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Monday, 04 September 2017 15:00

Win a Bike during Bike Week

Saturday, 23 September is a busy biking day for the Upper Hunter as part of NSW’s Bike Week (16-24 September) and this year all Upper Hunter Shire residents have a chance to win a bike.

The day starts with a four-kilometre bike ride in Scone from the Bill Rose Sports Complex over to Scone TAFE using the town’s new cyclepath, which was opened in May during Horse Week. The ride will leave the complex at 9.30am and refreshments will be supplied at TAFE.

At lunchtime people can to take up the opportunity to whizz a bike around the concrete walls of a velodrome for free at Muswellbrook’s Ron King Velodrome. Anyone keen to have a try at the velodrome is welcome from 12.30pm where bikes will be available to use for free and there will also be a barbecue lunch.

Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Sports Participation Officer Nicky Western said people of all ages and abilities were welcome to attend both events.

“Appropriately our ride to TAFE will be the first official use of our new cyclepath,” Ms Western said. “Then over at the velodrome everyone always has fun, it’s rare for a town Muswellbrook’s size to even have a velodrome. It was built in the 1940s and is believed to be the smallest velodrome in the Southern Hemisphere at 166 metres around.”

For those interested in a slightly longer and incredibly more scenic bike ride, at 8.30am on Sunday morning, 24 September, there is a 50-kilometre-return ride from the Bill Rose Sports Complex to Cressfield Stud for coffee and cake. The ride is fully-supported by a vehicle and trailer for those who’ve had enough and need the comfort of four wheels.

“As an added bonus this year, anyone who takes part in any ride over the weekend will automatically go into the draw to win a bike,” Ms Western said. “And to make it fair for those who can’t attend one of the rides, all Upper Hunter Shire Council residents can still get an entry in as part of our ‘Pimp Your Bike’ competition.”

To ‘Pimp your Bike’ simply decorate your bike to show off your personality; ‘Like’ Upper Hunter Shire Council’s facebook page - facebook.com/upperhunter.shirecouncil (you might need mum or dad to help) and then send us a photo of your bike via facebook messenger. We’ll post your photo on our page and you’re in the draw!

Don’t own a bike? Scone’s Visitor Information and Horse Centre has bikes and helmets for hire at $5 an hour; $10/3hrs and $20/8hrs. Thanks also to Scone Sports Store for being involved and supporting Bike Week.

For details on the events call Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Sports Participation Officer, Nicky Western on 6540 1100 or 0414 806 074. Full instructions for entering the competition is available on Council’s website upperhunter.nsw.gov.au and for more details on Bike Week see  www.transportnsw.info/bikeweek

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