The Loop Charity Ride

Next Ride 8th March 2020

 

 

Update For NOVEMBER 2019

Follow Us On FaceBook

and ask your friends to like our page

Counting Down To The Next LOOP CHARITY RIDE

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

:

Second(s)

See Ya There!

Registrations are now OPEN

Only about 3 months to go… 

The 2020 Loop Charity ride preparation is firmly on course… Organisers are reporting ’steady as she goes’ and all arrangements are dropping neatly into place.

Don’t forget that until the 8th of December the early Bird registration of $67 is still available … save $10 and book before then when the full Registration of $77 will be in place.

The Loop Charity ride is one of the best rides on the calendar … ok we had to re-design the route away from the Eastern side of Lake Macquarie, but many are saying the the new ride is just as challenging but the scenery is much better. If you haven’t enjoyed the ride for a while, make 2020 the start of a new annual date in your ride diary.  They still say its the best organised ride of the lot offering great value for money, while Rotary fundraising dollars always go to  great causes.
See you in March… in the meantime keep watching for our monthly updates right here on the website.

 

 

Family Ride.

Each year we run a same-day ride for families along the foreshore from Millabah … (Speers Point Park) to Warners Bay and back.  Fabulous re-building and landscaping by the Lake Macquarie Council has turned Warners Bay foreshore into a great new area, where families can grab an ice-cream and relax for a minute to re-energise for the ride back. Tickets on sale soon. Watch this space!

Lunch and the usual facilities including a free swim at the pool will, as always, be at Speers Point Park (Millabah).

 

 

Please donate to our chosen charities
The above links will go direct to the charity donation page

Early-Birders…

Early-early bird registration is available until December 8th.  Registering online now will save you $10 on the December price.

See you there…On March 8th 2020

The new ride is still swept during the night before…

To minimise punctures and other ride hazards, James Reid, general manager of Advance Sweepers gets a sweeper truck out of the shed very late on the Saturday night before the event. He and one of his team then travel the route, looking for gravel, glass and any other cycle hazards they can find, and sweep them up off the road.  James and his wife Annette own the family business and have been super-generous in doing this for our riders for many years.

 They are our unseen and often unsung heroes because they do it for nothing, volunteering their time and and their expensive machinery. We are very grateful for their important nocturnal contribution.

Speers Point Park! …. Thanks to Naidoc Week on the ABC we have learned something! … the indigenous name for Speers Point is …’Millabah’ … and guess what! … it means ‘place of fun’.  How apt is that for so many occasions held at Speers Point Park throughout the year, but particularly as it’s the home of the Rotary Loop Charity Cycle ride on the second Sunday in March.

Why doesn’t the ride ‘Loop the Lake’ anymore?

Last year’s ride-director Craig Henningham explains…

For over 20 years, until last year, our ride-route did a full loop of Lake Macquarie, hence the ‘Loop’ branding. Of course riders who have participated over the years enjoyed that idea, so we are still getting quite a number of emails asking why the route has changed.

Over the last few years of the original Loop the Lake ride, the police were becoming more and more concerned about the safety of riders, particularly on the western side of the lake. There is a greater population down that side than there was when the event first started, so there’s a lot more traffic on the road. Most of that side is just a single traffic lane with poor shoulders. With speed limits up to 90k’s in places, it was considered that the risk of having large numbers of cyclists on that part of the route had become too great. Nobody wants to be knocking on the door of a rider’s family to deliver bad news.

At first it seemed that the event would no longer receive approval and we at Warners Bay Rotary Club would have to find another avenue for fundraising. But one experienced traffic officer worked with us to come up with an acceptable route on the east side. The first ride on the changed route presented a number of unforeseen problems so again we sat down with the police to iron out the bugs. The changes we made for this year’s event resulted in great, positive feedback. (See the video clip on this page).  We are now confident that we have a safe, interesting and enjoyable new ride and we’re looking forward to many more of our previous Loop the Lake riders enjoying the new ‘Loop charity ride’.

Thank you for all your support in the past. We are all volunteers using our experience to provide an enjoyable day while raising much needed charitable funds to help people not so fortunate as ourselves.  If you weren’t able to make it this year, we hope to see you around dawn at Speers Point Park in March 2020.

Craig…

Something different…

We are always looking for something different for Speers Point Park on the day.  In 2020 Steve Whitby will have a display of his wonderfully restored bikes. It’s hard to believe they have already lived a life, before being brought back to as-new condition to be admired and ridden again.  Save some time to wander over and have a chat.

 

If you would like to be informed by email when next this webpage has been updated, just register your email address HERE

Thank You To Our Partners

Thank You To These Supporters

Lake Macquarie Area Command

A BIG Thank You to these Rotary Clubs for their generous assistance.

Belmont

Greenhills

Cardiff

Charlestown

Toronto

Toronto Sunrise

The Loop Charity Ride
Next ride 8th March 2020

 

Update For NOVEMBER

Registrations are now OPEN

Only about 3 months to go…

The 2020 Loop Charity ride preparation is firmly on course… Organisers are reporting ’steady as she goes’ and all arrangements are dropping neatly into place.

Don’t forget that until the 8th of December the early Bird registration of $67 is still available … save $10 and book before then when the full Registration of $77 will be in place.

 

The Loop Charity ride is one of the best rides on the calendar … ok we had to re-design the route away from the Eastern side of Lake Macquarie, but many are saying the the new ride is just as challenging but the scenery is much better. If you haven’t enjoyed the ride for a while, make 2020 the start of a new annual date in your ride diary.  They still say its the best organised ride of the lot offering great value for money, while Rotary fundraising dollars always go to  great causes.
See you in March… in the meantime keep watching for our monthly updates right here on the website.

 

The new ride is still swept during the night before…

James Reid

To minimise punctures and other ride hazards, James Reid, general manager of Advance Sweepers gets a sweeper truck out of the shed very late on the Saturday night before the event. He and one of his team then travel the route, looking for gravel, glass and any other cycle hazards they can find, and sweep them up off the road. James and his wife Annette own the family business and have been super-generous in doing this for our riders for many years.

Advance Sweepers

They are our unseen and often unsung heroes because they do it for nothing, volunteering their time and and their expensive machinery. We are very grateful for their important nocturnal contribution.

Something different…

We are always looking for something different for Speers Point Park on the day. In 2020 Steve Whitby will have a display of his wonderfully restored bikes. It’s hard to believe they have already lived a life, before being brought back to as-new condition to be admired and ridden again. Save some time to wander over and have a chat.

If you would like to be informed by email when next this webpage has been updated, just register your email address HERE
View this website on a desktop or laptop for more news and information, including how you can donate to our supported charities

https//loopcharityride.com.au