Dungog Pedalfest is back and has something for everyone.
The event billed as “a weekend celebration of cycling, sociability with mountain bike orienteering and some serious bike riding” will be held from September 21 to 23.
Pedalfest is a major fund-raising event for the community and is proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Dungog.
“Pedalfest is a fantastic family event which gives mums, dads, aunties,uncles , neighbours, kids and even grandparents the chance to explore the beautiful scenic Williams Valley,” said one of the event organisers, John Walton.
He said there is a ride to suit any type of rider.
“Tourer, Racer, MTB'er, leisure rider or just out for a cruise, around the town’s historical buildings we have a ride that will suit you,” he said.
Day one on Friday September 21 will see a Kids and Cobwebs 6 kilometre ride from 4pm with more rides on Saturday including the Fosterton Loop. The event has a carb dinner on the Saturday night with entertainment by the Grasscutters before more rides (including over the Binngleburra mountain) on Sunday.
This year will see the introduction of the inaugural Dungog Criterium.
“The Town is set to erupt when cyclists take to the streets in the heart of Dungog,” said mr Walton.
“Riders will race multiple laps of the Dungog central business district as spectators cheer them on for each enduring lap.”
The weekend long event attracts around 300 participants and their families.
But the event isn’t just for the visitors, there is a big call out for the Dungog community to get involved.
“Whether it be as a participant, competitor or most importantly volunteering your time to help out, there’s an option to suit everyone,” said Mr Walton.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways from marshalling, traffic control, food distribution and directing competitors around the various rides which can involve a range of time commitments offering as little as a couple of hours, half or full day to the whole weekend.
Mr Walton said the Pedalfest committee would like to acknowledge the support of RFS, SES, Dungog Lions and Dungog shire council for their support as volunteers.
To compete, visit the new website www.pedalfest.org.au .