C.ex McDonald’s CyCle Challenge – 2017

The 2017 C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge is calling for all cycling professionals, enthusiasts and eager bike-goers to clip on their helmets for another fun and exciting event.

Open to people of all ages and ability levels, and based on the turnout from previous years, organisers are expecting a large number participants this year. There is a category for everyone. Another drawcard for this year’s event is that children and teens aged under 18 years can ride for free in this years’ event thanks to this year’s major sponsors, the C.ex Coffs and McDonald’s who would like to encourage more children to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

Dubbo resident Jeanette Goodrich and her granddaughter who resides on the Coffs Coast were this year’s very first people to enter the C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge. Jeanette is an avid bike rider, although it was during 2015 that Jeanette participated in her first long ride of 40km. At 69 years of age, that is an impressive accomplishment. Jeanette blends her passion for cycling with her desire to help people in need, and in 2014, Jeanette rode a total of 600km and raised $2,500 for the Children’s Cancer Ride.

Sunday, August 6 will involve the 10km family ride, 20km, 40km, 60km, and the 100km challenge. “The ride routes are similar to last year – from Geoff King Motors Oval on Hogbin Drive Coffs Harbour, south to Sawtell then through Bonville to Raleigh and onto the Nambucca Heads interchange at Ballard’s Road. The 100km ride goes all the way to Ballard’s Road, while the shorter distances will turn around at various places on the route. The 10km family ride will follow cycle paths and quiet roads around the airport”, event manager, Judy Smith.

The finish line represents a great achievement for every participant, and the variety of distances ensures every rider can ride at their ability and pace in comfort. While many event-goers enjoy the day as a social activity, others benefit from the competitive aspect of the longer rides. Last year, Kerry Westwood took out first place in the women’s 100km while Alex Beedie cycled his way into first place in the men’s 100km category in 2:30:42 minutes. Many elite cyclists have achieved PBs (personal bests) in past years, and 2017 offers an incredible platform for delivering such results.

With categories for elite and recreational riders as well as families and riders with a disability, the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City welcomes everyone to an enjoyable day for the C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge. Entries now open. For more information, or to register for the event go to www.cexmcdonaldscyclechallenge.com/