The Murray to Moyne has two goals; (a) to raise funds for Hospitals and Health Services throughout Victoria and (b) to continue Woody’s dream of getting more people to realise the health benefits of riding a bike.
Graham Wood (Woody) initiated the very first ride of this event 30 years ago to raise money for the Port Fairy Hospital. This was a result of a challenge from his wife and her friends to ride from the Murray River to the Moyne River in relay style. Right from the first ride, Woody saw the potential it had and enabled it to grow into the huge event it has become today.
This year, cyclists from across Victoria formed teams to embark on the 520km bike ride. All rides started in one of 3 locations; Echuca, Swan Hill or Mildura, then finished at Port Fairy. For the ride that began in Swan Hill, the RRT showed their support by providing a hearty breakfast to all participants and support teams.
The ride this year showed an increase in riders from the years before, with some faces the same, and many new riders. It is always great to see new and increased support for such a good cause!
Saturday 7th April 2018 marked the 32nd anniversary of the annual Murray to Moyne Bike Ride and saw volunteers from RRT Nathalia up bright and early serving breakfast to those participating and their support crews.
From Echuca, the cyclists travelled through mostly flat, dry, cropping and dairy country, to Pyramid Hill, Charlton, St Arnaud and onto Stawell for the evening, where the Stawell RRT provided a well-earned tea. The riders continued on Sunday to Hamilton and on down to Port Fairy.
The challenge of providing breakfast for hundreds of riders and their support teams, was something the team united to prepare for. Catering arrangements were made to provide a tasty egg and bacon roll, fresh fruit and drinks. By 5:30am Nathalia RRT members had assembled at the starting point at Scenic Drive, Echuca.
What had been only an hour before, a quiet and almost deserted area, with just a few kangaroos keeping an eye on the proceedings, had become a hive of activity. Breakfast over, the cycling teams gathered in groups, and began their long ride.
Murray to Moyne ride director, Jeff McLean, thanked the Nathalia RRT for their support, saying;
“A really large thanks this morning to the RRT who provided us with breakfast at the start of the day. RRT do a great job supporting community events and often community disasters as well, throughout Victoria. I was really pleased to see them involved in the fires in south west Victoria recently, looking after our CFA teams, giving them lots of food. Thanks for a great breakfast.”
Indeed, our RRT volunteers look forward to being involved again next year!