Fancy visiting the country paradise of Tumut and helping make a difference to the local hospital while enjoying a brilliant bike ride? Read on. The first Tumut Cycle Classic was on Boxing Day 2015 and attracted 100 cyclists. Collectively $3000 was raised and the money helped purchase an Oxidation Saturation Machine for the Tumut Hospital.
In 2017 approximately 200 cyclists participated and raised $20,000 for the hospital with eight new mobility beds being funded. Then, in January 2018, 300 cyclists attended and generated $40,000 for the Tumut Hospital to purchase more medical equipment.
See a theme developing here? Riders are making a major difference to health services in the region, with every pedal stroke helping the cause. For 2019 the event is on January 13 and consists of 4 rides, all starting at the Bull Paddock in Tumut.
- A flat 20km ride which is suitable for families and children. This ride is relatively flat and includes a rest stop
- A 40km ride which is slightly flat at the start and incorporates some hills at the back end of the ride as well as taking in the natural scenery on quiet country roads
- A 75km ride which has 2 climbs at the start and the end, and a relatively flatter section in the middle for the keen cyclist to improve average speed
- A 100km ride which is similar to the 75km ride with the addition of a return leg to Goobragandra – a scenic ride along the Goobragandra river taking in the natural scenery as well as incorporating undulating hills. This is a challenging ride for experienced cyclist only.