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Cycling weekend raises over $10k for Euroa

Monday, May 1st, 2017

The Euroa Criterium and Ride the Ranges weekend held on April 21 and 22 was a great success, attracting several hundred people to the area.

But while it is unknown where the money will go, event director Neil Tubb said the Rotary Club of Euroa, who organised the event, would make the decision.

He said he was very impressed with the efforts of everyone involved in making the event happen.

“What really pleases me about organising this event is that we are able to bring money into our Shire that will go directly to a local cause,” he said.

“We are able to bring money into the town from outside sources, with majority of this fundraising coming from Melbourne.”

The second Euroa Town Criterium race more than doubled in size, with 111 competitors and a string of talented cyclists from across Victoria gathering to compete.

The Criterium took place on the Saturday, with the closure of parts of Kirkland Avenue, Railway, Binney and Brock streets to clear the way for the 1.3km circuit.

“The Criterium brought in some really talented cyclists this year,” Mr Tubb said.

“The winner of the A Grade race, Scott Sunderland, has won 3 gold medals and one silver medal at the Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”

Neil attributed some of this new talent to the increase in prize money, to the tune of $6000 in total.

The event was such a success that organisers are looking to run it on its own across two days in the future.

“The Cycling Victorian representatives said they love the way we run our event and expressed an interest in making it a two-day event, with time trials on the Saturday and the main event on Sunday” he said.  

Neil said they were discussing the possibility of moving this to the same weekend as the Euroa Gift to increase spectatorship, but said this was “still in the pipeline.”

Ride the Ranges also delivered, with an excess of 200 participants across the three distances.

Participants in the 30km ride followed a loop around to Shean’s Creek Rd. Those in the 85km ride travelled to Miepoll, Violet Town and back to Euroa via Kelvin View.

Cyclists in the challenging 130km event also rode to Miepoll and Violet Town, and then looped around through Strathbogie and also returned to Euroa from Kelvin View.

The next Ride the Ranges and Criterium weekend will fall on April 21 and 22, 2018, but this will be subject to possible changes to the Criterium event.  


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