Flat land brings cycling enthusiasts to region

Registrations for the 2017 Forbes Flat Land Cyclo Sportif are available from forbescycling@gmail.com or through the Forbes Flat Land Cyclo Sportif Facebook page.
Registrations for the 2017 Forbes Flat Land Cyclo Sportif are available from forbescycling@gmail.com or through the Forbes Flat Land Cyclo Sportif Facebook page.

Cyclists from around the region are invited to participate in the second Forbes Flat Land Cyclo Sportif this Sunday, May 21.

Co-organiser Julianna Kneebone from the Forbes Cycling Club said they were expecting 75 to 80 entries, with cyclists travelling to Forbes from places including Canberra, Wagga, Bathurst, Mudgee and Condobolin. 

Catering for all categories from the fun to serious road riders, the day has two events – a 72km and 120km. 

Ms Kneebone said the flat course was a test for cyclists used to hills.

“It’s a challenge because you have to keep your legs spinning constantly,” she said. 

She said the aim of the Forbes Flat Land Cyclo Sportif is to increase participation in cycling, as well as have an event in the region, for the region.

“We want to promote cycling in the Central West and give everybody an opportunity to have a ride somewhere that might be closer than Sydney or Canberra,” she said.

Ms Kneebone said it would be a fun day with prizes for different age categories.

The event starts and finishes at the Forbes aquatic centre with an 8.45am start for the 120km and 10.30am start for the 72km.

“Any person can enter so long that they have the endurance for the ride,” Ms Kneebone said.

Registration costs $50 for the 72km and $60 for the 120km. 

There’s an extra $11.50 charge for non-Cycling Australia licence holders to cover insurance for the ride.