On Sunday, 13 March, over 1500 cycling enthusiasts and families pedalled their way around beautiful Lake Macquarie, NSW, participating in the 20th Annual Loop the Lake Cycle Challenge.

 

The Rotary Club of Warners Bay organises this annual event, supported by other local Rotary Clubs and Cancer Council.

There were many riders who had participated in more than 14 of the 20, with one rider declaring he had been in all but one of the events. Riders range in age from Junior (under 13 years) through to Seniors in their 70’s. One lady, admitting to being 77 years of age, rides the Loop on her trike and, this year, there was also a unicyclist.

One special story came from Arthur Anderson… In July 2014, Arthur, a prolific cyclist, was out on a ride when he hit some debris on the road. He was thrown from his bike, sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury. Although Arthur was no longer able to ride his 2-wheeler, his bike-buddies never gave up on him, providing endless support and encouragement.

Arthur became a client of Headstart Disability Services and discovered recumbent trike riding. Headstart organised a support worker to accompany Arthur on local public cycle paths every week.

Whilst on the Fernleigh Track, Arthur met up with an old pal, Jon, who rides a recumbent trike by choice. Through Jon’s encouragement and supervision, Arthur has been able to complete the full 94km circuit of Loop the Lake this year and his plan is to be back again next year.

Loop the Lake attracts riders from all over NSW and inter-state. Funds raised go to support many charities, including the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Cancer Council, Camp Quality, ShelterBox and more.

Watch out for news of the 2017 Loop the Lake by “Liking” their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LoopLakeMacquarie.