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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
As the weary riders of the Ride for Chopper Mountain Bike Challenge rolled into Tamworth on 20 September, they were greeted with a hero’s welcome from the radio DJs at 92.9 FM, Tamworth’s hit music station. The four hour outside broadcast from the Ser vice’s Tamworth base was an opportunity for the community to show their support as the riders returned home after their seven day adventure. Riders welcomed home on air More than 120 cyclists attended the Crowne2Crowne charity ride in October, the largest number of registrations in the five year histor y of the event. Riders of all skill levels cycled 59km from Crowne Plaza Newcastle to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, with the more experienced riders making a return trip. Crowne Plaza Newcastle General Manager, Robert Coates, praised all the participants. “I am delighted by the turnout we received and the enthusiasm shown by the riders. More than $7,800 was raised for a wor thy cause and everyone had fun doing it.” The ride kicked off at 7:30am along Honeysuckle Drive following a bacon and egg breakfast. Riders stopped to enjoy refreshments and Crowne2Crowne marks five years More than $650,000 has been raised over the event’s 13 year history, with the 2013 ride smashing expectations and contributing $65,000 to the Service. The leg between Peak Hill and Wellington was abandoned due to torrential rain, but this did little to dampen the spirits of the entourage of Elvis wannabes. Service Regional Coordinator, Barry Walton, said that the event was one of the most successful to date. Ride for Chopper has been a great event for a long time. Every year it keeps growing, and everyone’s looking forward to next year,” he said. a BBQ lunch in Kurri Kurri before taking on the final leg to Lovedale. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2013 Page 7
Rescue - Autumn 2014