Bike Ride for Life from Killarney Gap to Narrabri

May 13, 2010

More than 90 enthusiastic cyclists registered for the inaugural Great Relay For Life Bike Ride in memoryof Mark Lampe, held last Saturday.

The late Mr. Lampe, a popular Narrabri district grazier, took part in a bike ride from Killarney Gap to Sawn Rocks a couple of months before his death.

Perfect weather conditions and an exciting ride down the mountain from Killarney Gap had everyone saying “Can we do this next year!”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in The Great Relay For Life Bike Ride in memory of Mark Lampe. For all the generous donations and support we received from the Narrabri region and visiting Bike Clubs” said organisers John and Pam Waters. “Cyclists travelled from Coonabarabran, Manilla, Young, Bingara, Barraba, Wee Waa, Sydney and Brisbane.”

rganisers are already preparing for an even bigger gathering of cyclists for 2011. All money raised for The Bike Ride will go to the Cancer Council for much needed funds for cancer research.

Local cyclists, Don and Jenn Capel and Dimity McMurtrie teamed up with Barraba and Upper Manilla cyclists, Anne Smith, Mandy Cabot and Richard and Angie Bright to ride the 47 kms into Narrabri from Killarney Gap. With a downhill four and a half kilometres to start off with, it was a gentle ride into Narrabri with only one pinch that required some lower gears.

A number of Bingara people have expressed an interest in a similar bike ride, maybe around the River Road circuit, to raise funds for the Westpac Helicopter.
Another ride, from Killarney Gap to Bingara may also be in the pipeline.