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WHEN IT COMES TO MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING, FEW ARE MORE EXPERIENCED THAN JAMIE VOGELE, WHO IS ONCE AGAIN ORGANISING THE DO IT FOR CANCER 6 HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE ENDURO RIDE. ow did you become involved in mountain bike riding? I first started representing in sports at the age of eight and have always been naturally talented as a distance runner; but, after trying many different sports, I fell in love with mountain biking when getting a bike for cross training for distance running back in 1999. I started to enter the longer marathon (100 km) mountain biking events for the fun, but always suffered cramps and had to ride well below my threshold to be able to finish. I was still only training a few days a week, with my longest ride around the 60 km mark. What sort of training regime do you follow? Until recently, at the beginning of 2013, I had not followed a proper training plan for mountain biking and turning 40, I felt it was time to give it a go. In doing so, I am becoming fitter on the bike every day and have found a way to overcome cramps, helping me to do well in races I have entered this year. I feel that 40 is now the new 20, and I am looking forward to more races to come. What has inspired you to create an event that actively raises money for Cancer Council NSW? I have been involved with the Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders Club for 13 years. I wanted to raise money for cancer research after many of my friends and family members had passed away from cancer. And following a chat with cycling legend Jack Griffin, before he passed away from cancer, Jack directed me to approach Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise, who had helped him organise many of his charity rides. What are you planning for this year? This year’s ride is being held at Wauchope’s Bago Vineyard on a brand new trail, which has been made possible through a partnership between Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise, Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders and Cancer Council NSW. We are putting on a family oriented fundraiser with loads of kids’ activities, a BBQ, raffles and a jazz band, or you can check out the 80

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Bago Maze. There is also a human chariot enduro race affectionately known as the "Old Farts" race. There really is something for everyone on the day. We are also lucky to have the I have been reigning triple world champion, involved with Jason English, coming along to lley the Hastings Va ders Ri check out the new trail. Jason Mountain Bike I s. ar holds five consecutive solo 24Club for 13 ye oney m e is ra hour National Championship wanted to after ch ar se re er nc Titles and is a dominant force in for ca s nd ie the sport. many of my fr bers and family mem om Who can enter the ride? fr ay aw ed had pass Once again this year, there will .” cancer be seven categories for individuals students. and teams comprising three members. What are you hoping to achieve? All riders are encouraged to raise funds We are hoping to raise $10,000, prior to and on the day of the event and as an exceeding last year’s tremendous total of $7,000, incentive, they will receive a partial refund of their entry for Cancer Council NSW cancer research, information fee if they fundraise $300 or more. Schools are also and support services, cancer prevention programs and encouraged to enter their teams of students from 13 cancer advocacy initiatives. Also, mountain biking is a years to 17 years of age. Rotary Club of Port Macquarie great sport for school kids to encourage them to keep Sunrise is donating $200 prize money, along with the active, which fits in well with Cancer Council’s message prestigious Jack Griffin Perpetual Trophy for the fastest of healthy eating and healthy living to help prevent junior lap winner. Jack insisted before his death that a cancer. trophy be awarded to an outstanding junior each year. Thanks Jamie. There will be $1,200 of other great prizes up for Where Bago Vineyard, Milligans Road off Bago Road, grabs, with Graham Seers Cyclery, TRS Cycle Centre, Wauchope. Gordon Street Cycles and Laurieton Cycles prize packs, When Sunday 20 July 2014; 9am until 3pm. and more prize donations are still coming in. Cost Adult riders: $60 ($50 will be reimbursed if rider Tell us more about the new trail ... fundraises $300). A member of our club, Jason Dragos, completed a trail Junior riders: $25 ($15 will be reimbursed if rider building course in 2011 along with other members of fundraises $150). HVMBR and designed a purpose built, fun and flowing Non-riding spectators: Gold coin donation at the gate trail. Jason approached Bago Vineyards, who agreed How do I register: www.sunrise-rotary.org.au/mtb6hr. to an eco-friendly trail being built there. It’s an 8 km html loop through the bush and vineyard, with all resources How do I donate: http://nsw.cancercouncilfundraising. sourced from the land. Not one tree has been logged. org.au/6hourenduroteam The construction of the trail was led by the club, and If any local businesses would like to donate any prizes, we also had assistance from Wauchope High School please contact sarahrog@nswcc.org.au

Greater Port Macquarie Issue 104  
Greater Port Macquarie Issue 104