Cyclists, families ready for fun

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Cyclists, families ready for fun

THOUSANDS of people will visit Inverloch this Saturday, November 14, for the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival.
The two highlights of the town’s social calendar will combine, presenting cycling, fun runs and family friendly activities all on the one day.
The Inverloch and District Lions Club and challenge organisers have united to present a day to remember.
More than 600 people have registered for the cycle challenge, event director Gavin Slavin said.
“We have seen fantastic growth this year, on top of steady increases over the five years we’ve been running this charity event,” he said.
“It’s testament to the quality of the event and the spectacular scenery riders get to experience.
“The increase is also due to the fact all proceeds from the fund driver education programs in secondary schools across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland regions, making our roads safer for all.”
Mr Slavin said people can still register between now and event day.
“Historically we have seen several hundred people register at our registration hub the day prior or on event day, so we are expecting many to do the same again this year,” he said.
But Mr Slavin said with rider numbers capped at 1000 to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, he recommended riders secure their place in advance through the online registration process.
“While we take registrations on event day, registrations can still be done online now, or at the registration hub on A’Beckett Street Inverloch on November 13 and 14,” he said.
Rides leave Inverloch and head into the hills, before returning via Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson. Cyclists can choose from 121km, 85km, 53km and 40km rides.
Lions club president Klaus Edel said the festival would offer events for people of all ages.
“It’s a great chance for the community to get together,” he said.
The festival also includes fun runs over 1.8km, 5km and 10km, and a children’s 5km fun bike ride, plus best decorated bike competition with a new bike the prize.
There are BMX and skateboard competitions, jumping castle, rock climbing wall, go karts, face painting, buskers and street activities.
Children will enjoy an animal farm, and basketball shooting and Aussie Rules football handball competitions.
Check out displays by the Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Service and Ambulance Victoria in A’Beckett Street. The CFA will bring its 42m ladder from Traralgon, and Wonthaggi and Inverloch brigades will also be present.
Most events, including the start of rides, will be held in A’Beckett Street, but Reilly Street will be closed from A’Beckett Street to the supermarket car park.
Scouts will cook sausages and there will also be a slushie stall.
Check out more online at www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com

All ages: riders start out from Inverloch in last year’s Bass Coast Cycle Challenge.

All ages: riders start out from Inverloch in last year’s Bass Coast Cycle Challenge.

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