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Tour de Woodford…ready, set and about to go

Now that participants in the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic are resting their tired bones, many are turning their thoughts to the next cycling venture in the Clarence Valley the Tour de Woodford. The Tour, a project of the Rotary Club of Maclean, is now in its ninth year. Day for the big event is May 22, starting at the Village green at Brushgrove and circling Woodford Island. Organiser of the event, Rotarian Simon Wilmore, said that already more than 120 cyclists have registered for the event. He said that although there is no great cash prize for the first cyclist home, the event has been organised to bring together cyclists of all grades and ages in a fun event. There are two sections – for the more dedicated cyclist there is a 45km circuit of the island in a clockwise direction, and for the less active, a shorter course of 25 km. Entry fee is $25 for each cyclist, and $5 for children under 15 who must be accompanied by an adult. Registration commences at the Village Green at Brushgrove from 7.30am with cycle off time scheduled for 9am. Participants in the course will receive a sausage sandwich and drinks at the conclusion of their circuit The Brushgrove Hotel Social Club will be providing breakfast from 7am with proceeds to go to the cancer Council. Other participants in the day are the Cowper Public School who have organised a market day, and the Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle who have arranged a display Cyclists will be required to comply with all road rules and cycling regulations and marshals will be stationed along the route to provide safety checks. More details and registration forms can be found on the Tour de Woodford website.