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Recognised for cycling support

Bicycle Network Victoria has recognised City of Greater Shepparton's commitment to cycling by presenting it with part of the ''Bay Bike''.

KAITLIN THALS August 6, 2012 4:01am

Nicola Bowring with mayor Michael Polan.

Greater Shepparton’s cycling community was recognised on Saturday for its continuous support of Australia’s largest mass-participation bike riding event.

Bicycle Network Victoria acknowledged the longstanding contribution riders from the municipality have made to Bupa Around the Bay during the event’s 20-year history, by presenting City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Michael Polan with a portion of the ‘‘Bay Bike’’.

The Bay Bike is a symbol that recognises the contribution of regional riders, with a piece of the bike presented to prominent regional communities.

Bicycle Network Victoria’s Bupa Around the Bay event manager Michael Russell said Greater Shepparton had produced 388 Bupa Around the Bay bike riders to date.

‘‘With ride distances starting at an achievable 50km, Bicycle Network Victoria is encouraging the Greater Shepparton community to take up the challenge and be part of cycling history by participating in the 20th year of Bupa Around the Bay,’’ Mr Russell said.

Cr Polan said he was proud to receive a portion of the Bay Bike on behalf of Greater Shepparton riders.

‘‘Greater Shepparton has a long and celebrated association with cycling, from elite-level cyclists like Shepparton local and Olympian Brett Lancaster who recently rode in the Tour de France, to recreational cyclists, some of whom will no doubt be participating in the Around the Bay in a Day ride,’’ Cr Polan said.

The Bay Bike will be assembled and displayed at the Bupa Around the Bay Festival, Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne, from October 19 to 21.

There are five ride distances to suit all riders for the Bupa Around the Bay event, and all proceeds will be donated to The Smith Family. The ride is on Sunday, October 21.

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