Annual Grampians Wildflower Ride was a success

REGION - The Grampians Wildflower Association has presented various organisations with funds raised from last year's successful ride.

A hardy group of 180 riders registered to saddle up alongside Joel Nicholson as part of the third annual event in November.

In mild conditions riders ranging from the ages of four to 77 contended with cross winds, but all completed their chosen distances safely.

The cyclists had a choice of four distances, 15 and 30 kilometre bush rides and 55 and 120 kilometre road rides.

One hundred of the riders registered to complete the gruelling 120 kilometre course which included the climb up Mount William.

Participants had travelled from Gippsland, Melbourne, Geelong, Terang, Warrnambool, Maryborough, Port Fairy, Hamilton, Horsham, Ballarat, Ararat and as far away as Beechport in South Australia to join Stawell riders.

The ride started and finished at the Stawell Racecourse where riders enjoyed a well deserved barbecue and received a showbag of "goodies".

The lucky entrance prize of the Merida Mountain Bike was won by Keiran McIntosh from Ballarat.

Grampians Wildflower ride secretary Gerard McAloon thanked the various businesses and organisations that showed their support for this year's event.

"The committee especially thanks the number of wonderful volunteers as well as our Medic from Chilling Out, members of the Stawell SES and Stawell Apex Club," he said.

"The committee also thanks the Stawell Racing Club for the use of their facilities, an ideal location with ample parking and excellent surrounds.

"The committee would also like to thank our many sponsors including Barham Insurance, Commonwealth Bank Stawell Branch, Dave O'Donnell, Designs & Signs, Northern Grampians Shire, Rayners Mini Market, Stawell Farm Supplies Stawell Gold Mine, Stawell Harness Racing Club and Stawell Sportspower for their generous support."

Mr McAloon said the proceeds from the ride had been distributed amongst numerous local charities.

"It will be on again this year so dust off your bike and come and join us for a great day out," he said.

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