One participant in Saturday’s Lake Hume Cycle Challenge will be able to look down on his fellow riders, literally.
Albury builder David Hawkins plans to tackle the 16 kilometre course atop the penny-farthing he has owned for about 12 months.
“I can’t run so I thought I’d start riding and I wanted to get something different,” he said. “My kids ask why a penny-farthing and I say, ‘Who else has got one?’.”
Mr Hawkins rides his uncommon bicycle about 15km three times a week around Albury’s bike paths.
“It’s quite a comfortable machine when you get on it,” he said.
“Quite often you’ll be riding along and you look around and there’ll be someone there with a camera filming you or taking photos or tooting you.”
The Lake Hume Cycle Challenge, which starts and ends at Wodonga Racecourse, includes family-friendly rides of up to 25km and three road events of 37km, 79km and 126km.
Proceeds of the event, organised by the Rotary Club of Bellbridge Lake Hume, will be donated to Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre and Border Trust.
Organising committee chairman Rob Lees said he expected about 550 to 600 entries, especially with a favourable weather forecast.
“Where we were getting five or six or eight entries a day, yesterday we had 32, it’s started to kick away,” he said on Monday.
Former Olympian and bike educator, Glenn Clarke, will present a children’s skills course for Road Safe North East on Saturday.
“Be visual, be alert, that’s the main thing,” he said.
“An event like this helps families and kids get involved with doing different exercises and getting involved with riding bikes.”
Registrations close on Friday, with more details available at lakehumecyclechallenge.com.au
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