Rotary Club Dungog - Pedal Power

FAMILY FUN: The 'Kids and Cobwebs' ride provides a leisurely 6km ride for children and adults to enjoy the great outdoors and local scenery.
FAMILY FUN: The 'Kids and Cobwebs' ride provides a leisurely 6km ride for children and adults to enjoy the great outdoors and local scenery.

The Rotary Club of Dungog  invites the community to join them and enjoy a weekend of pedal power in the beautiful Williams Valley, with rides to suit the whole family and also the more serious competitive riders.

Dungog Pedalfest 2018, is a celebration of cycling, sociability with MTB orienteering and serious bike rides over the weekend from September 21 to 23.

The weekend is a major fund-raising event for the local community and is proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Dungog - a cause well worth pedaling for.

Pedalfest is a fantastic family focused event which gives mums’, dads, aunties, neighbours and kids the chance to explore the beautiful scenic Williams Valley.

It’s also a great way to promote a healthy lifestyle along with the opportunity to see the benefits of a low energy mode of transport with its ensuing environmental outcomes.

Tourer, MTB'er, leisure rider or just out for a cruise, the Pedalfest weekend has a ride that will suit you and offers free refreshments to keep those pedals turning.

The weekend begins with a family fun ride around the streets of Dungog and gives kids the opportunity to bring along their parents and grandparents, brush off the cobwebs and enjoy the great outdoors on this gentle 6km ride, starting at the primary school gates.

Saturday morning is the chance to take the family on a leisurely cruise around the Fosterton loop with a well earned half way break for muffins and drinks at the Fosterton bridge.

While the family and others are enjoying the tranquil country ride a group of riders competing in the Newcastle to Dungog charity bike ride will come into town to relax and enjoy some of Dungog’s friendly hospitality before heading back to Newcastle.

After lunch (free to all riders) the family groups and friends head out of town on a short road ride through the pretty country side to the historical Thalaba church where the church ladies will entice them with scones and jam.

Back in town preparations are underway for the inaugural Dungog criterium (the tour de France comes to town) when the Dungog CBD will come alive with speed and excitement as the riders race around town.

ALL IN: There's something for everyone and every ability at this year's Pedalfest. Check out the program to ensure you join in the fun across the weekend.

ALL IN: There's something for everyone and every ability at this year's Pedalfest. Check out the program to ensure you join in the fun across the weekend.

The start time is 3pm so make sure you don’t miss out.

Saturday night the Criterium riders and Bingleburra challenge riders will enjoy a dinner with entertainment by local band “the Grasscutters”, promising a great night but not a late night, so riders can head to bed nice and early.

The invitation is extended to anyone who would like to come along just book your place at the registration desk.

Sunday morning will see the start of the Bingleburra sportive full race to Gresford and back or a half race to the top of Bingleburra hill and back.

These events all offer prize money to be won and cycling Australia RACE and RIDE members only and one day licence is available on registration.

The Pedalfest 2018 committee thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who help make the event so successful and welcome all visitors to join in the fun on the weekend.

Major sponsors include Hunter water corporation* Bike week NSW sponsored by NSW government, as well as Dungog Shire council, TINSHED brewery, Ray white, Mitchell Physiotherapy, Settlers Arms, Dungog SES, RFS, Dungog High School and many much valued volunteers.

To take a look at the different rides on offer over the weekend visit: www.pedalfest.com.au