Pedalfest declared a hit with participants

WINNER: David Farley from Hamilton won the chair which his son James accepted on his behalf, pictured above with Royce Burns from the Pedalfest committee.

WINNER: David Farley from Hamilton won the chair which his son James accepted on his behalf, pictured above with Royce Burns from the Pedalfest committee.

Organisers of the recent annual bicycle event Pedalfest have hailed it a success with numbers of participants increasing on previous years.

More than 100 cyclists joined the Newcastle to Dungog charity ride, numbers doubled for the Criterium, Bingleburra mountain race and the HMTA three hour Enduro. In glorious spring weather 110 riders competed in the Hunter Mountain Bike Association final round MTB race series on the Dungog Common which included for the first time four eBikers, one adaptive rider and 12 female riders tackling the 7.1 km loop.

Riders from Newcastle, Maitland, Central Coast, Sydney, Manning Valley, Upper Hunter and Tamworth competed in both the criterium and Bingelburra mountain race with a few Sunday riders doing the Bingleburra Challenge to Gresford and return.

2019 Pedalfest included a feedback form for participants and volunteers to fill out and return and go into the draw to win a Adirondack chair.

"The Pedalfest committee would like to thank all the volunteers who assisted over the weekend as well as the local RFS brigades, SES, council and for the first time the police motorcycle force," said John Walton.

"Many thanks must go to our sponsors Tinshed Brewery, Bike Week, Provedores, Dungog Fitness Centre, Settlers Arms, Ray White Rural, Mitchell Physiotherapy and the many local businesses who supported our Raffle. Thanks also to our Partners Newcastle Cycle Club HMBA and Newcastle Rotary."