on the ride next year may be the participation of some citizens who may be older than you would expect to see in the Loop event.  Novacare has suggested they may enter one or two ’triobikes’ complete with passengers. In September last year 6 young Danish guys began their long ‘Cycling Without Age’ ride. Setting off from Newcastle’s harbourside they gave free rides on the triobikes before setting off on their first leg to Singleton headed for Melbourne and Hobart. Cycling Without Age’s website has more about the fun they have working with older people … cyclingwithoutage.org.au

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

Sponsors

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 MAY

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Registrations are now OPEN

 

Cock-a-hoop about the Loop!….

Welcome to all those who enjoy a great cycle ride that many have said is the best organised ride of them all. Not to mention that it has raised almost 2 million dollars over the years.

The big news this month is that early-bird registrations are open …

…by registering before September you can save $20 on the December ride registration fee. (You pay only $57). There’s a link on this page that will take you there … have your ride-diary ready and ink-in the Loop event for the 8th of March 2020.

 

 

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.

 

 

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…

Early-Birders…

Entrants undertaking the ‘serious’ ride on March the 8th next year, will be able to take online advantage of two early-bird opportunities.
If you book from 8th May to 7th of September, registration will cost only $57.  Between 8th September and 7th of December you’ll be able to get a bargain at $67.  From 8th December to Loop on the day in March… registration will still be great value at $77.

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.

Something different…

A feature you may notice on the ride next year may be the participation of some citizens who may be older than you would expect to see in the Loop event.  Novacare has suggested they may enter one or two ’triobikes’ complete with passengers. In September last year 6 young Danish guys began their long ‘Cycling Without Age’ ride. Setting off from Newcastle’s harbourside they gave free rides on the triobikes before setting off on their first leg to Singleton headed for Melbourne and Hobart. Cycling Without Age’s website has more about the fun they have working with older people … cyclingwithoutage.org.au

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

Sponsors

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

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