September a chance to ride for dad

PEDAL POWER: City of Greater Bendigo's Robert Kretschmer,  Axedale: Our Town Our Future's Yvonne Wrigglesworth, Friends of Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail's Lawrie Edward, Junortoun Community Action Group's Ian Ross, City of Greater Bendigo's Steven Abbott and Junortoun Community Action Group's Denise Johns prepare for the ride. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

PEDAL POWER: City of Greater Bendigo's Robert Kretschmer, Axedale: Our Town Our Future's Yvonne Wrigglesworth, Friends of Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail's Lawrie Edward, Junortoun Community Action Group's Ian Ross, City of Greater Bendigo's Steven Abbott and Junortoun Community Action Group's Denise Johns prepare for the ride. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

WITH spring around the corner the City of Greater Bendigo is encouraging families to get their bikes out of the shed.

As part of Men's Health Week the Ride for Dad event will take place on Saturday, September 6, at the O'Keefe Rail Trail.

The ride starts at the Longlea part of the O'Keefe Rail Trail and families have the option to ride to Axedale or Junortoun and back again.

Each ride is designed as either a 12-kilometre or 18-kilometre round trip.

Event co-ordinator Steven Abbott said fitness wasn't a priority for people wanting to take part.

“The idea is that participants ride as far as they wish," he said.

"The O’Keefe Rail Trail is relatively flat and very safe, protected from the road and passing cars, so it’s the perfect ride for young families or those people who don’t want to ride too far or aren’t too confident on a bike."

Mr Abbott said the Junortoun, Axedale and Longlea communities were excited to take part in the event.

"The ride is also an opportunity to showcase the great work of the local residents who are passionate about their townships," he said.

The ride gets underway at 10am on Saturday, September 6, from Longlea Lane, Longlea and there will be a free barbecue lunch at midday and live music until 2pm.

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