Leisure ride supports charity

The group of cyclists at the town square last Friday. PICTURE: Andrew Lodiong

A group of cyclists earned a well-deserved rest after arriving in Broken Hill after a mammoth ride last Friday.

The friendship group parked their mountain and gravel bikes at the town square in the late afternoon when they completed a 537km trip from Nuriootpa SA.

Rider Greg Meyer said the team, that included a few former locals, were sore upon arrival but had fun traveling to the Silver City.

“Everyone enjoyed it and had a good time,’ he said. “A couple of guys have tweaked their knees a bit but overall no serious injuries.”

The 15 cyclists started their journey on February 27 and averaged 90kms a day in good weather.

They stopped in several towns along the way including Manna Hill and Mingary.

A permanent support person accompanied the group with rotation of drivers for two other vehicles that stored sleeping, dining and food supplies.

This year, the group decided to raise funds for Cancer Council in honour of a friend Mike McGrath who died from the illness.

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“I had a mate pass away almost a year to the date,” Greg said.

“As well as all of us coming up for a ride and getting together and enjoying each other’s company, we also managed to raise money for Cancer Council which is good.

“When we got reception, we sent photos back to everyone who has been donating.”

The ride managed to generate over $2500 over the 12 days on the road. This is the fourth trip the group has taken over the past two decades.

Greg said he hopes it can happen again soon and has already integrated new members into the group.

“I brought my two sons this time and they are already thinking of getting some of their mates together and doing it,” he said.

The group enjoyed some fun and relaxation over the weekend before dispersing back to their hometowns.

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