BENDIGO riders are getting ready for a bike race with a difference.
The city's first Motopostie GP features 110cc Hondas bikes, retired from active service at Australia Post. With small engines and a top speed of about 80 kilometres per hour the machines are fun and easy to ride.
Fund raised on the day will go towards the Bendigo Cancer Centre's wellness program, which aims to prevent or treat symptoms and side effects caused by disease or treatment.
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Its aim is to raise $100,000 for the program. With funds from buying and on-selling the postie bikes, the event is already $6000 on the way to target.
Event coordinator Karen McKay said the Motopostie GP was born when John Hazeldene took part in a postie bike ride through the high country. He thought it would be great to try something like that in Bendigo, and started to buy and on-sell bikes at auction.
Mrs McKay said Mr Hazeldene settled on the Bendigo Cancer Centre's wellness program as a worthy cause to donate money raised.
"Most people know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way," Mrs McKay said.
About 70 riders will participate in a series of races for the event, at the Bendigo Go-Kart Club.
But Mrs McKay said they're hoping more than 1000 people will turn up to enjoy family fun on the day.
Motopostie GP and family fun day will take place on December 1. Those interested in riding can still get involved. To find out more, visit: hazeldenes.com.au/motopostie/
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