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Cyclists enjoy ride from Murray to Moyne

About 1200 cyclists turned out for the annual mass bike ride for the Murray to Moyne on the weekend.

RHIANNON HORRELL April 8, 2014 3:01am

Cyclists in the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay route on Saturday Echuca to Hamilton.

The Cohuna team riding the Murray to Moyne. Photo: Cheryl Kingma

More than 600 riders left Echuca on Saturday for the 28th annual Murray to Moyne charity bike ride.

The group travelled to Pyramid Hill, Boort, Charlton and St Arnaud, before continuing to Stawell, Moyston, Glenthompson and Hamilton.

The final leg to Port Fairy took place on Sunday.

The event, organised by Moyne Health Services, had two goals, to raise funds for hospitals and health care services throughout Victoria, and to continue the legacy of Graham Woodrup, whose dream was to get more people out and about on a bike.

Mr Woodrup was killed several years ago during a training session.

The two-day event saw three categories of riders, night riders, who completed 520km, daytimers, who completed 390km and Sunday striders, who completed the final 90km.

Riders left from one of three locations — Echuca, Mildura and Swan Hill.

Event co-ordinator Maggie Leutton said on Sunday 1200 cyclists turned out for the mass bike ride.

‘‘The weather was just perfect, they had a fantastic ride.’’

Cohuna team captain Aeger Kingma said 18 riders came together to form the Cohuna team, ranging in age from 24 to 72.

‘‘There was a father-daughter team and my two boys did it with me,’’ Mr Kingma said.

‘‘We started in Swan Hill and the conditions were great. It was a very successful ride.’’

He said the team fought a head-wind, reaching Hamilton about 11.10pm Saturday.

Mr Kingma said the Cohuna team would hold a trivia night in May, which would raise funds for Cohuna district hospital.

The team raised $18,000 last year and it was hoping for a similar amount this year.

Mr Kingma said previous fundraising efforts from the group had allowed the hospital to buy flat-screen televisions for every room and it had also meant a new operating theatre table.

The weekend ride was also special for Mr Kingma — it was a 60th birthday present from his family.

‘‘It about not only riding with my mates, but I’ve got the boys along with me too,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a terrific activity to be out there, it’s about coming together once a year and that culminates with this ride.

‘‘It’s about enjoying each other’s company and raising money.’’

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