Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Mountain Bike Bash visits Bingara

September 29, 2010

Thirty six riders taking part in the 10th annual Mountain bike ride to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service rode into Bingara last Tuesday afternoon.

The first riders arrived at the Imperial Hotel at about 3.00 pm, and the last followed about an hour later.

The riders and support crew stayed at the Imperial Hotel overnight, before being farewelled by publican Erik Ozols and his wife, Noelene, both strong supporters of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The riders set out from Tamworth Airport on Saturday, September 18, and before coming to Bingara, had overnight stays in Kootingal, Manilla, and Barraba.

On Wednesday the group set off at 7.00 am and headed for Narrabri.

After collecting the paper from Narrabri, Nancy Capel came across the riders about half way between the Barraba/Upper Horton turn and the Glacial area. She said All the riders seemed to be enjoying the ride, although some seemed to be puffing more than others!

After a night in Narrabri, the group rode to Gunnedah, then Quirindi and returned to the new Helicopter base at Tamworth Airport on Saturday.

Organiser of the ride, Barry Walton, said the ride covered almost 700 km in eight days, and he hoped the Service would raise $60,000 as a result.