Cyclists flock to Forbes Flat Land Cyclo Sportif

Last Sunday saw a large number of cycling enthusiasts descend on Forbes for the annual Forbes Flatlands Cyclo Sportif. Currently in its fourth year, the cycling event attracted 67 cyclists across two distance events - a 120km ride and a 72km ride.

Marco Carelli, from the Forbes Cycling Club, said the day was very nice and enjoyable with good weather.

Avid cyclists travelled from around the region and state including from Dubbo, Sydney, Condobolin, Canberra and the Central Coast.

Chris Haggerty from the Forbes Cycling Club said numbers overall were up nearly 30% on last year and it was a very enjoyable day.

Claiming line honours in the ladies 72km ride was Kate Thornton, with Carolyn Egan and Tina Kiho rounding out the top three.

Stu Renshaw claimed line honours in the mens 72km ride, with Glen Carter and Wayne Powel rounding out the top three.

Jennifer Short claimed first place in the ladies 120km ride, with Sarah Gordon and Leticia Burton coming in second and third place respectively.

In the mens 120km ride, David Gerrish claimed first place, with Kevin Goodman and Peter Merrick rounding out the top three.

Mr Carelli said the organisors would like to thank Work Control, Forbes Can Assist, local police, the council and anyone who helped support this year's event.

The Forbes Flat Lands Cyclo Sportif is not for profit and proceeds raised from the event will be donated to a community group. The proceeds from last year's event was donated to Forbes Can Assist.

Mr Carelli said organisers are still calculating how much this year's Cyclo Sportif raised.

The Forbes Flat Lands Cyclo Sportif is slated to return on the third weekend in May next year.