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C.ex McDonald’s CYCLE CHALLENGE – The Nicol Family

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Happy would be an understatement if one were to describe how the Nicol Family are feeling at present. With a little over one month left to go, Jannelle, and her husband Coll, together with their children, Angus and Coadie, arereadyand bursting withexcitement to take on their eighthCoffs Coast Cycle Challengeon Sunday, August 6.

In preparation,Angus(11) decided to upgrade his bike for a newer and shinier model, proudly paying off the new ($1400) wheels with his savings in time for this year’s event. This family may secretly love cycling more than any other family, as Jannelle received her new bike for Mother’s Day, while Coadie received a new bicycle for her birthday, and Coll, well he was treated to an early Father’s day present; a new bike!

The family will participate in the 10km Family race.

“We don’t take it as a race;we’re not that competitive as we ride for fun. We don’t even focus on being in the top ten to cross the finish line, although, that would be nice,” Jannelle explained. We just really love riding together as a family.”

Angus is eager to enter next year’s 20km race with his mum, while Dad and Coadie will continue in the family event.Coadie (9) is now a competent rider who enjoys theindependence of cycling with her family at least twice a week.

Jannelle and Coll, registered nurses who endorse healthy eating within the family, are thrilled that C.ex and McDonald’s came on boardthis year to help save the nearly cancelled event. “We love that C.ex and McDonald’s are promoting healthiness for kids and that they can support our community to be healthier in participating at such events as the Cycle Challenge.” Jannelle said. Thanks to the major sponsors all children can ride free in this year’s event.

Proceeds from the C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge go to local and Rotary charities. To enter, click here.

Calling all cyclists, enthusiasts and eager bike-goers

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The 2017 C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge is calling for all cycling professionals, enthusiasts and eager bike-goers to clip on their helmets for another fun and exciting event.

Open to people of all ages and ability levels, and based on the turnout from previous years, organisers are expecting a large number participants this year. There is a category for everyone. Another drawcard for this year’s event is that children and teens aged under 18 years can ride for free in this years’ event thanks to this year’s major sponsors, the C.ex Coffs and McDonald’s who would like to encourage more children to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

Dubbo resident Jeanette Goodrich and her granddaughter who resides on the Coffs Coast were this year’s very first people to enter the C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge. Jeanette is an avid bike rider, although it was during 2015 that Jeanette participated in her first long ride of 40km. At 69 years of age, that is an impressive accomplishment. Jeanette blends her passion for cycling with her desire to help people in need, and in 2014, Jeanette rode a total of 600km and raised $2,500 for the Children’s Cancer Ride.

Sunday, August 6 will involve the 10km family ride, 20km, 40km, 60km, and the 100km challenge. “The ride routes are similar to last year – from Geoff King Motors Oval on Hogbin Drive Coffs Harbour, south to Sawtell then through Bonville to Raleigh and onto the Nambucca Heads interchange at Ballard’s Road. The 100km ride goes all the way to Ballard’s Road, while the shorter distances will turn around at various places on the route. The 10km family ride will follow cycle paths and quiet roads around the airport”, event manager, Judy Smith.

The finish line represents a great achievement for every participant, and the variety of distances ensures every rider can ride at their ability and pace in comfort. While many event-goers enjoy the day as a social activity, others benefit from the competitive aspect of the longer rides. Last year, Kerry Westwood took out first place in the women’s 100km while Alex Beedie cycled his way into first place in the men’s 100km category in 2:30:42 minutes. Many elite cyclists have achieved PBs (personal bests) in past years, and 2017 offers an incredible platform for delivering such results.

With categories for elite and recreational riders as well as families and riders with a disability, the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City welcomes everyone to an enjoyable day for the C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge. Entries now open. For more information, or to register for the event go to here.

Looking for ride and route details?

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On the home page there is a heading “2017 Event Information” and drop down boxes under that heading. Scroll over the Event Information heading and the drop down menus will appear, and then simply select the ride you are interested in.

All the details about ride time, location, presentation, merchandise ordering and a downloadable GPX route map is available on that page.  If you experience any problems, please contact Judy Smith via email: