Riders sure to bring smiles

LAST minute training and bicycle checks are now in order as riders gear up for Saturday's ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) Ride for a Smile.

The 500km, 24-hour endurance challenge will be staged at the velodrome in Toormina from 10am to help ROMAC bring kids from developing countries to Australia for life saving operations.

Organisers are thrilled with a doubling in participants this weekend, as well as support from our business community.

“We're very pleased to have such support,” Rotary organiser Michael Fishburn said.

“There are so many calls upon companies in this area, and yet again the business community has stepped up to help.”

“A big thank you goes to our riders. Not only do they put a considerable amount of their own money and time into participating in this event, they are the ones bringing these new companies on board. Our riders range in age from 14 to 76.”

Arc Attack Engineering is one such firm happy to be aboard, and they're sponsoring the ride's first tandem team, Tracey and Marc Schmidt.

“The Schmidts put a lot into things, and for us it's as much about encouraging our locals as it is about supporting the charity involved,” Arc Attack Engineering owner Sheenah Whitten said.

For example, Glenn Druery will be riding his Lowracer recumbent, believed to be the fastest production bike in the world. Recumbents and trikes are growing in popularity, as are cycles that include a small engine to power you up hills.

Live music, test rides, refreshments and good times will all be part of the Ride for A Smile weekend.



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