Abbott swaps politics for pedals
FEDERAL Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has confirmed he will register to participate in the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge to be held on Sunday August 5.
Local MP Luke Hartsuyker said he had invited Mr Abbott to be part of the cycle challenge and the Coalition leader's office indicated that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, he would be a starter.
"It is well known that Tony is a keen cyclist so I am delighted that he has agreed to be part of the 2012 ride," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"Tony will be on the Coffs Coast that weekend and will participate in the full 100km team ride.
"I have registered a Riders on the Hill team which is what the federal parliamentary cycling group is called and all riders on the team will complete the maximum distance."
Mr Hartsuyker is a staunch supporter of the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge and the massive benefits the event creates.
"The cycle challenge continues to go from strength to strength and raise much-needed funds for many community based organisations," he said.
"It has been successful because it offers something for everyone. You can ride the 100km or you can join the kids on a family ride.
"With Tony here on August 5 I trust it will add to what is already a very successful event."