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New bicycle challenge for Snowy Valleys

Cyclists at the Sharps Creek turnoff.

Tumut Rotary Club will be hosting a new road bicycle event named Snowy Valleys Cycle Challenge, to be staged in the council area on Sunday, March 24, 2019, travelling on quiet rural and forestry roads with minimal traffic.

There are three distances on offer with a 26km, 72km and the signature event, 144km. All rides will start and finish at the Adelong Showgrounds.

The 26km event will pedal to Wondalga Fire Shed and return to Adelong Showgrounds.

The 72km event travels to Wondalga, on to Batlow to checkpoint and refreshments at Batlow Literary Institute provided by Batlow Rotary Club, then the event continues south on Tumbarumba Road to Bago Road, turn right and continue next checkpoint on corner Bago Road and Broadleaf Park Road (known to many locals as The Link Road), retrace to Wondalga and left back to finish at Adelong Showgrounds.

The feature event of 144km travels the same path through Wondalga, Batlow, Bago Road, but at the Broadleaf Park intersection participants will turn left and pedal onto Taradale Road intersection, turn left and into Tumbarumba Showgrounds where again a checkpoint/refreshments/lunch station will be located where riders will be provided with lunch by Rotary Club of Tumbarumba.

Participants will retrace their steps back to Adelong Showgrounds via Taradale Road, Broadleaf Park Road, Greenhills Access Road to Wondalga and finally Adelong Showgrounds.

“Organisers are excited to offer an event Jersey and matching bib and brace to promote the event at very reasonable prices,” event spokesman Bruce Giles said.

Entries are now open www.snowyvalleyscyclechallenge.com.au.

The website has plenty of information, entry details and registration for the event, ordering facility for event jersey and bib and brace, accommodation choices, tourist information for Snowy Valleys Council region.

“The Adelong Showgrounds will offer a carnival type atmosphere for visitors and locals to enjoy during and after the event,” Mr Giles said.