Moderate temperatures and very little wind created perfect conditions for Coonabarabran’s cycling club – the Warrumbungle Wheelers - weekend of cycling and charity fund-raiser held on 27-28 August.
The Saturday morning Coffee Ride was also well attended by local and visiting cyclists.
After a 30-kilometre ride, a long coffee and cake morning tea was held in the courtyard of Birds of a Feather café, giving local riders the chance to get to know visiting riders.
The companionship continued on Saturday evening, when a group of 40 gathered for dinner at the Imperial Hotel, providing further opportunity to reacquaint with returning riders and meet new ones.
Sunday saw a gathering of riders from as far afield as Dubbo, Cobar, Warren, Walgett, Cobar, Condobolin, Forbes, Parkes, Orange, Bathurst, Goulburn, Sydney and Newcastle, as well as our local riders, meet at the Visitor Information Centre for the Sunday rides.
Sunday’s rides consisted of the choice of the 105km Milton Judd Memorial Ride, the 40km Blackburn’s Hill Ride and the 20km Miniland Ride.
The 105km event is quite unique among many recreational rides, with long climbs up Blackburn’s Hill, Siding Spring Mountain and up out of the Warrumbungle National Park.
Most riders come to Coonabarabran to challenge themselves in this event and on Sunday a field of 40 riders set off in cool conditions at 8am, returning safely around five hours later - tired, but happy with their achievement.
To complete the day, all riders in the 40km to Blackburn’s Hill and return, and the family ride to the Warrumbungle Mountain Motel and return successfully completed their rides.
It was wonderful to see three generations riding together in the family ride and to see Bryson Jones back on the bike.
A barbecue lunch and refreshments and prize draw for riders in each of the rides completed the day’s events.
The Club would like to thank the community businesses who supported the ride weekend through their generous donations.
As a charity fund-raising ride, the Club looks forward to donating the funds raised back into the community in the near future.
Daniel Draheim, from Narrabri, enjoying the challenge of the 105-kilometre Milton Judd Memorial Ride through the Warrumbungles.