IT was a well earned beer last Sunday afternoon as 78 bike riders pulled into Orange after a 340 kilometre bike ride to raise funds for the Orange diabetes branch.
The Orange-Forbes-Orange Ride attracted cyclist from across the central west and Sydney.
Organisers Darryl Grant and Phil Tudor said the ride was well attended in its second year of running with the number of participants doubling compared to last year.
“We wanted a ride where we could start in Orange and finish in Orange,” Mr Grant said.
“It’s $180 and you get a jersey with your name on it and accommodation and food … this is why it’s got more and more people.”
Riders departed from the Hotel Canobolas at 6.30am on Saturday and set off on a 215 kilometre ride through Molong, Cumnock, Yeoval, Baldry and Parkes on their way to Forbes.
A “kangaroo court” was held on the Saturday night to help raise funds and riders charged for lack of performance, talking it up and not delivering on promises.
“A few were getting charged for their friend’s offences,” Mr Grant said.
“You’re allowed to challenge it [the charge] but your fine might triple.”
On Sunday riders made the return 125 kilometre trip to Orange via Eugowra and Cudal.
Mr Grant said it was a fun event with a lot of laughs along the way to raising $600 for diabetes support.
PEDAL POWER (above): Among the first group of riders back to the Hotel Canobolas in the weekend ride to Forbes and back were Craig Percy, David Sharp, Paul Eccleston, Toby Tancred, Tully Richards, Michael Cain, Charlie Gascoyne and Craig McKinnon. 0916trcycle 1
Jess Symons and Alison Kittel celebrate finishing the Orange – Forbes – Orange weekend ride which kicked off Bike Week. 0916trcycle3
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