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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2017
Experience the adventure of a lifetime whilst raising money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Ride 300km over 5 days with a full support crew, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Travel through national parks and scenic coastal terrain visiting Norah Heads, Tuggerah Lakes, Awaba MTB Park and Myuna Bay. To register go to http://cycleclassic2017.gofundraise.com.au For further information contact Annette Watson email@example.com or phone 4952 0000 2 017 CYCLE CLASSIC WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH TO SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2017 Proudly supported by Diary excerpts from Ride Captain Bernard Corbett Day 1: Helicopter Base to Norah Head Holiday Park The 30 riders were eager for the adventure the next five days would bring. The weather was unkind early on but did improve as the day progressed – a pattern that would continue for the next five days. This was to be without question the wettest ride I’ve done in some 16 years of participation. We enjoyed the ride through Swansea, Catherine Hill Bay through Frazer Park into Budgewoi using cycleways, a bit of bush and suburban roads before lunch at Elizabeth Bay. We then journeyed to our stop for the next two nights at Norah Head Holiday Park. All the riders arrived well fed thanks to our awesome catering crew. Fines and laughs accompanied a pizza dinner. Day 2: Norah Head/Tuggerah Lake loop Our ride started under heavy skies and persistent rain, but all were enthusiastic to enjoy the loop around Tuggerah Lake on predominantly a cycleway path back through Wyong and North Tacoma to Norah Head Holiday Park for a terrific lunch, again cooked up by our tremendous catering crew. A couple of route alterations were made due to the inclement weather conditions, however the situation improved during the day with riders enjoying a swim at Norah Head and a coffee afterwards. Tonight we ate at the local club where again there were plenty of laughs around the fines and cross-fine sessions. Day 3: Norah Head to Myuna Recreational Holiday Park After a wonderful breakfast we headed out to our first school visit, at Tuggerawong Public. Presentations were made by Centennial Coal and Pacific National, two of our major partners on the ride. We then rode to Jilliby Public for another school visit, this one was as equally rewarding with a hall full of enthusiastic students all ready to participate in question time. We were entertained by a rendition of the school song, clearly showing pride and appreciation for our visit. Dinner was in-house tonight and what a feast! This was excellent timing as, given the overnight rain, the planned ride to Awaba MTB Park for day four was adjusted. Day 4: Myuna Bay/Watagan Forest loop The adjusted ride turned into an epic. Two of our riders, the Bentley Boys (Jarod and Clint), live locally, and they were our guides. Now, these boys are very fit and what is a casual loop for their training certainly was a test for the rest of us. But in true style, and under at times some very heavy rain, the riders just got on with it. Our final night’s dinner was a hoot, complete with excellent entertainment and awards for yours truly, Brian Leonard, Katie Brassil and Philip Mullard for their ongoing contribution. I was heavily fined for my memorable trip over the handlebars while negotiating a mud hole. Day 5: Myuna Bay to Awaba House Park We started in very heavy rain and our trip from Dobell Drive to Wangi was literally awash. Without exaggeration, at times we would have been better off in a kayak. Again, everyone just got on with it and, in fact, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After a terrific morning tea our trusty escort vehicles were given a leave pass to ensure they made it to the finish before we did in order to join family and friends in welcoming us home. After five days of challenging weather conditions, the riders had done well with no major incidents and a sense of morale that could not be eroded. Similarly, our volunteers and Rescue Helicopter staff, who also had to cope with the wet conditions, had done a sensational job. We raised well over $90,000 and could all be rightly proud of our efforts and contribution to the Newcastle/Hunter community in supporting this wonderful cause to ensure no one ever pays to be assisted. 20 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2017
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