Bike in the Valley promises wheely good fun this weekend

Cr Rod Henderson in training for the bike ride.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d468079
Cr Rod Henderson in training for the bike ride. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d468079

CYCLISTS in the Swan Valley will celebrate a milestone for Bike in the Valley this Sunday.

The annual event will celebrate its 21st anniversary, with cyclists taking part in a 9km, 23km or 34km ride.

The event is free and caters to all fitness levels, with a “sag wagon” support vehicle to help anyone who needs assistance.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said more than 400 riders attended last year.

“It is a fun family event that traditionally attracts riders from all ages, from toddlers on bike seats to cyclists who are almost 90 years old,” he said.

“Autumn is also a great time to visit the Swan Valley on two wheels, with the ideal weather, greenery and paddocks of animals to admire during the ride.”

The circular ride starts and finishes at West Swan oval, where there will also be a ‘bike doctor’, coffee van and sausage sizzle.

Riders can also bring along a picnic.

The three routes will be marked and key corners will be manned by marshals to ensure riders stay on track.

Swan Valley-Gidgegannup ward councillor Rod Henderson said cycling was one of the best ways to take in the Swan Valley.

“You really get a feel for the Swan Valley as you pedal past the vineyards, paddocks and tourist attractions that you can’t really get when driving through,” he said.

Registrations open at 9am at West Swan oval, with the ride starting at 10am.

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