Riders clock up kms for chopper charity

LEGGING IT HOME: The 50+ riders and support crew were all smiles as they took a drink break and a happy snap on the Keepit Dam wall on Friday. It was a big ride for the group who trekked from Dubbo to Tamworth.There was a little bit of mud, a couple of washouts and plenty of fun for a groupof local riders who trekked from Dubbo to Tamworth, through Gunnedah in aid ofthe region’s rescue chopper.
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More than 50 riders and support crew wound their way over a week through Dubbo, Gilgandra, Tooraweenah, Baradine, Coonabarabran,Tambar Springs, Gunnedah, Somerton and onto Tamworth, notching up more than 450kms on two wheels.

While some might call them crazy, they do it for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The 16thannual Ride for the Chopper aims to ensure no patient ever has to pay for an emergency transport to hospital.

And, at last count the rescue service believes this year’s ride–which saw two days washed out–raise close to $60,000.

It was no easy feat either. On mountain bikes, the riders clocked up 150km in one day from Coonabarabran to Gunnedah.

With a backdrop of the Liverpool Plains and rolling green paddocks, the riders –from as far as Woolongong, Newcastle, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Quirindi and Tooraweenah –tackled off-road tracks, forest trails, paddock strips, dirt roads and even a little bitumen to ride into town, finishing with a tour of Conadilly Ston Thursday afternoon.

But their was no rest for the riders, or the support crew –the group thatensures the ride gets going everyday –who backed up with a 110km ride on Friday from Gunnedah, out along Wean Rd, onto Keepit Dam and then through Somerton and into Winton and Tamworth.

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