Riding on the cyclists’ back

PEDAL POWER January’s Audax Alpine Classic is just one of an ever growing list of cycling events staged in the Alpine Shire.

ALPINE Cycling Club committee member Andrew Miller says the increase in membership over the past 18 months was more evidence of how popular cycling has become in the Alpine Shire.

Mr Miller said the club which was originally formed as the Myrtleford Cycling Club now has a membership of around 400 with more than a third of those kids, a major increase from 10 years ago.

“When I joined 10 years ago the club had a membership of probably 80 and most of those were men in the 35-65 year-old demographic,” he said.

“We were down at the BMX track last Tuesday with the junior club and there were about 100 kids there, it’s just massive.

“We have around 150 registered juniors now and that’s something we have encouraged, the kids to get involved.

“But we have seen increases everywhere, there is a regular morning 6am group of men that ride as well as a women’s group that go out in afternoons.

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