The Loop Charity Ride

Next Ride 8th March 2020

 

 

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We have recently been encouraged by Lake Macquarie Council with a sponsorship grant to assist us with costs.  Every year putting on the Loop Charity Ride means that the Rotary Club of Warners Bay has to find thousands of dollars up-front to pay for the many costs that just can’t be avoided in the staging of what is behind the scenes, a very complex event.  We are very grateful to Council and to Past President Katrina who worked so hard to prepare the presentation paperwork which was necessary to apply for the grant.  This means that this year we will have more dollars to spend in the community to make a difference to the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.  Thank you Lake Mac Council!

 

Early bird price ends soon!!

And don’t forget that August is the last month for the early-early bird registration of $57 After the 8th of September it will be $67 for the early bird rego. That will last until December when the full price of $77 will apply … so register early!

Don’t forget the 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!

But for the main ride, the early-early bird ‘loopy’registration offer of $57 is still available for a few weeks yet … Register online before the 8th of September to get the early-early bird rate.

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

The provision of morning tea and water stops along the way will still be there, and there are now more marshals than ever to assist, all connected by a wide ranging radio network.

Please donate to our chosen charities

The above links will go direct to the charity donation page.

Early-Birders…

Early-early bird registration is still available until September 8th.  Registering online now will save you $20 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.

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…

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.

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 AUGUST

Registrations are now OPEN

We have recently been encouraged by Lake Macquarie Council with a sponsorship grant to assist us with costs.  Every year putting on the Loop Charity Ride means that the Rotary Club of Warners Bay has to find thousands of dollars up-front to pay for the many costs that just can’t be avoided in the staging of what is behind the scenes, a very complex event.  We are very grateful to Council and to Past President Katrina who worked so hard to prepare the presentation paperwork which was necessary to apply for the grant.  This means that this year we will have more dollars to spend in the community to make a difference to the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.  Thank you Lake Mac Council!

And don’t forget that August is the last month for the early-early bird registration of $57 After the 8th of September it will be $67 for the early bird rego. That will last until December when the full price of $77 will apply … so register early!

Don’t forget the Famil

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.

The provision of morning tea and water stops along the way will still be there, and there are now more marshals than ever to assist, all connected by a wide ranging radio network.

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
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