Cyclists join campaign


About 150 cyclists joined a fundraiser for people affected by the Yarloop bushfire. Pictures: Mary Smith Images
Cyclists join campaign
About 150 cyclists joined a fundraiser for people affected by the Yarloop bushfire. Pictures: Mary Smith Images

Iluka resident Rhode Truter said almost 150 riders registered for the January 23 event, in which they pedalled either 100km or 140km from Murdoch to Pinjarra and back.

Community-based road racing group the ROVE organised the ride.

Founder John Puzzey, of Currambine, said it was an opportunity for riders to give back to those who had hosted cycling events in the past.

“Cyclists have enjoyed rides through Yarloop, Waroona, Harvey and the surrounding countryside for many years,” he said.

“The donations, the emotion in the muster prior to the ride, the views and comments received and the smiles of the participating riders (were) all testament to their appreciation of these communities.”

Mr Truter handed a cheque to Waroona Shire councillor Chris Germain and chief fire control officer John Twaddle, with the funds going into the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund. He said they raised more than $13,000 thanks to extra donations made after the ride.

The ROVE is based in Joondalup.

Visit www.therove.com.au .